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1  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Cold brew coffee - anybody do this? on: Today at 12:30 PM
You drink it cold.
bleh.
2  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: May 18, 2017, 04:34AM
Trump is probably going to get his head handed to him by the Israelis if they confirm that the secrets he revealed to the Russians were given by Israel.  It's one thing to spill our intelligence, but to spill somebody else's without permission is a major diplomacy blunder.
Doubtful. For all of our allies, Israel is probably the one that needs us and our funds and supplies the most. I don't think they can  really retaliate too much without risking that. Especially with a man who has proven he has the emotional maturity of a middle schooler.
3  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: May 17, 2017, 05:09PM
But ya know... what it really means is that we're in for about two years of people saying, "I can't comment while there's an on-going investigation."
Only if they're intelligent enough to...

which so far, current people on twitter aren't smart enough to do.
4  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: May 15, 2017, 09:31AM
But, he's pro-life (he said so) and he's not Hillary!  What do you not understand about that?  Nothing else matters.
Guess putin isn't hillary either, so no problems working closely with him either...
5  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: May 11, 2017, 11:07AM
So... a couple thoughts....


Seems like Trump really was getting jealous or threatened by comey's profile... (which helps account for at least part of the reasoning)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/us/politics/trump-comey-showboat-fbi.html?ref=politics
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In his first extended comments on a move that has roiled Washington, Mr. Trump castigated Mr. Comey, calling him “a showboat” and “a grandstander” who had created turmoil at the bureau. But the president’s description of his decision-making process conflicted with the account provided previously by his aides.

The White House previously said that Mr. Trump acted only after Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod S. Rosenstein came to him and recommended that Mr. Comey be dismissed.

In the letter dismissing Mr. Comey that Mr. Trump signed, it said he was acting on their recommendation. But in an interview with NBC News on Thursday, Mr. Trump said, “I was going to fire regardless of recommendation.”

Second... he really is the worst enemy of his own messaging. It's like when a judge put a hold don trump's travel ban, not so much for it's content but for what trump had said about it... to which trump publicly confirmed in statements later that night that the judge was right. All while trying to attack him.
6  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: May 11, 2017, 06:41AM
I have to wonder about all of the right wing opinion news saying, "what's the problem? Trump has the authority to do what he did. He did it. That simple. Timing and reasons are up to the president are do not need to be justified."

To be clear, he has the authority to do a lot of things as president, including nuking the entire middle east. However, at no point is any of that authority beyond the realm of question, nor is any of it absolute and can be wielded at any time for any reason with no repercussions.

And these are the very people that questioned EVERYTHING, including a great deal of made up things, about the last president? Is the GOP truly at a point that morals and standards and accountability are simply something that exists to attack the other guy and they need none themselves?
7  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: May 10, 2017, 10:13AM
I'm still inclined to think that there isn't anything more than some stunning personal embarrassment for Trump at the bottom of this, like... us finding out he isn't really a billionaire, but that he is so petty and vindictive that, yeah, he'd fire an FBI director just to stop that from coming out.

Maybe I'm just too attached to the media image he created for himself in his TV years.

There is the suggestion floating out there currently that Comey was getting to be too big of a name and getting too high of a news profile.

Nikki Haley was listed as a similar instance where her actions at the UN were getting a good amount of positive praise and her profile was growing, to which Trump "joked" that he could fire her, and she hasn't been visible since.


That said, the whole... these guys recommended that you be canned, btw, thanks for saying I wasn't being investigated... just as the grand jury indictments came for flynn and comey was asking for more funds and resources to investigate the russia connection... Just too fishy for me to blame ego.
8  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: May 10, 2017, 10:05AM
Talk about living in a fantasy world!
Spoken like one who has been under republican governance for quite some time...
9  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: May 09, 2017, 06:03PM
Does running the FBI come before reorganizing the government and finding peace in the Middle East?
When it's a choice between running the FBI and running FROM the FBI... seems that way, yup.
10  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: May 09, 2017, 06:01PM
Did yall see the letters today?

