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Debate / Re: DNC Will Take Fossil Fuel Money After All
« on: August 16, 2018, 02:55:48 AM »
As Secular Talk's Kyle Kulinski calls it : #mcresistance

Same with the Dem Senators and Congress people that help pass stadium bank deregulation, and rubber stamp military/war increases.

Debate / Re: Will Trump go down as the worst president ever?
« on: August 13, 2018, 11:02:43 PM »
Trump team wants to let payday lenders rip off military service members


Trump's Consumer Financial Protection Bureau works hard to fail at its job of protecting consumers — and now it's failing our military service members.

Trump’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) plans to abandon its most effective means of protecting military service members from being ripped off by payday lenders — part of Trump budget chief Mick Mulvaney’s mission to gut the agency from the inside.

According to The New York Times, a CFPB draft proposal shows that Mulvaney, the agency’s interim director, wants to scrap proactive oversight and enforcement of the Military Lending Act.

Mulvaney’s plan calls for the CFPB to stop performing “supervisory examinations,” which proactively look for patterns of abuse by lenders against members of the military.

Former CFPB officials told The Times that these examinations are the agency’s “most powerful tool for proactively uncovering abuses and patterns of illegal practices by companies suspected of wrongdoing.”

VoteVets, a veterans organization with over half a million members, slammed the move in a statement to Shareblue Media.

“This is Donald Trump giving a huge smile and thumbs up to slimy payday lenders ripping off our troops. There is no depth to which this guy won’t go to help lowlifes make money, at the expense of honorable Americans,” said Will Fischer, director of government relations at VoteVets.

Debate / DNC Will Take Fossil Fuel Money After All
« on: August 13, 2018, 10:06:02 PM »

That was fast. Just two months after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) unanimously prohibited donations from fossil fuel companies, the DNC voted 30-2 on Friday on a resolution that critics say effectively reverses the ban, The Huffington Post reported.

The resolution, introduced by DNC Chair Tom Perez, allows the committee to accept donations from "workers, including those in energy and related industries, who organize and donate to Democratic candidates individually or through their unions' or employers' political action committees" or PACs.

It conflicts with the original resolution that called on the committee to "reject corporate PAC contributions from the fossil fuel industry that conflict with our DNC Platform."

In a conference call after the vote, Perez said that members of the labor community considered the original resolution passed in June "an attack on the working people in these industries," per The Hill.

He insisted that the DNC is still committed to the Democratic Party platform, "which states unequivocally our support for combating climate change."

DNC executive committee member Christine Pelosi, co-author of the original resolution and the daughter of House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, tweeted Friday that the committee "NEVER consulted me on language to reverse my resolution banning corporate fossil fuel PAC money."

Pelosi proposed an amendment Friday that would remove the words "employers' political action committees" but the motion failed 4-28.

A DNC spokeswoman disputed accusations that the committee is backtracking on its earlier resolution, telling HuffPo it's "not a reversal" and that "any review of our current donations reflects" the Democrats' "commitment" to no longer take money from the fossil fuel industry. The spokeswoman offered no further comment.

Jerald Lentini, deputy director of the Democratic fundraising group It Starts Today, explained to HuffPo that the new proposal may only apply to Democratic campaigns, meaning it does not fully annul the first resolution. However, as Lentini noted, it would still "repudiate the spirit" of it.

Environmentalists and progressive Democrats decried the DNC's move.

"Why in the age of Trump, wildfires, and eminent domain for private gain are we using land gauge and stances of the GOP? Many of us will fight this at DNC meeting in August," Bold Nebraska founder and Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Fleming Kleeb tweeted.

New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, who has sworn off any corporate donations and has joined hundreds of politicians that have signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge, had a similar sentiment: "You can't do right when you're getting donations from companies that do wrong."

"Honestly, these people are bound and determined to deflate and demobilize their base," tweeted author and activist Naomi Klein.

What's more, the text of the new resolution embraces an "all-of-the-above energy economy" that includes clean and low-emissions energy technology, "from renewables to carbon capture and storage to advanced nuclear technology."

350.org co-founder Bill McKibben criticized the measure and noted that the "new DNC proposal would support an 'all of the above' energy policy which the last party platform explicitly rejects. This is a bad idea, on both scientific and political grounds."

