• was exactly that.  How to make your own bullets, boobytraps you can put around your bunker...

    Yesterday there was a debate on NPR between a guy who thought genetically engineered salmon was bad and one who thought it was OK. The first guy sounded 19-21 years old and lunged at every point, talking over Diane Reems to the point that she was visibly angry with him (point of note for anyone going on Diane's show: you don't gain sympathy with your audience when you piss off Diane). The first thing I thought of when I heard his hectoring voice was members of the 9/12 group that I have been following: emotionally unstable and you wouldn't leave him around your kids.

    When you have to decide something really important (like more/healthier/cheaper food vs. risks of environmental catastrophe) the last thing you want is someone randomly emoting all over the place. Such is the makeup of extreme groups.  Ill-thought and poorly reflected opinions tightly held as Sole Truths which all who oppose are "too Stupid and Evil to understand like I do".

    Anyone who holds unassailable and aggressive views of highly complex situations is a danger to have around. The views they hold are a secondary result of the fact that they are emotionally unstable people to begin with: they're just as likely to smash windows in an Anti Globalization protest as they are to stockpile weapons to hold off the Commies.  Which way they go is entirely situational and has nothing to do with whether either approach is sane.

  • I tried posting a comment that my previous comment was a reply to Kent, but maybe this one will work...

  • I do my best to stay out of conversations like this (insert image of person trying to interrupt heated argument between second person and fire hydrant). I certainly don't intend to actually achieve anything, so I suppose that at best this is an act of indulgent self abuse.

    Still, the thrill of a pointless conflict...

    So, the political spectrum is circular (well, I actually picture a torus, but that's another digression we'll skip for now).  Earth First! and the Tea Party are closer to each other than either is to someone like me standing near the middle. MyDD's own Texas Darlin' ending up with a blog (long since sealed off from Prying Eyes) where survivalists talk about how to make lethal weapons during the coming Dark Times and the best way to kill an Outsider is no surprise at all. For some of the Far Left who were disappointed when Sec. Clinton lost her campaign it was a shorter walk to Palin than it was to Obama because they were never really that far away to begin with.

    I do not expect any of the usual voices to agree with a word of what I just said. Probably not even to believe it, though those are two different things. But actions, so I am told, speak louder than words.

    In my daily world creating Rules that detect classes of Behaviors buried in oceans of data is old hat: many things are alike no matter that they emerge from entirely different sources. It does not seem at all untenable to imagine writing a single set of rules at the human scale which would parse out a single demographic including both the Tea Party and the Anti-Democratic-ProgressoPUMAs (or whatever you folks are calling yourselves these days).

    Maybe there is a "Tea PUMA Party" ("PUMA Party"? "Tea Pumy"? "Progressive Conservatives"? [no, wait, that was Canada]) or something that could be ginned up? I'm sure Sarah would be happy to welcome a gaggle of disaffected Liberals.

    They live one door down. Stop by for a cup.

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    Employment more than almost anything drives home the "all politics are local" truism, eh? It is a 7M-job we took so it will in fact take a long time to work back out again.  The curves in these sorts of things are organic by nature, so for the short term (the rest of this year and the next) it is safe to look for a continuing positive trend.  The slope of the curve is the important bit, and it's too early to really nail that down. <img src="http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn231/chrisblask/JobsChart-march-2010.jpg">

    Employment more than almost anything drives home the "all politics are local" truism, eh?

    It is a 7M-job we took so it will in fact take a long time to work back out again.  The curves in these sorts of things are organic by nature, so for the short term (the rest of this year and the next) it is safe to look for a continuing positive trend.  The slope of the curve is the important bit, and it's too early to really nail that down. 

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    Employment more than almost anything drives home the "all politics are local" truism, eh? It is a 7M-job we took so it will in fact take a long time to work back out again.  The curves in these sorts of things are organic by nature, so for the short term (the rest of this year and the next) it is safe to look for a continuing positive trend.  The slope of the curve is the important bit, and it's too early to really nail that down. <img src="http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn231/chrisblask/JobsChart-march-2010.jpg">

    Employment more than almost anything drives home the "all politics are local" truism, eh?

