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Posted in: Obama calls Trump's handling of pandemic a 'chaotic disaster' See in context

I gotta go and take care of my multiple multinational companies that haven’t taken a financial hit, but somehow my employees aren’t making as much as they were before the pandemic kicked off. Also, I’m on my private 747 back to the US today to hire people because a lot of talented people have been laid off in the various fields my companies work in despite those fields not having been impacted by the coronavirus.

This is all true and completely logical, so you shouldn’t question why the owner of multiple multinational corporations that have seen an uptick in business requiring hiring has time to post on these threads all day recently.

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Posted in: Obama calls Trump's handling of pandemic a 'chaotic disaster' See in context

And who told you so that these are direct quotes? Yahoo news. or did you hear the entire 30 min call yourself? 

No fact check to see how reliable they are?

Uhhh . . . Google is you friend. If you bothered, you could actually listen to the quotes. Or, are you just going to claim that it’s not Obama’s voice? Come on, dawg, this game is getting old.

Moderator: Please do not call anyone "dawg."

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Posted in: Obama calls Trump's handling of pandemic a 'chaotic disaster' See in context

Hey buddy, did you check the media source on your little fact check website? Or do you just like “ the message” too much to bother?

I can’t be bothered given they were direct quotes from audio of the call.

Wait, you Donny fans constantly shriek that the media is being unfair to Donny when they quite his exact words. Why would you think the media is being fair to Obama when he is quoted? Oh, it’s that hypocrisy thing y’all or so fond of.

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Posted in: Obama calls Trump's handling of pandemic a 'chaotic disaster' See in context

I find these words to be “divisive”, “hateful” and “political tinged” which is tone deaf in this time of pandemic. The only reason he even came down from the Netflix mountain of cash and out of the costal mansion is that those schiff hidden transcripts threaten his “legacy” 

im actually surprised his divisive words were not hammered into some stone tablets and brought down from on high by the liberal media.

It’s always rich when Donny fans complain about anyone allegedly being divisive or wealthy. Them getting triggered by Dems when they think Dems are acting like Donny, but cheer Donny actually doing what they accuse Dems of doing. Isn’t their a word for that? It states with an “h” and ends in a “ypocritical.”

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Posted in: Obama calls Trump's handling of pandemic a 'chaotic disaster' See in context

as usual it will just be a one way deliverance of propaganda. Acting like it’s “leaked” so he doesn’t even have to take responsibility for his own comments

It’s far too early for conspiracy theories.

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Posted in: Obama calls Trump's handling of pandemic a 'chaotic disaster' See in context

he usually likes talking about himself

In this department, Donny makes Obama look like a mute.

but is somehow oddly quiet about his personal role in all this.

His personal role in creating the NSC directorate for global health and security and bio-defense, which Donny disbanded simply because it was an Obama creation? It’s called modesty, which Donny would do well to learn - then again, nothing Donny does is impressive.

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Posted in: GOP tries to rein in Democrat governors on virus response See in context

I assume those among Republicans pushing to open things back up are willing to accept the fallout should things go farther south, and they won't echo their Trump saying 'I don't take responsibility for that' and/or point fingers of blame at the usual 'others' the rightwing have demonized like Fauci, Hillary, Obama, CNN, etc.

You assume incorrectly, I’m afraid. The days of republicans actually taking responsibility for their actions have long passed, along with them being fiscally responsible. Now, their default position is that everything is Obama’s and Democrat’s fault. Sickening.

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Posted in: Obama calls Trump's handling of pandemic a 'chaotic disaster' See in context

In case anyone is wondering what a competent president looks like, see the photo above.

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Posted in: A distinct possibility: Temporary layoffs may be permanent See in context

And some people were trying to convince us yesterday that these lay offs and furloughs weren’t permanent. Those people clearly don’t understand economics at all.

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Posted in: Obama calls Trump's handling of pandemic a 'chaotic disaster' See in context

Tough Break buddy.

There are higher powers.

Nobody is above the law.

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Posted in: Protesters decry delay in arrests of two white men in shooting of black Georgia jogger See in context

It is unclear whether being white had anything to do with this from the stories I've read. Cop-daddy privilege seems more likely.

Do you honestly think the two suspects would have been chasing the victim with a firearm had the victim been white?

I agree that cop-daddy privilege likely played a part though. (Love the new term to describe a class of privilege. Of course, some will pillory for it.)

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Posted in: Man arrested for kidnapping teenager after discussing suicidal thoughts with her on Twitter See in context

The Penal Code say age of consent is 13 years but other laws make it 18 years.

