Topic How many of these books have you read? Top 10 best selling books of all time.
05 Oct 2016 23:28
OF the original list, numbers 1, 2 and 10. of the new list - none. For what it's worth, I have read the Bible twice. Back in 2005, when my wife and I separated, I was going through a bunch off dealf-pity and soul searching and all that sort of thing. That was the second time I read the Bible. it took me most of hat year to read, and didn't give me any answers. I was still pretty down. But then I discovered Lush! :)
Topic What are you listening to right now?
17 Jan 2015 19:01
Blows Against The Empire - Jefferson Starship - 1970
Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, Jerry Garcia, David Crosby, Steven Stills, Graham Nash, and a host of other incredible musicians.
It does not get any better than this. (And it didn't in that era, either)
Topic Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
03 Jan 2015 14:10
Most famous I ever met? Well - lessee - as a high school band musician, I played for and was introduced to three presidents (although they weren't president at the time) - Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon.
As a Navy musician, I had a phone conversation with Admiral Tom Moorer, after I played Roast Beef of Old England on fife for him. He asked me to say hi to my dad, whom he knew from Westinghouse's Nuclear Instrumentation Division; and I played a concert under the baton of Arthur Feidler in 1976, after which he invited me to audition for the utility flute/piccolo chair with Boston Symphony.
I played for about six months at a club where Blaze Starr was part owner, and danced a few times. Shared drinks with her and the rest of the dancers and musicians between shows.
I suppose all those "count" as meetings, but the one I think is more important to me was the time I went to a blues club in Nashville. Turned out, it was jointly owned by "Boots" Randolph and Chet Adkins. "Boots" was playing that night, and between sets, we got to talking. So, after the gig, I went to his house where we sat around and drank Jack Daniels and played tenor sax duets together for a couple of hours. I have always considered that as having had a music lesson from him, because he said so many things about playing and performing that I have remembered since.
Topic USA opening diplomatic relations with Cuba
01 Jan 2015 19:27
I think it's a good idea to get on with yr neighbours if u can ... I do hope that the slow, then accelerating, inflow of business capital will be channelled wisely and not, again, produce the sort of conditions that gave rise to the civil war that brought Fidel Castro to power ... no repeats please
Exactly. The only reason there was a Cuban revolution in the first place was US capitalist interests mistreating the Cuban people.
Remember, Cuba was controlled (mostly) by Domino Sugar and people like Sam Giancomo. When Fidel Castro kicked them out and established himself politically, the first thing he did was approach the US seeking an alliance. Eisenhower and Congress turned him down, so he did what any sensible person would have done; he approached the other biggest power in the world.
It was American stupidity that drove Castro into the alliance with the Soviet Union. (They, of course, were pleased as could be: "An alliance with a country just ninety miles off the coast of our most dangerous enemy? Sure! Welcome aboard, comrade!")
Topic Your Momma was sexy! Vintage Pics
29 Dec 2014 22:40
MY favorite actress - I have always had the hots for her, even though she is my mom's age. https://upload.lushstories.com/1541181360-Katharine_Hepburn_nude_naked.jpg
My fav orite singer - sometimes sexy is more attitude than a fantastic body. https://upload.lushstories.com/231742524-janis6.jpg
Topic Do you believe that there is only one true love for everyone ?
29 Dec 2014 11:52
I think Robert Heinlein had it pretty close to right when he wrote in Time Enough For Love "The more you love, the more you can love -- and the more intensely you love. Nor is there any limit on how many you can love. If a person had time enough, he could love all of that majority who are decent and just. "
That said, there is some merit to the argument that "true love" is indicated by the willingness to self-sacrifice. I can state with absolute surety that I am an example of someone who is unable to put a person ahead of my muse. Does that mean I place myself first? Not necessarily. I place music performance and the audience first. Consequently, I have played jobs when I was running a temperature over 100; I have played jobs when I was tired, both mentally and physically; I have played jobs where I drove over 100 miles and played for free. I have played outdoors in the rain, and in snow, and I have played indoors where there was not heat and the temperature was so low you could see your breath. After one of my best big band performances several years ago, I drove myself to the hospital, where I was diagnosed with pneumonia. So I would say that I did not put myself first; I made a sacrifice for the music.
