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    New HIV Strain In Oz

    Maybe news to some. I didn't see an Oz thread also, anyway, this strain seems scary (not to say that any HIV isn't scary) https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/07/health/htlv-1-virus-australia-explainer/index.html?no-st=1558285886
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    New HIV Strain In Oz

    STDs per se aren't my worry, its those pesky antibiotic resistant strains of it that has me keeping a healthy supply of condoms.
  3. His actions and character doesn't bother nearly as much as the question of whether or not he did something wrong with the leaks. Did he?
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    Usa Thread

    'Empire' the tv show Smollett stars films in two locations. Los Angeles and guess where? Chicago. It's a very popular show and part of the various reasons he's getting off lightly I think is because of the money it generates for the city. The mayor may not want to admit it but I'm sure that fact also plays a part. What I am happy about it is it was not true. Of course I don't like the fact he was stupid enough to stage it, but had it been true, that would have been worse.
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    Usa Thread

    Trump blamed for Barbara Bush's death? Who is doing that? I'm curious because that's a new one but I don't listen to a lot of the mainstream news so I may have missed it.
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    Usa Thread

    The DA in Chicago is one degree separation from a person who worked in Michelle Obama's staff. Michelle Obama has no connection whatsoever to the case herself. No one has even hinted at it. What we have in the Smollett dismissal is someone with a name asking for a favor from a DA. Is it right? Absolutely not. Is it unusual? Absolutely not. In fact I'd say its the norm. In LA where I lived for years, there is a reason why people like Robert Downey Jr wasn't in jail for 10 years as any regular citizen in LA after all the drug arrests. Los Angeles and NYC DA's do these types of things regularly. Chicago probably does for all manner of people. In fact, I'm positive. Smollett is a normal thing. The question is why Trump feels the need to literally make a federal case out of this one specifically and not the many others that occur routinely? Simple answer is Smollett used his MAGA hat and this is a personal vendetta for Trump. I get that. But like other Presidents and powerful people in office you roll with the punches and don't tie up government resources for personal retribution. Harvey Weinstein is no where near a jail. Why? Because he still maintained enough influence with friends and associates to keep him out of jail. Again, sadly ,the Smollett matter is the norm. But I try to be fair and arbitrary prosecution for him and not for any one else smells of something else. And Rahm Emmanuel has a bit of a hypocrisy problem when the previous DA who was a political ally helped keep a cop from being indicted when he was on camera shooting an unarmed man and Emmanuel was intimately involved in the process. This DA is a result of the blowback from that. She got in because previous one was a wee bit corrupt even by Chicago's history of low standards. The Smollett case involved a lot of wasted police man hours and such. In the big scope of things where DAs are letting off drug related crime, even murder, I'm not outraged by it. I suspect Smollett had the dual "benefit" of being friends with Democratically connected Blacks as well as the famous "gay mafia" of Hollywood. Both of those forces fighting for you, you can't lose.
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    Usa Thread

    I misstated in my previous post. I DON"T like the guy one bit. Never have for a myriad of reasons. Regarding Smollett.
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    Usa Thread

    Not excusing Smollett but its not like the first time someone made a false report and not got to jail for it. I like the guy one bit, even before this fiasco. But if I want to be fair, the vast majority of people do not go to jail over false reports. Every day in Chicago, disgruntled girlfriends make false reports on men and nothing happens. There are tons youtube videos of people who make false reports about "someone" in their neighborhood and nothing happens to the. . The only difference in this case it was someone with some notoriety and the police put in a lot of man hours because of his notoriety. As I said before, I don't think a 3rd party will happen unless there is some event that triggers a complete distrust of either party. The Reform Party that H. Ross Perot started had a chance but he was too mercurial. He wasn't the right person to head run it. I'd love to see the full Mueller Report but I don't think that will ever be released to the public. Democrats relied too much on it but it must also be said a Republican led the investigation about another Republican and Dems had nothing to do with the actual investigation. Dems just over relied on how important it would be. Still, there were significant indictments of people who would have wielded power within the administration like Kelly who was completely compromised. So, in that respect it wasn't a waste of time. I've never seen a Special Council ever find out its intended reason for existing was proven true. Nixon wasn't facing impeachment on obstruction which wasn't the Special Council's mission. Whitewater didn't prove its intention at all. Hillary wasn't proven at fault for Benghazi. The server was not what her Special Council was about. Colonel North's lying wasn't what the Iran Contra investigation was set up for. Just like any indictment from all Special Council's it was discovered as aside while investigating. As for 2016 Republican candidates, Rand Paul, John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, George Pataki Rick Santorum were among the candidates. Not to crap on Trump but how is he visibly better than the aforementioned? He came with infinitely more baggage than all of them...put together.
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    Usa Thread

