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  • Hip-Hop Singer Sees ‘Good in Everybody,’ Even Hitler

    01/28/2018 10:48:41 PM PST · 34 of 34
    tsomer to ClearCase_guy
    a lot of "good" people -- when, let's say, they get caught up in a mob or a riot -- will smash things, burn things, and hurt people...

    I agree with you save one detail: I revere freedom, but I think freedom cannot function without a rational mind and firm ethical grounding. What you see in a mob is chaos. I usually stay away from crowds if I fear they might turn into mobs. A mob is a tsunami and sweeps up most in its path, as you observe.

    Hitler, by choice or by accident, played to the mob. He tried to ride it, tame and redirect it and it overwhelmed him. This isn't meant to absolve him of what he did, it stands as a warning of what humanity is capable of descending to .

    I know of Dr. Peterson and admire him; I've listened to his talks and I think he's spot on about seemingly good people. I think however that his point is also that because most people are weak to varying degrees, society and culture must remain strong. People need those internal constraints maintained and reinforced around them.

    Thanks for your words.

  • Hip-Hop Singer Sees ‘Good in Everybody,’ Even Hitler

    01/24/2018 8:11:37 PM PST · 22 of 34
    tsomer to ClearCase_guy

    I agree with you.

    Hitler may have had the best of intentions. Consider the choice that every German citizen faced at the time: it was either a Nationalistic dictatorship that allowed a measure of free enterprise, or communism. Hitler restored the country to some extent at the beginning.

    The problem is that he kept going when he should have known to change direction. I think the Hitler of history was shaped by circumstances as much as by any innate nature. At some point he found himself swept up by a tsunami— the one he created.

    He had no compass and no anchor. It’s a stark lesson for all of us.

  • Hip-Hop Singer Sees ‘Good in Everybody,’ Even Hitler

    01/24/2018 8:11:32 PM PST · 21 of 34
    tsomer to ClearCase_guy

    I agree with you.

    Hitler may have had the best of intentions. Consider the choice that every German citizen faced at the time: it was either a Nationalistic dictatorship that allowed a measure of free enterprise, or communism. Hitler restored the country to some extent at the beginning.

    The problem is that he kept going when he should have known to change direction. I think the Hitler of history was shaped by circumstances as much as by any innate nature. At some point he found himself swept up by a tsunami— the one he created.

    He had no compass and no anchor. It’s a stark lesson for all of us.

  • The Blockchain Revolution Is Heading To Space

    01/24/2018 7:45:07 PM PST · 7 of 7
    tsomer to Database

    Mr. Database,

    I’m very grateful for that explanation. I think I finally get it: “blockchain” refers to a metaphor of blocks chained together, not an exotic sort of block and tackle contraption or a chain around a city block.

    The names that characterize these sort of things always invoke some easy to remember conceptual image— if you don’t confuse it with some other definition.

    I need to chew on this a spell. What I wonder now is: is this just hype for the simple fact that information—ie credits, debits and the like— take place almost instantaneously? The old model is of a bunch of separate branches tethered radially to a central parent bank or hub, and the new paradigm is of “nodes”, each connected directly to every other node. I can see the difference between these models, but wonder if we’re seeing the benefit of near simultaneous communication more than any actual structural change. Is this a fair assessment?

    The advantage of the centralized model is that it is simpler;if one ‘solar system’ crashes, the galaxy remains at least partially intact. It seems there’s a possibility that a single local malfunction would be felt across the entire structure in this new model.

    I don’t know if I’ve been very clear, but the analogy arises from my very general understanding of architectural structures, say comparing a post and beam structure with a latticework. When the traditional structure fails you usually call the carpenter; when the complex lattice fails you’re apt to call an ambulance.

    Random musings here,from your generous and stimulating reply.

    Again, thank you.

  • The Blockchain Revolution Is Heading To Space

    01/23/2018 7:30:49 PM PST · 3 of 7
    tsomer to bananaman22

    I read the whole article—all the way down to the disclaimers.

    I have no earthly idea what the hell it was talking about.

    Could somebody explain this?

  • David Brock Secretly Paid $200,000 To Bring Forward Trump Accusers In 2016

    01/01/2018 6:32:59 PM PST · 22 of 29
    tsomer to Lazamataz
    Here's an interesting detail of that story:

    David Horowitz writes:

    " ...Brock wrote “Confessions of a Right-Wing Hit Man,” in which he claimed that conservatives were now punishing him for his independence of thought in refusing to vilify Hillary Clinton.

    Also in the mid- to late '90s, Brock developed a close relationship with Neel Lattimore, Mrs. Clinton’s openly gay press secretary and close confidante. Brock’s affinity for Mrs. Clinton as well grew over time, and vice versa."

  • Donald Trump Doesn’t Understand What’s Happening in Iran

    01/01/2018 11:40:59 AM PST · 87 of 119
    tsomer to bjc
    In the FP article she does acknowledge the Revolutionary Guard, though gives far to little attention to it's influence. They control everything. They are the ones with the guns.

