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by D.A. Ridgely
03 Apr 2020, 20:29
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 3188
Views: 191109

Re: What are you reading?

Not sure it counts as reading but lately I've been listening to audio books more and more. The last two were Anarchy and Other Essays by Emma Goldman and Roughing It by Mark Twain.
by D.A. Ridgely
02 Apr 2020, 21:05
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 801
Views: 13840

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

My wife occasionally bakes bread and, you know, it's okay. As soon as I heard Anthony Bourdain say he just never could get the hang of baking, the thought of doing so myself fled my mind never to return.
by D.A. Ridgely
02 Apr 2020, 20:58
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 212
Views: 8790

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

My vote doesn't ever matter in the sense of being outcome determinative and under ordinary circumstances I usually don't bother voting, but I'd definitely be pissed if someone made it even marginally more difficult to vote just on principle. In these here parts, the Republican controlled counties ha...
by D.A. Ridgely
01 Apr 2020, 22:38
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 145
Views: 1597

Re: Random covid-19 observations

I know nothing about OCD, but I think about pushing people in front of buses all the time. In fact, I'm imagining doing it to someone this very moment. Fortunately I'm only near a universal serial bus. And at least 6' from you in keeping with social distancing guidelines and the geographical separa...
by D.A. Ridgely
01 Apr 2020, 22:01
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 145
Views: 1597

Re: Random covid-19 observations

I know nothing about OCD, but I think about pushing people in front of buses all the time. In fact, I'm imagining doing it to someone this very moment.
by D.A. Ridgely
01 Apr 2020, 21:24
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 145
Views: 1597

Re: Random covid-19 observations

Ah, I did misunderstand your initial post. But, regarding your example of your mom making sure you had no dirt under your fingernails -- I maintain that's quite different from what's going on now. Your mom, like most moms since well before germ theory was discovered, made certain you were visibly c...
by D.A. Ridgely
01 Apr 2020, 19:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 145
Views: 1597

Re: Random covid-19 observations

Oh, to be sure, where "traumatic, history-making events" are concerned, 2020 Americans living through The Pandemic still have it far easier in many many way than, say, "Europeans in World War Two" or "Okies in the Depression," whether adults or children. But for all the ways the 2020 Pandemic is le...
by D.A. Ridgely
01 Apr 2020, 19:18
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 145
Views: 1597

Re: Random covid-19 observations

It's been so long since Americans have had to suffer directly and in a manner that meant real, personal hardship to the general population that our best basis of comparison may well end up being other nations that personally, directly survived wars. Yes, 9/11 fundamentally changed American culture f...
by D.A. Ridgely
01 Apr 2020, 18:25
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Techno-Bleg Thread
Replies: 3042
Views: 163458

Re: The Techno-Bleg Thread

Thanks, Ellie. I've passed your comments on to her.
by D.A. Ridgely
01 Apr 2020, 13:54
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 212
Views: 8790

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

Libertarian economist Steve Horwitz posted the following on FB a couple days ago: A number of people have shared news stories about how the Trump administration has supposedly limited the medical equipment and other supplies it is distributing to some states, while sending tons to places like Florid...
by D.A. Ridgely
01 Apr 2020, 13:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 801
Views: 13840

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

Even Lincoln's attempt to impose martial law during the Civil War was struck down by the Supreme Court and, though not relevant to that issue, elections were still held in 1864. For that matter, the mid-term elections were held in 1918. I can't imagine a circumstance under which Trump managed legall...
by D.A. Ridgely
01 Apr 2020, 12:16
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random covid-19 observations
Replies: 145
Views: 1597

Re: Random covid-19 observations

I'm guessing the supply chain for most things has sorted itself out. That computer my wife ordered yesterday that was guaranteed by Friday arrived this morning. Sooner or later, the poor bastards who are shipping and trucking and unloading and shelving all our necessities, broadly construed, will st...
by D.A. Ridgely
01 Apr 2020, 02:06
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: ATOMIC FRUITBAT SIGNAL
Replies: 9
Views: 1207

Re: ATOMIC FRUITBAT SIGNAL

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by D.A. Ridgely
01 Apr 2020, 00:17
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the GOP? (post-Trump edition)
Replies: 246
Views: 17873

Re: Whither the GOP? (post-Trump edition)

