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    Today, 12:25 PM
    Ok - perhaps this is true. In this case then, wouldn't the most effective defense be mechanical filtration (mask)? Why are they not promoting that - its less invasive, more effective, and cost much less. Also, you do agree that hand washing would reduce a contact transmission of the disease? Despite the most common transmission of the flu being airborne, it is communicable through surface contact - thats still a fact right? So washing one's hands reduces the potential of flu infection, while reducing many other infections as well. As for the media/medical/pharma industrial complex hysteria, what are they pushing the hardest? The mask? Which approach would yield more proffits - hand washing, a mask, or the shot? I mean, the same people who will tell you to wash your hands will stress the need for a shot over anything. If one were to assume that their objective was to prevent the spread of the flu, they would be promoting masks - handing them out like condoms on a college campus. However, if they were to choose a mode of transmission that would best support the argument for a shot, they may just as well back the airborne transmission as being the most common cause of infection. They could argue the social awkwardness of the mask, and just give the false expectation that the flu's effects will be reduced in severity and duration. Not sure if I'm making sense here, but I look at the tactics a little differently - perhaps one of us has a confirmation bias at play. I think the flu shot is really just a scam, that's making some people lots of money. For what it may be worth, it is my opinion. Your body, your choice.
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    10-19-2018, 09:08 PM
    I've been fortunate in that my immune system seems to be pretty good, and have not felt the need to augment it for the common flu. If I were pressed to give someone advice, I would say, "WASH YOUR FKING HANDS"! Good hygiene is probably just as effective as the flu shot, and much less invasive/risky. Having said all that, I could be persuaded to get a shot if I thought the reward/risk and probability of a desired outcome compelled me to do so.
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    10-19-2018, 11:44 AM
    I just leased this Jeep. Guess what I'm naming it? You know... because it's a white vehicle that came with a label saying it's a Cherokee Trailhawk. Liz.
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    10-19-2018, 10:56 AM
    CaptUSA replied to a thread Rand Paul 2020 in U.S. Political News
    I think Rand spurned teh Collins' amorous advances. I wouldn't put much stock in his predictions.
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    10-19-2018, 09:41 AM
    Not my experience. I've worked for 3 unionized companies. The employers either find ways to work around the union or promote their good people into management. I worked in one union that had a provision for "merit" increases which they used. Another company used some clever negotiation to promote me into another union position even though there were people with more seniority. In nearly every case, when I asked for some kind of schedule change or other perk, I got it - even if it caused a grievance by some other employee. Generally, though, the easiest way for an employer to keep a good union employee is to give them a non-union position in management somewhere. I concede your point that the nature of unionization can limit the individual's success, but that's not who the unions are designed for.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    10-19-2018, 08:24 AM
    So, here's the thing, folks... Employees have just as much power to dictate their conditions and hours as the employer does. If you disagree with that, it's probably because you are a substandard employee. Sorry to break it to you. I've worked in several industries and have had several employers and it's always the same. If you give extra value to your employer, you will get extra value back. Or you will choose a different buyer for your labor. But if you're good and smart, you hold all the cards. The problem isn't with any "system"; it's that the people who get caught up in this line of thinking don't understand their value. (Or they haven't improved their value to the point where this isn't a problem.)
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    10-19-2018, 08:16 AM
    Again. Who is "We"?! Those decisions are between the employees and their employers. The only way "we" should influence those decisions is as consumers choosing which businesses we want to support. Other than that, let it alone!
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    10-19-2018, 05:55 AM
    CaptUSA replied to a thread Vote. in Grassroots Central
    Lol. These are ALL normal times. Parties dividing, government growing, liberty receding... Been going on since I've been alive. The only thing "new" is the volume has been turned up thanks to the media's drive for ratings and need to compete against "social" media. Turn off the radio, TV, and computer and things pretty much look the same as always. I vote against government - not the party. The parties are just a battle of who gets to control the power. I have no interest in their games. Fear not, though... If it matters to you, my Senate and Representative incumbents are democrats.
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    10-19-2018, 05:20 AM
    CaptUSA replied to a thread Vote. in Grassroots Central
    I would have never had guessed it... osan is Taylor Swift! :astonished:;):D Seriously, though. I generally cast my lots. I don't expect it to accomplish much and I go about living my life. But I don't care about any parties - that's where they get you. Here's my method: Are there any liberty candidates? Cast a piece of sand for them. No liberty folks? Are there any incumbents? Cast a vote for their opponent. Running unopposed? Leave it blank. Is there a write-in line?? RON PAUL.
