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  • If Oil Stays Cheap and Plentiful.....   12 hours 30 min ago

    I certainly got rid of my pickup truck. And got a more economical vehicle. Maybe I should just get a bike. ;-}

  • If Oil Stays Cheap and Plentiful.....   12 hours 32 min ago

    Gee, rs allen, where did you ever get such a pleasant personality? You are pretty funny! You don't suffer from any mental diseases do you? Anyway, I'm sure your doctor would tell you that you should try calming down before you have a stroke or something. ;-}

  • Wellness Programs, the Business Roundtable and Corpo-Fascist Activism   12 hours 34 min ago
    Quote RichardofJeffersonCity:First question you should ask yourself, gumball. Who has influence over government? I'm sure you believe it's welfare mothers and unions, but an honest evaluation would reveal a much different answer, if you're willing to look.

    Ultimately the majority has the greatest influence on government. That is the problem.

  • Wellness Programs, the Business Roundtable and Corpo-Fascist Activism   12 hours 35 min ago

    I can choose where to work, when it comes to government I do not have that option. The government is chosen by the majority, programs and taxes that are imposed are not voluntary.

    I do not have a "hatred for democracy", I have concerns about the "tyranny of the majority". If the majority decide "x" then everyone has to go along with it, even if it intrudes upon the freedom and choices of individuals.

    "We have to govern ourselves because nobody is qualified to rule over us". Is the majority qualified to rule on how I structure my life?

  • 2ed Amendment "Remedies": Thom Repeats Gun Nut Talking Points   12 hours 38 min ago
    Quote ulTRAX:I have no idea what US code you're referring to unless it's the 1903 Dick Act and if that's the case you're trying to retroactively declare original intent of the Framers with a law written 115 years later. Others have tried this amusing approach. Is THAT what you're trying to do?

    For the record... the Dick Act creates a distinction between the real constitutional militia which are to be renamed the state national guards, and a "reserve militia". There is absolutely NO specified role for this "reserve militia" in this legislation.

    How can one identify the real well regulated constitutional militia? Simple. They must be subject to the constitutional requirements of Article 1, Sec 8... AND subject to call up for duty by the President. They must be subject to STATE control. The state national guards are the well-regulated constitutional militias of Art 1 and of the Second... albeit now they have a duel role as part of the Army.

    Of course this doesn't stop Gun Nuts from asserting as true, something that's not.

  • Those Who Have Hours and Hours Every Week to Type and to Read Different Web Articles Don't Have Time to Make an Actual Contribution to Society   12 hours 41 min ago

    I agree with Thom that activists need to focus on political organizing. Pali, your post is well-said but even large numbers of people in one place fisting the air is not going to change things. Even a general strike in and of itself would not, because the same people with the same social networks would be the ones managing the transition. That's not to say that something good wouldn't come out of it, but it would be temporary and probably only very temporary since once everybody was safe back at home the social elite would be left to operate with a free (and invisible) hand once more.

  • Three Members of Congress Just Reignited the Cold War While No One Was Looking.   12 hours 42 min ago

    Without question Congress is a criminal enterprise.

    Paul Craig Roberts - US Government Most Corrupt on Earth

    On the teetering economy and possible economic collapse, former Assistant Treasury Secretary Dr. Paul Craig Roberts says, “We know something serious is wrong. The only provision of Dodd-Frank that has any teeth is the provision that says if the big banks are going to be casinos and gamble on derivatives, they cannot do that in the depository institution where depositors have their accounts. They have to farm it out into subsidiaries. So, if the subsidiaries get into trouble, the subsidiaries have no access to depositor’s money. This is the only real reform part of Dodd-Frank. Citigroup got put into the recent spending bill, the repeal of this, so banks can gamble on derivatives, and taxpayers and depositors are on the hook for the losses. Why would you do that unless you had a lot of derivatives trouble. It could easily be the oil derivatives. . . . The banks can gamble all they want and they are covered by the FDIC, which has no money. . . . This gives the banks access to depositor’s money. . . . This is sick, and it shows the United States government is the most corrupt government on earth, far more corrupt than Russia or China.”

