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« on: August 21, 2012, 12:54:27 PM »
Standing up a channel. Let's see how this goes. A place to park all the random things of interest without any logical DD referent.

Now here's a good blog:
http://weeklysift.com/2012/08/20/rage-for-the-machine/
Follow the link to get to the blog, if you'd likem to follow any of the nany embedded links within the post.

Rage For the Machine


Paul Ryan’s love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades. … Don’t mistake me, I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta “rage” in him: A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment. Basically the only thing he’s not raging against is the privileged elite he’s groveling in front of for campaign contributions.

– Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine

Before getting into what happened this week, I want to look ahead a week, to the Republican Convention. Unless the GOP completely screws up (which is possible; the 1992 “Culture War” convention didn’t do them much good), the Romney-Ryan ticket should get a bounce in the polls. The most likely outcome is that they’ll leave Tampa with a lead.

You shouldn’t lose sleep about that. McCain-Palin had a lead briefly, and we know how that turned out. For that matter, Dukakis came out of the 1988 Democratic Convention with a 17-point lead. This year’s Democratic Convention ends September 6, and maybe a week after that you can start taking polls at face value again. In the meantime, follow Nate Silver. Don’t get worried until Nate does.
This week everybody was still talking about Paul Ryan

Except for the people who are drawing and animating Paul Ryan:

I did almost 2000 words on Ryan last week, but the subject is vast. Most of last week’s article focused on Ryan’s (largely false) image as an anti-deficit guy. But if that’s all we talk about, we’ve fallen into the same Tea Party trap as 2010.

Remember? The Tea Party sold itself as a grass-roots, non-partisan movement narrowly focused on taxes, spending, and the deficit. Then they got power and started forcing ultrasound probes up women’s vaginas.

Paul Ryan is the same kind of guy, and we shouldn’t lose sight of that. Hence this week’s article: Paul Ryan, Veteran of the War on Women.

Two other Ryan stories: So Ryan was totally against the Stimulus program in public, and said many times that it would not create jobs. But he wrote at least four letters requesting stimulus money for his district, including one that says the proposal would “stimulate the local and area economy by creating jobs” — exactly what he was saying in public that the Stimulus couldn’t do.

When asked about this apparent hypocrisy, Ryan has repeatedly claimed he never asked for stimulus funds. Now that the letters have come out, he’s blaming his staff.

The second story is more complicated: Ryan was accused of insider trading. Then the story was debunked. Then it wasn’t. Stay tuned.
… and Medicare

On the surface it seems absurd that any ticket with Paul Ryan on it could claim to be defending Medicare against the dastardly President Obama. But a lot of work has gone into preparing the ground for this kind of propaganda. I examine it in How Lies Work.
… and you might also find this stuff interesting

Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin isn’t concerned about a rape exception to abortion laws, because biology works differently in his world:

    If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.

After a considerable firestorm, Akin said he “misspoke“, which is hilarious. You can’t “misspeak” an entire pseudo-scientific explanation. Acceptable excuses might include “my abstinence-only sex-education class didn’t tell me how the female body works” or “I was off my meds during that interview”. But “I misspoke” doesn’t cut it.

Lots of airlines lose your luggage, United lost a 10-year-old — and then followed up about as badly as you could imagine. I know I repeat myself, but Corporations Are Sociopaths — they’re fundamentally self-centered and amoral.

When Mitt Romney tells us about his taxes and asks for our trust rather than providing evidence, you need to know that he’s done this before — and lied. When his Massachusetts residency was challenged before his 2002 run for governor, he refused to reveal his tax returns, but said they would show he had filed as a Massachusetts resident. In fact, he hadn’t.

Cracked imagines another scene in its “It Must Have Happened” series. Here, Ayn Rand and L. Ron Hubbard discuss how to monkey-wrench American culture:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/K5YWTFW5WMw?rel=0" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/K5YWTFW5WMw?rel=0</a>

A mixed week on voting rights. A Pennsylvania judge refused to block that state’s voter-ID law, but a Florida judge did block a plan to curb early voting, and Ohio’s secretary of state backed off of a plan to allow extended hours for early voting in Republican counties only. The Pennsylvania decision has the most impact, so net advantage to voter suppression.

The Pennsylvania judge faced the same situation as the Supreme Court did in June when it allowed one part of Arizona’s papers-please law to stand: In order to strike down a law before it takes effect, a judge has to determine that it can’t be enforced in a constitutional way. No matter how likely it looks that somebody’s rights will be violated, the judge can’t assume bad faith enforcement. It’s a high bar.

In the wake of a shooting at the Family Research Council, 23 LGBT groups did the honorable thing and denounced it without conditions:

    regardless of what emerges as the reason for this shooting, we utterly reject and condemn such violence.

A sidebar to my How Lies Work article: Journalists are actively discussing how to handle the “post-truth campaign” Romney is running. A post on WaPo’s “The Fix” blog seemed to admire the savviness of Romney’s distortions rather than criticize their lack of honesty. And, maybe for the first time, this was roundly condemned within the profession. Jay Rosen’s post is a good entry point to the discussion.
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Re: Surlynewz, Analysis and Outrageous Opinions
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2012, 02:04:43 PM »
The driftglass edition. This one is a classic.
Who Is John Galt?
http://driftglass.blogspot.com/2012/08/who-is-john-galt.html



File Under: "What did Paul Ryan know about Ayn Rand and when did he know it?"

If you are unfamiliar with the name "John Galt", one wag once described him as:

    "...a two-dimensional, stamped-out-of-chipboard Ayn Randite protagonist whose Pimpernellian exploits on behalf of poor, oppressed capitalists are shot through a vast, steaming heap of bad science fiction called "Atlas Shrugged" like veins of undigested corn."

