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  • "Appeals court panel deals blow to Obamacare"   14 hours 27 min ago

    ulTRAX wrote: "EVASION ALERT" for the 71st time.

    What question are you asking that has relevance to "Halbig"?

  • She's a FAKE: Imperious Hillary routinely rude to little people sworn to take a bullet for her.   14 hours 55 min ago

    Steven.PBarrett wrote:

    Hell, I'd rather work for a woman that swore like a sailor on a double wicked hangover than a sweet-talking back stabber any day. I've worked for both kinds (in both "gender catagories") and I'll take the former in a Manhattan nano second.

    First of all all, those quotes did surface years ago. They are documented old news.

    Personally, as a conservative libertarian, I have no problem with her as she is probably the most conservative of all the presidential fodder on the left and right, and I believe she has far more insider debts to pay off than a Romney president ever would. She gets in,  the Republicans win.  She loses to a Republican, the Republicans win.  Her election would make the progressive world crawl into their shells for another 8 years.

    The fun will begin when a socialist Sanders or far leftie Warren get into the mix and try to gum up the works.  Hillary will gut them before they take step one.

  • Germany returning to coal plants?????   14 hours 58 min ago

    Wait a minute.  I am lectured to, over and over, by a radio talking head as to how Germany, a country with little sunshine, is nearly totally energy independent due to a solar panel program sponsored by the government.

    Are we being misinformed, or the Germans just needing 40% more electricity to charge their electric vehicles?

  • Possible Twitter Witness From Spanish Flight Controller In Kiev - Says UKR Airforce did it   15 hours 24 sec ago

    Antifascist wrote:
    So why would the Ukrainian control tower divert MH17 over the Donetsk war zone, order MH17 to lower its altitude, and have a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter jet shadow its flight?
    And could the antifacists do any of the above?

    And where are the tapes from Kiev Airport's conversations with the MH17 pilots?

    Did you see the Daily Show with John Stewart, where he posited only two possibilities:

    1) The rebels shot the plane down
    2) Someone filled the plane with dead passengers and then crashed it into the Ukraine. The 'zombie plane theory'.

    He sounded very pleased with himself, for choosing between such obvious alternatives.

    The fact that PNAC's Victoria Nuland helped a government of nazis, fascists and ultra-nationalists into power in Ukraine, and that the fascists have the only actual motive to knowingly shoot down a passenger plane and blame it on the rebels, thereby drawing a willing US government into their fight, seemingly was as far from his mind as Elvis sightings and alien abduction stories. In other words, 'conspiracy theories'.

    His alternatives were a) the state department's version of events or b) impossible conspiracies.

    I didn't expect much from a comedy show, but I was really disappointed in the display of such intellectual cowardice.

  • Will GOP try "wicked witch's guards" tactic to reinvent itself as tipping point looms?   16 hours 14 min ago

    The problem for both centrist Democrats and centrist Republicans is that the ideas underlying those "centrist" positions are widely unpopular and really don't garner much support these days.  See Obama's poll numbers after he went after Social Security in the effort to be "centrist".

    The leaders on the right, understanding that all of Reagan's slogans have been debunked by history, have instead sought to craft a tribal movement based around around 1) the absolute denialism of this reality and 2) boundless and baseless visceral hatred for the other side (kept up by hours and hours of hate radio & fox news). Instead of addressing reality, the right wing think tank movement has created a far right conservative catechism which, much like fundamental religion, can exist independent of actual reality.  This catechism needs to be as far right as possible so that no Democrat will EVER agree with it -- because the fundamental thrust of the right today is that the other side is evil and anything the it agree with is evil.  This is why we see them even going after birth control at this point. This is why we see them abandoning many of their OWN original ideas, such as Romneycare and Cap & Trade, etc. Part of the reason the GOP has has to go so far to the right is because so many "centrist" Democrats (THEY MUST OPPOSE) keep moving right themselves. 

