The Bob Cesca Podcast: Airports

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Today’s program from our podcasting affiliate, The Bob Cesca Show, powered by Matthew Wilson Attorney at Law:

Airports — NSFW! Buzz Burbank from Buzz Burbank News and Comment is back from vacation; Everything sucks and the congressional Democrats are napping; Trump’s Fourth of July wank session; Revolutionary War airports; French people chant ‘fuck Trump’ on Fox News; Jeffrey Epstein, Alex Acosta and Donald Trump; Trump feels badly for Acosta; Everything is a shovel fight; The latest polls show Trump inside the margin of error; Swalwell out, Steyer in; With music by Chris Walla and Cover Two Cover; and more!

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Chrysicat  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:07:30pm
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Chrysicat  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:09:09pm

re: #359 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Why do I get a feeling that only the ones who diddled BOYS will be disciplined, while the girl-abusers will instead be moved up the ladder?

Actually, am I even sure the former will be punished? They may wish to emasculate the boys too, and think that’s an effective means just like in adult male prison.

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gocart mozart  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:11:57pm
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b.d.  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:13:27pm

Thank God for Bob Cesca, what a great excuse to mute Joe Buck

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Skip Intro  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:14:06pm

re: #3 gocart mozart

See what he did there?

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Patricia Kayden  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:19:41pm
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:20:02pm
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Belafon  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:22:22pm

re: #1 Chrysicat

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Charles Johnson  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:24:05pm
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Belafon  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:24:34pm

re: #3 gocart mozart

Epstein scared him INTO monogamy?

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teleskiguy  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:25:12pm
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Stanley Sea  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:25:19pm

It’s just so bad

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Skip Intro  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:28:21pm

re: #10 Belafon

Epstein scared him INTO monogamy?

The issue isn’t having sex with women, it’s having sex with girls. He’s a lawyer and uses words carefully. A non denial denial.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:30:11pm

If they’re not residents of NY 14th Congressional District, I wouldn’t think they have standing

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teleskiguy  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:32:06pm

Naked corruption.

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The Pie Overlord!  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:32:49pm

JFC

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Belafon  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:33:58pm

re: #16 The Pie Overlord!

JFC

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Tucker’s ok with racist, cruel, and unjust and no amount of immigration should be allowed to change that.

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Belafon  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:36:35pm

re: #14 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

If they’re not residents of NY 14th Congressional District, I wouldn’t think they have standing

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If Trimp is forced to, then I think it would be reasonable to expect all politicians to allow the public to follow them. She can mute them or she can let the FBI see them.

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DangerMan  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:38:47pm

re: #11 teleskiguy

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Trump can’t break 41
He loses to the most generic.
You can’t believe 42% of the country recognize her name

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Old Liberal  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:41:05pm

re: #6 Patricia Kayden

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Big problem in South America. Illegal mining run by drug cartels. Miners come in, end up nearly slaves. Pollution, danger, sex crimes. Really bad.

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garzooma  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:43:29pm

re: #3 gocart mozart

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Dershowitz Denies Link To Epstein Scandal

Except that he was part of Epstein’s defense team that blackmailed prosecutors as part of the successful effort to get the sweetheart deal. From Acosta:

The defense strategy was not limited to legal issues. Defense counsel investigated individual prosecutors and their families, looking for personal peccadilloes that may provide a basis for disqualification.

Dershowitz claims that Acosta is lying, but it’s not clear what Acosta would gain by announcing publicly that he could be intimidated.

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Old Liberal  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:44:00pm

re: #15 teleskiguy

Naked corruption.

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Home Depot exists because offshoring manufacturing let them undercut competition. They are the epitome of what maggots supposedly hate.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:44:31pm
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The Pie Overlord!  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:44:53pm
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DangerMan  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:46:11pm

re: #15 teleskiguy

Naked corruption.

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The president is a loon

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DangerMan  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:48:18pm

re: #18 Belafon

If Trimp is forced to, then I think it would be reasonable to expect all politicians to allow the public to follow them. She can mute them or she can let the FBI see them.

Maintain two accounts
A business/public one and a personal

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The Pie Overlord!  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:48:44pm

Home Depot, meh. Lowe’s is much better.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:51:37pm
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Belafon  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:52:12pm

re: #27 The Pie Overlord!

Home Depot, meh. Lowe’s is much better.

Around here, If I need to talk to someone, I go to Lowe’s, but a lot of times they don’t have what I’m looking for but Home Depot does.

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Belafon  Jul 9, 2019 • 6:55:17pm
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teleskiguy  Jul 9, 2019 • 7:02:27pm

re: #27 The Pie Overlord!

Home Depot, meh. Lowe’s is much better.

Ayup. And if I have to I make a point of shopping at Target instead of Walmart.

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calochortus  Jul 9, 2019 • 7:02:45pm

Speaking of Acosta, as satisfying as it might be to impeach him, I’m seeing some stories indicating he’s kind of unpopular with some of Trump’s buddies because he is not getting rid of worker protections fast enough. We’ll have to see if his tenure in the cabinet follows the usual path of verbal support from Trump followed within a week by finding himself out of a job.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jul 9, 2019 • 7:08:08pm
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gocart mozart  Jul 9, 2019 • 7:14:58pm
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jaunte  Jul 9, 2019 • 7:15:35pm

re: #11 teleskiguy

Rapinoe is a fantastic off-the-cuff speaker. She could run circles around Trump in an actual debate.

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The Pie Overlord!  Jul 9, 2019 • 7:18:13pm

re: #35 jaunte

Rapinoe is a fantastic off-the-cuff speaker. She could run circles around Trump in an actual debate.

Trump doesn’t do actual debates. He humps chairs, stomps around the stage and breathes down his opponent’s neck, calls out insults and juvenile insults, and parades around opponent’s spouse’s alleged “victims.” IOW he does “reality TV”

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Dread Pirate  Jul 9, 2019 • 7:20:50pm
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jaunte  Jul 9, 2019 • 7:22:39pm
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Dread Pirate  Jul 9, 2019 • 7:32:34pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 9, 2019 • 7:35:29pm

re: #16 The Pie Overlord!

JFC

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So Tucker’s White Trash Power Hour has turned the racism up to 11…

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Patricia Kayden  Jul 9, 2019 • 7:37:14pm

re: #32 calochortus

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calochortus  Jul 9, 2019 • 7:39:23pm

re: #41 Patricia Kayden

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The horror of requiring workers to be treated decently!

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jaunte  Jul 9, 2019 • 7:43:02pm

Got to stay up late, planning that Trumpwall.

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teleskiguy  Jul 9, 2019 • 7:44:12pm

Tonight, 24 years ago, the Grateful Dead played their last show with Jerry at Soldier Field in Chicago. I was reading up on some stuff.

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The Pie Overlord!  Jul 9, 2019 • 7:50:00pm
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teleskiguy  Jul 9, 2019 • 7:50:09pm

He was old. But still, we’ve lost a great.

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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Jul 9, 2019 • 7:52:04pm

re: #42 calochortus

The horror of requiring workers to be treated decently!

Kneecapping regulation is second only to tax cuts in the Trump gang’s appeal to 1%ers. In the long run it may be more important, since the effects are much harder and more costly to reverse. It is especially important to the mid-range hinterland fatcats, like the loathsome guillotine bait I encounter here in DFW. Unlike national corporations, who can run afoul of media and unions if they get too far out of line, these creatures can potentially abuse workers to their hearts’ content if federal protection is withdrawn, since the federal government is often the workers’ only recourse.

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teleskiguy  Jul 9, 2019 • 7:53:32pm
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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 9, 2019 • 7:54:41pm

re: #46 teleskiguy

He was old. But still, we’ve lost a great.

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Remembering The Ripper and this episode of Boris Karloff’s Thriller scared the crap out of me as a kid.

The Ripper spends the night in a Haunted House…

Boris Karloff’s Thriller - The Purple Room

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calochortus  Jul 9, 2019 • 7:56:49pm

re: #47 Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel

Kneecapping regulation is second only to tax cuts in the Trump gang’s appeal to 1%ers. In the long run it may be more important, since the effects are much harder and more costly to reverse. It is especially important to the mid-range hinterland fatcats, like the loathsome guillotine bait I encounter here in DFW. Unlike national corporations, who can run afoul of media and unions if they get too far out of line, these creatures can potentially abuse workers to their hearts’ content if federal protection is withdrawn, since the federal government is often the workers’ only recourse.

But, but can’t they just bargain mano a mano with whomever their employer is? You know, as equals?
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teleskiguy  Jul 9, 2019 • 7:57:41pm
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Patricia Kayden  Jul 9, 2019 • 7:58:10pm

Maggie is a tool.

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Dave In Austin  Jul 9, 2019 • 8:04:31pm

40,000 Lbs o’ Blow…. Hole shit. While I had my time and a love affair with that stuff. I’m glad they got it off the street.

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teleskiguy  Jul 9, 2019 • 8:05:12pm

re: #51 teleskiguy

My first girlfriend (14 years my senior) in Steamboat got me a big gift basket of every kind of top-shelf spirit there was (tequila, rum, vodka, etc.) for my 21st birthday. In the center of the basket was a bottle of Glenlivet.

Those were the days.

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retired cynic  Jul 9, 2019 • 8:05:43pm

re: #54 teleskiguy

zowee

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gocart mozart  Jul 9, 2019 • 8:05:54pm
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gocart mozart  Jul 9, 2019 • 8:08:49pm
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teleskiguy  Jul 9, 2019 • 8:09:32pm

re: #55 retired cynic

zowee

My days in Steamboat Springs, CO are the very definition of ‘salad days.’ I skied everyday. I rode my bike everywhere. I was courted by very cool older women. ☺️

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Patricia Kayden  Jul 9, 2019 • 8:15:16pm
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gocart mozart  Jul 9, 2019 • 8:15:16pm
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Ace Rothstein  Jul 9, 2019 • 8:16:29pm

re: #59 Patricia Kayden

The molestation is the point.

