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  1. Late, and I'm not going to bother with the links, but the 'Federalist' bunch has numerous opinion pieces on msnbc. Mostly, this is standard conservative fare on any number of topics, but over the past few months there have been commentaries on things like healthcare, losing the youth vote, and so on. Almost like an internal dispute that goes public once in a while.
  2. Bundy of the Oregon militia standoff infamy, is back in the news... ...for supporting a cause favored by those on the Left. He comes across as...almost rational. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/ammon-bundy-quits-militia-movement-over-trump-backlash/ar-BBQDBIV?ocid=ob-fb-enus-580&fbclid=IwAR06IhutZRRowUZmPRZf2kkn6NlUAzQW238lgprGCGbDbs_scjA_hshkEdk
  3. Clinton Email investigation reopened. Well, it had to happen again eventually, I suppose. What with Ivanka being mentioned repeatedly, I'm not sure if the comments count as 'entertaining' or 'deeply disturbed.' http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/judge-orders-justice-state-departments-to-reopen-narrow-inquiry-into-handling-of-clinton-email-records-lawsuit/ar-BBQBszy?ocid=ob-fb-enus-580&fbclid=IwAR2trkYu9V0DCP_0vbAV0JJ0X8fkUSNlawReoa9RUsFOKikPH2AZ5T8QLuA
  4. Partial account of Manafort's falsehoods to Mueller: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/mueller-says-manafort-told-discernible-lies-including-about-contacts-with-employee-alleged-to-have-russian-intelligence-ties/ar-BBQE8VK?ocid=ob-fb-enus-580&fbclid=IwAR1eHjUpdmcrs3S815Jp4FH7V3S-s1kKCN0n0RZVJtkHDsUfx1UC4Yv4SnI Trumps bizarre reaction to the Cohen revelations - he apparently believes this clears him, when it's almost the exact opposite: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-reacts-to-cohen-memo-by-claiming-it-totally-clears-the-president/ar-BBQExFg?ocid=ob-fb-enus-580&fbclid=IwAR2P8dOY62pzuBxkbjWxD2_6gnRw2L0dsfMJR98HJJLxVR4Px4UKkwvt9bc Some of the dirt on Cohen: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/new-mueller-filing-says-trump-s-ex-lawyer-michael-cohen-was-in-touch-with-a-russian-seeking-political-synergy-with-campaign/ar-BBQE91B?ocid=ob-fb-enus-580&fbclid=IwAR3hH7npd_8IB1rrNN0Cq50EZdU__DIMTqu5pR4t6E8vf_jkp3hUz1bi8Sw
  5. ok...I live in a heavily conservative area neck deep in Trump fans. Many of the people I work with are Trump fans. And yet, I have been noticing...growing disillusionment...with at least some of these people as of late. The one coworker put it like this: 'Trump is entertaining, you gotta give him that. I like watching the rallies. But it seems like nothing's changed - it's one scandal after another. Why can't he get rid of the crooks?' (I had to explain to him that Trump appointed those crooks in the first place.) He was also less than thrilled with the tax cut - 'so I can buy a sandwich once a week - BFD.'
  6. Intending no offense, but unlike you, AOC went to the next level - actually ran for the office and won. (unless something is missing from your above quote)
  7. ThinkerX

    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    wonder just how far this case will get? Might be a bigger threat to Trump than the Mueller investigation... http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/judge-greenlights-subpoenas-in-trump-hotel-lawsuit/ar-BBQrXdU?li=BBnbcA1&ocid=msnclassic
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    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    More importantly, can she stand up to Trump in the debates - maybe get him so ticked off that Trump has a 'cardiac event?' (I still maintain Trump is a walking advertisement for a heart attack.)
  9. ThinkerX

    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    Again, with regards to the Anchorage area - oil has been big hereabouts for a long while. Earthquakes are a frequent occurrence, as major fault lines run through the area. This is the third quake of 7.0 or greater in the last few years here. NONE of these have epicenters anywhere near drilling operations. Many of the pipelines here are old, ill-maintained, and prone to leaks. That is a legit concern.
  10. ThinkerX

