Watt4Bob

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  • Watt4Bob commented on the diary post Greed is a false god by Masoninblue.

    2014-04-21 11:29:29View | Delete

    I’m guessing that you and I would interpret it as; “Love thy neighbor as another yourself”, which, in the east, is manifest in the greeting; “Namaste”.

    It’s sad that a significant portion of christians consider that a heresy rather than a point of agreement.

  • Watt4Bob commented on the diary post Greed is a false god by Masoninblue.

    2014-04-21 10:46:57View | Delete

    The definition of religious people as those ‘herded by false leaders’ seems not to define all religious but merely one small segment of those calling themselves religious.

    What I offered was a description of behavior, not a definition. There is a clear difference between a ‘definition’ and a description of behavior. Much of the responsibility for [...]

  • Watt4Bob commented on the diary post Greed is a false god by Masoninblue.

    2014-04-21 05:30:57View | Delete

    What is the difference btw enlightenment and religion? Diff without a distinction.

    Religion is faith in belief, enlightenment is belief in faith.

    or;

    Religion is believing in someone else’s experience, enlightenment is believing in your own experience.

    Religious people are known for being herded by false leaders, enlightened people, not so much.

  • Watt4Bob commented on the diary post Thompson Knew in ’72 by Anthony Noel.

    2014-04-18 13:34:08View | Delete

    People need to read Thompson now more than ever

    I’ll second that.

  • Watt4Bob commented on the diary post Thompson Knew in ’72 by Anthony Noel.

    2014-04-17 06:38:42View | Delete

    Read HST starting with the Hells Angels in eighth grade, books, Rollingstone, the whole works. I thought at the time that it was good fun, but a lot of hyperbole, and maybe the guy was crazy. Been re-reading all of it lately, now it reads like nothing but the cold, hard facts, including his incredibly [...]

  • Keifer Sutherland is a aiding and abetting war crimes.

  • Watt4Bob commented on the diary post Cliven Bundy is a craven thief and right wing terrorist by Masoninblue.

    2014-04-14 15:12:12View | Delete

    Yup, you see what I see. Foolishness. One of the big mistakes being made is buying into the whole ‘Federal Ownership’ meme. What these militia people don’t get, is that ‘We the People’ own that land, it is held by us collectively, and trying to frame this dispute as being between the feds and blameless, freedom [...]

  • Watt4Bob commented on the diary post Cliven Bundy is a craven thief and right wing terrorist by Masoninblue.

    2014-04-14 14:18:08View | Delete

    It might be instructive to revisit the story of Gordon Kahl another one of those tax-protestor/sovereign citizen types. Gordon Kahl decided he didn’t have to pay his income taxes, and notified the IRS of this belief. He was convicted of willful failure to file Federal income tax returns for the years 1973 and 1974, and sent [...]

  • Watt4Bob commented on the blog post SEC Was Colluding With Banks On CDO Prosecutions

    2014-04-14 13:17:00View | Delete

    Doesn’t that sort of behavior amount to being an ‘accessory-after-the-fact’ ?

  • Another reason the 1% pushes the skills gap meme is that it reinforces another of their favorite myths, that America’s system of public education is fatally flawed and must be privatized in order to be ‘fixed’.

    All the neoliberal lies have a clear purpose that can be traced back to the fact that there is some piece of the commons that they wish to steal.

    Once you understand that, there is no mystery in any of their behavior.

    Reminds me a lot of the old joke;

    A clever mugger confronts his victim with this request;

    Wouldn’t you much rather reach in your pocket, and give me my money that you will find there, rather than force me to pull my gun, and rob you, thereby becoming a criminal?

  • 5 Broken Cameras is a beautiful movie, and IMHO should be required viewing for anyone wishing to join the discussion.

  • Watt4Bob commented on the blog post Top Ten At Ten 3/25/2014

    2014-03-25 12:58:32View | Delete

    David Brock, he was against Hillary before he was for her.

    So what’s new?

    This isn’t a story about a naive, but honest mistake, it’s a story about how we’re corraled into accepting who ever the 1% sees fit to allow us to vote for.

