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  • Daily Topics - Monday December 5th, 2016   2 days 16 hours ago

    @mollymon I'm looking for this too! I was in the same situation and want to review it/hear it again...

    Any luck finding it?

  • Trump proposes STRIPPING CITIZENSHIP from political PROTESTERS   2 days 17 hours ago

    Yeah pee pee I'm pretty sure I read that one.

    Is it the one where you once again show your shallow understanding of just what the flag flies to protect?

    Is it the post that tries to deflect your thin grasp of fundamental rights onto the shoulders of an educator that tries to juggle a diverse population of young adults that feel betrayed by a promise delayed if not turned back completely?

    Is it the post that continues the iteration that you are just about two clicks from where the trummkopf stands on this matter?

    Is that the post you mean? you patronizing piece shit.

  • TV "news"   2 days 17 hours ago

    beer? biere? bier? Free!!???? Where?

    Count me in!!!!!!!!

  • Chemotherapy for Dummies: Donald is probably best understood as a form of last ditch chemo   2 days 18 hours ago

    Just another example of negative externalities. Industry makes a mess, makes its dough, and leaves the rest for us to clean up. Bad air, black lungs, toxic waste. Retrospective subsidies. Deferred socialism. Privatize the profits and socialize the costs. I say they should pay up front before they go broke and their executives parachute debt free into retirement and stick us with the bill. Good luck with your black lungs Stoneage. We are all praying for you.

  • My Fears   2 days 20 hours ago

    Just like everything else, you have to be able to make money. The economic model for widespread use of alternative fuels and power generation does not yet allow for profit sustainability, especially in the poorer countries. But it will come.

    The money has to come from somewhere, which means that alternatives have to be able to pay for themselves (and then some). It will happen, but it won't be tomorrow.

  • My Fears   2 days 20 hours ago

    An Open Letter from Scientists to President-Elect Trump on Climate Change

    https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/an-open-letter-from-sc...

  • The No BS Guide To The Upcoming Jill Stein Recount   2 days 20 hours ago

    Pucker up Deepspace. You have a lot of asses to kiss :)).

  • TV "news"   2 days 23 hours ago

    ... Sneewzzzzz ...?

  • My Fears   2 days 23 hours ago

    (Coalage - #3)


    "And what do you propose that the "world" does about climate change?"

    Maybe I misread you, Coalage ... are you asking what can we do, or how do we convince people to accept changes in their lives and behaviors - and, what might those changes be?

    You got three people offering perspective and reference materials, in all sincerity. Is this your only takeaway from the links provided:

    (Coalage - #10)


    "Start using clean energy. Gee if it's that simple, why didn'tsomebody else think of this first?"

    ...?

    Very coy.

    Of course, this idea is 'old as the hills and twice as dusty' ... probably why we still hear about it now, after centuries of suppression by interest groups invested in what you refer to as "more traditional power sources" ... I think the sun, wind, waters and geothermal dynamics probably predate those 'traditional' technologies.

    I also think there are highly efficient technologies (also ancient) available to an enlightened human population, and wee people are being tested, and sorted according to our ways ... as we all go our own ways ..., and life goes on ....


    (Coalage - #16)
    "Using aternative energy sources as replacement for more traditional power sources is happening every day. The problem lies in the cost. Doing this on a massive country wide, or even global scale, is just simply not feasible or economical. That's why it only happens a little at a time as the technology improves which allows the cost to come down."

    Only, what determines what costs are counted, and how measured, by whom? It seems to me (at least, in this economic paradigm) the cost is, and always will be insurmountable, if I read this clearly - that's what keeps the wheel turning - generation after generation - as we roll all over hell and tarnation with our unbridled appetites and ambitions.


    (Coalage - #18)

    (mingram55 - #17)
    "Coalage1, not I am not saying do it all at once. I am saying there is no need in bringing in more dirty fuel sources, like tar sands or burning more coal.

    You are right the planet will not disappear, but people will."


    "No they won't. What you ask for is already being done."

    Right. Here and there. More and more. And it can, and will be more ... which is why I do not understand why existing energy interests don't want to transfer their investments to ecologically sound investments - regionally, and globally. It makes so much sense to do.

    Do we have wrangle and tangle endlessly?

    What a waste!

  • The No BS Guide To The Upcoming Jill Stein Recount   3 days 2 hours ago

    Heehah... "The lady doth protest too much, methinks."

    What, you want eight more too-long paragraphs on when you have repeated easily verifiable lies and misrepresentations of other people's comments, with which you disagree, in an insulting manner throughout your numerous snide posts and then whined when someone dared to call you out? Have you no self-awareness? Okay, I will comply, but even I grow weary of typing into the wind.

