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      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

      Sailing Anarchy is a very lightly moderated site. This is by design, to afford a more free atmosphere for discussion. There are plenty of sailing forums you can go to where swearing isn't allowed, confrontation is squelched and, and you can have a moderator finger-wag at you for your attitude. SA tries to avoid that and allow for more adult behavior without moderators editing your posts and whacking knuckles with rulers. We don't have a long list of published "thou shalt nots" either, and this is by design. Too many absolute rules paints us into too many corners. So check the Terms of Service - there IS language there about certain types of behavior that is not permitted. We interpret that lightly and permit a lot of latitude, but we DO reserve the right to take action when something is too extreme to tolerate (too racist, graphic, violent, misogynistic, etc.). Yes, that is subjective, but it allows us discretion. Avoiding a laundry list of rules allows for freedom; don't abuse it. However there ARE a few basic rules that will earn you a suspension, and apparently a brief refresher is in order. 1) Allegations of pedophilia - there is no tolerance for this. So if you make allegations, jokes, innuendo or suggestions about child molestation, child pornography, abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors etc. about someone on this board you will get a time out. This is pretty much automatic; this behavior can have real world effect and is not acceptable. Obviously the subject is not banned when discussion of it is apropos, e.g. talking about an item in the news for instance. But allegations or references directed at or about another poster is verboten. 2) Outing people - providing real world identifiable information about users on the forums who prefer to remain anonymous. Yes, some of us post with our real names - not a problem to use them. However many do NOT, and if you find out someone's name keep it to yourself, first or last. This also goes for other identifying information too - employer information etc. You don't need too many pieces of data to figure out who someone really is these days. Depending on severity you might get anything from a scolding to a suspension - so don't do it. I know it can be confusing sometimes for newcomers, as SA has been around almost twenty years and there are some people that throw their real names around and their current Display Name may not match the name they have out in the public. But if in doubt, you don't want to accidentally out some one so use caution, even if it's a personal friend of yours in real life. 3) Posting While Suspended - If you've earned a timeout (these are fairly rare and hard to get), please observe the suspension. If you create a new account (a "Sock Puppet") and return to the forums to post with it before your suspension is up you WILL get more time added to your original suspension and lose your Socks. This behavior may result a permanent ban, since it shows you have zero respect for the few rules we have and the moderating team that is tasked with supporting them. Check the Terms of Service you agreed to; they apply to the individual agreeing, not the account you created, so don't try to Sea Lawyer us if you get caught. Just don't do it. Those are the three that will almost certainly get you into some trouble. IF YOU SEE SOMEONE DO ONE OF THESE THINGS, please do the following: Refrain from quoting the offending text, it makes the thread cleanup a pain in the rear Press the Report button; it is by far the best way to notify Admins as we will get e-mails. Calling out for Admins in the middle of threads, sending us PM's, etc. - there is no guarantee we will get those in a timely fashion. There are multiple Moderators in multiple time zones around the world, and anyone one of us can handle the Report and all of us will be notified about it. But if you PM one Mod directly and he's off line, the problem will get dealt with much more slowly. Other behaviors that you might want to think twice before doing include: Intentionally disrupting threads and discussions repeatedly. Off topic/content free trolling in threads to disrupt dialog Stalking users around the forums with the intent to disrupt content and discussion Repeated posting of overly graphic or scatological porn content. There are plenty web sites for you to get your freak on, don't do it here. And a brief note to Newbies... No, we will not ban people or censor them for dropping F-bombs on you, using foul language, etc. so please don't report it when one of our members gives you a greeting you may find shocking. We do our best not to censor content here and playing swearword police is not in our job descriptions. Sailing Anarchy is more like a bar than a classroom, so handle it like you would meeting someone a little coarse - don't look for the teacher. Thanks.

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  1. In my opinion, the "I'm gonna prove Tom wrong" thing is interfering with the substantive points you were trying to make. Good luck.
