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Posted by LiberalLoner in General Discussion
Tue Aug 23rd 2011, 10:53 PM
You can see how long it lasted and also see how there were a couple of really hard jolts in there. What you aren't able to hear is how darn loud the thing was. I'm sure better footage than this will soon surface, but it's a start for anyone who is curious. If you're not, if you are tired of hearing about this darn quake, I apologize.

This one is even better at showing everything:

Oh wait I found an even better one!
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Posted by LiberalLoner in General Discussion
Tue Aug 23rd 2011, 02:06 PM
and saying it was no big deal were not here. I can tell you it scared the crap out of me. I literally saw the walls moving back and forth like a house of cards. It was also very loud. I am 70 miles from epicenter.

I am grateful my husband and I are okay.

Drawers open in all the dressers upstairs and lots of broken crystal/china in my china cabinet. No other damage that I know of at this moment.
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Posted by LiberalLoner in The DU Lounge
Mon Aug 22nd 2011, 01:53 PM
Really helped me understand the alcoholic family I grew up in, much much much better. I hope it might help someone here too who is or has been or will be in a relationship with an addict or alcoholic.

My name is ---- and I am an alcoholic. This is what alcoholics do. You cannot and will not change my behaviour. You can not make me treat you any better, let alone with any respect. All I care about, all I think about is my needs and how to go about fulfilling them. You are a tool to me. Something to use. When I say I love you I am lying through my teeth because it is impossible for someone who is an active alcoholic. I wouldn't be drinking if I loved myself. Since I don't, I can not love you. My feelings are so pushed down and numbed by my alcohol that I could be considered a sociopath. I have no empathy for you or anyone else. It doesn't faze me that I leave you hungry, lie to you, cheat and steal from you. My behaviour will not change and can not change until I make a decision to stop drinking and follow it up with a plan of action. And until I make that decision I will continue to hurt you over and over again.
Stop being surprised. I am an alcoholic and this is what alcoholics do.

(Not sure where the original source of this is, or I would give credit. I think it's one of those "anonymous" things.)
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Posted by LiberalLoner in General Discussion
Thu Aug 18th 2011, 08:09 AM

Two paragraphs really jumped out at me:

To understand the significance of its revised methodology, current “official” CPI is at a 3.6 percent annual rate. However, if calculated the way it was before former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan altered it in 1980, it would be 11.1 percent, three times worse than officially stated.

So while the government and the Federal Reserve claim that inflation is low, at 3.6 percent over the past year, food prices have increased 39 percent and US gas prices have increased 34 percent over the same time frame.

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Posted by LiberalLoner in Montana
Thu Jun 30th 2011, 04:56 PM
You Know You're from Montana when...

The wind is faster than your truck

Every other vehicle is a 4x4

When the sun goes down you start looking for your coat

In March your vehicle is 43% mud

You leave your keys in the car and the next morning it's still there

You installed your new computer using a leatherman tool

You hear the words "stream" or "brook" pronounced "crick"

The elevation exceeds the population

You've broken down on the highway and somebody stops to help you

You can see the stars at night

People drive 200 miles to shop in a real mall

Your great grandmother is older than the courthouse

You got a set of snow tires for Valentines Day

The bumper jack in your pickup will lift a house

Your back yard smells like sagebrush or various animals

A girls' basketball game fills the gym

You slept through the night unawakened by a siren

A rodeo is more popular than a rock concert

You can fish, golf, and go skiing all in the same day if you try hard enough

Yellow light means "follow the car in front of you no matter what"

You wave to someone on the freeway because you recognize the truck

You talk about a combine and people don't wonder what you are putting together

In the spring every tenth car you pass is a tractor

Someone says manure spreader and you know it isn't the local congressman

When the car in front of you is weaving you suspect a farmer instead of a drunk

You can actually pronounce the City's name Glasgow (Glasgo) without calling it Glascow

Maps and gloves are kept in your vehicles "jockey box"|

You can choose plastic bags or a paper sacks for your groceries

You actually get these jokes and forward them to all your Montana friends

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Posted by LiberalLoner in General Discussion
Thu Jun 16th 2011, 07:10 PM
didn't have the goddamn votes. He cares very much for our state and our nation. I'm sorry for getting a little defensive here, but I think the world of Senator Baucus.

He got single payer for Libby Montana because the votes were there for it.

And that's all I'm going to say about this.
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Posted by LiberalLoner in General Discussion
Thu Jun 16th 2011, 06:28 PM
that he and his wife will end up with an even stronger relationship after going through the aftermath of all of this. I hope they will have a healthy, beautiful baby in six months. I hope they will have more blessings than they can even imagine at this point.

Don't know if anyone else feels like joining me in this, but I am sending positive thoughts/prayers out for him and his family and his staff (they've gone through the wringer, too.)

Some of us (like me) have some mourning to do. Others will just be relieved the distraction is finished. Others may be angry this situation ever happened. Or some combination of all of the above.

But we will have to work through our feelings now, and they will have to work out their own lives now. I wish the best for all of us, really.
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Posted by LiberalLoner in General Discussion
Wed Jun 15th 2011, 05:30 PM
information for people and helpful. I'm an INFP, like the author of this system, Isabella Myers.

