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20161022 14:18 badanov Some Saturday morning Switchfoot:

20161022 11:04 swksvolFF Tried to do a Books thread - things happened.

OS, the problem there is decadence. Cultures have overcome, and succumbed, to decadence.

They want their 15 minutes.

Watch the weather (underground) channel to see the sensationalizing of normal events.

Two books. The first, the one I had hoped to promote, Mohammed and Charlemagne - Pirenne - is an anthropological read. The other is probably closer to topic - Blood and Thunder - Sides - has to do with sensationalizing even extraordinary people.

The first nexus is the narcissism today, the selfie generation, who are so craven for attention they share their Cobb Salad with eternity (internet cloud). That mentality has been around since before Egypt, except now ordinary Joe can minecraft their own pyramid.

(more, but kids)
20161022 01:30 newc I guess it may be best to point out to people who rely on the media than none of it is turning a profit. Ergo, it is used as a Agiprop chamber.
The one network that is making profit is fox news, yet it has it's own slant. The Trump super-pac if it were. So, read sites like Rantburg and watch College Sports instead!
20161022 01:13 newc "But the bigger issue going forward is the one I have been harping on for years here: How do we punish the press and dismantle the big media for obvious dereliction of duty?"

20161021 22:21 OldSpook Pretty much the problem with Trump is he is very undisciplined and a narcissist who cannot resist keeping himself in the headlines for better or worse. He's a terrible candidate, running an incompetent stumbling campaign. Yet he still has an outside chance simply because of how malevolent and evil Hillary is. By Zeuss, if we only had a competent conservative running instead of this would-be populist.

But the bigger issue going forward is the one I have been harping on for years here: How do we punish the press and dismantle the big media for obvious dereliction of duty?

Its not that Trump has failed in this, so much as the media is doing its best to bury, ignore or discredit the WikiLeaks info, the pay for play scandals, OKeefe's incredibly damning videos about gooning up GOP rallies and planning to systematically commit large scale voter fraud. And that's all in addition to Comey coming up dirty as hell covering for repeated criminal activity by Clinton, and likely Obama as well.

Were this to be a Bush administration and Karl Rove caught doing all this, alarm bells would be ringing far and wide. Yet there is a conspiracy of silence in the media.

How do we punish the media - and do so in a way that destroys the terrible institutions that promote and extend bias and mal-informing the people, but in a manner that doesn't take lives or destroy our freedom of the press?

I fear that some of Trumps more extreme followers may finally do the math and start killing editors and publishers; which would bring about swift retaliation from a Clinton administration - aimed at conservatives.

Short of revolution, what can we do? Or is that what we prepare for?

20161021 21:52 Visitor ***SPAM?*** sorry that's me, Jan
20161021 21:51 Visitor ***SPAM?*** so tired of all the media being in lock step against Trump, no one has an individual thought. H/T Rush Limbaugh. I wish someone would interview Rush.
20161021 08:27 Pappy Morning.


One the most frequently cited reasons for electing Hillary is that only she can fix Obama's failures. She has the requisite familiarity with Gordian knot to untie it, because she helped entangle it. As for Donald "The Outsider" Trump, everyone in the policy elite seems to have concluded that it's beyond him to return things to normal because he doesn't know what they looked like from the inside, like Hillary did. Therefore he can't fix U.S.-Russia ties or begin to comprehend the Byzantine condition of Syria, let alone Turkey, Iran, Yemen, the Sudan, Philippines, etc., because he has no memory of the Time Before the Fall. Hillary, whatever her practical defects was part of Eden, never mind as The Snake.

The 2016 election is peculiar as a psychological re-run of the 2008 primary between Barack Obama and Hillary. Then the Democratic party made the wrong choice; now is the final chance to get things back on track, to turn back the clock to before Obama went off the rails that magic moment when America bestrode the world before Syria or Libya or Yemen or Afghanistan or Ukraine to when Russia was still a friend, Wikileaks and Snowden had happened yet and Obamacare was still a promise that hadn't been broken. They want to rerun the last 8 years. To the objection that "you can't repeat the past" comes the resounding resolve that "course you can! We're going to fix everything just the way it was before". Like most forms of conjury it requires suggestion, such as Bill in the form of Hillary, a reminder of the good old days when everything was right.

In her now famous 'deplorables' remarks Hillary accused her opponent's supporters as "people who are drawn because they think somehow he's going to restore an America that no longer exists." Yet ironically Hillary herself comes from the same place just a smaller part of it. She's part of the Blue Model part that is also gone forever.
20161020 21:05 badanov Pro tip while watching college football this weekend:

If Alabama starts running between the tackles, it means the game is over.
20161020 16:17 swksvolFF SteveS, glad I wasn't eating anything when I read that; that's about right.
20161020 14:44 SteveS Tried to watch the debate, but couldn't. Every time I turned it on, Hillary was talking. And every time she opened her mouth, all I could hear was my nagging, bitchy ex-wife. Thing is, I don't even *have* an ex-wife.
20161020 01:09 trailing wife The Wikipedia article on the thing is here. It's Art Deco, built at the start of the Great Depression, one of the bigger city halls in the country, and on the national historic register. It even has a clever system of natural air conditioning for the rare truly hot summer days.
20161020 00:51 trailing wife Thanks for the link, Shipman. It's very good to see that Buffalo is enticing in some high tech manufacturing jobs. That building is indeed real -- city hall, built back when the city was prosperous and had money to burn on a building that now, no doubt, sits mostly empty but has to be heated anyway. See the rest of the masonry pile here.

