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What Might Have Been...
EDIT: Good suggestion: Software tweak: Make it take ten troll ratings to neutralize one recommend. Second edit: The troll gangers have arrived. Posts are going ...
ormondotvos 12/31/2007 182 - - 26
Ron Paul Crushes Timmeh!
Just finished watching Ron Paul totally crush Tim, without exception. Batted away every stupid gotcha, clearly explained himself, washed away the stain of lies from others, dealt clearly with ...
ormondotvos 12/23/2007 119 4 - 7
How about both? Obama/Edwards::Edwards/Ob​ama
If Obama and Edwards made it clear by dogwhistle that they'd pick the other as running mate, would it pull the anti-DLC/Clinton independents AWAY from Hillary? Would it change the whole dynamic of ...
ormondotvos 12/14/2007 73 6 - -
Another view of the Venezuelan Referendum
I have a good friend who writes on Venezuela, as an insider and knowledgable commentator. I'd like to present his views, from dissidentvoice.org, as an antidote to some of the poisoned CIA-backed ...
ormondotvos 12/04/2007 21 5 - 8
Goodbye, Dumb Dems...
I've been here a while. I give up. Glad to see Kos is catching on. I'll save my election donations for food and ammunition, because the country can't take this any more. The Dems are too (take your ...
ormondotvos 08/30/2007 109 11 - 24
People of Faith in Evidence.
It's really about faith in other people, and faith in your own ability to connect with them, and faith in the process of community evidence verification. Over and over we hear the false ...
ormondotvos 08/29/2007 60 5 - 2
The Darwin Award Goes To ... US!
By now it would have been obvious to anyone but the recipients that most of the citizens of the USA are the pitiful and brainwashed self-wounding winners in this famous award competition. I just ...
ormondotvos 08/28/2007 6 2 - -
Let's kill the Candidates! Poll
Stunned to find people advocating free speech by Ted Nugent when he waves a gun and talks about killing candidates. What kind of dim-wiited absolutists are we nurturing here? Free speech is a civil ...
ormondotvos 08/25/2007 135 3 - -
One Tito, coming up!
So now it's occurring to our gummint guyz that Iraq wasn't ready for "full democracy" because it has never had a chance to practice it. The real question is the one asked at a seminar in Berkeley a ...
ormondotvos 08/23/2007 18 6 - 4
The UN & Harvesting the poor.
If you think about the world economy as a problem in maximizing status rewards for the rich, a lot of seemingly paradoxical elements fall into place. We tend to think of solving the world's ...
ormondotvos 08/21/2007 10 7 - 3
Science Destabilizes Society
Most people need religion for psychological and social stability. Science replaces religion by pointing out and delegitimizing faith-based morality, leaving just legislation to guide one's life. ...
ormondotvos 08/19/2007 165 4 1 11
Rewriting the Constitution. POLL
Theory of governance is essentially what we do here. We work on a hypothesis that electing Democrats is the next and necessary first step, but, as Jerome a Paris says in his recommended diary, we ...
ormondotvos 08/18/2007 82 5 - 11
West Nile with that Foreclosure?
The people who overbought houses with pools are abandoning them as foreclosures loom, leaving huge green pools for West Nile virus mosquitos to breed in. One commentator noted that many of the "...
ormondotvos 08/17/2007 23 1 1 2
HILLARY IS GREAT! Pie Poll!
OBAMA IS GREAT! EDWARDS IS GREAT! You clowns don't get it. Stop running down Democratic candidates! Tell us about the wonderfulness of your candidate. They're all better than 'Thugs, and all of ...
ormondotvos 08/17/2007 41 6 - 4
Hippocrates vs psychologists
Rational self interest Since the concept is SO fundamental to economics, psychology, sociology and governance, you'd think we all knew what it is. It's the flaw in ...
ormondotvos 08/11/2007 21 - - 2
Faking bridges, Illegal aliens
As a technoid, with wide experience in the use of tools to build boats, houses and vehicles, I'm concerned about the degradation of infrastructure building and repair when it becomes politically ...
ormondotvos 08/08/2007 41 2 - 4
Chaining the Black Dog
It's been excruciatingly painful to watch the latest seeming failure of our elected legislators to do what we think is the right thing. I can only say that it ain't over ...
ormondotvos 08/06/2007 9 2 - 1
iProgressivism, the next Kool thang.
