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    07-13-2019, 07:43 AM
    First off.....do know how many American prisoners in private prisons work for .20 cents an hour performing some form of labor or assembly that the prison insourced? It's a lot. Not defending it.....but the point you're making isn't so cut and dried. Secondly, lol...no, the managers of Chinese companies do not have military ranks. Thirdly, the prisons independently advertise themselves to companies looking for a contract....just like our private prisons do. While the Chinese government (and most of it's people) support them working, any contracts are between the prison officials and the companies. And lastly, it's honestly something of a recent phenomenon due to them needing cheap labor since their middle class has grown so much over the past couple of decades.
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    07-13-2019, 06:37 AM
    Can you elaborate on this please? I ask because I saw you use the phrase the other day regarding China "dumping goods into the US, killing the markets". I'm paraphrasing, but the term "dumping" is verbatim. I'm familiar with the practice of predatory pricing and it's applications, but China is in no way guilty of that. So what do you mean when you say China is dumping goods into our market and killing millions of jobs? I'm asking because if I'm right in how I think you mean it, you're saying they flooded our market with more affordable options that US manufacturers couldn't match and that's somehow unfair. If some offbrand sneaker starts selling their shoes to as many people as they can, are they acting malicious towards Nike? Understand....I'm not trying to dog on you or anything, but you seem to have to key misconceptions about the import/export world, the manufacturing world, and how those two to apply to what becomes marketing strategy within the retail world. A company based in the northern US could use your claim against a competing company based in the southern US (where cost of living, hence labor costs are cheaper) because they couldn't compete with them. Or a company based in a heavily unionized state could complain about a competitor in a right to work state. Unless you support things like price controls and mandates on what things have to be sold for? Which would be the only way to get close to the "fairness" you seem to want. Still...even that wouldn't help in the long run though, because we're back to the fact Americans want things for as cheap as they can....and that applies to workers as well. 75% of all those lost manufacturing jobs fell to automation, not another entity. Why pay the ungodly costs it takes for an employee after you factor in his wages, training, work time lost due to breaks and vaca and sickness, and all the little tax load he brings for things like insurance........when you can simply have a bot installed that is running in the black inside of 6 months? If you're job has repetitive tasks or basic analytics....I could plant a FANUC bot there tomorrow and you'd be out of work.
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    07-13-2019, 02:18 AM
    Sweet Christ the comments there.....so much ignorance about.....everything.
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    07-11-2019, 11:09 PM
    The issue with that thinking is twofold. First in that China can outlast the US economically speaking due to them being a Communist government and controlled economy, and can manipulate their currency as they see fit. True there are consequences for that, but it's still an option. Not to mention that the more pressure put on the Chinese economy, the more pressure it puts on the US economy. Secondly, is the fact that China is EXTREMELY competitive. True, they subsidize markets...but what do you think we do? Don't get caught up in the "We're #1!" mentality to the point you you forget our weaknesses as well. That's because US manufacturing was a global supplier since most other industry logistics were destroyed during WWII, the state of China at the time, and culminated with Nixon taking the US off the gold standard so he could print money left and right to fund the Vietnam war. Nixon's trade deal with China was paramount for him to go full fiat. I'm not sure of your professional background, but I have a heavy one in the manufacturing industry (and I don't mean a line worker), and I can absolutely assure you that you'd see HUGE increases in cost if we went full made in American products. I've seen CNC shops closed down because you could import a fully completed brake drum for less than you could buy a raw casting to make your own.
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    07-11-2019, 10:30 PM
    That's the rub....there is no way for an American company to compete with a foreign nation who can import goods with cheaper production costs. People get mad at companies moving facilities overseas, but they're legally obligated to share holders to turn maximum profits. It's magnified with a nation like China since geographically, they are basically the middle hub for materials. Basically, if you took a product made in China and moved all that assembly to the US at the same labor cost as it was in China....you'd still be far more expensive due to your costs on transporting materials from global locations. This is why China and the US have been fighting like two boy dogs over influence in Africa...labor costs. The US doing it looking for a Chinese alternative, the Chinese doing it as they are seeing their middle class increase to the point where they're having a hard time filling those low labor cost positions. China is winning that battle, by the way. I will say that while I fully understand people's want for a US solely based production of goods (and I like it because it'd solve a lot of unintended consequences we deal with from it), but if we had that tomorrow....our economy would crash the day after. Or worse, we'd have major riots since a lot of paycheck to paycheck families simply couldn't afford to live anymore. It's why I take issue with the way Trump is addressing it, as it won't address root cause, and will simply make it worse. If we're to fix it....we're going to have to take some bad medicine as a nation and grin through it.
