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Politics 2017 Act 6

Politics 2017

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No introduction needed. Get to fighting over Trump.
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Short, to the point and borderline prophetic. I like it.

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You don't know us, everyone could all suddenly start getting along instead.

 

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I don't fight. I  find appropriate snark from the sidelines.


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The Wheel of Time of threads

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The Wheel of Time of threads


Why isn't there a game of this yet?!

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Short, to the point and borderline prophetic. I like it.


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The Wheel of Time of threads


Why isn't there a game of this yet?!

 

 

This thread isn't famous enough for a game yet- unless it's the dystopian setting mentioned for Tim Cain's unannounced game, that is.

 

WoT did get a game though, and it was better than anyone had a right to expect. There were even rumours that Red Eagle talked to Obsidian about doing another one at some point.



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Well they are doing a TV show with Sony now, so if it turns out to be popular I would expect more games. I'm not holding my breath though.



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Mmmm knew about that one but at the time was turned off by the arch going against the story and was hoping for something like the LotR fellowship of the ring on Xbox type of following details etc.
I might check this one out but I rather just have a game to play out the books. I know I'm a picky bastard.
Did not know bout the Sony thing, thought that was over with since I heard about the TV show yearssssss ago it seems lol.

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http://variety.com/2...ony-1202390897/


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This is possibly the best news I've ever read in a Politics thread!



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This is possibly the best news I've ever read in a Politics thread!

am tending to agree.  is not a positive endorsement o' wot.  we dislike wot and have no anticipation regarding a wot tv show.  am suspecting the most compelling aspect o' a wot tv spot will be the drinking games which it spawns.  threat to box ears = drink.  visibly smooth skirts = drink.  rand/mat/perrin presence results in deus ex machina = 3 drinks.  etc.

 

http://www.foxnews.c...viser-says.html

 

tab garland as director o' the fbi would help insulate trump from much o' the comey firing backlash. personal we would rather see a new director with a bit more prosecutorial or law enforcement experience, but garland is, if nothing else, a most intriguing option. 

 

HA! Good Fun!



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This is has the potential of being the greatest Politics thread in WOT history.

 

My preference for FBI Director would be someone who has never been a political appointee.

  • Either keep McCabe, or promote internally with another Deputy or Assistant Director for the top spot
  • Go with a well-respected career AUSA prosecutor. Find the best Criminal Division Chief amongst all the USAO Districts

Definitely what not to do:

  • Appoint a politician
  • Appoint a Sheriff. Especially not one from Milwaukee.

Edited by Leferd, 14 May 2017 - 04:51 PM.


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Meh... I don't care who runs it, anymore than I care who runs the Bloods, Crips, Cosa Nostra, or any other criminal organization.

 

Abolishing the FBI is the only good thing to do with the FBI.



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val posts make more sense if you picture him as the rl inspiration for jerry fletcher.

 

 

more gravy val?

 

HA! Good Fun!



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Here is a little injustice served up: http://reason.com/bl...y-sessions-orde

 

Sessions is instructing Federal prosecutors to pursue maximum sentences for drug offenses. Including non violent offenses. Given how frequently violent crimes are allowed to plead to lesser offenses (around 30% iirc) it's possible you would spend more time in prison for smoking a dried plant than actually killing someone. 

 

For those like WoD who wonder why I don't vote Republican anymore this is exhibit A.


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Well, we aren't going to keep the lead in world prison populations by only locking up the violent ones.  :p


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Aetna CEO discusses single payer healthcare: http://reason.com/bl...-have-a-convers

 

The problem is cost of course. Taxes in the US are high. Very high. Compared to other places not that high but when you consider the actual value we get for the amount we pay they are too high. And we are taxed by multiple levels of government. For instance in my state Tax Freedom Day (the point where every dollar earned is required to pay the annual tax burden) falls on April 7th. In Connecticut Tax Freedom day is May 21st. Taxpayers in that state work almost half the year just to pay their taxes. They don't get health care. They don't get education assistance. That is the cost just to keep the lights on in the capital, fuel in the police cars and of course all the social programs they are not eligible for. The biggest beneficiaries of their labor are government bureaucrats and people who pay no taxes. By some estimates a Federal single payer system will literally double the tax burden on the 55% of Americans who actually pay Federal taxes. Yes, it's true. 45% of Americans pay no Federal tax. So if my tax freedom day is extended from April to August just to have single payer healthcare why on earth would I go for that? It does not cost near as much now. Just over half the country would work over half the year just to pay for the benefits of the other half.

 

So we can't have the government take the whole thing over. Having them manage the private entities that pay the costs isn't working either. so what are we to do? how about getting the government out of it all together? The veterinary medical system in the country is completely free of government interference (with the exception of the fact that everything the Vets use is taxed now thank Obama you ******) and the economics of that works fine. Sunny needs her teeth cleaned. I can call all 14 of the clinics nearby that offer that service and get 14 different price quotes. 

 

Of course it's hard to get toothpaste back into the tube.



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am not certain we would use animal teeth cleaning as a measure o' how/why the vet system works.  is likely different where you live, but teeth cleanings and/or oral surgery for dogs and cats in northern california is expensive. call multiple vets results in increased Gromnir rage as we very get similar exorbitant quotes. quotes we got is ~$800.  sounds as if is particular expensive 'cause there is a need anesthetize the animal.  oh, and when we brought our cat in to get a teeth cleaning, the vet noticed something wrong with the cat's kidney during routine exam.  probably should do tests before doing an $800 teeth cleaning if the cat has some kinda tumor which will result in death w/i months, yes?  $792 in tests.  no tumor.  so, for all intents and purposes, we spend $1600 for teeth cleaning and assurance o' no tumor.

 

...

 

again, am certain vet costs is different for gd, but such variation is part o' what is wrong, no?  

 

oh and as to drug sentencing, am in complete agreement 'bout silliness o' decade long incarcerations for non-violent drug crimes.  still, the republicans has been much more dedicated to reducing teenage drug use through education programs than democrats.  teenage drug use decreased substantially during the bush presidencies.  we honest couldn't care less 'bout pot smoking adults, but the truth o' the matter is that marijuana use does impact brain development.  high school and college aged kids is doing irreparable long term harm to themselves.  

 

don't even get us started on the opioid problem. suicide rates, which has increased dramatic in recent years, seem to mirror the opioid addiction increase.  we got libertarian leanings, but addicts is, by definition, incapable o' making reasonable decisions 'bout their problem.

 

etc.

 

am honest not sure what a reasonable drug policy would look like.  haven't seen a superior approach based 'pon party affiliation.  libertarian hands-off ain't much o' an answer either.  pretend Gromnir got solutions to drug problems would be a lie.  for the most part, we got no sympathy for addicts, but kids who genuine don't have the brain development to make enlightened choices, and folks who original got addicted 'cause they were following doctor orders is making us reflect a bit.  am thinking more than nothing is needed.

 

HA! Good Fun!

 

ps  while there is not many northern ca folks here 'bouts, we do have local info to share.  vet frustration led us to discover, after the fact, an alternative:

 

http://catsabouttown...y-and-cleaning/

 

they is booked 2 months in advance, but they got folks from as far away as LA bringing their pets for treatment.  get an estimate in excess o' $2000 for dental surgery and these folks will do for no more than $600?  as far as we can tell, the $600 number is rare actual charged.  $350 sounds common for teeth cleaning, and more complex surgeries rare exceed $500.






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