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Comment reply on Forum Topic "My Life and What To Do With It"

  • 20 days ago
  • 2 points

One piece of advice for the young, and something I wish I would have gotten sooner:

Put 100% of your effort into everything you really want to achieve. Start making moves young and don't let any doubt stop you. Fake it till you make it sort of situation. Also, you become like the 5 people you surround yourself with most. Surround yourself with people you would like to be like and not those doing nothing with their lives.

May be off topic, but this can go A LONG WAY for anyone.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Hong Kong Protests/Free Speech"

  • 20 days ago
  • 2 points

It's one of the big reasons there is a large disparity between Democracies and Dictatorships. Anything in between those two extremes doesn't tend to last as it tends to go one way or another. If any sort of authoritarian government lets its weaknesses show, someone will quickly seize power. It's one of the reasons that when the USSR began to loosen some restrictions it quickly reinforced them as it was in great risk of a coup.

Good video on the subject.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Hong Kong Protests/Free Speech"

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 point

Probably a concerted effort among the Indians and US taking advantage of China's weak navy to bypass blockades and customs.

Foodstuffs and supplies, though, more difficult.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Hong Kong Protests/Free Speech"

  • 22 days ago
  • 2 points

It will be quashed by force, eventually. I have no doubt about it. As you said, they don't want these ideas spreading because they appear to work.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Hong Kong Protests/Free Speech"

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 point

They are doing it to forcibly bring that area under there influence and little anyone can do about it, they will simply ignore the UN ruling against them brought by Philippines

I'd argue they are doing it to deter the Indian Navy , and to a lesser extent, the US Navy. The Indian Navy is unquestionably superior to the Chinese Navy. They could block China's sea routes and cripple them. It's easier to build fortifications than to modernize and expand a navy so it's a decent, albeit less than 100% wise technique.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Hong Kong Protests/Free Speech"

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 point

Gork, we don't agree on much but we're on the same page with this one.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The World Series"

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 point

You monster! My Cards were too good for the WS this year anyhow!!!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The Impeachment"

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I'd like to think we all feel that way but it seems as though if he isn't found guilty many people will be up in arms. Unlike most of us on the right, who would accept the guilt if he were found guilty.

I don't want to see the guilty walk free. But, it doesn't seem like too many people actually care about the process by which guilt is proven.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The Impeachment"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Would you care to quote a statement that I made which was definitively incorrect?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The Impeachment"

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

Downvoted for the presumption of innocence. Very telling.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The Impeachment"

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

You're right. My apologies.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The Impeachment"

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I get that. I just think it wise to elaborate a bit on the divide in the desire for impeachment.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "having a puppy in an apartment"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

My cousin was just telling me the other day that his bulldog eats walls. Honestly, never heard of such a thing but I guess it happens more often than I thought, lol.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "having a puppy in an apartment"

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Lol, when my dog was a puppy she would destroy every Xbox controller she could. Lasted about a yearish. Expensive year.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "having a puppy in an apartment"

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

It's best to get your legs under you before trying to add four more. Puppies, while not demanding of 10 hours care per day do still require quite a bit of work. It's something that you will want to be sure of before commuting. I'd recommend refraining from getting one until you are confident you have your situation and schedule down to the point that you can readily evaluate the effects of adding more to it.

Just food for thought.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "another dude"

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, if you **** post here try to keep it above a 2/10. exdee

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I wish..."

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I believe their problem to be policies which are pushing out the middle class leaving the extremes on both sides; that's a very not ideal situation.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I wish..."

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

I completely agree with you, Gork.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The Impeachment"

  • 1 month ago
  • 0 points

Btw, everything is just an allegation until someone is convicted, (the presumption of innocence). But it doesn't mean they are actually innocent, everyone in prison was presumed innocent until they were convicted.

Which is what I am getting at. A lot of presumption is taking place right now that he is guilty. If he is found guilty then so be it. But, until then, I assume him to be innocent. Like we all should. Liberal values and what not.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The Impeachment"

  • 1 month ago
  • 0 points

Didn't Michael Cohen name the President as his co-conspirator in the crimes he pled guilty to, he said he violated campaign finance laws at the direction of Donald Trump and "for the principal purpose of influencing" the 2016 presidential election, (i.e. payments to Stormy Daniels).

He did. But, at this point it is still an allegation. Due process must still be upheld in evaluating that claim.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "omgg..... you check this crazy pc out."

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

It kind if is. It's an irregularity generally seen as a detriment.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The Impeachment"

  • 1 month ago
  • 0 points

I think that there's a point where accusations need to either be substantiated or dismissed. So, the Dems need to nut up or shut up. Prove the criminal activity or just shhhhhhhh......ut the **** up.

