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  1. MunoRN

    Presidential Election 2020

    I think it's because "detention center" is legally defined by certain criteria; detainees per square footage for instance, a number of these centers no longer fit into that criteria but now do more closely fit into the definition of "concentration camp" you provided above. People are being held in what the DHS OIG describes as "a relatively small area with inadequate facilities" and for the admitted purpose of persecuting a minority. I don't disagree there's an argument to be made for holding those who have crossed the border illegally until they can be legally processed rather than releasing them and hoping they will return, but to do so without any sort of planning for the expected sharp increase in detainees is either negligence or a deliberate attempt to treat a group of people inhumanely.
  2. MunoRN

    Presidential Election 2020

    This has been the theme of far right fringe, to try and convince people that the minority is the majority, and that the majority of people don't represent the majority of people. Universal health care is not a "far-left" policy, it's supported by the majority of Americans, including candidate Trump. All Republican presidents of recent history pursued civil prosecution of border crossings, and the majority of Americans support the current role of abortion.
  3. MunoRN

    Presidential Election 2020

    I would agree that given the wide range of situations these terms could include, it's important to clarify when on the spectrum these conditions fall, but a "concentration camp" is a facility that hold a particular subgroup of people, usually in overcrowded conditions, which would appear to qualify to these detention centers. Whether it's "inhumane" could be described as whether these facilities exceed the number of detainees they were designed to hold humanely, they currently hold many times what they were designed to. As for "torture", Trump has admitted they are pursuing the criminal rather than civil prosecution process specifically because it gives them cause to separate children from their parents, I would say that could fall under the broad definition of "torture".
  4. MunoRN

    Presidential Election 2020

    The description of conditions in the migrant detention facilities comes from the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General, there's been no evidence that the report is false
  5. MunoRN

    Media behaving badly

    That's sort of a misleading excerpt by itself, I get her point that rape / forced sex / aggressive sex has been 'sexified' with the most common example being Fifty Shades of Gray. She's clarifying that her experience was more on the violent sexual assault side than the Fifty Shades of Gray side. Her description of what she claims occurred: Also from your quoted source: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/this-horrific-rape-accusation-against-donald-trump-deserves-to-be-considered-carefully-and-seriously
  6. MunoRN

    Presidential Election 2020

    That doesn't seem to state anywhere that public defecation is allowed, SF reported 423 citations for public defecation last year, although I doubt that does much. I would agree however that part of the problem is too much tolerance in many cases, although given the number of public restrooms in these areas it's figured that a large portion of public poop is due to the mentally ill population, and I'm not sure that handing out tickets or even putting these people in jail does much to solve the mentally ill homeless problem.
  7. MunoRN

    Presidential Election 2020

    The demand for high-density residential areas which the 10 million figure was based on didn't materialize, the demand was for single family detached homes so the market and the zoning adjusted to meet that demand. Are you saying that this instance of the government following market demands is a liberal policy? And that if the government had instead forced high density housing down the throat of a market that didn't want it, that would be an example of conservative policies? There is certainly data to be found which shows that the fears of property value losses by those in single family home residential areas are not always as bad as they fear, but it's the belief (whether legit or not) that your house won't be worth as much if a apartment/tenement is built next door that drives the resistance to changing single family zoning to high density. https://la.curbed.com/2018/9/10/17827982/single-family-houses-los-angeles-zoning-rules-explained
  8. MunoRN

    Presidential Election 2020

    So employers should be free to pay employees a penny per hour and leave it up to taxpayers to pay their basic living expenses?
  9. MunoRN

    Presidential Election 2020

    Not as much of that graphic came through as I thought it would. The dark red areas have a potential of going from the lowest income quintile to the highest, about 5%, whereas the lighter orange to pale have a potential of 10% or more of having significant upward economic mobility.
  10. MunoRN

    Presidential Election 2020

    I'm not sure where you're getting that the historical conditions that initially favored single family home zoning, and that have resisted drastic changes to that zoning for more than 50 years in LA are somehow "bad liberal policy". Single family zoning in residential areas of LA initially came about like it does in every metro area, the area outside of downtown was cheap and plentiful. In the mid 1900's the federal government pushed to maintain single family zone where it had existed because a large number of these homes were under federal loans, and changing zoning to multi-unit decreases the value of the single family homes, which then puts taxpayers at risk of losing large amounts of money on these loans. The issue of losing home value has persisted ever since, homeowners don't want to lose money, which I'm not sure how that's necessarily a "liberal policy".
  11. MunoRN

    Presidential Election 2020

    A rolling economy and low unemployment by themselves don't decrease wealth disparity, if the increased wealth that rolling economy brings is going solely to the already wealthy and all those jobs are part of a ongoing transition to lower paying or stagnate wage growth then it can actually worsen wealth disparity. I don't disagree that Trump doesn't have plans to decrease wealth disparity, he announced in a just released Telemundo interview that he now supports raising the federal minimum wage well above $15 an hour.
  12. MunoRN

    Presidential Election 2020

    There's a study that compares specific metro areas, but it's behind a paywall, this map captures the gist of it though:
  13. MunoRN

    Media behaving badly

    So "what happens" is that two reporters for news sites I've never heard, Judd Apatow, and Adam Scott disagree with him? I get that Fox is trying to portray liberals and democrats as having just as much of a problem with political tribalism as conservatives and republicans, but it sort of fell flat. I would agree though that AOC is an example of the political tribalism we need to be wary of, but her rise to prominence is more of a response to the tribalism on the other side, not the cause of it.
  14. MunoRN