MY third marriage ended because I felt so guilty taking time from us to play, that my wife said to me, "I can't let you do this to yourself any more. I am leaving you, so that you can play music without feeling guilty." I was so depressed, I nearly committed suicide, and had figured out how to do it, but couldn't get a substitute to play a job I had scheduled (and for which people had paid money for tickets), and couldn't figure out how to be sure someone would find my dog before she suffered. So, instead of hanging myself in the basement, I put on my tux, and went and played the job. Fortunately, during that performance, I had a request from someone to play in a pit orchestra for a show the following week. One job led to another, and now, seven years later, I am probably as happy, overall, as I have ever been in my life.
There is still one individual whom I love more than any others, but I know that I cannot commit to a person; I am already committed to music. There are others for whom I feel deeply - is that love? I think it is.
Topic what are you drinking?
28 Dec 2014 17:56
The last of a bottle of Sophia Blanc de Blancs 2012 , by Francis Coppola Winery, which I opened yesterday. (Yes, I have one of those spring-loaded capper thingys, that keeps the bubbly from going flat.)
Topic Couple of semi-random thoughts
14 Nov 2014 10:19
I know this sounds counter-intuitive, but I believe we would not have made the Vietnam mistake again, had there still been a draft. There was such public outrage over that effed-up war, that Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria and all that crap would be completely off the table. We all know the only reasons for our military involvement in the Middle East are economic - mostly driven by the large oil companies, with a great deal of help from such as Raytheon, Boeing, Halliburton, and a gazillion other companies dependent on war as their main source of profits.
Topic Couple of semi-random thoughts
13 Nov 2014 19:05
I wrote this down a few months ago - Lord knows what I was up to, but these things sorta just popped into my head. I was cleaning out some "dead" files in my 'puter today, and came across them. They seem like the kind of things we often discuss here on Lush, so I'm tossing them out for everyone to leap on. (or not, maybe they aren't interesting at all - only to ME) LOL
For as long as I can remember I have wished that I had a vagina and a clitoris, and breasts. But I like having a cock, too. I like being male. I know that seems strange, but I think it is probably really fairly common, and is the basis for all futa stories, whether written by women or by men; by heterosexuals, homosexuals (that word seems so one-sided. Can one say femosexuals?) well - gays, transsexuals, or bisexuals of any sort.
If I were Magical King of the World, everyone would spend two years as the mature opposite of their birth sex, before they could be truly considered to be adults. After the two years were up, they'd be allowed to choose which sex they'd like to be. If they desired, they could also choose to be both. People would also be able to decide if and when they wanted to get pregnant. That way, anyone who wanted to, could have the experience of pregnancy and childbirth, and anyone who didn't want to would not have to.
During that two year period, they would also be working in the service of their country. They need not be members of the military; all countries have far more civilian jobs than military. But I think it is important for everyone to give something back to his or her country. Also, during that period, they would not have the right to vote, or to participate in the selection of who runs their government. I believe voting is both a right and a privilege; one that must be earned. I also believe people should work under their existing regime before they should have the right to change it.
Topic The Gun Control Debate Thread.
30 Oct 2014 15:11
It isn't just our gun laws that are insane. Our entire foreign and domestic policies are insane. We are the most dangerous entity on the face of the earth. Attila The Hun, Genghis Kahn, Queen Isabella (think Spanish Inquisition), the Borgias, la Cosa Nostra and possibly even Josef Stalin have nothing on us for violence, killing, torture, and general worldwide mayhem; nor do they for the egregious act8ions taken against our own populace.
Topic Erotica Readership Survey (please take!)
11 Aug 2014 22:11
Just took the survey. Was stumped at the favorite author question though, because I seem to be fickle. I suppose it all depends on what I am in the mood to read at any given time.
Topic Tact & Diplomacy
23 May 2014 17:51
A young Army officer was severely wounded by a blast from a grenade. The the only visible, permanent injury was that both of his ears were amputated, although his hearing was unaffected. Since this didn't affect his ability to function, he remained in the Army.
Many years later he eventually rose to the rank of Major General. He was, however, very sensitive about his appearance. One day he was interviewing three servicemen who were candidates for his headquarters staff.
The first was a Captain, a tactical helicopter pilot, and it was a great interview. At the end of the interview the General asked him, 'Do you notice anything different about me?'
