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Right wing talk radio and Fox News don't really want a Republican President

Yeah, they have a political agenda but money comes before politics (or anything else for that matter) for these slimeballs and there is nothing on this planet that will increase their ratings and hence their income than a Hillary Clinton Presidency.

RW talk radio and Fox are all about anger, anger is addictive and will keep people tuning in to get another fix. A Republican government doing what they say they want is the last thing the rabble rousers actually want because then their target audience will not be as angry and they will lose a percentage of them and with that loss comes a loss of income.

They are pushing their audience toward the most extreme candidates, Trump and Carson, because they think those will be the weakest Republican candidates in the general. Yes, the base will come out and vote like crazy for them but for both parties the base cannot win on their own, they need some swing voters and any halfway sane swing voters are going to go to the Democratic candidate rather than the obviously unhinged Republican one.

Follow the money.

Are there any poor people on the internet?

I just had a conversation with a DUer who implied that no poor person can be on the internet. To my ears at least he sounded just like the Republicans who claim if you have a refrigerator, a cell phone or a flat screen TV you can't be poor.

I can get an internet capable computer complete with monitor for $20 at yard sales, flea markets and thrift stores, I'd have to pay more than that for a flat screen TV at the same places because they are more in demand than old computers. An internet connection can be had for free or very low cost if you know what you are doing.

In my view that poster was full of shit but I'm wondering what you think.

The endless campaign season is part of the reason people hate politics and don't turn out

Even for those of us who are interested and engaged in politics the campaigns are long and sometimes difficult to take, for most of the general public they just want the stupid mudslinging crap to stop and for all the candidates to STFU. All most people can think of on election day is "Thank God it's over".

The M$M doesn't help things any, they loathe talking about policy and love talking about scandal no matter how tenuous or idiotic because scandal is what draws eyeballs and hence revenue while policy discussions motivate most of the public to frantically hit the channel button on their remote. By the time of the general a substantial segment of the public thinks all the candidates are sociopathic assholes who shouldn't be allowed to operate a dishwasher without adult supervision and I frankly can't blame them.

We have met the enemy and he is us.

I don't think there is a serious poster here who expects to change another poster's mind

I know I certainly don't expect to change any other poster from Hillary to Bernie.

On the other hand DU is a "tough room" and GD-P is an even tougher one, a lot of people are intimidated by the level of vitriol in here and never post but only lurk and those are the people I hope to reach.

Take a look at any highly recced thread in GD-P and you'll see names that never post in this forum, they are lurking in here reading the threads and there are undoubtedly other lurkers who never register and hence never show up at all.

I know out in real life three people who read DU on an occasional basis but have never registered here or in fact on any discussion type forum. Lurkers outnumber posters on every forum I've ever seen the statistics for, usually by several times.


Lurkers are often hard to track in computer-mediated communities.[4] Because they are not posting and mostly just read content, they leave behind few traces that can be tracked. In open source project communities, it is estimated that at any point in time, 50% to 90% of the community may be lurkers.[13] Depending on the community, this may be consistent with the 90-9-1 principle.


In Internet culture, the 1% rule is a rule of thumb pertaining to participation in an internet community, stating that only 1% of the users of a website actively create new content, while the other 99% of the participants only lurk. Variants include the 1-9-90 rule (sometimes 90𥑯 principle or the 89:10:1 ratio),[1] which states that in a collaborative website such as a wiki, 90% of the participants of a community only view content, 9% of the participants edit content, and 1% of the participants actively create new content. A related observation is that 1% of users generate the majority of revenue in free-to-play games.[2]

Holy Herring Breath! Berkeley Breathed has been lurking in GD-P

揑 admire the serene assurance of those who have religious faith."

"It is wonderful to observe the calm confidence of a Christian with four aces. -Mark Twain

Clearly we don't have any Christians holding four aces in GD-P.

I don't think I've seen a less serene environment since the last time I ran the lawnmower over the big fire ant nest down by the utility pole.

Carson is my favorite for the Republican nomination

By my favorite I think he would be the easiest of the Republican candidates for any Democrat to beat in the general, Trump, Cruz, Rubio and even Jeb! would be more difficult. Carson's only real appeal would be to evangelicals and although they are a reliable voting bloc and a fairly large one they aren't enough to offset the voters who would be put off by Carson's blatant idiocy and his race.

So the way I see it if Sanders can simultaneously bash the media's obsession with personality and ever so gently promote the least electable of the major Republican candidates then it's a win-win situation.

Birmingham Alabama launches first in nation electric bike share program..


Birmingham Mayor William Bell said it's been more than a decade since he's ridden a bike, but he donned the helmet Wednesday and led a group ride unlike any the city has seen before.

It was a parade of cyclists from Regions Field to Birmingham City Hall on bikes from the new Zyp BikeShare program.

(. . .)

West said the bikeshare program was the first in North America with electric pedal assist bikes, which have a motor that will help riders get up Birmingham's many hills.

"We are not only launching the most high-tech bikeshare system in the U.S.," she said, "but we are launching the most beautiful system in the world right now."

Hey, wanna hear whose name is a rude British slang word?

RIP George Barris


In 1965, producers of the 揃atman television show needed a supercar that Adam West could wield to battle the Joker and the Riddler.

There was just one man for the job: George Barris.

揑 saw the script and it said, 'Bang,' 'Pow,' 'Boom,' Barris told The Times in 2012. 揟hat's exactly what I wanted the car to be able to do. I wanted it to be as big a character as the actors themselves.

It took 15 days and $15,000 for Barris to transform a 1955 Ford Lincoln Futura into the iconic midnight black and fluorescent-red-pinstriped Batmobile with plexiglass bubble windshields 揵ulletproof, of course. He didn抰 forget the Bat Ray, with its dual 450-watt laser beams for obliterating obstacles, the Bat-O-Meter for identifying the bad guys, or the oil squirters for repelling evildoers.

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