I'm about 60 miles NE of Indy and have measured 4.5 sticking to the ground. Record in Indy this late in the season was 2.4" set in 1897. That record should be broken. Won't get much attention as it will all begin melting in about 6 hours but a pretty significant weather event none the less.
If not would this be the place to start it? That is if anyone would be interested. Found my first half dozen black morels today in central IN.
40 years I've heard the left denounce gun violence, the right defend, falsely, the 2nd amendment right for individuals to own guns unimpeded. I am so tired of promises from the left that we're going to fix this. I am so tired of the right saying guns don't kill people do. I'M FUCKING TIRED OF BOTH SIDES BULLSHIT!! I can't drive a car without it being registered, without a history of that car's ownership. Both sides need to get the fucking money out of their pockets and do the hard thing. Democrats are just as guilty, they've had opportunity's, Democrats are not immune to this sickness damnit. Go ahead kick me off here for saying something bad about the left again. This couldve been solved 30 years ago but the left didn't stand up when they had the chance.
This is a question I've asked myself over and over for years. We all know we need to address it. We all know it will be massive. It could, and probably will, end up being the largest most expensive undertaking this country has ever attempted. If we're going to do it, it better not be half assed like defense spending.
But how are we going to do it? Roughly 60% of the people in this country live in towns of 15k or less, roughly 40% of those in towns of 500 or less. Those folks are going to be expected to be treated fairly on the same field as the bigger metropolises. Good luck high fiving a major project in a big city while those folks are still changing shocks on their cars every year because the roads suck, or are still buying bottled water while the news worthy cities get the improvements all towns need in this country.
Where is this money going to go? Who is going to distribute it and on what grounds? Nobody can expect someone in small town Iowa who needs a crumbling bridge over a small river to not get it fixed because a huge bridge in a major metro area is eating up 10's of millions. There are thousands of small towns nation wide that need the water infrastructure updated, a thousand Flints out there. Who decides which ones get the money and for that matter, make sure that money gets spent properly and fairly? Roads are more than interstates now. What about areas that want infrastructure improvement to continue or introduce trucking and rail service for small companies that say NYC could give a shit but locally might supply 500 jobs?
An infrastructure bill is desperately needed but this isn't the 50's, i.e. the interstates are there. We won't be building new we will be doing badly needed maintenance to what is there first then building anew for the coming century. Throw upgrading the power grid in there. Is Mexico Indiana going to get their grid upgraded? To be honest its the small town folks that make up more than half this country who always feel like they get left out by the big coastal cities east and west and the ones in between. These places are the breeding ground of Former Guyism for that simple fact.
We need to do it but IMO it needs to be done in a way thats never been done before. Unless it's done very precisely, very fairly, very realistically a huge infrastructure bill could go down as one of the biggest boondongles in history.
I do not envy anyone, either side of the political spectrum, anyone who is given the responsibility to make it work, literally anyone involved. It has failure written all over it unless we can be blessed with some extremely intelligent individuals to pull it off. Scary stuff if you ask me. We hire these folks they better pull it off.
I always try to look for less than obvious reasons when Republicans try to enact widespread actions like these as they are masters of deceit and misdirection. Since HR1 would overturn many of these laws this could possibly be them setting up for a massive defense of these laws in the courts via suits against parts of HR1 should it pass. With over 240 suppression laws trying to get passed at state and local levels they may be able to flood the court system with suits based on a myriad of legal grounds that would make the legal contesting of the last election pale in comparison. Even though none of those were successful, it did reveal a willingness of many district judges and even SCOTUS to give election focused suits by the states more merit i.e. if they were, in some cases, filed earlier before the election, amongst many other "technicalities". The recent AZ case could be seen as taking the temperature of the courts in such cases and that didn't look good.
I'm not sure that if HR1 passed it would immediately overturn many of the changes in these states or if Republican's lawsuits, perhaps already prepped, printed and ready to be instantly filed, would delay HR1 from taking effect until maybe some of the more Constitutional based suits, and there will be many of those, will be resolved. The shear number of potential suits sounds quite daunting to me. Wherever HR1 ends up I could see the legal battle, from either side potentially, going into the 2022 election and that could turn into a media driven mess bigger than we just had.
If these new voter sanction laws stand in these states for whatever reason we're going to need 50 Stacy Abrams nationwide. There's potentially everything on the line as I'm sure you all are aware.
I'm no Stacy Abrams nor did I play her on TV but in my state in IN I'm already trying to do my part in the party to unseat our local fascist Sen. Mike Braun. It will be a "Syisysuphusian" task locally, but think its possible. We all need to engage now. JMHO
With covid deaths over 4 times what was forecasted last May, over 12k, the first bill signed into law in IN in 2021 is protections for business's against covid lawsuits. Lord knows that's the #1 priority right now. It's time to turn IN blue.
What is wrong with this country pure and simple is class separation. Of course there is the 1%, there will always be a 1%. The real issue is how many Americans live on the brink of financial collapse. There is a comfortable "middle class" that has grown so completely separated from 70% of the citizens in this country that they have no idea how hard it is for them. The pandemic may have woken up some of "suburbia", but giving up starbucks isn't a sacrifice and certainly nothing to complain about. You suddenly can't afford fresh fruit and vegetables? But you want to tax 64 ounce cokes at convenience stores? The "greed is good" philosophy of the 80's and 90's has destroyed the middle class. We have left to many children of the great middle class of post WWII era in the dust. We live in a middle class of nickel millionaires. The true wealthy class is no different than Trump. They will invite you to the party, but when the storm hits youre gonna get a pike up your ass. I feel nothing for some PC mom bitching about her kid not being able to go to class when during the entire life of her kid there are 20 that dont go because they gotta work, or are too scared, or they live in an impoverished environment where its no big deal. There is no race immune to poverty. As long as we let the fat cats keep us divided economically, on either side, we will never be.
Baby grifters learning the trade.
New York (CNN Business)
GoFundMe will no longer allow people to fundraise for travel expenses used for potentially violent political events after pro-Trump protesters used the platform to rake in cash ahead of storming the US Capitol.
"Due to the violence, GoFundMe has removed numerous fundraisers intended to raise money for travel expenses," a spokesperson for the company told CNN Business. The spokesperson said the company will also remove fundraisers for travel expenses for any future political events where there is a "risk of violence by the attendees."
The company will "continue to remove fundraisers that attempt to spread misinformation about the election, promote conspiracy theories and contribute to or participate in attacks on US democracy," the spokesperson said.
The online fundraising company joins a long list of corporations that are making statements in an attempt to take action against the violence. Payment company Stripe will no longer process Trump campaign donations, and Airbnb announced Monday that people who are associated with violent hate groups were removed from the platform. The home-sharing company also canceled reservations and removed accounts associated with hate group members, including the Proud Boys.
GoFundMe has also been used for good during this chaotic and violent time. People used the platform to raise money for Officer Brian D. Sicknick's family. Sicknick died on January 7, following injuries sustained during the the Capitol siege on Wednesday.
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