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I often struggle to find an appropriate thread for news that doesn’t quite seem to warrant yet another thread that goes nowhere.

I’ll start with this, an excellent piece about Trump’s accidental millions in real estate. Well worth the read -

https://www.forbes.com/sites/danalexander/2019/03/07/trumps-secret-windfall-the-crown-jewels-of-his-fortune-are-2-skyscrapers-he-didnt-wantand-doesnt-control/#de5651f22e57

Trump’s Secret Windfall: The Crown Jewels Of His Fortune Are 2 Skyscrapers He Didn’t Want—And Doesn’t Control

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Two things come to mind from that story

First: Trump does the best when people ignore his advice and he's along for the ride. Repeatedly, Trump tried to enact plans that would have screwed himself in the long run.

Second: Foreigners are ALWAYS bailing Trump out of debt. We've heard this story so many times before. But, each time, he comes back bigger than before. There's got to be a second set of books that explains his value to these foreign investors. If its not money laundering I don't know what it is, but that's my first guess.

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A Trump official said seismic air gun tests don’t hurt whales. So a congressman blasted him with an air horn.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/03/08/trump-official-said-seismic-air-gun-tests-dont-hurt-whales-so-congressman-blasted-him-with-an-air-horn/

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A hearing on the threat seismic testing poses to North Atlantic right whales was plodding along Thursday when, seemingly out of nowhere, Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-S.C.) pulled out an air horn and politely asked if he could blast it.

Before that moment at a Natural Resources subcommittee hearing, Cunningham had listened to a Trump administration official testify, over and over, that firing commercial air guns under water every 10 seconds in search of oil and gas deposits over a period of months would have next to no effect on the endangered animals, which use echolocation to communicate, feed, mate and keep track of their babies. It’s why the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration gave five companies permission to conduct tests that could harm the whales last year, said the official, Chris Oliver, an assistant administrator for fisheries.

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51 minutes ago, Sean said:

 

A Trump official said seismic air gun tests don’t hurt whales. So a congressman blasted him with an air horn.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/03/08/trump-official-said-seismic-air-gun-tests-dont-hurt-whales-so-congressman-blasted-him-with-an-air-horn/

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A hearing on the threat seismic testing poses to North Atlantic right whales was plodding along Thursday when, seemingly out of nowhere, Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-S.C.) pulled out an air horn and politely asked if he could blast it.

Before that moment at a Natural Resources subcommittee hearing, Cunningham had listened to a Trump administration official testify, over and over, that firing commercial air guns under water every 10 seconds in search of oil and gas deposits over a period of months would have next to no effect on the endangered animals, which use echolocation to communicate, feed, mate and keep track of their babies. It’s why the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration gave five companies permission to conduct tests that could harm the whales last year, said the official, Chris Oliver, an assistant administrator for fisheries.

He shouldn't have asked permission.

 

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This has been a big deal here off NC. They stopped the navy but lately the oil companies have agreed not to fuck up more than 1/3 of species. I'm not making that up.

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3 hours ago, Sean said:

A Trump official said seismic air gun tests don’t hurt whales. So a congressman blasted him with an air horn.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/03/08/trump-official-said-seismic-air-gun-tests-dont-hurt-whales-so-congressman-blasted-him-with-an-air-horn/

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A hearing on the threat seismic testing poses to North Atlantic right whales was plodding along Thursday when, seemingly out of nowhere, Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-S.C.) pulled out an air horn and politely asked if he could blast it.

Before that moment at a Natural Resources subcommittee hearing, Cunningham had listened to a Trump administration official testify, over and over, that firing commercial air guns under water every 10 seconds in search of oil and gas deposits over a period of months would have next to no effect on the endangered animals, which use echolocation to communicate, feed, mate and keep track of their babies. It’s why the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration gave five companies permission to conduct tests that could harm the whales last year, said the official, Chris Oliver, an assistant administrator for fisheries.

The stupidity being manifested in DC these days is almost disorienting it is so off the charts.

