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  • "I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me,"   19 hours 40 min ago
    Quote drc2: ...a professional peace officer does not let personal anger enter into doing his job. If he does, he is not being a professional. If he uses a weapon, it has to be more than bad behavior in the person he is dealing with...

    Easy for you to say! Police officers fear for their lives as much as anyone else and when a huge 6' 4" 295 pound guy acts like he is not one bit intimidated by a policeman who has a badge and a gun walks up to the policeman sitting in his car and punches him out and wrestles for the policeman's gun, then it becomes a life and death situation for the policeman. And given that the policeman's "professionalism" may have been knocked out of his ability to be "professional" (people often do not think straight or reason correctly after being beaten on the head), the policeman may have just reacted in self defense, even when Brown had backed off. Brown could still have charged the policeman and killed him. He was certainly big and powerful enough to do just that. If the policeman wasn't thinking straight, because of Brown's beating, then whose fault was that? Not the policeman's fault. It was Brown's beating that brought on his own demise. He brought it onto himself. I don't have any sympathy for anyone who is dumb and brazen enough to physically attack a policeman like that.

  • "Cops Gone Wild"   19 hours 40 min ago

    LRJTV - All the police brutality you can stomach, and more.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/Lrjtv

  • Seraph Phrase anagrams   19 hours 41 min ago

    Maybe you are aware that this sort of transcribing is actually an old practice of shamans, prophets, saints, holy people and the like. It is a meditation and you can use the same set of letters and come up with ongoing communiques by intense concentration.

    My gg-father, a minister taught a game to his children where you write two names, say yours and a friend's name beneath. Then, scratch out letters common to both. Make a word or phrase of the remaining letters which should apply to the relationship between the two named persons.

    This can be expanded to couplet phrases, so you have four lines, crossing out the common letters between each each couplet.

    I came up with something mighty with the seven churches, but it was such a meditation to let the letters resolve into a meaningful phrase, it becomes too personal to communicate. It pertained to particular events of that day and things I was congealing in my thoughts. The important thing to me is that the final result is a sentence or rhyming phrases which make absolute sense to me, if to no one else.

    This is a direct way of getting on the astral plane since all words are accompanied by vibration, words are made of letters, and vibration holds the universe together. You can use this to learn the secrets of the wisemen.

    For in the beginning was The Word, and The Word was with God.

  • Life Of Death, through the loss of my mom.   19 hours 46 min ago

    Heinlein's "Stranger In A Strange Land" I AM JUST AN EGG.

    “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”
    Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

    For more, visit:

    http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/908211-stranger-in-a-strange-land

  • Life Of Death, through the loss of my mom.   19 hours 50 min ago

    You birthed a great one!

    'Still Watch' ebs and flows with the knowledge and acceptance of loss. Thank you for sharing. It was a wonderful read and filled from your heart to the reader's heart. *smile*

    8D...ave

  • Chemtrails   19 hours 53 min ago

    Your reply would have been more applicable to my post on RFK Jr. & Autism:

    http://www.thomhartmann.com/users/roland369/blog/2014/08/robert-f-kennedy-jr-thimerisol-autism

  • Pot saps brainpower?   19 hours 54 min ago

    I know, his business plan is to suck as many taxpayer subsidized dollars as he can. Without the War on Drugs, he would be shit out of luck. Alice, no Anagram here.

  • Life Of Death, through the loss of my mom.   19 hours 55 min ago
    "Hey, at 46, I'm still a baby, no?"

    ...still a baby, yes, and may we always be alive in that moment of awakening! Life is a school - we are learning from the womb. Some evidence indicates our brains are not fully developed until our 70's!

    Language has many forms, beginning with movement/growth - in the womb. Ability to read opens access to many paths of learning and opportunity. It does not automatically imply knowledge, insight, character or wisdom. Good on you for wanting to learn!

    One of my old teachers passed back in the 70's - I was blessed to be there at the time ... 10 years later, I was able to birth this poem reflecting that moment:

    http://tahomahome.weebly.com/stillwatch.html

    ... regarding suicide, life has not been pleasant, nor has it been fun. Its a good thing I love clouds, because my skies are full of them - sadly, loaded with the dusts of industry and war ... thankfully, the winds blow through, skies keep moving, when sunshine breaks through, the sky is bright and clear - with silver linings everywhere.

