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    Quote Originally Posted by GOLGO 13 View Post
    China ended the one child policy in 2015 for a very good reason. Both China & India's male populations outnumber their women by 70 million. They now have millions of men that will never get married much less have sex. Both cultures still highly prize male over females & they will have an epic reckoning very soon.
    It's less about the gender imbalance and more about the inverted age pyramid, since the issue is not the lack of breeding pairs but rather the unwillingness of women, particular wealthy and well-educated ones, to have children given the expense of doing so. This is also the same problem that much of the developed world is going through right now, though in our case it's not quite as visible because we have plenty of immigrants to plug the gaps, whereas there are hardly people lining up to move to China or India to help even their demographic imbalances.

    Still though I find it rather troubling that any discussion of population demography ultimately leads to the conclusion that not enough of the "right" people are being born and too many of the "wrong" people are, whether this is coming from a racial angle, like the anti-abortion or anti-immigrant activists take, or a socioeconomic one, exemplified by the plot of Idiocracy. Ultimately a sustainable solution will require sharing the burden of raising kids and taking care of the elderly as a societal function, rather than making it the responsibility of immediate family. This will make a lot more sense in the long term than ham handedly throwing subsidies at some people to encourage them to have more kids, while making it as difficult as possible for others to do the same.

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    How do we pull our country out of this current situation?
    Well the current situation is just revealing an underlying rot in our society that we've been willfully blind to for too long. We can't hope to just ignore it and make things like they used to be, we have to take on the problem head on and really try to fix it for once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    Pentagon will pull money from ballistic missile and surveillance plane programs to fund border wall

    Weaken our defenses to build a wall ... now how does that make any sense?
    We're talking about the Trump White House where sense goes to die a VERY messy death.

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    Hungary’s Viktor Orbán Is Shunned By European Neighbors, Finds Love From Trump

    Orbán has attacked the judiciary, taken over the free press and led anti-Semitic assaults, including against a major university, but Trump praised him lavishly. Caramel Caligula sure loves dictators, mainly because he wants to BE one.

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    Trump Finally Switches Up His Lie That China Pays Tariffs To The U.S. Treasury

    Instead, he falsely claimed that tariffs boost America’s GDP. And people elected this fool because he was such a successful businessman? Seriously?

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    Bayer Must Pay $2 Billion To Couple In Roundup Cancer Trial

    In litigation against the company, a California jury awarded the plaintiffs who said they contracted cancer from the weed killer. The plaintiffs won't see a fraction of that award, but it puts Bayer on notice about their having hidden the truth about the dangers of their product.

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    Female Film Workers In Georgia Ask Hollywood Not To Boycott Over Anti-Abortion Law

    Some filmmakers said they won’t work in the state after the governor signed a “heartbeat bill.” I wonder if Georgia's governor took that into account, and millions the state could lose as a result when he signed that foolish bill? NAAAAAAHHHHH!

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    Young Child In Hot Car With 6 Others Calls 911 For Help

    Seven kids were stuck in a car with the windows rolled up while a woman shopped at a Maryland mall, authorities say. This sort of inhumane shit goes on from coast to coast. Irresponsible parents should be jailed for putting their kids at risk like that.
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    It was on this date in 2015, “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” had a profile of Jeffrey Wood, a former member of the Wisconsin State Assembly who over the course of several years, was arrested for DUI on five separate occasions. In one incident, he flipped his vehicle, and police arriving on scene found him trapped inside, in possession of marijuana. That sort of hinders Wood’s argument made as Republican to support the drug testing of welfare recipients, when you think about it. At least he’s not a hypocrite on other legislation he supported, like stricter Voter ID laws or trying to ban same sex marriage, he’s just terrible for it. As Wood was charged and convicted of felony offenses and ended up with a 9 month prison sentence, a political comeback for him seems pretty unlikely.

