Recent comments by azurite

burnside wrote:

You're not interested in the observation. So, why respond as if you were?

It seemed to me that you made a general statement in response to a comment on a much narrower topic. The statement regarding a narrower topic/phenomenon, programs/shows on TV, seemed pretty valid to me, your comment seemed to extrapolate very broadly from that example and I disagreed with the broad extrapolation.

burnside wrote:

People have always got tied to subjects and ways of approaching them which have no interest for succeeding generations.

No one attends performances of Shakespeare's plays anymore? No one reads the plays and enjoys doing so?

I've noticed people of all different ages at least appearing to be interested in some of the art I've viewed at MOMA, the Met, the Whitney, Chicago Art Institute, Museum of the City of NY (especially the exhibit of some of Charles Addams' work) . . .

robj wrote:

but we kissed and made up.

King cotton brokered that reconciliation.

sm_landlord wrote:

Anyone know more details about the subsidy structure?

"Lifeline is a government benefit program supported by the federal Universal Service Fund." Lifeline Cell Phone Service Provider | Assurance Wireless

sm_landlord wrote:

Must be time for budget cuts at the FDA, if they are having to invent problems to solve.

No, just a failed attempt to divert the FDA towards regulating a less powerful industry then BigPharma. FDA has to do something or at least appear to be and it's not as if the PTB want the FDA to do something like regulate the drug industry/really needed.

Antipodes wrote:

strong for the US. Smile

Right. " Last Updated 11-13-2013

Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA), also called Communist Party USA, left-wing political party in the United States that was, from its founding in 1919 until the latter part of the 1950s, one of the country’s most important leftist organizations. Its membership reached its peak of 85,000 in 1942, just as America entered World War II; the CPUSA had rallied enthusiastically in favour of a Soviet-American war effort against Nazi Germany." Last Updated 11-13-2013

Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA) (political party, United States) -- Encyclopedia Britannica

By contrast: "It changed its name in 1943 to PCI and became the strongest political party of the Italian left after World War II, attracting the support of about a third of the voters during the 1970s. At the time it was the largest communist party in the West (2.3 million members in 1947[2] and 34.4% of the vote in 1976). "

In France: "In 2012, the PCF claimed 138,000 members including 70,000 who have paid their membership fees.[2] This would make it the third largest party in France in terms of membership after the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) and the Socialist Party (PS)." French Communist Party - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Must be why France has such horrible health care. Wink

Antipodes wrote:

In the early 1900s, there was quite a strong communist party in the US.

As compared to what? How many candidates of the party were elected to public office in the US?

burnside wrote:

What would you say to a govenment of strong people?

Provide a definition of "strong".

I like the nation of laws not men (or women) idea--it's a goal worth working towards. Because people will always be greedy, weak or "strong" (as in headstrong, fanatical, etc.), I think it's important to focus on the creation and maintenance of a system of government that isn't reliant upon people being "strong" to function more or less equitably--although I don't think that, regardless of its mythos & reputation, the US gov't has managed to function more or less equitably or fairly or even complied with its Constitution as amended. Imho, it certainly is not at present.

There has been very little consideration in the US (in public forums) for years--there was some years ago from what I've read--of whether political "equality" is compatible or possible given the economic system the US has at this time. I think the economic system has varied much more (particularly regionally) in the US then is often acknowledged. It was very interesting to read of the labor/capital analyses presented by southern business people & politicians from the 1820's to the onset of the civil war. Hard to imagine similar analyses being made now. I've listened to some of FDR's speeches and compared to what's said now, they're "radical." Even though they're not, they're just radical for the US. This is, after all, a nation so fearful, so weak, that unlike the UK, Italy & France, (and perhaps others) its "leaders" believed it could not withstand or cope with a communist or socialist party(ies) and continue to be a "democracy" or republic.

Is it possible to have political equality or something even approaching it when there is such great economic inequality? Can the US continue to claim it's a republic or democracy if political and economic inequality exist? If the US is now a corporate oligarchy, that's not compatible w/a republic or democratic system of gov't perhaps it's time for public acknowledgement of that. And if it's so, it doesn't matter how "strong" the people in government are, does it?

The question re: can you have political "equality" if you have economic inequality was discussed/argued about in the 1970's (at least in academia), when was the last time it was discussed in Congress?

I don't believe that any one person is infallible, I think that too much power corrupts, maybe a truism, but it's an accurate statement for me. Hugo Chavez is just the most recent example, imo. I don't think that "strong" people are an adequate substitute for a system of government that grants more power to the rule of law, due process, etc., then to any one person. Or branch of government.

