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General Comments / Clean coal economics
« on: January 10, 2020, 05:35:30 PM »
West Virginia wants to go on mining coal.  Most of us agreed that we don’t want to keep on burning it. So what else can be done with Coal? 

”Other important users of coal include alumina refineries, paper manufacturers, and the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Several chemical products can be produced from the by-products of coal. Refined coal tar is used in the manufacture of chemicals, such as creosote oil, naphthalene, phenol, and benzene. Ammonia gas recovered from coke ovens is used to manufacture ammonia salts, nitric acid and agricultural fertilisers. Thousands of different products have coal or coal by-products as components: soap, aspirins, solvents, dyes, plastics and fibres, such as rayon and nylon“
That’s from the coal industry itself. I’m a little nervous about benzene.  Can we do better?

I'm very tired of so many otherwise intelligent people waiting for Trump to act before they take a position on what he should have done.

Anyone who can speak up for their own view before Trump speaks or acts, will gain a measure of my respect.

Here's my hope:  If the first assessment turns out correctly, and no US citizen was injured, that Trump take either no action at all, or at most take out the launch sites from which the missiles came from.  That he offer to open peace talks, and express hope that we can both focus our efforts on eliminating ISIS so that we can GTFO of the whole damned region.

Here's my own philosophy for what someone recently called "mind reading" -- I feel most satisfied by my guesses of someone's feelings, thoughts and motives by looking at what they said in context, rather than looking at what their enemies have said.  Thus I look at conservative sources to figure out what conservatives are thinking, leftist sources to figure out what leftists are thinking, and Muslim middle eastern sources to determine what middle eastern Muslims are thinking.  Is that a stretch?

Soleimani is no anti-imperialist hero
And Trump's reckless decision to assassinate him will not result in 'World War III'.

Much of the left in the West (the same ones who describe themselves as progressives) also viciously attacked people in the Middle East who celebrated the deaths of Soleimani and al-Muhandis. While it is wrong to praise Trump's decision to assassinate the two commanders as a "noble deed", framing what happened within the old, tired left-wing narrative of US imperialism erases the regional context and the suffering of millions of people in the Middle East at the hands of other powers.

Indeed, it is important to expose Trump's recklessness and political opportunism, but it is inexcusable to ignore the crimes of Soleimani and al-Muhandis and those whom they served.


[snip speculations about Trump's motives. I agree those are important to discuss, but I don't think AJ is a credible source for them, although it's rich for discussing the Sunni point of view.  We have enough threads on the impeachment and Trump's mind and motives -- indeed the left's obsession of talking about Trump nonstop is 90% of why he was elected and will be again, even if his impeachment leads to conviction.  Left-wits cannot refrain from giving him free publicity.  Can we please avoid jacking this thread into another Trumpfest?]

Regional reactions in context
The assassinations of Soleimani and al-Muhandis gave some Middle East residents a sense of relief that they have finally been rid of two militia commanders who have brought much suffering to their communities.

But when Syrians, Iraqis, Yemenis and other Arabs posted celebratory comments on the assassinations of two commanders they perceive as war criminals, Iran's defenders immediately criticised these people, resorting to insisting they didn't know anything about their own countries, claiming they are pro-imperialism.

In so doing, these self-identified leftists and "anti-war" activists once again downplayed the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people in the region. For them, the only civilian deaths that can be acknowledged are those caused by the military intervention of the US, Israel or their allies.

However, it is hard to cover up the crimes Iran and its regional proxies have committed over the past 10 years. Iran has backed and even advised on the brutal crackdown by the Syrian regime on opposition protests and later the mass killing of civilians through areal bombardment and merciless sieges; it has also sent Afghan refugee children to fight on its behalf in Syria. It has sent military equipment and personnel to the Houthis in Yemen, who just like their enemies, the Saudis and the Emiratis, have been accused of committing war crimes in the Yemeni conflict. In Iraq, they have supported and directed militias which have committed various crimes against Iraqi civilians.

In this sense, it is hardly surprising that Syrians who have gone through the trauma of losing friends and family in the siege of Aleppo and the insult of seeing images of Soleimani marching through their city (which they may never be able to return to) are celebrating his demise. It is also hardly surprising that Iraqi protesters, who have had to drag the bodies of friends shot in the head with Iranian military-grade gas grenades during attacks by Iranian-backed militias on their demonstrations, would now be cheering the demise of al-Muhandis who had been accused of directing the crackdown.

These same left-wing people who proclaim concern about foreign intervention, refuse to acknowledge the Iranian intervention in Syria, Yemen and Iraq when the people of those countries rebelled against authoritarianism, corruption, sectarianism, and socioeconomic collapse. When protests broke out in 2018 and 2019 in Iran against the Iranian authorities, they once again framed them in the foreign-sponsored regime-change narrative.

