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  1. 100+ people traveling from state to state to college campuses that will probably still be mostly closed during a pandemic, except for "essential" staff for a sporting event and the TV crews/Network Talent to broadcast it. I can't think of a better demonstration that there's nothing amateur about the athletes at football schools. I think it's highly unlikely that there's any football this fall. People have already pointed out the potential liability of it from the student athlete point of view. What about the other people? people driving buses or press? God forbid having 200+ people on a field together and something spreads, what about other people on that campus and the community they live in? What happens when that's contact traced back to a player at a particular school due to football? I understand that people want to be optimistic that this will be over by the fall, but we are simply slowing it down, it's still going to probably infect half the population at least.
  2. Its 160ish there about in 5 years, so yes its a matter of time, and approximately 5 years from now or so I'll be able to post there again. I lurk more than post, and I'll happily continue to do so. I just happen to disagree with the policy change that I got caught in and said so. I envy those of you that have the time to rack up 90+ posts a day and consider it a slow day, but I won't be joining those ranks, I don't have that much to say.
  3. I think you're making a leap there, personally. The fact that I don't contribute nearly as much to the football forum doesn't mean it isn't my main interest here and why I joined the board originally. I read it to stay current on what is going on and what I would add, would there be anything I felt compelled to, has usually already been said. Where as P&R was interesting discussions with less of the same views as me.
  4. While I am under no delusion that anyone will miss me in there or notice I am gone. Nor do I want to just go echo what everyone has already said a dozen times before I read threads in the football forum just to up a counter. So just let me say it seems a bit arbitrary, the 250 post count, so you earned yourself an eye-roll Enhance, as I'm not above shooting the messenger(a passive aggressive emote that is).
  5. His success was getting the biggest rich shyster idiot in the country elected. If Trump had brain one he would have taken office and said "we need to secure our elections from foreign interference" and "I certainly believe in our intelligence and intelligence professionals and we need to let law enforcement investigate and come up with recommendations to protect the integrity of our elections from electronic espionage and influence campaigns" then let the FBI run with it. Then it ends there. Instead he tried to bury all his staff's contacts with Russians, fired Comey for the "Russia thing" and celebrated it the next day in his office with the Russian ambassadors and told the world he believes the word of Putin over the free worlds intelligence agencies. When we already knew they were running influence and hacking campaigns. That's how you end up with a special council investigation. His every instinct is the exact wrong way to handle this if he had no guilt. This has been a mess of his own making, not some deep state fighting against Trump, this is the result of a moron that cant think beyond his baser instincts with no ability to listen to people who are smarter than he is, then lying about it every step of the way. Some of you are just so far gone, worshiping this idiot, its baffling.
  6. 1) yes, although I don't know enough about every aspect of it, but support the idea in general. 2) Yes, because the court doesn't reflect the country when you stack it one way or the other. It should be balanced, and attempts to skew it either way are wrong. Actually historically we've had both more and fewer judges on the court. Nowhere is 9 set in law AFAIK. 3) yes, the electoral college is just a plain old dumb Idea. My vote should count the same in Nebraska or New York. Edit: I mixed up looking at the poll and the post below it with the voting age thing. So here's my thoughts on lowering the voting age. no, 16 year olds aren't fully formed adults and they don't really have any idea what their actual political views are. 99% of them probably just parrot their parents or friends political views to fit in. Also how many do you think would hear something like "if you want help paying for college in a couple years you'll vote for X" from a parent? It's asking for problems.
  7. I disagree, years ago it was pretty obvious that the "news" part of fox news exists to give them a "credibility" they can point to when people point out their propaganda from all their other shows. Now we're finding out that they were doing things like killing stories they didn't want to come out prior to the election too. They are a news organization only so far as it gives them something to shield themselves with and point to in an attempt to prove legitimacy. So they are at least as bad on the news side, assuming all their news employees are duped and stupid into believing they are legitimate news, which is hard to believe. If they know they are running cover for a propaganda network that makes them worse in my mind.
  8. Removing him from office or worse impeaching without removal and then no longer having that looming threat to at least partially keep him in check would be a big defeat for her. Pence would walk strait in to the oval after that and pardon Trump, if they even could convict. I'd personally prefer if he lost the election, SDNY and whoever else charged him the next day and he and his idiotic offspring were actually held accountable for their tax dodging and other crimes. Her mistake was answering that question in the first place, in any way that wasn't "We'll have to wait and see what the numerous investigations uncover and will consider all evidence as they wrap up." If they cant convict in the senate it's a moot point. Also we'll have much more detail about just how much of an idiot and crook he is by the time the next election rolls around, it would probably be a gift to the republican party if they were able to say "Yeah, that was an anomaly lets move on" rather then having to explain it all publicly for months.