And, I'm certainly not an 'always Trumper.' Plenty he has done I didn't like. Far more I did.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The Impeachment"

  • 1 month ago
  • -2 points

I'm specifically referring to Trump being convicted. And, Mueller likely could have charged him as the two DOJ memos do not seem to apply to him due to the position he held. So, the lack of charges are still quite relavent.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The Impeachment"

  • 1 month ago
  • -1 points

That's not accurate. There is good reason to believe that due to the position that Mueller held, he would not be subject to the DOJ memorandums. So, if there was enough evidence to indict, I have no doubt they would have. Either way, we'll know for sure after he is out of office in 2024 if charges get brought against him.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The Impeachment"

  • 1 month ago
  • 5 points

Not really triggering many of us righty tighties. Considering most of us just see this as the latest blunder the Democrats are running themselves into. Really, of all approaches before the 2020 cycle this is one of the riskiest for them. Because, you know, nothing has come of all of their other efforts for the last three years. So, if nothing comes of this either it's going to be just another piece to point at as an obvious campaign to defame the president. It's like the boy who cried wolf. The only hope for them is that most people just see the original accusation and not the following 'exoneration' so that the idea will be sowed in the minds of a lot of 2020 voters. It's a deceptive and clearly malice driven tactic.

Personally, I see this as a huge boon for Trump in 2020, not a detriment.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The Impeachment"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Considering the topic that the last half of his campaign and the first half of his presidency was mired in, to engage in that exact sort of behavior before the dust even settled is just astounding.

That topic was? And, what came of it? Convictions?

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The Impeachment"

Comment reply on Forum Topic "The Impeachment"

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

the Congress is trying to get rid of the current president.

the Congress is Democrats in Congress are trying to get rid of the current president.

It shouldn't be construed that there is a consensus among Congress as a whole.

This will inevitably go nowhere. Just another shot in the foot for Democrats looking towards the 2020 cycle.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I normally leave the politics and or theology at the door"

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

The IQ scale goes to 200...

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Dark Mode is here"

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "All electric cars - any owners?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

batteries*

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I'm Screwed"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Even with you giving them 2 weeks notice, they still ended your employment before that, just like the others.

Yeah, but logic and HR are like water and oil.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "All electric cars - any owners?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I get that the point is to go from point A to point B but the distance involved is subjective. If we want to look at the majority of people we'd be looking at those in urban areas where average daily commute is small and thus A to B is well within most EV's range. So, the vehicle is fitting it's intended purpose if taking the utilitarian approach of being suited for the most amount of people.

I've been considering a switch to an EV, at least as a daily commuter. But, I'd prefer to pick up a relatively cheap EV and replace the battery. That is just fairly dependent on the vehicle type as the battery's are proprietary.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I'm Screwed"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, severance isn't spelled out. But, they offered it to all but me under the pretense that I had given notice. Personally, I think they should be able to terminate employment at will at any time. The issue arises with the promise they made to all employees during a meeting that there would be lay offs without 2 weeks notice. A promise they broke.

I'm leaning towards a judgement coming out in my favor but that isn't 100% and takes time and money, two things I'm very short on at the moment. I will be filing suit in snall claims court, it just might have to be a couple months down the road.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I'm Screwed"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Central West End.

So long as I figure out this madness, that is.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "All electric cars - any owners?"

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

Sounds more like the fault was with you all than the electrics. Not really fair to be mad at a car for not filling a role it was never intended for. Electrics are generally suited well for city use where you'll drive 50-60 miles a day at most and charge overnight.

Would I suggest them for rural use where the miles tend to be higher? Definitely not. I also wouldn't knock them for not fitting that use, though. Electrics might one day fill this niche but battery energy density just isn't there yet.

I'd definitely currently suggest renting a gas burner for any road trips given their relatively low comparable ranges with even the vest EVs.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Greenland Expansion???"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

It doesn't change that they are Now U.S. citizens and don't enjoy the same level of freedoms, government, or representation that anyone born in a state does.

But, they aren't a part of a state and thus not privy to the same benefits that come from being a part of the union.

By Your own reasoning Detroit would be in jeopardy of expulsion from the union.

Elaborate that, using my reasoning. I find it may be difficult to apply my reasoning, which directly pertains to economic viability of a select market / industry when removed from a state / region to the viability of statehood criteria. You are making a broad and incorrect association between the two.

Very discriminatory.

So? There is nothing inherently bad about discriminating. You discriminate every day when you pick one thing over another. We should discriminate based on criteria which directly correlates with communicability and logistics. The government is already inefficient enough, no need to further inhibit it through the innevitable issues that arise from not sharing a common language. The end goal to any state addition should be assimilation to American ideals and values. Ideals and values can be heavily influenced by language barriers. It's not that I don't like the sound of Spanish. It's that the viability of a dual language system across states is unlikely at best and prone to issues at worst.

That applies to many states within the union as well.

None of those places are currently seeking statehood. Conflating those two situations is just plane deceptive.

Numbers put out by a administration known for its corruption and suspect at best.

So now it's distrust for the sake of distrust. If numbers don't suit you, claim them a lie. That's a pretty weak argument point.

So just because of where they live they shouldn't be represented because it may sway the political balance away from Your point of view.

