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Thursday, March 6. 2008
We have had problems with images as fallout from the things we had to do to manage our link storm this week. Bear with us.
Michelle Obama: A hand full of gimme. It is indeed unseemly.
Bill and Hillary's wealth. free Republic
The trouble with Steve Jobs. CNN
NYT favors the death tax - in theory only.
Environmentalist dream: No humans
What's wrong with this picture? The debate about ape rights in Spain
Mr. Free Market found a good spot for a duck blind
What Putin has done for the Russians.
The Danny Boy rebellion.
Pour encourager les autres. North Korean executions
Sexualization of young girls. Wizbang
The looming Medicare mess
The Citgo boycott is having an impact.
Why Iraq matters, from Powerline. It begins:
What disease causes the most hospital days in the US? Schizophrenia
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"...to manage our link storm this week."
Well, if it's a bandwidth issue, you need to change web hosts, and quickly. These are the guys you want:
Now this is interesting. This works with IE, don't know about the others:
1. Click on one of the blank pictures with the right mouse button and open 'Properties'.
2. Highlight the address to the picture and hit Ctrl-C to put it into memory.
3. Click inside the address bar of the browser and hit Ctrl-V to punch in the address to the pic. Hit Enter and the pic should display.
4. Hit the 'Back' button on the browser and the pic now displays on the page! It's a miracle!
I've been following the "ape rights" story from the beginning. It originated from some group in -- where else? --- Seattle. I really think they should do it, just to give future historians something to lighten the mood with as they mock this century to no end.
I wonder how much money Steve Jobs has given to his Buddist brothers in Tibet. Do you think he has a Free Tibet bumper sticker on his Mercedes? Once an asshole, always an asshole! Genious, yes. Nice person, the type you would like to live next door to you, No. Would sell his mother';s soul and all the souls around him to boost his inflated ego. Anyone who parks in a handicap spot with a Mercedes, unless they are handicap, deserves to have their car keyed. Steve is the type of guy I'd like to get in a metal cage and fight where the winner comes out alive.
Know a few people who suffer schizophrenia. One cute little boy was so smart he was skipped two grades ahead in school. He is grown now. I see him on the streets every once in a while as he regularly leaves the group home and goes off his meds. He is a one man walking crime wave. Steals constantly. Fed him dinner once. Cleaned him up and gave him some clothes and a few bucks. When he left the house he broke into several of the neighbors cars. Then he started charging meals in my name at a restaurant in town. Think he might be a firebug too as there were some very serious arson fires right next to where he and some other street people camped. Now when I see him, I head in the opposite direction. Feel guilty for not doing more but I do not want him around.
Good of you to try to help, tho, P. Some things are just impossible tho. Helping a person who actually needs to bottom out -- is surely a tough, tough call. The toughest, probably.
Guess the help he needs is more than I want to give. Heard he does okay when he stays on his meds but seems he always goes off them as soon as he is free. Seems to cycle from the street, to jail, to the hospital, to the group home and then back to the street.
You're suffering what any person suffers when sincere personal effort yields very little or nothing. I read an article about the most stressful jobs: One near the top was social worker. They burn out the fastest, and I think you put into words exactly what they must go through.
Helping the helpless is very demanding. Social worker jobs not among the best paying either.
RE:Guess what causes traffic jams.
The writer at Neatorama, and the writer he references at the Telegraph, have no idea what the fellow studying traffic said, but as in all such matters, are fully prepared to offer the opinion that everybody but themselves is stupid.
Very few people know how to read for actual comprehension any more. The point that is being made in the study is a sophisticated one.
As usual, if you know anything about a topic and then see it covered in the newspaper, you realize that not only is the newspaper ignorant of the topic (which should not be a problem, they are not hired to be experts on anything) they are not interested in the topic. They simply hold certain preconceived notions that they wish to trot out, and look for any opportunity to do so.
The subject material is discussing a phenomenon that is very complex. Why does traffic go from crowded but moving to stopped and back again, over and over? Saying "duh, there's too many cars" is an imbecilic take on it. Why not say the road is the problem? If the road was never built there would be no traffic jam, right?
