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Tuesday, November 26. 2019
Photo from The Vitality of Six-Man Football - Six-man football rose nearly 100 years ago in small-town America. In the 21st century, “basketball on grass” is a way of life for towns like McCool Junction, Neb.
Do the youth really lack gratitude?
There’s Growing Evidence That the Universe Is Connected by Giant Structures
Three Times Tectonics Changed the Climate - Fifty years after the birth of modern plate tectonics theory, a group of researchers highlights three key examples of how our planet’s shape-shifting outer layer has altered our climate.
Yep. Dinosaurs in Alaska
The Maximum Practical Range of Slugs & Buckshot
Killing Animals to Save Them? Hunting as Conservation
The Silly Notion of “Speed Limits for Ships”
HAS NUCLEAR’S TIME COME?
I hope so
Villanova and the Compulsory Pieties of Higher Education
Elizabeth Warren Repeats Lie About Being Fired For Being Visibly Pregnant…
She lies a lot
Bloomberg is the most qualified 2020 Democrat but missed his moment
CNN Guest: Trump Is ‘Destructive Cult’ Leader, uses‘Mind Control’ on Supporters
So is he dumb, or diabolically smart?
A National Nightmare: Andrew McCarthy Exposes the Plot Against the President
FBI Lawyer Who Altered FISA Docs and His Lover Worked for Current ICIG Who Edited IC WhistleBlower Form to Legitimize Schiff Sham
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As a young person I certainly was ungrateful. I lacked the experience and imagination to think what my parents were sacrificing for me out of love, duty, and a general willingness to be grownups.
Trumps's "mind control": I control people's minds all the time. It's called persuasion. People who aren't persuasive hate it.
I don't think they aren't even being honest enough to admit Trump might be convincing people. They just hopping mad they haven't been able to browbeat people into opposing Trump.
The more you yell at me not to do something, the more I consider whether you've got your head up your ass.
In this case, they're yelling at me because I don't hate someone who's boosted the US economy, brought unemployment down to ridiculously low levels, and unscrewed a lot of our screwed up international trade situations.
Yelling at me because I LIKE that doesn't make a case they're right.
I sort of understand where they're coming from. I watched in dismay as a majority of my fellow citizens elected Obama, including quite a few who seemed to be wandering around in a zombie-like daze spouting nonsense about him. It's tempting to write them off as victims of some kind of mind control than to admit that's our citizenry, genuinely persuaded by a guy I couldn't tolerate at all.
McCarthy: I think that many have come to realize that the establishment dinosaurs are all in on preserving the post WWII order, because that's where their ego investment lies, but also for monetary reasons. BTW, to me, Ukraine looks like a piggy bank, tapped into by the PTB worldwide.
How did they ever get so many people to buy into the "Trump is a Putin stooge" scam; it is so counterintuitive. In order to believe Putin was invested in a Trump win, you have to simultaneously believe that Putin supports American fracking, to Russia's detriment. If so, Putin is very stupid; or perhaps he is heavily invested in American fracking himself.
Trump regards Putin as a reasonable actor trying to advance his country's interest. Most others in politics regard Putin as either a potential partial convert to Western progressive thinking, or its opposite, an implacable foe who is not working for his country but merely against ours. Those latter two characterisations each blind their believers into misinterpreting what they see.
I don't think anyone gets Putin quite right, but Trump is closer.
Agreed; I was being facetious. This is not to say that I don't think that Putin would create mischief, if it suited his purpose, and that he probably did. I just don't buy him as a Trump supporter.
I'll put in my usual plug for Peter Zeihan and paraphrase his summation of the post WWII order - We (the US) bribed up an alliance to fight the Cold War against the Russians using lucrative trade deals. Unwinding that alliance now that the Russians are significantly less threatening is very unsettling to the people who were getting bribed, and the people who were skimming off the top. It's not hard to understand why they don't want the paradigm to shift.
"The villain is always the hero of his own story."
To deal with Putin, you have to empathize with his opinion of himself and his place in history. In his thinking, he believes he rescued Russia from chaos and dissolution, and restored its place as a power among nations. As much as the US sees its destiny as controlling the North American sphere of influence, His Russia should control the Slavs and the Black Sea region, The Trans-Caucasus, down to the north of the Persian Gulf.
Others see him as a petty prince of a resource state, with only a fading military and nuclear capability separating it from irrelevancy. Try to deal with him on this basis, and you'll go home with a fist full of nothing. The whole H. Clinton "Reset" strategy was seen by Putin as an attempt to put him and his country in a corner while "the grownups" dealt with important things at the table.
Trump is willing to at least publically engage him on a level of peerdom, and that get seen as kowtowing.
Trump wants to make America great again, Netanyahu wants to make Israel great again, Putin wants to make Russia great again and Xi wants to make China great again. Trump understands all of this better than anyone else and that makes him capable of making deals that benefit us. There is not anyone in the uniparty that understands anything but making themselves great (and rich) again.
