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dodgerfanjohn   Sun, 22 Feb 2015, 5:03pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (6)   Dislike   Delete  Comment 1

Blurtman says

curious2 says

The problems result from dogs that are bred to do something, e.g. herd sheep, and then sit home alone all day going crazy with no attention and nothing else to do.

Indeed. Many times, the problem is ignorant upright apes. My neighbors acquired two Australian Shepherd dogs because they like the way they look. Their house is on 1/4 acre and both owners work full time. The male is psycho and has zero socialization skills. I pity to think what may happen if he gets loose. These are very intelligent herding dogs, not suburban vanity pets.

Goes even beyond that. Imbecilic owners in LA bring large breed dogs, and even breeds like pitbulls, to live in apartments, or in situations where all they can afford is shared housing.

Try talking to one of these dummies. They'll go on about what a beautiful dog it is....without any consideration as to how the animal is confined indoors 23 hours a day or more. Essentially lifetime prison sentence for an animal that doesn't have genetics allowing them to adapt to such a situation. Theres plenty of dogs purposely bred to be indoor dogs. I can't fathom why these individuals don't pursue such a pet, rather than a large dog not meant to live indoors.

Blurtman   Sat, 28 Feb 2015, 11:24am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (5)   Dislike   Delete  Comment 2

Vulcan meme meld.

Patrick   Fri, 27 Feb 2015, 6:17pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (5)   Dislike   Delete  Comment 3

Not sold.

But OK bye.

zzyzzx   Wed, 25 Feb 2015, 7:58am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (5)   Dislike   Delete  Comment 4

SoftShell says

The pipeline is nothing but a giant "attack here terrorists" sign running through the country. There's no way to secure it.

It could be put underground.
Also, what's keeping terrorists from attacking all the already existing pipelines and powerlines, etc.

Oil spills due to pipeline breaks tend to not be too bad since they have valves that automatically shut them off when they detect a leak (I.E. - unmetered outflow = leak = autoshutoff).

Now if the terrorists really wanted to piss people off, they would be breaking water mains in big cities that are really cold right now.

iwog   Tue, 24 Feb 2015, 3:54pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (5)   Dislike (3)   Delete  Comment 5

The XL pipeline would require massive eminent domain seizures by a private Canadian oil firm in order to cover that many miles of US territory.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-keystone-land-2015-0120-story.html

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2014/02/24/foreign-company-tries-to-seize-u-s-land-for-keystone-pipeline/

Of course Republican dimwits pretend to care about property rights and overreaching federal government power, but the reality is that this issue is saturated with stupidity, ignorance, and dominated by an army of brainless idiots who don't know what they are doing and don't care.

Republicans are LITERALLY too stupid and too uninformed to vote. That is why the country is so fucked up.

Call it Crazy   Mon, 23 Feb 2015, 8:46pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (5)   Dislike (8)   Delete  Comment 6

Well, it sort of had a correction.... The DJIA is up over 1100 points since the prediction..
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bob2356   Mon, 23 Feb 2015, 9:25am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (5)   Dislike   Delete  Comment 7

Call it Crazy says

We look forward every day to your grouchy, old man arguments and comments you add to the conversation and share with us...

Glad to be of service. Certainly lights years of improvement on the meaningless idiotic drivel you post.

Blurtman   Sun, 22 Feb 2015, 4:52pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (5)   Dislike   Delete  Comment 8

curious2 says

The problems result from dogs that are bred to do something, e.g. herd sheep, and then sit home alone all day going crazy with no attention and nothing else to do.

Indeed. Many times, the problem is ignorant upright apes. My neighbors acquired two Australian Shepherd dogs because they like the way they look. Their house is on 1/4 acre and both owners work full time. The male is psycho and has zero socialization skills. I pity to think what may happen if he gets loose. These are very intelligent herding dogs, not suburban vanity pets.

Dan8267   Sun, 22 Feb 2015, 2:18pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (5)   Dislike (1)   Delete  Comment 9

mell says

The problem with scapegoating everyone who is "wealthy" is that the definition of wealthy is different for everybody

Oh, I think we can all circle the same part of that graph that's the problem.

mell says

a lot of wealthy people worked hard to achieve their wealth

In America, if you are smart and hard working, you can get into the 81% to 94% earning $100,000 to $200,000. Maybe if you are married to someone working at the same level, say two surgeons, then you can earn $400,000/yr or be in the 98%. But in order to become a billionaire, you either have to invent something spectacular (and those who do rarely end up becoming billionaires), become a sports or entertainment celebrity (a very tiny percentage of the 1%), or be a parasite making your wealth at the expense of others (the vast majority of the 1%).

