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Posted by RoyGBiv in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri May 21st 2010, 05:14 PM
I disagree with Mr. Bartlett in one respect. Much of this is a rationalization for racism, but that fact does not obviate the constitutional issue, which in turn should lead us to question the libertarian ideology more deeply and directly. Modern day libertarians (including those who double as Republicans and come across sometimes as moderates) want nothing less than a return to the status quo antebellum in constitutional terms, and if that means a few minorities suffer discrimination, so be ...
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Posted by RoyGBiv in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun May 09th 2010, 12:20 AM
I missed this the day it happened. Goodbye, Guenter. (Image) May 3, 2010 — Guenter Wendt, the original pad leader for NASA's manned space program who was the last man the Apollo astronauts saw before launching to the moon, died at his home in Merritt Island, Fla., early Monday morning after being hospitalized for congestive heart failure and then suffering a stroke. He was 85. Reporting to Cape Canaveral as a McDonnell Aircraft Corp engineer working on missile projects soon after gaining his ...
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Posted by RoyGBiv in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Apr 22nd 2010, 12:48 AM
I think this individual has hit on a bona fide phenomenon. My new project is offline grassroots skeptical outreach. In my endeavor to save the world with skepticism, I have to remember that sometimes it’s important to not be a huge asshole when talking to people. We’ve all done it. Sometimes not intentionally, but anyone who’s been a skeptic for more than a few weeks is likely to have offended someone with a flippant remark about a “stupid” belief or an outright dismissal. ... Before I had ev...
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Posted by RoyGBiv in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Mar 21st 2010, 09:59 PM
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Posted by RoyGBiv in Computer Help and Support Group
Fri Feb 19th 2010, 10:32 PM
This post is partly a response to a question in this forum located , but I'm actually commenting writ REALLY REALLY LARGE on a broader topic. I'm going to approach this differently than I normally do and attempt to address specific issues that interest many people in a non-specific way, in direct response to the questions asked in that post and some that derive from it. This is not intended to be comprehensive nor a guide to using a Linux. It is, however, my general thoughts on the subject of...
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Posted by RoyGBiv in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Jan 29th 2010, 12:23 AM
Not sure if this was posted already. I did a search but didn't find anything ... One way to think about this is to flip the frame. Around these parts, we've been known, from time to time, to chat about the NFL. We've also been known to chat about the intricacies of beer. If you hang around you'll notice that there are no shortage of women in these discussions. Having read a particularly smart take on Brett Favre, or having received a good recommendations on a particular IPA, it would not be a ...
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Posted by RoyGBiv in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Jan 14th 2010, 04:33 PM
Posted By Annie Lowrey Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - 7:04 PM This September, Haiti qualified for the cancellation of $1.2 billion of its $1.9 billion in external debt. To ensure the recovery of the nation and the livelihoods of its 9 million citizens, the IDB and any other lenders should fully cancel any remaining debt obligations. (Link)
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Posted by RoyGBiv in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Jan 13th 2010, 03:54 PM
From Alyssa Milano's Twitter page: Dear Pat Robertson, You're a douche. Sincerely, Alyssa Milano (Link)
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Posted by RoyGBiv in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Jan 04th 2010, 05:10 PM
There's a black man in the White House! Those of you who grew up in the 60s or 70s might recognize the inspiration for that turn of a phrase. It's a play on a somewhat common exclamation in certain households, expressing a pleasant if sometimes distrustful surprise that the powers-that-be in television-land had, through the power of their their holy office, deemed it acceptable to portray a black person on television. Some will find the phrase offensive, as was clearly demonstrated on DU some m...
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Posted by RoyGBiv in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Dec 15th 2009, 10:33 PM
I'll attempt a brief, reasoned reply. Reaching out requires an open hand in return. Understanding your outrage and the way you express it requires you to understand someone else's and the way they do. That's not happening. I do not place blame on any particular side. (I think we have many "sides" here.) But fault is out there, and it rests with most of us. We have seen many attempts at reasonable discourse from those with several kinds of perspectives on the issues that are facing us as ...
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Posted by RoyGBiv in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Dec 04th 2009, 05:32 PM
While everyone is freaking out over a , delivered in a portion of Bernanke's Dec. 3rd testimony that consumed less than five minutes including both the question and the answer, I thought it might be instructive to point to the truly damning nature of his remarks overall. The apparent assault on Medicare and Social security was not, as has been portrayed, a call to Social Security nor to Medicare. It was, however, a political statement from the supposedly non-political head of the supposedl...