  • If Oil Stays Cheap and Plentiful.....   12 hours 47 min ago

    The other thing that comes with lower gas prices is that dummies will decide "I'm gonna buy that bayig pickup truck with the bayig hemmie in it". These are people who make up for small penis size with a "bayig pickup truck" and these are trucks that NEVER haul anything.

  • 2ed Amendment "Remedies": Thom Repeats Gun Nut Talking Points   12 hours 51 min ago
    Quote Kilosqrd:

    Sorry ultrax but you are all wrong. "the security of a free State" means the Nation-State, just as Madison's draft reads.

    Have you even read Madison's draft? It reads as I said

    The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; a well armed and well regulated militia being the best security of a free country; but no person religiously scrupulous of bearing arms shall be compelled to render military service in person.

    http://www.usconstitution.net/madisonbor.html

    There is NOTHING in the Constitution and NO law that permits state militias to be used to use armed forces to take on the federal government. But there is a guarantee that the federal government guarantees states will have a republican government. The Militia Acts of 1792 make clear the purpose of the constitutional militias. http://www.constitution.org/mil/mil_act_1792.htm and there is NO tolerance there or in the Constitution for another Daniel Shays type rebellion. And why would there be? SHAYS ATTACKED THE FEDERAL ARSENAL IN SPRINGFIELD MASS. It was one of the main reasons the proponents of a strong government prevailed at the so-called Constitutional Convention.

    Quote Kilosqrd: Also, the word "militia" applies to people, not arms. The Second Amendment applies to all qualified American citizens as defined by U.S. Title Code and other appropriate laws ( i.e. convicted felons are revoked, etc).
    I have no idea what US code you're referring to unless it's the 1903 Dick Act and if that's the case you're trying to retroactively declare original intent of the Framers with a law written 115 years later. Others have tried this amusing approach. Is THAT what you're trying to do?

    I'm merely referring to the LAW OF THE DAY... and that's the Constitution, the Second, and the Militia Acts of 1792... and that stated NEVER stated that everyone was the militia. The militia members were able bodied WHITE men between 18 and 44ish.

    There is only ONE well-regulated constitutional militia... the one of Art 1, Sec 8. The Second doesn't apply to any private militias.

    Quote Kilosqrd:One final point. The Second Amendment does not give anyone the "right" to shoot anyone, contrary to what many people here believe.
    Never said it did.

    Quote Kilosqrd: It does give them the "right" to use force to protect their own life, liberty, and property from others who would deny them of their rights, including an overreaching government.
    There is NOTHING in the Second that refers to individual self defense... even if the Right wing court bastardized the Second to insert it there. But then the right needs to undermine the Ninth where that self defense right is protected.

  • Thom, pardoning Bush would send the WORST message to the rest of the world regarding torture!   12 hours 53 min ago

    The U.S. also "pardoned" Nazis and brought them here to work on rockets, intelligence work, undermining foreign governments (leftists in Italy and Greece for example), etc. The practical problem of seeing the need to re-establish the nation at that time meant that people like Alfried Krupp who was given only three years prison after his conviction at Nuremberg were "back in business" shortly after the war and competing in yacht races and so forth.

    Since even that representation of western justice, the Nuremberg trials, are faulty its obvious that any prosecution would be cathartic. Are you going to stop at Bush? What about Bremmer? Negroponte? The "Lindie Englands"? The issue is important, but with WW3 arguably on the horizon people aren't going to be focused on it.

  • If Oil Stays Cheap and Plentiful.....   12 hours 58 min ago

    Some of you may remember this little item from 1996. About 1800 GM electric cars were scrapped out despite a considerable demand.

    http://tech.slashdot.org/story/05/03/16/199217/general-motors-ev1-electric-cars-scrapped

    The article states the announced reasons for the action. What wasn't mentioned is that big oil owned about 19% of the stock of the big 3 auto producers. Coincidence?

