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    Get on the boat! Health care with no deductibles, co-pays, etc. To any union members who think their negotiated health plan is better, if your employer doesn't have to pay for your health care, THEY CAN PAY YOU MORE!

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    > The cost of the war to America was roughly one trillion dollars. Where this gets really interesting is that the US borrowed that trillion dollars from the People's Republic of China. Add to this the fact that most of the oil coming out of Iraq these days is headed, not for the US, but to Asia, and you've got yourself a real head-scratcher of a conclusion: the US borrowed a trillion dollars from the Chinese to secure their supply of oil?
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    There are few people out there who believe this wasn't a war of personal animosity between Dubya and Hussein. All the evidence was forged or made up as far as weapons of mass destruction are concerned. In a place where there was no AQ one came to be established in the chaos of war. The US was ill-prepared, thinking it would be a shorter term conflict and not committing enough resources to it. Not only that, the generals didn't conceive of the IEDs that would be used to blow up convoys. Thus, American soldiers didn't have the body armor they needed or the armored vehicles they needed. Soldiers didn't have the psychological preparation needed to fight an enemy without uniforms, melting into an innocent population, thus causing unbelievable psychological damage to the troops - suicides and PTSD were rampant in the front line troops. Some of them come home to become ticking time-bombs. The whole argument of "So what if there weren't weapons of mass destruction there, Hussein was a bad man who needed to be removed." doesn't hold water. There are a lot of bad dictators out there whom we don't regard as bad enough to go to war over. This war is the result of the neo-cons who were thoroughly disgraced -- people like Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld & Bush. These former leaders of the US don't even dare to travel to Britain as they may be arrested, to this day, as war criminals. Due to this war being the first one where contractors took a large percentage of low-level jobs there were relatively few casualties among US soldiers, about 4000. This should be compared to the most precise count of Iraqis killed, based partly on Wikki Leaks information, that shows that roughly 120,000 Iraqis were killed from all sources of violence, not just American or American hired, during the years of war 2003-2011. The cost of the war to America was roughly one trillion dollars. It was this indiscriminate killing by Americans and their civilian contractors that turned the Iraqi population against the US as the war progressed. The neo-cons are now widely regarded as short-sighted fools and part of an administration that allowed carnage and widespread economic suffering around the world to this day because of lax oversight of investment banks.
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    The recent spate of gun violence in upstate NY, about 200 miles to the West of me, is quite frightening. The Governor of that State passed the most strict gun controls in the nation and it seems to be of no avail. And that is because the genie is out of the bottle with no way to put the genie back. 250,000,000 guns on our streets will never be turned in again to any significant degree. This latest episode had an otherwise normal 64 year-old man shoot 4 people in a barbershop in Herkimer and then head across the river and shoot two more at a quick lube in Mohawk before returning to Herkimer and barricading himself in an abandoned building in the middle of downtown. He was fatally shot when he killed a police dog that was sent in by SWAT teams after a 24 hour stand-off. These things happening in small towns are very frightening to those of us who live in semi-rural America. I attribute a lot of these shootings not to people who are mentally unbalanced but to otherwise middle-class people who are slipping into poverty and feel that their lives are embarrassing and useless, on top of which they are continuously bombarded by news stories about Congress about to pull the social safety net out from under them. No subsidized housing, no food stamps, no medical care, no medicine, no social security check. This angst is felt by Millennial also who generally feel cheated that the good things 80% of the population experienced during their lives will not be there for them in a brave new world filled with crushing debt, global warming and helplessness in old age. On TV this morning I saw a commercial for Sig-Sauer Academy. It was cutting- edge gun-nut stuff. It showed people responding to being touched on the arm by quickly whipping out a pistol and emptying a clip into them. Being touched on the arm does not constitute a mortal threat and in more than 75% of the states in this country the person who kills such a person with a legally concealed handgun will go to jail for involuntary manslaughter at the very least.
