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  • This Congressional Map shows how yesterday’s NSA vote cut across partisan divides

    07/29/2013 12:51:54 PM PDT · 15 of 15
    elfman2 to The Old Hoosier

    I agree. This is exactly how the NSA may get around Pompeo’s amendment. http://forthisworld.blogspot.com/2013/07/after-rep-amashs-amendment-to-defense.html

  • Pentagon: Secret U.S. military commandos deployed to Libya

    11/02/2012 8:06:50 AM PDT · 32 of 40
    elfman2 to RummyChick

    More special forces sacrificed to reelect Obama.

  • GOP Rules Committee Rapidly Moving to Shut Out Grassroots at 2:00 p.m. Today (It's not over)

    08/28/2012 10:34:35 AM PDT · 159 of 533
    elfman2 to Bigtigermike

    At this link you will find a PDF file with the phone numbers and emails of the members of the committee.

    http://www.rlc.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/ConventionCommitteeonRulesOrdeofBusinessContactInfo.pdf

  • GOP Rules Committee Rapidly Moving to Shut Out Grassroots at 2:00 p.m. Today (It's not over)

    08/28/2012 10:29:19 AM PDT · 145 of 533
    elfman2 to Bigtigermike

    At this link you will find a PDF file with the phone numbers and emails of the members of the committee.

    http://www.rlc.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/ConventionCommitteeonRulesOrdeofBusinessContactInfo.pdf

  • Woo hoo!! Now over NINETY percent!! Coming down the home stretch!! [FReepathon thread XXVI]

    08/19/2012 10:30:34 AM PDT · 456 of 819
    elfman2 to Jim Robinson

    Hi Jim. I don’t understand why it cost so much to keep FR going. Is there a budget available online?

  • Teen faces jail time after lashing out on Twitter and naming the boys who sexually assaulted her

    07/22/2012 3:23:15 PM PDT · 137 of 189
    elfman2 to Progov
    "Sorry, but if she was instructed not to make comment, she should have abided by that. Otherwise, put yourself in their shoes.
    "Let’s say some psycho chick accuses you of something you didn’t do, just to be vindictive.

    "She goes public with accusations that you did this, that, and the other thing to her, even though you didn’t. But, you’ve already been tried and convicted in the public’s mind."

    You left the part out of your analogy where you pleaded guilty in court and photos of you assaulting her were discovered.

  • NSA chief defends agency against domestic spying charges

    07/21/2012 6:13:15 PM PDT · 21 of 21
    elfman2 to Gene Eric

    </i>”As far as I’m concerned, the NSA knows about the warts on my ass.

    It’s not the NSA that worries me. It’s the Marxists that are attempting to regulate our lives.”</i>

    Don’t worry about those Marxists. To micro manage our dynamic economy, they’d need huge fortified processing facilities running at multiple petaflops on mountains of data that could be switched over to, no... wait...

  • Texas Schools Grapple With Big Budget Cuts

    12/24/2011 11:54:12 AM PST · 8 of 78
    elfman2 to DeaconBenjamin
    "We have doubled real per pupil spending in the past 10 years."

    That one line destroyed the "crisis" promoted by this story.

  • Texas Schools Grapple With Big Budget Cuts

    12/24/2011 11:53:26 AM PST · 7 of 78
    elfman2 to DeaconBenjamin
    "We have doubled real per pupil spending in the past 10 years."

    That one line destroyed the "crisis" promoted by this story.