  2. That is good news.
  3. Just for clarification, here's the part (from wikipedia) that was 'amended' by reconciliation. Amending the Senate's Healthcare Bill[edit] The Reconciliation bill made several changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that was signed into law 7 days earlier on March 23, 2010. These changes include the following,[18] Increasing tax credits to buy insurance Eliminating several of the special deals given to senators, such as Ben Nelson's "Cornhusker Kickback" Lowering the penalty for not buying insurance from $750 to $695 Closing the Medicare Part D "donut hole" by 2020 and gives seniors a rebate of $250. Delaying the implementation on taxing "Cadillac health-care plans" until 2018 Requiring doctors who treat Medicare patients be reimbursed at the full rate Setting up a Medicare tax on the unearned incomes of families that earn more than $250,000 annually. Offering more generous subsidies to lower income groups. Households below 150% of the federal poverty level would pay 2% to 4% of their income on premiums. Health plans would cover 94% of the cost of benefits.[19] Households with incomes from 150% to 400% of the federal poverty level ($88,200 for a family of four) would pay on a sliding scale from 4% to 9.8% of their income on premiums, rest will be covered by government advanceable, refundable tax credit. Health plans would cover 70% of the cost of the benefits.[19][20] Setting a penalty for a company with more than 50 workers not offering health care coverage after 2014, of $2,000 for each full-time worker above 30 employees. For example, an employer with 53 workers will pay the penalty for 23 workers, or $46,000.[19] Increasing Medicaid payment rates to primary care doctors to match Medicare payment rates, which are higher, in 2013 and 2014.[19] Having the federal government pay all costs of expanding Medicaid under the reform until 2016, 95% in 2017, 94% in 2018, 93% in 2019, and 90% thereafter. Some states that already insure childless adults under Medicaid would receive more federal money for covering that group through 2018. Providing a 50% discount on brand-name drugs for Medicare patients beginning in 2011. By 2020, the government would pay to provide up to 75% discount on brand-name and generic drugs, eventually closing the coverage gap.[19] Extending the ban on lifetime limits and rescission of coverage to all existing health plans within six months after signing into Law.[19] The things we're fighting out today in the Republican bill including rolling back Medicaid were passed in the first place by reconciliation. If it was put in by reconciliation, it can be taken out by reconciliation. And the whole process stinks and has stunk for 9 years now.
  4. Just an FYI. The 'plan' is to use reconciliation to jam through the "tax reform" next year. Congress can only use reconciliation once per year, and only if they actually pass a budget. Apparently, there are some administrative actions that have to be used ahead of time so once a bill is designated for reconciliation, that's it for that year. You can only 'reconcile' a budget once. Also, reconciliation requires that the bill result in a net decrease in the deficit. So, the plan was to jam through the Obamacare repeal (as much as they can under the rules) this year using reconciliation and lay the groundwork for some sort of tax reform law next year. If the ACHA bill stalls, that creates two problems. Some parts of the 'tax reform' law that they hope to pass are connected to health care taxes under obamacare and if they don't reverse them THIS year, they run afoul of the CBO score being a net "increase" in the deficit which screws the pooch. I'm fairly sure that's why the cuts in Medicaid are in there in the first place. They have to decrease the government obligations, i.e., spending (on paper) in order to make room for the tax cuts they plan - which cuts revenue. Without the Medicaid cuts, they don't have room and the net effect of the tax reform bill will be to increase the deficit, not decrease it - which can't be passed under reconcilliation rules. If they don't pass Obamacare repeal this year and it slops into next year and they have to tie up reconciliation again, then it would eat the schedule and they'd run up against the 2018 house elections wherein they might loose control of the house. Yea, all bullshit. But that's why the 'obamacare repeal' is cock blocking the tax reform. By the way, that was the same bullshit maneuvers that got Obamacare passed in the first place. It's why there were 10 years of taxes but only 6 years of spending in the original bill. The CBO does everything based on a 10 year projection against a baseline. They had to make Obamacare 'net negative' despite expanding coverage to 10 or so million people.
  5. I deleted my thread because ultimately I figured it wasn't productive. But, since you answered, states can be as progressive or regressive as they want to be with their taxes too. Take California. They're heavily democratic. They expanded medicaid. As a state, California is like the size and GDP of Germany. Hell, California has it's own environmental laws. American car makers are restricted as to what kind of vehicles they sell there. California is talking about signing it's own accord with the Paris Climate treaty! California acts like a state within the State all the time. We always talk about Germany being a great place for all kinds of socialized programs. There's zero reason why California can't copy Germany. They do what they want all the time. States have income tax. California has an income tax. They can slap a progressive income tax on the top 1% of earners in California. Regressive taxes may be a bad option but a state like California doesn't need to do that. So that can't really be the answer. I have two personal beliefs. The first is that it's politically advantageous for the parties to keep beating each other up and until we voters demand otherwise, they'll gleefully keep at it. The second is that people in power KNOW the system is unsustainable. California could go full socialized and they'd be absolutely decimated within a decade. Costs are on a perpetual 4x inflation climb. Obamacare expanded access without bending the cost curve. The republican plan cuts access without bending the cost curve. That's why I refuse to give the democrats any more of a pass than the republicans. A pox on both. Bend the cost curve and the access becomes a minor issue.
