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Fifth generation Angeleno who's done some time on the East Coast. Though I'm edging into the grayhead years, I still have aspirations (and unfulfilled ambitions). I enjoy talking about the ponderous with interested parties – small talk's not really my jam. I'm still co-raising a teenager so I don't have the luxury of taking myself too seriously. I feel stuff: I hope to meet others who do too.

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I'll add to the banjo portfolio: When I first got on this site, I posted these guys: 16 ...
Deiter comments on Feb 17, 2019:
Bandoneon! https://youtu.be/D-SKGDIwry0
I'll add to the banjo portfolio: When I first got on this site, I posted these guys: 16 ...
Deiter comments on Feb 17, 2019:
One of the show stoppers. https://youtu.be/4vJAOGwiJdI
I'll add to the banjo portfolio: When I first got on this site, I posted these guys: 16 ...
Deiter comments on Feb 17, 2019:
https://youtu.be/G5pV2aQdf3o
All Apologies - Pickin' On Nirvana ft. Iron Horse [youtube.com]
Deiter comments on Feb 17, 2019:
First thought: *That's cute.* Next thought: *Why?*
Dick Dale--Nitro [youtu.be]
Deiter comments on Feb 17, 2019:
Dick Dale used to live around Newport Beach where I lived and worked at so I'd see him playing around a lot. I think he made a fortune in local real estate development. *Miserlou* from Pulp Fiction was his moment. He was still making good records in the '90's.
The Atlantics. Pipeline. [youtu.be]
Deiter comments on Feb 16, 2019:
I grew up in the Huntington Beach area and played in a band in the late 70's, early 80's. We used to share rehearsal space with a number of indigenous surf punk bands. Many would defile this song. Here's a spunkier one: https://youtu.be/-wsCxxyw4Zo
Finnish metal guys doing bluegrass covers of metal... Because, banjo. Excited to see these guys ...
Deiter comments on Feb 16, 2019:
Banjos are so, er, musical.
Mean Mary on fast banjo - Iron Horse [youtu.be]
Deiter comments on Feb 16, 2019:
I'd never heard of her. A li'l too MOR to be my cuppa but if you go to her website she has six songs you can download free.
Adventures in Job Seeking: Yesterday I drove deep into the suburban Eastside for an interview ...
Deiter comments on Feb 16, 2019:
I think I may've the answer: Skinny jeans!
Can you be a spiritual agnostic?
Deiter comments on Feb 16, 2019:
Absolutely. Sam Harris just released a meditation app. They're many atheist Buddhists. I think spiritual values have much to recommend.
Maybe in a mood, Love Removal Machine [youtube.com]
Deiter comments on Feb 16, 2019:
Their daddies: https://youtu.be/bQXcwogHe6g
Chris Spedding - Motorbikin' ( The greatest guitarist you've never heard of )[youtu.be]
Deiter comments on Feb 16, 2019:
(There's no vid.) The obvious choice is his great Hurt by Love. This is a good one too. https://youtu.be/CRZj4qouAWI
I think there are at least three things that can change a person for the worst if they aren't ...
Deiter comments on Feb 16, 2019:
I'd welcome the opportunity, for scientific purposes of course, to see if there's any truth to the corrupting influences of the above.
It's Friday night. Why y'all sleeping?! Ry Cooder My Girl Josephine [youtu.be]
Deiter comments on Feb 16, 2019:
The guy who said no to the Stones: That's some cold blooded s--t right there.
Lulu To Sir With Love 1967 [youtu.be]
Deiter comments on Feb 15, 2019:
I loved this song. Lulu ended up marrying American producer and David Bowie and T Rex collaborator Tony Visconti. (That's her voice on Bowie's Sound and Vision.)
The Shirelles Will you still love me tomorrow [youtu.be]
Deiter comments on Feb 15, 2019:
Carol King wrote a handful tunes at the time that were absolutely stunning. *Tomorrow* being one of them. And this one: https://youtu.be/KvyOqKhKWQ4
sigh... What is wrong with me... Every time I hear about two people meeting that turns into a happy ...
Deiter comments on Feb 15, 2019:
Yeah. I'm with you there.
T. Rex - Jeepster [youtube.com]
Deiter comments on Feb 15, 2019:
I went to see, of all people, Nick Gilder back in the day. It was his first album – long before that whole *Hot Child in the City* nonsense. Most of the people waiting in line thought Gilder was going to be the Second Coming of T. Rex as evidenced by their t-shirts. (I wanted to agree.) They were wrong. Nevertheless, Gilder's first album was pretty good. https://youtu.be/nEYwmfd65C8
On the subject of DNA + RNA. The science of DNA + RNA proved once and for all that we are VERY ...
