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  • How To Stop the Coming Economic Crash   23 hours 51 min ago

    P.S. Free college will be worth every penny you DON'T pay for it.

  • How To Stop the Coming Economic Crash   23 hours 53 min ago

    Damn, still can't get that "book endorsement"???? REFUND!!!!!!!!!!!

    So what happens when you combine "ignorance"?

    Computer trading programs are NOT "borderline unethical".....it is THEFT.

    Just for Thom....why do people do things when "no one is making money"?

    But something strange DID happen this week....the DJIA has been leading the

    DJIA futures for a very long time.......and this is not normal for any forward trading

    contracts........this week, this spread flip flopped.......by roughly 200 pts.

    But Thom, the CRASH....happened, long ago........we now have a managed CRASH.

    Economics is B.S........

  • Trump's Premature Climax Problem   23 hours 55 min ago

    Evoking the "premature ejaculation" metaphor was my intent :) Isn't it ironic that a billionaire mogul is considered a "populist" now on the right? He really is a master of the art of beguiling the clueless. For instance, just the other day he said "China's kicking our asses" and you know his followers lapped that up because, on the superficial level, they know that half of all the crap they buy at Walmart is labelled "made in China" and so in their mind Trump is "telling it like it is." But what the sleazebag neglects to clue them in on is that it's not China kicking our asses, it's our own manufacturing industry kicking our asses by having moved their production to China and screwing the US labor force out of a fair wage (if Walmart were honest its motto it wouldn't be "Always low prices. Always!" but "Always low wages. Always!").

    Trump Clothing Line Made in China AND Mexico

  • Republicans are NOT against socialism...   23 hours 57 min ago
    Quote gumball:

    Everyone likes free stuff.

    Of course, that's not what socialism is. Then again, right wing talking points aren't ever concerned with reality.

  • Republicans are NOT against socialism...   1 day 31 min ago

    Everyone likes free stuff.

  • Trump's Premature Climax Problem   1 day 38 min ago

    Quote mdhess:
    Trump's Premature Climax Problem

    It’s more like a premature ejaculation only he and those whom he’s screwing are enjoying for the moment, while the rest of us sit and wonder at the unfounded pride-in-performance he displays. What a vain buffoon he is!

    Don’t be surprised, though, if he makes it into the White House. It would almost feel like poetic integrity, with Trump in the presidency. After all, we’re a plutocracy now— what could be more consistent and true than having a plutocrat as president?

  • Republicans are NOT against socialism...   1 day 1 hour ago

    Indeed the Republicans have never been against socialism. Just look at their first President and the good things he did by practicing his brand of socialism and what he had to say about labor before the Civil War. That's for starters. Grant certainly didn't hesitate to socialize the expansion of the railroads and all that it led to. And when the Republicans favorite kind of lobbyists storm Capitol Hill, er its huge Cong. office bldgs., you know damn whose interests most of them are fighting for, those good folks whose businesses depend on the good graces of the Pentagon when it comes to picking n' choosing what company's jet proposal to invest our money in, ships, tanks and so forth.

    For excellent reads on Republican style socialism, just pick up any of the late Peter Viereck's books about conservatism published during the Cold War. Peter was a conservative's conservative. Unlike so many "conservatives" I've come across in other areas, Peter Vierek was always a gentleman, very non-presumptuous and never one to let the whole damn room, much less world, know he was around just to push his ideas at the expense of others. He never hesitated to call much of the military build up Pres. Eisenhower warned about in his Military Industrial Complex speech, what it was, a socialization of the defense industry.

    As Jimmy Buffett likes to add in his "Gypsies in the palace" song ... "...Somethings never change."

  • The Obvious Problems With Thom's "Get The Base Out" Theory...   1 day 1 hour ago
    Quote gumball:

    Seriously, if someone does not bother to vote that suggests they do not bother to pay attention to the issues.

    That isn't necessarily true. A lot of people feel like voting doesn't matter or that it matters very little, and that's understandable.

    http://billmoyers.com/episode/bare-knuckle-fight-money-politics/

    Quote Lawrence Lessig:I mean, we have the data to show this now. There was a Princeton study by Martin Gilens and Ben Page. The largest empirical study of actual policy decisions by our government in the history of our government. And what they did is they related our actual decisions to what the economic elite care about, what the organized interest groups care about, and what the average voter cares about.

    And when they look at the economic elite, you know, as the percentage of economic elite who support an idea goes up, the probability of it passing goes up. As the organized interests care about something more and more, the probability of it passing goes up. But as the average voter cares about something, it has no effect at all, statistically no effect at all on the probability of it passing. If we can go from zero percent of the average voters caring about something to 100 percent and it doesn't change the probability of it actually being enacted. And when you look at those numbers, that graph, this flat line, that flat line is a metaphor for our democracy. Our democracy is flat lined. Because when you can show clearly there's no relationship between what the average voter cares about, only if it happens to coincide with what the economic elite care about, you've shown that we don't have a democracy anymore.