The young officer answered, 'Why, yes, Sir, I couldn't help but notice that you have no ears.'
The general was displeased with his lack of tact and dismissed him.
The second interview was with a Navy Lieutenant, and he was even better. The General then asked him the same question,
'Do you notice anything different about me?' He replied sheepishly,
'Well, sir, you have no ears.' The General dismissed him also.
The third interview was with an old Sergeant Major, an Infantryman and staff-trained NCO.
He was smart, articulate, fit, looked sharp, and seemed to know more than the two officers combined.
The General liked this guy, and went ahead with the same question, 'Do you notice anything different about me?' To his surprise the Sergeant Major said; 'Yes, sir, you're wearing contact lenses.'
The General was very impressed and thought, 'What an incredibly observant NCO.' He asked, 'Sergeant Major, how did you guess I wear contacts?'
'Well, sir,' the soldier replied, 'it's pretty difficult to wear glasses with no fucking ears.'
Topic Would you or Could you be offended by anything sexual, that your partner asked you to do?
08 May 2014 23:16
Offended? Never. But as some have said, I would probably be a little afraid of letting someone too far into my fantasy world, or of admitting some (what I consider to be ) kinky fantasies. I guess what it comes down to is how willing are you t let yourself be vulnerable? BY the time anyone becomes a sexual partner, we know each other well enough, and are comfortable enough together that I like to think I wouldn't feel as if I needed to keep any secrets. So my vulnerability wouldn't scare me so much as the possibility that I am stranger, odder, wilder, kinkier (select whatever word you like) than she, and it would put her off, or worse, ruin the relationship..
Topic Remembering where you were on 9-11-01.
04 May 2014 21:23
I recall thinking when the buildings collapsed that there was something very strange going on.
I am a licensed professional civil engineer. At the time I was working for a structural engineering firm, and even though my expertise is hydraulics and hydrology, I picked up enough structural knowledge along the way to know that (a) aircraft fuel does not burn hot enough to melt steel (high octane aviation fuel has a very low flash point); and, (b) those buildings should not have collapsed from being hit that high above the base.
My first assumption was that the contractor had somehow gotten away with putting far less steel into the buildings than was supposed to have been there, and my second thought was that those buildings were taken down by explosive charges placed at or very near their base.
Topic Editing Caution
17 Apr 2014 20:11
you, my love, have a free pass, anytime you wish :)
You're just saying that, 'cause she has a vagina.
stumps off , grumbling... goddamn sexist bitches.... just 'cause a guy's got a dick.....well, fuck them....mumble mumble... and no fucking thanks or story awards either.. fuck it... I'm gonna go out in the garden and eat worms......
Topic Editing Caution
17 Apr 2014 19:34
Liz said this, in her post on April 17: "It may seem like a throwaway, thoughtless statement, but you imply favouritism and therefore unfairness. That has never been the case."
I am walking proof of that. I have never received either a Recommended Read or an Editor's Pick award, yet I have been a story verifier for a little over a year now. My writing is not good enough that it should be awarded as outstanding, and I know that. I would be embarrassed to accept an award that implied I was in a class with Jaymal, or Frank_Lee, or LauraLee_sugah, or any of a number of other clearly excellent writers on this site.
I was invited to become a moderator; I did not ask for the position. I accepted because it was an honor, and because I felt I had something in the way of technical ability to offer writers, and because I have a deep respect for the rules on this site. I don't want accolades, or honors, or even special mention when I edit a piece for an aspiring author; it is reward enough to see authors improve because of suggestions I have made to them over the course of reviewing their work. I have had a few thank you notes, and I always try to share them with the other mods; they make our job a little easier, and our day a little brighter.
I DO get a little miffed though, when I feel I or any of my fellow moderators are unduly castigated or vilified. And I get more than a little miffed, when, even after the accusation has been politely denied, the accuser continues to make it, and refuses to apologize.
Topic Never tolerate the intolerant
11 Apr 2014 20:14
It was either Voltaire or Evelyn Beatrice Hall. Can't trust wikipedia 100% on something like this.
Still a very appropriate quote.
I didn't check Wiki - I was quoting from my somewhat untrustworthy memory. On further reflection, I think it may have been either stated or repeated by Benjamin Franklin or Samuel Adams.