    I have lived so close to that edge - I have had to let life go so many times - and still the breath of life finds me and keeps flowing through ... I cannot say why ... as I experience the phenomenon, the breath of life is given - not taken.

    I am learning to accept and embrace that dynamic - to live and die with one breath - one breath at a time ... we have to face that threshold sometime - why not cultivate the capacity to be at peace with whatever it is that is true - as we perceive its _passing_ with each and every breath?

    ... In Peace ...

  • "I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me,"   19 hours 58 min ago

    OMG, Palindromedary. I thought your handle was ironic and now I wonder. Consider what you are propounding as fact and what you conclude from the account you have presented.

    Suppose that this kid was leaving for college the next day and out for a spree of minor shoplifting and was swaggering his way down the street, but not blocking any traffic. The cop does not know about the shoplifting, but sees the swagger and does what in the burbs? Provoke and angry response? Maybe. Not be able to withdraw from confrontation and call for backup? No. Even if there is a confrontation, being able to use training and physical ability to minimize any use of weapons from batons to tasers. Pulling a gun on the son of the local banker or lawyer is not going to happen.

    Where is the need to kill?

    So, Camelite, why do you give the cop the right to screw up and blame the untrained kid instead of the pro? We do not know what went down, what inciting insult the cop used to provoke a citizen to rage or whether that even happened. What we do know is that an unarmed young man was killed by a cop and that it is systemic and not just a one off. Oh yeah, black, brown or red, maybe "yellow" but very rarely White.

    Treat the cops with respect and they will respect you back. You have to be kidding. It all depends upon whether they respect "you" in the first place. I had several very interesting encounters with the Naptown Cops where I was intervening to keep my Black friends from being treated as Black. They knew they could not fuck with me, but they did not like it at all.

    I also saw what my Black "family members" had to put up with and what Black People knew about the news that White people would swear was not true. Like cops killing young black boys and men on a regular basis.

  • "I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me,"   20 hours 2 min ago

    Aliceinwonderland: So, you don't buy it that Brown, after ordered by the policeman to stop walking in the middle of the street, walked over to the police car, bent over and roughed up the policeman? Or, maybe you don't believe that he roughed up the policeman, but that Brown, at least, walked over to the policeman and bent over, had his arms inside of the window (as reported by witnesses...that seemed reluctant to say to much as it was because they had an inherent or learned mistrust of the police, warranted or not)? Or maybe you don't believe the witnesses that Brown had even been at the police car? In any of those cases, just approaching the police car, after having been ordered to get out of the street, was a provocation...a belligerent act that showed Brown's character to be hostile. And if Brown was hostile enough to have done any of those things, then why do you dismiss the video evidence of Brown robbing that convenience store?

    This is just not a very good example of police racism or brutality. Brown was a hostile belligerent who punched out a police officer sitting in his car. There are plenty of other more justified incidences of rampant police brutality on people who never did anything to warrant their being beaten or murdered by police. Examples like a cop repeatedly punching the face of a woman he had pinned down...or any of the other examples where 3 or 4 police had a guy pinned down...perhaps face down...where the repeatedly beat them or even shot them...or when an unarmed homeless person, not exhibiting any threat whatsoever, was shot by police.

    I am hoping, however, that this incident, combined with the demonstrations and rioting, will bring about a change in the police forces that will cause light to be shed on seemingly rampant and growing police brutality not just on blacks but on everyone. I am hoping that it will get the police to stop using military gear during demonstrations....that it will stop police from cracking heads with tear gas cannisters and using rubber/pepper bullets that have actually killed people..innocent people. One girl, in some previous demonstrations, got a pepper bullet up the nose that went to her brain killing her. And she was not even a demonstrator, as I understand it.

  • "Cops Gone Wild"   20 hours 9 min ago
    LOL

    LOL

  • Pot saps brainpower?   20 hours 15 min ago

    Dexies just a tax and spend, big government beuracratic liberal.