    On this date in 2016, 2017, and 2018, “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” presented profiles of Jesse Kremer, a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly who, in spite of having first been elected in 2014, has quickly garnered our attention for the myriad of extremist bills he’s submitted. We’ve already seen him push for anti-choice extremism, in the form of a ban on abortion at 20 weeks, his push to allow for the concealed carry of firearms in schools to prevent hypothetical “terrorist attacks”, or his repeated calls for transphobic bathroom bills, which he has repeatedly submitted since being elected. Kremer is closely allied with Julaine Appling, the head of the Wisconsin Family Action group, a Pro-Life and anti-LGBT rights group that has warned the legalization of same sex marriage could lead to adult-child covenants. Kremer and Appling insist that transphobic bathroom bills are in no way discriminatory and have been caught exchanging e-mails that show they’re going out of their way to make more experienced legislators look like “the bad guy” if they’re afraid to push it forward based on their fearmongering of transgendered citizens. Kremer has gone far enough to insist that “the real war on women” is the fact that transgendered attackers are being allowed to go into the wrong restroom and attack women and pretending that anyone who opposes the bills are allowing the attacks (which aren’t based in reality) to continue. After Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker failed to deliver on his promise that Wisconsin would see 250,000 new jobs produced under his leadership, critics took him to task for it. Rushing to his defense came Jesse Kremer, who explained that the real problem behind the job crisis wasn’t a failure of opportunities (which it is), but instead, the blame lies on “entitled graduating college students” seeking too much pay and those on public assistance who feel getting a job will “cut into their benefits”. Kremer has also supported the drug testing of welfare recipients, stricter Voter ID laws to combat the statistically non-existent problem of “in person voter fraud” at the cost of disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of voters and also decided there was too much “rampant fraud” happening with EBT cards by people on public assistance, so he sponsored legislation to require Photo Identification for when people want to use them to be able to buy food to curtail his imagined abuse. This in spite of the fact that the USDA warns that such measures would stop family members who the food is also supposed to go to can’t use the card. Y’know, say if a single mother sends a teen to the store on her behalf… no food for you, get out to the store yourself, mom! Kremer also tried to exploit the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, as proof that "Our country has been torn apart by President Obama's divisive racism, hatred of Christianity and lambasting of the military and law enforcement” In 2017, Kremer, he completely embarrassed himself by stating his “Biblical belief” that the Earth is only 6,000 years old. Kremer opted to not run for re-election in 2018, likely because the Wisconsin GOP preferred a candidate that wasn’t bats*** crazy. Thus, we’ll retire his CSGOPOTD profile at this time and go ahead and take a look at a different kooky Republican today instead. (Current crazy/stupid scoreboard, is now 752-40, since this was established in July 2014.)



    Burt Minor
    Welcome to the 752nd original “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” profile, where today we’ll be taking a look at Burt Minor, a candidate for the Illinois House of Representatives in 2018, who was trying to represent District 42 in that body. His candidacy, however, was damaged from a member of his own party, as Erika Harold, a GOP candidate for Illinois Attorney general, went public with the fact that Minor had asked her if she was a “lesbo” and used the N-word around her (and yes, she is African-American) after she announced her own candidacy. Harold let Minor know, that no one should ever use that word to express her discomfort. He repeated it. So she repeated her warning, and he said it a third time, as if he was trying to summon some sort of racist Beetlejuice. Once Harold made Minor’s comments public knowledge, he claimed his comments were “misinterpreted” and tried to play the victim.

    Burt Minor lost in the GOP Primary, only getting 22% of the vote. We’re not sure if this will be his only run for the state legislature or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mathew101281 View Post
    How do we pull our country out of this current situation?
    Focusing on the protection of "minority" voting rights would help -- if it weren't for organized Republican gerrymandering and voter suppression, we wouldn't be where we are today.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voter_..._United_States

    Bush wouldn't have even been president, much less Trump, and both the House and Senate would be a lot less Republican as a whole.

    Unfortunately, we are now in a situation where only the Republicans (via impeachment) can remove Trump from office.

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    "Barr Appoints Prosecutor to Examine Russia Probe Origins"

    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/...rigins-1319878

    "North Korea Demands Return of Cargo Ship Seized by U.S."

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/14/w...ship-coal.html

    "Trump heats up yet another global crisis by escalating China trade war"

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/10/polit...ran/index.html

    "They're not going to be happy.' Trump threatens Iran over reports of sabotaged oil tankers"



    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...lf/1191755001/
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    Twitter thread

    Here’s the Deutsche Bank subpoena for the President’s financial and tax records (from the Intelligence and Financial Services committees):

    and here’s the motion where the committees explain how the subpoenas fit into what they’re investigating

    and here's the subpoena to Capital One -- this one's from the Financial Services Committee alone, not jointly with Intelligence:
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    Barr Assigns U.S. Attorney in Connecticut to Review Origins of Russia Inquiry

    WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr has assigned the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut to examine the origins of the Russia investigation, according to two people familiar with the matter, a move that President Trump has long called for but that could anger law enforcement officials who insist that scrutiny of the Trump campaign was lawful.

