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Posts by DiogenesLamp

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  • Loyola recruits white students to become 'anti-racist allies'

    09/21/2017 8:45:14 AM PDT · 5 of 29
    DiogenesLamp to C19fan
    Our version of political officers from the Soviet Union.

    Zampolit or Kapo?

  • Will Attacks on Monuments Include Grant, Sherman, and Sheridan?

    09/21/2017 6:40:52 AM PDT · 240 of 240
    DiogenesLamp to jmacusa
    Hey smart guy, by his own admission Diogenes says he has Aspergers Syndrome.

    I didn't exactly say that, but I still get a kick out of it every time you bring it up. It's like you think it's a "thing" or something. Look up the term "weaponized autism." :)

    Look it up and what it is. I'm beginning to think you suffer from it too.

    Calling your opponents crazy or mentally defective is just another ad hominem. I personally don't really care about what people call me. To paraphrase Will Rogers, "It's not what they call you, it's what you answer to."

  • Will Attacks on Monuments Include Grant, Sherman, and Sheridan?

    09/21/2017 6:25:31 AM PDT · 239 of 240
    DiogenesLamp to BroJoeK
    I noticed last time when jeffersondem got his panties all twisted over alleged "virtue signaling", which I never heard of until recently, still don't know what it is, or why supposedly a bad thing.

    You are out of touch. "Virtue Signaling" has been a term that has been employed for at least the last eight years. It means someone who is making public pronouncements to make their peers aware of how "virtuous" they are. It is not unlike the Pharisees prayer.

    "9And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted."

    George Clooney has done all sorts of "Virtue Signaling" about refugees, but he has abandoned his mansion in Italy when it became surrounded by refugees, and now he has made a statement about moving back to LA from London because he now considers the city too dangerous. Of course he hasn't taken in any refugees himself, he just gets on various television shows and demands that governments take them in. He is showing how "virtuous" he is by "caring" about the refugees, so long as it doesn't put him out very much.

    It also applies to people who want to argue the civil war was "just", because "slavery was bad." They can show how "virtuous" they are by condemning slavery, based on the lie that "slavery" was the reason the North invaded the South.

    Bottom line: I still don't know what "troll" means and so far "virtue signaling" seems to mean, despite jeffersondem's fancy definition, basically little more than IFF.

    You disagree?

    "Virtue Signaling" goes beyond IFF. Yes, it does that too, but it also spreads propaganda. It reinforces the meme that there are a lot of people who believe this way, and therefore other people should also believe this way because there are so many people who do.

    What are known as "logical fallacies" such as "Argumentum ad populum" (I am correct because so many people agree with me) , may be inherently flawed from a reasoning point of view, but they resonate with humans who rely mosly on emotion to decide how they feel about something.

    The argument that a lot of people agree with me is a very powerful argument from the perspective of persuading people, even though it is a nonsense argument from the perspective of rational people.

    "Virtue Signaling" performs that function as well as helping like minded people identify each other.

  • Will Attacks on Monuments Include Grant, Sherman, and Sheridan?

    09/21/2017 6:06:18 AM PDT · 238 of 240
    DiogenesLamp to piasa
    Probably because they were going about it in an unlawful, unconstitional way.

    And what did the constitution say about it when the US broke from the United Kingdom back in 1776?

  • Will Attacks on Monuments Include Grant, Sherman, and Sheridan?

    09/21/2017 6:04:59 AM PDT · 237 of 240
    DiogenesLamp to x
    Yes, they came up with cockamamie theories and repeated them over and over again until they had people believing them.

    I'm surprised to see you admit it, but yes, that is exactly what happened. They now have the public believing that States didn't have a right to independence, and that they sent invading armies into these states to abolish slavery.

    Total nonsense, yet it has been made pervasive by constant repetition from the authorities and their allies.

  • Why Americans can blame pirates for not using the metric system

    09/21/2017 6:02:26 AM PDT · 153 of 154
    DiogenesLamp to daniel1212
    In-deed. And if only had a pick up you could move them also! I was never a pro mechanic and the most extensive work I did was replacing head gaskets back in the 70's, yet I have some interesting stores to tell, by God's grace (like resuscitating my dad's work car which I completely sunk in a golf course lagoon), but I am sure you must have some also.