    It is a 7M-job we took so it will in fact take a long time to work back out again.  The curves in these sorts of things are organic by nature, so for the short term (the rest of this year and the next) it is safe to look for a continuing positive trend.  The slope of the curve is the important bit, and it's too early to really nail that down. 

  • on a comment on Health Care Reform Passed over 4 years ago

    is reinvigorated again.

    The serious spanking can be a wonderful thing.  Over the past year I've had a lot of conversations with a lot of very dear friends - who range from slightly conservative to extremely conservative - and I think Frum is exactly right.  There just aren't a lot of people who actually agree with Beck and the n/f-word shouting/spitting/gun-sign-carrying idiots who have come to represent the GOP since 2008.  That doesn't make these folks Democrats (less-so than it makes me one), but they aren't idiots and they aren't insincere.  They can be spoken to and respected, because they are respectful themselves.

    Centrists like me may want the Tea Party GOP to burn even more than Democrats do.  It's painful to watch and it limits our own choices.

  • on a comment on Health Care Reform Passed over 4 years ago

    Happy for the Dems, glad to have this done and even more glad to see the President succeeding and the Tea Party approach of the GOP failing.

    Frum did a great piece on what this should mean to the GOP:

    http://www.frumforum.com/waterloo

    Good to see you and best to all the DDenizens!

  • on a comment on Torture the Crotch Bomber over 4 years ago

    Still has some work to do, obviously.  Being able to see new comments and your own comment list is the biggest thing missing imho - I can't tell what is new so it kinda kills the purpose of checking if anyone has added anything.

  • comment on a post MyDD 2010 Launch Thread over 4 years ago
    Critical Need. You have to be able to create paragraphs and insert whitespace. Lacking that may be the one way to get rid of me, without it you can't make more than single-paragraph comments.
  • comment on a post MyDD 2010 Launch Thread over 4 years ago
    "Preview" is the pause that refreshes and the single greatest tool to prevent flaming reactionarianism. Nothing like seeing your own words in print for a moment to show you that you might have stated your point a tad too strongly. It also is the best editorial tool. As it stands one cannot see their entire comment and scan for errors. I prefer "Preview" to be mandatory.
  • comment on a post Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot over 4 years ago
    Glad you've found new open doors, sorry you had to deal with loss, glad you've found some value in the process. I hope my own passing will serve as yet one more chance to manipulate my own kids for their own good (every parent's final wish). You know the sorts of answers I'd give to some of your questions, I'll toss out a few of them for the cloud of lurkers. It should come as no surprise that the Democratic Party (or the GOP, for that matter) take a different route than their most adamant supporters would choose for them. Idealism and Pragmatism are an Odd Couple who will never come to complete agreement. While for my part I will always cheerlead for Pragmatism, if everyone else did as well I might be attempted to switch to Idealism - there is a functional need for both. So, leaving you and others to lead the Idealist charge, I'll throw in my stock points in support of Pragmatism: o elected majority parties are much more capable of advancing issues - albeit more slowly than Idealists might prefer - than defeated minority parties. o there is pragmatically very little chance of Idealism on either end of the circular political spectrum becoming common political policy (with the possible caveat of "without bringing with them tremendous problems"). Have a good decade! -chris
  • on a comment on MyDD 2010 Launch Thread over 4 years ago
    The ad seems to have been moved now, but the error was just that it was below a bullet and therefore indented to the right.
  • comment on a post MyDD 2010 Launch Thread over 4 years ago
    it's overlaying the comments in wide mode. Also too bad the ability to see your own comment list seems to be missing. All-in-all a good upgrade from first glances, though. Interested to see how it all works out.
  • on a comment on Torture the Crotch Bomber over 4 years ago

    This is not a modern American tendency at all, less so here than most cultures in history (even our own).  These folks are just doing anything to win the game without applying any ethical filter whatsoever.

    It is, frankly, revolting - and I'm not even a GOP-hater by nature.

  • on a comment on Torture the Crotch Bomber over 4 years ago

    but they miss the point.

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