Topic DirtyMartini.. Alan... Did he pass away?
14 Mar 2017 11:59
Alan was a real gentleman. His good humor and sense of friendliness never faltered, and a look through the forums here are proof of how much time and attention he put forth to help others. He embodied the best qualities of not only what Lush is, but of human beings. His loss is not simply untimely, but profound.
Topic To anyone who was in Sweden on Friday
21 Feb 2017 13:07
You know there's no such thing as "Judeo-Christian" beliefs, right?
This is the main problem of dealing with religious critics - they ignore all the nuances between different sects that make big differences in what different people believe in.
Take, for example, "Thou shall not lie."
Catholics believe humanity is universally graceful.
Protestants believe humanity is chosen by God to be elected for salvation or not.
Jews believe they're chosen by God to bring light unto nations.
If someone says that another is a good person, that statement might be interpreted as a lie or not based on which underlying belief we're talking about.
I'm seriously into all kinds of sects. It's why I joined Lush in the first place.
Topic Does the new American President seem mentally ill to you?
19 Feb 2017 09:20
I have to say...I am so completely embarrassed to have ever supported, especially admitting to having supported that imbecile in the, oh, I don't know where he is..The White House? Im over him so bad, can't we impeach his ass yet?
And before anyone says it, yes, I did vote for him, but come on...I can not endorse this ego maniacal shit head anymore.
No need for you to feel embarrassed. Your statement is reassuring, actually, and it just goes to show that your critical thinking skills are in good shape. Having people who voted for him speak out the way you have is more valuable than anything. Thank you for speaking your mind...clearly and sincerely. One of the saddest things about what's going on right now is how so many people, mostly Trump supporters, it seems, mistake this as being a liberal vs conservative problem, but when people like Dick Cheney and John McCain come out and identify the clear danger of Trump's wildly irresponsible behavior then it places everything in a very different perspective.
Topic IMMIGRATION .... the elephant in the room
29 Jan 2017 04:26
Okay Hayley, let's see if I can get back to your original post - and please bear in mind these are my views as I see the situation. Yours can, and probably do, vary.
Immigration is the backbone of the United States. We are all - every single solitary person in the U.S. - either a direct immigrant, or the descendant of one. There is no such animal as a "true" American. Even the "Native Americans" migrated here over the Bering Land Bridge. This being said, I wholeheartedly believe in immigration. However illegal immigration is different. These are the people who come over on the sly, take jobs and do not pay taxes.
>>>> HOWEVER <<<<
There are ways to do things and procedures and policies in how we accomplish things in this country. It makes little sense to crack down on illegal activity by breaking the law yourself. And DJT has done just that. His rampant use of E.O.'s and his flagrant dismissal of the law of the land has been the stuff of much controversy, even before becoming *choke* President. And at least in one case, he's being called on it. The problem for America is that he has surrounded himself with spineless "yes men" who are afraid of him and so are letting Richie Rich have his way.
A wall along the border of Mexico is a rather bold step and I doubt even that will stop illegals - they haven't been able to even slow down the drug trade, the human trafficking, or any other criminal activities. And even if the wall was built, what's to keep people from swimming around it? The way to stop illegal immigration is at the job site. heavily fine or shut down businesses that hire them. No work, no illegals. They have to eat and can't eat any better here than they can in their own country without money.
Now there is a way for a law-abiding immigrant to become an American citizen legally and that process needs to be shortened. I hear tell it can take 2 years or longer just for the background checks to be done! So those who wish to do things the right way run the risk of being sent back before they can get their chance. And this whole "round 'em up and head 'em out" cowboy approach violates even our own Constitution - see the part about unreasonable search and seizure and deprivation of life liberty or property.
DJT Needs to take a step back and a look around. He needs to see the people he is representing for who they are. He needs to come down from his little ivory Trump tower and get amongst the people, talk to the people, LISTEN to the people, and listen to his own advisers. Or he can read his history book - specifically the little "incident" the French had in 1789... that little French Revolution thing.
I agree with most everything you say, and completely with the sentiment, at least, but there are always a few points most people aren't aware of. The most common misconception is that undocumented immigrants don't pay taxes. 11.6 billion in state and local taxes is the estimate for last year, which doesn't include federal revenues and the contributions to Social Security by people who will never collect any return. There are plenty of immigrant workers both documented and undocumented who are not paying taxes, but generally that's because they work for sweatshops who are paying them under the table and breaking pretty much every labor law on the books.
Also, depending on what country/region you're from, it can take well over ten years to obtain a visa to come live in the US. I know of people who have been waiting 12 years. To be fair, it would be much faster if they were coming from another country.
