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#3351471 Grade the Panthers Day 3 and Overall Draft.

Posted by NanuqoftheNorth on 02 May 2015 - 04:36 PM

Today/Overall: B-/B


Definitely a different approach than the last few years for Gettleman.


Felt a bit like a Marty Hurney draft.  Using our picks to move up several positions. 


To Gettleman's credit the picks given up were later ones from this year as opposed to early picks from the future.


Due to the limited talent available, it seems to make perfect sense. 


Plus, with the success of the last few drafts, the team now has less holes to fill and more depth than they've had in several years, if ever.  The later picks likely stood little chance of making the team under those circumstances.


Still, Gettleman seemed to go against conventional wisdom with some of his picks and may have reached for a few of these players.


Time will tell, but his strategy based on the limited talent seems sound.


Today: B-


Overall: B

#3346804 War on.....

Posted by NanuqoftheNorth on 01 May 2015 - 03:44 PM

Yes, an extraordinary waste of tax payer dollars.


Also a stupid habit/addiction to start.




Nancy says:  Just say NO to drugs!

#3346781 Bernie Sanders running for prez

Posted by NanuqoftheNorth on 01 May 2015 - 03:35 PM

The Sanders campaign writes:


We need to develop new economic models to increase job creation and productivity. Instead of giving huge tax breaks to corporations which ship our jobs to China and other low-wage countries, we need to provide assistance to workers who want to purchase their own businesses by establishing worker-owned cooperatives. Study after study shows that when workers have an ownership stake in the businesses they work for, productivity goes up, absenteeism goes down and employees are much more satisfied with their jobs.


In the United States, co-ops are often associated with small businesses such as coffee shops or groceries. But with the right regulatory incentives and support, worker-owned businesses can be much larger. Take the Mondragon corporation of Spain, for example. Today it has over 70,000 employees and brings in annual revenues of over $12 billion Euros. Within the various units of the corporation, workers decide on the direction of production for the company as well as what to do with the profits. While CEO-to-worker pay ratios in the United States have reached over 300-to-1, in Mondragon the cooperative model ensures that in most of its operations, “the ratio of compensation between top executives and the lowest-paid members is between three to one and six to one.”



Today, there are 11,000 worker-owned companies in America, and there are up to 120 million Americans who are involved in some form of co-op if you include credit unions in the tally. By endorsing their expansion, Sanders is proving that his differences with his opponents are not just in style but in substance – providing an alternative to the top-down corporations that run our economy.  http://www.alternet....tter1035713&t=1



#3346746 Bernie Sanders running for prez

Posted by NanuqoftheNorth on 01 May 2015 - 03:18 PM

Hillary will do that before anyone in the GOP gets the chance


Hillary was already moving to protect her left flank prior to Bernie's announcement.


If she meant half of what she's been saying about giving the middle class a fair shake and holding Wall Street accountable, it would be a breath of fresh air in DC.  As it stands, there is little reason to believe it is anything other than political pandering.


Bernie is the closest thing to an honest politician this country has seen in decades.  Our political system is otherwise chock full of oligarch political puppets.


I see the naysayers are out in force in this thread, presumably advocating for one of the other candidates.  All bought and paid for servants of the 1%, just like the last 5 residents of the White House who have presided over the destruction of the middle class.


At some point the masses are going to have to take a chance on someone like Bernie or the end game is all too obvious.  http://www.carolinah...orks/?p=3334691

#3346583 Freddie Gray's death ruled a homicide; 6 officers charged

Posted by NanuqoftheNorth on 01 May 2015 - 02:17 PM

Six officers and not even one stepped forward to stop the physically abusive behavior that resulted in the injury and ultimate death of this individual?  Not one of these officers saw fit to call for medical assistance?


Is this another instance of LEOs using the non-compliance of a citizen as an excuse to go into medieval mode?


If police departments want their employees to be viewed by the public as "professionals" they'll need to do a better job reining in this type of adrenalin stoked abuse of the public.  A public they are presumably employed to protect.


Why are police even permitted to determine the validity of injury complaints by those who are apprehended?


They are not medical professionals and are not qualified to determine the health status of those in their custody.


It should be mandatory that an independent medical authority be dispatched whenever someone apprehended complains of health issues.

#3341975 Bernie Sanders running for prez

Posted by NanuqoftheNorth on 30 April 2015 - 10:28 AM

Unlike every other politician that has announced that they are running for president, Bernie Sanders is not a puppet of the big banks and oil companies.

He actually represents the voters who elected him.

What a novel idea.

It is so crazy it just might work.