Which is, of course, unimpeachably true.


"John Galt"  is also the pivot on which Ayn Rand's infamous, behemoth novel turns, every bit as much as "What is the 'Matrix'?" drives the plot of "The Matrix" and the search for the meaning of "Catch-22" propels the book and movie of the same name.


During the novel's first 2 million pages or so, John Galt remains largely a phantom, slipping in and out of society and spiriting away it's hero capitalists, leaving behind hordes of increasingly desperate moochers and "mystics" to cry into their rapidly-souring collectivist milk. We learn somewhere along the way that John Galt was once an engineer at an automobile plant the "20th Century Motor Company"* (which I previously and mistakenly elided in my head into the "20th Century Motors Company") who (entirely on his own with no help from anyone else, thank you very much!) discovered a hitherto-unknown domain of physics, worked out all the details (again, entirely on his own) and then (after apparently mining, forging, refining, milling, stamping and tooling all the materials necessary entirely on his own) constructed a prototype engine from scratch which generated electricity literally out of thin air, thus creating -- single-handedly -- the world's first clean, portable and limitless supply of electrical power.

So far so good, right?

But then (because this is "a vast, steaming heap of bad science fiction" and not the real world) rather than ending up a celebrated multi-billionaire on the cover of every business magazine in Christendom, John Galt is instantly beset by a gang of two-dimensional, mustache-twirling villains (union thugs and "collectivists", naturally) who attempt to steal his awesome invention and treat him so rudely that instead of hanging around one minute longer (to, say, single-handedly invent a cheap box fan capable of generating the tiny breeze necessary to blow these strawmen back into the little piles of hay from whence they came), he immediately gives up on humanity generally and storms away, taking his unique knowledge of his miraculous engine with him (so complex and tricksie is it that it cannot not be understood or reverse-engineered by anyone else on Earth) and promises to "Stop the motor of the world".

(Which, when you run it through the Adolescent Boy Tantrum Translator, comes out as "I am an unappreciated genius in a world full of loser assholes who shit all over me.  Fuck you, world!", thus explaining why "Atlas Shrugged" is very popular with smart, angry adolescent boys.)

As the novel slouches ever more slouchily onward (towards Bethlehem Steel to be born, one presumes), the phrase "Who is John Galt?" (the verbal shrug of exasperated hopelessness spoken talismanically every time some poor producer gets tangled up by the incomprehensibly evil traps and snares of Big Gummint, Unions or Religion) becomes so ubiquitous that by the time one has threaded through vast armies of straw men and traversed thousands of mile of leaden prose it becomes so blindingly obvious that Answering! This! Question! is the whole point of the novel that even a skeevy collectivist parasite like me figured it out all by myself without having to ask my Communist Party handlers to explain it to me even once!


And in the most sustained slab of screechy, pedantic, Manichean writing in the entire book, Ms. Rand helpfully answers that question.  And whether you're an acolyte who gets that dreamy, fuck-the-poor, Objectivist glint in your eye every time you think of "The Speech", or you are a normal human being who recalls it dimly as "that interminable, godawful, blunt-force-trauma screed that seemed to go on and on and hellishly on forever" it is the one part of the novel that everyone remembers.


Everyone.

(Hell, it's the primary reason why, about 10 seconds after Barack Obama took the Oath of Office,   the Right whipped themselves into another of their trademarked fake-apoplectic frenzies, threatening this time to "Go Galt!" by walking away and leaving their batshit blogs untenanted.  Or something.  According to legend this "strike" by America's leading Conservative  "producers" ended once someone explained to the likes of wingnut welfare queens such as Rich Lowry and Michelle Malkin that copying and pasting RNC talking points was not actually the same as inventing the Bessemer process or building an aircraft out of bicycle parts, sailcloth and resin.)

However, for the fusspot who lives to look things up, the specific citation is Chapter VII of Part III, entitled "This is John Galt Speaking".

The speech begins as follows --


    "For twelve years, you have been asking: Who is John Galt? This is John Galt speaking. I am the man who loves his life. I am the man who does not sacrifice his love or his values. I am the man who has deprived you of victims and thus has destroyed your world, and if you wish to know why you are perishing-you who dread knowledge-I am the man who will now tell you."



-- runs on for 64 more pages, and it is why, in addition to being a two-dimensional, stamped-out-of-chipboard Ayn Randite protagonist and the pivot on which "Atlas Shrugged" turns, John Galt is also the big, shiny, public petard* tenterhook from which Paul Ryan now finds his career dangling;  the smoking-gun proof that Paul Ryan is, beyond any doubt, a first order pathological liar whose sudden, magnetic-poles-reversing-themselves denials about Ayn Rand are so...tectonic...that he genuinely "out-Herods Herod".

Or at least out-Romneys Romney.

Here is a partial transcript for those who have better things to do than watch  doddering old whore Brit Hume obediently deliver his softballs by slow freight (emphasis added):

    Brit Hume, FOX News: What is your view of Ayn Rand? Are you an Ayn Rand disciple?

    Rep. Paul Ryan: No. I really enjoyed her novels, Atlas Shrugged in particular. It triggered my interest in economics. That's where I got into studying economics. That's why I wanted to study the whole field of economics.

    I later in life learned about what her philosophy was, it's called Objectivism. It's something that I completely disagree with. It's an atheistic philosophy. But I think what she's done is she's showed -- she came from communism. She showed how the pitfalls of socialism can hurt the economy, can hurt people, families and individuals and that to me was very compelling novels. Which says freedom, free enterprise, liberty is so much better than totalitarianism and socialism. Those novels, I thought were interesting. But her philosophy, which is different, is something I just don't agree with.

