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  1. ThinkerX

    U.S. Politics: Gar Nicht Trump's Traumschiff!

    Pelosi invites Trump to testify in impeachment hearings. Given his monumental ego and arrogance, it is at least possible Trump would accept said invite, confident he could 'own the dems' and 'shut this farce down.' https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/democrats-invite-trump-to-testify-in-impeachment-inquiry/ar-BBWTDTT?ocid=msnclassic
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    U.S. Politics: Gar Nicht Trump's Traumschiff!

    Trump claims he's in great health - but most commentators on the article are not buying it. Still think this would be a good campaign issue (attack adds) for the democratic party. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-says-everything-very-good-after-first-phase-of-annual-medical-check/ar-BBWSVrz?ocid=ob-fb-enus-580&fbclid=IwAR3JuyfQdKIv5fGvLpINofDmVtqMQgL6r6qodsrGTHQDRZ3hfXgqLsfzKfU
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    Okay Renters...

    I've had some thoughts there as well. CONEX units - aka stackable metal shipping containers, 8x40 feet. Relatively cheap. Two of those joined side by side gets you two bedrooms and a bathroom (1 unit) and a living/kitchen/dining area (2nd unit). Seen pics where the interiors have been finished up quite nicely. Now, with proper insulation and sheetrock and whatnot, the rooms are going to be about 6.5 feet wide on the inside, but I suppose thats acceptable. Stack them 6 or 8 units high, add utility trunks and stairs (maybe an elevator if your ambitious) and instant apartment building. My main focus, though, is on affordable 'green' home ownership.
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    Okay Renters...

    walls is 2x4 construction - which up until about 30-40 years ago was the norm for full sized houses. These days it's still common for cabins. That allows for 4 inches of fiberglass, which is acceptable, especially for a place that small. As part of the construction, I'd slip in extra wall studs and ceiling struts (those look to be about 2x8's from the photo's. Short answer: good insulation, could be better if you went with 2x6 studs as is the norm for regular houses. Site claims it could be made into a home, which is one reason I selected it. Building codes vary a great deal from state to state and even between neighboring towns. Square footage requirements can vary by subdivision - which is why you'd want entire subdivisions dedicated to this type of dwelling. And no, it wouldn't be mobile, it'd be anchored to a 6" thick cement slab. The idea is paying less to own than what you do in rent. Affordable home ownership.
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    U.S. Politics: Gar Nicht Trump's Traumschiff!

    the 'Trump Cult' closes ranks: https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/conservative-denver-radio-host-fired-011312010.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_15
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    Okay Renters...

    Rent is not cheap these days. Some parts of the country, even an upper five digit income isn't enough. Getting to the point where statewide rent controls are starting to be imposed. So... the idea is to take one of these or its close cousins: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Lakewood-12-ft-x-24-ft-Wood-Storage-Shed-Kit-with-Floor-lwood1224df/304217018?mtc=Shopping-B-F_D28I-G-D28I-28_21_STORAGE_BUILDINGS-MULTI-NA-Feed-PLA-NA-NA-BASE_SHP&cm_mmc=Shopping-B-F_D28I-G-D28I-28_21_STORAGE_BUILDINGS-MULTI-NA-Feed-PLA-NA-NA-BASE_SHP-71700000041090936-58700005114198330-92700044818653034&gclid=CjwKCAiA_MPuBRB5EiwAHTTvMbXrAwD5wkxt5DOFJvuiP7R3ILrYdndT6PIc6yJ_QmUH0ku0vH5QSxoCAeQQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds plop it on a cement slab foundation, spend a couple hundred more to raise the upper level wall height to 7'6", tack in more struts and studs, and finish it out into an approximately 580 square foot house. two bedrooms of about 100 square feet each and a regular sized bathroom up top, (probably toss in a balcony off the one end for another few hundred bucks), kitchen with full sized sink, stove, and fridge downstairs, along with a (cramped) utility room and smallish (120 square foot) living room down. Material cost (not including the land or utility hookups) would be around $23,000-$26,000, depending (that should include the slab. Cost for a three man crew to take this from a finished slab to ready for occupancy would tack another $10,000-$15,000 onto the price. Solar panels and solar heat pumps - not hellishly expensive, cuts down or maybe even eliminates some utility bills, battery, usage, and climate depending. Figure a lot of about 1/10th of an acre. Now....how many of you would try to build something like this? How many of you would ditch renting for the opportunity to buy one, especially with an asking price of well under $100,000? (At ten to an acre, these things might sell pretty well in the Seattle or SF areas) Existing homeowners - reaction when entire subdivisions with dwellings like this materialize near you?
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    U.S. Politics: Attaquer son cul orange!

    none of that matters. what does matter is that a great many people (voters) already believe or suspect Trump is mentally impaired. If the goal is to remove Trump regardless of cost, then an attack add declaring Trump mentally incompetent would be a valid, if distasteful approach. It puts Trump in a bind from which he cannot easily escape. Furthermore, if the accusations prove true - then does it constitute slander? Another thing that keeps cropping up in the comments is speculation this gives Trump an 'honorable' means to escape impeachment - resign on grounds of health. (for medical, not mental reasons)
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    U.S. Politics: Attaquer son cul orange!