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    The Catholic Church's apology last year was for it's role during WWII, not for Cardinal Bergolio's conduct in Argentina. The Catholic church maintains still to this day that it's responsibility was to save Catholics during this time period. Upon reflection, Bergolio has been very outspoken about the responsibility of the rich to the poor. Indeed this is the central to the problems experienced during the time of the disappeared in South America. Bergolio had to know what was going on but he couldn't call a spade a spade or he could have ended up like the Archbishop of El Salvador: Assassinated. It was pointed out yesterday on MSNBC that this retirement of a pope and the election of the first pope outside of Europe in a strongly Catholic emerging continent is not an accident. The bottom line is more envelopes in the collection plate while a European oversees the "colored" pope so he doesn't run amok. At least the last pope gave up the trappings of power such as his red Prada shoes. Jon Stewart pointed out that he could always use those shoes to click his heels three times together and incant: "There is no place like Rome There is no place like Rome"
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    I guess the Pranksters pulled a fast one on the Smithsonian or maybe a replica was part of the deal, but they drove a bus across the country to be placed in the Smithsonian in or around 1997. I welcome this project by the Kesey family to restore the original bus and certainly hope funds can be raised. Please keep us informed as I will certainly make a small donation to this part of history that could be preserved to at least 2065, the one hundred year anniversary of the Grateful Dead. It could be an attraction at a major festival of jam bands still belting it out and commemorating the scene and one of America's favorite bands. The venue should be UC Santa Cruz, where the archives are enshrined.
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    At least one member of the Republican Party seems to have suffered a moment of clarity recently. Speaking at CPAC, Newt Gingrich observed that the Republican establishment is "mired in stupidity."
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    ...here's something else to flag down to this summer (well, this summer for the twinkies, next summer for the bus) the furthur bus!
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    The Republicans have their guns squarely set on entitlement programs and they are going to get their way. The Koch brothers have set the agenda with their billions and the media has served up this steaming pile of offal like lap dogs. The social contract is about to be broken and for the baby boomers it looks as if those 55 older will be able to keep their Medicare and SS benefits while those under that age will have their benefits cut and delivered two years later. This is not ridiculous, it is a crime. Something needs to be pointed out here before this happens. The stinking mess created by lax regulation of investment banks by a Republican president resulted in massive bailouts that boosted the Federal deficit 1.45 trillion dollars in 2009. As of 2012, the Obama Administration has reduced that debt to 845 billion. The sky is not about to fall. We don't need to declare war on the poor by slashing entitlements and stabbing the middle class baby boomers in the back. This whole dance by Obama seems very well orchestrated. First the big deal of increasing taxes on the rich and then the Republicans refusing to budge an inch on the tax code, closing massive loopholes for special interests you could sail a ship through. Then Obama goes on a "charm offensive" which is nothing but a euphemism for caving on entitlements. Centrist Democrats suck. This rant is far from over. To be continued.
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Nuclear power! Carcinogenic cell phones! The Stanley Cup! and the usual parade of kids dancing and shaking their bones, politicians throwing stones, etc. Discuss.

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Probably closest to Augusta Civic Center, as regards Dead-played venues. Also the location of my first Dead show, by the way (9/2/79)...
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is floating away in floodwaters, and the news just barely mentioned it yesterday. Wonder why that is?
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Yikes TL. I am going to Vietnam on Monday. Hope the Red River will not be flooding too.
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Nobody cares about the Thai people. Climate dislocation is not going to be an orderly thing. The richest countries will take care of themselves the best and the poorer ones will be left to take care of themselves. If ever there was a morality play about greed, this is it. Rich countries won't reel in CO@ emissions and poorer countries are left to fend for themselves and either move or become extinct. What does becoming wealthy mean in this context? It must be like people going around a boat they are on pitying the masses left to swim.
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ha ha! yeah i know all about Ginger Baker; that's a fantastic record by the way. great footage on youtube too.don't see it working out all that terribly badly though! a little smoking action misinterpreted by the usual police and moral silliness. Ginger Baker not the "cleanliness" of individuals!! i'm suggesting a different route!! huge thanks gratefaldean for the info! nice to see a little cosmic synchronicity in the question. first show, eh? good year too. i will imbibe that show as soon as. of course, my post should've included many other countries with individual musical richness, not just Africa; China, India, Romania, Thailand.... i guess no one's interested in Thailand, TL, because there's nothing there we can exploit, at least financially. so who cares? god forbid we learn from their culture, customs and history; support bacteria! it's the only culture some people will ever have.
