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    Today, 07:27 PM
    On What? Elitist drivel? Misinformation. Indoctrination?
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    Today, 07:14 PM
    Closely regulate the Drugging of Children. (Option to refuse drugging children) Provide self defense and firearm training to any and all who wish to learn,, and counter the Propaganda of decades. Enforce the 2nd amendment, (remove all present gun laws)
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Today, 05:04 PM
    Well, its either pay 1500 for rent, not eat, or live on the streets.
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  • Raginfridus's Avatar
    Today, 05:02 PM
    Why not? Putting everyone in chains or to the sword's how Arabs conquered the ME the first time.
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  • Raginfridus's Avatar
    Today, 04:47 PM
    If he was disabled, or a woman with a welfare baby, he could get into section 8 housing.
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  • Raginfridus's Avatar
    Today, 04:42 PM
    This started because according to Video Game Journos (think about that term), there weren't enough stronk women in video games. There weren't enough minorities or *****s. Nobody was bitching before, and plenty of homosexuals and women have worked in the industry in all it's 50 years. In other words, the nerd culture was too... masculine, is their argument. Patriarchal. Seriously. So who cried wolf? Then to top it off, you actually have even more mainstream media blaming nerds for misogyny in the #gamergate years, which according to their narrative lead to the rise of Trump. The Left have been blaming basement dweller charicatures for their oppression, far longer than the 13 Russian trolls.
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  • Raginfridus's Avatar
    Today, 02:56 PM
    I can't believe he'll be remembered as a war hero. Or a political maverick. In a way, Trump made the doucher a legend. *shudders*
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  • Dr.3D's Avatar
    Today, 02:24 PM
    //
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  • Ender's Avatar
    Today, 12:42 PM
    Except, perhaps, a Ron Paul.
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  • Ender's Avatar
    Today, 12:39 PM
    Trump put sanctions against Venezuela in Aug of 2017. So- YES- there were sanctions already on Venezuela before this week.
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  • Raginfridus's Avatar
    Today, 11:46 AM
    What's telling is Eastern European and Japanese game studios don't understand the tide of social justice. Or maybe they do and they just aren't participating like American and other Euros do.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 11:37 AM
    So all you have to do in order to defeat this is vary your grip while doing this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iV2ViNJFZC8 Or you could just borrow someone else's phone. Or use a one-time "burner." In other words: this won't do a damn thing to catch "terrorsts" or crooks. But it certainly might be useful in compiling even more extensive dossiers on "normal" people who don't have anything to worry about because they haven't done anything wrong ...
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    Today, 10:48 AM
    It's Michigan.
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Today, 10:36 AM
    I thought everything was awesome again? We should blame the entire group for "being financially irresponsible" during the Great Recession that STILL has not ended, while simultaneously saying that it has.
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Today, 10:31 AM
    The whole point of the article is to say that "saving money is hard". For 40% of Americans, saving money is impossible because the cost of everything continues to go up and low wages do not. Next, look at where the blame is pointed. A lot of people will blame people like Angela for not saving "enough" and try to say she is fully responsible for her own predicament. Not you or me, but there are a LOT of people out there who will blame victims of circumstance. Angela's predicament, even if she did save, is caused by drug companies charging $40,000 for a single drug, which that same drug in Canada costs $40 bucks and NONE of that money went to research. Link to that article here. We should prepare as best as we can, but there are limits to how much we can prepare. Insurance is supposed to help for situations like this, but look at the cost of both insurance and health care. You pay insurance but insurance has a bad habit of trying to not pay ANY bills at all. For Angela's situation, how much ability would her husband have to try to fight insurance companies in court after a stroke? The way insurance companies operate is predatory on those who are not able to defend themselves. If Angela's husband had not been married to Angela, he would be up shit creek without a paddle. Medical Care costs are also thru the roof. The cost of education is through the roof. The cost of living in general is through the roof. Really what is happening is not that the costs are rising, but the value of money is decreasing. The costs increasing are symptomatic of the value of the dollar, and represents exactly why Fiat Currency is a clear and present danger to society. The way that many companies handle the situations is to twist problems to blame victims and get victims to blame themselves in a way that benefits the companies, not individuals. For Angela's situation, again, she would be shown to the world as being responsible for her own problems because "she didn't buy enough insurance", when really its the insurance companies and the cost of health care that profit from Angela's situation. They put her in Checkmate, and no matter what she did or does, her situation falters through no fault of her own. I have a few disagreements with Angela, but overall, I understand that her situation is terrible through no fault of her own. I know for a fact she is the type of person to prepare for herself as best as she can and to the absolute best of her ability. Strokes happen. Her situation should be limited to coping with the situation only from a medical care perspective, but is exacerbated by the financial, time, and stress costs of that medical care to the point where surviving medically could ruin her financially, which leads us right back to square one, the title of this thread. So lets be clear here. Prepare. How does one "prepare"? Do they spend ALL their money on Health Insurance? Maybe the average person is blamed for "living beyond their means" when a single bedroom apartment now costs (here) $1500 a month and the average pay is $10 an hour? Lets blame the victim again for "not getting an education", an education that costs $50,000 and makes $30,000 a year. Can you say Teacher? I knew you could. Can you say that situation is quite normal? To be expected to be in financial dire straights and crushed by overwhelming debt to afford that education that qualifies a person only for low paying jobs? This is a new class of poverty known as "The Educated Poor". Now, take that average person who is $50,000 in debt, earning $30,000 a year, and trying to pay $1500 for a one bedroom apartment? 30k a year only provides 2500 a month BEFORE taxes, and if rent is $1500, that is well above the recommended 25% of income should be spent on housing. Now lets add in the rest of the bills. $1000 a month for health insurance. That number is also pretty average when insurance is not offered by employers. Ooops, that person...
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  • Raginfridus's Avatar
    Today, 10:29 AM
    Keep in mind NK was threatening to cancel anyway, so maybe he thinks canceling the summit before they do preserves his image, or he counts on NK having no other option but to beg for a new summit. So maybe that's his logic. We're never leaving Asia though, including SK and Japan, so what difference does it really make either way?
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  • Raginfridus's Avatar
    Today, 10:04 AM
    2 for only 3.3 million is more than plenty.
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  • Raginfridus's Avatar
    Today, 09:58 AM
    Orange neocon is a globalist. His team is winning, so why quit winning now? We've got to have as many excuses to stay in the region as we can create.
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  • Raginfridus's Avatar
    Today, 09:42 AM
    Let's wait until all the facts are in.
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  • Ender's Avatar
    Today, 09:21 AM
    I repeat: This article written in Jan 2018 talks about Trump's sanctions in Aug 2017 & what more sanctions will do (have done, as of now). Why More Sanctions Won’t Help Venezuela The people, not the government, will pay the price.
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  • Ender's Avatar
    Today, 12:17 AM
    Rozeff is always pretty much spot on. Venezuelan Sanctions, U.S. Dominance and the Power Elite Michael S. Rozeff
    48 replies | 656 view(s)
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by acptulsa on 07-02-2017 at 08:46 AM
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So, you take a sniff, mistake an anti-Fed argument for a minimum wage argument, and jump off board? Do you think victims of inflation and the systematic destruction of manufacturing jobs should be stripped of the right to vote, but corporations should get to vote even though they are things, not people? You say government is the problem, not the corporations, but I don't see you acknowledging who or what it is that is paying the lobbyists to make the particular bribes they make.