It's not that they are rich that pisses off the common, hard-working American. It's all about how they got rich. The mine owner did not create the minerals being mined and who did not mine a single stone himself yet makes more money than all the mine workers put together. How the hell is that justified morally, ethically, or economically? The guy who does nothing gets the vast majority of the wealth production simply because he owns stuff, and then he gets to own more stuff because he gets the vast majority of wealth produced by others. This is not an efficient allocation of resources by any standard.

jazz music   Sun, 22 Feb 2015, 11:46am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (5)   Dislike (1)   Delete  Comment 10

iwog says

There is no solution without a new political revolution that will see reversals in most or all of these opinions in the general public.

You and Thunderlips11 really do seem to have the clear vision of what is needed in public policy change and in terms of changing public opinions to support an anti aristocracy renaissance.

WIKI

... John Adams, the American Revolutionary War patriot and second president of the United States, who wrote in a letter dated 13 February 1818: "The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations…. This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution."

As John Adams so astutely recognized: How to mobilize the minds and hearts to push for policy correction against the tides of money and corruption is, as ever, the key to effect change. How to do it?

Outspoken rock stars? --probably not.

Accelerate creation of volunteer organizations? --some are doing that now. e.g. RepresentUS, anticorruptionact.org,

Demonstrate? --I'm impressed with how well the MSM media and enforcement are able to suppress both the awareness and participation; "They" really did their homework after the anti-Viet Nam war era protests. DOD is now publicizing their interest in the specific dynamics that result in mobilization for social change claiming that their true interest lies in maintaining peaceful relations. That's what DOD is for, right? --maintaining peace here and abroad, right?

Involvement at the community level brings potential for grass roots change and removal of negative stereotyping dividing us against ourselves, HOWEVER you have to deal with branding or you will be branded as fringe and trending to terrorism. Infiltration of community volunteers groups by undercover enforcement can be the effective neutralizer against grass roots change just as the tactic is used against demonstrations to dissolve the demonstration by enforcement. Management and coordination must be strong enough to prevent this from happening.

DETERRENTS TO REAL CHANGE
Aristocratic coopting of MSM as mass disinformation/misdirection/PSYOPS warfare network against effective perceptions against military imperialism-based economy.

Financial austerity serves well to neutralize the focus against nuvo-liberals serving the aristocracy.

Selective enforcement and just-in-time militarized police actions when needed to quietly effect totalitarian responses when warranted. Ruthless disenfranchisement and oppression of potentially potent visible minorities upon sight.

Sham justice assures that only preordained monied causes and persons will prevail.

Mass-preoccupation with so many modes of escapism: social media, substance abuse, hobbies, conspicuous consumption, child-worship, etc. people seem to interpret these preoccupations as 'freedom' for some strange reason possibly because MSM has imbued them with the burning desire to perform these actions.

“The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.”
― Frank Zappa

Remembered by Robert Sproul in another thread. Zappa seems amazingly astute for a hippie band leader with his ability to focus his eyes on naked truth

Call it Crazy   Fri, 27 Feb 2015, 12:41pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (4)   Dislike   Delete  Comment 11

mell says

It seems that every year, the high profile Presidential candidates all speak in carefully focused talking points meant to pander to his or her party's base of voters. High on emotion, low on substance.

zzyzzx   Fri, 27 Feb 2015, 8:12am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (4)   Dislike   Delete  Comment 12

Strategist says

And a key question remained unanswered: What inspired him to join ISIS?

Corrected:
And a key question remained unanswered: Why is he still alive???

Strategist   Fri, 27 Feb 2015, 7:31am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (4)   Dislike (1)   Delete  Comment 13

Call it Crazy says

HydroCabron says

Wingnuts want something for nothing?

..."California voters strongly believe that state and local governments should be spending more money to improve the conditions of its roadways – but they don’t want to pay more in taxes for those nicer highways, according to a new survey by the Field Research Corporation released Friday.


By a 71 percent to 14 percent margin voters want more not less funds to go to the maintenance of existing roads.

Yep, those lefty, liberal wingnut voters in the Blue state of CA want something for nothing..

