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Grovelbot: Should he return, stay in retirement, meh ?

For you newbies, when DU used to have donation drives, Grovelbot was the mascot. We all had a chuckle (I think) and pitched in. The donation drives stopped a few years ago. I know the drives were more work for the admins, but damn I enjoyed them. Of course, you can donate to DU at any time!

What do you think ? Bring him back ? Keep him in retirement ? Meh ? Other ?

Are We Asking Too Much of the Federal Reserveóor Too Little?



There has been obsessive chatter about whether the Federal Reserve will, or should, raise interest rates this fall. At the Fedís annual end-of-summer gabfest at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the issue was topic A.

Advocates of a rate hike make the following claims:

Very low rates were necessary when the economy was deep in recession. Now, with growth up and unemployment down, the near-zero rates are creating speculative bubbles. They are not really stimulating the economy much, as corporations put cash into stock buybacks and bankers park spare money at the Fed itself. So letís get on with a more normal borrowing rate.

Opponents of a rate hike counter that the economy is a lot weaker than it looks. Wages are going nowhere. A lot of the jobs that have pushed down the nominal employment rate are lousy jobs. Chinaís economy has just hit a big wall, which will slow down global growth.

more at link above

Absolute WORST horror movie of all time, in YOUR opinion ?

Note I said "your opinion".

I'm no horror movie buff, but, um, were the Chuckie movies really scary ? If so, I'll keep on thinking.

Where exactly were you 14 years ago when you learned of the events of 9-11 ?

Note to juries: It is 9-11-2015, so this is a timely topic.

I was in a Florida state prison (working, mind you) talking to my male prisoner clients, when one of the inmates came up to the group and said "A plane just struck the World Trade Center". I said to him, reflexively, "You're kidding, right ?". He looked at me very seriously and said, "Mr. X, now why would I joke about something like that ?". I forget what was said next, but then several minutes later I went to watch a TV inside the inmate dormitory. The second plane had struck the second tower and the picture was shaking on the news.

A bad day for me and for America as a whole.

as a member of almost 11 years duration, here's my comments

1- Remove the jury system. Go back to moderation.

2- If you insist on retaining it, limit it to donors only, at least 1000 posts AND one year duration of membership, make it 6 voters again, and heavily scrutinize alerts in protected sub-forums. The reason behind donors only is, no skin in the game, you don't get a vote. Donations are $1 minimum these days, correct ? Everyone except the dirt poor can afford a dollar.

3- Maybe you need to go back to aggressive fund-raising appeals ? I enjoyed the whole Grovelbot thing.

Sincerely yours, a consistent donor and yellow-dog Democrat, Steve

Hooning - my new word I learned today



The act of being a hoon or driving recklessly, racing, doing burnouts etc.

Hey Blake, I'm feeling the need for speed and want to burn some rubber, you wanna come hooning?


Learn any fun new words lately ?

Monty Python Star Terry Gilliam Says He's Not Dead


Terry Gilliam, a member of the zany Monty Python comedy troupe, has apologized to his fans "for being dead," after his passing was erroneously reported by Variety magazine.

Gilliam, also an Oscar-nominated director, said he was sorry for fans who had bought tickets to his upcoming event, "but, Variety has announced my demise. Don't believe their retraction and apology!"

Gilliam, 74, has public appearances scheduled in London and Glendale, California, and New York in October, according to his website, aimed at promoting his new book, "Gilliamesque: A Pre-Posthumous Memoir."

Variety, for its part, apologized via a tweet on Tuesday.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis Isn't Kentucky's Only Gay Marriage Holdout


There are three county clerks in Kentucky who have refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But only one of them, Rowan County's Kim Davis, has been thrown in jail, celebrated by presidential candidates and become a national symbol of opposition to gay unions.

The other two continue to resist, but with far less fanfare ó and relatively little legal trouble.

Whitley County clerk Kay Schwartz told NBC News her office is granting licenses for heterosexual couples, but not for those of the same sex. In fact, she said, no gay and lesbian couples had bothered to ask.

Casey County clerk Casey Davis isn't issuing any marriage licenses at all ó similar to the approach taken by Kim Davis (no relation) before she was jailed. He has crossed the state on a bicycle as a show of support for Kim Davis, but that stunt arguably drew more attention than his refusal to give licences to same-sex couples.

Donald Trump trashes Black Lives Matter: 'I think they're trouble"


Real-estate mogul Donald Trump made it clear in a Tuesday interview that he is no fan of the Black Lives Matter movement.

"I think they're trouble. I think they're looking for trouble," the Republican presidential candidate said during a Fox News interview with Bill O'Reilly.

The Black Lives Matter movement seeks to call attention to what it describes as systemic mistreatment of African-Americans by police officers.

Protests affiliated with Black Lives Matter built momentum after a series of high-profile incidents over the last year in which unarmed African-American men died during their encounters with law enforcement, including in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland.

No surprise here.

Best horror movie of all time, in your opinion ?

I'm not a horror movie fan, so I don't have a good opinion on this. The last horror-ish movie I saw was Paranormal Activity, which spooked me sufficiently.
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