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I think we had better google a bit about that, and I will be wishing you a safe and dry voyage!
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about Thailand. The very idea of watching life be submerged in water is horrifying!
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oh absolutely!!look at Khöömi; the birthplace of throat (overtone) singing, Mongolia is astonishing. don't forget your water-wings, badger. i've always pictured you in your cozzy; mmmmmmm.......speeedoooooossssss. was being ironic about not caring.
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a badger in a speedo, paddling the river in Thailand would be a sight to behold-for SURE!
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On Monday, will be driving right past the old Augusta Civic Center. And within a mile or so of the Cumberland County Civic Center. Old stomping grounds, it's been a while...and if we could have held the trip off a couple of more weeks I could have picked up a Furthur show at said CCCC and brought back some very fine memories, but nooooo! It was very strange seeing a link to the Bangor Daily News in these parts, especially from YOUR locale, Mr Pancake (wait a minute, have you morphed back into jonapi? Now I'm very confused). I felt one of those little timequakes rumbling under my seat...or maybe that was something else. Good weekend, all!
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In Rome, Auckland, Tokyo and Zurich the "Wall Street Protests" have gone viral and the potential for a strong movement of people is evident. With all the "class war" talk being thrown around by Republican candidates for President it is not surprising that this movement got off the ground in one hell of a hurry. This movement is citing the widening gap between th rich and the poor and the lack of mobility between the classes, as well as corporate greed personified in corporations that buy and sell on Wall Street. Like a wave that went out to sea, the vacuum on the left has sewn the potential for a big wave to come surging. Or not. These things can fizzle out,
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Frankfurt had a few thousand protesters today, in front of the Euro Bank, and tomorrow a larger demonstration is scheduled in Berlin!
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The movement that originally started the "Occupy Wall Street" looks to be in it for the long haul and the momentum built up in scarcely a month belies a very large grass roots movement. The angst of this movement shall not the nuclear sword of Damocles but the Inconvenient Truth of climate change. Everybody tends to get their 15 minutes of fame in America and then the energy to continue is there or it is not.
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this movement doesn't seem to be fearful to me.
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i morph in many ways gratefaldean.a Panquake rumble in the nether regions is just a welcome in the fault line. tectonic or ginandtonic is all the same to me. personally the bowels vibrate to the dark matter leaks of dirk dresselhaus and ilpo väisänen. now there's a paradigm shift....
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TigerLilly, what if 12,500 of them in node-like vessel, sterile colonies in natural cavities, operated as a unified entity; drones and queens in mass support modifying habits, tapping resources and defending themselves, developing mimetic, commensal, parasitic and mutualistic relationships. WOULD YOU BE FEARFUL THEN? oh, wait.......that's "Ants". sorry.
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Not sure, Jonapi. Have my difficulties to think like an ant.
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think yourself lucky! i have difficulties to think such as an anatomically modern species! mental faculties and components a mystery. sapient nomenclature in disarray. i'll stick to the sonic crumbling. that and potato chilie green garlic rösti and roast tomato reduction. it all makes sense to me, so don't worry.....
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I'm not sure what good it will do for the 99%ers to continue occupying Wall St. and other important landmark financial institutions. What is excellent is what is finally coming to the fore, the understanding that the rich and greedy will never give it up, even if they have to completely foul our own nest. The problem, not unlike Anna Huzzare's in India, is how does one face down a social ill that has stood the mark of time. That rich peoples, countries will not share with poor peoples, countries is a sure indication that we have some basic lessons to relearn. I'm not optimistic.
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U.S. coming to the rescue again. one hundred "special operations troops". those pesky terrorists in Uganda causing trouble and someone's got to sort it all out. apparently it's a "humanitarian mission in the interest of America's national security." going to South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo too. so. nothing to do with oil and resources then.
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in South Sudan also-on a "peace keeping" mission. Wanted to post that yesterday and ask what people think about that.
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"peace mission" read "going to war".a response to the recent kidnappings. will just make Kenyans a target for al Shabab. "Our territorial integrity is threatened with serious security threats of terrorism. We cannot allow this to happen at all," Kenya's Internal Security Minister George Saitoti told the media. "It means we are now going to pursue the enemy, who are the al-Shabab, to wherever they will be, even in their country." some believe that it is not about rescuing hostages but securing the border. inexperienced military versus Islamic delusion. either way, it's going to be bloody.