    The media has made AOC famous. All types of media. Plus, she is very popular with young people. She is followed by over a million on twitter as well. Genius isn'et what I have heard her described as. Honesty or at least the appearance of being an honest principled person is what I think her biggest supporters see. I really don't understand the backlash. Tons of new freshmen in Congress. She triggers people on both sides as I said. The people that like her think she can't be bought off which makes her likeable and what the Dems don't like and for the GOP is someone who may be a tough candidate to beat if she runs for a higher office such as senator or governor and someone who will call it as she sees it in committee. As far as Mueller and the aftermath of it all, definitely a big plus for Trump in terms of how it looks publicly. As I said, the Dems handled the whole thing like amateurs. As for a '30s like Depression, its the last thing anyone wants to see and maybe it won't come to that, but as far as underlying economic factors, things are looking very, very bad. Worse than at any point since the Great Depression and I am hearing this from some experts who voted for Trump like Peter Schiff. As well as other conservatives like former Reagan staff member David Stockman. Again, there are about 4 huge bubbles happening. The national debt broke a record for the highest rise in a month ever. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-22/u-s-posts-largest-monthly-budget-deficit-on-record-in-february these and other factors don't get discussed on national media because they need people optimistic and buying stocks and not taking their money out of the market in 401k's. The stock market hit a high for the year last week and I don't think we will see that again for the rest of the year and maybe a few years. This could be all wrong, but if its half as bad as some are saying, its going to change the country politically and perhaps socially.
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    Usa Thread

    The Dems handled the whole thing amateurish. The full report hasn't been disclosed though. It was pretty much a given that there wasn't going to be direct evidence between Trump and the Russians months ago. Still, the investigation stopped a number of people like Kelly who would have been in very powerful positions like Chief of Staff, from being there and who were obviously compromised. A scary number of people were exposed to be doing criminal and/or very unethical behavior. Still, all said and done, Cav, you have a right to be "happy" if that term is right. To some I could see it being seen as a big 'nothing burger' but the investigation was problematic from the start. I don't think there is little doubt both parties have major issues. The Dems moral compass within the party is as bad as some developing countries. Such as an internal rule now to boycott any employee or company or organization if they 'primary' any of the establishment Democrats. Its as corrupt and anti Democratic as I've seen ever. Even the Republicans don't go that far. The GOP on a state and local level in many states are equally as unethical. On a national level, enough has been said already. Just my guess, but I think if the economy implodes, a viable 3rd party may emerge that blends key points from both parties.
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    New Zealand Thread

    New Zealand is by definition a land of immigrants other than the aboriginal peoples. Just depends on when you came. The shooter was part of the community. I recall after 9/11 I felt as American as I ever did. In that tragedy, I recall vividly while driving in LA the next day, it was the most polite Los Angelenos were ever to each other. You felt a strong bond to everyone. For a brief time, black, white, latino, Jew, Christian, atheist, men, women, we were all one. The sad part is it took a tragedy to make us see that. Eventually the shock of it wore off and we went back to our corners and came out fighting. But for a brief time, there was unity. My parents said they experienced with the JFK assassination, the landing on the moon as well. New Zealand is experiencing that now. This type of thing, in the last place one would expect it bonds you like no other. I'm guessing no one is a stranger to another there now because everyone has the same point of reference of sadness and shock. It bonds and binds you. If you have children you think of the world they may have to live in. After 9/11 I felt sorry for my nephews if this was going to be their 'normal'. I have no doubt whatsoever, New Zealand will emerge better, stronger and more determined not to have something like this happen. As I said, the coolest people, bar none, I've come across. Quick story. I was sitting on a plane as we were boarding and a guy came over to my seat and started rubbing my shoulder. He was smiling. Of course I am thinking what the fuck is going on. Some gay dude making a public move on me. He looks over several seats up and this girl is smiling and giggling They were both in their early 20s. I was wearing a t shirt that said "rub me for good look' with a clover leaf over it. He said 'Just doing what the shirt said and my girlfriend is scared of flying' and I just laughed and laughed. They were from Auckland. That is one of many cool experiences I've had. We had a great time chatting on that flight and like almost all the other Kiwis I've had the pleasure of meeting face to face, it ended with an open invitation to visit anytime if I found myself in their part of NZ. There are other stories over the years with different ones and Coss epitomizes that same experience. Great heart and a fairness that comes across online naturally.
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    Usa Thread

