Weekend Open Thread

“Information is not knowledge.”

–Albert Einstein

43 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Albert J. Nock says:

    32 Questions asked by Ron Paul during his farewell address. Pick 1 or 2 and give a good answer.

    1. Why are sick people who use medical marijuana put in prison?

    2. Why does the federal government restrict the drinking of raw milk?

    3. Why can’t Americans manufacturer rope and other products from hemp?

    4. Why are Americans not allowed to use gold and silver as legal tender as mandated by the Constitution?

    5. Why is Germany concerned enough to consider repatriating their gold held by the FED for her in New York? Is it that the trust in the U.S. and dollar supremacy beginning to wane?

    6. Why do our political leaders believe it’s unnecessary to thoroughly audit our own gold?

    7. Why can’t Americans decide which type of light bulbs they can buy?

    8. Why is the TSA permitted to abuse the rights of any American traveling by air?

    9. Why should there be mandatory sentences – even up to life for crimes without victims – as our drug laws require?

    10. Why have we allowed the federal government to regulate commodes in our homes?

    11. Why is it political suicide for anyone to criticize AIPAC ?

    12. Why haven’t we given up on the drug war since it’s an obvious failure and violates the people’s rights? Has nobody noticed that the authorities can’t even keep drugs out of the prisons? How can making our entire society a prison solve the problem?

    13. Why do we sacrifice so much getting needlessly involved in border disputes and civil strife around the world and ignore the root cause of the most deadly border in the world-the one between Mexico and the US?

    14. Why does Congress willingly give up its prerogatives to the Executive Branch?

    15. Why does changing the party in power never change policy? Could it be that the views of both parties are essentially the same?

    16. Why did the big banks, the large corporations, and foreign banks and foreign central banks get bailed out in 2008 and the middle class lost their jobs and their homes?

    17. Why do so many in the government and the federal officials believe that creating money out of thin air creates wealth?

    18. Why do so many accept the deeply flawed principle that government bureaucrats and politicians can protect us from ourselves without totally destroying the principle of liberty?

    19. Why can’t people understand that war always destroys wealth and liberty?

    20. Why is there so little concern for the Executive Order that gives the President authority to establish a “kill list,” including American citizens, of those targeted for assassination?

    21. Why is patriotism thought to be blind loyalty to the government and the politicians who run it, rather than loyalty to the principles of liberty and support for the people? Real patriotism is a willingness to challenge the government when it’s wrong.

    22. Why is it is claimed that if people won’t or can’t take care of their own needs, that people in government can do it for them?

    23. Why did we ever give the government a safe haven for initiating violence against the people?

    24. Why do some members defend free markets, but not civil liberties?

    25. Why do some members defend civil liberties but not free markets? Aren’t they the same?

    26. Why don’t more defend both economic liberty and personal liberty?

    27. Why are there not more individuals who seek to intellectually influence others to bring about positive changes than those who seek power to force others to obey their commands?

    28. Why does the use of religion to support a social gospel and preemptive wars, both of which requires authoritarians to use violence, or the threat of violence, go unchallenged? Aggression and forced redistribution of wealth has nothing to do with the teachings of the world great religions.

    29. Why do we allow the government and the Federal Reserve to disseminate false information dealing with both economic and foreign policy?

    30. Why is democracy held in such high esteem when it’s the enemy of the minority and makes all rights relative to the dictates of the majority?

    31. Why should anyone be surprised that Congress has no credibility, since there’s such a disconnect between what politicians say and what they do?

    32. Is there any explanation for all the deception, the unhappiness, the fear of the future, the loss of confidence in our leaders, the distrust, the anger and frustration? Yes there is, and there’s a way to reverse these attitudes. The negative perceptions are logical and a consequence of bad policies bringing about our problems. Identification of the problems and recognizing the cause allow the proper changes to come easy.

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    I won’t be reading — (Don’t) See Above:

  3. Duke Coxdukeco1 says:

    the comments made by Senator Morgan Carroll and Representative Rhonda Fields, in that Big front range paper the other day, regarding the current oil and gas rulemaking going on over at the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC).

    Citing the need to include affected citizens and other stakeholders in the decision making process, they say, “No one who lives near a proposed drilling site should be deprived of a say in its final location.”

    Rural Coloradoans who live in the gaspatch have been living with an 150 ft. setback for decades and have only recently been granted any access to the table.. it is great to have so many new allies.

    The state of Colorado calls the area around a well, up to 1000 ft., a “zone of concern”, and asks companies to work harder to mitigate the impacts of drilling and fracking.The Oil and Gas Commission staff cannot, however, begin to approach adequately inspecting Colorados’ growing acreage of oil and gas wells. It almost amounts to self-regulation…and we all know how that usually works out.

