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Duquesne Frog last won the day on November 12 2018

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About Duquesne Frog

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  1. Duquesne Frog

    God save us....

    And in case you were thinking to yourself, paying hush money to porn stars and pee tapes hasn't quite been salacious enough, a "sex expert" woman who is chained up in a Thai prison and was banging (one of) the oligarchs that Manafort was dealing with claims to have tapes of said oligarch meeting with Americans ... Belarusan model who touted evidence of Trump-Russia ties peads guilty in Thailand
  2. Duquesne Frog

    God save us....

    I'm not sure whether this makes the case for or against the FDA, but came across this that debunks a meme that lettuce killed more people in 2018 than undocumented migrants, but notes that if the meme had been more general and claimed food-borne illnesses killed more people than undocumented migrants, it would have been correct: https://www.politifact.com/facebook-fact-checks/statements/2019/jan/15/viral-image/did-lettuce-kill-more-americans-undocumented-immig/
  3. Duquesne Frog

    Too early to start a 2018-19 Basketball thread?

    66-36 with 14 to go. We are destroying them ...
  4. Duquesne Frog

    TGBDS: Epic Randomness

    Stay hard, Mel Stottlemyre ...
  5. Duquesne Frog

    Clemson v. Alabama

    Let's keep it sports, folks ...
  6. Duquesne Frog

    Graduate Transfer QBs

    Noater's Wimbush transferring to UCF https://sports.yahoo.com/ex-notre-dame-qb-brandon-wimbush-announces-transfer-ucf-171003004.html
  7. Duquesne Frog

    God save us....

    And while we are talking about problems that Capitalism (and perhaps the human brain and society altogether) are poorly equipped to solve (and our president and much of his party refuses to acknowledge), particularly when most of the solutions go against the profit margins of 6 of the 9 largest international corporations on the planet ... Antarctica is losing ice 6 times faster today than in 1980s Melting in West Antarctica and the Antarctica Peninsula account for about four-fifths of the ice loss. East Antarctica’s melting “increases the risk of multiple meter (more than 10 feet) sea level rise over the next century or so,” Rignot said
  8. Duquesne Frog

    God save us....

    As I reread this, I'm not sure if your point is that I am wrong to assert that the robber barons did or did not use government money. My main thesis was neither, but it was that that age represented the closest the American economy has ever come to the "utopic" laissez faire economy of minimal government intrusion. Certainly at no time since has there been less. And with that lack of government intrusion, we got gross abuses of the working class, gross manipulation of money and commodities markets, a rapid succession of recessions and depressions, gross income inequality, inhumane working conditions, slavery and the de facto slavery of tenant farming/sharecropping ... I could go on. And while we are talking about food safety, I don't think most would view the 19th Century as a bastion for healthful consumer products. And lets not forget the massive (necessarily) government-led sanitation projects of this era which (along with government-imposed vaccinations) are almost single-handedly responsible for the doubling of average life spans since the 19th century. And despite all of that, the robber barrons most certainly did benefit from government aid, while the government put minimal restrictions on their behavior. The very creation of National Parks in the western United States was motivated not only by the desire to protect pristine land from human development (again, a negative outcome of capitalism), but also to give the railroad magnates tourist attractions to encourage passenger traffic on the railroads. The government imposed steep tariffs on international competition to aid American industrialists, tariffs that funded the government rather than the income tax people here are objecting to. Which is not to say that any of the incomplete list of problems I listed above have gone away. But I think it is quite hard to argue that public oversight not driven by profit-motive is not a significant contributor to the improvements that have occurred in those areas over the last 150 years and more. And finally, let me try to head this potential argument/accusation/strawman off at the pass ... I am NOT advocating for communism or some other left-wing utopian ideology. I do not think we are better off with publically held capital as a general rule. I am advocating for a pragmatic sliding-scale interpretation of economics in practice over an (IMO) impractical ideologically driven either/or interpretation of economics. And that the right-wing utopia is no more reasonable than the left-wing one.
  9. Duquesne Frog

    TGBDS: Epic Randomness

    So @Boston Frog, what are you doing today to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great Molasses Flood? Surely the most bizarre disaster in the history of humankind ... Great Molasses Flood
  10. Duquesne Frog

    TGBDS: Epic Randomness

    In the "Bet You Didn't Know They Weren't Already Dead" department, stay hard, Carol Channing ...
  11. Duquesne Frog

    TGBDS: Epic Randomness

    Jesus has got to mix up his workout routines, you know, shock the muscle memory ...
  12. Duquesne Frog

    TGBDS: Epic Randomness

    As a Catholic by proxy, I wouldn't say ripped Jesus is standard at Catholic churches, but by far the buffest Jesus I've seen was behind the altar at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in DC ...
  13. Duquesne Frog

    God save us....

    I argue that you do utilize their services and benefit, you just do not acknowledge it. Let me ask this. Say we privatize the function of the FDA. What is the profit motivation for a private entity to do it? If that motivation existed, wouldn't the private growers do it themselves? What evidence do we have that they would? If the planters of the romaine lettuce had the foresight to test for E. coli in their product before it went out the door, why didn't they? Did they make a decision (perhaps implicit, perhaps explicit) that the cost of testing their product wasn't worth the potential hit to their market share if they let it out? Do you, at this point, know which grower to avoid buying from and how to spot their product when you go to the store? As far as I have read, we still don't know exactly whose lettuce had the E.coli on it. Last I heard, no one as yet had been able to track it back to the grower. Why didn't the grower fess up to letting their product get out? Did they have a profit incentive not to? And then there is the obvious point, going back to the flaws of free market capitalism - what if you don't have the means to hire your own private food tester? Phuc you?
  14. Duquesne Frog

    God save us....

    The point was that Libertarian/Anarchism and Communism are both academic ideals that have not, and I would argue, cannot, ever truly be implemented in any kind of practicable manner. For either of those utopias to exist, they require behavior from human society that runs counter to all manner of historical precedence.