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Debate / Re: Biden as the Dem nominee
« on: October 18, 2018, 11:47:07 PM »
also think if someone got more vote or pledge delegates it be political suicide to ignore  it

Not necessarily for party leadership that has become complacent with frequent losing provided the big donors keep throwing in cash.

Take a look at general trends, especially since 1994. With the exception of anti-Bush '06/Obama '08, Democrats have generally struggled at most levels of non-Presidential government ( House, Senate, Governorships, State Legislatures ) moreso than they had for decades previously.

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Marvel Zombies / Re: WTF? Carol Danvers origin retconned
« on: October 18, 2018, 07:47:40 PM »
I hope the film is better than the comic book "push." Which has mostly sucked from what I have seen.

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Debate / Re: Biden as the Dem nominee
« on: October 18, 2018, 07:42:21 PM »
https://observer.com/2017/05/dnc-lawsuit-presidential-primaries-bernie-sanders-supporters/

DNC Lawyers Argue DNC Has Right to Pick Candidates in Back Rooms

Attorneys claim the words 'impartial' and 'evenhanded'—as used in the DNC Charter—can't be interpreted by a court of law

The attorneys representing the DNC have previously argued that Sanders supporters knew the primaries were rigged, therefore annulling any potential accountability the DNC may have. In the latest hearing, they doubled down on this argument: “The Court would have to find that people who fervently supported Bernie Sanders and who purportedly didn’t know that this favoritism was going on would have not given to Mr. Sanders, to Senator Sanders, if they had known that there was this purported favoritism.”

Later in the hearing, attorneys representing the DNC claim that the Democratic National Committee would be well within their rights to “go into back rooms like they used to and smoke cigars and pick the candidate that way.” By pushing the argument throughout the proceedings of this class action lawsuit, the Democratic National Committee is telling voters in a court of law that they see no enforceable obligation in having to run a fair and impartial primary election.

In fairness, the Dems aren't alone in this attitude

https://www.cnbc.com/2016/03/16/we-choose-the-nominee-not-the-voters-senior-gop-official.html

Political parties, not voters, choose their presidential nominees, a Republican convention rules member told CNBC, a day after GOP front-runner Donald Trump rolled up more big primary victories.

"The media has created the perception that the voters choose the nomination. That's the conflict here," Curly Haugland, an unbound GOP delegate from North Dakota, told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Wednesday. He even questioned why primaries and caucuses are held.

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Debate / Re: Biden as the Dem nominee
« on: October 15, 2018, 10:32:47 PM »
One of my concerns about Biden is that he is a gaffe machine, and it doesn't seem he has learned from past mistakes. These are not messages in tune with the times.

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/mbpxx8/biden-trashes-millennials-in-his-quest-to-become-even-less-likable
Biden Trashes Millennials in His Quest to Become Even Less Likable
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"Give me a break," he said of young people who "think they have it tough."

"The younger generation now tells me how tough things are. Give me a break. No, no, I have no empathy for it. Give me a break......"


https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/oct/19/joe-biden-rich-powerful-are-not-problem-in-america/
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“By the way, I’m not one of these guys, you know, ‘Let’s go after the rich and the powerful, they’re the problem’ — they’re not a problem."


https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/05/09/joe-biden-clarifies-hes-no-bernie-sanders-i-dont-think-500-billionaires-are-reason
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Joe Biden Clarifies He's No Bernie Sanders: "I Don't Think 500 Billionaires Are Reason We're in Trouble"


Plus he seems to be under the mistaken impression that his generation has done some fabulous job running things. When in fact under their leadership American infrastructure has crumbled to barely first world standards. Trillions have been wasted on neverending pointless destructive wars. Wages for many have been stagnant for a long time. Health costs ranging from medicines to insurance to hospital care are nests of greed that shorten and worsen American lives in ways, and to degrees, they simply don't in most of the rest of the developed world. Climate change is sneaking up on the world yet America is still debating whether polluting the air is even a bad thing. Promised benefits from financial market deregulation have mostly benefited the select few. Who then use some of that mountain of money to buy more politicians. Etc etc.

