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Michael Fox on officially retiring from Acting due to health issues:

"My guitar playing is no good. My sketching is no good anymore, my dancing never was good, and acting is getting tougher to do. So it's down to writing. Luckily, I really enjoy it."

 

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"Cuius testiculos habeas, habeas cardia et cerebellum."

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On 11/20/2020 at 4:09 AM, Raithe said:

Michael Fox on officially retiring from Acting due to health issues:

"My guitar playing is no good. My sketching is no good anymore, my dancing never was good, and acting is getting tougher to do. So it's down to writing. Luckily, I really enjoy it."

Yeah my Mum had Parkinson's disease and it totally sucked. She used to be an artist but was unable to continue. Plus the decrease in dopamine can cause depression and other emotional symptoms.

One positive thing that has been introduced for people with Parkinson's disease are stabilizing writing devices that help reduce the tremors.

https://www.designer-daily.com/arc-a-self-stabilizing-pen-for-people-with-parkinsons-disease-52284

 

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seventy-five years ago today.

Jackson were the SCOTUS Justice who literal left what would be his hospital deathbed to make brown v. board unanimous, and his opinion in korematsu were arguable the most important dissenting opinion by a Justice during the 20th century. 

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"If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence."Justice Louis Brandeis, Concurring, Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357 (1927)

"Im indifferent to almost any murder as long as it doesn't affect me or mine."--Gfted1 (September 30, 2019)

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A white man and an elderly Native man became pretty good friends, so the white guy decided to ask him: “What do you think about Indian mascots?” The Native elder responded, “Here’s what you’ve got to understand. When you look at black people, you see ghosts of all the slavery and the rapes and the hangings and the chains. When you look at Jews, you see ghosts of all those bodies piled up in death camps. And those ghosts keep you trying to do the right thing.

 

“But when you look at us you don’t see the ghosts of the little babies with their heads smashed in by rifle butts at the Big Hole, or the old folks dying by the side of the trail on the way to Oklahoma while their families cried and tried to make them comfortable, or the dead mothers at Wounded Knee or the little kids at Sand Creek who were shot for target practice. You don’t see any ghosts at all. Instead you see casinos and drunks and junk cars and shacks."

 

“Well, we see those ghosts. And they make our hearts sad and they hurt our little children. And when we try to say something, you tell us, ‘Get over it. This is America. Look at the American dream.’ But as long as you’re calling us Redskins and doing tomahawk chops, we can’t look at the American dream, because those things remind us that we are not real human beings to you. And when people aren’t humans, you can turn them into slaves or kill six million of them or shoot them down with Hotchkiss guns and throw them into mass graves at Wounded Knee. “No, we’re not looking at the American dream. And why should we? We still haven’t woken up from the American nightmare."

~from "Neither Wolf Nor Dog", a book by Kent Nerburn.

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19 minutes ago, rjshae said:

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22 hours ago, Gfted1 said:

Gifted was way faster than you 😄

Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary. - H.L. Mencken

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20 hours ago, Zoraptor said:

Ita vero, requiescant in pace.

Caecilius non est in horto. Caecilius et Grumio sub cino erant.

I forget how Caecilius dies. Grumio gets crushed by a wall.  Shame I sold that book but kept vol 2 and 3.

Why has elegance found so little following? Elegance has the disadvantage that hard work is needed to achieve it and a good education to appreciate it. - Edsger Wybe Dijkstra

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On 11/22/2020 at 1:56 PM, Raithe said:

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I’ve read that book. It could have been excellent but it definitely wasn’t. Dan and Grover were both interesting guys who had seen a lot of history. When the focus was on them it was a very interesting read. But Neurburn undermined everything he hoped to accomplish with his incessant whining and self loathing. He made injected himself into the story and he is NOT interesting 

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"The man of virtuous soul commands not, nor obeys. Power, like a desolating pestilence, pollutes whate'er it touches; and obedience, bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth, makes slaves of men, and of the human frame a mechanized automaton."

P.B. Shelley

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trevor slattery were a bit fuzzy on the details.

The Horrific Sand Creek Massacre Will Be Forgotten No More

“At daylight this morning attacked Cheyenne village of 130 lodges, from 900 to 1,000 warriors strong,” Chivington wrote his superior late on November 29. His men, he said, waged a furious battle against well-armed and entrenched foes, ending in a great victory: the deaths of several chiefs, “between 400 and 500 other Indians” and “almost an annihilation of the entire tribe.” 