Deiter comments on Feb 15, 2019:
The Bible writers, in both Testaments Old and New, had no idea how the body, life, or the universe worked. (Jeebus thought disease was demons, fer cryin' out loud!) The Bible is an ever receding explanation of anything. That's self-evident. Why people won't stop believing in it is the mystery.
Johnny Burnette Train Kept A Rollin' [youtu.be]
Deiter comments on Feb 15, 2019:
Some years ago I wrote a li'l bit on this and featured the original version and some famous covers. It's also one of the greatest entendres of all time. If you're interested: https://jellyrollfortheearhole.blogspot.com/2014/09/guitar-riff-song-of-ages.html
Primus - Wynona's Big Brown Beaver [youtube.com]
Deiter comments on Feb 14, 2019:
A bit post-classic for me, I'd go Frizzle Fry or Sailing Seas of Cheese. Have you heard the band Claypool did with Sean Lennon?
"Open My Eyes" Nazz [youtube.com]
Deiter comments on Feb 14, 2019:
Egads! That's digging deep. Psychedelia!
Universal income study finds money for nothing won't make us work less | New Scientist
Deiter comments on Feb 14, 2019:
It will make us starve less. Have more for emergencies.
I just love imperfect people. Perfect people can be so boring!
Deiter comments on Feb 14, 2019:
Well, you've got plenty to choose from.
Everything that a free agent may need to say on a day like today (except for the crying part – ...
Deiter comments on Feb 14, 2019:
One more thought to add:
With Valentine's day an hour or so away, I thought I'd give my thoughts. In my opinion ...
Deiter comments on Feb 14, 2019:
Doing things on a designated day is ritualistic. We like ritual. And it can gain an energy, or synergy, when a lot of people do it together. There's something to be said for the communal experience. But, sure, gifts are nice anytime. A good surprise is always welcome.
Posted in Love & Relationships, a member recently asked the question, "Which sex tends to be more ...
Deiter comments on Feb 14, 2019:
I'm a fan and sometime listener of Perel's podcast. Part of the problem she describes would seem to simply be one of ego. As Don Draper said: *What is happiness? It’s a moment before you need more happiness.* Once we've achieved a thing, that thing will eventually become a bore. *The story, the plot, the romance,* those are all artifice. Marriage or live-in relationships tend to strip back the artifice too quickly. It's a natural development. To avoid that, couples would have to be vigilant. After the work day, dinner and dishes, etc., who's got the energy? It's possible, of course, it's just that couples tend to not bother. Here's a long quote I transcribed from her podcast. It's unrelated but I found it particularly interesting: *What is the argument? The argument is an age old argument that says: Men are biological creatures in perpetual motion, in search of an outlet, they can’t control themselves and it is the woman who has to be his border, his boundary, and his full stop. The women’s bodies need to be covered, hidden, hair cut, you name it, for him to control his lustful urges and she is helping him to do so because the poor man can’t do it on his own. If he strays it’s because of her, because she was so seductive. She was the temptress. The poor man he’s not in charge of anything. He’s got power galore but he’s never in charge of his own urges – because she has to control them…*
When people walk away from you let them go.......It just means that their part in your story is ...
Deiter comments on Feb 13, 2019:
I'm wrestling with this at the moment. When is it time let them walk and when is it better to have them stay, which takes work and, often, some sacrifice? It's just so easy to withdraw and just let people go. (*Good riddance!*) You can have a long friendship with someone and then something stupid happens, and all of that is pushed aside when feelings are hurt. If someone would walk away so easily, were they even really a friend? And, sometimes stuff happens and things can never be the same again. Julia makes it sound too easy. She may be rationalizing some here. I still haven't figured out what the best answer is.
What Goes On Inside The Mind Of A Narcissist. Article at link: [powerfulmind.co]
Deiter comments on Feb 13, 2019:
This word has been getting misused and stretched a lot lately. It's a selfish and vain person. It's a pathological disorder, and others. Asking the user to define their intention may first be necessary to understand.
Good perspective. Be our own “one” first.
Deiter comments on Feb 12, 2019:
We're social creatures. The *awesome me* is a foundation to build on, it isn't all. Even if it's only companions and don't find our be-all-end-all.
I had read a post yesterday that had reminded me about how discriminated against the nonbeliever ...
Deiter comments on Feb 12, 2019:
Even if you believe in a Prime Mover behind the creation of the Universe, fine: I can understand that. But those people actually make up a minuscule minority of believers. In the U.S. it amounts to thousands. They tend to get tossed in with the New Agers. Rarely will anyone stand for a God without being attached to a tradition. Overwhelmingly, that tradition is one of the Abrahamics – 4.8B. Throw in another 1B Hindus and 14M Jews, 500M Buddhists, folk practictioners and that's 84% of the world. https://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/watercooler/2012/dec/23/84-percent-world-population-has-faith-third-are-ch/ As a group, atheists are tiny and mostly young: It's why I love Millennials. Atheist cupcakes? Prob not enough of us. But put Jesus Christ in a cracker and you could have an empire.
