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Name: Skip
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Hometown: Sierra Vista & Tempe, AZ
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Former COO of a casino gaming company, former executive of a publicly-traded gaming manufacturer.

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Why shouldn't health insurers demand a higher premium

for adults that refuse to be vaccinated. Maybe they are just waiting for full FDA before pulling that trigger... but make no mistake, there will be immediate bills filed by repug neanderthals to prohibit that.

But here's the thing. The whole insurance industry is based on mitigating risk, so those who willfully put themselves at greater risk should face a higher premium IMO. Of course there are certain mitigating conditions that would need to be factored in if those conditions make some unable to have the shot. JMHO
Posted by Still Sensible | Wed Aug 18, 2021, 09:30 PM (12 replies)

A friend posted this fine summary of Texas current problem:

Texas Plight simplified. Hubris. Arrogance. Pitiful yet so predictable.

ERCOT = Electric Reliability Council of Texas. They operate and manage the de-regulated, private energy grid.

1.) After 2011ís snow storm during Super Bowl week at the new Cowboys stadium, various agencies (including ERCOT) agreed that winterizing our power grid should be a top priority.

2.) The public forgot and politicians and private companies did nothing.

3.) In this latest storm, the temperature was so cold that not only did natural gas lines freeze, but delivery systems for coal and natural gas froze as well. Some wind turbines also froze, but wind accounts for about 10,000 Megawatts of total production and ERCOT has said 30,000 Megawatts total were lost at the peak of the outage.

4.) Neither fossil fuels nor renewable energy is to blame. Whatís to blame is that the winterization of equipment was put off as an expense because it eats into profits. Remember, the power companies in Texas are all private and completely de-regulated. So, which company is going to eat into profits to protect against a 100 year storm unless required to do so?

5.) We are experiencing more erratic climate because 99% of all scientists agree that climate change is real. Iíll bet someone thought that the 2011 storm was a once in a lifetime storm and that this wouldnít happen again. I guess folks should start listening to the professionals. 🤷🏽‍♂️

6.) Now the Governor is all hot and bothered because A.) Iím sure he cares that a lot of people might die (I donít like the guy, but I doubt heís heartless), B.) This is a stain on his record, and C.) I think he will run for the Presidency in 2024. So heís on the news blaming ERCOT, wind turbines, and saying that heís going to hold people accountable... basically the same nonsense politicians spew after knowing they messed up.

7.) What the Governor isnít telling you is that every member managing ERCOT was appointed by him. That this problem was caused by lack of investment for the public good. That the Texas legislature has not mandated any regulations on the power companies since the 2011 storm. And, that all politicians know that 90% of you will forget by next week when the weather hits 60 degrees.

Coming out of this mess, people should ask themselves: Why keep voting for politicians who tell you government canít help you? Thatís like hiring a CEO who tells people donít buy his companyís products.

Overall, I hope people donít forget. I hope those who are riding out this storm with no worries realize there are millions who are worried. I hope we all realize that building stronger communities is not done individually.
Posted by Still Sensible | Fri Feb 19, 2021, 01:51 AM (21 replies)

Valid points and evidences one of the biggest negatives

that the Internet has wrought.

These used to be fringe groups. When I was a kid 50 or so years ago, I was aware of shadowy KKK around and the John Birchers, etc.. There were also conspiracy nuts and, in fact, one of them was a college professor I had. These conspiracy theorists of that time railed against the Bilderbergers and the Council on Foreign Relations, claiming it was all about destroying America in favor of a "one world government." Of course, in the late 60s and early seventies, there was a very small segment that were active in these groups, held together through meetings and largely underground tracts. There was obviously a large proportion of the white population that, while they may not have been active in these movements, they clearly were sympathetic to the racism--read white nationalism--that underscored the groups' world views. The abortion fight that has evolved since that time brought the already sympathetic evangelical movement allied solidly on the side of this racist fringe.

The explosion of the Internet has provided a mechanism for the fringe to recruit, cross pollinate and somewhat unify around a shared hatred for "others," and "liberals." Unfortunately, the emergence of tRump and his catering to those growing groups had brought the deplorables into the main stream. Even if these deplorables make up half or less of what is currently the GOP electorate, most of the other repugs go along with them for three reasons: Under tRump they have been able to achieve or at least make progress toward some long standing GOP goals; Despite their public denials, the right remains sympathetic to the white nationalism and the systemic discrimination against all "others."; and finally, they hate "the libs" and even center-left progressivism almost as much as the deplorables do.

