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The rest / Re: Political theatre/wrestling
« on: November 20, 2018, 01:14:29 AM »
Ditto re: ASLR’s sentiments.  Really a shame.  Good luck to all, and always follow the truth.

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency
« on: November 14, 2018, 05:11:35 PM »
If you don’t mind, I would like to set up a thread that deals with “the impeachment process”.  We are now likely going to enter the phase of (1) more indictments of “higher ups” in the Trump admin/family (2) issues going to federal courts/appeals courts/Supreme Court, etc. (3) the process of more transparency by the House Of Representatives in calling people BACK for public scrutiny (4) the process of Trump’s popularity/unpopularity by the public (because that is what is going to drive the Congress), etc.

RussiaGate (as I refer to it) encompasses not JUST conspiracy with Russian sources in the election phase of Donald Trump ....  but also many illegal activities with other governments BOTH pre and post election.  The impeachment of Donald Trump will also be taking a close look at the finances of the Trump organization many years prior to the election, as well as activity during the transition months AND since his inauguration.

I think a thread focused on the impeachment process is warranted.  I believe we in the US are dealing with the largest, broadest, and deepest political scandal in US history, bar none.  And while I truly HATE politics (whether it is politics in a family, politics at work, or politics in government) I certainly hope everyone in the US should monitor, discuss, and get involved in something of such great importance.




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Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: November 10, 2018, 08:29:46 PM »
The price of oil has gone down for 10 trading days in row ... the longest streak since 1984.

Funny how Goldman Sachs was promoting $100 oil just 6 weeks ago.  It’s almost like they were trying to sucker some retail investors. 😉

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: November 09, 2018, 03:29:53 PM »
Not only has Trump quit tweeting about the “invasion at the border.... FOX News has forgotten all about it.  Must have been Donnie’s “tough guy stance” that scared them back to Central America. 😉

I am going to “clear my schedule” of all honey do’s this weekend.  I have a distinct feeling that something substantial could break this weekend.  I know that Donnie was pleased with “an almost perfect election”.  And if he was pleased with the outcome a couple days ago ... he will certainly be giddy about losing more House seats and a few Senate seats taken from “the jaws of Republican victory.” 😉

Donnie understands the clock is ticking on him, his administration, and his family and business.  He looked like HELL in the clips I saw of him during his Wednesday press conference.  He looked like a cornered man who hasn’t gotten any sleep because he thinks he could go to prison. 😱

Something is likely to happen this weekend.  For those of you with Comcast Xfinity service in the US ... you really should watch the History Channel WaterGate special.  It is not “scheduled” ... BUT, you can access it through using the “On Demand” feature.  The special is very in depth, and you will learn a LOT about what types of things could happen in the near future.

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The rest / Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« on: November 09, 2018, 01:09:16 PM »
There is NOTHING that is below lying fake Christian Sarah Huckabee.  Nothing.  I hope she enjoys her last year/months lying from the podium.  The good thing for her is that FOX News is always looking for a few fake Christians to lie for them.  She should have no problem working for them.  She will fit in perfectly.

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The rest / Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« on: November 08, 2018, 09:37:45 PM »
More blood on the hands of FOX News hosts like Laura Ingraha, Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and others at FOX.  When will FOX stop lying about reasonable gun control?

Donald Trump wants churches to have guns.  Now I suppose Trump and his enablers at FOX want waitresses to carry guns.

When will FOX News stop campaigning for Donald Trump?  When will FOX stop enabling Donald Trump?  When will FOX stop lying about global warming?

FOX News:  “Where truth and journalism are dead.”

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Policy and solutions / Re: Tesla glory/failure
« on: October 02, 2018, 01:57:14 PM »
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The Sigmetnows and Archimids of the world answer:

"Well, we tried our gosh darn hardest. You see, there's this guy from South Africa who got his fortune from apartheid gem mining. He bought nice cars like McLaren and rode on a private jet. One day he bought a electric car company and was going to build one for every person in the world. That's how he was going to save the world. He didn't like public transport so he was going to make a super special underground vacuum tube where you could drive your own car in. Very cool. very innovative. what a genius. too bad the oil companies and shorts got in his way. what a shame. everything would be fine now. OH! and he wanted us to go to mars! how cool! "

I find it fascinating that with all the people or organizations you could "go after" regarding the plight of our planet ..... that you choose Elon Musk.