And right there -- right at the point where Paul Ryan states categorically that "Atlas Shrugged" (which Paul Ryan "really enjoyed" so much that he made his staff read it and handed copies of it out as Christmas presents)  is "different" than Ayn Rand's philosophy "called Objectivism" (with which Paul Ryan "completely disagrees") -- is where Mr. Ryan knowingly tells what may  be the biggest and most consequential lie any Presidential or Vice Presidential candidate has told in recent memory.

It's not just that "Atlas Shrugged" was written by Objectivism's inventor and chief spokesperson.  Oh my no.  It's that the novel's philosophical apogee and most memorable element -- that deadly, long-ass "This is John Galt Speaking" slab of awful that swallows up 64 pages of its  pages -- was consciously designed by Ayn Rand to be a comprehensive introduction to her Objectivist philosophy -- a philosophy which excoriates those who claim to act out of a religious faith that teaches charity and mercy as mere dictators and degenerate "mystics" whose only "craving is to kill" and whose "only satisfaction is to torture":

    ...

    “Every dictator is a mystic, and every mystic is a potential dictator. A mystic craves obedience from men, not their agreement. He wants them to surrender their consciousness to his assertions, his edicts, his wishes, his whims-as his consciousness is surrendered to theirs. He wants to deal with men by means of faith and force-he finds no satisfaction in their consent if he must earn it by means of facts and reason. Reason is the enemy he dreads and, simultaneously, considers precarious: reason, to him, is a means of deception, he feels that men possess some power more potent than reason-and only their causeless belief or their forced obedience can give him a sense of security, a proof that he has gained control of the mystic endowment he lacked. His lust is to command, not to convince: conviction requires an act of independence and press on the absolute of an objective reality. What he seeks is power over reality and over men’s means of perceiving it, their mind, the power to interpose his will between existence and consciousness, as if, by agreeing to fake the reality he orders them to fake, men would, in fact, create it.

    “Just as the mystic is a parasite in matter, who expropriates the wealth created by others-just as he is a parasite in spirit, who plunders the ideas created by others-so he falls below the level of a lunatic who creates his own distortion of reality, to the level of a parasite of lunacy who seeks a distortion created by others.

    “There is only one state that fulfills the mystic’s longing for infinity, non-causality, non-identity: death. No matter what unintelligible causes he ascribes to his incommunicable feelings, whoever rejects reality rejects existence-and the feelings that move him from then on are hatred for all the values of man’s life, and lust for all the evils that destroy it. A mystic relishes the spectacle of suffering, of poverty, subservience and terror; these give him a feeling of triumph, a proof of the defeat of rational reality. But no other reality exists.

    “No matter whose welfare he professes to serve, be it the welfare of God or of that disembodied gargoyle he describes as ‘The People,’ no matter what ideal he proclaims in terms of some supernatural dimension-in fact, in reality, on earth, his ideal is death, his craving is to kill, his only satisfaction is to torture.

    “Destruction is the only end that the mystics’ creed has ever achieved...


Question:  How do you know this?

Answer:  Because Ayn Rand fucking well said so!   

Question: But why should we take your word for it, driftglass?  After all, isn't this just the sort of thing that a skeevy Liberal collectivist parasite such as yourself would lie about?

Answer: Well, duh!  Fortunately you don't have to take my word for it.  In fact, any idiot with a browser and access to the internet (I'm looking at you, David Gregory) can look these exciting facts up for themselves because the good people at "The Atlas Society" -- the organization to which Paul Ryan delivered the following speech in 2005 during which he explicitly states that he "goes [back to] the 64-page John Galt speech" whenever he needs to check his ideological bearings (at around the 3:30 mark) --

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/tFEyBKssP6Q?feature=player_embedded" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/tFEyBKssP6Q?feature=player_embedded</a>


-- has an entire page devoted to painstakingly tongue-bathing John Galt's speech and explaining its Pure Objectivist Awesomeness in excruciating detail (emphasis added):

    ...

    In Atlas Shrugged, the hero, John Galt, makes a radio speech to the nation revealing the strike of the producers and explaining its rationale. The speech resolves the philosophical mystery of the plot: Why are the most productive people leaving their work and disappearing from society? As such, it provides a comprehensive introduction to Ayn Rand's philosophy, though one that is tailored to the events and characters of the novel. In later works, Rand presented specific elements of her philosophy in nonfiction terms.

    Ayn Rand regarded Galt's speech as the shortest summary of her philosophy, which she called Objectivism. "I knew it was going to be the hardest chapter in the book," she told an interviewer in 1961. "I underestimated. I thought, with a feeling of dread, that it would take at least three months. Well, it took two years." Rand began outlining the speech on July 29, 1953; it was not completed until October 13, 1955. Her biggest challenge was not the speech's philosophical content but its literary requirements. In a novel, she could not present her ideas in the form of a dry, systematic treatise; she had to state them dramatically, in the form of a revolutionary leader's manifesto and challenge to a corrupt society.

    "I started by making an outline of the issues to be covered," Rand explained. "I originally began the theoretical presentation with metaphysics, starting with existence exists, going from metaphysics to epistemology, then planning to go to morality. After writing quite a few pages, I had to stop because I knew it was absolutely wrong. That is the logical order in non-fiction, but you can't do it in fiction. The speech had to start by presenting the morality, which is the real theme of the book, and where Galt would have to begin his explanation to the world. So I had to rewrite the whole thing."

