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Posted by AndyTiedye in General Discussion
Mon Aug 29th 2011, 12:41 PM
We are taught in this culture that exercise must always be in the form of competitive sports, or else some mindnumbingly boring repetitive stuff that we must carefully measure and track.

What about just getting out there and moving your body for the enjoyment of it?

Let the people dance!

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Posted by AndyTiedye in General Discussion
Tue Aug 16th 2011, 06:25 PM
O Please, Dear God, Not Another One.

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Posted by AndyTiedye in General Discussion
Fri Aug 05th 2011, 02:45 PM
This group would be for exchanging recommendations for products that are made in the USA.

So much production has been offshored now, even some of the most "American" of brands,
that it is becoming increasingly difficult to find stuff that is made in the USA anymore.
The mall stores and the big boxes carry mostly stuff from China, and the mom&pop stores
(the few that are left) aren't much better.

A "Made in USA" group would help DU'ers find good American-made stuff.

Please Reply if you want this group to be formed.
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Posted by AndyTiedye in General Discussion
Fri Jul 29th 2011, 12:00 AM

Too bad about the "Truth and Justice" part
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Posted by AndyTiedye in General Discussion
Sun Jul 03rd 2011, 02:13 PM
Movement is natural. Small children instinctively understand this, they are almost constantly in motion unless they are sleeping.

Laziness is taught.

We are taught, particularly in school, that «good behavior» equals sitting perfectly still while faking rapt attention to whatever the grownup is saying.

We need to indulge our natural need to move! Then the "fat" thing will take care of itself.

Dancing is the best way I know to do this.

(Remember that we only started having an "obesity epidemic" when they started shutting down raves. Let the people dance!)
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Posted by AndyTiedye in General Discussion
Tue May 24th 2011, 06:58 PM
Lawns are a social obligation. Most people really wouldn't miss them,
especially if the garden that replaces it produces yummy vegetables.
Kids need space to play, but that can be edible landscaping instead of grass.

Roof gardens will likely become more popular as well.
These are an option even in the densest urban settings,
and they can significantly increase the cultivatable space in the suburbs.
All that dirt on the roof would provide quite a bit of insulation, and
capture waste heat from the house, possibly extending the growing season.
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Posted by AndyTiedye in General Discussion
Mon May 02nd 2011, 10:56 AM
Which states have fallen to total Teabagger control?

By this I mean the governor and both houses of the state legislature,
allowing them to pass whatever they want with no Democratic votes.

They have a program for complete takeover of all levels of government in those states, which they have begun to roll out.

We already stand to lose many seats due to gerrymandering, but taking over local governments will give them complete
control of the elections in those states, and impose systematic voter suppression to ensure future Republican victories.

Do we have any way to fight this?:

I am aware of:

North Dakota
South Dakota
South Carolina

Are there any I missed? Are there any on my list where the Democrats still have some say?
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Posted by AndyTiedye in Political Videos
Wed Feb 16th 2011, 11:59 PM
Eben Moglen is calling for a radically decentralized network structure for social networking —
one that cannot be spied upon or disrupted by the government or anyone else.

This was the keynote speech for a conference of open source software developers.

From the conference program:
Why Political Liberty Depends on Software Freedom More Than Ever

We have come a very long way since the beginning of free software. GNU, Android, Linux, Open Solaris, X, Apache, Perl & other free software have changed & are changing the world.

But events happening now, like the Wikileaks investigation, and technologies of spying and control, like Facebook and iPad, are reminding us just how politically and socially unfree computers can make us if we're not careful. In this talk, I consider where we are now, and where we need to go next.

This is Part 1: ( if it isn't playing for you already)

Part 2:

Part 3:
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Posted by AndyTiedye in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Nov 09th 2010, 01:34 AM
Unions must truly become the international organizations that they claim to be.

Free trade and trade agreements must be made to work for us, not against us.
Labor must be at the table when these agreements are being hammered out.

Imagine a trade agreement that guaranteed the right of workers in all the signing nations to unionize
(overturning all those pesky "right-to-work" laws in the process), and brought workers rights and
protection to the highest standard, rather than the least common denominator.

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Posted by AndyTiedye in Economy
Thu Jul 15th 2010, 12:37 PM
The author of this article wants to employ the same "behavioral economics", but he wants to replace all the carrots with sticks.
Note that he wants to raise the price of all the cheap foods, but says nothing about lowering the prices of healthy food.

Raise the price of gas so people can't afford to drive.
Raise the price of food so people can't afford to eat.

Screw that!


We didn't have an "obesity epidemic" when the rave scene was flowering.
It started after the cops came and shut most of it down.

Places that still have a flourishing dance scene tend to have less obesity.
Places where dancing is regarded as EEEEVIL have the highest obesity rates.
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Posted by AndyTiedye in Latest Breaking News
Mon May 11th 2009, 10:43 AM
Any other industry would be happy to have the government subsidize their product.
Guaranteed income and profits should look pretty good in times like these.

Their worries about regulation are foolish. The US has never regulated any industry in a way that seriously reduced its profitability, usually quite the opposite.

They forget about the profits to be made from providing health care to those who currently cannot afford it, but would receive it under government subsidy.

Our current system is closing down hospitals all over the country. No health care is being provided by a closed-down hospital, nor are any doctors or nurses being employed there.
The hospitals are not being closed down because we have all suddenly become so healthy that the hospitals are no longer needed. It seems that our system "rations" health care too.

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Posted by AndyTiedye in Latest Breaking News
Tue Mar 17th 2009, 11:49 AM
The MSM covers Republicans like this:

but they cover Democrats like this:

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Posted by AndyTiedye in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Nov 08th 2008, 01:00 PM
How about that?

To properly preserve the separation of church and state, the civil component of marriage shall be defined as "civil union",
all civil rights currently connected with "marriage" shall accrue to such civil unions. All current marriages registered
with the state or counties shall be redefined as civil unions, and the "marriage license" will also be replaced with a "civil union".

The rite of marriage will thus be unambiguously outside the domain of the state.

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Posted by AndyTiedye in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Fri Oct 24th 2008, 08:11 PM
that maybe that bear skin in her living room wasn't quite as dead as she thought…

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