Snowy Thing, Buffalo has some architecturally interesting buildings and neighbourhoods, but much of it is worker housing of various eras.

Zenobia F, I have no complaints about the product of your brain. Definitely adding that the, though.
20161019 19:10 ZF Add "the" to taste.

Your modernist bureau is brutal:
A fortress where hyphens canoodle
And press their behinds
To the glass. No one minds
Cuz we all know resistance is futile.

Mhhh. Brain still on vacation.
20161019 19:04 ZF Is federal deco uplifting?
Down corridors, paperwork drifting:
Grey schools teaching patience
To too-human agents
Who ponder mugshots they're sifting.
20161019 17:04 Thing From Snowy Mountain Oops... Forget it. Damn auto cucumber.
20161019 17:03 Thing From Snowy Mountain Forget to, Ship, it's Idaho. They got bad architectural taste.
20161019 14:56 3dc badanov.
No. My dad was a decorated combat vet when young. When our ship stopped at Aden in 1965 as the English were being run out by mobs with knives and torches it took me a 9 year old kid to point out to him. "Dad I don't think mobs will stop and ask to see your passport." We turned right around then and went back to the boat.
20161019 10:37 Shipman Yeah it was me, sorry. :(

How embarassin
20161019 10:36 Shipman Sorry DB, I've never ovrcme sight-reading.

TW look at this,


Is that building real? We all have hometown bias, but damn now that's some serious ugly.

Moscow State Main looking better..

I'll bet fire drills are fun in both locales.
20161019 00:26 trailing wife That makes sense, badanov -- breaking the action down to key steps, and only putting it together once the steps are mastered. That's how I used to teach kids basic gymnastics tricks.
20161018 17:32 badanov An unusual lesson for firing a firearm:

20161018 12:37 Grunter Our Bessie was a Kelpie/Border Collie cross, from a breeder of working sheep dogs, and she was an outstanding dog. Selected by my wife, who really knows dogs, after a lot of research.
20161018 12:14 Deacon Blues Shipman, not my Father, my farrier.
20161018 11:20 swksvolFF Best family/work combo I've ever known was a Blue Heeler/Kelpie mix.

Loved to lick hands until she got her morning and evening belly scratch. Something off, she was right there until called off.
20161018 10:33 Shipman DB I've never known you to exaggerate, I suspect your dad was a talented dawg handler.
20161018 08:34 Deacon Blues My farrier just lost his Blue Heeler. 16 years old. Rowdy was a sociable dog.
20161017 22:07 Shipman Blue Heelers are like a cross between a Rat-terrier and an Aligator. I have a long time friend with one, when it's around I watch him and he watches me, for family protection awesome, for sociability, not so much.
20161017 18:22 swksvolFF So I guess I can't even watch jeopardy without the turtlehead of '16 politics peeking in. Running out of channels to pay for.

We are having that discussion here - kids want a puppy, I'd go for a working dog but do not think I have the time or environment to fully unlock one. They want some animated bowling trophy. I'm glad I inserted the Unanimous Board Decision clause into the initial agreement.

Best dang dawg story: buddy was over one morning, we were getting things square for the day, time to walk the kid to school. Got halfway down the block and came across an alley cat who was not scared, actually flipped us off and made celtic warrior faces at us. I took the in-between and yelled hey at the ball of fury.

What seemed like only 2 seconds later, buddy's dog had closed the distance and steamrolled a very surprised cat and rode its tail off to the alley. Blue Heeler.
20161017 16:03 Shipman About 20 years ago I dropped by one of the local mini-mart (party-stores, what's with that'?) and parked by a truck with with the finest dawg I have ever seen, or hope to see.

It was an uncastrated bloodhound, lounging on the bed of the truck, we took to each other. I offered my truck (paid for) and $98.00. No taken, still no give no take. A fine Bloodhound is the king of dawg's. The owner/friend knew his dawg's.
20161017 00:48 badanov What gets me about some leftist writers on Facebook, when they talk about white males getting their comeuppance in the wake of a Hillary election is that most of them themselves are white. Do they really think that that idea won't redound to them when the time comes?

And then there's this:

"Someday a real rain will come and wipe this scum off the streets." They don't get to bully, intimidate, and threaten just because they are aggrieved. If it literally takes a civil war, then so be it. Yes, there are reasons for disaffection and fear, an existential panic among White Christian Nationalists, that their day is over. Too bad. They had a pretty good run, but we have a rule of law, Constitution, and a military which, hopefully, still belongs to the people of the United States.

The dude is white. Doe he really think he will avoid any "social justice" when the time comes? Does he really think a mob angered by the rhetoric of the left will stop coming for them, and say among themselves, "Let's leave him alone. He's a good guy."?

Does he understand, as in truly understand, that a civil war will take place when things are completely out of control, in which good and bad people will be harmed and the system they rely on is no more?