  • Gingrich Gains Ground After Rocky Campaign Start

    11/05/2011 3:33:30 PM PDT · 24 of 25
    elfman2 to Pan_Yan

    Watch The Real Newt Gingrich: Progressive Newt? Narrated by John McManus, President of the John Birch Society. http://a12iggymom.wordpress.com/2011/02/02/the-real-newt-gingrich-progressive-newt-3/

    Newt Campaigned for Rockefeller,
    Voted to create the Department of Education,
    Voted for MFN status of China,
    Voted for Amnesty,
    Voted for funding the NIA,
    Voted for a presidential line item veto,
    Voted against cutting $32B of foreign aid by 1%,
    Was named Man of the Year by Time Magazine

    NEWT ON THE CONSTITUTION:

    Newt asked congressmen to read 8 documents including the Federalist Papers and Declaration of independence. The Constitution was not on the list but “The Third Wave” By Alvin Tofler (a long time friend) was. It urged a “radical change” away from constitutional principles promoted by the founding fathers. It called The Constitution “obsolete” and urged the “death and replacement of the American Constitutional system”.

    Newts Book “To Renew America” mentions the Constitution only once, and then just that it exists.

    In 1990 he joined the CFR, and organization that according to Richard Gardner, one of its heavyweights, promotes an “end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece“. He promoted us joining GATT which gave unprecedented authority to an international organizations and created the WTO and IMF (I think).

    Newt joined Clinton in 1995 and told the audience that he was. “a big fan of Franklyn Roosevelt” and “a big fan of Woodrow Wilson“. Warren Christopher was asked to lable Newt in one word and chose “internationalist“. The NYT claimed that Newt’s foreign policy mentor was Henry Kissinger.

    Newt organized House opposition to Ron Paul’s fun for Congress. In 1995 Newt gave a speech in which he said, “The American Challenge in leading the world is compounded by our Constitution”. He said that we would have to “rethink our constitution”. He said, “I believe in a very strong central government. You can have a very strong but limited federal government.” WTF?

  • Gingrich Gains Ground After Rocky Campaign Start

    11/05/2011 3:33:07 PM PDT · 23 of 25
    elfman2 to Pan_Yan

    Watch The Real Newt Gingrich: Progressive Newt? Narrated by John McManus, President of the John Birch Society. http://a12iggymom.wordpress.com/2011/02/02/the-real-newt-gingrich-progressive-newt-3/

    Newt Campaigned for Rockefeller,
    Voted to create the Department of Education,
    Voted for MFN status of China,
    Voted for Amnesty,
    Voted for funding the NIA,
    Voted for a presidential line item veto,
    Voted against cutting $32B of foreign aid by 1%,
    Was named Man of the Year by Time Magazine

    NEWT ON THE CONSTITUTION:

    Newt asked congressmen to read 8 documents including the Federalist Papers and Declaration of independence. The Constitution was not on the list but “The Third Wave” By Alvin Tofler (a long time friend) was. It urged a “radical change” away from constitutional principles promoted by the founding fathers. It called The Constitution “obsolete” and urged the “death and replacement of the American Constitutional system”.

    Newts Book “To Renew America” mentions the Constitution only once, and then just that it exists.

    In 1990 he joined the CFR, and organization that according to Richard Gardner, one of its heavyweights, promotes an “end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece“. He promoted us joining GATT which gave unprecedented authority to an international organizations and created the WTO and IMF (I think).

    Newt joined Clinton in 1995 and told the audience that he was. “a big fan of Franklyn Roosevelt” and “a big fan of Woodrow Wilson“. Warren Christopher was asked to lable Newt in one word and chose “internationalist“. The NYT claimed that Newt’s foreign policy mentor was Henry Kissinger.

    Newt organized House opposition to Ron Paul’s fun for Congress. In 1995 Newt gave a speech in which he said, “The American Challenge in leading the world is compounded by our Constitution”. He said that we would have to “rethink our constitution”. He said, “I believe in a very strong central government. You can have a very strong but limited federal government.” WTF?

  • IMF Chief Calls for Mandatory Substantial Recapitalization of Banks

    08/29/2011 9:33:43 AM PDT · 39 of 40
    elfman2 to factoryrat

    And that sums up why Constitutional government is critical. Once things that are unconstitutional and make sense are allowed to pass with “over half”, anything can pass that way. The Constitution prohibits that unless there’s”over 2/3rds”, but “over half” decided to just ignore that part.