  • Pot saps brainpower?   20 hours 27 min ago

    Dex, why not tax medicine for "the kids?" We have begun to put taxes on tobacco and alcohol to help pay for the demonstrable damage both substances do and the burden on the taxpayer involved. Weed does not include such impositions upon your wallet, so you are just punishing people who do not agree with your propaganda about diminished mental capacity.

    A large part of the reason so many of us have rejected your ideology is that we know better by personal experience. We see alcohol dementia, but not pot dementia. We see people escaping on both and several other pharm options, but those who bum out and burn out on weed get well fast and only need psychological re-orientation, which they needed even had they never smoked a bowl.

    We have led successful and socially respected lives which we would not have been able to do as drunks. Many of us also like a good beer and a fine wine, so we can use a dangerous substance with careful responsibility and talk with our docs about any signs of damage to mind or liver. We have far less to talk with our doctors about with weed other than that it seems to be working.

    Not everyone enjoys weed, and that is fine with me. Not everyone likes wine or beer, not to get to the hard stuff.

    If you have ever been at the country club bar or in the lounge where the high-priced executives hang out, you might associate their lack of conscience and 1% insider talk as brain damaged. I would prefer the metaphor of a hardened heart which is about humanity rather than the logic of oppression and personal greed v. the "devil take the hindmost." We have a history of literature where the noble path of professional ambition is the sucker's path compared to marrying into wealth. We do not come from a world where there is moral balance, so nobody expects you to appreciate what has to be a cartoon to fit into your mental capacity.

    You are so brain dead that it is pitiful, and you keep proving it.

  • "I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me,"   20 hours 31 min ago

    [quote=rs allen #34]None of those innuendoes have come out as facts but serve only one purpose, smear the young mans name before any trial is convened. In starker terms known as character assassination.

    What I've heard is that M. Brown was pulled into the car by the cop through his drivers side window. And the cop then drew his gun and M. Brown having broken free of the officers grip backed off. Then when the cop flung the door open it bounced back off of Brown and into the cops face who was trying to exit the car. The young man never laid a hand on the cop.[quote]

    But, I see that you have no problem assassinating the character of that policeman! And none of those "innuendos" that have been made about what occurred accusing the policeman of wrongfully shooting Brown are cold hard facts. Your scenario is totally bullshit! It goes against any kind of logic. Why would Brown have been so close to the officer sitting in his car that the officer would have been able to grab him and pull him into the car. As huge as Brown was, compared to the policeman, that just does not wash. It makes far more logical sense that Brown approached the policeman, sitting in his car, reached in and punched the policeman out. Brown's character was established when he robbed the convenience store and when he refused to follow the policeman's orders to quite walking in the street. Brown obviously thought he was big enough to walk over to the policeman and rough him up. Brown assassinated his own character.

  • Can Capitalism Thrive Without Free Goodies From Government?   20 hours 38 min ago
    Quote mavibobo:
    Quote ulTRAX:

    RED HERRING ALERT! Whether corporations pay taxes is irrelevant. Who says this money goes to any specific purpose... with the exception of SS, UI etc? The taxes go for maintaining the nation... creating infrastructure these corporations can exploit. Corporate taxes... if they are even paid, are NOT some payback for the free liability protections these corporations and their shareholders receive from government just by the act of incorporation. On the denial meter, you're getting close to red lining.

    Yes, anyone can file for bankruptcy. So what is your objection to the PRIVATE SECTOR providing this as insurance? As a right winger... I thought your position would be get the government out of the business of negating contracts to rightful creditors, and protecting the property of corporate earners. Obviously it's not. If the bankruptee were insured, then creditors could get paid in full. Personal property would be safe. Isn't this a preferable option than what we have?

    I have no objection to private sector insurance to cover the creditor if a company files bankruptcy, The protections given to business owners are only there to keep them from being a ward of the state if the business fails. The fact that the business owner is allowed to separate his personal assets from the corporate ones is only in place to prevent that type of outcome.
    You're ignoring the key question here why the government should provide this protection for free... and make innocent third parties pay the price by getting pennies on the dollar. Why does this have to be done with free liability protections from the government? Private insurance would make the corporation independent... so personal assets of owners/shareholders are protected in case of bankruptcy... pay off creditors, AND keep the owners from becoming wards of the state.