It's a trap!
Deiter comments on Feb 12, 2019:
And deny an opportunity to *mansplain*?
I saw this segment today on "CBS Sunday Morning" and I thought it was incredible. [cbsnews.com] ...
Deiter comments on Feb 10, 2019:
Time: One thing that changed profoundly for me was I used to hate myself for my introversion. Part of it was that I dreaded small talk and social superficialities and all I knew was everyone else seemed to be fine with it. I was the only who appeared to be struggling with it. Then, with age and time you find self-acceptance. (Some are able to discover this at a young age and praise to them.) You understand that you don't have to be like other people and maybe you're just "slow to warm." I used to dread parties and even gatherings of more than 2 or 3. I just went to a party last week and I was perfectly comfortable. I even enjoyed myself. It wouldn't've happened 30 years ago. Time can be a friend.
erm.....he dosen't have a good track record.
Deiter comments on Feb 10, 2019:
Jesus thought disease was demons.
Oh the cruel irony of it.
Deiter comments on Feb 9, 2019:
Not sure I agree. (Also understanding the humor intended.) Parents have fantasies that their kids are mini-mes and that's not been my experience at all. In fact, I think the concept is an ancient leftover from religious traditions – scripture having us believe that kids are properties for us to indoctrinate at will. So, we circumcise them, pierce their baby ears, feed them fairy tales as fact, force them into activities their hearts may not be in, etc. I don't see that much of *me* in my kids. They're in a different time and their experience is very different. (Their parents aren't together, for one thing.) And whatever of me they have in them, I can say proudly they're managing it a lot better than I did. If anything, the hardest pill to swallow for most parents is how different from them their kids can be. Then, accepting that and allowing them the space and support to be themselves. That's the bigger challenge.
One of the best love stories I have heard.
Deiter comments on Feb 8, 2019:
Aspire to crow love.
This is funny but it actually makes me want to cry because ....
Deiter comments on Feb 8, 2019:
It's just another day. Often one that was doomed by expectations, even in *thriving* relationships.
May or may not actually be Einstein’s words, but what fo you think of the meaning?
Deiter comments on Feb 8, 2019:
You have a choice: You can choose to believe that you're a plugged-in instrument of the universe, or that you're all alone on an indifferent rock spinning through meaningless space. Whatever the reality, one choice is less inspiring than the other.
I got it right away... :-)
Deiter comments on Feb 8, 2019:
My older brother was a big Roger Miller fan so I know. The Clash of all people covered it.
A member here suggested that a woman my age might seek a partner that can help with car repairs, ...
Deiter comments on Feb 8, 2019:
Have long liked Meshell Ndegeocello. She's on my Spotify.
This is a clear sign of delusion and the host gets uncomfortable with his crazy talk. It amazes me ...
Deiter comments on Feb 8, 2019:
As Bugs Bunny would say, *What a maroon!* The question should be, *Why is this maroon even getting a platform?* "It may put food in your belly... it may get you in the hospital...it may provide for you in the dog days of your life..." Without those things in the here and now, you've got no use for Jesus or anyone or anything else. How easy it is for a rich guy to say putting food in your belly comes at *too great an expense*. What a dreadful waste of space this hateful git is. Argh! This crap makes me insane. Why'd you make me click?!
Can you guys guess how I'm feeling right now?
Deiter comments on Feb 7, 2019:
Yes, but you're a skeleton – the very symbol of death, doom, and destruction.
(In response to the closed group thread, same subject) If you're worried that teachers will turn ...
Deiter comments on Feb 7, 2019:
The arguments for capitalism have been wonderful. It's the reality that fails. Capitalism, by design, requires an enormous bottom to create its lofty, tiny top. Some, usually those at the top, believe that the suffering of millions is an inescapable reality. It isn't. *But that's Utopian fantasy!* Health care, shelter, education to these soulless gluttons is *Utopian.* Allowing for the existence of the unhappy millions never turns out well. You can only fool so many for so long.
Single vs Marriage
Deiter comments on Feb 3, 2019:
Profile Image vs. Reality
Might need this one too!
Deiter comments on Feb 3, 2019:
There's only one reason, really, that God exists at all: Because we don't want our lives to end. We want to believe our consciousness goes on forever, or at least that it's possible. And to that end, God – or Jesus, Mohammad, Krishna, Buddha, or whatever – is a misdirection. We know that there's absolutely no evidence that *life* after death is possible. Only if you believe in magic. And that's a leap the majority of humans are willing to make.
Transparent solar panels [arch2o.com]
Deiter comments on Feb 3, 2019:
Ha! Fake news! How is it supposed to work when it's cold? Or at night? Or when the curtains are drawn? Solar energy is a micro-aggression against Hummer patriots.
