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  1. jeffiekins commented on Arlo and Janis about 9 hours ago

    Tease.

  2. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury 5 days ago

    The 97% supported by grants that only go to support a political agenda. Yes.
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    Ever notice that most of the scientists in the 3% are retired, or Physicists? That is, they don’t need grants, or their grants are for something completely different, so they can say what they like (believe).
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    After the IPCC released their preliminary “summary”, many of the scientists the IPCC listed as experts in the report asked to have their names removed from it. The IPCC refused, and kept their names on a politically-motivated report they could not, as scientists, keep their name on.
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    I would give a source, but you might not like it. Look it up yourself; it’s a simple fact. Or would you rather take the word of politicians (professional liars, both major parties), and people who majored in Journalism because they had a pretty face and weren’t smart enough to major in a science?

  3. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury 8 days ago

    “Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.” – Mark Twain
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    “Our laws have more unintended consequences than intended ones, because congressmen can only hold one thought in their heads at a time.” -My friend who spends way too much time around these people

  4. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury 16 days ago

    It snows in Virginia. In the Western (mountainous) part, it happens regularly.

  5. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury 18 days ago

    The opening (with an apology for my being forced to give it) was nothing more than standing up for the honor of a number of honorable men, to whom we all (who live in the Western world) owe a huge debt. Somehow, it has become the fashion to besmirch them while expressing our desires that they had done things differently. While I agree with all the issues people have, really, I also have to give them props for the unprecedented thing they did. The whole idea of government of, by and for the people was completely radical then (just as much as if it were re-instated today). And I must acknowledge that I wasn’t there, so I can’t pretend to know why they did things the way they did.
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    I’m an optimist, and tend to think well of people. So, I was hoping that the basis for disagreement was a difference in the “facts” available to us. Thus, I tried to share some facts, as I understand them, giving Mr. Kent the opportunity to share some with me (which he has so far declined).
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    I wasn’t trying to debate, as there wasn’t enough “meat” in the statement to debate with.
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    I also wasn’t trying to win. I’m more interested in discovering the truth.
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    I apologize if that throws people here off their game.

  6. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury 18 days ago

    And, BTW, slavery was abolished, less than 80 years later, a blink in history’s eye. The wheels of history turn slowly. (I know what you’re thinking: how many more metaphors will this idiot come up with?) Things happen so quickly now that we can forget it wasn’t always so.

  7. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury 18 days ago

    Sorry; I have to call BS. Very few had (what was then) the conventional view of slavery. But they felt it was most important to keep the Southern colonies along for the ride. So their strategy was that they could separate from England first, and when that was accomplished, they could work on getting rid of slavery.
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    Maybe it wasn’t the best choice they could have made, but it wasn’t from not wanting to. I know it’s very fashionable to rag on the founders, but if you read their private writings, or almost any (even slightly) even-handed history, the overwhelming impression is that their hearts were, almost all, in the right place.
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    And, yes, I know that many of them owned slaves. Most lived in places where it was illegal to free your slaves, and most did free their slaves in their wills, which was the only it could be done legally. Yes, they could have freed theirs illegally, but again, they felt they could only scoff at so many laws at a time.
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    It’s certainly reasonable to second-guess their priorities and strategy, and to say they should have focused more, or earlier, on freeing the slaves, but it’s just beneath you to speak about them the way you did.
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    Pick up a good book, and read some about that era. Here’s a suggestion: “Thomas Jefferson: In His Own Words” is a compilation of letters to world figures and friends. Since he never expected the letters to friends to be read by others, it offers a window into what, and how, he thought.

  8. jeffiekins commented on Pearls Before Swine 19 days ago

    BTW, no-one here has blamed the real culprit here: TV news. I kid you not! Just as many bad things happened to kids in the 50’s and 60’s as now, but now, whenever something bad happens to a kid in Oregon, it’s all over the news in South Carolina for days. In those days, only local “bad thing happens to a kid” stories were aired.
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    Then, TV and newspapers found out they could make money by beating people over the head with “bad thing happens to a kid” stories from anywhere, and it became wall-to-wall.
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    It used to be that, living in a city, you would see about 1 “bad thing happens to a kid” story a year. Now, we get 1 pretty much every “week”. (The math works out, since there are 50 states and we used to get news about only 1.)
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    Seeing all this news, parents naturally have a strong tendency to be over-protective now, since the world is so much more dangerous now. Even though it isn’t.

  9. jeffiekins commented on Pearls Before Swine 19 days ago

    This generation of hyper-pretected kids will probably rebel, and send their own kids down to play in the creek.
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    Or at least we can hope.

  10. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury 19 days ago

    sigh
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    I remember when GT used to be funny (and, hopefully, some people will get a good taste of it from this extended flashback on weekdays.
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    Now, he sets up straw men and looks heroic knocking them down.
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    Maybe I’m dense, but I don’t see how it’s different from what Rush does, except they play for different teams.
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    They’ve turned the whole thing into baseball.