    Presidential Election 2020

    This term gets thrown around a lot, but what exactly are you referring to? Isn't requiring that businesses pay their employees a 'redistribution of wealth'? Over the last 45 years or so, nearly all the increased wealth due to economic growth has gone to the top 10%, and an ever increasing amount of our country's total wealth has been concentrating at the top, how is that not a "redistribution of wealth"?
  15. MunoRN

    Presidential Election 2020

    Your argument is like saying hospitals obviously make people sick instead of treating illness because there are so many sick people in hospitals. One of the main causes cited in "Seattle is Dying" for the surge in homelessness is that it's become known as a good place to go if your poor. There are two reasons for this, the first is that your chance of escaping poverty in Seattle and the other 'liberal' cities you've mentioned is 2 to 3 times better than in traditional republican strongholds. I don't think helping people escape poverty is a goal worthy of criticism. The tricky part of programs that help people escape poverty is that they can be taken advantage of by those who have no desire to escape poverty and just want to take advantage of that system. I would agree that preventing these people from abusing the system requires continuous vigilance to prevent this, but I don't think that even these liberal cities fail to recognize that. My retired dad volunteers at a drop-in center for the poor and homeless, funded by the same programs you're suggesting are part of the problem. It's very much the prototypical bleeding heart liberal sort of place, yet they have impressively little tolerance for those just looking to take advantage of the system. People who need and want help, and who are looking to improve their situation have access to various forms of assistance, those who don't are prohibited from even going inside the drop-in center, there's certainly no coddling of those who aren't interested in bettering their situation.
  16. MunoRN

    Special Council Muller Report

    In a special counsel investigation the appointed special counsel not only has the right, but is required to present the findings of the investigation based on the directives given by the person appointing them. Investigations into impeachable offenses are not limited to criminal charges and never have been. In the case of both Watergate and the Starr investigation, both were to investigate wrongdoing by the President and refer those findings to congress for consideration of impeachment, the same thing that has happened here. Do you disagree that impeachment should have been pursued against Nixon?
  17. MunoRN

    Presidential Election 2020

    Would he then also go to all of the states under complete republican state governments (governor, house, senate) yet have higher unemployment rates than California? Arizona, Ohio, West Virginia, Mississippi, Georgia, and South Carolina?
  18. MunoRN

    Special Council Muller Report

    I'll bite. While there are any number of reasons to justify impeachment, it is compelling to hear a direct comparison of Nixon's actions and those of his staff that led to impeachment, and those of Trump and his staff. It is a bit eerie how nearly identical the circumstances, the only differences between Trump and Nixon is that there is arguably a more compelling case for impeaching Trump than there was for Nixon. Having Dean lay this comparison was a bit of political theater, but the substance behind it is still the same. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/10/full-text-watergate-john-dean-trump-obstruction-1358916
  19. MunoRN

    The President Donald Trump Thread

    The common ground that exists between Trump supporters and anti-Trumpers is unlikely to be found in a conversation between two latently fascist Islamaphobes, but I agree that it can be found. I think the anti-Trump crowd is all-too-aware of the reasons Owens and Baio support Trump; they feel government leaders have lost the core principles of what America stands for.
  20. MunoRN

    The President Donald Trump Thread

    It's paying attention to the "why" that's concerns me. I'd like to think that most people voted for Trump because of his policy positions, although despite failing to achieve the majority of his goals on actual policy (ie repeal and replace, deficit reduction, etc) his support hasn't really changed. The one thing that his support tracks along with is that he's consistently been a petty, name-calling, narcissistic bully, as far as I can tell, that's the main "why" people voted and continue to maintain support for him.
  21. MunoRN

    Special Council Muller Report

    As I've said before, I don't want impeachment to happen, the effect would be a less functional government than it already is and would add more divisiveness to an already sharply divided electorate. Republicans would claim there are democrats who want to impeach mainly because of political differences with Trump, and they'd be right, and Democrats would claim Republicans are only opposing impeachment because they politically ally with Trump, and they'd also be right. But there does come a point where impeachment has to happen because that's what a truly great country does when faced with a fundamentally corrupt President, and I think we might be at that point. Russian interference is a basic threat to our sovereignty, and we have a President who traded the protection of that sovereignty for protection of himself and his inner circle, that's a level of corruption that exceeds what we should allow in the position of President. Even with a generous benefit of the doubt, there doesn't appear to be any basis for believing that Trump wasn't concerned about the investigation, and there's plenty of reasons why he had good reason to be concerned, so I'm not buying that he just accidently acted really guilty. He knew his campaign had been at least attempting to coordinate with the Russian government, and publically admitted to interfering with the investigation because they were looking into Russian interference and Trump campaign ties to the Russian government.
  22. MunoRN

    The President Donald Trump Thread

    You're correct that a private employer doesn't have to follow the first amendment, the President of the United States certainly does however, so when players voice their opinion by kneeling and the President says "maybe they shouldn't be in this country", and threatens to increase the taxes of NFL teams that's pretty clearly a constitutional violation. There's certainly been an increase in "meanspirited" behavior lately, although maybe having a President who hasn't gone even 24 hours without calling a woman he disagrees with "nasty" isn't helping the general tone.
  23. MunoRN

    Special Council Muller Report

    ? Maybe you could expand on that, because no, all is not good now.
  24. MunoRN

    The President Donald Trump Thread

    I do give him credit for doing a good job of reading a speech (that someone else wrote), and at least give him credit for not firing someone who can put together a meaningful speech. That all sort of fell apart though when he decided to get into petty political whining with a cemetery behind him where relatives of many Americans, including myself, are in the ground.
  25. MunoRN

    Seriously flawed thinking.

    I'm confused, it's against TOS to openly wonder what happened to the OP?
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