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I often find myself in an awkward situation.
WilliamCharles comments on Sep 20, 2019:
I just finished watching The Ballad of Buster Scruggs on Netflix. I found I was troubled by the segment (the film is a collection of vignettes) "The Girl Who Got Rattled." It was bittersweet in a way that will linger with me, as it deals with the lasting impact of choices combined with fate. While it is life affirming to be moved so, it also involves the scarring (even from a work of fiction) mentioned in the original post.
"The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer.
WilliamCharles comments on Sep 20, 2019:
Quote was at the beginning of the movie "Hostiles" which I just finished watching.
First-time voters for Bernie Sanders don't care about his age, say he speaks to what matters to them...
WilliamCharles comments on Sep 19, 2019:
It is quite sad to me how the Dems could have locked up the youth vote for years to come in 2016, helped races all down the ballot, and mobilized the disaffected voters who felt cheated and sat the elections out... but the fix was in for the Hildebeast.
Have you ever had a mystical or near death experience?
WilliamCharles comments on Sep 19, 2019:
I was able to communicate telepathically with my Dachshund while on LSD. I did tests witnessed and confirmed by my friends present (also on LSD). We were hiking and when we came to the clearing, I let Willy (my dog) wander around on his own. I was able to call him to return using only my thoughts. Varied the time intervals of the "calls", and would even dismiss him to go back to exploring using only thought communication. Was very scientific.
Church Leaders, Like Politicians, Must Shift the Dominant Narrative on Poverty | Sojourners
WilliamCharles comments on Sep 17, 2019:
"God must love the poor... he made so many of them" ~ Anon
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WilliamCharles comments on Sep 17, 2019:
Disagree. Warren is still too much a corporatist for my tastes. The fact that Bernie takes no corporate PAC money is precisely the shot across the bow to the current corrupt and dysfunctional system that is needed. His base is more diverse, and will increase the turnout substantially from the disaffected that sat out 2016. This helps races all down the ballot.
Its a known fact that history is written by only the winners.
WilliamCharles comments on Sep 14, 2019:
I remember the pictures in my Time/Life series on WWII showing the people of some Eastern European countries greeting the Nazis as liberators. It reminds me somewhat of the initial perceptions of US troops by the population of countries being invaded by us. We claim we are bringing "democracy," but that is largely inconsequential to the actual agenda.
I often find myself in an awkward situation.
WilliamCharles comments on Sep 14, 2019:
You are not alone.
"After 9/11, America was so outraged by the deaths of thousands of innocent American civilians over ...
WilliamCharles comments on Sep 13, 2019:
9/11 is the litmus test. So many of the things that reverberate to today are based on the unwillingness to demand full, open and transparent investigations of the attack, the crime scene forensics, and the apparent response failures. Anyone not in lockstep with the coming "payback” was a traitor, and anyone questioning the official narrative was a nutter. That the people so readily dismissing the skeptics, did not heed to call themselves to demand what the commission itself determined; that a proper investigation was needed to uncover the truth. Remember, the alternate explanation to deride conspiracy, was the supposedly comforting notion that incompetence, an unrelated type of criminality (the destruction of evidence), the desire to cover your butt, and a string of bad luck and/or remarkable coincidence, explained the seeming contradictions and that the right enemy had been targeted anyway, so no time to navel gaze as we needed to get our bloodbath up and running. My recollection is somewhat shorter as to what I saw and what we lost. I live in So Cal and commute to downtown LA, and have for over 20+ years. For *exactly* a day and a half (the same amount of time the air stays smog free after a good rain), the normally selfish and inattentive motorists drove in manner virtually unseen before or since. Over that two day period, they actually showed noticeable consideration and no longer drove oblivious to those around them, not caring who they cut off or didn’t let in or honked at for going too slow, or not getting out of the way fast enough…they treated the other drivers as fellow Americans that were also possibly traumatized or numb and that the default position might be that they would appreciate a random act of kindness from a stranger who might just cut another person a break for no other reason than they thought the anonymous person could use one. And then, as if it never happened in the first place, it was over. That was how long it took to revert back to type, and embrace dysfunction as normalcy. And that’s how we got to where we are today. There are some things in life that we can’t turn back the clock on, but tragically that is true even on those things we could turn back the clock on. We’re just not that smart or that caring, and I don’t think it’s overly pessimistic to say that we never will be.