    This is what I think might be a very real scenario. I'm totally convinced there will be a very, very nasty economic downturn and calling it a downturn may be too kind of a description. I would not be surprised about a full blown depression on the order of the 1930s. We forget that we were a hair from it in 2008 and this time around there isn't just one bubble (back then it was subprime loans in the housing market). This time around we have that again but there are 3 or 4 other bubbles that are at least 1.5 trillion or more in exposure. So, this happens under a Republican president and that party gets booted out. Even the Trump supporters abandon ship just as some Republicans did with the party in 2008 right after the October crash. This will usher in far left, democratic socialism and that person may very well use the precedents that Trump has set with what many will deem executive branch overreach as a reason to mandate wide, whole scale changes to society and the economy. That president will have probably both houses of Congress. The supreme court may still be tilted right as they don't change with elections but any retirees or deaths will bring in a moderate or liberal to re-tilt the court left. That is the main thing that I think conservatives/Republicans need to mind with the current administration. There is a new lowering of standards, etc. I'm not saying it to critique Trump but just stating facts. When its your guy you overlook it. Just like how Dems overlooked what was deemed executive branch overreach from Obama's use of executive orders. I may sound alarmist but I think its a distinct possibility. FDR wouldn't have been able to do what he did were it not for a the Great Depression and I see the same scenario coming. Whether you agree or not, I see medicare for all as our version of national healthcare. Possibly some sort of VAT on all goods and services.Imminent domain to be used to take over properties for bullet trains between cities and states as well as to expand urban mass transit. I can see green energy being de facto law of the land going forward. Banks being heavily regulated. Maybe a basic income like what Yang is proposing of 1,000 dollars for every adult. Something Switzerland tried but was rejected by voters eventually. Lobbyist power and money reduced massively. Overall, basically, a European style economy. And I think the level of attack on Ocasio Cortez and to some extent Omar is that the Republicans as well as the Democrats see the future. I've never seen freshmen congresspersons get that much scrutiny ever. They are under a microscope for a reason and that reason is fear. That type of person will possibly be running the Congress in 4 to 8 years ushered in by an economic collapse where people lose faith in establishment politics from both sides.
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    What Film (Movie) Have You Just Watched?

    Triple Frontier [2019] Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal as ex special forces who attempt to rob one of the world’s most violent cartels. I liked it. It's a story of greed and friendship and a backhanded slight against how the US military/government treats the soldiers who have done the heavy lifting in wars for our politicians.
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    New Zealand Thread

    My sincerest condolences. The last place you expect to see a tragedy like this is NZ frankly. Generally speaking, I've rarely ever met a Kiwi that wasn't cool as shit. But you can always have a bad apple or two in any society, even the best of them. The prime minister's comments were spot on as a reaction to it. This tragedy tells all of us that we must fight hate everywhere, and no place, no matter how unlikely to have such events are vulnerable. It only takes one person.
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    Been Seeing This Niche in Porn

    I don't watch porn as much as I used to but a buddy of mine was telling me about some hot new porn actress (actress...haha...that term still makes me laugh). It was on Pornhub (this is not a paid endorsement plug ) and I noticed while looking at the pages, there are a LOT OF porn themes centered around incest. Sometimes its 'step sister' and 'step daughter' but a lot of are brother sister, step mom, cousin, etc. What the fuck is this? Porn mirrors society to some extent. What the fuck is going in America where that is the preferred theme?
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    Usa Thread