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retired cynic  Jul 9, 2019 • 8:18:46pm

It is not enough to end the camps. The criminals must be caught, prosecuted, and incarcerated. Branded as sexual predators all their lives.

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Patricia Kayden  Jul 9, 2019 • 8:19:53pm

re: #7 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

His defense was weak, imho. He should have listened to his son.
medium.com

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teleskiguy  Jul 9, 2019 • 8:25:30pm
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jaunte  Jul 9, 2019 • 8:28:02pm
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jaunte  Jul 9, 2019 • 8:28:56pm

I hope UT is the beginning of a trend back to universities actually investing their money in educating students instead of forcing them into lifetime debt.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Jul 9, 2019 • 8:30:22pm

re: #15 teleskiguy

Naked corruption.

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The Home Depot in Frankfort closed; I guess it couldn’t compete with the Lowe’s across the street from it, which makes me happy to be a Lowe’s customer.

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teleskiguy  Jul 9, 2019 • 8:32:46pm

Broken fucking record.

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teleskiguy  Jul 9, 2019 • 8:34:17pm

re: #67 NO SMOCKING GUN!

The Home Depot in Frankfort closed; I guess it couldn’t compete with the Lowe’s across the street from it, which makes me happy to be a Lowe’s customer.

Funny thing. I can drive east 27 miles to a Home Depot right next to a Walmart, or I can drive 27 miles west to a Lowe’s which is across the street from a Target.

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gocart mozart  Jul 9, 2019 • 8:40:01pm
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BigPapa  Jul 9, 2019 • 8:41:43pm

Skynet 2.0

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mmmirele  Jul 9, 2019 • 8:51:21pm

re: #20 Old Liberal

Big problem in South America. Illegal mining run by drug cartels. Miners come in, end up nearly slaves. Pollution, danger, sex crimes. Really bad.

“Artisanal” (or subsistence) gold mining is tearing up the Amazon region. I was reading an article about this in Spanish earlier this week. The gold miners, who work on a very small scale (hence “artisanal”) use mercury to leach out minute gold particles. The mercury is poisoning parts of the Amazon forest watershed. The mining itself is tearing up the jungle at or near the Amazon or its many tributaries.

Here’s the article in Spanish, which also has pictures of what this mining is doing.

lavozdeldespertar.com

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The Ghost of Quesos Past  Jul 9, 2019 • 8:59:58pm

re: #71 BigPapa

Skynet 2.0

Robert McNamara’s dubious figures that support we’re winning in Vietnam 2.0.

The outside possibility of a hard AI gone wrong killing us all is far away. Shitty algorithms based on stupid human assumptions and a view of analytics as a source of unquestionable veracity killing a few million people is…very soon.

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Dread Pirate  Jul 9, 2019 • 9:10:00pm

A coalition of one.

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gocart mozart  Jul 9, 2019 • 9:11:19pm
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gocart mozart  Jul 9, 2019 • 9:15:52pm
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BigPapa  Jul 9, 2019 • 9:22:22pm

Caption This

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The Ghost of Quesos Past  Jul 9, 2019 • 9:29:57pm

re: #73 The Ghost of Quesos Past

The other thing to be scared of?

People that want to justify a conclusion they’ve already reached will build software that counterfeits analysis but reaches a foregone result. Done well enough, you’d have to climb into the guts of the algorithm to falsify it.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jul 9, 2019 • 9:38:10pm

re: #77 BigPapa

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Decatur Deb  Jul 9, 2019 • 9:41:49pm

re: #78 The Ghost of Quesos Past

The other thing to be scared of?

People that want to justify a conclusion they’ve already reached will build software that counterfeits analysis but reaches a foregone result. Done well enough, you’d have to climb into the guts of the algorithm to falsify it.

In the 90s, the Army contracted for a massive computerization program to run the day-to-day functions of all installations world-wide. It was one of the biggest IT contracts let to that time. Simply because of scale, it went so FUBAHR that it was featured in a Scientific American article and an algorithm to predict the likelihood of a grand project’s failure.

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austin_blue  Jul 9, 2019 • 9:41:57pm

re: #70 gocart mozart

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As a 63 year-old straight white man, I must say that I love that woman. She is the absolute apogee of a human being.

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MsJ  Jul 9, 2019 • 9:45:25pm

re: #71 BigPapa

Skynet 2.0

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How about a nice game of chess?

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Decatur Deb  Jul 9, 2019 • 9:46:05pm

re: #82 MsJ

How about a nice game of chess?

There is another system.

en.wikipedia.org

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MsJ  Jul 9, 2019 • 9:48:33pm

re: #77 BigPapa

Every female in that picture had the Stepford look, except maybe the eldest daughter, who looks like she could kill him with malice aforethought.

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austin_blue  Jul 9, 2019 • 9:52:12pm

re: #73 The Ghost of Quesos Past

Robert McNamara’s dubious figures that support we’re winning in Vietnam 2.0.

The outside possibility of a hard AI gone wrong killing us all is far away. Shitty algorithms based on stupid human assumptions and a view of analytics as a source of unquestionable veracity killing a few million people is…very soon.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again : the US Navy has Submarine Squadron Six based in Qatar.

These are either the most capable hunter/killer boats in the world, or they are not.

If they are, the Iranians couldn’t get close to those tankers to plant mines on them.

If they are, the boats, which left from UAR and Saudi ports, had mines placed on them in those ports.

Who made the best PR off the explosions? Iran or Saudi Arabia?

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MsJ  Jul 9, 2019 • 9:52:24pm

re: #83 Decatur Deb

There is another system.

en.wikipedia.org

Well that sounds like a cheery flick.

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William Lewis  Jul 9, 2019 • 9:53:40pm

re: #83 Decatur Deb

There is another system.

I had almost forgotten that one.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 9, 2019 • 9:59:48pm

Bank of America sends me an e-mail…

Can you comfortably retire with a million dollars invested in the stock market?

Hey BofA! Are you fucking kidding me?

Who here has a million dollars invested in the stock market?

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Decatur Deb  Jul 9, 2019 • 10:00:53pm

re: #86 MsJ

re: #87 William Lewis

Written in 1966—the true ancestor.

“In time you will come to regard me not only with respect and awe, but with love.”

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TedStriker  Jul 9, 2019 • 10:03:04pm

re: #82 MsJ

How about a nice game of chess?

The only winning move is not to play…

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DodgerFan1988  Jul 9, 2019 • 10:17:40pm

“Don’t want to get groped, sleep on concrete, drink toilet water? Then don’t come here!”
Typical conservative tweets in response to this report.

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mmmirele  Jul 9, 2019 • 10:22:19pm

The church formerly known as Mormon sent out a survey to some church members asking how they would feel if the church lowered the age for bishop interviews to eight. These interviews currently start at just before age 12, and have been seriously criticized because some bishops have asked teenagers sexually inappropriate questions (like, “do you masturbate? have you had sex?” I could go on but it gets gross).

Some of the recipients were REALLY upset about the survey and took screenshots as they answered it, and turned those screenshots over to a Utah TV station. Here’s the story:

kutv.com

Here’s screenshots from the person who turned over the survey about how she felt…

I’d just note that the church formerly known as Mormon bounced a guy last year for publicly challenging the organization on its continued insistence on invasive youth interviews. Sam Young is still planning on holding a rally in Salt Lake City at the next General Conference…it’s not clear if this includes a march up to Temple Square from the City-County building, but it should. But this feels like the church is doubling down on its invasiveness and I hope there’s a LOT of pushback. Untrained accountants and lawyers and middle managers called “bishops” should not be asking questions that are only appropriate for police to be asking under very specific circumstances.

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sagehen  Jul 9, 2019 • 10:22:24pm

re: #6 Patricia Kayden

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That’s Brazil, right? I seem to remember their new President has encouraged that sort of behavior. He doesn’t think the rain forest is worth saving.

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austin_blue  Jul 9, 2019 • 10:30:00pm

re: #88 Joe Bacon 🌹

Bank of America sends me an e-mail…

Can you comfortably retire with a million dollars invested in the stock market?

Hey BofA! Are you fucking kidding me?

Who here has a million dollars invested in the stock market?

Well, not me.

And I am like a lot of Americans. I worked for the Government for twenty years. I have a retirement pension that includes health insurance for me and my wife. It drops about $2800 a month into my bank account.

We made some investments that turned out OK, bit it was mostly in Roth IRAs. They total about $50,000. Social Security in a couple of years will kick around another $2,200 a month.

However, I am sitting on a house that we bought in 1997 for $155,000 and is now worth north of $750,000.

The property tax last year was over $12,000. Texas has no income tax, so property tax is huge and hits retired folks like me like a bat to the head.

I think we will be all right, but we are one State Statute change from being paupers.

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sagehen  Jul 9, 2019 • 10:30:33pm

re: #59 Patricia Kayden

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He’ll claim he was just searching for contraband… and no matter how patently obvious it is that he’s lying, we can’t prove it.

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austin_blue  Jul 9, 2019 • 10:33:12pm

Night all, sweet scaly dreams.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 9, 2019 • 10:40:09pm

re: #94 austin_blue

Well, not me.

And I am like a lot of Americans. I worked for the Government for twenty years. I have a retirement pension that includes health insurance for me and my wife. It drops about $2800 a month into my bank account.

We made some investments that turned out OK, bit it was mostly in Roth IRAs. They total about $50,000. Social Security in a couple of years will kick around another $2,200 a month.

However, I am sitting on a house that we bought in 1997 for $155,000 and is now worth north of $750,000.

The property tax last year was over $12,000. Texas has no income tax, so property tax is huge and hits retired folks like me like a bat to the head.

I think we will be all right, but we are one State Statute change from being paupers.

Same here, though I am much poorer than you.

My wife has the remains of her IRA from Digital Equipment’s retirement fund, which when it was turned over to a bank by Digital to operate lost over 90% of it in what turned out to be a large fraud case. She has about $50,000.

Our house we bought for $12,000 after the sale of our home in Oklahoma for $7,000. Improvements to our house caused the assessor to raise its tax value to about $15,000. Our property taxes were about $400 this year. We have a state income tax but are too poor to pay anything.