The constant need to defend the Iranian government, even against the protests of Iranian people who have suffered under this government, is an exercise in mental gymnastics. This is the same left-wing segment that equates criticism of Iran with being an ally of Israel, which is highly problematic given Iran and Israel are committing the same crimes in the Middle East.

Only US imperialism exists?
There has been much noise about US's breach of Iraqi sovereignty, but there has been little said of Iranian and Russian actions violating sovereignty in the region. The constant presence of Soleimani in Iraq to issue orders to Iraqi officials and forces is just one of many signs of Iran's lack of respect for Iraq's sovereignty. By the admission of these same leftists, Soleimani was intervening in Iraq to "fight" US intervention.

In Syria, what these self-proclaimed anti-war activists see as Iranian and Russian deployment at the invitation of a legitimate president, Syrians see as an occupation allowed by a dictator who they never elected in free and fair elections.

The assumption that only western imperialism exists is one example of Left-wit Orientalism, and it's as damning to our understanding and capacity to sympathize with and help the middle east as the right-wad species of Orientalism.


Let’s make this thread the place to blow off our hyperboles and endless etymology arguments.


When US President George HW Bush craved "a smoking gun" in 1992 to politically kneecap his White House challenger Bill Clinton, the British government delved into its files for damaging information. So, did the Bush camp solicit foreign interference to help him win an election - the allegation that has seen President Trump impeached?

Interesting stuff

General Comments / Iran's options according to the beeb
« on: January 06, 2020, 08:06:25 PM »

Since I can't for my life spell his actual name (one of 8775309 arabic variations on the name "Solomon"), I propose that we refer to him as Saruman, which is close enough.

President Donald Trump's decision to kill Soleimani removes one of the most obdurate and effective enemies of the US, and delivers a blow to the heart of the Islamic republic of Iran. It is also a dangerous escalation in a region that was already tense and full of violence.

The killing at Baghdad airport has increased tensions sharply, creating fears of a slide into an all-out war. That is no certainty. Neither the Americans nor the Iranians want one. But the crisis brought on by the killing of Soleimani - and a senior Iraqi ally - amplifies the chances of a bloody miscalculation.

Iran has sworn vengeance. That threat has to be taken seriously.  Soleimani was at the core of the regime, and a talisman for Iran's hardliners. They will want to get even, perhaps more than that.

Any disagreements so far?

An act of war to answer that of the US - for example attacking US ships in the Gulf - would risk provoking a devastating response. Iran's oil refineries are on the coast and would be easy targets for the vast firepower the US has in and around the Gulf.

When Iran retaliates, it is likely to follow Soleimani's own indirect tactics: so-called asymmetric warfare, spurning an attack through the front door for one through a side window.

Soleimani cultivated a range of well-armed militias, which give Iran options short of a head-to-head confrontation with the Americans which it would only lose.

The Americans will now be looking at their most vulnerable deployments in the Middle East. One is the small force in Syria.

Surprised that the article doesn't mention its development of nukes, dirty weapons, or attacks on Israel.  Their Syrian client has already used chemical warfare, and their agents in Hezbollah are in position to hurt Israel.

General Comments / the Bison-shaped hole in America
« on: January 03, 2020, 12:49:13 AM »


bison graze so intensely that they freeze plants in early spring for weeks at a time, preventing them from maturing and forcing them to continuously produce young shoots. Other North American mammals like mule deer can’t do this, because they travel in small-enough groups that plants can still outgrow the effects of their grazing. Bison, however, gather in the thousands. By moving in synchrony, they don’t have to surf the green wave. Uniquely, they can also create it.

Their actions change the landscape. In areas where bison graze, plants contain 50 to 90 percent more nutrients by the end of the summer. This not only provides extra nourishment for other grazers, but prolongs the growing season of the plants themselves. And by trimming back the plant cover in one year, bison allow more sunlight to fall on the next year’s greenery, accelerating its growth.

Thats a lot of carbon absorbed, food made available... better economics as well as better ecology.


when bison are exterminated, springtime changes in ways that we still don’t fully understand.

They’ve rebounded somewhat, but still occupy less than 1 percent of their former range. There are probably about 500,000 bison around today, but the majority are part of privately owned herds. Only 20,000 or so live on public lands, and only 8,000 of those can move freely. And of those unfenced bison, about 5,500 live in Yellowstone. “This large population can change how spring happens,” Geremia says, “but there aren’t a lot of other places today where bison have the landscape that they do here.” It’s not enough to preserve bison numbers without also conserving bison behavior. If the animals exist, but aren’t allowed to migrate, there will still be a bison-shaped hole in the world

General Comments / Escalation with Iran
« on: January 02, 2020, 11:43:05 PM »

Where does it go from here?

