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  1. Go to the 7:00 mark to see what Elon says about Jesusantity. I know what Jesus said about the devil. He is a liar and the father of all lies. I guess standing up for people in power to have freedom to tell lies over the number one source of information in America is what makes them love Elon.
  2. https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/20/politics/hillary-clinton-robby-mook-fbi/index.html Democrats believed a lie? Do you still believe a vetted president was an agent of Russia?
  3. I just imagine him rehearsing the speech and repeating to himself, "Don't say Iraq, don't say IRAQ, DON'T SAY IRAQ"
  4. Since January, Schumer and Warren have been pointing at Biden to forgive federal student loans. Today, Pelosi set the record straight. "The President can only postpone payments. Forgiveness requires an act of Congress." https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/national/pelosi-holds-weekly-news-conference/2021/07/28/fac066ef-492b-4d4d-9a11-fa80dd3153e1_live.html Why are Schumer and Warren not simply pushing for this in a reconciliation package?
  5. tgo

    Iran / AUKUS

    It seems like the policy of the United States remains to not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon. Whether this is the right policy, I'm honestly not sold either way. Israel is preparing for war with Iran because the nuclear deal talks are in a critical phase and Blinken said the other day that he is no longer optimistic about a deal getting done (things shifted when Russia pulled out of good faith negotiations, another side affect of this Ukraine War). The United States is going to be in a tough spot. Israel at some point will attack Iran on a massive scale if a deal is not reached. My guess is that the US will support Israel. A few weeks back, in between negotiating with NATO on Ukraine and holding high level meetings with the Europeans, the WH hosted the Israeli Defense Minister and several Israeli Generals for "high stakes" in person talks. Things are about to get even more volatile geopolitically and the Iran situation is in a critical phase, nearing a tipping point. The US needs to increase defense spending and prepare for war on multiple fronts if it comes to our doorstep. The Two Front War Defense policy needs to be restored immediately, and an arms race must begin, and we have to decidedly win it. On AUKUS - the Austrailian / UK / United States Defence Alliance They recently extended their pact to include joint development and technology sharing on hypersonic missiles. The US last week successfully conducted tests of their new hypersonic missile system from an aircraft, per multiple reports. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/apr/05/aukus-pact-extended-to-development-of-hypersonic-weapons Things are ratcheting up globally - get ready for it. This is just the beginning of a much more volatile global security environment than any of us have seen in a long time.
  6. https://www.cuesta.edu/student/resources/ssc/study_guides/critical_thinking/103_think_logic_errors.html Types of Propaganda Techniques: Name calling: This techniques consists of attaching a negative label to a person or a thing. People engage in this type of behavior when they are trying to avoid supporting their own opinion with facts. Rather than explain what they believe in, they prefer to try to tear their opponent down. Glittering Generalities: This technique uses important-sounding "glad words" that have little or no real meaning. These words are used in general statements that cannot be proved or disproved. Words like "good," "honest," "fair," and "best" are examples of "glad" words. Transfer: In this technique, an attempt is made to transfer the prestige of a positive symbol to a person or an idea. For example, using the American flag as a backdrop for a political event makes the implication that the event is patriotic in the best interest of the U.S. False Analogy: In this technique, two things that may or may not really be similar are portrayed as being similar. When examining the comparison, you must ask yourself how similar the items are. In most false analogies, there is simply not enough evidence available to support the comparison. Testimonial: This technique is easy to understand. It is when "big name" personalities are used to endorse a product. Whenever you see someone famous endorsing a product, ask yourself how much that person knows about the product, and what he or she stands to gain by promoting it. Plain Folks: This technique uses a folksy approach to convince us to support someone or something. These ads depict people with ordinary looks doing ordinary activities. Card Stacking: This term comes from stacking a deck of cards in your favor. Card stacking is used to slant a message. Key words or unfavorable statistics may be omitted in an ad or commercial, leading to a series of half-truths. Keep in mind that an advertiser is under no obligation "to give the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth." Bandwagon: The "bandwagon" approach encourages you to think that because everyone else is doing something, you should do it too, or you'll be left out. The technique embodies a "keeping up with the Joneses" philosophy. Either/or fallacy: This technique is also called "black-and-white thinking" because only two choices are given. You are either for something or against it; there is no middle ground or shades of gray. It is used to polarize issues, and negates all attempts to find a common ground. Faulty Cause and Effect: This technique suggests that because B follows A, A must cause B. Remember, just because two events or two sets of data are related does not necessarily mean that one caused the other to happen. It is important to evaluate data carefully before jumping to a wrong conclusion. Errors of Faulty Logic Contradiction: Information is presented that is in direct opposition to other information within the same argument. Example: If someone stated that schools were overstaffed, then later argued for the necessity of more counselors, that person would be guilty of contradiction. Accident: Someone fails to recognize (or conceals the fact) that an argument is based on an exception to the rule. Example: By using selected scholar-athletes as the norm, one could argue