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  2. ThatGuy

    Review of Stephen Hicks' postmodernism book.

    For consideration, RE: The Emerson quote... https://www.noblesoul.com/orc/essays/emerson.html
  3. Backlighting

    Greenspan Grapples for Stimulus With Ayn Rand

    C-Span recently had Greenspan discussing, along with his co-author, his new book "Capitalism in America: A History" Here's the video: https://www.c-span.org/video/?453097-2/capitalism-america
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  5. Jon Letendre

    Donald Trump

    Drones. That’s cute. Someone thought they would be flying today, out of Newark. But they won’t be flying today, at least not on the flight or to the destination they had hoped. BNL News Tweet https://twitter.com/BreakingNLive/status/1087845816314675200 BREAKING: Flights have been suspended at Newark Airport in NYC as ‘two drones’ have been seen over the runways. 3:53 PM · Jan 22, 2019
  6. Michael Stuart Kelly

    Review of Stephen Hicks' postmodernism book.

    That cartoon video... LOL... Michael
  7. 9thdoctor

    Review of Stephen Hicks' postmodernism book.

    As in, "Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds"? It sounds like Hicks did the equivalent to a quote from Foucault.
  8. Jon Letendre

    Donald Trump

    Well, MLK weekend is over, and still no #PresidentPelosi. Sorry Donna, but it looks like you and your fellow gangsters will not be killing the president anytime soon, no matter how much royal purple Nacy wears. Maybe suicide after all, Donna?
  9. Jon Letendre

    Epitome of the Collectivist Soul

    Breaking911 Tweet https://twitter.com/Breaking911/status/1087779841636818944 NEW: White House moving forward on State of the Union plans, including possibility of address outside Washington - Fox News 11:31 AM · Jan 22, 2019
  10. Jon Letendre

    Government shutdown

    “Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt political establishment with a new government ... “
  11. Jon Letendre

    Government shutdown

    The Washington Post Editorial Board is starting to show some of the panic of their bosses. They finally figured out that this shutdown is a trap they can’t escape from and Trump has all the power, including the power to never “reopen” the government but go forward indefinitely with emergency executive powers granted in the Constitution. Chuckles and Nancy will now give Trump what he wants or it will all become very interesting, fast. ”Mr. Trump’s offer should be welcomed” ... ”But to refuse even to talk until the government reopens does no favors to sidelined federal workers and contractors.” Do it for the Dreamers!! Have a heart!! Think of the sidelined federal workers and contractors!! ”But a measure of statesmanship for a member of Congress now is the ability to accept some disappointments [ ... ] if it means rescuing the lives of thousands of deserving people living among us.” Lives need rescuing, where is your humanity!! Make a deal with Trump, NOW!! https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/make-a-deal-to-help-the-real-people-behind-the-rhetoric/2019/01/19/f5b18866-1c17-11e9-88fe-f9f77a3bcb6c_story.html
  12. Michael Stuart Kelly

    Review of Stephen Hicks' postmodernism book.

    Jonathan, I once got into a kerfuffle with George Smith over a religious historian named David Barton. George embedded a video by a lady who purported to debunk Barton in everything, apparently including being born , but all she did was this gotcha crap, reams and reams of it, much of which was taking things out of context with total avoidance of the Principle of Charity. The opposite, in fact. Snark and gotcha, snark and gotcha. Her name was Chris Rodda. I've noticed that, for people in general, when a snark and gotcha argument comes up and this defends their own beliefs, they just don't see the rhetorical method, although at other times, they would not only see it, they would object to it. For example, think of how the Objectivist fundies embraced James Valliant's book against the Brandens. There was no real substance to that book other than snark and gotcha, most of which was out of context. (With the exception of Rand's own journal entries.) But the fundies lapped it up, especially Valliant's misinterpretations. Even though I disagree with many of the fundies, I also acknowledge that there are many intelligent people among them. So I think this blindness to rhetoric is a human condition, an inbuilt cognitive bias that is a kissing cousin to confirmation bias. Anyway, George and I were going at each other over David Barton and Chris Rodda. I got to the point where I started laughing although you couldn't tell from the posts. That's one of the drawbacks of forum writing. Who can see anyone through a computer monitor? I mean George and I were arguing over nothing important to either of us and the nastiness of the posts started making it look like we hated each other. At one point I cracked up. I couldn't even remember the arguments about Barton that Rodda presented that George agreed with. So I ended the topic with a story I made up on the spot. George even apologized for the hostility after reading it. I think he got a laugh, too. (You can click the crooked arrow on the top right of the quote below and it will take you to the thread where you can read everything I'm talking about.) That was in 2012. It looks like I haven't liked that snark and gotcha method of arguing for a long time. Michael
  13. Jon Letendre