At the risk of sounding unpatriotic,.
WilliamCharles comments on Sep 12, 2019:
9/11 is the litmus test. https://m.facebook.com/story/graphql_permalink/?graphql_id=UzpfSTI3ODgzNzczMjE3MDI1ODo2Nzk2NDA4MDIwODk5NDc%3D
Someone quoted this to me today, though who said it first he did not know.
WilliamCharles comments on Sep 12, 2019:
"Be the person your dog thinks you are." ~ J.W. Stephens
28 Reasons I'm DONE Talking To My Conservative Friends And Family
WilliamCharles comments on Sep 9, 2019:
At some point, it becomes like the example of the WWII "Good German." People that knew they were allied with some really reprehensible characters, but chose to do nothing.
Orange man out and Bernie in.
WilliamCharles comments on Sep 9, 2019:
Would someone rid us of this mendacious Marmalade Mountebank? [Enter Bernie. Stage left]
How would you reply to a theist who says, "You send yourself to hell"?
WilliamCharles comments on Sep 9, 2019:
I say, "I can't pretend to believe what I don't. Your God would know."
I sure wish the Obama's would throw their support to Bernie. That would be huge! [cnn.com]
WilliamCharles comments on Sep 9, 2019:
Though that was part of the "Hope and Change" people were expecting, he did not deliver. Sadly, he was largely a Trojan Horse meant as a continuation of the status quo.
Can all 'why' questions be translated into 'how' questions?
WilliamCharles comments on Sep 9, 2019:
"We shade our eyes and scan the decay. We know that this place, this country, this planet, is not the same as the last time we looked. There are more bodies. And fewer other things: choices, unlocked doors, democracy, satisfying jobs, reality, unplanned moments, clean water and a species of frog whose name we forget, community, and the trusting, trustworthy smile of a stranger. Someone has been careless, cruel, greedy, stupid. But it wasn’t us, was it? We were inside, just watching. It all happened without us — by the hand of forces we can’t see, understand, or control. We can always go in again and zap ourselves back to a place where the firestorms and tornadoes and wars are never larger than 27 inches on the diagonal. We can do nothing out here. Why bother?" https://samsmitharchives.wordpress.com/2017/12/19/introduction-to-why-bother/?fbclid=IwAR1tEnMtWfR1D63W33jUhn2p6edDHmLgmReedw012voDL4SQlIZ-HXM79Ms
Mission exceeded!
WilliamCharles comments on Sep 9, 2019:
Fun Fact: Quayle was chosen to cash in on the popularity of Robert Redford in The Candidate. He was expected to bring in the female vote by being dashedly handsome. Later, Sarah Palin would capitalize on the MILF dynamic with older Republican white men.
Chump’s Wall
WilliamCharles comments on Sep 8, 2019:
Hail Hydra! [sigh]
Sinclair Lewis, "When fascism comes to America, it will come carrying an American flag & carrying a...
WilliamCharles comments on Sep 8, 2019:
I thought it was Sinclair Lewis, but even that recollection is wrong. https://quoteinvestigator.com/2017/07/28/flag/
All Children Deserve Free School Lunch. Every. Single. One.
WilliamCharles comments on Sep 8, 2019:
I wish I could remember the author to credit, but years ago around the time Rethuglicans wanted to discontinue school lunch programs because the claimed they showed no improvement in academic performance, I read this response (from memory). "I don't want to feed hungry children in order for them to get better grades in school, I want to feed them because they're hungry." I love this person.
The Case for Sanders/Warren 2020: The Populist Dream Team Ticket to Win A Green New Deal | Common ...
WilliamCharles comments on Sep 7, 2019:
Somewhat unrelated question, but do any of you have your category selected change? I post it under "Politics" and then later see it under "General and Hellos."
There's a blog site (Balloon Juice) that despises Bernie.
WilliamCharles comments on Sep 7, 2019:
And this isn't concern trolling, I just find Bernie supporters are clear-eyed realists and deal with issues head on. He was cheated out of the nomination in 2016, and I feel the crowded field for 2020 is meant to kneecap him. He represents the greatest threat to the status quo, but also has the greatest support of the base as well as across the political divide. The fact that so many try to adopt his positions (albeit watered down versions) attests to that. I sure wish some of the other candidates would drop out and endorse him, but realistically, I think few would stick their necks out like that. Still and all, it's early. And Bernie is still the Energizer Bunny.