Was thinking Iwas going to have to keep the shotgun oiled for my daughters sake. This one is looking...
Deiter comments on Feb 2, 2019:
You loved them. You gave them your values. You respect their intelligence (I'd hope): Trust your good work and allow them to make their own (hopefully good) decisions. (Not all will be good but that's a privilege they should be entitled to also.) So, put away the guns, bro. I've two daughters. I know the impulse. But a gun is what you use to protect property. (Understanding that you were making a joke.) Part of the problem of being a dad is that we too were once boys with intentions that weren't always in the young woman's best interest. We *know* about those boys because we've been those boys. And worse, today these boys will likely be jacked-up on all the porn they've consumed. They've got some skewed notions about women and their entitlements. (That's what worries me most of all.) And true, not all kids *can* or *should* be trusted. It's a jungle out there. Hopefully, ours are different. Hopefully, they will deserve our trust. And through it all, we love them. Even when it's difficult. As it is at times. As were we.
Anybody out there like Electronic Music? [LA Synthesis] - [Agrphobia] [youtube.com]
Deiter comments on Feb 2, 2019:
The last one: You've got to know this one. Not all electronic but it's a monster IMHO. There aren't many soundtracks I'd listen to all the way through. This is one. https://youtu.be/wHOTGt0amOQ
Anybody out there like Electronic Music? [LA Synthesis] - [Agrphobia] [youtube.com]
Deiter comments on Feb 2, 2019:
Last rabbit hole find: The German granddaddies and those aren't drum machines you're hearing. They didn't exist. https://youtu.be/XMVokT5e0zs
Anybody out there like Electronic Music? [LA Synthesis] - [Agrphobia] [youtube.com]
Deiter comments on Feb 2, 2019:
More rabbit hole finds: This guy played with Peter Gabriel early in his solo career: https://youtu.be/yx3akE4J4ik
Anybody out there like Electronic Music? [LA Synthesis] - [Agrphobia] [youtube.com]
Deiter comments on Feb 2, 2019:
I'm old. When I hear this I flashback: "Yeah. This isn't unlike [enter rabbit hole here]..." When I was 18 I worked in a record store. I heard a lot of stuff. This album I'd to hear many, many times. It was kinda a big deal back in the day. His father Maurice was the Godzilla of film composers (e.g. Lawrence of Arabia, etc.): https://youtu.be/nz1cEO01LLc
I'm seeking the truth. Am I gonna have a hard time finding a man who will except the fact that I ...
Deiter comments on Feb 1, 2019:
I'd argue it's difficult finding potential others regardless of a disabled dependent or not. I've heard women on this site complain often about men of a certain age being particularly guilty of looking for those who'll be nurturing and caring: A *f--kable nurse-mother*, one said. Once past 50, sex becomes less a priority and more in line with other factors on a wish-list. When you say you've a person you care for at home, I wonder if people see you as someone who might have their *nurturing* energies compromised? I'm just thinking out loud here. Whether someone of a certain age *should* be looking for *mothering* is another issue. Also putting aside whether it's right, fair, or reasonable. People do meet and people do couple, even after 60 and 70. Finding people is going to be a challenge, without a doubt. I found this article, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4757816/Mathematicians-reveal-odds-finding-love.html, it does offer some discouraging odds but it does make some suggestions on things we can all do to increase our chances. Good luck.
It’s official: The Trump tax cuts were a bust - MarketWatch
Deiter comments on Feb 1, 2019:
This is not exactly a Leftie-Socialist-bleeding snowflake website either – it's owned by News Corp AKA Rupert Murdoch. It's always interesting when the Conservative "free market" religion cheerleaders have a *come to Damascus* moment. It must be those damned facts!
I am not interested on the Super Bowl but the Next Round of Indictments? I want to Record it!!!!!! ...
Deiter comments on Jan 31, 2019:
20 whatever years ago when I got married, we'd our wedding reception at a swanky restaurant with a view on Super Bowl Sunday. We had the whole place to ourselves. Notice how advertisers can't use that term? They're stuck with *The Big Game*. The NFL, that sandbox for billionaires, is also a non-profit organization.
For those of you who saw Bohemian Rhapsody (and for those of you who didn't), here is the ACTUAL ...
Deiter comments on Jan 31, 2019:
Determined to be, by those who claim to know, **The Greatest Live Performance in History of Rock Music!** https://jellyrollfortheearhole.blogspot.com/2011/01/greatest-live-performance-in-history-of.html
How cold is it? [apple.news]
Deiter comments on Jan 31, 2019:
Jeebus! I happen to live in the green area of the map so all I can say is my heart goes out to those people. (It's raining some today but normally we don't have "weather" here. All of that is exotic compared to my experience.) Ice in the bathroom is crazy! People die in those conditions. It's nothing to joke about. They were claiming it was colder in some spots in the U.S. than the surface of Mars. I don't even know what that means. I'd probably retreat under an electric blanket turned up to 11. But then, eventually you have to go out for supplies again. Stay strong people!
