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  1. Whatever happened to the idea of cleaning up the OT a bit? Every other thread reads like this sad piece of wasted time these days. Every potential new board member who reads this crap is like:
  2. Drug company Kaleo Inc "exploited the opioid crisis," which has cost the tax payer 142 million dollars in Medicare/Medicaid bills, according to a bipartisan Senate report. https://news3lv.com/news/nation-world/drug-company-exploited-opioid-epidemic-raised-cost-of-overdose-drug-600-report
  3. Joke's on the robocaller. Every Outback owner has already purchased the extended warranty. AND the deluxe winter package!
  4. Nanny state. I can open-carry at Costco, but I can't program a computer to offer my fellow Americans extended warranty on their cars?
  5. And now IBM employs more people in India than in the US. According to this NYT article, IBM's workforce in India has doubled since 2007 to around 130,000 workers today (= about 1/3 of the company's total workforce). IBM today has a smaller total workforce than in 2007, so the US must have been bleeding IBM jobs quite profusely over the past decade. I have no dog in the race in the current discussion, and obviously IBM has been going through massive restructuring, which necessarily means big changes in the workforce, so interpret those numbers as you will. I just wanted to point out that IBM isn't a great example for business as usual.
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    So what do you all eat?

    I only have a small garden, but I try to grow as much food as possible. I've also become a huge fan of hydroponics. It's amazing what you can do with a few buckets, a pump, and a light source. I have both passive (i.e. no electricity) setups outside and pump & LED systems in the basement, and I grow chard, kale, spinach, cherry tomatoes, an a bunch of herbs. We eat a lot of leafy greens, and a few 5 gallon bucket systems make a noticeable difference in how much we need to buy. Next I'd like to try an aquaponic system with food fish as the nitrogen source. Most people use tilapia, but I'm thinking I might just start out with catching a few dozen young bluegill or crappie next spring and then harvest them over the course of the late summer and fall. Just like with the gardening, this stuff isn't going to make me food independent anytime soon, but it's fun and you learn a lot. I don't hunt, but I eat what I fish. I wish I lived closer to the coast so I could fish and forage all the time. Meat-wise, I just try to avoid factory meat. I don't need meat daily, so I'm okay with paying extra for higher quality and better animal welfare.
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    The NRA Says it's in Deep Financial Trouble

    Do they offer free or low cost courses anywhere? Because in my neck of the woods, an NRA basic pistol course is around $100, and you bring your own ammo. That doesn't seem significantly cheaper than a class offered by your local gun store or other for-profit business.
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    Trump handed Merkel a bill

    This is awesome. It's total nonsense, but it takes balls to pull it off.
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    Thoughts & Prayers out to Halfmanhalfbronco

    Man, I just saw this. Hope we'll have more good news soon. Get well soon, HMHB, you're a good one!
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    So Glad Hillary Lost

    The new plan isn't going to be much better, though. A 30% increase in premium for lapse in previous insurance? Sounds like a pretty good deal.
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    So Glad Hillary Lost

    Especially when the penalty for signing up late (i.e. when it's really needed) is ridiculously low.
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    Tillerson to blow off first NATO summit...

    Your analogy would work if your hick from Bama had studied, worked, and built a life in Europe for close to 20 years. I'm not trying to be the most correctest rightest in this thread. But shit gets complex once you have more than one perspective. And shit is very, very complex when it comes to the transatlantic partnership. And pretty much everything said in this thread is bullshit.
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    Tillerson to blow off first NATO summit...

    Nope, not right. I knew more about post-war Europe in 10th grade than CPslograd ever will. I know more about current Europe than CPslograd ever will. I grew up in Germany, I lost half my ancestor in WW2, and I have traveled to about every Western European country many times. I read various European newspapers every day, and I have friends and colleagues all over Europe. CPslograd, on the other hand, is struggling to spell the name of one of the world's top-five leaders correctly. Unlike CPslograd, I have read and understand the German Grundgesetz (post-war German's constitution) and know how Germans think and feel, which is how I know that the "krauts" (Joe's words) will never be the partner that Bush jr. and Trump desire. The rest of Europe isn't much simpler to grasp from an American perspective. That's pretty much all I have to say about this - you guys keep impressing each other and have fun with it. From an American perspective, I am disgusted that we seem so willing to embrace the idea of preparing for war against the Big Evil. I have zero interest in going to war against Islam or Russia or anyone else, especially not at the expense of diplomacy and basic human decency.
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    Tillerson to blow off first NATO summit...

    I'm not getting that part either. Please elaborate.