Topic Never tolerate the intolerant
10 Apr 2014 20:27
I believe it wasVoltaire who said (I'm paraphrasing) I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
I agree with him. Because of that I may appear to tolerate intolerance. So be it. I have to look in the mirror each morning to shave. I prefer to look at someone whom I like.
Topic Why is the universe so big?
01 Apr 2014 09:13
Not sure if this is what DLizze is referring to, but the obvious reason why the universe is so big is of course that we're so incredibly small.
Actually, I was making a humorous reference to Doug Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide trilogy.
Topic Why is the universe so big?
30 Mar 2014 21:30
I think this is the wrong place to be asking why the universe is so big. If you want the real answer (and NOT just a simplistic 42), you need to go ask the mice.
Topic Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States.
30 Mar 2014 20:54
It isn't odd at all. To quote (I forget who - probably Shakespeare - certainly, Mr. Natural - thank you, Robert Crum), " 'Twas ever thus."
I strongly believe Zinn's assessment of why things happened as they did is correct. Throughout human existence, strength has been the deciding factor in what occurs. Strength at least since the reign of Ethelred, has lain with the moneyed. Probably it can be traced back to the origins of money, or whatever passed for it in pre-historic times. That is, of course, not true in all societies, but it certainly applies to all of American history since the Europeans invaded this land.
The New Republic review did not reference the quote fully. (i.e.) chapter, page, etc. I took their word for it that they had correctly reproduced his statement. In general, New Republic is what I would consider "Liberal" in their bias; so I suspect they did not intend to vilify his work, but merely were pointing out what they considered to be scholarly errors.
You are certainly correct about eye-witness accounts; there are plenty of people wrongly incarcerated because of faulty witnesses. People tend to see what they expect to.
Your assessment of Lee and Grant is also correct. They were products of their education (West Point) and neither one believed in attempting new or unused methods. They also both believed, though they said otherwise, that common troops were expendable. In consideration of the carnage of that conflict, some weight must be lent to advances in weaponry as well, though. The Civil War was the first major conflict fought with rifled shoulder arms with an accurate range of about 200 yards. Entrenched troops, faced with a charging line, could aim at and hit individuals. That was not the case with the smoothbore weapons that were standard issue prior to 1835.
I am not discounting his work, though; I am bemoaning that because of those trivial errors, it doesn't force the powers that be to accept it. Mr. Zinn seemed to discount that he was "fighting an uphill battle" in trying to have his views on history and society widely disseminated.
Topic would you let a woman pay for just your company?
30 Mar 2014 19:33
I suppose I might, though I'm sure I'd feel odd, accepting money just for spending time with someone. I think I'd be picky though: I don't care what she looks like, or even if she has all her teeth, but she'd have to be reasonably intelligent.
Topic Favorite Line You've written
30 Mar 2014 09:56
From a piece of flash fiction, Shut Out published on the blue site:
“I love you, you know. But I’m in love with her.”
Topic Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States.
29 Mar 2014 21:10
Here are several examples of what I mean when I say his scholarship is shoddy:
I am , as I said, about halfway through. However, I am in the middle of reading about the Civil War, and just today read that Gatling guns were used in the Civil War. That is not so. Gatling presented his weapon after obtaining a patent for it) in 1862 to General Butler, who was in charge of procurement, but Butler said it was too complicated, and too expensive. He could buy three parrot rifles (field pieces, firing six-pound ammunition) for the cost of one Gatling gun.
Eventually, Richard Gatling convinced the Army t allow him to demonstrate them in battle. Two were brought out and demonstrated at the Battle of Petersburg, but were retired after emptying their hoppers of ammunition (each hopper held 500 rounds of ammunition, and was capable of firing up to 200 rounds per minute). The is no record of whether the fire had any effect on the Confederate troops. Richard Gatling also convinced the Navy to mount some six or eight (accounts vary) on gunboats. There is no record so far as I know of the gunboat-mounted weapons ever being used, except in demonstrations of range firing.
To make the blanket statement that Gatling guns were used in the Civil War is a bit of a sweeping generalization, an misleads the reader into think that was the first war I which rapid-firing weapons were used. (Actually, rapid-firing weapons were used as early as the Seven Years' War, between France and England. Gatling's patent was for the hopper and gravity feed mechanism which allowed for rapid reloading.)