Property taxes in Nebraska are ranked 44th in the nation, Texas is 45th. [edit, I got that backward, 44th and 45th refer to the lowest rate, not the highest, thus TX and NE are near the top]
wallethub.com

Where they actually get you on taxes in Texas is sales taxes.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 9, 2019 • 10:44:58pm

re: #86 MsJ

re: #87 William Lewis

re: #89 Decatur Deb

Brilliantly written. The closing monologue is perfectly chilling.

Colossus The Forbin Project Ending

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 9, 2019 • 10:46:21pm

re: #97 Anymouse 🌹

I got that backward up there. Texas and Nebraska are near the highest, not the lowest.

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goddamnedfrank  Jul 9, 2019 • 10:58:23pm

Good point

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sagehen  Jul 9, 2019 • 11:27:22pm

So is anybody else here watching Years & Years (on HBO)? I’ve only just got through the first episode, which

takes place in 2024 in a post-Brexit England, one of the main characters works in Refugee Housing Assistance (lots of Ukrainians, since Russia conquered the place and instituted full Russia Rules)…

Anyway, a bunch of the characters are unbelievably stupid. Like, worse than Idiocracy stupid. And I’m wondering if rising CO levels is the explanation they’re going to get to.

Thoughts?

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 9, 2019 • 11:28:08pm

re: #100 goddamnedfrank

Good point

You rarely see the same applied in reverse: Underage men.

When it’s an adult woman who commits statutory rape with a boy, “he wanted it” (cue sexy teacher memes).

When it’s an adult man who does the same, the boy is generally referred to as a boy, a child, or a teenager.

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goddamnedfrank  Jul 9, 2019 • 11:30:08pm
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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 9, 2019 • 11:49:55pm

Yvette Carnell is the head of Progressives for Immigration Reform, a front group for John Tanton’s wildly-racist group FAIR.

Her group is part of the rodent copulation from certain segments of African-Americans calling Kamala Harris “not a real African-American.”

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Dread Pirate  Jul 10, 2019 • 12:02:11am

SpaceX fairing cam

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Dread Pirate  Jul 10, 2019 • 12:08:08am
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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 12:16:50am

re: #104 Anymouse 🌹

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goddamnedfrank  Jul 10, 2019 • 12:22:22am
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Dread Pirate  Jul 10, 2019 • 12:22:39am
anti African, pro trump rhetoric.

the jig is up

o.O

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goddamnedfrank  Jul 10, 2019 • 12:31:08am

...

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Scout  Jul 10, 2019 • 12:37:44am

If you’re in need of a good laugh and a Clash fan, this is the video for you:

The Clash - The Last Gang In Town (2013)

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 10, 2019 • 1:45:41am

So, in other news, we’re still fucked.

The continuous accumulation of carbon dioxide in the planet’s oceans—which shows no sign of stopping due to humanity’s relentless consumption of fossil fuels—is likely to trigger a chemical reaction in Earth’s carbon cycle similar to those which happened just before mass extinction events, according to a new study.

MIT geophysics professor Daniel Rothman released new data on Monday showing that carbon levels today could be fast approaching a tipping point threshold that could trigger extreme ocean acidification similar to the kind that contributed to the Permian-Triassic mass extinction that occurred about 250 million years ago.

Rothman’s new research comes two years after he predicted that a mass extinction event could take place at the end of this century. Since 2017, he has been working to understand how life on Earth might be wiped out due to increased carbon in the oceans.

Rothman created a model in which he simulated adding carbon dioxide to oceans, finding that when the gas was added to an already-stable marine environment, only temporary acidification occurred.

When he continuously pumped carbon into the oceans, however, as humans have been doing at greater and greater levels since the late 18th century, the ocean model eventually reached a threshold which triggered what MIT called “a cascade of chemical feedbacks,” or “excitation,” causing extreme acidification and worsening the warming effects of the originally-added carbon.

commondreams.org

Scientist makes prediction - and then updates said prediction - and of course, politicians, leaders and ordinary folk pretty much ignore it, even though all the alarm klaxons are going off at an ever-increasing pace and volume.

Yep……that pretty much describes the opening five minutes of every Roland Emmerich disaster flick.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 1:50:58am

This is the kind of crap which comes out of the Astroturf group PFIR of John Tanton:

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 2:21:04am

Why ADOS Is Trash. Recepits Attached. (Goes to Medium, by Talib Kweli Greene, April 10)

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 2:34:50am

Kool-Aid Days 2019 (goes to the tourism site Visit Nebraska)

Since I’m one of their most loyal customers (Kool-Aid was invented in Hastings), my wife suggests we go this year.

Schedule of Events (goes to Kool-Aid Days Website)

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jul 10, 2019 • 2:58:14am

Imagine someone at McClatchy thinking this is a headline worth writing:

Can Lindsey Graham help improve the GOP’s image on the environment?

Now imagine this paragraph in the story:

The two parties have historically differed in their approaches to protecting the environment. Democrats have typically favored more government regulations on carbon emissions and use of natural resources, for instance, while Republicans worry about creating too many regulatory burdens for American businesses and prefer to create incentives for environmental innovation instead.

And it not being quotes (from Graham) but written by the McClatchy writer EMMA DUMAIN.

And then imagine the writer putting this down on electrons:

Democrats and Republicans also have found themselves at odds over the concept of climate change and whether human activities have contributed to the phenomenon of global warming. Democrats embrace the theory of climate change as a man-made problem, while many Republicans are either reluctant to acknowledge it or disagree with the science behind it.

The phrase “theory of climate change as a man-made problem” doesn’t even parse well as an English sentence, unless the writer means the (inappropriate worded) “theory” is the “problem”.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jul 10, 2019 • 3:01:44am

McClatchy has really gone downhill over the years. They have not weathered the sea-change in news that well.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jul 10, 2019 • 3:02:42am
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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jul 10, 2019 • 3:07:10am

Trump ambassador revelations: Brexiters reveal the Trump-love game-plan

[…]

So the content matters less than the fact of the leak. Someone - maybe a civil servant, maybe a minister - seems to be after the ambassador, Kim Darroch. The contents were leaked to Isabel Oakeshott, the journalist who acts as the de-facto communications office of Aaron Banks, Nigel Farage’s donor. The Brexit party leader quickly popped up to demand Darroch be sacked. And their leave.eu outfit then stepped up to launch its campaign to make sure Farage replaced him. Incredible timing.

Darroch is facing the usual fate of the non-believers, those have not achieved full Brexit transcendance and therefore must be ejected from their position before they can keep asking critical questions.

But the story also shows something else: When you scratch at the surface of this movement for total British sovereignty, you quite often find servility to the US lying underneath.

[…]

To no one’s surprise.

Brexiters are at heart Trumpers, but those who can complete a sentence.

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Scout  Jul 10, 2019 • 3:08:57am

re: #117 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

McClatchy has really gone downhill over the years. They have not weathered the sea-change in news that well.

They were great in the lead-up to the shrub’s invasion of Iraq. In the face of all the jingoistic cheerleading (like on this site) they reported clearly that the weapons of mass destruction were a hoax.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jul 10, 2019 • 3:12:44am

re: #120 Scout

The writer of the article I linked seems to have SC connections. I suspect the South Carolina McClatchy outlets are shaped much by the society down there.

Note how the writer pulls out “theory” in a way reminiscent of creationists when they refer to evolution.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 3:15:03am

re: #116 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Imagine someone at McClatchy thinking this is a headline worth writing:

Can Lindsey Graham help improve the GOP’s image on the environment?

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The phrase “theory of climate change as a man-made problem” doesn’t even parse well as an English sentence, unless the writer means the (inappropriate worded) “theory” is the “problem”.

It is the same disingenuous argument many Christians use when they say “Evolution is just a theory.”

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jul 10, 2019 • 3:29:56am

As expected, a tropical depression is trying to form off the panhandle coast of Florida:

Models have indicated for several days that the gulf coast is in for a problem. Currently the GFS model has a tropical depression turning into a tropical storm, but the problem is the system hangs off the coast of NOLA for over two days, meaning a lot of flooding.

Louisiana overall may be under rain for 4 days or more.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 3:35:24am

re: #123 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

As expected, a tropical depression is trying to form off the panhandle coast of Florida:

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Models have indicated for several days that the gulf coast is in for a problem. Currently the GFS model has a tropical depression turning into a tropical storm, but the problem is the system hangs off the coast of NOLA for over two days, meaning a lot of flooding.

Louisiana overall may be under rain for 4 days or more.

Strange a disturbance which could strike Texas or Louisiana started in Tennessee.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jul 10, 2019 • 3:40:47am

re: #124 Anymouse 🌹

Strange a disturbance which could strike Texas or Louisiana started in Tennessee.

It’s the remnants of a low pressure system that spent days working its way through the SE US.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jul 10, 2019 • 3:42:19am

Wettest 12 Months in U.S. History, Yet Again

Topping a remarkable record that was set just a month earlier, the year-long period ending in June was the wettest 12-month span in U.S. records that go back to 1895. For the 48 contiguous U.S. states, precipitation averaged 37.86” over the period from July 2018 to June 2019. The previous record for any 12-month period was 37.68”, recorded from June 2018 to May 2019. No other year-long spans on record have averaged more than 37 inches for the entire nation.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jul 10, 2019 • 3:47:36am

GFS expected 11 day total accumulated precipitation (through 21 Jul):

Of course the direction of the impending tropical storm is uncertain and it may well go farther west (to the TX/LA border.)

Still, there is a real threat that NOLA gets a couple feet of rain over a few days.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jul 10, 2019 • 3:53:27am

Because of the extensive spring precipitation in the upper Missouri/Mississippi river system, the lower Mississippi is currently quite high… meaning torrential rains in Louisiana can quickly become a flood problem.

So this may be the dominant news story by next weekend.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 3:54:07am

The Epstein case just widened:

Billionaire in sex crime case has NM ties (Albuquerque Journal)

SANTA FE - Wealthy hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein, arrested anew over the weekend in New York for sex trafficking and conspiracy, also has been accused of sex crimes at his New Mexico mansion south of Santa Fe.

