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20 Feb 2018 14:45

Robert5091 wrote:https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/19/pennsylvania-redistrict-democrats-midterms-354432
Democrats’ hopes of winning the House this fall got a boost Monday with the release of a new congressional-district map in Pennsylvania that could help the party pick up several seats in the battleground state.

Under the previous map, drawn by a Republican Legislature in 2011 and approved by the then-Republican governor, Republicans won 13 of the state's 18 congressional districts in 2016, when President Donald Trump carried 12 of the 18 districts.

But early estimates of the new, court-drawn map suggest there are now 10 Trump seats — opening the door for Democrats to inch closer to the House majority when voters go to the polls this November. The extra Democratic-leaning seats are primarily in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Last month, the state Supreme Court ruled that the congressional map “clearly, plainly and palpably violates” the state’s Constitution, alleging that Republicans unreasonably gerrymandered districts to favor their party. The U.S. Supreme Court denied a request from the Republican-controlled Legislature to intervene in early February.



Too late donnie.....

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/20/trump-pennsylvania-redistricting-417116
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20 Feb 2018 14:50

How the 'NRA wins'...

wander around gun specific you-tube..it's this in spades.

Every minute, the network(NRATV) pumps out a message that can be delivered regardless of external events: Liberal elites want to take away your guns and freedom. Terrorists and criminals lurk everywhere and you need to know how to defend yourself. And by the way, look how cool guns are and how powerful they make you feel!


https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/02/19/why-the-nra-always-wins-217028
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20 Feb 2018 18:00

Unchained wrote:Aphro your link to the piece about millennials really made me pause. Industry says that our students and schools fail to send qualified graduates to awaiting jobs after receiving a degree. The article doesn't deny that but says that as long as the schools are profitable that is the bottom line. Millennial students don't seem to much consumer responsibility. If they spend @100 grand on an education, is there a high placement rate for graduates w a similar degree?
One thing is for sure as we have approached the breaking point, the ponzy scheme, know as social security needs contributors.. regardless of immigration status, baby boomers desperately need cash into the system. If immigrant and millennial workers are not paying in.. the system will fail..
Critical for middle to old aged.. think about when you had your first 50-75 dollar a month reoccurring bill.. when were you responsibile for your first,90-125,000 dollar debt? Our kids have these bills before getting their first jobs, often before getting a car.. we better think about it.

The education for HUGE profit model is certainly going to fail, and fail for all of us, but if someone spends $100K on a degree that is not marketable they only have themselves and their parents to blame. I can see industry moving to an OJT system again because "college" isn't working for them. Do colleges and academics/professors even know what skills are needed for real world jobs?
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20 Feb 2018 19:33

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20 Feb 2018 20:50

Show that email to all the people who still say that Putin had no motive to interfere in the election, or personal animosity towards Clinton.
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21 Feb 2018 00:06

djpbaltimore wrote:Show that email to all the people who still say that Putin had no motive to interfere in the election, or personal animosity towards Clinton.

Whew. Putin is not Trump.

His priorities lay with restoring Russia, not burning things to the ground because stupid people are stupid.

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21 Feb 2018 06:58

His priorities lay with restoring Russia...

Making Russia great again ? :D
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21 Feb 2018 14:16

I was thinking about how USA politicians insist that no other countries have nukes, but they need other countries to have nukes because its part of their game. dt needs Mexico to have nukes.
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21 Feb 2018 21:15

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22 Feb 2018 01:49

Unchained wrote:Aphro your link to the piece about millennials really made me pause. Industry says that our students and schools fail to send qualified graduates to awaiting jobs after receiving a degree. The article doesn't deny that but says that as long as the schools are profitable that is the bottom line. Millennial students don't seem to much consumer responsibility. If they spend @100 grand on an education, is there a high placement rate for graduates w a similar degree?
One thing is for sure as we have approached the breaking point, the ponzy scheme, know as social security needs contributors.. regardless of immigration status, baby boomers desperately need cash into the system. If immigrant and millennial workers are not paying in.. the system will fail..
Critical for middle to old aged.. think about when you had your first 50-75 dollar a month reoccurring bill.. when were you responsibile for your first,90-125,000 dollar debt? Our kids have these bills before getting their first jobs, often before getting a car.. we better think about it.


