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  1. Type in the letters "EQ" on your device child, and you will know. Or search for my emails where I explain I am also "new gnu knew" to the phrase. In addition to my other BBC mentions I would also like to mention "Grantchester" with the priest, "Call the Midwife", "Doctor Blake" from Australia, and the Glorious "Victoria." the camera work is superb in "Victoria" and the story is Oscar worthy. The female star is so . . . worthy . . . and she is around the same height as Queen Victoria. 4"11" It is time to give a donation to Public Television. Peter
  2. Michael worfed: I don't know with 100% certainty without comparing against the raw footage, but I've followed Milo for some time and his views have always been clear. The doctored video, if taken literally or as framed, doesn't sound anything like his beliefs. end quote It would not be honorable, Deanna, to ignore this. I will cut them in two with my batlith. You will care for my son Alexander if I do not survive. No one should doctor a video and get away with it. I have one more question Deanna Troi. In his thoughts . . . is Milo a female? Grrrrr!@my place. Peter
  3. How did we get off the sexual issue mentioned in the thread name? Ba’al wrote: Thoughts are electrochemical processes that take place in the brain and nervous system. Get an MRI scan sometime and you can see your thoughts in real time. end quote So . . . then, thoughts are real? *YOU* can see? *YOU* can see in real time? Emotions are real? My soul is real? If you say in real time, "Bob exists,” is that real? Bob if you continue on with this mental charade you are sentencing yourself to a lesser, though perhaps not nonexistent, LIFE. It is almost as if you are already senile . . . not Vulcan. . . and not scientific. You are in a state of denial. Wait. Who just said "harrumph!" Was it *you* Bob? Peter
  4. Posted: Feb 17, 2017 5:15 PM @realDonaldTrump - The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People! 4:48 PM - 17 Feb 2017 Who’s the cat who won’t cop out when there’s trouble all about? Shaft. Right on. By golly Trump is reading and being influenced by my posts on OL. Honest. Peter
  5. I don't like that Milo one bit. He has a grain of truth, in that boys when boys reach puberty they become horn dogs . . . but I think statutory laws should stay in affect, especially for females. Great Caesar's ghost but I remember getting the hots for my friend's moms. I will now say 100 Hail Mary's.
  6. I will add some of my choices for best instrumentals or the rock and roll era. The Allman Brother’s, “Jessica.” It gets a bit slow in the middle but the refrain is memorable. It is the theme song for an RFD show called The Presley Family. “Apache” Dennis Coffey and the Detroit Guitar Band. “Green Onions,” and “Hang ‘Em High” by Dave Baby Cortez “Forty Miles of Bad Road” and “Rebel Rouser” by Duane Eddy “Grazing in the Grass” by Bill Justis “Autumn Leaves” by Bill Pursell “Wipe Out” by The Surfaris “Hawaii Five-O” and “Walk - Don’t Run” by the Ventures “Sleep Walk” by Santo and Johnny “Tequila” by The Champs “Misirlou” by Dick Dale. Showcased on the Pulp Fiction sound track. But I remember it was played incessantly around 1963 or thereabouts. “Green Onions” by Booker T. and the MGs
  7. Didn't she say KISS the smokestack? It was too phallic for me. There are reasonable levels of pollution that facilitate production without the over regulation, but the air I breath and the ground water I drink are such an intimate part of my being, I would fight to keep them at one part per billion. Peter
  8. Trump is considering just letting other countries defend themselves. NATO was created to counteract the Soviet Union which is now defunct. Russia is still chipping away at Georgia, Syria, the Ukraine and who knows where else, but with time, these expensive Russian policies may lead to the bankruptcy of the Kremlin. Should we rely on our nuclear arsenal and our own military and dollars to protect the US alone? What happens if we exit NATO? I think we would still have mutual defense agreements with English speaking countries like Britain, Canada (parlez vous a leetle mon-sewer), and Australia. We were talking about EQ on another thread and I think national social skills go beyond just being a trade partner, but I don’t want the US to go deeper into debt to protect anyone else. That’s Isolationism within reason. Peter Hello across the Atlantic! Russian warships just sailed into Port Wenn and they are threatening Doc Martin and Downton Abbey. Can you help! Carole King wrote: When you're down and troubled And you need a helping hand And nothing, nothing is going right Close your eyes and think of me And soon I will be there To brighten up even your darkest night You just call out my name And you know wherever I am I'll come running to see you again Winter, spring, summer or fall All you have to do is call And I'll be there You've got a friend If the sky above you Grows dark and full of clouds And that old north wind begins to blow Keep you head together And call my name out loud Soon you'll hear me knocking at your door
  9. So you are the same as a block of wood? Be gone, woodchip. NO, Ba'al there is something wonderful existing in our electrical, chemical, physical beings and it is mental. Who mourns the loss of a wood chip? What about the loss of a tree? And when we lose a loved one, we did not lose just any "something."
