Bro Tom

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  • Bro Tom commented on the blog post #Mozillagate: National Review Attacks Free Association

    2014-04-04 12:53:58View | Delete

    BTW, is it me and a few others I know who just coincidentally had found Firefox beginning to be unreliable? I’m a bit surprised that disassociation of a few software associates would cause a CEO to cave. Or were those players that important to the overall quality of Mozilla’s product? (Yes, I am largely computer illiterate.)

    I had switched over to Google Chrome a few weeks ago, unconnected and unaware of these interior political and socio-political dynamics. Now that I know, I think Mozilla got what it deserved but that’s beside the point. Or is it?

  • The biggest benefit of allowing home growing is removing money and profit which marketing and its problems bring.

    As for the process of growing it, take it from an old hippy of the 60′s and 70′s, it is incredibly easy. It really earned the knickname “weed” because it is that easy to grow and cultivate. Once people learn this, it would be the state that becomes concerned, fearing for its anticipated tax revenues.

  • Didn’t his father advise Nixon it’s OK to napalm men, women, and children of North Vietnam because they are Godless Commies?

  • Also, for anyone who is, or have a family member who is, invited to a Wiccan festival affair, and this is a concern, just ask in advance. If “sky clad” is required, you can skip it. “Required” is rare and certainly never against anyone’s will or you’ve run into something other than Wicca. Yet, be advised that for large camp-out Pagan (Wiccan or not) festivals in mountaintop wilderness, clothing is usually optional and many find conversion. But an individual’s free will is a sacred thing that trumps whatever.

  • I understand your intent, which is well taken and I like, but you might want to brush up on the meanings associated with “warlock”. Some may support your use of the word here, others may bring a snicker.

  • The most succinct answer to that question I’ve ever heard. Thanx, I’ll remember it next time I’m asked.

    Wicca is a religion that rescued me when I was spiritually dead, for which I’ll forever be grateful and practice the constructs that still resonate for me.

  • Shit, I only get ONE? It’s too easy–obvious in your own reply. There are people too immature to handle freedom and the rest of us have to protect ourselves from them.

  • Why not a licensing system for adults. You choose: pot or booze, but not both. (Both being still illegal for underaged.) It won’t take that long for adults to overwhelmingly drift to pot, a superior high and far less dangerous, less destructive, and less anti-social. And less expensive — you can grow it yourself in a window box.

  • Bro Tom commented on the blog post What a Functional Health Care System Looks Like

    2014-02-14 10:55:31View | Delete

    I married into a Mexican-American family and lived a number of years in South Texas border towns. Notwithstanding early deaths linked to such factors as agricultural chemicals, I know part of the longer lifespans enjoyed by that population has to do with trusting natural remedies (eg, herbal therapy) for routine health issues and maintenance. They don’t sacrifice their lives to the pharm. industry, which they can’t afford or access anyway.

    Many, if not most, would prefer to venture across the border (this was before the drug cartel war there)to see a curandera than risk going to an American allopathic pill pusher, at least for mainstream health concerns. Although I only speak for those people I’ve known and all my in-laws.

  • Bro Tom commented on the blog post Michael Sam, Race, Sexual Orientation, and Commodities

    2014-02-11 16:25:22View | Delete

    I’d challenge anyone who wants to be so ignorant as painting the American Black Community anti-gay. (Notwithstanding more recent stupidity of the Black clergy, an abnormality of a different…um, color. And there’s always the deviant in any issue).

    I am a Septuagenarian. I was in the domestic War of Civil Rights in the 60′s and 70′s (incidentally, a Northern white.) I am also bisexual and have spent my life comfortably in both, or either, the gay culture and straight culture. (Frankly, I prefer gay but it was always easier in straight, to deal with the outside world. I’m not proud of often choosing the easy way out as long as it was not anti-gay.)

    But I know by experience that Black Americans have their values in the right order when push comes to shove, compared to white. My evidence may be all anecdotal, but I can keep going until you drop dead from the marathon of listening.

    And Goddess Bless the young people of today for standing up to us assholes from a bygone era.

  • Oh, 3X is only the beginning, the nursing home care itself. The State also needs more paper pushers, lawyers, and court fees to handle the confiscation and dispersings of recipient properties, to recover part of that expense.