"I will either inspire them to be real citizens, or I will manipulate their narcissism." From a really true, really nasty diary ...
ormondotvos 08/04/2007 10 - 1 20
Primarying Democrats Progressive
Sometimes the answers are simple. Are you tired of spineless DLC Democrats who fold every time Bush snarls, or Cheney grumbles, or Abu can't recall? Tired of committee chairmen that can't follow ...
ormondotvos 08/03/2007 25 6 - -
The Purpose of Orange. POLL
It's obvious this site has a purpose. What is it? It's designed to save the human race from its present trap of consumerist mind-slavery. How? By wresting control of minds from advertisers. To ...
ormondotvos 08/02/2007 114 4 - -
O'Reilly Curious Ones: Part 2
Yesterday I wrote a diary for people who came from O'Reilly Land to see what DailyKos.com is like. I requested that each of you register immediately so ...
ormondotvos 07/31/2007 61 7 - -
Welcome, O'Reilly Curious Ones!
Are you curious why O'Reilly has gotten so mad at us? Here's the reason: He can't figure out how to shut us up. We keep posting excerpts from his past mistakes, like his trial for sexual harassment,
ormondotvos 07/30/2007 401 326 5 28
Pig-Ethics
"This, then, is our answer. We have no words to waste on you. When you reach out your vaunted strong hands for our palaces and purpled ease, we will show you what strength is. In roar of shell and ...
ormondotvos 07/29/2007 7 5 - 4
Speeding up DailyKos reading.
Today, Kos wrote a diary. It had 860 comments when I first saw it, and it wouldn't download because it was so big. Why can't the Recommended Diaries, or all diaries, load first WITHOUT the comments,
ormondotvos 07/23/2007 56 4 - -
Thank you, Kos!
For quickly and clearly speaking, and acting on the JetBlue situation, and on many other things. Not for the positions you have taken, most of which I agree with, but for the speed and transparency ...
ormondotvos 07/20/2007 11 7 - -
Hope for depressed atheists Part Two
In my previous diary , I stated that "Christians couldn't have written the Constitution" and put forth (imperfectly, it seems) the concept that true ...
ormondotvos 07/18/2007 31 8 2 -
Christians couldn't have written the Constitution.
They wouldn't have thought that moral law needed any input from the masses, since it came from God. No doubt, there were some Christians amongst the deliberators, but it can easily be seen that the ...
ormondotvos 07/16/2007 97 5 1 -
Kucinich and Moore: Spine-y Socialists!
Spent much time ranting about spineless Democrats lately? Do you know Dennis Kucinich's history of standing up to the banks and saving Cleveland's publicly-owned electric system, for which he lost ...
ormondotvos 07/13/2007 31 14 - 6
USA as Super-Tito in the Global Balkans
Charlie Rose hosts Brent Scowcroft, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and Henry Kissinger for comments on the current situation. The usual viewings with alarm follow, but I want to leave you with one observation:
ormondotvos 07/06/2007 18 1 - 14
Action: Jobs, Pollution, Global Warming
Our city councilman, Tom Butt, in Richmond California, has made a brilliant suggestion to Congress. If you would email or write or phone your congressperson, it would give them a chance to point to ...
ormondotvos 07/05/2007 3 2 1 38
Urban Resolve
In military operations since World War II, United States forces have preferred to bypass major urban areas to avoid the costly combat expected inside cities. The urban environment contains ...
ormondotvos 07/01/2007 6 3 - -
Tweety tweaks Sharpton
If you hurry, you can catch Tweety in the plaza , as Christopher Hitchens rips Al Sharpton to little shreds. You can vilify Tweety all you want, ...
ormondotvos 06/28/2007 190 - - 17
Larry King bumps Moore for Paris
On the Daily Show tonite, Michael Moore was steamed because his full hour show with Larry King was bumped for Paris Hilton. "Paris Hilton," said Moore, making balancing motions, "or health care for ...