I didn’t need to read that. Your idea of what you need is based on a narrow conception of your own self-interest. But if you read it, contemplate it, understand it, embrace it, you will discover a far more profound sense of self-interest aligned with the common good. Trust me on this. You'll thank ...
by D.A. Ridgely
31 Mar 2020, 23:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the GOP? (post-Trump edition)
Replies: 246
Views: 17873

Re: Whither the GOP? (post-Trump edition)

I'm counting on the internecine battle between Roman Catholic conservatives and Evangelical Protestant conservatives, both of whom hate each other and suspect the others are going to Hell, anyway. The funny (ironic) thing here is that the great religious wars in Europe didn't end because both sides ...
by D.A. Ridgely
31 Mar 2020, 19:39
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: ATOMIC FRUITBAT SIGNAL
Replies: 9
Views: 1207

Re: ATOMIC FRUITBAT SIGNAL

Could Jake be the new Uncle Duke?

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by D.A. Ridgely
31 Mar 2020, 18:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the GOP? (post-Trump edition)
Replies: 246
Views: 17873

Re: Whither the GOP? (post-Trump edition)

Mo wrote:
31 Mar 2020, 17:14
This is what I was talking about re: Catholic integralists.
Which I would call a subset of Christian Dominionism but, yeah, that's the basic and fundamentally bad idea.
by D.A. Ridgely
31 Mar 2020, 15:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Whither the GOP? (post-Trump edition)
Replies: 246
Views: 17873

Re: Whither the GOP? (post-Trump edition)

Bad ideas never die, they just get repackaged every generation.
by D.A. Ridgely
31 Mar 2020, 15:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Techno-Bleg Thread
Replies: 3042
Views: 163458

Re: The Techno-Bleg Thread

So, I need suggestions and I need them ASAP on a desktop gaming computer complete (can't be home-built from components) somewhere in the $1k - $2k range. That should include, though they could be separate plug and play, a monitor, camera and keyboard. It needs to be bought and delivered and up and ...
by D.A. Ridgely
31 Mar 2020, 14:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Techno-Bleg Thread
Replies: 3042
Views: 163458

Re: The Techno-Bleg Thread

So, I need suggestions and I need them ASAP on a desktop gaming computer complete (can't be home-built from components) somewhere in the $1k - $2k range. That should include, though they could be separate plug and play, a monitor, camera and keyboard. It needs to be bought and delivered and up and r...
by D.A. Ridgely
31 Mar 2020, 14:20
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 212
Views: 8790

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

I describe my current politics as "thoroughly pissed off that I find myself solidly in the tank for the Democrats". I don't want to have a partisan investment. I definitely don't want to have a partisan investment in the Democratic Party, which does a bunch of stuff I find appalling. I anxiously lo...
by D.A. Ridgely
30 Mar 2020, 14:38
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: This is how you get guillotines
Replies: 43
Views: 685

Re: This is how you get guillotines

And in the Making David Geffen Look Positively Fucking Woke department: https://www.thelostogle.com/2020/03/29/imagenet-consulating-stimulus-payment/ OKC-based company wants to keep employees’ $1,200 stimulus payments…. Yeah, I posted the Austin story on FB a day or two ago. Definitely a Montgomery...
by D.A. Ridgely
30 Mar 2020, 14:24
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 212
Views: 8790

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

Hugh Akston wrote:
30 Mar 2020, 14:06
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I thought the point of that meme was that shepherds come and go but sheep remain sheep.
by D.A. Ridgely
30 Mar 2020, 14:09
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors
Replies: 212
Views: 8790

Re: The Right Way to View Competing Political Horrors

I think in rough terms there is truth to the notion that the political pendulum swings back in the opposite direction with nearly equal force, thus I think what passes for the Republicans under Trump is not only going to be an unmitigated disaster while he and they are in power, they're also going ...
by D.A. Ridgely
30 Mar 2020, 14:02
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!
Replies: 801
Views: 13840

Re: Corona(virus)? ITS NOT EVEN BEER DAMMIT!!!

There are too many unknown highly relevant facts about that story. Was it a fixed price contract of some sort or a cost reimbursement contract? Was the manufacturing contractor also the developer of the plans or were they being required to build to some third-party plan over which they had insuffici...