Hard love or a cold hearted bastard? Tomorrow I am going to do one of the hardest things I have ...
Deiter comments on Jan 30, 2019:
My heart goes out to you: Hard choices and MI is a long way away.
Is the scammer squad in full force this time of year? I have had a fake call after fake call seems ...
Deiter comments on Jan 30, 2019:
I've gotten robocalls in Chinese. I just got two that began speaking before I even got the phone to my ear. Then, they claim to have social security info they couldn't possibly have. If something were to happen to my account, Social Security wouldn't care. That'd be my problem. I pity the fools that fall for this crap. Also, these lists they're buying from must be next to worthless. (Chinese!)
What an idiot!
Deiter comments on Jan 30, 2019:
Amazing that the President of the world's richest superpower and leader of the Free World can't find one expert to consult him on the subject. There are people who know what they don't know and then there are those so stupid and arrogant they're wholly unaware and will make the most idiotic declarations. But never before would they have the ascended to the Presidency. We're doomed.
Dating, Curving or Ghosting, fair or unfair? [thoughtcatalog.com]
Deiter comments on Jan 30, 2019:
People on this site are often insisting that they want direct, blunt communication. No they don't. Curving, at least as a conversational style, can be much gentler and probably preferable to the alternatives. If you ask someone, "Let's have coffee on Saturday," and they *curve*, you got your answer. If someone suggested a meetup to me and it was something I wanted, I would definitely not be ambiguous about it. But, people often get hurt or angry when rejected cold-blooded style. However, curving as a method of fooling someone into sex or some other exploitative behavior is just another name for lying by omission, and that's not cool. Ghosting is passive-aggressive but also a way of avoiding the hard *no*, which again, people don't often accept happily. I'm not defending ghosting – especially in the age of texting which allows people to get real douchey at a distance – but, from what I hear often from the womenfolk here, sometimes when men are given the hard *no*, things can get ugly. Curving and ghosting are often general practice in our work and business lives.
So... I went to see this ballet performance of Shen Yun and in spite of the amazing performance and ...
Deiter comments on Jan 30, 2019:
What did atheism have to do with the story of the dance?
[vice.com] Conservatives are whining because no one wants to date them.
Deiter comments on Jan 29, 2019:
I love the pic accompanying the article. Half those guys could've played the banjo in *Deliverance*.
How many of you eat white bread? "How diet may affect age-related macular degeneration" ...
Deiter comments on Jan 29, 2019:
It isn't just about white bread: High glycemic foods include white rice (brown rice has much higher levels of arsenic), potatoes, "vegetables w/ starch," processed cereals, sweets, ripe fruit – the list is pretty extensive. Oddly, spaghetti has almost half the glycemic index of whole wheat bread, or about the same as orange juice. You can forget watermelon too. https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/glycemic-index-and-glycemic-load-for-100-foods
So, I'd like to get your opinion on this, guys. I met a girl who I thought was pretty cool and ...
Deiter comments on Jan 28, 2019:
I've had my crushes. One aspect of my character that's served me very well throughout my life has been this: I won't pursue anyone who isn't at least as interested in me. Ego? Maybe. (Not that I haven't gone out w/ those whose beauty mesmerized me but I knew I'd no chance with.) But, if it's a muse you're looking for, an injured heart is far better creative fuel than a happy one. Writer Lorrie Moore had the right idea: *Most things good for writing [art, etc.] are bad for life.* You're 24. You're supposed be bumbling to figure this stuff out. Pain is built into the process. How to deal with it? Not to be cold here, but it sounds like she likes you but also sees you tailor-made for the *friend-zone.* If your interests in her are deeper than that, and she's prob figured that out (women are good at that), you're being led on. Back away. If she wants to come to you, fine, but it sounds like only heartache ahead for you.
Not bad advice, is it?
Deiter comments on Jan 28, 2019:
No care, no tears.
Where is PolyWolf? I haven't seen his smiling face in quite awhile. Did I miss something?
Deiter comments on Jan 27, 2019:
I've been here long enough to see many contributors go. Which makes me wonder: Why are a quarter of the notifications I'm sent taken down by admin before I see them? What's up with that?
Are you a bitch according to Madonna's definition? Are you tough, ambitious and know what you want?