The American education system is so fucking incompetent it is hard to comprehend. Do they offer graduate studies in stupidity or something?

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3 minutes ago, SloopJonB said:

The stupidity being manifested in DC these days is almost disorienting it is so off the charts.

The American education system is so fucking incompetent it is hard to comprehend. Do they offer graduate studies in stupidity or something?

They do at Wharton.

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15 minutes ago, Term Limits! said:
20 minutes ago, SloopJonB said:

The stupidity being manifested in DC these days is almost disorienting it is so off the charts.

The American education system is so fucking incompetent it is hard to comprehend. Do they offer graduate studies in stupidity or something?

They do at Wharton.

It must be an elective at MIT.

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19 minutes ago, Term Limits! said:

They do at Wharton.

According to Donnie, it is “Warton.”

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27 minutes ago, SloopJonB said:

Do they offer graduate studies in stupidity or something?

Shitstain U didn't grade or graduate students but they did accept tuition. Does that count?

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Violent video game engagement is not associated with adolescents' aggressive behaviour: evidence from a registered report

Yet another study disproving the whole "it's the video games" line trotted out whenever someone goes off the rails and kills people. No point starting a new thread, it'd only get bogged down with "GUNS!" after the first few posts.

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On 3/7/2019 at 5:32 PM, Sean said:

I often struggle to find an appropriate thread for news that doesn’t quite seem to warrant yet another thread that goes nowhere.

I’ll start with this, an excellent piece about Trump’s accidental millions in real estate. Well worth the read -

https://www.forbes.com/sites/danalexander/2019/03/07/trumps-secret-windfall-the-crown-jewels-of-his-fortune-are-2-skyscrapers-he-didnt-wantand-doesnt-control/#de5651f22e57

Trump’s Secret Windfall: The Crown Jewels Of His Fortune Are 2 Skyscrapers He Didn’t Want—And Doesn’t Control

While you are at it how about a black hole thread for trolling posts, insults, and spam.

If you want to post  a troll  "take it o the Black Hole Thread"

If you want to post fake news "take  it to the black hole thread"

If you want to post flaming insults   "take  it to the black hole thread"

etcetera

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The video game thing is just the latest version of Trouble in River City.

In my lifetime there have been; pool, rock & roll, pinball, hot cars, reefer, more rock & roll - lyrics this time, rap, breakdancing, video games, cell phones......

All caused the ruination of youth.

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13 minutes ago, SloopJonB said:

The video game thing is just the latest version of Trouble in River City.

 In my lifetime there have been; pool, rock & roll, pinball, hot cars, reefer, more rock & roll - lyrics this time, rap, breakdancing, video games, cell phones......

 All caused the ruination of youth.

I know that. Then again, I'm still raising kids. Seems that the further the old folks get from the time they were raising children, the more they want to tell us how to do it and the less they know about it. Selective memories and all that.

Doesn't happen to every one, but certainly seems focused in those well past their prime.

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You sound like a variation of the bit about the kid who turned 20 and couldn't believe how much his parents had learned in the previous 4 years.

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1 hour ago, Nailing Malarkey Too said:

While you are at it how about a black hole thread for trolling posts, insults, and spam.

If you want to post  a troll  "take it o the Black Hole Thread"

If you want to post fake news "take  it to the black hole thread"

If you want to post flaming insults   "take  it to the black hole thread"

etcetera

Hmmm, looks like Nailing Malarkey can just post all his shit here, leaving the rest of the internet free of his fake news trolling insults.

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56 minutes ago, SloopJonB said:

You sound like a variation of the bit about the kid who turned 20 and couldn't believe how much his parents had learned in the previous 4 years.

Eh, my parents were a farm hand and a nurse, so had to work all hours. As the eldest of eight, I was looking after the others more often than not. I didn't leave home because I disagreed with my parents on raising kids. I left home because they were Mormon and it was an explicit choice between remaining in the Church or leaving. I chose leaving and over twenty hears later, seeing the shit my sisters put up with and the regret my mother has for pushing them into marrying the returned missionaries, I still know it to be the right choice.