    Though the speech is written as a single, continuous presentation, it can be divided into three sections. In the first, Galt presents the moral code of reason and individualism (The Morality of Life) that the producers embrace. In the second, he explains and attacks the opposite moral code of mysticism, sacrifice, and collectivism (The Morality of Death), showing how it has always been used to exploit the producers. In the third section, he explains the strategy of the strike -- the withdrawal of "the sanction of the victim" -- and urges his listeners to reexamine their moral assumptions. This section also presents the political ideals that follow from the moral code of rational individualism.
    ...

Or to put in in terms any novitiate Randite would understand,  ("Atlas Shrugged" = Objectivism) as clearly and unambiguously as (A = A), and anyone who has ever read and "enjoyed" "Atlas Shrugged" and says otherwise is either a pathological liar or mentally ill.

So who is John Galt?

Well, if we had any honest national political journalism left in this country, "John Galt" would be fiery wreck that ended Paul Ryan's public career, and the iceberg that finally sank Willard Romney's presidential dreams once and for all.


               


* UPDATE:  Thank you to both people who corrected me on my use of "petard", as well as the individual who corrected me regarding John Galt's place of employment.
"It is difficult to write a paradiso when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse." -Ezra Pound

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Re: Surlynewz, Analysis and Outrageous Opinions: Who Is John Galt?
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2012, 04:12:54 PM »
Anyone know what book inspired Joe Biden?  Have a feeling it wasn't Atlas Shrugged. Rumor has it Peter Pan sent him on his way to greatness, but I can't confirm it.   ;D  :laugh:  ;)

                         
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Re: Surlynewz, Analysis and Outrageous Opinions: Who Is John Galt?
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2012, 05:36:20 PM »
Anyone know what book inspired Joe Biden?  Have a feeling it wasn't Atlas Shrugged. Rumor has it Peter Pan sent him on his way to greatness, but I can't confirm it.   ;D  :laugh:  ;)

                         
Joe Biden in His Study
Joe Biden in His Study

Looks like whatever book it was, it served ol' Joe pretty well.
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Re: Surlynewz, Analysis and Outrageous Opinions
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2012, 06:01:49 PM »
Quote Surly "Looks like whatever book it was, it served ol' Joe pretty well."

He sure ain't in "Chains"  That party crasher doll was a star. Joe sure isn't minding her company!  :laugh: ;D

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Re: Surlynewz, Windoze in Airplanes edition
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2012, 09:34:19 AM »
Typically, I resist putting much political stuff in the diner, aside from Occupy newz, because I believe, along with Gore Vidal, that both parties are the left and right wings of the One Party, the Property Party, and that all that unfolds before us is a dumb show staged for us apparent mouth-breathers. Nevertheless, as the campaign between Obamney and Robama unfolds, the campaign of Lurch The Fucking Stiff seems to seek and find new lows each week. In today's edition, we learn a sizable percentage of the FSA electorate is considering letting someone this stupid run the country! Not only does this show that he's clueless about how airplane pressurization works, it also shows that he doesn't even have a basic understanding of FIRE! One might have thought this entire affair a submission from The Onion, but apparently not.


Why Airplane Windows Don't Roll Down

Were you to open a plane window, the compressed air inside would rapidly rush out, atmospheric conditions inside and outside the plane would equalize, and everybody would die

By Life's Little Mysteries
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=why-airplane-windows-dont

In his latest gaffe, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney lamented the fact that airplane windows don't roll down.

Romney's wife Ann's plane had to make an emergency landing Friday (Sept. 21) because of an electrical malfunction. Discussing the incident at a fundraiser the next day, he said: "When you have a fire in an aircraft, there's no place to go, exactly, there's no — and you can't find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don't open. I don't know why they don't do that. It's a real problem. So it's very dangerous."

Here's why they don't do that.

Gravity tends to keep air molecules concentrated near the ground, so the atmosphere thins out as you go up. The air becomes so thin at 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) or so that airplane cabins must be pressurized above that altitude to prevent occupants from suffering from hypoxia, or lack of oxygen. Because temperature and pressure go hand-in-hand (i.e. low-pressure air feels cold), pressurization is also necessary to keep cabins sufficiently warm.

At 35,000 ft. (11,000 m), the typical altitude of a commercial jet, the air pressure drops to less than a quarter of its value at sea level, and the outside temperature drops below negative 60 degrees Fahrenheit (negative 51 degrees Celsius), according to The Engineering Toolbox. Exposed to such conditions, you would quickly die.

Pressurization is normally achieved by pumping the cabin with "bleed air," or compressed air sucked in and heated up by the plane's turbine engines. Pressurization only works in an airtight fuselage. Were you to open a plane window, the compressed air inside would rapidly rush out, atmospheric conditions inside and outside the plane would equalize, and everybody would die.

Plane windows that roll down would therefore be, in Romney's words, "a real problem."

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And then, of course, there was this savage beatdown courtesy of the democratic underground page from someone apparently a pilot:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=1409365

About time I weighed in on Lurch the Fucking Stiff's stupid fucking comment on aircraft windows in a pressurized airplane.

1. You stupid dumb fuck, the design of the windows is based on overall aircraft design, which allows the packs - don't ask me to explain, you're too fucking stupid to understand - to deliver air to the cabin to pressurize the airplane to a level of 8,000'. We, who understand science and the principals of differential pressure, know that if you - and you, being a fucking moron would - open a window at 30,000' you would equalize the pressure causing an explosive or rapid rate of decompression, leading to the next point.

2. A person exposed rapidly to an altitude of 30,000', you fucking walking wad of brown splat, is unsurvivable due to the lack of oxygen at that level. In addition, lickspittle, the temperature at that level - what us pilots, something you could never be, you fucking wannabe poser, call FL300 - has a standard temperature of -45C (so you don't burst that pin head of yours that's about -48F), which would turn your pasty body ice stiff (well, maybe for you, you Fucking Stiff, that's a natural state). Point is, fuckstain, you have a Time of Useful Consciousness of about 30 seconds or less at that altitude and a normal person would be turned into a block of ice.