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    10-18-2018, 08:51 PM
    ^ winner
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    10-18-2018, 05:18 AM
    I'm still an "anti-Trumper" until he actually does something on this front. But like you, I'm open to the possibility. Here's the thing... Trump wrote a book about playing to people's fantasies. It's part of his con. In this case, he's playing to my fantasies about cutting government spending. I can see how easy it is to get caught up in it. I want to believe it. It's my hope speaking. Trump, like Obama, is incredibly adept at manipulating people's hopes. So I'm very cautiously optimistic. I also recognize that he may be using this stunt as a way to rev up the base for the red wave. Since I've never voted party, I'll continue trying to vote out incumbents unless there's a true liberty candidate on the ballot. As far as keeping an open mind, I just hope those true Trump believers will do so if this turns out to be a 5% cut in the rate of growth. (If the plan was to grow spending at 7%, but the cuts amount to a growth of 6.65% then this whole exercise is useless.) Also, keep an open mind if these cuts never come to fruition - that should indicate this is an election year ploy. Also, keep an open mind if there are cuts in some areas, but bigger growths in other areas. His comments about the military suggests he still isn't serious, but we'll see. In short, Trump has a big opportunity here to win me over. I really, really hope he does it! If the GOP wins next month, they should have no reason not to do it. He'll turn me into a Trump-thumper and I'll be on the front lines pushing for his re-election!
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  • brushfire's Avatar
    10-17-2018, 08:56 PM
    LOL... Yup... yer gonna do it. Its repeal time... Those republicans are going to repeal obamacare. Who believes this sh!t?
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    10-17-2018, 06:04 PM
    Well let’s not get carried away, yet. Trump says all sorts of shit. But if this really happens.... it’s almosy impossible to conceive!
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    10-17-2018, 05:46 PM
    Seriously, if Trump can bring this to fruition, not only will I vote for him, I might campaign for him! Sounds like a stunt to fire up team red, but I’m crossing my fingers.
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    10-17-2018, 10:39 AM
    How fitting that the robotic cops actually look like dildos?!
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    10-17-2018, 05:18 AM
    Covered. I'm glad there are still a few people here who still get it. Presidents have often complained about the Fed and want them to be more political. Trump is doing nothing new in that regard. The problem with the Fed isn't how they're managing the monetary system to the benefit or detriment of some politician; it's that they're managing it at all!
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    10-17-2018, 05:12 AM
    CaptUSA replied to a thread Horseface in U.S. Political News
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    10-16-2018, 07:28 PM
    brushfire replied to a thread Horseface in U.S. Political News
    Add her to the horseface hall of fame...
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    10-16-2018, 01:10 PM
    They should make ballots with a "non-incumbent" party line vote. It would really speed up the process.
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    10-16-2018, 01:09 PM
    Thank you for doing your civic duty. You are a true hero. :rolleyes:
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    10-16-2018, 08:29 AM
    Right? Usually unforced blunders like this wait until campaign season (a la, Rubio water bottle, Cain creep smile, Dean yeaaww!, etc.). Warren is trying to set a new record on how early she can throw a rod.
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    10-16-2018, 08:24 AM
    Loads of faux 'conservatives', too. Situated all over the place. It'd be nice if they'd ALL get voted out. Can't really go too wrong voting against incumbents.
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    10-16-2018, 05:01 AM
    Who is "we"??? Listen, the workday hours are determined by the employee and the employer. Perhaps a group of employees unionize to collectively bargain the hours with the employer. Whatever the case, it makes no sense to have some uninformed third party getting involved. Markets will always work it out to the maximum possible benefit. Unless some central planner decides he can make decisions better than people he doesn't even know. That's when artificial distortions happen. And while those distortions may help existing employees in some cases, they will always hurt the potential employees that never get considered.
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    10-15-2018, 07:43 PM
    The catalog company that missed the internet. Instead, their brilliant leadership chased Nordstrom. They shunned their heritage, just like VW did to the compact car, and HD did with the development of the v-rod. "We're not a catalog company any more - we sell more than tools... Come see our softer side". Morons... What was wrong with being the catalog king? The same morons that shrugged off the catalog went and acquired lands end (a catalog company), after spending tons trying to shed their catalog reputation. What was wrong with tools? People were willing to pay more to buy craftsman - the screwdriver/prybar/chisel that was a must have for the average household. How's that shareholder value treatin' ya? Hey, maybe after the company is a total ash heap, ridding them selves of their "executive talent", and shareholder value, they can start an online catalog business?
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    10-15-2018, 09:11 AM
    If there's a liberty candidate to support, I'll support them regardless of party. Unfortunately, there are so few. I really think it's best to look at the candidate instead of the party. Hell, both parties advocate increased spending and new wars. Both want government control over the individual. I don't really get caught up in their games to see which ones "own" the control. When there's no liberty candidate - just vote against the incumbent. It's not going to matter anyway, so I can't imagine getting emotionally invested. Cast a lot against them and move on with your day.
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