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  1. I think the only answer is to get offline or to go anonymous. I'm not saying that is right they should have to, but in some cases it seems to be a matter of life and death.
  2. For anyone with a dark sense of humor the front page of CNN is pretty funny right now. On top a story about how the Trump administration wants the entire ACA struck down. Under it is a story about how The Pentagon has informed Congress that the $1B for the wall has been authorized. What a $hitshow.
  3. I wasn't a big Carl fan, but when they killed him they killed the future. It wasn't even conscious for me, but I lost interest when they killed Carl for that reason. They tried to switch that role to Judith, but it doesn't work that way. The show had invested to much in him from the start. Carl's death made so much of those early seasons completely pointless. When shows break faith with me in that way I'm usually done. That said, I understand why they would want to get rid of a troublesome stage parent. He was probably even worse than any of us know, so I bet it was satisfying to hand him that surprise, since he probably thought Carl was indispensable.
  4. It's already here for me. Just thinking about signing up for another service makes me tired.
  5. Even though I agree with some of the criticisms of AOC, I think she's hit the nail on the head. I'll add to it that we shouldn't be so sure that we can get rid of Trump. As far as I can see we are in real danger in the next election. The Russians will almost certainly interfere again and attempts at voter suppression will be off the charts. I also don't put it past the Republicans to try to delay the election by saying that it's compromised by interference. They have shown there is no line they won't cross.
  6. I wonder that as well. Will most people just add Apple or will they drop other services for Apple. I can't guess. For my part, I'm at my limit. I'm happy with the Netflix/Hulu/Amazon trifecta. Sometimes I drop Hulu and pick it up for a show like The Handmaids Tale. Apple would have to have some damn good content to get me to switch. Still, if someone asked me to pick between the two companies, I would choose Apple to win. Apple has a proven track record. They actually turn a profit and they have more cash than the old gods and the new. So far Netflix has borrowed one hell of a lot of money and spent it on content. Don't get me wrong Netflix came up with a great product when they started shipping DVD's. Then they saw the sea change and developed streaming instead of trying to hold onto an outdated business model and getting beaten to the punch. There were obviously some smart people in charge during this time. I'll be interested to see what happens, but I never bet against Apple long term.
  7. Yes, but I don't think it's a coincidence that these 3 people committed suicide within days of each other. Suicide spreads, which is why the rates spike when famous people kill themselves and why so many mental health experts were concerned about the show 13 Reasons Why. Would this man have killed himself if Parkland hadn't happened and two survivors hadn't killed themselves in recent days? We'll never know, but I'd wager it wouldn't have happened yesterday. Lordy. He goes down and Trump is still standing. Can this be true? I can hardly believe it. Blocking child rape victims from getting an abortion. If it is true the injustice is truly appalling. We are descending further into insanity by the day.
  8. Yes, it really is awful. The lives of the people devastated by tragedies will never be the same. NZ is such a different country from the United States though. They changed their laws in less than a week, we could never do that. Notice it's countries with tiny populations that tend to do better in these matters. We have something like three hundred million more people here. This is where arguments for true anarchism start to make sense to me.
  9. I'm finally watching season 4 and I will admit that things have improved. I will always hate that they wasted Kim Dickens, but as a reboot, season 4 worked better than I ever would have expected. At the same time, I wonder how the audience received it. I wasn't paying attention at the time because I had basically written the show off. There were a lot of time jumps involved. I've been watching one episode a day, but for people watching weekly, I imagine it could be hard to keep track of the timelines.
  10. I'm sorry you had to go through that. I wonder why they don't immunize people sooner, but maybe it wears off. It could also be that insurers are just playing the odds due to money. They used to give it 60, but it was lowered to 50 not that long ago. I would think you are immune now, but definitely ask your doctor. You do not want to get it again when you are elderly and your skin is thinner. I volunteer at an residential center and all I can say is no one needs the added misery at that age, it's hard enough just existing. Of course, everyone is different. Its always disconcerting to me how some are mentally acute and getting along relatively well at 90, while others are in a mental fog by 80.
  11. Good point. Shingles tends to strike the elderly. I knew a lady in her 80's who had it when I was a kid. She was in terrible pain for a long time. What a misery at that age. One of my friends in her 40's got it just recently, but she went to the doctor right away and they were able to stop it somehow. All I can say is anyone who is eligible for the shingles vaccine should get it immediately. I'll be running to the doctor to get it the second I hit 50.
  12. Pilots. https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/jet-blue-pilots-accused-drugging-raping-female-crew-members-new-lawsuit-101617805.html
  13. That is awesome! And all the money we've spent and all the enemies we've made and the people who have been radicalized because their families were unjustly killed. Talk about shooting ourselves in the foot. We are very lucky that we have a great intelligence community and allies who do as well. Of course Trump has undermined them and given Israeli intelligence to Russia, so there's always that.
  14. I don't understand that either, not fully. My objection is more with people coming after McCain or any soldier for Vietnam. Men were drafted, so I am frankly disgusted with anyone who ever came after the men who fought that war. My only caveat are soldiers who were knowingly involved with war crimes. Our wars in the Middle East are a different issue and McCain's circumstances were very different. He was a leader at that point and I certainly wish that all of our leaders had said no to perpetual war. I think the fear of terrorism after 9/11 is part of the issue. Looking back, it's clear that the terrorists were not as capable of striking as many thought at the time. I remember the fearmongering that went on about biological weapons. Remember the specials shows like Nightline did getting people worked up about that? Tony even mentions it on The Sopranos. So Washington wanted a show of force, I guess. That's the best explanation I can come up with other than money. Why we decided to strike Iraq is also beyond me, but I think a lot of people wanted revenge at any cost. They followed where the Bush administration led.
  15. I guess this is an issue where the progressives and I part ways. I agree that Vietnam shouldn't have happened, but calling individual soldiers killers is not ok with me. I guess some people think it takes more courage to pretend you have bone spurs. McCain was tortured for 5 years for God's sake.
  16. Yeah, me too. It's more the general instability for me, but both combined have me running to what I feel sure is a return to sanity and the status quo. I'm never quite sure what Trump's agenda is on this topic. Another area where I miss the status quo. Granted it has never brought the region closer to peace, but at least it wasn't making the conflict worse. I guess we can hope Syria (or should I just say Assad) is to weak to respond.
  17. Yes, let's up the intensity of this conflict and our part in it. I come around to Biden more by the day. By all means, let's have the establishment. This should not be allowed. The state should be making sure that all foster children are vaccinated. I just can't believe this insanity.
  18. Yes. Just what the state of Kentucky needs. Government officials convincing parents not to vaccinate. 🙃
  19. And taking on loads of debt to do it. I like Netflix well enough. I think they've made some pretty good original shows and they have given a platform to a more diverse group of people. They are the ones who gave Sense 8 and One Day at a Time a chance after all, but I have doubts about the business model. I'm guessing they are going to have to raise the subscription fee substantially in the coming years.
  20. I suppose fines and fees might not be taxes exactly, but I think she is right and this should not be allowed.
  21. And yet somehow we don't hear much about boycotting China.
  22. This continues to be a terrible national shame. The place where the far left and the right meet is very ugly. We have to rid ourselves of extremists in power if we can. I still marvel that I ever thought the internet would ever be an unequivocal force for good. In the wrong hands it's a WMD.
  23. Good point. These things are never really clear, especially when you go that far into the past.
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