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Is Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner with them? What is so annoying about a story like that is not knowing what the hell the truth is... Are they helping people, hurting? How, why?
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indeed.more hurt than help. conflict old as dirt. vessels like chopped meat. butcher flesh. cheap. passed down to younger generation when the old die. your mantle in our name. rivers of red in the sand. salt on the tongue. Serbia Kosovo Israel Palestine Islam Christian Tribe Tribe Tribe. proceed in leather fashioned. blinkered racehorse. levitate a choice of the few. uneducated? maybe. intelligent? maybe so. brittle construct. cracked pepper bones. snapped sticks and bloodied ground. veins emptied. more plentiful than water. then America enters with it's own agenda. millions for the military. repossession for the citizens. bitter, disillusioned, disenfranchised. marginalised by the marginal. passed down to the younger generation when the old die. levitate a choice of the few. but they ARE growing. i've seen them.

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Right now the political spectrum is quite polarized with many people who are activist not understanding how much they have in common. Obama has talked and talked till he is blue in the face about how we have to get the people making over 250k to pay up so we can afford the lifestyle this country has come to know. Now we have Tea Party monsters financed by the right propagating the interests of people who are more rich than they and playing them like fools. On the other hand we have the Occupy Wall Street folks who are hot on the trail of income inequality. This age-old conundrum is unlikely to be resolved. I don't see compromise or a happy ending here. All that can happen is what history has shown us when the pie is shrinking. The rich people hire the poor people who are out of work and put guns in their hands to protect themselves, their family and their private property. Don't forget, under out system of government, property is more important than people. Many of our generation have no idea of the Great Depression with vigilante gun-men keeping the homeless out of their town. Depending on how far these movements advance, conflict may become inevitable. More people are for peace and stability than they are for change. Which is the shame of it, really. If people could fix this crooked, corrupt, rigged, fixed system that the rich use to rule us, America could once again rise in the world's eyes as an advancer of equality. This is an important movement the proportion of which people do not understand. We need to stand together with our brothers and sisters and take down the crooked politicians, generational rich and reactionary numb-nuts who are traitors to their own class. We are entering a new phase of post-peak capitalist countries with older economies that can no longer give everybody everything and the jungle stands ready for the next emerging countries to claw their way to the top of the hill. Sometimes I wonder if our wonderful country will be so pissed at these events that they will take our vastly superior.military strength and blow up the hill. if we can't have it all, then nobody can. ~ The time has come to weigh these things ~
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refuse to be sucked down into class petty class petty petty.i reach for the red cities at night. internal expulsion sun bleached eradication of familiar tropes. Musick to play in the Dark. always eat your broccoli.
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I am a queen of the circulating libraryI have declared an amnesty All books may be returned without a penalty Return the books to me Return the books Don't burn the books You cut down trees to make paper disease It's in the trees: it's coming Return the book of knowledge Return the marble index File under "Paradox" The forest is a college, each tree a university I am a queen of the circulating library I'm here to answer your enquiry All knowledge resides within me Your membership has expired You are way past expiry dates Words, words, words, words! You may as well listen to the birds
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lest we forget what human beings can do to each other.please nurture your fellow brother and sisters
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Folks in Tripoli are happy with the news Moammar Gadhafi is dead. Good luck to the liberated Libyans. One less military mission for the US to support.