  • IMF Chief Calls for Mandatory Substantial Recapitalization of Banks

    08/29/2011 9:33:24 AM PDT · 38 of 40
    elfman2 to factoryrat

    And that sums up why Constitutional government is critical. Once things that are unconstitutional and make sense are allowed to pass with “over half”, anything can pass that way. The Constitution prohibits that unless there’s”over 2/3rds”, but “over half” decided to just ignore that part.

  • IMF Chief Calls for Mandatory Substantial Recapitalization of Banks

    08/29/2011 9:22:52 AM PDT · 37 of 40
    elfman2 to volunbeer

    Thanks for the links. I can’t finish your second reference now, but the link is added to my collection.

    There are more covert subsidies. I think we own 69% of freddie and fannie. It’s probably over $1T in the read by now. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-06-13/fannie-freddie-fix-expands-to-160-billion-with-worst-case-at-1-trillion.html

    We owe 69% of them because if it were 70%, we’d have to included their debt in our national debt. They’re still buying almost every home loan at artificially low rates. Who else would underwrite 30 year loans at 4% with all the money printing we’ll need? Those loans, $6T in principle, will be paid back in dollars worth a fraction of today’s value? I’m not sure how to calculate that, but I think that if inflation is 10% yearly do to more TARP3+4+5..., the 30 year cost to us will be many more trillion.

    There’s also Bernanke letting BofA write off $397B owed to F&F.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/03/AR2011010304495.html

    Apparently that’s in exchange for their help pumping over $100B against their will into failing institutions like countrywide leading into the meltdown. Frontline’s Inside the Meltdown is a good review of that.
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/meltdown/view/

    We’re probably liable for more of deals like that.

  • IMF Chief Calls for Mandatory Substantial Recapitalization of Banks

    08/28/2011 6:47:24 PM PDT · 34 of 40
    elfman2 to volunbeer
    The importance of the mortgage swindle is that it costs us all trillions of dollars that will have to be paid back. The other issues are nothing in comparison.

    Perhaps history will tell the real story.

    Thanks for your comments. I'm not sure how to measure the price of the mortgage swindle. If you know of something estimating it, I'd like to read it.

  • IMF Chief Calls for Mandatory Substantial Recapitalization of Banks

    08/28/2011 12:55:31 PM PDT · 31 of 40
    elfman2 to sergeantdave
    I’m intrigued. What would be the main theme of the site?"

    It's far fetched now, but who knows when conditions change. It would need a simple and entertaining face that succinctly explains its two missions.

    1) To rebel against wealth confiscation, first by collecting email addresses from people willing to withhold a specific portion of their taxes or pay them into escrow (not sure what's best) and publish them once a member threshold is reached.

    2) To act as a financial crisis research center, allowing visitors to drill into budget data and play with various scenarios. Once a membership threshold is reached, they would be contacted and asked to provide more information in order to evaluate their credibility. Then at some financial threshold, the member names would be published and leveraged, in coordination with other organizations, for some specific political concessions.

    All this would get very large and complex, and need support from people willing to have their lives turned upside down. Even safeguarding member data from organizations intent on seeing the effort fail would require help from people with a much greater understanding of security than me. I'm not yet even close to being committed to that. It's just a wild idea at this point.

  • IMF Chief Calls for Mandatory Substantial Recapitalization of Banks

    08/28/2011 10:48:26 AM PDT · 29 of 40
    elfman2 to volunbeer
    ...It won’t be pretty.

    That's well reasoned. Considering that it's even less likely that a Republican congress can force austerity on our government under a Republican president than a Democrat one (knowing that Democrats will have nothing to lose by tuning everything into Wisconsin times ten if there are massive layoffs) I don't see a way out other than a taxpayer rev_lt. I bought the name MakeThemStealIt.com in 2009. Maybe it's time to actually build the site...