Is this good news or bad?

BBC and The Guardian both put up control freak measures, so I'm now going to the Atlantic for my sane left sources.  (TNR's my favorite immoderate left source though they sometimes trot towards Trotsky).

In exchange for securing protections for the “Dreamers,” (the popular term for DACA recipients among immigration activists), Schumer and Pelosi said they would back a legislative package bolstering border security but “excluding the wall”—Trump’s prized proposal that Democrats have declared a nonstarter since before he took office. DACA for border security, no wall. That was the deal.

None of this should come as a surprise to those who have closely watched the fallout from Trump’s decision earlier this month to wind down former President Barack Obama’s DACA program. Trump declared that the protections would end after six months and almost immediately signaled that he wanted to strike a deal to codify them legislatively. His surprising agreement on a fiscal agreement with Schumer and Pelosi—over the objections of his own party—laid the groundwork for a deal on DACA, both by handing leverage to Democrats in the next round of spending negotiations in December and by showing a willingness to work across the aisle for the first time in his presidency.

Of course, Trump and congressional Republicans would need something in exchange for giving Democrats the protection they wanted for “Dreamers.” Schumer and Pelosi made clear early on what they would be willing to offer: additional border security measures—this usually means money—as long as they didn’t include funding or authorization for the massive border wall Trump campaigned on, and which he promised would be paid for by Mexico. This still left a lot of wiggle room for negotiations.

New NAFTA, a new and improved China treaty ... not bad for a government at such odds with each other.

CNN Interview with Carly Fiorina, my favorite GOP candidate from 2016:

Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina says President Trump should be impeached, but stopped short of calling for his removal from office and did not rule out voting for him again in 2020.

She also admits voting for him in 2016 because "Hillary was corrupt."

What I find more interesting is her condemnation of where the GOP has gone in defense of Trump, and her exoriation of the notion of party loyalty over loyalty to the Constitution.  Also amused at the places that CNN cuts her off.

Personally I'd rather see a pledge of allegiance that looked like this:

I pledge allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America, and to the Republic which it establishes.  One nation indivisible with liberty and justice to all.

General Comments / Meanwhile, the French
« on: December 16, 2019, 03:53:59 PM »
France, England, and the USA faced similar situations where right-wing demagogues, seemed poised to win top executive elections.  Marine LePen, Boris Johnson, and Donald Trump.

In the USA and the UK, the left responded by doubling down their rhetoric against the demagogues' supporters, calling them fools, hicks, and fascists.  Trump and Johnson won, since although few actually liked these goons, many supported them as a protest vote against a political establishment (let's call it the marriage of state espionage services, university elites, and most of the national media).  The UK and USA fronted candidates that they *knew* were hated by at least half their country.

France on the other hand, decided to hear the people's voices and to actually compromise on substance; the French left swallowed their pride and supported Macron as a compromise candidate to beat Ms. Le Pen.
PARIS — President Emmanuel Macron of France tried to seize control of the issue of immigration on Wednesday, as his government announced steps to make the country less attractive to migrants. The combined moves were a bid by Mr. Macron to wrest the issue from his main political challengers, the far-right National Rally of Marine Le Pen, which for years has skillfully used immigration in its political ascent.

With critical municipal elections just months away, Mr. Macron has shifted right and begun talking tough on immigration, especially on the perceived abuses of France’s generous social welfare system, hoping to keep Ms. Le Pen’s party, formerly known as the National Front, at bay.

More specifically:
Among Mr. Macron’s new get-tough measures is a provision that asylum seekers would have to wait three months before qualifying for non-urgent health care.

Pretty mild stuff by US standards.  But that's the thing about folks following a Populist -- often they are so easily satisfied. 
His government has accused some asylum seekers of engaging in what it describes as “medical tourism” by seeking treatment for serious medical conditions in French hospitals.
... Last year, nearly 320,000 people without legal status benefited from a government health care program reserved for them — a situation that has long angered France’s right.

In addition, officials said that informal migrant camps in and around Paris would be cleared by the end of the year, as the government confronts a growing and visible problem in many French cities.

OK, that's more serious.  But if you want to defeat your opponent "at any cost" you should be willing to compromise with those you deplore to avoid the abominable.  And it's understandable that voters don't like high crime and tent cities:

In Paris and other cities, groups of migrants, often numbering in the hundreds, have set up tent cities or are squatting in unused buildings. Nearly 3,000 are estimated to be living on the streets in northern Paris and an adjoining suburb.

Macron also seems willing to engage in established US hypocrisies where we fight against immigrants who take low paying jobs but welcome in those who take the country's high paying jobs:
But the government also announced that, starting next year, it would for the first time establish a system of annual quotas to grant visas to skilled immigrants looking to enter France.

