Topic The Ukraine Crisis
02 Mar 2014 18:42
He didn't intimidate the soviets. He drove the cold war arms race at such a fevered pace that he pushed them to near economic collapse before we could get there. If he had any genius it was in that strategy. However, the cold war would have done that to the Soviet Union anyway in an additional decade or two. Reagan merely accelerated the pace. And, the US has been paying the cost of Reagan's Cold War machine since the 1980's.
Ronald Reagan wasn't that smart. Look to the money behind him. President Reagan was merely good at reading cue cards, hitting his spots, and acting "presidentially".
But to come forward to today - This is just a continuation of the old historians adage that the cold Russian bear wants to dip its paw into warm waters.
Ukraine is Russia's gateway to the Mediterranean sea. Vladimir Putin, as someone on here has already said, is merely doing what any national leader would do in a similar circumstance.
Remember, this isn't about people, democracy, sovereignty, or power; it is about money. Always, always, always follow the money.
21 Feb 2014 20:00
In general, loose and flowing - there's a lot to be said for leaving things to the imagination.
Now, if she wants to be "in charge" that's a whole different story, and severity should be the rule, rather than the exception. It is difficult to argue with a strong-willed woman wearing a severely-cut suit, with a pencil skirt and CFM heels, especially if there's a hint of lace at the vee of her buttoned jacket, her hair is in a tight bun, and she is tentatively swishing the air with a riding crop.
Topic The Superbowl Coke Ad, for those who saw it.
05 Feb 2014 23:01
I did not watch either the stupor bowl or the ad, but I have since seen the ad, and read many discussions about it. The thing I find most interesting about the discussions is the amount of ignorance showing up. Most people do not realize America The Beautiful was written by a lesbian socialist. I suspect if they did, we'd have heard a hue and cry about that. Rush Limbaugh said something to the effect of Coca Cola better start printing labels in different languages. I guess he didn't know they have been doing that for many years. I have an old-style coke bottle - the kind with the raised letters in the glass - that has Coca-Cola on one side and something I can't read, written in what I think is Arabic on the other. I can't recall offhand what city is on the bottom, but I want to say Cairo. Of course, that could be Cairo, Illinois or Cairo, New York, but I tend to doubt it is either of those.
Topic NFL Football Fans
03 Feb 2014 10:52
I wonder how much the bookies made on this one. Always, always, always, follow the money.
Topic FAIL Thread
03 Feb 2014 10:36
This image is NOT photo shopped; it actually happened, when they didn't get the roller completely onto the lowboy trailer.
Topic Poly relationships
03 Feb 2014 09:58
I lived for seven years, from 1973 to 1980, in a polyandrous relationship. Like any marriage, it had its ups and downs. But as many will tell you, the relationship complications seem to vary as the square of the number of the people involved. A relationship of three people sometimes is more than twice as difficult than a relationship of two.
Topic Canadian Oil and the XL Keystone Pipeline
02 Feb 2014 20:44
So, this Canuck is inclined to say "might as well let it go ahead" because denying it really fixes/solves nothing and might make things worse through more use of rail to move crude.
Selecting something because it is the lesser of two evils is, IMO, a bad option. I say fight the extraction of tar sands oils altogether. How you ask? Fight for stability in the Middle East, so that the price of oil goes back down to where it should be, thus making tar sand extraction economically unfeasible. Lobby your elected representatives to end the wars in the Middle East. Lobby the UN to declare the United States out of order. Vote for third party candidates. If everyone fought against the constant erosion of politics with corporate money, we could turn that trend around.
Topic Where do you sit on the Kinsey scale?
26 Jan 2014 21:52
I think I am a 2. I haven't had sex with a male since my very late teens, and that was just mutual masturbation. But I have fantasized about the possibility, and I suspect if the right person came along, I'd be up for it. (all puns intended) That said, I' rather live with a woman. I LIKE having a woman around the house as a friend/partner/sounding board. - and, yes, I'll admit to being sexist and objectifying a bit - I like looking at them. :)
Topic UCSF says sugar is toxic to human body and should be regulated and taxed like alcohol
25 Jan 2014 16:15
Well put mazza.
A couple of interesting bits:
hyperglycemia makes you feel "hungry" so it's a self serving cycle. You eat to much sugar(of any other refined carbohydrate) your blood sugar skyrockets, triggering responses in your body that make you want yo eat more, so you eat more sugary, carbohydrate laden snacks, causing another spike, leading to more hunger. Is it any wonder we are burn out our beta cells (the bits that create insulin)? (We also build resistance to insulin from this cycle)
Now to understand a little better the role insulin plays in the body, think of your cells like a room. In order to function you need energy in the room (like people coming to a party) insulin opens the door to the cell allowing the glucose to come in. (Like a key in the door) exercise builds more doors to the room/cell. (More doors=more oppurtunities to pull glucose in to the cell and out of the bloodstream) so if we don't exercise and eat to much sugary foods, we are essentially making it extremely hard for the cells to function properly.