I abhor the lack of accountability that has been granted to those ordering the assassination of people by drone, in nations that we are not at war with, of our own citizens of citizens of nations we are not at war with, to me it's an ongoing war crime and destroys whatever vestige of legitimacy or compliance w/international rules of justice that remained after the US invasion,occupation and near destruction of Iraq. Others would say that it takes "strong people" to make those decisions and to "protect" the US. Personally I feel much less "safe" when there are so many people suffering economically, socially & physically, in the US, then 30 years ago, because so much of the wealth of this nation is going to so few people. Who may think of themselves as "strong" people and therefore entitled to rule.

Antipodes wrote:

The US has been drifting into fascism ever since Truman was president.

Had a class w/a pol sci professor years ago who said it was far more likely that the US would become a fascist state then communist. Because the US has no history of feudalism.

merchants of fear wrote:

How about a strong woman?

No. I don't want a dictatorship, I don't want a gov't dominated by one person.

tg wrote:

don't think that was the point of the article

FTA: "If you have four hours, watch President Putin’s amazing open press conference with the Russia people and then try to imagine an American or European leader capable of such a feat. Putin's annual Q&A session 2014 (FULL VIDEO) The Russians have a real leader. We have two-bit punks."

"A government that relies on propaganda cannot be believed about anything."

What national gov'ts don't utilize propaganda? What large institutions and organizations don't? When corporations do it, it's called marketing.

tg wrote:

Washington’s Corruption and Mendacity Is What Makes America “Exceptional” -

Really. He must be not have spent much time outside the US. Italy comes to mind just for starters.

What is this longing of some people in the US for "strong" men? Ooooh, Putin, now he's a REAL man, a manly man, not some passive-aggressive wimp like Obama who hasn't, unlike that other manly man, Bush/Cheney, Inc., ordered out the military for any reason, whether real or invented.

Here I thought I lived in a republic, w/3 branches of gov't, on paper anyway. One whose first president warned against foreign entanglements and, who warned against standing armies, despite (or perhaps because) he'd been leader of the armed forces during the American revolution--and I don't recall the then members of Congress booing him.

I don't get the reverence for a "strong leader.". I want a constitutional republic, I'd settle for a viable parliamentary democracy but I'm not interested in a dictatorship, a father figure or a strong man.

lawyerliz wrote:

Why don't we bring back corsets?

Modern Corsets | Corsets Shop

I rarely wear heels anymore & then only at night/parties, but heels, by Jimmy Choo, or others have never gone out of style, Jimmy Choos have been mainstream popular (for those who can afford his shoes) since, um the 90's? Usually I've had to take off the heels after a drink or two.

It's always amazed me, what women will wear & otherwise do to themselves to fit whatever the current idea of "attractive" is. Life got more interesting when men started to join the peacock parade--mohawks in a variety of colors, etc., but they really lag behind when it comes to exotic shoes, clothes, etc., (plastic surgery's caught on though)--despite the examples provided by a few bands.

Best use I ever heard of for stilettos was to discourage gropers on the subway--a friend who wore stilettos told me you dig one of them into the groper's foot, he tends to stop groping & move away quickly--if he's not in too much pain--and you've lifted up the heel enough that the foot can be moved.

sm_landlord wrote:

YouTube - Missing Persons - Walking in L.A.

I remember Walking in LA not Mental Hopscotch.

JP wrote:

"That's no way to talk about the constituents!"

Riots, etc., were fairly common in NYC in the early days (post Peter Stuyvesant). A rowdy bunch & gangs appeared (developed?) fairly early in its history, I think Five Points had gangs by the 1800's.

The pigs cleaned up the garbage and were a food source for the poor.

robj wrote:

I think it was the cheese steaks that motivated the move back to Philly from New York, since pizza wasn't yet invented in NYC.

I think the Congresspeople were scared of the pigs in the streets of the city.

burnside wrote:

Now why do you suppose that would be?

Human nature is my supposition. Particularly the human nature of academics.

robj wrote:

There's a reason why the capitol was moved from Philly to Warshington:

It was in NYC after Philly, before DC. "The United States Congress was established upon ratification of the United States Constitution and formally began on March 4, 1789. New York City remained home to Congress until July 1790,[4] when the Residence Act was passed to pave the way for a permanent capital. " United States Capitol - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Outsider wrote:

Imagine if it weren't that way.

There are examples of the other as well (kindness of humans to other humans), just doesn't seem to be dominant. So much power to be gained and profits to be made from encouraging hate/distrust.