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Debate / Re: Biden as the Dem nominee
« on: October 14, 2018, 04:24:09 PM »
Biden is not what the nation, or the Democratic Party, needs heading into the future.

Sanders, Gabbard, Warren, Sherrod Brown, or even Kirsten Gillibrand would be better. Biden would be preferable to terrible choices like Terry McAuliffe, Howard Schultz, Deval Patrick, or gulp, Hillary again. That is not saying much however.

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Debate / Re: is the liberal media really that liberal
« on: October 10, 2018, 06:51:01 AM »
It varies somewhat based on what media outlet(s) one is referring to.

Frequently it's not so much that media is flat out liberal, as it is corporate. What rock says here ..........

My take on it..on social issue their liberal. Maybe the enviorment to (but science might be on their side). They take the metoo stuff a little to far sometime. And sometimes use the racist words to much

On war, Eccomomics, buisness...they aren't actully to the right on that stuff. And their certain bias their

Since when progressive stuff it always "How will you pay for it". Which a fair question.

But When it comes to where they will get money for the millitary, and Tax cuts...they never really asked

And yes they dislike Trump but they never gush over him more then when he bombs shit. And they ignore the the increas killing.

........... is largely accurate. They still think inside their bubbles. They still push the notion that milquetoast tickets which could include people like Terry McAuliffe and/or Seth Moulton are the answer for 2020 and beyond. They still play down or give sparse time to real issues that in some cases their advertisers aggravate, and profit highly from preserving. Or in other cases aren't salacious enough.

It's also pretty funny that the perpetually offended tend to be the same people that toss around terms like snowflake and identity politics. ( The latter of which does exist, but the right is far from free of using themselves. ) They also ignore, and occasionally even defend, their longterm position and general dominance in talk radio. Which for better or worse functions as an arm of media. There is also a war on basic knowledge that the American hardline right is undertaking. Thinking climate change is not a made up hoax by China does not make you are environmental extremist though. No matter how much the MAGA crowd wants to pretend otherwise.

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Showcase of the Immortals / Re: IRR Final Round
« on: September 28, 2018, 05:44:49 AM »
Skel recluses himself because he has ‘best of’ DVDs of both competitors. Moving on...

Really? Me too.  :)

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Showcase of the Immortals / Re: IRR Final Round
« on: September 28, 2018, 02:22:18 AM »
I forgot about this for most of the week. Just not around here so much anymore.

Anyhow I think I am going with Edge. Partly because he ended a 200 plus day reign by Orton. Who was soon to be a main eventer. And partly because given the competition in Jack's end of the year tourney, Adam may never win there. While Angle deservedly already has.

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Debate / Re: Will Ted Cruz lose to Beto O'Rourke?
« on: September 20, 2018, 03:26:34 PM »
Texas will get enough voter suppression done to drag Cruz across the finish line. Hope I am wrong though.


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Hunter was a better talent all-around. Highlighted by a significant edge on the mic. So Roman's push is less meritorious.

Hunter's might actually end up more damaging though. The talent adversely affected in one manner or another included Jericho, RVD, Booker, Kane, Orton, and Goldberg. Reigns has Strowman, Ambrose, Rollins, and Miz.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27JL-cduuvA

https://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2018/09/07/minimum-wage-hike-paid-sick-leave-celebrations-would-premature/1216457002/

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Michigan's OK of minimum wage hike, paid sick leave has a big catch

LANSING — At first glance, low wage workers might have started celebrating Wednesday after the Michigan Legislature approved hiking the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2022. That would be an enormous boost from the state’s $9.25 per hour minimum wage and well above the federal level of $7.25 per hour.

But any popping of champagne corks should be put on hold because the new wage, along with another law that would require employers to provide paid sick time to employees, will not go into effect until March 2019 and the laws are not expected to stand as passed by the Legislature.