1)  FOX News:  Has been lying for over TWO DECADES about global warming.  Parading the likes of Joe Bastardi and others to lie to the American public.  Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Tucker Carlson, Lou Dobbs ..... take your pick.... all of them (except Shepard Smith) have been lying about global warming for decades.

2)  Donald Trump:
  Has been lying about global warming over the last decade.  Now when he is in a position to do something about it, what is he doing?  He's RAMPING UP GLOBAL WARMING. And he is a bigoted, sexist, narcissist to boot.

3)  Rick Scott, Governor of Florida:  Has been lying about global warming for at least a decade.  He is the governor of a state that is ALREADY being hammered by global warming, AND HE TELLS EVERYONE TO IGNORE IT.

So ..... instead of picking on one of the above ..... you choose to pick on someone that is actually doing something THAT WILL HELP MITIGATE GLOBAL WARMING.

I think you need to re-visit your priorities.  Maybe Elon should be further down on your list....

 
   

 

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: September 28, 2018, 04:10:56 AM »
Well ..... who would have thought that not only is Kavanaugh not fit to serve on the Supreme Court ...... he’s clearly not fit to serve in ANY COURT.  PERIOD.

WOW.  And then when Kavanaugh asked Senator Klobashar if she had ever drank so much, she didn’t remember the previous night ... and followed it up with a smirk 😏 ... that was pretty gobsmacking.

Probably NOT something I would do in a job interview.  Boy .... I know the Republicans in THIS Congress are pretty shitty people ..... but this is going to be hard to swallow for Collins, Murkowski, Flake, and Manchin (D) to vote Kavanaugh through.

He came across as a smug prick, who didn’t like being questioned.  He looked the same as Lance Armstrong did when he was questioned about using performance enhancing drugs.

Same strategy as Trump has used. Two peas in a pod ...

And why is Kavanaugh so afraid to bring in the FBI?  Again, two peas in a pod.

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: September 26, 2018, 09:32:48 PM »
China reduces tariffs on NON US GOODS ......

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-trade-war-china-cuts-tariffs-to-protect-consumers-2018-9

The effect of this is two-fold:

1)  To protect/cushion the Chinese consumer from high tariff goods
2)  It effectively works as an increase in tariffs on any US GOODS that compete with those now "lower tariffed" non US goods.

In other words ..... its a continuation/escalation of the China/US trade war, but it BENEFITS non US countries AND any Chinese consumers that are buying non US goods.

If Donnie thinks he is going to bash the Chinese into coming to the table with him ..... he clearly has no understanding of the Chinese culture.




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The rest / Re: GOP Losing Ground for the 2018 Mid-Term Election
« on: September 26, 2018, 06:16:03 PM »
Same song ..... just another verse. Five new changes, ALL in the direction of the Democrat's in the Cook Political Report.

House Rating Changes: Five More Races Move Towards Democrats

https://www.cookpolitical.com/analysis/house/house-overview/house-rating-changes-five-more-races-move-towards-democrats

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Rating Changes:

CO-06: Mike Coffman (R) - Toss Up to Lean D ←
NY-02: Peter King (R) - Solid R to Likely R ←
NC-13: Ted Budd (R) - Lean R to Toss Up ←
PA-01: Brian Fitzpatrick (R) - Lean R to Toss Up ←
TX-31: John Carter (R) - Likely R to Lean R ←

Perhaps Donnie could make some MORE obnoxious remarks about WOMEN, LATINO's, GAY's, ASIAN's, BLACK's, etc.... etc.... etc.  I'm sure that will help the Republican's cause immensely.

Maybe Donnie could go ahead and pardon Bill Cosby .... THAT would certainly help the polling numbers.   ;)


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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: September 25, 2018, 09:39:48 PM »
More winning .......  ;)

U.S. Budget Deficit Swells to $898 Billion, Topping Forecast


https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-13/u-s-budget-deficit-swells-to-898-billion-topping-forecast

*  The actual deficit for the first 11 months of the fiscal year is greater than the budget deficit for the entire year.

*  The actual budget deficit is 1/3 higher than the first 11 months of the prior budget year.