    But to admit the market can devise and price such insurance means this is now a price corporations are AVOIDING... because they get these protections for free. But you're on record saying business gets NO freebies.

    One's head spins trying to sort your contradictions.

  • HAGEL: THREAT 'BEYOND ANYTHING WE'VE SEEN'   20 hours 41 min ago

    Roger, Roger. Ain't geopolitics and oil a great cocktail for our "fighting cocks" in virtual combat?

    I have been for getting over the hostage crisis, since the hostage crisis, when we should have apologized for the Shah and established the fact that Iran has been a very responsible regional player while all the crapheads we call allies have serious problems. Now, let us also understand that the Islamic Republic and hardline Islam is what our Great Satan intransigence provoked. Iran was, and is, a very Modern loving place, and its geography makes it worth recognizing in any case. It is more important to be on good terms with Iran than with the Saudis. With Iran, we could resolve Pakistan and Afghanistan and give the Pashtuns what they need.

    Oh well, it clearly makes too much sense to be on the table in DC.

  • Do Ch7 Bankruptcy Protections Violate The 5th Amendment?   20 hours 43 min ago
    Quote ulTRAX:

    Quote mavibobo:I have a question for ulTRAX. Why should the owner's personal assets be taken to pay back creditors if his business fails? Most small business owners are putting everything they have into the business any way so why not leave them with something.
    Why should government provide this liability protection for free? Doesn't this create the classic moral hazard?

    Why can't business owners buy this limited liability protection as insurance on the open market? Why should creditors suffer because this artificial barrier called incorporation protects the assets of an owner who ran up bills s/he could not pay? And isn't this what incorporation and bankruptcy are... essentially free personal asset protection insurance?

    Obviously we could restructure the concepts of incorporation and bankruptcy to require the businesses involved to provide their own insurance. Why are you opposed to this? It would seem that those on the right are opposed to most government subsidies... yet, if you're any indication, you're seemingly looking to excuse backdoor subsidies to failing businesses. Why not side with the creditors?

    first of all the creditor does not suffer any asset that can not be recovered and sold to pay back the loan amount is written off on the creditors taxes as a business loss.

    It's like this GM has billions of dollars worth of liabilities, they are forced to file bankruptcy. The creditors come take back the machines and sell them. Any amount still owed goes up to the judge. Do you think and business owner no matter how well paid has enough assets to cover that type of loss.

    Why do you think those protections are free

  • Can Capitalism Thrive Without Free Goodies From Government?   20 hours 51 min ago
    Quote ulTRAX:

    Quote mavibobo:
    Quote ulTRAX:

    So is this diversion your sleazy way of admitting that corporations and shareholders ARE the beneficiaries of free goodies from government... without you actually having to admit it?

    As to your point... the employees aren't owners of the corporation... and as to "demands" the owners can always say no. Now it there were stock options... you might have a case.

    corporations do not receive free goodies either, they pay lots of taxes into the system, yes they and you have bankruptcy protections. Those protections are for everyone. However if a business owner files bankruptcy for his company you want to make him a ward of the state. Is this deep seated hate red for business owners a reflection of your status in life?

    RED HERRING ALERT! Whether corporations pay taxes is irrelevant. Who says this money goes to any specific purpose... with the exception of SS, UI etc? The taxes go for maintaining the nation... creating infrastructure these corporations can exploit. Corporate taxes... if they are even paid, are NOT some payback for the free liability protections these corporations and their shareholders receive from government just by the act of incorporation. On the denial meter, you're getting close to red lining.

    Yes, anyone can file for bankruptcy. So what is your objection to the PRIVATE SECTOR providing this as insurance? As a right winger... I thought your position would be get the government out of the business of negating contracts to rightful creditors, and protecting the property of corporate earners. Obviously it's not. If the bankruptee were insured, then creditors could get paid in full. Personal property would be safe. Isn't this a preferable option than what we have?

    I have no objection to private sector insurance to cover the creditor if a company files bankruptcy, The protections given to business owners are only there to keep them from being a ward of the state if the business fails. The fact that the business owner is allowed to separate his personal assets from the corporate ones is only in place to prevent that type of outcome. Say GM is force to file bankruptcy again do you think the ceo has enough personal assets to cover the billions in debt the company has on the books.

