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Posted in: App launched to issue partnership certificates for LGBT couples See in context

It's surprising (disturbing actually) that people would down vote the idea of equality for men and women.

While the world is probably the most open to minorities that it has ever been, nevertheless there is still significant amounts of bigotry in the world.

Some of it is a small group of bigots being particularly noisy, and many of them are being as aggressive as possible, knowing that bigotry in humanity is becoming an outdated concept.

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Posted in: Texas blackout: How can electricity grids weather climate shocks? See in context

The last two decades have proven beyond any reasonable doubt that Republicans are entirely useless when it comes to governing effectively. They are pro-whiners, and masters at obstruction. But complete and utter failures when it comes to actually finding something good to do for the people.

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Posted in: Texas blackout: How can electricity grids weather climate shocks? See in context

it would not be hard to make a law for all new houses to have a 14 kwh EV battery and solar panels.

We're talking Texas. "But, Freedom!"

I think it would actually be quite hard to make such a law. Texans aren't going to go for that. Too much government interference for Texans.

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Posted in: Next 'Star Wars' series to hit Disney streaming service in May See in context

“The Bad Batch” has a chance of being successful if...

They ignore your input. The last movies made over a billion dollars each. I'm pretty sure that anonymous internet hack's input is entirely useless to them, and that they have much smarter marketers on their staff than we have on JT.

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Posted in: Panel urges quick adoption of carbon pricing to hit emissions goal See in context

Which GINI index are you using?

I gave the link in my post, you're welcome to go and look at it there. There are multiple indexes of income disparity indexes on that page. I picked one. All of them show the US having WAY higher income disparity than any social democracies. At least 50% higher. And for every index, the wealth inequality of the US and China are nearly the same.

Numbers don't lie. I provided multiple indexes that show my comment, you called false, to be objectively true:

social democracies end up with less income disparity, and higher happiness indexes, that countries with unbridled capitalism like the USA and China.

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Posted in: U.S. strikes Iranian-backed militant site in Syria See in context

American war-mongering in the Middle East continues.

Was nothing learned from Iraq, and ISIS that resulted?

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Posted in: Florida officials, leaders call for immigration consensus See in context

The Republicans weren’t stupid enough to vote for a law that they know Democrats...

The Republicans refused to vote on multiple bipartisan bills on immigration law.

There has never been a bigger obstruction to immigration law in the history of America bigger than the Republican party.

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Posted in: New York prosecutors finally obtain Trump's tax records See in context

If the IRS haven't made a fuss it seems unlikely that the prosecutors will find anything material.

Yeah, he was trying to hide his tax returns because there was nothing to hide, right? Because that makes sense right?

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Posted in: Trump supporters want to 'blow up' Capitol, police chief warns See in context

So, the current narrative from the right is that there is no such thing as a Trump supporter. In fact, they are all, and always have been, democrats trying to pretend to be Trump supporters to make Trump supporters look bad. Talk about rubes, there weren't actually any Trump supporters to make look bad!

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Posted in: Trump supporters want to 'blow up' Capitol, police chief warns See in context

Already the narrative around the riot is unraveling.

All the Republicans are focused on creating a false narrative that the facts around their insurrection are collapsing.

It's transparent.

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Posted in: Panel urges quick adoption of carbon pricing to hit emissions goal See in context

It's why social democracies end up with less income disparity,

That is emphatically not true.

Or, get this, it's objectively true. The numbers below are the Gini index, a quantified representation of a nation's Lorenz curve. A Gini index of 0% expresses perfect equality, while index of 100% expresses maximal inequality.

United States: 47.0%

China: 46.5%

Sweden: 24.9%

Norway: 26.8%

Canada: 32.1%

Australia: 30.3%

United Kingdom: 32.4%

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_income_equality

It's fact that social democracies end up with less income disparity. America and China are unbridled capitalism leading to more income disparity, and lower happiness indexes.

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Posted in: Florida officials, leaders call for immigration consensus See in context

Open borders! It’s what the global elites want - so it must be good for the deplorables.

The Republicans refused to vote on bi-partisan border control for the entire Obama administration.

There has never been a party in the history of America more against border control than the modern day republicans.

Has there ever been a topic you guys haven't been hypocritical on?!

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Posted in: New York prosecutors finally obtain Trump's tax records See in context

Neither party seems to care much about law and order over these past four years.

So now the democrats don't care about law and order, when just one post ago, you were complaining that they were exercising law and order on Trump.

I mean, were you trying to prove my point about you guys not having anything that you haven't been hypocritical about? Because you couldn't have done it better in two posts in a row.

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Posted in: New York prosecutors finally obtain Trump's tax records See in context

The Dems just can’t give up on going after him. Maybe the GOP can go after Clinton again. There is the pedophile island angle. The legacy of the Biden administration will be escalating polarization and hate. Picking up right where Obama/Biden left off.

The "party of law and order", once again arguing about how the law should not be enforced so as to keep order.

Has there ever been anything these people weren't hypocritical about?

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Posted in: New York prosecutors finally obtain Trump's tax records See in context

Can any of the righties tell us why he would be hiding his taxes if he had nothing to hide?

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Posted in: New York prosecutors finally obtain Trump's tax records See in context

Let's not forget that Trump is a confirmed scammer from his university to his charities. If they find nothing it would be a surprise since he's so used to scamming people.

Exactly. If he had nothing to hide, he wouldn't have been hiding it.