All that winning .......  ;)



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The rest / Re: GOP Losing Ground for the 2018 Mid-Term Election
« on: September 25, 2018, 08:24:35 PM »
Brett Kavanaugh's Body Language Says It All, According To An Expert


https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/brett-kavanaugh-apos-body-language-133700859.html

Those of you that saw the Kamala Harris questioning of Brett Kavanaugh have already seen a sample of how Brett Kavanaugh's body language is when he lies.  Here is an article that describes it in more depth, and in addition to the Kamala Harris clip ..... gives other clips as well.

But do pay special attention to the Kamala Harris clip.  I would NOT want to play poker with her.  She nailed Kavanaugh and he was looking for ANYWAY OUT. 

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The rest / Re: GOP Losing Ground for the 2018 Mid-Term Election
« on: September 25, 2018, 08:11:38 PM »
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Are you claiming that email was available at Yale in the late 1960's, or that a high school friend was regularly boasting of his teen aged sexual conquests decades after they occurred? Neither seems entirely plausible.

My father said the email wasn't very good in the 1960s. ;)  Never let the truth get in the way of a good storyline though.....

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The rest / Re: GOP Losing Ground for the 2018 Mid-Term Election
« on: September 24, 2018, 10:06:03 PM »
Note the following:

1). Donnie ABSOLUTELY wants Kavanaugh, even if it costs him the House.  As long as he doesn’t lose the Senate .... he thinks he can survive, because he thinks he can get the required 1/3 of the Senate to NOT oust him.  But he needs Kavanaugh because there WILL be issues going to Supreme Court.

2). Donnie can’t go TOO batshit crazy before the elections in November ... but he has to get STARTED SOON because come end of January ..... AND he loses the House ... he won’t have as much latitude, so he may fire Rosenstein on Thursday.  Either way .... as I have been saying for many months ... Rosenstein’s days are numbered.  And Sessions are numbered as well.  Trump HAS to stop or “bury” the investigation.  If I were a good FBI investigator, I would have already prepared for this ... and we may, in the future, have another deepthroat or two.

3). The key period to watch will be after the election but BEFORE the next Congress is seated near the end of January.  I expect Trump to turn “hyper agressive” and get things in place (whether by hook or crook) before the next Congress is seated (assuming that the Dem’s win the House ... which is NOT a slam dunk by any means).




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The rest / Re: GOP Losing Ground for the 2018 Mid-Term Election
« on: September 16, 2018, 10:27:33 PM »
The Kavenaugh nomination is now coming under more pressure due to the female California professor coming forward and putting her name to her allegation against him of attempted rape.  In addition, she took and passed a lie detector test.

This also puts more pressure on Congressmen to slow down the process of SCOTUS nomination.  This will spill over and have an effect on the coming November election.

More fuel for a blue high tide ....

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The rest / Re: GOP Losing Ground for the 2018 Mid-Term Election
« on: September 16, 2018, 01:58:05 PM »
By the time of the election ..... the Realclearpolitics number (which also closely tracks Cook and Sabato numbers) could be sitting at 210 - 215 Dems and 180 - 185 Republicans with 40 tossups.  The magic total needed for the majority is 218.

Hurricane Donnie is indeed bringing in a high blue tide.  And there are STILL some HUGE “bombs” from the Mueller investigation AND from Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort which .... if they were to become public information before the elections, would destroy both Trump AND the Republicans further.

Trump’s removal from office has always been, and continues to be, a matter of WHEN (and if) the information from the investigations comes public.  Donnie will not resign .... because he would immediately be charged with his criminal behavior.  And right now his sociopathic behavior STILL has him believing he can somehow survive this.

When that thought vanishes, he will try to get rid of Sessions/Rosenstein and try and close down the investigation.  If THAT doesn’t work .... then a one way trip to Russia is a REAL possibility (35% chance right now ... but that can change).

What also needs to be noted, is that Trump’s rate of lying IS INCREASING since Labor Day.  He is spinning out of control.  It’s awfully hard to tell what will be the last straw ... and HOW this will end.  But with someone as sick as Trump at the wheel ... it will likely end badly.


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The rest / Re: GOP Losing Ground for the 2018 Mid-Term Election
« on: September 15, 2018, 02:36:23 PM »
Realclearpolitics.com now has the US House race at 206 Dems, 191 Republicans, and 38 “tossups”.  The number needed for a majority is 218.

