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Violence and conflict as entertainment is THE problem.

Guns are a convenient accessory to the fact.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:53 AM (7 replies)

No surprise to me.

Koch Industries uses massive amounts of unfinished steel (via other manufacturers) for rail cars and pipe for transporting oil and refined chemicals. Sheet steel is also used to make the pressure and storage vessels in their refineries and liquid product storage yards. The same is true for paper mills.

So, I'm guessing the tariffs would increase their operating and capital investment costs substantially.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Thu Mar 8, 2018, 02:26 AM (0 replies)

Thanks, H2O Man for creating a good review.

Most of us raised in the gentle country simply can't perceive people like tRump existing, much less elected to public office. Therefore, people like us study to try and understand "what the hell is this THING?".

We all know he exhibits symptoms of psychopathy, but his ego goes far beyond that characteristic. I found this article in Raw Story (originally from AlterNet) quite interesting:

The psychological condition that really explains Donald Trumpís twisted worldview
03 Mar 2018 at 14:24 ET

See: https://www.rawstory.com/2018/03/psychological-condition-really-explains-donald-trumps-twisted-worldview/

It's all about "wins" and he can't stand to lose or "not win", as proven by his actions. He does not seem to care if an action is or is not the right thing to do, but if it's popular with his base and/or creates new chaos, then it's a win on his brain's scoreboard.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Tue Mar 6, 2018, 02:48 AM (1 replies)

"Demand For Oncologists Skyrockets" will be putting it mildly..

Many tRump administration policies and executive actions will worsen cancer rates in this country.

Promoting coal and weakening the EPA, weakening of worker health and safety regs, poor support for education in general, refusing to hold corporations accountable for anything....this list goes on and on.

All those massive tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy? IMO, rates should have increased instead, and much of the new revenue put into education.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Sat Mar 3, 2018, 04:33 AM (1 replies)

Child marriage violates basic human rights. Period.

All humans should be allowed to mature enough to make sound, rational decisions on their own regarding something that will radically affect their entire adult life.

No culture, religion, government or society should be able to strip any human - male or female - of that basic right.

nuf sed.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Fri Mar 2, 2018, 04:23 PM (0 replies)

She's just eye-candy for the Bubbas. They've been schooled by Murdoch.

Just like Faux News, the right-wingers know that on the TV screen, they have to get the instant attention of mature men, so they use attractive women like her and typically show many square yards of cleavage and leg skin to keep them fixated.

Then, the square-jawed white guys with big shoulder pads step in and tell us using lies and deception of how they are going to royally screw us from behind. Rupert Murdoch and Rodger Ailes used this method successfully for many years, and it still works.

Being an older white male myself that was raised to hold women with respect and high regard, I still struggle to understand how and why these women allow themselves to be used as Republican shills, serial liars and sexualized eye-bait.

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IronLionZion, love that part of the country!

Did a lot of service jobs up and down the Ohio before retiring, mainly chemical and power plants and mills. Good work ethic, so these folks can adapt. Never forget seeing the shuttered industries and desperate communities on the river, including in Pittsburgh.

That's why it's so important for us to re-capture our government so it works to help people first rather than corporate interests. Corporate America and international corps have shown us hundreds of times that they could care less about people laid off, as plants, stores and mines close to enhance corporate interests.

We should be a taking preemptive smart approach as an industry begins to struggle and start the process of retraining, and give folks basic support until they can make it again on their own. Further, the companies causing the dilemma should be required to help.

tRump did America a terrible disservice by implying that the coal industry can be revived. Having working in many of these plants, I know they are very capital investment intensive in that they require very expensive annual maintenance costs, and then there's the issue of ash disposal that really never has been addressed. Those are among the reasons natural gas drove the last nail in that coffin.

Our very own hard-to-come-by earnings trickling upwards have tainted our nation.

Unrestrained capitalism has no conscious, generosity or compassion and has slowly bought out our politicians and government. It also has no respect for long-standing norms, traditions or morals, or for the earth and its environment.

Corporate goals are primarily increasing control of every aspect of our lives, with greed being the highest honor. Just look at what receives Wall Street's applause each quarter (ever increasing efficiency, sales and margins - apparently with no limits). To further these corporate goals, rampant consumerism, individualism and entertainment has now become primary life-objectives of most of our citizens.

For the first time in my recollection, the international corporate world has almost 100% control of the American system of government. This is clearly evident by the actions of this administration and the Republican-controlled congress.

Until we remove the power of wealth to influence elections and our politician's thinking and motives, I feel we're doomed to fail. This situation is not getting any better. My opinion has always been that a person's ability to influence elections and government should not be in proportion to one's wealth.

Not intending to lecture here 'cause I'm sure you're well aware of these major issues. Just needing to vent.

Solar panels are now a commodity item like socks and toys.

We didn't just turn it over, it was there for the taking.

Just like clothing and the bulk of semiconductors, they are now mass produced using automation and very cheap labor. China also has a heavy hand in controlling access to some of the basic raw materials. Therefore, it's almost impossible for us to compete. Even if we had more highly automated plants here making solar panels, there would be very little labor involved.

The Chinese have used capital gained from us via decades of trillions of sales dollars of commodity goods at Walmart/Target/Amazon, etc. to invest in basic resources (copper, iron, etc.) and automation to further push the US standard of living and job security down, and unemployment upward. They also invest heavily in research and development.

So, we fund them and they screw us. Welcome to our race to the bottom.

I misunderstood your context.

Sorry, but when I hear that phrase, I always think of the Repug system of passing talking points around in their big bullshit bubble, LOL. I would hope that DU is and always will be a forum open to all ideas friendly to Democrats across the spectrum.

One big problem in our society today is the "us vs them" and defensive posture mindset that has become pervasive in so many everyday folks. The right-wing media complex has done this horrible thing to us. When in this mode, one has to compartmentalize everyone into sub-groups and everyone has to wear a damned label, LOL.

What we need is more old-fashioned "ladies and gentlemen" open-minded debate. Any idea - good or bad - is just that and nothing else, and no one owns any idea or thought.

One of my personal hang-ups is that I struggle when there's a discussion that's completely one-sided. I have an irresistible habit of tossing an opposing view (or two) into the ring to make it interesting. That does not mean that I support that view, it's just that I feel a discussion should include a wide range of thinking to be meaningful. That process does piss some folks off, though.

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