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One less military mission that the US can make money from whilst flaunting their commitment to showing absolutely no regard for human life whatsoever.Cue despicable suits smugly marching into another country to rape their resources. Gaddafi was not a nice man. Yes, that's right G-A-D-D-A-F-I; judging by your spelling and spectacular insensitivity and ignorance to world affairs, i'm guessing you're American. When will the rest of the intelligent world remove the hateful dictators in the U.S.? Here's to endless news waffle of intolerable yank military officials smirking over the corpse of another "victory"; their delivery lurking halfway between John Wayne and an animatronic theme-park dummy employed to entertain queuefuls of impatient visitors by wailing outside the ghost train; he shouts, overemphasises every other word, and punctuates his speech with so many ridiculous hand gestures, he'll have his own eye out if he's not careful. He also has a plastic head, hair like a futuristic combat helmet and was probably spawned in a microwaveable petri dish. Whoever brought him up deserves to be sealed inside a packing crate full of jackals and razor wire and rolled down a hill. Just another chest-beating, histrionic areshole. No doubt shot in close-up with soullessly slick camerawork, with wailing rock guitar and numerable close-ups of them sweatily rolling their eyes around in the manner of a schizophrenic mime artist glaring at a boxful of snakes. All about as easy on the eye as a handful of shattered monkey-nut husks unexpectedly flung in your face by a passing drunk. IGNORE THE NEWS NETWORKS, FOLKS.
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Easy on Ted, Jonapi. He is pretty much a populist and is happy when the good guys win. He has no mind-bending analysis (I know about). Gadaffi, the spelling of whose name in the media changed over the years, retired to his birth place and died there. He probably would have taken exile, if anybody would have accepted him (ie, if he had enough money). Unfortunately the Libyans became pawns in a Nato afterthought. Could NATO really support a rag-tag army to victory? As long as Uncle Sam was in the bushes with laser pointers guiding smart bombs and drone strikes. Otherwise the NATO countries couldn't do close-in air support to save their lives. As long as the US in a pinch for coin right now, let's start charging our allies for our role as policemen of the world. The Kuwaitis and Saudis were willing to pay for Kuwait, what'll Europe pay for protection? NPR's latest: Gadaffi emerged from a bunker in Sirt saying "Don't shoot!" and was shot anyway. Amazing how much animosity can develop in 40 years as a dictator. To think, he had his own tent in Jersey when visiting the UN.
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There's no universally accepted authority for transliterating Arabic names. The good news is the bozo is dead and gone. As President Obama stated today..." a dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted." Perhaps jonapi can take his mindless drivel and take up space on some other forum, as I for 1 am tired of his irrelevant posts. Monkey boy??!! Hardly a respectful term for the POTUS. Listen to Uncle John's Band a few times and go see a football game in London this weekend. Real American football: Chicago vs Tampa.
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Despicable footage of Ghadaffys death splashed across networks everywhere. Hateful scenes which the stupid leaders of the West reveled in, including our own dear Prime Ministerial gimp David Camera on. All of whom deserve to be locked in a cupboard with a genetically engineered mantis that'll shift and itch and scratch its spiny little legs against their weeping faces, for a period of no less than sixteen thousand years.The show of disgust from their insincere faces would have been massively improved by the insertion of a protracted final sequence in which each leader is glued to a deckchair and kicked down a stairwell. Nice wholesome rubberneckers' television, appealing to the sort of closet ghouls who, on spotting the remains of a car smash, gently slow down the Chevrolet for a good slow-motion porno-peer at the limp arm dangling over the side of a stretcher. Then crack open a Budweiser. Footage of that Hilary Clinton drone watching the footage on her phone; absolutely priceless. A walking vacuum with the face of a Little Chef gammon steak, she couldn't be more dislikeable if she strode around in Nazi regalia firing nailguns at ponies. Gadhuffy was a deeply unpleasant man. Nato managed to convince the rebels not to kill him but take him alive. Apparently. Yet they killed him anyway. You bet your sweet buns they did! What, Gaddhiffi in The Hague spilling out all his secrets of the West's dodgy deals with Libya throughout the years? Not on your nelly, missus. Only thing more despicable was those political buffoons rushing to the camera to shout what a blue sky apple pie sunny day it is for "Democracy" with a capital "D". A line up of the most crashingly tedious shop-window dummies on earth. Gidhalfy was not a menace to the West. Still, what's done is done. We can all now concentrate on those special advisors in Uganda as they start the long drawn out task of carving up the African continent and pillaging all those economic goodies. These are dark days, folks. Dark days. Now wash your hands. And that monkey boy title was not aimed at the good ol' Prezzie Wezzie.