    There’s big money in controlling who we get to vote for, and David Brock doesn’t intend to miss out on any of it just because people might question whether he has a functioning political/moral compass.

  • Watt4Bob commented on the diary post A Starting Place for Combatting Neoliberal Theory by masaccio.

    2014-03-07 12:46:33View | Delete

    Recently I read somewhere that the neoliberal concensus was as close as one could come to a description of America’s ‘religion’. That one sentence really gave me pause to consider its full weight. It struck me as obviously true, that Americans can stand for a wide range of discussion concerning tradtional religion, but question the [...]

  • Watt4Bob commented on the blog post Gov. Jerry Brown Shows his Age With Absurd Marijuana Answer

    2014-03-03 13:16:06View | Delete

    Jerry Brown’s answer sounds like nothing so much as part of a cliche pot-head conversation, ala Cheech and Chong comedy.

  • Watt4Bob commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-03-03 10:02:40View | Delete

    Talk about poorly located waste; I can’t think of a worse case than the Praire Island power plant, located just south of the Twin Cities in Minnesota, on an island in the middle of the Mississippi River. Above ground cask storage poised to destroy everything downstream, which the last time I checked, included a lot [...]

  • Watt4Bob commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-03-03 09:28:21View | Delete

    The #3 SFP is trashed. The tech to safely empty it doesn’t exist yet.

    And things ain’t getting any better while we wait.

  • Watt4Bob commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-03-03 09:25:16View | Delete

    You see what I see. The people who have historically opposed giving the nuclear power industry carte blanche to build this stuff where ever they wanted, have always warned that the risks were being down-played irresponsibly. That issue is now writ large as we come to see there is no way to remediate this problem. [...]

  • Watt4Bob commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-03-03 08:49:00View | Delete

    This quote is from my FDL comment of April 2011 ;

    There is no evidence in what I’ve read that there is any possibility to cool the fuel. In order to cool the fuel, you need some control over that fuel and there is very little evidence that TEPCO has any control over the fuel at this point, [...]

  • Watt4Bob commented on the diary post Oppose Force to Save Starving Syrians by David Swanson.

    2014-02-28 12:56:08View | Delete

    One of the main problems with America’s reflexive violent streak is that we believe it proves we’re ‘pragmatic’.

  • DoD focused on their personnel who were exposed at various levels to DU weapons, primarily through accident and being in an enclosed area such as the M1 Abrams tank that fires DU weapons.

    DOD focuses on the non-existent danger posed by handling the munitions and ignores the terrible effect of breathing the dust created when the things explode.

    It’s exposure/inhalation of the dust that results in the real damage and because there has been so much of the stuff used, the dust is everywhere in Iraq, and it’s been coming home with our soldiers;

    From Rense.com

    The New York Daily News conducted a study on nine recently returned soldiers from the New York National Guard. Four of the nine were found to have “almost certainly” inhaled radioactive dust from exploded DU shells.

    Laboratory tests revealed two manmade forms of uranium in urine samples from four of the 9 soldiers. The four soldiers are the first confirmed cases of inhaled DU from the current Iraq war.

    “These are amazing results, especially since these soldiers were military police not exposed to the heat of battle,” said Dr. Asaf Duracovic, who examined the soldiers and performed the testing. “Other American soldiers who were in combat must have more DU exposure,” Duracovic said. Duracovic is a colonel in the Army reserves and served in the 1991 Gulf War.

    I used to blog at Slate in the old days and there was no more reliable way to attract trolls than to bring up the dangers of DU weapons.

    Every single post or comment would bring an aggressive reaction by ‘serious’ people citing DOD studies and making a lot of noise about how safe DU munitions were to handle, all the while ignoring the terrible cost of breathing the deadly dust that results from their actual used.

    One of the little understood facts that explain the DOD’s commitment to their continued use is the fact that making DU munitions solves the expensive problem of disposing of the staggering amount of DU created as a by-product of making nuclear weapons and operating nuclear power plants.

    The DU munitions turn hazardous waste that is incredibly expensive to dispose of, into an incredibly profitable product, sort of like alchemy.

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