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« Reply #22980 on: August 05, 2022, 10:01:09 AM »
  • Record job growth.
  • Largest deficit cut in history.
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  • Most significant gun safety reform in 30 years.
  • Once-in-a-generation infrastructure investments.
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Thank you, President Joe Biden.

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« Reply #22981 on: August 05, 2022, 05:30:43 PM »
Today in unhinged conservative outrage for no effing reason: Cracker Barrel, an awful diner chain, has decided to add Impossible burgers (veggie burgers) to their menu. And the conservatives are losing their goddamn minds over it.

A selection of triggered comments from the snowflake cancel culture include:

"Go Woke, Go Broke!" (How original. ~sarc)

"Don't ever push that crap in my direction. Stick to the basics that made your franchise a success."

"You just lost the customer base. Congratulations on going woke and going broke."

"All the more reason to stop eating at Cracker Barrel. This is not what Cracker Barrel was to be all about."

"Nope, I don't trust that over processed stuff."

Maybe the snowflakes will get it into their heads that nobody's forcing them to eat it, that there's demand for this sort of thing, and in a capitalist society, businesses are entitled to meet demand. What's the betting some Republican nutjob decides to pass legislation banning veggie burgers just out of pure, unadulterated, hate-driven spite?

I never thought we'd see the day when restaurant menus would need trigger warnings, but here we are.

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« Reply #22982 on: August 05, 2022, 05:55:11 PM »
AAA says the national average price of gasoline is currently $4.19 per gallon, and it’s $3.77 or less in eight states. Down $0.83 since mid June. The fastest decline in over a decade.

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« Reply #22983 on: August 05, 2022, 05:56:24 PM »
AAA says the national average price of gasoline is currently $4.19 per gallon, and it’s $3.77 or less in eight states. Down $0.83 since mid June. The fastest decline in over a decade.
https://monthlyreview.org/2011/03/01/structural-crisis-in-the-world-system/

Premise No. 4 is the description of what happens in a structural crisis, which the world-system is in at the present time, has been in at least since the 1970s, and shall continue to be in until probably circa 2050. The primary characteristic of a structural crisis is chaos. Chaos is not a situation of totally random happenings. It is a situation of rapid and constant fluctuations in all the parameters of the historical system.
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« Reply #22984 on: August 05, 2022, 06:00:15 PM »


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« Reply #22985 on: August 05, 2022, 06:05:57 PM »
Is everything ok at home Eamonn?

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« Reply #22986 on: August 05, 2022, 07:24:48 PM »
Never better. Nothing like the sight of conservatives having a meltdown. Thanks for checking.

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« Reply #22987 on: August 05, 2022, 08:37:46 PM »
Never better. Nothing like the sight of conservatives having a meltdown. Thanks for checking.
wouldn't you love to haggle a price for something  with someone like this,  I would  say $20 he says $10 I say $30 he says ok $25 .

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« Reply #22988 on: August 05, 2022, 08:59:08 PM »
Anyone following the Alex Jones saga? What started as a civil suit is probably going to lead to criminal charges and jail time. He's his own worst enemy! A perfect example of what happens what conservative thinking can do to a person.

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« Reply #22989 on: August 05, 2022, 09:43:38 PM »
California's GDP increased by 21% over the last five years, dwarfing Florida and Texas. Thank you Governor Newsom for your leadership. Amazing what you can get done when you get the conservative Republicans out of the way.

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« Reply #22990 on: August 05, 2022, 10:24:10 PM »
LOL

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-07-29/california-exodus-continues-l-a-san-francisco-lead-the-way?_amp=true

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California exodus continues, with L.A., San Francisco leading the way: ‘Why are we here?’


JULY 29, 2022 6 AM PT

After living in the Bay Area for nearly seven years, Hari Raghavan and his wife decided to leave for the East Coast late last year.

They were both working remotely and wanted to leave California because of the high cost of living and urban crime. So they made a list of potential relocation cities before choosing Miami for its sunny weather and what they perceived was a better sense of safety.
Raghavan said that their Oakland house had been broken into four times and that prior to the pandemic, his wife called him every day during her seven-minute walk home from the BART station because she felt safer with someone on the phone. After moving to Miami, Raghavan said they accidentally left their garage door open one day and were floored when they returned home and found nothing had been stolen.

