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  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 12, 11:19pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

FortWayne says
Where is blm? Is kapernik kneeling?

Nah... he’s white, liberals don’t care about him.


My New T-Shirt:
I was there when FortWayne was "woke".
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 12, 11:41pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (2)     quote      



Kellyanne ... let the hate flow grrl.
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 13, 7:47am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (2)     quote      

The exit polling, approval of Trump is 48-48 ... in ... in Alabama!

Oh-ohhhh. Moore losing and Dems continuing to overperform isn't your only problem GOP.
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 13, 7:50am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)     quote      

zzyzzx says
Prediction: All future elections will have random women come out raped by the republican candidate 30+years in the past, all of course weeks before the election and with no evidence.

And now all the Roy Moore sexual accusations will drop off the frontpage never to be heard from again... they accomplished their missions and the accusers got their checks...


We here in Soros shill land call this: "the winning strategy"

(wink wink)
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 13, 10:43pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)     quote      

Patrick says
the majority should not be subject to the tyranny of the minority.


(blink blink)

I thought you were pro Trump/GOP? 30% of the population has the rest hostage right now Patrick.

You are for removal of gerrymandering and tough campaign finance reform then?

Are you for vote day as a national holiday, ex-felons being restored voting rights quickly, and automatic voter registration as well?
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 13, 10:45pm   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (1)     quote      

anon_1d596 says
Just like in politics, the majority wins


Care to re-state that more carefully? ;)

The representative democracy in America is not set by simple majority votes.
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 14, 12:21pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

How long did Watergate take?
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 17, 6:33pm   ↑ like (4)   ↓ dislike (8)     quote      

• Trump, totally ineffective still, is fully mired in scandal throughout 2018. We see something from him crazier and more shocking than the past 'Year of Trump'.
• Trump makes another covfefe. You know what it means.
• At least one more of the Trump campaign is charged criminally.
• Women lead, or are the main contributor to, another day of protest which rivals The Women's March of 2017 in scope.
• There are more extreme weather events, and persecutions of minorities, causing destabilization and refugee pressures throughout 2018. (Myanmar, South Sudan, Yemen, already going ... but another nation goes this way)
• Democrats manage to pick up the House: blue-wave.
• There is another mass shooting that enters notoriety on the scale of Orlando, Sandy Hook, Las Vegas.
• Dems stop asking/worrying about trying to pick up votes of the 30% (or less) of America which is Trump's base. Instead they push further left, and worry about energizing the vote, and 'dancing with the one that brought them'. Partisanship kicks up another notch.
• I continue to laugh as things melt-down for Trump.
• We do nothing substantial on N. Korea. (bark bark bark)
• There is no wall in sight.
• Trump's approval hovers around the 37% mark, or lower, continuing to be least popular President in modern history.
• We see another disease flare up and capture the attention of the press/world.
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 17, 6:56pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (4)     quote      

Booger says
I'm more interested in people's stock market predictions for 2018.


Boring/flat, slightly up, or imploding: there is no "slight down" from here.
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 18, 9:22pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

anon_8b4ea says
Like the Zika epidemic?

http://www.patrick.net/post/1291511/2016-05-18-zika-funding-votes-upcoming-too-little-too-late-already Rew says
I'll call it right here: zika will be way worse and impactful to the US than ebola and the real tragedy is we won't do enough now and it will cost more lives and money in the long run. This may be a drastic example of the harm our bad governance inflicts on us.


Absolutely, like Zika, and I don't see you making a case for Ebola being more severe or greater threat. Zika has killed more and infected more, and is just waiting to flare back up out in the environment again. Ebola isn't going to do that natively in the US.

For 2018 though, I was thinking more an interesting new flu, maybe animal/livestock related. (shrug) Who knows, but there will for sure be something interesting, with potential global reach, happening in 2018.
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 18, 9:45pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)     quote      

Strategist says
Of all the million possible predictions, of all the problems going on in the world, you pick a "new flu" Oh God, please help humanity.


