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Random gun killing
Posted:Aug 6, 2019 8:04 am
Last Updated:Aug 9, 2019 4:38 pm

People get upset about random gun mass murders. But not upset enough to stop them.

New Zealand, Australia, and Sweden took action. They bought up guns, restricted access to guns and made gun ownership more difficult. They cut down mass gun killing.

The U.S. is not ready to take action. My guess is it will never be. We have over 300 million guns already. We have the Second Amendment. We have many gun lovers. We have many lone wolf mad males with access to guns.

Background checks will not stop determined killers from access to guns.

There are many large magazines for guns out there.

The Las Vegas shooting killed many and nothing happened, except a ban on bump stocks. The criminal minded can get or make a bump stop.

So get used to random gun murders.

Your personal odds of being shot are very small. You can reduce the chance of random death avoiding free rock concerts, movie theaters, schools and churches.

The greater risk from guns is suicide by gun, so do not have a gun in the house.

Guns make killing easy. But many more die from smoking, car accidents, falling getting into the shower or tub, and drinking too much alcohol.

In life you have to live and take your chances. So focus on getting the odds in your favor.
Room for a few more people
Posted:Aug 5, 2019 7:57 am
Last Updated:Aug 6, 2019 8:13 am

Anyone has driven across the U.S. or even from Los Angeles Las Vegas is struck the vast area of empty space. The U.S. is not as crowded as Asia or Europe. There is still lots of room. So it is another shocking lie from Trump when he says the U.S. is full!

Even the U.S. cities are far less densely populated than most of the rest of the world.

Besides we need workers support those popular federal programs Social Security and Medicare. Social Security will have to cut in 2035 if no changes are made. The immigrants into these programs but many will not see any from them unless they become legal residents or citizens.

I do not understand why some feel morally superior because their parents or grandparents arrived in the U.S. earlier than recent immigrants. Everyone in the new world came from the old world. The African slaves were dragged the U.S. before so they have a claim being older immigrants than many arrived later. So what?

Most tech startups these days have some immigrants involved. They power the economy.

Japan with its low birthrate and aging population is spiraling downward. Do we want join them in a death spiral down?

Lets not fear the new and welcome the immigrants to make the U.S. greater than the past.
The death penalty
Posted:Aug 4, 2019 5:51 am
Last Updated:Aug 5, 2019 7:44 am

I have problems with people who claim to be pro life, but only for cute babies.

In theory old people, ugly people and people of a different race than you also deserve life. If you believe all lives matter then you cannot pick and choose the lives to respect.

So the death penalty does not make sense. If we are all sinners then we all should deserve the death sentence at some point and some time. If we are all redeemable then no one should be executed.

People do not seem able to shed prejudices. So all human judgments are affected prejudices. People cannot forget race differences, ethnic differences and gender differences. Celebrity status alone warps the idea of justice. In theory equal treatment the law is the rule. But in reality the rich and famous get treated much better than a normal person.

Despite lots of evidence OJ Simpson was not convicted of two murders.

A computer would not be subject to human bias. But would people be willing to take a computer deciding their fate? Not very likely.

The death penalty is also very expensive to operate and still makes many mistakes. Hundreds of people have been exonerated from death rows DNA testing usually.

Death penalty advocates have to accept repeated errors mean innocent people are killed the state. How can a moral person accept idiocy?

Another problem is many who do evil acts do not get the death penalty, like the Manson killers, while others do.

Frequently a minority who kills a white person of higher social status gets the death penalty while a white who kills a minority does not. Social class and wealth should not decide whether you get the death penalty, but in reality these may determine the fate of the accused.

Many still support a death penalty despite the problems of trying to have a fair system run error prone people. Those who see the system in action are not willing to have their fate decided this system. Fear of the judge and jury forces many to plead guilty to avoid a trial risking a death sentence. So some innocent people are coerced into pleading guilty to avoid risking a false death verdict. So much for human rights.
Dem debates
Posted:Aug 1, 2019 7:24 am
Last Updated:Aug 2, 2019 2:48 pm

I did not watch the debates as life is too short. I saw the highlights and some parts.

