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  1. Peter

    Trump humor

    I had to watch that until the end. Brilliant! I think Bernie got red in the face, one snowflake was crying, and some were really having a hard time not yelling or becoming violent. It's like we are one mob scene away from the violent protests of the sixties only this time it is not a protest against an ill advised war, but a protest against peace, prosperity and freedom. The neo socialists were peaceful but just one split second away from a protest of spitting, screaming, and raging. How uncivil and childish.
  2. Peter

    Benevolent Universe premise

    I just had a crossword puzzle clue that spoke of shaving with a razor as "taboo" in Jewish law. I find the idea of cultural no no's kind of weird, especially if a forbidden but scrumptious animal like a pig is off the table. The Russians won't eat crabs. Me and Doctor Seuss would not eat a mouse. We would not eat a rat, or a cat or a dog either. And please don't eat eel in front of me. Not even with sauerkraut on it. Hey? What's in that submarine? Some people are adverse to cured mixed meats like hard salami but I love it on French bread. On the few occasions I fry Spam my wife opens a window so I only do it once or twice a year. I remember getting Spam in my Mom's care package when I was stationed in South Korea and they love spam there.
  3. Peter

    For Valentine's Day, a little something

    Now I remember that song. It is a good comedy song and reminds me of Roger Miller.
  4. Peter