  • If Oil Stays Cheap and Plentiful.....   13 hours 4 min ago

    Ya wantta know something Pal?

    You don't know wtf you're talking about when you say anything about cars because you know squat about them or the industry.

    So stf up about them.

  • The CitiGroup Amendment   13 hours 25 min ago

    Let's be fair though, they're not as bad as the original fascists. As long as they feel that they have absolute untrammeled power absolutely everywhere they go they won't bother coming after people living on the periphery of society. If we show them we can self-organize, our camp will be allowed to continue having the privileges of cinema, driving to designated product distribution centers, etc.

  • Thom, pardoning Bush would send the WORST message to the rest of the world regarding torture!   13 hours 26 min ago

    St. Paul's formula had "freedom" requiring "love" or it would lead us to devour one another. At the very least, "liberty and justice" being "for all" is about mutuality rather than king of the mountain or musical chairs. "Liberty" has been used by theologians of the law to allow crimes to be legal. The high priests of the free market have praised the freedom of the sharks to eat the rest of us as "freedom for all."

    The readiness of the Right to turn to force first belies a serious misreading of the price of wars. It's domestic face is our vast prison/industrial system. These are expensive follies. They mock every idea of freedom that has any moral integrity.

    We had to work to make Business Ethics something about integrity instead of "how to steal without breaking the law." Quibbles about the Geneva Convention and all those grey areas about who can go to war descend quickly into justifications for war crimes and violations of human rights.

    Those who want to untangle the sad history of Neocon and PNAC meddling in the Middle East have to go back farther than any thread can handle. There are bloodlines here, and reasons for many to question when history began and law was established. Like the Kurds, but also like the Pashtuns.

    War is not the answer nor how to think about what could work.

  • If Oil Stays Cheap and Plentiful.....   13 hours 35 min ago

    You know, if it wasn't for the big auto makers and oil companies, we'd still have relatively cheap and environmentally more friendly forms of mass transportation. We used to have street cars all over the place. In Europe they still have a lot of street car and rail travel. But aside from my experiences in traveling in Europe, and elsewhere, I was too young to have had much experience with lots of streetcar or rail travel in the US.

  • If Oil Stays Cheap and Plentiful.....   13 hours 40 min ago

    The Toyota Prius (not to be confused with Priapus pills like Viagra or Cialus), a hybrid, advertises something like 50MPG. They have a tiny combustible engine assisted by the electrical motor that runs on batteries. Without the battery/electrical motors, they might get about 35MPB. Some Prii (I think that is what they have determined is plural for Prius but all alternatives are just about as ridiculous sounding) have small solar cells embedded in their roofs. I doubt it does much to charge the batteries sufficient to add much to the propulsion of the vehicle. Regenerative braking using the CEMF (counter electromotive force) to generate a charging current is a good idea and probably what mostly charges the batteries. An alternator while the car is running does charge batteries but it also robs power from the engine. You can't get something form nothing. Work takes energy. And that takes fuel...in the form of petrochemicals, periodic recharging of batteries from external sources, or utilizing the normally wasted energy in braking. I suppose one could also take a very large portable solar cell array out of the trunk and place it on an adjoining parking space at the shopping mall but that would probably tick off someone in a petro-fuel-only vehicle from parking there.