Then again, I don't blame the rebellion of kids today on hip-hop, techno, video games, or social media either. Not yet forty, so I still have some time for "get off my lawn" syndrome to kick in though. :lol: 

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I guess you don't know the story I referenced.

When a kid is 16 he can't believe how ignorant his parents are about everything.

When he turns 20 he can't believe how much they've learned in the past 4 years.

Your post #15 sounds like a variation on it.

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7 hours ago, phillysailor said:

Hmmm, looks like Nailing Malarkey can just post all his shit here, leaving the rest of the internet free of his fake news trolling insults.

Take your troll to the Black Hole Thread

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On 3/10/2019 at 11:34 PM, Sean said:

Very interesting story -

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2018/03/corporations-people-adam-winkler/554852/

'Corporations Are People' Is Built on an Incredible 19th-Century Lie

How a farcical series of events in the 1880s produced an enduring and controversial legal precedent

There are at least a couple of threads on this topic.

Information found in those threads can add to that article. For example, it left out this quote from the Chief Justice, speaking on behalf of a unanimous court:

On 2/9/2019 at 7:18 AM, Importunate Tom said:
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Before argument, Mr. Chief Justice Waite said: The court does not wish to hear argument on the question whether the provision in the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which forbids a State to deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws, applies to these corporations. We are all of the opinion that it does.

So the court reporter added a note stating the unanimous opinion of the court. Had they disagreed, they could have fired him for his insolence. But they didn't disagree.

From the article:

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Somewhat unintuitively, American corporations today enjoy many of the same rights as American citizens.

It is kind of odd. Corporations are artificial entities created by governments to serve as "persons" for certain legal purposes.

Having created them for that purpose, the sensible thing to do would be to treat them as persons for certain legal purposes, as intended.

And oddly enough, that's what government does. It actually makes sense, which is the odd part.

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Mr Winkler does have some more complete thoughts on the issue. From one of the threads on that topic:

On 3/1/2019 at 6:11 AM, Importunate Tom said:

We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won their Civil Rights, by Adam Winkler

Interesting review of Adam Winkler's book, We The Corporations, at the link.

 

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On 3/7/2019 at 5:32 PM, Sean said:

I often struggle to find an appropriate thread for news that doesn’t quite seem to warrant yet another thread that goes nowhere.

Was just struggling with that question regarding two stories.

1. The Sixth Circuit reaffirmed that flipping off a cop is first amendment-protected expression.

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Precedent  clearly  establishes  the  first  and  second  elements.    Any  reasonable  officer would know that a citizen who raises her middle finger engages in speech protected by the First Amendment.  Sandul v. Larion, 119 F.3d 1250, 1255 (6th Cir. 1997) (gesturing with the middle finger is protected speech); see Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15, 19, 26 (1971). 

I'd point out that a reasonable citizen would know that flipping off an officer who just gave you a warning isn't a great idea. But reasonable citizens are often not the ones who set useful Supreme Court precedents.

2. It's a database, not a Date-A-Base
 

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During a news conference Thursday morning, Bradenton Police Chief Melanie Bevan said a long-term internal affairs investigation into former Sergeant Leonel Marines revealed he was using his status as a police officer to meet women. 

The chief said Marines was using database searches of women, not for law enforcement purposes, but for social media, phone calls and even to visit their homes in hopes of dating them. The chief said he was successful in some cases.

The internal investigation began last June when a woman filed a complaint against Marines after a brief encounter in a parking lot. Chief Bevan said Marines followed the woman when she left and later showed up at her parents' home hoping to speak with her.

 

 

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53 minutes ago, BillDBastard said:

Ummmmmmm all of PA fits this category...… sort of wonder why you can even start a thread here instead of a single constant ramble of jumbled thoughts.

That said, O'Rourke announcing his candidacy for president. No doubt he will quickly become the media darling.

