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You know what I want? I want one of these MAGA assholes to describe their ideal future to me.

Actually, I don't want to hear from your typical "Everything is Obama's fault and why wasn't he in the Oval Office on 9/11 instead of playing golf?" nitwit, rather one of these fucking nimrods;

Or one of these women;

I really want to know and understand what it is they think this country would look and be like if they had all their dreams come true.

Just white folks? Get rid of everyone that isn't Christian and of Northern European heritage?

No government at all? No regulations for clean water or air, or anything? What?

Or do they want just enough government to punish the people THEY don't like? (edit) Like poor, pregnant women?

I am not being facetious in the least. I truly want to know.

Is their idea of a political utopia, one that means no one gets any help at all if they need it?
That if you get cancer and can't afford to see a doctor...well...just fucking die? Is that it? If you lose your job through no fault of your own, too fucking bad? That everyone, and particularly those pesky brown people, need to get on their knees and beg for mercy whenever a cop even LOOKS at them crossways?

I get that many so called "conservatives" LOATH the idea that their tax dollars might possibly be given to someone they think doesn't deserve it, but it strikes me as absurd that they don't bat a fucking eyelash when the CEO of a Military Contractor makes ten times what their own Representative makes, all on the taxpayers dime.

I really want to understand what it is they think America should and would be like if they had their way, 100%

Because they have been in control in large part for the last 3 years, and on and off for the last 200, and this fucking track record most certainly isn't a shining example of conservatism, whatever the fuck that's supposed to be.

Posted by A HERETIC I AM | Sat May 30, 2020, 08:45 PM (6 replies)


LOL! Seriously, where do you get that idea?

2020 is an outlier, an extraordinary circumstance, but any and all extra inventory will work it's way through the system.

The piece you quoted said "it had been estimated that international car sales were on track to reach 80 million in 2019"

The key word is REACH. That does not mean all those cars have already been produced! Come on! You must understand that!

Plants have been shut down for weeks all over North America and all over the world. The global industry will not build 70 or 80 million cars this year.

You are conflating what was projected as if it has already been done.

Look...I was involved in the Automobile business, in both marketing and promotions as well as transport for over 25 years and during that time I saw just about all aspects of the industry, from manufacturing, testing, retail and the secondary market. I'm not going to sit here and spend an hour typing out a tutorial on how the auto supply chain operates, but please, take my word for it; No manufacturer could possibly stay in business if they built automobiles that didn't sell, and just sat in a lot somewhere, by the millions, as you seem to suggest, only to crush them and recycle them. It just can not and does not happen that way.

I don't know where you got this idea, but I have a sneaking suspicion. There was a Facebook meme that went around a while back, featuring numerous photos showing large lots packed with cars, one was even an airport, and it was suggesting that car builders just build cars willy nilly and park them, as if the whole industry is a scam. It was nonsense and utterly untrue.

Pictures like this for instance, were used to suggest that car makers are pulling a scam, and that they build too many and just park them;

When in fact, that is a photo of flood and otherwise DAMAGED cars all from one event - Super Storm Sandy in 2012.

There are occasions where a particular model doesn't sell as well as hoped, and hundreds or even thousands of them sit at dealers or in shipping yards for sometimes in excess of a year. But even those get sold eventually, either through drastic markdowns or via the nationwide auction system, the latter BTW, during normal times in the US alone, handles MILLIONS of used cars a month, sold to dealers and then to consumers.

I'm sorry, but you are laboring under a misapprehension. The automobile makers of the world do not build millions of extra cars that go unsold each year.

Posted by A HERETIC I AM | Sat May 30, 2020, 02:24 AM (1 replies)

In the Securities Industry there exists what is known as a "U4"

which is the "Uniform Application for Securities Industry Registration or Transfer". That form and the database into which the information is entered follows a Stock Broker throughout his/her career, recording every single complaint against the broker or the firm that is filed by a client and must be updated with each complaint filed and every time a broker is hired by another firm. The database is also, and this is the really important part, accessible and searchable by the public. FOR ANY WRONGDOING OF ANY KIND! As long as that wrongdoing is reported by the offended party. So if a broker blatantly rips off your Aunt Polly, or even suggests or tries to steer her toward investing in something unsuitable for her, and Polly doesn't say a word about it to Dewey, Cheatham and Howe, Securities Brokers, it doesn't go on the U4. Infractions need to be reported for the system to work, and for the most part, they are.

This country needs something along those lines for cops. If each and every oath taking police officer in the country also had something like a U4 that was publicly searchable, that followed him from department to department, that was updated on a weekly, monthly or as needed basis, it might just lead to more accountability. Something like a cop sleeping on the job, captured on film, or reckless driving, or as in this case, physical abuse of a "suspect", particularly resulting in injury or death, or violation of, or utter ignorance of, as in many cases, civil or other rights, or ...you get the point - ALL of it can and should go on that cops "U4" or whatever it would be called. Provided any complaint is indeed legitimate.

We DESPERATELY need this sort of thing in this country. The Securities industry learned long ago that trust in it's institutions and dealings was important, if not critical to their ongoing operation, and while they haven't always been successful in keeping that trust, for the most part the Brokerage Industry is well regulated. Of course, regulations and oversight are only as effective as the enforcing entity, whoever that should be.

There is no way in hell a police department should be allowed to investigate itself for wrongdoing, and this is particularly evident the smaller the department. The biggest threat to the safety of individuals when encountering police in otherwise innocuous situations seems to be simply not giving them the information they want you to give them, even though you are under no legal obligation to do it.

The police in this country are simply out of control, and if you don't acquiesce to every demand for obedience, you are immediately suspect and ultimately subject to intimidation and threat of bodily harm in the very least, and arrest and incarceration or even death at the most. Often for nothing more than "Contempt of Cop".

ALL police should be required immediately and without hesitation to answer the question "What is your Name and Badge Number?" and failure to do so should result in disciplinary action, up to and including loss of job. Once a citizen improperly questioned or harassed by a cop has attained that information, an immediate call to their supervisor with a complaint should instantly result in an entry on the officers U4 or equivalent.

Fuck these assholes, and fuck them again.

Posted by A HERETIC I AM | Tue May 26, 2020, 01:40 PM (1 replies)
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