The Case for Sanders/Warren 2020: The Populist Dream Team Ticket to Win A Green New Deal | Common ...
WilliamCharles comments on Sep 7, 2019:
She's not my first pick, though others have made a credible case for her. I would be thrilled with Tulsi, but others have also expressed their concern about the baggage she purportedly has. Nina Turner would be awesome as she is bright, fearless, and quite the motivator. I think she would draw in many disaffected voters who would also be energized with her on the ticket. Would a substantial number of voters be reluctant to vote for a black woman? I hope not, but I really don't know.
Interested to hear some of your thoughts on who you would like Bernie to choose as a running mate.
WilliamCharles comments on Sep 6, 2019:
I would personally love to see Nina Turner chosen as VP for Bernie, but worry wondering if that would be a wise move strategically. Sometimes it's difficult to gauge to mindset of the electorate on the whole. Despite some of the complaints about her, I also like Tulsi Gabbard. I feel she is amenable to reason on some of the positions she holds I disagree with, but recognize it takes quite a bit of courage to espouse any sort of anti-war viewpoint in our current political environment. As far as Warren goes, she's got some positive things in her favor, but I'm sad to say I personally don't trust her commitment to progressive ideals. She has repeatedly shown her willingness to backpedal on them. I would prefer she remain a Senator, but would have no problem with her in a cabinet position or some other role in a Bernie administration. Bottom line is I trust Bernie to make a well thought out choice. He has shown himself quite adept in navigating these waters. For comparison, I thought Hillary's choice of "Right-to-work" advocate Tim Kaine as exemplifying her utter tone-deafness. It was a brazen F-U to the progressives she said she didn't need.
One of the most confusing thing I deal with as an atheist is Christians asking me in public ( work ...
WilliamCharles comments on Sep 6, 2019:
Generally, I make a blanket statement that I reject all claims of "revealed knowledge."
The US allows in the Harvard student of Palestinian background it deported, but he will not be able ...
WilliamCharles comments on Sep 5, 2019:
James North is pretty amazing. Saw him do a CSPAN talk dealing with slanted MSM coverage. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_tMZhc7wono
Interested to hear some of your thoughts on who you would like Bernie to choose as a running mate.
WilliamCharles comments on Sep 5, 2019:
Here's a piece critical of Tulsi, but I don't consider it entirely damning. All politicians are a mixed bag (even Bernie). :----: Tulsi Gabbard Is Not Your Friend BY BRANKO MARCETIC https://jacobinmag.com/2017/05/tulsi-gabbard-president-sanders-democratic-party
Interested to hear some of your thoughts on who you would like Bernie to choose as a running mate.
WilliamCharles comments on Sep 5, 2019:
"The Problem With Warren - CounterPunch.org"
“Why is it that when the world’s richest ‘spiritual’ leaders need money, they turn to you ...
WilliamCharles comments on Sep 5, 2019:
Cuz they're grifting gobshites?
Good Morning Everyone! Busy today restocking kitchen at Food Bank and Aldis.
WilliamCharles comments on Sep 3, 2019:
Bon fortuna!
Give me your best palindrome! I like; He goddam mad dog eh and; sit on a potato pan ...
WilliamCharles comments on Aug 31, 2019:
Star comedy by Democrats.
Leo Kottke with Emmylou Harris - Here Comes That Rainbow Again [m.youtube.com]
WilliamCharles comments on Aug 31, 2019:
Though I'm partial to Kottke's version, this one grew on me (and I love how the video was done here with the movie stills). https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ej1I-IrHWCc
I find it strange how much believers push the idea that their god loves people.
WilliamCharles comments on Aug 31, 2019:
"Why are we in this world? Is there a presiding figure to make sense of all this, a god who in the end, despite making people suffer, wishes them well?" ~ Kurt Vonnegut
"An injury to one is an injury to all."
WilliamCharles comments on Aug 31, 2019:
"An injury to one is an injury to all."
"An injury to one is an injury to all."