IDK. I think Biden/Bernie will screw everything up for progressive overhaul of Congress that's needed. If Bernie gets the nod, Rump has a chance with the Socialism card. Anti Bernies will show up in numbers. Bern's ideological kids won't be nearly enough.

Biden? A regressive standard issue pol. Has run in the past. With Obama only because of color/name/ Eastern demographics. Brings nothing to the table but insider abilities. We need less of that not more.

Beto has no resume to speak of and as a white guy, no magic carpet like Obama. I'd rather go with one of the smart, harder-assed women; choose yer flavor: red, white,  black. I don't think you need to be a lawyer but it doesn't hurt either. This isn't a job for just a nice, cool guy.

 

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“I used to have great confidence that my government would protect me. You understood that if you were an American citizen like me, or resident like Jamal Khashoggi, you weren’t going to be rendered somewhere, you didn’t think that if you traveled to Madrid, say, and a BS red notice was issued for you, you’d be on your own. I’m a citizen of the United States and I served my country for 17 years, yet I don’t have that confidence any more. I don’t know that the government at its highest level thinks of Americans first – it’s whether you are on his side, or not on his side.”

— Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, in an interview with The Guardian.

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Well this one certainly isn't worth a thread of it's own, but it's woven into all other threads...... thru no fault and no intention of my own, I spent almost a full 8 hours today in a room with Fox News going.

They have new commentator with an orange tan and white eye-circles. He looks happy and friendly though, an improvement on all their furrowed-brow angry guys.

They spent at least two hours out of the day talking about AOC. At least another hour, maybe 1 1/2, on Beto...... mostly going on and on about his lack of any accomplishments. They played their standard trick of showing the person talking but only sound from Fox commentators telling you what they said, except for a brief clip of AOC talking about how she expected Senator McConnell to block anything any Democrat does.

But there was also a lot of praise for President Trump, calling his first veto "historic" and claiming victory over North Korea and also over Nancy Pelosi. And no collusion of course.

If you never watch Fox News (or listen to Rush or InfoWars or etc etc) it is really easy to believe that our resident righties are muddle-headed step children from another planet. But seeing what they are immersed in, it's easy to see why they are so angry and so misinformed. Many of them just repeat word for word what Fox blares out dozens of times a day.

DSK

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5 minutes ago, Steam Flyer said:

Well this one certainly isn't worth a thread of it's own, but it's woven into all other threads...... thru no fault and no intention of my own, I spent almost a full 8 hours today in a room with Fox News going.

They have new commentator with an orange tan and white eye-circles. He looks happy and friendly though, an improvement on all their furrowed-brow angry guys.

They spent at least two hours out of the day talking about AOC. At least another hour, maybe 1 1/2, on Beto...... mostly going on and on about his lack of any accomplishments. They played their standard trick of showing the person talking but only sound from Fox commentators telling you what they said, except for a brief clip of AOC talking about how she expected Senator McConnell to block anything any Democrat does.

But there was also a lot of praise for President Trump, calling his first veto "historic" and claiming victory over North Korea and also over Nancy Pelosi. And no collusion of course.

If you never watch Fox News (or listen to Rush or InfoWars or etc etc) it is really easy to believe that our resident righties are muddle-headed step children from another planet. But seeing what they are immersed in, it's easy to see why they are so angry and so misinformed. Many of them just repeat word for word what Fox blares out dozens of times a day.

DSK

I’m impressed that you survived a full day of Fox immersion. You might want to look into booking some therapy sessions. We wish you a speedy recovery!

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9 minutes ago, Sean said:

I’m impressed that you survived a full day of Fox immersion. You might want to look into booking some therapy sessions. We wish you a speedy recovery!

Thank you for the good wishes. I don't need them for myself, I was in a hospital waiting room

DSK

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35 minutes ago, Steam Flyer said:

Thank you for the good wishes. I don't need them for myself, I was in a hospital waiting room

DSK

I’ll be doing some of that soon unfortunately. 