ormondotvos 06/27/2007 56 6 1 -
Moral Exemptions
When "important figures" fly around with their entourages, emitting immense amounts of carbon dioxide as they do so, are they exempt from the moral resources calculations in some way, because they ...
ormondotvos 06/25/2007 145 1 - 6
Eugenics and Population Size
Political morality has to be derived from scientific analysis of human goals and desires. There is no god to help us with this. Here is a human problem: there are so many of us that our waste ...
ormondotvos 06/24/2007 110 6 - 3
NO FUNDING = NO WAR!
No Funding = No War. THE POWER OF THE PURSE WAS GIVEN TO CONGRESS TO STOP WARMONGERING PRESIDENTS. USE IT! There is no question that if the House Speaker refused to allow a funding bill that the ...
ormondotvos 06/21/2007 105 3 - -
My immigration bill.
Since my conservative friends keep sending me Lou Dobbs' opinion on immigration, I thought I'd slide open the Overton Window a bit and open the discussion here. Be aware that this is not necessarily ...
ormondotvos 06/20/2007 281 1 - -
Vaclav Klaus is not wrong.
While it is true that action need be taken about global warming, it is not true that global warming action need be unobservant of human instincts and human nature. Once again, the field of ...
ormondotvos 06/14/2007 130 2 - 105
Cheatin' Ghouls...
Was at the Imaging Center for knee XRays for the wife and picked up the November 2006 "IMAGING ECONOMICS" in which was an article (page 36) on ethics: "Do The Right Thing". One example was the very ...
ormondotvos 06/13/2007 5 3 - 6
Flitting Fools...
FREEDOM! Everyone agrees, it's the thing for me! Freedom to choose! Food, clothes, travel, education, medicine, partners, family, location. Except there isn't enough stuff in the world for ...
ormondotvos 06/12/2007 23 1 1 -
Social Rickets.
Interesting exchange on another diary, in a discussion of sharing. I wrote this: A subtle and powerful point...observe: ...
ormondotvos 06/10/2007 3 2 - 3
Unions are obsolete? (Update)
Having been both a shop steward and the owner of a business that employed several dozen people, I settled on the definition of the union as a hired gun a long time ago. Unions are useful, but law ...
ormondotvos 06/06/2007 203 5 1 11
Genocidal maniac returns.
Meteor Blades just made a comment in reply to one of my genocidal maniac comments about the real problem in the world being too many people. He said he agreed that a billion people would make for a ...
ormondotvos 06/03/2007 31 3 - -
Islam IS Theocracy, No?
Watching John McLaughlin interview Robert William Merry, I realized that McLaughlin is starting to get very edgy and controversial. The subject of the discussion was the Clash of Civilizations, and ...
ormondotvos 05/27/2007 98 3 1 -
Why I think impolitely.
This is a real diary. I've been having one of those conversations that you have with old friends from high school, who have become a little stuck in a social circle that punishes people who dare to ...
ormondotvos 05/26/2007 27 33 5 168
update DO NOTHING. The WAR will END.
You've got it wrong. You're missing a critical point. If the Democrats don't fund the war, it will end. Bush will make fake moves, but if he lets soldiers die because there's no money, it will be ...
ormondotvos 05/24/2007 20 18 - 8
POLL: DEFUNDING DOESN'T DEFEAT DEMS! (UPDATE)
I CALL BULLSHIT ON "DEFUNDING DEFEATS DEMS." Conventional wisdom is all it is; the current spin on events, and the last desperate hope of the lazy and fearful Beltway Bozos? No one has ANY proof ...
ormondotvos 05/22/2007 17 5 - -
Optimizing Our Anti-Jihad Military
This is an expansion of a long post in this diary about which presidential candidates are in favor of expanding the military. I want ...
ormondotvos 05/21/2007 97 - - 11
Cui bono? Banning I/P
I need feedback on a critical point. In order to make up my mind about some subtler points on the "I/P diary banning" issue I need to know peoples' opinions on a particular issue: The poll question ...
ormondotvos 05/19/2007 50 1 - -
Dawkins, Darwin, Theocide, Withdrawal
SOME SAY that if we withdraw from Iraq, it will collapse in a bloody religious sectarian tribal genocide, and become a failed Taliban/Al Quaeda state. SOME SAY that Iraq will self-stabilize if we ...
ormondotvos 05/15/2007 31 4 - 9
Condo Politics and the Family...
