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The Bodega / Re: Serious Business
« Last post by Lynet On December 13, 2017, 03:51:53 PM »
My heart bleeds for you guys.  {/

My heart's bleeding every day now, and I am forever fighting not to cry whenever I see the news. It's so unreal and hard to believe.

With Obama's election I thought we'd done good at last and were heading in the right direction. He tried. But he was obstructed almost from the beginning by Republicans. Worse, when his second term ended we made a 180 turn and raced backwards 200 years, electing the worst administration this country has seen since the age of the robber barons.

I blame most of it on two reasons. The first and major reason is the Koch family. They are evil, and too many people here do not grasp just how monstrous the Kochs are, and how pervasive and widespread is their campaign to control the United States from behind the scenes. They are running this country. There is no doubt of it. Jane Mayer's book, Dark Money, about the Koch's, was a truly frightening thing to read. It is carefully documented. In fact, it's the enormous effort she took in supporting what she writes that makes it so scary. It's impossible to not believe what she's telling us.

The second problem we have over here are Christian evangelicals. I loathe those people. They are hypocrites to the core who will vote to elect pedophiles while at the same time they vote for ID laws and equally restrictive laws of the type that make it harder for poor people to vote. With Trump's election I've realized to my everlasting dismay that there are millions of these fucking evangelical assholes all across the country.

I'm going to go drink extra wine tonight. :\ The Alabama election is a bit of light at the end of a very long tunnel.
The Bodega / Re: Serious Business
« Last post by Mirelly On December 13, 2017, 01:04:10 PM »
Yup. I grew up believing in the American dream. It's only since the internet gave me unprecedented access to news and data ...

Damn it. The same bloody internet is what's responsible for the current societal malaise of conspiracy theories, flat-earthers, and global warming deniers.

The USA's record looks sick by any other nation's standards (possibly excepting North Korea ...).

Considering the spend, USian health care is an international embarrassment. It falls below any reasonable expectation on every measure.

Democracy. Voter registration is ad hoc. Many tax paying citizens are even denied a vote due to a felony conviction! what the fuck!

Democracy. The denizens on capitol hill are unique in creative democracy. No European democracy tolerates (or permits) such shameless lobbying and vote trading.

Military. Before that infamous day in 1941 America was determined to stay out of foreign wars. Since that day we can't fucking stop Uncle bleeding Sam bombing the shit out of everywhere the current POTUS takes a dislike to.

Sorry America. Your precious constitution is being used to destroy the very democracy you most treasure. 240 years ago, it didn't serve slaves, nor dirt poor farmers and stable lads. I have to say I find it difficult to see who -- besides the mega rich -- the constitution is serving today. Suffrage might have been expanded on paper but the current POTUS is perfect proof that the poor are disenfranchised and generally fucked in every way that counts.

My heart bleeds for you guys.  {/
The Bodega / Re: Serious Business
« Last post by Lynet On December 13, 2017, 08:53:29 AM »
I know I should just be writing novels instead of talking to people on Quora. Or Facebook.

By the way, speaking of stuff I've posted to Facebook, this report is interesting, and not particularly good news for the United States. And I'm afraid we will be in even worse shape a year from now if the Republican Congress and Trump get everything they want.  :(

America's Health Rankings: 2017 Annual Report.

Be sure to check out Page 10: Comparison with Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Nations.

We should be thoroughly embarrassed. :(
The Bodega / Re: Serious Business
« Last post by Lynet On December 13, 2017, 08:44:03 AM »
Just wanted to share my random comment to an answer on Quora. The question was just the typical "Why can't we get rid of liberals" spam from a kook, and the answer was by some poor clown quoting verses from the Bible about Jesus judging people based on helping the poor and needy.

Several people attacked that answer, claiming those Bible verses he quoted had nothing to do with politics, with Republicans vs Democrats, etc., etc.,  and for shame! for shame! on this guy for failing to understand the scriptures properly. *face palm* Talk about irony.

I'm afraid that nothing gets me really pissed like people who claim to be Christians and who then proclaim loud and long that they and they alone understand what an omniscient god really means when he (apparently) speaks to them through the Bible. Anyhow, with conservatives and libertarians in mind (at least one attacker admitted to being a libertarian,) I reacted with a general comment that wasn't addressed to any particular member of the angry Christian horde. By the way, I should emphasize that I really am speaking to libertarians and conservatives who are obsessed with money and actually quote Bible verses to defend their greed. In other words, if you are poor, it's God's Will. It's what Roy Moore believes. These people make my flesh crawl.