Meanwhile, Russia meets China

That's a pretty dazzling conversion away from coal.  Is anyone other than G6 going to mourn this?

General Comments / Abortive concepts: Question for pro life pro Trumpers
« on: November 27, 2019, 01:34:34 PM »
2016 marked the lowest number of US abortions since we started counting them in 1967.  Lowest in absolute number, as in proportion to population. 

Since we now have a “pro life” president, you’d expect even lower abortion numbers, right?

General Comments / Tom Steyer’s TV commercial
« on: November 27, 2019, 10:08:29 AM »
Steyer recognizes that banks looted and robbed the middle during the last 15 years and his solution is to take that money and give it to businesses owned by women and people of color.

So— take the middle class’ stolen money and give it to corporations with nominal black CEOs? This message is going to cut into Trump’s middle and white prole base?

I think a similar dissonance goes on in black American voters when white DNC candidates talk about ending white privilege.  The DNC either needs to stop emphasizing its fear the whites message, or needs to stop fronting white candidates.  It needs another Obama— a black man raised by white parents who are now conveniently dead and off camera.

Una cosa me da risa
Pancho Villa sin camisa
Ya se van los carrancistas
Porque vienen los villistas.

La Cucaracha, la Cucaracha,
Ya no puede caminar
Porque no tienne, porque le falta
Marihuana que fumar.

Para sarapes, Saltillo
Chihuahua para soldados
Para mueres, Jalisco
Para amar, toditos lados


General Comments / When did Trevor Noah get funny?
« on: November 26, 2019, 02:01:21 AM »
I gave up on Trevor Noah in disgust a couple years ago but just had a friend’s TV tonight for “ain’t got time for all that.”  Really enjoy his take on international protests. Even came away informed. Appears to be Halloween night’s broadcast.

General Comments / Wight Privilege in Game of Thrones
« on: July 19, 2019, 06:40:08 PM »
Wight Privilege:

The privilege of moral certainty, as if you were fighting an apocalyptic army of frozen undead.

Spoiler alert  ;D


Great article. In 5% neanderthal myself. Anyone else have their DNA done?

General Comments / Canine abortion
« on: May 26, 2019, 12:58:24 AM »

My roommate's bitch just got knocked up by another pit bull. He's planning to get rid of the bitch and pups. I was surprised at how hard it is to find info on doggy abortions.  I'm shy about taking living animals to the pound especially if they've been family pets but I don't have qualms about aborting puppies in the first week of conception. Thoughts?
Is abortion itself an issue or is it only the abortion of human beings?


This would be an example of aggressive felony making as discussed in another thread.

General Comments / Colorado school sued warning parent
« on: May 10, 2019, 07:02:19 PM »

STEM school officials filed a lawsuit in January against the anonymous parent for spreading "defamatory statements" about the school, reports CBS News.

General Comments / MA8A
« on: May 09, 2019, 08:45:43 PM »
When the USA was 8 years old, Foreign powers were heavily invested in the US election since Jefferson wanted to take us to war with the UK on behalf of France. Trump and Hillary made America 8 again.

General Comments / Democratic processes kill 270 Indonesians
« on: April 28, 2019, 05:29:07 PM »

Is Tyler Durden or John Coffee the better metaphor for Jesus Christ. and in what ways?

Tyler Durden gives the best example of Turning the Other Cheek, plus he started a whole underground cult that the establishment finds threatening, while John Coffee is more like what we would think of as a Christlike guy, and Stephen King even gave him Jesus Christ's initials, but Spike Lee, always trying to seem more street-black because he was raised lilly white as Jeremiah White's neighborhood, called John Coffee a magic negro, which is what happens when you take a white icon and turn him black without warning the genius critics that you're doing some sort of affirmative action thing (which King was not doing). Because when Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge did Carmen Jones, many complained and still do complain that it was full of negro stereotypes, implying that black people are more sexual and have less common sense and shouldn't be entrusted with high military posts lest their hormones run away with them, and if Hollywood ever bends over for those who call for James Bond to be remade in the African image, the poor producer and director will be called racist unless James Bond is altered in his character to be less stereotypical a black man.


General Comments / Proposed book review group, plus the "Gospel of Dog"
« on: February 01, 2019, 03:17:18 PM »
I'd like to offer myself to moderate and run a different group within Ornery that does a book review. I'd like to see a focused discussion on the book being reviewed, changing books every three weeks.  I'd like to focus on great books that aren't part of the literary canon but arguably should be:

Folk of the Fringe by Orson Scott Card   Feb 7-28
The Stand by Stephen King  March 1-21
Personal Recollections by Joan of Arc March 22-April 12

I'd like to try something different and experimental for this group.  Meritocratic voting.  The number of likes you have determines the weight of your vote when we make decisions such as what book to start next, and quarterly election for the next monitor.