Trump is corrupt, inept, racist and anti-women. Trump welcomes from Russia and has hurt the economy with regressive tariffs.

Dems need to show they have decency and plan to the bottom 99% with jobs, healthcare, infrastructure repair, and fight climate change. Immigration reform would also people and the economy.

Biden still seems the best man for the job of winning. He is decent, sane and has the name recognition and history of public service. He needs a progressive as VP.

I like Warren, Castro, Booker or Mayor Pete for VP progressive role. Any Dem would be better than Pence.

Dems need to win the Senate and hold the House to get things done....

Dems need to avoid the circular firing squad and unite behind the winning Dem nominee. The U.S. as we know it may not survive four more years of Trump until 2024.

Meanwhile if we do not tackle climate change we are all toast.
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Choose life
Posted:Jul 30, 2019 3:52 am
Last Updated:Jul 30, 2019 3:57 am

To live longer, do not smoke, do not drink excessive alcohol, and do not be around guns.

Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day. On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers. Nov 28, 2018.

Two-thirds of smokers will die early from cigarette-triggered illness -- unless they choose to kick the habit, according to new research from Australia. The study of more than 200,000 people, published this week in BMC medicine, found about 67 percent of smokers perished from smoking-related illness. Feb 26, 2015.

Excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life lost each year in the United States from 2006 – 2010, shortening the lives of those who died by an average of 30 years. They found drinking alcohol was associated with nearly 1 in 10 deaths of people ages 15 to 49 years old. Causes included tuberculosis, road injuries and self-harm.

Nearly 40,000 people were killed by guns in the United States in 2017, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The total brings the country’s gun death rate to its highest point in more than two decades.
The CDC’s WONDER public health database shows that 39,773 people died from firearms last year. That works out to a gun death rate of 12.0 per 100,000 people — higher than the rate of death from car accidents of 11.5 per 100,000 people, once the leading cause of fatal injury.

The increase in the gun death rate in 2017 was driven by suicides. Sixty percent of gun deaths last year were self-inflicted. While the rate of gun homicides has fluctuated over the last decade, the rate of gun suicides has steadily increased.

The merchants of death promote death, but you do not need to buy into that....
Charles Manson
Posted:Jul 29, 2019 4:03 pm
Last Updated:Aug 4, 2019 5:29 am

Tarantino's new movie "once upon a time in Hollywood" was a satisfying trip old 69 Hollywood with a twist. The fable is how a Western movie version of the Mansion followers killing Tate and LaBianca's would have been much better if Hollywood scripted the ending.

Like "Inglorious Bastards" life is not as nice as the artistic version of events.

Manson was horrible and evil. But he was also screwed life. Society helped create this monster. He had some musical talent and was taken advantage of an uncaring world. If he had gotten better treatment he might have been a successful musician and gotten some admiration and instead of manipulating dummies to be killers for a paranoid purpose.

If he had a good defense team he might have beaten the harge like OJ Simpson did.

Our system of holding people responsible for their actions, despite lots of evidence people are not always being in control of their reality. His evil acts deserved incarceration for life. Manson was too dangerous to release into the world given his charisma and evil charm for those with less morality and sense. He still haunts the hills of our imagination in ways most criminals do not.

I admit I would have had no trouble killing Manson if he had threatened me or someone else and I thought I could justify lethal force in defense. I oppose the death penalty, but I am willing to make exceptions for the deserving criminals.
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Electoral college blues
Posted:Jul 25, 2019 3:51 pm
Last Updated:Jul 29, 2019 7:51 am

There are more Democrats than Repubs, but the Dems cluster on the coasts and big cities, while the rural sparsely populated places have more older white GOP types.

