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Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Corey's Fairy Tales

When DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz and Hillary conspired to funnel all DNC moneys into Hillary's campaign and to starve Bernie's campaign, they set up a Trump victory. When Hillary assisted Trump's campaign when she and her staff perceived Trump to be the easiest Republican to beat, she practically got Trump elected.
You see, when democracy fails the People and favors the wealthy, unhappy folks tend to turn toward a populist who claims to speak for them and to restore their power, their status, and self-esteem. Hitler succeeded in Germany when folks saw themselves betrayed by their elites. Only Bernie and Trump campaigned on populist rhetoric. Hillary, a DNC "democrat" (republican "light") never stood much of a chance against ANY well-funded populist. Since Hillary and Deb Wasserman made sure Bernie's funds "dried up," the remaining well-funded contenders were Hillary and Donald.
A people hungry for an "outsider" populist, any populist, turned out for Donald in droves. Disgusted minorities and others who had propelled Obama (who shares the blame for betraying other outsiders and idealist coalitions who voted democrat) into the White House, stayed home.
True, Trump lost the popular election and a seriously dysfunction Electoral College, unaware of its true mission, voted him in. The fact remains. He's the President and Bernie and Hillary are not...
At this stage of American history where economic elites pretty much elect our Congress (and the marginalized People know it), only another populist can beat Trump. Warren had better borrow some of Bernie's juice with angry voters if she expects to win. Or else prepare for Herr Donald and his greedy minions to plunder and finish off our republic.
Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 09/19/2019 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Danehy

Don't know about you but the original Atkins (zero carb) diet worked for me! I lost so much weight colleagues did not recognize me...
It's a _dangerous_ diet, so follow Atkins' instructions. Stop drinking coffee (you'll be so energized you won't need it). Coffee raises your insulin levels (hence, the "sweeties," dehydrates you, and the acidity gives you "false hunger"--a triple whammy!)
That said, prepare to drink incredible amounts of water or LOSE YOUR KIDNEYS! Prepare to see your body temperature rise as your pancreas and insulin go into high gear re-transforming your fat deposits into sugars that fuel your muscles. Drink water.
Prepare to lose a lot of sleep due to frequent urination at night and the need to drink more water. But eat all the meat (burger patties, rib eye, bacon, lamb/pork chops, etc.), eggs, and veggies (no potatoes, though--avoid all starches) your stomach can hold, including chicharrones! (Fried pork rinds). Drink Water.
Stay away from all fruits, and anything with sugar in it (yes, avoid ALL processed food). Be prepared to be constantly hungry so keep a quart of water and chicharrones/cukes/tomatoes/zucchini within arms reach. Drink water.
Don't exceed ten days on this regime, taper off, add one daily fruit serving to your diet. And _never_ go back to sugar, the addictive white that leads to diabetes and serious cholesterol. Before long your Charles Atlas-like figure will greet you in the mirror...
Atkins _must_ become a way of life or be prepared to find you've gained all those lost dozens of pounds in a matter of weeks! Minimize starches and sugars...forever. Drink water.
If and when you forget to _drink water_ during this diet, your kidneys will remind you, painfully so.
Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 09/19/2019 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Danehy

If it's a behavior (cluster?) with the potential for a serious dopamine release, you're looking at an at-risk behavior. (At risk of what? Deeper alienation, shyness, aversion to in-depth conversations, etc.? Are consumers aware of THE "risk?")
The issue remains, why did this individual find (stumble into?) this particular dopamine-release where other competing activities could not?
Can we place THE "blame" on clever product-providers, who surely profit from the hours folks spend electronically "connected?"
I am not a shrink, nor an astute marketing student of the "Mad Men" variety, so I can offer few solutions, but I fault may not be in the phones but in ourselves (apologies to Hamlet's author).
Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 08/29/2019 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: China Called

Boy, some folks still fall for the hate-and-fear inducing label-mongering of the McCarthy era and completely fail to put things in perspective. For one, China ceased to be "communist" when it ceased nationalizing the means of production from everybody and stopped distributing wealth and GDP more or less equitably. Ergo, China is just another political dictatorship of the plutocratic variety.
Costco's and Walmart's merchandise has not been nationalized. In fact, their profits remain very much "privatized." So much for "communist China."
That said, when Congress approved international trade treaties (i.e. NAFTA, et al) it gave a mass incentive for most American manufacturing and factories to shut down here and open factories abroad. Thus, Congress destroyed America's living-wage earning class, the backbone of the American economy. Read your history books, folks. Individuals from Ralph Nader to Ross (*the giant sucking sound you will hear is American jobs going overseas*...A PARAPHRASE) Perot warned us of these coming economically depressed days. No one gave a hoot but the demonstrators in Seattle who got nothing but pain for their troubles.
Blame your DEMOCRATICALLY elected officials for China's bounty today, not that silly, boogeyman label, "communism," yet another interpellation-inducing, rhetorical weapon of mass distraction... We done it to ourselves, folks. And why would China "take us on?" They're our favorite bankers; we're their favorite debtors. Why blow away the guy who owes you hundreds of billions, if not trillions?
The 16th Amendment which our legislators enacted (to pay for WW1--and all future wars-- and guarantee loans to Congress; yes, it transformed every working man, woman, and child in the land into Congress's indentured servants) guarantees China will get paid... Wake up and smell the IOU's.
Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 08/29/2019 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Adventures in the Screen Trade

Damn, Q.T., stop!
This is your masterpiece (your Mona Lisa, your Starry night, your Nighthawks, your Singing in the Rain, your Maltese Falcon, your Casablanca, your Beethoven's Ninth, your...) and a farewell, slice-of-life valentine to _working_ Hollywood and all that the dream factory has always meant. In a word, I saw "Once upon a time..." as a happy stoner's, fairy tale take to counter Nathaniel West's dark and grim _The Day of the Locust_.
What a finish. Man, you had me (and the entire audience) laughing in that Roadrunner-like "shoot-out" in Act 3 and your history-bending, Hollywood-ending left me in tears. Yes, some of us were in our late teens (in L.A.) during that "era" and recall many of those events quite vividly, contradicting those who lived the 60's and can't recall sh*t!
God bless you. Way to make a baby boomer cry! Tarantino's essentially plotless film conveys the self-referential lesson from "Sullivan's Travels" and the reason why a lot of us go to the movies.
Get ready for a handful of well-deserved Oscars...
Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 08/01/2019 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Danehy

Mr. Danehy, ignore the nay-sayers.
Some folks arrive satire-challenged. A particular one in their midst even conned the Electoral College --which should be on the look-out for these types or so Federalist 68 urges--to place him in the White House!
Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 04/25/2019 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Danehy: Tom takes on the anti-vax community

Mr. Danehy, thanks! Wish I'd written it, a great piece that says what NEEDS to be said. Love your expression, "Just enough education to be ignorant." God knows we run into those types. I've even met a few with law and medical (gasp!) degrees... Ignorance respects no profession, nor does dogmatism and narrow-mindedness. They live amongst us, like those folks who sprouted from pods in "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." Heaven help the rest of us.
Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 03/14/2019 at 7:32 PM

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