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  • History of the term caucus   22 hours 59 min ago

    What's the matter fader, why don't you want to join the already on going conversion about this topic?

    You must be a troll looking for some hits. I just barely stopped myself from flagging you as a troll or spammer. Join what is already happening by saying something meaningful or you and your link can kiss my ass.

  • Why This H-1B Visa Thing is Bulls**t   23 hours 20 min ago

    I live across the street from MicroSoft near Seattle.

    Literally thousands of Indian IT workers work and live here.

    But I read about the many US college grads living at home with part time work.

    As a former programmer I can assure readers that it takes less

    than a year to make any motivated English major into a productive IT worker.

    These big companies are clearly saying "screw you" to US citizens in order

    to boost their bottem line.

    And the scumbag senators whom the company bribes will see that this situation continues.

    ct

  • How bad a deal is SS?   1 day 18 sec ago
    Quote gumball:
    Quote ulTRAX:
    Quote gumball:The marginal tax rates were just as high in the late 90s as it was from 93-96.

    Nope. The capital gains rate was LOWERED in 1997. The top rate was 29.2% and it was lowered to 21.2% http://forbestadvice.com/Money/Taxes/Federal-Tax-Rates/Historical_Federal_Capital_Gains_Tax_Rates_History.html

    I stand corrected. Do you believe a 7% reduction in the rate of long term capital gains tax led to the dot com run up?

    I don't know how Forbes came up with those numbers - it must be a wrinkle with AMT or something else. Basically in 1997 the rate on LTCG was cut from 28% to 20%, exactly like the cut from 1980 to 1986. Which is 8 percentage points, which 20 is 29% lower than 28... But it wasn't as dramatic as the 70% to 28% cut in regular tax rates 1980 to 1986.

    In 1997 they made gain on the sale of your personal residence nontaxable, when before you were allowed to do it only once in your life. So people in their early 60's, perhaps ready to downsize their home, suddenly had buckets of money to dump into stocks. Possibly. Real estate took off in the same time period.

    It was the 1986 tax cut IIRC that allowed you to deduct mortgage interest for anything you borrowed for - car, vacation, etc. That really took off when refinance rates were dropping in the 1990's. I knew guys that were pulling out HELOC's to buy stocks in 1997-1999. Crazy.

  • THOM HARTMANN, It was Too Busy for I to Call in Wednesday, 02/03/16, about Sport of FootBall & Concussions.   1 day 10 min ago

    How Cannabis Will Save the NFL
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    After participating in a panel at the 2016 SoCal Medical Cannabis Cup, former NFL players Kyle Turley, Nate Jackson and Eben Britton sat down with HIGH TIMES editor-in-chief Dan Skye to discuss how pot can help football players recover from a wide range of injuries, including concussions.

    NFL Panel
    On opening day of the 2016 SoCal Medical Cannabis Cup, a group of former NFL players hosted a panel called "How Cannabis Will Save the NFL." One of the speakers was former running back Ricky Williams.

    Kyle Turley Interviewed: “Cannabis Will Save Football”
    Two-time NFL All-Pro Kyle Turley is the leading advocate for marijuana use among football players. A former longtime user of pharmaceutical medicines to deal with both orthopedic and neurological issues, Turley recently discovered the benefits of medical cannabis. Now, he wants the whole world to know what he’s learned. Freedom Leaf’s Editor-In-Chief Steve Bloom had a chance to speak with Kyle and here’s what he had to say

    Jim McMahon says medical marijuana helped him kick pain pill habit video

    Former Chicago Bears Star Jim McMahon
    Opens Up About Dementia, Suicidal Thoughts

    At his darkest moments a few years ago, when the pain in his head was just about too much to bear, former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon thought about killing himself.

    Unofficial Self-Appointed Cannabist for the
    SF Giants, GS Warriors and Pittsburgh Steelers
    Given the severity of the problem, however, I think you, and the NFL, must go beyond simply following the medicine, and help lead the way by directly funding research to determine if cannabis—including preparations with no psychoactive effects, such as those with a high-cannabidiol (CBD) to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) ratio—can indeed provide significant protection against the damage of repetitive concussions.