that larger sports programs in schools were vital to improving academic performance of all students. False Cause: A temporal order of events is confused with causality; or, someone oversimplifies a complex causal network. Example: Stating that poor performance in schools is caused by poverty; poverty certainly contributes to poor academic performance but it is not the only factor. Begging the Question: A person makes a claim then argues for it by advancing grounds whose meaning is simply equivalent to that of the original claim. This is also called "circular reasoning." Example: Someone argues that schools should continue to have textbooks read from cover to cover because, otherwise, students would not be well-educated. When asked to define what "well-educated" means, the person says, "knowing what is in the textbooks." Evading the Issue: Someone sidesteps and issue by changing the topic. Example: When asked to say whether or not the presence of homosexuals in the army could be a disruptive force, a speaker presents examples of homosexuals winning combat medals for bravery. Arguing from Ignorance: Someone argues that a claim is justified simply because its opposite cannot be proven. Example: A person argues that voucher programs will not harm schools, since no one has ever proven that vouchers have harmed schools. Composition and Division: Composition involves an assertion about a whole that is true of its parts. Division is the opposite: an assertion about all of the parts that is true about the whole. Example: When a school system holds up its above-average scores and claims that its students are superior, it is committing the fallacy of division. Overall scores may be higher but that does not prove all students are performing at that level. Likewise, when the military points to the promiscuous behavior of some homosexuals, it is committing the fallacy of composition: the behavior of some cannot serve as proof of-the behavior of all homosexuals. Errors of Attack Poisoning the Well: A person is so committed to a position that he/she explains away absolutely everything others offer in opposition. Example: Almost every proponent and opponent on the ban on gays in the military commits this error. Ad Hominem: A person rejects a claim on the basis of derogatory facts (real or alleged) about the person making the claim. Example: Someone rejects President Clinton's reasons for lifting the ban on gays in the military because of Mr. Clinton's draft record. Appealing to Force: Someone uses threats to establish the validity of the claim. Example: Opponents of year-round school threaten to keep their children out of school during the summer months. Errors of Weak Reference Appeal to Authority: Authority is evoked as the last word on an issue. Example: Someone uses the Bible as the basis for his arguments against specific school reform issues. Appeal to the People: Someone attempts to justify a claim on the basis of popularity. Example: Opponents of year-round school claim that students would hate it. Appeal to Emotion: An emotion-laden "sob" story is used as proof for a claim. Example: A politician uses a sad story of a child being killed in a drive-by shooting to gain support for a year-round school measure.
  7. https://news.gallup.com/poll/341963/church-membership-falls-below-majority-first-time.aspx WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Americans' membership in houses of worship continued to decline last year, dropping below 50% for the first time in Gallup's eight-decade trend. In 2020, 47% of Americans said they belonged to a church, synagogue or mosque, down from 50% in 2018 and 70% in 1999. Church membership is strongly correlated with age, as 66% of traditionalists -- U.S. adults born before 1946 -- belong to a church, compared with 58% of baby boomers, 50% of those in Generation X and 36% of millennials. The limited data Gallup has on church membership among the portion of Generation Z that has reached adulthood are so far showing church membership rates similar to those for millennials.
  8. More of this please. Nuclear power needs to not only be saved, but to be increased drastically in the US. Like tenfold.
  9. I'm sure everyone has heard about the blockade of right leaning trucker groups shutting down the border between Canada and the US, leading to several GM and Ford factories shutting down completely.
  10. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/27/us/politics/qanon-republicans-trump.html Those are the findings of a poll released today by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Interfaith Youth Core, which found that 15 percent of Americans say they think that the levers of power are controlled by a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles, a core belief of QAnon supporters. The same share said it was true that “American patriots may have to resort to violence” to depose the pedophiles and restore the country’s rightful order. IMO, that's not normal and will not lead to a better America. In 2016, a man armed with an assault rifle shot one human because he believe it was the place Hillary C hid her child sex ring.* In 2022, there are millions more believing obvious untruths. What is the solution? How has our system of government produced a people that 15% of believe outrageous untruths? One of the main battlefronts seems to be our children. And one of our major problems is lack of communication. Either it's a battle or no effective communication. It's our responsibility to help others who believe things blatant lies. Having a populous that believes ridiculous lies makes the country unstable. Just on the one issue of having additional bathrooms for children who can't decide what they are or have decided they are different than their birth certificate. Simple-You go in the one for the sex they assigned you at birth. Not sure if you are like the others in there, have fun peeping at the other kids wee-wee's. I would have loved to get to see the little girls pee pee's when I was in 3rd grade. *https://www.cbsnews.com/news/police-man-with-assault-rifle-dc-comet-pizza-victim-of-fake-sex-trafficking-story/
  11. To me this is so blatantly obvious it's insider trading. Nobody gets this good of a return https://unusualwhales.com/i_am_the_senate/pelosi
  12. Seriously, wouldn't this fix this whole issue ?
  13. tgo