3. The crew, that would be the folks in the front of the airplane who actually passed calculus and physics courses, are trained to manage an emergency like smoke in the cabin and did exactly what they needed to do to ensure a safe outcome to the event. In this case, they made a rapid descent to 10,000' and landed at the closest suitable airport. Good on them, they saved your despicable, detestable wife, I hope you thanked them, but I'm betting you didn't do that. In addition, the cabin crew, whom I know you didn't deign to thank were an integral part of the safety process during the event, but, of course, they only earn about 25K so you probably didn't even acknowledge their existence.

So fuck you, you fucking sack of shit. Stay the fuck out of my business and go fuck yourself with a pitot tube.

Edited to correct the pitot tube reference, it's a pitot-static system.
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Re: Surlynewz, Analysis and Outrageous Opinions
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2012, 11:15:34 AM »
Basically, I agree that the Repugnicans and Demoncats are just the right and left wing of the vulture picking on the guts of what remains of the FSA middle class.

I always wondered if Shrub, being a Yalie, Skull & Bones, and CIA family raised, wasn't just enjoying playing the dumb schmoe.   Since a president's job is basically that of an actor who sometimes gets to ad-lib and direct abit, playing dumb makes a dull job a bit more interesting and deflects anger that might inspire an actual loner assassin.

Obama, another CIA brat, is obviously even smarter that he lets on, but it is obvious to me that his public life is just a very good act.  Romney is good at cutting up failing corps like they were organ donors, and that requires some smarts.   Maybe he's an idiot savant?  Or is he playing Shrub? 

Either way, they are both accomplished liars jockeying to be chief PR puppet of the elite, while the elite continue to eat our lunch (and then maybe us as well).    If we are lucky an asteroid will hit the debate platform.

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Re: Surlynewz, Analysis and Outrageous Opinions
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2012, 01:21:57 PM »
Basically, I agree that the Repugnicans and Demoncats are just the right and left wing of the vulture picking on the guts of what remains of the FSA middle class.

I always wondered if Shrub, being a Yalie, Skull & Bones, and CIA family raised, wasn't just enjoying playing the dumb schmoe.   Since a president's job is basically that of an actor who sometimes gets to ad-lib and direct abit, playing dumb makes a dull job a bit more interesting and deflects anger that might inspire an actual loner assassin.

Obama, another CIA brat, is obviously even smarter that he lets on, but it is obvious to me that his public life is just a very good act.  Romney is good at cutting up failing corps like they were organ donors, and that requires some smarts.   Maybe he's an idiot savant?  Or is he playing Shrub? 

Either way, they are both accomplished liars jockeying to be chief PR puppet of the elite, while the elite continue to eat our lunch (and then maybe us as well).    If we are lucky an asteroid will hit the debate platform.

Always wondered about Dubya as well. He might have been a "C" student byt he certainly wasn't the fool he played in the media.

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Re: Surlynewz, Analysis and Outrageous Opinions
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2012, 04:33:00 PM »
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Great post! Since you are talking about airplanes and politicians with foot-in-mouth disease (is there any other kind?  :icon_mrgreen:), I thought I 'd add my two cents.

I thought the craven propagandists running the two wings of  the empire political structure couldn't move farther into right wing idiocy. I thought Obama had moved so far right that the populace would start to GET IT that both parties are all about fucking we-the-people on behalf of the 1% reptiles. But the ridiculous extremes that Romney has gone to in his celebration of gilded age callousness to the have-less has caused me to realize that there are absolutely no tactics, however base, that the puppetmasters will not resort to.

This PRIDE in being an ignorant, out of touch, technology and science challenged modern day male version of  Marie Antoinette is something I first observed in Ronald Reagan. It sends the message we all have received at one time or another from the vowel stretching assholes with their noses so high in the air they would drown in a rainstorm.

The message is that they are entitled and you are not. Our job is to keep the machinery running for these "demigods". They don't need to "dirty their hands" thinking about nuts and bolts stuff the low classes must deal with. It is woven into a cognitive dissonant mindfuck combining insufferable arrogance with a folksy "I'm just and ordinary guy" inversion.

It works for the masses because we-the people cannot wrap their heads around all those inconsistencies. And that is part of the plan. The presstitutes then fill in the void with positive or negative bullshit about this, that and the other to preserve the appearance of a horse race and a democratic process.

All this clever crap has less traction as the fangs of empire and the police state become more and more difficult to ignore by we-the-people. 

Romney doesn't do Reagan well at all. The decreased thespian skills among the politicians is another indication of hubris by the oligarchs. The "fall" that cometh from pride takes a while but it "COMETH"!

About those windows on aircraft and smoke in the cabin. As stated in the article, in pressurized aircraft it is suicide to undergo rapid depressurization due to a broken window. For that eventuality, the federal government requires oxygen masks for each passenger and the crew.

That said, if you are below 10,000 feet above sea level, there ARE ways to ventilate a cabin when smoke is detected. Jet aircraft normally have the cabin altitude at 8,000 feet when they are at cruising altitude of 29,000 to 41,000 (executive jets) feet. Each aircraft has slightly different emergency procedures but the following steps are generally applicable if you are above 8,000 feet:

1. Declare an emergency (over the radio and set your transponder to 7700) and begin an immediate descent to the same altitude as cabin pressure. Tell ATC the new altitude you are going to. Even if they can't hear you, they clear everything in your path out of the way when they see your 7700 squawk code.