He’s never faced criminal charges here, despite allegations of sexual misconduct at his ranch near Stanley that have emerged in civil litigation.

(more)

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 3:55:33am

re: #128 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Because of the extensive spring precipitation in the upper Missouri/Mississippi river system, the lower Mississippi is currently quite high… meaning torrential rains in Louisiana can quickly become a flood problem.

So this may be the dominant news story by next weekend.

The Upper Missouri system is already quite high, as evidenced by the North Platte River being out of its banks for weeks here.

Even without a tropical storm, Louisiana’s going to have problems for a while.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jul 10, 2019 • 3:58:17am

re: #130 Anymouse 🌹

See the river gauges on the lower Mississippi:

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Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire  Jul 10, 2019 • 4:22:03am

re: #14 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

If they’re not residents of NY 14th Congressional District, I wouldn’t think they have standing

Trump has now lost twice over blocking people from his Twitter account.

nytimes.com

If he can’t do it, neither can AOC.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 4:34:19am

re: #131 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

See the river gauges on the lower Mississippi:

I don’t know how to get USGS to display maps for my area. All they show are tightly-bunched recorded numbers of flow rate and such in a table.

The National Weather Service has a map for my state, which shows flooding mostly receded now except on the Niobrara River in the northeast, and the Loup River system in the centre of the state.

water.weather.gov

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HappyWarrior  Jul 10, 2019 • 4:35:43am

Lre: #132 Michele: Out of the closet, Into the fire

Trump has now lost twice over blocking people from his Twitter account.

nytimes.com

If he can’t do it, neither can AOC.

Yep. Government officials.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 4:41:16am

Thread, three tweets:

Boris Johnson gets to appoint someone now from the Court of St. James’s, though it seemed likely he would fire Sir Kim if he didn’t resign anyway.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jul 10, 2019 • 4:44:04am

re: #135 Anymouse 🌹

As the link I posted earlier implied, it well could have been a Brexiter who leaked the memo in the hopes that they could push out any anti-Brexit folk from positions of influence.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 4:45:11am

re: #136 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

As the link I posted earlier implied, it well could have been a Brexiter who leaked the memo in the hopes that they could push out any anti-Brexit folk from positions of influence.

He wouldn’t have had influence very long anyway.

As a wag on Twitter noted: Why do we need an ambassador to Twitter anyway?

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BlueSpotinAL  Jul 10, 2019 • 4:53:33am

re: #88 Joe Bacon 🌹

Bank of America sends me an e-mail…

Can you comfortably retire with a million dollars invested in the stock market?

Hey BofA! Are you fucking kidding me?

Who here has a million dollars invested in the stock market?

By now my plumber should have.

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Decatur Deb  Jul 10, 2019 • 4:57:04am

re: #138 BlueSpotinAL

By now my plumber should have.

There are pool boys in Miami…

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 4:57:39am

Gag.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 4:59:44am

re: #140 Anymouse 🌹

And the comments are keeping it Klassy:

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jul 10, 2019 • 5:01:53am
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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jul 10, 2019 • 5:06:55am

re: #142 Backwoods_Sleuth

Even here in San Diego county, $2.5M will buy you quite a bit of house. Sure, there are plenty of properties priced much higher, but even a coast house goes under $2M unless you want a huge property.

How can anyone have that big of a mortgage in Kansas?

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Jul 10, 2019 • 5:08:27am

re: #86 MsJ

Well that sounds like a cheery flick.

That is based on Book 1 of the Colossus Trilogy. The other books are “The Fall of Colossus” and “Colossus and The Crab”.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jul 10, 2019 • 5:10:53am
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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 5:14:13am

re: #143 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Even here in San Diego county, $2.5M will buy you quite a bit of house. Sure, there are plenty of properties priced much higher, but even a coast house goes under $2M unless you want a huge property.

How can anyone have that big of a mortgage in Kansas?

You can have a pretty big mortgage if you bought a large farm.

I don’t think that’s what they’re complaining about.

Their monthly takehome after taxes is more than my everything takehome in a whole year.

I need to win more than free tickets in the lotto, I guess.

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Decatur Deb  Jul 10, 2019 • 5:15:26am

re: #142 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Putting a whopping 1/500th to charity. Too much for a libertarian, too little for a tithe.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Jul 10, 2019 • 5:16:38am
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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jul 10, 2019 • 5:19:31am

re: #146 Anymouse 🌹

You can have a pretty big mortgage if you bought a large farm.

It’d have be a good sized ranch, maybe over 500 acres (almost a mile square.)

But why would a CTO and a model choose to live on a such a ranch when they obviously couldn’t work it.

I think the “mortgage” line is just cover for a lot of other things than principal residence.

Maybe a mortgage on a yacht, plus a timeshare…

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Dave In Austin  Jul 10, 2019 • 5:22:39am

Bullshit in NOLA..

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steve_davis  Jul 10, 2019 • 5:26:26am

re: #77 BigPapa

Caption This

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kids sporting their 20 dollar haircuts, in a land where a good haircut apparently costs 21 dollars. I say nothing bad about the kids. Hey, kids! I love you! Your Dad’s a first-rate c****, but you kids are o.k.!!

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Dave In Austin  Jul 10, 2019 • 5:29:44am
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Decatur Deb  Jul 10, 2019 • 5:31:56am

re: #149 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

It’d have be a good sized ranch, maybe over 500 acres (almost a mile square.)

But why would a CTO and a model choose to live on a such a ranch when they obviously couldn’t work it.

I think the “mortgage” line is just cover for a lot of other things than principal residence.

Maybe a mortgage on a yacht, plus a timeshare…

Hate to be cold, but where is a model working in Kansas? We used to shoot a lot of Kansas girls for the Sears catalog, but that was on 7th Ave.

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Citizen K  Jul 10, 2019 • 5:32:04am
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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 5:38:06am

Derpowitz speaks:

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 5:42:31am

A morning 1-2 punch from JJ

#1

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 5:42:58am

#2

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MsJ  Jul 10, 2019 • 5:52:41am

Hey @lawhawk, if you get a chance, take a look at this. I would be interested in your take. Below is a small part.

Robert Mueller made a significant legal error and erroneously cleared President Donald Trump and his campaign of wrongdoing on campaign coordination with Russia. Mueller’s errors meant that, first, he failed to conclude that the Trump campaign criminally coordinated with Russia; second, he failed to indict campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates for felony campaign coordination (see in a concise timeline below); third, the 10 acts of felony obstruction in Volume II fell flat among the general public because it lacked compelling context of these underlying crimes between the campaign and Russia. On top of these errors, the former special counsel said he deliberately wrote the report to be unclear because it would be unfair to make clear criminal accusations against a president.

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lawhawk  Jul 10, 2019 • 5:55:57am

re: #128 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Because of the extensive spring precipitation in the upper Missouri/Mississippi river system, the lower Mississippi is currently quite high… meaning torrential rains in Louisiana can quickly become a flood problem.

So this may be the dominant news story by next weekend.

The entire river system is maxing out the flood control systems in place, and if there’s a major storm over the Lower Mississippi, that means that the water upstream has no where to go and will start flooding upstream and downstream.

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jeffreyw  Jul 10, 2019 • 5:56:32am

Good morning!

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MsJ  Jul 10, 2019 • 5:56:38am

re: #157 Joe Bacon 🌹

#2

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That is some article. I hope it’s true (in part, the additional violence they’re displaying is disheartening).

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MsJ  Jul 10, 2019 • 5:57:00am

re: #160 jeffreyw

Well, THAT looks ominous.

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steve_davis  Jul 10, 2019 • 5:58:29am

re: #102 Anymouse 🌹

You rarely see the same applied in reverse: Underage men.

When it’s an adult woman who commits statutory rape with a boy, “he wanted it” (cue sexy teacher memes).

When it’s an adult man who does the same, the boy is generally referred to as a boy, a child, or a teenager.

re: #142 Backwoods_Sleuth

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so he’s putting 18k into a 401k, and contributing 1,000 a month to charity? This past year, I’ve made 1,000 a month total. Fuck him. Here’s how to survive on 500k. Get a nice little studio apartment. Pay cash for your car and then drive it until it dies. Go to Amazon and order a case of Wolfgang Puck soups. They’ll ship it for free. You can mix and match. Not sure how you spend a 100 a month on bitcoin. If you’re spending a 100 a month on bitcoin, you deserve the shitty cards you’ve been apparently been dealt, what with being unable to survive on 500k.

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lawhawk  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:01:23am
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lawhawk  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:01:58am
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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:09:59am

re: #156 Joe Bacon 🌹

GAAA. Texas sharpshooter fallacy. Literally all Qanon got right was “there are paedophiles.”

Duh.

Fail for Betteridge’s Law of Headlines.

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Eventual Carrion  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:10:06am

re: #77 BigPapa

Caption This

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“Redrum!”

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Eventual Carrion  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:10:56am

re: #79 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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Damn, should have read ahead :-)

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Citizen K  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:12:57am

Uh…yeah, this sounds like it should be a big deal:

Thread goes on, but my Italian friend got floored when I linked him this just a little while ago.

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MsJ  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:17:40am
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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:20:01am

re: #169 Citizen K

Uh…yeah, this sounds like it should be a big deal:

Thread goes on, but my Italian friend got floored when I linked him this just a little while ago.

I’m not really sure what anyone can do about corrupt conservative politicians, regardless of nation.

It would seem that telling Russia “you can’t play anymore with any trade” might work, but no one’s going to do that.

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lawhawk  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:23:07am

re: #170 MsJ

It never should have been extended because even a cursory look at his cartoons would have found him to be a typical right wing bigot who’s a racist and anti-Semitic (but treats Trump like a Greek hero).

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:23:14am
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lawhawk  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:23:25am
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Old Liberal  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:23:29am

re: #171 Anymouse 🌹

I’m not really sure what anyone can do about corrupt conservative politicians, regardless of nation.

