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  1. Much of the U.S. political system was flummoxed two weeks ago when a brand new 29-year-old congressperson made a seemingly radical proposal on “60 Minutes.” Here’s what Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said that wound everyone up: The U.S. should tax income over $10 million per year at a top rate of 60 or 70 percent. Republicans responded by shamelessly lying about what this meant, pretending that Ocasio-Cortez was advocating a tax rate of 70 percent on all income. Some older Democrats, such as House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, adopted the standard Democratic tactic of cowering in fear before a deceptive Republican onslaught, like abused dogs. The hullabaloo was understandable: Ocasio-Cortez’s forthright advocacy demonstrated that American politics, against the odds, can sometimes be about what Americans want. After the “60 Minutes” episode aired, The Hill commissioned a poll that found that 59 percent of registered voters support raising the top marginal tax rate to 70 percent. The idea, The Hill wrote, even receives “a surprising amount of support among Republican voters. … 45 percent of GOP voters say they favor it.” However, the only surprising thing about this Republican support was that The Hill found it surprising. For the past 40 years, polls have uniformly shown that there is essentially no constituency for cutting taxes on the wealthiest Americans or corporations — and a huge constituency for raising them..... Read the rest of the article at: https://theintercept.com/2019/01/21/ocasio-cortez-marginal-tax-rate/
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    Photographs don't lie, by definition. And I have never said anything about what led up to the photograph. So, like DKW, you are playing the 'begging-the-question game'. (Also known as lying about what I have posted.)
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    And you continue to lie. I never said all photos are the same. I never said all photos transcend what they were meant to do into art. I never said Japan didn't have a right to post whatever he wanted, at least as long as the forum moderators are OK with it. You continue to lie with your 'begging-the-question' statements. You are a despicable little weasel for doing so.
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    Self portrait? That about sums up your intellectual chops though.
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    **** you, you don't "get" it either. I never said all photos are the same. I never said all photos transcend what they were meant to do into art. I never said Japan didn't have a right to post whatever he wanted, at least as long as the forum moderators are OK with it. You continue to lie with your 'begging-the-question' statements. You are a despicable little weasel for doing so.
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    That's because you are an ignorant oaf who knows nothing about the art of photography. You are lumping all forms of photography - snapshots, documentary, selfies - together. You don't understand the point I am making about some photos transcending these categories into art. This is one of those photos. I expect to see it on the cover of Time. Here's some instruction for you (as if it would penetrate your sensibility): https://petapixel.com/2014/05/29/70-inspirational-quotes-photographers/ The most relevant to this discussion: “In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.” — Alfred Stieglitz “There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.” — Robert Frank “Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.” — Anonymous “The picture that you took with your camera is the imagination you want to create with reality.” — Scott Lorenzo “Photography is truth.” — Jean-Luc Godard “A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.” — Diane Arbus “The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.” — Elliott Erwitt “A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.” — Irving Penn “Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.” — Matt Hardy
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    "transmitted" ?
  8. Not in his nightmares.
  9. The Muslims are very strict about that.
  10. This has got to be at least as good as what he's trying to hide in his tax returns. Trump and Putin’s Cone of Seclusion It’s not just unusual that there are no notes from Trump’s meetings with Putin. It’s unprecedented. The Washington Post’s Greg Miller reported Sunday that President Donald Trump’s confiscation of the translator’s notes from a one-on-one conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2017 was “unusual.” This is incorrect. It was unprecedented. There is nothing like it in the annals of presidential history. It is also truly unusual that Trump failed to bring in a note taker, along with his translator, during his meetings with Putin, as almost every other president has done when meeting with foreign heads of state since the end of World War II. Usually the note taker is an official or aide with deep background in the subject under discussion........ https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/01/trump-putin-meeting-no-note-taker.html
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    You are over your head kid. (I used to think you might have graduated in '78 but I think it's probably your birth day, right?)
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    I certainly didn't say that. You know that. I know that. You are a royal jerk and lying weasel for trying to suggest I did. The. Picture. Speaks. For. Itself: Smirking teen wearing a MAGA hat facing down old Native American beating drum. The story behind the photo means nothing to it's immediate artistic impact, much less history.
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    I wasn't referring to those articles. (Didn't read any of them, actually.) I was referring to the photo/video - the part that presumably sparked those reactions. You are projecting what I think to suit your paradigm. And don't tell me I am being dishonest (again). You don't know what I am thinking. It's not my fault if so many of you folks don't understand my posts, it's yours. You are just another a**hole.
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    My point stands, Jerk. I hope you get what you want ASAP regarding abortion legislation. (Still waiting on that "lie" quote.)
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    Again, you mindless oaf. The thing about that photo that attracts me is that it's iconic. I have been an amateur photographer much of my adult life and I know an iconic photo when I see one. I don't really give a s*** what led up to the photo or what occurred after it. All you really need to know is what you see - that's the thing about such photographs. So, take your extended analysis of what "truth" it supposedly does- or does not - represent and shove it. I don't care. Still waiting on you quoting that "lie" I made, a**hole.
