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by Queequeg
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 45
Views: 747

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Sigh. All good points. Here's the thing. I don't think there are any feasible alternatives. Scaling up is the trend across the globe. Its the tendency built into the technologies we have adopted - there is no going back to the pre-digital absent some catastrophic collapse, in which case all bets are...
by Queequeg
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 45
Views: 747

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Ok, we're on the same page there, but i'm not sure his "genius" means anything but efficiency in terms of profit, I don't really think that is problem with our political system. It can be very efficient - when it wants to, and when it benefits the right people. That's the question - how do we want ...
by Queequeg
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 45
Views: 747

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Also to add, our democracy works when there are lots of dynamic forces at work. Right now, we have a minority wielding overwhelming power. A milquetoast Dem president at least shifts the conversation and opens up for other voices to be heard. US democracy is raucous and ugly with lots of wheeling an...
by Queequeg
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 45
Views: 747

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Keeping a big portion of one's workforce living hand to mouth has to do with a lot more than real estate prices. It would take a lot to "kill off" Amazon, they have not being paying their piece for a long time now, and I hardly think criticizing them as what they are - basically E-Walmart (with a l...
by Queequeg
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 45
Views: 747

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

SMH. Have a day. Yeah, Like I said, you don't live around or work with the results of Amazon-ification. My guess is you'd feel a little less enthused if you did. You "have a day" too, though I'm not sure why that was necessary. I'm dismissive of you because you started with the dismisiveness AND ma...
by Queequeg
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 45
Views: 747

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

SMH. Have a day.
by Queequeg
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 45
Views: 747

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Well, then, I guess all I can say is, noted. My general view of Bezos is not without reservations. I have deep reservations about many things. But, its OK. I'll be the straw man for corporatism.
by Queequeg
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 45
Views: 747

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Dude, Amazon is partially responsible for a lot of the homelessness in my town, and yet Bezos refused to pay for the damage he's done, again, screw that guy. I want to see him and his ilk with less power, not more. Because they drive up the real estate costs? Real estate is slow to adapt to conditi...
by Queequeg
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 45
Views: 747

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

I'd also vote for Jeff Bezos. The guy is a genius. His recent comments about Silicon Valley and DoD hit the right note. Yuck, no. Amazon is already defacto monopoly trying to take over aspects of government. Big Tech in general wields a level of power and influence that is pretty much unprecedented...
by Queequeg
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 45
Views: 747

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

I'd also vote for Jeff Bezos. The guy is a genius.

His recent comments about Silicon Valley and DoD hit the right note.
by Queequeg
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 45
Views: 747

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

A presidential win in 2020 will need an outsider - someone not currently in politics. The anti-Trump, if you like. But not Oprah, that would be a complete disaster. I'm ambivalent, only because he doesn't stoke any enthusiasm and he's a from the Master of the Universe/Davos class - Michael Bloomber...
by Queequeg
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 45
Views: 747

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

No, of course not. But which Democrat has a snowball's chance of beating Trump in 2020? Where are the strong party leaders who can clearly articulate the party platform and build coalitions? No contenders on the horizon, but maybe I'm missing something. This is depressingly true. Every stooge that ...
by Queequeg
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 45
Views: 747

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Nemo wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:53 am
The easiest way to do that is to tax stagnant money from the rich and invest in infrastructure, education and health care.
Ding ding ding! We have a winner!
by Queequeg
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 45
Views: 747

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Oh I totally agree, as an RN I think quality healthcare is one of the fundamentals that should be provided by government; I'm in favor and most people I know are as well. And yes, the current "system" is broken, for sure. I'm looking at it more from the perspective of, "Is this something that reali...
by Queequeg
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 45
Views: 747

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Universal healthcare is not pie-in-the-sky. A clear majority of Americans are in favor of it. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/62-percent-u-s-want-federal-government-ensure-health-care-poll-says And even a conservative think tank found that universal healthcare would actually cost less than the i...
by Queequeg
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 45
Views: 747

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

Bernie is a terrific person but clearly too far to the left to be a realistic prospect. You know this world is done for when health care, infrastructure and education are considered left wing... Amen. The Democratic party actually has adopted these platforms... whether mainline Democrats will actua...
by Queequeg
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 75
Views: 1527

Re: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful

On a personal level the need for Dharma support is going beyond my comfort range so I'm cranky. I'm about a 10% of net donation guy and things are so dire it's pushing 20% and it is starting to wear as this has been an extended period. I'm not hurting. It's just makes life very boring to lose so mu...
by Queequeg
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 75
Views: 1527

Re: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful

I think we're talking about different things, but I'll roll. The flow of Dana is an indication that the lay community enthusiastically supports dharma. Corruption is a separate issue. I don't disagree with what you're saying about the importance of teachers, but, its frankly odd to put emphasis on ...
by Queequeg
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Happy Oeshiki, y'all!
Replies: 5
Views: 131

Re: Happy Oeshiki, y'all!

Nichiren memorial service a day late but with deep reverence "As I contemplate my own life, I Nichiren, have studied Buddhism since I was a child, I thought I should study the manner of the last moment of life first of all, before studying anything else."- Reply to the Lady Nun Myoho Namu Myoho ren...

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