    More evidence for that is found here: http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/more-and-more-americans-agree-bernie-sanders-and-not-just-those-who-identify-left

  • Respect ALL people..or you will be killed.   1 day 1 hour ago

    Dear righteous assholes...

    My phone is tapped by DHS, my computer is monitored by ther FBI, the local cops read all my posts. State Police searched my house and looked up my asshole. The parole officer is looking into ALL my past experiences.

    What did they find.

    NOTHING

    I am a patriot. I am trying to stop the coming police state. I should get a fucking medal of honor. I have spent $60,000 fighting crime and corruption.

    Get off your high fucking horse and DO SOMETHING. Human existence on this planet is coming to an end and you are worried about abortion.

  • The Tragedy of WDBJ7 TV News Reporter Killings: Did he snap over nothing? Nobody needs to know.   1 day 1 hour ago
    Quote mjolnir:
    Quote Zenzoe:
    Quote mjolnir:
    Quote Zenzoe:

    Gunman Vester Lee Flanagan, aka Bryce Williams, former employee at WDBJ7 News, claimed “he was suffering from racial discrimination and sexual harassment at work, as a homosexual African-American.” ...Any question as to whether any validity existed as to the man’s complaints must remain unexamined by the news media, at least so far. ...

    "WDBJ General Manager Jeffrey Marks says that Flanagan was fired for anger problems about two years ago and that the station had to call police to escort him from the building.

    Flanagan was a former reporter, who went by the on-air name of Bryce Williams, at WDBJ. After he left the station, he filed a complaint with an equal opportunity commission alleging that various members of the station staff had made racial comments, which could not be corroborated. The commission dismissed the complaint.

    This has been reported by much of the "media".

    What the general manager said about Flanagan (it would not be in the best interest of the station to admit to the racism he or others may harbor), or that the commission dismissed the complaint, doesn’t prove anything, Mjolnir. It does not deny the fact of systemic racism, which is often unconscious. Powerful dynamics can be at play underneath and hidden from scrutiny. The status quo has many powerful allies.

    You miss the point entirely. People like to make pronouncements about "systemic racism" and supposed lack of coverage by the "media" without actually looking at the facts. Plenty of news organizations covered the fact that the EEOC, never accused of being "conservative" leaning, found no merit in this guy's complaint."

    So, you think that if it's the EEOC any complaint will get a fair hearing, because only liberals dedicated to protecting the civil rights of individual citizen employees against corporate/business discrimination populate the EEOC?

    Ever hear of Clarence Thomas, uber-conservative and previous chairman of the EEOC? Anita Hill might have a few things to say about his dedication to civil rights. Need I say more? Shouldn't have to, but here you go:

    Obama Nominates a Bushie for EEOC Position

    ...In short, Constance Smith Barker has spent much of her career making sure that employees are denied equal opportunity in the workplace. And the Obama administration thinks she would be a good choice to enforce equal-opportunity laws?..

    She enjoyed her position at the EEOC when Flanagan filed his complaint in 2013. How do you know his complaint didn't fall on her desk, or some other pro-corporate agent of the EEOC, and, therefore, got dismissed unfairly? You don't know!

    Quote mjolnir:

    The station manager made numerous attempts to get this person to seek professional help. He refused and they finally dismissed him. He then decided to take the cowards way out and kill two innocent people and himself.

    You speak about this man, Flanagan, as if his entire story began at that news station, as if he had no past, as if his journey began and ended with WDBJ7, and as if his individuality allowed him to be completely, utterly independent of, and immune to, any negative realities that may have existed in the society in which he grew up as a Black male. You speak as if his mental illness arrived in a void and is the only factor we should consider.

    I disagree with your perspective. It represents a neoliberal's wet dream about the status quo; that is, it fails to push the societal narrative forward, beyond racism, sexism, homophobia and the rest.

    I do not defend Flanagan's actions. I haven't missed the deep tragedy he inflicted on people who, whatever their mind-set, did not deserve such a fate. It's just that I also haven't missed the deep tragedy of discrimination, inequality, injustice and various harms experienced by minorities in this society. What you see in this event is a coward and a nut case; what I see includes that, but a red flag as well.

  • 5 reasons Biden would have hard time catching Clinton   1 day 1 hour ago

    No More Dynasties!!!! But especially, no more Democrats or Republicans! Nothing will ever change unless you upset the apple cart and throw out the rotten apples!

  • MURDEROUS INTENT   1 day 1 hour ago

    ohm land security!

  • MURDEROUS INTENT   1 day 1 hour ago

    I wouldn't put it past them. They had a new toy to test.. the Iron Dome.

  • My Prayer for A Cure   1 day 1 hour ago

    Good luck, Steve! I am hoping for the best for you!

  • Respect ALL people..or you will be killed.   1 day 1 hour ago

    If you feel you've done your duty then let it go...............

    And holly, do try to stay away from the race baiting, it's more than unseemly as well as uncalled for.