    That is what bankruptcy laws and limited liability laws are for, it's not like when GM filed bankruptcy the government came to you and said in order to cover these loans we need you to pay higher taxes.

    Why do you think they are freebies? How is changing the laws going to help you in the future? Will turning business owners into welfare recipients help the country?

  • Earth's credit card has been maxed out!   20 hours 55 min ago

    I think married couples should be considerate about the number of babies they contribute to the population explosion. Because ultimately we will have to think in terms of rations and what's fair. I can hardly wait for that!

    We can all, in fact, help to limit the sustainability overload by reducing the amount of personal garbage we generate, daily, and over the years. Look at your weekly trash container and multiply it by the approximate world population now. Multiply your and the present population's personal trash x 52 weeks x 50 years.

    Find out what the world population is projected to be in 50 years. What will they do with the garbage?

    This must be the answer! We must learn to convert garbage to energy or earth will die of pollution.

  • "Cops Gone Wild"   20 hours 56 min ago

    1. I work with a lady that lived in Israel for 25 years and teaches Krav Maga to the Israeli police to this day.

    2. Gaza is not the topic of this post.

  • Earth's credit card has been maxed out!   20 hours 56 min ago

    Will there be space for gardens? Multi-family, zero-lot line housing is the trend. It would take serious cooperation to maintain a community compost pile which might then be useful. You never know who is going to put what in the compost, or what they are flushing down the toilet to our wastewater treatment facilities.

  • Can Capitalism Thrive Without Free Goodies From Government?   20 hours 58 min ago
    Quote mavibobo:
    Quote ulTRAX:

    So is this diversion your sleazy way of admitting that corporations and shareholders ARE the beneficiaries of free goodies from government... without you actually having to admit it?

    As to your point... the employees aren't owners of the corporation... and as to "demands" the owners can always say no. Now it there were stock options... you might have a case.

    corporations do not receive free goodies either, they pay lots of taxes into the system, yes they and you have bankruptcy protections. Those protections are for everyone. However if a business owner files bankruptcy for his company you want to make him a ward of the state. Is this deep seated hate red for business owners a reflection of your status in life?

    RED HERRING ALERT! Whether corporations pay taxes is irrelevant. Who says this money goes to any specific purpose... with the exception of SS, UI etc? The federal corporate income tax started in 1909 http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-soi/02corate.pdf and the immunities of corporations existed before that.

    The corporate taxes go for maintaining the nation... creating infrastructure these corporations can exploit. Corporate taxes... if they are even paid, are NOT some payback for the free liability protections these corporations and their shareholders receive from government just by the act of incorporation. On the denial meter, you're getting close to red lining.

    Yes, anyone can file for bankruptcy. So what is your objection to the PRIVATE SECTOR providing this as insurance? As a right winger... I thought your position would be get the government out of the business of negating contracts to rightful creditors, and protecting the property of corporate earners. Obviously it's not. If the bankruptee were insured, then creditors could get paid in full. Personal property would be safe. Isn't this a preferable option than what we have? As for myself... I just want to look behind the curtain at hidden welfare system no one on the right wants to admit exists.

  • Chemtrails   20 hours 59 min ago

    Hello ROland369m Thanks for the link. That one is from about 2005. As I understand it, Kennedy did not address AUtism in his new book on Thimerosal, because it is such a hot button issue -- (meaning anyone who even hints that it is caused by vaccines is trashed). His book makes the case that Thimerosal, a neurotoxin, should be removed from flu vaccines and from childhood vaccines that are being used overseas.

    Thimerosal is a preservative and there are or safer substances and this is shown in his book. If anyone is interested cut and paste this URL to hear a current interview on FOX NY

    http://www.ageofautism.com/2014/08/kennedy-jr-on-fox-ny-this-book-is-goi...

  • Pot saps brainpower?   21 hours 4 min ago

    I think after reading the many responses from those that require mind altering substances to function, the title of the post should have read,

    'Does diminished brainpower come from being a leftie, or smoking pot?

    Come-on boys and girls, the tax money can be used for "the children."