    When time permits, I do try to read and understand everyone's posts, including yours. However, since you asked, I will address your subtle form of whining/lying/insulting, but only in your last response, as just one example.

    First, please allow me to explain that I have no ego to defend while engaged in political discourse and don't take anything personal; therefore, nothing anyone says ever "hurts." Quite the contrary, I thoroughly enjoy the battle and love to punch back at anyone willing to poke their head out of their foxhole. I suspect you do too. Politics is war, one of ideas but war nonetheless. If someone lobs a grenade, I lob one right back. Such is life in the trenches.

    So, yes, I fully admit that I insult those (primarily Republicans) who, in my humble opinion, earn and deserve it. Nothing personal; you are the enemy. It wasn't always this way. If you look back at decades of the ubiquitous right-wing smear campaigns on hate radio, Fox so-called news, and the internet, you must admit that Republicans have made Democrats their mortal enemy in every way possible, not the other way around. Please do not deny the obvious. Democrats are infamous for Namby Pamby compromises. Remember? And where did that ever get us? No more; it's time to fight back. Hard!

    Back to your last post: "deep in denial" is a subjective personal attack. I never said that I don't "except (sic) that Donald Trump will be President" (just not my President). Why would I ever want my enemy "on my side?" "You need us, but we don't need you" is a transparent passive-aggressive attack. I'm a realist and never said or expect to amend the Constitution (in this generation anyway) -- because of the high hurdle that you accurately described and the hopeless Republican intransigence that you failed to mention -- but only meant that it should be part of a larger battle for a more perfect union ... someday over the rainbow. I also never dismissed "those Hillibillies" (sic), but only pointed out that their vote should not count for more than a city-slicker's vote in a true democracy. As your final, interactive lesson, you may pick out all the whines, lies and insults not so cleverly disguised in your post.

    Whoops, I just committed another one of my own insulting, passive-aggressive attacks. So, how does it feel when your own grenades get lobbed back atcha? At least I will never intentionally lie or whine. Call it constructive criticism. Enjoy!

    This last sentence makes it eight paragraphs...

  • Trump proposes STRIPPING CITIZENSHIP from political PROTESTERS   3 days 4 hours ago

    Found interesting that child like Drumpf equated a US citizenship worth as equal to a year in jail.

  • The No BS Guide To The Upcoming Jill Stein Recount   3 days 5 hours ago

    What are you talking about? Where have I whined, lied, or insulted you. You are so deep in denial you can't except that Donald Trump will be President. One other suggestion calling people names is not a way to get them on your side. You need a lot of us to amend the Constitution, we don't need you to leave it as it is. You are not going to amend the Constitution without those Hillibillies you dismiss. Remember 2/3 of both houses of Congress and ratification by 3/4 of the States is required to remove the Electoral College.

  • Are you EVER going to GROW UP America   3 days 6 hours ago

    Zap: No, I have not been "drinking", just because I disagreed with many of the statements in your blog. I read your links, and can respond without treepidation.

    First: The US does have social security, which was never meant to be anything more than a basic security net, and welfare, in its many forms. The "dark suits" may try to privatize social security, but there is no indication whatsoever they will be successful. Plans to lift the cap on social security to make it "viable" by the DEMS would be more harmful, as Social Security would lose its political support. A major problem of Social security's viability is that too many payouts have been legislated throughout the years (when SS ran a big surplus) for causes that have nothing to do with retirement security.

    Social Security, under its present "pay in" and "pay out" formula will do fine, as it is politically popular enough in its present state, to survive even if additional subsidies are needed.

    Obamacare (The ACA), has insured 11,000,000 previously uninsured people. That is true. But they are only insured, for the most part, due to generous subsidies paid by middle class taxpayers, most of whom had good health insurance. The ACA as it stands, is unsustainable, without rising insurance costs for the middle class, and application of the ( 24%) "Cadillac Tax" on those employers who have the audacity to offer their employyes insurance deemed "too good" by government technocrats.

    Single payer would be a disaster, as those thet pay no taxes would get the exact same healthcare (under the "equal protection act" of the US Constitution) as those middle and upple middle class workers who would pay more in taxes to get less. If you like your Canadian system, Zap, that's fine. I like my negotiated and sacrificed-for health care the way it is. ( Recently, I had cataract surgery that was 110% successful, with an experienced surgeon of my choosing, without delay, at my convenience, at no cost to me). I and the 10's of millions of others who sacrificed wages and benefits to get these benefits and earned them by working, will not accept a "single payer" system that penalizes skilled workers and years of contractual sacrifices. Only someone in my position "who has been drinking" would even consider this unfair redistribution. Or the continuance of the ACA as it presently stands.