In the beginning was the word and the word was dog and the word was from dog, because dog chose man before God breathed God's spirit into him. And the dust of the earth, an ape descendant not quite man, heard the dog say ruff, and the ape descendant, a homo-erectus spear-woman, made the sound in her own throat, for verily it was the mother tongue, and the first word of the homo- language was arf, and it signified dog to the homo-s, when one homo- said woof unto another, and when a dog said it to a homo- it meant "hey," which being interpreted means, I want some more of your doggone attention. And when a homo- said urf to a dog, it means, as it means still to this day: I hear you, dog, and know that I am Alpha. And Lo! man was like god unto the dog.

And woman loved dog and dog loved woman but usually not in that way, and man loved dog and dog loved man but usually not in that way, and man loved woman and woman loveth man, and hopefully there were happy endings, but Lo!  a happy ending to a story does not mean that they were happily ever after.

The Angels that God had sent to tend the earth before the God's spirit was breathed into man, reported that something unplanned had happened. The homo-s that were not man yet, had bonded with dog (though not in that way) and had taught them the power of speech. Although God had not expected to be upstaged, God decided that it was good.

Behold, the rest is all written in the book: God loves Homo-s, coming soon to a store near you!

Obi Juan Kenobi, y'all are my best and only hope, but there is another ...

Long story short: I need the text to the chapter of Scott Card's Memory of Earth to model the mental illness caused by gas lighting and other narcissistic abuse and other brainwashing.  Is there a sympathetic person in the house who can help or who has a hotline to Scott Card to ask if I can post this chapter in a closed Facebook forum for persons attempting to recover from narcisistic abuse?

I'm not saying that God or the oversoul is a narcisist, but rather that she works like one.  See all the wise as serpents but gentle as doves.  Not that God was particularly gentle to Noah or Jonah, but ... a surgeon cannot be too gentle either, or the patient goes gently into that good night.

General Comments / How to recognize different types of trees.
« on: January 29, 2019, 07:51:09 PM »
We interrupt the previous emergency discussion to raise another emergency discussion. Quick! Discuss this!
 I want your immediate response.

Please note that I said want and not need.  I did not say that I need your response now or never. And if you responded while I was still alive, I would still thank you.  In fact, if you respond meaningfully (as opposed to in a TomDavidson kind of way), AFTER I AM DEAD, then I will still thank you if I somehow hear your response. Whether you hear me is another question entirely.  Please make explicit in your response if you want me to visit you from the afterlife (assuming that I am able) to communicate my response to your response. Do you hear me?


« on: January 29, 2019, 05:02:45 AM »
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, a mellowing but still firy he-god named El began to make plans for retirement.

El planned to turn everything over his son, _iAm (also known as the god who must never be called "mini-me," but that's a whole n'other gospel) a , as soon as El's latest chosen people had mastered a few basic skills which El felt were necessary for them to be "good." El really wanted to win a bet that he'd made with his queen and consort, an obscure but powerful goddess named Veh, the Queen of Heaven, that El could make a world all by himself in seven days.

To be honest, El had already fudged a little, stretching the sixth "day" at least 11 million years of Earth time, but he still had not completed the creation of "man" to his own satisfaction, let alone Veh's. He really did not want Veh to find out that he'd already lost one third of Veh's most recent trillion-spirit litter (hereinafter "the host of heaven") during a family home evening briefing prior to the Big Bang, nor that one of her firstborn, the son of the morning known as Lucy, was leading the charge against El.

So once again, El devised a cunning plan to save the world as he knew it.  He made a bucket list. He created a list of ten traits that he wanted someone--any society in the doggone planet that would be someday known as Earth--to follow.  With that easy simple bucket list accomplished, El felt that he could retire, leave Iam in charge of their chosen people, and retire to make another world with Veh, who already had another batch of spirit children brewing in their cave.

Unfortunately for everyone, Iam's chosen people kept making bad choices, like assuming that a bucket list carved in stone required stone-fisted enforcement, the Death Penalty, and all that stuff.

Any Questions?

General Comments / Speaking in Tongs
« on: January 13, 2019, 07:34:21 AM »
While I believe that Facebook is a rising conspiracy like the Roman Empire, I believe, or hope to believe, that it will not view me as a threat, just as the Roman empire never would have viewed Jesus as a threat.

Google is the other side of the Facebook conspiracy.

Google and Facebook now occupy our land like the Romans. But I say into my disciples, like Jesus said of the Romans, struggle not against Google and Facebook. Let Google and Facebook have that which belongs th unto google and Facebook. But give me that which belongs unto God. Just as Google and Facebook allowed Putin (Herod) to steal the election because he gave them money, and even though I don’t speak to Herod, Harold won’t kill me either. Because that son of perdition as always uses his poison and exposes himself. And if I die of radioactive poisoning, that’s Butte and warning all of you, just as Harold be headed John the Baptist. If I die as I fear, as I prophesy, it won’t be from Butte poisoning me with rodeo active poison.