  6. I kind of think it's been gaining momentum since the really the 1990's, the rise of cable TV, and the fall of the soviet union. We live for conflict. Tribalism is baked into our genes. The fall of the Soviet Union - which itself was at least partially a fabricated boogieman - left the western world both exhilarated and bored. We pnwed Iraq.. that showed just how uneven the battlefield really was. So we looked around for the next great villain but there wasn't a of great choices outward. So we turned inward. Rodney King and OJ were nice distractions for a summer but that's about it. Real life crime shows. To me, an honest appraisal of 'fake news' begins with the Clinton White House. Yes, there was some shenanigans but seriously, none of it was that big of a deal. But the media had an epiphany.. the 'evening news' could be actually be entertainment. Fox was born. Crossfire refined it's format. A self-perpetuating opinion/fact series that could rise to the times! We have two parties, the 'other' would be the villain, in perpetuity! Although there were 'facts', they were hyperbolic and distorted.. still 'real' but fun-house mirror style. The Bush victory was perfect timing. The Yang to Clinton's Yin. And then 9/11 - STEROIDS. News isn't just entertainment, it becomes ritual. Every decision, every choice..microscope. Politicians aren't allowed to be wrong. Anything you say can and will be used against you on the evening news. People DIED because you were wrong!! Lash.. lash .. lash. WRONG!!!! Then Obama shows up. Simple reality - Obama is boring as a politician and after the adrenaline rush of the Bush years, we need something. Democrats always doubted Bush's validity, maybe Obama isn't really American? Maybe he's a Muslim? Maybe he actually puts his pants on TWO legs at a time! FRENZY FRENZY. But the reality is he's boring.. fuck it.. more fun house mirrors. More distortion. More anonymous sources. MORE CLICKS. Cocaine isn't enough.. Crack.. Meth.. whatever I can do to keep the clicks! Monkeys will give up sex to get their fix. "One monkey pressed a bar 12,800 times to obtain a single dose of cocaine." - Pop Sci, 1987. OBAMACARE! And finally, we give up all pretense and just pick a president who's actually a reality star. He pulls shit out of his ass. What's true? What's not true? Does it matter? CLICKS!!!!!
  7. Great idea!
  8. This is usually what seems to happen. I've felt for a long time that the 'possession' laws are really just a quick bypass to lock people up when they - the police - don't really have evidence to prosecute the crime they were ACTUALLY arrested for. It's cheaper and faster.
  9. Yea, i think it's one of the better summaries out there and is why I'm a big fan 'all in'.. it's going to take smarter usage of everything, including the real costs of pollution. To me, the biggest immediate threat to the great lakes is actually the continuing impacts of fertilizer runoff that leads to algae blooms and the growing demand for fresh water. I'll see if I can dig out the windmill plan. And you're right - the foundations have to be very sturdy. Cleveland and the Midwest in general is kind of weird global warming wise. Some forecasts call for the region to become quite pleasant. Bit hot and muggy in the summer but more mild winters.
  10. http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/27/opinions/fixing-americas-health-care-sachs/index.html
  11. Honestly, they should just have the vote and if it goes down, it goes down. They go back their constituents and say they tried and move on. This kabuki has gone on long enough. I know they want to use this as a platform to cut taxes. That's also nonsense. Get into the heavy lifting of tax reform. We don't need lower taxes, we need simpler and flatter taxes.
  12. Truth
  13. I didn't have anyone on ignore for 5+ years and I'm now up to about 7 with five being in the last two months. There is a time when you eventually stop watching reruns. It doesn't have to do anything with truth - it has to do with spam. I eventually blocked the number of the American Red Cross, not because I don't believe in them but good god, I don't need to talk to you three times a week about giving blood.. fix your damn calling list and I'll unblock you. I can only donate so often.