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In Topic: The Trump Presidency Thread

19 October 2017 - 09:08 PM

NYT is going to be losing a lot of its senior staff soon.

O'Keefe strikes again

In Topic: Random News Observations

19 October 2017 - 09:06 PM

Given that chart showing Canada having a lot more guns per capita than almost every country ( except the USA #1) it seems that the people that do own guns must own a lot of guns.

So you argument become one of responsibility, because a gun owner in Canada needs only unlock their safe to gain access. Even suicidal ones.

Take out gang shootings and suddenly the USA isn't anywhere near as bad as the numbers imply.

75,000,000 gun owners( almost twice the population of Canada ) 300,000,000+ guns legally owned, the number of gun shootings is not nearly the epidemic the news media wants to imply.

Mass shooting in a Christian church a couple weeks ago by guy was stopped because the usher tackled him, then got his own gun from his car and held him.

Responsible gun owners are not the problem, nor are guns themselves.

In Topic: Random News Observations

19 October 2017 - 06:51 PM

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Gun ownership per capita world wide.

Canada has a lot more guns than most every other country ( except the US ....#1)

Why doesn't Canada have a higher gun deaths stat if it's availability of guns and gun ownership that causes gun deaths?

In Topic: The Trump Presidency Thread

19 October 2017 - 06:40 PM

View PostFCP Bob, on 16 October 2017 - 02:36 AM, said:

This is really how Trump seems to view everything.


Both abroad and with Congress we can see clearly what should have been clear in advance: President Trump has no idea how to negotiate international accords or treaties or how to pass laws. These require building coalitions and trust because you’ll need to work with the same actors again in the future. You also need to build coalitions of people or nations each of whom think they have something to gain from the effort. As Nocera noted in that column about the golf resort swindle, Trump’s idea of business is basically cheating. That doesn’t necessarily mean breaking the law, though Trump does plenty of that. It means making money by trickery and hard dealing in which the other party usually ends up screwed. Those just aren’t the skills that end up being effective for a President. But that’s all Trump knows. That’s why we currently have what amounts to governance via chaos and outburst. Trump doesn’t know how to be President.


I mean has anyone in journalism ever paused to think before they write?

Trump has been a developer for 30 years, and he doesn't pay anyone their full price?

I know this is hard to understand but there are very very few companies that can build big things. In fact only Trump can build anything.

This is why contractors who don't get paid keep going to work for him. Because he is the only game in town.

Trump has been successful as a developer because no one is willing to put a lien on the properties they helped build because Trump can hire really good lawyers who can make the government back down from enforcing labor laws, contractual laws, heck even the law of supply and demand.

Trump's lawyers are sooooo good no one can put a lien on property.

And as we all know the main requirement for being president is the ability to negotiate coalitions to act on international issues. Because NOTHING can be done without a committee in the entire world.

If Pakistan, Uruguay and Thailand aren't with you, forget getting anything done in the world.

This is why Bush's war in Iraq was sooo successful; he got 30 nations to join in. That is leadership, that is how you succeed!


Of course if you think being President is hard, imagine how hard to be a journalist. Not only do you need to have spell-checker...you must be able to read the minds of people you never met and extrapolate why they can/cannot accomplish anything after you make up some arbitrary rules for it.

That and re-write 30 years of a public companies successes with make believe stories that just so happen to fit the narrative you already have written.

In Topic: The Trump Presidency Thread

15 October 2017 - 08:40 PM

View PostFCP Bob, on 13 October 2017 - 05:18 PM, said:

Ezra Klein‏Verified account @ezraklein 11h11 hours ago
Trump's new policy will increase premiums by 20%, cost the government $194 billion, increase the deficit, destabilize insurance markets, and increase the number of uninsured Americans. There is nothing it makes better; it's pure policy nihilism.


Trump’s acting like Obamacare is just politics. It’s people’s lives.
Fewer people will have insurance — and the government will spend more.

Obamacare's payments to insurance companies was illegal, Trump made congress deal with it.
Having no insurance is a choice many people make.
Mainly because they are young and don't need it.
My insurance under Obamacare for myself went from $350 a month for a $5,000 deductible to $650 a month. Then it was flat out canceled. The plan I have now is about $900 a month USING the ACA, but I get subsidies because I am carrying loss. Once my loss is gone I will not be able to afford any insurance.

Obamacare is a disaster, worse than a disaster, and its getting worse every day.

Best thing we can do is kill the whole program and allow market forces to drive down insurance.

That and cap lawyer's fees.

But Trump is going to