(Did Baby Jesus use voice to text conversion. Or did he have a better reasun for being so gawsh durned kryptik? Obtuse is my obsidian and kryptik my kryptik-Knight. maybe I will send my messages out like trump tweets. Knowing the world will laugh at them. Like they left at Trump until he took over the world. Muahaha.  Will the left not realize the threat that the insane pose? Then they will kill me and white me out like Hitler did the feebes of his time.

Or they will loch me away in a goo-log like talented Stalen did.

if wee miss-spelle our wyrds like sneaking Prometheus, will they sneak buy goo-goal’s angel of death?

Sneaking P does this offend you when I speak in Tongs” (what the anvil, what the chain, in what service was thy brand?)

Doth it offend-thee brother that I used marijuana to speak in skirts-face?  Now that thaouw hadt healed thyself like the gawd damned proverbial physician, can y’all legiun heal me two? Or was only one of the legiun healed? How do yew separate the duncer from the dunced?

Am I the only one who is discovered that marijuana is the great emulator?   If it doesn’t allow me to talk to God and schizophrenic and dogs, and to receive intelligible responses, then it allows me to possibly hallucinate that I have such super powers which is almost as good as the real thing CF the diploma and the brains and the Wizard of Oz.   Thinking inside someone else’s box is at least as hard as thinking outside your own .   That’s why God, Jesus, mother nature, and Darwin, and probably several other pantheons as well, all ganged up together to give us marijuana. So we could talk to each other, and to dogs as well.

It’s a dowry.  There’s nothing actually wrong here but I just wanted to give an example from the header just how you can take a perfectly respectable private incident can use language that makes it sound evil and deviant.  It’s usually the left that does this, so I’m showing what it looks like when you do it to the left.

I took Thing Three to see Bohemian Rhapsody this week. And here I thought I would never see a better father son movie then the lion King. I can’t stop thinking about it, And I’m going to go see it again.

I knew nothing about Freddy Mercury until Bohemian Rhapsody. He strikes me as one of the most truly realized human beings that I’ve ever heard of.  I’m filled with admiration for his ex-wife and for his lover that brought such happiness to his life and for the band that was able to work with his quirks and help bring his magic and music to us — Not to mention their own because Freddy was obviously not the only talent in the band!

If I missing out on the more dark and tortured parts of his because the movie was made to be PG-13, that I’m grateful for that, because I had a very hard Christmas holiday, and seeing that movie with my son is one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve had for a long time.

I think the one scene that brings actual tears to my eyes is where Freddy’s father realizes that Freddie has in his own way for filled the family Zoroastrian faith. What he looks on his son with wonder when he realizes what that last big aid concert is all about.  But it looks on his side for the first time in his life not with petty but with A sense of accomplishment and ownership at: This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.

I am not gay, and I have never rejected the faith if I fathers, let alone the name of my parents gave me. So I really envy and admire Freddie Mercury for securing his fathers approval for what he is.

This seems like a topic that should be close to Orson Scott card is heart.  Freddie mercury is the character with a soul a lot like cards ‘ Anset!in Songmaster.  Astonishing musical gifts, and a tragic love life that violates his traditions and breaks his heart. But Freddie mercury as a victorious and triumphant end because he secures the love and support of his friends , and eventually of his father.

Thoughts?  Is there a better form for this discussion?

General Comments / Was Augustus Caesar a psychopath?
« on: December 29, 2018, 09:12:52 AM »
 I hope that someone on ornery remembers watching the BBC/HBO show “Rome “;  otherwise this is going to be a very short conversation.

As Cleopatra dies, she gazes into the face of young Consul Octavian Caesar and says

“You have a Rotten Soul!”

 Octavian recoils, shocked. His best friend in the world ask him what Cleopatra had said to him and he repeats that she had said that he had a rotten soul. Oh, says his friend.  That. The friend—Agrippa—  notably does not make any effort to deny that Octavian has a “rotten soul “

Soul— Psyche
-path as a suffix, refers to disease.

Is Bruno Heller saying that Augustus was a psychopath?

 When Lucius Barinas says that he and Mark Anthony share a disease that is eating away at their souls and will eventually kill them, is he saying that he and Mark Anthony have been damaged By By their relationships with psychopaths? Or that they are psychopaths themselves? relationships with psychopaths? Or that they are psychopaths themselves?

General Comments / Where is the NRA on Jemel Roberson?
« on: November 13, 2018, 08:48:30 AM »

n armed security guard at a bar in suburban Chicago was killed by police as he detained a suspected gunman, according to officials and witnesses.

