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Re: “Vintage Vinyl

Speaking of nostalgia and all things vinyl, what ever happened to Oracle's "All In Your head?"
I can't seem to find a copy.

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Posted by socrates2 on 10/26/2017 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Danehy

Mr. CW13,
Please, sir. A statistic as a _talking point_ remains meaningless to the rest of us unless documented. Could you please cite a reliable source for such a generalized assertion?
You assert, "In 8 years under Obummer ( 32 Quarters ) The economy never grew more that 1.5 %. Under Trump it's already grown 3.0 %."
Assuming the word "economy" applies to every man, woman and child in the good, old US of A, one can presume that every working person's salary and benefits have increased 3% vis a vis Obama's 1.5%.
If so, cite a source.
Assuming that your statistic applies to the homeless population, does that mean the number of homeless has decreased 3% vs 1.5% during Obama's tenure?
Assuming it applies to the unemployed, does your statistic mean that 3% more people have found a living wage job vs 1.5% during Obama's term, that manufacturing has returned to American shores?
Assuming that it applies to college students, does your statistic mean that 3% no longer have to apply for student loans to attend college, vs 1.5% less during the Obama years?
Assuming that it applies to elementary school children, does that mean that 3% less have dropped out of the poverty level, no longer need school breakfasts and lunches to get through the academic rigors of the school day vs. 1.5% during the Obama years?
Does your statistic mean that the sales of stocks have increased 3% vs 1.5% that may or may not have occurred during the Obama years?
I could go on and on asking these questions about the _economy_ and its _real_ impact on the man on the street, in terms we could measure. In terms of quantity and quality...of life.
Facts are one thing, propaganda another...
Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 10/26/2017 at 10:43 AM

Re: “White Doesn't Make Right

jhuppent, I can understand your point, but surely you would agree that it would tend to depend upon the _context_ (and isn't this always the case?) in which these _revisionist_ studies take place.
I admit, that if taught with an equally puerile, of not angry, _revanchist_ perspective, we're back to square one and set the stage for social divisiveness of the kind we've witnessed recently from Yugoslavia to Iraq to Syria--futile brother vs brother, Hatfield vs McCoy ancestral feuds that achieve nothing but resentment, bitterness and, heaven forbid, bloodshed.
No, I merely meant teach History in a forthright manner in order to avoid Santayana's injunction; in order to learn history's bitter, hard-earned lessons. We cannot and must not repeat our forefathers' costly, inhumane mistakes.
We must away from teaching _American Mythology 101_ in our schools and smugly label such teaching "history." That's what I resent. And that's what I believe the promoters of balance and perspective desire. If not, like you, I join in condemning _any_ resentful, vindictive motives! Such motives are unworthy of any of us who truly believe in unchaining ourselves and our posterity from the dungeons of ignorance and hate.
Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 09/23/2017 at 11:18 AM

Re: “White Doesn't Make Right


Wrote: "refuse _their_ turn their country"

Meant to write: "refuse _to_ turn their country."


Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 09/21/2017 at 9:04 AM

Re: “White Doesn't Make Right

jhuppent, it's quite telling when an individual selectively posts one or two isolated facts about any individual or culture, and these facts specifically get culled for their tendency to demonize an entire culture. Sad. What a crude, if not puerile, attempt at propaganda...
Can you imagine if one were to characterize North American civilization as one that in the name of the ideology "Manifest Destiny" savagely attacked, massacred, and quarantined natives in "reservations" and other cultural groups in the hundreds of thousands? A culture that in the sacrosanct name of "Property" shipped tens of thousands of Africans in chains to this continent, enslaved millions of them and forced them to work under hellish working conditions in cotton and tobacco plantations?
Sent hundreds of thousands of its own young men to jungles in Southeast Asia to kill the natives who refused to bow down to their ideology? That continues to send thousands of its citizens to bomb and kill civilians in countries whose leaders refuse their turn their country into a "client state?"
Please, indulging in ad hominems got old by the second week in "Speech 101..."
Let us rather celebrate the diversity that is mankind, the human race. A bright future lies ahead if we but take the time to remove "the beam from our eye."
Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 09/21/2017 at 8:55 AM

Re: “A Certifiable Strategy

Just another example of _austerity_ coming in through the back door.
It is obvious that "our betters" want less taxes allocated to the public education system. What could possibly be more convenient than laying the groundwork for a de-professionalized calling? By instituting these "low-standards-to-enter-a-profession" policy the stage is set for paying future entrants peanuts. Voila! A massive savings to taxpayers, and yet another excuse to lower corporate taxes that favor you-know-who to the detriment of future generations.
As the wealthy can afford to send their kids to Groton, Phillips, Exeter, etc., what do they care about the once proud Public Education system that for generations has turned out authentic critical thinkers and not entitled silver-spooners such as the current occupant of the White House? A revolting and shameful proposal.
Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 08/16/2017 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Danehy


Have to admit: this presidential race serves up two of the main parties' worst electoral choices this side of a high school student body election. It's Green for me this time around. 'Nuff said.

Good piece for us nostalgia buffs who seriously believe in the Roddenberry space utopia to come.
That said, thanks for validating my contempt for Deep Space Nine, a wretchedly boring (if not reworking) of that wretchedly boring western TV series, "Gunsmoke."
"Enterprise" and its less than idealistic and shoot from the hip, Captain Archer, turned out to be a surprisingly intelligent series (and yes, Blalock is a doll!). That said, the poorly designed final episode soured it for me. Wish I had never seen it!
Why no mention of "Voyager?" Its "marooned-in-a-distant-quadrant/lost-in-space" trope set it up for some amazing adventures and a planet after planet contact with the most hostile and/or obnoxious species humanity will ever encounter in outer space! Hairy situations all.


Five captains, but it took a Janeway to finally end the scourge of the Borg, unless of course the Borg queen's retrospective, time-line paradox dying "prediction" is correct--which meant only in a _parallel_ universe were the Borg destroyed and not in "our" _actual_ Star Trek universe...
Loved this series' ending!

Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 09/15/2016 at 12:26 PM

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