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Why does Congress feel the need to make laws everytime they convene - carbola
I know many "small government" types would actually love to see a bare minimal amount of law changes during a presidential tenure. So why is it that congress/the senate think they have to make new laws every-time they convene? I think this is part of the reason our law have gotten outrageously com...


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Well this is a sad stat - carbola
[img]http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/photoshop/6/4/3/282643_v1.jpg[/img] [link=(http://www.laits.utexas.edu/gov310/VCE/conreelection/)]Secondary link[/link] [img]http://dase.laits.utexas.edu/media/american_politics_collection/viewitem/vce_conreelection_400.gif[/img] ...


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Iraq Conflict Thread - carbola
I'll update with articles as people post more Baghdad Airport officially closed until further notice Current attacks in and around Baghdad [img]http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bp9uwIbIAAALYm2.png[/img] [link=(http://www.reddit.com/r/iraqconflict/comments/280wli/combined_discussion_of_current_ev...


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Revenge of the Kurds - carbola
[link=(http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/06/12/revenge_of_the_kurds)]LINK[/link] [quote]The Islamist insurgents, known variously as ISIS and ISIL, continued their drive south toward the Iraqi capital on Thursday after having captured key northern cities, including Mosul. No less vigorous...


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The Voters of Nevada Choose ‘None Of The Above' In Democratic Primary For Gov - carbola
:lol: [link=(http://www.ijreview.com/2014/06/146592-voters-nevada-choose-none-democratic-primary-governor/)]LINK[/link] [quote]Eight candidates were vying for the Democratic nomination for Nevada governor, but the winner wasn’t even on the ballot. With over 20,000 votes, 30% of all cast, “non...


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These Waiters Don’t Make Tips. Instead They Make $15 An Hour. - carbola
[link=(http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/06/10/3446937/packhouse-meats-tips/)]LINK[/link] I think this is interesting and would be cool to see more people following this method. What I *do* think is funny is that liberals are promoting this on the "It's a livable wage" line, whereas all I se...


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Insurgents seize Iraqi city of Mosul as troops flee - carbola
[link=(http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/insurgents-seize-iraqi-city-of-mosul-as-troops-flee/2014/06/10/21061e87-8fcd-4ed3-bc94-0e309af0a674_story.html)]Wash Po[/link] [link=(http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-27778112)]BBC[/link] [quote]Iraq's prime minister has asked parliament to...


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SeaTac, Local Businesses are Adding an 8.25% ‘Living Wage Surcharge’ - carbola
[link=(http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2014/06/following-15-minimum-wage-in-seatac.html)]LINK[/link] [img]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-juxvIB1mPR0/U5DchaHFiYI/AAAAAAAAQ3Q/fZEL3NjBT3E/s1600/minwage.jpg[/img] [quote]Erin Shannon, Director of the Center for Small Business writes on The Washingt...


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CIA first tweet - carbola
:rotflmao: [img]http://www.joeydevilla.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cia-first-tweet.jpg[/img] [quote]By expanding to these platforms, CIA will be able to more directly engage with the public and provide information on CIA’s mission, history, and other developments. We have importa...


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Direct daily flights from Lafayette to Denver starting on August 19th - carbola
SIAP but thought I would share this other Lafayette thing: [img]http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs191/1107258422174/img/12.jpg[/img] :nana:...


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Lafayette named No. 1 overall city in America - carbola
[link=(http://www.theadvertiser.com/story/news/local/acadiana/2014/06/04/lafayette-named-overall-city-america/9956427/)]LINK[/link] [quote]The accolades for The Hub City keep coming in. Area Development, a publication covering site selection and facility planning, has ranked Lafayette number o...


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Michigan (21) vs. Ohio State (5) 7's Rugby - Michigan WINS!! GO BLUE! - carbola
Let's GO BLUE! Games so far for Michigan: Texas - 10 [b]Michigan[/b] - 22 [b]Michigan[/b] - 24 Navy - 19 Games so far for Ohio State: [b]Ohio State[/b] -26 Texas -7 [b]Navy[/b] - 31 Ohio State -5 [link=(http://www.usasevenscrc.com/2014-fixtures-and-results/)]Fixtures and Results[/li...


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A true meme about the PT - carbola
[img]http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/tumblr-1.jpg?w=500[/img] :lol:...


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U.S. Ranks Alongside Indonesia And Thailand On Workers’ Rights - carbola
This study basically looks at how nice business is to unions from what I can tell. In such, through clever wording, they say that working in the US is as bad as working in countries that are known to not care about worker safety and what not all because unionization may or may not be welcome. So a...


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America dumbs down - carbola
[link=(http://www.macleans.ca/politics/america-dumbs-down/)]LINK[/link] Interesting read. There is more in the article, but I'll try to quote the parts with statistics. [quote]Charles Darwin’s signature discovery—first published 155 years ago and validated a million different ways since—lo...