That’s because the effort to pass the two  measures was more about keeping the issues off the Nov. 6 ballot and giving the Legislature the power to amend the two laws with a simple majority. If the proposals had gone to the ballot and were passed by voters, it would take a three-quarters majority to amend the laws.

Republicans in both the state Senate and House of Representatives were the driving force behind passing the two proposals that they didn’t like, but wanted to more easily change after the Nov. 6 election.
Many Democrats found themselves voting against proposals that they fundamentally supported, but disagreed with the prospect of changes that will inevitably come after the elections.

There is little that Democrats can do to stop amendments that will likely come to the two laws in the lame duck session that is scheduled for four weeks in November and December. That's because Republicans hold a 27-10 majority in the Senate and a 63-46 advantage in the House of Representatives.

So how might the Legislature change the measures?

Remove tipped employees from the minimum wage increase, which under the ballot proposal would be phased in through 2024. Tipped employees, like wait staff and bartenders, are paid $3.52 per hour and if their tips don’t get them at or beyond the current minimum wage of $9.25, the employers are supposed to make up the difference. Some restaurant workers urged the Legislature to pass the proposal so they could be removed from the increase in order to preserve their tips, which often put them above $12 per hour.

Change the minimum wage increase to somewhere above $9.25, but below $12 per hour.

Lengthen the phase-in time for the wage hikes. As proposed, the minimum wage would go from $9.25 to $10 on Jan. 1, 2019, $10.65 on Jan. 1, 2020, $11.35 on Jan. 1, 2021 and $12 on Jan. 1, 2022.

The paid sick time proposal requires employers to provide one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours an employee works. But that provision could be modified or eliminated altogether.

Republican lawmakers weren’t willing to get into specifics on how they might change the proposal after approving the measures on Wednesday. But it was clear they intend to amend the laws.
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Debate / Trump's EPA proposes weaker methane rules for oil and gas wells
« on: September 16, 2018, 12:40:43 AM »
Increasing Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere is not enough. They have to take spite and destruction several levels higher.

 
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(Reuters) - The Trump administration on Tuesday proposed weakening requirements for testing and repairing methane leaks in drilling operations, among other measures, in a step toward rolling back an Obama-era policy to combat climate change.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said the changes will save the industry $75 million a year in regulatory costs between 2019 and 2025, while increasing methane emissions.

Methane, the primary component of natural gas, leaks from oil and gas wells during drilling. It accounts for 10 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and has more than 80 times the heat-trapping potential of carbon dioxide in the first 20 years after it escapes into the atmosphere.

Under the new proposal methane gas emissions will increase by a total 380,000 short tons between 2019 and 2025 compared with the EPA’s 2018 baseline estimate. Obama’s updates to the EPA’s New Source Performance Standards envisioned preventing emissions of 300,000 short tons of methane in 2020, rising to preventing 510,000 short tons of methane emissions in 2025.


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Showcase of the Immortals / Re: SotI BotW Nominations
« on: September 15, 2018, 10:54:04 PM »
Two sadly too soon departed greats

Mr.Perfect vs Eddie Guerrero

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Showcase of the Immortals / Re: IRR Rd. 5....one coin toss
« on: September 15, 2018, 10:49:40 PM »
Would be a great match. Almost everyone acknowledges HBK is fantastic, and while Edge gets credit here he tends to be underrated in some other places. Edge comes out victorious in the end.

Kurt Angle is the most cerebral person of the trio. I think the three way works in his favor, with Book taking the pin. ( Skeletor's description of the match sounds on point to me. )

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Debate / Re: Is this country better of united or divided?
« on: September 12, 2018, 05:43:19 AM »
From a base biological point Americans, and humans in general, are more successful and productive when they work together. Societies that think of all of their members are ones that are successful in the long run. Unfortunately America has become increasingly influenced by power players who practice divide and conqueror.

The 9/11 aftermath reaction did not really unite the nation. It was mostly fluff political marketing that further opened the door for repressive policies and destructive wars.

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