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  1. Bingoloid

    Marijuana vote in House this week

    We've spent astronomical sums of taxpayer money funneling a huge number of young people through the criminal justice system over this, and then there's the dead and injured civilians and LEOs when marijuana-related raids - often predicated on fake tips or otherwise mishandled by negligent departments - go wrong. The propaganda is just protecting the spending and has nothing to do with anyone's well-being other than government employees. Way past time to be done with this. We can debate the harm all day long, but it's in a class of harm alongside cigarettes or alcohol, and anyone who argued we should treat those the same way would be rightly dismissed as an authoritarian and puritanical nanny state lunatic.
  2. You two can both be right at the same time. Like Hank says, turnout will be a huge factor, but it's also true that this district has already had a referendum on Tenney-Brindisi. Tend to think a fresh candidate would have been the move after some of her embarrassing missteps against Brindisi last time (the attempted mafia smear was literally insane), but anything could happen. Brindisi hasn't raised much of a profile, but Democrats will be motivated to turn out, too.
  3. Glad to see you've survived COVID-19, '75. Most people who spent that much time on a ventilator didn't make it.
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    Trump 2020

    Fun fact: if you say this to a Hispanic woman during an argument, you have exactly how long it takes her to reach the kitchen knives to live.
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    Golf course charging for seperate carts.

    I kind of inferred it, but now I'm genuinely curioius. Were they supposed to provide separate carts free while the rule was in effect? It's not price-gouging if that was already the price.
  6. I see a liquor license that needs a suspendin'.
  7. They can, but we're already on a credit warning from Fitch. Right now you need to buy 10-year bonds just to get a yield over .5%, and that means more exposure to duration risk. There's going to come a point where investors won't want to buy our debt, and warning signs were already starting to pop up before this happened. Without that demand, they can print more money but they can't control how much a dollar is actually worth. In other words, if the government won't cut spending, market forces will eventually cut spending for them by making the dollars they're spending worth less.
  8. If Quiter is out in left field, Akshar is huffing paint in a truck in the parking lot.
  9. In all seriousness, it's not at clear that people will be returning to the arena in large numbers next year or even the year after that. I'm hopeful, but we can't count on that. Even if the epidemic doesn't circle around this winter again and shut things down, the economic damage is serious and the number of people who are even going to be positioned to buy tickets is in question. Everybody poops. We do have to dispose of our sewage no matter what's going on. They should also aggressively revisit creating a joint-use ballpark with Binghamton University instead of each financing their own facilities independently. If anything, in an ideal world where we had the flexibility, we'd spend 10% of that money improving outdoor amenities that can be enjoyed in the winter, 10% of that money improving infrastructure for the poor to get around without relying on a gross bus, and bank 80% for a rainy day, because it might be raining for a while.
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    $25 mm budget hole?

    They don't even have to move. I forget the exact numbers, but a large percentage of workers in the city commute from out-of-state, including the highly-paid ones in tech and finance. What happens to the income taxes you were paying based on the location of your Manhattan office when your Connecticut home becomes your legal place of work?
  11. It is February, 2021. "Infrastructure, public safety, and essential services only" I mumble repeatedly, as I lay shivering in a ditch awaiting an ambulance that never comes after I'm thrown clear of my car hitting a giant pothole too hard because the plows never ran and I couldn't stop.
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    Sex Offenders per capita

    People with criminal histories that render them unemployable can't afford to live in Westchester or Manhattan. If you check the Family Watchdog map you'll see the sex offenders cluster around the most run-down neighborhoods in town like the First Ward and the area around the ballpark. Artifact of the county actively soliciting the state's welfare recipients.
  13. We only have so many entertainment options at this point, man.
  14. Jesus Christ, Rich, you cheap piece of shit. I like Wegmans too but take her somewhere with a tablecloth.
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    No to schools opening!!!!

    ...and, although I can hardly believe I'm saying this, it's already late August. Cooler weather is just around the corner.
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    Last call for normality Binghamton: Solak or bust.

    Can someone fill me in?
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    Three Gorges Dam - Ready to burst?