  9. 1). Yes, it's a duh for the country, it'll save money in the long run, and it's long overdue. The lives and welfare of fellow citizens shouldn't be held hostage based on how much they earn and getting sick shouldn't ever result in financial ruin. 2). Yes, for public research institutions. A Degree is a requirement anymore for even some of the s#!ttiest of entry level jobs, but having a well educated population benefits almost everyone. Long gone are the days where you can walk into somewhere and slap your resume down, hope they like you and get training on the job. That has been pushed onto the public. 3). Europe is nice and some of those countries do some smart things in their public policy... I guess the blanket dismissal of any policies that originate there comes from this country's puritan roots, but you treat this like it's mutually exclusive, it's not. There are things the government can, should, and would do better than private companies. Those things are in best interest of the country such as keeping a healthy and educated workforce, researching things for the common good (like cures to diseases), funding space exploration, building and maintaining infrastructure, advancing future technological advancements, regulating monopolies, keeping a well trained and appropriately equipped military, running and building prisons (and actually working to reform inmates that can be rather then just throwing the book at the poorest among us), providing national security and foreign intelligence etc. So I voted for European socialism, partially to be contrarian to all the conservatives on here, but also because capitalism we have now isn't working for lots of people and it's not because the world changed and their manufacturing jobs got ripped out from under them, its because we've been in a class war for the last 30 years and it's taken away economic security and social mobility for lots of folks. Dismissing public policies out of hand without actually looking at each one and doing a cost benefit analysis is stupid and we need to be better and smarter than that. One blanket ideology or another isn't a solution to all this county's or the world's problems, but our political environment now allows for no nuance. I want to see policy positions backed up by studies on what would do the most good for the most people, we never get that, just idiotic talking points usually backed by fearmongering.
  10. Monetary and fear based mainly. "Your care isn't going to be as good," "government death panels," "You're going to lose your doctor," "The governments going to tell you X," "Where are we going to magically get all this money," "Doctors are going to leave the country in droves," "you'll be standing in the soup line for medical care," "you'll have wait-lists" etc... Then there's the ones targeted at people without empathy or full of hate, "Do you want your money to cover <Insert Stereotype here>" and you can go ahead and insert any marginalized group into that or any population who's decisions they don't agree with or feel deserve any ill that befalls them, I'd call that part of it "revenge masquerading as justice." Then there's the insurance/doctors, they tend to focus on the fact that they may not make as much money, or that they don't want the government to mandate how they treat people. I think we see less of that from most doctors not in administration anymore because insurance companies do that now, mandate care, make doctors negotiate pre-authorization on any procedure they'd prescribe. One other thing I've read is possible increases in paperwork. Those are the ones I've seen, read, and talked through with friends off the top of my head. The worry I have, as a supporter of a single payer system, is that we have half our elected government basically acting in bad faith to f#&% things up to prove their sales pitch that "government doesn't work" right now. They'll do that with this too. screw it with de-funding, under-funding and under-staffing. This country needs a solid block of years or decades of elected people that are actually looking to do the best they can for the citizens as a whole not just whoever pays for their election to not just undo the damage this administration and senate has done now but to put something like MCA in place but then to keep it in place and fix whatever may not work as well as intended when implemented. Yet every time a democrat wins an election its like the left/center left of the population goes "didn't we already settle this? we won, why do I need to take time to vote" in the next election. That's infuriating.
  11. He sort of explained it briefly on a MSNBC or CNN clip I saw last night. These were people that have either already given info or testimony and therefore will have a very tough time going back and claiming executive privilege and added that this wasn't a final list, this was the beginning and that its possible she would be asked for things in the future.
  12. They have along with you know the audio recordings that came out from Cohen and Trump himself discussing the McDougal payoff through AMI.
  13. https://www.newyorker.com/books/second-read/ivanka-trumps-terrible-book-helps-explain-the-trump-family-ethos They totally understand the common man, they had no advantages, they simply know how to make the best of bad situations.
  14. I don't see where he gets money for it, it seemed like he was playing for sympathy and more face time in front of a camera. I didn't follow this much, because I don't care about celebrity crap and don't watch TV often, but it really felt like he was really playing it up for sympathy and publicity. The problem is crazy people like him with schemes like this not only take police resources from actual victims but also make people more likely to disbelieve real victims of hate crimes. He'll be lumped in with the left because he tried to make it political with the MAGA crap, which gives people something to point to about the left and fake news or fake attacks to draw attention away from actual bad things happening. I hope they throw the book at him.
  15. I'm pretty liberal when it comes to tax stuff, but I disagree with this too, you absolutely should be able to carry losses forward like that unless the entity goes bankrupt (shouldn't be transferable). Once they are whole then taxes would kick in, otherwise it's a penalty, but capital is needed up front to do almost anything. That sort of buffer could also help a company stay in business if they had a few rough years. Basically what the market needs for jobs and growth is stability and kicking people when they are down or trying to create something doesn't help that.
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