Forum posts made by byronlord

Topic how would you react to a guy getting hard at a nude beach
Posted 02 Apr 2013 07:42

Nudist beaches are all about the freedom of not wearing clothing, NOT about anything sexual at all.

Hmmm, yes, really. I know that is what everyone says. I am not at all sure that it is true.

But there is a particular etiquette to be observed even at an orgy, or rather especially so at an orgy. And there is an etiquette for a nude beach which is you cover up an erection.

Topic Would you date a Porn star?
Posted 01 Apr 2013 04:51

Only if she didn't insist on me doing superman - I don't think my back would hold out.

Date yes, but whats she going to do after her looks fade? Its kind of a short term career that.

Topic name a tv comedy programme that you never laughed to
Posted 01 Apr 2013 04:39

Almost all of them as I don't watch television much. American sitcoms with canned laughter are just not interesting to me.

I do read comic strips though and there are quite a few there that seem to be completely devoid of interest of any kind. Zippy the Pinhead was considered a cult when I was at MIT. But to me its just an Emperor's new clothes situation. People pretend to find it interesting because it is considered uncool to point out that it is just crap.

Topic Why is girl-girl erotica so hot?!!
Posted 31 Mar 2013 20:41

I'm a female and I far prefer hetero porn to girl/girl. I probably watch a bit of everything at some point, but I would say at least 85% of it is hetero based. Honestly - the 'soft and sensitive' lesbian porn tends to put me to sleep.

To be fair, there is a lot of really lame/generic porn out there that comes in all sexual orientations - namely the fake orgasm, no eye-contact, vacant sex-bot style of sex. It's easy to avoid those, however, unless one's porn habits are relegated to the kind of stuff that plays on the movie network and fringe TV channels after 2am.

Which is what I think drives the girl/girl thing. Good male porn models are pretty rare. Most porn is made by people who see their male audience as seedy sleazeballs and they hire actors that fit that stereotype. The girl is obviously not turned on by the guy and is faking it. The guy obviously doesn't have the slightest interest in the girl.

There is some good hetero porn out there, but it is pretty rare.

Topic The two way highway known as oral sex.
Posted 31 Mar 2013 20:16

I'm a firm believer in the give and take. How can you expect someone to give it and not want something back?

I think it is very different for men and women. I actually prefer to give than receive.

For a man oral sex is an appetizer, for a woman it is often the main course. So when a man doesn't reciprocate he is doubly neglecting his duties.

Topic Sales Tax
Posted 30 Mar 2013 08:32

The right loves sales taxes because their whole goal is to provide the largest return possible for their shareholders while bilking the rubes who vote for them. " LB

do tell , how does a business that collects the tax make a profit ?

The GOP runs as a business. Koch brothers give them money, they pass bills to lower their taxes and let them do whatever they like to the environment. It is known as transactional lobbying. Sheldon Adelson is the same, he faced possible jail for the bribes he paid to set up a casino in China. Giving $200 million to the GOP made the prosecutors back off lest they be accused of retaliating.

The Koch Bros and their ilk love the idea of a switch to a sales tax as it would reduce their taxes at the cost of everyone else. Romney has already managed to reduce his tax bill to 15% and you can be sure the rest of the GOP shareholders are the same.

Meanwhile the Republican politicians think that all they need to do is find another group for elderly white men to hate and they can maybe win another election cycle. Only that has stopped working. It is no longer OK to hate Latinos or Gays.

Topic New cock pump
Posted 30 Mar 2013 08:17

I know a urologist that specializes in men's sexual health and he prescribes, so to speak, penis pumps to older gentleman that have erection problems. Evidently there are several ways they treat erection dysfunction from the viagra type medications, and injections, to penis implants. Evidently the injections go right into the penis. That sounds awful but I guess it works. He said that with the pump they usually take a pill, then pump their penis up and then slip a rubber cock ring on to hold the blood in.

I guess guys if we live long enough we'll be finding out first hand about all of these procedures.

I think there are two separate issues, one is the use of a pump to get an erection, the other is to make the penis bigger. There are good anatomical reasons to expect the first to work and the second to not.

Topic Savings In Cyprus are Under Attack, now the USA
Posted 29 Mar 2013 12:16

Found this out firsthand not long ago. I'm 22, and if my circumstances were slightly different, I'd qualify for an FHA loan, which gets me in the door for about 3% of the total cost. So on a $150,000 home, that's just $4,500 down. The FHA is widely available, and geared toward both first time buyers and high-income/low-cash-reserve buyers.