I don't necessarily believe in open borders, but I don't believe we have an immigration "problem". We do, however, have a severe problem with education, critical thinking and basic, human decency.
Topic Big tick on my 'bucket list'
28 Jan 2017 17:02
No one deserves this more than you. You have my heartfelt congratulations and support. What can I say? I became a fan from the first story I read. I hope you sell a billion.
Topic i just had this thought about " The Wall"....
27 Jan 2017 08:02
Trump wants to clamp down on these "Sanctuary Cities", And try to remove illegal immigrants from your country, therefore creating more jobs for Americans. Why is that a bad thing? If people wish to seek asylum there are proper channels for that. Every illegal immigrant that is working in your country is a reason Americans complain about there not being enough jobs. You can't have it both ways.
Even Reagan and Bush understood that immigration is good for the economy. Here's what happened in Georgia when they passed laws to discourage undocumented immigrants from going there. http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2012/05/17/the-law-of-unintended-consequences-georgias-immigration-law-backfires/#34eda42c404a
Depending on what region/country you're from, it can take well over ten years to get a legal residency visa. The US immigration service is overworked and understaffed, and several years ago, around the time it was reorganized to fall under the umbrella of the Dept of Homeland Security, it became a fee-based agency, meaning it operates on fees collected from visa and citizenship applicants, not tax revenue. Undocumented immigrants contribute somewhere around 20 billion dollars a year (depending on which estimate you go by) to federal coffers. This doesn't include what's being paid into the Social Security system by people who will never be able to collect later on. State taxes and the economic impact on local business is another consideration.
American jobs didn't disappear because immigrants come here willing to work the shittiest jobs American workers don't want anyway, and work harder for lower pay than American workers. But this isn't uniquely American by any means. It's like this in every country on the planet, even some of the poorest ones. American jobs have been outsourced on a wholesale scale because business "leaders" like Trump spread their legs and gave it up to China, for the most part.
The biggest part of the problem here, though, doesn't have much to do with economy or politics. It's that Americans are typically in love with bombastic bumper-sticker slogans while the complexities of actual critical thinking just make most people scratch their asses and frown.
Topic i just had this thought about " The Wall"....
27 Jan 2017 07:21
Pence: "We're taking some heat on this wall thing."
Trump: "Hey, the less immigrants we let in, the better."
Pence: "The fewer."
Trump: "Shhh, don't call me that in public yet."
Topic i just had this thought about " The Wall"....
27 Jan 2017 07:20
Trump said that we would build a wall and the the Mexicans would pay for it.
Right now, half of the Republicans should be screaming that he lied about how we were going to pay for it and the other half should be complaining that half of the wall is really going to be a fence. Both should be screaming that he lied. At least that how it would have gone under the Obama administration (had he suggested something so dumb).
Of course, there's already a fence that runs the length of the border...about 30 feet high and topped with razor wire, which is why there are already the tunnels you mentioned in an earlier post. Trump's wall rhetoric is just more of his tedious, narcissistic gonad wagging.
Topic Why I voted for Donald Trump
25 Jan 2017 06:43
I'm skeptical because it sounds so stupid, but did I read correctly this morning that The Donald has put a gag order on the EPA and USDA preventing scientists sharing research publicly unless approved by higher-ups?
I saw an FB post about the Badlands National Park service being forced to remove tweets they'd made stating scientific facts about global warming.
I feel so sorry for America right now. I haven't seen anyone get fucked this hard since I stumbled upon a video of a 16-man Sasha Grey gangbang.
Yes, unfortunately, you read that correctly. What's happening here is insanely surreal. It's not even about Republican vs Democrat or conservative vs liberal. It's absurd when Trump supporters point at everyone else and call them leftwing or unpatriotic. Many intelligent, level-headed conservatives disassociated themselves from him early on in the election. In fact, it's hard to think of anyone much more radical. Whether individuals who support him view themselves as racist or not, misogynist or not, the fact remains that they're lending very poorly informed support to one, and his little orgy of self-aggrandizement has already begun. Trump is nothing but a narcissistic miscreant who is patently ill-equipped, undereducated, under-experienced and completely lacking the maturity or composure to fulfill the duties of an office he has no business occupying. The fact that he's a Nazi-wannabe motherfucker is almost beside the point.
America pretty much prefers reality TV to reality.
Topic Donald Trump is exhausting me....
15 Jan 2017 18:00
Donald Trump can go fuck himself.
