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  1. Thanatos

    Dissonants Unite

    You're putting a lot of nuance into his words, when given his statement, there is no such nuance. Much more inclined to believe he's using the same argument the political right always does. Regardless, even if we give him the entirety of the benefit of the doubt, what he's arguing will still do exactly what I'm saying. In other words, you have no safety net here. The system is currently broken and we have a ton of students in a lot of debt that are unable to pay it because of hefty interest rates. That man's example: Sure, maybe he doesn't pick up an extra shift because the government is paying for his daughter's education. And that either A) lets him make more doing something else or B) spend more time at home with his family. Then we compare him to another family who is unable to do anything because of loan debt. Suddenly, that is gone, and now they can try to start saving up to better themselves. And the GOP sees this as a bad thing? People are not just going to sit back and do nothing. That's simply not reality. It's why UBI is the best idea I've heard on the subject. I suggested a compromise of removing any further interest so the students can actually pay it back. Liberals believe the government should create a floor for people. No one should have to watch someone they love die because they don't have health insurance. No one should have to wait to go to the doctor because they can't afford it. We don't need to spend that much money on the military. Half of what we currently do would be absolutely fine, moreso if we streamlined the process. That money could be going to make the people at home better off. This is a primary plank of Gabbard's platform, btw, not the half part specifically, she hasn't specified. But she wants to cut military funding. Is she a liberal as well? Why do we care if China and Russia combined know they couldn't take it? Russia is so far behind us tech wise they accidentally dropped a bomb on an isolated region because their computers lost contact because the tech is from the late 80s. Russia is not a military threat. They had that one attempt at an attack in Iraq via their "mercenary companies totally not affiliated with Russia" and lost 3k troops while we lost zero. We don't need to be the world police. We don't need to have such a strong military that if literally everyone in the world ganged up on us we would still be able to crush them. America first, right? Why is someone with that slogan putting more and more troops into harm's way while cutting needed programs here at home?
  2. Thanatos

    Dissonants Unite

    I do too, in a way. It was so much easier to just be the same as everyone around me, (my family is hardcore GOP and hardline religious). Pretend that everyone else was against us. Honestly, kinda the dude's argument as well, lol. "It's not fair for us." Just as an aside- not just liberals that think we pay way too much into the military. My dad thinks so, and so does my best friend. Both are conservatives in every way.
  3. Thanatos

    Dissonants Unite

    Just as a sidenote- you don't need a college degree to work in the pharmacy. You need one to be a pharmacist, sure. I'm a technician. And yes, they will just let people walk in and count meds. I mean, there is a training program but its not hard, it's about 30 hours worth of training. It's a somewhat challenging job mentally to deal with the insurance side of things, and sometimes typing in the scripts, but counting the meds and release to patient is brain-dead. And no, I am not using my college degree for this. It probably helped me get in initially just because I had one, but my degree has nothing to do with pharmacy. So to respond to the rest of it: His argument is "I got fucked over by how the system was in the past. I was able to save for my daughter's college, and its not fair that under your plan, other people will not also have to." This will ALWAYS be true. No matter if/when the system is fixed, there will be people that have paid money for their kids to go to school that it will be unfair for. The key thing here is that they were able to do it. What about the kids whose parents could not, or would not? The kids drowning in student loan debt and unable to even make payments on the principle of the loan because its such a high interest rate- this guy is arguing we should just leave them there because its not fair to him to save them. This kind of attitude is everything that is wrong with what has become of the GOP in this country. The right's attitude is always- if I was able to do it, clearly that means that everyone else could do it as well and are just too lazy to put in the work. They see helping out others intrinsically through the lens of "Does this hurt me in any way?" Healthcare- same argument, why do my taxes pay for someone else's health problems? Of course they are fine with cops and firefighters, and other things, but I digress. The blatant hypocrisy is not the point of this post. The point is the right has little to no empathy for those worse off than themselves, at least as far as actually trying to FIX the underlying issue. In other words, they are fine helping the individual, but not solving the issue that caused the problems in the first place. We get all hyped up over a dude helping a homeless guy, for example. And that's great! But try getting the city to build the homeless houses- even if it saves money in the long run- and all of a sudden the political right is all "Why are we using welfare to help out these bums?" As far as the pushing college thing, I mean specifically regarding students who obviously would be better off doing something else. The idea is that everyone should go, there are plenty of kids who have no desire to go to college and should be told to go after a trade. Instead, college is pushed as the end goal for basically everyone in education.
  4. Thanatos

    Dissonants Unite

    No its not. His argument is literally "I had to pay my kids way, so everyone else should always have to as well." In other words- diverting the trolley disrespects the people its already killed, to use the metaphor. What about parents who can't pay off their kids loans? What about kids who get suckered into loans they have no business going into? What about the fact that college is pushed a ridiculous deal in this country when it shouldn't be?
  5. Thanatos

    Dissonants Unite

    Warren's response is utter shit, but so is the guy's argument. The system being broken in the past is not a reason to not fix it in the future. You're not going to save everyone and you can't help everyone, and acting like any solution that can only help some people is not worth trying is disingenuous at best. But you can help a bunch of people swamped in debt and skyrocketing interest rates that make it impossible to repay said debt. I said a good compromise would be to make the interest rate 0 for a long period- 5-10 years- so the students can actually make payments against the principal.
  6. Thanatos

    Dissonants Unite

    I really don't think this is some big thing. I think she's just a cunt, as Ngata put it. She's not smart enough to be running everything behind the scenes.
  7. Thanatos