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    07-11-2019, 10:14 PM
    This short 10 min video breaks down US (and other nations) foreign policy mistakes and misunderstandings using Game Theory. I was introduced to game theory when I worked for AL-KO Kober, an international company who had major CNC metal working plants in the US, but I'd never had it presented in relation to geo-politics. If you're not familiar, or even if you are, it's worth a few mins of your time....it'll really put things into a logical structure in your head of "Dos and Don'ts"
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    07-11-2019, 10:07 PM
    This is one of the financial institutions I've made reference to over the past couple of years as a plausible trigger point I'm watching. They apparently have some investigations going on now as well, since they apparently reported profits of less than $270 million in 2018....when there is no way a bank that big only made that amount of money. Their derivative exposure is something like $45 to $50 trillion globally, FYI. Curiously......since this announcement, JP Morgan and another large institution whose name I can't remember atm put out red flag warnings over global economic health concerns.
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    07-11-2019, 10:01 PM
    A fairly common treatment for patients testing positive for flu in certain risk groups is zithromax (z-pac), as a hedge against bacterial pneumonia. Don't forget....more times than not, it's not the flu itself that kills you...it's the secondary conditions.
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    07-07-2019, 06:49 PM
    Actually, I know tons of doctors that counsel their patients on foods and spices regarding forms of natural approaches. And right now, there are several studies into curcumin ongoing. That's also why I know that the original author of the OP article that was shared (Sayer Ji) is stupid, dishonest, or both concerning his "database of studies". Yes, curcumin is something that has a lot of potential to do a lot of good. But it has something holding it back.....it's molecular structure. Because curcumin has negligible bioavailability since it is absorbed so fast in the body and cycled. Now some people will say just eat tumeric whole as the oils will slow absorption, but that's not how it works. Even if it were, after bioavailability comes the real hurdle...ability to pass the blood brain barrier, which curcumin can't. That's the ironic thing about the article, as he cites "insidious" plots in labs trying to genetically modify curcumin so they can patent it before they openly tell people about it, but that's horse shit. They are working in labs with it, true....but they're experimenting with adding different molecules to it to allow for both better bioavailability as well as for it to pass the blood brain barrier. And even if those efforts fail, it's pushing research into more areas looking for an answer. Granted....I'm speaking more to neurological than anything else. But that's because of current events. I've spoke several times about how Alzheimer has stricken several family members of mine, as well as my mother being diagnosed a couple of years ago. Well, she's now bedridden and wearing a diaper like an infant.....and the thought of dipshits like Sayer Ji giving false hope to some desperate family in a position as mine is right now....all so he can sell them his personally endorsed mega dose curcumin supplements gets my blood boiling.
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    07-07-2019, 05:15 PM
    LOL If only those EVIL BASTARDS would just write me a tumeric prescription so I could heal! Why aren't doctors prescribing tumeric? I'll wager because you don't need a prescription to buy it?
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    07-06-2019, 02:40 PM
    I'll bet you a coca-cola they lower the rate minimum 25 basis points come the 30th, and honestly.....50 points wouldn't surprise me. Mainly due to the markets already pricing in the cuts they expect (which I'm sure you know, is why the markets broke a 6 week losing streak and set it's new records). And I say they'll do that because if they don't cut the rate, Powell might as well wear a T-Shirt saying, "By the end of the year....50% interest rates, bitches!" as far as how the markets would react to it. I can really see them applying that logic, trying to maintain market levels with a rate cut this month....and then hint at market strength and other things over the next three or four to prepare the market for a reversal of the cut if not an increase on top of it trying to minimize the markets shedding 10% in a day. Basically not that I disagree with your assessment, but I can almost hear the closed door talks of how maintain the market's free money drunken rampage and tell them rates need to come up in the same breath. And if that's their play....then it has to be now, to allow time to push towards what the markets don't want to hear. More so since we've reached that point where even a layman just dipping their toes into understanding the mechanics of cause and effect of the markets and relation to economic health can tell this is an obvious managed market. The Dow, S&P, NASDAQ, Bond Market, Commodities......none are reacting to actions within the others how they should. There's going to be a lot of people get hurt really bad. I read a study the other day that found 1 in 4 households, households within what is considered middle class, are using credit cards to pay such debt as rent. That, and finding out our household combined debt in America is a staggering $9 trillion.....
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    07-06-2019, 04:49 AM
    Just donated to his campaign for city council in Philadelphia. Thanks for sharing!
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    07-06-2019, 04:17 AM
    Normal depends on health, but 60 to 100 is considered within normal ranges.
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    07-06-2019, 04:14 AM
    What? Come on man.....I'm really reaching my max with this 84D uber chess horse shit. Trump wants the rates lowered because we are in the beginnings of a recession, and it never works out historically for a sitting President's campaign to have the election year be amidst a recession. More so when you consider the EPIC levels of debt we're sitting on, both private and public sectors. Them popping will not be pretty.