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Wifie just went to moms house, (widower, basically housebound in phoenix) she is a learned individual with a PHD and 30 years working as an EEOC investigator fighting for the little guy.  24/7 fox news over the last 10 yrs has turned her into said housebound, rightwing wackjob apparently.  I used to be able to have an intelligent conversation with her, but not anymore.  The wifie had to leave the room/house for hours on end to deal with it.  Scary how they can do that...  

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On 3/12/2019 at 10:54 AM, SloopJonB said:

The video game thing is just the latest version of Trouble in River City.

In my lifetime there have been; pool, rock & roll, pinball, hot cars, reefer, more rock & roll - lyrics this time, rap, breakdancing, video games, cell phones......

All caused the ruination of youth.

That shit made me who I am!

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8 hours ago, Sean said:

I’ll be doing some of that soon unfortunately. 

Sorry to hear that, hope it goes well.

I also hope you get a better choice of channels, although watching Fox can be kind of amusing as an ethno-cultural study.

DSK

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Thanks Steam. Not looking forward to it but I’m optimistic. I hope goes well for you and yours. 

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14 hours ago, Steam Flyer said:

If you never watch Fox News (or listen to Rush or InfoWars or etc etc) it is really easy to believe that our resident righties are muddle-headed step children from another planet. But seeing what they are immersed in, it's easy to see why they are so angry and so misinformed. Many of them just repeat word for word what Fox blares out dozens of times a day.

DSK

Because they ARE muddle-headed step children from another planet.

Listening to that trash is purely voluntary.

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10 hours ago, Ease the sheet. said:

That shit made me who I am!

Me too.

So much for the ruination part.

Now Fox - there's a problem that puts video games to shame.

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1 minute ago, SloopJonB said:

Because they ARE muddle-headed step children from another planet.

Listening to that trash is purely voluntary.

If you grow up hearing it, it becomes hard to break free, especially if you live in an area where everyone around are believes.  

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That's what education is supposed to be for.

An Englishman - I forget who - once said the the principal purpose of a good education is to teach you to recognize when the other fellow is talking rot.

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On 3/15/2019 at 8:56 AM, Term Limits! said:

Beto has no resume to speak of and as a white guy, no magic carpet like Obama. I'd rather go with one of the smart, harder-assed women; choose yer flavor: red, white,  black. I don't think you need to be a lawyer but it doesn't hurt either. This isn't a job for just a nice, cool guy.

The funny thing about Beto is how everyone acts like he's the media darling or the leftie darling without much proof of either. I think he'd make a better President than Trump, but that's not a hard bar to clear.

always kind of sad talking to hardcore fox newers, because they'll have one opinion during the work day go home get radicalized on the outrage tube, come back with the party line.

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3 hours ago, VhmSays said:
3 hours ago, SloopJonB said:

Because they ARE muddle-headed step children from another planet.

Listening to that trash is purely voluntary.

If you grow up hearing it, it becomes hard to break free, especially if you live in an area where everyone around are believes.  

Thing is, they contradict almost everything you learn almost everywhere else in reality; and much of what they say contradicts other stuff they say. You have to suspend your disbelief like watching a movie.

I think this is why people have a low value for learning new stuff, a high value for belief over evidence, a high value for authoritarian viewpoint, get sucked into Fox. They tickle a part of the brain. But it's like Pepsi commercials, they are selling something.

DSK

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I think it's referred to as gullibility.

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On 3/16/2019 at 3:11 PM, SloopJonB said:

I think it's referred to as gullibility.

More to it than that. One of the points I was hoping to make is that a certain cohort of Trump voters voted for him BECAUSE he's such a piece of shit. Many of them like it, there is a large number of Americans who want a dictator instead of all this democracy bullshit. Some have a slave mentality. Many of them want to punish the country for electing Obama.... and they all thought Hillary was going to win, too.

Don't assume everybody has the same goals that you do.