    Dissonants Unite

    Hillary is incapable of owning her own faults and still blames Sanders for losing to Trump in the first place. She thought it was her turn to be President and that she had it in the bag and didn't try to run a good campaign.
  8. Thanatos

    Cherry is at the Senior Bowl

    Cherry I have the biggest smile on my face, my man. Go fucking get them. You've poured a lot of heart and soul into this and its awesome seeing someone just go after something they've dreamed about.
  9. Thanatos

    Dissonants Unite

    Yup, the same one who when me and you bet him and lost, he gladly took the money, but when blots and he made a bet and blots won, he refused to pay up, upon which he was permanently banned, I believe by BLUE. He still has not paid up to blots- and all blots wanted was a donation to a charity of his choice- so why he has not been banned again, I have no idea. Didn't know making another account got you around a perma ban here. We're not so desperate for people that we want liars and cheats here. PE is one thing, he's just a troll and a funny one at that. I got way more respect for PE than I do for Phil. I don't really have any respect for someone who can't keep their word.
  10. Thanatos

    Super Bowl LIV Picks

    Hey, sean!
  11. Thanatos

    Luke Kuechely quits football

    Luke was the best MLB in the league for, what, 4 years? 5? The only knock on him is duration. I agree he doesn't get in first ballot, but he's HoF to me for sure. But I said he should have retired a couple years back when he had that one hit that left him completely out of his mind on the field. That was downright scary to watch. NFL is gonna have a lot more of these kinds of things, and probably a lot more people like Borland who realize early on its not worth it.
  12. Thanatos

    Al Riveron--Should Teams Demand His Dismissal?

    To clarify: I'm not saying it would never happen, but I think the amount of times it does would be outweighed by ticky tack PI calls not giving teams 40 yards they didn't earn.
  13. Thanatos

    Al Riveron--Should Teams Demand His Dismissal?

    Personally I don't see this as a major issue, tbh. By the time you realize the dude has you beat that badly, he's likely out of range to be tackled. I think it might end up giving offenses more yards because defenders might try tackling someone who they really could have covered, just in case. An overreaction, in other words. But since I know that would be a counterpoint, I'm proposing splitting it into two penalties to prevent that reaction.
  14. Thanatos

    Al Riveron--Should Teams Demand His Dismissal?

    For pass interference, I have an idea that's been bouncing around in my head here. I'd like to split it into two penalties. The con is that we add a judgement into the equation, but it's already a judgement call. "Egregious Pass Interference"- same as it is now, spot of the foul. "Pass Interference"- the college rule, 15 yard penalty or spot of the foul whichever is less yardage. Really my only beef with PI is giving teams 40+ yards on a ticky tack call, this would hopefully cut down on it. The ability to challenge PI should be removed. The refs clearly don't want it, as they are just not overturning the call 90% of the time.
  15. Thanatos

    Dissonants Unite

    Uh, it was basically half and half. Because income inequality is also a big problem in the US. That was its stated goal: to address the twin issues of income inequality and climate change. Again, not saying she's perfect, but conservative news media scrutinizes every word out of her mouth in an attempt to paint her as dumb. Thus the constant snide references to her going back to bartending, as if she's incapable of doing anything else even were she to lose her seat somehow. You can disagree with her policies all you like, I know I have a snowball's chance in hell of convincing you that the climate crisis is an emergency that has to be dealt with ASAP. I'm just saying she's most definitely not stupid.
  16. Thanatos

    Dissonants Unite

    And Warren? And Yang? What?
  17. Thanatos

    Dissonants Unite

    Have you actually watched her questioning people? The right fears her so much because she is their bogeyman. I ain't saying she's perfect, everyone makes mistakes, but every time AOC opens her mouth there's a dozen articles on Fox News about how she is trying to get people killed because she is a socialist.
  18. Thanatos

    Dissonants Unite

    AOC is extremely sharp as a congresswoman, you're letting your hatred of the policies she espouses cloud your judgement of her IQ. Watch her questioning people in cross examination. The Green New Deal is a desperate attempt to stop climate change. It has to happen or something like it, or we are screwed six ways from Sunday.
  19. Thanatos

    Pussy Packers suck

    It's funny how you directly insult Jimmy Graham and its Graham who ices the game against you. Karma.
  20. Thanatos

    Dissonants Unite

    The left hates her because she sticks with her principles and she's anti-war. Both parties are pro-war. Btw, sean, what do you think about AOC withholding dues from the Dems? And then earlier making the comment that she and Biden wouldn't be in the same political party in any other country?
  21. Thanatos

    Calling all Big people.

    I don't normally get in between you two, but Ngata, blots post is worth reading. I would add what has helped me immensely- I have dropped about 25 pounds in the last two months- is meal prepping. It takes discipline, for sure, but like blots said its really easy to just grab fast food when you're tired from working, rather than taking the time to make a healthy dinner. So you take one of your days that you're off and you make meals for the week. And yeah, they're nothing fancy, but when I know I have some chicken and beans already waiting at home, its way easier to resist going to grab that burger and fries. And then when we do go out, I try to go to Subway and actually get something moderately healthy instead of greasy fast food. It's easy and cheap to get food that will help you stay fat.
  22. Thanatos

    Calling all Big people.

    I concur with Mikey, except that some people need a push. It might behoove him to get a professional to give him a strict set up to follow and give him that push he needs to take off.
  23. Thanatos

    Super Bowl LIV Picks

    Pretty sure Andy Reid already made a SB. But yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if they choke and lose versus Houston next week lol. NFL playoffs are chaos and unpredictable. That's what makes them so fun. Hockey and football have the best postseasons.
  24. Thanatos

    Super Bowl LIV Picks

    Nice picks, son.
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