It would seem that telling Russia “you can’t play anymore with any trade” might work, but no one’s going to do that.

When you consider that almost half of France and Denmark were pro nazi up to and including their invasion, it would seem once again that some people only learn the hard way

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Sir John Barron  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:23:41am

re: #140 Anymouse 🌹

Gag.

Mr. POTUS Greatest American President can you tell us why You’re so Awesome?

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Sir John Barron  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:24:30am

So DJT and rightwing media will properly cheer on our American Women’s World Soccer champs today, right?

/

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:24:47am

re: #171 Anymouse 🌹

I still maintain we need to “go nuclear”……expel Russia from SWIFT/IBAN.

With any luck, this would have the effect of collapsing Russia’s banking system.

This should’ve been done after they invaded Crimea and eastern Ukraine.

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Citizen K  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:24:49am

re: #171 Anymouse 🌹

I’m not really sure what anyone can do about corrupt conservative politicians, regardless of nation.

It would seem that telling Russia “you can’t play anymore with any trade” might work, but no one’s going to do that.

…I suppose this ends up rather related to that worry.

Time for some traffic problems in the Supreme Court docket.

Last week, the high court announced it would hear arguments in the infamous ‘Bridgegate’ case, where officials in former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s office were convicted of fraud and abuse of office for engineering a traffic jam as a form of political payback.

The court’s decision to hear the case follows two decisions over the past 10 years that have tamped down laws traditionally used to bring corruption cases against public officials.

Bridgegate could be a third notch in what legal experts described to TPM as a trend in the Supreme Court’s thinking on the topic, moving to limit the scope of statutes traditionally used to hold public officials accountable for corruption. This has stoked concern that the court may be poised to define public corruption so narrowly as to extinguish future prosecutions.

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:25:55am

re: #177 Sir John Barron

Downstairs I linked to a Breitbart Facebook meme aimed at getting their full-time haters to really hate on the women’s soccer team.

And it worked, with nearly a hundred thousand drooling posts.

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lawhawk  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:26:23am

With all the problems Boeing is facing with the 737Max, you know what else is going to get hurt? US trade balance, because aircraft is one of the biggest industries for exports, and Boeing is the nation’s biggest exporter. Annually, it’s a nearly $100 billion, so what happens with Boeing will help/harm the trade balance.

That means, if Trump wants to interfere and muck about with the trade balance, he could push for the FAA to certify the changes, or he could delay them even further.

We’ve repeatedly seen Trump interfere in business actions, and I wouldn’t put this past him either.

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Belafon  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:26:59am

re: #78 The Ghost of Quesos Past

The other thing to be scared of?

People that want to justify a conclusion they’ve already reached will build software that counterfeits analysis but reaches a foregone result. Done well enough, you’d have to climb into the guts of the algorithm to falsify it.

So, no different than statistics.

There are already groups working on standards for training AI algorithms and determining what data an algorithm is being trained on.

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Sir John Barron  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:27:21am

re: #180 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Downstairs I linked to a Breitbart Facebook meme aimed at getting their full-time haters to really hate on the women’s soccer team.

And it worked, with nearly a hundred thousand drooling posts.

Sigh.

Yeah the reichwing is really FOR free speech and AGAINST political correctness except when THEY’RE offended by something or someone.

/

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:28:00am

re: #151 steve_davis

kids sporting their 20 dollar haircuts, in a land where a good haircut apparently costs 21 dollars. I say nothing bad about the kids. Hey, kids! I love you! Your Dad’s a first-rate c****, but you kids are o.k.!!

Stepford wife and daughters. I feel extreme pity for that family. They will grow and become what their father’s (and, I guess, mother’s) attitudes will dictate and Gillead is in their future as Aunts.

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Old Liberal  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:28:47am

re: #180 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Downstairs I linked to a Breitbart Facebook meme aimed at getting their full-time haters to really hate on the women’s soccer team.

And it worked, with nearly a hundred thousand drooling posts.

Yes, but I think if you went to elementary schools you would find millions of girls who are emulating the USWNT in spite of asshole parents. If the future hurried up and gets here we might have a future

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:30:38am

re: #159 lawhawk

The entire river system is maxing out the flood control systems in place, and if there’s a major storm over the Lower Mississippi, that means that the water upstream has no where to go and will start flooding upstream and downstream.

But no climate change. Nope. Not on our planet. It’s all just a normal shift from planting season to “swimming on the farm” season.

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Belafon  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:31:05am

One of the things to demand when you see a machine learning algorithm being used is what data set it used for training. If you wanted to get in early, you could start a certification company.

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Belafon  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:33:19am

re: #158 MsJ

Hey @lawhawk, if you get a chance, take a look at this. I would be interested in your take. Below is a small part.

I didn’t think he’d cleared Trump. He’d said that he couldn’t clear Trump, the data was inconclusive, and that part of the problem was that he wasn’t allowed to interview Trump and some others.

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lawhawk  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:33:48am

re: #159 lawhawk

The Army Corps and forecasts are warning that the Mississippi will crest at 19 feet in NOLA during the Invest92 event (what could potentially become Tropical Storm Barry). The levees are designed to 20 feet. Wave action could overtop the levees. We could see even high surge, which would overwhelm the flood protection system in place.

None of this is good news. This storm is likely hitting while the river is still well above normal flow thanks to the wet spring/summer thus far across the watershed.

Katrina’s flood surge was 13 feet. If a storm like that hit with the current conditions, NOLA would cease to exist (and I’m not being alarmist). It would flood nearly the entire city with more than 10 feet of water.

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lawhawk  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:38:13am

re: #158 MsJ

I don’t think he cleared Trump of crimes. Mueller has stated that he didn’t get the full cooperation, and there’s still portions of the report that aren’t public.

It further falls to the issue of impeachment and that Mueller threw the case to Congress since he couldn’t indict due to DOJ policy.

It is plausible that Mueller missed campaign finance violations because he didn’t have experts on his team looking at that aspect, but that could be rectified going forward - and the House could dig into this too (both in the Mueller testimony and via impeachment).

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MsJ  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:39:37am
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b.d.  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:40:18am

re: #170 MsJ

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It will be hard pressed to top better news than this today!

White House pulls cartoonist Ben Garrison’s invite to social media summit over anti-Semitic cartoon

Can’t wait to see Ben’s reaction!

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Old Liberal  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:42:05am

re: #192 b.d.

It will be hard pressed to top better news than this today!

Can’t wait to see Ben’s reaction!

He’ll be fine. Humiliation is the point of conservatism

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:43:25am

re: #181 lawhawk

We’ve repeatedly seen Trump interfere in business actions, and I wouldn’t put this past him either.

My argument as to why the whole concept of a unitary government leader is wrong. We decided that kings were bad (and wrote it down) back in the 18th century.

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Colère Tueur de Lapin  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:45:28am

re: #182 Belafon

So, no different than statistics.

That is an unfair comment; yes, you can use statistics to push an incorrect conclusion, but properly used and applied, you shouldn’t distort like that.

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b.d.  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:49:30am

re: #193 Old Liberal

He’ll be fine. Humiliation is the point of conservatism

LOL, he’ll blame the Jews for being dis-invited and in a way he’ll be right!

lol

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jeffreyw  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:52:54am

re: #162 MsJ

Well, THAT looks ominous.

That camera is in the shade of a small pine grove and the light sensor in it is quirky. Sometimes a cloud will dim the available light enough to trigger the B&W night mode. Often the result is an interesting capture.

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Belafon  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:53:04am

re: #195 Colère Tueur de Lapin

That is an unfair comment; yes, you can use statistics to push an incorrect conclusion, but properly used and applied, you shouldn’t distort like that.

And properly used and applied, machine learning algorithms can be used for all sorts of good purposes. And most people don’t understand how either machine learning or statistics works.

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NO SMOCKING GUN!  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:55:02am

Trump has done something to help people other than billionaires, for a change. vox.com

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lawhawk  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:56:52am

Dershowitz on Epstein:

“The indictment itself is fairly bare bones,” he said. “From my point of view, the important thing is that it doesn’t mention me.”

Dershowitz has been accused of participating in Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking operation. Virginia Giuffre, who is suing Dershowitz for defamation, claims she had sex with him as part of that operation.

It’s true- the indictment doesn’t specifically or explicitly mention Dershowitz.

Rather, it mentions that Epstein and associates conspired to engage in child sex trafficking.

The identify of the associates is not known.

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lawhawk  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:57:30am

re: #199 NO SMOCKING GUN!

Trump has done something to help people other than billionaires, for a change. vox.com

Broken clock moment.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 6:57:36am

re: #195 Colère Tueur de Lapin

That is an unfair comment; yes, you can use statistics to push an incorrect conclusion, but properly used and applied, you shouldn’t distort like that.

In 2012, there was a 100% murder rate in Angora, Nebraska.

One person was murdered (not the person who lives there).

You can absolutely distort statistics (see Christian apologists, see “OMYGOD Murder rate in Chicago” - lower than Louisiana and about half the population).

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 7:08:50am

re: #198 Belafon

And properly used and applied, machine learning algorithms can be used for all sorts of good purposes. And most people don’t understand how either machine learning or statistics works.

Machine learning alogrithms being used for good, like YouTube suggesting racist and Nazi videos to someone when they look for a video about a right wing figure?

What constitutes “for good purposes?” For a corporation, “good purposes” means “makes money.”

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 7:12:07am

re: #201 lawhawk

Broken clock moment.

It’s also a change that, as Politico’s Dan Diamond and Rachel Roubein note, reflects the personal histories of key policymakers. Melania Trump was hospitalized for kidney issues last year.

They look much larger today.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 7:16:48am

re: #199 NO SMOCKING GUN!

Trump has done something to help people other than billionaires, for a change. vox.com

Saying the person donating the kidney is no longer responsible for the expense of travel or removal of the kidney only means those costs will be passed on to the recipient

That means the price of a kidney transplant for recipients goes up at least double and probably more, moving those transplants further out of reach for the poor and middle class.

There’s no way an insurance company would cover it either (a health insurance company is not going to pay for hotels and travel).

