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by Aresen
25 Apr 2020, 13:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Not-So- and All-Too-Real World of North Korea
Replies: 444
Views: 52791

Re: The Not-So- and All-Too-Real World of North Korea

We can reliably state that rumors of Kim the Uncola's illness are fake news. The head of the Korean Friendship Association, a group that says it receives official information from North Korea, called news reports that Kim Jong Un is gravely ill untrue. Alejandro Cao de ­Benos said “information abou...
by Aresen
24 Apr 2020, 14:42
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When journalism goes bad
Replies: 4408
Views: 217783

Re: When journalism goes bad

Face it. We were all hoping his followers would inject themselves with bleach.

En masse.
by Aresen
24 Apr 2020, 14:39
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: America is a failed state
Replies: 68
Views: 3389

Re: America is a failed state

He was elected. He's what people wanted. That's the system we have. Dumb people get elected. He was elected because that was the system we have. (& there’s little use whining about that) But he was not ‘what the people wanted’. More people wanted Hillary Clinton. I would put it that fewer people di...
by Aresen
23 Apr 2020, 11:20
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: America is a failed state
Replies: 68
Views: 3389

Re: America is a failed state

And just for reference:
Matthew 24-7 wrote:For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.
by Aresen
23 Apr 2020, 11:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: America is a failed state
Replies: 68
Views: 3389

Re: America is a failed state

This just seems like a combination of solipsism ("if it didn't happen to ME it didn't happen at all") and recency bias. I'm sure if you took some contemporary of any period in US History, they could cherry pick terrible things from their last 20 years , especially in the middle of some dire event, ...
by Aresen
22 Apr 2020, 20:45
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inappropriate Stimulation
Replies: 33
Views: 2119

Re: Inappropriate Stimulation

As I have said before, I have always used cash - withdrawing a certain amount every week - as a way to control my spending. With the stores now all asking for credit or debit cards so their staff don't have to touch cash, I have been using plastic for several weeks. I haven't been spending more simp...
by Aresen
22 Apr 2020, 16:26
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 7634
Views: 386290

Re: Orange is the new President

I really wasn't think of the guns or nukes. He is the Chief Executive of the United States Government. As such, he has the capacity to issue orders to bureaucrats who can make life miserable for an awful lot of people. ("You don't want to do as I say? I'll just call the director of OSHA and see how ...
by Aresen
22 Apr 2020, 14:42
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 7634
Views: 386290

Re: Orange is the new President

Warren wrote:
22 Apr 2020, 14:39
I remain baffled why anybody is still paying attention to what the president says at all.
When you are locked in a room with a powerful madman, it is wise to pay attention to his ravings.
by Aresen
22 Apr 2020, 13:23
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the GOP? (post-Trump edition)
Replies: 273
Views: 24263

Re: Whither the GOP? (post-Trump edition)

For Republicans like her, the 2020 Democrats ranged from uninspiring (Biden) to terrifying (Sanders). "Well I would vote for a Democrat, if only they'd run a Republican for the office." I don't know. I think 2008 Obama (before people figured out what a baloney sandwich he is) could beat either 2016...
by Aresen
22 Apr 2020, 11:01
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 553
Views: 17546

Re: Random covid-19 observations

It is Earth Day today and Mother Earth is once again trying to kill us.
by Aresen
21 Apr 2020, 21:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1112
Views: 35153

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

Would it be churlish of me to hope that those who volunteered for the study were Trump supporters?
by Aresen
20 Apr 2020, 15:25
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 364
Views: 17492

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

I keep telling myself that Trump is going to be the reason that the Blues turn out in record numbers on November 3rd. Maybe it is wishful thinking, but I think Biden will take the WH and the Blues will take the senate based on turnout this year.
by Aresen
20 Apr 2020, 00:12
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 7634
Views: 386290

Re: Orange is the new President

One thing that genuinely does mystify me, with no snark: Trump is one of the least masculine, least adult people in public life. Needy, whiny, defensive, pleading, scared of women, terrified of more powerful men. I am at a loss about why his base sees him as manly or strong. https://twitter.com/Rad...
by Aresen
18 Apr 2020, 16:33
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1112
Views: 35153

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

Who said anything about chess or dimensions? I think he's an incoherent mishmash of jerking knees against outsiders. Sometimes it plays out as something clearly racist, sometimes clearly nationalist, sometimes a mix of the two. But his knee will jerk against anyone who is an outsider that he wants ...
by Aresen
17 Apr 2020, 23:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1112
Views: 35153

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

Who said anything about chess or dimensions? I think he's an incoherent mishmash of jerking knees against outsiders. Sometimes it plays out as something clearly racist, sometimes clearly nationalist, sometimes a mix of the two. But his knee will jerk against anyone who is an outsider that he wants ...
by Aresen
17 Apr 2020, 19:16
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1112
Views: 35153

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

I really don't think Trump means "Chinese Virus" in a racist context. He would have admitted it by now. I think he just doesn't want any blame and he's throwing it out for that reason. Don't get me wrong. He's clearly a racist piece of shit. Just not on this. I really do believe he's just trying to...
by Aresen
17 Apr 2020, 18:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1112
Views: 35153

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

Objectively, there's no reason to call it Trump's virus. Objectively, there's no reason to call it Xi's virus. But with or without malice, Trump encouraging his trumpenproetariat to call it the Chinese Virus had the predictable effect of encouraging racist behavior toward innocent Asian Americans. ...
by Aresen
16 Apr 2020, 12:33
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 1112
Views: 35153

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

I want a "No-Covid-19" news channel, where I can read about regular stuff like wars, murders and disasters.
by Aresen
16 Apr 2020, 10:55
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What's New at the Bijou?
Replies: 1178
Views: 96606

Re: What's New at the Bijou?

I enjoyed the Foundation series - the initial 3 books - mainly because I was a hard science geek. At the time, I thought the concept of a 'science' of history was fascinating. Little did I realize at the time that the story was basically the fall of the Byzantine Empire set in space. Asimov's charac...
by Aresen
15 Apr 2020, 10:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9960
Views: 516565

Re: Petty annoyances

Jasper wrote:
15 Apr 2020, 08:25
Same for "impacted".

Everything impacts people nowadays rather then just affecting them.
Agree. 'Impact' as a verb should be reserved for high velocity projectiles.

(Didn't that come up in "Words I happen to dislike?")
by Aresen
14 Apr 2020, 12:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 553
Views: 17546

Re: Random covid-19 observations

With the ban on reusable bags at the grocery store and the return of free plastic bags, I am replenishing my supply of bags for my waste baskets. :)
by Aresen
12 Apr 2020, 19:36
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 3466
Views: 229333

Re: Twitter!

D.A. Ridgely wrote:
12 Apr 2020, 18:12
♫ Let's do the Time Warp again! ♫

So, America is going to have a choice between TWO candidates with Alzheimer's?
by Aresen
11 Apr 2020, 11:25
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 553
Views: 17546

Re: Random covid-19 observations

C19 has changed one behavior for me: I am now buying groceries with plastic because most stores/cashiers REALLY don't want cash (can't say I blame them).

Not sure if this will be a permanent behavioural change on my part or not. I always paid cash to force a budget on myself.