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Sunday, August 12. 2012
Is music a drug?
Would it be boring if we could live forever?
Chinese Hands - stunning video
Kids know that weirdos are weirdos. Life is not fair. Never was, never will be. I feel sorry for the outlier kids. Painful, but builds character. My kids generally have been embracing of the outliers.
Food Cranks: What Graham Crackers Can Teach Us About Whole Foods
Perverted not to.
Ted Frank’s chicken offset will let you eat at Chick-fil-A and still keep your liberal conscience clean.
Photographs from the Democrat Utopia of North Korea
Population control: let people over 50 die
Perspective: Are firearm murders a significant statistic?
The Killing - The battle to define Mitt Romney is over—and Romney lost
Too genteel to punch back? Should call them out as liars and as degrading politics. "Your campaign is disgusting and beneath the dignity of American politics. Shame on you."
Quick: Obama Campaign Lies About Ryan Medicare Reform - Will the press let them get away with it?
Media First ROFL Spin On a Paul Ryan Veep Pick: Too Inexperienced to Be President?
WOLF: Desperate Democrats reek of fear - Winning campaigns don’t behave like this
Wrong. It's just the Chicago Way. Bare knuckles, no rules.
Yes, More Solyndras for Clean Energy - The solar company failed, but the decision to invest in it was the right one
Huh? Failure is success?
Back-To-School Spending Is In Detention
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How does music enchant? Take note of your mind as the ladies finish the phrase @ 3:50-ish
(sorry, Miss Maggie is not accepting hyperlinx from me at the mo)
1. Dear buddy--when you want to put in a link it sometimes helps me to indent from the left margin about 5 spaces.
2. With regard to female bodies at the Olympics--I like to see what they have been able to accomplish as athletes and as Women! Now having said that, let me restate my complaint of the last two weeks. I HATE NBC curtailing which events we got to see in primetime--they did that so they could sell seats to as many viewers as possible. Primetime was not about the Olympics, if it was we would have had way less time watching preliminary games of mostly naked females on the beach and many more opportunities to see semi clad women in kayak, and Javelin, or fully clad in equestrian events, etc. For me this complaint was not about women's bodies--my complaint is the time spent watching a particular group of athletes, only because they are the best dressed for selling tickets! Whatever happened to so many other events?
FWIW--I will never see 60 again,but I do core and weight exercises every day. I love brazilian abs!
There are indeed ever wider calls among leftists to cut off healthcare for the elderly, or at least stop any government sponsored payment programs for them.
In the US, this would mean no more medicare and medicaid for those over 70 (the limit they're trying to get set here) (and soon no more Obamacare), but if they have money in life savings left, they're free to use that to pay for it (which of course goes directly to the government, as all healthcare here is government owned).
In addition, there are ever louder calls to no longer pay for providing care for patients with incurable diseases like diabetes and most cancers. If the drugs don't actually CURE the disease but "merely" make life bearable for the sufferer, they're no longer to be paid for by insurance (i.e. out of government reserves, as insurance payments go directly into that).
re 'There are indeed ever wider calls among leftists to cut off healthcare for the elderly, or at least stop any government sponsored payment programs for them."
I have read the same only it is age 75.
One wonders how they could pull this off without losing what I would imagine to be virtually the entire senior demographic?
One also wonders how they can advocate such a policy while accusing repubs of pushing wheelchair bound grandma over a cliff?
It also runs counter to the dems long time strategy of buying votes with government money.
If they pull it off it will be very interesting to see how it is done.
Oh woops! Correction: above comment should read - I love Brazilian Glutes! (and Navy Abs). Oh dang-- I love Navy Abs too!
Sheesh, how did I get in here?
Dear Ms Pie,
Thank you ever so much for taking pity on a weigh fairing stranger. I indent to try your suggestion the very next time.
(trying your idee --on a right timely tune)
The Science of How Music Enchants the Brain
Bartolomé Ramos de Pareja the Spanish Renaissance mathematician, musician and composer proposed in his treatise Musica practica (written in Latin of all things) pretty much supporting Plato's concept of music's ethical and moral powers to affect the soul (humors in Renaissance times) and smooth the cosmos.
Music has always been linked to political and social order (an argument made by Socrates). All you have to do is think of the Star Spangled Banner done correctly or the rousing and stimulating feeling one gets when hearing the Marine Corps Hymn. :>)
Or for that matter a rousing, guitar screaming, ear shattering version of Johnny B. Goode. :>)
--and music is your labrotory for discovering just how objective is or is not your own vision of reality.
No, not in the accounting for taste among individuals, because regardless of taste everyone can still enjoy having no evidence that although the rest of you have subjective realities, your own (as luck would have it) happens to be the very definition of objective.
But music furnishes your test of that notion: turns out, there's not even any accounting for your own taste. For example, that song you discover at 2:00 a.m. and send to everyone you know with a "YOU just GOT TO LISTEN TO THIS!!!" --which then after you've caught some zzzs and have waked amorn, you remember last night's answer-to-meaning-of-life song, and you can't remember why you had thought it was so great, or even very good, as in the light of day ye be.
Music proves in a way you grasp it that you and your attitude are two different things. Kind of a truth that sets ya free, illustrated.
Bird Dog: Photographs from the Democrat Utopia of North Korea
Doug Ross: Remember: this is the inevitable endgame for the Democrat Party's incessant, eight-decade drive for ever more centralized, authoritarian government. Their various mandates -- governing energy, health care, retirement, automobile design, shower heads, you name it -- must be enforced through compulsion. That is: they must use force over the individual to compel adherence to their unconstitutional dictates.
That is what the Democrat Party's failed policies must inevitably devolve into: tyranny.
Parody, right? Do people actually subscribe to such views?
There's four videos here (labeled as parts 1 - 4) on the Vendee Genocide within the French Revolution --two and three generations before Marx's work.
IOW, one need not believe that what Doug Ross speaks of could be the work of one man and his political idea. Ridicule away on that if you wish, it's easy and you can't lose, becuz there is no conclusive end of an abstract argument other than the end of the arguers --hardly the utopian condition.
All one need believe is that there exists such a thing as the human mind, and that 'history' is the story of the acts of that mind.
"Story" --yes, the right word, it's our store, what we've stored.
No matter how spotty and full of holes and writer error, it's still all we've got, and thus is the best bet for a starting place on a personal journey to salvation --even salvation if you wish, of as small a thing as the chance not spent but saved, salvaged, to live and die aware of the sanctity of a human being a trying to be free of lies.
Attack away on the Vendee meanings --but do try not to waste an attack Ann as a way of debating her thesis. Won't work --we recognize Ann's type --a firebrand cycling very high and hot.
The thing to critique is her thesis --and the thesis through its premise, and the premise through the matters of fact.
'And, hast Ann Barnhardt slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish girl!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
He chortled in his churl.
They can play Buddy. No doubt.
I am trying to be 21 tonight. But it is not working.
Got 'em --Red Steagall and Doobie Bros --love 'em --theys a-sittin' thar on muh desktop --get'em lissened to real goood soon's this dang monday bidness'll eezzawf --thanks feebles!