It's not about my point of view. If we went to include a protectorate which was primarily conservative valued, there would need to be the inclusion of a liberal balancing state. Balance is key and when you allow places to be added and subtracted which greatly impact the government responsible for those additions and subtractions you play with fire giving the government the power to ensure they remain elected. Now, generally people see this as a bad thing but it seems you are okay with whatever administration in power at the time having the ability to artificially inflate their support?

Ignoring them because it might upset the status quo ignores that the status no longer applies.

That's an awesome opinion. That's all it is, though.

If the union does not represent its citizens then it lessens itself.

Wat? Lessens itself in what regard? Missing some required info here.

Big hearts and empty brains lead to problems.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Greenland Expansion???"

  • 2 months ago
  • 0 points

The area's you are referring to are already American and populated by American citizens, it is and always was a problem for the U.S. and never should have been brushed off in the manner which they were.

How exactly is it a problem? Like, what problems specifically? Also, they didn't start off as American citizens, that was granted to them in 1917, 19 years after they became our protectorate. And, it is not unusual for us to grant citizenship to those not belonging to a state. It's a deceptive argument indeed to then state they should be granted statehood because they were granted citizenship.

Guam is actually worse off and if it were not for the U.S. military base on the island would have fallen apart long ago and wouldn't last if the base were to be closed.

Worse off in what regard? You are speaking towards their main industry leaving so saying it would hurt them doesn't say much. That'd be like saying taking GM out of Detroit would hurt them. Of course it would! But, the reality is that military base isn't going anywhere so neither is that industry or the economic activity that surrounds it. It's more stable in that regard than Detroit in my earlier example. Also, their primary language is English and their poverty rates are half that of Puerto Rico so where are you getting this info?

So You are agreeing with sacrificing American citizens simply because You consider them undesirable because of where they live. Which is no different then how Russia let their own undesirable area's go after the end of the cold war.

No, I never referred to 'sacrificing,' you did. I do not think they should be admitted to the Union due to the pervasive problems their current institution, you know the one that would want to come in as a state Problems like being saddled by debt, poverty, a language barrier, and a torn sentiment in their populace for or against statehood. Don't presume you know what they want or what would be best for them. They voted 97% for statehood in 2017, with only 23% of a voter turnout with stated public popular requests to 'vote no' by not voting at all. Don't force them into something they may not even want and something that would hurt the other 50 states because you want to show off how much virtue you have or because you presume others motivations.

And, none of that even touches on the well established inclusion balance we have historically went for when adding states from territories. Granted, it was once about slavery, now it's about not artificially creating a desired outcome through manipulating voter base/regions - just like gerrymandering. So, if we add a guaranteed democratic region like Puerto Rico, how do you suggest we balance that? It can be done, I just want to know how you might do it.

You may be looking for a greater good from a certain point of view but cutting off parts of the country that were used up and left to rot because they are rotting only assures that the rest of the country will follow suit sooner rather then later and no good is done for anyone.

Again, wat? Who the hell are you referring to? Because I certainly never stated it would be wise to lessen the union in any way, shape, or form.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Hard drugs and legality."

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Missouri. 15-20 is normal (depends on the day/dude). Eighths are generally 45-50. Every damn middle man and his mother adds their 'surcharge.' lol

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Greenland Expansion???"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Wat

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Greenland Expansion???"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

It really isn't our problem in the way it will be. If Puerto Rico were able to file certain a certain form of bankruptcy (chapter 9, I believe), they would only be able to pay back approximately 1/3 of the debt ($123 Billion), leaving the remainder to be covered by the union, something that can't be done at the moment due to their territory status.

Couple that with their low English speaking population, high poverty (approximately 45% - over twice as high as the highest poverty rate states - Mississippi / Louisiana), the political power shift that result from it due to adding more democratic districts without also including republican ones (maybe we can shed some areas from Cali for this), and the fact that we don't really know how many want to become citizens due to their very low turn out vote it just doesn't seem like a smart move from any aspect.

Let's talk about Guam. Guam would be a perfect contender. Still some problems associated with its inclusion but a lot fewer.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Greenland Expansion???"

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, California has a reasonable poverty rate at around 13%, the national average.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Greenland Expansion???"

  • 2 months ago
  • -1 points

I'm down with Guam and don't know much about American Samoa. But, definitely not Puerto Rico. They have far too much poverty to be admitted as a state. Shouldn't add states with too many problems.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Railroad Crossings"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

If the trains not there in 1 minute, I drive around. Haven't died yet. Seems things are on track.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Hard drugs and legality."

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

If it became legal tomorrow, it would more than likely be more expensive than what they pay now, so why switch?

Not really true. Dealers already tax every step along the way. Compared to an institutionalized tax, dealers tax far more. 1 gram is usually anywhere between 15-20 dollars from a dealer. Bought at a shop, it's usually more like 8-13 dollars taxes included. The costs dropped across the bored in every shop I've been to compared to dealers prices.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Just got a new job"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Just got a new job"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Just got a new job"

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, man!

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Just got a new job"

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I am far over the moon. The position is intended to eventually train you to become a partner with their firm, not that everyone will. But, I don't mind busting *** so I am eager for the shot.

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