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    06-29-2019, 08:47 AM
    Agree that it's not true, not 100%. That comes from them trying to simply introduce small amounts to trigger the immune system, which is why they want to give two doses and apparently are considering three. And yes, if you actually catch the measles, your immune system develops enough to where you don't get it again. The MMR vaccine is kind of like a "just in case" because even at low rates of deaths from measles, still sucks to be those 100+ families. Meaning, that's their logic with it.
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    06-29-2019, 08:40 AM
    Fred Flinstone and Greg Brady aside, measles killed around 120 Americans a year on average (not accounting for heavy outbreaks) and hospitalized 5,000 per year in intensive care. To be fair though, it wasn't measles itself causing this but rather complications with people from the measles...main culprits being pneumonia and swelling of the brain from the infection.
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    06-29-2019, 03:47 AM
    I can offer a little "local" (ish) insight to this as well as what most people are saying..... First, the grand jury didn't indict the shooter because she made serious effort to get away and avoid the physical conflict, but Jones was not having any of that. Second, a lot of people think this is political. Meaning, no one actually plans on sending Jones to jail (or even convicting her when all said and done) but rather use the case as a way to get some legal precedent established (and some media headwind) to in turn use to attempt to have Alabama's new strict anti-abortion laws rescinded.
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    06-28-2019, 06:39 PM
    Not if it's a mutated strain. But the chances of it being a mutated strain as the article in the OP suggests is highly unlikely. Of course, they say in it it's a possible fear only. How long a vaccine provides immunity and to what degree differs from person to person, and it seems that most of the people who contracted it only received one of the vaccine doses and not the second. By the way, the difference between an attenuated virus and a "wild" virus is that attenuated is just a fancy word for weakened. It's just enough to get your body's immune system to respond without actually contracting full blown measles, as measles can very much cause severe medical complications or death. And while vaccine shedding with the MMR vaccine is possible in theory, if it did it'd be a good thing as they are basically passing along the same attenuated virus. Basically, they'd be giving you a measles vaccine without the shot.
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    06-28-2019, 06:20 PM
    My wife introduced me to this guy. He's an MD who does some very straight forward videos and very much has patient health in mind. It's a video of him making sure people are getting their BP read correctly because he's pissy about people not reading it right and giving patients meds they don't need. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iWhXNYCfpM&list=PL0weX7IYBVQnrcTy8G9JKWmwpMRGOF8y3 Side note.....he also has this character he does called Doctor Vadar and they are hilarious.
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    06-21-2019, 08:54 PM
    Good...I'm curious about them and what you think
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    06-21-2019, 07:13 PM
    If true, then that's pretty hard to argue. No way would the US Navy let Iran come into "international waters" right in front of their group and retrieve the wreckage of the drone. Only way Iran could have gotten it would be if the wreckage was in their waters, and the Navy could only watch. http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1155132.shtml
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    06-21-2019, 10:23 AM
    lol...I know I'm going to regret this, but why do you say that Lyme disease was a biological weapon? True it was part of a bio-weapons research by both the Army (50s till 69) and apparently the Japanese (WWII), is that what you're referring to? By the way, I didn't know any of that until I did some reading after seeing your comment.
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    06-21-2019, 09:19 AM
    LOL WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is telling Congress about what it says are alarming ties between Iran and Al Qaeda, prompting skeptical reactions and concern on Capitol Hill. Briefings by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, backed up by other State Department and Pentagon officials, have led Democrats and some Republicans to ask whether the administration is building a case that the White House could use to invoke the war authorization passed by Congress in 2001 to battle terror groups as legal cover for military action against Iran. As tensions between the United States and Iran have surged, Mr. Pompeo has sought to convince Congress that there is a pattern of ties between Iran and the terrorist group going back to after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, officials said. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/19/us/politics/us-iran.html
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    06-21-2019, 04:03 AM
    Actually....I can add this to it. White House Adviser Bolton To Travel To Israel For Talks with Russian, Israeli Officials https://www.rferl.org/a/white-house-adviser-bolton-to-travel-to-israel-for-talks-with-russian-israeli-officials/30011889.html
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    06-21-2019, 04:02 AM
    I was just coming to post this story. Although I got a link to an Israeli new source.... https://www.timesofisrael.com/trump-said-to-okay-strikes-against-iran-then-suddenly-cancel-them/
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    06-21-2019, 03:07 AM
    One of the worst parts is that the state laws I have heard about allow anyone who claims to be dating you turn you in and these days that isn't limited to the opposite sex. Oh....agreed. When I first heard of it being tossed around and they said family I was sure it'd have to be immediate family and at least two. Not to mention we all know what a great track record any government agency has of restoring rights they mistakenly took away. And that's really the thing I guess that sticks in my head....is even at optimum circumstances (family is truthful and sincere, person in question in in need, focus is actually help, everything ends well) I can't in any way see a mechanism followed that both returns the weapons as well as not even a smudge is added to their record. I guess part of me hates that anything involving a family trying to honestly help a family member in that kind of regard has no option (outside of going to their house, whipping their ass, and taking their guns themselves. But then they've now opened themselves to assault and theft) to explore without causing serious harm to someone's life and their ability to enjoy their rights