    Epitome of the Collectivist Soul

    Ruth is rolling in her ice right now ... BNL News Tweet https://twitter.com/BreakingNLive/status/1087721031945605120 BREAKING: US Supreme Court allows President Trump's transgender military ban to take effect 7:37 AM · Jan 22, 2019
  14. Jonathan

    Review of Stephen Hicks' postmodernism book.

    I get it. And often times that gotcha style intentionally ignores context which explains where the target of his gotcha was coming from, and is therefore unfair. But, generally, this dude is on target. Hicks's work is tainted by his Randian Objecti-goggles and his sloppy scholarship. He just seems to interpret things how he wishes or feels, and doesn't seem to have any curiosity to verify if he has understood things correctly. He trusts other Rand-zealots opinions and interpretations, also without bringing any critical thinking to the task. He totally blocks out informed criticism -- I've experienced that firsthand. Which isn't to say that I think that postmodernism, or anything else that Hicks attacks, is good or valid. I just don't get into the straw man mindset. I can't appreciate or identify with someone who gets so much wrong, and is so hellbent on attacking that he can't properly identify what he is attacking or why. Hicks gets everything so twisted around that he is the one who is exhibits the mindset that he claims that the postmodernists advocate: He interprets texts however he wishes to interpret them so that he can condemn the author. J
  15. Jonathan

    Placeholder for GW/CC 'How I got here' thread

    Yay! Public opinion is very important to you on this issue, isn't it? Meanwhile, my questions from long, long ago remain unanswered. Remember the "show me the science questions," the "postponed or dog-eaten homework" that you've promised to turn in, but have yet to do so? J
  16. Yes, I've seen Rodman's shows. The thing is that caricatures aren't good or funny when the artist draws everyone the same way regardless of their actual characteristics or personality. "Who's that supposed to be, Walter Matthau?" "No. It's Audrey Hepburn." "But in reality she doesn't have a huge nose or gigantic, old-man ears." "Yeah, but that's how I draw caricatures. I draw big noses and ears on everyone. I have rules that I follow. It's not a caricature if it doesn't have a big nose and big ears." ??? Um, you're projecting again. I've said nothing even close to indicating that I fantasize about others' suffering. I wish the best for everyone. But let me see if I understand the "logic" that you're using. Is the idea that if I don't go along with your beliefs of what you should be allowed to force other people to do and pay for, then you think that it logically follows that I have contempt for the people that you pretend to want to help? If I'm critical of your primitive urge to control other people, then I'm sadistic? Silly twit. You should stick to sharing your opinions about literature. It's the only thing that you actually know. On every other subject, you're just dumb. I don't remember: Were you a school teacher? J
  17. william.scherk

    Placeholder for GW/CC 'How I got here' thread

    Bob's first sentence was copied from Wikipedia ... The Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), alternatively "Eocene thermal maximum 1" (ETM1), and formerly known as the "Initial Eocene" or "Late Paleocene Thermal Maximum", was a time period with more than 8 °C warmer global average temperature than today. The larger context: Meat?
  18. Michael Stuart Kelly

    Review of Stephen Hicks' postmodernism book.