    John H. Durham, the United States attorney in Connecticut, has a history of serving as a special prosecutor investigating potential wrongdoing among national security officials, including the F.B.I.’s ties to a crime boss in Boston and accusations of C.I.A. abuses of detainees.

    His inquiry is the third known investigation focused on the opening of an F.B.I. counterintelligence investigation during the 2016 presidential campaign into possible ties between Russia’s election interference and Trump associates.

    The department’s inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, is separately examining investigators’ use of wiretap applications and informants and whether any political bias against Mr. Trump influenced investigative decisions. And John W. Huber, the United States attorney in Utah, has been reviewing aspects of the Russia investigation. His findings have not been announced.
    I hope this goes the way of Trump's Election Fraud investigation [Millions of illegals voted in California] --> no where.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tendrin View Post
    Just be glad you're not British and have to profile Sargon of Akkad.

    I like this trend of milkshaking fascists.

    Be prepared for Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson to clutch their pearls over Sargon's "free speech."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gryphon View Post
    someone filmed an antiisrael video outside my synagogue calling for protests....there will now have to be a police prescence going forward at the synagouge
    And yet according to Candace Owens, the rise is hate crimes is a trick by the democrats to get black votes.

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    Trump Targets Pell Grant Money For NASA’s Budget Boost

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is hoping to shift money for Pell Grants for college education to fund new spending, including a $1.6 billion bump for NASA.

    Under a budget amendment sent Monday evening to Congress, the administration would use an additional $1.9 billion in surplus Pell Grant money to fund other budget priorities, including an infusion of new cash for NASA “so that we can return to Space in a BIG WAY!” President Donald Trump tweeted.
    I'm a big fan of NASA, have been since the Moon Landings, however this is not the way to fund them. 'Let's put a lot of money into NASA, but nothing into the education needed to create the scientists, engineers, and technicians needed to actually do anything there.'
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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    Hungary’s Viktor Orbán Is Shunned By European Neighbors, Finds Love From Trump

    Orbán has attacked the judiciary, taken over the free press and led anti-Semitic assaults, including against a major university, but Trump praised him lavishly. Caramel Caligula sure loves dictators, mainly because he wants to BE one.
    But trump supporters tell me trump loves Israel and Jewish Americans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    Barr Assigns U.S. Attorney in Connecticut to Review Origins of Russia Inquiry



    I hope this goes the way of Trump's Election Fraud investigation [Millions of illegals voted in California] --> no where.
    No, no, no, no, no. That's not how it went.

    Dozens of high-profile GOP members and their supporters, including Trump family members like Ivanka, were caught up in illegal voting schemes or illegally registered to vote. The committee resigned slowly after determining the GOP had to clean house for voting and since most were the ones doing it ... well ... they ended the committee as quietly as they could.

    It was the first of many self-owns by this Daffy Duck administration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    Trump Targets Pell Grant Money For NASA’s Budget Boost



    I'm a big fan of NASA, have been since the Moon Landings, however this is not the way to fund them. 'Let's put a lot of money into NASA, but nothing into the education needed to create the scientists, engineers, and technicians needed to actually do anything there.'
    And that's on top of that Space Force nonsense Trump cooked up and figures to flush billions more down the toilet. Hell, to be honest, I'm surprised he didn't funnel Pell Grant money into funding his half-assed border wall, or maybe Dolt45 will rob another worthwhile pot of money for his ultimate vanity project.
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    Some days I feel particularly masochistic and go and read user comments under any of Omar Ilhan's posts.

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    His Tarrifs will now make any non visual gaming (video games) 25% more expensive. Like CCGs/RPGs or Wargames ? Their going to get more expensive because Trump doesnt understand how buisness works and most are made in china.

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    'A hate-for-profit racket': Warren refuses Fox town hall invite
    The Massachusetts senator sets herself apart from Bernie Sanders and other Democrats who've played ball with the network.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/...n-hall-1320068

    Elizabeth Warren turned down a Fox News invitation Tuesday for a televised town hall and denounced the cable network as a “hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists.”

    The network has been inviting Democratic presidential candidates to participate in town halls moderated by its news reporters. Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar already done the events, while Pete Buttigieg and Kirsten Gillibrand are scheduled to. All of them have criticized the network’s coverage of the Trump administration but defended going on the network as a means to reach voters.

    Without mentioning her rivals, Warren argued that agreeing to go on the network would ultimately lend Fox News credibility and boost its revenue.

    “A Fox News town hall adds money to the hate-for-profit machine. To which I say: hard pass,” she wrote in a Twitter thread. “Fox News is welcome to come to my events just like any other outlet.”

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