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1 hour ago, Martell Spy said:

DeVos cancels $150M in student loan debt after losing court battle

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/13/betsy-devos-student-loans-1063442

 

This is incredibly hopeful news for the public student loan forgiveness program which is off to a rocky start under DeVos but was implemented by Congress and signed into law by Bush rather than just being a Dept. of Education program like this one you're reporting on.  Presumably PSLF would be even stronger in court.  

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Perlmutter and a band of a dozen incumbents hoped to combine forces with roughly 10 incoming freshmen who had promised to vote against Pelosi on the campaign trail. They planned to gather the signatures of 25 opponents on a letter and publicize it as a show of force against Pelosi. It would have been more than enough votes to block her from the gavel — Pelosi can only afford to lose 17 votes on the floor.

But the incumbents ran into an unexpected problem. Most of the Democratic candidates who knocked Pelosi during the midterm campaign wouldn’t sign their document.

It wasn’t for lack of trying. One of the most high-profile rebels in the group, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), had told his colleagues that he’d win over the incoming freshmen, even referring to these lawmakers as “my candidates,” according to multiple Democratic sources.

 

How Pelosi beat the rebels and got her gavel back
The longtime Democratic leader outmaneuvered her critics and showed exactly why she will be speaker once again.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/13/nancy-pelosi-speakership-1063494

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Not a millennial, but I sympathize with the plight that many of them faced when trying to enter job market, causing me at times to read the riot act to old Republican guys that think its cool to take swipes at them.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2018/12/13/reason-millennials-arent-spending-much-money-is-they-dont-have-any/

 

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it is the question that has launched a thousand TED talks: What do millennials want? Or, more precisely, why don’t they want the things I am selling?

Like anthropologists striving to understand the cultural practices of a remote Amazonian tribe, marketers have devoted themselves to studying the spending habits of people under the age of 35 to try to figure out how to appeal to their alien tastes. Maybe millennials are too health-conscious and illiterate in the ways of opening metal containers to like canned tuna. Or are too environmentally conscious and content to bike around their urban habitats to want a new car. Or would rather splurge on Instagram-friendly brunch items such as avocado toast than embrace the responsibility of adulthood and save up for a down payment on a house.

 

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Which, according to economists at the Federal Reserve, really is the reason young people today are not buying as much stuff as young people of yore. Indeed, the researchers found that, once you account for demographic factors such age and income, there is “no evidence that the generation-specific tastes and preferences of millennials favor lower levels of consumption than the tastes and preferences of other generations." Which is to say young people are not spending as much money right now not because they do not want to, but rather because they do not have any. Or at least not as much as young people did in the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s.

 

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The problem, though, is we live in a media culture that prioritizes what is interesting but wrong over what is boring and true. Take unemployment. We literally spent years debating why it was so high in the wake of the biggest financial shock in history, worse even than the Great Depression.

 

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1 minute ago, Tywin et al. said:

2018, summated in one tweet:   

 

 

I would pay a lot of money to see Canseco try to "buff up" our suet pudding of a President.

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11 hours ago, Triskele said:

uncommoIt would be really great if some quasi-protester stood outside capitol hill with a sign saying "Who names their kid Steny?"

I know you are trying to be funny, but this would certainly NOT be "really great."

From Wikipedia (which I assume is more trustworthy on a question like this than a lot of other things):

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Hoyer was born in New York City, New York, and grew up in Mitchellville, Maryland, the son of Jean (née Baldwin) and Steen Theilgaard Høyer. His father was Danish and a native of Copenhagen; "Steny" is a variant of his father's name, "Steen",[5] and Hoyer is an anglicized form of the fairly common Danish surname "Høyer".

So someone protesting with a sign like that would be just as ignorant and ethnically insensitive as someone holding up a sign saying "Who names their kid Hakeem, Ilhan, or Ayanna" about African-American representatives or "Who names their kid Chuy, Xochitl, Salud, or Nydia" about Hispanic ones. 