Still early ..... and anything can happen .... but the blue tide is rising.

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: September 13, 2018, 10:37:08 PM »
USUALLY ..... you have to peel a political onion.  Now ... we are seeing an onion (Trump) ... peeling himself.  Day by day .... week by week .... Trump continues to unwind and reveal himself.  He is so rotten to the core, without any ability to empathize, without any ability to look inward at his actions ... he will continue to make a fool of himself, and to bring down many of those who back him.

The worst is yet to come .....

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: September 06, 2018, 05:45:07 PM »
You know, when Donnie ultimately gets around to firing someone, he has a great candidate for his administration out in California.  Duncan Hunter, Congressman from California, has been indicted on charges he misused over $250,000 of campaign funds for personal expenses, which included expenses for FIVE different affairs.  He would be perfect for Donald’s cabinet. 😱

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: September 02, 2018, 02:08:05 PM »
In the IBD/TIPP poll that came out yesterday .... there are three very troubling signs for Trump:

1). Support from Republicans dropped from 83% to 76%

2). Support from RURAL voters dropped from 60% to 45%

3). Support from men dropped significantly from 49% to 40%.  There was no change in his support from women.

In other words, his BASE is starting to erode in a big way. 

And those drops were from JUST ONE MONTH AGO.  And IBD is a CONSERVATIVE publication.  Welcome to the vortex Donnie ...

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: September 01, 2018, 02:22:49 PM »
When someone enters the “vortex” like Trump is now .... he has very little chance of pulling out of it.  And the thing is, there is SOOOO much more to come out regarding Russia interactions .... to say nothing of Donald’s other issues.  All it will take is one (of many) stories to come out and that will finish him off.

If one of Donald’s abortions were to become public ..... that would finish him.

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: September 01, 2018, 02:01:44 PM »
The Investors Business Daily poll (IBD/TIPP) is out .... and more bad news for Trump.  His approval rating dropped 5 points from just last month ... from 41% to 36%, and his disapproval rating was up to 56% from 53% last month.

It should be pointed out that IBD is a very conservative publication.

If this keeps up, Donnie’s kids won’t even want to be seen with him.  He is becoming toxic.

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: August 31, 2018, 02:11:22 PM »
Another question in the ABC/WP poll concerned corruption in the administration:

13% said corruption had decreased, and 45% said that corruption had increased under the Trump administration.  In an aside, we now know that 13% were watching Sean Hannity. 😱

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The rest / Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« on: August 30, 2018, 02:46:00 PM »
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"Most Americans have no idea that what we are fed by the news media is nothing more than a portrayal of what powerful corporations want us to believe

So ..... according to the above ..... in the US citizens believe what THE CORPORATIONS want you to believe.

But in Russia ..... citizens believe WHAT THE GOVERNMENT FUNDED RT AND TAAS WANT YOU TO BELIEVE.

Boy .... that's a tough choice.  Do I watch US television knowing that advertisers are trying to sell me products ..... OR ..... do I watch Russian government financed television where I would believe what the Russian government wants me to believe.

Choices .... choices ..... choices.  Boy ..... this is a tough one. ;)

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: August 29, 2018, 11:00:56 PM »
One of the pallbearers for John McCain is a Russian dissident.  How is that for flipping the bird to Trump and Putin from his grave?  LMAO 😂

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: August 27, 2018, 08:16:10 PM »
I see that Traitor Donald is trying to nail down his place as the “Dick of the century” by taking the US flags back up to full mast (after only about 24 hours at half mast).  Normal etiquette would be to keep them at half mast till after this coming Sunday.

Not surprising to me.  There are still some people who don’t understand what a sick f**k Traitor Don is.  In the coming weeks and months those folks will learn ... the hard way.  He is well on his way to spinning totally out of control ..... just in time for the elections.

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: August 20, 2018, 06:56:05 PM »
"Truth isn't truth." Rudy Guilianni

What WILL they come up with next?