Does anybody ever wonder if our society’s preoccupation with the importance of money, with getting it, with keeping it, is a good thing? It’s developed into a way to keep score about people, to value and judge each other, and to decide who of the poor and needy deserve to be helped, and who of them are undeserving and should be abandoned to their fate—starvation, homelessness, disease, whatever.

If you don’t believe in God, then no worries. Be happy. Ignore the poor, horde your loot, indulge your every desire. It’s possible you will contribute something worthwhile to the human condition during your lifetime, but I doubt it, certainly not if you score your life based entirely on how much money you made and how much of it you’ve managed to hold onto at the end. When you’re dead, of course no one will care who you were or what you did. You’ll be nothing but dust, and your heirs will spend the money you left behind.

If you do believe in God and expect to face Him when you die, you might ask yourself if He is keeping score about your life the same way you are. If you’re thinking it’s about how much money you managed to keep for yourself, I’d bet you’d be wrong. Just a guess.
The Bodega / Re: Serious Business
« Last post by Lynet On December 13, 2017, 08:11:13 AM »
Yay is right.  :D It took a lot of effort to get the votes out for the Democrat. I think I read somewhere that Alabama is one of those states that makes it difficult for the poor to vote. But they did it this time!!!
The Bodega / Re: Serious Business
« Last post by Mirelly On December 13, 2017, 06:28:07 AM »
Yay!  :happyrun:

Alabammy dun got sensible.  :moon:
The Bodega / Re: What's New in 2017?
« Last post by Lynet On December 12, 2017, 08:12:19 AM »
LOL, Mirelly. I now picture you draped in bangles.

Me, on the other hand, I went to a restaurant last night wearing my slippers. :J The restaurant is actually a bar with a dozen tables available for eating a regular meal. Fortunately, my slippers are not huge fluffy, fuzzy things with googly eyes on the toes. Nope. They're boring, old, misshapen, red moccasins that I wear around the house. So, although I'm a little embarrassed, it wasn't that bad.

Our house lost water last night. Then, before we got around to turning on the oven to bake our chicken drumsticks, the electricity went off, too. The whole neighborhood lost electricity. It was totally black as pitch inside and out. Couldn't see my hand in front of my face, but stumbled my way to the closet for the flashlight.

The utility company seemed confused when I told them it wasn't just our house, but the whole street. They said they'd check on it. Hobbes and I assume that the repair crew working on the water supply to the neighborhood had accidentally cut into an electric feed.

Anyhow, we decided to go out for dinner and I grabbed a jacket but forgot to change my shoes. ::)

I wonder, sometimes, about what a sudden crash of civilization would be like. No fresh water. No power. The nights so dark you can't see anything around you. *shivers*
The Bodega / Re: What's New in 2017?
« Last post by Mirelly On December 11, 2017, 03:19:36 PM »
We've had our first snow of the season here too. I am snowed in!  :O I even had two brief power outages yesterday -- the second one, after dark, was kinda scary cos I realised I had no idea where my trusty Maglite was ...  :crazy:

Meanwhile, ever a sucker for a new gizmo, I installed a new app on my phone today. Tophatter. Lightning auctions. I saw a widget that looked intriguing: a sort of clip on telephoto lens for a smart phone. I figured it was worth a £10 punt so I entered the bidding fray. I got it for £6 + £2 mailing. Delivery is due in January ... I'll not be losing sleep. I'll also be staying away from the app. Ridiculous amount of jewellery at knock off prices. I mean: a sapphire pendant on silver chain for less than a tenner?  :erm:
The Lexicolonical Loosener / Re: Funny stuff
« Last post by Lynet On December 11, 2017, 09:09:10 AM »
The Lexicolonical Loosener / Re: Funny stuff
« Last post by Lynet On December 11, 2017, 06:46:56 AM »
I got a giggle out of this. :halo:

Quora Question: What's the best Donald Trump joke you have heard?
Virgil Garcia answered it.

First and for most, I have no idea where I stole this from, if you can ID the source let me know so I can credit it

That said

On the night of his inauguration, Trump is visited by three ghosts.

Early in the night, FDR appears. When Trump asks him how he can make America great, FDR replies “Think only of the people; do not make laws based on hatred, bigotry, or with the thought of lining your own pockets.” Trump’s face sours, and he yells “FAKE NEWS!”

A few hours later, he is awakened by George Washington’s ghost. Trump asks “how can I make America great again?” Washington replies “I would suggest you never tell a lie”, which infuriates Trump.

Around three in the morning, he is visited by the ghost of Abraham Lincoln. Again, he asks “how can I make America great again?”. Lincoln responds, “go to the theater.”
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