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Name: Steve
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What so many here at DU and elsewhere don't understand about the GAME of politics is this....

Try running for President, and give your blunt honest opinion about everything. Just try it, see what happens. Yes, the third party candidates and "fringe candidates" can do it, with ease, because, let's be real, they have ZERO chance of winning, so why the hell not tell the truth all the time ?

You will offend and/or enrage a bloc or blocs of voters, who will then organize to come out AGAINST you. Their votes, in addition to the hard-core Republican vote (or Democratic if you are a Republican candidate) will ensure your defeat. If you think every candidate for President since George Washington has been 100% honest, open and transparent in their campaign statements, I don't know what to tell you.

Is it morally correct that, imho, this is the state of American politics ? No. Am I recommending that all Democratic candidates (or Republican, for that matter) lie their asses off at every possible moment ? No. What I AM saying, is, just use your instincts for who the candidate is.

President Obama was universes better than both Romney and McCain, or any Republican for that matter. Call me cynical or *gasp* realpolitik , this is the political world in which we live. It SUCKS, but there it is.

If someone disagrees with me, fine. I'm not going to argue or debate this.

ETA: By the way, I liked your post, 1SBM!

ever gone from contact lenses to eyeglasses ?

After 33 (count 'em) years of contact lenses and their attendant disinfection/washing/losing them/cracking/protein deposits/being blind in the morning/having to take them out before bedtime, I'm back to eyeglasses voluntarily. Now I have to clean my glasses *grumbles* Still, compared to the micro-hassles I listed, I'll gladly clean my specs!

New details emerge on lynchings in Jim Crow South (700 MORE than previous found)

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/2/10/new-report-on-lynchings-in-jim-crow-south.html

A new report from the Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) said its researchers have documented nearly 4,000 lynchings of African-Americans in 12 states during the Jim Crow era — about 700 more than previous comprehensive studies have found.

Titled “Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror,” the EJI report said 3,959 lynchings of African-Americans took place from 1877 – 1950 in states across the south: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Jim Crow laws enforced racial segregation in the South between 1877, when Reconstruction ended, and the beginning of the civil rights movements of the 1950s. The disenfranchisement of African-Americans in the Jim Crow era was cemented by the widespread use of violent tactics, including lynchings.

“Racial terror lynching was a tool used to enforce Jim Crow laws and racial segregation — a tactic for maintaining racial control by victimizing the entire African-American community, not merely punishment of an alleged perpetrator for a crime,” the report said.

(xpost from GD)

New details emerge on lynchings in Jim Crow South (700 MORE than previous found)

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/2/10/new-report-on-lynchings-in-jim-crow-south.html

A new report from the Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) said its researchers have documented nearly 4,000 lynchings of African-Americans in 12 states during the Jim Crow era — about 700 more than previous comprehensive studies have found.

Titled “Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror,” the EJI report said 3,959 lynchings of African-Americans took place from 1877 – 1950 in states across the south: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Jim Crow laws enforced racial segregation in the South between 1877, when Reconstruction ended, and the beginning of the civil rights movements of the 1950s. The disenfranchisement of African-Americans in the Jim Crow era was cemented by the widespread use of violent tactics, including lynchings.

“Racial terror lynching was a tool used to enforce Jim Crow laws and racial segregation — a tactic for maintaining racial control by victimizing the entire African-American community, not merely punishment of an alleged perpetrator for a crime,” the report said.

I don't know but...

my definition of "paid troll" is someone who is "on the clock" while surfing DU and trolling because he/she has been told to. Example: An RNC staffer or intern has multiple duties, and the boss says, oh yeah, when you're finished with the really important stuff, go troll DU if you feel like it. The staffer or intern does all his/her stuff, and then has time left over. He/she comes here to wreak some trivial havoc. I'm sure the RNC is glad to see it done, X minutes per week. It costs them a few bucks a year and gives them laughs, I'm sure.

Can I prove all that ? Of course not. Only Skinner would be able to, and I doubt he gives a rat's ass. Does someone actually pay someone to sit on DU for 40 (or less) hours per week to troll we progressives ? I doubt it.

6 Ways to Take Control of Your Pain

http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2015/how-to-control-pain.html

We are a nation in pain. Sharp, burning, nagging, achy, throbbing, can't-sleep-at-night pain. Some of it is temporary — what docs call "acute" pain — from a hammered thumb, say. Chronic pain, though, not only lasts long after the initial trauma but also transforms our brains and nervous systems into hurt machines, pumping out pain, day after dismal day. The more we learn about pain, however, the more we learn of ways to put an end to it. Here are six ways to take back control.

Strategy No. 1: Don't let it start

As if you needed one more reason to get moving: Research shows that people who exercise as well as those who meditate are less likely to suffer from chronic pain, perhaps because those two activities alter the brain in some protective way.

In fact, researchers at Northwestern University recently found that "the structure of a person's brain may make one more susceptible to chronic pain," says study author A. Vania Apkarian. He envisions that one day, diagnostic brain scans for people in pain will become routine to identify those most at risk. "Early treatment does seem to keep the brain from reorganizing itself into the patterns associated with chronic pain," Apkarian explains. His team is now using brain scans to see which treatments work best for people with particular types of pain. "It's coming," he says. "That's where we're going."

Strategy No. 2: Figure out exactly what type of pain you have

Doctors used to identify pain by its cause — an injury, an illness or an infection — so people would talk about arthritis pain, cancer pain or back pain. Increasingly, though, docs identify pain by the way it affects the nervous system. This is good info to have if you're trying to stop such pain.

much more at link above

Thanks, all you nice anonymous heart-givers

I'm surprised and delighted to see them. I wish everyone in this group a happy 2015!

Steve

-65 F at Summit, Greenland (the ice cap)

http://www.wunderground.com/q/zmw:00000.1.04416

That's the coldest I've seen all winter for the non-Siberian Northern Hemisphere.

my latest sleep-depriving conundrum...

When should I walk the two minutes from my front door, to the new Starbucks that was erected ?

I just can't decide when to spend my money on a tall venti caffe latte (or however they say that).

Decisions, decisions. Oy vey! *rubs head in hands*


(yes I'm joking, if you can't tell)

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Trying to help!

Steve
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