Deiter comments on Jan 27, 2019:
From St. Margaret (Cho): *Whenever anyone has called me a bitch, I have taken it as a compliment. To me, a bitch is assertive, unapologetic, demanding, intimidating, intelligent, fiercely protective, in control — all very positive attributes. But it’s not supposed to be a compliment, because there’s that stupid double standard: When men are aggressive and dominant, they are admired, but when a woman possesses those same qualities, she is dismissed and called a bitch.* *These days, I strive to be a bitch, because not being one sucks. Not being a bitch means not having your voice heard. Not being a bitch means you agree with all the bullshit. Not being a bitch means you don’t appreciate all the other bitches who have come before you. Not being a bitch means since Eve ate that apple, we will forever have to pay for her bitchiness with complacence, obedience, acceptance, closed eyes, and open legs.*
Mariah Carey, will perform in Saudi Arabia, for a man who hates women to bones. She is being paid 1 ...
Deiter comments on Jan 27, 2019:
Elton John once played Rush Limbaugh's wedding. Which is worse?
IF YOU CHOOSE TO LOVE AN AWAKENED WOMAN If you choose to love an awakened woman, understand that ...
Deiter comments on Jan 27, 2019:
You may be overselling a bit.
My musk is important to me, I was reminded this morning. I draw attention not to my stink but rather...
Deiter comments on Jan 26, 2019:
Your musk sounds like it'd make a nice single malt. You sound irresistible.
Thought I'd share this here
Deiter comments on Jan 24, 2019:
Well, that was nice and much appreciated. Men can be d-cks, no doubt. Men struggle but life is hard all around – granted, worse for some than others. Though, according to the below, expectations may be men's undoing. Professional skeptic Michael Shermer tweeted this today: *Men account for 93% workplace fatalities, 97% war deaths, 79% homicide victims, 80% suicide victims, 75% homeless people. Think of the progress in these areas if we simply got rid of all men...* https://youtu.be/x_HL0wiK4Zc
I like the song ‘Dixie’ even though I don’t agree with the Confederate cause. My excuse. ...
Deiter comments on Jan 24, 2019:
The joke about Yankee Doodle was that the "feather in his cap and callled it Macaroni" part was intended as an insult. Like taking offensive epithets and turning them around to be used by the groups they were intended to insult, Yankee Doodle may be the greatest example of re-engineering an insult ever.
I’m a libertarian, and even I feel like Turtle needs to take a fucking civics lesson because he ...
Deiter comments on Jan 24, 2019:
That can mean a lot of things: *Libertarians* can go from far Right to far Left. Libertarianism, in the laboratory at least, believes in full liability for individuals and corporations regarding polluting the environment. Name one leading Libertarian who'd stand behind that – certainly not the Paul clan. Then there's those Xtian Libertarians who are anti-abortion rights. Xtian Libertarians are all for *religious liberty*, but are far squishier for those seeking liberty free of religion. For the most part, Libertarianism seems to be a word salad. Let's just say it's complicated.
[youtu.be] Good morning all! I'm finally back in NYC... Made the successful attempt yesterday ...
Deiter comments on Jan 24, 2019:
How do you know all this old ass 80's stuff?
Tomorrow I defend our syringe exchange program in a public meeting. Here's to compassion, hope, and...
Deiter comments on Jan 24, 2019:
Oh sister! You're mos def in the right time to take on the cause of "...compassion, hope, and recovery," just the wrong one to hold out much hope for it! May you find the pockets of empathy you'll need.
I came across my wedding cake topper cleaning out a drawer and now I am sitting in the dark ...
Deiter comments on Jan 23, 2019:
Step back from the pop music! Especially that one. Not written from a happy place. (Full disclosure: I drop Radiohead's *Street Spirit* ("...fade out again...") into the car CD player and hit repeat until I get where I'm going. I admit, I don't take my own advice.) Also, my older sister died 40 years ago. I still find tears sometimes when I think of her. I only wish she could know that. So, maybe that's not such a bad thing after all. @SleeplessinTexas seems to've the right idea.
Bob is a Theist.
Deiter comments on Jan 23, 2019:
I'll go one better. Here's what physicist Brian Cox said, supported by the work of the Hadron Collider: *Because we can't touch and interact with them, ghosts can't be made of matter, but instead of energy.* *And if energy is necessarily lost within every system - particularly if they're doing anything that requires using more of it, such as moving, emitting light, or making spooky sounds - it would be impossible for them to maintain their existence for any significant period of time.* *"I would say if there's some kind of substance that's driving our bodies, making my arms move and legs move, then it must interact with the particles out of which our bodies are made," says Cox.* *"And seeing as we've made high precision measurements of the ways that particles interact, then my assertion is that there can be no such thing as an energy source that's driving our bodies."* And how your intelligence, personality, memories, etc. could be embedded within energy would also require an explanation.
Jeffrey Albert Tucker; (born December 19, 1963) is an American economics writer of the Austrian ...
