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  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    Darwin Awards have Gold and Silver distinctions:

    Golds are folk who term themselves BEFORE spawning at all.

    Silvers are folk who term themselves AFTER spawning BUT before the spawn again . . .

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    bush ,cheney rhumsfeld ... all have a right wing authoritarian personality. they can not think and decide right from wrong.

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago
  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    Why is there addiction?
    This mechanism allows Mothers (and fathers to a lesser degree) to get addicted to their children. This may sound crazy but I have read about this. Think about a mother who hears her 2 week old cry while she is sleeping. What about a 4 week old? If a helpless individual (new born) cannot get someone addicted to him / her this small helpless person is at a great disadvantage. Sex feels good to help propagate the species. Parents get addicted to their children so they always think about them. This is where the addiction mechanism comes from. There are other ways to 'tickle' this mechanism. Some examples: chocolate, some other foods, sex, gambling, drinking, many drugs and many other things that I have not mentioned. I am just trying to discuss the WHY. And many things about us are to propagate the species - it is only natural. There is NOTHING wrong to a parent getting addicted to their small helpless child!

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    we must learn that everything is based on cause and efect in life. when it comes to gaming, drinking drugingor anything in life. we must say what causes i'm i making.

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    I have to point out, Thom - at least the second time I've heard you reference the Darwin Awards, and missed the critical distinction. They were originally conceived as a collection of true stories of people who kill themselves in stupid ways - thereby taking themselves out of the gene pool. Just being stupid doesn't qualify - if you live to reproduce and pass on the stupid genes, you have eluded the Darwinian filter!

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    Find out what is REALLY GOING ON IN WASHINGTON:

    http://www.legistorm.com/

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    AND THAT ADRENALIN RUSH (mentioned by the caller who was a counselor) is exactly what happens DURING RISK-TAKING!

    That's what I'm talking about:

    GAMBLING is an addiction to RISK!

    Indeed, our American Society follows the model of addiction. And largely it is an addiction to risk-based behavior. It is celebrated, modelled to our children, and is not subjected to moral, ethical, or common sense evaluation.

    The basis for the continuously dysfunctional behavior of George W. Bush, whether in alcoholic behavior, business behavior (insider trading), lying us into a war, torturing fellow humans, facilitating a U.S. Treasury give-away to the Banksters — THESE ALL INVOLVE A HUNGER TO SEE JUST HOW FAR HE COULD GO, JUST HOW MUCH HE COULD GET AWAY WITH. (Imagine what a rush Bush got when he STOLE an ELECTION!)

    AND THAT IS GAMBLING. THAT IS ADDICTION TO RISK-TAKING!

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    I have a very serious addiction to which I am finally, after this show, able to admit. I am addicted to listening to Thom Hartmann every single weekday!

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    Robbery & Pizza . . . In short, he was hungry and wanted to go to jail . . . To guarantee his next X number of meals . . .

    What would you do if you had no choices?

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    nora -- it is part of the 'don't regulate' equation. high fructose corn syrup, leaded paint on toys, genetically modified seeds, ..... it is all part of the fascist lobbying efforts and political contributions that buy their interests over the average Americans.

    The same people who can deny others everything are famous for refusing themselves nothing.
    Leigh Hunt

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    It is disturbing to think that the Establishment KNOWS that high fructose corn syrup is physically. chemically ADDICTIVE and choose to do nothing about regulating -- or BANNING for that maqtter -- the use of it in processed food!

    Is this an attempt to addict people to processed food products for profit? This would mean food is being turned into a product essentially the same as tobacco products -- that is, are food processors are using the tobacco industry addictive product model to guarantee addicted customers who will always buy again??? That's immoral and unacceptable.

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    I have been studying addiction since the 1970s. I was one who chose to remain sober and not addicted to cigarettes, drugs, or alcohol. Or TV. I am on the net everywhere always telling people to quit sending their hard earned money to the enemies of the people of America in the form of monthly payments to big media.

    I think most of the activities Americans do these days have taken on the defensive sick aura of addiction. It seems everyone, left, right, center, no matter what party you belong to, is unhappy with our government. We allow the elites at the top of our society, whether they be from Wall Street or K Street or Pennsylvania Avenue, to RULE us and EXPROPRIATE OUR LIVES for their use. All they are interested in is maintaining their extravagant lifestyles and to do so means they must suck the life out of our people. They throw us crumbs and platitudes to placate us and keep us shelling out.

    The little that is left is defended to the point that the people behave as if they're addicted when the truth of the matter is that they are clinging on to what little thing might give them a little happiness in this nation of unhappiness and despair. Their overall behavior is defensive.