Entering my second campaign for Director on my condo/coop/ mutual homes association , I find myself peculiarly aware of the subtle ...
ormondotvos 05/13/2007 5 2 - -
When will the Middle East produce a Hugo Chavez?
Tariq Ali in a speech to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco relates how Hugo Chavez was interviewed on al-Jazeera for an hour, and produced the largest outpouring of emails and letters al-...
ormondotvos 05/11/2007 130 17 1 4
Chicken or Egg?
In which it is explained how to solve the problem, in hopes of pointing out that paradoxes like withdrawing from Iraq can be solved ...
ormondotvos 05/05/2007 8 6 - -
The Sorrowful Case for the Strong Executive
Kagro X begins our day with a joint rant (...
ormondotvos 05/03/2007 27 - - -
What gun right?
I don't quite understand the argument that gun ownership is a fundamental natural right. Certainly there haven't always been guns so it wouldn't make sense to call that specifically a right.
ormondotvos 05/02/2007 67 - - -
"The Israel Project" (TIP)
I've received a lot of snotty static about making up stories about the coordinated effort by supporters of Israel .
ormondotvos 04/28/2007 270 7 1 2
Norway resuming aid to Palestine
Norway has decided to resume aid to Palestine, according to Reuters news service. This seems to me to be in ...
ormondotvos 04/27/2007 19 13 - 8
Act now, or lose your country.
The admin are confounding, in the perspective of governance of a democratic republic. They've been perfectly logical and consistent in a frame of taking over a country whose ...
ormondotvos 04/25/2007 7 3 - -
Goodbye, PSOL!
No, it isn't what you think. PSOL is Psychological Standard of Living. Bonddad seems to have annoyed many people on DKos with his diary about the inevitability of globalization, and the ...
ormondotvos 04/23/2007 48 21 2 137
BIG TENT: Co-opting the NRA.
Let's look at 9/11 and Iraq with the goal of understanding and integrating the legitimate views of the NRA and 2d Amendment advocates. We sometimes accept the liberal line about guns cause gun ...
ormondotvos 04/22/2007 77 5 - 1
Eugenics and Abortion
An Indiana official publicly apologized for the state's role 100 years ago in pioneering state-...
ormondotvos 04/20/2007 82 5 1 6
Action: April 28 Saturday Impeach Image Demonstrations Both Coasts!
Most of you have seen the wonderful pictures, spread worldwide, of the BeachImpeach.org Laydown and surf rush done at the West End of the Golden Gate Park ...
ormondotvos 04/18/2007 3 7 - 7
TERMINANNY STATE
Watching Charlie Rose interview the Governator, I realized that Maria Shriver has completely brainwashed Arnold into advocating the Nanny State. Hydrogen Hummers for soccer moms, Universal health ...
ormondotvos 04/16/2007 21 1 1 -
In praise of lying...
This thing came in the email and was unattributed, but I like it a lot, and we all need some clarity nowadays. Anybody recognize it? This person needs to be a frontpager here! We all need paradox ...
ormondotvos 04/12/2007 16 2 1 22
China's BRT Plans...
While we spend ourselves into bankruptcy and failure at two billion dollars a week, China is chugging along building their infrastructure. No matter how expensive transit infrastructure might be, ...
ormondotvos 04/11/2007 9 6 - -
dKos book club: "The Meme Machine"
Central to understanding how we communicate is to understand what we are communicating with , not just our mouths, our brains, our language, but the structures and processes ...
ormondotvos 04/08/2007 14 17 1 9
Suicide as Aesthetics or Rational Choice.