13 at the National level, but each prefecture and municipality can make it older. Some prefectures have it as low as 16. That conflicts with the definition of “kidnapping” Stanger provided.

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Posted in: China says Taiwan's bid to attend key WHO meeting will fail See in context

o is the US. It's only Americans who think we should be horrified that suddenly another country is in the challenge to do this.

Because we know what’s best, which is demonstrated by our dominance. (Sarcasm.)

That's why countries like the nordic countries and Canada have such higher quality of life and happiness indexes than countries that are on one extreme or other - because they've found a balance of capitalism with a social safety net for their people.

Relying in polls again?! Typical liberal. Nobody asked my friend or family these questions, ergo, this information is faulty. (More sarcasm.)

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Posted in: Here come COVID-19 tracing apps -- and privacy tradeoffs See in context

Every year the goalposts for privacy get moved further and further back.

No. Read Supreme Court and Appellate court cases and you’ll find this is incorrect insofar as legally speaking.

We're constantly getting told to accept deeper and deeper encroachment into our lives all in the name of safety.

Agreed, and the courts in the US are constantly telling the government that it cannot continue to encroach.

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Posted in: China says Taiwan's bid to attend key WHO meeting will fail See in context

Trump is right. China is trying to control the rest of the World, and should be put back in it's place, certainly until such time that it has won the right to do so.

You are advocating a war between the US and China to determine who has the right to control the rest of the world. The US “won the right to control the rest of the World” by being instrumental in defeating the Axis Powers in WWII and then the Soviet Union.

The world does not need a war right now, whether hot or cold.

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Posted in: China says Taiwan's bid to attend key WHO meeting will fail See in context

@Willi: I see you are also an atheist given you agree “selfishness,” i.e., seeking profit, is human nature.

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Posted in: China says Taiwan's bid to attend key WHO meeting will fail See in context

Which is the elegance of the capitalist concept. Instead of denying human nature, it uses it.

So you agree that capitalism is why most countries switched allegiance from Taiwan to the CCP.

Do you always create arguments that you then defeat yourself? It doesn’t seem very efficient.

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Posted in: Australia's biggest states hold off relaxing COVID-19 lockdowns See in context

What does the flu shot have to do with anything?

Really? Your the poster who tries to draw an equivalency with the flu when you’re trying to downplay the seriousness of the coronavirus, so it makes sense you would ask. Let me explain:

Mist coronavirus deaths occur in those with underlying conditions such as a the flu or obesity. So, if you haven’t had your seasonal flu vaccine, your more likely ti contract the flu. Which makes you more likely to die if you then contract the coronavirus.

Furthermore, if you contract the flu, your immune system is compromised so you’re at a higher risk of contracting the coronavirus.

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Posted in: China says Taiwan's bid to attend key WHO meeting will fail See in context

No, it means the smell of money, i.e. the expectation of a huge market in mainland China. Capitalism is a general concept, not a description of a particular situation. You might want to be more clear with the terms you use.

An economic system in which the means of production and distribution are privately or corporately owned and development occurs through the accumulation and reinvestment of profits gained in a free market

I would simply add that profit is the motivation for every move made in a capitalist system.

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Posted in: China says Taiwan's bid to attend key WHO meeting will fail See in context

You might want to read up on history. Taiwan used to represent all of China, until most countries switched allegiance to the CCP.... being seduced by the smell of money.

”The smell of money” being a euphemism for capitalism, of which you are an ardent cheerleader unless you are trying to argue.

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Posted in: Man arrested for kidnapping teenager after discussing suicidal thoughts with her on Twitter See in context

Wait. The age of consent is below 20, depends on the prefecture. If a minor can be “kidnapped” because they went with someone without the parents consent, it creates a conflict between the two laws. One law has to win.

Anyone able to provide clarification?

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Posted in: Man arrested for kidnapping teenager after discussing suicidal thoughts with her on Twitter See in context

Or to say it another way, if you take a minor somewhere, or into your home, without the parent's consent, that is called kidnapping in Japanese.

Thanks for the clarification; it should be noted in articles like this to avoid the confusion.

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Posted in: Man arrested over hit-and run-death of 12-year-old boy on bicycle See in context

Sure it seems weird to westerners, but leaving it out would feel weird to the Japanese. And remember which country's news you're reading here.

Fair enough, but what purpose does it serve? What purpose does it serve to advertise everyone’s age?