  • IMF Chief Calls for Mandatory Substantial Recapitalization of Banks

    08/28/2011 10:29:13 AM PDT · 24 of 40
    elfman2 to factoryrat
    "I hate to tell you, but it won’t be the end of the world if these financial institutions collapse. It’s happened before, and it will happen again."

    Reminds me of just before TARP, when the only people who understood the problem (the financial industry) enough to suggest a solution (to bail out the financial industry) were the ones (along with our elected representatives) that would bare most of the cost if it weren't spread out across the population. They just first had to convince the people who were most responsible for the crisis (our elected Representatives) that it would be in their best interest. Funny how the world works, so circular...

    At the time, I suggested here that the FED could be given power to guarantee cash flows into select financial institutions so that the economy would function while other banks were dissolved and rechartered. I still think that's possible, but we'll eat the trillions that we put into them thus far.

  • IMF Chief Calls for Mandatory Substantial Recapitalization of Banks

    08/28/2011 10:08:01 AM PDT · 18 of 40
    elfman2 to tbpiper
    "Mandatory" means they know anybody with half a brain isn't going to willing give them any more money to waste and that they need some 'muscle' to shake it out of them. That muscle would be 'government'." Good Idea! Send trillions of good money after the bad.
  • IMF Chief Calls for Mandatory Substantial Recapitalization of Banks

    08/28/2011 9:21:29 AM PDT · 1 of 40
    elfman2
    WTF is "mandatory substantial recapitalization"? Raising Banks' required reserves? TARP? Confiscation of Wealth?
  • Sick of that into theme song on Hannity (vanity)

    05/05/2009 3:47:51 PM PDT · 96 of 106
    elfman2 to Scythian
    I agree, that “your a great American” thing is a pathetic. It may have been cool once, for one day, but should have never been a regular part of his act. Propagandist certainly applies.
  • Sick of that into theme song on Hannity (vanity)

    05/05/2009 3:42:30 PM PDT · 95 of 106
    elfman2 to gatorhead

    Damn! Good move gatorhead. I’d have more respect for a woman with the strength to make a bad decision on her own to leave me than one that blamed it on others’ influence over her.

    I once took a girlfriend back who showed up in the middle of the night drunk and horny. I regretted it two wasted years later.

  • Sick of that into theme song on Hannity (vanity)

    05/05/2009 12:18:38 PM PDT · 18 of 106
    elfman2 to Scythian

    Yep. I think it’s absurd too. That “let the guilty pay” line sounds like vengeance. Also, isn’t there something in there like, “let the wise bell right”? It always left me second guessing if I herd it right.

    But then again, from a marketing standpoint, it has us talking about it doesn’t it...

  • Creation vs Darwinism: God and Liberty vs Man and Tyranny

    05/05/2009 7:59:37 AM PDT · 37 of 48
    elfman2 to betty boop
    “How come you slipped "divine intervention" into this piece? Just because I'm Christian? I feel reasonably sure that God is confident that the gift of reason He indued in me from creation is sufficient for me to handle problems like this.”

    betty boop. Of course you have the capability to identify and distinguish existents and to conceptualize patterns. You’re making my point. Most simple identification has been done subconsciously since you were an infant. Some is probably instinctual. But Plato and Aristotle didn’t have the science to understand molecules, forces, protons and neurons so they imagined otherworldly mechanisms (divine intervention) that reflected form onto matter or that allowed us to perceive an “essence” in it. Rand used the term “essence” tongue in cheek in that quote above.

    That example of a line for instance… It’s composed of existents that we’ve distinguished and named electrons and protons. We’ve identified their various arrangements and forces in their relationships and named them molecules. We rearranged them into a new version of what we call pigments, and ordered them into a specific instance of a pattern that we conceptualize as a line. It’s an amazing process, but there’s no reason I’m aware of to believe that it doesn’t occur naturally. Absent that, evidence supporting natural explanations is compelling.

