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Name: Pet Rock
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Hometown: TN, KY
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Maybe Pence has told Trump he's quitting because....

Donny refused to walk down the isle and give his soul to Jaysus........

Pence may also have seen documents we haven't and realizes it's time to jump ship before he goes down with it...

Our society currently has an attitude problem created by social media....

and it's a cancer on us all. Comes primarily from no longer looking our fellow humans square in the eye while communicating....

I've noticed for the last several years, the dialog and demeanor of people I deal with (family, friends, businesses) has slowly become more caustic and smart-ass, like a bunch of teenagers competing for dates. I hope people finally tire of social media and we reverse that trend. I've let several people know that behavior simply is not acceptable.

There's no purpose in being abrasive when commenting on our politicians and their statements - it only annoys and serves no end. We should simply state our objections in a rational way and leave it at that. Reading a string of posts on DU should not leave me a nervous wreck, but some have recently.

If we try to be more like old-fashioned ladies and gentlemen, the right-wing trolls will get bored and leave....

You immediately foul your argument with unfounded claims, such as...

"Taking the Impeachment path will lead Dems to landslide WH, House, Senate, and gubernatorial wins in 2020."

That claim has absolutely no foundation in fact and is highly speculative. There is no promise land in American politics and never will be so long as Republicans have potentially unlimited funding and clandestine support from around the globe at their disposal. Those unknown factors render long-term election predictions virtually useless.

Therefore, no landslide can credibly be predicted. We all wish it were as simple and straightforward as you have claimed.

Further, broadcasting such claims will tend to weaken Democratic Party efforts for GOTV and fundraising. If impeachment began and everyone then thought a landslide was forthcoming, many Democrats might just stay home or not bother to contribute.

I support opening an impeachment inquiry as soon as practical, but I also know there's procedures that must be followed to keep the process within the Constitution and our laws, and to ensure maximum impact with the best political timing.

We must also respect the fact that Congress cannot spend 100% of its time on investigations. They have other functions that must be performed such as budgets to maintain at least minimum government functionality.

And satisfying the far-right's dream of England+Wales becoming....

a vassal state of the U.S. and the City of London a mere extension of Wall Street.

All to work toward destroying the E.U.....

I'm anticipating tRump's announcement of a state visit with Boris. Imagine the stench....

True Trumpsters don't care about being paid. They are drugged...

on the opium of Lee Atwater and Rupert Murdoch et al. passed around freely for decades.

They truly are psychological drug addicts....... ........

Why else would one man drive all the way from Phoenix and then stand in line in the heat and rain all day?......

This is not normal.

Deregulation or simply turning a blind eye to it.

It's a safe bet tRump's people at the FTC are not enforcing the Do Not Call registry, just based on the exponential increase in call we've had this year.

Fundamentally, for rePublicans it violates their policy canon to take enforcement against any business and that's been clearly demonstrated since this administration took office, particularly in the SEC. I shudder to think of what they're not enforcing at the EPA and FDA.

They believe in using laissez-faire rules for everything that applies to businesses and the wealthy, including this pResident's moral and ethical behavior.


Yes, if we use it to be more compassionate and understanding with one another.

That would be the sign of an intelligent company and it would be to their advantage if used properly. It would have to be designed smart enough however, to catch those who might try to game the system.

I was not aware that companies are actually using it in HR....

Going only with my experience (because I haven't yet interfaced with other introverts for debate), I think introverts tend to pour all our emotional energy toward a very small number of people and allow very powerful dependencies. That make us vulnerable to being hurt or extremely sad, and it applies to me. There's few social things I enjoy more than sitting at a kitchen table with coffee with a good friend and chatting on a highly personal level.

In contrast, most extroverts are spread thin and maintain a much larger base of relationships that are much weaker. However, most I've known are not able to open up and talk on an emotional level about their issues.

That's one of several things I've learned in my amateur study of human nature, evolution and personality, mostly by looking at what science says and then looking my my life experiences to validate those concepts. So far, so good!