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 7:35:08am
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HappyWarrior  Jul 10, 2019 • 7:36:21am

re: #206 Anymouse 🌹

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If done today, he would be being drafted to run against FDR.

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lawhawk  Jul 10, 2019 • 7:39:41am
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HappyWarrior  Jul 10, 2019 • 7:40:37am

I had a very interesting conversation with a German cousin. Apparently there’s a right wing movement in Germany that rejects the German republic and sees our country as occupiers. By linking patriotism with nationalism, Trump fuels this. It’s always interesting to talk to cousins abroad. It reminds me more intimately of my immigrant roots.

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Axolotl  Jul 10, 2019 • 7:43:26am

re: #27 The Pie Overlord!

Home Depot, meh. Lowe’s is much better.

As a veteran, Lowes treats you much better. They both give you a 10% discount but at Lowes it is a one time set up where HD they used to make you head over the customer service with your DD214. I mean it is cool that they do that but made you jump through hopes where the other just asked you for your account number (phone number) at check out.

The Lowes near me also has veteran parking. Again, not necessary but pretty cool. I leave it for the older gents but it is a nice gesture.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 10, 2019 • 7:46:11am

I remember my Dad telling me about Lindbergh.

I was a kid, reading Lindbergh’s autobiography “We” and my dad mentioned, “Well, he pulled off one helluva stunt, and he deserves credit for that, but later on, he ended up being a supporter of Hitler and the Nazis and no ever took him all that seriously ever again. He made some speech, before Pearl Harbor if I remember, and everyone figured he’d gone off his rocker.”

Yep. That was pretty much the end of Lucky Lindy right then and there.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 7:48:08am

re: #209 HappyWarrior

I had a very interesting conversation with a German cousin. Apparently there’s a right wing movement in Germany that rejects the German republic and sees our country as occupiers. By linking patriotism with nationalism, Trump fuels this. It’s always interesting to talk to cousins abroad. It reminds me more intimately of my immigrant roots.

I have a German friend who now lives in Switzerland (his wife is Swiss) who explained this to me.

Essentially, Germany has a movement similar to our so-called sovereign citizens who feel the Federal Republic of Germany is a fictional corporation, and the true Germany is the former German Empire under its Kaisers (including all the racism, antisemitism, and anti-Catholicism which goes with Germany’s Lutheran heritage).

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 10, 2019 • 7:48:52am

re: #209 HappyWarrior

I had a very interesting conversation with a German cousin. Apparently there’s a right wing movement in Germany that rejects the German republic and sees our country as occupiers. By linking patriotism with nationalism, Trump fuels this. It’s always interesting to talk to cousins abroad. It reminds me more intimately of my immigrant roots.

Yep. Reichsbürgers (“Reich Citizens”). Basically, a German variant of the Sovereign Citizen movement.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 10, 2019 • 7:49:32am

re: #212 Anymouse 🌹

Here’s a link. en.wikipedia.org

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 7:50:02am

In Los Angeles County—where home prices are higher than ever before and the homeless number just shy of sixty thousand—Uber co-founder and undeserving billionaire Garrett Camp has purchased a quaint seven-bedroom, 12,119-square-foot home for a mere $71 million, a downright bargain in comparison to this month’s record-breaking sale of the Holmby Hills mansion—with its 123 rooms, bowling alley, and nightclub—for $121 million.
thebaffler.com

And the rich wonder why we want to tax their obsession with money. I’d really like to see the American Psychiatric Association list “money hoarding” amongst the rest of their psychiatric disorders of hoarding.

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Hecuba's daughter  Jul 10, 2019 • 7:50:55am

re: #142 Backwoods_Sleuth

Where are the utilities? There doesn’t appear to be anything for gas/electricity. And only 40 per month for phone??? Where can I get that deal?

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 7:51:14am

re: #214 Dr Lizardo

You get a link! And you get a link! Everyone gets a link! - Oprah, maybe.

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Citizen K  Jul 10, 2019 • 7:55:49am

Fun. Fine. Fantastic. Just pass the fucking IOKIYAR just right fucking now, why don’t you? Because it’s fucking full and clear that nothing Trump and the GOP do or have done will ever result in any consequences except more fucking wins because the entire goddamn system is geared toward their benefit and desires.

Fuck it all.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 10, 2019 • 7:56:16am

re: #215 Anymouse 🌹

In Los Angeles County—where home prices are higher than ever before and the homeless number just shy of sixty thousand—Uber co-founder and undeserving billionaire Garrett Camp has purchased a quaint seven-bedroom, 12,119-square-foot home for a mere $71 million, a downright bargain in comparison to this month’s record-breaking sale of the Holmby Hills mansion—with its 123 rooms, bowling alley, and nightclub—for $121 million.
thebaffler.com

And the rich wonder why we want to tax their obsession with money. I’d really like to see the American Psychiatric Association list “money hoarding” amongst the rest of their psychiatric disorders of hoarding.

Not a psychiatrist, but I’d reckon there’s a good argument to be made that money hoarding is a form of compulsive hoarding and a type of obsessive behavior.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 10, 2019 • 7:57:19am

re: #209 HappyWarrior

I had a very interesting conversation with a German cousin. Apparently there’s a right wing movement in Germany that rejects the German republic and sees our country as occupiers. By linking patriotism with nationalism, Trump fuels this. It’s always interesting to talk to cousins abroad. It reminds me more intimately of my immigrant roots.

Granted, the way in which the Zone of Allied Occupation became the Federal Republic of Germany (later annexing the remains of the German Democratic Republic) was a bit quirky and historically unprecedented, but these “Free Citizens of the Reich”, the Freie Reichsbürger, insist that it is just a corporate entity with no sovereignty.

I have been translating documents for an aristocrat from Eastern Germany whose properties were expropriated by the Soviet Authorities and has been unable to receive any compensation.

As he has been shot down by every court he has gone to, he has also taken the tack of attacking the legitimacy and sovereignty of the Federal Republic of Germany

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Stanley Sea  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:00:04am
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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:01:01am

re: #214 Dr Lizardo

Here’s a link. en.wikipedia.org

Here’s another link:

Sovereign citizens: Terrorism assessment warns of rising threat from anti-government extremists (Goes to the Australian Broadcasting Company, an article from 2015)

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:02:30am

re: #221 Stanley Sea

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lawhawk  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:04:26am
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:05:52am
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Citizen K  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:10:39am

It really just honestly feels like Trump and the GOP have won beyond all scale far as completely transforming the courts. THey’re fully immunized for the duration and beyond, and nothing can shake that anymore. They’ve just outright fucking won.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:10:49am

re: #225 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Just come out and say what you mean: “If you want more money, then be quiet and don’t question people in power like good little girls.”

“Proper pay” is whatever the market will bear. The NFL, NBA and the National Leagues are brands and corporate entities. Soccer is an entirely different market.

Also, unlike, soccer, baseball, football or hockey, you cannot interrupt a soccer match every few minutes to put in a commercial break…

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:11:36am

re: #226 Citizen K

It really just honestly feels like Trump and the GOP have won beyond all scale far as completely transforming the courts. THey’re fully immunized for the duration and beyond, and nothing can shake that anymore. They’ve just outright fucking won.

This is truly distressing. means they will win any other challenges to their blatant corruption, conflict of interests and self-serving policies.

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Hecuba's daughter  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:13:00am

re: #221 Stanley Sea

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And weren’t all Hitler’s actions blessed by the German courts? Citizen’s United decision spelled the beginning of the end for this nation (Though perhaps it was Gore v Bush) The GOP is corrupt to its core — as is every current Republican judge, with a few rare exceptions for some appointed prior to this century.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:13:12am
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lawhawk  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:14:32am

re: #228 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

The states/localities had a tougher case than Congress having standing, but I can envision the courts also claiming that this is a political question and they shouldn’t interfere.

Fuck that - this is a criminal question. Emoluments is a criminal act. Impeachment isn’t the sole remedy, but the courts are looking like they want to read it that way.

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lawhawk  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:14:55am
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lawhawk  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:19:01am

re: #231 lawhawk

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Hecuba's daughter  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:19:57am

re: #231 lawhawk

The states/localities had a tougher case than Congress having standing, but I can envision the courts also claiming that this is a political question and they shouldn’t interfere.

Fuck that - this is a criminal question. Emoluments is a criminal act. Impeachment isn’t the sole remedy, but the courts are looking like they want to read it that way.

This is frightening. It looks like the DOJ decision that one cannot indict a sitting president combined with these court rulings means that if the President’s party is in charge of the Senate, a President is totally immune from prosecution and is free to violate the Constitution without any meaningful oversight.

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Citizen K  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:20:35am

re: #228 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

This is truly distressing. means they will win any other challenges to their blatant corruption, conflict of interests and self-serving policies.

re: #231 lawhawk

The states/localities had a tougher case than Congress having standing, but I can envision the courts also claiming that this is a political question and they shouldn’t interfere.

Fuck that - this is a criminal question. Emoluments is a criminal act. Impeachment isn’t the sole remedy, but the courts are looking like they want to read it that way.

The whole thing is just basically the courts saying ‘Yeah, they’re literally above the law, sorry’. And that just basically means there’s nothing we can do, especially since they have all the fucking power to determine who gets to vote and prevent that ‘political question’ from ever being a fucking question to begin with.

They just fucking hand the keys to the crown over, because fuck it, why bother with any further pretense of not wanting the Republicans as the eternal ruling family like they ‘deserve’?

I just….god, I want to fucking cry and not wake up right now.

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Belafon  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:22:03am

re: #203 Anymouse 🌹

Machine learning alogrithms being used for good, like YouTube suggesting racist and Nazi videos to someone when they look for a video about a right wing figure?

What constitutes “for good purposes?” For a corporation, “good purposes” means “makes money.”

They have used machine learning algorithms to help in detecting breast cancer. A recent machine learning algorithm is helping with creating a new flu vaccine. Exoplanet research is being done with machine learning.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:23:51am

re: #232 lawhawk

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So how many times did Miss Lindsay have to kiss Trump’s ass for permission to tweet that?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:25:10am

re: #237 Joe Bacon 🌹

So how many times did Miss Lindsay have to kiss Trump’s ass for permission to tweet that?