2. Determine the source of the smoke. Isolate that section of the cabin if possible.

3. If there is no fire, THEN don the oxygen masks. Oxygen just loves fires and will feed the fire so you need to weigh your normal 20% oxygen in the atmosphere of the smokey cabin with the threat of a bigger fire with the nearly 100% oxygen coming out of the mask.

4. Head for the nearest airport.

5. When you reach the SAME pressure in the cabin as outside the cabin, VENTILATE the cabin. There are valves on the pressurising equipment that can exhaust cabin air while intaking outside air. You don't need to open a fucking window! :iamwithstupid:

Furthermore, ANY hole in the side of a flying machine, whether it be a window or a puncture in the fuselage, affects the aerodynamics of the aircraft and can actually create air currents that enhance the fire by feeding it a blast of high pressure air.

Jets fly a lot faster than cars move, but to show you how critical it is to NOT open an aircraft window, consider that fuel economy on a car driven at 55 mph on a long trip with the windows DOWN and the air conditioner OFF is LESS than fuel economy with the windows UP and the air conditioner (a HUGE energy drag) ON! Windows down create a lot of DRAG.

The Propaganda Angle
Note: I am certain Surly1 and several others here can spot this propaganda duplicity. I mention it for the benefit of those who haven't thought this through.

Lets take the view that nobody is taking in this current exercise in diversionary bullshit from the Romney campaign. These reptiles represent the "regulation"= BAD, safety rules on EVERYTHING mandated by the gooberment = BAD, war = GOOD (That kind of big gooberment bureaucracy is a-fucking okay with them!), 19th century YOYO (unless you are a Robber Baron) GOOD.

If you don't think EVERYTHING you read in the media isn't massaged to prevent "inappropriate" calls for gooberment enforcement of safety standards, you do not understand how this SHIT works.

The INSTANT that Romney says there should be some safety feature in jets to prevent this kind of smoke emergency from getting lethal (which there is already as I mentioned above), the conversation is directed towards SAFETY REGULATIONS and gooberment enforcement of them to prevent corporate corner cutting that puts lives in jeopardy.

Those jets have 100 hour inspections on the engines, periodic x-ray of the fuselage, a schedule of inspection and replacement of every single part on the aircraft BEFORE it fails. The "let's go back to the 19th century" ASSHOLES do not want people reminded that safety regulations are not designed to torture business bottom lines on behalf of gooberment "lazy" and "unproductive", "zombies".

So-o-o they have the Romney Reptile go all non sequitur.

Are you catching on? These propagandists are very clever.  :evil7:

They are laughing at us. :evil6:

But, away from the public view, somebody is screaming his head off at the maintenance personnel for the jet with the recently smoky cabin. Corner cutting kills. It only bothers the reptile 1% when it happens on their shift. LOL

From the moustache petes that ran the early railroads where people died in droves until some safety regulations were enforced by the gooberment to the 70s, safety in transportation and living quarters made steady strides. Since Reagan, the corner cutters have been doing exactly the same thing to safety oversite that termites do to wood.

Yes, I know the zoning Nazis and petty town council ordinance fucks have gone in the other extreme but KNOW what's behind the apparent stupidity and ignorance of the Romney propaganda.

I, for one, am pleased that their Laissez-faire attitude is biting them in the ass when it comes to flying machines. There is some justice in this world after all.
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Re: Surlynewz, Analysis and Outrageous Opinions
« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2012, 03:54:42 PM »
Great post AG, thank you. You made my evening!
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19 Things That The Talking Heads On Television Are Being Strangely Silent About
« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2012, 04:03:11 PM »
Have been curating the DD facepalm site on and off all day, and in the course of things came across this article. I read it with some pride, knowing that, at one point or another, as a community we have talked about EACH of these issues (with the possible exception of the Affordable Care Act)  here on the DD forum.

19 Things That The Talking Heads On Television Are Being Strangely Silent About
http://worldtruth.tv/19-things-that-the-talking-heads-on-television-are-being-strangely-silent-about/



If the talking heads on television don’t tell us about something that happens, does it make that event any less real?  Of course the answer to that question is quite obvious, but unfortunately way too many Americans allow their realities to be defined by what they hear from the mainstream media.  Way too many people use phrases such as “if that was true I would have heard about it on television” to deflect conversations that are starting to become uncomfortable.  Critical thinking is a skill that is in short supply in America today, and most Americans seem content to let their televisions do their thinking for them.  Sadly, the pretty people on television do not spend a lot of time talking about the things that are truly important.  Instead, they love to talk about the latest celebrity scandal and they love to divide people into groups and get them fighting with one another.  In this day and age, it is absolutely critical that we all learn to think for ourselves.  The talking heads on television are concerned with keeping their bosses happy and with keeping the ratings up.  Most of them are not really concerned about what happens to you.  They just want you to keep watching them so that they can  continue to earn their inflated salaries.

Unfortunately, most Americans seem perfectly content with the “infotainment” that they are getting from the major news networks, so major changes to the mainstream media are not likely to happen any time soon.

For those wanting something different, you will have to seek out alternative sources of news (such as this website) that are willing to discuss the truly earth shattering events that are continually taking place all over the globe.

So what are some of the things that the mainstream media has been ignoring?

The following are 19 things that the talking heads on television have been strangely silent about….

#1 Strange Things Happening On The Sun

A lot of really weird things have been happening on the sun lately.  For example, recently there was a tornado on the sun that was five times larger than the earth.  The following is how this solar tornado was described by a recent Wired article….

    Over the course of three hours, this behemoth reached up from the sun’s surface to a height of 125,000 miles, or roughly half the distance between the Earth and the moon. The hot gases were whipped up to nearly 186,000 miles per hour. In comparison, the wind speed of terrestrial tornadoes generally reaches a paltry 100 miles per hour.