    I have to say, this is really coming as a disappointing surprise. Chinese engineering is usually built to last and 2020 had been smooth sailing up to now. EDIT: Yeah, this is no joke. More rains apparently still moving in. Might witness a great disturbance in the Force ("millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced") if you stare at this long enough:
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    I'm posting my opinion which not mean a damn

    We might disagree in a few places here, but I think we're aiming at the same objective. It's the same game theory concept as an arms race, or the reason the supermarkets in a town are usually all 24-hour or none of them are. Once one state figured out they could make the entire state's delegates vote for the more influential party and control the election, every state had to do it to preserve their influence. The Framers trusted the people of the states to duplicate a representative and republican form of government, and when we realized some states weren't able to do that, the 14th Amendment was the result. We've never really dealt with this other problem. People always float the argument that its about farm states, but the largest farm state - by far - is sunny California, where farm votes don't matter and their problems aren't the same as Iowa. Populist Republicans have figured out, too, that they can literally drive Texas farmers to suicide to win Pennsylvania and it won't change a thing about Texas. The Democrats have no incentive to intervene and try to represent them. (This is not theoretical, it's real: https://www.texasobserver.org/congress-farmer-suicides-epidemic/) Republicans get sold a scare-tactic that it would mean we'd lose the edge it gives us in the Electoral College, but the truth is that both parties would have to modify their positions slightly to meet somewhere in the new middle and be relevant. As with everything else in government, the real issue is that campaigning nationwide looks too much like hard work.
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    Whereabouts of 19April1775?

    I think what's about to happen will surprise everyone. The reshuffling of positions right now is as dramatic as it was in the 1960s when the Republicans adopted the Southern Strategy, something which the active conservative base is rapidly repudiating in the present climate and identifying more strongly with the party's founding. Prominent moderate Democrats can't even figure out who their constituency actually is at this point, and Biden is trying to triangulate Trump on populist economic policy. By 2024, I'd say it's a coin-toss whether or not the parties will even be recognizable. We haven't seen yet what the epidemic is going to do to the politics of the reddish-purple states like Arizona and Florida, either.
  20. I'm just reading this now. The laundry list of new laws he wants is dangerously deranged and should anger any small government conservative. Harder is one of the "few bad apples", and for him to demand a stack of new felonies that would enable him to organize retaliation against people like Solak is impressive chutzpah. There are a lot of reforms that are needed - in both directions - but these are mostly not those. Obviously, if he's able to speak about these supposed events publicly, he's acknowledging that protecting their secrecy is not vital to an ongoing investigation. Someone should file a FOIL request for his records related to the incidents he was describing. ...while they still can, I guess. Pretty soon he'll be agitating for Felony FOILing.
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    I'm posting my opinion which not mean a damn

    The reasons for the Electoral College is another can of worms, but the vision for it, where we'd elect temperate local people who hadn't made a career out of the government to get together and deliberate the Presidency on our behalf, is sound. Many of the first Presidential elections didn't even have the candidates' names on the ballot, just the local people you were sending. We've since dissolved nearly everything about the institution that made it work as intended. Conceivably, we could agree to reform this to bring it closer to the people and closer to the Framers at the same time, without a Constitutional amendment. Either way, we already have a major political body that massively over-weights the least populous states. 1/3 of the Senate represents less than 10% of the country's people. Arguments about the Winner-Take-All system being part of the Framers' vision to protect the interests of small states is a hoax. The Framers did not devise the Electoral College for that purpose, the Framers did not devise Winner-Take-All at all, and Winner-Take-All does not do this in practice. It pushes both parties to distorted positions that represent a few swing states to the exclusion of everyone else. Very close to yelling about dual sovereignty and monarchists at this point, so will stop there. Fair enough, BUT...
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    Broome County covid map

    I assume what they're saying is that nothing changes at that point. IE, if you get under 5%, you can open and we expect a spike but won't make you close again until 9%. If you close at 9%, you can't reopen until things calm back down to below 5%.
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    Roderick Douglass

    On the topic, I won't speculate on his identity, but I recall several instances where he either went on the attack against alleged crime victims based on nothing or tried to weigh in on a historical event and accidentally revealed that he didn't have even a basic understanding of what he was talking about. Whoever "Roderick" is, he's not a serious person, and I assume he's working some kind of grift. He mostly just comes across to me as confused.
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    I'm posting my opinion which not mean a damn

    ^ Few talk about this. People always talk about the Electoral College and the Winner-Take-All system as if they're the same thing. The Winner-Take-All system was concocted by the states later, and some of the surviving Framers were enraged and considered it blatant corruption. The real effect isn't to give weight to smaller states, but instead, to make all but a few states completely irrelevant. A study of 2016 found that about 90% of campaign events were held in just ten states, and twenty-five states had none at all, including the nine smallest. If we insisted on free voting in the Electoral College, as the Framers intended, places like upstate New York would get a lot more attention.
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    Whereabouts of 19April1775?

    😐 No sign of the dude since. Huh. Hope he's well, wherever he is.