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  1. Interesting post from Marc Andreessen.... link: IT'S TIME TO BUILD <snip> Every Western institution was unprepared for the coronavirus pandemic, despite many prior warnings. This monumental failure of institutional effectiveness will reverberate for the rest of the decade, but it’s not too early to ask why, and what we need to do about it. We don’t have enough coronavirus tests, or test materials — including, amazingly, cotton swabs and common reagents. We don’t have enough ventilators, negative pres
  2. I would not know, I dutifully voted for HRC, which gives me the right to complain about tent size. I do not need your permission. I will defer to your expertise on absurdity. However, I would consider this as an example: I'm sure you are planning on collecting SS, and signing up for Medicare, if you aren't already. Expecting those able bodied Americans to work in hazardous meat packing plants, stock shelves, and deliver food to your doorstep (for substandard pay, and no health benefits) in order to eat a hamburger for lunch might be a better defini
  3. Who should we nominate to be the arbitor of correct political behaviour? Any thoughts, Bill? In my estimation, Joe better start campaigning soon.... Election day is only 6 months away, and he gots some work to do, if you know what I mean. As I mentioned November is 6 months away. Joe is still in his basement. What's the plan, Stan? Where is the strategy? I see no Biden signs down here in FL. I see no Political ads on TV, from the DNC, or those promised to be paid for by Bloomberg. Is there even going to be a DNC Convention? W
  4. 1978 Fender Squire Bullet 1 w/ Steinberger Bridge Oscar Schmidt OL-40B w / Flat Wound Martin OMCPA4 Performing Artist Orchestra Epiphone Sheraton II
  5. You are correct. Every single day, the media is consumed with all things Trump. From the time he rode down the escalator and declared Mexican immigrants rapists, it's been one shiny object after another. Every single rally is televised, every tweet is quoted, every lie is repeated, and discussed ad naseum. This is how he won in 2016, and sadly 2020 looks like a repeat. No one is talking about what Biden said, or didn't say from his basement, or what Pelosi did, or didn't do to address the crisis. All publicity is good publicity, even if it's insane
  6. I accept your concession that Medicare For All is a worthwhile social program (* as long as socialism doesn't get the credit), and should be paid for through taxing profits made through capitalism. FDR established theTennasee Valley Authority in 1933 as a federally-owned electric utility and regional economic development agency. It still exists today as the nation’s largest public power provider. Healthcare insurance like Medicare must be considered a public infrastructure need, because private, for profit companies cannot provide for public healthcare ne
  7. Okay. I am totally in favor of social programs that are delivered and paid for by capitalist economies . If it makes you happy, I'll refer to Social Security as Capital Preservation program. Whatever you want to call it, is a worthwhile social program. So is Medicare. So is Medicare for All, So is Unemployment Insuance. Interesting. Do you really believe that Mussolini, and Eugene Debbs somehow engineered the Wall St crash of 1929? Capitalism cannot escape responsibility for 1929, or 2008, or the current wealth inequality issue right in front o
  8. It is fair to say that FDR used socialistic programs (like the ,TVA, CCC, CWA) to save capitalism from itself. He also enacted laws and regulations (like Glass-Steagall Act and Fair Labor Standards Act), reign-in the excess of the greedy barons of industry. Embracing pure capitalism will absolutely lead to extreme wealth inequality. Capitalism and socialism lie on opposite ends of a continuum. Almost every country mixes elements of capitalism and socialism but do so in varying degrees. Some societies lean toward the capitalist end of the continuum, wh
  9. Yea, right... "For too many of us the political equality we once had won was meaningless in the face of economic inequality. A small group had concentrated into their own hands an almost complete control over other people's property, other people's money, other people's labor — other people's lives. For too many of us life was no longer free; liberty no longer real; men could no longer follow the pursuit of happiness." FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, speech at Democratic National Convention, Jun. 27, 1936 "We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace—business and financ
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