    Seems like Trump is having some medical tests done. Many of the folks commenting think those should include psychological tests. Might be a good avenue for democratic attack adds when the time comes: state flat out that Trump has Alzheimer's, backed up with unedited clips from his speeches and commentary from credentialed psychologists. Trump will of course bluster and threaten and ultimately make tweets and speeches that lend credence to the adds. But D's don't have the guts and I probably just ticked off half the board. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/white-house-trump-having-tests-as-part-of-medical-checkup/ar-BBWRMgE?ocid=msnclassic
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    U.S. Politics: Attaquer son cul orange!

    And the impeachment hearings go on - this time featuring a budget official: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/impeachment-investigators-question-budget-official-about-withheld-aid/ar-BBWRFYl?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=msnclassic
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    What shouldn't be done...about climate change

    your summary is fairly accurate. the idea, best i can tell, doesn't violate thermodynamics, but does have multiple issues.
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    U.S. Politics: Attaquer son cul orange!

    You left out the 'Trump Factor,' where our beloved idiot in chief launches a highly incriminating twitter barrage or perhaps 'drops in' on the proceedings to testify on his own behalf. This being Trump, either is possible.
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    U.S. Politics: Attaquer son cul orange!

    Six months ago, the whole Ukrainian thing was a relatively minor blip, barely noticed in the media. Then, step by step, it morphed into impeachment proceedings, almost entirely because of Trumps bullheaded stupidity - repeatedly ignoring his advisers, among other things. Now, we have Trump trying to get all buddy-buddy with Turkey's leader, despite Flynn's kidnapping scheme, the horrific murder of a certain journalist, and the invasion of Syria. So, I figure there's a fair chance this will also blow up in Trumps face, maybe a fiasco to rival the Ukrainian one. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/a-big-fan-trump-welcomes-turkey-s-erdogan-despite-bipartisan-concern-over-syria-attack/ar-BBWFKZ1?ocid=ob-fb-enus-580&fbclid=IwAR0TDVnlls41h9Ue6UWGAi_DX8j24p0V3_c5x5J4TBLDpAPhbkbHk1CO5cs
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    U.S. Politics: Attaquer son cul orange!

    For me, links posted here, MSNBC, Yahoo News, links from assorted blogs, and whatever pops up on Facebook. Something interests me, I'll start running google searches. The 'dying off' bit is a bit different. I am a rural mail carrier in a highly conservative area. I routinely deliver right wing propaganda to hundreds of boxes - and more 'left' material to maybe several dozen. However, most of those people are *old* - social security age. And they're dying at a fairly alarming rate (20+ this year out of around 500, no exaggeration). This situation has increased fairly dramatically over the past decade, and applies not just to my route, but the whole area. Case in point: my Father was a 'pillar of the community' type and ardent Trump fan. He acted as the estate executor for several of his friends. We had a memorial service for him, sent out invites, took our best guess as to how many would show up. We got about 1/3rd the expected attendees. There would have been more, but we didn't realize that a large percentage of those others had already died. I see more traces of this online. Ghost towns for sale. Rural communities that once numbered into the hundreds or even thousands reduced to a few dozen. Mostly in heavily conservative areas. All that said, I do not see conservatives as 'dying out.' I do see a major decline in numbers and increasing infighting - among other things, there are no few evangelical types who are....highly unthrilled...with having to support the likes of Trump, and there is growing contention between other factions. Conservatives are already a minority, holding onto power in several states solely through gerrymandering and short term sub legal chicanery.
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    U.S. Politics: Attaquer son cul orange!

    DACA (apparently) gets its SC chance tomorrow. Will it stay or will it go? Or will Roberts execute a triple judicial back flip? https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/supreme-court-weighs-fate-of-daca-700000-young-immigrants/ar-BBWAjzo?ocid=msnclassic
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    U.S. Politics: Attaquer son cul orange!

    You overlook the obvious one. Most of the 'radical regressive's' are *old.* Social Security age. And as I get to see at work, they're literally dropping dead. And no small percentage of the younger ones are basically criminals. Judges? Especially the sleazy sorts likely to be nominated by Team Trump? expect lots of investigations and dismissals for corrupt activities. You seem to be confusing 'ascendancy' with 'desperation' - even in the intermediate term, the GOP and conservative movement is in a major, inescapable demographic bind.
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