WilliamCharles comments on Aug 31, 2019:
"An injury to one is an injury to all is a motto popularly used by the Industrial Workers of the World. In his autobiography, Bill Haywood credited David C. Coates with suggesting a labor slogan for the IWW: an injury to one is an injury to all.[1] The slogan has since been used by a number of labor organizations. The slogan reflects the fact that the IWW is "One Big Union" and organizes skilled and unskilled workers. Despite the reduced number of organized workers today, the slogan is still popular with labor unions and other organizations.
If Americans want to understand Israel, they should think of 1950s Alabama, with an air force
WilliamCharles comments on Aug 31, 2019:
To the surviving people of Palestine, I am truly so very sorry that you, your families, your neighbors, and your country suffer so as a brutal slaughter is waged across your land. I have tried to remain informed and active politically so that I could do whatever I can to help prevent my country from inflicting further such tragedies on others. As you might imagine, sometimes I too feel very helpless in this regard. You all have done much to remind me that sometimes courage can be as simple a thing as to just keep moving forward. And for that, you have my sincere respect, admiration, and gratitude. Please forgive us for not doing more to protect you. To the dead, there is nothing I can say to lessen the pain. You are missed. ~ LanceThruster
If Americans want to understand Israel, they should think of 1950s Alabama, with an air force
WilliamCharles comments on Aug 31, 2019:
**Shutting Down Free Speech in America: Government and Lobbyists Work Together to Destroy the First Amendment** "During the past several years, there has been increased pressure coming from some in the federal government aided and abetted powerful advocacy groups in the private sector to police social and alternative media. It is a multi-pronged attack on the First Amendment which has already limited the types of information that Americans have access to, thereby narrowing policy options to suit those in power The process has been ostensibly driven by concerns over alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, but it is really about who controls and limits the public’s right to know what is going on out of sight in Washington and New York City, where politics and money come together. If one is interested in the free flow of information and viewpoints that comes with the alternative media, it certainly does not look that way. Robert Parry described it as a deliberate process of “demonizing and silencing dissent that questions mainstream narratives.”" https://israelpalestinenews.org/shutting-down-free-speech-in-america-government-and-lobbyists-work-together-to-destroy-the-first-amendment/?fbclid=IwAR0DOaZgwR3KmKpdNmPRU28k7Zv3DHP4-myvA7iBrho6vH40VidTDhCskZo
Support for Biden Is An Irresponsible Gamble With Our Future | Current Affairs
WilliamCharles comments on Aug 30, 2019:
"Joe Biden has a lot going for him, or so we’re told. He’s got a compelling personal story. He’s got experience. He’s got blue-collar, working class, Rust Belt appeal. He’s got policy solutions for America’s most urgent problems — oh, wait, he hasn’t announced any of those yet. Well, I’m sure he will soon. But even if he doesn’t, it shouldn’t matter, because by far the biggest boon to Joe Biden’s prospects for winning the Democratic nomination is not any personal trait, resume point, or policy position of Joe Biden’s. Rather, it’s the insufferable weakness of the Democratic primary electorate." https://duedissidence.com/2019/05/05/joe-biden-and-the-insufferable-weakness-of-democratic-voters/?fbclid=IwAR0m18fshCyFaahOBm0wcOHyp_whrU7W-TEXQJ4efgCA8e2JWS04d3_a_qg
Despite us both being atheists, my roommate and I had a disagreement on the usage of the word ...
WilliamCharles comments on Aug 30, 2019:
At this point they are probably also A-Leprechaunists as well (unless they've been seeing those little guys as babies are wont to do).
If Americans want to understand Israel, they should think of 1950s Alabama, with an air force
WilliamCharles comments on Aug 30, 2019:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1e_dbsVQrk4
[youtu.be]
WilliamCharles comments on Aug 20, 2019:
Curb of the future!
Jeffrey Epstein has committed suicide in his cell – reports — RT USA News
WilliamCharles comments on Aug 10, 2019:
"Prison officials can neither confirm nor deny that Epstein tweeted from an undisclosed location that he was definitely a suicide." Seems legit.
Jeffrey Epstein has committed suicide in his cell – reports — RT USA News
WilliamCharles comments on Aug 10, 2019:
He was apparently removed from suicide watch shortly before. Word is that there was a security camera "malfunction." What are the odds, amirite?
Isn’t there clear evidence that the supreme something that created the universe is an unjust ...
