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    GOP Strips Insulin Out-of-Pocket Cap From Bill

    The Republicans are hoping that just one amendment will be enough to get Manchin or Sinema or someone else to hold it up. They're getting close to August recess time - if they don't get it done now, they won't get anything done before mid-terms, and thus, will probably never get it done.
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    My acceptance that someone with an advanced degree posits factually in their field of expertise is

    I initially misunderstood the question. I'd say I trust most academic papers with the proviso that most academic papers will typically add disclaimers at the end that more research is required. One paper doesn't establish a hypothesis as a sound theory - that's why there's peer review and so...
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    Trump’s worst toadies hold degrees from Harvard and Yale. Did they learn anything?

    When I was younger and more naive, like many people in this country, I respected an Ivy League pedigree. I assumed that they were among the intellectual elite, and while I suppose that this could be true of many who walk through their hallowed halls, I'm increasingly of the opinion that Ivy...
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    ‘Never seen it this bad’: America faces catastrophic teacher shortage

    True, but I'm just offering a hypothesis as to why formal education hasn't been as valued in the U.S. That's just one factor; there are others, such as the role of religion and the whole dual federalist and emphasis of localism and regionalism. I also blame powerful corporate interests which...
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    Nebraska and Colorado are sparring over water rights. It could be the new norm as rivers dry up

    The crisis is going to happen faster than policymakers are prepared to react to it. This is the sort of thing that could lead to civil conflict and the end of the United States as we know it. If the Bundy clan and ranchers out West are willing to take over federal offices and get into a...
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    ‘Never seen it this bad’: America faces catastrophic teacher shortage

    And right on cue, lol: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/08/05/jobs-report-july-2022-528000.html And with the Fed likely to add another .75 basis point rate hike to rising interest rates to combat inflation that just won't cool down, how many of you think that ex-teachers, ex-cops, ex-postal workers...
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    ‘Never seen it this bad’: America faces catastrophic teacher shortage

    In a sense, I actually get it. When this country was founded, it was an unfathomably large, untamed landmass. Before industrialization, before we really began settling this place, it must have seemed like being on another planet. It was truly the land of abundance. The population density and...
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    ‘Never seen it this bad’: America faces catastrophic teacher shortage

    I had an Israeli-American friend once who served in the IDF. We were both working at a McJob once and he once commented that "You know, this job reminds me of the military. You're more worried about staying out of trouble than you are actually doing your ****ing job." Sadly, I think that's what...
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    More than 100 French towns without drinking water amid 'historic drought'

    Dude, I just quoted the definition of climate and weather from the US Geological Survey. I know you and your fellow conservatives like to make up your own definitions for things, but sorry, I'm not havin' it. Take your crayons and coloring book color somewhere else. Uh, no. You're just...
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    ‘Never seen it this bad’: America faces catastrophic teacher shortage

    Meh, I think we've always been battling with anti-intellectualism in this country. We've always admired the yokel who could cut down a large tree and build a log cabin than the guy who could quote Shakespeare and Hegel.
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    More than 100 French towns without drinking water amid 'historic drought'

    Looks like maybe you ought to learn the difference between weather and climate before posting on it. The bold is not accurate. https://www.usgs.gov/faqs/what-difference-between-weather-and-climate-change#:~:text=Weather%20refers%20to%20short%20term,refers%20to%20long%2Dterm%20changes. Weather...
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    More than 100 French towns without drinking water amid 'historic drought'

    The technology is already present, but desalination isn't necessarily the magic bullet we think it is. Current desal plants typically take about 5-10 to plan, construct, and move online - sometimes even longer if there are municipal disputes about costs and who has to sacrifice to get them and...
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    More than 100 French towns without drinking water amid 'historic drought'

    All of the metrics we now have for macroeconomic 'success' assume that growth should be the end game. So it's no surprise that if you want to attract investors, all companies in the exchange have to compete with each other based on their growth - completely and totally irrespective of the human...
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    More than 100 French towns without drinking water amid 'historic drought'

    Sorry, there's only the 'like' button, not the 'I hear you' or 'I understand you' button. But yeah, this is happening everywhere. It's obviously now becoming increasingly visible in the developed world but this is also happening in many parts of the developing world, where people have less voice...
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    Tucker Carlson Is Still Smarting, Twenty Years On

    Classic. Yes, Trump is indeed precisely the example I am referring to. I see a lot of that in the MAGA 'movement', which in sociopolitical terms is a white nationalist's bowel movement. They shit themselves whenever someone doesn't treat them with 'the respect they deserve.' If entitlement were...
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    Russian soldiers increasingly arrested for refusing to fight

    Never underestimate the innate human desire to save one's own ass, particularly when they saw who's ordering them to die and for what meaningless causes.
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    More than 100 French towns without drinking water amid 'historic drought'

    I've never been to Britain - always wanted to. When I worked overseas, I worked with many from 'Blighty' and knew many from other countries who had lived, studied, worked in London and Manchester. Nearly all commented on how gloomy, cloudy, rainy the weather was, so to see these kinds of...
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    Tucker Carlson Is Still Smarting, Twenty Years On

    I am convinced that this was the beginning of a newer, more bitter and vindictive Tucker Carlson. Something I've noticed about white conservatives with a privilege complex is that they don't take come-uppances well. And before you jump all over my shit, I'm white (except for the small bit of me...
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    More than 100 French towns without drinking water amid 'historic drought'

    Well, nature doesn't care whether you agree.
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