Up is really down?  Fast is really slow?  Good is really bad?  ;)




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Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: August 17, 2018, 06:29:43 PM »
I keep trying to find enough time to put together a more "robust" entry regarding oil, fracking, and intermediate term future of fracking and the oil patch .... and other things keep pushing it to the back of the line.  So here is a SHORT VERSION of what I view as IMPORTANT in looking at the oil markets, ESPECIALLLY THE SUPPLY SIDE, over the next couple of years:

1)  The break even point for frackers on the price of oil ..... IS NOT $65.  It is much lower than that.

This is probably the most important point when you are looking at oil.  If you're using $65 as a benchmark BE point .... you're likely dealing with old information.  Technology AND execution is becoming much better (unfortunately .... because fracking is BAD) .... but I deal with reality, not what I want reality to be.

https://nationalinterest.org/feature/dont-bet-against-american-shale-25798?page=0%2C1

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Today, as production levels reach all-time highs, the breakeven point for tight oil projects are a fraction of what they were in 2014. According to  Rystad Energy , the median breakeven point for shale oil in the top fifty most commercial acreages ranges between $23/bbl and $49/bbl. In addition to new efficiencies and better experienced frac crews, breakeven costs were lowered by finding more mature shale deposits. By concentrating on these, many costs such as expenditures for exploration, land acquisition, pad construction, and transportation infrastructure have become no longer needed.
 
Additionally, more operators now choose to drill wells without fracturing them, leaving oil and gas unreleased until commodity prices are favorable. The EIA estimates that the breakeven price for these drilled but uncompleted wells is on average 39 percent below the breakeven price for a new well. Some six thousand wells are currently drilled but uncompleted, versus 4,500 in 2015, with most of them in the Permian.

2)  Not only is the break even point much lower than $65, THAT is for NEW WELLS.  You also have to consider the "shut in price" of oil for wells that are already drilled.

The "shut in price" is the price you stop producing oil from a well, and "shut it in" until prices recover.

3)  Right now .... the US provides more than 95% of the "fracked oil".  That will likely change in coming years, as Russia, China, and others improve their technology and execution.  That will effect the supply side and put pressure on oil pricing over the coming few years.

4)  Right now..... the main bottleneck in the Permian Basin is pipeline availability.  That will be maxing out SOON.... and they have new pipelines coming on line in 2019.  The pipeline companies AND the oil rig operators are trying to PULL THOSE dates in and speed up the completion dates.  Right now .... they fall heavily in the "back half" of 2019 .... and they are working to pull those dates CLOSER.

There are other things of course that will effect the price of oil in the SHORT TERM .... like sanctions on Iran.  But we don't know yet what China will do regarding sanctions, and whether or not China may choose to purchase MORE Iranian oil as they put a tariff on US oil imports.

As well ..... any softening of world economies will effect the DEMAND side.

For the next few years ..... my eyes are focused on the SUPPLY SIDE.  It will be a few years out (I say 2021 - 2022) until renewables issues will be large enough to impact oil prices.

Obviously renewables are effecting pricing in a VERY SMALL way right now.  But as that "very small" grows into just "small" ..... and that happens as more oil comes to market (especially from frackers that DON'T have nearly as long a lead time) ...... I expect oil to come under SIGNIFICANT pricing pressure over the next 2 - 3 years.

As always ...... GREED eventually will kill them.  The next few years will be interesting to watch in the oil patch.  And just as oil companies move MORE AND MORE assets to NATURALL GAS because they see the end of the tunnel for oil in the transportation area ...... natural gas' "long tunnel" will become shorter and shorter as well (still more than a decade or two out .... but MUCH shorter than I thought only a couple years ago).

 

   





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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: August 16, 2018, 04:02:31 PM »
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You need to talk the general Trump supporter populace- Not me.
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You're the one making the claims.  I'm just asking the questions ...... which you can't seem to answer.  Not sure why that is.  But on a discussion forum like this, you probably should either have something to backup what you are saying ..... or go to some other forum where all they do is talk about things that they can't back up.

Just sayin..... ;)

As an Independent voter ..... it's easy for me, because all I look for is the truth.  So once again, I'll get you started:

1)  Under Trump's admin, the unemployment rate is down to 3.9% from 4.5% when he took office.  See .... that's a "good thing".  So Trump's unemployment rate of 3.9% is good. 