Topic donald trump for president
15 Jan 2017 12:35
Don,t be nasty. Don,t forget if it wasn,t for us you,d still be living in wigwams or should that be teepees.
Try to relax. You're just two tents.
Topic Why I voted for Donald Trump
28 Dec 2016 05:33
Argggggp I don't know how to quote but I felt I had summed up this thread from my post right after the original poster. Leave women's issues to us and ask yourself how bad your life is and stop your whining.
You did a wonderful job. The problem is that you expressed complete ideas while an alarmingly huge contingent of American voters are chronically incapable of digesting concepts extending beyond 140 characters or the length of a typical bumper sticker slogan. Another point to remember that might save you a little frustration is that this same voting minority has proven pretty clearly that reality TV is preferable to reality.
Topic Standing for the National Anthem
05 Oct 2016 09:31
I support his decision. He has a point and, more importantly, he has the right.
This whole attitude is scary. What if you stand but don't cover your heart? Or if you stand, cover your heart, but don't sing? Aren't we really just playing the game of who-can-make-the-most-outward-show-of-patriotism-without-actually-doing-anything-patriotic game?
Yup. In a nutshell. In The United Snakes, no one gives a fuck if you walk the walk so long as you talk the talk.
Topic Censorship or not?
11 May 2016 12:49
Confusing censorship with respecting the house rules on a forum hosted by other people is naive. So is confusing censorship with editorial guidelines. One of the biggest problems with internet forums is that there are always a few people who feel it's okay to talk to others in a manner they wouldn't face to face. Everybody loses their cool now and then and end up saying shit they probably shouldn't, but in the long run, it's not that big a deal, and that's not what triggered this thread or its predecessor. It's when a select few fail to respect or apply a few basic rules equally to everyone that's really insulting.
For a long time, Lush has been far above any other site of its kind. The mods are sincere, hardworking, and take a more attentive and personal approach to the members and the stories that are posted here. It's kind of stunning when you think about the effort these volunteers put out. They are the firewall between the members and all manner of human sludge that would otherwise make it onto the homepage and forums. It used to be refreshing. But more and more, the level of conversation that goes on here exists at the level of poodle spooge. In most civilized regions, it would be customary courtesy to set a yippy little poodle outdoors when it can't control a chronic urge to run around humping every leg in the room. Seriously, who the fuck needs poodle spooge on their shoes?
Telling people to basically fuck off and get a thicker skin when they've been singled out deliberately and repeatedly to be insulted just for the sake of insulting them is mystifying and reflects very poorly on the site overall, and in particular those few who actually seem to encourage this stupidity beyond any sense of logic. Terrific. We can block out categories or specific members, but why should anyone have to? Why shouldn't any member have the freedom to enjoy everything the site has to offer? The whole "fuck you we few can say whatever the fuck we please and if you don't like it you're just not adult for the rest of us" school of forum moderating is one of the sorriest things to happen to this site in a long time. If ever.
Locking this thread, just like the last one, wouldn't be censorship, it would be an act of mercy, but I don't expect to be around to see it.
Topic New story category and new forum: an immodest proposal
20 Apr 2016 17:15
New story category: it occurred to me that a 'Play For Pay' category might attract some readers and writers. Subjects could include: escourts, mistresses, boy toys, exotic dancers, and any other situation where sex and cash are intermingled.
New forum: What we don't have in the admittedly long list of forums, is one featuring issues involving 'Sex In The News'. Two articles in today's news got me thinking this way. An item about Utah enacting anti-porn laws fit into the 'Adult Swin' category. but another, about the discovery of a DNA link to early sexual activity remains homeless.
While neither suggestion will make or break Lush, the might be worth a thought or two...then again, maybe not.
These are both great suggestions. Would a forum on Sex in the News be called The Pink Tank?
Topic Recreational Drugs
11 Apr 2016 18:32
Pretty much everything. Repeatedly and in the largest quantities I could possibly consume. I was always a bit freaked about needles, so most of the substances traditionally injected I've ingested in other ways. Pinning down a particular experience or two would be impossible. Plenty of good ones and bad ones, but mostly good. The worst, however, including unpleasant encounters with law enforcement officials, revolved around alcohol.
Topic Which story would you recommend from Lush?
10 Apr 2016 10:43
I've read this one last night and it sure worked for me. Highly recommended. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Wow, Ms. Candy. Spank you very much! :)
Topic Today's Thought or Message
01 Apr 2016 08:37
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift
and the rational mind is a faithful servant.
We have created a society that honors the servant
and has forgotten the gift.”
― Albert Einstein
On a lighter note...
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