One thing that characterizes the modern Republican Party, they're partly about WINNING!!! but they're all about making sure Democrats lose (even if they win). Destroying the country achieves that goal ie "Burn this bitch down!"

-DSK

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Just now, Sean said:

 

Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize. A far better choice than the Cheeto Benito -

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Can't wait to read Trumps tweets.

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3 hours ago, Sean said:

An interesting question -

Is it a poll tax if felons have to pay court costs and fees to regain voting rights?

That's an interesting question and article. Thanks for the share. My guess, should said question ever get far enough in appeals to matter, is that it will hinge on whether one can get their voting rights back without paying money. If those ex-felons who pay money get their voting rights back and the ex-felons who don't cannot - then regardless of what one wants to call it, that's a "poll tax". 

Then again, I never thought SCOTUS would find a way to allow the requirement to buy health insurance to pass and they found a way through the whole "it's a tax penalty not a fine" thing.

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3 hours ago, Bent Sailor said:

My guess, should said question ever get far enough in appeals to matter, is that it will hinge on whether one can get their voting rights back without paying money.

People can fight for their rights without paying such fees. It's happening right now in

On 3/19/2019 at 8:52 AM, Importunate Tom said:
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Motion to proceed in forma pauperis and petition for a writ of certiorari GRANTED.

 

3 hours ago, Bent Sailor said:

Then again, I never thought SCOTUS would find a way to allow the requirement to buy health insurance to pass and they found a way through the whole "it's a tax penalty not a fine" thing.

Still confused, huh? It can't be a penalty. That would be a regulation of interstate commerce and the majority said that would not fly.

It has to be a tax INSTEAD of a penalty, not a "tax penalty."

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https://www.npr.org/2019/03/21/705594068/federal-court-ruling-may-open-the-door-to-more-scam-pacs

Superpacs are of course pseudoindipendent money machines that allow massive campaign contributions.   Except they don’t have to actually help the candidate whose name they use.    Is this further proof the American political industry is out of control and the Supreme Court is full of morons?    Or is this a way to dilute the corrupt system by siphoning money from one’s opponent with false pacs?   

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7 hours ago, Lark said:

https://www.npr.org/2019/03/21/705594068/federal-court-ruling-may-open-the-door-to-more-scam-pacs

Superpacs are of course pseudoindipendent money machines that allow massive campaign contributions.   Except they don’t have to actually help the candidate whose name they use.    Is this further proof the American political industry is out of control and the Supreme Court is full of morons?    Or is this a way to dilute the corrupt system by siphoning money from one’s opponent with false pacs?   

Too bad the appropriate thread for that one was archived.

Some dumbass actor got fooled by Bernie's name and donated a pile of money to a scammer? Yeah, he's a dumbass. But that doesn't mean people can't use Bernie's name in an ad.

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On 3/16/2019 at 7:12 AM, Steam Flyer said:

Sorry to hear that, hope it goes well.

DSK

After a long day sitting in the waiting room, initial surgery is done.

Just got good news, lymph nodes clean.

 

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6 hours ago, SailBlueH2O said:

Libergressive.jpg

Well it looks like we can blame him for a lot of the stupidity in America.

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5 minutes ago, SloopJonB said:
6 hours ago, SailBlueH2O said:

Libergressive.jpg

Well it looks like we can blame him for a lot of the stupidity in America.

As a discrete amount, it's enormous.

As a percentage, it's several orders of magnitude below trivial.

We got more stupid than Brazil got coffee...... should be a country song.........

-DSK

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Nine threads on "Yay, Mueller said we won and you lost" and four threads on Jussie Smollett?

WTF happened to this place?

 

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51 minutes ago, SloopJonB said:

Nine threads on "Yay, Mueller said we won and you lost" and four threads on Jussie Smollett?

WTF happened to this place?

 

Right-wing bloat. Somebody pass them some Gaviscon before they explode.

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1 hour ago, Steam Flyer said:

As a discrete amount, it's enormous.

As a percentage, it's several orders of magnitude below trivial.