During the first year of Obama's tenure, the rate during the recession was at 10% and he got it down to 4.5% by the time he handed off to Trump.    Now .... a Democrat might say, "but Obama lowered the rate from the peak of the recession of 10% down to 4.5% which is MORE than a 50% decrease in the unemployment rate."  Which is also true.  Obama got handed a pile of shit when he entered office.  That is just the truth .... whether you are a Republican or a Democrat.

2) Under Trump's admin, the US has added 3.4 million jobs during his first 18 months.  THAT IS A GOOD THING.  Of course, the Democrats will rightly note Obama added 3.7 million jobs during his last 18 months in office ..... so job growth has slowed down slightly.

You see how things work on this forum?  Now .... I don't PRETEND to speak for everyone on the forum .... I certainly have some disagreements with others.  But I use FACTS to back up the reasons why I disagree with them.  People CAN AND WILL DISAGREE ON POLICY ... BUT FACTS ARE FACTS.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckjones/2018/07/27/trumps-economic-scorecard-18-months-into-his-presidency/#50a170b81283

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/10/business/economy/trump-economy-credit.html

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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: August 06, 2018, 02:43:34 AM »
One of the interesting things to note from Sigmetonow’s chart posted a few entry’s above .... is that Honda, who has the most to lose based on trade-ins ..... has been one of the manufacturers who has been SLOWEST to embrace EV’s.  That could portend some rough times for them over the next few years..... and if the car market plays out as Tony Seba sees it playing out, that could mean that a Honda potentially could be an “early casualty” in the coming decline of passenger car manufacturers between 2025 - 2030.

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Buying an ICE vehicle will be like buying a NON flat screen color tv?  Remember those?  Anyone see those for sale ANYWHERE?

Same thing is going to happen to ICE vehicles.  Just think of the cool trucks that will be coming out in a few years.  Vehicle manufacturers will figure out that the truck lineup will be a profit area that “sticks around” even after car sales decline significantly.

People that use their trucks for work:  Construcion workers of all types, veterinarians, other business users, etc.  Musk has already asked for feedback as to what users would want in a truck.

Yogi was right ..... “the future ain’t what it used to be.”

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: July 13, 2018, 07:16:22 PM »
By the way Brit’s .....  before I forget ... a HUGE “atta boy” for giving Traitor Trump the “welcome” he deserves:  Baby balloon, hundreds of thousands of protesters, etc.  WELL DONE 👍🏻 mates.

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Tesla update :

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I just had another coworker tell me he’s ordering a Model 3. AWD. Tesla might sell more Model 3s in 2019 than Honda sells Civics.
https://twitter.com/icannot_enough/status/1017500212347236354
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Most of my referrals (14 so far this round) began with offering a test drive.
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Friend was going to buy a Porsche. Told him to give Tesla the opportunity to change his mind by test driving one. He did, next day placed his Tesla order. $tsla $tslaq
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Same with my neighbor who was shopping for a nice Mercedes until he test drove my model 3. Put in reservation and configured his P3D already. He owes me a test drive once he takes delivery :-)
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That's how it all starts out.  Somebody in the neighborhood gets one ..... other people look at it and think:

"You mean to tell me that I can buy one of these Tesla's for the same or less than the Porsche I was looking at ..... and I'll spend less than 20% of what I would spend to RUN my Porsche/BMW/Mercedes, and I'll spend less than 20% to maintain my Porsche?  OK .... my order for a new Tesla is in."

And that is why we are now reaching the juncture ..... as more and more people see and drive "these new things" ...... that some people who may be looking to buy a new car, but haven't seen the costs drop down enough OR haven't seen one in a style they like ..... will put off buying an ICE car for a year or two so they can wait and buy an EV."

In 2 - 3 years its going to get tougher and tougher to sell ICE cars in any dealership that has EV's.  REALLY TOUGH.  And by 2025 ..... nigh impossible  By 2023 "they" will have invaded the "entry level" ..... and then it will be all over.

SALESMAN:  "But Bob ..... you only have to pay 10% more for this ICE car AND you get the obligation to pay 80% more to run it AND 80% more to maintain it.  Doesn't that sound like a great deal for this ICE car Bob?  Bob.....where did you go Bob....."

And as an ADDED INCENTIVE ..... an ICE car that anyone buys after 2023 will be ALMOST WORTHLESS AFTER 2025.... because NOBODY WILL PAY FOR IT AFTER 2025.  So when "Bob" gets his act together and finally goes to trade in his 2023 ICE for an EV in 2027 .... he will have ZERO as a trade in.  LITERALLY .... because everyone on the planet will be dumping their ICE vehicles.

