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Electric Monk

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Member since: Sun Sep 13, 2009, 12:24 AM
Number of posts: 13,869

About Me

The Electric Monk was a labour-saving device, like a dishwasher or a video recorder. Dishwashers washed tedious dishes for you, thus saving you the bother of washing them yourself, video recorders watched tedious television for you, thus saving you the bother of looking at it yourself; Electric Monks believed things for you, thus saving you what was becoming an increasingly onerous task, that of believing all the things the world expected you to believe. http://theelectricmonk.com/ElectricMonk.html (not my website, just an explanation)

Journal Archives

I've been alert stalked out of here, so this is where I'll say farewell.

Posted by Electric Monk | Thu Jul 7, 2016, 12:17 PM (0 replies)

Knowing the context and history of bravenak here is why I find it offensive. She meant it to be.

Posted by Electric Monk | Fri Jun 24, 2016, 12:53 PM (2 replies)

Donald Trump is the perfect candidate for Hillary Clinton to beat in November

However, we must not talk about whether there might or might not be some nefarious cabal pulling strings behind the scenes in both political parties to maintain their pretense of democracy™. Just don't go there. Not even speculation about the likelihood of such a possibility is allowed. Thank you for playing along, and God™ bless America™

(if this thread gets locked or gets me banned, well, that would just prove my point, wouldn't it?)
Posted by Electric Monk | Tue Jun 21, 2016, 01:19 PM (1 replies)

I've got some real estate here in my bag

Posted by Electric Monk | Wed Apr 20, 2016, 11:11 AM (1 replies)

Why Young People Are Right About Hillary Clinton - by Matt Taibbi

I was disappointed to hear that Rolling Stone had endorsed Hillary Clinton, but I also understood. In many ways, the endorsement by my boss and editor, Jann Wenner, read like the result of painful soul-searching, after this very magazine had a profound influence on a similar race, back in 1972.

Jann explains this eloquently in "Hillary Clinton for President":

(big snip)

Instead, the millions of young voters that are rejecting Hillary's campaign this year are making a carefully reasoned, even reluctant calculation about the limits of the insider politics both she and her husband have represented.

For young voters, the foundational issues of our age have been the Iraq invasion, the financial crisis, free trade, mass incarceration, domestic surveillance, police brutality, debt and income inequality, among others.

And to one degree or another, the modern Democratic Party, often including Hillary Clinton personally, has been on the wrong side of virtually all of these issues.

much more
Posted by Electric Monk | Fri Mar 25, 2016, 04:14 PM (72 replies)

I stand by my comment that Skinner chose to use to revoke my jury privileges. Badge of honor for me.

Here's what I wrote in an AtA post, but have yet to receive a reply.

I bet you thought I was going to ask for it to be overturned, but I'd just like you to add a link
to the subthread that originated the alert that called me to jury duty for context. I was on a jury about someone calling George II a liar, and five other jurors agreed with me and the author that George II was indeed exhibiting such behavior (yet again, for those who've been paying attention). That context makes a huge difference, in that I wasn't simply name-calling because someone was ostensibly a Hillary supporter.

It could look something like this:

Willing to serve on Juries: Yes
Eligible to serve on Juries: No (Reason: Jury comment: "I also consider George II to be a hyper-partisan full of shit lying Hill troll, and have for quite some time. Obvious troll is obvious.")
Chance of serving on Juries: 60% (explain)

Of course, if you'd rather just remove it so my profile isn't calling them a hyper-partisan full of shit lying Hill troll in perpetuity, that'd be ok with me too.

Here are the jury results that included my comment:

On Tue Mar 1, 2016, 01:22 PM an alert was sent on the following post:

Do the words "trust" and "Favorable" sound the same to you? hint, one has to do with honesty


This post is disruptive, hurtful, rude, insensitive, over-the-top, or otherwise inappropriate.


"Most must find you untrustworthy as well"
"I find you dishonest as well. "

Against the TOS to call a long time member a liar. Thru out this post, the intent is to insult. Rude, insensitive, Over-the-top.

You served on a randomly-selected Jury of DU members which reviewed this post. The review was completed at Tue Mar 1, 2016, 01:33 PM, and the Jury voted 1-6 to LEAVE IT.

Juror #1 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: Don't agree with the post, but I'd suggest suspending almost all alerts for tonight. This alert crud, needs to stop. Rebut, criticize, but don't alert.
Juror #2 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: is this fux gnewz?
Juror #3 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: No explanation given
Juror #4 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: I also consider George II to be a hyper-partisan full of shit lying Hill troll, and have for quite some time. Obvious troll is obvious.
Juror #5 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: No explanation given
Juror #6 voted to HIDE IT
Explanation: Lack of civility has to be addressed, otherwise DU will fail to bring back the more thoughtful members after the primary season.
Juror #7 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: No explanation given

Thank you very much for participating in our Jury system, and we hope you will be able to participate again in the future.

Here's a BLATANT example:

George II (13,842 posts)
44. That's been posted here before, but the question glaringly did NOT include Sanders.

When the obvious trolls stop blatantly lying, I'll stop calling them liars. That includes Ms. Clinton, who has told a number of whoppers just this past week, for those who've been paying attention. Some of her supporters have taken to following her example, and it is not good for the Democratic Party at all, imho.
Posted by Electric Monk | Wed Mar 16, 2016, 04:07 PM (1 replies)

Welcome to DU :) Ignore the assholes, of which we have more than a few.

They are why GCRA exists on DU, as well as having the GC & RKBA group which we are currently in.

/GCRA host
Posted by Electric Monk | Thu Jul 2, 2015, 05:17 PM (7 replies)

I think this paragraph from The New Yorker really sums up the gun control debate here on DU

The underlying politics of gun control has always been the same: the majority of Americans agree that there should be limits and controls on the manufacture and sale and ownership of weapons intended only to kill en masse, while a small minority feels, with a fanatic passion, that there shouldn’t. In a process familiar to any student of society, the majority of people in favor of gun sanity care about a lot of other things, too, and think about them far more often; the gun crazy think about guns all the time, and vote on the issue with fanatic intensity.

Posted by Electric Monk | Sat Jan 3, 2015, 10:20 PM (191 replies)

Toon: Canadian War Memorial

Posted by Electric Monk | Thu Oct 23, 2014, 06:45 PM (26 replies)

Improper use of punctuation can drastically alter meaning.

eg. adding a comma where it doesn't belong

or leaving commas out

same with periods

and it works with quotation marks, too, as has already been discussed up-thread.
Posted by Electric Monk | Wed Jul 2, 2014, 09:46 PM (1 replies)
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