    Jonathan, I'll try to see the rest of the video, but, for me, listening to that dude's gotcha way of arguing these days is like chewing on double-edged razor blades. Michael
  19. william.scherk

    Placeholder for GW/CC 'How I got here' thread

    Climate Change in the American Mind: December 2018
  20. Michael Stuart Kelly

    Epitome of the Collectivist Soul

    Peter, Any stories about people who donate the very things they need to survive to the homeless? Their own clothes as they go naked? Their own food as they go hungry? I've never seen those kinds of stories. Anyway, what numbnuts above was asking was waaaaaay beyond that. He was asking a large number of people to stop living altogether, to die, so one person could live. As I understand Christianity, it was the contrary. One person died so many could live. Whether the afterlife exists or not is another issue, but the equation was one sacrificed for the benefit of many. Numbnuts wanted many sacrificed for the benefit of one. How about no sacrifice? That's my preference. Michael
  21. Peter

    Epitome of the Collectivist Soul

    We constantly see winter news stories about people who donate food, clothing, their time and their lives to help the homeless, while they ignore their own families.
  22. Peter

    Government shutdown

    Trump is for securing our borders which includes a physical barrier. His critics are for harming President Trump, and that is a despicable reason to oppose border security.
  23. Gotcha J - I have seen his reality shows! Have you? Say, wasn't that you on the second episode of "Celebrity Mole" pushing the catering trolley? I think you are being deliberately obtuse. Satire is fantasy, of course, --but have you never drawn a caricature of anyone for any reason except hating them? Never done a quick cartoon of someone you actually liked? Or didn't know, or care about, except they were eminently caricaturable? ftr, I think Rodman is a fairly shrewd entertainer who has exploited his natural flakiness pretty well. He does, in fact, entertain me sometimes. Nothing seems to entertain you these days, except sadistic fantasies of the unworthy suffering for their contemptible unworthiness. Pity.
  24. Jonathan

    Placeholder for GW/CC 'How I got here' thread

    The key sentences in the above: "That at some point this chronic reality do reach a breaking point and I think for our generation it reached that, I wished I didn’t have to be doing every post, but sometimes I just feel like people aren’t being held accountable. Until, we start pitching in and holding people accountable, I’m just gonna let them have it.” Yup, we need to get down to the business of punishing the Others™. Gaia thirsts for blood. Violence is virtuous in the name of stopping climate doom. Killing is the cure. J
  25. Jonathan

    Placeholder for GW/CC 'How I got here' thread

    OCASIO-CORTEZ ON MILLENNIALS: ‘WE’RE LIKE THE WORLD IS GOING TO END IN 12 YEARS IF WE DON’T ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE’ ‘At some point these chronic realities do reach a breaking point’ Jan 21, 2019 10:17 PM By Tom Elliott Play Video The world is going to end in 12 years unless the government takes action, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said Monday at a Martin Luther King forum in New York City. Here’s an excerpt from her interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates: “And I think the part of it that is generational is that millennials and people, in Gen Z, and all these folks that come after us are looking up and we’re like, the world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change. You’re biggest issue, your biggest issue is how are going to pay for it? — and like this is the war, this is our World War II. And I think for younger people looking at this are more like, how are we saying let’s take it easy when 3,000 Americans died last year, how are we saying let’s take it easy when the end person died from our cruel and unjust criminal justice system? How are we saying take it easy, the America that we’re living in today is dystopian with people sleeping in their cars so they can work a second job without healthcare and we’re told to settle down. It’s a fundamental separation between that fierce urgency of now, the why we can’t wait that King spoke of. That at some point this chronic reality do reach a breaking point and I think for our generation it reached that, I wished I didn’t have to be doing every post, but sometimes I just feel like people aren’t being held accountable. Until, we start pitching in and holding people accountable, I’m just gonna let them have it.”
  26. Jonathan

    Fake News

    It really is stunnng that in today's world, people have still not learned to shut the f up until the facts are in. Especially since they've burned themselves so many times over Trump and MAGA issues. Wait before you open your mouth to express your seething hatred of Trump and his supporters. Give it a day or two to see if your hatred has distorted your interpretation of events, and that your hatreds have been fueled by others hatred-driven misinterpretations and outright lies. You're making fools and assholes of yourselves and accomplishing the opposite of your goals. J
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