1. #71381
    Quote Originally Posted by PhaelixWW View Post
    Do you really wish that aliens would come to earth and enslave the human race, using us as a food source?
    YES, of course I would. Who wouldn't like that; to be part of the eating scene.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winter Blossom View Post
    As much as I’d like to see him in prison, I don’t see it happening, tbh.
    I’d be at least semi-content with “embroiled in legal and financial battles” during the 2024 election period.
    “Do not lose time on daily trivialities. Do not dwell on petty detail. For all of these things melt away and drift apart within the obscure traffic of time. Live well and live broadly. You are alive and living now. Now is the envy of all of the dead.” ~ Emily3, World of Tomorrow
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    Kaleredar is right...
    Words to live by.

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    Court rules with cruise company over DeSantis. DeSantis' ban on "vaccine passports" is struck down, not just as unConstitutional, but a public health risk.

    Critics of the law said it was never passed with the intent to work, but to score political points. DeSantis is due to appeal but almost certainly sure to lose.

    I'm no expert, but I browsed the 60-page ruling and regretted it. However, there's a bit near the end that stuck out. Norwegian basically said that the ban would cause them harm (which the court says they could not back up, but that Florida didn't even bother trying to show how Florida'd suffer harm, so...) and could not sue Florida for those damages caused by Florida's ban.

    The judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by citizens of another state, or by citizens or subjects of any foreign state.
    -- the 11th Amendment

    Because Norwegian is....Norwegian...they couldn't sue Florida. Therefore, Florida was forcing Norwegian to lose money, and forcing them to be unable to get it back. I'm going to ask @cubby how this applies to any business that's registered in the other 49 states -- which I believe we've briefly discussed with regards to social media companies based in nonFlorida.

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    A school district in Dallas has a mask mandate, in direct opposition to Gov. Abbott.

    Adding to what I said before on the subject, they said
    a) attendance is mandatory but
    b) distance learning "is not an option at this time"
    so they're going with the mask mandate.

    Now it's unlikely this followed the Norwegian lawsuit on account that a Dallas school district can't hide behind the 11th Amendment. Based mostly on my own biased experience, it sounds like they're saying "We'd rather take the fine for the mandate than deal with the added obstacles and risk of death by complying with the governor". There is a national teacher shortage, Texas is not an exception. Even if the combination of the mandate block and the additional online learning "only" cost Texas 10% of their teachers, there aren't enough people willing to work in such situations to replace that loss.

    This is just one district of course, but the school year starts all too soon. Districts who are going to defy the no-mask-mandate-mandate will need to announce that basically now. We're about to find out if this is just one blue district doing this on their own, or if they're leading the way to a full-scale revolt in Dallas, Houston, and Austin. (Red farm school districts will of course follow the governor until their own students and staff are sick/dying)

  4. #71384
    Quote Originally Posted by Winter Blossom View Post
    As much as I’d like to see him in prison, I don’t see it happening, tbh.
    He has too much personal power and influence over the masses. It's like an El Chapo situation.

    Except Trump isn't going to die like a villain.
    "Truth...justice, honor, freedom! Vain indulgences, every one(...) I know what I want, and I take it. I take advantage of whatever I can, and discard that which I cannot. There is no room for sentiment or guilt."

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    **throws fish into the busy highway**

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    Quote Originally Posted by YUPPIE View Post
    He has too much personal power and influence over the masses. It's like an El Chapo situation.

    Except Trump isn't going to die like a villain.
    You seriously think a handful of fat redneck shitmongers are gonna be enough of a threat to keep Trump out of prison?

    We saw their best and brightest, on January 6th. They're not a threat. They're incompetent buffoons. Nobody's scared of them. They'd be funny if they weren't so pathetic.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Endus View Post
    You seriously think a handful of fat redneck shitmongers are gonna be enough of a threat to keep Trump out of prison?

    We saw their best and brightest, on January 6th. They're not a threat. They're incompetent buffoons. Nobody's scared of them. They'd be funny if they weren't so pathetic.
    actually, not even considering the civilian Trump supporters you mentioned, you have to consider he is a world-class criminal with connections to the political criminal underworld. Mafias, cartels, neo-nazi bases, etc. That's a huge factor as to why people don't want to prosecute or go against Donald Trump legally, as depressing as it is.
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    Oh, and something more about Florida.

    Florida's biggest one-day report was Jan 2, and it was 30,000 cases. They had never before and never since hit 30k.