    Donald Trump

    "Those in the know" are saying Biden is contacting his big money donors and will may a run in 2020.
  5. Sorry. I couldn't get rid of the underlines and now my computer is acting up. I ran CClean and nothing was wrong but I was slowed down for some reason. Some of those quotes sound like the "elites" who inhabit this portion of the internet. Well said Spiro, and to the intellects of Atlantis (OL)!
  6. “Nattering nabobs of negativism.” Spiro was quite a character. Peter From Wikipeida: Beginning in early 1973, Agnew was investigated by the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland on suspicion of criminal conspiracy, bribery, extortion and tax fraud. Agnew took kickbacks from contractors during his time as Baltimore County Executive and Governor of Maryland. The payments had continued into his time as vice president. On October 10, 1973, after months of maintaining his innocence, Agnew pleaded no contest to a single felony charge of tax evasion and resigned from office. Nixon replaced him with House Republican leader Gerald Ford. Agnew spent the remainder of his life quietly, rarely making public appearances. He wrote a novel and a memoir that both defended his actions. Quotes from Spiro T. Agnew. In the United States today, we have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of negativism. They have formed their own 4-H Club - the 'hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history.' The student now goes to college to proclaim rather than to learn. A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals. This is the criminal left that belongs not in a dormitory, but in a penitentiary. The criminal left is not a problem to be solved by the Department of Philosophy or the Department of English - it is a problem for the Department of Justice. Black or white, the criminal left is interested in power. It is not interested in promoting the renewal and reforms that make democracy work; it is interested in promoting those collisions and conflict that tear democracy apart. As for those deserters, malcontents, radicals, incendiaries, the civil and uncivil disobedients among the young, SDS, PLP, Weathermen I and Weathermen II, the revolutionary action movement, the Black United Front, Yippies, Hippies, Yahoos, Black Panthers, Lions and Tigers alike - I would swap the whole damn zoo for a single platoon of the kind of young Americans I saw in Vietnam. I am not asking for government censorship or any other kind of censorship. I am asking whether a kind of censorship already exists when the news that forty million Americans receive each night is determined by a handful of men responsible only to their corporate employers and filtered through a handful of commentators who admit to their own set of biases. Some newspapers are fit only to line the bottom of bird cages. Three things have been difficult to tame: the oceans, fools and women. We may soon be able to tame the oceans; fools and women will take a little longer. One modest suggestion for my friends in the academic community: the next time a mob of students, waving their non-negotiable demands, starts pitching bricks and rocks at the student union- just imagine they are wearing brown shirts or white sheets- and act accordingly. I apologize for lying to you. I promise I won't deceive you except in matters of this sort. Confronted with a choice, the American people would choose the policeman's truncheon over the anarchist's bomb.
  7. From Statista: The statistic shows the total number of mobile phone users worldwide from 2015 to 2020. In 2019 the number of mobile phone users is forecast to reach 4.68 billion. end quote As Carl Sagan was reported as saying, “That’s *billions* with a *b*,” and there are now 7.7 billion humans on the planet. Will wide spread cell phone usage and linked-in computer usage finally cross a line from which humanity will never retreat? Has human technology pushed us past the era (and error) of indoctrination and propaganda and placed us into an Eden where enlightened humanity will forever exist? I hope so. Yes, there are still “cult like pockets” of people who are enslaved, as in North Korea or in religious cults. And there are Third World pockets of poverty where computer and cell phone usage are beyond their gross domestic products. But the vast majority of humanity is now able to “surf” for the truth. It is my fervent hope that the genii of knowledge and accessibility is never put back into the bottle. I am not cutting enlightened philosophies like Objectivism out of this PROFOUND revolution of the new enlightenment but without the world wide technology it would be a much slower march to a superior, more united human race. We defeated the Axis nearly 70 years ago. We lessened the impact of totalitarianism like communism through retaliatory force and economics. Now is our time to thrive. So, which is more important to humanity’s rise in the short run? Perhaps technology. And for the long term the truth is out there. Does the following have ‘dated relevance? Peter From “Goddess of the Market, Ayn Rand and the American Right” by Jennifer Burns pages 192 and 193. Rand’s first published work of nonfiction, For the New Intellectual, set worth the creed her young fans would follow in the coming decades. Most of the book consisted of excerpts from Rand’s already published fiction, except for the title essay, which called for a cadre of “New Intellectuals” who would work together with business to celebrate the achievements of industrialism and capitalism. In the essay Rand identified three categories of men who had clashed throughout history: Atillas (despotic rulers), Witch Doctors (priests and intellectuals), and Producers (spiritual forerunners of American businessmen). The first two terms, she noticed, had been coined by Nathaniel Branden, whom she formally thanked for his “eloquent designation.” She traced their conflicts through Western history until the Industrial Revolution, when two new social types were born: the modern businessman and the modern intellectual. According to Rand, the two were supposed to work in tandem to manage, direct, and explain the changes stemming from the Industrial Revolution. But intellectuals had committed “treason” in the face of this grave responsibility, choosing instead to hold down Producers by promoting altruism as an ethical imperative. Rand’s essay mixed history, philosophy, and polemic into a bewitching brew while her typologies bore a clear resemblance to traditional divisions between proletariat, capitalists, and revolutionary vanguard, she centered these differences in mental outlook, not economic position. Producers were different from Witch Doctors and Attilas because they were independent and rational rather than mystical. Even though she avoided the language of economic determinism, Rand saw history as a kind of spiritualized class struggle. She took readers on a rapid tour of Western intellectual history, quickly summarizing and critiquing several major schools of philosophy. Rand then paused to clarify her most misunderstood and controversial idea, her attack upon altruism, or “moral cannibalism,” as she liked to call it. She explained that she used the word as did the French philosopher August Compte, to mean “self-sacrifice.” This usage was philosophically precise, but potentially very confusing. Most of Rand’s critics took the word in the more colloquial sense, as broadly meaning concern for or caring about other people. This meant that Rand seemed to be attacking even goodness itself. Once again, as she had with selfishness, Rand was redefining words to match her philosophical concepts. It was not, she thought, her fault that she was sometimes misunderstood, and in any even she relished her iconoclastic persona. If her audience thought she was violating all standards of human decency, so much the better. Rand presented herself as a serious philosophical thinker and analyst of American history, but could not fully escape her innate penchant for provocation and emotional invective. Her high-minded discussion of philosophy was punctured by colorful and occasionally bizarre metaphors. She described contemporary intellectual discourse as “a sticky puddle of stale syrup” and referred to “chickens hiding their heads in the sand (“ostrich” is too big and dignified a metaphor for this instance).” Still, she effectively charged her readers with a world-historical-task: her New Intellectuals must challenge and replace the left-leaning supporters of socialism and the welfare state. end quote
  8. I just heard that the people in China "creatively go to" the official Fearless Leader's site on their phones and the internet to gain brownie points. They still fear the communist state, unfortunately. But the times they are a'changin'
  9. Peter