This is just a way of seeming all never-Trumpish while still voting for everything Trump proposes

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:25:48am

re: #235 Citizen K

The end result of packing the courts with every Federalist Society asshole who believe Republicans are above the law.

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:28:32am

re: #239 Joe Bacon 🌹

The end result of packing the courts with every Federalist Society asshole who believe Republicans are above the law.

elections have consequences. The 60’s that we grew up in was in many ways the result of Democrats being in power for 20 years and influencing the SCOTUS and the lower courts with their appointments.

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Patricia Kayden  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:30:19am

re: #238 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

This is just a way of seeming all never-Trumpish while still voting for everything Trump proposes

Lindsey doesn’t strike me as someone who’s trying to seem Never Trumpish. He’s all in with this administration. His criticisms are very minor and don’t go beyond a few cross words.

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Belafon  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:31:26am

re: #240 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

elections have consequences. The 60’s that we grew up in was in many ways the result of Democrats being in power for 20 years and influencing the SCOTUS and the lower courts with their appointments.

Yep, our goal now is to be like Ariana Grande and get people registered to vote and then to vote. She’s already gotten about 70,000 people at her concerts registered to vote.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:33:28am
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Hecuba's daughter  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:39:36am

re: #118 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Rest in peace.

Hate to say this — but, in this picture, doesn’t he look like Sebastian Gorka? Like they belong in one of those “Separated at birth” photo displays?

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sagehen  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:42:34am

re: #240 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

elections have consequences. The 60’s that we grew up in was in many ways the result of Democrats being in power for 20 years and influencing the SCOTUS and the lower courts with their appointments.

The 60’s that we grew up in was the result of well-organized indefatigable activism, and good coordination and mutual assistance between the various single-issue enthusiasts.

That’s why there’s a Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act, and Title IX and Title X, and EPA, and Roe v Wade, and no draft, etc etc etc…

But as soon as the draft ended, a majority of the activists said “okay that’s done, mission accomplished, time to go home and devote myself entirely to my own life and we’ll just trust the government to run itself on altruism from now on.”

Leaving the playing field open.

While the right-wingers’ response was “okay, halftime. Let’s go in the locker room and strategize how to take back the ground we’ve lost.” And when they returned to the field, there was no opposition.

(ETA: Earl Warren was a Republican appointment. Having been a Republican governor. Back before the great re-alignment, back when Republicans could be liberals and Southern Democrats really weren’t.)

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:44:29am

re: #241 Patricia Kayden

Lindsey doesn’t strike me as someone who’s trying to seem Never Trumpish. He’s all in with this administration. His criticisms are very minor and don’t go beyond a few cross words.

Kind of like my own senator Ben Sasse (claim he’s a never-Trumper, vote for everything Trump wants).

My letter to him over his vote to confirm Acosta went into his “shred before reading” basket because our Republican senators and representatives all say they only represent Republicans, not everyone in Nebraska.

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wrenchwench  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:46:19am

re: #245 sagehen

The 60’s that we grew up in was the result of well-organized indefatigable activism, and good coordination and mutual assistance between the various single-issue enthusiasts.

That’s why there’s a Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act, and Title IX and Title X, and EPA, and Roe v Wade, and no draft, etc etc etc…

But as soon as the draft ended, a majority of the activists said “okay that’s done, mission accomplished, time to go home and devote myself entirely to my own life and we’ll just trust the government to run itself on altruism from now on.”

Leaving the playing field open.

While the right-wingers’ response was “okay, halftime. Let’s go in the locker room and strategize how to take back the ground we’ve lost.” And when they returned to the field, there was no opposition.

Well said. It’s almost like you were there…

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Old Liberal  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:46:37am

re: #228 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

This is truly distressing. means they will win any other challenges to their blatant corruption, conflict of interests and self-serving policies.

Standing doesn’t relate to the merits of the case.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:47:08am

re: #246 Anymouse 🌹

Hey, speaking of Nebraska, here’s a vid I’m watching right now about a dead mall in North Platte.

Platte River Mall - Dead Mall, Wasted Potential: Lifeless Retail Ep. 16

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Eventual Carrion  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:47:15am

re: #234 Hecuba’s daughter

This is frightening. It looks like the DOJ decision that one cannot indict a sitting president combined with these court rulings means that if the President’s party is in charge of the Senate, a President is totally immune from prosecution and is free to violate the Constitution without any meaningful oversight.

At least until they are in Dem hands, then that doesn’t hold anymore.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:47:53am

re: #236 Belafon

They have used machine learning algorithms to help in detecting breast cancer. A recent machine learning algorithm is helping with creating a new flu vaccine. Exoplanet research is being done with machine learning.

Great. Let’s regulate machine learning so it cannot be used for things like promoting Nazis (see Twitter for details).

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:49:22am

re: #249 Dr Lizardo

Hey, speaking of Nebraska, here’s a vid I’m watching right now about a dead mall in North Platte.

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In the meantime, Monument Mall in Scottsbluff has been revived and its stores are all occupied again. I guess it depends on who owns it.

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Belafon  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:49:49am

re: #249 Dr Lizardo

Hey, speaking of Nebraska, here’s a vid I’m watching right now about a dead mall in North Platte.

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The mall being used in Stranger Things is the abandoned end of an existing mall outside of Atlanta. They renovated it, and blocked it off from the other part of the mall where actually people shop.

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wrenchwench  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:51:17am

re: #251 Anymouse 🌹

Great. Let’s regulate machine learning so it cannot be used for things like promoting Nazis (see Twitter for details).

That means regulating people. Which must be done. ‘To what extent?’ is a matter of eternal debate, so long as we keep things civilized enough for ‘debates’. Seems borderline, at the moment.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:51:39am
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sagehen  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:52:46am

re: #247 wrenchwench

Well said. It’s almost like you were there…

Born in 1960. The first campaign I got involved in was Gerald Ford; weird to remember this Republican president was the single most feminist man of his generation.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:53:09am

re: #252 Anymouse 🌹

In the meantime, Monument Mall in Scottsbluff has been revived and its stores are all occupied again. I guess it depends on who owns it.

There’s three malls here in Ostrava, and if you walked into any of them, you’d think you’d stepped back into American mall culture of the 1980s. These place are absolutely thriving….business is booming for shopping centers here.

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Dr Lizardo  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:53:34am

re: #253 Belafon

The mall being used in Stranger Things is the abandoned end of an existing mall outside of Atlanta. They renovated it, and blocked it off from the other part of the mall where actually people shop.

That’s a brilliant use for an otherwise abandoned property.

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Belafon  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:54:34am

Some details about the effects of Trump’s EO on organ transplants (vox.com):

Living donors

The executive order attempts to reform the system for living kidney donors (like me), as well as living liver, lung, and intestine donors, by making sure donors are held financially harmless for donating. While donors don’t have to pay for their medical procedures, they do typically have to cover other expenses like travel to and from the hospital, child and elder care they can’t perform while they’re recovering, lost wages while they’re off from work, and so on. Donors to low-income patients can get travel expenses paid for now, but the executive order would allow people with higher incomes to benefit, and enable reimbursement of more significant costs like lost wages and child care.

That could dramatically increase living donations. Since Israel passed a law in 2008 reimbursing donor expenses and providing other benefits, live donation rates have quadrupled. Josh Morrison, an altruistic kidney donor who runs the advocacy group Waitlist Zero, conservatively estimates that the regulatory change might boost donations in the US by 25 percent. That would mean 1,600 or so additional donors every year, each of whom would enable their recipient to live, on average, nine to 10 years longer.

Deceased donation

The second aspect of the executive order targets deceased donation. In the US, there are 58 agencies with local monopolies over the provision of dead people’s organs, known as organ procurement organizations (OPOs). For some time now, independent analysts and investigative reporters have argued that OPOs are underusing deceased donor organs by the tens of thousands. One report estimated that 28,000 usable organs are abandoned; another put the number at 75,000.

The basic argument is that OPOs face perverse incentives: For instance, they’re often evaluated on the basis of how many organs are recovered per “eligible death,” but “eligible death” is a determination made by the OPOs themselves, making it easy to juke the stats without actually getting more people organs. The result is that tens of thousands of organs go unused.

The executive order scraps the existing evaluation system in favor of two simple, harder-to-game criteria: the number of deceased donors as a share of the total number of deceased people 75 and younger with causes of death compatible with donation (an objective standard determined ahead of time); and the number of organs recovered as a share of that group of deceased people.

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Anymouse 🌹  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:54:51am

I’m off to bed. G’day, y’all.

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wrenchwench  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:57:44am

re: #256 sagehen

Born in 1960. The first campaign I got involved in was Gerald Ford; weird to remember this Republican president was the single most feminist man of his generation.

I give much credit to Betty. She is one whose reputation shall continue to grow.

‘58 here. I once helped make an anti-Dole sign when he was running for Ford’s VP. That’s as close as I got to that campaign.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jul 10, 2019 • 8:59:27am
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jul 10, 2019 • 9:02:12am

re: #253 Belafon

The mall being used in Stranger Things is the abandoned end of an existing mall outside of Atlanta. They renovated it, and blocked it off from the other part of the mall where actually people shop.

re: #258 Dr Lizardo

That’s a brilliant use for an otherwise abandoned property.

One thing there’s no shortage of in the US of A, abandoned and partially abandoned malls

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 10, 2019 • 9:03:03am

re: #245 sagehen

The 60’s that we grew up in was the result of well-organized indefatigable activism, and good coordination and mutual assistance between the various single-issue enthusiasts.

That’s why there’s a Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act, and Title IX and Title X, and EPA, and Roe v Wade, and no draft, etc etc etc…

But as soon as the draft ended, a majority of the activists said “okay that’s done, mission accomplished, time to go home and devote myself entirely to my own life and we’ll just trust the government to run itself on altruism from now on.”

Leaving the playing field open.