    @Benggaul of course knows why: they hadn't reported over the holiday weekend. The Miami Herald reported:

    On Saturday, the first reporting day of 2021, the Florida Department of Health confirmed 31,518 additional cases, the highest number recorded yet since the pandemic began — and that’s counting data dumps and two-day reported figures post-Thanksgiving (17,344 on Nov. 27) and post-Christmas (17,042 on Dec. 26).

    The state did not report figures on New Year’s Day, Friday. As was the case with Thanksgiving and Christmas Day holiday, Florida is reporting two-day today figures in its post-holiday report.

    Florida has now a total of 1,354,833 confirmed cases. Also, 217 new resident deaths were announced, bringing the resident toll to 21,890. Two-day totals for deaths after holidays were 140 on Dec. 26 and 109 on Nov. 27.
    At the time, it was "oh it's just because it followed a low-reporting holiday" which...is still pretty bad, but at least understandable. And you'll notice that those other figures are sub-20k. In fact, other than the Jan 2 slow-report spike, Florida had never passed 20k either.

    Until recently.

    Florida has reported four days over 20k since July 30. In fact, the last two weeks look like this:



    As you can see, those four days are not following any holidays or no-results days (those are the flat sections). Florida is just that bad, in their own context. Barring any data fudging by smoothing out spikes by failing to report, four of their worst five days have happened in the last 14 days.

    And yes, their 7-day rolling average has never been this high.

    Just to make this clear:
    Florida is highest in number of cases, beating California and Texas by a substantial margin.
    Florida is highest in number of hospitalizations, beating Texas and California by a substantial margin.
    Florida is highest in deaths, beating Texas and California.

    Proportionately, they're just about as far ahead from their 2nd place challenger -- roughly an extra half.

    Numbers are bad, but proportions are more important. Florida's news there is better in that they're not #1 across the board.

    Florida is second highest in cases per capita. Louisiana is #1. The top ten are all red states except the Virgin Islands.
    Florida is highest in hospitalizations per capita. They are ahead of their allies Louisiana and Mississippi by a substantial margin. Per capita.
    Florida has moved up and is now #6 in deaths per capita, again if you include the Virgin Islands. Arkansas and Louisiana are fighting it out for the top spot.

    Compared to the nation as a whole, which includes Florida which yes means this is a fractal of fuckery, Florida has almost three times the number of cases, three times the hospitalizations, and "only" 2.5x the number of deaths. Deaths lag, but it's been a while and Florida's deaths still remain better than I expected. My figurative hat is off to their health care system. I thought it would be much worse than this -- and this is still bad.

    I briefly flirted with the idea of comparing the rest of the USA vs just Florida, but there's no point. I've made my point.

    Well...one of them.

    The USA has about 33 cases per 100,000 people; 19 hospitalized per 100,000 people; and 0.16 deaths per 100,000 people.

    Illinois has, in order, 19, 10, and 0.09.

    Massachusetts has 14, 4, and 0.03.

    Both these states are doing better than the national average -- much better, actually. Anyone who dares to call out Illinois or Massachusetts must call out Florida for being far worse, or by omission self-declare as trolls.

  9. #71389
    Quote Originally Posted by YUPPIE View Post
    actually, not even considering the civilian Trump supporters you mentioned, you have to consider he is a world-class criminal with connections to the political criminal underworld. Mafias, cartels, neo-nazi bases, etc. That's a huge factor as to why people don't want to prosecute or go against Donald Trump legally, as depressing as it is.
    he's literally been under a criminal investigation for years now... and you realize if he turns or makes life hard for those criminals they're not going to stick their necks out for him lmao they're more likely to put a hit out on him.

  10. #71390
    Quote Originally Posted by uuuhname View Post
    he's literally been under a criminal investigation for years now... and you realize if he turns or makes life hard for those criminals they're not going to stick their necks out for him
    That's literally the purpose of a hitman or the kind of criminal we're talking about here though? They want money, Trump is a billionaire. Therefore, in mutual interests, they protect Trump and get paid. Considering, as you said, he's been under criminal investigation for years and is still fine, what else would you make of it? He has all these criminal connections and the best lawyers at the helm.
    "Truth...justice, honor, freedom! Vain indulgences, every one(...) I know what I want, and I take it. I take advantage of whatever I can, and discard that which I cannot. There is no room for sentiment or guilt."

