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  1. I hear there is going to be a big sale for Peking Duck world wide ... 20 percent off; 'cause there are too many fat ducks.
  2. I think what caped was suggesting is that just a little effort at communication might let this be a minor issue worked out between reasonable people in the matter of an hour. Considering you're looking at least at hours of research over several days; and as it is a civil matter, even if you pursue it with legalese-sounding letters and paying for public notices, etc., you could be looking at an investment of time and potentially money greater than you may want or anticipate. If nothing else, setting the stage for a low anxiety meeting of some sort (cookies work a lot better than anger-laced notes put under the wiper) to see if there is something easy to do. Two things. First you don't know if this guy is planning to move next month if he's renting. The second thing is that I suspect that the guy is a Fedex ground guy and that means, if memory serves, he's an independent contractor. That would suggest that he's either doing short haul work - from point A to point B (Atlanta to Birmingham or some such). Since most routes are done during the day, if the truck is sitting, it suggests there is not used for residential deliveries. As a general rule if that truck is sitting still, you're losing money. Heck, you neighbor may be on the verge of quitting that job altogether. The point is you don't know as much about the situation as you think and if you gain that knowledge through asking questions, you might save yourself a tremendous amount of time, money and effort. I think what caped is really getting at is that we as a people have lost some of our confidence in our neighbors. This could be because of a variety of reasons that may include the manipulation of the public by corporate media. Social science tells us that even if we understand that all those cop shows we've watched for the past 30 years and the tens of thousands of 'victims' pretend killed, it messed with our brains making us a lot more fearful than we would otherwise be. The best part, though, is if it works, you'll consider it a miracle ... but if it doesn't, if you've approached the person right, you'll know more and better understand the circumstance. Heck, you're judgment might be to just blow it off because the guy is changing jobs next month. Who knows?
  3. Awww come on, GD. I don't hate the guy and I don't even think Bloomberg hates the guy despite his willingness to spend billions to defeat him. Some of us just reject the idea of president as king and an absolute ruler making self-serving decisions from the gut. Put a bit differently, we just don't put much value on personal 24k gold toilets that waste 60 gallons of water with each flush. As far as rights, you need to revisit history. When the new world was discovered there were no democracies and Kings were apt to have people's heads on a pike for petty disagreements. Oh, and the world was flat and the universe revolved around the earth and if you didn't buy that malarkey the preachers would dunk you in a pond, draw and quarter you or put you on a rack. So, where did those rights we have now come from? I would suggest they come from the hopes, dreams, wants and needs of mankind and those hopes, dreams, wants and needs change over time. I mean I doubt if George Washington had any notion of a man living on a space station and feeding the hope of at least some men to make humanity a cosmic being. And let me assure you that even on earth, with 7+ billion people and the advent of new viruses like the coronavirus and the chance of a pandemic, we might all hope that health care might become a right. (BTW, a simulation of a coronavirus run before the discovery of the one in China, gamed itself into a pandemic that resulted in the 'gaming' death of 65 million. Link) What is critical to the establishment of rights, frankly, are changes in circumstance. One thing we know is whenever you have a concentration of animals - take chickens - epidemics happen. Unlike a chicken farm, which when a bird flu or other disease 'happens' results in the extermination and burial of every chicken often counted in the millions. Common sense says you can't do that with people as they object. That is a key argument for universal health care and at least one of the arguments for health care as a right. You are welcome to disagree but then the consequences of valuing gold toilets will eventually be measured in millions more deaths from a pandemic. Bottom line, IMHO, what you may call conservatism - which is nickel and dime-ing public health and depriving vulnerable groups of healthcare - is failing to accept the collective responsibility mankind should take over the human circumstance in an increasingly complex world.
  4. Let's consider for a moment what you said, GD, about rights. Are you really ready to argue that your rights change based on where you are? So where you are determines your right to life, liberty and property and it ends at the border of the town, county, state and nation. So, do you might have a right to a jury trial in Georgia but not Alabama ... or to go back to the 1950s, you might have the right to marry the person you love in California or New York but not Georgia or Alabama? Rights, if you bother to spend just a few moments exploring the logic, tend to exist independent of where you are. That was the problem with Jim Crow is that when you crossed the mason-dixon line and you were of a specific color, your rights changed. And rights are really independent of other things like money or even education. Understanding the universality of human rights doesn't mean a rich person stuck on a isolated island doesn't have a right to health care, for instance. Indeed, that person, also regardless of how much wealth or how impoverished, would have the 'same health care access' on that deserted island with no doctors and hospitals. (Kind of like southwest Georgia these days) The only point is that just because you are local you are not stripped of your rights and, notably, denying the things that you have a right to have by local authorities is wrong. So the question revolves around to what one's right's are ... and the understanding is they are, or should be universally protected and available. The only thing I can surmise is that you confuse rights with responsibilities and performance with prerogatives. PS: Bloomberg will not be the democratic nominee. Regardless, he sees the unstudied, gut-feeling approach of DJT as stupid and dangerous and given he has the cash to change it, he has stated his willingness to spend what it takes to assure the defeat of DJT. PPS: Bloomberg in an interview, talked about his conversation with donny right after his election. Bloomberg said he advised #OURcurrentPRESIDENT to hire a bunch of people where were smarter than he was and take their advice noting that is what he did when he was first elected mayor of NYC and enjoyed basically two very successful terms of office. Of course #OURcurrentPRESIDENT replied, "I can't do that because there is no one smarter than me." That is the last time the two men talked.