    The idea is that the new tribal right will embrace ANYTHING that the Democrats hate simply because it feeds the core manufactured belief of the tribe: Democrats can NEVER be worked with -- EVER, no matter what.  They must be opposed at all costs.  Furthermore, unlike centrist Dems, the leaders on the right must understand that centrist positions will not sell to a majority of Americans because they include extremely unpopular things like going after Social Security and Medicare.  Moreover, even if these ideas were remotely popular, there would be no way to get around the AM radio-perpetuated tribal hate for the other side which would quickly derail any effort by the GOP to compromise in the center with Democrats.

    Centrist Democrats, on the other hand (such as Obama and Hillary Clinton) still seem to think that there is a value in accepting Reagan's fundamental world view and merely adding to it progressive social values.  The don't seem to have gotten the memo that Reagan was refuted soundly by the last 30 years of economic history and that his tax structure must be repealed for the economy to really grow for the middle class.  They don't seem to have gotten the memo that the right is no longer a party of principles with which they can seek compromise, but rather a tribe of manufactured haters determined to NEVER compromise with the other side on anything.

    The catch-22 these centrist Democrats are in is that, in order to keep the Reagan tax structure in place (which they seem gung-ho to do), they MUST propose cuts to social safety nets to pay for the deficits the Reagan tax cuts have and will continue to cause.   This is partly an effort to seek compromise with Republicans (a futile quest for the reasons stated above) and partly because they feel that proposing even modest tax increases would only anger their Wall St. donors.  Meanwhile, however, centrist Democrats are losing popularity among the general public (a la Obama) who cares far more about cuts to social safety nets than it does about tax cuts that primarily benefit the rich.

    So the GOP can't go to the center today because many Democrats occupy that space, and to do so would contradict their fundamental, tribal-enforced viewpoint that Democrats are evil incarnate, something they have had to inculcate (with hours and hours of hate radio) to distract from the fact that Reagan was proved wrong.

    And the Democratic party's "centrists" needs to get away from the center (and go back to the solid left) because the center seeks to incorporate so many traditionally Republican ideas that have now either been debunked (Tax Cuts grow the economy for the middle class, for example) or are very unpopular (chained CPI, for example) 

    If the Democratic Party simply defined itself as a left party of the Elizabeth Warren mold, it could give space for the GOP to move more to the center, since they could comfortably oppose Democrats without having to go so far to right to stake out an opposing position. But the stalemate we see today would nevertheless continue regardless, since the main tenet of today's Republican Party is that the Democrats are absolute devils who cannot under any circumstances be worked with. Moreover, the contributions many Democrats rely upon from wealthy donors could dry up if they embrace too much of Elizabeth Warren's platform.  So they may also be stuck.

  • The Rise of the Bankster Landlord   17 hours 18 min ago

       This is one of those rare occasions when I have to disagree with Thom.

       Thom says becoming a landlord is “a smart financial decision”, a “great way to earn some extra money, help pay the mortgage, or even make a living once you retire and no longer take home a paycheck.” 

       I think it’s a great way for property owners to be subsidized by the less fortunate.  I think it’s a rotten system, generating all kinds of abuse from both sides of the deal.

       Don’t get me wrong, folks.  I’ll acknowledge that there are exceptions to this general rule, where there is a fair exchange between landlord & tenant that is mutually beneficial.  But in a majority of situations, it’s not so great.

       When my hubby & I were renters, we did not have big banks or hedge funds for landlords.  But we had to deal with plumbing problems, carpenter ants, warped floors and ceilings, slug invasions (even finding slug tracks on our clean dishes in the dish drainer!) and other headaches.  If my husband didn’t happen to have all these nice handyman skills, I don’t know what we would have done.  That’s because all the people we rented from were deadbeat do-nothings who could only be depended upon to take our money.

