"It's almost like the Reichstag fire, kind of reminds me of that. After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it and it put the leader of that country, Hitler, in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted. The fact is that I'm not saying September 11 was a U.S. plan or anything like that because, you know, that's how they put you in the nut-ball box — dismiss you."
dada » Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:38 am wrote:Something Chomsky said, that if you can't explain a concept in a clear, concise way, like explaining it to a ten year old in five minutes, there may be something wrong with the concept. Something like that. I think you get the point.
dada » Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:59 pm wrote:Weaponizing cultural debris can be an effective strategy however, although I wouldn't put all my eggs in that basket. Taking the mundane consumer junk, re-purposing it with fresh meaning is weaponizing it. Then send it off and forget about it. Stand at the end of the lane, watch the machine set up the pins. A well-placed, weaponized Don Knotts will bowl a strike every time. Even a weaponized Bob Newhart will work in a pinch.
edited to add: My cat caught a mouse just last night. He rocks.
Wombaticus Rex » Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:48 am wrote:dada » Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:38 am wrote:Something Chomsky said, that if you can't explain a concept in a clear, concise way, like explaining it to a ten year old in five minutes, there may be something wrong with the concept. Something like that. I think you get the point.
I'm not autistic, just insufferable: that wasn't Chomsky, but you deserve serious props for not attributing it to Einstein, or, for that matter, Richard Feynman. "An alleged scientific discovery has no merit unless it can be explained to a barmaid," some Brit toffer said. He was quoted in a book on Einstein and now that quote has undergone some truly impressive mutations in the wild.
Either way, I don't think you'll find many people less interested in the implications of Quantum mechanics than SLAD.
As a side note, I'm not trying to flag this for the moderators or anything, but: we've had a ban on Star Wars metaphors in effect here since Bush was still President. Just tuck that away for future reference.
dada wrote:Where did you move them. Or did you just delete them?
You know, Elvis, I'm actually a human being, not a chat bot. I have feelings, and you just hurt me deeply by forgetting that. There was some good stuff in there, stuff I put effort and energy into composing. I doubt I could recreate it, just like that.
Jerky » Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:49 am wrote:Anything else at this current historical moment is an insanely irresponsible pipe dream. It's far easier to push for the kinds of reforms I know you both desire from a center/left-liberal, far more small-d-democratically responsive ruling party than it is from a nativist, reactionary party that has literally regressed so far, they don't just want to dismantle what shreds remain of the Great Society, or even the New Deal, but also the very concept of democratic influence over the state's direction. They've literally reverted to being 'conservative' in the late 19th century meaning of the term, now.
Wombaticus Rex » Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:40 am wrote:I would agree that in general, there is no small degree of shared responsibility betwixt the winners and losers of an election. Presumably both teams did their best work, while being battered by twenty-four months of news cycle noise and random events.
However, when you lose an election to Donald Trump, I think the self-recrimination is hardly out of line. (I also think most observers would concede that Clinton lost the White House more than Trump won it. Even the popular vote / electoral college facts only highlight the fact 2016 was blown, and by the width of a fingernail, too.)
Christ, James Comey probably did more damage to Hillary Clinton's campaign than the Trump team did, and he's hailed as a #Resistance icon.
Sorry to keep steering this thread back to comedy, but these are the times we live in, I suppose.
dada » Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:42 pm wrote:Uh... I guess I should say something about the democrats. But I got nothing.
dada » Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:01 pm wrote:This stuff is important, currently. The Democrats are doubling down on cutting off their base. That's the point of this thread, to me.
Belligerent Savant » Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:00 pm wrote:That aside, healthcare benefits for those employed in the U.S. has gotten more expensive/less comprehensive over the last 10 or so years, irrespective of political party in the White House or holder of majority seats.
Pharma lobbies have strangleholds across both parties (among other factors).
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