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The rest / Re: Mueller Investigation & Cohen Investigation
« on: July 02, 2018, 03:01:21 PM »
Martin:

I really HAVE been missing out on Terry's posts.  Maybe I should take a Terry off of ignore just so I can get some comic relief.   ;)

So the whole Mueller investigation is to hide the REAL collusion going on with Hillary and the oligarchs?  I'm just wondering if she had enough time to spend with the Oligarchs while running a child sex ring operation out of the Comet pizza parlor during the campaign. 😂

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Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: July 01, 2018, 10:15:29 PM »
Here's an article about Sears below.  What THE HELL is Buddy doing posting an article about Sears .... once a retailing giant ...... in the Oil, Oil, Oil thread?  :o

Long declines in companies look a LOT alike.  They are LONG AND PROTRACTED.  A company makes a big cut initially thinking "OK .... we've right sized now."  Only to find out that they have to keep cutting and cutting.

THAT....is the future that awaits ExxonMobil.  A LONG PROTRACTED DECLINE.  And it has already started ..... even though many of those still holding the stock don't think so.

So while natural gas may soften the blow to oil and gas companies like Exxon and others .... it won't save them.  They have a VERY, VERY, LONG downfall in front of them ..... likely to be slower and more painful than the holders of their stock are ready for.

Sears missed the change in the retailing market, just like ExxonMobil has missed the change in the energy and transportation markets.

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Sears is having a tough year.

The department store chain was once the largest retailer in the United States, but has  cut its store count in half in the last five years.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/sears-is-closing-78-more-stores-here-are-all-of-the-locations-shutting-down-where-you-live/ss-AAvOGrq?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=iehp

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The rest / Re: Russia, Russia, Russia
« on: June 29, 2018, 09:58:58 PM »
Wonder why all those Russian's were at Traitor Donnie's inauguration?   It was probably just a coincidence.....   ;)

Starting at 6:19 into the clip below:



Oh.... did you hear that Paul Manafort had received a $10 million dollar loan from Oleg Derapaska in 2010.  The documents that revealed that loan were obtained when Manafort's home and storage areas were raided.  Derepaska is a Russian oligarch with close ties to little Vladi.

What ever happened to "I don't do any business with Russians".....  Hmmmmmmm.....

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: June 22, 2018, 04:36:04 AM »
So with all kinds of news breaking, and all kinds of “shiny objects” being flashed around by Donnie and Company ...... what is the one thing I am most interested in?

John Bolton is heading to Russia Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to set up a “summit” between Traitor Don and his boss, little Vladi.  Did I tell you they want this “summit” to be in July.  Not NEXT July, THIS July.

You think this might have something to do with the noose tightening around Traitor Don’s neck?  Sounds like Cohen could be ready to flip.

So where is the “Summit” going to be held? Vienna?  Moscow?  Inquiring minds will be watching CLOSELY as to how things develop regarding the meeting.  Is the whole “Von Trapp Family” going?

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm ........


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Per Neven...
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Bad journalism (Maddow is just as crazy as Hannity now):

Yes.... Maddow must be just as crazy as Hannity now.  Let's take a look at that insightful post:

1)  Global warming

Hannity has lied about global warming for about 20 years now.  Maddow thinks global warming is happening, man is causing it, and man needs to do something about it.

  Hannity from 2016

2)  Gun Control

Hannity is a big backer of the NRA, and downplays gun control every chance he gets.  Maddow wants more gun control:  Regulations assault rifles, size of gun magazine, etc.



3)  Mueller Investigation:

Hannity wants to shut the Mueller investigation down NOW.  Maddow wants the Mueller investigation to complete its work.  Considering that everyone on the Trump team has lied about their contacts with Russians ..... that Michael Flynn, Trump's national security advisor has flipped ..... the Paul Manafort has had MULTIPLE contacts with Ukranians and Russians over the years and is financially compromised to at least one of them ..... that the Trump campaign met MULTIPLE TIMES with Russians..... I think it would be IRRESPONSIBLE to not complete the Mueller investigation.