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    06-21-2019, 02:41 AM
    Admittedly just to spark conversation...... Am I the only one who isn't a bit at odds with themselves over Red Flag Confiscation Laws? Don't get me wrong, it lacks any form of due process.....which I vehemently oppose. It violates someone's rights purely predicated on a chance they MIGHT do something LATER.....which I vehemently oppose. But there is a small voice in my head that also says, "these are temporary confiscations carried out due to immediate family members voicing serious concern that their family member has shown major signs of being a serious threat to the public". Well, in a perfect world that's what they are supposed to be. So while I in no way agree with it, am I the only one who has a part of their mind half way understanding it? I've had thought exercises with myself a few times trying to see if I could work out a way to help the family if sincere, get the person themselves help if they were indeed in "a bad place", and all the while insuring that the event in no way harmed the person's rights regardless of the need being found invalid or if the need was validated and the person was able to get help. And no....I can't think of any way to guarantee all those. And no, even if I could I don't think I'd support red flag. Just curious if I'm the only one who wonders is all
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    06-21-2019, 02:27 AM
    Oh dude...I'm sure. I think you're alluding to what's called a Chimera Virus. It's not an actual virus, but a generic term given to a virus that has genetic code from another species. The Soviet Union studied the possibility of combining Smallpox and Ebola in the early 80s in what they called the Chimera Project. If you can imagine what ebola and smallpox both would do to a host.....spreading as easily as smallpox did....well, I hope it scares you because it gives me goosebumps from dread. Mainly because a lot of these possibles we've mentioned back and forth are very possible to achieve with CRISPR. If you don't know what CRISPR is, a down and dirty anecdote would be imagine if you took 1,000 blankets and cut pieces you liked from each one. After that, you sowed all your pieces into one blanket, only no one could see any seams where you had sowed and it was like your new blanket had always been one big piece of cloth the entire time. CRISPR can do that with DNA. The work is identifying which pieces of a DNA strand cause or perform what you want, but once that's done you can "snip" that part only from the rest of the strand and place it into the new DNA strand you're building. So in theory, provided you had access to all the data, you could build a virus with any trait you wanted it to have. You could even design it so that known antivirals would have no affect on it, and insure the immune system didn't recognize it as a threat (which we already know how do to...you just give your bug a particular strand of RNA to fool the adenosine deaminase acting on RNA 1 and the body's immune system will think your bug is local and leave it alone. LOL.....having an MD for a wife makes me sound a lot smarter than I really am sometimes) Now....while you or I can download basic CRISPR software off the internet if we wanted, to do the above we'd need access to some serious facilities and materials that are only going to be found in an BSL4 Bio lab. I know there is one of those in Atlanta at the CDC and another one in Ft. Detrick, MD. Quick Google says there are total 15 in the US. But there are thousands of BSL3 labs, which house many aerosol transmitted infections, including SARS. SO while not easy by any means to get into, it'd still be a LOT easier for someone to get into or access by proxy to a BSL3 than ever hope to with a BSL4. But with CRISPR and a live sample of SARS to use as a building base....a motivated group could do some real nasty things
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    06-21-2019, 01:43 AM
    lol...that was good The main logistical issue with a targeted bio-weapon is nature itself. It's why the main fear of something like that centers around doomsday cults or fanatical groups like a radicalized Islamic group....basically, any person or persons who view death as something "good". Because regardless of how a virus is engineered to work, that all goes out the window with the first person hosting another virus who is infected as those two viruses will share DNA and mutate. And once that mutated virus comes into contact with a host with another virus, it'll share it's DNA with that virus. So not only is the original virus steadily evolving with new properties, but it's sharing it's DNA with every virus it comes into contact with thereby changing them as well. Point being, there is no such thing as a way to use a virus as a weapon and insure it only attacks one specific target. Nor to insure any resistance someone has to the original strain is safe from the results from the release.
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    06-21-2019, 12:52 AM
    There's actually precedent for that. I can't recall some examples offhand (but the list was long) but there are several viruses they are finding out which are far more aggressive in a male host as opposed to a female host. Meaning higher fatality rates or directly leading to some other ailment within males, and more of an "aggressive dormancy" in females. As far as race, staying with haemorrhagic fevers we know that Caucasian people are far more likely to get dengue fever than people of African descent (something to do with immuno response genes), and we've known that the amount of antibodies produced from vaccines vary on the type of vaccine and if the person was male or female. And since we mapped man's genome, as well as our understanding of genetics now, combined with bio-tech like CRISPR.....your speculation is actually a lot easier achieved than you might know.
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