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Re: News and Current Events - 2012
« Reply #60 on: January 04, 2012, 04:21:30 PM »
  If he's a Republican, it's not a good idea to elect him; if he's a Republican and over 80, it still isn't a good idea, but age has nothing to do with it: they only put up a face to front for the behind-the-scenes schemers, anyway - do you really think Bush II could find his own ass in a sunlit room full of mirrors with both hands??  In case you're wondering why the Republicans are continuing to goof up, think about George HW (Bush I, and former 8-year head of the CIA) having made so many billions of oil dollars for himself, and Cheney - you remember that his company, Haliburton still has not accounted for nine thousand million of our tax dollars.  Bush II really doesn't need to be out there threatening to release his back pages on those who might have the nerve to disagree with him - he's rich, rich, rich - he's won!

Well, from what I know of US politics, it is obviously not good to elect a Republican, but I was thinking of the man himself and how he might suffer. We might like to think that 80 is the new 60, but I certainly don't have the energy I had at 40 say, and certainly not what I had at 20. Being President means doing a great deal of traveling, even without the demands of office. I suspect I would be on my knees doing the job, so God only knows what it would be like for an eighty year old.
Of course  most of the time I kid myself I can still do anything, but it might not be true.
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Re: News and Current Events - 2012
« Reply #61 on: January 04, 2012, 04:30:44 PM »
Well, from what I know of US politics, it is obviously not good to elect a Republican, but I was thinking of the man himself and how he might suffer. We might like to think that 80 is the new 60, but I certainly don't have the energy I had at 40 say, and certainly not what I had at 20. Being President means doing a great deal of traveling, even without the demands of office. I suspect I would be on my knees doing the job, so God only knows what it would be like for an eighty year old.
Of course  most of the time I kid myself I can still do anything, but it might not be true.

It is an interesting FACT that US presidents generally live longer than their contemporaries.

AND, I believe Ron Paul is 76 now. So he'd be 77 when he took office. The term is just 4 years. Plus, the man's rich (which usually equates to good health) and government health care is extensive.
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Re: News and Current Events - 2012
« Reply #62 on: January 04, 2012, 04:36:13 PM »
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Re: News and Current Events - 2012
« Reply #63 on: January 04, 2012, 07:49:36 PM »

What a poor turn out. Whats that like a 16% turn out? Not good.

I think they realized there was no one worth voting for.
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Re: News and Current Events - 2012
« Reply #64 on: January 04, 2012, 08:13:16 PM »
Seriously,  What do you guys think of this guys videos?  I'm kinda freaking out.  To me he makes total sense and it really scares me.

http://www.youtube.com/user/StormCloudsGathering#p/u/4/pnteMtJt73k
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Re: News and Current Events - 2012
« Reply #65 on: January 04, 2012, 08:52:42 PM »
^^^

Oilgun, this is one of the comments to part 2 of the message, and I agree with it.

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Everybody uses 'worthless' fiat currency so it doesn't matter if it fails, the others are just as worthless. Gold is also worthless, you can't eat it.

The strength of a currency is derived from the speculative strength of the economy it is derived from. If the dollar falls it means the economy is failing already and leads to corrective measures such as oil costing more. About time you stinking SUV gas guzzlers! Raise those mileage rates on your cars like everyone else!

In other words, money is mostly in our heads, just like calendars.  I honestly don't believe debt survives much beyond a lifetime.  Other influences expand or contract the economy.

I believe oil is an important resource but it isn't the only resource.

The guy says prepare-- so what does that mean?  If you believe him,
get a hybrid or a bicycle
buy stock in wind farms
and plant a garden.

ETA:  raise chickens  :D

ETAA: naturally this doesn't mean our economy might not collapse!  But IMO it would be mostly because of our vast wealth, which cannot be denied, that is concentrated among a very, very few.
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Re: News and Current Events - 2012
« Reply #66 on: January 05, 2012, 12:14:16 AM »
Michele Bachmann quits presidential race following poor showing in Iowa

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa--Michele Bachmann announced her exit from the presidential race Wednesday morning following a sixth-place finish in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa.

"Last night, the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice. And so I have decided to stand aside," the Republican representative from Minnesota told reporters during a morning media availability here at the Marriott hotel.