       Rent from Wall Street, or some corporate entity?!  I’d rather hang myself.      - AIW

  • You call it redistribution of wealth, the NFL calls it revenue sharing   17 hours 47 min ago

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  • Jailing the Homeless   17 hours 53 min ago

    Paranoia strikes deep
    Into your life it will creep
    It starts when you’re always afraid
    Step out of line, the men come and take you away
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5M_Ttstbgs

  • Good news about Health care costs.   19 hours 33 min ago

    Patients who have a habit of eating lean meat rolls made ​​from live listeners and found many worms on the brain. Shapeshifter Yoga

  • Possible Twitter Witness From Spanish Flight Controller In Kiev - Says UKR Airforce did it   19 hours 42 min ago

    Palindromedary wrote:
    Semi permeable memebrain: preconceived notions? What about the preconceived notions that of our illustrious US leaders? There is nothing empirical or objective in THEIR "perspectives". But, I'd classify my statements in #66 as post-conceived. And I'd say they were more empirical and objective because they are based on repeated observed data.

     

     Fair in a way. But I do not believe you can point to the repeatabaility of physiscs in the same way as the repeatability of human behavior.

  • Terminology is important   20 hours 7 min ago

    I'm sorry if I happened to step on some toes, that was not my intention but I'm glad that it sparked a discussion. I'll be the first to admit that Europe is in bad shape and I'm personally ashamed by what our politicians in Brussels are doing in regard to the Ukraine. we have many of the same problems stemming from corrupt professional politicians who care only for their own wealth and prosperity, the people and the nation come second, it really is appalling. 

    As far as foreign politics go, my country doesn't routinely go around the globe destroying other nations. We don't justify genocide with it being good for big business. And yes, our elected representatives should most definitely stand up for themselves and represent our interests rather that the U.S.  

    Having agreed that we Europeans are flawed in ourselves doesn't prevent me from viewing American politics as absurde. You have people starving, children going without water, wages so low that you still have to have food stamps even with a full time job and still Obama thinks it proper to ask for $500,000,000 for Syrian rebels? The political discussions aren't about issues really it's about winning. The issues are secondary, all that matters is getting ahead and staying in power. It's such sand box mentality that I quietly sit here pondering how long it's going to take before everything comes tumbling down?

    All the official government statistics are based in lies, they shape the numbers to fit their cause. Unemployment and inflation are particularly ludicrous. And yes, I'm somewhat familiar with statistics having my oldest friend from childhood being the head of the statistics department at a major European university. The subject of using statistics for your own needs have come up during the years. 

    In the end all I was really asking for is for Thom to not lower himself to their level. Politicians and spokes people do this for a living and you'll never beat them at their own game. If you rise above their sand box mentality and show a level head you might stand a chance. I think Thom is doing a very good job and I applaud him in his efforts but from an ousider's perspective it sometimes appear counter productive to get stuck in republican vs democrats rather than the true issue. 

  • We are subsidizing our own destruction.   20 hours 34 min ago

    You've made excellent points regarding public smoking (regardless of the substance being smoked).  I like your perspective about public pot consumption being most likely a fad and "backlash" against decades of prohibition.  But like cigarette smokers, pot smokers should have some respect for the rights of non-smokers.  Nobody should be exposed to either kind of smoke involuntarily.  Even if pot smoke isn't the health hazard tobacco smoke is, it can still be unpleasant and annoying to the non-smoker.  - Aliceinwonderland

  • Possible Twitter Witness From Spanish Flight Controller In Kiev - Says UKR Airforce did it   20 hours 53 min ago

    I'd rather be a rational person on "Circle-Jerk Drive" than a clown beating a dead horse thank you. 

  • "Appeals court panel deals blow to Obamacare"   21 hours 18 min ago

    Mauiman2 wrote:

    ulTRAX wrote:

    Mauiman2 wrote:

    Come on mjolnir, you are arguing with a guy that has never been wrong in his life.  NEVER!!!!  If you don't think so, just ask him!

    This must be that infantile partisan loyalty I always find amusing and always condemn. 

    In your mind, any thought that is not exactly the same as your opinion on a subject is immeadiately branded as "infantile partisan loyalty".

    So do you have an opinion about the topic at hand or are you just here to antagonize another member?

