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Name: Manny Goldstein
Gender: Male
Hometown: Greater Boston
Home country: USA
Current location: Remulak, as far as I can tell
Member since: Tue Aug 30, 2005, 09:44 AM
Number of posts: 28,802

Journal Archives

Do you have any idea of how much DU's changed in the past year?

March 2013: Quick 2016 Poll: Hillary or Elizabeth?

December, 2013: Hillary or Elizabeth?

My belief is that DU is simply the Democratic Party's vanguard: what happens here happens en masse in the party a year or two later. Witness, for example: Did you hear Crystal Ball's rant on the Cycle asking Hillary not to run?

The Third Way est morte. FDR Democrats, the future is ours: if we grab it, fast and tight.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Feb 12, 2014, 07:43 PM (122 replies)

Yay, ObamaRomneyCare! 23% rate increase!

What happens when you mix:

- laissez-fair health care financing, and
- a doctor's union that sets the cost of each procedure, the rules on which procedures must be used when (mostly based on profit, not evidence), and which sets strict limits on the number of doctors that may practice?
- a law forcing people to buy insurance?

You get huge rate increases in state with the already-most-expensive health care, in the country with the already-most-expensive health care. my friend's small Mass. company just got notice that their health insurance (BCBS) is going up 23% for the same coverage. And we've had RomenyCare for a number of years already.


Yay, team!

Oh, when Obama fought mightily for the public option RomeyHeritageCare, did anyone mention that the land of Romneycare has the most expensive health insurance in the US? And that it was about to leap even more in cost?

This. Is. Bullshit.

We. Are. Stupid.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Feb 11, 2014, 08:10 AM (238 replies)

Do we give them the satisfaction of stealing it?

A lot of discussion over the past couple of days on the wisdom or idiocy of serving food like fried chicken, watermelon, corn bread and collard greens to celebrate black heritage. Celebrating soul food? Or feeding a stereotype?

I took a slightly-risky swipe at the situation with a post last night celebrating Ashkenazi Jewish foods. Please know that was having fun with the situation, the back-and-forth between opposing points of view, rather than attacking either point of view. The fact is, I'm not sure where I stand on this.

While I'm not sure who's correct, I will say that my inclination is to not allow the bad guys to steal from us. A number of years ago, Republicans demonized the word "Liberal" so many Liberals started calling themselves "Progressives". I think that's a bad idea. We win by fighting, not by letting others claim whats ours.

In the case of my joking about Jewish foods, it struck me today that I was inadvertently being a little stupid (first time ever, right?), since my post could have been construed as "See black folks? I can have fun with foods that *my* people eat: why can't you?" But there's a reason that it's easier for me than for black folks: the Jewish experience in America has been unbelievably different than the Black experience. Jews have had some issues (e.g., the Italian Catholic kids used to beat on the Jewish kids when I grew up in Queens), but basically we've been as accepted into our nation about as smoothly as any other minority - perhaps even more smoothly than any other. Blacks, on the other hand, started off here with SLAVERY. @#$%ing SLAVERY. And for a century-and-a-half since that was over, they've suffered so many other depradations and degradations, terrible, terrible stuff. In their case, perhaps the pain is so great that it's best avoided rather than launching it back at the savages.

So, I apologize for my post. I should have been a bit more thoughtful.

That being said... can I ask that we generally try to NOT GIVE THE BAD GUYS AN INCH? When they claim our words, our ideas, or our other "intellectual property", we become small every time the words are used; we give them power over us. I suggest that we claim what is ours with pride, gusto, and the number "one" displayed on our digitus medius.

This is probably not always appropriate. But I suspect that it usually is. Your thoughts welcome.

Mostly, let's be friends with each other, and let's win. We need to pull together the largest group that we can, as soon as we can, to grab a rope and pull the 99% from the quicksand the 1%'s poured on us while we weren't paying attention.

Best regards,

First-Way Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Feb 10, 2014, 09:09 PM (37 replies)

Any Goyim making untoward remarks about gefilte fish

will be in big trouble.

Right in the kishkes, you'll get it!


Yiddishe Manny

Additional info: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024478358

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Feb 9, 2014, 09:27 PM (75 replies)

Russia to House Prison Inmates in Sochi Hotels

Russia to House Prison Inmates in Sochi Hotels

In another potential setback for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Russian authorities announced they will have to temporarily house dozens of convicts in Sochi hotels until a new prison is built.

The government said it doesn’t expect visitors and athletes will be bothered by the prisoners, who will be held at three of the hotels reserved for foreign athletes and visitors.

“Visitors to the Winter Olympics should not worry about their safety, as the prisoners will be confined to their rooms and not allowed to attend the games,” according to a statement from the Ministry of the Interior.

“Russian-language signs will be posted in each hotel so guests will know where their room is and where the prisoners are located. We expect everything to go very smoothly.”

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Feb 8, 2014, 01:23 AM (7 replies)

Because Glenn Greenwald is who he is, NSA spying is fine

It's as simple as that. So obvious.

I think it also makes Keystone XL OK, but I'm waiting for more details.


Third-Way Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Feb 7, 2014, 11:06 PM (98 replies)

Marijuana laws kill.

