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by Martin Blank
Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:29 am
Forum: Science, Philosophy, Politics, and Current Events
Topic: 2020-21 US Political Possibilities
Replies: 17
Views: 955

Re: 2020-21 US Political Possibilities

Do you think Biden’s presiding over the confirmation hearings of Clarence Thomas 30 years ago is going to be a problem for him? If so, with whom? Compared to Trump, whom Jesus Christ himself sent to heal the nation, Biden is a saint in that department. Hardcore feminists might have to hold their no...
by Martin Blank
Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:23 am
Forum: Science, Philosophy, Politics, and Current Events
Topic: Thoughts on the Death of George Floyd
Replies: 2
Views: 12

Thoughts on the Death of George Floyd

The death of George Floyd is the latest in a string of unnecessary deaths of Black people at the hands of law enforcement officers. He joined Breonna Taylor, killed in bed as police smashed her door in a no-knock, no-announce entry and opened fire while serving a search warrant at the wrong house fo...
by Martin Blank
Fri May 29, 2020 12:48 am
Forum: Science, Philosophy, Politics, and Current Events
Topic: 2020-21 US Political Possibilities
Replies: 17
Views: 955

Re: 2020-21 US Political Possibilities

Biden's biggest political mistake (setting aside Tara Reade's allegations) was presiding over the confirmation hearings for Clarence Thomas, nominated to the Supreme Court by President George H.W. Bush in 1991. Thomas allegedly sexually harassed Anita Hill while Thomas was Hill's superior at the Equ...
by Martin Blank
Sat May 02, 2020 5:00 am
Forum: Science, Philosophy, Politics, and Current Events
Topic: 2020-21 US Political Possibilities
Replies: 17
Views: 955

Re: 2020-21 US Political Possibilities

Given that SCOTUS decided that hard questions are hard and they don't deal with hard questions (not expecting much out of the Trump tax cases being heard next week, though we might get a surprise), gerrymandering is now state-specific. The trouble there is that most (but not all) states with severe ...
by Martin Blank
Fri May 01, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Science, Philosophy, Politics, and Current Events
Topic: 2020-21 US Political Possibilities
Replies: 17
Views: 955

Re: 2020-21 US Political Possibilities

What a difference a couple of months and a pandemic make. Here's what I said back then: The Senate is likewise up for change, but not necessarily a turnover. Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and North Carolina are toss-ups According to polls posted to 538's poll tracker project: Alabama: Almost certainly a...
by Martin Blank
Wed Apr 22, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Guns and Weapons Thread
Replies: 851
Views: 65912

Re: The Guns and Weapons Thread

Primarily home defense, but maybe also some casual sport shooting. I shot a Benelli M3 years ago and the option for pump or semi-auto was nice, but that's definitely not in the moderately-priced range. I'll have a look at the 590 and 870. Gun prices are a bit high and stock is a problem at most of t...
by Martin Blank
Wed Apr 22, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 40
Views: 890

Re: Coronavirus

Brazil halted a study of chloroquine after 6 days because a quarter of those taking it developed potentially deadly changes to the system controlling the heartbeat. University of Michigan was seeing a similar issue with the people taking hydroxychloroquine. Studies in France, and China also have sh...
by Martin Blank
Thu Apr 16, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Entertainment
Topic: Songs you should listen to
Replies: 97
Views: 22692

Re: Songs you should listen to

Harp guitar by Jamie Dupuis.

by Martin Blank
Thu Apr 16, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 40
Views: 890

Re: Coronavirus

Rorschach wrote:
Thu Apr 16, 2020 2:53 pm
The homes here are woefully under-equipped to deal with the virus, and there are mutterings at the moment that the unreported death rates from them could well double our claimed fatality figure.
Care homes in the US are often woefully under-equipped to deal with patients. :/
by Martin Blank
Sat Apr 11, 2020 5:40 am
Forum: Science, Philosophy, Politics, and Current Events
Topic: Well then
Replies: 13
Views: 3031

Re: Well then

While I understand thinking the sky is falling, I'll remind you of the same thing I reminded Trump supporters about when they thought Hillary would win. While you may disagree with or even dislike a president, they're president, not king. We are learning how much of our politics is based on standar...
by Martin Blank
Sat Apr 11, 2020 5:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Guns and Weapons Thread
Replies: 851
Views: 65912

Re: The Guns and Weapons Thread

Asian IP address, so we're watching.

On a different note, recommendations for a moderately-priced 12ga shotgun? Preferably with a 6+ round capacity, multipurpose use.
by Martin Blank
Sat Apr 11, 2020 5:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 40
Views: 890

Re: Coronavirus

I live in a ritzy neighborhood. The local major park is constantly filled with people who don't understand that "exercise" includes physical distancing.

I've bought some backyard play equipment for the kids. I hope it works over the next couple of months.
by Martin Blank
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 40
Views: 890

Re: Coronavirus

I have an appointment coming up. Doing the labs the week before, doing the appointment via telemedicine. Still have work, Cat still starts her new job next week. I'm keeping those of you who have been less fortunate in my thoughts. I hope the banks, landlords, and whatnot will be understanding. Real...
by Martin Blank
Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Science, Philosophy, Politics, and Current Events
Topic: Privatization
Replies: 64
Views: 5377

Re: Privatization

He's infiltrated the Kremlin and is working his way up.
by Martin Blank
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 40
Views: 890

Re: Coronavirus

Took a pre-planned trip to let the kids meet Grandpa to get some semblance of memories. He has a Parkinson's-like disease and may not have much longer. Left when social distancing was starting to become a real push, got back after some states had started locking things down. I work from home, and no...