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Posted by RoyGBiv in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Dec 02nd 2009, 03:28 PM
I interrupt your regularly scheduled flame war for an illustration of how one actually challenges the status quo. Actions matter. (Image) In order to force a change in the law, last month a man reported himself for breaching copyright more than a hundred times, hoping an anti-piracy group would take him to court. The group’s lawyer said they would respond by today – they haven’t – so the Danish copyfighter is now reporting himself to the police. (Link)/ The man's "crime," btw, is ripping ...
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Posted by RoyGBiv in The DU Lounge
Mon Jan 19th 2009, 11:52 PM
There be spoilers here for anyone who hasn't watched the most recent episode of BSG, so if that's you, and if you don't want to know anything about this, then stop reading now. I imagine the length will prevent most people from reading it anyway, but I'm posting nonetheless. I just finished watching the most recent BSG episode again to pay more attention to things I may not have noticed. I learned very early that this was necessary if I truly wanted to understand the plot. The writers and pr...
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Posted by RoyGBiv in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Fri Nov 07th 2008, 07:47 AM
Frankly, much of this could simply be dismissed as counter-factual theorizing based on a string of logical fallacies, but I'll avoid that since you so far seem to be making a good faith attempt at discussion. I will say, however, that you are advancing ideas that are not supportable based on the historical record or begin with historical truths and extrapolate out of them ideas that have no logical basis. Your moral judgments are your own, and you're entitled to them, but your expressions of...
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Posted by RoyGBiv in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Mon Nov 03rd 2008, 08:10 PM
My daughter drove 120 miles tonight after class so she could vote in person in her home district in the morning before turning around and going back to school tomorrow. And she knows her state will go red regardless. It's her first vote. (Image)
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Posted by RoyGBiv in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Oct 03rd 2008, 09:39 PM
There are a few theories about political realignment. Most of them agree that a distinct realignment took place in 1860, another in 1896, and another in 1936 (not 1933 as some idealists have proposed). Arthur Schlesinger has one theory that doesn't entirely fit with this. A number of historians, political scientists, economists, and sociologists have another. Where it gets cloudy is 1980. Does the theory that explains all those other years apply then or not? There's no concrete answer. Re...
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Posted by RoyGBiv in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sat Aug 30th 2008, 01:17 AM
I'm not really comfortable with this idea that Sarah Palin is a surprise choice. She's only a surprise because so much of the focus has been on the possibility of Mittens (my "favorite" just because I like calling him "Mittens"). Because of the rampant speculation focusing elsewhere, it is a de facto surprise, but I think we may be setting ourselves up for something ... not good by running with this idea that the choice of Palin is out of nowhere. Newt Gingrich, for instance, had this to say ...
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Posted by RoyGBiv in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Tue Aug 05th 2008, 03:30 AM
This is a re-post of a comment I made in another thread that a couple people suggest I offer as an original post, so I'm doing so. I would like to preface it with a few more words. I'm starting to see this comparison of Obama to Dukakis in the manner they are running their campaigns a lot. I think reasons for this exist out of our view and that some of us are responding to it out of a sense of dread that we're going to see a repeat of 2000 and 2004, that we are in danger of becoming self-defe...
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Posted by RoyGBiv in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Jul 26th 2008, 11:15 AM
And so, while you were distracted by other controversies, this gets started. Yes, yes ... nothing to be afraid of unless you're a pirate. I mean, why care about privacy if you have nothing to hide? A particularly odious element of this bill (well, it's almost all bad, but this is new) is that it brings into the Attorney General's office the prosecution of *civil* suits against alleged offenders, thus saving RIAA the trouble of doing it themselves. Senator fuses controversial IP bills into bi...
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Posted by RoyGBiv in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Wed Jul 02nd 2008, 12:17 AM
I don't have a lot to say here really. I just wanted to say that. I didn't support him in the primaries. I have yet to vote for him. I still don't entirely trust him, just as I don't really trust any politician. But, the man is a genius. This last week has convinced me of that. And that gives me hope. Hope is what he wants me to have. So, it's personal now, and I appreciate the fact he was able to do that, even for me, a cynic of vast proportions.