Just posted a long response in another suicide diary, and would like to explore it further to see what others think. Suicide is one of those choices we aren't, apparently, supposed to make for ...
ormondotvos 04/06/2007 108 10 - 10
Demographics: What's Your IQ? (POLL)
Obviously, we don't have a need to know, but I suspect that if each person reading this clicked the appropriate poll button, it would confirm my suspicion that the level of raw thinking power around ...
ormondotvos 04/04/2007 188 15 1 23
Lowering Our Standard of Living, HAH!
Imagine my surprise when someone actually talked about it in a more-or-less national blog! We tecnofantasists here are DailyKos, and pretty much all over the blogosphere, always carefully avoid the ...
ormondotvos 03/26/2007 46 9 1 -
Six million angry Democrats?
Heather Wokusch at Democrats.com "I keep hearing that the goal is to elect a Democrat in 2008. But my goal is to elect a candidate ...
ormondotvos 03/16/2007 21 3 1 -
Kos vs Kucinich, redux
Once again, Kos steps in it with his slamming of Dennis Kucinich. It looks to me like Kos is trying to use Dennis Kucinich in the same way a schoolyard bully picks on some little smart kid and sets ...
ormondotvos 03/12/2007 170 13 2 5
Bush: Victim of Cheney
Watching Charlie Rose and a panel of writers dissect the current status of Dick Cheney, I was struck by the overwhelming feeling that Cheney is going to be leaving, and that they were all trying to ...
ormondotvos 03/10/2007 33 5 - -
Pat Robertson vs Martyn Joseph
I've mentioned Martyn Joseph, a famous Welsh folk power singer before, but this time he's done a marvelous thing! He'...
ormondotvos 03/05/2007 4 1 - -
DNA & The Evolution of God
Intelligent Design is being demonized by the left in a way ill-befitting a supposedly scientific community. Sufficiently flamebaiting statement? Read on, my easily lit off friends. Maybe you should ...
ormondotvos 03/02/2007 97 6 - 5
Nation State? Bad idea!
Nation States were invented as a truce between empires. There was too much interference in each others' affairs, so a cynical bargain was struck: we won't interfere in your internal affairs, if you ...
ormondotvos 02/28/2007 14 3 1 -
Multiculturalism as Segregation
Aayan Hirsi Ali has written a book, Infidel which has raised a very important storm in Europe that is still dropping ...
ormondotvos 02/27/2007 75 4 - -
Erasing the Internet
Yep. Say goodbye to Google, Yahoo, etc. as sources. The FBI is now engaged in pressuring the owners of sites that carry "undesirable" information to remove it. A recent diary noted the ...
ormondotvos 02/24/2007 16 7 1 11
Attention Space and Human Pain.
We should be talking about present problems more, and climate change relatively less. Here is the reason: Randall Collins, in "Sociology of Philosophies" (p 38+) describes intellectual ...
ormondotvos 02/22/2007 9 3 - -
Crichton, Cooling, Nukes, and the Club of Rome
Charlie Rose did the whole hour with Michael Crichton, author of more than a dozen best sellers, and spoke about bioengineering, global warming, and the general illicit mixing of politics and science.
ormondotvos 02/20/2007 41 3 - -
Fundamentalist Liberal Faith
Gleaned from a comment by Gooserock in DarkSyde's diary about the ,
ormondotvos 02/19/2007 28 4 - -
Stovepiping Reality
Watching the Daily Show and some jackass news announcer is saying that nobody reads blogs, implying that we're just electorally masturbating. But he don't know what means most: everyone who ...
ormondotvos 02/15/2007 7 1 - -
Self-Deception in service of Deceit
Robert Trivers laid the groundwork for much of sociobiology, evolutionary psychology and sociological game theoretical examinations of selection ...
ormondotvos 02/14/2007 10 1 - -
Moron blogger tarnishes self...
(UPDATE: Lost TU status at 11:45 am. I wonder why...) (UPDATE)Nice to see John Edwards agrees with me. From McJoan's FP post: It's not how I talk to people, ...
ormondotvos 02/08/2007 217 5 1 19
The dog said, "She does make herself comfortable, eh?"