Yeah, well I think it’s the basic argument that the center is gone. There’s very little human activity that’s not profut driven. So much so that it’s taken up the more marginal spaces that used to allow for non profit driven activity. Now one has to make it first and give back on the side.
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22 Feb 2018 02:48

aphronesis wrote:https://www.truthdig.com/articles/world-will-not-mourn-decline-u-s-hegemony/

that Trump’s “America First” and authoritarian views have the world “looking for leadership elsewhere.”

funny, as it's only the US that calls their president "the leader of the free world", and actually believes this to be so...

Last year it increased its “defense” (military empire) spending, which was already three times higher than China’s [$215bn], and nine times higher than Russia’s [$67bn].

Imagine spending a portion of that $611bn on sorting out and providing healthcare to all of their citizens instead...
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22 Feb 2018 03:02

Medical industry like the education industry isn’t really doing what it claims. You’re right though: imagine people not living in fear of health issues. Some are avoidable.
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22 Feb 2018 03:08

medical "industry" sounds about right. What was that earlier about profits...
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22 Feb 2018 04:21

Archibald wrote:
aphronesis wrote:https://www.truthdig.com/articles/world-will-not-mourn-decline-u-s-hegemony/

that Trump’s “America First” and authoritarian views have the world “looking for leadership elsewhere.”

funny, as it's only the US that calls their president "the leader of the free world", and actually believes this to be so...

Last year it increased its “defense” (military empire) spending, which was already three times higher than China’s [$215bn], and nine times higher than Russia’s [$67bn].

Imagine spending a portion of that $611bn on sorting out and providing healthcare to all of their citizens instead...

Not all of us say or believe that (even prior to what we have now).
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22 Feb 2018 04:29

Florida politicians state that porn is more of a public health risk than guns. Many of the politicians who support that have had sex with their interns, secretaries, neighbor, minors, etc. so it seems even more hypocritical than usual.

Other states don't get too giggly, your politicians are just as bad...mine might be worse.

EDIT: Idaho just bought the same packaged crap.
http://www.ktvb.com/article/news/local/capitol-watch/idaho-lawmakers-declare-pornography-a-public-health-risk/277-524931647

I have to start with the disclaimer that I'm not a fan of porn because watching other people doesn't do it for me. Other than the occasional boob shot meme my brother in-law sends, I'm out of the loop on this, but as an adult, I should be able to watch what I want (obviously not anything involving minors). IMO there are more important issues that law makers should be working on.
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22 Feb 2018 06:20

https://www.salon.com/2018/02/21/disney-uses-its-promised-1000-employee-bonus-as-leverage-over-union-negotiations/
Disney uses its promised $1,000 employee bonus as leverage over union negotiations

The company has given its unions an ultimatum: accept their latest contract, or forfeit employee bonuses


There's no such thing as a free ... bonus.
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22 Feb 2018 17:58

Если эти демократы продолжают пытаться запретить оружие, они потеряют независимых избирателей. Хорошая стратегия на год выборов.

Конечно, это дураки, которые поддерживали Хиллари.
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22 Feb 2018 18:08

aphronesis wrote:https://munchies.vice.com/en_us/article/bj5yvv/michigan-family-says-they-are-traumatized-after-allegedly-seeing-porn-at-burger-king

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/groundhog-day-fed/

'Traumatized' is certainly sensationalized, but even traumatized is better than dead.

The markets and the fed are phony so its hard to discuss them with any seriousness or base in reality.

EDIT: The groundhog day analogy is actually really fitting.
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