    As I don't own a Priapus (I mean Prius) I couldn't say if the real mileage is realistic. But I do know from friends that own some late model cars that have about the same size of engines (not much bigger than a Honda Goldwing motorcycle) get about 35 MPG. I guess if you were able to get 15 extra MPG without sacrificing power or response, etc., it would be a plus. But, in a couple of years, when you have to shell out $1500 for a new battery unit you'd have to figure in just how much you really save, or didn't, by going hybrid. And you'd have to keep doing that for as long as you owned your car. If those battery units are lead-acid...then there is a price to be paid in environmental impacts as well. But that is all hidden to most people who are thinking green. Nothing wrong with green, it's preferred, as long as it really is green in the long run and not just an illusion. Think about it! ;-}

  • Sheriff Mack   13 hours 42 min ago
    Quote Terry S:

    Thom,

    I understand you are gentlemen especially to your guests but I can’t believe you didn’t call Sheriff Mack on his glaring contradictions on last Fridays show. Most notably, that he refuses to get insurance because his family would help him if he got sick, yet they didn’t have $4000.00 to save their own houses from foreclosure. If he gets really sick it will be our taxes, the ones he hates so much, that will come to his aid. How can the right not see the contradictions and bull headed stubbornness in nearly all their policies?

    When an ideology/beliefs come into conflict with reality, ideology/beliefs win hands down. "Ideological thinking can learn nothing new even if it is something that has just come to pass" - Hanna Arendt.

    Retired Monk - "Ideology is a disease"

  • 2ed Amendment "Remedies": Thom Repeats Gun Nut Talking Points   13 hours 42 min ago

    Once upon a time, I found myself arguing with someone who insisted that Moses actually wrote the first five books of the Bible. He was convinced and quoted texts to prove it.

    I feel much the same arguing with those who wish that the Second Amendment gave individuals or "militias" the right to rebellion. It does not allow that, no matter what they say. The Founders did not want more Danny Shays running around, one of the reasons they needed to move away from the Articles.

    In lieu of a standing army, which they feared, the Founders posited a chain of command within which citizen/soldiers would be mustered and led, not some band of pissed off patriots out to end the tyranny of the federal government. Now that we have the biggest standing military in the history of the world, how that militia was supposed to be mustered and led is right up there with the Electoral College for by-passed ideas from the Constitution.

    Registering guns and regulating their use is sanity. We can discuss other means for security than the Pinkerton Police while we also look at something other than sending Imperial Legions abroad. What role guns should have for personal protection is most likely a local issue rather than something that can be one size fits all. But, the idea that a scared citizen can be judge, jury and executioner does not pass muster.

    When it comes to a redress of grievances against our government, I recommend non-violence mass protests; and we can disarm the cops as part of the grievance. Busting up protesters and being provocateurs may satisfy the elites, but our democratic power is not found in our guns aimed at American police and soldiers. It is found in our arms locked in solidarity and political persistence.

    Give the Founders a break! They had no idea what would happen with guns. Heck, they had little idea of how what they founded would develop. We can be smarter about guns if we think about our real world than if we get hung up arguing what their "holy writ" allows.

  • If Oil Stays Cheap and Plentiful.....   13 hours 46 min ago
    Quote Kilosqrd:
    Quote rs allen:

    It is only relatively cheap because the costs are hidden in tax breaks etc to the oil corp's. Add that to the price of your gas.

    Please explain. I want to hear this.

    I don't know about the the tax breaks but we can start with 10 aircraft carriers; $3 billion foreign aid to Israel; $6 billion foreign aid to Israel's neighbors; $12 billion to Afghanistan.

    Not counting the trillions on bombs dropped on Iraq and Afghanistan.

    But it's a free market.

  • We Thought We Were Free...   13 hours 48 min ago

    Free, Thom? Really?! The Vietnam war, the war on drug users and the war on black people indicated otherwise. “Freedom” always seemed like such an abstraction to me. And now we have war on the workers.

    Aside from all that, I have had issues with authority all my life, since I was barely out of the crib. I’ve questioned authority as far back as I can remember. As a toddler I fought Mama on a daily basis over “naptime”, when I wasn’t tired or needing the rest. In retrospect, I think SHE was the one needing the rest.

    Seriously, I have never trusted authority. I have no problem with rules and restrictions that are to everyone’s benefit, for safety or civility or whatever. But throughout my life, I have found that so much of the authority that gets imposed on us is self-serving rather than for the common good. And that is the authority I don’t respect, that I refuse to comply with.