I was discussing street drugs and drug laws with my teenager this week, sparked by the sad death of Mr. Hoffman. As a sprouting Liberal in Massachusetts, he's quite aware of the idiocy of Marijuana laws even without my having weighed in on it. But what about the other drugs bouncing around out there?

Here's what I'd like to tell him: "Thor, simply go by the law; if it's illegal, there's a good reason for it. Stay away." But obviously that's not true these days; the laws are out of whack with reality, and he knows it. So I did the best I could, and explained that the problem with street drugs is that they're quite fun at first, but they can trap us into addiction and other situations that end badly, and some drugs can kill or injure in larger amounts, and we never know for sure what we're actually getting in street drugs (they could be laced with God-knows-what) and so forth.

He's a smart kid and careful, so I expect he'll be OK. Lord, I hope so.

Then I thought back to when I was a teenager. I knew a number of people who were badly hurt by drug adventures. We all started by smoking pot, of course, which caused no problems. Then some went on to bigger and badder stuff, and the problems started. I strongly suspect that if our drug laws had been a reasonable guide to what was harmful and what was not, a lot of the trouble would have been avoided.

There are also the many lives that are ruined because of pot busts, and who knows how much suffering and death results? I'm thankful that in here in Massachusetts, the weather sucks but our law enforcers are OK. We have the lowest rate of pot busts in the country, by far, precisely because cops don't want to wreck lives over stupid #%^*. I look forward to the day when all of America comes together in rejecting the ruining of lives over stupid #%^*.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Feb 7, 2014, 07:26 PM (0 replies)

It's cool to be a Liberal again, part 33:

Joe Biden Defends Pope Francis On Economics "As A Practicing Catholic"

And at a union event, no less! Even Biden's out of the closet now - at least his mouth is. We'll see what his hands do!

We're back. We're mad. We're smart. We will win.


First-Way Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Feb 6, 2014, 12:00 AM (9 replies)

Hillary's a *do-er*, a *fighter*, a *winner*: deserves to be President.

An opportunity for Hillary's many fans to drum up more support: talk about about some of the specific good things that she's done in her many years in the public eye, as First Lady, as Senator, as SoS, and above all... as a fighter who wins.

To wit, it would be great if we could hear about two or three of the:

- Pieces of legislation that Hillary initiated?
- Tough political fights that she's won?
- Diplomatic breakthroughs she achieved?

Thanks in advance!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Feb 4, 2014, 08:08 PM (35 replies)

A long post that (thankfully) nobody will read.

Because if people read it, I'll show up on the last few ignore lists I'm not already on.

A lot of discussion these days about whether childhood memories can be counted on as being truthful.

A million years ago when I went to college, I took an intro child psych course from a fellow named Stephen Ceci. To be honest, I only took it because I needed another elective outside my major and the Hum Ec school had a reputation for being... well... not super rigorous.

Indeed, the course was not super rigorous. But it did blow my mind.

Dr. Ceci's research interest was (and still is) children giving testimony in court. We didn't spend much time on that, but he pulled a neat trick on us. One day, in class, he announced that we all needed to watch a film one night next week. But since there were no rooms with projectors which were large enough to hold everyone in the class at once, half of us should go to one location and half to another.

So I went to my location at the appointed time, and watched a film that was simply a courtroom trial, a drug case. Some folks gave testimony, and the film ended after the prosecution and defense gave their closing arguments. We didn't see the verdict, but after the film ended, we were asked to judge for ourselves - innocent or guilty? Practically the entire room voted guilty!

At the next class Dr. Ceci let us in on his secret - both rooms had seen slightly different movies. He'd taken a transcript from a real trial and had actors play the different participants. Both classes saw the same movie, except for one change: in our room, the star witness for the prosecution was played by a child. In the other room, the same witness' dialog was read by an adult. And while my room almost unanimously voted guilty, the other room had almost unanimously voted innocent.

That. Blew. My. Mind.

That one trial doesn't prove anything by itself, but a larger body of work has shown that children are extremely believable as witnesses. Problem is, they're not very good at relating what really happened.

Some years after graduating, the New York Times ran an item about some newer work from Dr. Ceci. From the article:

In the study of children from 4 to 6, parents helped researchers make a list of two events that had occurred in each child's life and eight that had not. In weekly sessions, the researchers reviewed the list with the child, asking for each event, "Has this ever happened to you?"

One 4-year-old boy, for example, answered truthfully, "No, I've never been to the hospital," the first time he was asked if he had ever gone to the hospital because his finger had got caught in a mousetrap.

But the next week, in response to the same question, he volunteered, "Yes. I cried." And by the 11th week of questioning, he was offering an elaborate tale about his brother's pushing him into the mousetrap, near where his father was getting firewood.

In all, after 11 weeks, 56% of children reported at least one of the false events as true, and some said all of 'em were true.

"The more often you ask young children to think about something, the easier it becomes for them to make something up that they think is a memory," said Dr. Ceci.

So: children are very effective at giving testimony, and they're not so good at remembering reality. This is a problem.

But bad things really do happen to children, and sometimes there are no other witnesses. This is also a problem.

This all doesn't mean that children's testimony should be discarded, nor does it mean that the adult testimony of childhood memories should be discarded. But it shouldn't be taken as gospel, either.

We should be careful.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Feb 4, 2014, 07:22 PM (60 replies)
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