• Ohio Barbarian commented on the blog post The Media Has Failed the Public on Ebola

    2014-10-29 19:13:42View | Delete

    I understand you completely. Guess I’m just in the habit of having the speakers off most of the time. And I taught myself in childhood to completely ignore ads on TV, so I guess it just kinda carried over.

    I hope you don’t go, though. I’ve always enjoyed your posts and comments, for whatever that’s worth.

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post On Doug Henwood’s piece about Hillary Clinton by cassiodorus.

    2014-10-29 18:40:05View | Delete

    I’ll take any of the three over Shrillary or Bush III. It’s pretty sad when our current crop of leaders is so bad I would seriously consider getting a “Bring Back Dick!” bumper sticker.

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Why the National 2014 Elections Just Don’t Matter to Most Americans by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-10-29 18:32:58View | Delete

    Hmmm. I’ve been thinking about your comment for awhile. You say “Now once the Greens do something outside the usual two year “here I am ” thing and, too, come up with an intelligent economic policy, I will listen in.” I think they have come up with some intelligent economic policies, like taxing the shit [...]

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the blog post The Media Has Failed the Public on Ebola

    2014-10-29 18:18:47View | Delete

    They’ll probably tell you to send money to reduce the ads. As for me, I have no money to send at the moment; otherwise I would.

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the blog post The Media Has Failed the Public on Ebola

    2014-10-29 18:16:18View | Delete

    Let’s look at the facts here. Ebola is not terribly contagious, true. It is also a deadly and nasty disease that kills people by, basically, liquefying their internal organs. It is not contagious until symptoms develop, they think, but they are not 100% certain of that. The incubation period, including the time before symptoms develop, is about 21 days.

    So. If one has no contact with other human beings for 3 weeks after one has been exposed to ebola, one cannot possibly spread the disease. If one develops symptoms and is then immediately treated with very expensive and unpleasant techniques, such as blood transfusions, one will probably survive.

    This means the question is: Just how cautious should the authorities be? There are good arguments on both sides, but look at your own words, Jon.

    “You will find almost no infectious disease expert who would support this move (to quarantine potentially exposed people flying in from West Africa),” emphasis mine. So there’s some disagreement there.

    I agree with you that there is no point in quarantining travelers from areas with no ebola infestations, but there’s a rational argument for quarantining health care workers and soldiers returning home from areas where ebola IS active. These people knew the risks when they went over there.

    If they are so high-minded that they want to go to the few West African countries that ARE infected in order to help people there, then why are they throwing temper tantrums when the authorities want to make absolutely sure that they won’t infect anyone over here? Like the nurse in Maine.

    This is spoiled, latte’ liberal hypocrisy at its worst. What the hell difference does three weeks make when measured against getting people horribly sick? As far as ebola having “little risk” of spreading in this country, you are correct.

    But are you willing to take that risk yourself? Or expose your own loved ones to it? I’m not. I can’t blame local authorities for erring on the side of caution when there is a real risk of spreading this horrible disease, no matter how small.

    So I respectfully disagree with you. We have bigger fish to fry, after all.

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Narrow is the Gate by David Cox.

    2014-10-29 16:13:20View | Delete

    Point taken. I certainly wouldn’t attempt to force you to support gay marriage. For the record, I do think consenting adults should be allowed to marry anyone they want, except for people who are so closely related they are likely to produce unhealthy offspring. 20 years ago I was opposed to gay marriage, mainly because [...]

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Why the National 2014 Elections Just Don’t Matter to Most Americans by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-10-29 16:04:53View | Delete

    Better to be vilified for speaking the truth than to be neutralized out of fear of vilification. But that’s me.

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Why the National 2014 Elections Just Don’t Matter to Most Americans by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-10-29 16:03:15View | Delete

    What are they afraid of? Class-consciousness. This came out in 1984 to an extent, when Walter Mondale, a true social democrat if America has ever had one, was vilified as being too extreme, too far left. Reagan, OTOH, was somehow portrayed as “presidential” and “comfortable.” He was the guy who told Americans that we were [...]