Study a "limited access highway." Why would they limit access to a highway? All those people want to get on it, why not let them do it anywhere they want? Because it causes slowdowns as the people are metered into the volume of the traffic. If "too many cars" is the only explanation, then traffic would slowly build as additional cars enter the road, and your speed would slowly diminish. That does not happen. There is an almost immediate tipping point from cruising along with a lot of cars around you and being stuck in traffic. That's what they fellow was studying. It's not simple.
Traffic manifests itself like an accordion. All sorts of regulations and structures and human behaviors affect this and must be taken into account by highway engineers, law enforcement, and so forth.
If the Japanese scientist gets tired of being mocked in the papers for working on things nobody cares to understand because it's complicated and cars are of course evil and people are sheeple driving evil cars filled with sinister oil, he can always change his research to "Why Global Warming Causes Traffic."
He'll get a Nobel freaking prize for that one, and his numbers won't even have to add up.
i've heard that 'tipping point' phenom referred to as mimicking Brownian Movement.
Guinness is sweet and so be Danny Boy.
There be more than one pub, thanks be to God, Shaun Clancy.
One PC pub owner'll not stop the pipes a playing.
Vamoose from Foley's, I say.
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I teach a CC class once a week. 25 students, vocational computer stuff, and engineering at that- so more realistic people than the average mugs attending the 13th grade.
In a candid moment I made mention in passing of Soylent Green and got a couple chuckles.
I decided to press on:
"That's where it's all headed, right? I mean by listening to radical environmentalists you get the impression that people are the problem, or too many people. The only logical conclusion is that these people want there to be a LOT less people around and since they aren't leading the way off the nearest cliff- they can only mean "other" people. That scares me- people who want all the other people dead."
Heads nodded, some stared. By god this person just skewered a sacred cow. I don't give a crap- if they are going to be engineers they had better leave all the emotional illogic behind.
''...these people want there to be a LOT less people around and since they aren't leading the way off the nearest cliff- they can only mean "other" people"
So Dr. Mercury. Show us all where ON THIS SITE I made the comments you attributed to me and the thread under discussion so we may all judge for ourselves the veracity of your charge .
*Time to man-up Dr. Mercury*, prove your specious allegations about my statements of yesterday. Certainly you talk the game of an individual with the know how to root out the information and prove me right or wrong. Have a go at it big mouth. Cite the thread. You talk the talk, do you walk the walk? Yeah right.
If you can't then you're cordially invited to shut your f*cking mouth.
You are the walking talking incarnation of a lesson taught to me years ago by a nice feller, fresh outta prison, right after he knocked out some fool with one punch for fiddlin with the volume on the stereo at our 'welcome to the hood' party.
"Don't play, just kill" Smiley said. Yes indeed, don't play.... (and could you please help us drag this guy out to the curb?)
Dr. Mercury, hello Dr. Mercury, beat-down-gram for Dr. M
The cold shivers of a coward have you in writers block?
You shot your mouth off...now prove what you said.
This pounding and hounding can go on and on.
Y'all be howling like a whipped hound, habu.
Maybe, the good Dr. is busy getting y'all a shock collar.
Bite me encephalitis toady.
But do please alert me when you start to make comprehensible some of your writing..
Despite me rude letteredness, it's quite apparent y'all understand well enuff, mcgruff.
Maybe, Dr. will get a high pitched collar but chickletts at me java post say, such don't work, so readily, as the shocking collar.
You have noticed that since my initial challenge of last evening the rube Dr. M has been mute. A man of his genius should be able to pull up the info he apparently had in hand just yesterday...but today.....nothing to back his claim.
So what gives big mouth?
aw, he just likes to fight, BD. anyway, Thorzine.
dr. Mer- cur- ry ...come out of hiding.....cowards die many times befor their deaths...you must be suffering a huge mind dump not to be able to prove your accusation. That and your cowardly silence regarding the matter.
