winsor

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  1. Wrong thread, but it sounds like a case for postnatal abortion.
  2. winsor

    Ukraine

    Maybe "a 'lude" in the sense of a "disco biscuit? Likely one of those homo phones.
  3. I was assured that it wasn't, in fact, COVID. A number of sources in the loop indicated that he had garden variety influenza and tried to tough it out. His lack of fluid retention resulted in succumbing to dehydration. It seemed unlikely, but I was assured that that was the sequence of events. BSBD, Winsor
  4. Putin is in an untenable situation from most reports. We like to think that by removing a 'bad man' from power (think Saddam Hussein), sweetness and light will prevail. Unfortunately, the despot in charge is often the best you are going to get, and the process of replacement can, and often does, result in much, much worse. 'Pravda' meaning truth and 'Izvestia' meaning news, the common observation was "in Pravda there is no Izvestia, and in Izvestia there is no Pravda." Having said that, if you wanted background on any news story, a Soviet citizen would then parrot back the story published in Pravda or Izvestia verbatim. Thus, about the best scenario for which we might hope is for Putin to be able to declare 'victory' ('Mission Accomplished,' anyone?) and somehow distract the populous otherwise. Everyone will know it's bullshit - but then again, isn't everything? - and they could then move on. Both Niccolo Machiavelli and H. L. Mencken observed that successful uprisings against tyrants were invariably preceded by a lessening of oppression, which is rightly or wrongly perceived as a sign of weakness by the opposition waiting in the wings. Various pundits have claimed that for Putin, retiring to a Dacha to write his memoirs is not an option. Whoever takes over would likely ensure their successful transition by the unfortunate and untimely death of the much loved president, whose memory will be cherished. I do hope that conflict in Ukraine draws to a close in the very near future, but have not come across a scenario that does not include a breathtaking level of ugliness in the meantime. BSBD. Winsor
  5. In the same sense that there is greater commonality amongst the hard sciences at advanced than introductory levels, in that PhD candidates from various disciplines will be found in the same advanced courses, there is less difference between the 'left' and the 'right' when taken to the extreme. Fascism was created by Benito Mussolini, who was a lifelong Socialist from a Communist family. It was National Socialism that took hold somewhat North of Italy, and much of its power came from its espousal of Socialist tenets. The Catholic Church portrays itself as a wellspring of goodness and virtue, but the Vatican Bank underwrote the rise of both the Italian and German regimes in the early '30s to ensure its survival - quite the Devil's Bargain. I am much more skeptical of do-gooders than of pragmatists, since time and again the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. In the case of Florida, I understand what is intended by the laws that were passed, but consider the final result to be typically ham-handed. Another case of paving done with good intentions. When it comes down to it, trying to avoid going anywhere that does not have breathtakingly stupid laws on the books would present quite the challenge. It's only the new breathtakingly stupid laws that draw attention; we are simply accustomed to the ones already on the books. The addition of a couple of stupid laws isn't enough to impact my travel plans one way or another. BSBD, Winsor
  6. If you have to compare yourself to Trump to look good, you're pretty fucked up.
  7. As I understand it, Donald Duck was banned in Italy some time back. You have a character who: Wears a sailor suit with no pants, has a significant other with a group of youngsters in tow that look Just Like Him, they call him "Uncle Donald,' and gave no indication of other parents and somebody in charge of morals decided that it was not a proper role model. Whatever. The U.S. is one of the more hung up advanced societies around, though we don't behead people for infidelity or kill women for having been raped so we have that much going for us. Cruz is one of those elected officials for whom I change the channel immediately if I am close to the remote when he comes on screen. Having said that, I recently caught something he said in committee where it stuck me that he is not stupid, only despicable. It would be nice to live some place where there was no audience for such dreck. Unfortunately, diversity includes all kinds of seriously dreadful people, and I wish we wouldn't see that as a virtue. BSBD, Winsor
  8. You're projecting again.
  9. Again, I really don't understand your point. One of the unfortunate characteristics of elected representatives is that all sorts of cretins have been known to appeal to voters. Neither side of the aisle has a lock on truly despicable representatives, and I am as underwhelmed by Marjory Taylor Greene and her bellicose sidekick as I am by the Squad. Whatever bloc either group represents truly sucks out loud.
  10. I phrased that badly. "Have you always acted rational?" With all due respect, wtf does that mean?
  11. Let her run. She balances out the batshit crazy delegates across the aisle.
  12. If you can address content, fine. If all you have is poison, that's on you.