    I just did a blown head gasket a couple of months ago, and now my son's friends car has been presented to me with the same problem. I told them that they can do the work, and i'll just show them what to do. Fixing a blown head gasket is a pain in the @$$, because it usually warps the head, and so you have to get the head reworked.

    Fortunately for them, I happen to have an old junk car that I was going to haul off for scrap anyways, and it happens to use the same engine as my son's friends car. It has a bad rod bearing/worn crankshaft problem, and i'm not going to fix it, so there is a spare known good head they can use.

    Nowadays I do fix (usually) bikes for free in this densely packed city with lots of kids, and thank God I can do something to help others, but few want to learn yet.

    You've got that right. Person after person wants their car fixed, but none of them want to learn how to fix it themselves. They all want to drop it in my lap and then run away. Well i've made it clear to them that i'm not going to do that, and if their car isn't worth their attention, it is certainly not worth my attention.

    Nobody wants to learn anything nowadays. Nobody wants to take any sort of control over their own lives. There is no more "can do" attitude in this generation.

  • IBM CEO Ginni Rometty is in D.C. urging Congress to save DACA

    09/21/2017 5:55:30 AM PDT · 58 of 58
    DiogenesLamp to bushpilot2

    I quote that excerpt from Wong Kim Ark every time the subject comes up. People usually just ignore it. They simply don’t want to acknowledge something that goes against what they wish to believe.

  • Why Americans can blame pirates for not using the metric system

    09/20/2017 12:08:39 PM PDT · 148 of 154
    DiogenesLamp to SunkenCiv
    The op-ed (it’s not an article, because of the bias) appeared, not surprisingly, in the Washington Post first. See, if we weren’t so benighted, we’d be voting in single payer, tear down all statues, burn the US flag, save the Earth from global warming, ditch the first and second amendments, switch to vegetarianism, unilaterally disarm...

    Yes, the way it was written smelled like an agenda to me too.

  • The Black Family is Struggling, and It’s Not Because of Slavery

    09/20/2017 11:11:54 AM PDT · 26 of 47
    DiogenesLamp to Louis Foxwell
    I worked in public assistance in the 60’s. Families could not receive welfare if an adult man lived in the home. The law of unintended consequences created a matriarchal culture in the black community that persists today. It did not take a genius, even then, to see this system created more dependence than it ever sought to overcome. The bureaucracy was then and is now oblivious to the evil it does.

    In terms of winning power in the Federal Government, the welfare policies of the 1960s were an enormous success. That they had the side consequence of destroying families is irrelevant to the people who implemented the policy. Power is everything, and that's all these people care about.

  • The Black Family is Struggling, and It’s Not Because of Slavery

    09/20/2017 11:09:48 AM PDT · 24 of 47
    DiogenesLamp to Responsibility2nd
    And who was the father, author and perfector of those policies?

    Lyndon Baines Johnson.

    The single greatest enemy to the black American Family ever.

    I do not dispute that Lyndon Baines Johnson implemented a social/fiscal policy that had drastically bad social consequences. By creating the "War on Poverty", he made Black males superfluous in the rearing of children, but let us ask ourselves for a moment why Lydon Baines Johnson did this.

    In the lead up to 1963, the North Eastern Liberal Republicans realized they could get an extra 10 million votes if they could eliminate the requirement of paying taxes in order to vote, so they pushed the 24th amendment. They were looking to gain political power from this move, and if things had stayed as they were, the Liberal Republicans would have gained seats in congress and therefore more power.

    Lyndon Johnson outsmarted them. He realized immediately what was the significance of removing the payment of taxes as a requirement for voting, and he realized he could use government money to bribe poor people into voting for his party.

    In the Decade following Johnson's "War on Poverty", black voters moved from the Republican party to the Democrat party, where 90% of them have been ever since. The Liberal Republican tactic backfired on them.