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lamagonzo, America is not the policemen of the world. They are the bullies.Too much time spent glued to the games console and television set has created a docile mindless population which will swallow quicker than a hungry hooker at feeding time. Since real life can't compare to fantasy life, you wind up feeling inadequate and miserable - and the more inadequate and miserable you feel, the more television you watch, and the more boring your life becomes. Plus, you're inert, so you start to get fat. Before you know it, your fingers are too chubby to successfully stab the 'off' button on the remote control, and you're doomed to spend the rest of your days in front of the box like a semi-deflated hot-air balloon, occasionally breaking into a sweat as you struggle to open the day's thirtieth packet of potato chips. TV and especially the American News has the same properties as Valium. And if you watch the News, you could become convinced it also exhibits characteristics of heroin, nicotine, cocaine, alcohol and crack, blended together to form the single most addictive, destructive drug the Western world has ever seen, one that's painlessly administered through the eyeball, leaves no visible scars and is killing society dead. Some people will believe anything.
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...and when I use the words "the world's policeman" I am being very sarcastic. But does that mean all of the NY Times is bullocks? Or just a third of it? (And none to do with the Palestinians). The thing I try to point out with these references (mostly lost) is that America produces more weapons than the rest of the world and has armed forces that know how to use them and they keep getting better every year. Not only that but we have war colleges and computer gaming that allow us to use our weaponry to the best tactical advantage. The rest of the world has pretty much given up on trying to match us, though we kind of believe NATO and other allies can sally fourth into the fray with us when the bugle sounds. In reality, in Afghanistan where more than 50 country's armies are assembled they overwhelmingly do the administrative and supportive work just above the hired help. The news does tend to paint an illusion of "us" against "them". All I'm saying is the US is the U.S. and everybody is trailing in our wake. But what happens when we can't afford the latest and the greatest because of budget shortfalls? When our militray empire contracts and we can't bully our way to achieving our "national interests"? Through the natural order of things somebody else will take over. It's a brave, new world. Almost. Give it 30 years/.
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Well, i know where you're coming from, lamagonzo. I believe we're on the same page when it comes to world affairs and moral outlook.People on this forum should not equate criticism of the U.S. government with all of it's citizens. Whenever someone speaks up theres the usual knee-jerk reaction of "now hang on buddy...". It's ingrained naivety that is exceptionally dangerous and damaging to the rest of the world. It is not a case of the good guys versus the bad guys. It is bad guys versus bad guys. The footage being broadcast of Gaddafi's capture and death is horrific. I'm well aware of what he did to other people but it is not up to another human being to take a life and degrade it like that. A homegrown policy of gun ownership seems to continually teach certain people that this is perfectly acceptable. (While clucking on about their God at the same time; God Bless America. Insha'Allah. No difference). It's pathetic. And all this is going to happen all over again in Africa. I am sick of all this bullshit and sick of all these bullies. I'm sick of life being treated as a joke and sick of murder, cruelty, torture and manipulation. And i'm especially sick of this retarded attitude that comes with the death of another accompanied by an extra crisp ironing of the Stars & Stripes, which is then hoisted high outside a stupid person's front porch. I want Western dictators removed permanently. Low intelligence coupled with Religion is ruining our planet. As a human being on this earth, i object.

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Jonapi: Chill out, dude. Take your meds. You talk about chubby fingers on the keyboard, but are you projecting? Your self-loathing is toxic--get it outta here. Here are a few carcinogenic, soul-killing shows that you should begin watching. This is like American herbal medicine: STORAGE WARS (The Wow factor, baby! What will Barry Weiss find next?!?! A cast of oddballs bid on storage lockers in hopes of finding hidden treasures. A Picasso? Or just an old Penthouse? Tune in!) AMERICAN PICKERS (Two guys--Mike and Frank--modern-day Laurel and Hardy/Mutt and Jeff characters--ride around the U.S. looking for lost "mantiques" and folk art treasures--you'll love it--Danielle is a cutey, too) WIPEOUT (Totally mindless--just what you need--better than a mantra--contestants wend their way through a gauntlet of stupidity, often falling into the drink--laughs for all--my son likes it--you have kids?--I get the sense that ain't ever happening) OK--gotta run--picking my older brother up at O'Hare. He is just getting back from Afghanistan. Says he has a duffel-bag filled with fingers and weird trinkets. We're gonna buy a 30-pack of beer, get rowdy, and then hit some strip clubs. WAHOO!!!! Bring on the ladies!!! Tomorrow we are knocking on doors for the Tea Party and drumming up support for increased hydraulic fracturing. Something has to power my TV!!