  10. The hysteria in the “drive by media” is astonishing. As I mentioned I am swearing off all the news unfit to print and if other patriotic Americans do the same their ratings and profits should drop even lower at ABC, CBC, NBC, CNN, etc. Some have mentioned Drudge as a home page and I am sure there are some other good choices too. Peter Some truncated excerpts from the article, “Donald Trump’s Top 10 Accomplishments in His First Month in Office,” by John Hawkins Posted: Feb 18, 2017 12:01 AM: 10) Freezing all Federal Hiring Outside of the Military: Trump followed in Ronald Reagan’s footsteps by putting a federal hiring freeze in place almost immediately after he became president. That’s big, because the first step to shrinking government is to stop adding more people to it. 9) Pulling Support for the Obama Drive to Force Women to Allow Men in Their Bathrooms: This was a bit surprising, because Trump has generally been supportive of allowing transgender women to use women’s bathrooms, but he also said he believes the issue should be left to the states. Towards that end, he ordered the DOJ to “withdraw a motion filed by former President Barack Obama seeking to allow transgender students in public schools to use the restroom with which they identify.” That will probably lead to the issue being left to the states, which is how it should be. 8) Reinstating The Mexico City Policy: Barring U.S. government funding to international non-governmental agencies that promote or perform abortions is a big deal for pro-lifers. Because of Trump, your tax dollars are no longer going to be used to murder children overseas. 7) Ordered Federal Agencies To Cut Two Regulations For Every New One They Propose 6) Putting Out An Executive Order Asking The DOJ And Homeland Security to Withhold “Federal Funds, Except As Mandated By Law” From Sanctuary Cities: Trump talked a lot about sanctuary cities on the campaign trail and it’s great to see him taking action against these lawless cities. The fewer sanctuary cities we have, the fewer Americans like Kate Steinle will be raped, robbed or murdered as a result. There is no such thing as the “rule of law” when a protected class of foreign trespassers don’t live under the same laws as the rest of us. 5) Approving The Dakota Access Pipeline And The Keystone Pipeline: Not only will both those pipelines produce jobs without harming the environment, over the long haul they’ll help reduce gas prices. Liberals may not care about Americans spending less on gas, but it’s great that Trump does. 4) Killing The Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal: As Jeff Sessions has noted, the TPP was a bad agreement that dangerously eroded America sovereignty, 3) Undermining Obamacare: 2) Ordering The Construction Of The Border Wall: 1) Selecting Neil Gorsuch For The Supreme Court: Gorsuch is an eminently qualified 49 year old originalist and if conservatives were fantasy league picking their top five selections for the court, he’d be on it. Trump did his job; now it’s up to Mitch McConnell to get Gorsuch confirmed via hook, crook or nuclear option.