WilliamCharles comments on Aug 10, 2019:
"If there is a God he is a malign thug." ~ Mark Twain
"It is so short and jumbled and jangled, Sam, because there is nothing intelligent to say about a ...
WilliamCharles comments on Aug 9, 2019:
"The dead only know one thing. It is better to be alive." Pvt. Joker - Full Metal Jacket https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gSYXbs3Q7lU
More new music for my little Scandinavian baby. 😅[youtu.be]
WilliamCharles comments on Aug 9, 2019:
Delightfully tactile.
"Don't Look Away": Videos and Images of Weeping Children and Loved Ones Spread as ICE Arrests 680 in...
WilliamCharles comments on Aug 8, 2019:
"If they come for the innocent without stepping over your body, cursed be your religion and your life." - Philip Berrigan
"Don't Look Away": Videos and Images of Weeping Children and Loved Ones Spread as ICE Arrests 680 in...
WilliamCharles comments on Aug 8, 2019:
Kurt Vonnegut said the best story he never wrote was “Concentration Camp Psychiatrist.” Camp guards would come in and tell the doctor how bad they felt doing what they did in the death camp. The doctor would say, that’s normal but take comfort in the wonderful work you’re doing for the greater good and benefit of the fatherland. I would guess that some guards actually enjoyed being sociopaths.
"I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate.
WilliamCharles comments on Aug 8, 2019:
"War makes men barbarous because, to take part in it, one must harden oneself against all regret, all appreciation of delicacy and sensitive values. One must live as if those values did not exist, and when the war is over one has lost the resilience to return to those values." ~ Cesare Pavese, This Business of Living, 1939-09-09
"I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate.
WilliamCharles comments on Aug 8, 2019:
"Man, in his sensitivity, does not give names to animals he intends to eat but goes on giving names to children he intends to send to war." ~Robert Brault
"I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate.
WilliamCharles comments on Aug 8, 2019:
"Of course, it's tempting to close one's eyes to history and instead to speculate about the roots of war in some possible animal instinct. As if, like the tiger, we still had to kill to live or like the robin redbreast to defend a nesting territory. But war, organized war, is not a human instinct. It is a highly planned and cooperative form of theft. And that form of theft began ten-thousand years ago when the harvesters of wheat accumulated a surplus and the nomads rose out of the desert to rob them of what they themselves could not provide. The evidence for that, we saw, in the walled city of Jericho and it's prehistoric tower. That is the beginning of war." Jacob Bronowski in "Harvest of Seasons" of The Ascent of Man
Advertising atheism.
WilliamCharles comments on Aug 6, 2019:
Often, it's by default for refusing to pray and things like that.
All please stand...
WilliamCharles comments on Aug 5, 2019:
I once sat out the invocation for the safety of the racers at a NASCAR event. Got a lot of stink eye. When my friend mentioned it afterward, I said loudly, "If they had been bowing their heads in prayer and not looking around, they wouldn't have seen sitting me in the first place."
Are atoms perpetual motion machines?
WilliamCharles comments on Aug 5, 2019:
Recently watched another program, that after explaining that a neutron star consists of the densest known material in the universe, went on to described that they've discovered the internal pressures within a proton (it varies depending on distance from the center) that rival that of a neutron star. Mind truly blown.
From my FB feed - back to back posts 🤣🤣🤣
WilliamCharles comments on Aug 4, 2019:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QAJWlnmyWcw
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for...
WilliamCharles comments on Aug 4, 2019:
Word.
Shelley! Insightful, ahead of his time. Ozymandias is far and away my favorite poem.
WilliamCharles comments on Aug 4, 2019:
“Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a worm, and yet he will be making gods by dozens.” ― Montaigne
David Byrne sings I Wanna Dance with Somebody. [youtu.be]
WilliamCharles comments on Aug 4, 2019:
The man is truly a genius.
