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Aristus

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Gender: Male
Hometown: Puyallup, Washington
Member since: 2001
Number of posts: 38,523

About Me

I truly believe that we will all live in peace and brotherhood someday. And so that I don't lose my faith in humanity, I will live my life as if that day had already happened.

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Talk to me. I'm bored.

Quite a change from my days at the mainstream clinic, when I barely had enough time to catch my breath, let alone get all of my tasks done...


Anyone going to the Resist Trump rally at Westlake on Saturday?

I'd like to meet up with my fellow DU-ers, if possible.

Friday Night Wine-Buzz. Augmented with a couple of shots of vodka.

I can use all the help I can get...

YUGE! YUUUUUUUGE!

This is the territorial call of the Orange Combovered Orangutan. (Classlessvulgarus donaldtrumpi)

The Republicans are getting what they've always wanted. They may end up regretting it.

The right-wingers, and their endlessly orbiting, peripheral Arkham Asylum of associated organizations, have been clamoring since the end of Reconstruction for a return to a 'states-rights' interpretation of the US Constitution.

With the elevation of Trump to the Presidency, they may end of getting it. But not in the form they envisioned.

The shocked and disenfranchised blue states that propelled Hillary Clinton 3 million popular votes ahead of Donald Trump are already turning inward, rejecting any even semi-coherent policy initiatives that may come spewing out of a now tawdry, soiled White House; a White House that is probably already being measured for stripper poles, and having spy-holes surreptitiously drilled in all of the ladies' restroom walls.

Governor Jerry Brown of California has announced that his state's 'sanctuary cities' - safe havens for undocumented immigrants and their families - will continue as before in defiance of any proposed Federal crackdown ordered by Donald Trump.

More states than ever now boast recreational marijuana laws, and will no doubt resist Federal attempts to undo what is turning out to be a lucrative source of tax income at the state level.

Kentucky and West Virginia spent Election Season 2016 toothlessly cheering Der Gropenfuhrer's promises to bring back the coal -mining jobs that turned those once-beautiful states into steaming slag heaps. Too much time underground and not enough time in the classroom made those erstwhile miners ignorant of the fact that those jobs were lost to mechanization, not to renewable energy sources. Will the light of growing realization shine into those empty skulls? Will they realize as they cough their lungs out, that not only are the jobs not coming back, but that whatever paper-thin medical insurance coverage they now have thanks to the Affordable Care Act will disappear now just as surely as their once-secure careers? What course coal country after that?

Although North Carolina gave its Electoral Votes to the Combovered Orangutan, the state's new Democratic governor seems anxious to roll back the 'bathroom' law, designed to shame LGBTQ people and embolden transphobic bigots eager to physically abuse helpless victims. If he succeeds, a number of businesses that skipped town taking jobs and income with them, may come back.

Texas, which must thank God on its knees every night that it is not Florida, is still a festering sewer of right-wing idiocy and hatred. As a reflection of this, they are eager to have their own version of NC's bathroom bill. But will the Lone Star State, the most business-friendly, anti-worker state in the Union, cave in if important companies, skittish of losing paying customers, pressure the state to back down?

Blue State residents, like me, who have visions of a liberal Balkanization, may not get The Republic of Cascadia, or the Independent Republic of California just yet. But if we play our cards right, we can resist and turn away from the klop-klopping of Federal jackboots, and look to our states until Der Orangefuhrer is taking away in a straitjacket.

Friday Night Wine-Buzz. The sooner this year is over, the better...

Anyone ever seen THX-1138?

I saw it years ago on late night local TV. I thought it was a terrific film. I've been reading a biography of George Lucas, and have become interested in his early films, including his student films from USC film school (all of which are available on YouTube).

I won't go into a long dissertation of the themes of the film. I'm just interested in what you think.

One of the finest touches in the film is the voices of android cops. They are dressed in Nazi-esque uniforms with jackboots. But their voices aren't threatening. One would logically expect them to have cliched metallic 'intruder-alert! intruder-alert!' robot voices. Instead, they speak in soft, mellifluous, reassuring tones. I found that an interesting departure from science fiction robot stereotypes.

Friday Night Vodka Buzz. I love you all...





What comes around: The homeless clinic where I used to work is closing.

They're already referring their patients (who used to be my patients) over to our new homeless clinic.

First they refused to renew our contract to provide medical care for their clients. Then they had trouble keeping a medical provider of their own on hire. Every time I called over to catch up, someone had left, and they were frantically trying to find a replacement. Then they decided to expand their patient base beyond the homeless community. That's all right, I suppose; everyone needs medical care. But the whole point of the clinic was to offer a place specifically for homeless patients. A place where they could come and know they would be treated with respect and compassion. So that didn't work out, either.

While things are a little slow here right now, I expect them to pick up soon. In a few months, we will be opening a second clinic for the homeless a little closer to the downtown area. That facility will have showers and laundry service, too, which this one doesn't.

Now, if the municiple organization that ran the facility had just renewed our contract two years ago, none of that might have happened. But it all works out for the best, I suppose.

Could I please get some links to info on Inauguration Day protests?

Seattle, Olympia, wherever. I already requested the day off from work. I'm going to show up to help make our voices heard. Any info you have would be appreciated. Thank you.
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