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Right with ya Los Lonely Boy! You missed out the mutha of all shows though: "Making The Band"; a reality show about a decade ago chronicling the genesis of a manufactured American boy band. They were called O-Town i think - the 'O' apparently standing for Orlando although it may well represent the ice-cold hollow zero lodged in the heart of this absolute shit. They should of course, have used one of the following names instead: a) Puppet Squad, b) Edifice, c) Apocalypse Yo!, d) Attack of the Omen Five, e) Grinning Despair, f) Your Dreams Lie Crushed Beneath Us, g) The Petri-dish Kids. "I Dare You" another classic. Some daredevil jerk-off attempting a bungee jump towards the swirling blades of a helicopter hovering beneath him. To impress his Vietnam-vet father if i recall. Disappointingly, come the jump itself, he didn't lose so much as a fingertip. Still, watching him dangle above the churning rotor prompts an intriguing question; if the stunt went wrong, what kind of exotic, disjointed thoughts would have pulsed through Super Joe's fevered consciousness at the precise moment the top of his head was lopped off and his brain got sliced into a tumbling flock of slippery grey mind-steaks? I have no idea. And yeah, i definitely project; all over the screen when patriots get all hot under the collar.
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Watching a boy from behind a hedge with a pair of binoculars clamped to your face my little apple plucker, one-handed, naturally, does not make him your son. Just as the plastic offspring, brought to life by a foot pump, is a only a naughty toy for use behind pulled curtains.And to think i answered your online adoption ad in all good faith...

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we had a couple of notable earthquakes here in Oakland the other day, not so much because they were huge (they were about 4) but because they were on the Hayward fault rather than the San Andreas, and hence almost literally in the back yard, like a couple miles from my house, the Henry J, etc. To give you an idea, the Greek would be sort of the apex of a triangle between the two of them. From the standpoint of the Hayward letting off steam without doing any damage, this is great. From the standpoint of drama, it was considerable. None of this gentle swaying, just BOOM! Something between an elevator drop and a truck hitting the building. If we'd been at the Greek it would have been quite exciting...
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And good luck with that! I don't talk eartquake to people who live in the prone areas (considering we just had an East Coast quake, what is prone?). It's just one more thing for the actuaries to figure in to insurance policies. Except for those brief few moments of pure adrenaline that hopefully never turn into anything more. It strikes me now that there must be some AWEsome haiku in an earthquake!
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yikes, even those small quakes are scary.Of all the possible hazards in my travels it is quakes that worry me most. I am glad to hear that no harm was done. Also amused to find that you navigate by concert venues :-)
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so navigating by concert venues is not that unreasonable... Normally we're fairly blase about these things, but normally we get the gentle rolling kind. These were a bit more percussive. Also in, as I say, the back yard.
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If you felt a ultrasonic BOOM at the Greek, Mary, it would be no fault line but Phil's bass! caressing our innards in a way only he knew how. Well, that and Mickey's napalm beam!You guys certainly luckier than those people in Turkey. I saw on the news this morning, they have found a young boy still alive. I've experienced many a small earthquake in Japan and it's still one of the eeriest sensations; no warning, no certainty that it's just a passing ripple. just uncertainty until the minutes pass. all the while checking the news to see if it was the same for everyone and not a just milder pulse from part of a mutha destroying somewhere farther away. Even more unnerving since March.
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Tony Blair. Sycophant. Liar. War Criminal. Mass Murderer. Godfather to Rupert Murdoch's daughter. Now employed by Kazakhstan to improve their standing in the West where he stands make around £12 million. If anyone in the Dead organisation is contacted by Blair, tell him NO. Make like the invisible man is at the door and tell him you can't see him. Interestingly, Murdoch's daughter was baptised in the River Jordan. The ceremony was also attended by vacuous idiots Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackoff and some Trump creature and charmingly covered by Hello magazine. Apparently, they had to clear the area of landmines. No wonder Jesus walked on water. "Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative." - Oscar Wilde.