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  • “Hogwash!" and Other Down-to-Earth Observations   23 hours 7 min ago
    Quote Palindromedary:ZZ #416: I cannot tell a lie....I did not have sex with that cherry tree! Although, if you watch the movie "The Piano"... oh, well, what happens in New Zealand...stays in New Zealand! In the 19th century, maybe, but I'm not so sure about now. ;-}


    The Piano, yeah. That's among my all-time favorites. I mean, how many movies can you name that come as close to respecting and acknowledging female sexuality as a thing? How many movies can you name that value anticipation and sensibility, or just plain eroticism? Really really cool, that one.

    Quote Palindromedary:

    “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first six of them sharpening my axe.” -Abraham Lincoln Beware of the evil servers lurking in the shadows! Yeah, I know, it sounds kinda nuts if you have no idea what I am referring to. Maybe this will help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=011wfWpKaak&list=PL01324EDAD7DB9B40

    Huh? I still have no idea what you're referring to. For one thing, I have a Mac, so all of that Windows stuff is useless, whatever he's up to.

    Btw, I'm sure you know way more than I do about music and composers. I can't really comment on Lynch, etc. :-)

  • “Hogwash!" and Other Down-to-Earth Observations   23 hours 9 min ago
    Quote douglaslee:

    ZZ, I wouldn't assault your cherry unless you wanted me to.*

    Graphic-Problem-Solving-Graphics- if you have any budding artists, graphic design is an under appreciated field.

    *Manhattans are always good, a perfect Manhattan with a cherry is great. I don't like them unless they're perfect.


    You better not come after my cherry unless I wanted you to! NO means NO, buddy boy, though come to think of it, I've never had a Manhattan, with or without the cherry. I usually go for a Martini with an olive, or five. Or ten. What the hey— just hand over all the olives. And I won't be sharing.

    I was a professional graphic designer for about ten years, 'til I retired from the working life altogether. You'd never know, however, judging by my blog's design. I never got into web design, and so I'm stuck with Blogger. I hate Blogger's interface. Can't do a thing with it. I'm sure it's me, but oye... Anyway, the book looks like a good one. My favorite for anyone starting out is The Elements of Graphic Design by Alex White. I see you can get it for one cent now. Whoopie. There's a second edition too.

  • Overdue farewell to dogma   23 hours 22 min ago

    Demandside and Combad57 -- great posts!!!!

  • Courage, Competence and Conviction...   23 hours 25 min ago

    Washington was a long-distance guy top to bottom and left to right and when he handed the military over to civilian authority there weren't no dry eye in the house..No one had done that in history at that time.

    I'm for promoting females now, though, for their collectivity, their responsibility, and their absence of lousy social skills like us men.

  • “Hogwash!" and Other Down-to-Earth Observations   23 hours 52 min ago

    douglaslee: Funny vid!!!

    The second one, Land of Confusion, was really weird...craziest looking puppets I've ever seen...very good likeness of Reagan. Scary!

    The I can't dance vid had a catchy tune ... that lucky lizard!!! Oh, well!

  • 40 Years Of Women's Lib For This?   1 day 39 sec ago
    Quote DynoDon:

    There were plenty of women in the video. Where was the protection of the sisterhood? Why complain about rape in a frat house if you ignore it when it occurs publicly? Has the opening of the Pandora's Box of female sexuality by feminists brought us to this point of Bacchanalian behavior? Where is the feminist outcry about the consequences of drug and alcohol use?

    Who's ignoring it when it happens in public?!!! Did I say public rape was okay? Hardly!!! I simply pointed out that I couldn't see anything in the video, "so why do you keep showing it?" That's not approval. My not seeing anybody being raped in a video doesn't mean I'm denying it happened, as I SAID!

    Did you not notice that I referred to "young people," not men standing around watching, and young people includes females. Do you not understand that women have been indoctrinated by pornography as well?

    But no, you want to pretend that "feminism" is responsible for "Bacchanalian behavior," as if the main means of sex education in this society is not pornography. You're completely wrong about that. It's pornography which brainwashes young people into sexism and misogyny, and teaches women to disown their self-esteem, to accept male sexuality as being about denigration, insult, and violence, and female sexuality about enjoying and deserving rape.

    That's not anything near to the values of authentic feminism. The feminism you're thinking of is "third wave," which denies the values of feminism itself, and, instead, adopts the misogyny and sexism of this neo-liberal age, acquiescing to the role of sex-object for the sake of getting along within a sexist paradigm, and thereby erasing authentic feminism.

    Quote DynoDon:

    My point has always been that old school feminists need to take responsibilty for the good and bad effects on women that their 40 years of efforts have created.