I'm not sure it matters greatly if these formerly-fringe-but-now-mainstream-right-wingers get pushed underground because the same internet (and even the dark web) that has fueled their growth provides the mechanisms to keep track of them.

But just as it was many decades ago when these deplorables were a small lunatic fringe, we must deal with the right's sympathies with the racist white nationalists and continue to weed out the systemic policies that accelerated under 45. But now these forces are larger and better organized... with more friends in high places.

Posted by Still Sensible | Wed Feb 10, 2021, 03:54 PM (0 replies)

I still think that Facebook and Twitter need to have a "dislike" button

and a "Fuck Off" emoji!

That is all!
Posted by Still Sensible | Thu Feb 4, 2021, 02:10 PM (5 replies)

Trump Pardons Bannon Hours Before Leaving Office

Source: New York Times

The president made the decision to pardon Stephen K. Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, after a day of frantic efforts to sway his thinking. Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, said the mob that stormed the Capitol ďwas fed lies,Ē referring to President Trumpís efforts to overturn the election.

President Trump has granted clemency to Stephen K. Bannon, the former White House chief strategist who was charged with defrauding people who supported building a border wall that Mr. Trump supported, White House officials said.

The president made the decision after a day of frantic efforts to sway his thinking, including from Mr. Bannon, who spoke to him by phone earlier on Tuesday.

The pardon was described as a pre-emptive move that would effectively wipe away the charges against Mr. Bannon, should he be convicted.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/01/19/us/inauguration-day-biden



Surprised, NOT!
Posted by Still Sensible | Wed Jan 20, 2021, 12:59 AM (26 replies)

I sure hope the "Deep State" is ready for the next 16 days!

We've heard a lot of noise from tRumpworld about the "Deep State" for nearly five years now. If there is such a thing, a rational person would have observed that those people/entities have largely kept their powder dry through all the bullshit that has been a four year abomination.

I sure hope they are standing by and ready to stand up!
Posted by Still Sensible | Mon Jan 4, 2021, 01:57 AM (2 replies)

The Court announcing the rejection of the Texas filing tonight instead

of waiting until Monday, will have one of these effects:

1. tRump will see the rate of donations to his scam dramatically decrease, thus causing him to not get many millions; or

2. tRump will see the rate of donations to his scam dramatically increase, thus causing rubes' bank accounts many millions!

Sounds damn close to a win-win-win to me!
Posted by Still Sensible | Sat Dec 12, 2020, 12:22 AM (0 replies)

Bullshit and more fucking bullshit

On the White House lawn!

Now the responsible media will have to spend days correcting the lies.
Posted by Still Sensible | Fri Nov 13, 2020, 05:37 PM (1 replies)

On this year's polling and GOTV:

First, I think that the normal adjustments even the best pollsters make to identify "likely voters" was incredibly different in this age of covid. What with tRump setting up his post- election excuse by deriding mail ballots simultaneously with some key states seniors and others historically dependent on it. That is just one of the factors that made this year's polling a bigger challenge. And, IMO, it also makes this year's exit polling relatively useless.

Secondly, I do believe that the tRump cult really got their vote out and hat's off to them. In the Biden campaign, which also--very clearly--did a terrific job getting out our vote, there was a notable effort to promote safety in the pandemic age. The tRump campaign, not surprisingly, didn't give a flying Philidelphia F*#k about voter safety... they just needed to get those sheep to the polls.

Thankfully, our folks were largely comfortable with mail ballots and those that were not showed up on Tuesday.
Posted by Still Sensible | Mon Nov 9, 2020, 07:10 PM (0 replies)

Insurrection Act My Ass!

tRump wants to invoke the "Insurrection law" because protesters attacked Rand Paul last night.

What a pair off weenies! The video is on multiple web sites and it basically amounted to people yelling for justice for Breanna while Paul walked through with multiple police officers protecting him.

tRump amd Paul trying to paint the peaceful protesters as a lynch mob. What a joke!
Posted by Still Sensible | Fri Aug 28, 2020, 10:53 PM (1 replies)
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