Okay, I'll stop lecturing now. But I see the posts in fb all the time "help us find a cure for diabetes." We've got the prevention, we just have to motivate to do it: exercise!
Topic Is cyber sex cheating?
25 Jan 2014 16:02
Anything you have to hide from your partner is cheating on the relationship. Many people say that masturbation is not cheating, but it is if you deny that you do it. The same with fantasizing (at any time - alone, or with your partner). You don't have to describe your fantasies to your partner, but refusing to admit to having them is cheating. Faking an orgasm is cheating. I guess what I am saying is, if you are lying to your partner, then you are cheating on the relationship. I would go one step further; you are cheating yourself, as well. When you lie or hide things from your partner, you demean yourself. You lower yourself from being someone who can look the world in the eye and call yourself an honest person.
Topic favourite poem
24 Jan 2014 20:55
actually it's "Miniver Cheevy" ... how come you detest DC and Mariner?
immortal lines, indeed - “The devil is not as black as he is painted.” - DC
Yes, Miniver Cheevy - senior moment there - or brain fart - same thing.
But "Whenever Richard Cory came to town, we people on the sidewalk looked at him. He was a gentleman from sole to crown; well mannered, and imperially slim" That just conjures up such a vivid image for me. :)
I found both Dante and Coleridge ponderous; they spent far too much time flogging the dead horse.
I have the same complaint with Fennimore Cooper's prose. Okay, so the trees are large and the undergrowth is dense; move on already.
I like John Cleese's version of the Mariner:
"Albatross! AL-batross! fucking AL-batross!"
Topic Can you really ever stop loving someone after a relationship is over?
24 Jan 2014 20:45
Put quite simply, the person you loved, (still love?) doesn't really exist anymore except inside your head and your heart. What we truly mean when we say, "I still love Him/Her" is that we love OUR MEMORY of that person and that love.
This nails it.
Topic do you believe in God?
24 Jan 2014 20:28
It depends on how one defines "God".
If one defines God as the transcendant Creator/Lord/Judge of traditional Christian belief, then I do not believe in God.
If one defines God more broadly, as that which we find fundamental to our existence; as something bigger than us of which we are a part, then I supposed I could be said to believe in God.
In essence, I am a pantheist of a sort. I believe that the Universe itself is a Divine thing which is a part of us and of which we are a part. It is transcendant to the extent that it is bigger than us and exists beyond us. It is our Creator to the extent that we owe our existence to it. However, I do not see that in terms of a personal God who makes conscious decisions and controls our lives, merely as the creative forces of existence personified with the name "God". I remain agnostic on the matter of a personal deity, meaning that for me such a deity is a matter of faith and, perhaps, mystical experience, neither of which I currently possess. In my view, we are, in a sense, the personal aspect of God.
I don't know that this is an exact description of my belief system, but it certainly comes close. I neither affirm nor deny the existence of a supreme BEING. (Either position requires the same acceptance on faith, of which I have little) That said, however, I firmly believe that energy and matter can be neither created nor destroyed. It logically follows then that (a) the universe, while BIG (to paraphrase Doug Adams) is finite; and, (b) we are all a part of the sum total of energy and matter in that universe. So if you define GOD as the sum total of all that is, then yes, under that definition, I believe.
Topic The last person or thing you gave the finger to?
22 Jan 2014 15:24
I drive the speed limit or slower so I do it a couple times a day for the fucking assholes that tailgate me. I slow down. If you're in that much of a hurry leave earlier asshole because I'll make your trip longer.
I've been known to get down to 35 on the freeway and the dick head stayed on my ass even though there were 2 lanes open for him to go around me. He flashed his lights, pulled out to go around. I just smiled broadly as I kept pace so he couldn't get back over and gave him the finger as he passed his off ramp. He was pounding on the dashboard as I just kept driving away.
I will express my displeasure and my wife will tell me I'm just dragging myself down to his level. I disagree and tell her I'm just using the only language they understand to tell them. I don't care if it's a man or woman. Get on my ass and get the finger and a real delay as I slow down. I have stopped my car too.
At 60 miles an hour your car travels 88 feet in "ONE" second. At 30 it's 44 feet. Most peoples reaction time to surprise is over one second so if you're closer than that you've just hit the car in front. If you do, you're as stupid as it gets.