Free Fall — Part 1 by David Chandler
WilliamCharles comments on Aug 3, 2019:
"According to a recent announcement from Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, The New York Fire Commission recently voted to open up a new investigation into the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center Buildings on September 11, 2001. Last month, on July 24, the Franklin Square and Munson Fire Districts unanimously voted to open a new investigation into the attacks, in response to “overwhelming evidence” that “pre-planted explosives . . . caused the destruction of the three World Trade Center buildings.” The resolution was drafted by Commissioner Christopher Gioia, and was supported by the families of numerous victims who showed up at the meeting to give their blessing on the matter." https://www.anonews.co/ny-fire-commissioners-demand-new-9-11-investigation/?fbclid=IwAR0Hp_fjSz9BCJwWhaNOOLsE2pkxfqFMkM9kXreDqMAsIZIinL6_EZiKqcQ
"If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice ...
WilliamCharles comments on Jul 30, 2019:
I posted this in response to someone who insisted Heinlein was a fascist over on FB. :-----: https://io9.gizmodo.com/how-robert-heinlein-went-from-socialist-to-libertarian-1588357827
Are atoms perpetual motion machines?
WilliamCharles comments on Jul 29, 2019:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6IeeshkVATY
Are atoms perpetual motion machines?
WilliamCharles comments on Jul 27, 2019:
This seemed to have some useful comments. https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=457675
There is some truth in humor.
WilliamCharles comments on Jul 25, 2019:
The Jimmy Dore Show and Aaron Mate do an exceptional job deconstructing it. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WOQXOV0PHL4&t=10s
A little toilet humor.
WilliamCharles comments on Jul 25, 2019:
Lord Bidet will provide. 😄
"Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after...
WilliamCharles comments on Jul 17, 2019:
Always like sharing this with regard to Vonnegut's "religiosity" as it were. https://imagejournal.org/article/kurt-vonnegut/
We can't afford to subsidize The Rich
WilliamCharles comments on Jul 15, 2019:
And that doesn't even mention the money put towards the bloated military budget.
I was a member of this site a year or so ago.
WilliamCharles comments on Jul 10, 2019:
Love seeing the support expressed for you here. Keep working the "program" (yours).
Saw a tape of some of the presentation.
WilliamCharles comments on Jul 6, 2019:
Dr. Forrester: What do you *want* from us? We're *evil*. Evil!
Kudos to NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN and MSNBC for not broadcasting Trump's 4th of July military, politically...
WilliamCharles comments on Jul 6, 2019:
Saw a tape of some of the presentation. It was insufferable. His spray tan looks like he forgot to wash his mud pack off, his mediocre delivery is only highlighted by him endlessly waiting after what he considers applause lines, yet he has a look of abject smugness thinking his words somehow profound. He stands there like a little boy chosen to speak at school assembly who didn't think to rise to the occasion, and his facial expressions reminds one of the posturing Mussolini. He's fifty pounds of manure in a five pound sack.
Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn't matter.
WilliamCharles comments on Jul 3, 2019:
Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it. ~ Richard Feynman
How do you respond when somebody you have never met in person and only exchanged a sentence or two ...
WilliamCharles comments on Jul 1, 2019:
Maybe they admitting they were "on EST."
Grieving the children of Palestine and the dream of Zionism | Jewish Journal
WilliamCharles comments on Jun 30, 2019:
Had it pointed out in PM that @of-the-mountain is still here, he merely blocked me from seeing his posts. I restate my opinion that he is gutless. He comes to my thread to spout his views in a largely abusive manner, and I take the time to respond in a respectful manner, yet he chooses to block me. His cowardice is not surprising. [Update is that he has deactivated his account entirely for the moment] Regardless, I consider it a sign of respect to share my views openly and honestly in this forum. Thoughtful and fact-based rebuttals can get me to concede points and reassess my own views. But I consider it esssential to stand up to bullies. Make whatever assertions you want with as much passion as you want... but be willing to engage. Don't fling your poop and run off. There's enough of that in the world of irrationalists.
Grieving the children of Palestine and the dream of Zionism | Jewish Journal
WilliamCharles comments on Jun 30, 2019:
It looks like @of-the-mountain cut and ran. That means any of our replies to him disappear as well when he deletes his own. This is the kind of cowardice we are dealing with. Chosanistan actually has an army of paid trolls. Sad to say, I think this person was just a useful idiot.