  11. Emotional Intelligence and Intelligence Quotient. EQ is new to me. I had to look it up and I am thinking “EQ” is “IQ” filtered through direct action with the portion of reality that deals with humanity and other living species. Every time I hear of a concept like this I flash back to family and clan living in the caveman era. IQ can make you be aware of reality but EQ leads to surviving. EQ is the essence of your soul (inner and outer personae) in a social setting. It evolves from family to society to political system within a certain geographical area. And then National EQ and coexistence and treaties or just leaving others the hell alone. So far there are no aliens to practice our EQ with. In the news this morning I read that that earth sized planet about 3.45 years away is inhospitable . . . unfortunately. I watched some of the David Attenborough series Planet Earth II on BBC last night. They had a segment about chimps chasing down a young baboon and ripping it to shreds. The dominant male had first bite and then he shared it with others thereby gaining “friends” and “allies.” The whole show was gruesome and I turned it off after the bit about young Galapagos iguanas trying unsuccessfully to escape snakes. It was like that John Wick movie. One gruesome death after another. Since we cohabit in this cyber space I guess we exhibit EQ. Cyphering not syphoning off, Peter. Yahoo Answers. Best Answer: IQ - a number used to express the apparent relative intelligence of a person that is the ratio multiplied by 100 of the mental age as reported on a standardized test to the chronological age. IQ is the measure of cognitive abilities, such as the ability to learn or understand or to deal with new situations; the skilled use of reason; the ability to apply knowledge to manipulate one's environment or to think abstractly as measured by objective criteria (as tests); mental acuteness; logic and analytical skills. EQ - is a measure of your emotional intelligence, or your ability to use both your emotions and cognitive skills in your life. Emotional intelligence competencies include but are not limited to empathy, intuition, creativity, flexibility, resilience, coping, stress management, leadership, integrity, authenticity, intrapersonal skills and interpersonal skills.
  12. Have any personal favorites? Here are some of mine. Peter “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden”: sung by Lynn Anderson. I beg your pardon I never promised you a rose garden Along with the sunshine There's gotta be a little rain some time When you take you gotta give so live and let live Or let go oh-whoa-whoa-whoa I beg your pardon I never promised you a rose garden I could promise you things like big diamond rings But you don't find roses growin' on stalks of clover So you better think it over Well if sweet-talkin' you could make it come true I would give you the world right now on a silver platter But what would it matter So smile for a while and let's be jolly Love shouldn't be so melancholy Come along and share the good times while we can I beg your pardon I never promised you a rose garden Along with the sunshine There's gotta be a little rain some time I beg your pardon I never promised you a rose garden I could sing you a tune and promise you the moon But if that's what it takes to hold you I'd just as soon let you go But there's one thing I want you to know You better look before you leap, still waters run deep And there won't always be someone there to pull you out And you know what I'm talkin' about So smile for a while and let's be jolly Love shouldn't be so melancholy Come along and share the good times while we can I beg your pardon I never promised you a rose garden Along with the sunshine There's gotta be a little rain some time, I beg your pardon I never promised you a rose garden. Songwriters JOE SOUTH Imagine - John Lennon "Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today... Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people Living life in peace... You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will be as one Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people Sharing all the world... You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will live as one" Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin "And as we wind on down the road Our shadows taller than our souls There walks a lady we all know Who shines white light and wants to show How everything still turns to gold And if you listen very hard The tune will come to you at last American Pie - Don McLean "And in the streets the children screamed The lovers cried and the poets dreamed But not a word was spoken The church bells all were broken And the three men I admire most The Father Son and Holy Ghost They caught the last train for the coast The day the music died" Like a Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan. Once upon a time you dressed so fine Threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you? People call say 'beware doll, you're bound to fall' You thought they were all kidding you You used to laugh about Everybody that was hanging out Now you don't talk so loud Now you don't seem so proud About having to be scrounging your next meal How does it feel, how does it feel? To be without a home Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone Ahh you've gone to the finest schools, alright Miss Lonely But you know you only used to get juiced in it Nobody's ever taught you how to live out on the street And now you're gonna have to get used to it You say you never compromise With the mystery tramp, but now you realize He's not selling any alibis As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes And say do you want to make a deal? How does it feel, how does it feel? To