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    Economics: What might work, what should work, what has worked (command v. open market)

    So there ARE some things the government does better than private entities Who could have guessed?
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    Economics: What might work, what should work, what has worked (command v. open market)

    SpaceX isn't really doing so great on that front so far. NASA was established in 1958. They put a man on the moon 11 years later. In 16 years, Space X hasn't gotten nearly that far, never mind putting a man on Mars.
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    Economics: What might work, what should work, what has worked (command v. open market)

    SpaceX didn't have to develop their technology from scratch. They're building on 70 years of NASA's innovation and research . In other words, they're not doing anything NASA can't already do. If you've never been to Kennedy Space Center, go. You'll see just how primitive their technology was and how little they had to work with. There are orders of magnitude more computing power in your cell phone than there was in all of NASA and Mission Control.
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    Vacations Destinations

    My dad was in Vietnam and Cambodia and he said it would rain for weeks or months non-stop. Eventually I'll get there. But yeah, Angkor Wat is at the top of the to-do list!
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    Vacations Destinations

    Did you say Cleveland Browns? Oh, bite your tongue, young man! It's only 200 miles to Pittsburgh and at least she will see someone WIN! Kelley's Island is really nice. Cedar Point is right there, too.
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    Vacations Destinations

    Most of my family lives in Florida, so going there isn't really a vacation. If I never go to Disney again it will be too soon. I've been all over the Caribbean including Cozumel--the last time I was there, paved roads didn't exist there! Back in the late 80s I climbed Chichen Itza. I was in really good shape and barely made it to the top! All the ruins on the Yucatan are something to see. Last year we spent two weeks on a Yellowstone trip. Three days driving each way. We saw the Black Hills, the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, the Grand Tetons, GlacierNPS, Antelope and Bryce Canyons and so on. It was amazing! We could have stayed for months and not seen and done everything. This year we are planning to bike the Great Allegheny Passage from Pittsburgh to DC. Not as glamorous as Thailand, but it is inexpensive and we enjoy it. I always wanted to see Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Maybe someday I'll get that part of the world. The rest of the bucket list includes Iceland, Alaska, Yukon, and the British Isles. Oh, and a river cruise from Amsterdam to Paris.
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    U. S Politics: I know why the caged babe screams.

    Sadly, that is probably true. How much of an idiot do you have to be to piss off Canada of all places?
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    U. S Politics: I know why the caged babe screams.

    How is that Ehrlichman quote irrelevant? He is on the record as stating that. If the rest of your post was satirical or rhetorical, then I agree. If we want the madness to stop, the solution is very simple: legalize drugs, especially weed and heroin.
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    U. S Politics: I know why the caged babe screams.

    CBP (and not the Coast Guard) is now harassing Canadian fisherman between Maine and New Brunswick.
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    U. S Politics: I know why the caged babe screams.

    You need a history lesson. The War on Drugs is no more than a War on Poor People, and African Americans in particular. This goes back to the 1920s, but Nixon accelerated it, and Reagan put the icing on the cake. We now have two generations of black males who have been incarcerated at rates far higher than their white counterparts. That's two generations of black males who aren't around to raise their children. Two generations of black males unable to find gainful employment, and also unable to qualify for federal student aid because anyone with a drug conviction of any kind is automatically ineligible. They can't better themselves, in other words. The system has it set up so that they can't. John Ehrlichman, Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs Nixon made weed a Schedule 1 drug even while his own drug commission recommended decriminalization. They don't target hippies anymore, but blacks are still targeted disproportionally, and drug laws in this country have always targeted minorities, be they African American, Mexican or Mexican American, Chinese, etc. And all minorities are still subject to greater arrest rates and harsher sentences than whites. Again, just a fact.
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    U.S. Politics-Hope Floats 2: We All Float Down Here

    Jeff Sessions.
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    U.S. Politics: Hey! Teachers! Leave Them Kids Alone

    And so far, the majority of the candidates Trump has stumped for HAVE LOST.
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    U.S. Politics: Hey! Teachers! Leave Them Kids Alone

