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  1. I'm generally not a fan of reaching some grand conclusions based off a photo or short video clip. There's potentially a lot of stuff left out that we aren't seeing. But, it's kind of hard to come up with reasonable, believable explanations for many of these that put these particular police in a good light. Stitch all the videos and pictures together and I'm starting to think that maybe there's a problem.
  3. I know people who won't even watch movies or listen to music involving people with different politics, so not a big surprise that so many people couldn't be married to someone with very different views.
  4. A couple questions: "As Officer Lane began speaking with Mr. Floyd, he pulled his gun out and pointed it at Mr. Floyd’s open window and directed Mr. Floyd to show his hands." Why did he pull his gun? Seems like that should be in here, but maybe not since Lane isn't the defendant? "The defendant went to the passenger side and tried to get Mr. Floyd into the car from that side and Lane and Kueng assisted. The defendant pulled Mr. Floyd out of the passenger side of the squad car at 8:19:38 p.m. and Mr. Floyd went to the ground face down and still handcuffed." So after failing to get him the back of the car on the driver's side because Floyd was saying he's claustrophobic and resisted, they got him in the car from the passenger side...and then took him out? Why take him out?
  5. This thread finally has an incident where I’m pretty sure everyone agrees the cop was wrong and yet there is still right v left bickering. I know, I know; they started it.
  6. She's not very political at all but votes on state propositions and primaries? That seems like a pretty rare combination.
  7. I think the idea is that they are spooked that things getting better will be short-lived and the longer-term effects will be that things get worse. It's similar to the idea of tanking in sports. The view is probably analogous to a team going through short-term tough times in order to improve their ability for long-term success.
  8. I just looked at my TSP for the first time since very early this year. Including today's gains, I'm down about 9% from the high but about 9% up from one year ago. Up about 35% from the low two months ago. Been a crazy ride, but have to keep perspective and be happy with 9% increase in one year.
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  10. Showed Holy Grail to my kids recently. I think they laughed once. I did not laugh nearly as many times as I remember laughing back in the day. I'd rather sit around with friends quoting the movie than actually watching the movie.
  11. They think Trump is more likely to win the election, I assume.
  12. I wonder if a predictions market thread would fly here. Probably not, but it would be nice if we could see people put money behind some claims like:
  13. Maybe. I interpret "an end to the coronavirus" as there being a vaccine by election day. I interpret a "revitalized economy" as whatever economic measures you think are important returning back to pre-coronavirus levels by election day. I interpret the hypothetical to be that Trump is re-elected and then events just plays out from that point. I interpret the hypothetical to be that the economy can tank again in the next 4+ years. It can also soar to be better than ever. It's an unknown and based on how one assumes another Trump administration would affect the economy after this hypothetical recovery.
  14. Or, we are at the point where every comment made by every person is analyzed as if it's an official statement being made in a legal document or in court under oath. People, in every day life, don't always speak in literal terms. If someone says "total lockdown" in some kind of official capacity, like a politician, then I'd agree they need to be much more careful with their language and not play games. But, when a friend of mine says "total lockdown", I don't assume they literally mean a total lockdown. It may indicate that they think restrictions are worse than I think they are, but I'm not going to argue with them about the definition of "total".
  15. Agree, as it relates to individual cases. But, I assume most people agree that "cancel culture" exists and is increasing at the macro level?
  16. I didn't read the full article, but it looks like the quoted portion is focused on "growth". It's possible that November employment data will show large growth compared to today. "Growth" depends on the comparison point. Not sure if that's the point being made or not. Again, I didn't read the whole article and the quoted portion wasn't clear to me what the actually prediction is.
  17. Obviously "cancel culture", being a relatively new term, doesn't have some hard definition that everyone agrees on. But, I'd say it's basically: "When someone does something wrong, the societal reaction and reasonable response exceeds the value of the wrongdoing." In other words, the punish doesn't fit the crime. And, the punishment is driven by society, frequently leading those in power to react more to the reaction than to the actual wrongdoing. Something like that.
  18. I think what you're raising the difference between "there are consequences to our actions" and "I, personally, need to a play a role in that person's consequences and help dole out the punishment." It is true she (and any of us, really) can't choose the consequences and have to learn to deal with whatever comes our way. Whining about consequences is pretty annoying. But, on the flip side, I'm generally disgusted by everyone who thinks they are society's judge and are empowered to ruin someone else's day/week/life because that other person did something wrong.
  20. I don't think I ever thought about it, so I project that onto most people and assume most people/kids/teens/adolescents don't really put much thought into at all. Maybe that's because they are 1000% sure and there's no reason to think about something too much that you are that sure about. I'll admit to having some of the difficulties that others have expressed here. My assumption is that people feeling like the opposite gender is really, really rare. The more anecdotal stories we hear, though, the less rare it seems. The less rare it seems, the more I wonder if something else is going on. My current conclusion is that it is still extremely rare despite the increase in revelation. There probably isn't a reason for me to assume "something else is going on" just because people are opening up and admitting to others how they feel. It's a good thing that more people can share how they feel. I know I hide my feelings that are far less taboo than being trans, so it is a bit inspiring to hear about others admit something they know will be looked down upon by many people.
  21. big fan One of my favorite lines is from How He Loves. Unfortunately, though, the line doesn't actually exist! I've always thought it was "I don't have time to make teenage regrets when I think about the way He loves us." But, it's apparently "I don't have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way He loves us." I like my version better and will probably keep singing that. A few more here And this from Rend Collective
  22. Crowder probably has the best stuff out there right now.
  23. It's always great seeing how often you take the high road. Both here and IRL, there will be plenty of opportunities to be angered by the words and actions of others. You generally show a desire to understand others rather than belittle them despite being the King of Smack. I don't remember who it is, but another FBG has talked about having a trans child. The poster has been open about it, so I think it would be ok to @ them if someone knows who that is.
  24. Before covid, I was already mostly working from home. I'd go into the office every Thursday. So, I showered every Wednesday night. I'd also shower every Saturday night for church Sunday. Other than that, it was just based on circumstances. Now, it's totally random. I have no set schedule of needing to be anywhere, so showers happen whenever I feel like it. I probably should be more regular with my deodorant use, though.