Posting History for ormondotvos
|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 ...
|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 ...
|How about both? Obama/Edwards::Edwards/Obama
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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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. ...
|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 ...
|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 "...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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,
"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 ...
|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,
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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:
|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 ...
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 ...
|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, ...
|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 ...
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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Interesting exchange on another diary, in a discussion of sharing. I wrote this: A subtle and powerful point...observe: ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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-...
|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 ...
|The Sorrowful Case for the Strong Executive
Kagro X begins our day with a joint rant (...
|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.
|"The Israel Project" (TIP)
I've received a lot of snotty static about making up stories about the coordinated effort by supporters of Israel .
|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 ...
|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 ...
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 ...
|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 ...
|Eugenics and Abortion
An Indiana official publicly apologized for the state's role 100 years ago in pioneering state-...
|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 ...
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 ...
|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 ...
|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, ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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'...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|Multiculturalism as Segregation
Aayan Hirsi Ali has written a book, Infidel which has raised a very important storm in Europe that is still dropping ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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.
|Fundamentalist Liberal Faith
Gleaned from a comment by Gooserock in DarkSyde's diary about the ,
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 ...
|Self-Deception in service of Deceit
Robert Trivers laid the groundwork for much of sociobiology, evolutionary psychology and sociological game theoretical examinations of selection ...
|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, ...
|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 "...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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.
|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 ...
|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)...
|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 ...
Here an interesting list John Tasini Speaks of things the Democrats should fight for that have broad public appeal: Single ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|KosGeezers, Speak Up!
Nebraska Outsider, 26, diaries frustrated questions about the baggage that boomers and elders carry, and the commenters follow along ...
|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 ...
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