    And when that didn't happen, he was just as shellshocked as the rest of us. But in the aftermath, he did what he could to set the stage for Trump to ensure it never happened again and to build on what his (Obama's) administration was doing for the future. He should have known better, but I guess even he can engage in wishful thinking. Our elections are more at risk than ever thanks to Trump's inaction.
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    U.S. Politics: Hey! Teachers! Leave Them Kids Alone

    Making sure there was NO chance of him winning? How do you propose they should have done that? The last time I looked, our democracy might be a little bruised and battered, but it's still a democracy, not Putin's Russia.
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    U.S. Politics: Hey! Teachers! Leave Them Kids Alone

    Until Obama was elected and the Republicans showed their racist, white supremacists colors (it was always there, mind you), it was possible for Democrats and Republicans to get along and be civil about it. I think you need to look into exactly what happened in the runup to the election. Obama wanted to put out a bipartisan statement, and when McConnell said no, he should have gone ahead and done it anyway. But after what Comey had just done with Hillary and the emails, it was imperative that Obama not put himself into the fray because that isn't what presidents do. Now, mind you, they sure didn't do enough to stop it. No one is arguing that. It was Susan Rice who gave the order to stand down, and that was a huge mistake. State governments also downplayed the threat. Hindsight is 20/20. But let's not forget, no one thought Trump would win.
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    U.S. Politics: Hey! Teachers! Leave Them Kids Alone

    I've forgiven him for not telling us about the Russia information. He was in an impossible position, and he could not give the impression that he was in any way interfering. He did what he could, and we have to let the justice system play out. The wheels of justice turn slowly, but they do turn. As far as being nice to Trumpers, not a chance in hell. They can't be bargained with, they can't be reasoned with. There's nothing there to reason with. The only thing we have is just what Waters did--you call them on their BS and you shove it right back in their faces. It's the only language they understand. Time to get down and dirty, liberals.
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    U.S. Politics: Hey! Teachers! Leave Them Kids Alone

    This is ridiculous. What would you like him to do--stage a military coup? There are four other living US presidents. Why aren't you singling them out? Edit: If he did speak up against protocol, you'd accuse him of trying to still be the president and say "See, he's a dictator!"
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    US Politics: Sit Up Straight and Show Some Respect

    It came out in 1976 immediately post-Watergate and people flocked to see it. If modern audiences are so ADHD they can't sit through it, then they should read the book. The film doesn't cover all the events in the book. Woodward and Bernstein wrote a second book called The Final Days. I highly recommend it.
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    At what age did you move out of your parents house

    I was 18. I couldn't take it at home anymore, so I worked full time to support myself while going to school full time. I got married at 21. Now my mother lives with us and quite frankly it is not going well. She hadn't been doing well and as the oldest daughter it pretty much fell on me to take care of her. Running back and forth every day got to be too much. But she's no more pleasant than she was when we were growing up and can be very nasty. I left at 18 to get away from that and I find myself wondering what in the world I was thinking. My children are 23 and 21 and I wonder when they're moving out. The 21 year old is still in school, but the 23 year old has a decent job--he just doesn't want to leave.
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    U.S. Politics: If Trump Is In Attendance, The Next Protest Should Be A Roman Salute

    He DID offer Kim the bestest hotels if NK disarms.
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    Dating: to play the part of the one who doesn't wait

    Never mind
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    Dating: to play the part of the one who doesn't wait

    Cautiously wading into this discussion. By all means, have that discussion, and the sooner the better. It's better than the agony of not knowing, and it's possible that while she may not feel that way now, by being open about your feelings and respectful towards hers, you can still be friends. And who knows what will happen in the future? Everyone likes hearing that someone finds them attractive, but for God's sake, don't tell her she's hot. That makes it sound like all you want is sex. Tell her she's beautiful. That will go over much better.
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    U.S. Politics: If Trump Is In Attendance, The Next Protest Should Be A Roman Salute

    I thought Naomi Klein was slightly off her rocker when I first read Shock Doctrine. Now, I think she was bang on the money.
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    This new forum is the bomb!

    It's very pretty!
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