And of course one really shouldn't use someone's uncommon name as a way to mock them even if it doesn't come from their ethnic ancestry.

Edited by Ormond

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10 minutes ago, DanteGabriel said:

I would pay a lot of money to see Canseco try to "buff up" our suet pudding of a President.

Well it won’t ever happen, because, and I’m not making this up, Trump thinks exercise will cause you to die sooner:   

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After college, after Trump mostly gave up his personal athletic interests, he came to view time spent playing sports as time wasted. Trump believed the human body was like a battery, with a finite amount of energy, which exercise only depleted. So he didn’t work out. When he learned that John O’Donnell, one of his top casino executives, was training for an Ironman triathlon, he admonished him, "You are going to die young because of this."

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/5/9/15590962/donald-trump-thinks-exercise-will-kill-you

The leader of the free world, ladies and gentlemen…..   

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2 minutes ago, Tywin et al. said:

Well it won’t ever happen, because, and I’m not making this up, Trump thinks exercise will cause you to die sooner:   

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/5/9/15590962/donald-trump-thinks-exercise-will-kill-you

 

And yet he doesn't define golf as "exercise" (which it is to some extent for his upper body even if he uses a golf cart.)

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4 minutes ago, Ormond said:

And yet he doesn't define golf as "exercise" (which it is to some extent for his upper body even if he uses a golf cart.)

Well he has a point.

Golf is not a sport!

And I am still surprised this spare time activity survived the invention of the blue pills.

 

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John Kyl is stepping down.  So AZ Gov. Ducey is going to pick a replacement for the two years before the position is officially filled in 2020.  It was initially rumored that he would pick McSally, who just narrowly lost to Sinema for Jeff Flake's old seat.  That is what McConnell has asked him to do, to increase the number of Republican women in the Senate.  That number currently stands at 7/53, which isn't exactly a great ratio.

But apparently Ducey isn't sure he wants to go that way, surely there is some man he could pick instead, amiright?

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30 minutes ago, Ormond said:

And yet he doesn't define golf as "exercise" (which it is to some extent for his upper body even if he uses a golf cart.)

 

18 minutes ago, A Horse Named Stranger said:

Well he has a point.

Golf is not a sport!

And I am still surprised this spare time activity survived the invention of the blue pills.

 

As one of the half dozen or so people on this forum who participate in the gold thread, I have to say that golf absolutely is a sport. That said, not all sports qualify as exercise. Are hunting and fishing sports? Yes, they can be. Are they exercise? Hell no. The only sports that you can drink beer while playing that qualify as exercise too are skiing, snowboarding, water skiing, wakeboarding and maybe beer league softball.    

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32 minutes ago, Tywin et al. said:

 

As one of the half dozen or so people on this forum who participate in the gold thread, I have to say that golf absolutely is a sport. That said, not all sports qualify as exercise. Are hunting and fishing sports? Yes, they can be. Are they exercise? Hell no. The only sports that you can drink beer while playing that qualify as exercise too are skiing, snowboarding, water skiing, wakeboarding and maybe beer league softball.    

Curling is on any list of sports can be done while drinking or even while intoxicated. Read up on Canadian curling news.

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Trump believed the human body was like a battery, with a finite amount of energy, which exercise only depleted

There are these things called rechargeable batteries, just as there are these things called food that can replenish your energy.....

Next time any libertarian Rand acolyte talks about meritocracy just point to Trump. I said this before, but he has truly destroyed the idea of the US having any form of meritocracy.

Edited by IheartIheartTesla

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22 minutes ago, maarsen said:

Curling is on any list of sports can be done while drinking or even while intoxicated. Read up on Canadian curling news.

Curling really feels more like an activity rather than a sport, much like darts or pool, which you can also do while being hammered.  

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58 minutes ago, Tywin et al. said:

The only sports that you can drink beer while playing that qualify as exercise too are skiing, snowboarding, water skiing, wakeboarding and maybe beer league softball.    