    Her Atlantic screed is as stupid as it is presumptuous:

    This isn’t to say that Iranians endorse their leadership’s positions, but that their main concern lies in the price of day-to-day items and goods, such as poultry and eggs, as well as unemployment and access to services.

    That's it. The people don't have enough bread and circuses. If Trump supports this rabble and turns off the money spigot O opened to the mullahs and thugs:’ll at best deter Iranians from joining the movement and making their voices heard, and will at worst help the hardliners, undermine the protesters, and facilitate the crackdown

    But this crackdown will come from the comparatively marginal hardline mullahs, along with the " surprisingly flexible" Guard. Of course, this will be all Trumps fault because he doesn't understand that hunger and financial destitution are not important enough to propel a genuine revolution.

  • Awans involved in Hezbollah Drug/Vehicle Smuggling..?

    12/19/2017 7:35:23 PM PST · 98 of 139
    tsomer to .45 Long Colt

    Well said.
    Competence is usually quiet.

  • The Unexamined Brutality of the Male Libido (NY Slimes)

    11/26/2017 6:34:32 PM PST · 35 of 64
    tsomer to GrandJediMasterYoda

    This journalist is merely one of the million monkeys banging type-writers in pursuit literary immortality that make up the pool from which the editors pull their stories.
    You would think those editors would know to throw the young ones back in.

    As to the content: he is right. Masculinity can be toxic if it is not restrained by cultural strictures— like chivalry. These constraints are the very thing they despised most, and which they destroyed first.

    The problem for them is that the most egregious violators come from their own ranks. They cannot accept any blame or acknowledge that removing a keystone from the edifice brought this about. They cannot question their own precepts and the resulting demoralization now evident—especially within their own side.
    What to do then? Generalize. Blame it on some dark universal shadow-force. Make everybody guilty—and simultaneously innocent.

  • SPECIAL REPORT: High Hopes for Decreasing Opioid Overdoses

    11/15/2017 9:47:08 AM PST · 13 of 18
    tsomer to dware

    The only people we should allow to prescribe opiates should have undergone extensive training in all aspects of the human body, a course of study lasting a period of not less than four years. Oh wait, I guess doctors already do that.

    I was on massive doses for about four, or five months, getting off them about 14 months ago. I had a cyst from an infection near one of my vertebrae. I never knew what pain was until then.

    Opioids are a blessing. They are a gift from God. Believe me.
    I got off of them as soon as I was able. I had to taper. There was a penalty; it took several months after getting off of them before my head got right. (Maybe that was the Gabapentine) Now that I’m off I don’t want to ever have to take them, but you never know.

    Why should a passel of junkies and derelicts be the main consideration concerning the availability of life-saving drugs? I hope the virtue-chasers will have pity on the rest of us and keep them reasonably available in the event that we ever need them.

  • Donna Brazile Has A Theory About Who Killed Seth Rich

    11/07/2017 7:06:12 AM PST · 55 of 119
    tsomer to RegulatorCountry

    “limited hangout”

    def. from wikispooks: “...the deliberate revelation of some information (e.g. about malfeasance) to try to confuse and/or prevent discovery of other information...”

    I had to look that one up.
    Yep, Donna is spreading the smell around.Maybe the hounds will think she’s a bush.

    Seth Rich’s death was somewhat tangential; it could have been left out, it seems. It was a dead story in the Mainstream press until she dug him up. Why has she?

  • Congressman Says Jeff Sessions Has Recused Himself on Uranium One Deal

    11/03/2017 7:08:26 AM PDT · 178 of 204
    tsomer to Lady Heron

    Well said!

  • Is Mueller running scared?

    10/31/2017 7:31:54 AM PDT · 6 of 32
    tsomer to SeekAndFind

    “Consolation” Indictments. After all that attention from high $ attorneys, you don’t walk away empty-handed. It wouldn’t seem right.

  • Some thoughts on how we might get from where we’re at now to a Second Civil War

    10/13/2017 9:51:46 PM PDT · 155 of 234
    tsomer to BroJoeK
    We agree on this much: it's complicated.

    when we say, "the North" or "the South" what are we really including in each?

    I 've always tended to think of it in terms of those who were dissatisfied and ultimately broke away, and those who stayed with the union. I think the fault line ran along the division between agriculture and industry, but hasten to say these were particular forms of agriculture. Southern Cavalier planters were one, and the smaller scale Scots-Irish homesteaders who aspired to become gentry were the other. As I mentioned before, it seems German immigrants, Dunkers, Mennonites, Moravians, etc. managed their farms within their families and didn't want slavery.

    Should Federal spending be proportional to populations (number of congressional representatives), or to geographical size...

    I would expect most people to want their cut to be proportional to their contribution.

    everything which wealthy Mississippians needed, from railroads & steamships to pots & pans, was produced elsewhere, mostly in more Northern states...could Northern contributions be less important than anybody else's?

    I think that was the real issue. The South felt they were being forced to trade domestically, limiting their market and return. They were also more likely to buy manufactured goods in Europe. They resented and feared duties or treaties favoring domestic trade and suppressing exports and imports. Plantations were few and far between, indignant though they were, the issue wasn't exactly life or death for that class. I think the Scot's Irish and post-colonial but upwardly striving groups were the actual backbone of the succession; they would have seen it as a door slammed in their face, or even the impending loss of their tenuous, as they saw it, grip on solvency and station. Thanks I'll try and get to the rest when I can.

