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    Today, 08:55 PM
    If he starts saying things like "End the Fed" and "Bring them all home, even from Korea" and "Eliminate these five complete departments", or golf claps when moderators accuse him of wanting to abolish the CIA, or stands up straight and teaches the country about what blowback is, then he should run. If he phones it all in like he's been doing for his entire political career, then no.
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    Today, 08:47 PM
    You know, the last time I made racial humor at work it was with, in front of, and about black people I worked with and was friends with. I got away with it because I also make white jokes with them. Then there was the time when we had the office potluck and I made catfish and okra... and I made sure all the black people got some. They all loved it, of course, even the ones actually from Africa. But that was probably racist as shit, trying to make food they like and suggesting they get some. To be honest, the stuff that gets said about Indians goes miles beyond what anyone would dare to say about black people at work. But nobody cares about them because they scraped their way into a master's degree in a STEM field and work their asses off for half of what white people with bach degrees in English who can get security clearances can earn.
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    Yesterday, 12:53 PM
    Got a break in the cloud cover just long enough to see a crescent sun... and then realize that I grabbed the shade 10 helmet... then realize that the shade 13 helmet wouldn't auto-darken... and then cloud cover again.
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    Yesterday, 08:54 AM
    Freedom makes the market king. The market punishes losers and rewards winners. The market also doesn't care whether the winners are white or black. Freedom doesn't create diversity directly: it simply allows winners to win, irrespective of their color. Frederick Douglass wrote this 155 years ago: "This question has been answered, and can be answered in many ways. Primarily, it is a question less for man than for God — less for human intellect than for the laws of nature to solve. It assumes that nature has erred; that the law of liberty is a mistake; that freedom, though a natural want of human soul, can only be enjoyed at the expense of human welfare, and that men are better off in slavery than they would or could be in freedom; that slavery is the natural order of human relations, and that liberty is an experiment. What shall be done with them?Our answer is, do nothing with them; mind your business, and let them mind theirs. Your doing with them is their greatest misfortune. They have been undone by your doings, and all they now ask, and really have need of at your hands, is just to let them alone. They suffer by ever interference, and succeed best by being let alone. The Negro should have been let alone in Africa — let alone when pirates and robbers offered him for sale in our Christian slave markets — (more cruel and inhuman than the Mohammedan slave markets) — let alone by courts, judges, politicians, legislators and slave-drivers — let alone altogether, and assured that they were thus to be left alone forever, and that they must now make their own way in the world, just the same as any and every other variety of the human family. As colored men, we only ask to be allowed to do with ourselves, subject only to the same great laws for the welfare of human society which apply to other men, Jews, Gentiles, Barbarian, Sythian. Let us stand upon our own legs, work with our own hands, and eat bread in the sweat of our own brows. When you, our white fellow-countrymen, have attempted to do anyting for us, it has generally been to deprive us of some right, power or privilege which you yourself would die before you would submit to have taken from you. When the planters of the West Indies used to attempt to puzzle the pure-minded Wilberforce with the question, How shall we get rid of slavery? his simple answer was, “quit stealing.” In like manner, we answer those who are perpetually puzzling their brains with questions as to what shall be done with the Negro, “let him alone and mind your own business.” If you see him plowing in the open field, leveling the forest, at work with the spade, a rake a hoe, a pick-axe, or a bill — let him alone; he has a right to work. If you see him on his way to school, with spelling book, geography and arithmetic in his hands — let him alone. Don’t shut the door in his face, nor bolt your gates against him; he has a right to learn — let him alone. Don’t pass laws to degrade him. If he has a ballot in his hand, and is on his way to the ballot-box to deposit his vote for the man whom he think will most justly and wisely administer the Government which has the power of life and death over him, as well as others — let him alone; his right of choice as much deserves respect and protection as your own. If you see him on his way to the church, exercising religious liberty in accordance with this or that religious persuasion — let him alone. –Don’t meddle with him, nor trouble yourselves with any questions as to what shall be done with him. The great majority of human duties are of this negative character. If men were born in need of crutches, instead of having legs, the fact would be otherwise. We should then be in need of help, and would require outside aide; but according to the wiser and better arrangement of nature, our duty is done better by not hindering than by helping our fellow-men; or, in other wor ds, the best way to help them is just to let them help themselves."