  • Bro Tom commented on the blog post Americans Think This Is the Worst Congress They Ever Witnessed

    2013-12-26 17:15:51View | Delete

    Actually, it seems like there is a small but powerful group who DO believe in a “third party”. And they were smart enough to realize they were alone in that belief so they built a strategy involving a working on the inside of the powers they sought to vanquish. A Trojan Horse strategy. And it worked. They took advantages where they found them. Mission accomplished.

    Everyone else helped them succeed, even (and perhaps especially)the general on the White Horse. Perhaps unfortunately, even the most “progressive” of the Progressive flank also denied the viability of a third party. Even while occasionally offering limp lip service to the superior vision of third party candidates of their own political persuasion. “Third parties don’t work, can’t succeed. “Sorry.”

    I don’t need to spell the name of the third party that did succeed, do I? It begins with a “Tea”. It took 6 yrs for the idiots who brought the horse through the gates to even recognize what they had done (apparently too late.)

    …OK. So I’m looking through Green colored glasses.

  • It’s amazing. I dumped TV because I couldn’t stomach the commercials any longer. Voila!! Buy one, Get one! Not only dumping obnoxious and relentless commercials, but all the stupidity in the programming too. The sick joke, up with which I put for years, of clowns like Maddow calling themselves “journalists”, I can now laugh at in earnest.

    It’s unexpected joy in this fucked up world which, unfortunately, I still have to learn about, but fortunately there’s the internet. And Alternet and FDL and the Real News Network and Bill Moyers and Matt Taibi and, and, and.
    Fuck television. …well, I did keep mine because I have a library of vintage movies on VCR tapes that I can’t fit into my computer’s disc slot.

  • I want she who can look Obama in the face and render him speechless. I want Malala

  • Bro Tom commented on the diary post Japan’s Deadly New ‘Fukushima Fascism’ by solartopia.

    2013-12-12 04:53:19View | Delete

    “…we should go down fighting.” Yup…It’s not that easy though. I’ve given serious thought. I’m in my 70′s, got some health issues, and I don’t see going down as negotiable. It’s the fighting part that bugs me. Ever since those kids took to the trees in Texas, trying to stop that fucking Pipe, I’ve thought [...]

  • Bro Tom commented on the diary post They are going to dump ALL the Fukushima’s radioactive water into the ocean. by cmaukonen.

    2013-12-06 04:52:01View | Delete

    So, tell me why, again, that I can make any difference if I were to go to Ontario and chain myself to machinery at the tar sands pit. Why bother? Just for the split second of self satisfaction that I gave it all I had? Or hope there’s a just god somewhere to give a [...]

  • Class of 60 at a small college in Ohio not far from Kent State. You got it so right and thank you so much too, Kevin. Those students at Brown restore my hope that someone in the new generation is paying attention.

  • Bro Tom commented on the diary post The Repetition Compulsion for War — and How It Might Fail This Time by Norman Solomon.

    2013-09-09 08:33:05View | Delete

    Assuming a successful drum beat to NOT bomb Syria, could it be possible to sound another follow-up drum beat to spend a fraction of the money that the war machine would have cost, to help defray the cost of keeping the massive refugee camps afloat in Syria’s neighboring countries? Wouldn’t that help turn around the [...]

  • Not aiming to disagree (yet) but trying to figure out why faulted pollsters cause you to “reserve judgement” (about what? her performance in office?). What’s the organic connection?

    As for her election, and as a resident in the most pro-Brown region of MA, it sure was a long shot from my point of view, but I still don’t get how that causes you to “reserve judgment” about whatever.

    Not that it has any relevance, but Coakley lost her bid all by her own inept political self. She managed to offend the entire electorate.

    You should of course be surprised if Brown challenged her at this point but it’s because he himself has managed to be totally offensive since leaving office, in every which way it’s possible to be offensive, not just a little inexcusable screw-up like Coakley did. But how does that affect your judgement on whatever?

  • Bro Tom commented on the diary post ‘Bargain’ on Immigration Would Feed Prison Profits by Michelle Chen.

    2013-07-27 13:30:03View | Delete

    Just for a knee jerk response, I was most disturbed by “excessive fees for phone use”. I know the critical importance of family, particularly in the Latino community. That amounts to inhumane treatment and torture, not just abuse.

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