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LibertyBell

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  1. He wouldn't win but he's done some good things in NYC including universal pre K, health care nyc and the fur ban. I didn't even know fur was a thing anymore but glad to see it's getting banned here.
  2. I dont like how our administrations have kow towed to China with regards to Taiwan. Taiwan is an independent nation and should be recognized as such. They're brave people who decided they wanted to remain free and keep their traditions intact. I actually went to high school with members of the Sun family- Jennifer Sun (who was a senior when I was a freshman and she was class valedictorian and volunteered heavily in the community) and Michael Sun, who was one year younger than me but he skipped a grade and we were in many of the same accelerated/AP classes. They told me what was going on in China and the whole situation enraged me. In college, I went on a trip to Tibet and realized that if we condemn imperialistic behavior that the US does, we must also condemn nations like China for their imperialistic behavior. You stand up to bullies not kow tow to them- we should have learned our lesson from our interactions with Hitler.
  3. Yes and civil asset forfeiture is even being used in states like Louisiana to seize land from landowners to build pipelines! So the land is going to these companies, which is a new twist on it. I dont think we will go all the way down the slippery slope either, but China is a good cautionary tale about what can happen. We're lucky to have be here, even with all the problems America has, I'm not sure how the people in China who want democracy will attain it (and there are many who do want it but are afraid to speak out- remember what happened at Tianamen Square- the Chinese were electrifying metal grates across which student protesters walked!) We talk about mass surveillance problems in America and the UK because we know that the slippery slope eventually leads to a system more like what China has, and hopefully, by being aware and speaking up while we still have the freedom to do so, will help us avoid that outcome. I dont know if you watched this movie, but one of my favorite movies of all time was V FOR VENDETTA. It depicted how the UK could be under that kind of government and what kind of sacrifices people had to make. The government depicted in that amazing movie really reminds me of the current situation in China, and being cognizant of that, we must do everything we can to preserve our civil liberties. In America we have a system of checks and balances and if that fails, people can always go the lawsuit route. Did you know that a couple just won a $2 billion lawsuit because they simultaneously got cancer from Round Up? They've been farming for 30 years and used it and the fact that they both got the same form of cancer (Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma) cant be a coincidence (hence the big pay out), so far it's three trials down and Plaintiffs 3 Round Up 0 and there are 14,000 more lawsuits to go. I bet Bayer is a bit peeved that they bought Monsanto now, no wonder Monsanto wanted to sell, they likely would have gone bankrupt if they hadn't. If this was China, the government wouldn't have let them sue and would've told them, YOU WILL TAKE YOUR CANCER AND YOU WILL LIKE IT! I remember that they had this huge dam built which caused a manmade earthquake that killed thousands of people and they didn't bat an eye at that.
  4. I'm optimistic that we'll be able to change the way we do things, but it may not be fast enough to avoid the side effects of climate change or this mass extinction we have ignited. Corporations, for all the greed they exhibit, are not dumb enough to keep doing things as is- because they'd lose out too. That's why we're seeing the green energy business turning into the fastest growing section of the economy. I'd also like to think that people are more environmentally aware now than they were in the 50s- did you know that a couple just won a $2 billion lawsuit because they simultaneously got cancer from Round Up? They've been farming for 30 years and used it and the fact that they both got the same form of cancer (Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma) cant be a coincidence (hence the big pay out), so far it's three trials down and Plaintiffs 3 Round Up 0 and there are 14,000 more lawsuits to go. I bet Bayer is a bit peeved that they bought Monsanto now, no wonder Monsanto wanted to sell, they likely would have gone bankrupt if they hadn't.
  5. The problem is actually bigger than "just" climate change (which is plenty bad enough.) We have to alter our means of food production as well as garbage disposal, as the UN study indicated. Using vast quantities of land for animal farming is just not a good- or sustainable- idea. Using and dumping plastics is just not a good- or sustainable- idea. And there's a lot more from where that came from.
  6. I think he must've misinterpreted what they said. What I wrote in my post above was what they were actually saying and it's far more logical. It was on TV from what I can recall, and they were saying that storms in which parts of the city were more likely to go underwater during big storms, and that's actually what's been happening.
  7. Wait what? I dont remember seeing anything about 2025 or this. You may have misinterpreted them. What I do remember reading was that sea level rise would cause more events in which the west side highway would be underwater. And they were right. We do have many more storms now that eat away at our beaches and put parts of the city and Long Island underwater. They didn't say the city would PERMANENTLY go under water, like Atlantis, they said that parts of the city would be more likely to go underwater during big storms.
  8. You dont have to trust any one though. It's clear logic, like 1+1=2. When you see all the plastic trash in the ocean, it doesn't take a big brain to realize there's something very wrong with that.
  9. Yeah Alberta has those nasty Tar Sands.
  10. NDP all the way and get rid of those nasty pipelines. well Greens would be good too lol
  11. I do want the US to get their EV policy in gear, China is far ahead of us in that regard.
  12. err animals behave a lot better than humans do (well humans are animals)- animals dont wage war based on race, ethnicity, religion, etc. But I dont support mass surveillance because of basic human psychology, the more you try to control people the more they rebel. Also, the people who are trying to control others likely need to be controlled themselves.
  13. there was something about it on 60 Minutes too https://www.cbsnews.com/news/china-muslim-internment-camps-bring-them-into-modern-civilized-world/
  14. an interesting combo of 1984 and Brave New World, Will. You can see it happening here also. I have no doubt we will evolve towards a Minority Report type of society where huge amounts of data are collected to predict crime. We saw the beginnings of it with the Patriot Act- they even collect data on reading material from libraries and internet providers.
  15. They've set up internment and re-education camps too