In 2016, the Democratic National Committee axed its support for an "all-of-the-above" energy policy and calls for having the nation run "entirely on clean energy by midcentury."

ICT / Re: Space Godzilla vs Destroyah
« on: August 08, 2018, 05:32:43 AM »
Except for certain versions of Ghidorah, is there anyone that can argue with this being the Super Bowl of Godzilla foes in terms of being formidable?

Anyway, I tend to edge to Space. Due to it's intelligence, and variety of attacks. It's a pretty awesome fight though.


Xavier is an interesting choice if they slowly turn him heel as champion.

Rusev is my choice as well. I think he would be in with a good shot to actually stick longterm at the high level.

Woods is an interesting choice too. His mic skills should be an asset in any major push.

Showcase of the Immortals / Re: WMTTT Finals
« on: July 19, 2018, 08:59:51 PM »
Steiners edge it due to superior technical abilities while being one of the few duos that can match LOD's power. And because of what HJ just said. :)

Showcase of the Immortals / Re: Extreme Rules Aka what the f...
« on: July 18, 2018, 04:18:19 PM »
That is such a sucky reward for Rusev. I honestly think the Bulgarian Brute might be main eventer material. At least he merits a trial run to test that theory imo.

Instead, for the second biggest PPV of the year he will involved in a feud that does nothing for him. Or actually hurts him if he loses it.

Showcase of the Immortals / Re: Extreme Rules Aka what the f...
« on: July 18, 2018, 10:56:55 AM »
The way things are shaking out, it doesn't seem likely they will have anything terribly appealing for Rusev at Summerslam. :(

Showcase of the Immortals / Re: Extreme Rules Aka what the f...
« on: July 16, 2018, 07:19:20 PM »
The live audiences don't hate Alexa beyond ( some people) wanting to see her character get her ass kicked. Which is fine given she is a heel. Her paying fanbase though seems strong, and her merch support apparently quite healthy. She's even moved in on the little girls market.

Lexi is champ now largely because of Summerslam and it's build. She's great at public appearences, speaking, and media. Nia and Nattie are not. They apparently don't have a lot of confidence in Sasha in that regard either. Hence one reason ( along with her being Flair's daughter ) why they chose Charlotte over Banks a couple of years back at 'Mania to win the new women's title. Even though Sasha was the hotter commodity at the time.

I personally would not have minded Rusev and Lana as Mr. & Mrs.MitB. But the online fans at locals I am talking about hated the idea of Lana in that position even more than they hate Bliss.

Showcase of the Immortals / Re: Extreme Rules Aka what the f...
« on: July 16, 2018, 04:30:53 PM »
The people who hate on Bliss are disproportionately hardcore smarks at places like wrestlingforum and squaredcircle. Their idea of a top woman is someone like Nattie or Bayley.

They thought Shelton Benjamin was some kind of missed main eventer. As opposed to what he actually was and is : a career tag and mid card guy that lacks enough outside of ringwork to be any more. They also tend to hate on guys like Miz that are genuinely entertaining.

I'll never understand why people that prefer a more indy feel to their product don't just watch more indy-style offerings. As opposed to expecting the E to transform into one.  ( Not directed at anyone here. )

Showcase of the Immortals / Re: Extreme Rules Aka what the f...
« on: July 16, 2018, 10:07:55 AM »
We are possibly only one month away from the two most awesome ladies being champions. Hallelujah!

Showcase of the Immortals / Re: Extreme Rules Aka what the f...
« on: July 16, 2018, 02:32:10 AM »
Yah. Now her and Carmela can have a match to see which one is the worst and most boring.

Yeah, I said it! I'm just sick of these two and how every babyface has to drop two hundred IQ points to make them look good.

Rusev should have won though. AJ's title run has been stale af.

Showcase of the Immortals / Re: Extreme Rules Aka what the f...
« on: July 16, 2018, 01:24:13 AM »
Goddess Alexa won, that is the important thing.

Marvel Zombies / Re: What has Aaron done?
« on: July 15, 2018, 04:35:11 PM »
Much of my Marvel love used to be tied around Thor and other Asgardian characters. But through misuse and inactivity they have have pretty much killed Thor and company for me.

95% of what feeling remains is tied to sheer nostalgia. For what once was. Read Walt. Now THAT was Thor.

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