  • Some thoughts on how we might get from where we’re at now to a Second Civil War

    10/11/2017 8:23:30 PM PDT · 106 of 234
    tsomer to BroJoeK
    As for antebellum Federal spending, it was split roughly evenly between North & South,

    Stories are all over the map as to who paid what; I confess I dont know, but the greater infrastructure and industrial capacity is cited as a factor in the outcome of the war.

    some say, the South paid all the Federal taxes!

    I've heard that too but I've never believed it and hope I didn't imply it here. Again, nailing it down is nigh impossible.

    whites were markedly better off than their Northern cousins.

    I was referring to liquid capital, the kind needed to fund a payroll. The South's wealth was in land holdings and the crops yielded-- and yes slaves too. But money turned around once or twice a year. Was the standard of living better in rural areas, especially with long growing seasons, than in urban industrial centers? Perhaps so, if things like convenience of amenities and protection from Comanchees and the like aren't counted, but to what extent were rural and remote settlers represented in those surveys. Were slaves counted? In other words, did these studies cover both regions laboring classes? (This is my speculation)

    In fact, several such plans were proposed going all the way back to President Jefferson and always rejected by slave-holders.

    There was plenty of talk but few actual concrete proposals. There was also discussions of "repatriating" the slaves to Liberia. I can only recall Delaware, which voted against it, and D.C. where the rate was $300 per slave I think. It ought to be noted that in about 1859, the peak of the market, the average was $800. It's a ghastly thing to ponder and address in this way, but there's no other. We're talking about the loss of $500 of 1859 gov. tender, with the future obligation of meeting a payroll from that moment forward. It's hardly surprising the offer attracted no takers. They probably suspected that a windfall awaited the bankers as they borrowed against uncertain projected returns. (Here's the source:

    Sorry I have to close for now, but it is a fascinating topic. Thanks for making me think. I'd especially appreciate any info you have about each regions share of the federal budget and the extent of internal improvements. Freegards.

  • Some thoughts on how we might get from where we’re at now to a Second Civil War

    10/11/2017 11:06:22 AM PDT · 62 of 234
    tsomer to PaulZe

    Often overlooked is the aggressive use of public works spending in support of industrial development primarily in the North, with no commensurate attention to the agricultural economy of the South.

    Slavery was simply the mark of the English method of planting—German farms were typically managed without slaves, and were no doubt better, but the majority of the farms were English.

    The fact is, two separate economies warred, one used slaves, the other subsistence level wage employees. One economy was relatively rich in liquid capital for payrolls. The other economy was seasonal, cash rich once, perhaps twice a year.

    When War came, each side singled out it’s opponents most obvious moral failing. The North’s current exploitation of European immigration, intended similar treatment of the South, and financial back-dealing was cited by the South, and the North seized upon slavery.

    This truth is evident in light of the fact that compensated manumission seems never to have been formally offered, or even seriously contemplated to offset the economic and social disaster mandating immediate manumission would bring to a cash-poor economy—as it did at the end of the war.

    The worst thing about the lie is that, even if not inspired by,it got folded into the Hegelian, Marxist notion of the forward march of history. The left has been hunting for people and things to liberate ever since. It’s the heart of their moral galaxy.

  • Some thoughts on how we might get from where we’re at now to a Second Civil War

    10/11/2017 10:31:13 AM PDT · 59 of 234
    tsomer to redgolum

    According to Lincoln, it was not:
    “I have not designs on slavery....
    Likewise, W T Sherman had no qualms.

    How can these people continue a this myth that even their own leadership disavowed?

  • The Rise and Fall of the US Army

    10/06/2017 11:19:19 PM PDT · 18 of 45
    tsomer to littleharbour

    My son did his basic in Ft Jackson SC. We went to see his graduation. I never served, probably couldn’t have. His service has, to the small extent of my deserving, redeemed me.

    Those two days we spent this August were at the same time miserable— and deeply moving. I learned a lot, and I’m grateful God gave me a son who has taught me so much by my just trying to keep up with him.

    This much you can bet on: you wait on the army. They don’t wait on you. What I saw that weekend instilled deep faith in our Army. I believe it will turn out right.

  • Paddock conspiracy theory

    10/06/2017 10:54:48 PM PDT · 34 of 56
    tsomer to BootsOfEscaping
    The one tinfoil hat theory I think makes the most sense is someone had leverage on this guy to do this so the casinos are forced to install metal detectors- that contract will be worth billions.

    So wouldn't he have shot up the casino? Would he have needed so many guns? Would he have brought bombs along with him?

  • Paddock conspiracy theory

    10/06/2017 10:51:56 PM PDT · 33 of 56
    tsomer to GeoPie
    If it was ISIS, he would leave info everywhere..
    Not if the info might help the investigation.

    AND they would say so immediately.

    They did claim credit. How immediately I'm not sure, but then, it would take time for them to get news of their success.