Grieving the children of Palestine and the dream of Zionism | Jewish Journal
WilliamCharles comments on Jun 30, 2019:
"The trick of declaring war against the armed resistance and then attacking the resisters’ unarmed kin as well as the sur­rounding population with the most gruesome products of Death-Science; this trick is not new. American Pioneers were pioneers in this too; they made it standard practice to declare war on indigenous warriors and then to murder and burn villages with only women and children in them. This is already modern war, what we know as war against civilian populations; it has also been called, more candidly, mass murder or genocide. Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised that the perpetrators of a Pogrom portray themselves as the victims, in the present case as victims of the Holocaust. Herman Melville noticed over a century ago, in his analysis of the metaphysics of Indian-hating, that those who made a full-time profession of hunting and murdering indigenous people of this continent always made themselves appear, even in their own eyes, as the victims of manhunts. The use the Nazis made of the International Jewish Conspiracy is better known: during all the years of atrocities defying belief, the Nazis considered themselves the victimized. It’s as if the experience of being a victim gave exemption from human solidarity, as if it gave special powers, as if it gave a license to kill." Fredy Perlman from his essay, “Anti-Semitism and the Beirut Pogrom” – http://libcom.org/library/anti-semitism-beirut-program-fredy-perlman
My girl and friends heading to the NYC Pride Parade! Enough rainbow?
WilliamCharles comments on Jun 30, 2019:
♥️ Such a difficult concept for some, that consenting adults are free to love who they love. ♥️
"Democracy Dies in Darkness." <--- the unironic motto of the Washington Post.
WilliamCharles comments on Jun 30, 2019:
"How many fingers, Winston?"
"You can judge the moral bearing of a political system, a political institution, a political man by ...
WilliamCharles comments on Jun 29, 2019:
“I don't care a straw for your newspaper articles, my constituents don't know how to read, but they can't help seeing them damned pictures.” ~ Boss Tweed
Bishop plans to spray murder-plagued city with holy water from helicopter to 'get rid of the devil' ...
WilliamCharles comments on Jun 26, 2019:
Yet it did nothing the keep pedo-priests at bay by all those using the holy water fonts in church (which when tested have an exceedingly high bacterial count - often fecal for whatever damn reason).
They're not concentration camps, they're Trump Camps
WilliamCharles comments on Jun 26, 2019:
Trump Pen Stations - every bit as godawful and overpriced accommodations as his regular shithole properties.
We Could Have Had Electric Cars from the Very Beginning
WilliamCharles comments on Jun 26, 2019:
A highly recommended documentary. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vRnUY6V2Knk
Top 10 Reasons The Flintstones Is Set In The Distant Future and Not the Past - Toptenz.net
WilliamCharles comments on Jun 26, 2019:
I've read worse clickbait.
If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much.
WilliamCharles comments on Jun 26, 2019:
:-(
"If they come for the innocent without stepping over your body, cursed be your religion and your ...
WilliamCharles comments on Jun 26, 2019:
:-(
If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much.
WilliamCharles comments on Jun 26, 2019:
"If they come for the innocent without stepping over your body, cursed be your religion and your life." - Philip Berrigan
America's Dental Health Crisis: Modern Life Causes More Tooth Decay, and Care Is Increasingly ...
WilliamCharles comments on Jun 18, 2019:
Around the time of the ACA being debated, there was an excellent essay by a dentist talking about how essential it was for dental care to be included. He wrote of how preventive care particularly, saved considerable money in treatment considering how expensive treating issues late becomes. It is also a quality of life issue. And people tend to put off what they can't afford. I know even when I was insured, the portion out of pocket and the yearly maximums often made timely treatment burdensome.
[motherjones.
WilliamCharles comments on Jun 17, 2019:
Waterlife trailer. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EWTu_fXgaqM
[motherjones.
WilliamCharles comments on Jun 17, 2019:
This covered the chemicals in the water cycle quite extensively (requires Adobe Flash). http://waterlife.nfb.ca/
This answers one question I have heard from some concerned citizens.
WilliamCharles comments on Jun 13, 2019:
"I love the uneducated." ~ Dolt 45
I was always told that I'd "find religion" in times of crisis or chaos.
WilliamCharles comments on Jun 11, 2019:
"Things" are replaceable. You are not. Glad it was not much worse as you show a keen awareness of easily it could have been.
[yahoo.
WilliamCharles comments on Jun 11, 2019:
Go home, Joe. You're bought. Bernie2020
Then time went away.
WilliamCharles comments on Jun 10, 2019:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lBpRof_kmCE
So, God is in control.