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Four people didn't like your truth.

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Posted in: App launched to issue partnership certificates for LGBT couples See in context

Plenty of same sex and/or single parents do just fine, thanks.

And plenty of married heterosexuals are horrendous parents.

Sexual orientation is not an indicator of inability to parent.

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Posted in: TV series 'Frasier' latest '90s hit to get a revival See in context

Kelsey Grammer was superb in the short-lived crime/politics drama Boss. Placed somewhere between The Wire and House of Cards, it's a shame that it only got 2 seasons.

I saw that show. It was definitely Kelsey Grammar showing that not only is he a real actor, he's a real good one. He had some very impressive scenes in that show. I liked it so much I bought season 1 on DVD (I didn't find season 2).

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Posted in: A mister no more: Mr Potato Head goes gender neutral See in context

The way I see it, it's a smart move. Streamline production by reducing your product lines, and satisfy current social trends at the same time.

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Posted in: New York prosecutors finally obtain Trump's tax records See in context

Honest non-partisan question to everyone out there, is there anyone who honestly thinks he's NOT guilty of tax evasion, and that they won't find anything in his tax records?

All politics aside, just looking at the character of the man, I can't imagine a single scenario where he hasn't illegally evaded taxes.

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Posted in: COVID vaccine for elderly to be distributed based on population proportion See in context

The only thing that bothers me is that they stopped animal testing of the vaccines because none of the animals survived after later re-infection.

I'm skeptical of the accuracy of this claim.

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Posted in: Panel urges quick adoption of carbon pricing to hit emissions goal See in context

You can't fight climate change, which is caused by capitalism, with more capitalism.

This is why unrestricted capitalism is bad. It runs rampant without concern on its effects to society. It's why social democracies end up with less income disparity, and higher happiness indexes, that countries with unbridled capitalism like the USA and China. It's the balance between the motivation of capitalism, and the responsibility to the society in which that capitalism operates.

Climate change is a result of the absence of responsibility to the society in which it operates, biasing heavily to the financial motivations of capitalism. It's unhealthy, and our world is paying for it.

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Posted in: Celebrity doctor arrested for alleged stimulant use See in context

You can puke from eating/drinking too much of virtually anything - the thing is not to eat or drink too much.

I agree. Same with pretty much all drugs. There are people who do periodically do heroin for recreation. That one is playing a little too close to fire for my liking, but the fact is there are people who are able to keep it to that.

I'm not trying to argue with you over the pros and cons of alcohol vs recreational drugs, or being intentionally negative, just trying to understand a perspective that has always been alien to me.

I appreciate the open, and pretty much non-judgemental questioning. And I'm happy to explain further.

A quote this all reminds me of:

“You see, I think drugs have done some good things for us. I really do. And if you don't believe drugs have done good things for us, do me a favor. Go home tonight. Take all your albums, all your tapes and all your CDs and burn them. 'Cause you know what, the musicians that made all that great music that's enhanced your lives throughout the years were rrreal f#[email protected] high on drugs. The Beatles were so f#[email protected] high they let Ringo sing a few tunes.”

-- Bill Hicks

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Posted in: 50 LDP lawmakers urge local members to oppose separate surnames See in context

Taking an axe to the root of civilization, the family, by interfering with marriages through superfluous legislation, i.e. demanding double surnames, helps no one.

Goddamn, the sky is falling Chicken Little! Run, ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuun!

My wife took my name. If she hadn't, we'd still be just as much a family. And if I had taken her name, still just as much a family.

If you're a loser enough that your family is lesser because you have a different name, well you're a loser, and I hate to think of what your family dynamic would be. Probably a lot of 'yessir' from your wife.

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Posted in: TV series 'Frasier' latest '90s hit to get a revival See in context

Frasier was actually more intelligent than Cheers, I thought

I agree, but nevertheless I preferred Cheers.

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Posted in: Suzuki Motor chairman to retire in June after over 40 years See in context

The 91-year-old, who married into the firm's founding family, will leave the post after a shareholder meeting in June and become an adviser, it said. So its OK to change your family surname only if you are marrying into money.

No, they can do it for other reasons as well. Sometimes it's when a man has only daughters, and they want to keep the family name alive.

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Posted in: Births in Japan hit record low in 2020; deaths down for first time in over a decade See in context

The pandemic has not been the mass killer that we have been told it would have been if we did not take the measures we took.

^fixed it.

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Four people don't like the truth!

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Posted in: Births in Japan hit record low in 2020; deaths down for first time in over a decade See in context

The pandemic has not been the mass killer that we have been told it would have been if we did not take the measures we took.

^fixed it.

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Posted in: Speeding along See in context

But those shaped with lean nose such as alligator aren't faster.

What? The elongated noses are required for streamlining.

Do you not understand what a bullet train is?

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Posted in: Harris urges Black Americans: 'Let's not let COVID get us' See in context

You do realize it’s dangerous for facts like this to get out. Statements such as statistically speaking blacks have much more to worry about from other blacks than from the police can lead to accusations of bigotry and support for systemic racism. Careful - your use of facts and logic can get you cancelled.

Oh, I get hate from both sides of extremists. That's the curse of being a balanced individuals. The moronic extremists all hate you. In an increasingly polarized world, rational people like me are the most hated.

The irony is that the extremists praise when I criticize the other side, then criticize when I criticize their side, not realizing that makes them exactly the same as the other extreme they claim to hate.

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