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  1. steross

    Annnnd.... she'd be dead here.

    Pictured: Teenage Muslim girl who sparked a security scare after carrying a replica machine gun into a hospital A Muslim girl wearing a blue hijab was spotted carrying a replica rifle to hospital The teenager caused a security scare at one of Sydney's major hospitals Terrified onlookers...
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    The way forward in our country causing income inequality

    I know many of you hate the term "income inequality" because it conjures up thoughts of liberals like Bernie Sanders and their attempts to use the government to "solve" the problem. I have debated with many of you the very idea that it is a problem at all. This video from Stossel gets to the...
  3. steross

    The Issues Thread

    I have an idea (probably doomed to fail). I'd like this thread to be about discussing issues. Any primary issue is on topic (debt, health care, defense etc). But, as politics-free as possible. For example, it would be a great post to discuss why corporate income tax rates should drop to zero...
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    Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth

    Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth Biggest analysis to date reveals huge footprint of livestock - it provides just 18% of calories but takes up 83% of farmland Damian Carrington Environment editor @dpcarrington Fri 1 Jun 2018 04.00 AESTLast modified on...
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    Judge Tosses Maine GOP’s Complaint Against Ranked Choice Voting

    Judge Tosses Maine GOP’s Complaint Against Ranked Choice Voting by Shawn M. Griffiths in Electoral ReformMay 29, 2018 US District Court Judge Jon D. Levy threw out the Maine Republican Party’s legal complaint against ranked choice voting Tuesday. It’s yet another legal challenge the election...
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    Non-profit’s $300 hepatitis C cure as effective as $84,000 alternative

    Non-profit’s $300 hepatitis C cure as effective as $84,000 alternative Exclusive: 71 million people stand to benefit from reduced price treatment for virus which can lead to liver cirrhosis, cancer and death Julia Kollewe Thu 12 Apr 2018 15.00 AEST Last modified on Fri 13 Apr 2018 09.55 AEST...
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    Northern white rhino: Last male Sudan dies in Kenya

    The world's last surviving male northern white rhino has died after months of poor health, his carers say. Sudan, who was 45, lived at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. He was put to sleep on Monday after age-related complications worsened significantly. His death leaves only two females -...
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    'I Survived Columbine And It Feels Like Nothing Has Changed'

    'I Survived Columbine And It Feels Like Nothing Has Changed' "We haven't addressed mass shootings at all." By Jessie Van Amburg COURTESY OF ANNE MARIE HOCHHALTER Anne Marie Hochhalter was a high school junior when she was shot in the back at Columbine High School in 1999. No one expected her...
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    Death Rates Rising for Middle-Aged White Americans, Study Finds

    Death Rates Rising for Middle-Aged White Americans, Study Finds By GINA KOLATANOV. 2, 2015 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/03/health/death-rates-rising-for-middle-aged-white-americans-study-finds.html?mwrsm=Facebook&_r=0 Photo Angus Deaton with his wife, Anne Case, right, last month after he won...
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    Oregon Couple Sentenced To Six Years In PRISON For Praying Instead Of Taking Baby To Doctor

    Oregon Couple Sentenced To Six Years In PRISON For Praying Instead Of Taking Baby To Doctor Eva HartOctober 16, 2015 Dale and Shannon Hickman, a couple from Clackamas, Oregon, will be spending the next 6 years in prison for neglecting to seek medical attention to their dying newborn...
  11. steross

    The Law That Makes U.S. Expats Toxic

    The Law That Makes U.S. Expats Toxic A measure targeting tax evasion pushes Americans out of bank accounts—and jobs—abroad. By COLLEEN GRAFFY Oct. 8, 2015 3:00 p.m. ET http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-law-that-makes-u-s-expats-toxic-1444330827 The U.S. government has long created hardships for...
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    Lawsuit Challenging the Exclusion of Qualified Candidates from Presidential Debates is Filed in Wash

    Lawsuit Challenging the Exclusion of Qualified Candidates from Presidential Debates is Filed in Washington, DC Gov. Gary Johnson and Jill Stein Join to Demand Fair Debates September 29, 2015, Washington, DC – 2012 presidential candidates Gov. Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, along with the...
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    Pope Francis assures atheists: You don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven

    In comments likely to enhance his progressive reputation, Pope Francis has written a long, open letter to the founder of La Repubblica newspaper, Eugenio Scalfari, stating that non-believers would be forgiven by God if they followed their consciences. Responding to a list of questions published...
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    Murder trial begins for alleged ‘pill mill’ doctor

    Murder trial begins for alleged ‘pill mill’ doctor after string of patients overdose on painkillers By Michael E. Miller September 1 100 Americans who die each day from a drug overdose. But Rovero’s case is different. That’s because his doctor has been charged with his murder. On...
  15. steross

    Are you in the 10%?

    If you are willing to watch until the 7:10 mark you will understand what the 10% reference is to. It is comedy. I disagree with a lot of what he says, but I find his delivery funny anyway. Many of you won't. He is humorously summing up what most Australians think about our guns. Lots of NSFW...
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    Alerts for thread starting

    I am now getting alerts when people start threads. I am not sure why that started happening. I have looked at alert preferences and cannot see how to turn that off. Any suggestions?
  17. steross

    What's up with crime in OKC?

    Looking at the crime rates of a few select cities, OKC looks pretty bad. Sure, Chicago and Phili have OKC beat on murder. But, otherwise, there isn't much to be proud of. And I chose some cities that I figured would be pretty bad. Why is crime so bad in OKC? El Paso is much safer.
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    How Much Is Medicaid Really Worth?

    How Much Is Medicaid Really Worth? John Goodman 6/10/15 One of the most important components of ObamaCare is the expansion of Medicaid. In those states that have done it, the cost to taxpayers runs into billions of dollars. But is this expenditure worthwhile? What if instead of giving people...
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    I'm a liberal professor, and my liberal students terrify me

    I'm a liberal professor, and my liberal students terrify me by Edward Schlosser on June 3, 2015 I'm a professor at a midsize state school. I have been teaching college classes for nine years now. I have won (minor) teaching awards, studied pedagogy extensively, and almost always score highly...
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    After Speakership, Hastert Amassed His Millions Lobbying Former Colleagues

    It appears this pathetic asswipe raped kids, and the American people at least twice: After Speakership, Hastert Amassed His Millions Lobbying Former Colleagues By JONATHAN WEISMANMAY 30, 2015 WASHINGTON — J. Dennis Hastert, the longest-serving Republican House speaker in history, was swept...