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Landmark Class Action Farmers Sues Local Governments For Ignoring Climate Change - carbola
:casty: [link=(http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/05/19/3439048/insurance-climate-class-action-flood/)]LINK[/link] [quote]Last month, Farmers Insurance Co. filed nine class-action lawsuits arguing that local governments in the Chicago area are aware that climate change is leading to heavier...


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Swiss voters reject minimum wage - carbola
But I thought Europe was so progressive: [quote]The country's election authority said a preliminary tally showed [b]76% voted against the proposal[/b] and 24% voted for it. Labor unions had campaigned for months to win public backing for a minimum hourly wage of 22 Swiss francs, or nearly $25....


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‘Worst Negro in history’: Clarence Thomas catches hate after SCOTUS’ affirmative - carbola
[link=(http://twitchy.com/2014/04/22/worst-negro-in-history-clarence-thomas-catches-hate-after-scotus-affirmative-action-ruling/)]LINK[/link] [quote]As Twitchy reported, the Supreme Court voted 6 to 2 today (Justice Kagan did not participate) to uphold Michigan’s right to prohibit affirmative act...


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How would Romney be handling the Ukraine situation? - carbola
I'm just curious how this board feels Romney would have handled this situation over there? And if you're feeling up to it, Gary Johnson as well? I honestly don't think Romney would be doing much different, but I think his lip service would have been more geared towards open conflict than Ob...


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Boston police evacuate marathon finish line and detonate suspicious bags - carbola
Couldn't find this on CNN, but yeah [link=(http://rt.com/usa/marathon-evacuated-suspicious-bags-772/)]LINK[/link] [quote]The Boston Police Department investigated two unattended backpacks near the finish line area of the city’s marathon. A man thought to have left one of the bags was taken into c...


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Should expats pay taxes? - carbola
As an expat I don't understand why the US is basically the only country that requires taxes on income acquired abroad. So I figuered I would ask the PT what they think about this. BTW to qualify for an expat you have 3 options basically 1) You pay income tax in another country AND have residency...


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Paging WikiTiger: Mt.Gox site disappears, Bitcoin future in doubt - carbola
[link=(http://money.cnn.com/2014/02/25/technology/security/mtgox-bitcoin/index.html?hpt=hp_t3)]LINK[/link] [quote]What was once the world's largest trading platform for bitcoins is now a blank page. The Bitcoin-trading website Mt.Gox was taken offline late Monday, putting at risk millions of d...


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Anyone ever been to Erbil, Iraq/Kurdistan for business? - carbola
It looks like my Kuwait stay is going to be ending and they will be shipping me up here for the next year or so of work. I'm actually sitting in a staff house right now there, but just wondering if anyone knows anything about the area in terms of places to live or things to do. I have a a meetin...


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Maybe the Most Orwellian Text Message a Government's Ever Sent - carbola
[link=(http://motherboard.vice.com/en_ca/blog/maybe-the-most-orwellian-text-message-ever-sent)]LINK[/link] [quote]“Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.” That's a text message that thousands of Ukrainian protesters spontaneously received on their cell ph...


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Poor kid (name related) - carbola
[link=(http://www.elkharttruth.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20140119%2FLIFESTYLE04%2F701199997&template=wirelessart)]LINK[/link] [quote]Births, Jan. 5-17, 2014 (La’Soulja Major La’Pimp Burks, 6 lbs. 8 oz.), 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. [/quote] :casty: ...


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Kidnappers holding 60 mine defusers in Afghanistan - carbola
:blackheli: :blackheli: [link=(http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/21/world/asia/afghanistan-bomb-defusers/index.html?hpt=hp_t3)]LINK[/link] [quote]The prospect of being blown up makes defusing landmines dangerous work, particularly in Afghanistan. But that is just one of many dangers that explo...


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Stewart Skewers Obama’s NSA Speech - carbola
I'll just leave this here [link=(http://www.mediaite.com/tv/stewart-skewers-obamas-nsa-speech-privacy-is-important-unless-we-decide-it-isnt/)]LINK[/link]...


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Jamaican bobsled team qualified for Sochi - carbola
[link=(http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/sochi/2014/01/18/jamaican-bobsled-team-2014-sochi-olympics/4638761/)]LINK[/link] [quote]The Jamaican bobsled team may be headed to another Olympics. The catch: It needs a lot of money, and it needs it fast. Olympic organizers said Saturda...


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Penis pumps cost U.S. government millions, watchdog cries waste - carbola
:lol: [quote]Penis pumps cost the U.S. government's Medicare program $172 million between 2006 and 2011, about twice as much as the consumer would have paid at the retail level, according to a government watchdog's report released on Monday. The report by the inspector general for the Departm...


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Why the Web Won't Be Nirvana (1995 Article) - carbola
[link=(http://www.newsweek.com/clifford-stoll-why-web-wont-be-nirvana-185306)]LINK[/link] [quote]After two decades online, I'm perplexed. It's not that I haven't had a gas of a good time on the Internet. I've met great people and even caught a hacker or two. But today, I'm uneasy about this most ...


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