Many years ago I pitched a magazine editor on a story about Bernie Sanders, then a congressman from Vermont, who'd agreed to something extraordinary – he agreed to let me, a reporter, stick next to him without restrictions over the course of a month in congress

I remember the first time I was sold on Bernie Sanders as a politician. He was in his congressional office and he was ranting about the fact that many of the manufacturing and financial companies who asked him and other members of congress for tax breaks and aid were also in the business of moving American jobs overseas to places like China.

Sanders spent years trying to drum up support for a simple measure that would force any company that came to Washington asking for handouts to promise they wouldn't turn around and ship jobs to China or India.

That didn't seem like a lot to ask, but his fellow members treated him like he was asking for a repeal of the free enterprise system. This issue drove Sanders crazy. Again showing his Brooklyn roots, Bernie gets genuinely mad about these things. While some pols are kept up at night worrying about the future profitability of gazillionaire banks, Sanders seethes over the many obvious wrongs that get smoothed over and covered up at his place of work.

Bernie Sanders is not Bukharin or Trotsky. His concept of "Democratic Socialism" as I've come to understand it over the years is that an elected government should occasionally step in and offer an objection or two toward our progress to undisguised oligarchy. Or, as in the case of not giving tax breaks to companies who move factories overseas, our government should at least not finance the disappearance of the middle class.

Maybe that does qualify as radical and unserious politics in our day and age. If that's the case, we should at least admit how much trouble we're in.

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#3334958 Thanks Big Government Regulation!

Posted by NanuqoftheNorth on 26 April 2015 - 03:09 PM

That's different because they have our best interests at heart


Yeah, just like Exxon and Goldman Sachs.


Where is my right to vote on their policies? 


Our government was formed by the people and for the people, to ensure life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.


Corporations were formed to serve the public good.


Unfortunately, that is no longer the case.



For 100 years after the American Revolution, legislators maintained tight control of the corporate chartering process. Because of widespread public opposition, early legislators granted very few corporate charters, and only after debate. Citizens governed corporations by detailing operating conditions not just in charters but also in state constitutions and state laws. Incorporated businesses were prohibited from taking any action that legislators did not specifically allow.

  • Corporate charters (licenses to exist) were granted for a limited time and could be revoked promptly for violating laws.
  • Corporations could engage only in activities necessary to fulfill their chartered purpose.
  • Corporations could not own stock in other corporations nor own any property that was not essential to fulfilling their chartered purpose.
  • Corporations were often terminated if they exceeded their authority or caused public harm.
  • Owners and managers were responsible for criminal acts committed on the job.
  • Corporations could not make any political or charitable contributions nor spend money to influence law-making.



Read more here:




So our founding fathers didn't trust corporations any more than I do.


Of course, libertarians are in favor of giving corporations a free hand to rule our world. So I'm not surprised you are diametrically opposed to the views of our founding fathers.



#3334928 Let the scrambling begin

Posted by NanuqoftheNorth on 26 April 2015 - 02:23 PM

Not surprisingly, the small government/libertarian crowd is in full denial mode. How could it be otherwise? To accept that large corporations would intentionally pollute the global environment simply in the name of profit dramatically demonstrates the fallacy of their core beliefs:  That there is no need for government regulations to control industry (EPA) and the free market is self correcting.


I don't expect these deniers to ever accept global warming as reality.


There could be a hundred year drought or the oceans could be lapping at their ankles in Asheville NC and they would still find any reason other than humans for the change.


Why?  Because admitting to the truth requires they admit their political beliefs are unfounded.  That they've been duped by corporate America and Faux News yet again.


For some here, it is simply an attempt to disregard the needs of future Americans.  No big surprise there, most of them already advocate against Americans in need who already exist.   Why should they care about those untold generations who have yet to be born?


In other words, the small government/Libertarians are more concerned with their personal enrichment, in the here and now, than future generations who will be dependent on this planet as much as we are today.


How would we describe novices that have the temerity to readily dismiss the consensus of virtually every major scientific organization in the world of any merit and 97% of climatologists?  (A level of consensus that matches the percentage of scientists who believe smoking causes cancer.)


Answer: Self-serving and willfully ignorant. 

#3334839 Thanks Big Government Regulation!

Posted by NanuqoftheNorth on 26 April 2015 - 12:46 PM

Friday, cable giant Comcast announced that it is walking away from a deal to acquire Time Warner Cable.

The deal would have been a disaster for consumers. It would have created a cable behemoth that would drive up prices, drive down choice, and, if you can believe it, make service even worse.

Comcast walked away from this deal because they knew the tide was turning against them. They saw the writing on the wall -- and NanuqoftheNorth we helped put it there.

