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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: Today at 10:20:33 AM »
oops, didn't see last post....

Mazeltov, Larry.  It's 15 F. here.   Think what you're missing!

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: Today at 10:19:11 AM »
And, yes, impeach McConnell.   Not just for violating his oath of office, but for failing to qualify as a human being.  The turtle-aliens from Deneb IV have meddled in our Terran governments long enough!
You cannot impeach a member of the legislature.

Was speaking figuratively.   Bo had posted that sentiment, and I was agreeing.  I know that Article I, sect.5 does allow for expulsion of a Senator by a two-thirds majority.   

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 14, 2019, 10:42:35 PM »
And, yes, impeach McConnell.   


fokkkkkk youuuuuu....

What a pity.  We could have had a real discussion of Mitch's conduct in the Senate.  I finally realize that the "Kid" part of your moniker is literally true.   And many of your posts are the cyber equivalent of sticking your fingers in your ears and shouting "lalalalala I can't hear you!  I'm not listening!"  God help us when you hit puberty.

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 14, 2019, 10:29:42 AM »
And, yes, impeach McConnell.   Not just for violating his oath of office, but for failing to qualify as a human being.  The turtle-aliens from Deneb IV have meddled in our Terran governments long enough!

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 14, 2019, 10:26:25 AM »
France has long championed nukes.
Currently they get over 70% of the electricity from nuke plants.
With plans to reduce that to 50% by 2030 by increasing solar and wind.

Of course nuclear power is inherently unsafe, since there is no way to safely dispose of the nuclear waste.  While minor and major accidents occur.

The WSJ can cheerlead nukes all they want, but I wouldn't want to live near a nuclear power plant, let alone an aging one, while wind and solar and other renewable sources are clearly the future.

Given the cost of building a reactor (huge), plus the cost of decommissioning (ginormous), the economics* makes it likely the arc of energy bends towards renewables.   Which Boz's Polska kobieta and relations will no doubt applaud. 

* even Macron-economics, haha!


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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 13, 2019, 10:16:44 AM »
Some election commentary from across the pond....


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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 13, 2019, 10:13:33 AM »


Not even a violation of a Statute.


52 USC 30121

Pay attention.

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 13, 2019, 10:09:31 AM »
Two words (& a number) for y'all....

The Federalist, #68.


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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 12, 2019, 07:45:12 PM »
"you need to stop" is kidspeak for "I can't formulate any coherent argument or rebuttal."

"quid pro quo" is wardspeak for "pleasing constituents with legislation they voted for you to do, when you're the opposing party." 

"Red got his tax break" is yankspeak for "right-wing tools see personal financial gain as the sole yardstick by which all social good is measured."

"the military is underfunded" is kidspeak for "Americans know what's best for the world and should be the world police."  (Ike kinda warned us about that notion getting out of hand)

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 12, 2019, 12:32:46 PM »
What Did the U.S. Get for $2 Trillion in Afghanistan?

In a nation of 35M people, spent the equivalent of $5,700 per person per year for a decade.  Could have just given every Afghani a one time $28,500 and spent half the money.  A family of 5 getting $140K, not bad.

Of course most of the money went to bombs and fuel and housing US military personnel.  A good chunk towards training the Afghan army.  And a helluva lot being grifted and skimmed and defrauded.  My guess is a fairly small percent trickled down to regular folks, while a lot went to the elite and was transferred out of the country as personal fortune.

Think about wasting $1T per decade for two decades in Afghanistan.
You don't need to wonder much how a great power starts to decline.

Our country keeps illustrating how humans don't have any natural skill for forming and maintaining large nation-states.  Both ends of the spectrum of governance, free market Capitalism and Communism, end up relying on highly centralized control and concentration of power, albeit in different ways.  You either get oligarchs, or party apparatchiks and bureaucrats.  The reason nations like Denmark seem to do so well, in all the measures of happiness and quality of life, is because they're SMALL.  To really make their model work, we would need to balkanize the whole world. The UN would have about 700 members and include the nations of Missouri, Dakotabraska, and The Basque Republic. 

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 12, 2019, 09:59:48 AM »
 If you were reading a novel, a few years ago, in which there was a fictitious Trump administration, stuff like that would seem sufficiently incredible that you would classify the book as satirical fantasy.   

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 11, 2019, 12:39:52 PM »
The notion, I guess, is to have Title VI apply to anti-Semitism by an EO.  Bizarrre, yes, especially so soon after Trump invokes anti-Semitic stereotypes in a speech.  Is this EO an attempt to launder that ugliness?

Speaking at the Israeli American Council National Summit in Florida, Trump suggested that many of the attendees at the event are wealthy and in real estate, and that their wealth would guide their votes in the 2020 presidential election.
"A lot of you are in the real estate business because I know you very well. You're brutal killers, not nice people at all. But you have to vote for me, you have no choice," he said. The President also admonished some Jewish Americans for not loving Israel "enough."


Oy!

What am I missing here.  Saying a Jewish American has "dual loyalties" to the US and Israel is a slur.  No?  Were we not talking about just that not too long ago?

And now Trump wants to enshrine that slur into the law of the United States of America...

Jersey City attack was motivated by Antisemitism.

Now Trump wants the law of the land to define Jewish citizens as something other than all-American.

Does this not seem highly problematic to anyone else?

I can make no sense of it.  So now American Jews are actually Israeli, because being Jewish has to mean a nationality and that nationality can't be American.  I think it's some kind of convoluted confusion of ethnicity and nationality.  It seems to want to declare that being Jewish means being ethnically originated from Israel, so forget Sephardic and Ashkenazi, we are drilling down to a couple millenia ago to make darn sure we get the right spot!  But, of course, you Jew guys are good American citizens so long as you love Israel enough!  I guess Bo has it right that it's a ploy to attack campus boycott/disinvestment activism.   Which just went all the way over the logic cliff.   

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 11, 2019, 10:08:24 AM »
The payments bring an end to the life of the Trump Foundation, which Trump started in 1987 to give away proceeds from his book “the Art of the Deal.”


Letitia

Shutting down charities

Nice

Here are the facts of the matter, if you read farther...

Quote
  In the 2000s, Trump began to use the charity in ways that benefited himself or his businesses, according to the attorney general’s lawsuit. He used the charity’s cash to buy paintings of himself and sports memorabilia and to pay $258,000 in legal settlements for his for-profit clubs.

Charity leaders are barred from using their nonprofits’ money for personal benefit.

Trump also used the charity to boost political campaigns — first, Pamela Bondi’s Florida attorney general campaign, and then his own 2016 campaign. Trump gave away Trump Foundation checks onstage at rallies, despite strict rules barring nonprofit charities from participating in political campaigns....   

Do you no longer believe in the rule of law, Kid?  What does it say about your leader that it takes a court order to get him to send his charity money to actual charities?   

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: December 11, 2019, 09:58:55 AM »
The notion, I guess, is to have Title VI apply to anti-Semitism by an EO.  Bizarrre, yes, especially so soon after Trump invokes anti-Semitic stereotypes in a speech.  Is this EO an attempt to launder that ugliness?

Speaking at the Israeli American Council National Summit in Florida, Trump suggested that many of the attendees at the event are wealthy and in real estate, and that their wealth would guide their votes in the 2020 presidential election.
"A lot of you are in the real estate business because I know you very well. You're brutal killers, not nice people at all. But you have to vote for me, you have no choice," he said. The President also admonished some Jewish Americans for not loving Israel "enough."


Oy!

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