    It's clear you have learned NOTHING from these eight pages of discussion. You refer to "old school feminists," displaying your ignorance of the movement there; you demonstrate no awareness whatsoever of the backlash against the women's liberation movement and feminism, a backlash during the 1980s against a background of Reagan-Thatcher, neo-liberal "individualism," a backlash that spawned the phony "women's empowerment feminism" of the phony "third wave," that held feminism as a matter of individualism, not of collective liberation, a phony "feminism" that pretty much supports the supposed "bad effects" you're so big on bringing up over and over again. If you could for once stop ascribing to feminism, in general, the BS culture brought to us via conservative, or libertarian, "feminism," I might feel like continuing this discussion with you. As it is, talking to you is like talking to a cement block— nothing penetrates; everything slides right off and bounces on the sidewalk.

    The question becomes, Why bother?

  • “Hogwash!" and Other Down-to-Earth Observations   1 day 21 min ago

    ZZ #416: I cannot tell a lie....I did not have sex with that cherry tree! Although, if you watch the movie "The Piano"... oh, well, what happens in New Zealand...stays in New Zealand! In the 19th century, maybe, but I'm not so sure about now. ;-}

    “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first six of them sharpening my axe.”

    -Abraham Lincoln

    Beware of the evil servers lurking in the shadows! Yeah, I know, it sounds kinda nuts if you have no idea what I am referring to. Maybe this will help:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=011wfWpKaak&list=PL01324EDAD7DB9B40

  • TPP   1 day 31 min ago

    Can we use the "F" word yet? Fascism just absolutely can't happen here. This is the land of baseball apple pie and Chev Toyota...

    The TPP is a large, secret trade agreement
    Alan Grayson
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/1865

  • Conscious apocalypse: outliving our ruling institutions   1 day 46 min ago

    "free-thinkers" REQUIRE ambiguity to function.

    Have you noticed my avatar? It has many interpretations. Don Maclean said ambiguity was his intent in American Pie. Only mathematics cannot be ambiguous. The field of law is based on ambiguity, at least as it is written and then as it is enforced, then as it is applied in the courts once enforcement produces a result, then challenged if the reult is not accepted. Cordelia Fine or the author she was reviewing, Tavris, said 'we Jews are the only religion that spends all their time arguing with God'. Talk about ambiguity, then toss in the constitution. The GOP will not agree to any treaty for anything because it takes away 'the fudge*' or their ability to lie, falsify, and defraud. If there is no law you can't break it.

    *technical term I learned in design school

  • Overdue farewell to dogma   1 day 1 hour ago

    Captitalism has been around long enough now so that we should be getting a handle on how it behaves. The texts I read many years ago extolled the virtues of the system and its leading to efficiencies through "natural forces" of supply and demand. For the most part it kind of does that. What the charts and graphs don't seem to acknowledge is the human element.

    The very structure of a capitalistic enterprise is tyrannical. The decision makers are required to make their conclusions dispassionately which enexorably leads to the labor portion of the equation to be treated as a commodity in the same way as raw material. Capitalism by definition acknowledges competition. Survival of the fittest fits that mold which not only implies failure and success but eventually leads to oligopoly and even monopoly as the weaker competitors fall by the wayside. Thus the system can be described as predatory.

    Human nature being what it is, it's not surprising that unfettered free market capitalism is a system that leads to power imbalances. Profit motive vs the public good is often the conflict and the rules of the game currently favor the rights of the predator. Economics is often described as the "dark science" to the extent that it can be described as a science. The study of economics in academia is rife with mathematics including algorithms and relationships which are presumed as existing in the natural world. In that study the human element is removed except to say that the human will behave as the algorithm expects it to.

    Palley and Horn reveal the weaknesses as they debunk the common wisdom of the old saws one by one. This is stuff you won't learn in Econ 101.

  • “Hogwash!" and Other Down-to-Earth Observations   1 day 1 hour ago

    ZZ #414: I sure like that Angelo Badalamenti(A. Bad) music. He composed a lot of music for David Lynch's movies which I like a lot, too.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srqIymNRVYc&list=PLj4Rs-RdMU-xs5xCBZUK_P...

    Julee Cruise (beautiful voice and very pretty)...base guitar...Badalamenti music...wow! David Lynch is a genius and so is Badalamenti.

    I like Rod Stewart's music too but somewhere along the line I heard something about gerbils or was it swallowing something...I don't remember...I like his voice though...no matter what he swallowed or....

  • The Weight- Bluegrass Style   1 day 1 hour ago

    Great opening chords the lyrics are not money for nothing and chicks for free

    woops, that was the link for a post on the Hogwash thread. Mark Knopfler and friends at Albert Hall was my intent, bet it was Jesus' fault.