    Wisconsin Unrest

    This is in response to the police paralyzation of Jacob Blake in Kenosha - hadnt seen much posted about it but its getting really heated. Looks like maybe Helter Skelter is being started by a psychopath cult leader afterall. Side note: I was watching a documentary about cult leaders last night and its fucking disturbing how much Trump meets the psychological profile of a typical cult leader.
  14. Rogue

    Energy thread

    Well, if we've got a Daylight Savings Time thread, might as well have an energy thread. We're going to be here a while. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/18/climate/global-energy-crisis-conserve.html This will go over like a fart in church. It's kind of comical to imagine a US leader asking Americans to conserve. Here's the 10 steps I think this would be hard for regular Americans to accept, and I imagine Trumpers to flat out do the opposite of each one if ever publicly suggested....if not storm the Capitol. We've gotta reduce our reliance on foriegn oil! We've got to be energy independent! WAIT, NOT LIKE THAT!!!! It reminds me of the meme of Kaepernick kneeling with the caption, "Black people should protest peacefully...NO NOT LIKE THAT!!!!" Jokes aside, here is the most realistic thing in the NYT article.... Pretty much. Just deposit energy related issues here. It's going to be news for a while.
  15. Tennessee min wage is $7.25. A 40hr work week nets you $290 per week, minus SS. Food. Clothing. Shelter. Necessities. If I was 30yo again and that was my only source of getting income, I would do it. I would also get another job. I would find the cheapest room available to rent/in a safe neighborhood. I would eat as cheaply as possibly. I would save as much as I could and try to improve my life surroundings. But first I would try to understand, this is just what life had to offer for me. But I venture to say, very few people are like me. I'm wealthy by America's rating standards. I'm one of the humans referred to as black. Every dollar a human who is referred to as white has is 10 times as much wealth as the black humans. So, I look at what I have accomplished and am thankful that I am rich on American's scale of wealth. I also understand that if I was a white human, I would be 10 times as rich with the same effort. So, I realize I'm a bad ass mother... The skill and talent it took for me to make it playing against a stacked deck is awesome. But would you take that job? Have you got it in you to be low person on the income scale? Would you work 1.5 jobs to earn $450 per week? What would you have? TV set. Ride the bus. Find a woman who would live like that with you? Is that the kind of woman you married? Or would you do what the people in east Kentucky who overwhelming support Senator McConnell do? They live on welfare. They use more rx drugs per capita than anywhere else in the country. Their teeth are rotten and their kids use/deal meth. They sleep in deserted buildings. Would you work for minimum wage? Remember too, companies like Walmart hire workers for less than enough hours to qualify for regular job benefits the leftist have gotten imposed on corporations. If they need health care, the emergency room is open 24/7. So, what about you? Would you work for min wage? TLDR. IDGAF ?
  16. The Dow hit a record on Monday and the S&P 500 hit a record yesterday - economy is really rebounding from Trump's disaster.
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