  • ‘White Privilege’ & ‘White People Do Not Have To Worry About Being Targeted By Police' Has Really Always Been The Loss Of The E   21 hours 6 min ago

    Dear Thom,
    You tackled the subject of White Privilege today on your show. Prior to eight years ago, I wouldn't have had the foggiest idea about what you spoke.
    Eight years ago, I watched Tim Wise's video entitled, "White Privilege" and everything changed. I began my journey with "The Dark Side of the Street" by Danielle McGuire followed by W.E.B. DeBois' "The Souls of Black Folk"* as well as numerous others, "The Warmth of Other Suns" by Isabel Wilerson as well as "Texas Tough" by Robert Perkinson, quite frankly the most frightening book I've ever read. Thought of one more in a long list, "Gather at the Table" by Thomas Norman DeWolf and Sharon Leslie Morgan...superb!!!
    I've been able through the years to help others blinded by white privilege, if the occasion warrants, to glimpse a bit of it, hoping that they will also feel the need take a few steps, shakily at first along a similar path albeit, unique to them.
    As the Ferguson, Missouri story unfolds I've been faced with more areas that need attention; dark alleys along my path just begging for me to enter, begging me to learn just a little bit more.
    Case in point: I recently read a piece by Tim Wise outlining just what his white privilege looks like and how he and his family sail through life as a result. My initial reading of it didn't give me any ill feelings given that I could totally relate, but the following comments by people of the black community did. The comments from black contributors were surprisingly negative. The Black community finds his attempts to shed light on this issue to be hypocitical, sometimes even self serving. This made me realize that there's much more to this story than just educating myself on the history of my fellow Americans who've suffered so much and continue to do so. ( Just an aside here: I'm Irish and my father's Sicilian. There was a ton of oppression back in the day directed at both sides of my family. The difference is that it wasn't systematic...it didn't track me through the generations that followed.) I'm currently finding myself in a situation where I am asking questions like, "Is my attempt to better understand this unrest viewed as patronizing in the eyes of black people?" "Is it "White Priviligy" of me to even DO this study????" "Just the fact that I'm fascinated by the history, the politics, the underlying bubbling of racial tensions coming to the surface in Ferguson...am I still viewing them as the "other"?"
    I'm reminded of a story my father tells from time to time. He was a Captain in the USAF back in the 1950s. One afternoon in Mississippi, not far from the Keesler AFB he an a young black lieutenant were driving along the road. This young lieutenant was sitting in the passenger side of the front seat. Not long into their journey, here comes 'Bubba' the local law enforcer who decided a traffic stop was in order. My father's hair bristled on the back of his neck, knowing full well just why this was occuring. Both dressed in their Air Force uniforms and breaking no traffic laws the officer approaches the car and asks my father to lower his window. Immediately the officer asks, "What's that nigger doing in the front passenger seat?" Well, my father's first instinct wouldn't have set well according to A.F. protocol let's just say. Sensing what was surely to spill out of my father's mouth, this young officer gently touched my father's leg and said, "Captain, I'll get in the back seat. Everything's fine". It's left an impression on my father to this day....racism smack in the face! Here's the rub though, Thom. My father, TODAY will say things like, "Racism isn't such a big deal! Look at all the successful blacks in this country!'' It begs the question, "Is this a generational fight? Is this fight supposed to be waged every 20 or 30 years????" I just don't get it. It's as though my father believes his mindset, his understanding of the 1950s world, his grasp of racial tensions then should be sufficient in the 21st century despite the changes that have occured over the last 60+ years....
    In closing, it's apparent to me that the 'end of this road' looks an awful lot like Star Trek. Will our attempts to learn more, help more, understand more be able to bring about a country where race really DOESN'T come into play...at all?
    Sincerely,
    Patty Tweedle Branson, Missouri
    * Reading W.E.B. DuBois is surprisingly like listening to music...I've never encountered an author as tremendously talented as he....

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Earth's credit card has been maxed out!

If Earth's resources were a credit card, we have already maxed out our entire allocation for this year. The think thank Global Footprint Network announced that August 19th was “Earth Overshoot Day,” meaning that all the resources we use after that day exceed what our planet can produce in a single year.