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  1. I learned about him from someone's post on this site. I can't remember who, but it was a while ago, and whoever it was, THANK YOU!!
  2. True! I guess that's why they say "The proof of the pudding is in the eating." There's another expression I heard growing up, in Yiddish. In Yiddish it rhymes too, but that doesn't survive the translation. It's this: "Man thinks and god laughs." It's always mistranslated as "Man plans...", to make a rhyme, I suppose. Anyway, I guess if you're omniscient, all the failure is just hilarious. I found it on line!
  3. Wait... you think? Wow. I can hardly believe it.
  4. I agree that the justice system sucks for the poor and white, but even worse for poor+Hispanic or poor+Black. Nevertheless, there are still many non-governmental means to advance and succeed. And really rich people can buy better treatment, but even they eventually go down if they screw up too badly. Like Epstein. About the 2008 crash, one of my favorites, Ry Cooder: Here's another of his, from 1977 doing Woody Guthrie's Do Re Mi:
  5. You didn't specify that they had to be democracies, just places. I did my best and couldn't please. Oh well. So, "scratch the surface" and "half an inch" are metaphors. But are they correct? One of the hallmarks of corrupt places is the paucity of ways to advance except through government connections. That's certainly not the case in the United States. There are so many avenues of advancement, so much opportunity. Rather than democracy being half an inch deep, I'd say that government corruption is half an inch deep, and the rest of society is a mile deep and unrelated to government. Certainly Trump and his gang are a variety of Mafia, but they're going to go down hard, eventually. As much as I think Trump & company are a disaster, I'm much more worried about the ecology.
  6. My suggestion is that your vote and you're voice matter. Next election, vote Democrat and convince other people to vote Democrat. Them hold your representative's and senators to their promises. Write them through their web sites. I've been doing that, asking for impeachment for quite some time. I've even contacted Florida Republican senator Rubio and Nancy Pelosi.
  7. Ok, you write persuasively on this. I like that you provided links and evidence. So here's a link that supports what you wrote too: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/08/ben-howe-evangelical-christians-support-trump/596308/ But here's the caveat: as long as the Republicans leadership is playing to win and not to serve, we'll get nowhere. If we want progress, we need to keep the House, and win the presidency and a slim Senate majority. The latter is just possible, although unlikely, I admit. But the presidency is important and the win must be spectacular. Republicans must see evidence that playing to win will be punished by the electorate. If not, they will continue to see playing to win as a winning strategy, and will continue to do it. My wife occasionally says that she feels very sorry for Merrick Garland. There's a man who was sacrificed on the altar the Republican leadership has built.
  8. Adam Smith's concept, the invisible hand, is for an ideal that cannot be planned, one for which we yearn, an unreachable bourn, one that perforce cannot ever exist. Perfection isn't real no leader can create a good enough world a society that's great. Mommy won't kiss booboos. That's not really new news but it's a little less distressing, if instead you're getting pissed. John Lennon says "Whatever gets you through the night", so if Sonny Stitt does that, "it's alright, it's alright". In the long run it's moot if it's whiskey or toot: if your poison is Mozart, and someone else's, Liszt. It's broken, it's broken, it never worked the way it should. But now it's in pieces, it's broken for good. The party's over, we did what we could it was fun while it lasted, now its over for good.
  9. Be best? Randy Rainbow tells her how.
  10. North Korea. Saudi Arabia. Russia. Turkmenistan. Venezuela. ... that's all I've got. On the other hand, there is also no place more committed to equality and justice. We are, to quote the song below: "the cradle of the best and of the worst". Democracy It's coming through a hole in the air From those nights in Tiananmen Square It's coming from the feel That this ain't exactly real Or it's real, but it ain't exactly there From the wars against disorder From the sirens night and day From the fires of the homeless From the ashes of the gay Democracy is coming to the USA It's coming through a crack in the wall On a visionary flood of alcohol From the staggering account Of the Sermon on the Mount Which I don't pretend to understand at all It's coming from the silence On the dock of the bay, From the brave, the bold, the battered Heart of Chevrolet Democracy is coming to the USA It's coming from the sorrow in the street The holy places where the races meet From the homicidal bitchin' That goes down in every kitchen To determine who will serve and who will eat From the wells of disappointment Where the women kneel to pray For the grace of God in the desert here And the desert far away: Democracy is coming to the USA Sail on, sail on O mighty Ship of State To the Shores of Need Past the Reefs of Greed Through the Squalls of Hate Sail on, sail on, sail on, sail on It's coming to America first The cradle of the best and of the worst It's here they got the range And the machinery for change And it's here they got the spiritual thirst It's here the family's broken And it's here the lonely say That the heart has got to open In a fundamental way Democracy is coming to the USA It's coming from the women and the men O baby, we'll be making love again We'll be going down so deep The river's going to weep, And the mountain's going to shout Amen It's coming like the tidal flood Beneath the lunar sway Imperial, mysterious In amorous array Democracy is coming to the USA I'm sentimental, if you know what I mean I love the country but I can't stand the scene And I'm neither left or right I'm just staying home tonight Getting lost in that hopeless little screen But I'm stubborn as those garbage bags That Time cannot decay I'm junk but I'm still holding up This little wild bouquet Democracy is coming to the USA
  11. So let's imagine what that bipartisan progress will look like Democrat: Single payer healthcare. Republican: Socialist! (Takes HMO money.) Democrat: Gun control. Republican: Stalinist! Nazis did that! (Takes NRA money.) Democrat: Abortion rights. Marriage equality. LGBT equality in adoption and employment. Republican: God, Sodom, and Gomorrah! (Takes evangelist money.) Democrat: Banking regulations to prevent meltdowns. Republican: Socialist, Stalinist, Communist! (Takes Wall Street money.) Democrat: No gerrymandering. No voter disenfranchisement. No purging of electoral rolls. Republican: States rights! (Audible snickers and backslapping.) Democrat: Corporations are not people. Republican: The Supreme Court says they are, you Communist! (More snickers and backslapping.) That's what bipartisan cooperation looks like. That's why third party votes are not helpful. Because they're playing a different game. They're playing to win, not to serve.
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