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  1. Crisis in Chicago

    This American Life did a two part episode back in 2013 about gun violence in Chicago. They had three reporters spend five months at Harper High, a school that had 29 students and recent students shot over a period of a year. It is a harrowing listen but if you want to understand gun violence in Chicago it is an informative piece. One of the interesting things the episodes mention is that drugs have very little to do with the shootings. Here's the link: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/harper
  2. US Politics- Stay Gold, Pony Boy

    James Kwak has a new article in the Atlantic about the minimum wage and economism https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/01/economism-and-the-minimum-wage/513155/. Figured I'd link since OldGimletEye likes his stuff.
  3. Amazing Book Deals V.2

    I just downloaded 122 of them. It is hard not to click on free things. Thanks for the heads up, Winterfella.
  4. US Politics: Hindsight on 2020

    No, I'm saying that if something is normal in society than it ceases to be a disqualification for public office.
  5. US Politics: Hindsight on 2020

    No. What Swordfish seems to be arguing is that the left's tactics are normalizing racism and sexism. If words like racism and sexism are meant to disqualify someone from important government office than they need to be used sparingly and accurately. Saying Trump "called all Mexicans rapists" when he clearly didn't and anyone who listened to his speech knows he didn't is a bad move. Calling him racist for saying he will temporarily ban muslims, when muslim is not a race is a bad move. Calling Mitt Romney racist for his 47% remark or sexist for his binders full of women remark is normalizing sexism and racism. The more people and things are labelled racist and sexist the less sting these terms mean. The more they are misapplied the more willing people are to shrug them off.
  6. Looking for WWI or WWII Book Recommendations

    I have to say that I'm not very fond of The Guns of August. The first third or so that is devoted to explaining the military mindsets of the various countries is great stuff but once the war starts it becomes a chronicle of various battles that doesn't add to an understanding of WWI and largely is useless.
  7. Upcoming Cover Art VII

    They aren't nearly as bad as those Neuromancer covers though. The Stewart covers at least have a hint of artistic inspiration
  8. The US is the number one manufacturer in the world in terms of value. The problem is that automation has made it unnecessary to hire more workers. Employment in manufacturing jobs has dropped from a high of 25 million in 1979 to 19.5 million in 2015 even though the value of US manufacturing has more than doubled. It is automation, not offshoring, which has done the most damage to US manufacturing.
  9. Yeah, Otherland had some of the best covers of any series and these new ones are pretty meh. Not to mention they seem to be rather horror inspired which is completely the wrong look for this series.
  10. Altherion, I've been wondering what is up with the apocalyptic streak on the right*. I'm pretty happy with the country as it is now. I think objectively the country is doing well. The issues the country faces are deep-seated and won't go away because we elect a political outsider. I mean I'm living in a country that has the most powerful military in the world, has the highest per capita income of any large nation, has the most diplomatic clot, arguably has the largest economy, There are definitely problems but most of them are not new and breaking the system would do nothing to fix them. What is so bad that we need to burn down the system that has turned this country into the richest and most powerful nation in the world? *Aside from the religious right. Being apocalyptic is their thing and always has been.
  11. Not my candidate. I've no intention of voting for Trump. And you don't actually need 67 senators to impeach a president, you just need 2/3 of those present. I don't see any democratic senators opposing an impeachment and last I checked there were 6 Republican Senators on the record as being unwilling to vote for Trump and three more who haven't decided. Add in the Republican Senators who endorsed Trump but clearly loath him (Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John McCain, etc) and you're practically up to 2/3s. As far as the public goes, I think the Democratic voters would be thrilled to get rid of Trump and if he messes around with the SC nominees large portions of Republican voters are going to demand his head on a pike. There's zero question in my mind that if Donald Trump gets elected Republicans will get their SC nominees. Whether or not Democrats will allow any SC nominees to be confirmed considering recent Republican SC shenanigans is an open question.
  12. You're missing my point. Four years is a long time. The Republican leadership would be delighted if Trump decided to mess with the Supreme Court nominations. It means we would have 3 and 1/2 years of President Pence.
  13. What a ludicrous set of scenarios. Trump is not remotely interested in the small details of governing. This is the man that reached out to John Kasich and offered him complete control over both foreign and domestic policy. Trump wants to be president because being the most powerful man in the world appeals to his ego. He has no actual governing agenda. I'm not sure how you people think Trump is going to auction off a supreme court seat or who in the world would buy it. All Trump can do is nominate someone for the court. The senate has to approve the choice and they won't do that if they don't like the nominee. What qualified supreme court candidate would be willing to torpedo their legal career by even appearing to buy a SC seat? I'm not sure what sort of bargain you think Trump would strike with Democrats for a SC seat. The man has no governing agenda. Do you think Democrats are going to agree to build a wall or ban Muslims if he gives them a supreme court seat? Especially considering the only way they can get a seat is if the republicans agree to it. Trump really only has one option for leverage against Republicans and that is refusing to nominate anyone all. If Trump wins the election his main bargaining chip, his support from the electorate, loses most of its value. Trump is the Republican Party's only shot at the presidency this election cycle, however if he wins the presidency that is no longer the case.
  14. U.S. Elections: Apocalypse upon the horizon

    Trump's already released the names of 12 judges that are on his short list for SC vacancies. They're all currently sitting judges in state supreme courts or federal appeals courts. I assure you that Trump did not come up with this list, he's far to lazy to do the necessary work. If Trump nominates someone the rightwing doesn't have confidence in they'll kick the shit out of Trump and reject the nominee. The rightwing takes Supreme Court nominations very seriously. Just look at Harriet Miers nomination during Dubya's administration to see what happens when the president tries to get a toady on the Court. Ba-ding. To be serious, the Supreme Court can perform its duties just fine with 8 Justices. Only problem is the lack of tie breaking vote.
  15. U.S. Elections: Apocalypse upon the horizon

    Umm....I don't think you have any idea how the Supreme Court works.