#2 Fukushima

Fukushima has turned out to be the worst nuclear disaster in human history and it is far from over.  In fact, there is still the potential that an earthquake or an explosion could cause the crisis at Fukushima to become far more dangerous than ever.  In fact, some officials have even discussed the possibility of evacuating Tokyo if a worst case scenario plays out.

Mitsuhei Murata, a former Japanese ambassador to Switzerland, wrote the following in a March 25th letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon…

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    I was asked to make a statement at the public hearing of the Budgetary Committee of the House of Councilors on March 23. I raised the crucial problem of N0.4 reactor of Fukushima containing 1535 fuel rods. It could be fatally damaged by continuing aftershocks. Moreover, 50 meters away from it exists a common cooling pool for 6 reactors containing 6375 fuel rods!

    It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of Japan and the whole world depends on NO.4 reactor. This is confirmed by most reliable experts like Dr. Arnie Gundersen or Dr. Fumiaki Koide.

    Please allow me to inform you of an initiative being taken by a former UN official who is endeavoring to have the Nuclear Security Summit take up the crucial problem of N0.4 reactor of Fukushima. He is pursuing the establishment of an independent assessment team. I think his efforts are very significant, because it is indispensable to draw the attention of world leaders to this vital issue.

So just how serious is the threat posed by the spent fuel pool at reactor number 4?

Well, just check out the following assessment from a Japanese news source….

    One of the biggest issues that we face is the possibility that the spent nuclear fuel pool of the No. 4 reactor at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant will collapse.

    The storage pool in the No. 4 reactor building has a total of 1,535 fuel rods, or 460 tons of nuclear fuel, in it and the storage pools are barely intact on the building’s third and fourth floors. If the storage pool breaks and runs dry, the nuclear fuel inside will overheat and explode, causing a massive amount of radioactive substances to spread over a wide area.

    The worse-case scenario drawn up by the government includes not only the collapse of the No. 4 reactor pool, but the disintegration of spent fuel rods from all the plant’s other reactors. If this were to happen, residents in the Tokyo metropolitan area would be forced to evacuate.

#3 Mount Fuji In Japan About To Erupt?

Mount Fuji in Japan had been dormant for about 300 years, but in recent months there have been a lot of signs that the volcano is waking up.  If Mount Fuji were to experience a full-blown major eruption, millions of Japanese could potentially die and the Japanese economy would immediately collapse.

The following is from an article that was recently posted on The Extinction Protocol….

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    Reports are appearing about unrest and signs of a possible awakening of Mt Fuji volcano in Japan. According to a report which includes an unclear photo of the area, a row of new craters, the largest 50 m in diameter, has appeared on the eastern flank of the volcano at 2200 m elevation. Steam was observed erupting from these vents. The observation joins other signs suggesting a gradual reawakening: A swarm of earthquakes including 4 of magnitude 5 have occurred northeast of Mt Fuji on and after 28 January. An earlier 6.4M quake occurred under the volcano on 15 March 2011. The report also mentions increased activity from a fumarole vent at 1500 m elevation and hot spring areas at the eastern flank observed since 2003. These locations seem to be aligned geographically, and are probably connected. Dr. Masaaki Kimura of Ryukyu University is quoted to admit that there is an increased risk of an eruption on the eastern flank and that the status of the volcano should be closely monitored.


#4 Stunning Rise In Volcanic Activity Around The World

All over the world major volcanoes are showing signs of awakening.  We are especially seeing a rise in volcanic activity along the “Ring of Fire” that encircles the Pacific Ocean.

#5 Global Food Prices Rising Again

According to Reuters, global food prices have risen for three months in a row and are rapidly approaching record levels.  The food riots that we have seen in the developing world during past summers could be even worse this year.

#6 U.S. Government Debt Downgraded Again

Credit rating agency Egan Jones downgraded the credit rating of the United States from AA+ to AA last week.  There was barely a peep about this on the major news networks.

#7 500 Million Dollars To Help The IRS Implement Obamacare
The Obama administration is giving the IRS 500 million extra dollars ”outside the normal appropriations process” to help them implement the provisions of Obamacare that they are in charge of overseeing.

#8 Go To Jail If You Offend Someone On The Internet In Arizona?

A proposed law in Arizona will actually make it a very serious crime to annoy or offend someone on the Internet.  So if you live in Arizona, you might want to be very careful about what you say if you leave a comment at the end of this article.

#9 Passport Suspended For Not Paying Taxes?

A bill currently going through the U.S. Congress would allow the federal government to suspend your passport if you have unpaid taxes.  If you are not able to pay the taxes that you owe, you could end up stuck in the United States indefinitely.

#10 Preparations For War In The Persian Gulf

A second U.S. aircraft carrier is on the way to the Persian Gulf.  Tensions with Iran continue to increase, and over the past several months there have been all kinds of signs that military preparations are being made for an eventual conflict.

#11 Mysterious Mass Deaths

Large numbers of birds, fish, dolphins and whales continue to die all over the globe and scientists do not have any explanation for why this is happening.

#12 The Federal Reserve Monetizing U.S. Debt

During 2011, the U.S. Federal Reserve bought approximately 61 percent of all U.S. debt that was issued according to an article in the Wall Street Journal.  Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke promised that he would never monetize the debt, but that is exactly what he is attempting to do.

#13 Giant Sinkholes

Enormous sinkholes continue to open up all over the planet.  For example, a mammoth 200 foot wide sinkhole recently opened up near a town in Sweden.