Here's my personality type:

INFP: The Idealist

The INFP is a dreamy, imaginitive, idealist, capable of finding the good in anything or anyone, even something as foul as Newark, New Jersey. INFPs are sometimes dangerous to the well-being of society as a whole, as they are prone to adopting subversive and destructive ideologies like "The world should be fair," "People should treat one another well," and "You know, 'Friends' is a really, really stupid television show."

These irrational thought patterns may sometimes cause INFPs to run off and join the circus, the Resistance, or the Rebellion, where they tend to do well in any position requiring excellent hand-eye coordination or mastery of the Force.

COMPATIBILITY: INFPs and ISTJs generally exhibit a natural predator/prey relationship, which, though it might appear harsh and cruel from the outside, is all part of the natural cycle of life. In fact, were it not for the predation of the ISTJ, the population of INFPs would soon grow to unsustainable levels, overwhelming the ability of their ecological niche to support them.

Famous idealists include that girl in your sixth-grade homeroom who got the teacher fired for saying that girls aren't good at math; that guy in the cubicle next to yours who got the manager fired for saying that women don't make good employees; and Anais Nin.

(P.S. - INFP is even more rare than your personality type. I've given up completely on trying to explain myself to others. It's just an impossible task.)

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Posted by LiberalLoner in General Discussion
Tue Jun 14th 2011, 06:54 PM
the 60's and 70's remembers those, LOL! I grew up wondering where I could get a job like that!
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Posted by LiberalLoner in General Discussion
Tue Jun 14th 2011, 06:44 PM
secretary might have accidentally erased them while reaching for the telephone?

Oh, sorry, wrong scandal.

I'll just go back to sleep now.
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Posted by LiberalLoner in General Discussion
Fri Jun 10th 2011, 03:51 PM
I know that many here would like him to resign, and I respect your point of view, but I would like him to stay, and I am dismayed by the growing chorus of voices among the Democrats in Congress asking him to resign.

I feel I need to do everything I can to support Congressman Weiner because he has been such a strong voice in supporting everything I believe in. I don't feel he is replaceable.

I find myself wishing for a chorus of Democratic voices asking him to stay.

So I wrote and asked my Congressman, Congressman Connolly, to consider supporting Congressman Weiner.

I realize many here will strongly disapprove of my actions in this case, but each of us must act according to our own conscience, and I did.

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Posted by LiberalLoner in General Discussion
Thu Jun 09th 2011, 10:18 AM
today added his staff members (no pun intended) to my prayers. I am honestly worried for Rep. Weiner and his wife, for the hurt and worry and embarassment and every other bad thing they must be feeling. At this point in the game I just am worried for their mental health through all of this. I am sure he will be forced to resign and I just hope that he will never consider suicide. I'm sure he won't, but some men faced with the end of a career do take their own lives.
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Posted by LiberalLoner in General Discussion
Wed Jun 08th 2011, 07:55 PM
R's to try to entrap them. I guess it would be the patriotic thing to do. But it won't be me. I was willing to put my life on the line for my country once, sure, but some sacrifices are just beyond what I can bear.
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Posted by LiberalLoner in General Discussion
Sun Jun 05th 2011, 03:17 PM
He wouldn't have made our flesh so soft.

Who needs the unions with their focus on worker safety? Bah, humbug.
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Posted by LiberalLoner in General Discussion
Sun Jun 05th 2011, 09:47 AM
of us who feel Keynes was right and those who feel Friedman was right?

Keynesian economics was what was done during FDR's rescue of America and through the 40's, 50's and 60's and into the 70's.

Friedman (Chigaco-school) style economics have been in vogue since 1980.

Keynes believed demand was what drove an economy. Friedman believed it was wealth concentrated in as few hands as possible, was what drove an economy.

I know I've way oversimplified but that's how I understand these competing economic theories.

Keynes felt governmental regulation was needed in several areas to help establish the common good. Friedman felt complete deregulation of the markets was what was needed because there is no such thing as a dishonest businessman or people selling food tainted with e coli or melamine-laced dogfood etc.

A libertarian once explained to me that regulation is not needed because if enough people died from eating a certain food from a company or died from buying their cars or other products, people would then stop buying that product from that maker.

But I thought, what happens then if the same bad product is just sold under a different name? Let's say that Peter Pun peanut butter has lots of e coli and kills lots of people. So people stop buying Peter Pun. But the manufacturing CEO of Peter Pun says, "let's make up a new name and label." And so Peter Pin peanut butter is sold to the public. Same product, same e coli, lots of people dying again. So people stop buying Peter Pin peanut butter. The CEO says, "let's make up a new name." And Peter Pyn peanut butter is born. Laced with e-coli of course. Because it's cheaper to make it that way and more money goes into the CEO's pocket.

I'm firmly in the Keynesian economics camp. It makes a lot of sense to me. Like pretty much all Democrats, I believe there is a role for government to promote the common welfare. To make sure as much as reasonably possible, our food and drugs are safe. Our cars are safe, etc. To try to stop financial bubbles and busts as much as possible, to have an economy on an even-keel so the largest number of people can prosper and be secure in their old age.
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