If you are driving below 45 miles per4 hour on a freeway, during daylight and in dry weather, you are an accident looking for a place to happen. Like the person whop stops several car lengths short at a signal to keep from being rear-ended, you are creating a situation that rapidly approaches being a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Trust me on this one. I am a licensed professional civil engineer. I have over twenty years experience years designing and reviewing designs of highways. In the early 1990's, while employed by my local government, I wrote the chapter in their new design manual covering sight distance, horizontal and vertical alignment, and superelevation.
Last time I attended a highway design seminar, there were two speakers there from AAA. One of the things they told us is that 90% of accidents on US Interstate highways involve a vehicle that was traveling more than fifteen miles per hour above or below the 85th percentile speed.
In dry weather and daylight conditions on most interstates, the 85th percentile speed is somewhere between 68 and 78 miles per hour. Vehicles traveling below 53 or above 93 pose a danger both to themselves and to other drivers. That is why, on interstate highways in most states, you can be ticketed and fined for obstructing traffic if you are traveling at less than 15 miles per hour below the posted speed limit. That is also why there are signs (or are supposed to be, under FHWA Guidelines for Signage and Striping) restricting bicycles and mopeds from using interstate highways.
Topic Judge finds cop not guilty after refusing to watch abuse video.
22 Jan 2014 13:35
This is a symptom of what is happening in America. We have become a Fascist society. We have secret courts determining what our government agencies can and cannot do, basing their decisions on laws that are themselves secret. (NSA,FISA, etc.) The police in this country have always had a slight advantage over the rest of us in the courts, but this particular decision, and those surrounding the 6 officers who committed aggravated assault leading to manslaughter are proof that the system is seriously broken.
Topic After your parents split up, would you want them to ever get back together?
22 Jan 2014 13:28
My parents married in 1942, almost two years before I was born. They were together until my father died in 2003. There was a period, though, when I was about ten or so, that they had some difficulties. Even then, I would have supported them in whatever decision they had made, and told them that.
I have always believed I don't have the right to judge other people, nor do I have the right to tell them how to live their lives, whether I like it or not.
Topic Goodtime Burger Ad - do you find it Offensive?
22 Jan 2014 13:18
None of the options work for me. I'm more inclined to say that it's in bad taste but I've seen worse. Banning seems a bit extreme but it is rather sad that anyone would think it was a good idea in the first place.
Except I need to ask, seeker4 - Did you purposely make the bad pun? LOL
Topic What's your favorite meal?
08 Jan 2014 17:10
I can't pick just one:
1)Two eggs over easy fried in in real butter; with hash browns (no onions in them, thank you); scrapple or sausage; two slices of light rye toast, also buttered with real butter; Dundee orange marmalade; a 4 oz.glass of cold orange juice; and coffee with just enough real cream in it to change the color, but no sugar.
2) Red beans and rice with Andouille sausage, McIlleny's hot sauce, and a tiny bit of Old Bay and an even tinier bit of Lea and Perrin's Worcesterschire Sauce.
3) Brie, white grapes, Baguette of French bread, and a crisp Chablis
4) Osetra Cavier, Vueve Cliquot "yellow label", French baguette, Wensleydale and Piave.
5) Grilled Portobello mushrooms, green peppers and zucchini, served with a big, jammy Cabernet. Chocolate truffles and Penfolds Grandfather port for dessert.
6) Two Summer favorites: Sliced tomatoes (preferably Early Girl or Better Boy)with Hellman's mayonnaise and slices of Vidalia onion and ground black pepper, grilled Golden Queen with butter and ground black pepper, all served with a medium-bodied Zin, Shiraz or Cab: the other is waffles topped with sliced tomatoes and Marie's Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing, served with coffee(breakfast), mimosas(brunch) or an inexpensive red (lunch) .
Topic Marijuana legal in Colorado, but you can still lose your job for smoking it?
08 Jan 2014 16:52
I don't know who ScottFord has or has not been hanging around with, but I can state from experience that the myth that marijuana is a "gateway" drug to "harder" substances is just that: a myth. I and many of my friends consumed large quantities of pot during the sixties. From 1965 to 1970 my average consumption was an ounce a week, and I was a "light" user among my friends. Neither I nor any of my friends and acquaintances were ever interested in "harder" drugs. That myth was one of the arguments put forth to have marijuana added to the list of illegal substances when they were all lumped together under the law.
Any experienced user of pot will tell you that he or she is not interested in (a) anything that could be addictive, or (b) anything that he or she cannot control. (Of course, many of us were and still are addicted to tobacco use, but in the sixties, no one realized that tobacco was an addictive drug. Even the Consumer Reports study, published as the book, Licit and Illicit Drugs listed tobacco as "habit forming", but not addictive.)