    The two legislators believe” A distance of at least 1,000 feet, not 350 feet, is the right starting point.” I think they are right…it is a good place to start. Principally because it is much better than the current requirement. But, there are many instances where even a thousand ft. isn’t nearly enough.

    As Carroll and Fields rightly point out, current technologies allow drillers to reach out horizontally almost 2 miles with their drill stems. I have heard them boasting of it with these very own ears. They are proud of their technology, and should be…but that technology allows for massive new wellsites that persist for decades, not the quick one well, one pad technique of yesteryear.

    They now really can do it better and safer, but the oil and gas industry won’t do it until the people of Colorado tell them to.

    Your vote is a powerful thing. Tell your elected officials how you feel, and how you will vote if they fail you…except for Sen. Carroll and Rep. Fields.

    They get it.

  4. Dark Cloud says:


    Just saying, before this info becomes knowledge.

  5. Whiskey Lima JulietWhiskey Lima Juliet says:

    Scott Durrah, of Simply Pure, will be cooking with cannabis in their “Eat, Drink and be Merry” Thanksgiving Edition and Denver Relief Medical Marijuana Center will be featured.

    Colorado’s cannabis industry is by far the most popular business featured in the last two weeks of media coverage.

  6. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    In the Denver Post there’s an article about all the efforts the city & state do to help start-ups and small companies.

    Really? I’ve yet to directly hear of anything outside of news articles like this where they talk about how they’re being such a big help.

    I also don’t see any effort going into what start-ups and small businesses need most – fast answers and fast turn-around on regulatory items. Someone can go from idea to shipping product in a week now – the government needs to respond at the same speed.

  7. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    The movie is amazing. I saw it yesterday and I’m going to go again. I’ve read a lot of history on the Civil War and yet this gave me a totally new picture of Lincoln. It is an amazing portrayal of Abraham Lincoln. And it brings alive many of the other key players (the only one I felt was off-key was Grant).

    It’s also one of the best illustrations of how difficult legislation actually gets passed.

  8. The realistThe realist says:

    to climate change has spilled over into other areas of their lives — just looks like too many people of color at this voting location.  Amazing.

    Remember when Republicans used to criticize Democrats for being too emotional?  Now we not only have angry old white men but we also have whiny old white men, quick to blame anyone and everyone – except themselves.


  9. BlueCat says:

    of playing the race card over things that they claim aren’t racist at all.  This guy probably thinks he’s not racist at all, just making an observation and that he never said anything racist. The fact that he finds it puzzling and suspicious how so many black people, those other people, came to be there while admitting that he isn’t claiming that they are voting fraudulently, says everything you need to know about why Rs like him will never figure out how to do better with people who don’t look just like them. They’ll never figure out how to stop sounding racist even when they make the effort.  

  10. Albert J. Nock says:

    Not sure what climate math has to do with this because all credible scientists understand the sun, volcanoes and decomposing vegetative matter dwarfs human action.

    This poll watcher was is overwhelmed , lol.

    I think most white folk stayed home, thinking a second Obama term may put an end to the endless whining claiming racism and slavery.

    Whitey took one for the greater good…

  11. parsingreality says:

    But it’s starting to look that way.

    Please wipe it off before you hit Post.

  12. RedGreenRedGreen says:

    It has something to do with interstate commerce depending on which side of the continental divide the commode flushes.

    A better question: Why are we calling toilets “commodes”? I hope to see a vigorous discussion about this when I return in a few hours — don’t let me down, Nock!

  13. ProgressiveCowgirlProgressiveCowgirl says:

    “Why am I still talking when my numerous unsuccessful presidential runs made clear that no substantial percentage of the nation has any interest in my opinions?”

  14. BlueCat says:

    ‘tad’s lengthy lists.  So I guess ‘tad is who Nockworst wants to be just like?

  15. Gorky PulviczekG Pulviczek says:

    Kind of like, “Conservatism can fail, it can only be failed?”

    So, if a scientist becomes convinced by the evidence that the human contribution to CO2 concentrations is in fact a significant contributor to global warming, he or she automatically becomes not “credible?”

    Your statement illustrates The realist’s point perfectly.

  16. Gorky PulviczekG Pulviczek says:

    “Conservatism can never fail, it can only be failed”

    Freudian slip.  Where’s that “edit” button…

  17. AristotleAristotle says:

    Imagine a troll-free blog…

  18. Gilpin Guy says:

    watching him enjoy being president of a big turnaround.

  19. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    He doesn’t make a habit of it, but Tad occasionally does post an intelligent comment.  Lunchmeat boy never does.

  20. BlueCat says:

    ‘tad is way more coherent. Also he can sometimes be quite funny. Alas, Nockwurst never makes me chuckle even by being unintentionally funny.  