  13. My library includes a pretty solid assortment of tomes with whose fundamentals I soundly disagree. I do not fear that reading Mein Kampf will bring me into lock step with its ideology, nor will wading through The Book of Mormon make the tenets of LDS more palatable. My experience is that people who burn books espousing other systems of belief all too often have never read (or understood) the core texts of their own. Then again, it is unfair to expect rational though from a large part of the human race. BSBD, Winsor
  14. it is important to distinguish between being open minded and having holes in your head. The medical system in the U.S. is badly broken. ACA is anything but a solution. The idea that having lawyers fix doctors charging too much is an exercise in gullibility. BSBD, Winsor
  15. Nah, that's like assuming that science (as opposed to The Science (tm)) will put an end to religion. Apparently, fantasy is always seen as preferable to nasty realities in some circles. Thus, the delusions that make up such ideologies as 'progressivism' will always have their adherents. Our only inexhaustible natural resource is stupidity. Anyone who figures out how to harness it is set for life. BSBD, Winsor
  16. After spending time in Socialist Workers' Paradises half a century ago, Communism vied for the lead amongst my least favorite religions. Its modern Woke variant has reinforced my loathing of the mental mediocrity upon which it is dependent. The mental illness that underlies any system of belief exploits a vulnerability in the human mind, a susceptibility to meatware specific viruses if you will. An example of how heretics are treated by the Woke is the case of Dr, Fryer: https://quillette.com/2022/04/15/why-did-harvard-university-go-after-one-of-its-best-black-professors/ The espousal of 'Diversity, Equity and Inclusion' as a mantra is thus a flag, indicating deep, potentially fatal, infection in any organization. BSBD, Winsor
  17. As usual, the only argument in favor of Woke ideology is definitive classic fallacy. Like Putin, the Woke portray anyone with whom they disagree as 'fascists.' Thus, referencing Godwin is singularly ironic. BSBD, Winsor
  18. The paperwork she signed acknowledged that failure to adhere to security protocols would result in criminal sanctions to include imprisonment. There are rather a few people who have drawn multi year sentences for less than that to which she freely admitted. Of course, they were little, unimportant people. It is oddly fitting that Trump was made the Grand Poobah of All Things 'Merican, given his track record of heading bankrupt organizations. I'm reminded of Bernie Madoff noting, as he was led away in chains, "what are you mad at me for? The U.S. Government is a Ponzi Scheme!" It is my understanding that the difference between a sociopath and a psychopath is that, while neither cares about other people, the sociopath will tell you so while the psychopath will pretend to care when it suits their purpose. One may be better than another, but I lose track of which one it is. People who actually support(ed) either Hillary or The Donald remind me of farmers who prefer horse or cow manure as fertilizer. When all is said and done, it comes down to quite what kind of shit you can live with. BSBD, Winsor
  19. My feelings are mixed regarding every cretin that we elect to high office. Every time I've said "we couldn't do worse" a candidate is elected that proves me wrong. Biden's track record going back to his schoolboy days is that of plagiarism and cheating. Even if someone agrees with me on something, I have a hard time siding with someone bereft of ethics. Harris makes Biden look like a shining example of wit and critical thinking. I'm reminded of rumors that Khadafy sent a hit squad to protect George H. W. Bush to keep Quayle out of office. Harris might be just that kind of insurance policy, where invoking the 25th Amendment would give us a dud for the ages. It is a testament to the robustness of our Republic that we can survive the mediocrity of the present administration, not to mention the raw dreadfulness of the last. Having said that, there is a limit, which I fear we are approaching. BSBD, Winsor
  20. This would be true if electricity was free. Last time I checked, it isn't.
  21. As usual, you have people who more or less identify a problem (which is more often than not a symptom of something else) and then postulate a set of changes that is anything but a solution. 'Twas ever thus. I refer back to my fundamental thesis that our only inexhaustible natural resource is stupidity. BSBD, Winsor
  22. How do you say 'Truth' in Russian? I seem to recall it's 'Pravda.'
  23. Little Black Sambo was Burmese, not African. You will note that the story involved running away from a tiger, rather than a lion or a leopard. If you encounter a tiger in Africa, you are in a zoo. Tigers are Asian, as was Sambo. The question of 'what is a woman' is reasonably straightforward, and has precious little to do with lifestyle. If someone is of the XY persuasion, no amount of self-identification and/or vivisection will make them an XX type. This is neither good nor bad, it is just reality. If someone wants to live as someone or something that they are not, it's a free country (after a fashion). One should, however, take care not to 'self-identify' as something that carries consequences. Self-identifying as, say, a Police Lieutenant or a Hell's Angel, even at a costume party, may not work out well if the real deal is present. BSBD, Winsor