This news was greeted with acclaim, as were Chivington’s troops, who returned to Denver displaying scalps they’d cut from Indians (some of which became props in celebratory local plays). But this gruesome revelry was interrupted by the emergence of a very different storyline. Its primary author was Capt. Silas Soule, a militant abolitionist and eager warrior, like Chivington. Soule, however, was appalled by the attack on Sand Creek, which he saw as a betrayal of peaceful Indians. He refused to fire a shot or order his men into action, instead bearing witness to the massacre and recording it in chilling detail.

“Hundreds of women and children were coming towards us, and getting on their knees for mercy,” he wrote, only to be shot and “have their brains beat out by men professing to be civilized.” Indians didn’t fight from trenches, as Chivington claimed; they fled up the creek and desperately dug into its sand banks for protection. From there, some young men “defended themselves as well as they could,” with a few rifles and bows, until overwhelmed by carbines and howitzers. Others were chased down and killed as they fled across the Plains.

Soule estimated the Indian dead at 200, all but 60 of them women and children. He also told of how the soldiers not only scalped the dead but cut off the “Ears and Privates” of chiefs. “Squaws snatches were cut out for trophies.” Of Chivington’s leadership, Soule reported: “There was no organization among our troops, they were a perfect mob—every man on his own hook.” Given this chaos, some of the dozen or so soldiers killed at Sand Creek were likely hit by friendly fire.

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"If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence."Justice Louis Brandeis, Concurring, Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357 (1927)

"Im indifferent to almost any murder as long as it doesn't affect me or mine."--Gfted1 (September 30, 2019)

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Chess sales booming

Another pandemic byproduct. Also that show on Netflix helps I think. Hey I love this game before it was cool!

"The man of virtuous soul commands not, nor obeys. Power, like a desolating pestilence, pollutes whate'er it touches; and obedience, bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth, makes slaves of men, and of the human frame a mechanized automaton."

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On 11/24/2020 at 9:14 AM, Azdeus said:
On 11/24/2020 at 9:08 AM, rjshae said:

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On 11/23/2020 at 10:57 AM, Gfted1 said:

Gifted was way faster than you 😄

It's been mysteriously relocated... to Tycho crater?

"It has just been discovered that research causes cancer in rats."

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I had an interesting e-mail exchange with an associate from work. Her team is working on a publicly funded solar energy project from the finance side. Now, this project will not actually accomplish anything. It will convert a number of landscaping lights in city parks to solar powered. Most of these are low lumen LED so they are already energy efficient. Converting these to solar power is a cost that will never, ever be recouped in energy savings. But, the city folks can go to the voters in 2021 & 2022 and thump their chests about their "green" energy initiative even though solar in this application is less environmentally friendly and is actually costing the taxpayers more. But.... I can't fix stupid. All I can do is verify material costs of re-working the non-potable groundwater irrigation system that must be moved to accommodate solar panels. Oh, and by the way, THOSE costs will not be counted when the city folks running for re-election crow about their cost savings even though they were only incurred BECAUSE of their pet project. That is how governments work.

Anyway, if you hear people talking about power entire neighborhoods using solar energy just nod and back slowly away. They do not know d--k s--t about solar or electricity, or ecology, or cost savings, or much of anything. 

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"The man of virtuous soul commands not, nor obeys. Power, like a desolating pestilence, pollutes whate'er it touches; and obedience, bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth, makes slaves of men, and of the human frame a mechanized automaton."

P.B. Shelley

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8 hours ago, Guard Dog said:

I had an interesting e-mail exchange with an associate from work. Her team is working on a publicly funded solar energy project from the finance side. Now, this project will not actually accomplish anything. It will convert a number of landscaping lights in city parks to solar powered. Most of these are low lumen LED so they are already energy efficient. Converting these to solar power is a cost that will never, ever be recouped in energy savings. But, the city folks can go to the voters in 2021 & 2022 and thump their chests about their "green" energy initiative even though solar in this application is less environmentally friendly and is actually costing the taxpayers more. But.... I can't fix stupid. All I can do is verify material costs of re-working the non-potable groundwater irrigation system that must be moved to accommodate solar panels. Oh, and by the way, THOSE costs will not be counted when the city folks running for re-election crow about their cost savings even though they were only incurred BECAUSE of their pet project. That is how governments work.

Anyway, if you hear people talking about power entire neighborhoods using solar energy just nod and back slowly away. They do not know d--k s--t about solar or electricity, or ecology, or cost savings, or much of anything. 

Honestly man, sometimes I think you should have Ron Swanson as your avatar 😄

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Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary. - H.L. Mencken

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