    Found it again maybe because I sent 18 million dollars to friends of Jesus? In the side bar options some great versions of Sweet Home Chicago, but Asylum Choir has them all beat. Listen to the next song Down on the Base withn great lyrics "He'll give a dollar for your fingers, 2 dollars for your eyes, you'll pay price of freedom boys you realize?" this was during Viet Nam.

  • 40 Years Of Women's Lib For This?   1 day 1 hour ago

    There were plenty of women in the video. Where was the protection of the sisterhood? Why complain about rape in a frat house if you ignore it when it occurs publicly? Has the opening of the Pandora's Box of female sexuality by feminists brought us to this point of Bacchanalian behavior? Where is the feminist outcry about the consequences of drug and alcohol use?

    My point has always been that old school feminists need to take responsibilty for the good and bad effects on women that their 40 years of efforts have created.

  • 40 Years Of Women's Lib For This?   1 day 2 hours ago

    I guess this women decided being in critical condition in a hospital was better than a DUI. This occurred about 3 miles from me.

    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/fleeing-658553-flips-placentia.html

    "Woman flips car after fleeing DUI checkpoint

    PLACENTIA - A woman fled from a DUI checkpoint early Saturday morning and led officers on a chase that ended when she flipped her car over construction equipment.

    The 44-year-old woman is in critical condition, with a DUI and crash investigation pending.

    The incident started when the woman approached a checkpoint in the 300 block of East Orangethorpe Avenue in Placentia at around 1 a.m., Placentia Police Sgt. Joe Connell said. She sped off in her white Volkswagen Beetle, blowing through a stoplight at Kramer Boulevard.

    She continued to speed up, Connell said, until she collided with temporary railings blocking off Orangethorpe Avenue at Thames Street in Anaheim for construction underway there. The Volkswagen launched over a bulldozer that was parked along the curb and landed on its roof, pinned between a block wall and the bulldozer.

    Orange County Fire Authority and Anaheim Fire had to pull the driver from the vehicle. She was transported to UC Irvine Medical Center.

    No one else was in the vehicle or involved in the crash."

  • Home Loan Mods Do More Harm Than Good   1 day 2 hours ago

    Does home ownership only involve shelter? The article above and the constant wave of refinancing advertising here in SoCAL shows that it's not. So when the kumbaya libs insist on bailouts for homeowners, it's not about shelter. It's about people making profit. That's how renter's tax money ends up going to greedy homeowners. Get smart suckers-find yourself an entitled class to join or be a loser in the game.

  • “Hogwash!" and Other Down-to-Earth Observations   1 day 2 hours ago
  • 40 Years Of Women's Lib For This?   1 day 2 hours ago

    Bringing the goddesses back to reality.

  • Fast Track, TPP and TTIP Should Be Scrapped!   1 day 2 hours ago

    And these are the jobs we get stuck with.

    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-inland-empire-warehouses-20150419-...

    Inland Empire sees surge in warehouse jobs, but many are low-pay, temporary

  • Conscious apocalypse: outliving our ruling institutions   1 day 2 hours ago

    good morning all, ty for everyone's assurance that no one is offended by questions, disagreements. (too much having been conditioned to walk eggshells myself, lol)

    So, taking it all in, a variety of opinion, cool. A variety of dissagreement, also cool, much about definition it seems (what is "safe"- varies amonst the group), so I agree w/.ren that musch is about the limits within the dare I say language "system" (Chomsky, yes).

    At one level, we "think" within language, once we learn one? So, a broader vocabularity leads to broader thinking? Or just the ability to express one's thoughts to another more accurately? Ideally, I think it's a combo of intuition, "gut", gets routed to the frontal lobe for processing, then language. One way I'm trying to understand "mindfullness" is that after the "gut" thought is processed into language, mindfullness means re-submitting the language back to the "gut" for approval (?--give the gut a chance to play editor), then back to language, then out of the mouth, hands, or pen. It's not a purely linear system, "mindfullness"? This is how to transition from "react", which is linear, to "respond", which has a loop? Would this be heuristic? (am I making any sense lol).

    I clicked the link to wiki for heuristic, in () it said "disambiguous". I find the concept of ambiguity/disambiguity facinating. I think that too plays a huge part in our processing. I think "authoritarians" absoluetly cannot even in the slightest feel comfortable with ambiguity, they need rigid black/white systems to function. Dogma. For lack of a better term, "free-thinkers" REQUIRE ambiguity to function.

    "safety" for some therefore might mean the minimization or better still complete absence of ambiguity, while for others, "safety" exists in the minimization of dogma, more ambiguity. For either type of thinker, if they can achieve that "safety" zone, this is "freedom"?

    ps this is how I define Atheism/Agnosticism, those who are comfortable with more ambiguity as opposed to Fudamentalists that cannot live with possibility of ambiguity.