The deputy director recommended it based on the handling of the clinton emails (something sessions and trump actually praised him for), session basically said "i agree with him", and trump... couldn't even just say "yeah, I agree", but had to bring in the russia probe in all of his 5 sentences.

Almost seems like a cartoon villain.
11  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: May 09, 2017, 11:35AM
Not until the muddled opposition provides alternatives that the Trump supporters understand and that address some of their real concerns.  Until then, they will continue to accept the spin from the White House. 

To be clear, Trump does not address their real concerns. His list of actions is still small, though they all serve a crowd of billionaires such as or specifically himself. Yet his supporters still support him. It goes much the same way with a great deal of the GOP and their representatives. Even their most recent attempt to remake obamacare was a handout to the rich, while likely hurting their own base even more. And the perspective tax proposals? Would eviscerate their own base, and programs their base depends on.

Understanding...

It better shown in the model of domestic abuse, when the victim often clings strongly to the very person committing the abuse. Even to the point of defending the attacks against them.


Also reminds me of an interview around the election. A coal miner was saying that the government should help support them, if not in keeping the jobs than in helping to retrain for new jobs. Market forces were taking away the jobs. Obama and democrats were actually pushing for the retraining. It was the stonewalling efforts of the GOP that stopped everything dead. And as a result, the man said he would vote for the GOP this round. Understanding? Not hardly.
12  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: GOP Health Care on: May 06, 2017, 11:40AM
I was thinking along the lines of:

1 - some people may have problems with pre-existing conditions because they lost their insurance coverage because of a)changing jobs b)layoff or c)fired. Thus, when they find a new job and get new insurance they have pre-existing conditions

2 - some people are young and healthy and choose, on their own free will, (a)maybe because where they work doesn't offer insurance, b)they are self employed, c)they choose to stay unemployed, more then employed,) to not purchase health insurance. Then, when they do choose to purchase insurance, they have pre-existing conditions.

3 - I'm sure there are other reasons, etc

Another unfortunate reality is that health trouble can happen at any time, out of the blue. A car wreck for instance is a common thing.

Preexisting conditions are a valid concern with insurance, where they don't want to foot the bill after you find out you have an expensive illness. But insurance companies also like to abuse it for their own ends, and also prior to obamacare could terminate a plan any time they liked... such as when a client found out they had an expensive condition.

And then guess who has a pre-existing condition when they try to sign up with someone else?

But in truth... our healthcare is both incredibly expensive and incredibly complicated. The latter makes then former impossible to deal with on it's own. And in the end, you don't know the price of a procedure when you sign up for it, or when you sign in and agree to pay for it, or when you get the bill, or possibly even after insurance covers some and you get another bill... there may be negotiations and such after that point.

Trump was right when he said Australia has better health care than us. Much much cheaper too. Unfortunately, the plan the GOP is currently pushing would make the system even MORE complex, without dealing with the price issue, thus likely to make it even more expensive... Kinda the opposite direction we need to go.

And they really can't say why...
13  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: GOP Health Care on: May 06, 2017, 11:33AM
Won't they keep getting the same healthcare benefits they do now?  If so, they won't be affected at all.
Generally not.

Health care policies and coverage generally change annually.

It's the problem Obama ran into with the whole, "if you like your plan you can keep your plan" thing. Yes, the older plans would have been grandfathered in... but between how often insurance companies change plans and people change jobs and such and thus coverage... Keeping the same plan, as is, for years and years at a time just doesn't happen very much anymore.
14  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: GOP Health Care on: May 05, 2017, 09:58AM
What scares me is how many people think this is an improvement.

I guess if you want all sick people to just die, it is.  Wonder how they will feel when it is them :/
In several of the rural areas I've been in or lived in... not much changed. Same people, same area, same job or type of job. No one really moving in, many of the younguns moving out as they come of age, and jobs slowly slip away.

There's real life while is stagnant or on a slow decline... and then there's a major "faith" or religious aspect which drives social and hope. Politics, especially per the GOP, has become a matter of faith to their base... moving past the actual impacts to the driving philosophy behind it.