And after Reagan tossed the Fundamentalist Christians aside after using them to get elected, they were the ones who took to activism and insinuating their people into all levels of public administration, education, military and government. They now have their man one heartbeat away from the Presidency.

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lawhawk  Jul 10, 2019 • 9:07:40am

re: #249 Dr Lizardo

I live in the land of the mall - Northern NJ, where there’s some of the most profitable malls in the nation. There’s also a couple of struggling malls that are attempting turnarounds (mostly successful).

Garden State Plaza (GSP): one of the largest and most profitable in nation. Owned by Westfield. It’s got massive investment and reimagining spaces, including taking a JC Penney’s that has no exterior exits to street and turning it into a new space; they’re also looking to add housing and converting additional space to retail and restaurants.

Bergen Town Center: former Bergen Mall - and one that was a dead mall walking. Owners converted it into an outlet haven anchored by a Whole Foods, Century 21, Nordstroms Off the Rack, etc., and it does gangbusters.

Shops at Riverside: always seen as the upscale mall, until GSP went all in on luxury with a wing dedicated to the likes of Tiffanys and other lux brands. They’re in midst of multimillion dollar expansion/renovation, including creating a eat-in AMC theater out of former Saks space. They’ve moved various restaurants and retail around to carve out a new main entry point.

Paramus Park: home to Sears and Macys - it’s the mall you go to when you don’t want to fight the crowds. Sears is toast, so they’re building out a Stew Leonards. It gets fraction of foot traffic, and there was a proposal to build a theater there as well.

Willowbrook Mall (Wayne): Store expansions, including food court and new restaurants. Sears was toast, so space was carved up and part became a Dave and Busters.

Wayne Town Center (Wayne) Adjacent to Willowbrook, this was a dead mall. They tore it down to build a Costco and other big box stores like a DSW. That Costco-centric space is perpetually busy.

Nanuet Mall (NY): This was officially a dead mall, and the owners tore all but the Macys down and built an outdoor arrangement with stores, restaurants, and a Fairway market.

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Hecuba's daughter  Jul 10, 2019 • 9:08:26am

re: #262 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Trump tweet this afternoon: I regretfully accept the resignation of my Labor Secretary, who wishes to spend more time with his family and the attorneys who will be representing him in some FAKE NEWS corruption case.

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lawhawk  Jul 10, 2019 • 9:09:07am

re: #262 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

Firing him would be admission of error and a sign of weakness. Trump doesn’t do that.

He’d rather Acosta resign. But it’s yet another signal about how awful Trumpworld is that he’s protecting a guy that exposed the nation to a child sex trafficker with a sweetheart deal that never should have been proffered, and whose policies include cutting funding for human trafficking.

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Belafon  Jul 10, 2019 • 9:09:08am

In the first 24 hours after her announcement, Amy McGrath raised $2.5M in online donations: dailykos.com.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jul 10, 2019 • 9:13:07am

And, there is a potential tropical cyclone gaining strength in the Gulf right now

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Jul 10, 2019 • 9:16:32am

re: #269 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

And, there is a potential tropical cyclone gaining strength in the Gulf right now

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MsJ  Jul 10, 2019 • 9:24:57am

re: #188 Belafon

re: #190 lawhawk

Thanks! I was in meetings and am just catching up.

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MsJ  Jul 10, 2019 • 9:28:53am

re: #252 Anymouse 🌹

In the meantime, Monument Mall in Scottsbluff has been revived and its stores are all occupied again. I guess it depends on who owns it.

I can’t imagine ownership is as important as consumer traffic. Sure, they could be reasonably priced per square foot based on that, but the latter is just as important than the former.

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sagehen  Jul 10, 2019 • 9:51:19am

re: #252 Anymouse 🌹

In the meantime, Monument Mall in Scottsbluff has been revived and its stores are all occupied again. I guess it depends on who owns it.

In the land of No Internet, Amazon is meaningless.

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sagehen  Jul 10, 2019 • 9:59:20am

28 women were flown to Mar-a-Lago for ‘VIP party’; only Trump and Epstein were there
dailykos.com

Say, remember when Republican political operative Lee Atwater said he’d make Willie Horton Michael Dukakis’ running mate? Trump-Epstein 2020 has a certain ring to it, doesn’t it?

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Jul 10, 2019 • 10:03:01am

re: #274 sagehen

It’s pathetic how little the media has covered the fact that BOTH Trump’s Kentucky and Oklahoma campaign chairs are in jail now for child sex trafficking]

fake news

old news

witch hunt

it was non-penetrative

it was consensual

etc.

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Decatur Deb  Jul 10, 2019 • 10:04:56am

re: #210 Axolotl

As a veteran, Lowes treats you much better. They both give you a 10% discount but at Lowes it is a one time set up where HD they used to make you head over the customer service with your DD214. I mean it is cool that they do that but made you jump through hopes where the other just asked you for your account number (phone number) at check out.

The Lowes near me also has veteran parking. Again, not necessary but pretty cool. I leave it for the older gents but it is a nice gesture.

In our town, HD and Lowe’s go head-head. Both have been good supporters of our Habitat affiliate, but I’ve been boycotting HD for years because of their aggressively shitty anti-union activity.

(Lowe’s also has a handicap parking slot reserved for Purple Heart recipients.)

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The Pie Overlord!  Jul 10, 2019 • 10:17:53am

This is awesome:

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lawhawk  Jul 10, 2019 • 10:18:07am

This would be the first time I can recall a hurricane forming this far into the Gulf this early in the season. Doing a quick search, and I can’t find any storm that actually started in the Gulf as a hurricane - the storms typically came in from the Atlantic at strength.

High water temps favor stronger storms, create conditions for storms, and enable long endurance storms.

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gocart mozart  Jul 10, 2019 • 10:19:30am

This shut him up

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lawhawk  Jul 10, 2019 • 10:33:49am

So, Trump’s pushed an EO that will help those seeking kidney transplants.

Guess what fucknuts, your EO is based on provisions under the Affordable Care Act.

Trump lawyers and the GOP are seeking to rule it unconstitutional in toto. That means that Trump’s EO would be invalidated as well.

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William Lewis  Jul 10, 2019 • 10:37:33am

re: #277 The Pie Overlord!

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DangerMan  Jul 10, 2019 • 10:38:54am

re: #280 lawhawk

So, Trump’s pushed an EO that will help those seeking kidney transplants.

Guess what fucknuts, your EO is based on provisions under the Affordable Care Act.

Trump lawyers and the GOP are seeking to rule it unconstitutional in toto. That means that Trump’s EO would be invalidated as well.

People with kidney disease also have many many other problems. By treating them the way we do— waiting for them to get sick— American taxpayers spend over $100 billion on kidney patients.

It’s one of the best examples of how we need to do things differently. 4/

“we cant do things differently. think of all those employed in the kidney disease treating industry”

(ie the same argument used re: MFA and single payer, etc)

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Citizen K  Jul 10, 2019 • 10:40:36am

re: #280 lawhawk

So, Trump’s pushed an EO that will help those seeking kidney transplants.

Guess what fucknuts, your EO is based on provisions under the Affordable Care Act.

Trump lawyers and the GOP are seeking to rule it unconstitutional in toto. That means that Trump’s EO would be invalidated as well.

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Sounds like that’s part of the plan: sign the EO as a figleaf, and when the ACA is wholly invalidated, blame it all on Obama and skate by as the rubes run to scream at the black guy.

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DodgerFan1988  Jul 10, 2019 • 10:40:43am

Alex Acosta shouldn’t resign over his handling of the Jeffrey Epstein case. Instead he should be arrested and prosecuted for aiding and abetting a child molester.

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lawhawk  Jul 10, 2019 • 10:40:46am

Robin Roberts announcing Megan Rapinoe’s name and her entrance.

Just read through some of the tweets and the hate that some people have for her. As if a woman can’t show joy, mug for the cameras, and be ebullient in kicking ass and taking names at the very top of her sport and the game of soccer.

These same critics don’t have issues when guys do the same. Note how so many criticized her and her teammates for their goal celebrations. I get if you want to criticize that you should act like you’ve been there before, but the sportsworld is a place where celebrations are a thing - like when guys slide out after goals, take off their jerseys, and do other crazy stuff. Why shouldn’t Rapinoe do the same?

Oh yeah, it comes back to criticizing the patriarchy - that women are paid so much less than men, despite there being higher ratings. FIFA is making crazy money off the women, and they’re not getting anywhere near what they should get.

Men get $400 million. Women $30. Even doubling it to $60 million is an insult.

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I Would Prefer Not To  Jul 10, 2019 • 10:42:27am

re: #285 lawhawk

Robin Roberts announcing Megan Rapinoe’s name and her entrance.

[Embedded content]

Just read through some of the tweets and the hate that some people have for her. As if a woman can’t show joy, mug for the cameras, and be ebullient in kicking ass and taking names at the very top of her sport and the game of soccer.

These same critics don’t have issues when guys do the same. Note how so many criticized her and her teammates for their goal celebrations. I get if you want to criticize that you should act like you’ve been there before, but the sportsworld is a place where celebrations are a thing - like when guys slide out after goals, take off their jerseys, and do other crazy stuff. Why shouldn’t Rapinoe do the same?

Oh yeah, it comes back to criticizing the patriarchy - that women are paid so much less than men, despite there being higher ratings. FIFA is making crazy money off the women, and they’re not getting anywhere near what they should get.

Men get $400 million. Women $30. Even doubling it to $60 million is an insult.

who needs a party at the White House?

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Jul 10, 2019 • 10:45:01am

War Cloud

so will kim jong un be spammed with ads for ICBMs?

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Sufficient unto the day...  Jul 10, 2019 • 10:47:18am
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Eclectic Cyborg  Jul 10, 2019 • 10:48:45am

re: #287 dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸

War Cloud

so will kim jong un be spammed with ads for ICBMs?

“Learn how to blow up your enemies with this One Weird Trick!!”

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The Pie Overlord!  Jul 10, 2019 • 12:01:44pm

re: #281 William Lewis

re: #281 William Lewis

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