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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: November 11, 2018, 07:46:13 PM »
Sorry to interrupt.

Can someone tell me please if there has been even a little bit of "Say What Now?"  Over the Turks having a recording of Kh's khilling? In the Saudi Embassy.

So Turkey has bugged the Saudi embassy? Isn't that against any international law? I know that when the US hired Soviet builders to construct the US Embassy they were SHOCKED to find the whole place like Swiss cheese with microphones everywhere.

But the embassy is supposed to be sovereign territory of the nation, not the host. I just haven't seen any raised eyebrows so I thought I'd ask here.

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: November 09, 2018, 02:55:16 PM »
Hi,

Can someone please explain to me how the Governor of a state (FL) can, after 8(?) years in office can turn around and blame anyone but himself for an effed up voting system?

It was the year 2000 that pointed out the problems in FL. This is 2018. It takes very little grasp of math to understand that they have had 18 years to fix the problems. Scott was the ...

There is no reasonable explanation for this! This event should disqualify Scott for any roll north of toilet paper!

IMHO.

Scott is a posturing prevaricating piece of political poop? 

Republicans only fix voting system problems that allow too many Democrats to vote. 

Best news is that 1.4 million ex-felons have had their franchise restored down there.  Given their demographic, we could be seeing the last of the close races in Florida.
LOL
Then compare the vote for Florida Governor to the vote reinstituting voting rights to former felons.

Trying to determine intent by percentage is problematic (especially in FL).

Why? Because the raw vote totals may be vastly different. There have been, what, 9+- votes cast for Senator/Governor in FL? split 50/50 (ish) but if the Floridians forgot to fill in the ballot for referenda there could conceivably be a 100% vote for the item even though only 25% of the people voted for it. (Hypothetically)

TBT, I don't know and I don't care. It has been 18 YEARS! You have been governor for 8 years, you didn't fix the election system (if anything, your admin worked to make the process more opaque, and problematic). Have you no shame? Are you not at all embarrassed?

Let's not forget that the R's kept Senator Franken from taking his seat for a number of MONTHS after the Senate reconvened in 2009.There is no justification to rush through the Florida recounts.   

It sure would be cool to see the Florida elections overturned. Because more people voted for the D than the R.

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: November 09, 2018, 11:01:12 AM »
Hi,

Can someone please explain to me how the Governor of a state (FL) can, after 8(?) years in office can turn around and blame anyone but himself for an effed up voting system?

It was the year 2000 that pointed out the problems in FL. This is 2018. It takes very little grasp of math to understand that they have had 18 years to fix the problems. Scott was the ...

There is no reasonable explanation for this! This event should disqualify Scott for any roll north of toilet paper!

IMHO.

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: November 07, 2018, 10:22:04 AM »
Quick story...

One day I was in Atlanta GE for a meet. The cab from the airport, the driver had a thick African accent. I asked , "So where are you from?" he said.

"Minnesota."

The next week I was in Sand Diego for a meet. I'm in the cab, the driver has a thick African accent, Why waste a good conversation line? "Where are you from?"

"Minnesota."

Apparently these guys were in lotteries for US residency (if not also citizenship) as refugees and they were both assigned to  colleges in MN.

I can't quite imagine their shock when they saw snow. I talked to my Uber driver with the Jamaican accent and he talked about trying to wrap his head around snow as a construct when he visited Maine from TN (where he worked for Toyota.) The SD guy said that he drove a truck, and one day he had to drive to SD for a dropoff. He went home the next day and moved his wife and kids to CA!

How is it relevant? It's not really, except that Ilhan Omar was elected to Congress from Minnesota donchaknow.

I'm glad I used last night to catch up on sleep. It wasn't as brutal as I would have thought. But I could not stomach watching the returns. It brought back the last time I stayed up. PTERSD (Post Traumatic Election Returns Stress Disorder)

PLAU
Me 

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Creative Writing / Re: Creative Writing
« on: November 06, 2018, 12:41:37 PM »
Hi!

I'm back from the beach. I'm sort of acclimating to the role of "reality" in my life.

I finally reset up this computer and found that it remembers my password (my other one does not. So  Here I'm iz (still not the zombie wolf I once was. Happily.) Today is election day. And we're voting. On Saturday I went door knocking for a state senate candidate. I know nearly nothing about the guy, but he's a D and I figure, getting D's out to vote is going to be our primary ... perhaps General is the better word, objective. I was sent to a relatively friendly neighborhood and yet many didn't answer the door. I am semi scary looking anyway.