Look, if you're correct you should be dancing with glee and furiously burying me in detail after detail of where ON THIS SITE I said the things you claimed I said.......instead silence.
Why would a person who so brazenly insulted me with a school yard bwaa haa or some such thing suddenly become meek and timid? What happen to the bravado, the self assurance that you'd "got" me, piked me with my own quote.
If you're right simply prove it. For that matter lets open it up to anyone who is on this site ..Support Dr. Mercury by finding the quote he says I made on this site.
Then I'll back off.
To spare you folks from having to look back at yesterday mornings comment by dr. mercury here it is.....
"but I've never seen a new persons idea or thought 'ganged up on' by a bunch of Maggies Farm lovers ...." - Habu
From my post on Clinton Derangement Syndrome:
At that point, the other commenters had the choice to either refute my stance, or answer the question directly and give their reasons why one of the other Dem candidates would be the better choice. You know — one of those serious, intelligent discussions that the right wing claims the left wing is incapable of.
And what was the first response from one of the regulars?
When you eat do you use a knife, fork, and spoon or just go face first into the trough ?
The rest of the responses were along similar lines. One guy 'forgot what he was going to say', he was so shaken that someone had actually used the words "prefer" and "Clinton" in the same sentence.
And that's when I saw it.
Gosh, Habu, did you forget your own quote? And, admittedly, it was a honey. I always meant to ask you if you wanted accreditation for it. But "never ganged up on"?
Remember, Habu: Cut & Paste is forever. :)
#9 Dr. Mercury (Link) on 2008-03-05 09:22 (Reply)
Our goal is friendly civility regardless of opini
Ok the quotye in play is When you eat do you use a knife, fork, and spoon or just go face first into the trough ?
And part of the scenario he painted ,instead of providing the thread is that that quote was used in a "gang attack" here on Maggies Farm.....now I would assume that the Maggies Farm powers that be would have a vested interest in proving to the readership that here we do not "gang up" on people ...but they seem to be unmoved in any attempt to locate the incident in question either and resolve the matter.
Either Dr. Mercury is correct or I am correct. We can not both be correct, so lets find out the truth and set ourselves free of this ..the ball is in Mr' Mercury's court to prove his allegation.
Until then one must conclude that Maggies Farm IS INDEED a place where "gang attacks" on contributors is a function endorsed by Maggies Farm.
So dr. mercury, puff up and prove it. Day, thread etc...you did say, and I quote "*Cut and Paste is forever* "....well find the point in question and show us how your boast is true...or not.
Right now you're look'n like one weak mamma jamma.
Habu, here's an idea, one which i learned long ago and hope some day to practice: Forgive & Forget! As the good book says "Whomsoevereth dast turneth the other cheek firsteth, winneth the moral victory".
Moral victories are won by the Yale's Men's Glee Club hitting a higher octave than Smith College's Womens Glee Club.
I don't believe I ever heard a Marine or CIA officer claim they had just won a moral victory. That's my DNA.
Here's an even better idea ..Why don't some of the contributors demand that Dr. Mercury prove his allegation, instead if entreating me to back off after I was the one he called a LIAR? Huh? He is also the one who impugned the comity that exists on this site.
I didn't go looking for this beef, he brought it on and now you and the Maggies Farm powers are ostensibly attempting to place the burden on me for initiating this...that sir is BULL SHIT..
Now I suggest you and Maggies Farm begin to ask Dr. Mercury to put up the proof of his attack.
You're pressuring the wrong party to get this resolved.
Go after the instigator, Dr. Mercury.
well, that's a good point. I'm not one of the powers that be, tho. Yes, you're right, the offending party should retract that "liar".
For what's it worth Habu I'm with you on this one. A scurrilous charge should be supported by proof.
And besides, I believe you were essentially correct in your original assertion re 'ganging up'... the only incidence I can think of offhand occurred to you. When a few of us thought you had taken a point a bit too far. Otherwise a pretty well mannered crowd and certainly not prone to 'ganging up'.