One perspective on the evolution of Enlightenment principles: "Furthermore, the term "Enlightenment" is often used across epochs. For example in their work Dialectic of Enlightenment, Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno see developments of the 20th century as late consequences of the Enlightenment: Humans are installed as "Master" of a world being freed from its magic; truth is understood as a system; rationality becomes an instrument and an ideology managed by apparatuses; civilisation turns into the barbarism of fascism; civilizing effects of the Enlightenment turn into their opposite; and exactly this - they claim - corresponds to the problematic structure of the Enlightenment's way of thinking. Jürgen Habermas, however, disagrees with his teachers' (Adorno and Horkheimer) view of the Enlightenment as a process of decay. He talks about an "incomplete project of modernity"[22] which, in a process of communicative actions, always asks for rational reasons." Age of Enlightenment - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Seems there's room for disagreement, argument, etc., on what the Enlightenment really was (or its principles) and/or when it started.

Bubblisimo Gerkinov wrote:

offered coffee, tea or vodka.

wishful thinking US version: Coffee, Tea or Me? - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

aleister perdurabo wrote:

Without the contributions "nobody will even talk to you," Chatwal said. "That's the only way to buy them, get into the system."

The system a majority of the US S.Ct approves of.

burnside wrote:

Death of the Enlightenment?

It sometimes seems as though it's in its death throes in some parts of the US. I think WWI was the first blow--until then people (at least in Europe) seemed able to believe humans were steadily improving. WWI proved otherwise. Not sure how widespread the effect or reach of the Enlightenment was. Didn't seem to stop people from believing that some were entitled to own other people, did it? (I'm thinking not just of the US but the Sudan when the British were unofficially "ruling" Egypt, the Belgian Congo, etc.).

edit to add: and then there was the Holocaust, Rwanda, what happened in former Yugoslavia, Stalin's murder of who knows how many, and on & on.

burnside wrote:

I see signs everywhere that the American culture has become mired in itself

BBC News - Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy

Rob Dawg wrote:

They are both wrong but but courts don't work that way.

Some of the federal courts use mediation in some cases and it could be that Apple and Samsung could've opted to try mediation and declined.

In general, courts (state, federal) like mediation in civil cases (mediation is mandated for divorce cases in many states) because it's less expensive then a trial/extended litigation. Uses less court time.

josap wrote:

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The seasonal nighttime closing of Flagstaff's largest shelter for the homeless means dozens are heading for the woods in and around the northern Arizona city in search of places to stay.

Facility director Stephen Tomasello of Flagstaff Shelter Services said some people have found alternate housing but that most have nowhere else to go.

Sounds similar to how Orwell describes treatment of "tramps" in "Down & Out in Paris & London."

Little progress since then it seems, despite increase in global "wealth" and all that "technology" that was going to make life so much better for everyone.

burnside wrote:

All our little moments out among our contemporaries aren't - at least in my view - private at all. They never were.

So you don't think that women have a cause of action or cause for complaint if some guy's taking photos of whatever he can see looking up their skirts? Because when you're riding a metrolink train or walking in a store you're in "public"? Man arrested for videotaping up women’s skirts, more victims sought | The Antelope Valley Times

Rob Dawg wrote:

Read more: I Was Assaulted For Wearing Google Glass - Business Insider

he's also got a short memory:

FTA: "You don't see a crowd of more than a hundred people go to an investment banker's house when he evicts longtime tenants, to publicly ask his or her employer for help, because of course no investment bank would do something like that."

Class Warfare: Hundreds Demonstrate Outside of Bankers’ Houses in DC

according to his own statement, he was working in SF when this happened but he's forgotten about that too.

Activists demonstrate, spend the night outside Wells Fargo | SF Politics

I guess because people weren't demonstrating at the WF executives' homes.

not to mention completely forgetting out OWS.

sm_landlord wrote:

I don't understand why people seem to find this surprising. I always thought that's what food stamps were for - people who didn't make much money.

I think what's surprising (or upsetting) for some people is that people working full time may still qualify for food stamps, and that they may continue to do so even after getting a raise.

By about the 3rd year I'd lived in OR coast touristland, I realized that subsidized housing (public housing, section 8 grants) enabled the hotel/restaurant/tourist industry to survive- by paying low wages and hiring & firing seasonally. A small number of people do very well, the rest do not and will not, as long as they are in those jobs.

It creates a permanent working underclass (and a good argument for unionization).

Anti-austerity protest in Italy turns violent - Europe - Al Jazeera English

"Speaking last week, Renzi said the changes were needed as "there are those who have taken much, too much over the years, and it is time they give some back".'

Why do I think he's not talking about the upper 10% in income/resources in Italy?

Interesting choice of photo--as if Al Jazeera wanted to encourage sympathy for a barraged LE.