Byron's point is well taken, but the large-scale problem of foreclosures and defaults has more to do with the predatory $0-down and ARM loans. If and when I go the FHA route (assuming it's still available, of course), I'll keep a few thousand on hand, hopefully, and if the worst happens, then the worst happens. But there's no way in hell I'm going to amass 30k before I buy a house, nor will I buy something shitty just to get that 20% number down to something reasonable for me. If that's what the market coerces me to do, then I'll happily rent, just as I do now. Given the choice though, I've seen the light: it's better to buy.

The problem that arises with zero downpayment loans is that they allow house prices to spiral out of control because nobody is actually grounded. Houses are usually a constrained resource so there are always more potential buyers than sellers. There isn't enough housing stock for people to buy their own at 22 so the question is not whether you will be able to buy but how people like you are going to be squeezed out of the market.

During the bubble the almost the only people who could get a house were those people rash enough to over-extend themselves with a mortgage they couldn't afford. A 20% downpayment may seem to be an unfair means of rationing houses but it is a lot more stable than the previous attempt.

The other problem with zero downpayment loans is that they enable all sorts of anti-social speculation. Sales of new condos being a case in point. The school next door to us closed down and the building was turned into condos. The cheapest 2 bedroom condo cost more than I paid for our 7 bedroom house. The most expensive 2 bed condo was three times the price of the five bed house on sale across the street from the development.

The developer knew that the prices were ridiculous. But the reason he thought he could get that much was that pretty much every condo development in the area was sold out before the project was complete as speculators piled in to buy properties and then 'flip' them at a tidy profit due to the appreciation in house prices while the project was being built. The speculators didn't know or care what the places they were buying were actually worth because they thought they would be selling them on to a bigger fool than them. So people who wanted to buy a place to live in just saw the prices going up and up.

The other pernicious effect is 'home equity loans'. A lot of people lost their houses because they borrowed against the equity of the house rather than paying their mortgage down. When I bought this house the deeds showed that the previous owner had done just that. All of the money (and more besides) had gone to the bloodsucking cult they were members of.

Topic Have you ever wanted to be with someone and knew it could not be
Posted 27 Mar 2013 13:00

Of course.

Lara Croft (because she is fictional)

Angelina Jolie (because she went for Brad instead :(

Topic Should kids in the untied states have to say the pledge of alligence in school
Posted 27 Mar 2013 11:08

I agree. The kids should have to say a prayer to Allah every morning, and learn a sense of value for Allah. Oh, wait, you meant your god, didn't you? Which god should you force students of every religion to pray to, exactly? There's several thousand, at least.

Don't forget the Flying Spaghetti Monster!!!

Topic Sales Tax
Posted 27 Mar 2013 07:58

Sales taxes are beyond question regressive and especially so in the US where due to an oddity in the way mail order sales are taxed, Internet sales are considered to be 'tax free'. According to the states they are not but almost nobody pays the taxes due on their Amazon purchases.

I spend more at Amazon each month than the rest of my shopping put together. And most of my in-state purchases are of exempt items like food. So even though the sales tax and the income tax in my state are roughly the same on paper, I pay more than ten times as much in income tax than sales tax.

The right loves sales taxes because their whole goal is to provide the largest return possible for their shareholders while bilking the rubes who vote for them. Glenn Beck's goal is to sell as many gold coins as possible for at least twice the melt down value. Clarence Thomas wants his wife Ginny to collect as much in consulting fees from the companies he works for on the court. Karl Rove wants to keep that river of gold from Adleson and the Koch brothers flowing through his coffers so that he can divert as much as possible into his pocket in management fees.

All the talk of the trilateral commission and black helicopters and such is all just deliberately crazy talk to discredit the notion of conspiracy theories as stupid and far fetched. Meanwhile they rob blind the rubes who vote for them and spend their time trying to get elected.

Topic Should the sex offender registry laws be changed?
Posted 27 Mar 2013 05:10

I think that there is a big problem with these laws because they are passed as if they are a referendum on sex crime rather than as an honest attempt to achieve a policy goal. They sound like a good idea in theory but the violent sex offenders that are purportedly the target of the laws are a tiny proportion of the offenders they affect. Slapping a life sentence on any offender is something society should think very hard about. I don't think the representatives think at all.

Topic North Korea
Posted 27 Mar 2013 04:51

Actually I do not believe your statement about a war with North Korea being fought with F/A-18, Nuclear Armaments, and Aircraft carries to be correct. The reason for this because of NK own nuclear arms. Crude though they may be, nuclear technology is still desired for the legitimacy it give to nations that posses it (reference Iran), and it's (obvious) destructive/lethal capabilities.