I’ve been against this deal from the very beginning. And along the way, thousands of you joined me. You signed petitions. You talked to your friends about it. You posted on Facebook and tweeted about it to boost our efforts.

It’s a huge victory for American consumers. It’s proof positive that a strong, persistent grassroots movement can make a difference. And while our fight to protect consumers will no doubt continue in the days and weeks to come, let’s enjoy this win.

Thank you for all you’ve done.

Al Franken


Another win for government regulation against corporate monopolies!

#3334820 Let the scrambling begin

Posted by NanuqoftheNorth on 26 April 2015 - 12:26 PM

At one time the USA led the world in environmentalism and in many ways we still do. 


However our EPA is a victim of its own success.


Many US cities in the 1970s looked like Chinese cities do today, with constant clouds of smog filling the air and blocking out the sun, both situations exist(ed) thanks to fossil fuels.



I guess seeing is believing.  Thanks EPA for letting us breath clean air and see the sun again!



The Libertarian/small government dream in action. 


Thanks to Corporate America our rivers were polluted so badly that before the EPA (created by President Richard Nixon ®) they were actually catching fire!


Thanks to EPA regulation/enforcement much of the visible pollution Americans experienced several decades ago has been largely eliminated.


Libertarians and small government right wingers have been repeatedly told by their fossil fuel based corporate leaders that the EPA is evil and must be destroyed.


Were our Charlotte skies as overcast in smog from unregulated autos and the Blue Ridge Mountain pine trees still dying from acid rain (thanks to unfiltered Tennessee coal fired energy plants) like they were a few decades ago... the evidence for man's negative impact on the environment would be obvious to even the most casual of observers.


Fortunately, today it takes a little more effort to find the pollution, thanks in large part to EPA regulation and enforcement. 


Of course if your political dogma is against a strong central government with regulatory powers you're  not likely to look beyond Faux News for evidence of anthropogenic global warming and you certainly won't find it there.  They are the mouthpiece of corporate America.


The role of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) in warming the Earth's surface was first demonstrated by Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius more than 100 years ago. Scientific data have since established that, for hundreds of thousands of years, changes in temperature have closely tracked with atmospheric CO2 concentrations. Since the Industrial Revolution, the burning of coal, oil and natural gas has emitted roughly 500 billion tons of CO2, about half of which remains in the atmosphere. This CO2 is the biggest factor responsible for recent warming trends. http://www.nwf.org/W...man-Caused.aspx



#3334761 Let the scrambling begin

Posted by NanuqoftheNorth on 26 April 2015 - 11:05 AM

Cliff Notes: Douchebags paid by oil industries, tobacco companies and child slave labor advocates the Waltons to promote their agendas.

Climate deniers are the usual suspects on the right who are led around by the nose by corporate propaganda, religious dogma and Faux News. They aren't about to let inconvenient facts get in the way of their political beliefs.

#3334703 Plutocrats and Pitchforks

Posted by NanuqoftheNorth on 26 April 2015 - 10:12 AM

This plutocrat is saying what many of us here have said for years.


Extreme economic inequality is bad business and will ultimately lead to the destruction of our economy and nation.


Get rid of "trickle down" economics and invest in this nation's middle class.



#3334677 Let the scrambling begin

Posted by NanuqoftheNorth on 26 April 2015 - 09:34 AM

The GOP leadership believed in climate change until some of their largest political contributors, carbon based pan national corporations like Exxon, Chevron and BP and told them not to.


Look up the Heartland Institute.  This organization assured Americans for decades that their "scientific studies" showed no correlation between smoking and lung cancer.  Do any of you knuckleheads still believe that tripe today?  Well this is the same organization that is now trying to convince you that there is no correlation between fossil fuels and global warming.  


Not surprisingly, the small government/libertarian crowd is in full denial mode. How could it be otherwise? To accept that large corporations would intentionally pollute the global environment simply in the name of profit dramatically demonstrates the fallacy of their core beliefs:  That there is no need for government regulations to control industry (EPA) and the free market is self correcting.

#3330940 Hypothetical.... for now

Posted by NanuqoftheNorth on 22 April 2015 - 07:20 PM

There is a way forward to significantly reducing unwanted pregnancies.


Sexual education of our children and various birth control methods.


Teaching males they are as responsible as females for responsible sex.


Universal health care, so medical professionals are involved in the sexual education of our youth, not just superstitious or poorly educated parents and friends.

#3330925 Hypothetical.... for now

Posted by NanuqoftheNorth on 22 April 2015 - 07:10 PM

Ah yes you must have all the genes. I am for helping to prevent and detect birth defects but not by killing an unborn.

T4 and the perfect child, Hitler was on the right path I see.



The original Cabbage Patch Kids.