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    Quote Originally Posted by YUPPIE View Post
    That's literally the purpose of a hitman or the kind of criminal we're talking about here though? They want money, Trump is a billionaire. Therefore, in mutual interests, they protect Trump and get paid. Considering, as you said, he's been under criminal investigation for years and is still fine, what else would you make of it? He has all these criminal connections and the best lawyers at the helm.
    You said in another post that you threw away your morals and moved to the far right. A perfect play for completely immoral people.

    I didn't expect you to so blatantly be a supporter of basically mafia bosses and the tactics they use to stay in power, but here you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega10 View Post
    You said in another post that you threw away your morals and moved to the far right. A perfect play for completely immoral people.

    I didn't expect you to so blatantly be a supporter of basically mafia bosses and the tactics they use to stay in power, but here you are.
    I don't know where you came to this conclusion for this particular conversation, but I am only pointing out all of this is why Trump is not in prison or going to prison in response to someone else. That is all.

    Also a bit off-topic: right-wing ideologies don't necessarily correspond to Trump and Trump only. There are other problems I have, and I didn't even specify Trump in that post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YUPPIE View Post
    That's literally the purpose of a hitman or the kind of criminal we're talking about here though? They want money, Trump is a billionaire. Therefore, in mutual interests, they protect Trump. Considering, as you said, he's been under criminal investigation for years and is still fine, what else would you make of it?
    so now we're past the point of even pretending that Trump is a successful businessman but a middleman for murderous criminals? and acting like that's a positive? like no, there's no money to be made keeping Trump alive if he does what every mafioso and mafioso wannabe does which is flip the second they get brought in to save his own ass from seeing a prison cell. like, that's literally why the mob doesn't exist anymore, they all flipped and ratted each other out. Trump would be worth more in a body bag than alive if he does anything to disrupt the cartels.

  14. #71394
    Quote Originally Posted by uuuhname View Post
    so now we're past the point of even pretending that Trump is a successful businessman but a middleman for murderous criminals?
    well yeah, that's what he is himself: a criminal.
    "Truth...justice, honor, freedom! Vain indulgences, every one(...) I know what I want, and I take it. I take advantage of whatever I can, and discard that which I cannot. There is no room for sentiment or guilt."

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    Quote Originally Posted by YUPPIE View Post
    well yeah, that's what he is himself: a criminal.
    so where is El Chapo now? is he still on the run? oooh.

  16. #71396
    No report for Sunday today because--well you already know why. And Breccia had a nice write-up a few posts ago for you to peruse anyway.

    But as a side note, this week I'm heading back to work full-time for the first time since I broke my leg last year, so my daily reports might become a tad more erratic as I get back into the rhythm. I alternate shifts weekly so I'll just have to find time to get it in there when I can. I don't really expect any new bombshells to drop; just numbers getting bigger overall. Florida will continue to be Florida, and Leon's getting laarrrrrger.

    Of course, I wasn't expecting to do this for well over a year either...

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    Quote Originally Posted by YUPPIE View Post
    actually, not even considering the civilian Trump supporters you mentioned, you have to consider he is a world-class criminal with connections to the political criminal underworld. Mafias, cartels, neo-nazi bases, etc. That's a huge factor as to why people don't want to prosecute or go against Donald Trump legally, as depressing as it is.
    Yeah, no.

    He's a trust-fund dipshit who's gotten away with white-collar tax evasion and money laundering because it was too much of a pain in the ass to bother with him.

    He isn't some master criminal. He's a fucking illiterate moron.


  18. #71398
    Quote Originally Posted by Endus View Post
    Yeah, no.

    He's a trust-fund dipshit who's gotten away with white-collar tax evasion and money laundering because it was too much of a pain in the ass to bother with him.

    He isn't some master criminal. He's a fucking illiterate moron.
    No, surely Trump is the Arsène Lupin of our time.
    /s

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    Now i have a question mike lindel supposedly got his commercials pulled from fox news right then why when i go to the gym in the mornings the one TV that has fox news on it i still see my pillow commercials on it? (like everyday i go to the gym)

    Sig by Elyssia "When you do things right people won't be sure you've done anything at all"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benggaul View Post
    I wasn't expecting to do this for well over a year either...
    Yeah...but congrats on returning. Keep us posted with hopefully good news as it develops?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gutler View Post
    Now i have a question mike lindel supposedly got his commercials pulled from fox news right then why when i go to the gym in the mornings the one TV that has fox news on it i still see my pillow commercials on it? (like everyday i go to the gym)
    Local stations still take his money?

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