    So who's fault is this? The people who pushed such a foolish policy as allowing non-taxpayers to vote, or the guy who took advantage of them passing such a stupid policy?

  • Why Americans can blame pirates for not using the metric system

    09/20/2017 10:57:24 AM PDT · 142 of 154
    DiogenesLamp to daniel1212
    Must have changed, as I do see a Craftsman 3/8" Drive 11 Piece 12 Pt Metric Deep Socket ( 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 mm) on Ebay for 20.79 (23.00 at Amazon

    I have an accumulation of tools I have bought over the last two decades, and I haven't bought any new mechanics tools in the last 10 years.

    I've bought from Sears and I've bought from various other brick and mortar stores, but I always had to go back and buy those two sizes separately. Perhaps someone decided to do something about it.

    I don't buy from Amazon, (Amazon corporate supports too many things i'm against) but I do buy from Ebay.

    (a de facto international standard with no metric equivalents[citation needed])

    So that's rather amusing that the Europeans with their Metric system still use the Imperial standard based drives on their sockets. That's a real hoot!

    Well, at least you know how to work with your God-given hands (not surer if they are imperial or metric)!

    More so than I like lately. Everyone and their dog wants me to fix their Car, Truck, or whatever.

  • Why Americans can blame pirates for not using the metric system

    09/20/2017 8:05:02 AM PDT · 138 of 154
    DiogenesLamp to the OlLine Rebel
    Or to thousands of an inch, called “mils”.

    That was the term of which I was trying to think. Yes, "mils.", as in Thousandth's of an inch. My uncle used to use the term "thous", and I think i've seen others use it as well.

    But in electronics, and anything precisely machined for it, “mil” is “milli-inch”, not “millimeter”.

    Yes, it's important to remember that if you have to work with someone else that might not be aware of it.

  • Why Americans can blame pirates for not using the metric system

    09/20/2017 8:02:27 AM PDT · 136 of 154
    DiogenesLamp to lepton
    Multiples of 12 work well if you are used to them. They’d work even better if we used a base-12 numbering system.

    I can do decimal, binary and hex, but i've never gotten accustomed to using a base 12 system. In hex, they use ABCDEF as placekeepers for digits beyond 9. What do you do in a base 12 system for numbers beyond 9?

    We went awry when people forgot that elegant system and could only count on their fingers instead of doing real maths.

    I'm aware it has some advantages, and I think that's one of the reasons why it was adopted by the English, especially when it comes to pouring drinks. :)

  • Why Americans can blame pirates for not using the metric system

    09/20/2017 7:59:44 AM PDT · 135 of 154
    DiogenesLamp to daniel1212
    Well, at least as re socket sets, I was able to get this set (10mm, 11mm, 12mm, 13mm, 14mm, 15mm, 16mm, 17mm, 18mm, 19mm) for 11.49 at Walmart a few months ago for 11.46, thanks be to God, but now are out of stock.

    I generally bought Craftsman when I bought tools. They are almost as good as SK or Snapon, and so far as my usage goes, they are good enough. Invariably you could not get the 16mm or 18mm sockets or wrenches in any tool set you bought from Craftsman unless it was the super deluxe set.

    They are not SK ot similar, but do the job for the larger bike axle nuts. However, notice that the metric sockets are SAE 3/8-Inch Drive.

    That is true so far as I have found buying tools here in America. Metric tools here come with drive sizes of 1/4, 3/8,1/2 and 3/4. (and I suppose you can get 1" drive for them too.)

    I wonder what ratchet drive sizes they use in Europe?

    But you should be able to us e a 5/8 socket for 16mm, while 19mm is about 3/4 .

    That has never worked for me. They often just round off the bolt or nut i'm trying to remove. Oddly enough, even though 16 and 18 mm are usually absent in various tool sets i've bought over the years, they are invariably used in many vehicles I have worked on.

  • Will Attacks on Monuments Include Grant, Sherman, and Sheridan?

    09/20/2017 7:50:51 AM PDT · 227 of 240
    DiogenesLamp to jeffersondem
    Supposed in-group members influencing each other to arrive at common out-group stereotype.