    Benevolent Universe premise

    Wow. That's cool, Master of Chutzpah! I have the old and new testaments in my full name which I will not broadcast. I grew a beard when I got out of the army but it itched and had dandruff so after shampooing it a few times when I did my top hair . . . I cut it off. edit. My cat Sparks, named after the Jodie Foster character in that movie Contact? who is my, icon had to have an ear cut off because of cancer, but she is still going strong. She is now a renowned thousand dollar cat.
  10. Peter

    Donald Trump

    Apparently the Mueller investigation is almost over and some are already apologizing about not finding any dirt on our Prez though some people who told little white lies to cover their asses may go to jail, like Manafort.
  11. Peter

    Donald Trump

    Jokes edited from the web. If attacked by a mob of clowns, go for the juggler. Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez says on twitter, “Yes we can land on the sun. We just have to go at night.” An advisor for President Trump responded, “My little brother ate all the Scrabble tiles and his shit makes more sense than you, Cortez.” Cortez then shot back, “Wrong Sarah Huckabee. Confucius says, bread is like the sun. It rises in the east and sets in the waist. You’ve been eating too much toast, Sarah.” “Stop equivocating Cortez with your phony quotes,” said Sarah. Muy Daddy’s a preacher. Trump's inauguration prayer included a Bible passage about building a wall. The Bible says, “The nation had been in bondage for decades, the infrastructure of the country was in shambles, and God raised up a powerful leader to restore the nation. And the man God chose was neither a politician nor a priest. Instead, God chose a builder whose name was Nehemiah.” “So, the Holy Bible prophesized President Trump, Cortez!”
  12. Peter

    LOL... Virginia Governor Northam had a Train Wreck Week

    Ah, the little engine who could. Where have you been, Honey? I went to the grocery store and you know what? There were a lot of Hispanic people there shopping but no Latins worked there. It was all whites, and mostly female. And they didn't look poor. They had fancy jewelry on and decent shoes. So, why were they working?
  13. Peter

    Aristotle's wheel paradox

    Are halo's mythical? Do they represent something in reality?
  14. Peter

    i'm pathetic

    Purpose. Can anyone remember the sheer joy of being a child and building a fort or a treehouse, away from all those boring adults? I remember opening my eyes and seeing the sun peek through the shades and then rushing to get outside. And I even liked going to school and work. It's still a joy. Where will we go next? Lancaster for a concert? Florida for a vacation? Retirement? It's not so bad. I wake up and lay under the covers thinking and musing, then I think about coffee. Right now I am perking a combination of Folgers Columbian, Choc full of nuts, and Starbucks and it is excellent. What's next? Toast with Smucker's Strawberry Jam?
  15. So then, few “new” dictatorships are sprouting as in Venezuela. I would not want America to “get into the business” but as Rand said, yes, it is moral to kill a dictator. Sincerely, double oh seven. Here are the answers from the New York Times Sunday puzzle dubbed “Zoospeak.” Try and think of the clue. Common caws. Baabaa shop. Coo de grace. Purr former. Moo vie star. Neigh sayer. Modern hiss story. Roar schack test. And this is not on theme but from the same puzzle. Clue: ancient mall. Answer: agora. I had to think about that but then, be-ding! I bet it was like shopping at the mall way back then.
  16. Peter

    LOL... Virginia Governor Northam had a Train Wreck Week

    I don't think the Guv should resign but it may not be wise for him to continue to seek public office. Perhaps Virginia should ban Halloween and all those potentially hurtful costumes. If a person of mixed African American ancestry were to imitate Michael Jackson they might to "lighten up." Remember that episode of Seinfeld where "the little people" are intolerant of any dwarf or midget who tries to look taller? I think that sin was called, "heightening."
  17. Peter

