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Jim Fawcette
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Like tennis, wine, and bad sci-fi.
Like tennis, wine, and bad sci-fi.

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OpEd: Aziz Ansari Is Guilty. Of Not Being a Mind Reader. https://nyti.ms/2EIbKzZ

How dare he?

"The feminist answer is to push for a culture in which boys and young men are taught that sex does not have to be pursued like they’re in a porn film, and one in which girls and young women are empowered to be bolder, braver and louder about what they want. The insidious attempt by some women to criminalize awkward, gross and entitled sex takes women back to the days of smelling salts and fainting couches. That’s somewhere I, for one, don’t want to go.
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Trump Racism: A List

Long list but omits some, such as Trump being fined for ordering his casinos not to let women or blacks be dealers. And, you can go back further and his father was reportedly arrested during the KKK riots in NYC where 1,000 Klansmen attacked the police.
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OpEd: Why is liberal California the Poverty Capital of America?

Conservative author excoriates liberals for failed policies. He ignores geographic issues, such as the high rate of poorly paid immigrant labor in conservative-run Big Ag regions. But points of housing barriers and failure to get the poor off continual aid are valid.

LA Times: "Guess which state has the highest poverty rate in the country? Not Mississippi, New Mexico, or West Virginia, but California, where nearly one out of five residents is poor. ...

Author blames lack of house, which drives up prices, and not "reforming" welfare by requiring work. "It’s as though welfare reform passed California by, leaving a dependency trap in place. Immigrants are falling into it: 55% of immigrant families in the state get some kind of means-tested benefits, compared with just 30% of natives."

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For $18 billion, you could build 318 miles of border wall — out of dollar bills
http://wapo.st/2miNBcl

Trump's wall could literally be made of dollar bills, the total of its budget, and it would be bigger than the one planned.
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Did Musk's SpaceX Lose a Spy Satellite?
http://wapo.st/2D7lW8Y

“One is the loss of the intelligence that would have been available,” he said. “The second concern is the reliability of the delivery systems. And that issue is being debated between the contractors, SpaceX and the satellite manufacturer, Northrop.”
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Grow Room Glasses

Amazon's algorithms analyzed its extensive history of my purchases and suggested I buy -- a pair of "grow-room glasses". Hmmmmm .... what does Amazon know and how does it know that?

These "Indoor Growing Hydroponics Grow Light Room Glasses" are designed " for working under a variety of hydroponic grow lights". Suggested add-on products include "grow room rope hangers" and an "Advanced Platinum Series P450 450w 12-band LED Grow Light".

I think I had better check my past orders to see if my account is shipping to somewhere in Humbolt county or similar. <g>
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Dems Midterm Chances: Wave vs Geography

Which you believe depends on whether you feel that which seats are coming up is more important than the overall national "feel".

WaPo: "The dispute pits the practitioners of big data against those who also scout candidates and measure broader political atmosphere to make their bets.

Data Heads: "“Just how bad is this map for Democrats? It’s bad enough that it may be the worst Senate map that any party has faced ever,” Nate Silver, the founder of Five Thirty Eight.

Baseball Scouts: "Charlie Cook, the founder of the Cook Political Report .. “Just about any fair-minded assessment of the House would show that Democrats have probably more than a 50-50 chance of taking control of the House."

Senate odds look worse for Dems.

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Trump Told Not Everyone on Welfare is Black, "Really, What Are They?"

This reminds me of the Iowa Republican presidential primary, I believe it was. Rick Santorum was caught on video telling nodding, white voters, "We need to get those blacks off welfare." I believe close to 90% of those on welfare in Iowa are white, but hey, why let facts get in the way of a religious belief? This isn't entirely the fault of the right-wings bias; American media basically ignores rural poverty and most of the whites on assistance don't live in urban centers, so they're all but invisible on TV.

Newsweek: "White people without a college degree ages 18 to 64 are the largest class of adults lifted out of poverty by such programs, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The think tank’s 2017 report stated that 6.2 million working-age whites were lifted above the poverty line in 2014 compared to 2.8 million blacks and 2.4 million Hispanics"

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Norwegians Used to be the Immigrants from "Shithole" Countries

Now, they don't need to come.

You'll read why they don't immigrate now but what about when they did?

"“Norwegian immigrants did so poorly in the United States that about 70 percent of them returned & stayed in Norway,” Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration-policy analyst with the Cato Institute, wrote Thursday on Twitter. “Return rates are not always a sign of failure but their low wages, despite observable characteristics, and poor 2nd generation assimilation indicate otherwise here.”
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Tesla 3 Review

Generally positive except for over-reliance on mislocated touch screen
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