“We moved to the Bay Area because we had to be there if you want to work in tech and start-ups, and now that that’s no longer a tether, we took a long hard look and said, ‘Wait, why are we here again?’ ” Raghavan said.

He said there wasn’t much draw in California’s quality of life, local or social policies, or cost of living. “That forced us to question where we actually wanted to live,” he said.

 Lake Arrowhead, CA - April 26: Natalie Camunas relaxes in a swing chair outside her and her partner's cabin in Lake Arrowhead Tuesday, April 26, 2022. When the 35-year-old and her partner purchased a small cabin in the mountains two years ago, they had intended to use it as an investment property that they would rent out to vacationers looking for a forest escape. The couple bought the 670-square-foot home for $189,000, Camunas said, when housing prices in Southern California were climbing, but before they smashed records and hit an all-time high. But after quarantining in their apartment in Los Angeles's Fairfax district as the COVID-19 pandemic spread, discovering dead rats in their home and dealing with a bug infestation, they decided to make their move to San Bernardino County official in the fall of 2020. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)


An acceleration of people leaving coastal California began during the first year of the pandemic. But new data show it continued even after lockdowns and other COVID restrictions eased.

California ranks second in the country for outbound moves — a phenomenon that has snowballed during the pandemic, according to a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, which tracked data from moving company United Van Lines. Between 2018 and 2019, California had an outbound move rate of 56%. That rate rose to nearly 60% in 2020-21.

Citing changes in work-life balance, opportunities for remote work and more people deciding to quit their jobs, the report found that droves of Californians are leaving for states like Texas, Virginia, Washington and Florida. California lost more than 352,000 residents between April 2020 and January 2022, according to California Department of Finance statistics.


San Francisco and Los Angeles rank first and second in the country, respectively, for outbound moves as the cost of living and housing prices continue to balloon and homeowners flee to less expensive cities, according to a report from Redfin released this month.

Angelenos, in particular, are flocking to places like Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Diego, San Antonio and Dallas. The number of Los Angeles residents leaving the city jumped from around 33,000 in the second quarter of 2021 to nearly 41,000 in the same span of 2022, according to the report.

California has grappled with extremely high housing prices compared with other states, according to USC economics professor Matthew Kahn. Combined with the pandemic and the rise in remote work, privileged households relocated when they had the opportunity.

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“People want to live here, but an unintended consequence of the state’s environmentalism is we’re not building enough housing in desirable downtown areas,” Kahn said. “That prices out middle-class people to the suburbs [and creates] long commutes. We don’t have road pricing to help the traffic congestion, and these headaches add up. So when you create the possibility of work from home, many of these people ... they say ‘enough’ and they move to a cheaper metropolitan area.”

 El Dorado Hills, Calif. -- Thursday, May 27, 2021: Brian and Rebecca Luke their with son Bennett, 1, in the kitchen of their new home in El Dorado Hills, Calif., on May 27, 2021. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
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Kahn also pointed out that urban crime, a growing unhoused population, public school quality and overall quality of life are driving out residents.

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“In New York City, but also in San Francisco, there are all these fights about which kids get into which elite public schools,” he said. “The rich are always able to hide in their bubble, but if the middle class looks at this quality of life declining, that’s a push factor to leave.”

Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather cited a June report that tracked the change in spending power of a homebuyer on a $2,500 monthly budget. While 11.2% of homes in Los Angeles were affordable on that budget, using a 3% interest rate, that amount swelled to about 72% in Houston and about 50% in Phoenix.

“It’s really an affordability problem,” Fairweather said. “California for the longest time has prioritized single-family zoning, which makes it so people stay in their homes longer because their property taxes don’t reflect the true value. California is the epicenter of where the housing shortage is so people have no choice but to move elsewhere.”

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While California experienced a major population boom in the late 20th century — reaching 37 million people by 2000 — it’s been losing residents since, with new growth lagging behind the rest of the country, according to the Public Policy Institute of California. The state’s population increased by 5.8% from 2010 to 2020, below the national growth rate of 6.8%, and resulting in the loss of a congressional seat in 2021 for the first time in the state’s history.