I won't say that I am between passions right now. I'm working on several at the same time, which I admit, might mean I'm not really working on any of them passionately. But my prime(ish) focus is on the Asiatic Bittersweet, with a minor in Japanese Knotwood. I can NOT get over how sanguine people are about the Bittersweet! It is killing our trees and UGLIFYING our highways (The secondary roads are a heart break! ) I'm working on putting together an investor group to start an "Invasive Species Abatement" company. This is the Kudzu of the north. It will NEED to be dealt with at some point. It might as well be now. Somebody is going to have to do it, it might as well be me.

Josh,

Thank you very much for your kind comment about my photos. I'm working on a series where the buyer would put the image on the back or front of a door such that when the door is closed it is a portal to the beach or the woods or the open road or some such where.

Also a wall to wall series where the picture is nine feet long by up to a foot wide panoramic images. Similarly floor to ceiling strips that can frame the door or delineate the wall at the corners.

I'm using my Cell phone camera. The trick is to use the panorama setting which works by taking multiple pictures and stitching them together. The result is a high resolution image that is more than the camera can take for a still shot. So they are well focused as the pano stretches.

I don't have as many pictures to take here as I did on the beach, mostly because I don't go outside as often as I did when I was on the beach. Not happy about that, but such is life.

Peace everybody. Just think, tomorrow the political ads are over!

PLAU
UPD (or somebody)     

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: October 05, 2018, 09:59:54 AM »
Clancy lied. He's on the SCOTUS.

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: October 04, 2018, 09:39:34 PM »
I'm really surprised that Flake won't take a bullet for the party. The best way the R's have out of this is if BK gets flame broiled. By the women in the party (of which Flake is considered to be one) and then the rest of them can say "Too bad, so sad" NEXT! 


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Television / Re: Television
« on: October 04, 2018, 03:35:55 PM »
Big ups for The Good Place in today's Grey Lady.

On Netflix there is "Norm Macdonald Has (Had?) A Show" E I E I O!

I don't want to spoiler, or build your hopes, butat least watch the first episode, with David Spade.

All I can say is that several times during the series (at least twice per episode on average) I was laughing uproariously!

To some extent, Norm is doing the Sasha Barron Cohen sort of thing that so many have co-opted. Where you interview some unsuspecting schlub, and the hilarity is when they allow you to make a fool out of them. (I'm not a fan of that kind of comedy, but I have laughed)

Norm is spoofing his guests, but he doesn't make them look or feel badly about what they have said or done. He's more self deprecating.

It's funny. and the season was about 7 eps, so it's not a lifelong commitment.

Saw the pilot for Green Acres last night. Just as I remembered it, and only marginally funny. Yet I do have very fond memories of later episodes. I don't think I'll be getting to those anytime soon. I'm happy with my memories, and apparently they are pretty good, given the way I remembered the pilot. (In all honesty, I might have seen the pilot twice, maybe three times. Once as the show began back in whenever it was, once, maybe, during Rerun season back then and again on Nick at Nite back in the '90s.)

I still remember my experience of seeing My 3 Sons from the beginning. That show was surreal for the first year(ish). Then I suppose there were "Notes" from upstairs, and the show got campier and more "Leave It To Beaver" and an all male cast of Donna Reed with a dash of Gilligan's Island. But it started out way more Dobie Gillis meets Ingmar Bergman. 

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Science and Religion / Re: Science and Religion
« on: October 04, 2018, 03:19:28 PM »
But, seriously, yes, they can and do combine.

I would hypothesize that the finding of the connection is going to take some give from both sides.

Religion can't fall back on, "It's unknowable," each time a question comes up.
Science can't fall back on, "It can't be reproduced in a lab," just because they haven't figured out how to test for it yet.

If we accept that there is actually very little that is actually mysterious, and that we can only detect the thin sliver of "reality" in the same way that we can only detect a sliver of the electromagnetic spectrum, we're half way there.

The same rules that govern the movement of fluids, exist in the movement of rocks (mountains, techtonic plates) and water vapor and air. The only difference being the density.

Meanwhile, those same principles apply to consciousness from the air of subconscious to the vapor of thought to the water of story to the rock of mythology.

What if we find that, just like we found that epigenetics shrunk the world of DNA down particles that attach to the DNA chain and become hereditary we find that there is an even smaller particle that produces species memory. We find that this memory is in essence the entity that we refer to as the "SOUL."

I can't prove it. But 20 years ago I couldn't even decode your DNA, and here we are. Would it have been reasonable (in retrospect) to think that there was no such thing as epigenetics (which I just use as the example)?

Yes, it would have been entirely reasonable.

So how can we reasonably be so sure that we know what is unreasonable from today? 

