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  California Democrats want businesses to give half their tax-cut savings to state
Posted by: nebraska - 1 hour ago - Forum: General Political Discussion - No Replies

California Democrats want businesses to give half their tax-cut savings to state

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Ca...508742.php

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  Rahm Emanuel continues to pile up frequent-flier miles — costing taxpayers $46K
Posted by: nebraska - 1 hour ago - Forum: General Political Discussion - No Replies

Rahm Emanuel continues to pile up frequent-flier miles — costing taxpayers $46K

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/mayor-...taxpayers/

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  Taxpayer Hush Money Fund protects sex abusers in Congress
Posted by: nebraska - 1 hour ago - Forum: General Political Discussion - No Replies

Taxpayer Hush Money Fund protects sex abusers in Congress

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opini...story.html

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  Trump clears way for local police to obtain military gear
Posted by: nebraska - 6 hours ago - Forum: General Political Discussion - No Replies

Trump clears way for local police to obtain military gear

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/08/28...tary-gear/

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  Gabbard Denounces AG Sessions’ Escalation of Failed War on Drugs
Posted by: nebraska - 6 hours ago - Forum: General Political Discussion - No Replies

Gabbard Denounces AG Sessions’ Escalation of Failed War on Drugs

http://bigislandnow.com/2018/01/04/rep-g...-on-drugs/

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  Is Trump the next Nixon?
Posted by: nebraska - 6 hours ago - Forum: General Political Discussion - Replies (2)

Is Trump the next Nixon?

https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/.../97331162/

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  Introducing our new moderator
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Ragnarök_62 was kindly agreed to serve as a moderator.  I'd like to thank him for his service.

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  Gerrymandering -- doomed?
Posted by: pbrower2a - Yesterday, 04:54 PM - Forum: General Political Discussion - No Replies

A couple weeks ago, a court ruled against a very partisan gerrymander in North Carolina. Now, Pennsylvania, where Democrats outnumber Republicans in registration although the state's Congressional districts are split 13  R-5D.


Quote:HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the state’s congressional map Monday, granting a major victory to Democrats who charged that the 18 districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered to benefit Republicans.

In a 4-3 decision, the Democratic-controlled court said the boundaries “clearly, plainly and palpably” violate the state’s constitution, and blocked it from remaining in effect for the 2018 elections.
The justices gave the Republican-controlled Legislature until Feb. 9 to pass a replacement and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf until Feb. 15 to submit it to the court. Otherwise, the justices said they will adopt a plan in an effort to keep the May 15 primary election on track.

The deadline to file paperwork to run in primaries for the state’s congressional seats is March 6.
“We won the whole thing,” said David Gersch of the Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer law firm in Washington, D.C., which is helping represent the group of registered Democrats who filed the lawsuit last June.


the AP wire itself

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  In The Future We May All Talk Like Trump, Linguist Warns. Sad.
Posted by: pbrower2a - Yesterday, 09:10 AM - Forum: Technology - No Replies

President Donald Trump is colonizing our brains with his drumbeat of repetitive words and phrases, an American linguist warns.

According to George Lakoff, an emeritus professor of cognitive science and linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, constant repetitions actually create physical changes in our brains by forging stronger connections in our neural pathways, “Language activates an idea and a circuitry in your brain. Every time a circuit is activated, its synapses get stronger,” Lakoff told Deutsche-Welle in an interview published Sunday.

In other words, the more you hear things — and say things — the stronger the circuitry becomes.  Plus, the absorbed words can begin to reframe our perception of the world. Lakoff pointed to President George W. Bush’s constant use of “tax relief,” which essentially defines taxes as an affliction. Soon Democrats and the media were also using the phrase, and in essence, changed their perception of reality.

Even if you disagree with an idea and contradict it, the words still worm their way into your head.
“Every time you deny something overtly using the language of the person you are trying to contradict, you are actually helping that person,” Lakoff said.

Besides repetitions of his pet phrases, Trump also uses other language-distorting strategies in his tweets. He frames situations in his own terms. He diverts attention from issues he wants to be ignored. He attacks the messenger or blames someone. Finally, he launches a trial balloon by saying something outrageous.

What to do?

“You are not puppets,” Lakoff said. “Cut the strings.” Don’t use the same language Trump uses. “Use the language that conveys the truth,” Lakoff added.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tru...mg00000009

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  Council votes 5-1 to OK rental registry
Posted by: nebraska - Yesterday, 07:58 AM - Forum: General Political Discussion - No Replies

Council votes 5-1 to OK rental registry

http://www.mariettatimes.com/news/2017/0...-registry/

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