It's a fun journey I started way too late in life!......

Have a good, serene week!......

Thanks, I consider that a compliment. They say we're the "mediators"...

and the thinkers, and that describes me well. Doesn't mean I'm smarter, I just think things out very thoroughly and pay great attention to detail. That trait can be an asset or a burden, LOL. Just to share a few things......

Avoiding conflict and controversy has always been my way, although I've survived quite a few people that seem to thrive on it and often initiate it. I get overloaded with that crap very quickly. Our way seems to be one of quiet mediation and peace keeping.

As I've aged, I've become more sensitive and prone to isolate more, but it feels like our current society is less compatible with our personality type compared to some other nations. Some days, I wish I owned that little shack in the central Tennessee mountains that my hermit great uncle lived in most of his life, where he was in poverty but always very happy. We do need our place of escape! Looking back, I can now see that introversion was very common on my dad's side. They were all quiet, kind, humble and unselfish people.

The Myers-Briggs 16 personalities system has been a great asset toward understanding and accepting myself, and helped tremendously with my later-life depression. I now know I'm simply a part of a normal genetic sub-set of humanity (just like red heads, very short people, geniuses and psychopaths).

I also believe the experts stress that there are mixed and cross-over types, so that personalities are not defined with any absolutes. It's just a convenient guide along the path of understanding.

SM, thanks for sharing and reading my rant. I've been wanting to open up about discovering the foundations for many patterns and events in my life for quite a while.


Chasing profits only for the man with lots of naivety in the country boy.

"That requires that someone keeps good intentions in their heart". Amen.

I had clashes with management numerous times because I always tried to do what's best for the customer - an attitude I inherited from the culture of my youth. Never could outgrow standing up for moral values, LOL. Never got me fired, but instead called out a few times.

Like you, I was a problem solver (me in engineering field service) but I always wanted the solutions to be long-lasting and achieved using sound technical practices. Management always wanted everything done fast and on the cheap. So, we somehow compromised. I think what saved me was a degree of mutual respect that existed within that group.

Although I was self-employed for much of my working days, later in life I realized I really didn't have quite enough hard-ass in me for the task. No one explained that to me at the beginning. Most of what I heard was "you can do anything if you really try".

Life is indeed one learning experience after another and the biggest of all is that we're not invincible. A second one is that it's wise to periodically take a break and do a thorough, honest personal inventory (lesson learned in my 40s in addiction recovery) but that's something rarely done these days, at least not voluntarily.

Thanks again!.......

INFP here - almost polar opposite to you.

Life sometimes seems just a series of acts we force ourselves to stage to satisfy the point in life where we are at the time.

I think middle age bring somewhat of a state of desperation when we realize our lives are not infinite, time is running out, and so we begin to push the process of life-building harder. That may include disregarding the feeling and needs of others in our path, but that can also backfire if they revolt, and we must always be conscious of the emotional effects of our actions. It seems few people are these days, which adds up to a slow degradation of our nation's sanity and morals.

Personally, I lost a big gap in my life from alcoholism and had a lot of catching up to do after the age of 43. I damn near killed myself running hard for a couple of corporations, and to the point where my health deteriorated and caught up with me.

Looking back, I allowed crass and highly-ambitious managers to push me way too hard and at a salary much too low. I doubt if any of them have a single regret. I regret allowing it to happen. Such is the life of an introvert and highly-sensitive person.

Just remember when that which your intuition tells you comes true, the result may be also have been driven by the fear of others of losing their jobs, positions or advancements. We're all pretty good at faking a happy face when our incomes depends on it.

I'm a firm believer in being most true to my natural, genetic nature and personality type. However, I also accept that I will need to pull myself temporarily away from that natural state to survive and to build a home and family - if that's what I want. But, there can be serious mental problems as a result such as depression and anger issues.

Best of luck and thanks for sharing!......
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