Brant Gaede

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  1. On 7/3/2020 at 12:06 PM, Peter said:

    How do I do it Dinglemut? I don’t know? It’s a gift! And it is another slow day in Paradise. What about a Trump campaign song? Joke.

    Adapted from the poem “No Man Is an Island,” by John Donne

    No man is an island,
    Entire of itself,
    Every man is a piece of the continent,
    A part of the main.
    If a clod be washed away by the sea,
    America is the less.
    As well as if a promontory were.
    As well as if a White House of thy friend's
    Or of thine own were:
    Any man's death diminishes me,
    Because I am involved in mankind,
    And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
    It tolls for thee.

    I won’t mess with this one, though you can think Ellis Island where she sings Bali Hai. The music is so beautiful. From the musical, Bali Hai, the character Bloody Mary sings:
    Most people live on a lonely island,
    Lost in the middle of a foggy sea.
    Most people long for another island,
    One where they know they will like to be.

    Bali Ha'i may call you,
    Any night, any day,
    In your heart, you'll hear it call you:
    "Come away...Come away."

    Bali Ha'i will whisper
    In the wind of the sea:
    "Here am I, your special island!
    Come to me, come to me!"

    Your own special hopes,
    Your own special dreams,
    Bloom on the hillside
    And shine in the streams.
    If you try, you'll find me
    Where the sky meets the sea.
    "Here am I your special island
    Come to me, Come to me."

    Bali Ha'i,
    Bali Ha'i,
    Bali Ha'i!

    The musical is South Pacific.

    --Brant


  2. On 6/30/2020 at 7:10 PM, Dglgmut said:

    You're too modest.

    Who, her critics? I didn't see many quotes on her Wiki page either. I've had arguments with people who couldn't quote anything from her (on the Internet, of course). By that I mean, they couldn't find quotes of hers to support their characterization of her. Someone said she was all about "greed," I said show me where she uses the word greed... of course he didn't.

    "The Utopia of Greed" is the second chapter of part three of Atlas Shrugged.

    --Brant


  3. On 6/25/2020 at 12:01 PM, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

    Jonathan,

    I did, too, but I never liked what she did. Starting back when she filled HP printer driver CDs with really aggressive spyware--and kept it up, cut the ink cartridges to one-third capacity and upped their price like a hockey-stick, all the while talking about being a female CEO as her main virtue.

    Anyway, the President weighs in and Charlie Spiering from Breitbart reminds people of Fiorina's style to her enemies when she thinks she can get an in.

    In fact, I have little doubt her public support for Biden was bought and paid for.

    Michael

    I forgot about her.

    --Brant

    in every way


  4. That's Ross Lavatter with two T's. He pleaded guilty in 2010 to securities fraud and something to do with a prostitution ring and got 3 years. He probably pleaded to avoid a multiplicity of charges at trial. He is a retired radiologist.

    No one can afford justice in a federal court. The risk is way too high. (This has nothing to do with whether he was a bad guy.) 

    --Brant


  5. On 6/14/2020 at 5:31 AM, Michael Stuart Kelly said:

    I can't resist.

    It's not the liver that keeps you alive. It's the heart.

    One can live without a liver. One cannot live without a heart. 

    The liver is merely haphazard operations that are prejudiced by what is fed to it and those operations fade as the feeding fades. So it is not important.

    :evil:  🙂 

    (Maybe one needs both to live? 🙂 )

    Confucius say: If one cannot remember a concept, one cannot use it for anything.

    🙂 

    Michael

    Your ignorance is showing.

    --Brant

    you can live without a spleen


  6. With just skipping through this old thread I'd like to point out that Danny abandoned Hank to a month of flying around Colorado looking for her with hardly a second thought knowing what he was doing. NB declaimed against this saying they (the strikers) could have called him off.

    I don't think it reflects badly on AR, however. AS was a gigantic plot driven painting by the numbers work of art. There was so much to do making it.

    Hank, the abandoned, starving baby.

    --Brant


  7. 5 hours ago, Peter said:

    And when the next gen have a go at Einstein, will they have no objection to Albert's theories? Well yeah, they explained what was observable at that time. But now we have received alien broadcasts from Alpha Centauri and it is obvious aynrandium is the most basic particle in the universe, and we will begin exchanging ambassadors tomorrow..       

    Einstein explains X. Not Y. Someone who can explain Y will not refute him just add on.