I’ve had cyclists ride at very high speeds onto crossings in front of me and this doesn’t allow drivers enough time to react

They aren’t meant to use pedestrian crossing, so those cyclists you speak of are breaking the law. That said, I’ve seen it happen quite a lot.

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Posted in: Virus restrictions reimposed amid patchwork re-openings See in context

AP Exclusive: Docs show top WH officials buried CDC report

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ap-exclusive-top-white-house-221739591.html

Just another example of Donny trying to cover up his incompetence. Foul, innit.

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Posted in: China says Taiwan's bid to attend key WHO meeting will fail See in context

It’s unfortunate that Donny continues to cede American leadership to China and Russia by doing things like cutting funding to the WHO.

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Posted in: Mother accused of drowning 11-month-old daughter in bathtub to undergo psychiatric test See in context

So true, too many people are getting off serious crimes by claiming the mental health card.

You just can’t provide any statistics to back up this claim.

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Posted in: U.S. unemployment surges to a Depression-era level of 14.7% See in context

Numan: Have you been able to find any instances of essential workers being arrested for violating the lockdown? I haven’t. I’ve looked and couldn’t find any.

I did find a few lists of essential workers, like this representative example:

While each municipality will need to determine what its essential services are, here are some examples:

• Executive governance (the mayor,or-his/her designee, who is in charge and has the authority to make executive decisions and enact policies)

• Healthcare

• Fireandpoliceprotection

• Provision is clean water

• Basic sanitation, including a sewage and garbage removal

• Maintenance of communication infrastructure (e.g.,telephone system, radio, internet)

*• *Maintenance of utilities (e.g.,gas and electricity)

*• *Provision of food and other essential services (see below)

• Transportation

• Roadmaintenance/repair

• Banking

• Payrolldepartments

• Tax collection

Essential goods are the food and other supplies that a municipality needs to survive, such as medical supplies and gasoline.

https://www.paho.org/disasters/index.php?option=com_docman&view=download&category_slug=tools&alias=543-pandinflu-leadershipduring-tool-16&Itemid=1179&lang=en

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Posted in: U.S. unemployment surges to a Depression-era level of 14.7% See in context

Obama has to deal with an economy that republicans pushed into an abyss. He did so with temporary stimulus, just like Donny is doing now.

But the stimulus bill was meant to provide a temporary bump to the economy — and it did just that. Here are the facts:

Gross domestic product and total payroll employment were at historic lows when the stimulus passed, and private-sector layoffs were peaking. All three of these very important indicators began to turn around almost exactly the moment the stimulus passed. (The Center for American Progress has some great charts here.)

The Congressional Budget Office concluded that the GDP in the fourth quarter of 2009 was as much as 3.8 percent higher than it would have been without the stimulus.

At the end of 2010, there were approximately 2.5 million more jobs in the country that wouldn’t have existed without the stimulus, according to Mark Zandi of Moody’s Economy.com.

The bill kept nearly 6 million people out of poverty in 2009, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP).

*Most of the spending measures in the stimulus bill have expired,** but the point is that it did what it was supposed to do*

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/02/17/the-stimulus-act-was-a-success-and-we-need-another/%3foutputType=amp

Part of Obama’s success was from shrinking the government sector and growing the private sector:

Friday brought a pretty strong March jobs report. Labor force participation (that is, the share of Americans working or looking for work) picked up, and wages were solid — two areas that haven't always been confidence inspiring in past jobs reports.

Jobseekers weren't the only ones celebrating this report; the Obama administration took the opportunity to brag, as well, tweeting about the long, uninterrupted stretch of private-sector job growth.

*The Question:** Is that true?*

*The Short Answer:** Yes.*

https://www.npr.org/2016/04/03/472745523/fact-check-the-white-houses-private-sector-job-streak

*The takeaway: An overall gain of 6.4 million more non-farm payroll jobs last month than in January 2009, which represents a 4.8% increase. All of that growth came from the private sector, while the public sector shrunk: *

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/01/14/job-shifts-under-obama-fewer-government-workers-more-caregivers-servers-and-temps/

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Posted in: Protesters decry delay in arrests of two white men in shooting of black Georgia jogger See in context

Hammer: I shot milk through my nose reading your first post. Thanks for the laugh, I needed it after reading the article.

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Posted in: Protesters decry delay in arrests of two white men in shooting of black Georgia jogger See in context

Absolutely terrible situation, I hope these two never see the light of day. Heart goes out to his family.

Agreed 100%.

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