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Why the National 2014 Elections Just Don’t Matter to Most Americans by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-10-29 15:33:31View | Delete

    Little doggie! Good to see you. Of course, I agree with every word you said. Surprise! Surprise!

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Madame Jane predicts: Things are gonna to get worse, much worse by Jane Stillwater.

    2014-10-29 15:31:44View | Delete

    Magnificent rant. Recommended.

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Why the National 2014 Elections Just Don’t Matter to Most Americans by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-10-29 15:26:03View | Delete

    Good point about the POTUS debates. They, like the running of elections themselves, are rigged by the two corporatist parties.

    “There are not two political parties in the United States; only one, with two right wings.”
    –Gore Vidal

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Why the National 2014 Elections Just Don’t Matter to Most Americans by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-10-29 15:23:11View | Delete

    The Greens, at least sometimes, are pretty clear about what they believe. The problem with them for me is that they also believe that capitalism can be regulated so it can work for most of us. I don’t believe that, which is why I’m a Socialist when I’m in a good mood. When I’m in [...]

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Why the National 2014 Elections Just Don’t Matter to Most Americans by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-10-29 15:19:30View | Delete

    Of course the Bushes and Clintons are psychopaths. Psychopathic behavior, ie not giving a good goddamn about what effects your actions have on other people so long as you get what YOU want, is actively rewarded and promulgated by capitalism.

    That’s another reason that capitalism is morally evil.

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Why the National 2014 Elections Just Don’t Matter to Most Americans by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-10-29 15:14:49View | Delete

    I fundamentally agree with you, Mary. But people voting in larger numbers for third party candidates, be they Green, Socialist, Libertarian or Pirate(that’s a party in England, BTW) won’t happen until Americans get past the idea that if they vote for someone who can’t win, then that makes them losers, too. I don’t know how [...]

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Why the National 2014 Elections Just Don’t Matter to Most Americans by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-10-29 15:03:08View | Delete

    I won’t boycott the 2016 Presidential election unless there is no third party candidate for whom I can stomach to vote. I think it will be Bush v. Clinton. Both are safe for our financial aristocracy in general; the conflict comes down to which faction would have the most power. Much like the Wars of [...]

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Why the National 2014 Elections Just Don’t Matter to Most Americans by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-10-29 14:58:16View | Delete

    “No wonder most folks, even those who vote, do it without the sense that it will really matter at all.” Exactly. “If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.” –Mark Twain I’m not quite THAT cynical–voting does make a difference at the local and state levels sometimes–but nationally, and I mean for [...]

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Why the National 2014 Elections Just Don’t Matter to Most Americans by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-10-28 18:06:55View | Delete

    I understand your point. However, both of Obama’s appointments to the Supreme Court, especially Kagan, are corporatists. Doesn’t mean that Republican obstructionism on all Federal Court appointments is justified, though. As I said in the post, the only thing both parties agree on are measures that support Wall Street of the “defense” industry or protecting [...]

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Narrow is the Gate by David Cox.

    2014-10-28 18:00:09View | Delete

    Oh, stop making logical sense. You’ll upset people and get sued for their mental health bills. That said, just because someone doesn’t support the right to gay marriage or to abortion doesn’t mean that they should have the right to prohibit it. No one, after all, is advocating anything like requiring people to become gayly married [...]

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Why the National 2014 Elections Just Don’t Matter to Most Americans by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-10-28 16:40:28View | Delete

    Oh, man. You are absolutely correct. The levy IS direct democracy, not representative democracy, and there IS a huge difference. The levy either passes or fails, and that’s it. The officeholders are in office for the duration of their terms, unless they are prosecuted or removed or something. It’s a big difference. Maybe we SHOULD [...]

  • Ohio Barbarian commented on the diary post Narrow is the Gate by David Cox.

    2014-10-28 16:32:27View | Delete

    Logic? Common sense? I see no logic in this post; and common sense does not exist, for it must be taught. “Common sense” varies greatly between different cultures. Any anthropologist and most historians can tell you that. No, what I see is a typical vitriolic atheistic religious diatribe against any theistic school of thought in [...]

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