"Although there are no federal numbers on where employed SNAP participants work, the state of Ohio, where Ballam lives, does keep a list of the top 50 companies with the most workers and their family members on food stamps. Ohio’s list includes lots of fast food chains and discount and big-box stores: McDonald’s, Target, Kroger supermarket, Dollar General. At the very top is Walmart, which had an average of more than 14,500 workers and family members on food stamps last year.* If you take into account the average size of a family on food stamps, as many as 7,000 individual Walmart employees were on food stamps last year—nearly 15 percent of the company’s workforce across Ohio." Walmart employees on food stamps: Their wages aren’t enough to get by.


"Compare Hudson’s situation to that of his father, Jim Hudson, who has never been on food stamps in his life. Back when Hudson was a young man, his life was in many ways very similar to his son’s: He was starting a family and looking for a job he could get with no college degree. The plentiful work was not in retail, but manufacturing. Hudson got hired at what was, back then, the largest employer in Ohio and the country: not Walmart, but General Motors.

Hudson says his starting wage in 1991 at a GM factory near Dayton, building TrailBlazers, was $9.35 an hour, which in inflation-adjusted 2014 dollars comes out to $16.12 per hour—almost twice what his son makes now. "

sm_landlord wrote:

The down side, of course, is the sheer volume of clutter that can accumulate in between major cleanings.

That can happen anywhere though, lab benches, etc.

Helps to have a bank of drawers or bins along the wall at a 90 angle to the desk/table. And some shelves, then you can shift some of the clutter to the bins and shelves Wink

JP wrote:

I've grown surprising attached to the big-ass area my board-on-sawhorse desk allows. A door across file cabinets was good enough for Jeff Bezos, so this works for me.

I'm short, so I built my own "desk" w/plywood board & saw horse legs that places the plywood board at the right height for me. I like how much space I have.

Comrade Kristina wrote:

Personally, I prefer bunnehs.

better manure/fertilizer?

Jackdawracy wrote:

Compare and contrast to today, where everybody knows everything a few seconds after it transpires~

and just like yesterday, we sometimes believe we "know" stuff that's never actually happened. Internet has only accentuated or accelerated the creation of rumors & passing them off as reality/truth.

Jackdawracy wrote:

Do you think people talked about gambling on stocks and the like, like the banter we hear here daily, before the internet?

Maybe in the 1920's.

"Discussions about stocks could be heard everywhere, from parties to barber shops. As newspapers reported stories of ordinary people - like chauffeurs, maids, and teachers - making millions off the stock market, the fervor to buy stocks grew exponentially.

Although an increasing number of people wanted to buy stocks, not everyone had the money to do so.

Buying on Margin . . . ." Stock Market Crash - History of the Stock Market Crash of 1929

Outsider wrote:

I have the impression horses are higher maintenance in the meds dept., but not sure.

Depends on where they are & what they're doing. A friend's been providing a home for her donkey & several horses (mostly retired) for the past 7 years or so, and those horses get their hooves trimmed when needed (no shoes) and I don't know if they're being wormed every year or not, although some people say that in western OR horses should be wormed twice a year. Her animals are pastured all year, w/grain/hay supplement in the winter/early spring.

At one of the stables on LI (NY) that I worked at, w/a couple of broodmares, show horses, school horses, boarders, we wormed 1x/year. Other meds were as needed.

Some show & race horses are given way too many drugs, usually performance-enhancing or pain killers.

Outsider wrote:

Horse would bother me because of the possibility of deworming (or other) meds.

I don't know what Mr. Salatin's doing but:

Spring deworming of cows pays off | As the Worm Turns | Deworming cows in spring is cost-effective practice | [primary-term] content from BEEF Magazine

Outsider wrote:

Do I think there is value in cow manure? Yes.

do you use it? I've used only horse & chicken. Both usually need composting, particularly horse manure because of all the seeds, etc, that pass through horses, they don't digest grasses as thoroughly as ruminants like cows do. The stuff I've seen in cow pastures is messy, much messier then horse manure. Maybe it's easier to deal w/when it dries out. It's apparently liked by a mildly hallucinatory mushroom that grows in western OR though, farmers in the Eugene, OR, area used to get pretty testy about students trespassing into their cattle/cow pastures to look for the mushrooms (friend of mine was one of the students).

Outsider wrote:

I have not followed the Bundy story, but if his cattle were grazing on govt. land and the govt. wants remuneration, he might consider charging them for fertilizing their land with cattle manure

then the feds can charge him for causing forage & soil loss to federal grazing lands. Overgrazing on federal lands has been a problem for years. BLM was (maybe still is) notoriously lax in enforcement of overgrazing regulations. This guy must've really annoyed the BLM for them to act. DOI: BLM: Livestock Grazing

But I'd rather have cattle or buffalo using the land (properly) then "recreational" off road vehicle use.