WilliamCharles comments on Jun 10, 2019:
In these sort of discussions, I use the plane crash example (to show how fallacious the contention of "God is in control" actually is). All survive - miracle Some survive - miracle All die - God's will If everything that happens is "part of God's plan," then there's no possible element of falsification. So sorry about your child. I cannot imagine how devastating your son's death is for you.
Free Fall — Part 1 by David Chandler
WilliamCharles comments on Jun 10, 2019:
https://medium.com/@davidchandler_61838/free-fall-5efaea1ba1bd Free Fall — Part 2 by David Chandler "In the case of WTC 7 it is clear that there was enough destruction due to an external source of energy to clear the way for eight stories of free fall. The free falling building did not destroy those eight stories. It was the clearing away of those eight stories by other means that allowed the free fall to occur."
52nd Anniversary of Israel’s Attack on the USS Liberty
WilliamCharles comments on Jun 9, 2019:
From: https://consortiumnews.com/2019/06/08/a-uss-libertys-heros-passing/ "Terry Halbardier, who as a 23-year old seaman in 1967 thwarted Israeli attempts to sink the USS Liberty, died on Aug. 11 in Visalia, California. It took the U.S. government 42 years after the attack to recognize Halbardier’s heroism by awarding him the Silver Star, a delay explained by Washington’s determination to downplay Israeli responsibility for the 34 Americans killed and the 174 wounded. On June 8, 1967, during the Six-Day War, the Israeli military attacked the USS Liberty, an American spy ship which had been monitoring Israeli transmissions about the conflict. Intercepted Israeli communications indicated that the goal was to sink the Liberty and leave no survivors."
52nd Anniversary of Israel’s Attack on the USS Liberty
WilliamCharles comments on Jun 8, 2019:
From: https://ifamericaknew.org/us_ints/ul-kolb.html "Moreover, the Liberty crew certainly qualifies as one of the most highly decorated for a single ship action. With one Medal of Honor, two Navy Crosses and 36 Silver or Bronze Stars for little over a one-hour action, few crews have been so courageous. As Vice Adm. William I. Martin, commander of the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea, said in July 1967, “I commend to every man who sails in the Sixth Fleet the fact that the USS Liberty has become a legend in her own times."
52nd Anniversary of Israel’s Attack on the USS Liberty
WilliamCharles comments on Jun 8, 2019:
From: https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/06/02/infamy-at-sea-israels-attack-on-the-uss-liberty-50-years-later/ "More proof came to light from the Israeli side. A few years after Attack on the Liberty was originally published, Ennes got a call from Evan Toni, an Israeli pilot. Toni told Ennes that he had just read his book and wanted to tell him his story. Toni said that he was the pilot in the first Israeli Mirage fighter to reach the Liberty. He immediately recognized the ship to be a US Navy vessel. He radioed Israeli air command with this information and asked for instructions. Toni said he was ordered to “attack.” He refused and flew back to the air base at Ashdod. When he arrived he was summarily arrested for disobeying orders."
“Women Are Teachable” Booklet From 1940s
WilliamCharles comments on Jun 8, 2019:
"There's no crying in war material production!"
"4 Disturbing Details You May Have Missed in the Mueller Report .
WilliamCharles comments on Jun 8, 2019:
I still feel a lot of this comes into play (the Rall cartoon). I have not read the report but there were some qualifications (weasel words, essentially). Even terms like "interference" are meant to evoke more than what the reality has established. I think one of the quotes/memes that nailed it for me (I'll try to find it) was how our own domestic vote suppression, voter roll scrubbing, gerrymandering, polling place snafus, vote integrity questions and lack of an audit trail, have done far more damage to our democratic process than the Russian. Additionally, dark money, Citizens United, AIPAC, etc., are also little diacussed. I agree that Trump is corrupt AF, and am all for the obstruction of justice charges, but much of the Russiagate stuff is smoke and mirrors. I also wince at the hypocrisy of politicians sounding the alarm against this supposed interference in our own democracy, when they have, and continue to do, so much worse in the affairs of other nations.
There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.
WilliamCharles comments on Jun 6, 2019:
And this.
[alternet.
WilliamCharles comments on Jun 6, 2019:
I'm for as much sunlight on this as possible, no holds barred. :-----: "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out." I, Claudius

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