Although California has relied on immigration to offset its population decline for the past two decades, that flow has also shrunk, according to UCLA economics professor Lee Ohanian.

Delays in processing migration requests to the U.S. were compounded during the pandemic, resulting in the lowest levels of immigration in decades, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

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Estimates showed a net increase of 244,000 new immigrants between 2020 and 2021 — roughly half the 477,000 new immigrant residents recorded between 2019 and 2020 and a drastic reduction from more than 1 million reported from 2015 to 2016.

The state is also seeing a dwindling middle class, said Ohanian, who cited a report from the National Assn. of Realtors, outlining that the national median home sales price has reached $416,000, a record high. Meanwhile, California’s median home price has topped $800,000.

“[California is] at a risk for becoming a state for very, very wealthy people and very, very low earners who receive state and local and federal aid that allows them to be able to live here,” Ohanian said. “We should worry about those in the middle who are earning that $78,000 household median income and is, at the end of the day, really struggling, especially if they have interest in buying a home.”

Los Angeles County, in particular, has suffered from slowed population growth, as have rural parts of the state, while Orange County, Sacramento and some parts of the Bay Area have managed to see some gains, the Public Policy Institute of California found.

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Fairweather said that since she last lived in Los Angeles in 2016, she’s noticed fewer affordable places to rent.

“It used to be that Santa Monica and Beverly Hills were expensive, but you could find affordable housing on the Eastside,” she said. “But that got expensive and you had to find housing near South Central. Now, there’s nowhere within a two-hour commute of downtown Los Angeles that’s still affordable.”

 LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Several trails feed into the Mt Hollywood Trail leading to the peak of Mount Hollywood at 1,625 ft which is the second tallest peak in Griffith Park. The trails provide amazing views of the Griffith Observatory, downtown Los Angeles, the Hollywood Sign and views to the Pacific Ocean on clear days. much more. There are many trails that lead to Mt. Hollywood, but a favorite trail begins near the Ferndell Nature Area. Griffith Park on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times).
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Bay Area native Kenny Phung, who made the exodus from California last fall when his partner got into nursing school in Portland, Ore., said high rent prices helped cement the decision to move out of state. Phung was living with three roommates in Los Angeles for $3,600 total per month but found a two-bedroom apartment for less than half that price in Portland. He’s currently working as a project manager at a San Jose-based company that allows him to work remotely.

“It just didn’t make sense,” Phung said. “Why would I want to live in California when I’m working from home and paying something outrageous for such a small space when I can try things out and be able to save money on rent?”

Housing was also a major factor in Raghavan’s decision to leave the Golden State, he said, adding that downtown Miami has multiple skyscrapers, more affordable housing, well-paved roads and better infrastructure and services.

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“The Bay Area has become a land of minor inconveniences, and some are not-so-minor anymore,” he said. “Housing and real estate have ripples across everything. It makes rent more expensive for restaurants, which raises food prices, and it causes people to commute over longer distances. Everything becomes a burden.”
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« Reply #22991 on: August 05, 2022, 10:26:34 PM »
Alex Jones lol, tighten the ****. Goes to show, spreading blatant lies, hate speech, on Sandy Hook came back on him.

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« Reply #22992 on: August 05, 2022, 10:52:54 PM »
Couldn't have happened to a nicer fella. Those poor people had to deal with the loss of their children at the hands of a gun nut. On top of it they had to deal with harassment and threats from Jones's brainwashed conservative followers. There's a special place in hell for this POS and the people who followed him, some of whom are probably posting on this thread.

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« Reply #22993 on: August 05, 2022, 11:19:00 PM »
Couldn't have happened to a nicer fella. Those poor people had to deal with the loss of their children at the hands of a gun nut. On top of it they had to deal with harassment and threats from Jones's brainwashed conservative followers. There's a special place in hell for this POS and the people who followed him, some of whom are probably posting on this thread.
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« Reply #22994 on: August 05, 2022, 11:52:19 PM »
Update: He's now got to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages on top of the $4.1 in compensatory damages that were awarded yesterday. That's just to two families.

Two more trials after this.

Slap it up the conservative sh1tbag.