    Donald Trump

    Brant wrote: did you know I'm an environmentalist? I would have guessed your environment extended from the bed to the fridge to the table to the computer to the bathroom like mine.
  18. Peter

    Benevolent Universe premise

    Ah ha. Now I see where the name Baal comes from. It’s not a “false god.” I wonder if Bob C. has a beard? Excerpts about Hasidism from the WWW. As the character Raymond Babbitt played by Dustin Hoffman, said to his brother Charlie played by Tom Cruise in the movie “Rain Man,” “They make excellent ambulance drivers.” Who knew? Peter Born circa 1700, the founder of Hasidism was Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer, better known as the Baal Shem Tov (literally “master of the good name”) and sometimes referred to by the Hebrew acronym the Besht. Little of the Baal Shem Tov’s biography has been firmly established by historians, but stories of his charismatic leadership and skills as a miracle worker became entrenched in Hasidic lore. In the early 1700s, in the area today known as the Ukraine, a young orphan boy named Israel ben Eleazar loved to wander into the forest, even sleeping there overnight. His father’s last words echoed in his mind, “Fear nothing, fear no one, but G‑d Himself, and love every Jew as you love yourself.” 4. Hasidic Jews Use Technology Hasidim use mobile phones, drive cars and use other forms of technology. Why not? After all, the sages taught that “All that G‑d created in His world, He only created for His honor.” (Avot 6:11) Chabad Hasidim in particular say that this applies especially to the scientific discoveries of recent years—their purpose is to add honor to G‑d by using them for holiness, Torah and mitzvot, and bring the world to its ultimate, messianic state. At the same time, Hasidim are very wary of Internet use, as should be anyone concerned about their moral and psychological well-being. Television is also considered off limits. In virtually all Hasidic communities, minors are allowed zero or very limited access to the Internet. Those who use Internet for business are advised to employ filters and other safeguards. The principle concerns are exposure to pornography, FOMO addiction and other forms of compulsive behavior associated with unguided Internet use. 8. Hasidim Are Generous Hasidim are disproportionately represented in volunteer ambulance corps and other communal organs of kindness. The bikur cholim (hospital visitation) of the Hasidic community is legendary, as are the gemachim, free loan organizations for everything from porta-cribs to to wedding gowns. The early Chabad Hasidim would say, “this piece of bread is yours like mine,” placing the “yours” before the “mine, since the focus was on the other. 11. Hasidic Jews Don't Identify as “Ultra-Orthodox” As far as Hasidic Jews are concerned, they're just Jewish people trying to do things right and keep Jewish tradition in the best way possible. Many find the term "ultra-Orthodox" to have a pejorative connotation. So what is a better term? Hasidic (or Chasidic) Jews. Or the Hasidic communities can be included within the larger umbrella of “Hareidim,” a term referring to all who are truly concerned about keeping G‑d’s Torah to their utmost capability. Or just call them Jews.
  19. Are any new dictatorships happening or are the existing ones the last?
  20. Peter

    The Left's New Darling Dingbat

    I doubt that would hurt a bit. It will be interesting to see who they nominate in 2020. Their best bet might be someone conservatively democratic.
  21. Rohin has been posting since 2017 but sparsely. He has little info on his page. Maybe he likes being a fan of Rand and objectivism without being a showy fan. Some of us have logos or pictures and some posters have their photos. Hmmm? I would say he is conservative, and the shirt looks American made to me, and Gupta sounds East Indian to my ear, but I don't plan on snooping further.
  22. Peter

    Donald Trump

    I remember Peikoff supported someone I disagreed with but I can't remember who it was. And Rand thought "not voting" at times was the moral thing to do which I also agree with. What if the very Christian Veep, Mike Pence runs after President Trump's two terms? Now that is a tough one, though I even voted for John McCain. edit. I may change my mind. Maybe it is moral to vote for "the lesser of two weevils." That's from a Patrick O'Brien movie.
  23. Peter

