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Nuclear Unicorn

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June 4, 2015

If someone gives you an octopus in exchange for a favor

Does that constitute squid pro quo?

June 4, 2015

x-post: Gun violence is the real problem with our country and it's time for our politicians

Gun violence is the real problem with our country and it's time for our politicians to finally do mo


And the other night in Washington, D.C., a 28-year old reporter named Charnice Milton was shot to death in the southeast part of that city while waiting for a bus after finishing her work for the day for Capital Community News.
When it is over, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier, said this: “Unfortunately, wrong place, wrong time.”
It is as much a definition of a country of guns right now as anything else: The wrong place in America is a bus stop where a young woman with everything ahead of her is waiting for a bus to take her home from work. One more time, on one of the streets that the police of this country so often try to police in vain, the wrong place at the wrong time turned out to be anywhere.

How can a bus stop be the "wrong place" and after work be the "wrong time"? How is it we as a nation have become so complacent with gun violence that this death can be attributed to "wrong place, wrong time"?

I posted earlier about a bill requiring liability insurance on firearms and cited the cost of gun violence at $12 billion a year. http://www.democraticunderground.com/12628959 I was wrong. According to this article in Business Insider the cost, including medical, extended care, psychological support, rehabilitation, investigation, incarceration and increased security is $227 billion. I was off a bit. That's half the military budget which is the largest single part of discretionary spending.

When politicians talk about cutting spending how about they look at the cost of gun violence and try to do something about that instead of cutting SNAP?

edit to add link to Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/gun-violence-costs-america-more-than-229-billion-every-year-2015-4

DU Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/12628986

A couple of points --

First, this is what the OP excised --

A guy comes by on a dirt bike, a guy with a gun, aiming at somebody else, but Charnice Milton, a young woman with a master’s degree from Syracuse University, with big ideas about being a famous reporter in the nation’s capital, is the one who is hit, and then gone.

In other words this was a deliberate act of pre-meditated murder. The shooter intended to kill someone else; Ms. Milton was caught in that crime. In fact, the intended victim used Ms. Milton as a human shield.

Second, this is Washington DC where the local government harasses law-abiding citizens with nuisance laws. Obviously the gun control regime in place did nothing to prevent the killer from obtaining his weapon.

Third, in the vein of the already in-place nuisance laws, the OP wants liability insurance. This is yet another nuisance law. How this would have changed the outcome is anyone's guess. I'm not sure how liability insurance counts when committing a deliberate act of assassination even if the wrong person is killed.

Do people intent on murder even buy insurance to cover the incidentals of their actions? I strongly doubt it.

In other words, what we have here is yet another cynical exploitation of a tragedy involving deliberate criminal behavior to push yet more laws on people who are the target of criminals.
May 24, 2015

Obama Takes Unexpected Setback On Trade Agenda As Fast Track Passes Senate

Obama Takes Unexpected Setback On Trade Agenda As Fast Track Passes Senate

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's trade agenda suffered a setback Friday evening during a series of last-minute maneuvers in the Senate. While the upper chamber eventually passed a bill that would help Obama streamline a trade pact with 11 Pacific nations, the final product threw a wrench into the president's plans.

The Senate approved a bill to "fast-track" trade agreements negotiated by the president. The agreement will prevent Congress from amending or filibustering Obama's controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. The TPP deal would have a hard time surviving without fast-track authority.

But a key crackdown on human trafficking survived the legislative jujitsu. The White House considers the provision a deal-breaker, as it would force one of the nations involved in the TPP talks -- Malaysia -- out of the agreement. An immigration-related amendment authored by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) never got a vote, making it far more difficult for Obama to win over skeptical tea party Republicans in the House.

The slavery provision's survival means that the House will either need to amend the bill and send it back to the Senate, which would cause a delay and complicate the House debate, or pass a bill and go to conference with the Senate, also causing a delay. It also potentially could be fixed in separate legislation otherwise moving through Congress.


Emphasis added.

I don't curse a lot in my posts but -- What the fuck?

America's first African-American President -- supposedly a Progressive -- is working to allow slavery to go unchallenged in the name of corporate profits? Human trafficking? Sex slavery, i.e. RAPE-FOR-PROFIT!

Mr. President, you have lost your soul.
May 20, 2015

Posters Go Up Around Columbia Calling Mattress Rape Protester A "Pretty Little Liar"

Posters Go Up Around Columbia Calling Mattress Rape Protester A "Pretty Little Liar"

Early this morning, an anonymous person or persons put up posters around Columbia University—in the 116th Street subway station, outside of Tom's Restaurant, on stoplights and construction walls—emblazoned with the image of student Emma Sulkowicz and her now-iconic mattress. Since September 2014, Sulkowicz has been dragging the mattress around campus as a protest against the school's handling of her rape allegations against another student. (That student, Paul Nungesser, has since sued the university.) This morning's posters accuse Sulkowicz of making it all up, dismissing her as "Pretty Little Liar" with the caption "Emma Sulkowitz" [sic] and "RapeHoax."

A new Twitter account, @FakeRape, has been tweeting pictures of the posters for the last five hours. Another poster, picturing Lena Dunham sticking her tongue out, is clearly part of the series, emblazoned "Big Fat Liar," with the same #RapeHoax hashtag.

Today's stunt coincides with Columbia's commencement ceremony, and follows on the heels of yesterday's College Class Day ceremony, during which Sulkowicz carried her dorm room mattress across the stage. The NY Times reports that President Lee C. Bollinger refused to shake her hand when she passed, as he had done with all the other students—including Nungesser, who crossed the stage minutes before her.


I dread the thought that this might be a hoax ala Rolling Stone's UVa story because of the harm it would do combatting sexual assault (of course I also dread the thought of the story being true, as well). However, even if the story turns out to be a hoax I'm really uncomfortable with this article. Between the posters and being snubbed by the university president I feel things could descend from ugly to positively horrid.
May 19, 2015

A few years ago on DU, I opined that 3-D printing would decentralize the means of production

allowing for a more democratized market economy. I continue to see it as a profoundly positive evolution for society.

May 12, 2015

What, if any, consequence should be born by Pamela Gellar if she holds another such event?

I'm guessing her or a supporter are planning such a thing so what should be the "consequence"?

A) no consequence. Let them hold their event but let the criticisms flow

B) arrested and charged with a misdemeanor

C) arrested and charged with a felony

D) denied access to public venues

E) citations issued to any private venues making themselves available to her

F) denied security / protection

G) other

May 6, 2015

And this is why I love him.

Lover Boy and I went to lunch together with someone from his company and his wife. The husband asked what I did for a living and I responded that I'm mostly a homemaker while taking care of my school-aged SIL during the day.

"Oh, so you don't work," he said absently.

Lover Boy responded rather testily, "She said she's a homemaker and takes care of a kid. How much more f---ing work do you think there is?"

The gentleman apologized profusely for his insensitive remark.

May 4, 2015

No one should be killed for drawing unflattering cartoons of Mohammed...

that is as far as I'm going in that statement.

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