    The term “divine intervention” is not a slight. There should be no problem with people believing in it, only with calling it evidence based. Just don’t misrepresent evidence supported natural explanations as misguided or faith-based. Have enough confidence in your ideology without needing to misrepresent mine.

  • Creation vs Darwinism: God and Liberty vs Man and Tyranny

    05/05/2009 6:49:15 AM PDT · 35 of 48
    elfman2 to betty boop
    “If consciousness is universal in living systems, all the more reason to doubt it has a naturalistic cause. For finite things do not constitute universal things.”

    betty boop. If movement for instance “is universal in living systems”, is that also “all the more reason to doubt it has a naturalistic cause”. Of course not. That needs to be rethought.

    Consciousness grows more apparent in higher animals. It corresponds to regions of brain development that we see light up during mental processing. We study how it's diminished from various brain injuries. Evidence points to it as a process like “running”, “revolving”, “computing”. I just looked up what’s available and found the second and third review of The Quest for Consciousness: A Neurobiological Approach to be interesting.

    The burden of proof for the existence of a soul (or anything else) is on those promoting it. Science (like myself) simply disregards it. If the soul's possible existence is to be considered evidence based, its proponents need to present evidence.

    I’m not aware of philosophy regarding attributes as accidental. Every characteristic, property and every adjective AFAIK is an attribute.

  • Creation vs Darwinism: God and Liberty vs Man and Tyranny

    05/03/2009 5:07:56 PM PDT · 31 of 48
    elfman2 to betty boop

    “P.S.: To the extent that Objectivism regards “essence” as merely “epistemological,” it is flirting with idealism.”

    So if I put a straight string of dots on a piece of paper and you label it “a line”, you needed divine intervention to identifying that “essence”?

    I know it’s simple, but that’s an example of concept formation, one that then build upon its own conclusions to form letters, literature etc... It’s no more complicated than that.

  • Creation vs Darwinism: God and Liberty vs Man and Tyranny

    05/03/2009 4:56:44 PM PDT · 30 of 48
    elfman2 to betty boop
    I presume that Objectivism is a form of naturalism, having corrected my misstatement above. But as I understand materialism, it reduces nature to just matter, leaving out all other components and aspects such as dark matter, carrier particles, gravity, electromagnetism, the two nuclear forces, space, time and anything we don’t yet understand. If that’s materialism, Objectivism rejects it as an oversimplification of the universe.

    As you say, science has “has no method for addressing the phenomenon of soul”. That’s because science makes no claim that it exists. A soul (or consciousness as an entity) is a religious creation. Now that this religious invention is incompatible with the natural world, it’s supposedly evidence that Objectivist epistemology is misguided and that God must exists? Come on, a slight of had like that should be taken to Vegas.

    The evidence that self awareness is naturally possible is that it exists in nature. Even some animals have self awareness The burden of proof that it’s a creation of the supernatural lies with those making the claim.

    “And consciousness is a natural attribute of certain living entities, their natural power, their specific mode of action--not an unaccountable element in a mechanistic universe, to be explained away somehow in terms of inanimate matter, nor a mystic miracle incompatible with physical reality, to be attributed to some occult source in another dimension.” – Rand’s review of Herman Randall's book Aristotle.

    The key word there is consciousness as an “attribute” rather than an entity.

    The “transitions” I referred to was between components of nature, not between natural components and Christians, although I didn’t mean to leave them out. I’m sure you guys transition too ;^)

    I’d post some theist rips on atheism in response to atheists’ mistreatment of Christianity if that would ease your pain, but do we really want to go there?

  • Creation vs Darwinism: God and Liberty vs Man and Tyranny

    05/03/2009 7:38:25 AM PDT · 26 of 48
    elfman2 to betty boop
    betty boop, you have some interesting concerns. Let me to address as much as I can …

    First, I’m blown away that you’d actually read “The Monist/Reductionist Fallacy”. It shows an uncommon degree of courage.