So we need to redistribute the Dems to the hinterlands or get stuck with right wing control of the Presidency and the Senate.

Who is willing to give up lattes for the sake of the country? Move it before we lose it, the it being democracy.

Another idea is that compact when states with 270 electoral votes agree to vote for the popular vote winner for president.
China and Hong Kong
Posted:Jul 25, 2019 3:39 pm
Last Updated:Jul 29, 2019 3:50 pm

This summer, however, after weeks of antigovernment demonstrations and some incidents of violence, questions about the military have been revived. Chinese officials and state media have reacted with increasing vitriol to the protesters, particularly after some painted slogans on the central government’s liaison office in Hong Kong on Sunday night and splashed ink on the national crest.

On Wednesday, a spokesman for China’s Ministry of National Defense warned that the “behavior of some radical protesters challenges the central government’s authority,” something that “absolutely cannot be tolerated,” hinting that China was prepared to use military force if necessary.

The exact of troops stationed in the territory is not formally announced, but estimates range between 6,000 and ,000. Many soldiers spend time in Shenzhen, the mainland Chinese city across the border, where it is cheaper to house them and easier to carry exercises. So only part of the garrison is in Hong Kong any given time.

The People’s Liberation Army manages 19 sites in Hong Kong, including barracks. The most prominent sites are a helicopter regiment Shek Kong Air Base, a naval base with a handful of smaller warships Stonecutters Island and the headquarters of the Hong Kong garrison along Victoria Harbor on Hong Kong Island.
The headquarters, in a building that was once the British military command center, is across a street from the Hong Kong legislature and the main local government offices. So the protests that have roiled the city for weeks often take place a short distance from army headquarters.

The “one country, two systems” model, which Hong Kong exists as a semiautonomous part of China, lets the city operate its own local institutions. But foreign relations and national defense fall the responsibility of the central government in Beijing.

So the Hong Kong police and courts are responsible for law and order, while soldiers stationed in the city “shall not interfere in local affairs,” according to the garrison law for Hong Kong and the Basic Law, the local constitution. But the local government may ask Beijing for assistance from the garrison “in the maintenance of public order and in disaster relief.”

The military has never been called in to help with public order, but last year, hundreds of soldiers did help clear trees after a typhoon the city. The garrison often has days when it invites the public to see weaponry and watch drills, but it is rare to see a soldier in Hong Kong outside the military facilities.

Still, the military did publicize soldiers’ participation in drills in Hong Kong last month, as the protest movement was growing. Photos carried by the official military newspaper showed soldiers on board a navy vessel backed by the Hong Kong skyline.
When Senior Col. Wu Qian, the Chinese Ministry of Defense spokesman, warned Wednesday about the possibility of military involvement, he pointed out that the law would permit such action. But thus far, there is no indication that the Hong Kong government wants troops to step in. Twice in the last month, the local authorities have denied reports of plans to use the Chinese military for security purposes in Hong Kong. In practice, any such decision would be made by China’s leader, Xi Jinping, with the likely involvement of the Politburo Standing Committee, the highest level of political power in China, said Willy Lam, professor at the Center for China Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Such a decision does not appear to be imminent, and at this point, the discussion of military force is probably a tactic to put pressure on the protesters to back down, Mr. Lam said. One key obstacle to using soldiers is that it would deeply stain the Chinese leadership’s reputation, he said.

“China would lose a lot of ,” said Mr. Lam. “Sending in troops would mean that 22 years after the resumption of sovereignty, Beijing has dismally failed to win hearts and minds in Hong Kong and needs to rely on brute force.”
Trump and the Russians
Posted:Jul 25, 2019 4:52 am
Last Updated:Jul 30, 2019 11:10 am

I did not watch the circus, just the highlights. The craven GOP is too much torture to endure. The key takeaway is that Trump loves Putin and Russian help in the elections, even if there is no provable criminal conspiracy.