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by acptulsa on 06-15-2016 at 10:08 AM
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Did a delay in response give the gunman more time? Cops face questions over why it took three hours for SWAT teams to storm Orlando nightclub as police chief admits officers may have shot some of the VICTIMS

...Police Chief John Mina has also admitted that some of the victims may have been hit by officers' gun fire.

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We're So Lucky to Have Such Great Choices

by acptulsa on 09-23-2012 at 10:16 AM
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I just can't decide who to vote for in the presidential race. They're both just so perfect! I can't believe it. Things are just going so well I never considered firing the president, but this Romney guy is just such a temptation!

Romney promises us more war. Obama promised us just the opposite, but that's ok, because he saw Dubya's two wars and raised us three police actions. I think that's a wonderful thing, and can't wait for the next one. I heard somewhere that with six you

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by acptulsa on 09-23-2012 at 10:14 AM
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Once upon a time, there was a thing called the Interstate Commerce Commission. It was founded to prevent kamikaze capitalism amongst railroads in a day when their efficiencies and primitive technology pretty much guaranteed them a monopoly in viable transportation.

The best thing Reagan did, in my opinion, and the one time I felt some hope for a moment that he would prove to be the libertarian he claimed to be, was when he abolished this bureau. But it was a decade too late to save

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by acptulsa on 06-26-2011 at 08:29 AM
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'What your daddy did to you was abuse.'

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