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And the above was BEFORE I had to endure the beginning of the "The Kyle Kulinski Show".  Kyle didn't waste much time lying....he got right to it:

Talking to people who are your enemies WAS NOT THE ISSUE.  THE ISSUE WAS PRAISING YOUR ENEMY.  Talking is GOOD.  Praising a heartless, murdering dictator..... HEAPING PRAISE on him, is the issue.  Obama DIDN'T do that when he talked with Castro. BIG DIFFERENCE.

And that is all Kulinski talked about.  Did you really listen to it?  Personally, I LIKED the fact that Trump wanted to talk with North Korea.  THAT....is a good idea.  Of course, it is a BAD IDEA to go into ANY TALKS of importance....without preparing, and understanding the history and background.  And since Donnie doesn't like to read....well, you get my drift.

I thought Jimmy Dore was bad.  Kulinski makes him look like a rocket scientist.  Look.... if he (or you) want to bash on Rachel....great....have at it.  But use FACTS.... and what they ACTUALLY SAY. 



 


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Maybe I have been living under a rock.  I did not know that Jeff wrote any articles about RussiaGate.  Nor did I know that Amazon had been writing articles or covering RussiaGate.  Does The Washington Post realize that Amazon is honing in on their business? Who knew?🤷‍♀️

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: May 24, 2018, 04:14:38 PM »
Trump Cancels June 12 Singapore Summit With North Korea's Kim

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/trump-cancels-june-12-singapore-134723609.html

I guess that means the Nobel Peace Prize is put on hold as well ......  ;)

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The rest / Re: GOP Losing Ground for the 2018 Mid-Term Election
« on: May 19, 2018, 01:06:10 PM »
Ted Cruz finds himself in a much closer conflict in his re-election campaign for Senator in Texas against O’Rourke.

The latest mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas will NOT help Teddy.  The NRA owns Ted.  Ted also used the firm Cambridge Analytica in his presidential run.  This will be a race to watch.

I still DONT think that the Dems can win the Senate.  Manchin is in trouble in West Virginia, Indiana is going to be problematic, and Florida could slip away from the Dems.  So the dems could lose the same amount of seats that they are able to flip (Arizona, Nevada, etc).

But Teddy is definitely scum of the earth material, so IF the Dems were able to defeat him, that would definitely be good for the country.

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The rest / Re: Mueller Investigation & Cohen Investigation
« on: May 17, 2018, 02:26:28 PM »
Yes ..... I love the talk of "the deep state".  What other fairy tales will we here from the second rate comedian and wanna-be pundit Jimmy Dore?

Remember ..... he was the one saying that it was all "smoke and mirrors".  Jimmy Dore poo pood the largest political story in US historY.

The "Russia... Russia....Russia" investigation has a LONG way to go, and my dear pal Traitor Donnie will NOT be around for the end of it.  It will dig into the core of companies like Cambridge Analytica, the NRA, the RNC, and individuals like the Mercer's.

The investigation will lead to a record number of criminal indictments; it will HOPEFULLY lead to an overhaul of campaign finance laws; it will likely lead to an overhaul of campaign disclosure laws; etc.

You don't just "ignore" the largest scandal in US political history.  You enforce current laws, and you legislate NEW tougher laws.

I hope it also leads to an investigation of ANY journalists, or any news outlets that were WORKING WITH (AND COMMUNICATING WITH) any candidates for office OR office holders.  Journalists of ANY STRIPE should NOT be allowed to function as an extension of ANY PARTY or ANY CANDIDATE.  PERIOD.  FULL STOP.

I would hope that the US people will demand that of our political process. 


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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: April 19, 2018, 04:06:24 PM »
I'll believe it IF it actually happens.....but O'Rourke is only 3% behind Cruz in a recent poll.  This is the effect that Donnie's administration has had on the upcoming elections .... SO FAR.

This race is STILL a long shot for the Dem's .... BUT .... if they were able to "steal" Texas in this senate race, it would be HUGE (YUUGGGEEE).

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The rest / Mueller Investigation & Cohen Investigation
« on: April 18, 2018, 02:50:01 AM »
This thread is intended to focus on the ongoing Mueller investigation ...... AND ...... the Cohen investigation.  There will be overlap in these two ...... and things are going to continue to heat up in coming days and weeks.

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