    New member

    And thank you Sir! I thought my "insight" might cause a negative backlash.
  24. Peter

    Donald Trump

    A guy on Rush was talking about the Texas / Mexico border and that land is owned by individuals who would be happy to have some government support to build walls. And if you look up Arizona walls you will see the Mexicans have been tearing down privately built walls which were not sturdy enough.
  25. Peter

    LOL... Virginia Governor Northam had a Train Wreck Week

    Einstein was a pantheist. Oy vey. Who knew, Brant? Now you tell me what the lyric, "Love is in the air," means. From Wikipedia: Baruch Spinoza The philosophy of Baruch Spinoza is often regarded as pantheism. In the West, pantheism was formalized as a separate theology and philosophy based on the work of the 17th-century philosopher Baruch Spinoza. Spinoza was a Dutch philosopher of Portuguese descent raised in the Sephardi Jewish community in Amsterdam. He developed highly controversial ideas regarding the authenticity of the Hebrew Bible and the nature of the Divine, and was effectively excluded from Jewish society at age 23, when the local synagogue issued a herem against him. A number of his books were published posthumously, and shortly thereafter included in the Catholic Church's Index of Forbidden Books. The breadth and importance of Spinoza's work would not be realized for many years - as the groundwork for the 18th-century Enlightenment and modern biblical criticism, including modern conceptions of the self and the universe. In the posthumous Ethics, "Spinoza wrote the last indisputable Latin masterpiece, and one in which the refined conceptions of medieval philosophy are finally turned against themselves and destroyed entirely." In particular, he opposed René Descartes' famous mind–body dualism, the theory that the body and spirit are separate. Spinoza held the monist view that the two are the same, and monism is a fundamental part of his philosophy. He was described as a "God-intoxicated man," and used the word God to describe the unity of all substance. This view influenced philosophers such as Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, who said, "You are either a Spinozist or not a philosopher at all." Spinoza earned praise as one of the great rationalists of 17th-century philosophy[28] and one of Western philosophy's most important thinkers. Although the term "pantheism" was not coined until after his death, he is regarded as the most celebrated advocate of the concept. Ethics was the major source from which Western pantheism spread. In George Henry Lewes's words (1846), "Pantheism is as old as philosophy. It was taught in the old Greek schools — by Plato, by St. Augustine, and by the Jews. Indeed, one may say that Pantheism, under one of its various shapes, is the necessary consequence of all metaphysical inquiry, when pushed to its logical limits; and from this reason do we find it in every age and nation. The dreamy contemplative Indian, the quick versatile Greek, the practical Roman, the quibbling Scholastic, the ardent Italian, the lively Frenchman, and the bold Englishman, have all pronounced it as the final truth of philosophy. Wherein consists Spinoza's originality? — what is his merit? — are natural questions, when we see him only lead to the same result as others had before proclaimed. His merit and originality consist in the systematic exposition and development of that doctrine — in his hands, for the first time, it assumes the aspect of a science. The Greek and Indian Pantheism is a vague fanciful doctrine, carrying with it no scientific conviction; it may be true — it looks true — but the proof is wanting. But with Spinoza there is no choice: if you understand his terms, admit the possibility of his science, and seize his meaning; you can no more doubt his conclusions than you can doubt Euclid; no mere opinion is possible, conviction only is possible." As S. M. Melamed (1933) noted, "It may be observed, however, that Spinoza was not the first prominent monist and pantheist in modern Europe. A generation before him Bruno conveyed a similar message to humanity. Yet Bruno is merely a beautiful episode in the history of the human mind, while Spinoza is one of its most potent forces. Bruno was a rhapsodist and a poet, who was overwhelmed with artistic emotions; Spinoza, however, was spiritus purus and in his method the prototype of the philosopher." And it is important to note that many prominent modern pantheists are also fervent Spinozists, including Goethe, Flaubert, and Einstein.