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47461006?ns_mchannel=social&ocid=socialflow_facebook&ns_source=facebook&ns_campaign=bbcnews&fbclid=IwAR1rsQf5r6beM5q1pqPVTNPxk9ALgxkM3bF2U8wN6zM2mCexizovXIj8sDc
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    Usa Thread

    Despite what the government numbers are saying, people are living paycheck to paycheck mostly. They are mostly in jobs they don't really want and are doing just to survive. I'm not putting it on Trump. This started under Obama. The 2008 recession ended the great jobs. We were technically expanding but it was all propped up by the Federal Reserve, the US Treasury and Congress. It's going to be a nasty recession. Much bigger and deeper than the 2008 recession. You are warned.
  18. Gold and silver has been a proven asset in bad economics time for 1000s of years.
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    Usa Thread

    When Trump was on the campaign stump he kept hammering to the crowd that the economic numbers were fluffed. That the true unemployment rate (under 6 percent officially at the time) was really about 15 or 20 percent if you count under employed. That the Fed was propping up the economy. That the jobs numbers were very wrong. It resonated because the government and news told you one thing but your life and everything around didn't reflect it. It was the government saying 'Are you going to believe me or your lying eyes?'. Trump was absolutely right. We never recovered fully from the 2008 crash. The great jobs before the crash never came back. People were desperate. They were not seeing first hand this economy that was supposedly getting better under Obama. There were thousands and thousands of people who voted for Bernie in the primaries and Trump in the general election. Hillary was seen as part of the problem. There were many Democrats in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania who voted for Trump. They held their nose and did it. They didn't tell their family or friends.They were never going to wear MAGA hats. I live outside the country. I wonder if things have really changed for the good. Trump is touting the very same stats used in the prior administration that he called fake. The murmurs I've heard from the ones who voted for him out of desperation and it was really a no pro establishment Hillary rather than a pro Trump vote. I have a good friend who fancies himself a very good amateur political scientist. He thinks the Democratic voters who took a chance on Trump now regret it. They would vote for him over Hillary again but if the Dems can field someone who can address their economic situation they'll gladly give him or her the vote. Then he says there are the hardcore Trump voters who aren't doing much better if at all from the Obama years BUT they feel better about themselves and live vicariously through Trump. They will vote for him again because they have lied to themselves. They won't vote for Bernie they will vote strictly identity politics. There are many, many people like those in the article below in California who have not seen anything improve one iota and in some cases worse. Thoughts? https://www.cbsnews.com/news/los-angeles-hidden-homeless-priced-out-cbsn-originals/?fbclid=IwAR3tTo6tUBXG2ltRpBUSThom4x1AvJS2FmIMO8vEV7JhTwMTv9qhMndj1sE
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    A Letter From Death Row

    Sad, seems we will never really know the truth. I don't know all the facts but I am also aware people are often scapegoated for convenience.
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    Usa Thread

    I'll make it up to the progressives on this thread with the following post 😁
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    Usa Thread

    One of the few times pretty much everyone will agree on this administration's actions. This crazy bitch shows no real remorse and seems very non chalant. Stay the fuck out there. You made your decision and I'm not gonna buy into the she wasn't an adult and not able to make rational decisions either. Not this time. Fuck this crazy bitch, not my tax dollars. Sorry, her attitude grates me. She seems to have no concept of the magnitude of her actions. I sound like a triggered alt right nationalist...haha. PS: She is kinda cute though but....
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    Usa Thread

    That surprises me since the religious right is very supportive of him. The religious right pretty much has one standard. Anti abortion. That's it. Lip service to anything else.
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    Usa Thread

    National emergency proclamations are typically bipartisan.
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    Usa Thread

    No matter what you think of the National Emergency, there are possible future ramifications if this is precedence. Lets say its 2020 and the global economy as well as America is in massive and pervasive economic turmoil because all the bubbles of America, China and other countries have all come to fruition. America elects a far left of center President. This President uses this precedence to say one or more of the following is a national emergency and skirts the Congress: * Health care is a national emergency and so medicare for all. * The banking system and big banks are a national emergency so they are privatized by the Fed. * Climate change is a national and international emergency so forced conversion to green energy. See where this is going? When you make rules and laws and set precedence its not for now, it should always be seen as something a future person you don't want can use.
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