Haha ... I put some predictions out there as well. :) There is always a "new flu" though. I'm pretty confidant we will see another diseases, with potential pandemic characteristics, take center stage for awhile in 2018, is all.
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 19, 4:12pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

http://fox40.com/2017/12/19/sierra-snow-pack-way-below-normal/
All sorts of news questioning snowpack levels right now for CA.

"You mean one magical deluge didn't cure us?"
"Nope."
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 19, 4:26pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (2)     quote      



The war on Christmas is very unpredictable.

Trump should probably say it 23 times, right now, to one up Obama. Never know what 2018 will bring. ;)
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 19, 4:43pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Trump and the campaign were warned by US agencies, that Russians were specifically targeting to influence them, and the election working through them, in July of 2016.

They had phone calls, and face to face meetings, thereafter with Russian intel mediaries and operatives (Sep and on, I believe). They were open to receiving help, they sought it, and specifically asked for it. I believe they didn't care, didn't know, and to this day think nothing with that was wrong. They are finding out, and are upset though, that the majority fo the US intelligence services don't see things that way.
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 19, 4:44pm   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

HEYYOU says
How's it working out,living in a desert,choking on smoke & looking at the pile of cinders that used to be shacks?


Santa Rosa, Santa Barbara, LA ... and much more. Fire season still going right now, in December. Ugh.
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 19, 5:09pm   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (2)     quote      

TwoScoopsMcGee says
Prepare to win big.


http://www.nbc29.com/story/37067522/charlottesville-circuit-court-12-14-2017
Charges against Harris dropped (the guy beaten).
Others all charged.
Driver Fields, charges upped to first degree murder, for killing Heather Heyer.

@TwoScoopsMcGee , I didn't see the Brownshirts rounding up the leftists in September? Trap still yet to fall? Bannon out. Bannonites losing races. (shrug) Doesn't seem like much winning here for the radical right elements of the country.

TwoScoopsMcGee says
Get ready for a huge terrorist conspiracy case.


http://www.latinorebels.com/2017/08/16/alex-michael-ramos-who-identifies-as-puerto-rican-called-one-of-deandre-harris-charlottesville-attackers/

Edit: That "terrorist" is in anti-Islamic marches! Perfect cover. They are getting very tricksey now, yesss, yessss.
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 19, 9:37pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (1)     quote      

anon_d06f9 says
Popcorn is getting stale!


I got buckets of the stuff, all with the Russian flag emblazoned on 'em.
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 19, 9:44pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (1)     quote      

Peter P says
It does not feel like a bubble


The only thing I can think of is ETFs and managed stock fund packages. Also, these are all closely linked to 401Ks and other retirement stock investment vehicles. That's the only thing I randomly hazard might be 'bubbly'.

I think you are right in that this is just a huge imbalance, but not real pinpoint bubble.

We are going to burp.
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 20, 3:22pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Tenpoundbass says
Look all's I know is what Antifa puts on the Internet.


Some people say ...

Some people didn't know ...
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 20, 4:36pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

mind ...


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... blown. Happy Holidays Apoc!
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 20, 10:23pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (4)     quote      

More restoring the image of America abroad and standing by our allies.
I hope the majority of the UN stands against us. What a little tantrum throwing, play with our own toys, disgrace we are right now.

Strategist says
Why should we give any aid to countries that don't like us, and don't wish us well?


We help fund the UN, paying for about 22% of it. That's not "direct aid" to countries.

That's the gosh darn neighborhood watch program in the "town we live in", and our town has some rough parts. Sure, we live in the nice area in the hills, though. Yes, we can take our money away. We have a lot of business interest downtown that will suffer first, but no matter. The sad part is eventually the blight will likely creep up into the foothills as well. It will take some time. I'm sure some gangs will move in to setup a new balance of power. But you know what, not our direct neighborhood, so ... F 'em. Right?