    NFL's Buzzkill
    More pharmaceutical double-standards with respect to pain-relief. It seems any addictive pain-killer is fine with the NFL. Oxycontin? Have a Limbaugh-sized dose. But marijuana? You'll be suspended. How often does our irrational prohibition of marijuana end up forcing people to take drugs that are more harmful to them?

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    Federal Judge Rules to Allow Pot Leaf on Official ISU Apparel

  • Example Of The Old Fairness Doctrine At Work: CBS Spectrum 1972   1 day 26 min ago
    Quote gumball:

    Is that an acknowledgment that it will be and was government deciding what views are valid and what views are not?

    No it's not. That was the rarest of cases. Now are YOU going to answer my question?

    I see you're more fixated on the fact that the FCC was a government agency and are completely ignoring the fact that the FD allowed other opinions on the air beside that of those who owned a TV or radio station. How many disputes do you believe went all the way to the FCC or the Supreme Court as opposed to being settled locally? Without the FD there'd be NO legal route to challenge a broadcaster for equal time on controversial issues.

    Gee, why is that?

    And your ideas are???? Oh, that's right... it's whatever best pushes your right wing and corporate agenda.

  • Example Of The Old Fairness Doctrine At Work: CBS Spectrum 1972   1 day 48 min ago
    Quote ulTRAX:
    Quote gumball:You do understand that the FCC is a government agency right? They are the ones that a complaint would be filed with and they are the ones who would determine if it is a legitmate complaint. Would they not?

    I see you're more fixated on the fact that the FCC was a government agency and are completely ignoring the fact that the FD allowed other opinions on the air beside that of those who owned a TV or radio station. How many disputes do you believe went all the way to the FCC or the Supreme Court as opposed to being settled locally? Without the FD there'd be NO legal route to challenge a broadcaster for equal time on controversial issues.

    Gee, why is that?

    Oh... never mind, we know. As a right winger who wants all that right wing money free to manipulate, distort, and buy elections... you want the media to be under the control of those with money because they're more likely to spread right wing or corporate doctrine.

    Is that an acknowledgment that it will be and was government deciding what views are valid and what views are not?

  • Don’t Swallow the BS: The Iowa Caucus is A Load of Crap.   1 day 50 min ago

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/02/des-moines-register-audit-iowa-res...

    http://dailycaller.com/2016/02/04/iowa-democratic-official-who-refuses-t...

    The Iowa Democratic party chair who is refusing to release raw vote totals from Monday’s state caucuses is a long-time Hillary Clinton supporter who donated to the politician’s various campaigns and who reportedly drives a Buick with the license plate “HRC 2016.”

  • Why This H-1B Visa Thing is Bulls**t   1 day 1 hour ago

    Ski resorts bring in cheap labor this way also.

  • Socialism   1 day 1 hour ago
    ...even though the civilian population had to put up with inconvenience and shortages -
    I'm all about that shit!!

  • DOOFUS AMERICA on HEALTH CARE   1 day 1 hour ago

    Legend

    YOU'RE the only one here that knows the facts. Universal single payer 'NOT for profit' health care is the only sane compassionate health care option. Canada for over a half century has had this type of free health care for all its citizens , no exceptions, EVERYONE is covered from birth to death. Unlike Americas HMO greedy for profit insurance,the billions in monies syphoned off as profits, no one gets denied health care in Canada and unlike Americas for profit health insurance, where Americans pay on average 14 thousand dollars a year in premiums for a family of four , PLUS deductibles, in CANADA its free, taken out of general tax revenues. So while America continues to get conned by the arms manufacturers and their stooges the right wing Republicans, into paying almost 50 cents of every tax dollar for defense of world wide corporate interests and all the related tragedy that comes from a country perpetually at war. Canada spends its tax dollars on healing the sick.