"There is not anyone in the uniparty that understands anything but making themselves great (and rich) again."
There was a status quo, and it worked as far as they were concerned. They could preen and posture, and get their kids sinecure jobs with foreign corporations, and rake in the bucks.
That it wasn't sustainable wasn't a problem, because they figured the voter was too stupid to know when they were being screwed. And what options did they have anyway?
Trump gave us an option - and it's worked for the country a lot better than their worst expectations. They banked on him being a failure, because how could anyone be President without the requisite climb through the party? How would they know the PROPER way to do things to maintain the status quo?
The world turned upside down for them, and they hate it.
Interesting insight: it seems that the internationalist set believes that countries should subsume their national interests the same way individuals should subsume their personal interests for the "common" good, which always seems to line up with the desire of the elites.
Bloomberg qualified? I think that anyone who would demand that all consumers are not allowed to buy a big gulp if they want to has a serious mental issue, perhaps control issues. I know, this seems like a small issue and hardly goes to qualification, but it is the tip of the iceberg. Ask yourself why anyone would choose to have such great control over something so small when all of the worlds, the country's and the states problems are ignored? What then would Bloomberg do about the issue of global warming or guns? Bloomberg is a tyrant and an anti-constitutionalist. I know in his mind he thinks he is right and that excuses everything he does but he absolutely intends to control every aspect of your life. IMHO when the revolution comes he should be in the first wagon driven up to the guillotine.
The last thing I need is one of my betters trying to save me from myself. I'll make my own decisions and live with the consequences. Keep your laws off my freedoms, Bloomberg.
There's a combination for you. Bloomberg for President, Warren for VP. Running on the Scold platform.
Bloomberg might be electable in New England but not anywhere else. He is a regional candidate at best and likely only a NY candidate. Trump understands there is dirt under all that asphalt and concrete...Bloomberg has no idea.
Trump is an enigma wrapped in paradox. So Dumb, so Bad that he's an Evil 4D Chess playing Genius. or something.
Saving the geology link for later. Hope they talk about before and after Himalaya. We are just a surface phenomena. A little biogrowth on a thin scum crust on a gelatinous ball, spinning about in space.
Funny my spouse and I had the same reaction to the Time / enthalpy article yesterday. Already went off on thought tangents about local decreases in enthalpy and where to draw the box with the equation H2O g -->L. Wish the writing had been tighter and had explored double slit experiment and looked at the math more. We observe time by noting change. We quantify enthalpy by noting certain changes so of course it is similar or perhaps a subset. We quantify enthalpy by Delta Time so; is there time w/o change?
Steam tables. The reason I'm an Industrial rather than a mechanical engineer.
AS I attempted to say yesterday, the argument that time flows in the direction entropy increases is pretty much identical to the opposite, that entropy increases in the direction that time flows.
"Do the youth really lack gratitude?"
Not in my experience, but then I'm not in regular contact with the ones that are whining and complaining all the time. The people I know in their late teens and 20's are mature enough to recognize there are things and people for which they should be grateful.
Virginia is for gun grabbers.
More than half of the counties in Virginia are passing laws making them a 2nd amendment sanctuary county. Then there is this:
Notice those good citizens are not wearing masks, attacking other people or throwing things at cars.
Bloomberg. Let's make it his time. Good match-up vs. Trump, a real contest.
I'm campaigning for Bloomberg: bought my first ever lawn signs and t shirts.
Criticism of Trump's Judea/Samaria decision - is it based on facts?
Why would any Jew condemn an American policy for the benefit of a Jewish State, a gesture of extraordinary support of Israel that immediately corrects historical wrongs?
American Jews have a love/hate relationship with Israel. For many, liberalism is their real religion, though they call it Judaism.
If Israel continues to exist in the future, it won't be as a way of correcting historical wrongs. First of all, there is no such thing as a historical wrong. There are only historical events. If you personally feel that something unfair happened, that doesn't make it a "historical wrong". It's only your personal opinion. For example, I don't care if black people were slaves; they got to come to America. So it was a good deal. And I don't care if the six million Armenians were killed. The Turkish government warned them repeatedly to stop having so many children. But the Armenian women wouldn't listen. And I don't care if six million Jews got killed. Germany gave them five years to leave, but they wouldn't go. There are no historical wrongs at all. There are only people who wish to distort history, in order to gain some sort of political advantage. There is nothing to be corrected; and nobody to be compensated.
Elizabeth Warren is trying to demonstrate that she is a better liar than Hillary and therefore deserves the presidency.
I’ve noticed that the children of helicopter parents tend to have a lot of entitlement and very little gratitude. It could be that the rise in helicopter parenting has created a larger proportion of ungrateful people than in previous generations.