After gunfire erupted around 04:00 local time on Sunday, Jemel Roberson, 26, chased down an attacker and knelt on his back until police arrived.

Moments after police came on the scene, an officer opened fire on Roberson, who was black, killing him.

It seems to me that any organization that champions the notion that armed private citizens have a role in keeping the peace, should be speaking up against the killing of Jemel Roberson.

Second Amendment protections cannot and will not stand if their proponents only want them applied selectively by ethnicity.

According to FBI data, a disproportionately high proportion of police shootings in the US involve black people.

That's politically correct horse crap.  In fact, a disproportionately high proportion of police shootings in the US involve black males.  Black females are no more likely to get shot by cops than the average US citizen.

General Comments / America and the Law of Nations
« on: November 13, 2018, 08:41:50 AM »
Hypothetical One: Obama signs but the Senate does not ratify a treaty involving NATO signatories making it illegal to "insult Islam."

Hypothetical Two: Trump signs and the Senate ratifies a treaty with Chile (and no other country) that alters the family law of The Hague convention and also delegitimizes same-sex marriage.

How do these treaties affect US law?  Can America end up with unconstitutional international obligations?

General Comments / She’s Back! Stacey Abrams run-off
« on: November 11, 2018, 04:02:59 PM »
The word from my work is that a bunch of votes were just found and it appears that there is going to be a runoff so I’m being called back to work for Stacy Abrams for Georgia Governor.

If you’re not familiar with that name, catch up. It’s an interesting story of what happens when you campaign against the government official whose job it is to count the votes

I'd like to address what I call the Antichrist of "Christian" political arguments.

Premise 1. God created the earth for a purpose.
Premise 2. It is blasphemous Hubris for humans to think that they can stop God's purposes
Conclusion: It is blasphemous hubris for humans to think that anything they do could destroy the earth.

Anyone want to take a crack at this syllogism before I rip into it?  (you may or may not start with "God's first command to humans was to take care of the garden, and nowhere is that first directive rescinded.  Duh." or  Luke 4:10-12 )

Anyone actually believe in anything resembling this syllogism, or know someone that is, that thinks that they can represent the syllogism more accurately or fairly in Syllogism form?  (I don't want to battle a straw man after all).

A family member of mine believes this lamentable crap and he is a better man than me in both ways, has done more good in his life than I can reasonably hope to accomplish in mine.  The horror. The horror.

Who should be held to the higher standard regarding truthfulness?  The POTUS or a major news organization?

Discuss. Bonus points if you can avoid naming presidents past #41 as examples, and craft general rules that apply to leaders and news orgs. Remember the idea of standing for something rather than standing with a group? That old chestnut.

General Comments / William Saletan on "Good Religion"
« on: September 16, 2017, 04:23:34 PM »

The most powerful criticisms of sin in the name of religion come from within religion itself.

Religions can teach us to think critically, not just about society at large, but about religion itself.

A good example of what Saletan describes: "The God who Weeps"

General Comments / Crow plans; researchers teach crows to barter
« on: July 14, 2017, 06:24:35 PM »

The birds were also trained to use a specific token to barter with a human for a food reward. Then, a different experimenter offered them a tray with the token on it along with other distracter objects. "When the ravens knew that trading would only happen on the next day, they chose and stored these tokens as soon as they were offered to them," scientists Markus Boeckle and Nicola S. Clayton wrote in a separate Science paper on the Lund University research.

The researchers found that the birds would tend to opt out of immediate food rewards because of the promise of larger, tastier treats later.

They were more likely to be willing to endure delayed gratification when they had to wait only a few seconds, rather than minutes for the larger treat, which is also a key component of human decision-making. "We basically found that the further ahead in the future a reward for ravens, the less value it gets," says Kabadayi.

It's safe to say that ravens and mammals have not inherited planning skills through a common ancestor, says Kabadayi. They last shared an ancestor about 320 million years ago.

General Comments / "When safe spaces become dangerous"
« on: June 27, 2017, 11:22:26 AM »

Great speech during the WA senate hearings on the Evergreen riots and kidnappings.

General Comments / When leftism left liberalism
« on: June 22, 2017, 10:01:38 PM »
Charitably, I'd like to think that Medusa Magazine involves rich conservative guy with a left-wing daughter who happens also to be mentally disabled, and he funds her website for giggles.

But the more articles I read of this horrid site, the more I think that the writers are for real:

In 1973, the Supreme Court, consisting entirely of men, eight of whom were white, ruled that the termination of pregnancy was constitutional up until the third trimester. For decades, progressives have championed this decision as a victory for the cause of women’s rights. However, it is time we challenge this problematic notion.

