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    Originally posted by linus View Post
    Before we burn out though, we're going to freeze for 100,000 years or so. We're 12,000 years into the Holocene interglacial warm period, and are due for another 100 millennia long ice age, which could kick in anytime between now and the next few millennea...

    https://mothernature.com/wp-content/...arm-period.jpg
    You are assuming that the current interglacial will be as short as the four previous ones... which is like predicting next month's stock markets based on charts of past stock prices going back 12 months.

    Glacial/interglacial cycling is caused by the orbital parameters of the Earth around the Sun, which scientists can actually calculate very accurately millions of years into the past and future (the movement of the planets around the Sun is surprisingly predictable). The scientists have done so, and the current interglacial is going to be a long one.

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      [URL]https://twitter.com/sahilkapur/status/1128328717191786496[/URL]

      This should be immediately disqualifying for any Democratic hopeful.

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        Steve Bullock, another bipartisan-ish, red/purple state-ish , governor is in the race as of today, joining Inslee and Hickenlooper. And, like them, I expect him to make almost no impact. I'm not sure what he offers that's not already in the mix.

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          Originally posted by Incandenza View Post
          This should be immediately disqualifying for any Democratic hopeful.
          Christ above. Just fuck off joe and stop taking up everyone's time, and starving every other candidate of publicity and airtime.

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            If you were a ridiculously wishful thinker, I suppose you might have believed in 2008 when Obama replaced Bush and the Republicans got spanked that they'd finally come to their senses.

            But if you'd spent any time working in the Obama administration, surely you'd have been rapidly disabused of the notion that the Republican Party will suddenly become sane and reasonable after a massive electoral defeat following a President who borrowed and spent like crazy and did ludicrously unpopular things. Maybe Joe is so senile that he doesn't even remember any of the past decade?

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              He's some fatuous wank anyways. I'd say the pizzagate memes will be pushed strongly if he gets the nomination, fascist ref poll Twitter are already having a field day with his hands wandering over kids and young womens' bodies in photo ops.

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                “The new integration plans being offered are really just quota systems to assure a certain number of blacks, Chicanos, or whatever in each school. That, to me, is the most racist concept you can come up with,” he continued. “What it says is, ‘In order for your child with curly black hair, brown eyes, and dark skin to be able to learn anything, he needs to sit next to my blond-haired, blue-eyed son.’ That’s racist! Who the hell do we think we are, that the only way a black man or woman can learn is if they rub shoulders with my white child?”

                Joe Biden 1975.

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                  Bill de Blasio has got in the clown car today, heeding the calls of literally nobody who thought there was any reason for him to run.

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                    One of those increasingly rare occasions on which the Post does in fact speak for all New Yorkers

                    https://twitter.com/nypost/status/1128979869726121985

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                      What possessed him to think this was a good idea? Does he have advisers who just lie to him about how popular he is?

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                        They all do.

                        And a group of rich dudes who are willing to fund what they see as a brand building exercise for the candidate and a chance to extort additional benefits for themselves.

                        He also sees it as one-upping his mortal enemy the governor, who is now conclusively no longer the least self-aware man in New York politics.

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                          US poster question. All these people running for President who clearly know they have no chance of winning. Why is it, Is it a way of increasing their profile, position themselves as a power brokers within the party, to increase their attractiveness to the private sector (for when they retire from public office). Or is it a convenient tax avoidance scam or a pit to wash dodgy money?

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                            Is it a way of increasing their profile, position themselves as a power brokers within the party, to increase their attractiveness to the private sector (for when they retire from public office).
                            Essentially this.

                            There is a reasonable amount of data that supports the view that it is a successful "brand building" exercise. The advent of 24 hour news channels has also meant that it does not have to be that expensive, as all of the exposure they provide is gratis. An obvious indication of the "value" of this nonsense is that the candidate can command higher speaking fees, which are an important source of outside income to our political class.

                            Note that we don't have the concept of parliamentary immunity, so the practice of running for office to avoid prosecution is virtually unknown here (also because the existence of multiple, independent levels of prosecutors makes it much more difficult for them all to be captured at the same time.

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                              It's also a vanity project for narcissists.

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                                That's why they are in politics to begin with.

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                                  Originally posted by Satchmo Distel View Post
                                  It's also a vanity project for narcissists.
                                  I am not sure if getting 2% of the vote when vying for the nomination is going to feed your narcissistic tendencies. But then, i'm not a narcissist (OTF shakes it's head in disagreement)

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                                    Looks Like Joe Biden has given up on Black people and are going after the (Racist) White vote. Symone Sanders was busy splaining on the 1995 crime bill.
                                    https://youtu.be/xiEU_yVCuuE
                                    A real car crash.

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                                      Reporter shouting at Trump: "How do you beat Joe Biden?" Trump pauses. "I think we beat him easily."

                                      You have to hand it to Trump, the bullshitting comes to him naturally.

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                                        Originally posted by anton pulisov View Post
                                        Reporter shouting at Trump: "How do you beat Joe Biden?" Trump, pauses. "I think we beat him easily."

                                        You have to hand it to Trump, the bullshitting comes to him naturally.
                                        Actually, I think this is one of the very few comments from Trump that aren't bullshit.
                                        I mean, given the choice between Diet and full fat bigot, who do you think the American people are going to go for?

                                        Trump is doing alot of things that would resonate in middle America. Threatening the Chinese to remind them who's boss. Extracting trade concessions from the Whiney Canadians. Putting in place the Europeans who have taken free American protection (in the form of NATO) for granted.

                                        Who cares about the Russians, they are a regional power at best. And where the F is Crimea, is it one of those shith0le counties like Africa?

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                                          Well, yeah, I agree that he beats Biden easily. Throw in some playground putdowns from Trump (as in that clip) and he has Biden in a mess.

                                          If the choice is between Republican-lite and Republican, then it is obvious who is going to show up to the polls and who isn't...

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