    This country has been gradually leaning closer and closer to authoritarianism and fascism, ever since WWII. Knowing how hospitable the U.S. was to Nazis in the years following that war, (not to mention the ones harbored and nurtured here!) I'm not surprised. This is becoming the worst kind of environment for me, and others like me. Nobody owns us. I don’t give a damn what the “law” says. - AIW

  • What Would Make A Sound Foundation For A National Retirement Program?   13 hours 59 min ago

    Socialist "Security" is the perfect example of why government should not meddle further than what is necessary.

  • Naw, We're used to gasoline and pollutants...   14 hours 1 min ago

    Isn't that one of the laws of thermodynamics? Or some law or another.......nothing ever goes away.

    Myself I don't see mobile fuel cells viable for quite some time if ever, if for no other reason than the infrastructure it'd take. IF the present life style, and I emphasize IF our present life style is to continue people will have to or should look to the hybrids and electrics for everyday use keeping that 'touring' car in the garage for long range trips.

    However I think fuel cells for fixed areas or even an individual home is very much in the close future. If the total design of the designated area is considered, efficiency can approach 90%. LIKE NOW!

  • Thom, pardoning Bush would send the WORST message to the rest of the world regarding torture!   14 hours 4 min ago
    Quote Kilosqrd:
    Quote NMHiker:

    (i) Grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions:In the case of an international armed conflict, any of the following acts committed against persons or property protected under the provisions of the relevant Geneva Convention:

    In order to be afforded the protections of the Geneva Convention, you must be a signatory of the Geneva Convention. Al Qaeda and the Taliban are not signatories to the Geneva Convention.

    Isn't that sort of like saying the Geneva Convention protects American citizens from war crimes unless they are Dems or Republicans?

    Congress may not authorize violating the U.S Constitution. The act itself is illegal.

    Retired Monk - "Ideology is a disease"

  • A Knife of warm air slices the Polar Vortex in two.   14 hours 5 min ago
    Quote douglaslee:

    I was looking at the 4 compass point personality categories and saw similarities between it and the 16 point personality test we talked about awhile ago, ren. I was pleased to see it referencing the other characters in identifying one's persona, be it fool or trickster. I mention this because of two other psycho/socio categories: Psychopath_vs_Sociopath helps explain tea party conservatives. One is more likely due to hereditary [republican brains are recessive gene linked] the other more environmental [kkk have fox on 24/7], and low intelligence, or in aspurgers or autistic savant, high intelligence.

    Wall street traders are one or both, needing the high adrenalin rush and lacking empathy when destroying pension funds and charities by selling rubbish to them at upscale black tie events. W was considered a sociopath, Cheney a psychopath. No empathy for New Orleans Katrina victims or the thousands sent to die for nothing in Iraq. No curiosity added to no empathy and the crowd of other psychopaths he surrounds himself with and it was obvious for W. Cheney's choice for vp search was an obvious psychopathic 'ME' choice.

    That's a good call to notice those similarities. Plotkin, who developed that compass point personality model, studied Jung and considers himself in league with other such Jungian depth psychologists, which means those are the kinds of Jungian features he brought to his now thirty some year long project in ecopsychology at his Animas Valley Institute.

    Perhaps you'd be interested in some other features of his holistic compass model of the whole Self (with an intentional capital S). Features that help explain how we use those aspects of our Self to adapt to the conditions of social fragmentation that we all face in modern societies based on hierarchical organizing principles. He calls these adaptive features "subpersonalities."

    Their essential function, as Plotkin sees it, is to protect us psychologically and keep us safe. This begins at an early age when we find ourselves most vulnerable, and we are in this competitive atmosphere driven by psychologically immature egos. By the very circumstances of their organizationaly-adaptive success in this venture, these adaptive subpersonalities become driving principles that keep us regressed, rather than principles of ongoing psychological growth and maturity.