  21. AristotleAristotle says:

    You can say that again. And again. And again…

  22. ClubTwitty says:

    Even inadvertently.  It’s been so quiet around here lately.  I am happy if he just stays away.  Nockwurst puts the lie in the saw about even a broken clock and all that, but just because ‘Tad might do better than not even ‘twice a day’ doesn’t make it worth holding aloft IMO.  

  23. thiokuutoo says:

    A Crapper is the ultimate bowl. A commode is a military slit trench, with benefits.  

  24. parsingreality says:

    Like a bidet?  

    I thought a slit trench is a latrine.

  25. Fidel's dirt nap says:

    just ask the late Brit Thomas Crapper, who alas did not invent, but popularized the toilet.  Having lived in Asia for a few years, I have had my fair share of commodes.  At least some of them draw an outline where your feet are supposed to go !

  26. parsingreality says:

    …a quote has with Einstein as its putative auther, compared with Parsing Reality or Dark Cloud!

  27. you’re just repeating what Nock said above…

  28. Sir RobinSir Robin says:

    It’s a rich portrait of the times, and contrasted with the results of the recent election, where an African-American wins a second term, all the more topical and poignant.

    That moment in American history, on the floor of the House, deserved to be re-enacted. The movie does so in a very dramatic, and I dare say emotionally accurate way.

  29. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    A multiple-hanky movie.

    So moving.

    And, the Oscar goes to…

  30. Gorky PulviczekG Pulviczek says:

    I went by myself because I knew I’d be teary-eyed by the end and did not want people around me to see me bawling.

    I chose wisely.

    Lincoln (the movie, and the man) inspire me to achieve greater things for this country and this world.  Healthcare, sure, important – but there are monumental, epoch-setting decisions before us that we need to act on:

    * Global warming

    * US imperial powers

    * Global economic health

    * Human rights and welfare

    We are at the threshold of saving or destroying humanity.  The planet may be fine without us, but I for one still think people are worth trying to preserve along with the environment we are adapted for.  We need a sustainable future, with equal rights for all humans.  And we need it now.

  31. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    If so, we probably saw each other.

    Not just emotionally accurate, but historical accurate too. One thing that really hit me – this movie mad Lincoln human. You don’t get that emotional hit reading and other movies make him this large than life perfect person.

    Mary Lincoln also got one of the most nuanced portrayals I have seen, where you’re left not knowing if she’s crazy or if she’s someone carrying a lot of grief, but also a very good political player.

    And they got so many small touches right. Like the vote count being telegraphed to the army headquarters where all the troops we’re intensely following it. By that time the war, and the deaths of their comrades, had become a fight to free the slaves. This was gigantic to them.

  32. BlueCat says:

    But nice is relative and I do find ‘tad less of a 100% bummer than Nockwurst.  Wurst has them all beat, even Arapbot. All the stupid with none of the rare, occasional amusement value. But you’re  correct (for me the right has forever ruined the perfectly serviceable word “right”.  I feel I have to say “correct” now). If anything I said could be construed as encouragement, please forgive me.

  33. PERA hopeful says:

    Everybody says that was Einstein, but it wasn’t.  Oh well, as Abraham Lincoln said, “The trouble with quotes on the Internet is that you can never know if they are genuine.”

  34. Fidel's dirt nap says:

    liked it PERA.

  35. parsingreality says:

    OK, funny story that took place in Mrs. Career’s 9th grade English class.  There were only five boys in it, the rest, girls.  Behind me sat Dana Abdullah, the hottest, bustiest girl in school, a.k.a The Lebanese Goddess.

    Now, keep in mind I was very shy then, very skinny, and completely nervous at the thought of trying to make time with a girl.  Dana would sometimes put her left leg along side my chair, right where I could touch it.  So one day I did, and she didn’t do anything.  

    Over a bit of time, she let me run her hand up her leg, as much as I could w/o either turning around or dislocating my shoulder.  My heart was racing, feeling The Goddess’s knee, knowing how close The Holy Grail was.

    Suddenly, the teacher yelled, “VERIZZO, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” Of course, Dana  yanked her leg back and I was internally grinning proud, even if most classmates didn’t get it. I don’t recall us suffering any repercussion.

    I never got to date Dana, she was way over my social pay grade.  But a few years ago we reconnected via the intertubes, and we now swap emails and phone calls.  She’s living in Thailand with husband #5.  (BTW, Magic Jack is awesome.) As other classmates have said over the years, she’s just one of the sweetest, unpretentious people you could want to be around.  Although she was at the top of the female social heap, she had zero attitude.

    Even after over fifty years, I can’t help but grinning at that afternoon.


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