That is the reason that an escalation to nuclear weapons is considered likely. North Korea has a crude nuclear device but does not have the ability to put it on a missile. So the response would be to try to knock out the North Korean army and their nuclear facilities as soon as possible. That would mean using nuclear weapons.

China is not going to allow that of course. But they don't want to engage in a war with the US. So their best option right now is to liquidate the leadership of NK in a coup d'etat.

Topic Savings In Cyprus are Under Attack, now the USA
Posted 25 Mar 2013 09:06

Very true Lurker! You point out the benefits of the 20% down bank policy. However, 1st time homebuyers do not have 20% (100,000 X .2 = 20,000 cash!). What 22 year old has $20K cash? And, that is a modest home for a suburb in St. Louis. The FHA does provide lower down payments (3%), but one does have to pay PMI until reaching the 20% equity requirement.

The problem with 0% down is loaning money to riskier consumers. Obviously, a retail bank would require the purchase of PMI. Higher risk = higher defaults/higher interest rates.

My generation is called the boomerang generation. Many go to college and end up moving back home because they cannot afford a house and have to save money. Rental is an option, but financially one builds no equity. Personally, I believe in a culture of ownership, not rental.

If someone does not have $20K cash then they probably should not be buying a house at all. Most 22 year olds should not be buying.

Buying a house is a big financial commitment. There are costs that you would never expect when you are renting.

The big problem for your generation is that most of you overpaid for a college education that was overpriced to start with and you probably won't see a return on. I have no idea why college costs so much. They pay the staff almost nothing and the students pay top dollar

Topic Would you let your partner have a once-in-a-lifetime fuck with a dream date (without you)
Posted 25 Mar 2013 05:01

So you get this call. Your partner is at some event miles away and they happened to meet Angelina Jolie and/or Brad Pitt in a bar (or substitute your partner's favorite). For whatever reason, they are really into your partner but only if you agree to it. What do you tell them?

Topic Can hiding your lush activity from your wife/husband/partner be considered cheating?
Posted 25 Mar 2013 04:41

Well can it? Or does it depend on what kind of activity you have her?

Judging from divorce filings, yes!

But so can looking at another woman/man. The fact that some things can be considered cheating does not mean that they are or should be.

I have to say that if you do anything you know your partner doesn't know about because you know he/she "wouldn't understand and or appreciate" you are cheating. I have been on the wrong side of this and learned the hard way. I know this isn't going to be a popular sentiment but it is what it is.

And judging by your age, well maybe your partner is from the era when sex was never mentioned and looking at porn was considered a really big deal. Views have thankfully changed.

If he couldn't even allow you to imagine being with someone else, well that is rather sad.

Topic North Korea
Posted 24 Mar 2013 13:55

It is up to the people of North Korea to change their government. Foreign intervention is useless without the support of the people of the country being invaded as was shown by The Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, the Soviet invasion of Afganastan, the US invasion of South Vietnam, the US invasion of Iraq and many other invasions and occupations.

If the North Korean people ever do revolt the results will depend on which side the North Korean military support, the people or the government. In Lybia, the military supported the people for the most part and Qadaffi was overthrown. In Syria, the military is supporting the government for the most part and the government still stands.

And even if the revolution is successful when it comes is no guarantee of democracy or freedom.

More likely it is up to the government of China.

North Korea is acting out because China refused to back them in the Security Council which is in turn because they are fed up of North Korea which is an economic basket case and an embarrassment.

At this point the regime is getting rather too embarrassing. Which is actually a quite logical thing to do if you are a North Korean party member. Having the Chinese ome in and rid you of your vile govt. is probably your best way out. If you try to do anything yourself you are going to be sent to one of their gulags. About 20% of the population ends up in a gulag at some point. Less than half survive.

So provoking the Chinese to perform a coup or invade or otherwise rid you of the corrupt government probably looks like a really good idea. It is what I would do in that position.

Topic Would you give up cigarettes to legalize marijuana?
Posted 22 Mar 2013 19:48

Of course.

Smoking is a filthy habit and the less of it the better. Not sure what marihuana is, perhaps it is how people spell marijuana after they have had too much of it?