Deiter comments on Jan 23, 2019:
Not much wiggle room there. That system is hijacked for the privileged, no doubt. What Libertarians don't like to acknowledge, though, is that this same *system,* including the government and courts, is the best hope society has. Their *burn it down now that I've got mine* is the height of arrogance. Libertarians like to believe that they're the geniuses that wrote their own destiny, created their own environment, and did so without any luck or privilege whatsoever – a notion built on so many layers of denial. Ever notice how they tend to be privileged white men – who also, for whatever reason, feel they owe no one else anything? Selfishness is the engine of the economy and all that's good, in their Randian world view. Those bridges, the internet, and public services just built themselves. Like Rand Paul who famously said socialized medicine was *slavery* and then goes to Canada for his healthcare. If only there were a Hell for hypocrisy.
[youtu.be] Good morning all! I finally solved my technical difficulties, now I have the power!...
Deiter comments on Jan 23, 2019:
This is one of two hits that Martha Wash sang that year – she'd go on to sing others too (*It's Raining Men* and *Everybody Dance Now*) – that when the vids came out, they hired some hot model to stand in for her – Wash was a woman of size. She'd eventually make a stink about it. Her voice was dope, though.
I love this and think it's kind of true. This goes for guys too I suppose :)
Deiter comments on Jan 23, 2019:
These memes of *types* seem to be so popular here – so many Likes! This your gal, fellas? Hold on bc you've got a Florence Nightengale Kardashian! I can't count the number of times I've heard women on this site say "I'm not looking to be someone's f--kable nurse-mommy!" *A hopeless romantic with a dirty mind...kiss you where it hurts until it hurts*? Isn't this the kind of stereotype most women on this site usually disdain? You want someone to treat you right? Uh, who doesn't? Isn't *not* getting that exactly why most relationships end? But, no one has come after you. Maybe I'm reading it all wrong. Or, maybe it's more who's saying it. [I think I just figured it out...]
Why can't I get over my first true love?
Deiter comments on Jan 22, 2019:
This may not be something you can do on your own. Remember this: Even if he did call and even if he did come back, neither of you are the same now. The break up changed you – and him, especially. You're wishing for something that even if it could exist, wouldn't.
OOH, AHM DYIN!!... This is informative and just very funny. Who knew... ??? "10 things you didn't ...
Deiter comments on Jan 21, 2019:
Well, so much to learn. Particularly interesting was the part about keeping the sperm *fresh,* as it were.
I stopped at a local restaurant after shopping today. Since I was alone I figured I'd sit at the bar...
Deiter comments on Jan 21, 2019:
Before Louis CK's fall, he did an interesting bit on how people have become so uncomfortable with just sitting in their thoughts, with the sadness or loneliness or whatever it is they're hoping to find escape from in their smart phones, that they can no longer do what was once a major part of normal existence. I don't see it as healthy, necessarily, but I don't see it as the end of society either. People – men, mostly – used to hide behind newspapers. Why was that better? (Full disclosure: And I'm doing it right now, typing this, when I've other more important things to do.)
Today's quote from another brilliant woman: Author, Jessamyn West (1902-1984) "We want the ...
Deiter comments on Jan 21, 2019:
Confirmation bias
Cookie dough and Monty Python binge. Yes this is a good way to end the day.
Deiter comments on Jan 21, 2019:
Shocked the first time I saw it, I've only recently come to realize how powerful Mr. Creosote was as social/political commentary. Also, you mustn't've heard: Ixnay on the raw ookie dough-cay (Salmonella and E. coli). Sorry.
Awww...poor Hulk!
Deiter comments on Jan 21, 2019:
Isn't Hulk's whole thing his *toxic masculinity*? Not a good candidate ladies, however he may work that whole Chippendale's vibe.
Has anyone else ever thought (maybe I should quit thinking) how it is easier to find the perfect pet...
Deiter comments on Jan 20, 2019:
It'd be easy to argue that a pet never rejects you and is far less challenging, or disappointing, emotionally. (Until they die, that is.) SO's are full o' mess, demands, shortcomings, and expectations. Obviously, there's a lot a dog can't *do.* I don't know if you've seen those stories about men in Japan having serious "relationships" with life-size silicon dolls – girls that never say *no.* (However, they do age. Silicon tends to crack and dry.) Some of the guys had been married before, so they at least had some experience. I think the problem is essentially that of two minds: There's only so much potential for harmonic convergence there. Pets give the illusion that you can have more of it. But, I never loved my dog like I loved my best girlfriend. She was the greater pleasure and the far greater pain. Such is life.
We should be having sex. [newsweek.com]
Deiter comments on Jan 20, 2019:
Well, they say *SEX!* but seems more like click bait. What they seem to be talking about mostly is connection, intimacy, affection, and positive attention – to be *seen* in the best possible ways. Otherwise, the article seemed a bit optimistic. Golly, yes! I'll go out and get some right away. Who'd want to wither away in sexless dementia given a choice? As with many things, *nice work if you can get it.* In that sense, I'm not sure what to make of the purpose of such an article.
I asked a couple people, both genders, about some sextual play. One female declined then thanked me ...