What a bunch of leeches.....

Other States should pay for it. People in New Jersey live in luxurious homes, while we live in shacks. It's only fair to redistribute that wealth.

curious2   Thu, 26 Feb 2015, 11:11am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (4)   Dislike (1)   Delete  Comment 14

Dan8267 says

The problem is that the Republicans approve of all the evil things Democrats do like what you mentioned. In fact, the Republicans want to expand the evil.

Michael Moore made a similar point in one of his films, I think Fahrenheit 9/11. The choice is between the D's, who talk sweetly while making secret deals with their corporate sponsors, and the R's, who campaign brazenly on their sponsors' interests and then give them an office in the west wing. For the D's, being nasty is a by-product, a necessary evil; for the R's, it is the point, having the power to become wrath and declare vengeance. Neither party is truly liberal or conservative, both have become imperial patronage networks maximizing revenues for their sponsors.

sbh   Thu, 26 Feb 2015, 11:02am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (4)   Dislike (2)   Delete  Comment 15

Give the job creators a break, guys! They're over-taxed, over-regulated, beset by venal unions; their customers' discretionary income is decimated by illegal job thieves; they haven't had a no-bid contract in years; outsourcing/offshoring has been made punishable by death; their senior management can't take any more austerity.....and you whiners are piling on like grave dancing libtards. You ought to be ashamed of yourselves. Bain Capital would love these guys.

mmmarvel   Thu, 26 Feb 2015, 8:25am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (4)   Dislike   Delete  Comment 16

Mark says

Average Americans can no longer afford owning a home

It really depends upon where you live (which has always been a factor). In Houston, not to mention smaller towns in Texas, someone making $50K a year could/should be able to save up to make a down payment on a house that will cost between $100K to $150K. And I'm not talking a POS, no, I'm talking a 15 - 30 year old house, 1800 - 2500 square feet, a decent lot (6000 square feet and up).

I use to live in Oregon. My house in Texas cost me less than $120K, in Oregon that same house (the Portland area) would have cost at least $200K - $250K. Yet, I'm making more money in Texas than in Oregon; and the cost of living in Texas is lower soooo, my standard of living (and life) is higher. I couldn't afford this standard in Oregon and I don't even want to talk about what it would cost in CA.

When I got laid off (oh, so long ago), I didn't even LOOK at CA for jobs. I knew I couldn't afford to live there. If you're making (and I'm just picking a number) $100K a year in CA, you would probably make $80 - $95K in Texas and yet your standard of living would be higher. If a young person wants/needs - refuses to move from CA; then yes, they will have trouble finding something affordable and suitable.

Just one man's opinion and observation.

Rin   Wed, 25 Feb 2015, 4:21pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (4)   Dislike (1)   Delete  Comment 17

In terms of a great tip after a t*tty f*ck, absolutely :)!

CaptainShuddup   Wed, 25 Feb 2015, 9:57am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (4)   Dislike (1)   Delete  Comment 18

Dan in a youth boy's choir locker room.

Iwog with my last nickle.

Patrick with a fixer upper and a hammer.

a room at Elliemae's bed coffin and breakfast.

bgamall4 brokering a middle east peace deal.

Quigley   Wed, 25 Feb 2015, 7:56am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (4)   Dislike   Delete  Comment 19

Below average intelligence people are unlikely to succeed or support themselves (much less a family) in this society unless they have help. The traditional means of help has always been the family. A father will train a son to follow a trade, will open doors to usher him into an occupation whereby he can succeed to the limits of his ability.
This is where the divide yawns like the grand canyon between blacks and all other races. Black children are 75% likely to be from single parent households, most of which lack a father. No father means no opportunity for below average offspring. This means that black children will be disproportionately disadvantaged in our society.
What's the solution? Aside from a radical cultural change in the black community where families are prioritized such as in asian families, there's little to do. Small opportunity drives these kids to gangs and crime, which reinforce stereotypes that cause other people to avoid black youths like the plague. It's a vicious cycle that won't be broken without either massive intrusive government intervention or a widespread cultural change.

zzyzzx   Wed, 25 Feb 2015, 6:15am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (4)   Dislike   Delete  Comment 20

iwog says

for the sole purpose of increasing profits?

Putting more oil into the international marketplace should increase supply, which should keep prices down. This benefits the US since we still import much of our oil in the international marketplace. Then there are the jobs that it will create in the US.

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