Topic Should kids in the untied states have to say the pledge of alligence in school
Posted 22 Mar 2013 19:27

Well that's why we have seperation, to keep religious institutions from having the authority to go around killing people. That was the right call for the king to make in my opinion, sounds like he was protecting the minority British subjects from the majority of other British subjects. I don't know anything about that specific trial though so I'm only going by what you said. It seems like the king took some of their freedom away after they took away the freedom of that girl by killing her. I must have misread something because it seems like a prime example of protecting innocent people from religion unless you mean it as an example of the church being cleansed from a bad batch of apples.

That was one concern. But the reason they split from the Church of England in the first place was they thought the state had contaminated the church. Beginning with Constantine actually.

The New Testament has a whole slew of rather obvious edits. For example where is the rest of The Acts of the Apostles? It was being written after the fact so why end on a cliff hanger? It would be like having a history of Napoleon that ended on the eve of the battle of Waterloo.

Later edits were worse. One of the early popes got Mary Magdalene confused with another Mary and gave a homily about her being a prostitute. He had completely the wrong Mary but nobody could tell the pope he was wrong and the Catholic church stuck to that interpretation till 1961.

Topic Should kids in the untied states have to say the pledge of alligence in school
Posted 22 Mar 2013 16:36

Actually the idea in that was to protect the state and the people from tyranny by religion as well as keeping religion safe.

That was a concern but not the only one. The non-conformists original complaint was against the established church as being corrupt. The Quakers were concerned that the new state would have an established religion and return to persecuting them.

Persecution of the Quakers is one of the factors that led to the revolution, albeit indirectly. The reason Massachusetts lost its privilege of self government in the first place was the execution of Mary Dyer for her faith. The King ordered the colony to hold no more trials for religious offenses and when the colonists refused put the colony under direct control.

Topic Should kids in the untied states have to say the pledge of alligence in school
Posted 22 Mar 2013 04:34

Psssht. No. When I was in school, we didn't have to say it, just stand there and be quiet if we refused to pledge. I think that is fine and stands in line with who we're supposed to be.

Want to teach patriotism? That's another thread.

There is actually this thing called the constitution that means that it is illegal for a school to require it.

My church and Ben Franklin fought for the first amendment to protect the church from corruption by the state.

Topic Should kids in the untied states have to say the pledge of alligence in school
Posted 21 Mar 2013 20:35

According to Byron Lord the CIA replaced the Australian government in a coup. Did I miss this part of your history? How long have you lived under the evil influence of the CIA? Do you have free elections over there? Or is it now under control of the Tri Lateral Commission? Or is it the Free Masons? Before reading that post I was lead to believe you had a pretty cool country down under. Now he has me wondering.....Shhh

The role of the CIA is pretty well established. The crisis happened at a time when the CIA was pretty much a rogue agency running its own agenda. Carter and Regan both worked to bring it to heel. Particularly after their incompetence led to the Iranian hostage crisis. A faction in the CIA preferred to have a right wing administration in Australia. People who spend their time bringing down inconvenient governments inevitably end up attacking their own.

What really forced the CIA out of that business was the loss of interception capabilities when the cryptanalysis of the Enigma machine became public and when electronic codes replaced the weaker mechanical systems.

The TriLateral Commission does exist. I know the North American Chairman quite well, I have worked with him. It is not the world government people think and never has been.

Railing against groups like the Tri-Lateral commission and blathering on about black helicopters is how people who are actually in the business of dirty tricks discredit scrutiny.

Topic Should kids in the untied states have to say the pledge of alligence in school
Posted 21 Mar 2013 16:42


Maybe if you had been taught to question authority rather than follow it like sheep your country would not have followed Bush and Cheney into their war justified by lie upon lie ten years ago.

Those soldiers died because there were not enough US citizens patriotic enough to ask hard questions before the fiasco. Instead the cowards shouted down those brave enough to ask and called them traitors.

Between 100,000 and 600,000 people are dead because of that war and Iran now controls Iraq.

Bush was a liar and so was Nixon before him. Last week the LBJ tapes came out confirming that Nixon had illegally sabotaged the Paris peace talks to prevent an end to the war before the 1968 election.

Thatcher was also a liar and a cheat. She made a big public show about being anti-communist but she begged Gorbachev to send in the tanks to crush the demonstrations in East Germany that brought down the Berlin war.

What we need is more people who will stand up to governments that lie and oppress.

Close the gulag in Guantanamo and put the war criminals who authorized torture on trial. Then lets talk about whether that flag is worth anything.

Topic Should kids in the untied states have to say the pledge of alligence in school
Posted 21 Mar 2013 15:21

In Australia it used to be commonplace for school kids to pledge to the Queen. Somehow in the later part of the 20th century it stopped happening.