    I think that the term “reductive” was used to describe the supposed alternative to idealism as materialism rather than naturalism. That eliminates all energies, forces, dimensions and transitions between them and matter (both known and unknown) so that a supernatural force becomes a more compelling necessity for consciousness. I think that’s why he points to reductionism by theists (not to be confused with atheistic deconstructionists).

    I’m no authority regarding faith. My understanding of the Christian view in short is that it is what is necessary after reason has been exhausted and a choice of direction must still be made. Assuming that’s accurate enough for this discussion, I think Rand believed that religions promote a premature arrival at that conclusion, and she clearly didn’t give them the benefit of the doubt as to why.

    Regarding Rand’s divergence from Aristotle on form and identification, that may be the most revolutionary (yet simple) concept in Objectivism, that “forms” or patterns exist and we simply identify them and create concepts of those patterns. It was ridiculously simple (A = A) but infinitely controversial because it eliminated the need for divine guidance in either Aristotle’s form conceptualization or Plato’s form creation. It eliminated previously well reasoned arguments that forms were impossible without the divine. I don’t know whether it was the profound implications of that or just Rand’s blatantly confrontational personality that made her such a target, but the whole thing certainly snowballed.

    I’m not aware of Rand’s reliance on Aristotle as some kind of “ventriloquist dummy”. If nothing else can be said about her, she took ownership of her own words rather than relaying on authority. She claimed Aristotle’s most profound achievement was defining an independent objective reality (denying Plato’s world of forms, a “shadow projection controlled by a divine dimension” as she said).

    “Let us note… the radical difference between Aristotle’s view of concepts and the Objectivist view, particularly in regard to the issue of essential characteristics.

    It is Aristotle who first formulated the principles of correct definition. It is Aristotle who identified the fact that only concretes exist. But Aristotle held that definitions refer to metaphysical “essences”, which exist “in” concretes as a special element or formative power, and he held that the process of concept-formation depends on a kind of direct intuition by which man’s mind grasps these essences and forms concepts accordingly.

    Aristotle regarded “essence” as a metaphysical; Objectivism regards it as epistemological.” [ITOE, 68]

    She called Aristotle “the father of logic”, the “philosophical Atlas who carries the whole of Western civilization on his shoulders”. But just as our understanding of what makes up the “essence” of an object has progressed, she didn’t consider his work to be the end of the road in how we identify that essence. In line with Lewis’s thinking, we can still appreciate and “receive” Aristotle’s description of form as a historical achievement. But I think it would be absurd to believe it following our understanding of molecular structure.

    FWIW, We probably hold similar opinions of Libertarians. And technically, I’m probably not an Objectivist either. Like anyone, Rand made mistakes, just a lot fewer than myself unfortunately.

    BTW, I think that people in all ideologies take way too many pot shots at one another. I resist the urge to join the “us vs. them” mentality until someone starts throwing more than insults.

    Good talking with you BB, but this takes more time than I’ll likely be able to continue.

  • Creation vs Darwinism: God and Liberty vs Man and Tyranny

    05/02/2009 3:13:21 PM PDT · 21 of 48
    elfman2 to Lindykim

    “Objectivism is nothing more than naturalism dressed up...”

    You’re right there. I should have used the term “not ‘materialism’” instead, something that implies the impossibility of free will without something spiritual to “animate” it as Irish says.

    In short, Rand’s thoughts “were” herself. Absence evidence that no randomness exists in nature, there’s no reason to believe that her thoughts were determined by anything outside the dynamics of her conscious and its physical basis (aka: herself). Environment of course “influences” us, but Objectivism assumes that there is enough randomness in the world (and in our skulls) so that we own ourselves.

  • Creation vs Darwinism: God and Liberty vs Man and Tyranny

    05/02/2009 1:24:15 PM PDT · 18 of 48
    elfman2 to spirited irish
    I have no idea whether a belief in idealism (“such as a force”) or naturalism came first so I wouldn't guess which would be "turning back" the most. I find neither convincing. Atheism requires neither in order to explain life.