A long bus trip home, my stranger seatmate fell asleep and snuggled up to me. Her dog said "She does make herself comfortable, eh?" Being neutral, and not wishing to seem uncourteous, I replied "...
ormondotvos 02/06/2007 12 8 - -
Single Payer > Abortion, Outsourcing, Crime
Single payer will reduce abortion because it makes planned parenthood easier through preventive care, which is a feature of universal health care. It will reduce outsourcing because companies will ...
ormondotvos 01/27/2007 6 2 - -
Clash of Fundamentalisms
I think that civilizations don't clash, and am amenable to the idea that democracies are less likely to clash. What causes confusion, I think, is, as Gandhi is reported to have said when asked what ...
ormondotvos 01/26/2007 3 3 - 1
How we'll get out (Ugly) Poll
It's starting to gell now for me. Watching the new dog commentators savage Bush's position, and gingerly put forth the unthinkable, I'll revive my old prediction powers from the Vietnam war, and ...
ormondotvos 01/14/2007 20 7 - 1
Disabling the Oligarchy...
Enumerate a bunch of well-known problems. Find a common element that would eliminate them. Work out a clever way to set up a meme to inform the population. Settle back in your chair and watch it work.
ormondotvos 01/09/2007 13 6 - 9
34 votes can impeach!
The Constitution doesn't say 67 members, it says 2/3 of members present and voting. is necessary to try in the Senate. So once again, all we have to do is have some ...
ormondotvos 01/07/2007 55 7 - 5
PET Scans, Spam, and Bush's Brain...
Reading a paper on spam filters, and the difficulties of stopping the latest email spam, the "gotcha" based pictures with so much color and visual trash that the OCR (Optical character Recognition)...
ormondotvos 01/06/2007 10 1 - -
The good in "War on Christians"
It's become "conventional wisdom" that the Christians will rebel against a war on them. I wonder. Here's why: Consider that many Christians are believers simply because they are conformists and ...
ormondotvos 01/04/2007 67 1 - 9
Stone Tablets
Here an interesting list John Tasini Speaks of things the Democrats should fight for that have broad public appeal: Single ...
ormondotvos 01/03/2007 7 3 - -
UN Declaration of Human Responsibilities
Crazed deadly fundamentalists, gunsels, psychos, sexists, racists, demonizers. It's great to sit around and postulate "utopias of the adequate" but there's always the problem of what to do with the ...
ormondotvos 01/02/2007 11 - 1 -
Could you do President?
As I read the endless diaries about all the mistakes that are made by our legislators, I start to realize that it isn't that hard, intellectually, to be president of the usa. We've all heard the ...
ormondotvos 01/01/2007 6 3 - 5
The Group Meme vs Individual Freedom
There is no group . Not in the material sense. There is only the tendency to see abstractions as realities . Yet the behaviors we must ...
ormondotvos 12/31/2006 28 12 1 135
Debate Diary Beta 0.8
DailyKos should offer all the candidates, without regard to popularity, a chance for an announced moderated Town Hall style debate with the DailyKos readers. Announcement should take place 15 hours ...
ormondotvos 12/30/2006 8 7 - -
Sex, Food & Class War
Why war, greed, arguments, killings, and strife. Why does Kumbaya never win? Do you really want to know? "The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off!" Anna Freud said "My father ...
ormondotvos 12/27/2006 90 8 2 10
My wife tells me what to think about that.
Watching a TV show, some politician being interviewed about his views on feminism, choice, job equality, and so on. His final retort was " I ask my wife and she tells me what I think." I laughed ...
ormondotvos 12/21/2006 14 5 - -
KosGeezers, Speak Up!
Nebraska Outsider, 26, diaries frustrated questions about the baggage that boomers and elders carry, and the commenters follow along ...
ormondotvos 12/19/2006 34 8 - 8
One-Drop Racism. Barack ain't black.
Every minute you spend framing it as race is a minute you could have been clear on the issues. Every time you mention race or gender, McCain gets diamond in his halo, a feather for his wings. It's ...
ormondotvos 12/18/2006 97 6 - 26
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