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Tuesday, October 24. 2017
Internet is a big deal. Must be government-regulated
Governments hate freedom, even in the USA. Freedom's just another word...
Re the New York Times: Who was Lenin?
NFL Teams Play Before Empty Stadiums As Fan Backlash Spreads
Too much exercise can kill you - especially if you're a white man: Study finds 7.5 hours a week of fitness DOUBLES your risk of heart disease
My doc is highly skeptical
Neo-neo wonders what the rules are for sexuality these days
Harvey Sweinstein and Hollywood's Hos
Actually, it looks to me like Harvey is a crim
COLLEGE ADMINISTRATOR COMES UP SHORT IN ANALYSIS OF SHOUT-DOWN CRISIS
Men without chests
McKibben really hates oil
I love oil and gas
Most Countries Who Love The Paris Climate Agreement Aren’t Actually Implementing It
Polar Bears Lay Siege to Russian Village
Now we worry about too many Polar Bears
DC Swamp denizens strike back on biodiesel
It's a scam
So what was John Podesta's now-collapsed Russian green energy scheme really all about?
No, Really, Gun Bans Work: Crime Stats Show London Now More Dangerous Than New York City…
Bad comparison. NYC is a very safe and semi-friendly city
Trump’s latest big interview is both funny and terrifying. POTUS swings and misses at the softest softballs.
To be charitable, can we say that policy detail is not his forte?
Face it, Germany plays America for a fool. We are its military.
GERMANY: TERROR CASES QUADRUPLE TO 900
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NYC is a very safe and semi-friendly city
That doesnt agree with everything I have been reading about NYC for the last 55 years. YOU COULDNT PAY ME ENOUGH TO GO THERE
You may not believe it, but that is my experience based on having made many visits to to NYC. I have taken advantage of the hospitality offered me by a cousin who lives in the Lower East Side. Over the decades, the Lower East Side has become a lot safer. For example, I haven't seen the open air drug dealer bazaars there since the 1980s.
You are so wrong. Just ask my kids and all their friends. They all want to live in NYC. It's a thrill, never dull.
Wasn't so bad up to the early '60s either. But then a 'hole for the next 30 or so years. We are coming up on the 30 year mark of the recovery. Wonder which way it will go in the future.
Just started watching reruns of Barney Miller. Love when the mom sends the kids off to school admonishing them to make sure they ride crowded buses and trains, i.e., don't get separated from the herd.
The first couple seasons of 'Law and Order' are great for the stories "ripped from the headlines" but mostly for the real NYC (of the time) background.
Urgh... what a gruesome image that Weinstein-Moore pic was.
Spilled my coffee in horror.
"Germany plays America for a fool"
This is news? Since WWII all of Europe and much of the rest of the world has played the US for a fool and used us as their military. They have laughed at us and looked down on us as inferior all the while taking our "foreign aid" aka welfare, while often merely using the money to fund their leaders' bank accounts. I will stop now before this becomes a rant.
McKibben really hates oil
Does he lead a hydrocarbon-free life? I think not.
McKibben has been spouting this same nonsense for years and he will never change his tune. He's just speaking to his acolytes. Might help to read something about ANWR to see where the drilling is proposed to put some perspective on the issue. If you are an East or West Coast elitist, Alaska is a long way away and of course you want to "save" it. And the polar bears at the top of the article are a nice touch--always appeal to the "big-eyed mammal" to court sympathy.
VOX doesn't llike Trump and spends his hours picking nits from any source to display as proof he is right.
Trump doesn't like being politically correct and schmoosing and pleading his case in public. He is more of a doer and action kind of person. He also doesn't "prepare" to come out and schmooze and lie and tell us all what we want to hear as all/most politicians do. Obama was good at this; he could lie to your face and make you love it. Bill Clinton too! But did they really know public policy and make no linguistic mistakes? They simply prepared better for public appearances. Since they weren't really doers or action people they had plenty of time to prepare to sell us a POS used car. Does anyone remember "if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor" or "I did not have sexual relations with that woman"? VOX loved it when these politicians deftly pulled the wool over our eyes. Watching a carnival barker at work is simply amazing for many people but others know the for what they are.