  • Possible Twitter Witness From Spanish Flight Controller In Kiev - Says UKR Airforce did it   21 hours 22 min ago

    mdhess: What? Do you believe that Global Research misquoted General Wesley Clark? If you doubt that he said that maybe you should watch his interview by Amy Goodman. I don't care what you think about Global Research down there on Circle-Jerk Drive. You think you can get away with deriding what I said by trying to associate it with what you call a "conspiracy theory website"? Not a chance!

  • California Board Votes to Investigate Covert Climate Engineering 7/15/2014   21 hours 26 min ago

    Come on.  It's one thing for grown adults to delude themselves into believing this crazy ass conspiracy shit but to try and indoctrinate children into your paranoid delusion as well crosses a line.  That's just sick and perverse.

  • The Rise of the Bankster Landlord   21 hours 27 min ago

    The house always wins.  

     

    My grandmother talked of the days when she was a young girl os escaping the dust bowl with everything they owned loaded on a Model-T.  I later read Grapes of Wrath and envisioned the details of life in the days of The Great Depression and found myself wondering not just the human cost, but "why."  Born in the fifties, an age of technological promise: rocket ships and the race to the moon; freeways, television, and an anticipation that I would follow with a similar lifestyle and relative financial security.  

    We no longer fly rockets to the moon. Wages have stagnated since the days of Reagan with massive consolidation and leverage buyouts.  I knew there was something called the Sherman Antitrust Act and was befuddled watching NBC announcing massive job layoffs in the thousands.  I had a sense something profound was taking place, but understanding the reasons wasn't as clear.

      Several months ago, the local Sacramento newspaper ran a story about the corporate buying of nearly 25% of rental properties in the area, cashing in on the demise of the for near middle class.    NPR just did a story last week about how poorly maintained these corporate homes are maintained.    I flash on my grandmother's stories of the days of economic darkness and wonder what perfect storm of market forces and world events might spin the world into an abyss unlike anything ever before encountered.  Perhaps even worse is the pace of mediocrity as we slowly digress into an Orwellian world of corporate servitude until the planet chokes on the gasps for its cleansing.   Tag you're it :-)  Rich in Folsom 

  • "Appeals court panel deals blow to Obamacare"   21 hours 30 min ago

    ulTRAX wrote:

    Mauiman2 wrote:

    Come on mjolnir, you are arguing with a guy that has never been wrong in his life.  NEVER!!!!  If you don't think so, just ask him!

    This must be that infantile partisan loyalty I always find amusing and always condemn. 

    In your mind, any thought that is not exactly the same as your opinion on a subject is immeadiately branded as "infantile partisan loyalty".

  • Possible Twitter Witness From Spanish Flight Controller In Kiev - Says UKR Airforce did it   21 hours 36 min ago

    I'd heard about Ukrainian President Yanukovich being threatened by the Ukrainian oligarchs when the US, UK and EU were considering various financial inconveniences on them. Apparently all of the  Eastern European financial oligarchs are as patriotic to their republics as the Western oligarchs are to theirs'. I feel safe in suggesting that all oligarchs feel they are above any government or authority ....

    Quote:
    Former German Diplomat Says Putin Has
    Enraged Wall Street and their Russian Oligarchs
    July 23, 2014 | 9:45PM

    A senior former German diplomat told two LaRouche representatives in a meeting yesterday that the main reason behind the ongoing and escalating campaign against Putin is the fact that he moved against the very special relationship between the Russian oligarchs and Wall Street banks which had developed during the Yeltsin years.

    This power struggle is so fierce that a senior Russian diplomat told this German source that there is a serious threat to the life of Putin. The source said the present situation is highly dangerous, and indeed, comparable to the pre-1914 sleepwalkers sliding into a big war without being aware of what it would turn into. He agreed with LaRouche's assessment on that same point today: we are faced with an acute threat of thermonuclear war.