  5. Apparently there is a bill introduced in the Georgia General Assembly that will give Rep. Doug Collins a better chance to displace Sen. Kelly Loeffler by requiring that the race be included in the existing party primaries; a change that would take all candidates off the general election in November, according to a report in US News. Sen. Loeffler was appointed to replace Johnny Isakson who resigned from the senate because of health reasons. Current law calls for an all-comers general election in November that could have three, four or more candidates that would allow for a run off between the top two finishers regardless of party. Because of DJT's support for Collins vs. Gov. Kemp's support for Ms. Loeffler and the strong showing of democrats in 2018, the democrats are hoping for a binary choice, hoping to take advantage of the obvious divide caused by these factions in the GOP. Bottom line, DJT's support for Doug Collins; one of his most vocal supporters in the US House will divide the GOP along lines of sex with the more moderate Republicans as well as those Republican women who are not fans of DJT's philandering siding with Loeffler. The faction backed by DJT believes they can put Collins in the race and the Democrats believe they can appeal to enough moderate Republicans and Republican women to win the Senate seat now held by Ms. Loeffler. I suspect that the DJT clique on pcom will be full bore supporters of Doug Collins. Notably, the US News article referenced above suggests that Gov. Kemp, who obviously is at odds with the DJT Cabal who want Collins, has suggested he may veto the bill. One wonders if you add the die-hard DJT supporters in the general assembly with 100 percent support of democrats to overturn the veto, will be the needed 2/3rds of both houses to make it law.
  6. I should add that the wall to wall negative ads against #OURcurrentPRESIDENT are already being booked by the Bloomberg campaign for September and October and he's smarter than the 'genius' in the white house whose main claim to fame is he is a great - really - one of the greatest CHEATERS to have ever lived. His personal motto is "winners cheat and cheaters win." As I gather, Bloomberg is going to roll DJT like a dandy in central park with billions and billions more than Donny boy.
  7. It is fairy tale, not tail. I know because I know the difference between monkeys and people, something that obviously escapes republicans. I'm so glad you're calling out Bolton for treason, although it seems to be for what I would consider a patriotic act. Obviously the real challenge right now is to have witnesses for the 'impeachment trial' ... unless you're also believing #OURcurrentPRESIDENT LIES that the call and all his actions are 'perfect'. You and everyone else around here know that 'perfection eludes us all' ... except, of course for the spawn of orangutan in the oval. (#OURcurrentPRESIDENT sued Bill Maher for suggesting such and lost because he is such a winner.)
  8. Yes, Caped, in one of my favorite card games, Spades are #OURcurrentPRESIDENT. That is not what our partner wanted, I'm sure as saying "Spades are #OURcurrentPRESIDENT" might really upset our white nationalist friends PS: While you and I could make the change, I kind of like using Lord Voldemort as a synonym for Trumpy so I'll leave it to our anonymous partner to go in and edit/delete this word substitution. I might add that I don't object to the notion of the hashtag substitution, but maybe if we could have control by defining an exact substitution for xTrump that would do that substitution.