Too weak to resistance:

Spoiler

 

I also think Curling could of only come about because of alchohol. I cannot see throwing a stone on a frozen lake being guiding by someone with a broom being thought up in stone cold soberity. 

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1 hour ago, A Horse Named Stranger said:

Well he has a point.

Golf is not a sport!

And I am still surprised this spare time activity survived the invention of the blue pills.

 

Donnie hates himself too much to have regular intercourse. He just wants all the attractive people around him so he looks less ugly. 

1 hour ago, Tywin et al. said:

 

As one of the half dozen or so people on this forum who participate in the gold thread, I have to say that golf absolutely is a sport. That said, not all sports qualify as exercise. Are hunting and fishing sports? Yes, they can be. Are they exercise? Hell no. The only sports that you can drink beer while playing that qualify as exercise too are skiing, snowboarding, water skiing, wakeboarding and maybe beer league softball.    

Son, I can drink Vodka and play ANY sport. I'll go blind from drunkenness at corner, pass out and die from alcohol poisoning at point guard, I'll even expire of liver failure leading the Talladega 500.

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55 minutes ago, TheKitttenGuard said:

Too weak to resistance:

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I also think Curling could of only come about because of alchohol. I cannot see throwing a stone on a frozen lake being guiding by someone with a broom being thought up in stone cold soberity. 

Man, that could be a thread in and of itself: Sports and activities that were created due to intoxication.   

44 minutes ago, Jace, Basilissa said:

Son, I can drink Vodka and play ANY sport. I'll go blind from drunkenness at corner, pass out and die from alcohol poisoning at point guard, I'll even expire of liver failure leading the Talladega 500.

I feel like this is an It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia moment, where from your perspective you’re doing everything great, but then it switches to all of ours and you’re just rolling around on floor, drunk and stoned.

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17 minutes ago, Tywin et al. said:

   

I feel like this is an It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia moment, where from your perspective you’re doing everything great, but then it switches to all of ours and you’re just rolling around on floor, drunk and stoned.

:rofl:

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2 hours ago, Tywin et al. said:

As one of the half dozen or so people on this forum who participate in the gold thread, I have to say that golf absolutely is a sport. That said, not all sports qualify as exercise. Are hunting and fishing sports? Yes, they can be. Are they exercise? Hell no. The only sports that you can drink beer while playing that qualify as exercise too are skiing, snowboarding, water skiing, wakeboarding and maybe beer league softball.    

So the blue pills are too expensive and you are not into SUVs or Harley Davidson then?

 

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So with the hype surrounding Beto the knives are starting to come out - this one from the left:

Beto's no true progressive - Democrats can do better

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Is the right candidate simply someone who can beat Donald Trump by virtue of not being him? Genuine progressives would presumably want to gain power to enact change, not just gain power for the sake of it.

And in this regard, O’Rourke comes up short. For all his gloss and engaging rhetoric he simply doesn’t seem to stand for much. While the democratic base is talking with increasing confidence and urgency about single payer healthcare and free college education, when it came down to it O’Rourke didn’t back either bill. He seems positively Clintonite when it comes to Wall Street regulation and has voted consistently pro-police to the point of supporting making police officers a protected class.

Furthermore, a U-turn on Israel’s treatment of Palestinians in Gaza (as a rookie O’Rourke was one of just a handful of Democrats to vote against funding the “iron dome missile defence system” in 2014) suggests that when he does take a stand on something he lacks the stomach to fight for his convictions.

 

1 hour ago, Jace, Basilissa said:

Son, I can drink Vodka and play ANY sport. I'll go blind from drunkenness at corner, pass out and die from alcohol poisoning at point guard, I'll even expire of liver failure leading the Talladega 500.

Bah gawd it's Stone Cold Jace!  (Other than the pussy vodka part.)

53 minutes ago, Tywin et al. said:

I feel like this is an It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia moment, where from your perspective you’re doing everything great, but then it switches to all of ours and you’re just rolling around on floor, drunk and stoned.

Or, this:

 

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