Deiter comments on Jan 20, 2019:
I agree in general with the premise that you deserve no props for *not* being an a--hole. Chris Rock does a funny bit about this subject. He talks about guys who claim being there for their children makes them noble. *Nah,* he said (paraphrasing): *Doing what you're supposed to do doesn't make you special. You're not a hero just because there are other a--holes in the world.* Actually, what he said (I just say it again) was, so what then, *You want a cookie?*
is it just me,or is this a pretty good cover? [youtube.com]
Deiter comments on Jan 20, 2019:
Do not quote me on this, but Hannah Montana actually has proven herself to be a serious musician. I don't listen to her but I can respect that. Have you heard her cover of Led Zeppelin's arrangement of "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You?" That was enough to convince me. Jack White did a nice cover of "Jolene" too, if you haven't heard it.
Been looking, no luck yet. ?????
Deiter comments on Jan 20, 2019:
Am I cynical or do people who make the claim "I'm not a game-player. I like nice guys," are probably lying?
Karen Pences school ban goes on to say banned conduct includes, but is not limited, to: ...
Deiter comments on Jan 19, 2019:
Violation of what? What @#$% all does Scripture have to say about transgenderism? A book loaded of pre- and extra- marital activities and polygamy. Sin, it seems, is reserved only for kings. Paul in the NT was pretty obsessed w/ *natural relations* and *dishonorable passions.* Paul was a Jew and initially tried to be bring Xtianity to the Jews. They weren't having any of it. (*If there's a Messiah, surely we would've heard about it. Also, haven't you heard? The Messiah won't be coming from Nazareth.*) It's been argued that the Bible's obsession w/ all things sexual, esp homosexuality, was about their hate for their Roman rulers. Romans were pretty liberated about pleasure-seeking. Because of that, the Torah is pretty much the worst buzzkill ever written.
Being a person with eclectic interests, my reticence to post is rooted, I believe, in a feeling that...
Deiter comments on Jan 19, 2019:
When you say things like *a diaper-chapped foil* and *another ideological sycophant tries luring a herd under some kind of umbrella*, you've got my attention! But oh how we love (romantic) love! Often more than the object themselves. I'd argue that as long as *romantic love* is still on the table, along w/ its Lust Lollapalooza, the *real love* will probably have to wait. (Whose strong enough to wage war against neurochemicals?) That aside, I also believe *real love* only comes with time. It's a long-term investment – more Morticia and Gomez, less Romeo and Juliet.
What is normal anyway?
Deiter comments on Jan 19, 2019:
If it were all that easy.
Okay, okay, I just can't live without you assholes and bitches, damn it. You know who you are.
Deiter comments on Jan 19, 2019:
You're not the first person I've heard of having *issues* here. (Another member I know was terminated recently: A female. I can't imagine what her offenses could've been.) People are usually vague about the reasons but I'm intrigued.
Even David Bowie can sell out. lol Even going so far as to change his lyrics for the product! sigh...
Deiter comments on Jan 19, 2019:
I never knew about this. What a... disappointment. Neil Young had something to say about this: https://youtu.be/KSSvzCNBvlQ (Michael w/ his hair on fire was a cold note!)
Tommy Smothers dead-on imitation of Johnny Carson - Jan 1991 - YouTube
Deiter comments on Jan 19, 2019:
I've loved this guy since I was a little kid: Underrated genius. That whole older brother scolding thing and his reaction is always pure gold.
I had watched a Nicolas Cage movie. I think what he does he does well. The title of the movie was ...
Deiter comments on Jan 19, 2019:
As you prob know the above was based on a ridiculously successful book series. They joked on SNL, w/ Cage himself, that he tries to be in every movie made. His bottom for quality seems to have no threshold, which isn't to say he can't do good work when given the chance. Also, as you may know, the Rapture isn't even from the Bible – 18th cent Puritan preachers, actually. It's a cruel joke on believers and a dumber premise for a grade Z film.
I am a fan of old movies. I find movies from the 1930s had better writing and dialogue than most ...
Deiter comments on Jan 19, 2019:
In the 30's and 40's a number of big shot novelists were lured to Hollywood. Most of them ran away screaming: Wiilam Faulkner, Aldous Huxley, John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nathaneal West, and Raymond Chandler among others. Some of their movies were quite good – The Big Sleep (Faulkner), To Have and Have Not (Faulkner). I'm also a big fan of film noir like Double Indemnity, Gaslight, Key Largo, Laura. There've been some really good more modern versions. I loved After Dark, My Sweet and Body Heat.
"Twelve Thirty" The Mamas & The Papas - YouTube
Deiter comments on Jan 19, 2019:
I went through a thing in the early 00's ago where I listened to them on a jag. But then Mackenzie blew the lid on John. He wrote some great songs, but – wow! – what a psycho mess.

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