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Posted by RoyGBiv in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Jun 28th 2008, 06:48 PM
... is located at the following link: (Link) Enter the search terms "6304 pcs" (without quotes) and conduct a search. The version entered into the calendar in the Senate will be the first link labelled: 1. FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (Placed on Calendar in Senate) OnEdit: Direct link provided by gristy: (Link) I'm not actually going to post the entire text because it is almost 100 pages long in PDF format and would create a message so long I doubt anyone would actually read it. Besides,...
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Posted by RoyGBiv in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sat Jun 28th 2008, 05:50 PM
That's the first page. Please note that there's a "Forward" link on the LOC page. Click it a few times, and you get to these sections: What you seem not to understand here is that the pending bill amends a prior FISA law and redefines how the FISA court functions. This bill *removes* certain restrictions of the prior FISA court by requiring only periodic review of the process rather than the specifics of the intelligence gathering. Further, it removes liability from those assisting in the...
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Posted by RoyGBiv in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Jun 21st 2008, 09:57 PM
Define that how you want. While watching the HBO series on John Adams again the other day, combined with some research I've done recently into a certain late 19th/early 20th century social movement, the question occurred to me whether those who loathe the current government, for whatever reason, consider themselves patriots. Due to the nature of the research and some themes in the Adams series, I became particularly interested in the thoughts of those who seem to base their opinion of their ...
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Posted by RoyGBiv in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Apr 03rd 2008, 01:22 AM
Response to a dichtomous poll on the necessity of affirmative action programs and racial quotas.
It is flawed for two reasons. First, the term "affirmative action" does not have, nor was it intended to have a meaning that links it to a system of racial quotas. In fact, the opposite was the original intent, and, as has been argued time and again from the street corner to board rooms to the Supreme Court, applying a system of racial quotas to hiring practices, educational admissions qualifications, etc. is antithetical to the "color blind" intent of the civil rights movements of the 1960s. ...
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Posted by RoyGBiv in Computer Help and Support Group
Mon Mar 24th 2008, 10:49 PM
But it is obnoxious. Yes, this is a lengthy rant. Up until about a month ago, I had played with Vista here and there, but I hadn't actually done anything with a computer with Vista installed for any length of time. I'd seen enough before to know it was just another Microsoft OS. I didn't experience anything that made me like it any more than XP, but I didn't see or experience anything that made me hate it either. Well, that's true if we remove the whole underlying philosophy behind its prod...
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Posted by RoyGBiv in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Fri Feb 08th 2008, 10:51 PM
Some people have grown to love Donna Brazile in the past 24 hours. Others have grown to hate her. Most have no clue who she is, whether they love her or hate her. For the record, she managed Al Gore's campaign in 2000 and is now a Democratic strategist. She's had a few things to say. I offer no judgment. I'm just putting this out there. "What an amazing year! The process - up to this point - has worked in winnowing the field and presenting a clear choice," said veteran Democratic consulta...
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Posted by RoyGBiv in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Feb 04th 2008, 09:19 PM
Someone please tell me again how RIAA just has the best interests of "the little guy" at heart in their idiotic crusade. Sides chosen in royalty tussle By Brooks Boliek Jan 29, 2008 WASHINGTON -- Music publishers, the record labels and digital music distribution outlets began a three-way legal wrestling match Monday over just how much songwriters and the publishing houses should get paid for digitally delivered music. ... The labels contend that the music publishers have gotten fat as their...
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Posted by RoyGBiv in The DU Lounge
Sat Jan 19th 2008, 11:08 PM
Haven't seen one of these in awhile, and I have no life, so this is what I'm doing on Saturday night. (Image)
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Posted by RoyGBiv in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sat Oct 06th 2007, 03:16 PM
I am an undecided voter. This is typical of me and most of those in my circle of politically aware friends. In any kind of general election, you can be sure I'll vote for the Democrat, even if I have to hold my nose to do so. But in primary elections, all bets are off. I tend not to make a decision until a month or more before the election itself and am still open to change right up to election day in some cases, pending some dramatic event. (I switched my choice in 2004 two weeks before th...
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Posted by RoyGBiv in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Apr 19th 2007, 01:27 AM
Vonnegut's Blues For America By Kurt Vonnegut 2-6-6 No matter how corrupt, greedy, and heartless our government, our corporations, our media, and our religious and charitable institutions may become, the music will still be wonderful. If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD WAS MUSIC ... What is radically new today is that my daughter, Lily, who has just turned 21, finds herself, as do your children, as does George W ...
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