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    Yesterday, 08:34 AM
    I don't see anything in this article that goes against what cops have always been.
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    08-17-2017, 01:34 PM
    And Rt 222 was one of them. What federal roads existed before then? Are you saying soldiers should work on state projects? How then do they decide which state? What precedent do you have for federal workers working on state public works projects? Sure, they have thrown money at plenty - but actually doing the work?
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    08-17-2017, 01:30 PM
    Also, let's not forget that if you give a damn about original intent, the clear original intent of having army spending expire after two years was so that THE ARMY WOULD LOSE FUNDING AND DISBAND. The United states isn't supposed to have a standing army. We are supposed to run a militia system. There aren't supposed to be bored soldiers to throw at public works boondoggles.
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    08-17-2017, 01:27 PM
    There are concrete roads like Rt 222 between Lancaster and Reading Pennsylvania, which were laid down before the Eisenhower system, which literally have slight tire ruts in the concrete. Think about how many times you have to run vulcanized rubber over set concrete to wear a rut in it. That road isn't cracked. I don't know when it was laid but it was probably in the depression - so it's been there for about 70 years, getting pounded on by car after car, and it's still going strong. Federal money can't get a road to last through more than 5 years of regular use. The secret of how to do it is right there, in an area of the US that has been populated by white folk for 400 years. But they won't do it. But let me address the "freedom of movement" thing.... you don't think it's even a tiny bit suspicious that Eisenhower went to Europe and had a grand old time conquering Germany by moving around on the Autobahn.... and then thought that was exactly the thing we need in the US? The interstate system exists primarily to move troops around. And it was born after troops were moved around during a conquest.
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    08-17-2017, 01:00 PM
    ....Someone hasn't read up on the F-35, I see.
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    08-17-2017, 12:57 PM
    What I want is a doctor who will treat me the way I treat my customers. I want someone beholden to market forces, who will go out of business if his or her nurses say stupid shit like "you should just expect your daughter to fall over once in a while, because this vague genetic test that we can't explain fully accounts for that". What I want is a doctor who will treat me like I'm the one in charge, and not treat me like I am an idiot who can't follow a simple logical argument. Newsflash: that's what I do for a living. And here's another newsflash:it is manifestly *not* what doctors do for a living. I've got the logical high ground and I take a gigantic exception to being treated like an imbecile. That's what I want. What I get, is doctors who will refuse to see my children if I don't vaccinate them against sexually transmitted diseases. What I get, is a state that has the power and the wherewithal - and often the desire - to take my children away for making medical decisions like not vaccinating infants against sexually transmitted diseases. What I get, is people who are supposed to be on the side of liberty cheerleading the effort to mandate that everyone gets vaccinated for diseases that were common childhood ailments 50 years ago which amounted to little more than an inconvenience.
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    08-17-2017, 10:35 AM
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    Totally using that.
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    08-17-2017, 10:32 AM
    If I don't take my children to a pediatrician, do you honestly believe the state needs any more reason to take them? Do you honestly think my vaccine choices will factor into that decision at all?
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    08-17-2017, 10:30 AM
    No. From start to finish, it'll be a splendid case study on the state of "justice" in the US. Nobody involved in this process, not even the defendant, will push for any real justice. And nobody watching this case will point it out, either. They'll all keep spewing gobshite about statues, and immigrants, and all sorts of other seventh and eighth tier issues. But they won't talk about justice.
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    08-17-2017, 09:53 AM
    This is where my heart is right now Also, probably a little more here
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    08-17-2017, 09:49 AM
    I'm not on facebook, but my 8 year old nonverbal daughter is. She's quite the radical. They've never bothered us with requests like this.
