TerraPrime

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  1. In the U.S., certain people are "mandated reporters," which means that if they know and/or suspect child abuse, they are obligated by law to report it to authority. People like school nurses and doctors, for instance.
  2. You can't fix people.
  3. Have you seen our military budget? Cost is not an obstacle. The benefit of having 3 different bases in the region to curb China is not to be underestimated.
  4. China is balancing the cost and benefits of what it takes to keep crazies like Jong-Un in NK under control versus having a US military presence in the Korean peninsula. I believe that China would push for re-unification of the two Koreas much more readily if they knew it would mean kicking out of US military from the region. Meanwhile, the US has no strong interests to push for reunification. So here we are.
  5. Clinton campaign did mishandle the Sanders campaign - they should have squashed them mercilessly much earlier on. Co-opt the message and kill his campaign before he gained traction would have been the better solution. Playing nice doesn't pay, in politics.
  6. Did you know that in North Korea, you can be captured to "re-education camp" for 5 to 8 years of hard labor in the coal mines for "offenses" like using a newspaper with the Great Leader's picture on it to wrap things? Similarly, you can be jailed for criticizing the way the Great Leader's wife dresses. Also, it's not just you. It's 3 generations - your parents, you, and your children, are all guilty. There are no trials. Most people believe that people in South Korea are constantly fighting starvation in ways that are worse than what they have. They believe that South Koreans are work slaves in factories serving the U.S. interests. That's what generational totalitarian dictatorship looks like. Your question, FNR, is similar to asking victims of domestic abuse: "Why did you let him hit you over and over? Surely, at some point, you were angry? I can't figure out why you didn't leave him, lol."
  7. You are, obviously, ignoring the fact that her campaign and her slogans did lead to 3 million more votes. So, evidence showed that her slogans are at least as effective as was needed to win the popular vote by a good number. The fault lines were in the swing states and the lack of time to repair the damage from the last Comey letter, which was 7 days or so before the election. People kept refusing to acknowledge that polling outfits across the board showed a relatively congruent picture of the trends. There were a few local polls that suggested differently, but they were outliers. You can fault her campaign for not listening to polls to make strategic decisions based on statistical outliers, I guess. "Stronger Together" is a code message for her supporters, that this is going to be an inclusive campaign and administration, to contrast itself with the GOP campaign and party ideology. It's within-group signalling while not coming out to say "We're for the minorities." Just like "Make America Great Again" is an implicit message of "Make American Great Again like when them darkies weren't so uppity." But yeah, I'm sure you have better insight than focus group studies and professional calibrations for demographics.
  8. We are talking about nuclear pre-emptive strikes, right? Isn't that "fall out?"
  9. Yeah, I will take your interest in seeing a stronger Democratic Party with a grain of salt. But thanks all the same. And you're assuming the premise in your argument, which is that Clinton lost the election to Trump due in part to the leadership of the party. I dispute this and don't accept it without further analysis and details. As for introspection, I've read plenty already, thanks for caring though. I'm also actively doing something at the local level, too. But sure, I need a book and an article about a book to tell me. Yeah, that's the ticket.
  10. It'd be a miracle if the Democratic party has a unified vision and overwhelming cohesion amongst the ranks, considering that it represents roughly half the voting electorate. So let's ask ourselves why are we taking the dissent and intra-party struggle as a sign of something wrong, something uncommon? But you know, books don't sell themselves.
  11. If we are talking about predicting Trump's decisions on the issue, absolutely those are the better questions to ask. The suffering of the potential fall out of his decision is at best, a passing curiosity to this man. Strategic planning and effectiveness are matter left to his generals to plan and execute. If we're talking about looking for clues as to how Trump will decide, I think analyzing the impact of his decision on his brand and his popularity will have a much better chance of getting us to the right predictions.
  12. These are wrong questions to ask. Right questions: Will a pre-emptive strike benefit the Trump brand and legacy? Will it boost his popularity rating domestically? Will it make him look strong and decisive?
  13. It was, 3 months ago. It no longer is.
  14. Exactly. The behavior we are aiming to regulate by extra laws on gun storage is exhibited by groups of people who are the least likely to pay attention to that new law. It's akin to preaching to the choir. Also, if we do manage to pass such a law, it might even make people think we've done something meaningful about violent death associated with gun ownership. And I don't think that'd be a good thing.