    One of the features I find missing in that Meyers-Briggs personality assessment is this very sub personality component development as an adaptive and developmental feature in its own right; one that actually serves to suppress our movement through those levels of maturity in models, like, for instance, Carol Gilligan's Stages of Moral Development -- which, as an aside, I happen to prefer instead of what I consider a Euro centric male bias of some of the revered greats' models often given greater attention in this "developmental" branch of psychology.

    Let me just lay them out for thought, and we could discuss them further at a later time, or further down the thread. You'll see that they correspond to the other four compass point categories of the whole Self.

    Quote Bill Plotkin:

    Subpersonalities might be immature and wounded, but they’re doing their best to help us. All four categories of subpersonalities, as we’ll see, are attempting to keep us safe (physically, psychologically, socially, and economically) by using the unripe strategies available to them.

    Here’s an introduction to the four categories of subpersonalities and my names for them:13

    NORTH: LOYAL SOLDIERS try to keep us safe by inciting us to act small (either beneath our potential or one-dimensionally) in order to secure a place of belonging in the world. They achieve this by avoiding risk, by rendering us nonthreatening, useful, or pleasing to others, or by urging us into positions of immature power over others (dominator power). Versions include Rescuers, Codependents, Enablers, Pleasers, and Giving Trees; Inner Critics and Inner Flatterers (the kind of flattery that motivates us to be useful and nonthreatening to others); Tyrants and Robber Barons; and Critics and Flatterers of others.

    SOUTH: WOUNDED CHILDREN try to keep us safe by attempting to get our basic needs met, using the immature, emotion-fueled strategies available to them. They do this by appearing to be in need of rescue (Victims); being harmless and socially acceptable (Conformists); being coercive or aggressive (Rebels); or being arrogant or condescending (Princes or Princesses).

    EAST: ESCAPISTS AND ADDICTS try to keep us safe through evasion — rising above traumatic emotions and circumstances and sidestepping distressing challenges and responsibilities. They do this through strategies such as addictions, obsessions, dissociations, vanishing acts, and delinquency. Versions include the puer aeternus and puella aeternus (Latin for “eternal boy” and “eternal girl”), Blissheads, and Spiritual Materialists.

    WEST: THE SHADOW AND SHADOW SELVES try to keep us safe through the repression (making unconscious) of our characteristics and desires that are unacceptable or inconceivable to our Ego. Shadow characteristics can be either “negative” (what the Ego would consider morally “beneath” it) or “positive” (what the Ego would consider “above” it and out of reach). The Shadow is not what we know about ourselves and don’t like (or like but keep hidden) but rather what we don’t know about ourselves and, if accused of it, would adamantly and sincerely deny. Our Shadow Selves attempt to maintain psychological stability by briefly acting out Shadow characteristics and doing so flamboyantly or scandalously, but without our being conscious of what we’re doing — letting off steam as the only available alternative to complete self-destruction.

    Plotkin, Bill (2013-04-08). Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche (pp. 18-20). New World Library. Kindle Edition.

  • If Oil Stays Cheap and Plentiful.....   14 hours 9 min ago

    Saudi Arabia has only about 5 million people and a whole lot of desert and about 1 million expatriates (foreign workers...most of those very low paid workers from 3rd or 2nd world countries). It has virtually no industry to speak of. Food, health, and housing are all Kingdom subsidized. They hire contractors (expatriates) to come in and build colorful shiny new Mosques and other edifices like there's no tomorrow. They are rolling in wealth...their Sheiks, et al, are anyway. They can stand to take a steep price cut in oil...in fact they could give it away free. Most other oil producing countries, that have a large, fairly modernized and industrialized responsibilities, like Russia can't. Notice how the Ruble has almost hit rock bottom? There is design in this madness and the US along with it's butt-buddies in Saudi Arabia are playing the crying game. They are trying to cry foul over Ukraine and are putting pressure on Russia to cry uncle....or perhaps I should say "slave" to NATO.

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