    Of the 30 million or more people living in America, who are uninsured, it is estimated that eight million are here illegally, and are thus entitled to nothing. There is certainly a better way than the ACA to ensure every American citizen has a very bare-boned health care system, with limited options and tort, without the excesses and government overreach of the ACA or the middle/upper middle class crushing potential of single payer.

    I have done some previous research and and have found that there is little evidence to clain that I pay more taxes than a Canadian would. Not at my income, or my family income. Or even the Average US middle Class family income.

    When the value of the Canadian vs US dollar is taken into effect in terms of the marginal tax rates for income tax, when deductions are taken into account, family incomes over $ 38,000-41,000 do better in the US. When the Provincial VAT is taken into account, versus much lower state sales taxes; as well as the lower price of Gas in the US, I believe we do much better, tax-wise, in the US. ( Granted, provincial VAT varies as well as marhinal taxes in both countries. But for the middle class and above, US workers pay less than Canadians of similar ( Dollar value-adjusted) incomes.

    My use of the term "productive" means those who have worked hard in school to educate themselves, worked hard in the economy to advance themselves, married before they had children, spent within their means, and stayed on the right side of the law. Not that hard, or impossible, in the US, for all groups, if you simply have the values and initiative to succeed. ( Legal Immigrants from all continents, including African and Asia, prove this every day.)

    The gimmee culture of corporations, admittedly, is one that must be changed. But that in no way lessens the huge costs to the middle class that are incurred by the cultural disfunctions of those who suffocate themselves in their own victimhood of horribly poor life choices. These "gimmees" get more dependent and empowered the more they are given.At this stage, the ACA punishes "on the books" income and rewards under the table workers who don't pay or disclose taxes.

    In terms of Israel, I don't have a problem supporting them, as they are the only middle east nation that supports the west and actually has anything resembling a democracy. If the Arab nations wanting "peace" and what is best for the Palestinians refuse to publicly and politically support Israels right to even exist, where can diplomacy or practical solutions advance. From whom?

    Finally, the US Defense industry is a vital and viable on in the US. Economically and for the Defense of the US and its allies. I will not apologise in my support of the research and products they support. If not for the US superiority in defense technology and superior products, the USSR, China, and tinpot dictatorships like North Korea and Cuba would have much, much more power.

    Viewing from afar in Canada, Zap, and playing devil's advocate against US policy, culture, and foreign affairs, is great, I suppose, for provocative discussion. However, as one who lives in the US, and has taken advantage of its freedoms and opportunities, I feel I have a much better perspective of the good and bad, as well as what is really happening in this great country.

  • TV "news"   3 days 7 hours ago

    ... the snewz ... (snooze) ...

  • Is Fake News Just An Extension of the MSM After the Demise of the Fairness Doctrine?   3 days 7 hours ago

    The MSM didn't fake news, it didn't report anything that would upset their ongoing manufacturing of the status quo. In the 50's I watched an AP wire continuously crank out news, about every half hour, it would print out a synopsis for the talking head to read. I asked if anyone ever read the stuff in between synopsis, nah. The internet is the end of managed news. The internet news sources will now have to include all of the news in between.

  • TV "news"   3 days 8 hours ago

    ' Talkng heads ', but not the great art punk/ new wave group of the 70's and eigthies, nope these people representing the 6 media empires that control 90% of all news and information that Americans consume daily , are everything from outright liars, manipulators to prompt reading empty heads, they might as well be sock puppets with a corporate hand shoved up their asses.

    I mean Wolf Blitzer in the CNN 'Control Room', is just laughably stupid beyong belief, but i guess stupid Americans eat this shit up like it was free beer.

  • Republicans and their BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT   3 days 8 hours ago

    Looks like right wingers and friends of right winger were paying eastern European trolls to write fictious stories about Hillary and posting them on well known right wing web sites. Like feeding red meat to jackals and that's demeaning natures predators.

    http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a50320/trump-misinfor...

    http://www.businessinsider.com/russia-internet-trolls-and-donald-trump-2...

  • Please Support Free Speech TV   3 days 8 hours ago

    $1000: Pizza Party with Thom Hartmann

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    that would have sounded more innoccuos only a day or so ago.

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    at least it's not "a series of traditional soups"

    http://66.media.tumblr.com/56e2f5238475450beb197cc9d4afa68a/tumblr_n91l0...

  • The No BS Guide To The Upcoming Jill Stein Recount   3 days 9 hours ago

    Sorry if I'm not as good at shallow, bumber-sticker sloganeering as you are.