Isolationist saber rattling pants wetters. Run away America, run away. It's ok ... the big boys will take over.
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 21, 3:58pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (2)     quote      

The vote was pretty brutal. 😂😂😂😂

Abstentions by Canada, Mexico, Australia, and a few others.

  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 21, 4:01pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (2)     quote      

Dodge a bullet?

No we are continually shooting ourselves in the foot.
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 22, 3:29pm   ↑ like (4)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

TwoScoopsPlissken says
The slow recovery is finally over, and we have beautiful quarterly 3%+ GDP growth, something we've been told for years was impossible in such a developed economy.


I believe Obama had 8+ quarters of over 3% GDP growth. The problem is comparing an annual rate vs quarterly rates, which is what some people will do to puff themselves up because they are feeling pretty insecure and way in over their heads.
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 24, 12:21am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

anon_476ae says
unsourced


Didn't find one that proves your affirmation then? Reality is hard for the Trumpets, I know.

If only there was some search you could do to find the historical quarterly GDP rates for the US?
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 28, 1:01am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (2)     quote      

Nothing to see here! Please move along. It's just a big white truck, parking here on the side of the road. Move along people. Move along.

http://www.newsweek.com/trump-golf-outing-obscured-mystery-white-truck-cnn-tries-cover-presidents-game-760956
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 29, 2:07am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)     quote      

The stats for the past 100 years were:
+1.7 mm a year (plus or minus 0.5mm)
+1.33°F (0.74ºC) in the past century

... but you don't believe in NOAA, the USGS, the FBI, or much of anything anymore, do you? Experts are waved away. Hard truths are ignored. Why? Because they challenge your ideology so deeply you cannot face them.

No one on PNet is going to change your mind. But look, you found that Tenpound is "one of your people", so you can feel a little less threatened.

Onvacation says
Technology will save humanity!


You ever look at the causes of civilization collapse? They have markers and commonalities. The civilizations were all at the height of their technological peak, masters of their known world, and pretty confident in their longevity ... until ... ooops! But we aren't those primitive backwater beings of thousands of years ago, right? After all that is so so long ago! (Except for that fact that in the history of life, the planet, and actual meaningful timescales it is a blink fo an eye.)

Tenpoundbass says
I've seen South Florida beaches several times.


If you look out at the horizon too Tenpound, you can clearly see the world is flat. No curve dude! No curve!!!!

You feel the air outside recently too? It's freaking cold!

Onvacation says
Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming is a fraud.


How many people are committing this fraud/knowingly lying? What is their purpose and motivation?

You've got nothing but internet conspiracy theories, because they make you feel safe and justified. It's a lot easier than being open to the possibility you are wrong.

Your hashtag is correct though: #politics ... as the people who deny the current science fall into a pretty narrow wedge in political belief.

http://news.gallup.com/topic/category_climate_change.aspx
Looks like those beliefs are dying out quickly, too.
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 29, 11:03am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)     quote      

Onvacation says
Science does not care about popularity contests.


It does and it doesn't.
It cares about what can be peer reviewed and proven. In a way, that's the greatest popularity contest of all.

Onvacation says
If the earth is warming why is the hottest temp ever recorded over a century old?


You confuse a single data point with a net trend.

If I have a sheet of steel, 1 inch thick and 1 square mile surface area, and I raise the temperature of a single localized point on that plate to 100 degrees ... how much energy did that take? What if I raised the entire surface 40 degrees over the entire plate? How much energy did that take? How much net heat is transferred to the air as the plate cools to the air temperature in each case?

Sort these by year:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_weather_records
The mean Earth temperature has been proven to be going up.
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 29, 5:08pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (3)     quote      

You fail at the simple surface area and data point thought exercise I see. Shame.

Onvacation says
So when was the hottest temp ever?