    It is time we admit it. Everyone. America is broken. We are living in Rome, not America. Our chances of changing the status quo are the same too.
    We are staring down the gun barrel of another Dark Age if we don't get rid of these people.

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    When conversation that includes use of the psychological labels devised in the last century, it should be remembered that the list of symptoms given a label, like obsessive compulsive disorder, are only 'MODELS' used to try to understand a group of behaviors, experiences and complaints. There just attempted definitions, attempts to create a vocabulary for communicating about these states of mind/behavior/choices.

    To keep a growing analysis of a problem, it's important to allow a continued development of the "model'.

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    No conversation on addiction is complete without first reading a short book by Anne Wison-Schaef, "When Society Becomes an Addict".

    The insights are great and the metaphor fits.

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    Kai Wen -- a very interesting point. Yes, the stock market is gambling. Why is it legal?
    More importantly, why do we consider the price of a company's stock to be a (the) measure of a company's worth? Shouldn't we consider the living wage they pay their workers to be a better measure of the company's health? If they pay higher than average wages, that would mean they are healthier than average, and if they cut the wages of the people who do the real work, they are unhealthy.

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    I am under the impression that in countries where drugs are legal and controlled, people who are addicted to various drugs are often still useful, productive members of society, working etc. If you question a heroin addict's ability to work, what about someone on allergy medication? I am very lucky in that I don't have allergies, but I know I could not work if I were taking allergy medication because it affects my brain enough to reduce my competence significantly. Does it not do that to other people?

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    GAMBLING is an addiction to RISK!

    Indeed, our American Society follows the model of addiction. And largely it is an addiction to risk-based behavior. It is celebrated, modelled to our children, and is not subjected to moral, ethical, or common sense evaluation.

    The basis for the continuously dysfunctional behavior of George W. Bush, whether in alcoholic behavior, business behavior (insider trading), lying us into a war, torturing fellow humans, facilitating a U.S. Treasury give-away to the Banksters -- THESE ALL INVOLVE A HUNGER TO SEE JUST HOW FAR HE COULD GO, JUST HOW MUCH HE COULD GET AWAY WITH.

    AND THAT IS GAMBLING. THAT IS ADDICTION TO RISK!

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    What about web sites that let you buy and sell stocks? Isn't that online gambling?

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    Concerning the topic on legalizing drugs, I was watching a History Channel production on the genesis of the "war on drugs" which noted that technically the use of drugs is protected by the privacy clause in the Bill of Rights, but Congress found various ways to get around it. It is interesting to note that the use of opium for medicinal use in the U.S. quickly became the recreational drug that it was in China. To "combat" the abuse of opium, heroin was used to "cure" people of their opium addictions, which of course led to an unintended result. In China, Mao's solution to the opium addiction problem was the execution of incorrigibles.

  • May 22 2009 - Friday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    The young woman who advocates for online gambling to be legal without much regulation must have an financial interest in some kind of web site.
    Her reasons for legalizing it has no basis in reality of the problems that it invites. Apparently, she thinks gamblers are self regulators. She is either grossly immature and ignorant of the problems that unregulated gambling creates or she has a financial interest in a company providing online gambling.

  • May 18th 2009 - Monday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    mathboy - Your problem with viewing the website can be remedied by upgrading to the newer version of Internet explorer. Yeah, that shouldn't be necessary, but the problem has been there since day one, and so is not likely to be fixed soon.

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    I have been hesitant to repeat this because I didn't want to criticise Obama right away. However, now I will.

    Shortly after Obama took the presidency, he made a comment regarding the difference in promises made by a candidate on the campaign trail and the fact that such promises are often changed once the candidate is elected.

    He was referring to himself and the innocuous subject of the puppy he promised his daughters. However, you have to think he is well aware of his ability to do this.

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    i just want to give jesse ventura a big thank you for his views on hannity's show. he stood up to the mannity viva jesse

  • May 20th 2009 - Wednesday   11 years 18 weeks ago

    I have to admit that I was disappointed to discover that Mussolini's oft-quoted comparison of fascism with corporatism has never been verified in any of his writings or speeches. We have to be satisfied with FDR's injunction. Of course, many right-wing pundits and talk show hosts like to call Obama a fascist, but they just can't seem to make-up their minds what he is (other than black). I was walking past a Quest Communications van park in Republican Kent, WA when I noticed the license plate cover on an employee's car. It said "Comrade Obama - The Enemy Within." Probably some disgruntled guy unhappy that he can't listen in on private telephone conversations anymore--or maybe still is?

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