be on your own, with no direction home A complete unknown, like a rolling stone Ah you never turned around to see the frowns On the jugglers and the clowns when they all did tricks for you You never understood that it ain't no good You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you You used to ride on a chrome horse with your diplomat Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat Ain't it hard when you discovered that He really wasn't where it's at After he took from you everything he could steal How does it feel, how does it feel? To have on your own, with no direction home Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone Ahh princess on a steeple and all the pretty people They're all drinking, thinking that they've got it made Exchanging all precious gifts But you better take your diamond ring, you better pawn it babe You used to be so amused At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used Go to him he calls you, you can't refuse When you ain't got nothing, you got nothing to lose You're invisible now, you've got no secrets to conceal How does it feel, ah how does it feel? To be on your own, with no direction home Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone “Anything Goes.” By Cole Porter Times have changed And we've often rewound the clock Since the Puritans got a shock When they landed on Plymouth Rock. If today Any shock they should try to stem 'Stead of landing on Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock would land on them. In olden days, a glimpse of stocking Was looked on as something shocking. But now, God knows, Anything goes. Good authors too who once knew better words Now only use four-letter words Writing prose. Anything goes. If driving fast cars you like, If low bars you like, If old hymns you like, If bare limbs you like, If Mae West you like, Or me undressed you like, Why, nobody will oppose. When ev'ry night the set that's smart is in- Truding in nudist parties in Studios. Anything goes. When Missus Ned McLean (God bless her) Can get Russian reds to "yes" her, Then I suppose Anything goes. When Rockefeller still can hoard en- Ough money to let Max Gordon Produce his shows, Anything goes. The world has gone mad today And good's bad today, And black's white today, And day's night today, And that gent today You gave a cent today Once had several chateaux. When folks who still can ride in jitneys Find out Vanderbilts and Whitneys Lack baby clo'es, Anything goes. If Sam Goldwyn can with great conviction Instruct Anna Sten in diction, Then Anna shows Anything goes. When you hear that Lady Mendl standing up Now turns a handspring landing up- On her toes, Anything goes. Just think of those shocks you've got And those knocks you've got And those blues you've got From that news you've got And those pains you've got (If any brains you've got) From those little radios. So Missus R., with all her trimmin's, Can broadcast a bed from Simmons 'Cause Franklin knows Anything goes. Songwriter: PORTER, COLE
  13. Thanks again William. And I want to congratulate my wife because a week ago she said the people in the commercial were Greek but I did not pay her any heed. I thought the water looked like “higher lake water” and not from a sea around Greece. I would like to put a plug in for that hefty Hawaiian guy singing, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” It is exquisite. Israel Kamakawiwo'ole – Over The Rainbow & What A Wonderful World – 1993. I asked a relative of his, “What is he saying at the end?” And he answered, “He is just riffing, Peter.” Peter Taylor, Radford High School, Honolulu Hawaii, class of 1965. Hawaiian at heart.
  14. Mind in Objectivism, A Survey of Objectivist Commentary on Philosophy of Mind by Diana Mertz Hsieh. Philosophy of Mind. Philosophy of mind is the branch of metaphysics that studies the basic nature and capacities of the mind. The primary issue of philosophy of mind is the “mind-body problem,” described in Anthony Flew's A Dictionary of Philosophy as the “problem of how the mind is related to the body, and of what properties, functions, and occurrences should regarded as, respectively, mental or physical” (Flew 1984, 232). In the preface to Philosophy of Mind (an excellent and comprehensive anthology of the classics of philosophy of mind), David Chalmers lists some of the “central questions” of philosophy of mind (as conceived of within analytic philosophy) as: What is the mind? What is the relationship between mind and body? Is the mind the same thing as the brain? How can the mind affect the physical world? Could a purely physical system be conscious? Can we explain subjective experience in objective terms? Does the mind represent the world? What is the nature of belief and desire? What is the relationship between consciousness and representation? Is the mind in the head or in the environment? What can we know about other minds, in humans, animals, and machines? What is the self? (Chalmers 2002, xi) Although philosophy of mind has been a hot topic in analytic philosophy in recent decades, Objectivism currently has no well-developed account of the ontology of mind. Nevertheless, a survey of the comments on philosophy of mind by Objectivist philosophers reveals an unexpected wealth of published material, presented here by author in semi-chronological order. Ayn Rand. Ayn Rand never published any substantial commentary on philosophy of mind, but her writings nonetheless offer clues to her views. Early entries in the Journals of Ayn Rand contain unambiguous assertions of the metaphysical unity of mind and body. In a 1947 entry she writes, And, to go to the roots of the whole vicious error, blast the separation of man into “body” and “soul,” the opposition of “matter” and “spirit.” Man is an