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    08-17-2017, 09:44 AM
    My son was born last week and we're looking for a new pediatrician since they won't see us if we don't vaccinate against STDs and things that adults don't even vaccinate against unless they're travelling to the tropics. It is NOT easy to find a pediatrician who will see him. It looks like we might be stuck with the chakra-balancing type of "doctor". At this point, I think that would probably be an improvement.
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    08-16-2017, 03:53 PM
    He did this to himself ...
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    08-09-2017, 09:24 AM
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    So we're all rational people and can think about this rationally for a second. First of all, rape is the farthest thing from my mind, and I'm not sure what's even involved in a rape, in reality. I'm sure it's analogous to the experience of normal sex, or drinking, or LSD, or any number of experiences that people have put on film in a manner which makes it out to be something other than what it normally is. So not being a rapist, I'm going by what I see on screen with respect to rape, and I admit out front that I suspect it's not really true. But what we see on screen, mostly, is that rapes tend to include resistance. I'm sure there are a lot of roofie/drunk rapes that don't. But if someone is using a robot to act out a rape fantasy, he's probably not acting out a "passed out barfly" fantasy. You can do that with an old-fashioned real doll. So if you're including resistance, that opens up a warehouse full of cans of engineering worms. Just off the top of my head....
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    08-09-2017, 08:52 AM
    This thread is all the reasons why I DON'T listen to "black" blues. What happened with blues is not like what happened with Hip Hop. Rap was always "black" music like blues was originally... until Run DMC made a video with Aerosmith, and the Beastie Boys became a thing, and only after that cultural appropriation did white people really start listening to black hip hop, in the 90s. But what they found when they started listening to black artists, is that the white rappers were mostly just biters. Eminem might have made a name for himself but he's still a cartoon compared to rappers you've never heard of before, like Rakim, who hasn't even "had it" for almost 30 years. But with blues, white people took the form and did something different with it. They pushed it in directions it wasn't going otherwise. Like above: Shine On You Crazy Diamond is not something a black artist would have done. It's some pretty white music. But it's also objectively good. It's derivative, but its own thing. Now maybe it's just me, but whenever I hear BB or Muddy, I hear the same damned song over and over again. On the Road Again is blues just like Shine On is, but they're totally different songs. Even Jazz is more distinct, and has been consistently distinct from decade to decade throughout its existence. And I know this is wrongthink, but it occurs to me that there was no similar cultural appropriation there - white people jumped in pretty early in that game. I'm tempted to draw a conclusion from that.
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    08-07-2017, 12:28 PM
    I would say, a medium's inherent (i, two e's) goodness is directly proportional to how convenient it is to leave it behind when a better medium comes along. So, DVD's are good because they are so easy to rip into .avi files. TV broadcast is horrible because it's already dead, but its zombie corpse is going to shuffle along for the next 30 years at least, until the last NBC Nightly News viewer finally dies.
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    08-07-2017, 12:23 PM
    It took me a second to recognize that this is between other entire walls of text from the women's perspective which all made me think "Why am I reading this? IDGAF about any of this."
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    08-06-2017, 10:28 PM
    I take offense to it. Because Belgian beers are ass. The craft brew industry here have been playing with "sour" beers recently - actually more than a decade ago I had a beer that the brewer had intentionally skunked. He was quite good at skunking beers in ways that made them good. Belgian beers taste like they've been doing this for centuries and nobody's clued them in about how bad they fail at it.
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    08-06-2017, 10:16 PM
    I knew there were other cast iron types here but didn't think it was, like, everybody. I just picked up my first Griswold last month. I haven't gotten it fully broken in yet - the seasoning is still not totally blackened - but if you haven't held a Griswold before... man, I picked it up in the antique store and only put it down to prove to myself I could. I even walked 50 feet away before I did an about-face and went back and bought it. Simply put, Griswold pans are not really significantly heavier than stainless or even thicker aluminum pans. And the surface on them is glass smooth. The really good pans sold today might come close to the dime store crap of 100 years ago, but nobody's making anything similar to the nicer stuff of yesteryear.
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