    --Brant


  8. Just now, Peter said:

    So much "science" has been disproved so I do agree with you. Newton. Galilao, Much has been disproved. But what else do we have to go on except "science." If the observable effects of "something" are not GRAVITY, then what is it, and what is its name?    

    My understanding is Newton was not disproved only some 19th C followers who modified Newton.

    --Brant

    Einstein had no objection to Newton's work


  9. 3 hours ago, Peter said:

    I suspect someday we will see "waves" just as we see sunlight now. It is fascinating how we can observe a solid object and light "bending" to gravity, and black holes that pull on light so that it can never escape the gravity well.   

    Gravity may not even exist, only the observable effects of something else.

    --Brant


  10. 2 hours ago, Dglgmut said:

    It's as observable as gravity. Free will means you are able to act in a way not determined by external forces. Now that means that some seemingly external forces may not quite be so. And if you don't accept this, you really force yourself into a dualistic mindset like Sam Harris, where the more you learn the more you see the causal link and consciousness becomes a dichotomy of material and observer.

    Gravity is not observable. So far 

    --Brant 


  11. 5 hours ago, Dglgmut said:

    Just to clarify, I consider myself a compatibilist and I think what we don't know about the physical world overlaps with what we don't know about free will.

    What we know about free will depends on the definition as it's not an observable thing. So what is the definition that encompasses the ignorance?

    --Brant


  12. 22 hours ago, Jon Letendre said:

    So beautiful.

    Know what a U.S. Marshall is?

    U.S. Marshalls operate independently of mayors, cops, sheriffs, councilmen, governors, etc., and they serve federal, United States Justice Department indictments and they make federal arrests not subject to any local interference.

    No fraudulent Russian interference investigation, no amateur impeachment shitshow, no Scamdemic and no engineered race war will stop what is coming.

    Nothing can stop what is coming.

     

     

    US Marshals operate with the permission of the local sheriff.

    Not that permission would be denied.

    Same, same for the FBI and DEA.

    --Brant


  13. On 6/3/2020 at 12:07 PM, Jon Letendre said:

    I’ve seen a picture of the cop with his hand either cgi’d-out or in his pocket and kneeling on a black person.

    Thats all I have. Is there additional reliable info? What came before? Why is he being restrained? Was he returning to violence when released from restraint so that what I saw in the picture was proper and his death an unfortunate consequence of his own behavior?

    Tell me what I still don’t know about, so that I too can understand that he was murdered.

    The three cops were charged with various murder counts. The main cop was charged with a third degree felony murder/manslaughter but it will be upgraded.

    --Brant

    Innocent until . . .


  14. 4 hours ago, Jon Letendre said:

    I’ve seen a picture of the cop with his hand either cgi’d-out or in his pocket and kneeling on a black person.

    Thats all I have. Is there additional reliable info? What came before? Why is he being restrained? Was he returning to violence when released from restraint so that what I saw in the picture was proper and his death an unfortunate consequence of his own behavior?

    Tell me what I still don’t know about, so that I too can understand that he was murdered.

    Well, what is that cop's present status?

    I'll try to find time later for your question .

    --Brant


  15. 3 minutes ago, Peter said:

    I hope The Great President Trump shamed those quaking governors with some "truthy" talking points and gave them a pair of balls they should have had before this crap started. The black guy who WAS smothered and had a heart attack was high on Meth and Fentinol. He was obliviously high, out of control, resisting arrest, and a danger to himself and others.      

    He was murdered.

    --Brant


  16. Hi. No philosophy brokers reality. If you let it you are the brokered.

    Thus Objectivism the philosophy of Ayn Rand is not Objectivism objectively speaking. Rand/Peikoff would disagree with this.

    The four basic principles of Objectivism are linked together by the autonomous critically thinking mind and are centered on ethics/morality.

    Reality reason, self interest, individual rights/capitalism. From these four you have detailing but this last is not dogma nor Objectivism per se.

    That's my take.

    --Brant


  17. Neither induction nor deduction is a logical fallacy. Nor any variable ratio between them. You can't get to a fallacy from there.

    In the 1930s tourists lost on a rural road in Georgia came upon a farmer standing next to his mailbox. "Can you tell us how to get to Chicago?" The farmer looked them up and down and took the straw out of his mouth. "You can't get there from here," he drawled.

    --Brant