A review in the New Republic says that Zinn states that Nixon and Agnew were pardoned; that is not true: Agnew pled nolo contendere , a plea which was accepted by the courts. Because of the plea, he was removed from office; Nixon was pardoned by Ford. Admittedly, this could be considered a "fine point" but I think it is something that substantially weakens the work.
His description of Shay's rebellion has too many people killed at the Springfield armory. Several years ago, I donated John Hale's Daybook from his general store in Longmeadow, Mass. to the Long Meadow Historical Society (I had inherited it) The Town of Longmeadow is located across the Connecticut River from Springfield. As I remember it, John Hale's entry reads, "Commenced the sivil war this day. Ab't seventy of Shay's men gathered at the armory, intending to arm themselves and their friends. They were met by the militia and fired upon. Seven men were wounded, three of them mortally." Here., agaion, it appears Mr. Zinn has failed to consult primary sources, prior to making his statements.
His descriptions of the factory strike in Lowell is, as I recall, correct, as are many others of his descriptions of uprisings that were put down by the powers that be. My concern ios not that he is telling history from the viewpoint of the "commoner", but that some "facts" are not strictly correct. Because of that, he allows the entire work to be called into question.
I spent the first several years of undergraduate work as a serious student of history, particularly American history. I was fortunate enough to have had professors (surprisingly, at the Community College level) who taught about the on-going class struggles. One course I took was ,"US History, Treaty of Paris to Attack on Fort Sumter". The professor, Ward Eisenhauer, told us that we would have to select and area of research for a term paper. I mentioned to him that I had in my posession, all 52 issues of the Springfield Republican for the year 1835, and was interested in some sort of topic that would allow me to read them. He suggested I attempt to put together two timelines for the year: one based on actions of elected officials, and the monied class; and, one based on reports of what was going on with the lower classes. (This was in 1969, so you can imagine what an eye-opener that was for me as a regular demonstrator against the Vietnam War, Nixon and his policies; and as a recently discharged veteran.)
Topic Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States.
29 Mar 2014 09:05
When I heard in the news that several elected officials were attempting to have Howard Zinn's book, A People's History of the United States banned from the classroom, I decided I should read it, to see what all the hoopla was about.
Now, halfway through it, I have mixed feelings. I can see why mainstream scholars might not like it. It violates the first rule of scholarly writing, in that Mr. Zinn admits his prejudices at the outset, rather than hiding them behind a veil of supposed unbiased research. That aside though, (in fact I felt tat was a refreshing change) I generally find the work to be unscholarly, and somewhat haphazardly pieced together. There is no clear way a student can place the actions described in the book in the context of a timeline of the world. Consequently, unless one brings a solid background of historical timeline of events to a reading, it will appear to be a hodgepodge of happenings, jumping as it does from the seventeenth century to the twentieth and back again.
I doubt that is why the powers that be are trying to have it banned, though. Rather I suspect they find the continual descriptions of class struggle between "haves" and "have-nots" a bit too subversive. My feeling is that it should be retained as supplemental reading, but should not supplant mainstream texts.
Has anyone else read this work?
Do you care to offer an opinion?
Topic Have you followed the story of Belle Knox?
29 Mar 2014 08:49
While I applaud her willingness to follow this path in her attempt to empower and legitimize women, and porn stars in particular, I suspect she has dug herself into a very deep hole. One cannot individually and openly flaunt society's rules, and not expect to be quashed. Her notoriety however, may prove to be a means of getting her message out, and could conceivably lead to public speaking engagements. Should that happen, her future is dependent on her ability to articulate her position.
Topic Duty and Desire
29 Mar 2014 08:41
Just got finished skyping with a friend in Serbia. He's far more pessimistic that I was. He sees wwIII as almost inevitable. If not now, after the Russians take the next country or the country after that.
Is this off-topic, or have I misunderstood something?
Topic Duty and Desire
14 Mar 2014 20:38
Duty is external; desire is duty turned inwards. Greed is misdirected desire.
I have a duty to society to be a good person; but I also desire that, because it makes me feel good inside. I want a jillion bucks; but that's just greed.
"Oh, Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz?" Janis Joplin
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.