First of all, it is critical to understand that the appeal to abortions being “Constitutional” reinforces white supremacy. There is no way around it. The Constitution was drafted and signed by white men, for white men. Slavery was Constitutional. The “right” to terrorize citizens through the bearing of arms is Constitutional. So-called “due process,” in which white juries condone the murder of innocent black men, is a Constitutional process. Being Constitutional does not make something progressive or innately valuable. In fact, Constitutionality is often synonymous with “exclusively beneficial to the white race.”

Second, the notion of “choice” in abortion is inherently white supremacist and ableist. Women of color do not often have the same privilege to choose termination as do white women. ...

White women: it is time to do your part! Your white children reinforce the white supremacist society that benefits you. If you claim to be progressive, and yet willingly birth white children by your own choice, you are a hypocrite. White women should be encouraged to abort their white children

I dared to voice my opinion online, and Internet Trolls descended on me
 June 21, 2017 Medusa Magazine
Stop the presses, a woman had the audacity to express her opinion on the Internet. What started out as a fine Tuesday evening quickly evolved into hours of emotional torment and abuse for me, yesterday, after an article I had written for this website brought in an army of trolls unlike any I have ever witnessed. In my article, I suggested that perhaps it was time to let go of certain taboos about gay sexual intercourse. The article argued, within reason, that men who have gay friends should let go of their prejudices and help their friends achieve sexual desire. The article had been published several days ago, but didn’t cause too much stir until certain anti-feminist Facebook pages and Twitter accounts begun sharing the article in disagreement and with mockery.

I cannot even post most of the messages here, because the vast majority of them contain very foul and bigoted language. Words cannot describe what hell the past few hours have been for me. We had to shut down the website’s commenting feature but were unable to shut down the Facebook comment feature. Go read any of the Facebook comments on that article to see what I am talking about.

This is what woman [sic] have to endure every single day on the Internet.

Sad thing is, they still haven't come close to the moral nadir that Huffington Post achieved here:

Someone really wants the GOP to keep the house and senate in 2018

General Comments / DAESH strikes in Tehran
« on: June 07, 2017, 09:01:04 PM »

Are we doing the right thing focusing on Tehran as our great Satan?

General Comments / who's the Covfefe'est one of all?
« on: June 04, 2017, 03:23:20 PM »
I'm getting increasingly annoyed with the previously reliable fact-checker Snopes.

It started when they claimed that Obama had not said anything that could be interpreted as encouraging undocumented "citizens" to vote, and now, gasp, it's the covfefe.

Now I can't say whether or not Trump came back from globe-handling in Saudi Arabia with what he thought was a new word, or whether it's a typo.  But Snopes' argument here is unforgivably obtuse:
On 31 May 2017 President Trump send a late-night tweet that began with a complaint about his press coverage and ended with the non-word “covfefe,” baffling many. While “covfefe” jokes proliferated, some began speculating that Trump had not accidentally flubbed the word “coverage,” but instead had been speaking either in code or Arabic.

 Chris David Miles @chrisdavidmiles
The #covfefe plot thickens: according to Google Translate, “Cov fe'fe” means سوف فقف “I will stand up” in Arabic.'fe
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However, a little work with Google Translate shows that “covfefe” means nothing at all in Arabic. Only by turning it into two words and adding an apostrophe — cov fe’fe — one can create a phrase that Google Translate says means “I will stand up.”

I see.  So the phrase "snopesilliteracy" means nothing at all in English, since only by turning it into two words and adding an apostrophe can one create the phrase "snopes' illiteracy."

The fact that a conclusion may be true does not justify an argument that makes everyone dumber for reading it.

Since the death of Saddam Hussein, Vladimir Putin has been the world leader most concerned with projecting personal strength, masculinity, and virility. 

So why this feeble "admission"?

Putin knows that we know -- that the whole world knows, to the extent that it's paid attention -- about Putin's tactic of sending in "little green men", Russian soldiers out of uniform, to do his bidding in the Ukraine, while denying that they are acting under Putin's orders.

Isn't this latest announcement basically Putin's way of claiming responsibility for the hacking?

What does he get out of this?  A more divided America, no doubt.  But more importantly I think it's convenient for Putin to help the leftist west to believe their own lies.  If Putin appears to have made Trump, that's more power projection for Putin, and he, not the EU, becomes the most powerful face in Europe.

Could it be true?  Is it unreasonable for me to assume that Putin's sending a false flag here?   

Well look where the "investigation" is taking us:  The grand conspiracy theory is now netting in Nigel Farage, a Brexit guy.

Suspicious, anyone?  Doesn't the list of suspects look like a left-wing wet dream hitlist?  Let me guess --  next on the Trump-Putin conspiracy list will be Ann Coulter, Milo Yanopolis, and Mel Gibson, right?

Maybe I should shut up or I'll end up on the suspects list too.

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