  9. That's easy SG: He could have NOT SAID, "Russia, if you're listening, there are 30,000 emails out there on Hillary's server you ought to go hack," ... or not say that next week you expect to have real dirt to spew about Hillary (this is the weekend after the meeting with Don Jr. at #OURcurrentPRESIDENT Tower} But the real point is that is going back over the Mueller Report. Oh, and we're not supposed to know that the effort to get an announcement of an investigation into the so-called alternate fact that Ukraine, not Russia, was responsible for the 2016 interference (Apparently that 400 lb hacker turned from pixie to Ukrainian at the direction of the Russian spy service who was really doing the work for the now out-of-office Ukrainian president who was a secret lover of Hillary.) Your question about Netanyahu is more difficult. First I'm unaware of anything anyone in the current administration did to harm his re-election; quite the contrary, He whose name is replaced with a hashtag (Maybe we should call him Lord Voldemort ) instead did a lot of provocative things in favor of Netanyahu like moving the embassy to Jerusalem and endorsing the land grab in the Golan Heights (Until Lord Voldemort took office we stood against the use of military force to expand national borders as a matter of principle but not anymore. This SEA CHANGE THAT PROMISES MORE WAR will eventually be used by Lord Voldemort to let Putin overrun Ukraine and probably some other countries like Latvia, Estonia and Belarus which you have to know Vlad wants badly and #OURcurrentPRESIDENT, I mean Lord Voldemort, wants to give him in exchange for a personal favor. I heard a news report that Bolton's new book will also spill the beans on how Lord Voldemort is passing around favors to folks like Erdogan, MBS and some other dictators. Aren't you so proud of him since I know you don't care what kind of perks he acquires acting as our ... Lord ...
  10. Earlier today I learned that one of the group of nine who now operate Pcom came up with an idea that could have a dramatic impact on conversations about card play and other things. Yep, the use of #OURcurrentPRESIDENT cards are integral to parlor games like Spades and Bridge. Imagine for a moment, a quiet moment in the personal living area of the White House. In that space is Ivanka #OURcurrentPRESIDENT, Ivana #OURcurrentPRESIDENT, Barron #OURcurrentPRESIDENT and Eric #OURcurrentPRESIDENT. These four Trumps are undertaking the task of teaching young Barron #OURcurrentPRESIDENT how to play Spades and explain that having a spade is to have a #OURcurrentPRESIDENT card and in spades, all spades are #OURcurrentPRESIDENT. That brief story setup should be adequate to show that the word #OURcurrentPRESIDENT should not automatically be replaced by: #OURcurrentPRESIDENT. This is a classic example of unintended consequences. I mean it really gets bad when you think of Donald #OURcurrentPRESIDENT Jr. The new word replacement regime should change if for no other reason there is Donny Jr. is not #OURcurrentPRESIDENT Jr. let me add what this looked like when I typed it:
  11. First, it has been illegal from as long as I've been alive for a candidate to accept aid from a foreign entity - person, state, company, etc. ... period. That is what was so disturbing about the 2016 election ... Putin heaped massive aid on #OURcurrentPRESIDENT presumably independent of the campaign and #OURcurrentPRESIDENT as Mueller could document no specific conspiracy. I was about six paragraphs into a long explanation when I realized that it is a complex case, like most important cases; and your broad question on which there have been books written. Let it suffice to say that inviting foreigners into your campaign (remember the interview with Stephanopolus where the "Don" said he'd take dirt from any foreigner and might tell the FBI?) it is kind of like when your daddy said if you're out running around after midnight, you're automatically in trouble. Bottom line, #OURcurrentPRESIDENT cheats to win and I don't want him anywhere around government. In my opinion his efforts at cheating have lost him the privilege.
  12. I was talking to my wife earlier about Bernie while we were watching the view. Megan McCain started hyping Bernie - I'm thinking he's the GOP chosen candidate now that the slander plan for Joe Biden has been exposed - and said she thinks people like him because he's the inverse of #OURcurrentPRESIDENT. I replied, "Yea, he's the Joe Stalin to Donald #OURcurrentPRESIDENT's Hitler imitation" Kind of apt, actually. PS: I'm not sure I like this hashtag thingy.
  13. I recently increased the size of the member's storage allocation although if in the last couple of years you went from a premium to a regular membership (I've not looked it up), the difference would be great (and smaller) with the regular membership. LR: The not secure is something that has happened on the web in recent years. This is something the new management will have to address as it will require getting and paying for a "recognized' security platform. To explain it, if you look in the browser address bar, you'll see Pcom still uses "http://" A year or so ago, largely because all these other folks are tied into facebook, google, etc. (we're not really) and those folks are wanting to make it possible for you to click, not on an ad but to go directly t o your wallet and take your money, they've moved toward a broad standard that requires encryption. This is primarily to make the data they suck up from you 'proprietary' which they can do when it is encrypted so they want all data to be encrypted which means they require the use of "https://" - the "s" meaning there is data encryption. When I was running the site, I considered the https:// thing an expense that was not necessary as we really don't collect data. Anything dealing with a transaction went through paypal and while we did collect and use your email address for identity (and encrypt passwords) and the site still records your IP address ... those two data bits, while important, are not direct paths to your bank account. I also know that once folks register, they've been known to change their email or create a special on-off email for use on social media. Of course being 'not secure' sounds bad but let me assure you that considering all the data those multi-national near monopolies like Facebook, google and amazon collect, it is a lie and a joke to call them 'secure' ... Seriously.
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