The Mueller report cataloged numerous meetings between Trump’s advisers and Russians seeking to influence the campaign and the presidential transition team — encounters set up in pursuit of business deals, policy initiatives and political dirt about Hillary Clinton, Trump’s 2016 Democratic opponent.

Mueller concluded that there was “insufficient evidence” to determine that the president or his aides had engaged in a criminal conspiracy with the Russians, even though the Trump campaign welcomed the Kremlin sabotage effort and “expected it would benefit electorally” from the hackings and leaks of Democratic emails.
On Wednesday, Mueller was asked about the Trump Tower meeting, WikiLeaks and the decision by Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, to share campaign information with a Russian oligarch, and whether such episodes were becoming typical for political campaigns.

“I hope this is not the new normal,” Mueller said, “but I fear it is.”

Determining the breadth of the Russian interference campaign was a cornerstone of the Mueller investigation and is very likely to be an enduring legacy of the special counsel’s work. On that front, the conclusions of Mr. Mueller and his team were perfectly clear: The Russian government orchestrated the effort, and many of Trump’s aides welcomed it, even if they did not actively coordinate with Moscow.

Trump spent months characterizing the special counsel’s report as a “total exoneration,” though Mueller stated that he and his team drew no such conclusion. The report, released in April, laid bare that Trump was elected with the help of a foreign power; Mueller was most impassioned when describing the contours of the Russian sabotage playbook.

“They’re doing it as we sit here,” he said of Russia’s continued interference in American elections.

Trump and GOP legislators continue to welcome Russian interference in the 2020 election.

Trump and the GOP block efforts to prevent Russian interference in the 2020 election.
Putin sought and seeks to weaken NATO, the European Union and the U.S.A.

Trump smiles with Putin.
Expedited removal
Posted:Jul 23, 2019 1:41 pm
Last Updated:Aug 26, 2019 2:24 am

The old rule was those caught within 100 miles of the border, within 60 days entering the U.S. without inspection could be removed without going before a judge.

Trump is now expanding expedite category to the entire U.S. and within two years of coming to the U.S.

So those without legal status should carry proof they have been here for two years, and seek asylum if they have any claim to status. the law suits are coming to block this rule change. Likely to have the scope pared back the courts.
ice failure
Posted:Jul 23, 2019 1:36 pm
Last Updated:Jul 25, 2019 4:56 am

Trump touted millions would be deported. The ICE raids netted 35. Actual news bites Trump again. He is the faker in chief.
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Finally bought a car
Posted:Jul 22, 2019 2:35 pm
Last Updated:Jul 23, 2019 1:04 pm

I have been trying to buy a new Mustang GT since April 2018. I have been lied to more times than on this site. Three times I put down deposits and got nothing.
I placed special orders three times and got nothing.

I have been told I could get a deal on a car that was already sold. I was pushed to accept options I did not want and not get options I did want.

I was afraid my car would fail as it was almost nine years old.

I finally got a deal made on Saturday. It was a long haul but worthwhile.

Now I tell the car salesmen, talk to me again in seven or eight years.

I learned a lot of tricks and things to not do in trying to buy a car. I now understand why people hold onto old cars so long. Some prefer to lease to avoid the purchase and sale of the trade in. Others just uber or lyft and forget owning a car.

The car biz got worse and no one told me.
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What is love?
Posted:Jul 20, 2019 5:05 am
Last Updated:Aug 26, 2019 2:24 am

The school answered: Baby don't hurt me, anymore...

My theory is love is the accumulated affection for someone who has been kind to you in the past and you expect to continue to be kind with in the future. Sort of like a or cat you are fond of, only more complex.

You may fall in love at first sight, but the good feelings build with repetition.

Sex is better with practice and knowing what your partner responds well to.

Usually one night stand sex is substandard. So if you do not build a relationship you are relegating yourself to substandard sex. Not a smart move.

What do you think about love?

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