indivisible entity, possessing both elements—but not to be split into them, since they can be considered separately only for purposes of discussion, not in actual fact. In actual fact, man is an indivisible, integrated entity...” (Rand 1997, 551). Rand reiterates this view in a undated passage eventually cut from Galt's Speech which states “man is an entity of mind and body, an indivisible union of two elements: of consciousness and matter” (Rand 1997, 663). Rand also has some helpful comments on the mind in Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, written between 1967 and 1968. In a discussion in Chapter 5 on ostensive definitions, she speaks of both sensations and axioms as irreducible epistemological simples in writing. Sensations are the primary material of consciousness and, therefore, cannot be communicated by means of the material which is derived from them. The existential causes of sensations can be described and defined in conceptual terms (e.g., the wavelengths of light and the structure of the human eye, which produce the sensations of color), but one cannot communicate what color is like, to a person who is born blind. To define the meaning of the concept “blue,” for instance, one must point to some blue objects to signify, in effect: “I mean this.” Such an identification of a concept is known as an “ostensive definition.” Ostensive definitions are usually regarded as applicable only to conceptualized sensations. But they are applicable to axioms as well. Since axiomatic concepts are identifications of irreducible primaries, the only way to define one is by means of an ostensive definition e.g., to define “existence,” one would have to sweep one's arm around and say: “I mean this.” (Rand 1990, 40-41). Thus consciousness, as one of the axioms of awareness, is clearly an irreducible concept according Rand. (I do have some reservations about Rand's use of “sensation” here, but the basic point about irreducibility stands regardless.) In the “Philosophy of Science” Appendix of Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology (based upon workshops given between 1969 and 1971), Rand addresses the limits of philosophy of mind, essentially arguing for a more restricted role for philosophers than generally found in analytic philosophy (Rand 1990, 289-90). When asked whether “the relation of conscious activity to brain activity” is “a scientific question,” Rand simply replies “Yes” (Rand 1990, 290). Then, after apparently agreeing that philosophy should offer science “certain provisos... such as that consciousness is causally efficacious and that free will is possible,” Rand argues that philosophers must also “define the terms of [the] question” because “in asking what's the relationship between 'mind' and 'brain,' scientists have to know what they mean by the two concepts” (Rand 1990, 290). Rand is thus applying her general principle that philosophy must “be based only on that which is available to the knowledge of any man with normal mental equipment” without any assistance from “special knowledge or special instruments” (Rand 1990, 289). Rand's most important commentary on philosophy of mind is very likely her praise for Aristotle's basic view of consciousness in a review of Herman Randall's book Aristotle published in The Objectivist Newsletter of May 1963 (Rand 1963, 18-9). Although Randall only briefly touches upon Aristotle's views on life and mind in that book, he does clearly highlight Aristotle's rejection of both the mysticism of dualism and the mechanism of materialism (Randall 1960, 59-72). He summarizes Aristotle's conception of psyche (“power of living and knowing”) as “not an additional 'thing' besides the living body, but the body's power to do what the living body does, its function (ergon), its operation (energia), its culminating end (entelechia)” (Randall 1960, 64). Rand approvingly echoes these sentiments in her review: For Aristotle, life is not an inexplicable, supernatural mystery, but a fact of nature. And consciousness is a natural attribute of certain living entities, their natural power, their specific mode of action—not an unaccountable element in a mechanistic universe, to be explained away somehow in terms of inanimate matter, nor a mystic miracle incompatible with physical reality, to be attributed to some occult source in another dimension. For Aristotle, “living” and “knowing” are facts of reality; man's mind is neither unnatural nor supernatural, but natural—and this is the root of Aristotle's greatness, of the immeasurable distance that separates him from other thinkers (Rand 1963, 19). Such positive (albeit general) regard for Aristotle's view of consciousness is a common theme in Objectivist commentaries on the mind, such as Peikoff’s Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand and Branden's Psychology of Self-Esteem (Peikoff 1991, 34; Branden 2001, 10). (I was delighted to discover this review just a short time after finishing a paper entitled “The Soul of Aristotle” sympathetic to Aristotle's philosophy of mind (Hsieh 2002a).)
  15. William wrote: ( -- the yodeling in the commercial is described in its English closed captions as "Pame Sti Honolulu" performed by "Bezos's Hawaiian Orchestra." Who the hell is Bezos? . . . . end quote So the Greeks stole Hawaiian music and Swiss yodeling? Is that subliminal seduction? The cads! Thank you William. It just irked me, like it does if you try to find out who the narrator is on a particular commercial. It sounds like Tim The Tool Guy or George Clooney. Dang it, I know it is one or the other. If you type in the key words like “Campbell’s” “Soup” “Red” it should take you to tomato soup. On the replay of the Greek commercial I noticed some of the rhythm and notes from, “Never on Sunday.” Peter