Per faith, people don't pray to god with the immediate expectation of relief or support... but for hope and peace of mind as they go about their lives. The GOP hopes to lead them through the same way of politics, and hope to delude them that it isn't that they have been forgotten by government, but that government shouldn't be able to help if it wanted to.
15  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Apr 28, 2017, 05:39AM
And the worst thing is, enough people bought into to it get him where he is now.....and most of them are unwavering in their belief in him.

Scary

The joys of moving toward philosophical approaches with the downstream being the impacts rather than moving towards concrete solutions for concrete problems with philosophy being the downstream impact.

When being guided by philosophy, it's a matter of faith... not data or reality.
16  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Apr 21, 2017, 04:43AM
Got it. But isn't the American dairymen's complaint that re-classification and re-pricing Canadian SNF products have undercut them?

If I recall, the US government already greatly subsidizes dairy in this country. To the amount that the dairy industry threatens at least a doubling of the prices if those subsidies were to be removed.

Complaining about "free market" issues vs a foreign government in a market that already has an incredible amount of domestic government intervention and direct support... Yup, that ignorance sounds like trump.

And how did this come up? 75 dairy farmers in WI lost their main buyer due to a trade dispute.
17  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Trump Launches Tomahawks Against Assad on: Apr 13, 2017, 10:37AM
Russia has had an interest in the Middle East for years, back to the Great Game.
Is there anyone NOT interested in the middle east?

At the same time, one of the interesting things here was russia's attempted diplomacy in the area. They were essentially trying to take the lead, end the most contentious battles in syria, and then bring in nearby regional players to workout a path towards "peace". The latter was going on when Syria dropped the bomb, so to speak.

The end, if it all worked out, would be that russia would look like the big country to come in, deal with problems smaller countries couldn't, build the coalition, and set forth long term solutions. Ie- the role the us used to be expected to play, and russia wants to take over or at least take much larger part in.

Whereas the US is as naive as ever.
Maybe? Part of me just wonders if those in power simply like being in a fight too much. Too many rewards, too many hoorays, and we really haven't faced a domestic consequence in too long to really shy from it.

Our military is becoming more and more insulated, where children of veterans join the new ranks more than outsiders, and no one else is really in a position to see the negatives while we expect the military to.
18  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Trump Launches Tomahawks Against Assad on: Apr 13, 2017, 05:21AM
Isn't Putin just making Russia great again?
Through a much more calculated and intelligent strategy, yup.

He wants russia to be the big dog on the scene again. Hence why they're in syria to even begin with.
19  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: What Trump's election means for the rest of the world on: Apr 12, 2017, 04:38PM
Gotta admit... I feel bad for the aussies. They have been such strong and steadfast allies... and the US couldn't care less. Many civilians don't even know they go to war with us again and again. Even the new president didn't seem to know, and was ready to heighten tensions with one of our closest allies at the get go. I don't think being so closely coupled to us is really in the Australian interests.
20  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Trump Launches Tomahawks Against Assad on: Apr 12, 2017, 04:36PM
One of the oddest things for me, is that Trump basically committed an act of war. The only reason we aren't fully engaged at this point, is that the country he attacked is too weak to really counter. And for all of it, Trump can't even really say a simple why he did it that is consistent day to day and somewhat thoughtful.

On the other hand, Russia' involvement is interesting. They have a long history of aggressive posturing almost to the point of war to get other countries to seed to them what they wanted so that war won't break out. Especially in their efforts to rebuild the old soviet union. But really... they aren't as strong as they pretend, and for all of their aggressive posturing, they rarely engage in serious battles with a somewhat strong enemy.

Wonder how this russia and trump thing will work out. Russia like to posture, but get trump irritated and he wants to hit back... and has already shown he lacks the ability to think first. They very well may find trump calling their bluff.

So... with trump already stating that of course russia knew about the chemical attacks before they happened, as they were close allies to assad... will this escalate? or will russia back down? Because I don't think trump has the strength of character to back down himself.
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