    "Darwinism" is a fantasy word, whatever radical opponents of evolution say it is, much like my son’s made up superhero "Traigler". At least he’s not misrepresenting other superheros when he invents his. But he’s just 4 and not so insecure and bitter.

    Try to find strength in your own ideology rather than misrepresenting those of others Irish.

  • Creation vs Darwinism: God and Liberty vs Man and Tyranny

    05/02/2009 6:00:21 AM PDT · 8 of 48
    elfman2 to spirited irish
    "...The second theory is also an act of faith. The act of faith consists in assuming that the scientific view of the origin of life is correct, without having concrete evidence to support that belief."

    Same misrepresentations, different day - not worth reading beyond the first paragraph.

    The first "theory" isn't a theory in any scientific sense. The "second" theory consists of working hypotheses of abiogenesis that integrate into well supported theories of evolution other sciences. But not knowing which is valid does not make the disbelief in divine intervention a "faith" by "evolution worshipers". Abiogenesis is simply a much more convincing explanation for some to accept absent evidence of the divine.

    I apologize, but I'm not interested in debating this here again.

  • Specter's Defection Could Help Republicans Block a Nominee to Replace Souter

    05/01/2009 10:46:42 AM PDT · 21 of 41
    elfman2 to rabscuttle385
    ""I think, in narrow terms, it could present a procedural problem at the committee level, unless the Democrats are going to change the rules of the committee midstream," "

    Oh! They'd never do that...

  • Specter's Defection Could Help Republicans Block a Nominee to Replace Souter

    05/01/2009 10:45:32 AM PDT · 12 of 18
    elfman2 to EagleUSA
    ""I think, in narrow terms, it could present a procedural problem at the committee level, unless the Democrats are going to change the rules of the committee midstream," "

    Oh! They'd never do that...

  • The OFFICIAL weekly "24" Season 7 Live thread!

    04/30/2009 4:35:13 AM PDT · 8,380 of 9,737
    elfman2 to Timeout

    Thank you Timeout!

  • The OFFICIAL weekly "24" Season 7 Live thread!

    04/29/2009 7:00:08 PM PDT · 8,378 of 9,737
    elfman2 to All
    Anyone know if there's a synopsis of this episode on a fan site? Our DVR failed while we were on vacation.
  • Where is John Galt?

    04/05/2009 8:19:09 AM PDT · 41 of 83
    elfman2 to Scotswife
    "She wasn’t a great writer like many of the authors that are often listed - but her “idea” for her novel was fantastic."

    Bingo! Well said. Some of her ideas may or may not be flawed, but some are unique (as in Objectivism's epistemology).

    Her integration of it all with in a broad philosophy is revolutionary. And like all revolutionary ideas, it's easily misunderstood, especially by those who don't like what they hear and choose to misunderstand it.

  • Where is John Galt?

    04/05/2009 8:06:14 AM PDT · 39 of 83
    elfman2 to FreeKeys
    "One of the methods used by statists to destroy capitalism consists in establishing controls that tie a given industry hand and foot, making it unable to solve its problems, then declaring that freedom has failed and stronger controls are necessary.” — Ayn Rand"

    'Esthétique du Mal' (The Beauty of Evil)

  • Bulbs Save Energy By Not Working

    03/31/2009 8:15:27 AM PDT · 115 of 117
    elfman2 to r9etb
    No problem. It's soundproof.
  • Bulbs Save Energy By Not Working

    03/28/2009 9:17:36 AM PDT · 40 of 117
    elfman2 to sionnsar
    Not my experience at all.

    I don't know your circumstances. We have 1 of 5 working in our maim bathroom. I'd guess they're 3-4 years old. Three of the four in our living room are currently working after about the same amount of time, but I've already changed one our two. Kitchen and our other bath I can't count, but I'm sure I've changed several of them over the last 3-4 years.