Ronald Reagan may have been the only politician in the last 100 years who both understood public policy well AND was a competent public speaker. Richard Nixon may be the only president in the last 100 years who was fully competent to be president but his speaking skills were awkward and stilted. Bill Clinton was the biggest sham on earth until Obama came along. Jimmy Carter may well have been the least prepared and suitable president ever until Obama came along to snatch that title away from him. Obama may be the most dishonest and anti-American president ever who ironically would have become number two for that title if Hillary had been elected. Trump's biggest fault is he is honest and unwilling to accept political based criticism.
Trump does not do details in politics or real estates. He investigates projects that are cost effective, efficient, in demand by the public, possible to get approved and then he promotes them. He does not pour concrete, erect steel, or install furnishings or pick floor coverings. He hires talented people to do that and runs a personal PR campaign to keep them moving.
"Green scheme" worked for Obama donors. The big solar loan scandal where billions in loans were directed to 'solar' firms who went bankrupt almost immediately. Meanwhile before bankruptcy, CEO and cohorts can legally take 'salary' and not have bankruptcy hit their wallets at all. Great way to launder donation money back to the donor using tax payer dollars. Big time scheme.
Podesta was gearing up for same. Way to enrich himself with connection to Clinton as president. Expect that the 'green' grants and loans would have continued to flow out of the EPA and DOE to Clinton-connected people.
I think the article on Hollywood Ho's misses a large point. Yes, it is true as a practical matter that women (and children, apparently) who try to make it in Hollywood are unlikely to be shocked that this is how things work. They may hope to manage it or escape it or deal with it emotionally, but they do know it's there.
Yet what if this were the way the world worked if someone wanted to become a doctor, or a plumber's apprentice? Would we be so dismissive of the people who had skill and wanted to do those jobs? Would we just shrug and say "that's just the way it is, they knew the deal?"
There is one difference, however. It is possible to be an actress or be in films without encountering this. Just not a famous actress. (Usually.) There are community theaters, poor indie filmmakers, and other places where you can get to act. Wanting to be famous may erode some of your claim of innocence or ill-use.
Those who kept their standards and didn't get the parts are also victims. They get less-interesting, less well-paid roles, or they go back home to Wichita Falls and do something else.
There's really four groups of victims here:
1. those who played along and were successful, aka, the ones we're hearing about, and I suspect the second smallest group.
2. Those who didn't play along and went back to Wichita, in your parlance, and never got a shot, probably the biggest group.
3. Those who refused to play along and were successful anyway, probably the smallest group
4. Those who thought they were paying the admission, as it were, but never got their ticket to the show.
We'll probably never know how big groups 2 and 4 are.
On a related note, I wonder if this is not at least in part why actors, musicians, artists of all kinds, along with those in the academy tend to be so supportive of government intervention in the economy generally and labor markets specifically. If you imagine all industries are structured like their world is, where a very few powerful men can control who has access to the best jobs and who ends up back waiting tables in Paducah, then the idea that there needs to be a bigger guy with even more power who can put these guys in their place makes sense.
The fact that the manager of Buy 'n Large can't tell the manager of ValueMart not to hire me doesn't enter into their mindset.
If they take that mandate seriously, saying “no” to Arctic Refuge drilling should be the ultimate no-brainer. For one thing, it’s not going to make the government any money.
Is whether the government can make a buck off something going to be a driving force in public policy now?
So they want government to regulate the internet just like TV or radio....but not drag the print media into their regulation scheme. They definitely want to get a toe in the door in order to control it from top to bottom. Can't have cheap and easy access from the citizen that isn't easy to repress can we. Need more filtering to keep "certain" ideas off the web.