Where I am (wetter environment), the soil conservation service & watershed councils, et al, work w/ranchers/farmers to control cattle access to creek banks (for water), to limit erosion, etc., Siuslaw Soil and Water Conservation District to keep the aquatic environment in decent condition. Cattle & horses can do alot of damage to a creek banks & beds.

I'm curious as to why you think it's ok for someone to use public lands for private/commercial benefit for years w/out paying for the use.

I started eating less beef after field camp--I spent some time in a WY oil field and saw cattle wandering around, drinking water out of puddles etc., w/oil slicks covering most of their surface.

Didn't a few HCNers say that businesses were fleeing SoCal because of all the too onerous gov't regulations?

Boeing moving airplane support out of Puget Sound -

moving out of the Puget Sound area to SoCal

"Motorola captured both of Mississippi’s mega contracts, which promised to generate more than $300 million in sales, with initial bid prices so low that competitors were dumbfounded.

The firm’s low-ball bids offer a case study in how some of the company’s myriad marketing tactics have warded off competition and helped preserve its estimated 80 percent hold on the nation’s emergency telecommunication business.

The industry behemoth has seemed to have a strategy for every scenario in landing most contracts in the multibillion-dollar-a-year business that grew after the communications foul-ups of Sept. 11, 2001, and from the onslaught of Katrina. In some cases, Motorola has charged that its company secrets were leaked to rivals. It has threatened lawsuits. It has gone to court to jealously guard its pricing schedule.

In Mississippi, Motorola locked up the radio project with a bid price of $221 million, $90 million below that of rival M/A-Com Inc. Although Motorola had the least experience of three bidders for the broadband network, its price of $56 million over the system’s 10-year life was $33 million lower than that of runner-up Alcatel-Lucent.

Despite the appeal of savings in Motorola’s bids, one of the new networks has been scrapped and Mississippi lacks the funds to operate the other. "

"In DuPage County, Ill., west of Chicago, a $7 million, noncompetitive contract with Motorola wound up costing more than $28 million.

California’s Riverside County awarded Motorola a $148 million contract for a new land-mobile digital radio system that was to be activated by July 2009. It’s been delayed by more than four years because of technical glitches, including busy signals on would-be emergency calls. The cost has risen to $172 million, said Kevin Crawford, the county’s information technology chief.
JACKSON, Miss.: After Motorola parlays Katrina’s devastation into telecom riches, new Mississippi system lies fallow | Economy | McClatchy DC

In a 41-page opinion Friday, U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer offered some critical words for the Obama administration’s handling of the case while still concluding the relatives couldn’t pursue damage remedies from administration officials.

“(Officials) must be trusted and expected to act in accordance with the U.S. Constitution when they intentionally target a U.S. citizen abroad at the direction of the President and with the concurrence of Congress,” Collyer wrote. “They cannot be held personally responsible in monetary damages for conducting war.”

Collyer did reject the Obama administration’s aggressive argument that courts shouldn’t even consider the lawsuit, noting that “the Bill of Rights was passed to protect individuals from an over-reaching government, and this Court cannot refuse to provide an independent legal analysis.”

Nonetheless, Collyer concluded “no available remedy under U.S. law” existed for the grieving loved ones. Court rejects claims by family members of U.S. drone strike victims | Suits & Sentences | McClatchy DC

Kill at will.

creditcriminalslovetarp wrote:

the auto expansion over last 5 years was perhaps 40% filled by credit criminal fishing to hang paper...

car title loans seem to be spreading as well:

"New York State has very strict laws on interest rates that may be charged by unlicensed lenders that are not or federally or state-chartered. Unlicensed lenders may not charge an interest rate of more than 16%. In an attempt to skirt this law, title loan companies do not set up shop in New York State but peddle their products over the Internet and consumers apply online. These companies do not issue loans based on the credit worthiness of consumers or their ability to pay it back, but rather on the value of the consumer’s motor vehicle.

To make the loan seem affordable, title loan companies often require that consumers pay only the interest on a monthly basis. At the end of the loan, consumers are stunned to learn that they must then make a balloon payment for an amount that often exceeds the entire principal of the loan. If the consumer is unable to make the balloon payment, the title loan company repossesses and sells the consumer’s motor vehicle." A.G. Schneiderman Announces Major Agreements To Stop Marketing Of Title Loans In NYS | Eric T. Schneiderman

Apparently common in the southern part of the US.