    I'll probably continue to buy them, but the savings are very questionable.

    I'd like to go LED, but last I heard they were still too expensive.

  • Bulbs Save Energy By Not Working

    03/28/2009 9:04:48 AM PDT · 9 of 117
    elfman2 to AT7Saluki

    I presume that they do save money when running, but that’s largely eaten up by having to replace them at about the same frequency as incandescents (despite claims of greater longevity) and at a much greater expense.

  • Battlestar Galactica Finale: An ecologically correct but moronic disappointment

    03/22/2009 3:11:42 PM PDT · 39 of 57
    elfman2 to pabianice
    Did this thing already air? It didn't show on my Dish DVR.
  • Study gives more proof that intelligence is largely inherited

    03/18/2009 9:48:46 AM PDT · 36 of 68
    elfman2 to Reeses
    You may be right, but even substituting “bell shaped” wouldn’t make that a clear sentence. I think the author’s trying to say that “[the quality of] the myelination of brain circuits [over time] follows an inverted U-shaped trajectory bell curve, peaking in middle age and then slowly beginning to decline…”
  • Obama Signs Law Banning Federal Embryo Research Two Days After Signing Executive Order to OK It

    03/14/2009 11:42:44 AM PDT · 158 of 211
    elfman2 to elfman2; Admin Moderator

    This headline is a lie. See post 84

  • Obama Signs Law Banning Federal Embryo Research Two Days After Signing Executive Order to OK It

    03/14/2009 3:55:46 AM PDT · 84 of 211
    elfman2 to Between the Lines
    It looks like the headline is misleading because "The amendment says, in part: "None of the funds made available in this Act may be used for..." It apparently does not prohibit anything other than direct federal funding from this Act. If I'm reading this correctly, universities receiving federal funds can still do the research with other federal funds, state funds or other funds.
  • China demands end of US Navy surveillance

    03/13/2009 3:17:42 PM PDT · 46 of 46
    elfman2 to vamoose
    "The Bush administration didn’t give in to the PRC’s demands. No apology was ever made and no concessions were made other than to talk."

    Bush formally apologized for our plane's emergency landing on Hainan without prior ground clearance. The hostages were released 12 days later I think. We also reportedly agreed to cut the plane into pieces and then crate it out, and we agreed to pay them for the damage to their airfield.

  • U.S. To Pledge $900 Million For Gaza Rebuild

    02/23/2009 3:51:45 PM PST · 11 of 48
    elfman2 to Steelfish
    "The money will be channeled through U.N. and other bodies"

    I have no problem with the money. But it should be channeled through either the US Marines or through Israel.

  • The OFFICIAL weekly "24" Season 7 Live thread!

    02/02/2009 3:42:10 AM PST · 2,324 of 9,737
    elfman2 to GRRRRR

    Heroes reruns on Wednesday on the G4 network. It’s on Dish Network. I forget the channel. But at least once during the broadcast they reduce the show to 1/4 screen and run commercials on the rest.

  • Governor Crist vetoes $90 million in budget cuts

    01/28/2009 11:31:01 AM PST · 17 of 64
    elfman2 to Abathar

    “How is 90 million from 2.5 billion almost a quarter?”

    My guess is that the author thought 2.5 billion was what was left after the 90 billion in cuts.

  • Governor Crist vetoes $90 million in budget cuts

    01/28/2009 11:23:43 AM PST · 14 of 64
    elfman2 to shezza
    “Since when does Florida have to spend $22 million to promote tourism???”

    It’s not so different from Dominos spending $22 million to promote pizza. Here in Monroe County Florida (the Florida Keys), we get the money from a hotel bed tax. I don’t know if the state has something similar.

  • Who Broke the Ceasefire? CNN's "Fact Check" Falls Short

    01/04/2009 11:48:46 AM PST · 12 of 17
    elfman2 to COUNTrecount

    That sh~ty little video of course won’t allow comments.