    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    celebs duped into alt-right stealth propaganda? Not sure what to make of this... http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/brett-favre-duped-by-white-supremacists-into-making-anti-semitic-conspiracy-video/ar-BBQkwid?li=BBnbcA1&ocid=msnclassic
  11. ThinkerX

    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    I dwell in the region (Kenai Peninsula, south of Anchorage) and have multiple relatives who work in oil fields. There has been substantial oil and natural gas production in and around Cook Inlet for over sixty years - which is an issue, because many of the pipelines are old, with attendant problems. (among other things, an aging natural gas pipeline near a platform in the inlet sprung a leak a few weeks ago). There is no significant fracking, but 'advanced techniques' are used in many of these fields. Without those techniques, most of the fields would have been abandoned decades ago.
  12. ThinkerX

    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    The degree of ignorance displayed by the petty officials in this article is breathtaking. I was under the (false?) impression such positions usually required a college degree, yet they displayed what seems to be an elementary level grasp of US geography. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/dc-clerk-stalls-marriage-over-foreign-new-mexico-id-card/ar-BBQj5os?ocid=msnclassic
  13. ThinkerX

    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    Go Apollo Program style, then. Directed government investment into technology that will offset the temperature rise without putting people off. The old space program provided multiple benefits to present day society, including computer technology and arguably the internet as well. That said, there is another limiter for carbon emissions in place - 'peak oil.' The supersized and easily exploited oil fields of the 20th century are largely depleted, or in danger of such. There are technological methods to extract additional oil from those fields, but they are not cheap - and like it or not, modern civilization requires not just oil, but *cheap* oil in order to function. Major oil fields in odd new locations? Yes, they exist, but they are not cheap to exploit, and come with major built in hazards - aka Deepwater Horizon. Tar sands and shale oil are also expensive, with ugly side effects. Natural Gas? Well, the absolute best that can be said there is we've kicked the problem back a few decades...starting most of a decade ago. We are looking at an intermediate future (within 20-30 years) forced transfer to (mostly) renewable energy. That transfer will result in vastly less energy available for personal use than is the case now, which translates to major changes in lifestyle and society. Far fewer gasoline powered vehicles in private hands (90% reduction from current levels?). An effective end to most of suburbia (combination of inadequate wages and unaffordable utility bills.) First, the suburbs will become the domain of old folks (fixed incomes, discounts), those with incomes who can afford the costs, and criminals - I see this in my job. Then gradual abandonment follows, the old folks die, the good jobs go away, and entire subdivisions turn into wreckage.
  14. ThinkerX

    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    Sneaky tax bill...any thoughts? https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/26/house-republicans-tax-package-1017368
  15. ThinkerX

    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    Get right down to it, an internal combustion powered vehicle is an astonishingly complex piece of machinery - and there are a great many things that can and do go wrong with them - fuel pumps, water pumps, injectors, timing, all that and more. Indeed, a substantial chunk of the economy - jobs and sales of parts - is based on fixing these machines. Yes, electric cars are much simpler. Basically battery, motor, interface. Batteries and motors will need replacing from time to time, but the part list is a lot shorter. Mechanically, you'd still have things like brakes and tie rods and maybe transmissions to contend with - but nowhere near the hassle you have with internal combustion rigs. Fewer parts, fewer jobs. Also, less money for road repairs and what not, as part of the cost of each gallon of gas you put into an internal combustion rig is a tax for that purpose (well, theoretically, anyhow). Different story with electrics: no gas, no gas tax for road repair. Might make for some extremely steep registration fees. That said...doing my job means keeping a collection of aging, cantankerous vehicles on the road. They make frequent trips to the shop. Past few years in particular, I and the people who work on these vehicles have noticed something: 'source-less parts' of extremely poor quality. Used to be, you'd get a part - new parts, mind you, not rebuilt ones - there'd be stickers and tags telling you where it was manufactured and a bit more. The source-less parts don't have those tags, or the ones they do have are...suspect. (Some of them pretend to be 'made in China' apparently because Chinese parts are 'quality.' ) Folks I run into at the shops and stores have started making it a point to try to backtrack parts, so they don't have to contend with the source-less junk. I hear rumors (nothing more) that these efforts are frowned upon big time by those further up the chain.