Meanwhile, how reasonable is it to think that the Earth has been in the business of transforming matter from not living to living and back and back to living from 3.7Ga (billion years ago) using the same mechanisms since the very beginning, and yet we are not a part of a larger community? That is (IMHO) not reasonable at all.

Can Science and Religion co-exist? Not in either's current format. But I'm working on changing that. Are you?

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: October 04, 2018, 02:54:47 PM »
Gee, pretty soon we're going to have to import employees.

Huh!

The only country of white people that want to come here are Russians.

I can assure you, they won't be sending their best. They'll be murderers. Rapists. They'll have the diseases that they don't have in Russia. They'll bring drugs, gangs, crime and no fear of the law.

Well, I'm wrong there, as well. The white people of Australia will be happy to leave that shit house. And I can assure you that Oz WILL be sending us their best. Unfortunately, that is a very low bar in Upsidedownunder.

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Comedy / Re: Comedy
« on: October 04, 2018, 11:45:03 AM »
I can't prove it, but I just know that the visitor who was number 1066 was named Norman!

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: October 04, 2018, 09:47:36 AM »

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: October 03, 2018, 02:19:20 PM »
Point is that we can relate to drinking to excess. Especially as young ones.

Do we let young drivers who drive off a bridge and panic get away with it? Well if they are white, and rich and well connected they won't go to jail. But who ever let Teddy off the hook? Certainly not the right.

Do we let young drunks that botch liquor store hold ups off the hook? If BK had tried to hold up a liquor store and was arrested for the same, would he be even looking at a SCOTUS robe?

We all know (at least of) people who did stupid things while drunk in high school and college whose lives were forever not the same. Not


OOH , Presidential Alert!

Fitting, somehow.... The mouth is about to blow!

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: October 03, 2018, 11:29:24 AM »
Did you drink beer in high school? I did.

When you drank beer in high school, did you throw up?

I did.

There was the time I hung my head out the window and threw up all over my buddy's car.

He was unpleased with me.

I threw up at my high school graduation party (I graduated on my 18th birthday). My friend's father came out and gave me a shot of Angostura Bitters. Lesson learned.

I threw up all over myself on the Paris Metro once. (That might have been the last time I threw up from drink.)

I hated throwing up. I monopolized the bathroom at one party. Hugging the porcelain bus.

I learned pretty quickly how NOT to throw up. (Albeit, with a few "accidents," like Paris.)

If you threw up more than a few times, you don't have a drinking problem. You have a paucity of brains problem. You have a "I drink to excess because I don't want people to know I'm gay!" kind of problem.

I can always tell when someone was a binge drinker in college. All you need to do is mention the word tequila, if they go green around the gills, you know that it was because of tequila nights in college. Those people learned to stay away from that which made them throw up.

But not Brett. He just kept drinking and drinking and Ralphing and boufing and drinking some more. And he couldn't understand why he couldn't get laid. And he couldn't understand why it didn't bother him more. His celibacy was more akin to illiteracy. His acts of sexual violence were more designed to give cover in front of his friends so they wouldn't know he's a pooftah.

That's why he came out so mad and so tuff. And why his wife was over there saying "Yeah, RIGHT!" to herself. She knows...

Not saying that he shouldn't be on SCOTUS because he's gay. Saying that he should not be on SCOTUS because he is lying to the world and he is over compensating for what he still feels is his failure.

PLAU
UPD
(AKA, Sigmund Fraud)

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: October 02, 2018, 11:04:17 PM »
They should go after the sister.
 The ex Judge.

They could get her to flip. That punk brother of hers! He made them sell Daddy's legacy. He HELPED Daddy do all those things that daddy did. He was a bad influence on Daddy.

She'd flip on the dime she just dropped on her sleazy little brother. The one who let her older brother die in the mud at 42. (Didn't even have the courtesy to take him fishing in Tahoe!)

Robert is holding her back, he and the other one will need protection too. No jail for Donald! Protection from the Ruskies, absolute.

One other thing. Donald. The Art of The Deal.

(His sister should make the deal) Have you ever heard of a salesman treating the prospect like a piece of shit? Ever? In any convoluted deal plot? Sales Scam? They don't even write fiction like that because it is just too stupid an idea and even French Waiters in French Restaurants know it! Donald Trump kisses everybody's ass. Kissing ass is what he does. He's a salesman. He is constantly selling. Except that he is not selling ANYTHING to the Democrats.

He's not even trying to. You can tell because he hasn't kissed their ass. Not even a little. (Except for that one time when he got mixed up and thought he was a Democrat again for a whole afternoon.)

One more one more thing:

The reporter that Trumps thought was Melania for a second. "I know you're not thinking. You never do." The perfect comeback would be for her to have said "That sounds like a personal problem, Mr. President, please, leave me out."

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