A record from 1922, just because it was in the past, doesn't negate the overwhelming warming trend the Earth is experiencing. Climate versus weather, right?
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 29, 7:20pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Hilarious. :)
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 29, 7:36pm   ↑ like (4)   ↓ dislike (2)     quote      

That is not a personal attack. OP poster continues to ask easily found answers/facts available to anyone who can use a search engine and read.

One cannot read this thread and wonder what the point of repeatedly asking is, and what their general literacy is.

Google it. It's right here:

https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/201608
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 30, 1:42am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)     quote      

TwoScoopsPlissken says
Russia and China went along with the US' anti-North Korean resolution a few days ago at the Security Council.


Anyone catch who was selling oil to the North Koreans this week? Two countries. (ponder ponder) One ship currently seized by South Korea.

Also, good move by Russia into Turkey this week on missile defense. Keep straining relations with the West and draw Turkey in tighter.

anotheraccount says
I think that technology came from a specific Ukrainian factory. Would not surprise me with the turmoil in that country.


Yuzhmash : the technology, and factory/origin, is all undoubtedly former Soviet Navy in the Ukraine. Yes. Just as reported in August:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/14/world/asia/north-korea-missiles-ukraine-factory.html
But, proven that the Ukrainians were leads in seeking to sell that missile engine/tech to N. Korea seems unlikely. Did they even have enough engines on hand to make a difference? How did they get the engines to the N. Koreans? Proliferation and control of nuke and missile tech has been tightly watched since '91. Seems difficult and there is a good bit against Ukrainian interest in doing so. They are (well, were) very pro-US and dependent on us to a good degree for their freedom.

It takes more than just a few engines over the border, and a few documents, to make a missile program. It takes support, manufacturing, quality control.

Hey, who has a shared border with North Korea anyway? Who has an interest in a nicely destabilized and off balance US? That's right: Russia.

Yes, N. Korea's missile tech has a Soviet lineage, but we are a long way from being able to say definitively: Ukraine bad they did it for $.

Hours after Trump conversed with Putin, on Jan 28th, Eastern Ukraine erupted into heavy explosions of a much larger Russian assault. That was the cementing of our only lip-service support of the Ukraine. It's pretty clear, Ukraine isn't counting on us anytime soon, really.

So for a missile program, of Soviet Naval lineage, which country is actually more likely to have dealt and transferred goods to the North Koreans? I know who I would bet on.

As to us providing sniper rifles to the Ukraine, ok. (shrug) What next? Canada in on arms sales with us too. Nice. But, what a soft footed "I don't want to anger my base or Putin" rollout. This doesn't change the course of Russian war plans, nor the war outcome at all. This just signals Trump is begrudgingly listening to Mattis and others.

Will be interesting to see if the Russian's now get to use this as an excuse to break the current cease fires and prisoner exchanges. The timing is the oddest thing ever too. The decision on arm sales has been sitting on Trump's desk for months. Too busy golfing, or trying to squeak it by in the holiday quiet.
  Rew   ignore (0)   2017 Dec 30, 4:25pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (2)     quote      

Patrick says
True, the biggest problem with this is time. Maybe users should have a certain amount of history on the site before being allowed to mark a comment as off-topic.


All the anon lurkers: you need to give actual users an ability to block them all. These are all just regular users in masquerade as it defeats blocks already in place.

Stop allowing handle hopping: the notorious trolls of your site rotate their nicknames every 6 months to a year. It's an attempt to remove their posting history, hide their previous deeds, and absolve themselves from being blocked for the jerks they are. Pitiful.

You have a site now which is far from a place which encourages any debate whatsoever. This is a shouting match with stacked rules. I'm done. There is no point to conversing with anyone here really left. (errc, Happy, BayArea, many others are sane and can have differing opinions, even get heated, but not descend into the BS that Pnet has become. One of the best was Tdove (rip) and I agreed to disagree with her on so much. iwog and Dan ... no secret I loved/hated those guys too.

This is no longer a site exchanging ideas, in neutrality. There is a clear agenda here.

I'm logging off all. Goodbye. Happy 2018.