Yeah funny how a CIA instigated coup replacing a democratically elected government in the name of the Queen's representative might have that effect.

Topic Should kids in the untied states have to say the pledge of alligence in school
Posted 21 Mar 2013 15:19

It reminds me of communism and fascism. It is a despicable practice.

My children are UK citizens. Why should they be pledging allegiance to another country?

My church objected to the pledge before they inserted 'under god'. We don't take oaths and we certainly don't take oaths in the name of God. Its called taking the Lord's name in vain.

I lost friends fighting against the communists. I do not like seeing their methods here.

Topic Chat is not loading correctly.
Posted 21 Mar 2013 08:33

FYI: just checked it and had the same issue myself.

Me too, it looks to me as if it is a code issue. Have to wait for Gav to fix.

Topic Honestly..Does anyone else see the New Pope being assassinated?
Posted 21 Mar 2013 06:07

a sudden illness maybe?
He refuses to call the senior members by the correct name for they are not lords but brothers in his mind. he refuses to live and work as any other pope...and he is going to clean up the Vatican and ensure all practice humbleness.
Yup I see some sort of assassination happen.. Do you?

Quite a few Popes have been assassinated, the most recent one possibly being John Paul I who died suddenly and mysteriously during investigations into the corrupt P2 lodge and Banco Ambrosiano.

I don't think he will have much of a problem though as the bigger tension has been the districts being upset at being told what bigotries to peddle, first by John Paul II and then by Benedict. The opposition to gay marriage was not bottom up, it was coming straight from the top of the curia.

Francis does have a big constituency in the wider church though. He has the Jesuits behind him for a start. This is a huge departure for them, they don't usually take positions of power. He is popular with the non curia cardinals because he greets them as equals after election as pope.

His problem is going to be the curia. But the reduced dress etc. is part of a means to that end. He has already dispensed with the cape and shoes. The hat will probably go next and after that the Cardinal in charge of all the nonsense. It is a smart move because thats the guy who was going to be working for the new pope by day and bunking with Benedict by night.

Topic The Gun Control Debate Thread.
Posted 19 Mar 2013 20:39

If guns ever become banned, we miss out on stories like these - in the future.

Do not ban guns!

Oh I assure you it won't.

One of the reasons to cuff a woman behind her back is this particular trick. She is not the first to try it.

Still kind of risky if she happens to be in a police car and it goes over a bump and happens to be leaning forwards at the time.

Topic Savings In Cyprus are Under Attack, now the USA
Posted 19 Mar 2013 19:38

Sponsored by: Working America

Right now in this country, more than 26 million Americans are unemployed, underemployed or have just given up looking for work. Meanwhile, corporations are sitting on $2 trillion in cash. That just isn't right.

The working families who have shouldered the biggest burden throughout the recession are still struggling. Corporations need to step up and do their part to help us recover by using their massive cash reserves to put people back to work.

Corporate America is experiencing it's own private recovery, with record profits and exploding bank accounts. It has the money to start hiring and spread the recovery to the rest of us. But so far they are unwilling in invest in jobs.

Companies shouldn't be allowed to keep this money. Urge your state legislators to pass a "Hoarder's Tax" to make businesses either pay a small tax on their liquid assets or invest it to jump start our economy."

Companies in the USA are taxed under the current Tax Code on cash reserves, should they be taxed again or forced to hire people for work that does not exist?

The Cyprus tax was 10%. A cretinous way to maintain faith in the banking system. If it hadn't been struck down there would have been runs.

For some reason, only Paul Krugman seems to be pointing out the blatantly obvious. But that seems to be because all the other pundits are completely invested in the Euro and can't see that withdrawal is the only viable option.

The Cypriots have rejected the deal which means that either Germany accepts setting a non zero target for inflation or Cyprus will leave the Euro which will cause Greece to exit as well. Both are highly desirable outcomes.

The only reason for avoiding a Grexit was the risk of a run on the banks. Now that has been put in play by Merkle and co.

Topic Marmite: YES or NO?
Posted 16 Mar 2013 09:38

How about Twiglets? You foreign folk have these?

You can keep the marmite but that picture just cost me $20 which is the cost of getting Twiglets shipped to Boston USA.

One of the things about being an ex-pat is you end up paying a fortune to buy what are essentially cheap comfort foods in the UK. The most ridiculous being paying for imported Heinz Baked Beans in Boston (the US version is horribly sweet because it is full of added sugar).