    Also called "group think." Yes, very astute, and well put. Not many people are even aware of this phenomena. The Nazis called it "Gleichschaltung" and imposed it on everyone else.

    The Northern publishers of History books, Northern Society, and the US government itself, has worked to do this very thing on the populace ever since they did what they did.

    They are still doing this sort of thing today if you don't have their liberal morality opinions on issues of homosexuality, abortion, or even the free spending of Federal money. Maligning dissenters as kooks or calling them irrational has a long record in human history.

    Professionals say it is combative messaging designed to disqualify opponents.

    It is in fact part of a "meme war."

    Grandma said it was name calling.

    Simplified right down to the core.

  • IBM CEO Ginni Rometty is in D.C. urging Congress to save DACA

    09/19/2017 5:18:23 PM PDT · 51 of 58
    DiogenesLamp to sheana
    I’m not arguing whether what Obama did was legal or not. I’m just stating that they were given work permits....which would make it legal to hire them.

    Well that of course, is correct. I'm not venting at you, i'm venting at this system whereby Obama can make laws by decree which override actual laws written by Congress.

    He only got away with it because the media covered up for him and nobody had the guts to challenge the first "black" President for doing something stupid or illegal.

    Had they treated him as a regular white guy instead of a protected minority, his @$$ would have been in a ringer many times over. What he did would have been called out had a white guy done it.

  • Why Americans can blame pirates for not using the metric system

    09/19/2017 4:48:13 PM PDT · 59 of 154
    DiogenesLamp to BBell
    I mentioned when I worked for a surveyor we broke down everything in tenths. I remember the first time I say a surveying tape, in tenths. I was strange at first, a foot divided into tenths..

    A lot easier to calculate than multiples of 12. Can always convert once you've gotten a final total.

    Machining in America is also in tenths, and so far as I know, it has always been so.

  • Why Americans can blame pirates for not using the metric system

    09/19/2017 4:26:39 PM PDT · 33 of 154
    DiogenesLamp to BBell
    Most modern machinist use it as it is much simpler to use,being based on decimals (ten) and all. It is more precise but I know it will be useless to argue the point with you.

    I'm an amateur machinist, and so far as I have observed, American Machinists do everything in thousandths of an inch. All measurements are measured in thousandths, or tenthousandths of an inch.

    In other words, it's measurements in mills using a decimal format.

  • Why Americans can blame pirates for not using the metric system

    09/19/2017 4:23:42 PM PDT · 28 of 154
    DiogenesLamp to Paladin2
    The US auto industry largely went metric some years ago. Of course they like 16 and 18mm hex heads ilo the 15/17/19 mm heads that the Germans used since way long ago.

    And for some reason, nobody seems to include 16 and 18mm anything in a basic metric tool set. Unless you buy a deluxe set or something, you end up having to purchase the 16 and 18mm sizes separately.

    D@mned annoying.

  • Why Americans can blame pirates for not using the metric system

    09/19/2017 4:21:08 PM PDT · 25 of 154
    DiogenesLamp to BBell
    As the rest of the world adopted the metric system, the U.S. continued to bumble around with

    The article makes it seem as if nations adopted the metric system right after the French invented it, while dumb old America just kept plodding along with the old imperial system.

    Here's an excerpt of what happened in England.

    Adopting the metric system was discussed in Parliament as early as 1818 and some industries and even some government agencies had metricated, or were in the process of metricating by the mid 1960s. A formal government policy to support metrication was agreed by 1965. This policy, initiated in response to requests from industry, was to support voluntary metrication, with costs picked up where they fell. In 1969 the government created the Metrication Board as a quango to promote and coordinate metrication. In 1978, after some carpet retailers reverted to pricing by the square yard rather than the square metre, government policy shifted, and they started issuing orders making metrication mandatory in certain sectors. In 1980 government policy shifted again to prefer voluntary metrication, and the Metrication Board was abolished. By the time the Metrication Board was wound up, all the economic sectors that fell within its remit except road signage and parts of the retail trade sector had metricated.

    1978? Not so long ago. Certainly a long time after the French Revolution.