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  • AlabamAlum
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    We’ve lost our fucking minds.

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  • Hannibal
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    https://www.axios.com/california-gen...f183e6179.html

    California first state to mandate gender-neutral toy aisles for large retailers


    California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Saturday a bill requiring large retailers to provide gender-neutral toy sections, per the Los Angeles Times.

    Why it matters: California is the first state to adopt such a law. LGBTQ advocates have pointed out that marketing methods using pink and blue hues "pressure children to conform to gender stereotypes," AP notes.

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    • The Consumer Federation of California supported the law, saying: "Keeping similar items that are traditionally marketed either for girls or for boys separated makes it more difficult for the consumer to compare the products and incorrectly implies that their use by one gender is inappropriate," the Sacramento Bee reports.

    Details: The bill, which will take effect in 2024, overcame opposition from Republicans and conservative groups, who said it was government overreach.
    • The law states that retail stores with 500 or more workers must sell toys and child care products (excluding clothes) in a gender-neutral section that's "labeled at the discretion of the retailer ... regardless of whether they have been traditionally marketed for either girls or for boys."
    • Retailers can continue to offer other toys and child care goods that are traditionally marketed specifically toward girls or boys.
    • Companies that fail to comply with the new law could face a civil penalty of $250 for a first violation and $500 for any subsequent violations.

    What they're saying: Democratic Assemblyman Evan Low, who introduced the legislation, said "we need to stop stigmatizing what's acceptable for certain genders and just let kids be kids," per AP.
    • "My hope is this bill encourages more businesses across California and the U.S. to avoid reinforcing harmful and outdated stereotypes," Low added.

    Of note: Retailers have in recent years been moving away from gender stereotypes — notably Target, which announced in 2015 it would stop using some gender-based signs in its stores.

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  • lineygoblue
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    Ford Motor Company has announced that they will be building two new EV and Battery plants in Kentucky and Tennessee, instead of Michigan.

    https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics...move-out-state

    Just another example of the anti-business theme of the Whitmer administration. Ford Motor Company was founded in Michigan. And for this expansion they go to Kentucky and Tennessee?

    Great job, Gretch.

    EDIT: Those two factories are projected to employ 11,000 workers. Michigan doesn't need that, do they? Its much more important to shut down a gas/oil pipeline with Canada, .. and put Christian adoption agencies out of business... that's her agenda.
    Last edited by lineygoblue; October 9, 2021, 06:15 PM.

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  • Hannibal
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    https://nypost.com/2021/09/30/covid-...anal-syndrome/

    The latest COVID-19 symptom is about butts — but it’s no joke.

    A newly published medical report by doctors in Japan has revealed a mysterious condition associated with the disease called “restless anal syndrome.” Its name is likened to the more commonly discussed restless legs syndrome (RLS) and describes exactly one 77-year-old patient’s afflictions.

    The man had only recently checked out of the Tokyo Medical University Hospital following a 21-day stay while ill with COVID-19. But despite having fully recovered from the virus, he returned to report uncomfortable new symptoms.

    He told physicians that he began suffering “deep anal discomfort” in the area between his anus and genitals, prompting him with the “essential urge to move” his bowels — which gave him no relief, according to their paper, available to read via “BMC Infectious Diseases.”

    Add “restless anal syndrome” — with its predictably awkward symptoms — to the growing list of mysterious side effects associated with COVID-19 recovery.Alamy Stock Photo
    As days passed, the patient observed that physical activity seemed to relieve his stressed anus, while lying low only increased his discomfort, which also spiked during the evening hours.

    A colonoscopy showed the man had internal hemorrhoids, but that didn’t explain his spasms. His nervous system also appeared to be in working order.

    COVID-19 is known for causing a shock wave of side effects, some of which are neurological, including loss of taste and smell, brain fog and numbness.

    That’s when doctors reckoned his awkward condition must be neurological, noting that his symptoms had manifested similar to RLS, which has been detected in at least two other recovered COVID-19 patients.

    The connection between the disease and RLS is not yet understood, said report author Dr. Itaru Nakamura. Nakamura’s patient, however, may be the first documented case of restless anal syndrome associated with COVID-19, he wrote.

    Restless legs syndrome is said to occur in at least 3 million Americans, and its symptoms may occur elsewhere on the body, such as the arms or even the face. Some experts believe the condition is vastly underreported, as the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation estimates that 7% to 8% in the US are living with some form of RLS.

    Nakamura prescribed the man a daily regimen of the sedative clonazepam (Klonopin) to help relax his anal muscles, and he has continued to improve after 10 months of treatment, according to the report.

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  • Dr. Strangelove
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    According to this from a couple weeks ago, over 96% of United Airlines 67,000+ US employees have gotten the shot. They have until the end of October.

    Corporate vax rates aren't going up because they're firing half their workforce. It's because most people, when it comes down to it, would rather keep their job, like Hanni said.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/28/unva...-as-today.html

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  • Hannibal
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    The state that has decriminalized the spread of AIDS has made "stealthing" illegal.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/08/u...alifornia.html

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  • Hannibal
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    I think it's bullshit, but not much you can do about it. I would never leave a job in a way that is perceived as me being a problem child.

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  • Obi-Jon
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    Yep. United said stop being a mindless, stupid fuck or get fired. They simply used the vaccine as cover.