  • Respect ALL people..or you will be killed.   1 day 1 hour ago

    jflum's exact location is well known to anyone who has read and watched the local news reports. His photo is there as well as a short video piece of him in court. The authorities are already keeping an eye on him. Those social sites banned him because of the things he was saying on those sites that the police believed were terrorist comments. Just the things he has said on this TH blog site should be warning enough. And there are a couple of others here that have said some pretty scary things as well. Actually, even scarier! They seem to have condoned violence, or even is encouraging violence, as a means to get what they want. I'm just wondering how long it will be before we are reading about them in the news...like Vester Flanagan.

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  • Respect ALL people..or you will be killed.   1 day 2 hours ago
    Quote rs allen:

    Well in answer holly,

    You don't need to know his/she's location but the powers that be you speak of do have the means for finding that locale.

    You think he's a threat? You should take those worries to the proper authorities, but banning him/her here will do little more than to increase any over all issues he/she is experiencing and if is really mental unstable would perhaps aid and abet in an actual blow up.

    Let him vent.

    I think I did take it to the proper authorities. My entire post was directed at the moderators of this forum suggesting they take some sort of action they feel is appropriate. It could benefit a lot of people including the OP. You seem to miss his rage and consider it "venting". If you were the victim of that "venting" would it suddenly become racism? Judging from your past posts, I suggest it would.

  • The Tragedy of WDBJ7 TV News Reporter Killings: Did he snap over nothing? Nobody needs to know.   1 day 2 hours ago

    #15 Coward?? He is a hero. Innocent??? Stop the bullshit. They treated Williams like a nigger. and they got their consequences.

    GOOD.

  • Why do I distrust Biden?   1 day 2 hours ago

    If he were able to keep from saying something stupid enough to keep him from the nomination, his luck, in that department, would be on extended warranty

  • Respect ALL people..or you will be killed.   1 day 3 hours ago

    #4 I said I was cleared of all ORIGINAL charges. I pled guilty to attempted assault so the justice system had SOMETHING to say I did wrong...I am not stupid..MI State police thought I was a terrorist. They screwed up royally, and ended up terrorizing my 80 year old Nazi Survivor bedridden wife.. Houghton County is soooo corrupy EVERY employee could be put in jail.

    You foxnewies think you can lie,cheat, steal...rape pillage and plunder without consequence.

    I AM YOUR CONSEQUENCE.

    I have put 15 companies out of business, 6 people in jail, and the wife and I have stopped over $3 billion in corruption.

    NEXT?!?!

  • Message to Hillary Clinton Fans   1 day 3 hours ago

    She thinks HuffPost is progressive? At the very moment she said that, she lost me.

  • Why do I distrust Biden?   1 day 3 hours ago

    This article suggests he won't run, which I think is for the best. I know some believe his running would help Sanders get nominated, but I don't think it would split the "establishment" vote as much as others might think. And Sanders's message would get even less play.

  • The Tragedy of WDBJ7 TV News Reporter Killings: Did he snap over nothing? Nobody needs to know.   1 day 3 hours ago
    Quote Zenzoe:
    Quote mjolnir:
    Quote Zenzoe:

    Gunman Vester Lee Flanagan, aka Bryce Williams, former employee at WDBJ7 News, claimed “he was suffering from racial discrimination and sexual harassment at work, as a homosexual African-American.” ...Any question as to whether any validity existed as to the man’s complaints must remain unexamined by the news media, at least so far. ...

    "WDBJ General Manager Jeffrey Marks says that Flanagan was fired for anger problems about two years ago and that the station had to call police to escort him from the building.

    Flanagan was a former reporter, who went by the on-air name of Bryce Williams, at WDBJ. After he left the station, he filed a complaint with an equal opportunity commission alleging that various members of the station staff had made racial comments, which could not be corroborated. The commission dismissed the complaint.

    This has been reported by much of the "media".

    What the general manager said about Flanagan (it would not be in the best interest of the station to admit to the racism he or others may harbor), or that the commission dismissed the complaint, doesn’t prove anything, Mjolnir. It does not deny the fact of systemic racism, which is often unconscious. Powerful dynamics can be at play underneath and hidden from scrutiny. The status quo has many powerful allies.

    You miss the point entirely. People like to make pronouncements about "systemic racism" and supposed lack of coverage by the "media" without actually looking at the facts. Plenty of news organizations covered the fact that the EEOC, never accused of being "conservative" leaning, found no merit in this guy's complaint."

    The station manager made numerous attempts to get this person to seek professional help. He refused and they finally dismissed him. He then decided to take the cowards way out and kill two innocent people and himself.

  • Respect ALL people..or you will be killed.   1 day 3 hours ago

    Well in answer holly,

    You don't need to know his/she's location but the powers that be you speak of do have the means for finding that locale.

    Most of the the people that do go over the edge always seem to be those whose neighbors and any friends say after the fact they never expected if from such a quiet easy going person.

    Maybe you can diagnose a person's general over-all mental health from a few pissed off misguided paragraphs without actually meeting that person, but I can't. So ya got me there.

    You think he's a threat? You should take those worries to the proper authorities, but banning him/her here will do little more than to increase any over all issues he/she is experiencing and if is really mental unstable would perhaps aid and abet in an actual blow up.

    Let him vent.

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