Despite Bachmann's extensive, last-minute tour to visit all 99 of Iowa's counties, her first place finish in the Aug. 13 straw poll, and the state being her place of birth, Iowa Republican caucus voters rejected Bachmann's campaign, handing her 6,073 votes on caucus night--5 percent of the total votes cast in Tuesday night's caucuses.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/michele-bachmann-expected-quit-presidential-race-following-poor-161724564.html
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Re: News and Current Events - 2012
« Reply #67 on: January 05, 2012, 12:20:48 AM »
Well, we knew that was coming....  ::)

Somebody had posted a comment on the carol burnett parody of star trek (in the humor thread), saying something about how the skit somehow made him think of michelle bachmann in the white house...  :D

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Re: News and Current Events - 2012
« Reply #68 on: January 05, 2012, 12:58:05 AM »
I am so glad that it did!
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Re: News and Current Events - 2012
« Reply #69 on: January 05, 2012, 04:19:25 AM »
Michele Bachmann quits presidential race following poor showing in Iowa

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa--Michele Bachmann announced her exit from the presidential race Wednesday morning following a sixth-place finish in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa.

"Last night, the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice. And so I have decided to stand aside," the Republican representative from Minnesota told reporters during a morning media availability here at the Marriott hotel.

Despite Bachmann's extensive, last-minute tour to visit all 99 of Iowa's counties, her first place finish in the Aug. 13 straw poll, and the state being her place of birth, Iowa Republican caucus voters rejected Bachmann's campaign, handing her 6,073 votes on caucus night--5 percent of the total votes cast in Tuesday night's caucuses.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/michele-bachmann-expected-quit-presidential-race-following-poor-161724564.html

I thought that this was such good news. At least that's one irrational idiot out of the way!
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Re: News and Current Events - 2012
« Reply #70 on: January 05, 2012, 06:09:44 AM »
I can't figure out who you are talking about.  The show is "produced" by PRI and WNYC.  Different segments have different producers, some are free lance.
I think Arwa Gunja is the lead producer.  


the "takeaway" announcer said on Tuesday that the producer for her program was the past Republican National  co-ordinator, and since I was in the shower I missed his name.  I did catch, however, that he has something to do with PBS's relationship with the NYTimes.
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Re: News and Current Events - 2012
« Reply #71 on: January 05, 2012, 07:30:02 AM »
"Twelve baby giant pandas are adjusting to living together in a group after recently leaving their mother at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in southwest China's Sichuan Province."  

A very high aw-w-w-w-w-w factor, and no issues or evil plots here though preservation of nearly-extinct species could be called a 'hot topic'.



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Re: News and Current Events - 2012
« Reply #72 on: January 05, 2012, 07:36:13 AM »
^^^

Oilgun, this is one of the comments to part 2 of the message, and I agree with it.

In other words, money is mostly in our heads, just like calendars.

Absolutely.  If it came down to survival, things now regarded as valuable, like gold, would be worthless; it takes the formation of community, that boogeyman of libertarians, to come up with something as sophisticated as currency of any kind.

Smithsonian Magazine ran a story last year about laboratory-produced diamonds, which commented that diamonds aren't really all that rare -- their mystique is a product of long-running PR.
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Re: News and Current Events - 2012
« Reply #73 on: January 05, 2012, 07:37:50 AM »
It is an interesting FACT that US presidents generally live longer than their contemporaries.

AND, I believe Ron Paul is 76 now. So he'd be 77 when he took office. The term is just 4 years. Plus, the man's rich (which usually equates to good health) and government health care is extensive.

Are you saying that Saint Paul would actually submit to government health care?  Well, slap my ass and call me Fanny.   :D

Is it really a good idea to elect a man as president who will be over eighty during the course of his elected term?

Depends on who the Vice President is.
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Re: News and Current Events - 2012
« Reply #74 on: January 05, 2012, 07:42:37 AM »
Absolutely.  If it came down to survival, things now regarded as valuable, like gold, would be worthless; it takes the formation of community, that bogeyman of libertarians, to come up with something as sophisticated as currency of any kind.

Smithsonian Magazine ran a story last year about laboratory-produced diamonds, which commented that diamonds aren't really all that rare -- their mystique is a product of long-running PR.

The mystique of diamonds is almost single-handedly a product of an decades long ad campaign by the DeBeers diamond company.  They are also among the cruelest to their miners - poverty wages and lack of safety equipment/practices...  Of course, after DeBeers had been promoting diamonds as more valuable than a reality-based evaluation would allow, others joined in.  There is, amazingly enough, an actual international diamond cartel which sets the prices, wholesale and retail, by attempting to control the amount of carats released in any given 'season.'
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