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Voltaire last won the day on December 7 2022

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  1. Need 14 more points out of Chase than Burrow. Maybe Burrow can do a Purdy or a Josh Johnson to help me out.
  2. Accompanying music for the tranny dance routine in the OP. Play them together.
  3. I know that Purdy has a nice personal story going and all but I just want to say that I'm 51 years old and wouldn't mind getting my first career win in the NFC Championship game or Super Bowl.
  4. (((Exhale))) No comment
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    Memphis Police Killing

    I don't know the specifics, and really only know one side because of this video, but the time to process loan applications (60 vs 220 days) seems seriously suspect and I would find it near impossible that there are enough legitimate, unrelated factors to explain such a vast discrepancy. Also the court agreed.
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    Memphis Police Killing

    He doesn't know what systemic racism nor what it looks like. Affirmative action IS what systemic racism looks like because we're judging people based on skin color. Now, he can justify affirmative action with "noun+verb+60 years ago", and although I would disagree, I could at least give him credit for acknowledging reality while spouting the party line, but he won't even do that.
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    Memphis Police Killing

    I watched the video and I think what happened to those black farmers was awful and I'm glad they got the settlement. What exactly is in the video is it that you are referring to? They raised an issue about the timeframe for how quickly the loan applications were processed based on race that I felt was worth a good look.
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    Memphis Police Killing

    Success in the legal system is a poker game. McDonalds had as un-losable a case as could be, yet everyone alive in 1994 remembers the story about how a jury consisting of twelve abject morons decided McDonald's had to cough up $$$ millions to a dingbat who dumped hot coffee on herself. Bajillion dollar mega-corporations often seek to settle out of court, rather than play their hands, no matter how strong it is. Not saying these banks had a strong or weak hand....not say it at all... I have no idea how accurate the allegations were. Settlements happen all the time. Facebook settled with Illinois over biotech data, NBC settled with Nick Sandmann. President Trump settled a suit with a bunch of protestors who claim they were roughed up.
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    Memphis Police Killing

    The ongoing issues affecting farmers in the US is tragic. The entire sector remains under pressure from big agri-business, this crosses racial lines and is not just an issue that black farmers deal with. Black farmers are struggling because all farmers are struggling and so by focusing on race, Tim is barking up the wrong tree. I have to say though that farming is a special case of "Noun + Verb + Sh*t that happened 60 years ago" because the ongoing struggles for small farmers and political power weilded by large ones has been an ongoing since the New Deal, preceding the Civil Rights movement. I would however assume that the targeting of black farmers for special abuse almost surely ended 60 years ago because that's when race-based abuses ended everywhere else.
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    is timschoschet at war with the entire geek club?

    Not on the list.
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    2025 war with China

    Mine speak Chinese and all will likely be in the active duty, reserves, or national guard staring in a year and a half when the eldest turns 17.
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    2025 war with China

    The Chinese may or may not be looking for an excuse to trigger a war, but it is true that the CCP is being belligerent and making noises like they want to invade. If it happens, I'm glad my kids are on this side of the ocean.
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    Memphis Police Killing

    Banks are in the business to make money off of investments, not to make racial statements. Factors like income, liabilities, employment history, credit history and whatever other factors they consider go into making loans on an individual basis. "Whatever other factors" mustn't include race and I would agree to make a line denoting race to be illegal on any loan application along with quietly factoring it in. I would hope and expect that these banks' lending policies were developed in a race-neutral way and that individual loan decisions were based on the strengths of the applications and the creditworthiness of the borrowers. With that said two points: First, I wonder if taking these other important factors into account mitigates or eliminates the racial discrepancies in this report. This is what I would expect to find, I believe accusations "systemic racism" in lending practices would melt away under that microscope, but if they do not, then I agree that these banks deserve the lawsuits coming their way. Second, any lender that refuses to make loans to a borrower based on the color of their applicant's skin rather than on their creditworthiness is a moron and the bank across the street should reap the benefits of that stupidity. These policies have to be based on creditworthiness rather than government intervention for outcomes. As you may recall, one of the driving factors leading up to the Bushtarded housing/banking crisis in 2007, pressure was put on Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to increase loans to dubious low income borrowers based on factors other than creditworthiness. To a lesser extent, the CRA put pressure on banks to make riskier loans as well. I don't want to criticize CRA or ACORN too terribly much because I supported their goals and maybe didn't fully understand their policies at the time. As always, and this is key, the place to measure racism bias is divergent decisions based on the input factor going into a process rather than simply noticing disproportionate outcomes on the back end. If loan processing policy had been developed in a race-neutral way, and applied in a race-neutral way, then disparate outcomes don't matter. Disparate outcomes are only a warning that racism may be present, not proof. ------- As for issues facing black farmers, no doubt both they and small white farmers faced terrible circumstances through the middle of last century, problems that came down doubly hard on blacks as they also had to deal with racial discrimination piled on top. The way that the government treated small farmers to the benefit of large planter class and corporate agriculture, then and now remains awful. Small farmers of all colors are under pressure and while your link speaks extensively to the plight of black farmers, there is a void as to the plight of white ones. It doesn't go into providing any indication that the sh*t black farmers are forced to deal with in the last sixty years is any different than the sh*t white ones deal with. I do suspect their situation/plight is identical because laws based on race have been illegal everywhere during this time. I am not an expert on the USDA and farm policy. I just know that small farmers have had a difficult time dealing with competition mega-corporate agribusinesses and only a pedestrian understanding as to the details of what that entails.
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    Wordle 589 4/6 🟨 🟨 🟩🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Kinda lucky to keep it at four here
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