#14 Increase In Global Earthquakes

As I have written about previously, we have seen a substantial increase in the number of major earthquakes around the globe in recent years.  So far in 2012, we have seen four earthquakes of greater than magnitude 7.0, and all four of themhave been along the “Ring of Fire”.

#15 Increase In U.S. Earthquakes

Scientists are acknowledging that there has been a huge increase in the number of earthquakes in the center of the United States, but they are blaming this increase on fracking.

#16 Evacuation Drills At U.S. Public Schools

All over the United States, public schools are conducting “evacuation drills” which involve putting children on buses and taking them to alternate locations.  Sometimes the alternate locations are “undisclosed” and parents are only told what the undisclosed locations were after the drills are over.

#17 Strange Sounds In The Sky

All over the planet, people are hearing strange noises in the sky.  People have come up with all sorts of theories and explanations for why they are happening, but so far the mystery has not been solved and reports of these strange sounds continue to pour in from all over the globe.

#18 Crazy Tornado Outbreaks

So far in 2012 the United States has had a very unusual number of tornadoes.  In fact, so far we have seen about twice as many tornadoes as usual. The 2011 tornado season was one of the worst ever, and the 2012 tornado season could end up being even more traumatic.

#19 Obama Signs Disturbing Executive Order

A few weeks ago, Barack Obama signed an executive order that would allow him to take control of all food, all energy, all health resources and all transportation resources.  This was an update to an old executive order, but the Obama administration made a change that would allow Barack Obama to do this even in “non-emergency” situations.  Sadly, the talking heads on television were strangely silent about this.

The world that we live in is becoming increasingly unstable.

The political order is being shaken, the financial world is being shaken, the social fabric of our society is being shaken and even the ground under our feet is being shaken.

Previous generations never had to deal with a world that was changing at blinding speed.  The rate at which things are moving is almost unimaginable, and it just seems to keep accelerating with each passing year.

We are privileged to live during one of the most exciting times in human history, but it is also likely to be one of the most dangerous times in human history.

The talking heads on television are going to keep telling us that everything is going to be okay and that everything will “return to normal” very soon, but that simply is not going to happen.

Our world has reached a critical juncture, and a time of great shaking is at hand.

So what do you think is going to happen next?

"It is difficult to write a paradiso when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse." -Ezra Pound

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Re: Surlynewz, Analysis and Outrageous Opinions
« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2012, 04:51:30 PM »
Surly "Have been curating the DD facepalm site on and off all day, and in the course of things came across this article. I read it with some pride, knowing that, at one point or another, as a community we have talked about EACH of these issues (with the possible exception of the Affordable Care Act)  here on the DD forum."

Amazing Surly, most of it every day chat at the Diner.

That one about busing the kids to undisclosed locations was a new one to me, and frankly having five grammar school age grandchildren, scared the living shit out of me.

Do you or any of the other Diners know more about it? That it is a new one to me and for some reason sets off my alarm bells loudly.        :icon_scratch:

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« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2012, 06:21:38 PM »
Since the IRS accused me of owing the government $10,000,000 in 2010 and I got that cleared up, taking a year out of my life, I received a new passport and began making plans to just vamoose. So in spite of RE's advice to make it to BC Mummy Falls, I think I'm going to continue with the original plan. Just get the hell out of this stinking charnel house. Only thing is I have to get my cat microchip ed and vaccinated for the damnable EU. Endlessly complicated. The stench of this country is rising so fast that I can't breathe. Remember the Jews who didn't leave Germany because they just couldn't believe it. Fortunately not so for some of my profs at school. Smart guys. So here it is right under our noses. Smelling salts anybody? How many acts are you going to sit through?

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Re: Surlynewz, Analysis and Outrageous Opinions
« Reply #13 on: October 02, 2012, 09:05:42 AM »
Since the IRS accused me of owing the government $10,000,000 in 2010 and I got that cleared up, taking a year out of my life, I received a new passport and began making plans to just vamoose. So in spite of RE's advice to make it to BC Mummy Falls, I think I'm going to continue with the original plan. Just get the hell out of this stinking charnel house. Only thing is I have to get my cat microchip ed and vaccinated for the damnable EU. Endlessly complicated. The stench of this country is rising so fast that I can't breathe. Remember the Jews who didn't leave Germany because they just couldn't believe it. Fortunately not so for some of my profs at school. Smart guys. So here it is right under our noses. Smelling salts anybody? How many acts are you going to sit through?

"Charnel house?" About to be-- make no mistake about it. You clearly are not.

Never underestimate the power of denial.



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« Reply #14 on: October 02, 2012, 06:39:39 PM »
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That one about busing the kids to undisclosed locations was a new one to me, and frankly having five grammar school age grandchildren, scared the living shit out of me.

Do you or any of the other Diners know more about it? That it is a new one to me and for some reason sets off my alarm bells loudly.        :icon_scratch:

GO,

Reading the referral article, I'm inclined to think this is the logical extension of the war on terror, in the aftermath of the Cold War, in an age of bio-weapons. Whether or not there is anything nefarious about it is hard to say. The article doesn't mention if it is a Homeland Security mandate, or more likely strongly suggestive guidelines; the article doesn't say. it did have a picture of a prison, and tan buses, complete with concertina wire, which I thought a low-grade terrorising in it's own right, almost lurid. Though the laundry list of districts that have taken to such terrorizing of their young charges, was disconcerting. The militarization or America is accelerating.

Though personally, I wonder more about that damned reactor #4, Fukushima. That would be a harsh comeuppance, nuclear rain falling down on America, three generations after Hiroshima and Nagasaki. No off-site safe houses for that, for school children to be evacuated to. And the reactors thirty-five miles on either side of me, and Xcel Energy recently demanding a 50 year extension to house waste storage rods on site, on the Mississippi.


 

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