We got more stupid than Brazil got coffee...... should be a country song.........

-DSK

Most country songs are already celebrating lack of brainpower or overlubrication with booze or testosterone or both.

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36 minutes ago, Ishmael said:

Right-wing bloat. Somebody pass them some Gaviscon before they explode.

Well if it's only their brains that explode it'll be no more than a damp squib.

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2 minutes ago, SloopJonB said:

Well if it's only their brains that explode it'll be no more than a damp squib.

But it will smell like...poo.

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11 hours ago, Ishmael said:
11 hours ago, SloopJonB said:

Well if it's only their brains that explode it'll be no more than a damp squib.

But it will smell like...poo.

It'd be great for the crops though

-DSK

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This definitely doesn’t need its own thread but should be mentioned.

Steven Moore (aka the worst economist hack in the world and noted moron) trumps nominee for the fed made news by saying we need an immediate 50 basis point rate drop.

How not to geta nomination approved....

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Is this a good idea?

http://www.thedailybeast.com/us-companies-granted-authorizations-for-nuclear-work-in-saudi

The U.S. Department of Energy has approved six authorizations for U.S. companies seeking to conduct nuclear related work in Saudi Arabia, according to two sources with knowledge of those approvals.

Federal law stipulates that companies obtain clearance from the U.S. government for exporting nuclear technology to or engaging in the production or development of special nuclear material in Saudi Arabia.

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https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/436252-liberty-university-landed-pentagon-contract-after-inauguration-report

it's one of those weird storys on the outside of the Trump orbit that amounts to either some strange coincidence, or bizarre petty graft. especially odd if remember Buttina's BF or someone in that orbit was trying to get a jetfuel supply contract.

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59 minutes ago, Mismoyled Jiblet. said:

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/436252-liberty-university-landed-pentagon-contract-after-inauguration-report

it's one of those weird storys on the outside of the Trump orbit that amounts to either some strange coincidence, or bizarre petty graft. especially odd if remember Buttina's BF or someone in that orbit was trying to get a jetfuel supply contract.

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"The contract to provide the U.S. Department of Defense with fuel at the Lynchburg Regional Airport has been in place for over 20 years.The term of the contract signed in June 2017 began in November of 2016 and was merely a renewal of the pre-existing contract," Wallace said. "Since 2000, the highest volume of jet fuel delivered to the Defense Department under this jet fuel contract in any given year was during the Obama administration."

I think the oddest part is the part where Trump caused Obama to do this prior to even taking office.

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He knows a lot about wind -

“If Hillary got in… you’d be doing wind. Windmills. Weeeee. And if it doesn’t blow, you can forget about television for that night. ‘Darling, I want to watch television.’ ‘I’m sorry! The wind isn’t blowing.’ I know a lot about wind.”

— President Trump, suggestingrenewable energy doesn’t work at a rally in Michigan.

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On 3/27/2019 at 2:59 PM, Fakenews said:

This definitely doesn’t need its own thread but should be mentioned.

Steven Moore (aka the worst economist hack in the world and noted moron) trumps nominee for the fed made news by saying we need an immediate 50 basis point rate drop.

How not to geta nomination approved....

Trump's deep in debt they say.   Based on his reaction to rate hikes, its fair to say a lot of the loans are variable rate.    If you promise that Presidents are immune from criminal investigation you become attorney general.  If you promise to drop rates, you get a job on the Fed.   NFPA is run by insurance companies, so he's stuck with fire codes for now.

 

  

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So apparently Rupert Murdoch nearly died on his sons yacht recently but this post is not about that. It’s about the very good taste his son has in sailboats namely a 46M all carbon Bill Tripp design.  Now if only he had good judgement in “news”.

https://www.boatinternational.com/yachts/editorial-features/sarissa-the-family-sailing-yacht-with-a-performance-edge--317

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Now?

What have the last 2 years been?

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19 minutes ago, SloopJonB said:

What have the last 2 years been?

Lowering the bar.

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