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26  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever been to a Walmart? on: February 04, 2016, 10:34:35 pm
Yes, I stopped by the one in Gloucester on the Middle Peninsula on my way with my parents to the Christchurch School summer camp in the Virginia Tidewater region when I was 16 or 17.  

And that was my first and only time.  
27  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Predict the GE result. on: February 04, 2016, 10:28:11 pm
Hilary Clinton beats whomever the Republicans send up against her.  Comfortably.  And with an all-female ticket to boot. 

28  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Sanders RUSHES to help man who fainted at his press conference! on: February 04, 2016, 10:24:25 pm
Let's take a moment to pause here and realize that if Clinton had done this, people would have accused her of staging the whole affair to curry favour with New Hampshire primary voters looking for a "caring" candidate.



^^^^^^^^^

Was this ever in doubt?



You Hillary supporters have quite the persecution complex, when you're supporting a candidate who was more or less being handed the nomination until very recently.
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So you disagree?  You don't think that had Hillary been in Bernie's place, that she would have been assailed by charges that she staged the whole event? 
29  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Where will the parties be under the Millennials? on: February 04, 2016, 08:18:07 pm
Parties represent interests, not ideologies.

The Democrats will continue to be the party of minorities, labor unions, and feminism.
The Republicans will continue to be the party of whites, big business, and religion.

This will continue for a very long time, long after the issues of the day have changed.

With the Supreme Court leaning towards effectively eliminating unions in the public sector (they have already been wiped out in the private sector), there won't be a labor movement after the end of this decade. 
30  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Are young voters in play? on: February 04, 2016, 07:55:32 pm
I think Hillary should cede the 18-29 (particularly white) youth vote to Sanders, and focus on older (and more reliable) constituencies.  There is no way she will ever appeal to them, at least during the primaries.    
31  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Sanders RUSHES to help man who fainted at his press conference! on: February 04, 2016, 07:42:00 pm
Let's take a moment to pause here and realize that if Clinton had done this, people would have accused her of staging the whole affair to curry favour with New Hampshire primary voters looking for a "caring" candidate.



^^^^^^^^^

Was this ever in doubt?

32  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: United Kingdom Referendum on European Union Membership on: February 04, 2016, 12:54:30 am
Europe offers Britain a deal to stay in the E.U.

By Karla Adam
February 2


LONDON —
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A draft agreement aimed at keeping Britain in the European Union was unveiled Tuesday, opening two weeks of intense negotiations and possibly paving the way for an early referendum on E.U. membership in June.

Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, sent the proposal to all 28 members of the bloc after what he called “crucial” talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

(...) Cameron told the BBC that the draft agreement offered “real progress” on his four broad demands, but added that there was still “detail to be nailed down.”

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Cameron is trying to renegotiate the terms of Britain’s relationship with the European Union ahead of a promised in-or-out referendum before the end of 2017. If the deal on the table is approved at a Brussels summit to be held Feb. 18-19, it could lead to a referendum as early as June.

On the all-important issues of immigration and welfare benefits, an “emergency brake” was offered that would allow Britain to curb benefit payments to E.U. citizens for up to four years shortly after a referendum. But it remained unclear exactly how such a lever would operate.

Cameron’s Conservative government wants to dramatically slash the number of migrants arriving from other E.U. nations, but one of the fundamental principles of the bloc is the right to live and work in other member states. Cameron says that restricting benefits will reduce the incentives to move to Britain.

Welfare changes were not the only ones proposed.

The package also addressed an increase of national sovereignty over E.U. decision-making, safeguards for countries not using the common euro currency, and measures to make the E.U. more competitive.

“To my mind it goes really far in addressing all the concerns raised by Prime Minister Cameron,” Tusk wrote in a letter. “The line I did not cross, however, were the principles on which the European project is founded.”
33  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you favor a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? on: February 03, 2016, 07:49:57 pm
Yes, though we will likely be faced with a one-state reality in which Israel increasingly resembles apartheid-era South Africa.  In which case, I would gladly throw my lot in with the BDS movement.  
34  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Is Trump trying to get the Republican Party to lose? on: February 03, 2016, 07:33:08 pm
If the Republicans fail this year to take back the White House, they will claim it was because the Clintons and Donald Trump hatched a devilish plot in early 2015 to sabotage their nomination process.  That will be the new narrative, and it will likely have some staying power.  
I have been thinking about this for months.  It would be so like the Clintons to pull this!
The 2 things that cause me to doubt it:
1. Trump has been brutal toward Hillary.  Bringing up things that have been devastating about Hillary.  He undermines her every day
2. Trump had been toying with running for president as a Republican maybe as far back as 1988. 