    So how is it possible eg, that there are 2 people who are completely equal in language skills, vocab, etc., yet one can be dogmatic disambiguity thinker, the other person the polar opposite, ambiguity embracer? I wonder, limits of language is not only in how it's used externally, but internally as well. Person A uses the linear thinking process, person B uses the more non-linear process ("mindfullness"???), why the output is diff.

    whew, I just thought myself out! : ). Think I'll retreat, and go do some "mindless" chores and let y'all sort it out! seriously, I look forward to the responses from yous guys.......take care, be well, ..............mlk

  • Fast Track, TPP and TTIP Should Be Scrapped!   1 day 2 hours ago

    http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-ford-toyota-mexico-factor...

    Giant Ford and Toyota investments help fuel Mexican auto industry boom

  • “Hogwash!" and Other Down-to-Earth Observations   1 day 2 hours ago

    ZZ, I wouldn't assault your cherry unless you wanted me to.*

    Graphic-Problem-Solving-Graphics- if you have any budding artists, graphic design is an under appreciated field.

    *Manhattans are always good, a perfect Manhattan with a cherry is great. I don't like them unless they're perfect.

  • Robin Hood: Why Ayn Rand Got It Wrong   1 day 2 hours ago

    So, you've unearthed someone else's work which draws a distinction between the delusions of Ayn Rand and the fairy tale Robin Hood.

    Is this supposed to prove your brand of Libertarianism is more pure than Rand's or that your perspective on the fairy tale is different than your average Joe?

    Based on your not providing any of your own input, it is really hard to say? Kind of a Libertarian Rorschach Test I guess?

  • Thom Hartman's perception of Sweden is incredibly unrealistic   1 day 2 hours ago

    The Brits started it. That is why it is called Londonstan. You can mix race, culture and riligion are more difficult.

  • Questions for supporters of Minimum Wage laws   1 day 3 hours ago
    Quote polycarp2:Note that in Germany where unions have Constitutional guarantees, an auto worker starts at $60 an hour. In the U.S., they now start at $14 an hour.

    I'm not so sure about your candy bar analogy, but I had to check this claim out about German worker having some sort of constitutional guarantee for myself. According to http://www.forbes.com/sites/frederickallen/2011/12/21/germany-builds-twi...

    In 2010, Germany produced more than 5.5 million automobiles; the U.S produced 2.7 million. At the same time, the average auto worker in Germany made $67.14 per hour in salary in benefits; the average one in the U.S. made $33.77 per hour. Yet Germany’s big three car companies—BMW, Daimler (Mercedes-Benz ), and Volkswagen—are very profitable.

    How can that be? The question is explored in a new article from Remapping Debate, a public policy e-journal. Its author, Kevin C. Brown, writes that “the salient difference is that, in Germany, the automakers operate within an environment that precludes a race to the bottom; in the U.S., they operate within an environment that encourages such a race.”

    There are “two overlapping sets of institutions” in Germany that guarantee high wages and good working conditions for autoworkers. The first is IG Metall, the country’s equivalent of the United Automobile Workers. Virtually all Germany’s car workers are members, and though they have the right to strike, they “hardly use it, because there is an elaborate system of conflict resolution that regularly is used to come to some sort of compromise that is acceptable to all parties,” according to Horst Mund, an IG Metall executive. The second institution is the German constitution, which allows for “works councils” in every factory, where management and employees work together on matters like shop floor conditions and work life. Mund says this guarantees cooperation, “where you don’t always wear your management pin or your union pin.”

    Mund points out that this goes

    "against all mainstream wisdom of the neo-liberals. We have strong unions, we have strong social security systems, we have high wages. So, if I believed what the neo-liberals are arguing, we would have to be bankrupt, but apparently this is not the case. Despite high wages . . . despite our possibility to influence companies, the economy is working well in Germany."

    As Michael Maibach, president and chief executive of the European American Business Council, puts it, union-management relations in the U.S. are “adversarial,” whereas in Germany they’re “collaborative.”

    ==================================

    A caveat about the above... the base year was 2010 when the US auto industry was still in trouble. And the US produces more than cars. Here are 2010 stats Germany first... then car/commercial vehicles, then the total

    5,552,409__ 353,576__5,905,985
    2,731,105__5,011,988__7,743,093

    http://www.oica.net/category/production-statistics/2010-statistics/

    For 2014
    5,604,026__303,522__5,907,548
    4,253,098__7,407,601__11,660,699

    http://www.oica.net/category/production-statistics/

    Of course wage and total national production are two different things.

  • Questions for supporters of Minimum Wage laws   1 day 3 hours ago
    Quote Dexterous:All good questions that will stop the MW argument in it's tracks.

    Looks like, as usual, you were wrong...

    It's sad you never seem to learn anything here.

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