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Gas Bandit's Political Thread V: The Vampire Likes Bats

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion & More!' started by GasBandit, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. Bubble181

    Bubble181 The odd one out

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    Wouldn't count in Belgium, definitely. You can write a will by yourself of you want to, but then it has to be hand written, signed, dated, and include a statement that it is a will and testimony and all that.
    An unsent text message? Really no way to determine who wrote it.
     
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    Twitter suspended Rose McGowan over her Wienstien and Affleck tweets. The victim in the Charlottesville beating picture over the weekend has been charged with assault. The NFL in general. Other schools are kicking kids off teams for not standing during the anthem. Congress. Just Congress. And that dipshit in the White House

    It seems on an institutional level, evil is winning, and there is little to no hope that it will ever get better.
     
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    Bubble181 The odd one out

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    Angry Old White Guys are trying to take back what they feel they're losing - i.e. control and comfort. They might succeed, with gerrymandering in the USA and just plain power politics in other countries firmly putting power and control "back where it belongs". Or they might lose, and the world will become a more diverse, if more unstable and less predictable, place.

    Either way, power is still shifting away from who used to hold it, and this has been the case since the late 19th century (start of socialism, general voting rights, women's rights, etc etc). We've got a long way to go, but whether this is a temporary lull in the curve or a definitive "we're going back to feudalism!" bend, we'll only be able to tell in 20 years.
     
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    One of the lawyers I follow wrote a really informative thread on this topic that I would recommend reading. The start:
     
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    The USA has announced they're leaving UNESCO.

    Not much of a surprise there.
     
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    Eriol One Of Us

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    As a start I went to their wiki page. The Controversies sectionis rather large, going back decades.
     
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    TLDR: A citizen can request a warrant in NC and likely did so in retaliation to intimidate the victim.
     
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    I'm somewhat disappointed we don't have some new protest songs about all this by now. Looks like I have to rely on the old stuff.



    That's eerily fitting.
     
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    I'm past songs at this point. Individual acts of humanity just can't keep up with the damage the whole is doing to itself. I'm close to thinking we DESERVE to get nuked, the sooner the better. :(
     
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    DarkAudit will be voting for the Chicxulub party in 2020.

    --Patrick
     
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    Eriol One Of Us

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    There's also the recent fear-mongering regarding Yellowstone: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/science/yellowstone-volcano-eruption.html

    Basically some new research "claims" that signs point to an eruption in a matter of decades. Which would be catastrophic for the world. Oh and most of the USA would be basically completely destroyed via being buried under ash.

    I choose not to worry about it because there's quite literally zero I (or anybody else) can do about it anyways. If such were actually to occur, our best chance is probably funding SpaceX (Mars), and anybody else trying to do orbital arcologies or other such "survival of species" work.
     
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    PatrThom Genuinely Curious

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    FWIW, the Yellowstone supervolcano is historically overdue. However, I'm already doing what I can about this by living in MI, which should be far enough away to minimize the impact. I expect someone like @Dave would have a much worse time of it, though.

    --Patrick
     
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    The current administration would only care if enough of his golf courses were within the blast radius.
     
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    Eriol One Of Us

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    Depends on which figure here is more accurate: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/yellowstone/yellowstone_sub_page_91.html

    I tend to believe the 2nd for at least a BIT (even if only a dusting) of coverage, since very thin would wash away quickly, and as they say in the article, would not be in the geologic record.
     
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    Yeah, I saw that movie with Pierce Brosnan.
     
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    The impression I got was that if you live in North America, your choices are die fast or die slow.
     
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    GasBandit Ask me about my Reprehensible Filth Staff Member

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    IE, Burn or starve freezing.
     
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    Look, he's survived all of the previous Yellowstone eruptions, I don't see why this one would be any different.
     
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    Meanwhile in idiot land

     
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    Putting this here because I doubt the laws are very different in the USA, and thus not Canada-specific: She spent $124K to get her home back: Legislation leaves Alberta common-law couples without recourse
    I may be in the minority here, but if you're dumb enough to not get your name on any of the property, wtf is wrong with you? @Dirona and I ARE married, and we STILL made double-sure that BOTH of our names have been on any property (even rentals) that we've had together. Not because of this, but because it makes WAY more sense for any number of other reasons relating to anything done to property. If one of you technically isn't the property owner, that could get "interesting" really fast.

    Now I'm not saying that the woman's mistake in this article should be punished by her getting ZERO, but she's still stupid.
     
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    In the US, the only way to officially* change the people listed on a property is to remortgage that property from scratch (unless it is not currently under mortgage). This can be difficult for tax reasons, getting the new person qualified for the loan, etc.

    --Patrick
    *that is, to where people take it seriously.
     
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    It depends on what you're doing. Right now I need to change the ownership listing. In the county records, I'm the sole owner. My mortgage is joint, since we did a remortgage after we married. Since the property was in my name, we didn't have to change the record for ownership. It's a good reminder for me to do it though. Since if I die or become incapacitated, my wife has no rights to the property. Even though she is on the mortgage.
     
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    My name is on our house, but not on the mortgage, so I don't know if that's entirely accurate.
     
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    Having it one way or the other/not the same is not difficult, Changing one to match the other, however...

    --Patrick
     
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    Canadian Newspaper, but obviously picked up from some american source, as it's all with USA numbers: Who pays what in taxes?
    Good article about taxation. Not great, not perfect, but good. In particular I'd like to see what the breakdown of taxes that are not income taxes, and how those come into the revenue streams. I'm sure that data is online, but I don't think it's fair either to only make an article only about income taxes, rather than all taxes.
     
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    If the bottom 50% paid their entire income in taxes, what percentage would they contribute in taxes paid?
     
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    Ah, that's been Warren Buffett's argument for years.
    --Patrick
     
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    In addition, what other taxes (sales taxes, etc) are you paying? And that's only personal, so as I asked above what other tax sources (import/export taxes, etc) does the government have, and what percentage of the pie are those?
     
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    You may find this interesting, if you didn't know about it already:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax_Freedom_Day

    --Patrick
     
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    I just about mentioned it in my last post. Didn't though because I didn't know it was such an international thing!
     
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    They made a spelling mistake.

    This is surely an obvious sign that whatever they attempted to convey in their garbled message is fake news and unworthy of any consideration.
     
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    And just in case it was not made abundantly clear from my post quoted above, I wish to declar that I am sexually attracted to adolesecnt manatees.
     
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