Doesn't matter -if it sticks, they'll go with it. 
35  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: SANTORUM FOR RUBIO on: February 03, 2016, 07:31:00 pm
Someone ought to create a sitcom called, 'Everybody Hates Ted'.  Tongue
36  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Is Trump trying to get the Republican Party to lose? on: February 03, 2016, 07:20:45 pm
If the Republicans fail this year to take back the White House, they will claim it was because the Clintons and Donald Trump hatched a devilish plot in early 2015 to sabotage their nomination process.  That will be the new narrative, and it will likely have some staying power.  
37  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The most important thing re: Rubio’s chances of winning the nomination on: February 03, 2016, 07:13:00 pm
Depends how vindictive Jeb Bush wants to be after being 'betrayed' by his one-time protégé.  He could stick it out for as long as it takes to cripple Rubio's chances in the general election.  
38  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Ted Cruz Skipping New Hampshire, Focusing on South Carolina Instead on: February 03, 2016, 09:15:04 am
Cruz looks past New Hampshire to South Carolina

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/02/ted-cruz-new-hampshire-south-carolina-218661#ixzz3z79LWmBc
39  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Should Hillary Skip NH and Focus on SC Instead? on: February 03, 2016, 09:01:11 am
I was watching commentary on CNN the night after the Iowa Caucus, and pundits were recommending that Hillary simply skip New Hampshire since it is clearly Bernie-burn country, and focus on shoring her minority support in South Carolina instead.

Should she?
40  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Has the Trump implosion begun? on: February 03, 2016, 08:55:26 am
We'll know after New Hampshire... 
41  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Muhammad on: February 03, 2016, 08:52:25 am
A good deal higher than his followers. 
42  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which National Parks have you been to? on: February 03, 2016, 08:50:33 am
For the United States:

Olympic National Park (when I was 10 or 11), Shenandoah National Park (mainly Skyline Drive), and Catoctin Mountain Park (for a camping trip).  
43  Forum Community / Forum Community / Loneliness is Now a Public Health Hazard on: February 02, 2016, 02:19:24 pm
Literally:

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Loneliness, long a bane of humanity, is increasingly seen today as a serious public health hazard. Scientists who have identified significant links between loneliness and illness are pursuing the precise biological mechanisms that make it such a menace, digging down to the molecular level and finding that social isolation changes the human genome in profound, long-lasting ways.

Not only that, but the potential for damage caused by these genetic changes appears comparable to the injuries to health from smoking and, even worse, from diabetes and obesity. The scientists’ conclusion: Loneliness can be a lethal risk. And the United States — which so prizes individuality — is doing far too little to alleviate it.

"In public health, we talk all the time about obesity and smoking and have all these interventions, but not about people who are lonely and socially isolated,” said Kerstin Gerst Emerson, an assistant professor at the University of Georgia’s Institute of Gerontology. “There are really tangible, terrible outcomes. Lonely people are dying, they’re less healthy, and they are costing our society more.”

Psychologist Steve Cole, who studies how social environments affect gene expression, says researchers have known for years that lonely people are at greater risk for heart attacks, metastatic cancer, Alzheimer’s and other ills. “But we haven’t understood why,” he said.

Then last year, Cole and his colleagues at the UCLA School of Medicine, along with collaborators at the University of California at Davis and the University of Chicago, uncovered complex immune system responses at work in lonely people. They found that social isolation turned up the activity of genes responsible for inflammation and turned down the activity of genes that produce antibodies to fight infection.

Link
44  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I have changed my primary vote on: February 02, 2016, 01:04:11 am
LOL
45  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Sanders campaign and IA Dem Party: 90 precincts not correctly staffed on: February 02, 2016, 01:03:13 am


I am sure Hillary is behind this, in some way, shape, or form.  She always is. 

Isn't she?
46  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: 2015-16 Winter Outlook from the Weather Channel (and Accuweather) on: February 02, 2016, 01:01:00 am
Thank goodness for the strong El Nino we are currently in -otherwise, we would experiencing cold as severe and long-lasting as that we experienced last year, and likely will experience again next winter once this El Nino fades away:

February outlook: Up and down temperatures, with a chance of mid-month snow

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If it hadn’t been for the super El Niño situation, last month could have been one of our coldest of the 2000s.  Powerful blocking patterns from the Arctic to Greenland set up in the middle of last month, but they only persisted for about 1-2 weeks thanks to strong Pacific forcing from this super El Niño.

The same story presents itself in February as the warm tropical Pacific waters are still quite strong (the key NINO 3.4 region is still tracking in super category as strongest on record in weekly data reports).  It is very rare to see two back-to-back monthly below normal temperatures in Washington D.C. with a strong or super level El Niño event.
47  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Accumulated Delegates tonight on: February 02, 2016, 12:53:03 am
(likely going to Sanders)

Why would O'Malley commit career suicide?

Huh

He is dropping out.  Most of his supporters would likely support Bernie Sanders, so therefore I imagine that his delegates would follow suit.  

You disagree?
48  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Accumulated Delegates tonight on: February 02, 2016, 12:29:26 am
According to CNN:

Hillary Clinton: 409
Bernie Sanders: 34
Martin O'Malley: 5 (likely going to Sanders)

And on the Republican side:

Ted Cruz: 7
Donald Trump: 6
Marco Rubio: 6
49  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: How would Trump do if he ran as Democrat? on: February 01, 2016, 09:09:49 am
He'd be doing a better job than Jim Webb at appealing to the remaining white, blue collar voters. 
50  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: primary/caucus day weather thread on: February 01, 2016, 09:06:34 am
The effects of this incoming blizzard are likely to be a wash for Clinton and Sanders -frigid temperatures and approaching snow are more likely to deter younger voters and women.  
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