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    Has it really got to the point where we feel compelled to publish graphic photos of infants and children who have been drowned/dismembered/burned/starved/ etc., to support a political position? As a forum, I don't think we should sink that low. Things are bad enough as is.
  17. Perhaps Trump is the president an ignorant population deserves. https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/01/its-cold-so-trump-is-doubting-climate-change/580885/ It’s something of an annual tradition for the president. On Sunday morning, as the eastern half of the country endured driving snow and frigid winter winds, Donald Trump asked on Twitter how climate change could be real if it was so cold outside. “Be careful and try staying in your house,” he said. “Large parts of the Country are suffering from tremendous amounts of snow and near record setting cold. Amazing how big this system is. Wouldn’t be bad to have a little of that good old fashioned Global Warming right now!” Trump has raised similar concerns about that “good old fashioned Global Warming” nearly every year since 2012. If it snows near Manhattan, the president says he isn’t sure about climate change. Unfortunately, even as New York has occasionally been blasted with frozen precipitation, the world has kept warming. The past four years have been the four warmest years on record—a fact that NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration were due to announce this past week, were the government not shut down. Earlier this winter, Washington, D.C., experienced a shocking 22 days of above-average temperatures, and the Northeast as a whole saw a balmy January. President Trump did not seize that opportunity to affirm that global warming was real. The simple, tedious fact is that two things can be true at the same time: The world’s average temperature can be clearly and dangerously increasing, and it can still snow sometimes in the northeastern United States. Climate emerges from averages, and the averages are unambiguous. Snowpack and ice cover are decreasing, especially in the Mountain West. The Great Lakes’ winter-ice cover has declined by 71 percent over the past 40 years. The average time between the last frost of spring and the first frost of fall has increased in every region of the country since the early-20th century. None of these facts is likely to convince Trump, for Trump seems to have decided that he does not want to be convinced. As I wrote last year, he has expressed no interest or curiosity in updating his beliefs to reflect new facts. Instead, he has fought to keep those facts from the public: In November, every U.S. scientific agency affirmed the fact of human-driven climate change. The White House responded by trying to bury the report by releasing it on Black Friday. “One of the problems that a lot of people like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence but we’re not necessarily such believers,” Trump told The Washington Post while rejecting his own government’s dire climate conclusions last year. Believers is an unfortunate choice of word because facts, alas, keep being true whether you believe in them or not. It is dangerously icy in the Northeast, and by all means local residents should stay inside. But a brief cold spell does not undo decades of scientific fact.
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    Perhaps you should make it yours as a reminder for when Republicans try to eliminate women's health services. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/it-rsquo-s-time-to-end-the-war-on-women-rsquo-s-health/ It’s Time to End the War on Women’s Health Republican efforts to dismantle U.S. health care unfairly target one gender " The Trump administration also has been chipping away at the ACA's birth-control mandate. A proposed regulation leaked in May suggested the White House was working to create an exemption to allow almost any employer to opt out of covering contraception on religious or moral grounds........ ..... Decreased coverage for contraceptives translates to less widespread use and will likely mean more unintended pregnancies and abortions."
  19. QFT And Republicans wonder why they are seen as racists.
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    Please quote the "lie" I told. You don't have a clue. I made a point about the nature of photos and you promptly supported it by providing more of back story on the General Load photo. That photo was a major factor in turning American sentiment of the war. But as you pointed out, it was generally justified and understandable once the full context was known. My (only) point is such back stories are largely irrelevant to the impact of a iconic photo. The MAGA kid's expression and attitude are caught forever, regardless of what happened before. (Ironically, you then offer up a tasteless photo of an illegal late term abortion without backstory to push an emotionally-based political position which has nothing to do with the discussion.) Are you even capable of talking about something from an intellectual standpoint? Or do you constantly have to lead with your belly button? You are apparently over your head in such a discussion.
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    You are making my point, which obviously went over your head. Thanks anyway. (Oh, and your bellybutton is showing.)
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    I am not hanging on to any "story". I am talking about the image, which, like it or not, exists independently of any background story. As for "fault", I suppose you could say it's his fault for allowing himself to be photographed in such a way, but I wouldn't describe it that way. Perhaps the photo didn't actually capture his actual intent or what was in his heart. Perhaps he didn't really feel like he was being arrogant and confrontational. If so, that's his bad luck. He would obviously have been better served by simply walking away. Regardless, the photo captured something that exists independently of what might have led up to it. (Just as in the photo I presented of General Loan executing the Viet Cong captain. The man getting shot is 36 years old and early that morning he killed a military officer, his wife and 80 year old mother and 6 of 7 children by cutting their throats. He was put on trial and confessed he was proud he killed them.) My point is that iconic photos convey a truth of the moment that stands in it's own right, independent of the back story behind them. That's why photography is considered to be art.
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    Don't confuse "hate" with contempt. They aren't the same.
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    He's certainly trying to hide SOMETHING

    How old are you?