    They have their voices heard just like anyone else who votes. Why should a hillbilly's vote count more than a city-slicker's? Is their geographical location, culture, and ideology somehow more superior, more godly? You may not agree with actual representative democracy, but that IS the system. And we are trying to change it to become a more perfect Union, as our Founders intended.

    But I already asked that basic question and tried to flesh it out. Whether it's explained in one paragraph or eight makes no difference, because you obviously are not interested in factual reality, which you only deride with lies and insults, and then whine when somebody insults your own so-called "truth." That is classical projection.

    Please do your homework and actually study what you apparently just skim over and then attempt to re-interpret.

  • TV "news"   3 days 9 hours ago

    infotainment.

  • Republicans and their BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT   3 days 10 hours ago

    Is that what those make money at home ads are about?

  • My Fears   3 days 10 hours ago

    Interesting article in the Washington Post comparing 1933 Germany today in USA...

    I think the article notices the similarities and highlights something I have been thinking about... That America is one maybe two terrorist attacks from giving sweeping authority to the government similar to 1933s.

    As I have mentioned before these attacks must be ignored and the American people must be strong and get the wealthy out of power. This would allow for the American people to truly understand the truth and go from there on a path of peace and a new direction for energy and food independence. This would create tremendous amount of jobs locally and in America to just become energy and food independent.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-isnt-hitler-but-the-united...

    This is a good movie to watch and compare... We as Americans must prevent this from America...

    https://www.amazon.com/Third-Reich-Rise-Fall/dp/B0049TC8CQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=...

    https://www.amazon.com/Cant-Happen-Here-Signet-Classics/dp/0451465644/re...

    Famous quote as mentioned above...

    https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007392

  • President Elect Donald Trump is an unknown and that is okay...   3 days 11 hours ago

    Interesting article in the Washington Post comparing 1933 Germany today in USA...

    I think the article notices the similarities and highlights something I have been thinking about... That America is one maybe two terrorist attacks from giving sweeping authority to the government similar to 1933s.

    As I have mentioned before these attacks must be ignored and the American people must be strong and get the wealthy out of power. This would allow for the American people to truly understand the truth and go from there on a path of peace and a new direction for energy and food independence. This would create tremendous amount of jobs locally and in America to just become energy and food independent.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-isnt-hitler-but-the-united...

    This is a good movie to watch and compare... We as Americans must prevent this from America...

    https://www.amazon.com/Third-Reich-Rise-Fall/dp/B0049TC8CQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=...

    https://www.amazon.com/Cant-Happen-Here-Signet-Classics/dp/0451465644/re...

    Famous quote as mentioned above...

    https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007392

  • The Paul Ryan’s Healthcare plan or “Patient Choice Act”   3 days 11 hours ago

    American Genocide Continues... Paul Ryans plan to eliminate Americans...

    One of the subjects I wanted to bring attention to is... "Must Maintain Coverage"

    This is an interesting provision because if you do not maintain coverage then insurance companies do not have to cover your chronic illnesses or preexisting conditions.

    There will be a three year period to phase in the new plans. So, no subsides lead you to pay full premiums, so you can qualify under pre-existing coverage. If not Maintain coverage any all pre-existing coverage will not be covered.

    If the premium without subsides is 1,200 dollars a month you will pay that premium in full for the next 36 months until the new system is phased in. Then because there is no information about block subsides granted the state or the program to qualify. This premium may become unsubsidized according to your state rules on the grant program.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2016/06/22/paul-ryan-u...

    The replacement rules would also affect the Medicare Part D. ACA reduced the George Bush Donut Hole by $2000 a year.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/obamacare-republicans-repeal-repla...

    The problem is American's are living longer take away access to Medical Treatment and people die younger problem solved... Paul Ryan"s answer to Medicare and Social Security make sure people die younger. As we know the true reason why there is no Universal Healthcare in America is because of Racism, Prejudice, Hate and Discrimination.

  • The No BS Guide To The Upcoming Jill Stein Recount   3 days 11 hours ago

    DeepSpace:

    It's taken you 8 paragraphs of lies, name calling, racisim, and misdirection to attempt to change what I said in two sentences. (Even the majority of words written doesn't win.) Your groupthink mentality still hasn't answered the question of how do the folks who live in less populated states have their voices heard.

    Get busy and change the system if you don't like it. Good Luck

Wage Hating Burger Czar As Labor Secretary?

In just a two hour span, Donald Trump has completely exposed his whole "I love the workers" routine as just another classic Trump scam.

It all began, where else, on Twitter, where on Wednesday night, Trump went after Chuck Jones, the local union president for the factory at the center of his Carrier deal.