Topic Where were you on November 22, 1963?
08 Jan 2014 16:33
It was pretty scary stuff. They issued weapons and ammunition to musicians. LOL
I was in the cordon lining Pennsylvania Ave for the funeral precession. I was on the corner in front of the Department of Justice Building. After the parade passed, they moved me to just south of the bridge over the Potomac River, where it passed me a second time. I could hear taps from where I stood.
I wrote a story about it. It's posted on the blue site.
Topic Poll of the hottest woman of the last 70 years (see photos below)
08 Jan 2014 16:04
@coco - I have had a "thing" for Dorothy Dandridge ever since I was about 6 and saw a clip of her singing "Cow-Cow Boogie". I have a positively stunning photo of Lena Horne upstairs in the music room.
Of the choices, I'd have to go for Norma Jean, though she was never my heartthrob. I was busy having the hots for someone wo always seemed like a stronger personality to me: Katherine Hepburn.
None of the women on the list could have been this androgynous yet still gorgeous.
And if you'd prefer a sexier photo:
Topic how far would you drive for sex?
05 Jan 2014 15:36
admittedly not a guy here, but Im not interested in NSA sex. so I wouldn't. I've gone quite a long way for a relationship, but then, I like to travel.
I am a guy but otherwise, everything nn says here is true for me.
Topic What Are Your Favorite Songs OR Song Lyrics
04 Jan 2014 22:57
Absolute all -time favorite song is "Little Brown Jug" recorded by the 1938 Glenn Miller Orchestra
Lyrics? - too many to select even a few
Absolute all time favorite piece of music is the orchestral version of Pictures at An Exhibition
Favorite organ work is a toss-up between Prelude and Fugue in D Minor - JS Bach, and Perpetuum Molbile, by Caesar Frank
Topic Which will we get first....?
04 Jan 2014 22:47
BY "fix the economy" I didn't mean starve those of us on fixed incomes out of existence, and I didn't mean "balance the budget" on the backs of the military, or the poor or veterans. What I had in mind was something far more radical - tax the usurers, and tax the stock, and oil, wheat, corn and other "futures" gamblers. Tax both their income gains (as pure income, not some "value added" or "capital gain income") and place a sales tax on shares, based not on the number of shares traded, but on the amount paid for those shares. And if shares are bartered, tax the barter with the assumption that each share is equal to the average value of all shares on the market during that twenty four hour period. Remove tax exemptions for mortgages. Remove tax exemptions for "investments". Provide single payer medical insurance, including dental, vision and hearing. Standardize motor vehicle laws, registration, enforcement and penalties. Remove all "no-fault" insurance laws for motor vehicle accidents. Require insurers to replace totaled vehicles in kind, not simply make a payment based on some arbitrary "value" which drops to zero after ten years. In other words, if someone is driving a rust-free, dent-free automobile that happens to be ten or more years old, do not penalize him for taking care of his purchase, instead of wasting everything necessary to provide himself with a new vehicle every few years. Those are the kinds of things I mean when I say, "fix the economy".
Topic Can anybody link me to some good male authors?
04 Jan 2014 22:21
Mazza - YES!Sissyphus! Thank you!
@sprite - You may call me anything you like, Your Royal Spriteness. (except I'd really prefer you not call me late for dinner)
Topic Which will we get first....?
04 Jan 2014 18:05
I'd settle for a US president who wasn't firmly in the grasp of capitalists. I don't care what sex or sexual proclivities that person has.
I really don't even give a shit if he or she chooses to have sex in the oval office with one of the aides.
Just run the fucking country, end the wars, and fix the broken economy, and I'll be happy as a clam in a mudflat.
Topic Why haven't they invented this yet?
04 Jan 2014 17:33
This has probably been thought of, and very likely patented.
There is such a thing in large corporate business, known as the "NIH" syndrome, , meaning, "not invented here". If an invention is patented, it is unlikely that a large corporation will touch it, unless they can obtain the patent rights. Francis Davis invented a practical system of power steering in 1929, but refused to transfer to GM the patent rights.
Consequently, power steering was not available in private American automobiles until Chrysler offered it as an option in 1951. The Chrysler system was based on Davis' expired patents.
Here's another example: My grandfather was a radio engineer at Westinghouse. In 1923, he and his mentor Frank Conrad, were working with E Howard Armstrong on what they called "Frequency Modulation" as a means of sending and receiving radio signals without interfering with one another. "Major" Armstrong, as he liked to style himself, figured out how to do that, and rushed to patent his idea. Because he refused to give up the patent rights to Westinghouse, FM radio was not widely used until after his death.