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  • Mike
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    Correct.

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  • Hannibal
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    Originally posted by Kapture1 View Post
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    SUCCESS!!!!!!!
    TBF I'd bet that there was a sizeable segment of the population that didn't want to get vaccinated, but wasn't willing to die on that hill, so the mandate probably did move the needle.

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  • Jeff Buchanan
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    Re IATA apps. I think you may be attempting to describe the IATA's development of a standard app that conveniently holds necessary travel documents for entry into any given county, a program that reflects the worst aspects of authoritarian or socialist governments in European nations.

    IMO, the IATA's app doesn't have a lot to do with how European governments conduct themselves. I also don't think it's a vehicle to leverage people to get vaccinated or a restriction of my liberties. I suspect you do.

    What I see it as is an app that simplifies accessing document requirements for boarder entry and crossing by digitizing and storing them.

    I can see why opponents of mandated vaccinations might see this kind of thing as a means of forcing travelers to be vaccinated to travel on aircraft flying internationally. I don't oppose the requirement to have a valid pass port to travel internationally. I don't oppose IATA regulations that don't allow me to carry certain things aboard an aircraft - these regs are for the safety of passengers and crew. I don't see the TSA or other country's similar authorities that conduct inspections of my person and my luggage before boarding an aircraft to be an invasion of my privacy. Likewise, given the facts available about the current pandemic and how SARS2 is transmitted and the attendant health risks, I also don't oppose the requirement to board an aircraft without being vaccinated against SARS2. I see those regs at about the same level of restrictions to my liberties and privacy as I see inspections of my person and my luggage and restrictions to carrying certain items aboard an aircraft. YMMV.

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  • Jeff Buchanan
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    Originally posted by Kapture1 View Post
    So? we're not Europe, nor should we ever be Europe. Therefor, half of their authoritarian measures wouldn't fly here, either legally or culturally, because free people don't belong to the state.

    By all means if that appeals to you, feel free to pack ur shit
    Not certain but I believe this post post is in response to the news I provided this morning (I'm posting in the +6h from ET region) on the IATA's development of a standard app that contains necessary travel documents for entry into any given county.

    First, I generally agree with you that the US shouldn't be like Western European democracies. They are far from countries that fully embrace the classic liberalism that I do. Nonetheless, their governments promote market based economic and fiscal policies in varying degrees with the added approach that favors social liberal policies. European countries tax accordingly

    TBH, the Biden's $3.5, Build America Back Better legislative agenda in it's proposed form would bring the US close to the combination of free market economic and fiscal policies combined with social liberal polices that characterize several European governments. Biden's social liberal legislative agenda is more like these social liberal governments of Europe than any administration from the early 1900's to present have asked the US congress to pass. FDR's and Johnson's policies were close but not that close. Biden's is an overtly "Green" (with the attendant regulatory policies), massive give free shit away policy. The tax increases planned to support that level of spending will end up crippling economic growth in the US for a long time.

    My point is that some of Biden's legislative agenda is going to pass because Americans, in general, like free shit. Their wokeism embraces the false promises of the Greens. By passing it, and it is very likely to pass in some form, no one now living in America will have to "pack (their) shit" to experience what it's like to live in Europe. They'll instead be living like Europeans with many of the culturally acceptable diktats common within European nations right here in America. It's happening.

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  • Da Geezer
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    Originally posted by Dr. Strangelove View Post

    I saw an article explaining some arcane reconciliation rules and now I can't find it. I don't know if it's accurate but it was saying that while you can do multiple reconciliation bills a year, you can only do it ONCE by sending it directly to the floor for a vote (what Dems want to do). Additional bills have to emerge through the Budget Committee and Republicans control half the Committee. If every Republican on the Committee simply doesn't attend the meeting, they fail to have a quorum and no business can occur.

    So this is partly why Mitch wanted to tie debt ceiling to the bigger spend-o-rama. Debt ceiling had a very urgent deadline and the Dems were losing their shit over not having a reconciliation package ready by that deadline.

    That may not be accurate about the Committee stuff but it's an interesting look at the strategy being employed. But I don't know what really made Mitch change his mind. Manchin really may have said something to him about a filibuster carve-out.

    BTW, apparently there are already around 160 carve-outs for the filibuster. There's an entire book about them, which must be riveting reading.

    https://www.brookings.edu/book/exceptions-to-the-rule/

    Lesser known things you can't filibuster: military base closures & arms sales to foreign countries
    My understanding is the same, basically that no more than one reconciliation bill can be sent directly to the floor and avoid the filibuster in each year. Do you remember what "a year" means. Is it the fiscal year ( Sept 30-Sept 30) or is it a calendar year? I can't see where any of this benefits the Rs. The US is taking in record amounts of taxes, and payments on the debt are in no way endangered without a debt ceiling increase. All either party needs to do is pass a law that says that debt is a priority and is to be paid first out of taxes received. Of course, this would mean that spending on other matters would have to stop.

    We are going to face this anyway in the future. A 2% rise in interest rates (to the normal secular rate) means $ 560 Billion extra each year in payments. That means a lot of new taxes just to service the debt.

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  • Kapture1
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    SUCCESS!!!!!!!

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  • THE_WIZARD_
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    So much love and compassion from bleeding heart liberals...brings a tear to my eyes...

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