    LaRouche elaborated today that this threat remains highly active—unless the British Empire is collapsed by proclaiming the fraud and worthlessness of its financial claims. The source does have some optimism, though, because of the general mood in Germany, including the fact that 93% want dialogue with Russia, and only 19% remain loyal to NATO and want to 'show the flag' militarily against Putin; and 69% can imagine a non-NATO future of Germany. This percentage has continually increased during the past few weeks. The government has to pay attention to this mood, and although on the Ukraine issue opposition to the U.S. confrontationists is not easy for Berlin, they have a tool in hand to contain the Americans with the NSA scandal, the source said.

     

  • Possible Twitter Witness From Spanish Flight Controller In Kiev - Says UKR Airforce did it   21 hours 37 min ago

    According to flightaware web site the flight's path was changed from over the Sea of Azov to the war zone on July 14, 15, 16, 17 and back to Sea of Azov on the 18th. That was approximately 250km distance between the Sea of Azov path and the path MH17 took over the path over Hrabove, where it was shot down. And I believe it was shot down by an SA-11 missile launched from a BUK launcher because of all of the shrapnel holes on the side of the fuselage section that was held up for the video that I saw. SA-11s explode just before it gets to the target spraying shrapnel.

    I also believe that Ukraine had been using the airliners as a distraction or shield in order to sneak into the area. Perhaps that is why the flight path had been altered for those 4 days. Perhaps Ukraine had previously hidden in the path of the previous day's airliners. Man, talk about using civilians as a shield. That really sucks! I'd say cowards do that kind of thing.

    http://flightaware.com/live/flight/MAS17/history/20140717/1000Z/EHAM/WMKK

  • Possible Twitter Witness From Spanish Flight Controller In Kiev - Says UKR Airforce did it   21 hours 45 min ago

    Palindromedary you ask: "Who would you rather believe...?"   And then go on to reference the same dodgy conspiracy theory site. 

    So we can just pick our own truth?  I am beginning to understand the problem you're having with reality.

  • "Appeals court panel deals blow to Obamacare"   21 hours 49 min ago

    Mauiman2 wrote:

    Come on mjolnir, you are arguing with a guy that has never been wrong in his life.  NEVER!!!!  If you don't think so, just ask him!

    Methinks you're projecting that honor from yourself unto me. I beat myself up all the time when I realize I said something stupid. But obviously you seem to think that unless I cave in to far right idiocy... then I'm intellectually incapable of finding fault in my own arguments.

    So Maui.... why are you so determined to protect M from answering what seem like some pretty simple questions...

    So M... back in the 90's were you also leading the cheerleading section hoping all the GOP health care proposals would fail? You may or may not recall that 80% of GOP senators signed on to plans with an individual mandate.

    How about Bush's Medicare D?

    This must be that infantile partisan loyalty I always find amusing and always condemn. 

  • "Appeals court panel deals blow to Obamacare"   22 hours 1 min ago

    mjolnir wrote:

    ulTRAX wrote: "...Did your past (?) drinking and drugs interfere with your current reading comprehension?..."

    mjolnir wrote: Nope, all that did was reduce me from wealthy to just well-off.

    For the 70 time (approx.) vocabularily challenged combo of Pp/ulTRAX wrote:
    EVASION ALERT
    For Pete's sake, learn some new words.

    Sorry, your not the dungeon master here ulTRAX. I don't answer off-topic questions just because you command it. L-a-y.

    EVASION ALERT... still refuse to answer the simple questions I asked... and think some lame diversion will get you off the hook?

    Of COURSE you do.

  • Has The GOP Metastasized Into A Pathological Suicide Cult?   22 hours 5 min ago

    Suicide cult?

    Let's remember... we haven't even gotten to the topic of climate change yet.

  • Possible Twitter Witness From Spanish Flight Controller In Kiev - Says UKR Airforce did it   22 hours 7 min ago

    Semi permeable memebrain: preconceived notions? What about the preconceived notions that of our illustrious US leaders? There is nothing empirical or objective in THEIR "perspectives". But, I'd classify my statements in #66 as post-conceived. And I'd say they were more empirical and objective because they are based on repeated observed data.