  • DOOFUS AMERICA on HEALTH CARE   1 day 1 hour ago

    stwo..

    so i see from your statement , you're a typical selfish American, the i've got mine and 'fuck you' mentality, totally oblivious to the facts that there are still 40 million Americans uninsured or underinsured, and you couldn't give a rats ass , because you got yours. Or perhaps the fact that each year 40 thousand of your fellow Americans die needlessly from treatable illness because they are either uninsured or underinsured. After over a half century of single payer health care, 90 % of Canadians support their single payer government run health care.

    http://medicare.ca/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/nanos-poll.pdf

  • Radical but Necessary Changes Needed   1 day 2 hours ago
    Quote stwo:

    YOu'll need to show me anywhere I disgreed with Thom Hartman, or called him a liar. Likewise anyewhere i have written that progressive ideas are terrible.

    I dont hate progressives- I find most of you quite entertaining.

    As to posting right wing opinions- barely - you folks project more then you realize.

    Okay, fair enough. What candidate from any of the parties would you be most likely to vote for? Currently running or dropped out, either way. There must be someone that shares more views with you than the others.

  • History of the term caucus   1 day 2 hours ago

    Interesting your knee jerk reaction (let me guess...you are white) was you "found it wrong" but did not know why. I suggest you learn the distinction between history and etymology. The caller, Mr. Kenyatta has pretty much put the issue to rest. Here is a quote from him: "As I mentioned, the Greek (as Shayne correctly stated) "kaukos" is the most accepted origin, by etymologists, of the word "caucus". A fact easily researched and confirmed. Now, if you accept the aforementioned etymological premise (for argument sake) and research the word "Caucasian" you will find that it, in fact, comes from the Greek word..."kaukasios" "equivalent to "KAUKOS➕(plus) ios adj., suffix ➕➖(plus or minus) AN" Further,simply looking at the two words, previous data notwithstanding, their similarity would appear to be more than coincidental; from a deductive logic standpoint.

    Now, for the facts-be-damned bunch I offer this according to Quora "Nobody knows. It's unlikely that we'll ever know for sure. The origin of the word goes back at least half-century before it was written down for the first time, and the oral historic origins are lost". However the preponderance of the evidence would indicate that I have deduced correctly."

    Nice try.

  • Socialism   1 day 2 hours ago
    Quote gumball:
    Quote Combad57:

    Companies can exist in a socialistic economy but they must be cooperative and the prime goal must be the public good and not ever increasing profits. Of course it requires firm regulation by government but can be supported by government when it promotes the common good. As we view society as an entity, a corporation becomes a department that is rewarded by their contribution to the whole.

    Just as metrics and algorithms are used today to determine market trades and ways for Goldman Sachs to screw over their clients, they can be used to evaluate the contribution of corporations to the general welfare. It takes expertise in government which is problematic today. So the future must recruit wise solons for government service to enable the process. Today we have a cannibalistic economic structure. It must be supplanted with a cooperative system with rewards based on human needs.

    That has worked out great for Venezuela.

    Not much works in Venezuela. The biggest problem is a horrible government with an ignorant president who just a few months ago was a bus driver. Nothing works if not done well. Finland seems to have it pretty good as does Norway and Denmark. They have a high standard of living as does the Netherlands and New Zealand. All rank higher than the U.S.

    Of course you can look at the U.S. during WWII when most major industies were nationalized to support the war effort. Yes, they were privately owned but government determined what their product would be and how much they were to produce. It worked like a charm even though the civilian population had to put up with inconvenience and shortages. Only the spoiled rich complained.

  • Socialism   1 day 2 hours ago
    Quote gumball:

    There is a big difference between democratic primary/caucus voters and the general voting public.... When you have national elections being decided by a few percentage points it does not take that many voters to be significant.

    But you are myopically leaving out an important factor for the general voting public--the Republican candidate the Democratic will be running against. You think the general public would vote for a fascist like Donald Trump over a Democratic Socialist? Burnie received $3 million dollars in only 24 hours from small donations averaging about $29 dollars after the Iowa caucus. Polls show Burnie would beat any of the Republican candidates. More evidence of Burnie's appeal.

  • Radical but Necessary Changes Needed   1 day 2 hours ago

    YOu'll need to show me anywhere I disgreed with Thom Hartman, or called him a liar. Likewise anyewhere i have written that progressive ideas are terrible.

    I dont hate progressives- I find most of you quite entertaining.

    As to posting right wing opinions- barely - you folks project more then you realize.

  • Correction re Thom's Comparison of Democratic and Republican Presidential Candidates.   1 day 2 hours ago

    Quote Kilosqrd:

    The choice for democrats comes down to this:

    A known and proven liar or a soclialist.

    You forgot to mention they are also both very old, wrinkled, (gasp) WHITE people.

  • 'PAPA SMURF'   1 day 2 hours ago

    I don't know about Sen Sanders as Poppa Smurf, but Cruz would make a great Gargamel.

  • History of the term caucus   1 day 2 hours ago

    As I mentioned, the Greek (as Shayne correctly stated) "kaukos" is the most accepted origin, by etymologists, of the word "caucus". A fact easily researched and confirmed. Now, if you accept the aforementioned etymological premise (for argument sake) and research the word "Caucasian" you will find that it, in fact, comes from the Greek word..."kaukasios" "equivalent to "KAUKOS➕(plus) ios adj., suffix ➕➖(plus or minus) AN" Further,simply looking at the two words, previous data notwithstanding, their similarity would appear to be more than coincidental; from a deductive logic standpoint.

    Now, for the facts-be-damned bunch I offer this according to Quora "Nobody knows. It's unlikely that we'll ever know for sure. The origin of the word goes back at least half-century before it was written down for the first time, and the oral historic origins are lost". However the preponderance of the evidence would indicate that I have deduced correctly.

  • Radical but Necessary Changes Needed   1 day 2 hours ago

    The very obvious partial solution is to tax any incoming product from U.S. corporations made abroad with duties (tariffs) and a value added tax (VAT) of up to 20%. If we do so we would be joining most of the rest of the countries of the world.

  • Socialism   1 day 2 hours ago

    Good lord, what are they teaching (or not teaching) people these days? Even the business classes I took in university took a balanced approach and taught the difference between capitalism / free markets, socialism / mixed economies, and communism / command economies.

    Most of these business professors came from the corporate sector (one was a Marketing VP or something from Johnsons and Johnsons), yet they had no problem pointing out most countries are mixed economies. It's pathetic that most Americans don't know, or don't want to know, that there's a real and profound difference between socialism and communism (or that so-called "communism" practiced by the Soviets, North Korea, or China has little resemblance to Marx's ideas). I have as much problems with communism as I do capitalism, but Bernie isn't prescribing either. Both systems work on paper, but in reality they fall apart as right-wing authoritarian figures step in and take over, perverting the system to suit their own needs.

    But most Americans would prefer to live in a black and white world of false dichotomies and slippery slopes, as if there's a boolean option with capitalism at one end and communism at the other, and socialism is just the gateway from one to the other.

    For a country that touts itself as the greatest nation on the planet, I find it laughable that many Americans are afraid of their own shadow. All you have to do is mention "Russia", "socialism", or "Islam" and people start shaking like frightened children who need a big conservative daddy like Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton to protect them.

  • $675000 For Three Speeches   1 day 2 hours ago
    Quote Legend:

    When Hilary was aked to produce transcripts of the speeches all she did was laugh.

    Those transcripts are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars apparently, why would she give it away?

  • Radical but Necessary Changes Needed   1 day 2 hours ago

    Got it. I've heard from a few so far. Thanks

  • NUCLEAR WASTE....A NIGHTMARE for us now and for future generations to come!   1 day 2 hours ago
  • Socialism   1 day 2 hours ago

    There is a big difference between democratic primary/caucus voters and the general voting public.... When you have national elections being decided by a few percentage points it does not take that many voters to be significant.

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