Flying Squirrel's Journal
Member since: Fri Aug 20, 2010, 06:40 PM
Number of posts: 1,225
Number of posts: 1,225
I am the same DU member who formerly posted under the name FlyingSquirrel (no space). I killed this profile by changing both my password and email at a time when I felt I had developed an unhealthy addiction to the internet in general and DU in particular. Not sayin' I'm any better now ;-)
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Tue Oct 15, 2013, 06:05 AM (2 replies)
We are concerned about a recent drift towards vitriol in the RSN Reader comments section. There is a fine line between moderation and censorship. No one likes a harsh or confrontational forum atmosphere. At the same time everyone wants to be able to express themselves freely. We'll start by encouraging good judgment. If that doesn't work we'll have to ramp up the moderation. General guidelines: Avoid personal attacks on other forum members; Avoid remarks that are ethnically derogatory; Do not advocate violence, or any illegal activity. Remember that making the world better begins with responsible action.
(Good advice for any forum, no?)
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Mon Oct 14, 2013, 05:17 AM (3 replies)
This 30yo pot smoker is way too young to be a conservative, imo. Sure surprised me when he started in on Obamacare etc. So today he showed up to sing karaoke at my show, and puts in for "I Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty. One of his favorite singers and one of mine as well.. So, I post the following to his wall:
Tom Petty 'Got Chills' When Democratic National Convention Played 'Won't Back Down'
From Silversun Pickups to Twisted Sister, artists have been lamenting the use of their music by Republicans in the 2012 presidential campaign. Tom Petty can relate. "I've been on the wrong side where I've had to tell some candidates to stop using my music," he told Rolling Stone on the MTV VMAs red carpet.
But Petty was pleasantly surprised on Wednesday night, when his song "I Won't Back Down" played as President Obama walked onstage at the Democratic National Convention, after former President Bill Clinton's speech. "I got chills," said Petty. "They knew it would be okay. I've had a chance to meet the President and talk to him about the music he listens to."
I look over at him a few minutes later and I can tell he just got it on his phone... he grins, and I grin back.
Who knows... maybe someday, he'll change his mind.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Mon Oct 14, 2013, 02:43 AM (1 replies)
On an OP by boston bean
Retort when conservatives call the Democratic Party the Democrat Party
Retort with the Con Party or Cons or The Cons. Afterall, it just short hand for conservative. No harm meant by it.
1. And they're dominated by males, so
I say it's the Con Men Party.
20. Nope. I say REPUBLIC PARTY. And they *notice*. They notice everytime.
When they try to correct me, I give it right back.
OP by 53tammy
LARGE HOUSE! LOTS OF ROOM! RECENTLY OPEN!
A funny ad from the best of Craigslist
LARGE HOUSE! LOTS OF ROOM! RECENTLY OPEN!
So my roommates all left because of a job thing and I need to make rent. I really think this place is great and I've been living here for a while (incumbency FTW!). I don't want to leave but the utilities are a real bitch to afford on your own. Some facts about the digs:
It's about 775,000 square feet. Yeah, it's big, I know. But don't let the size alone fool you! It's cozy too--lots of individual rooms!
Location, location, location. It's close to everything you could possibly want. The Botanical Gardens (they're temporarily closed, but don't let that stop you); the metro, and plenty of bars. The bars are important, because what else are we gonna do?
It's historic too! It was built in like 1800 something. Don't ask me the specifics, there's a plaque somewhere. Let's just say it's pretty sweet. There are plenty of cool things inside, like a giant statue of King Kamehameha I. It makes for weird midnight runs to the bathroom, but whatever.
Wanna know more just ask!
About you: Must be LGBT friendly. Must not be a Republican. Don't be racist. Don't hate women. Must think poor Americans are people.
Oh, and don't be an Eagles fan, because, gross.
cats are OK - purrr
dogs are OK - wooof
Location: Capitol Hill
it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
1. good ad
I'll have to see what I can scrape together for an offer, but the heating & cooling costs for something that big must be a bear.
2. It's all about controlling costs.
Close doors. Don't heat unused rooms. Burn John Boehner's furniture for heat rather than use the furnace. (The stuff probably contains enough gin-sweat to burn for days.)
3. well, I figure
if I allow 535 congressional reps and senators in, I will have enough hot air to heat the place - and then some.
4. has 35 bathrooms, btw....
6. That doesn't seem like nearly enough...
for 535 members of Congress, the majority of whom are utterly full of shit.
On an OP by Archae
Virginia Tea Party leader says Cuccinelli isn't conservative enough...
does he want?
This looks more like CYA, the Teabaggers can then whine after Cooch loses, to claim he "wasn't conservative enough" to win.
6. These baggers are the most unhappiest bunch ever
The many faces of baggers...
"What do you mean a black man is President?!?!"
" Damn, he won again"
"Yeah, shut it down"
"We are not racist"
" Damn, now people can get healthcare"
"Yes, we own your vagina"
" facts, what are those?"
" let's vote against EVERYTHING Obama wants"
"I want my country back"
" Stop now, party loyalty is first"
"He's just not conservative enough"
On an OP by riqster
Sarah Palin poses for pic, with her gun pointing at her own head.
Jesus Christ on a nuclear pogo stick.
1. Fortunately for the Quitter no vital organs are involved.
2. "I didn't know the gun was loaded!!"
9. The sad part is, someone shot a bear just so that she could pose with it.
22. ... and flash her dopey smile.
I swear, if she had a brain she'd take it out and play with it.
27. Don't see a helicopter in the shot, therefore not her kill.
Also, fuck her for having an animal killed for a stupid fucking photo op.
36. This is performance art. She is depicting today's GOP
The mainstream republicans are represented by the bear. And she represents the teabaggers, and the gun represents the irony because the teabaggers are too stupid to avoid blowing their own brains out.
On an OP by Judi Lynn
New Mexico legislator expresses unease about yoga
Source: KOAT Albuquerque
New Mexico legislator expresses unease about yoga
Published 8:29 AM MDT Oct 28, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —A New Mexico legislator has voiced concern that stretching during school physical education activities is really yoga and possibly could introduce children to Eastern religions.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Albuquerque elementary school teacher Ann Paulls-Neal recently spoke to a legislative study committee about student health and obesity.
Paulls-Neal said she refers to her class exercises as stretching or mat work rather than yoga because she doesn't want to give the impression that religion is involved.
Rep. Alonzo Baldonado expressed concern.
The Los Lunas Republican said parents should be notified and given the option of alternative activities for their children because yoga is linked to Eastern religions.
36. Clearly this is gateway exercise. First you do a jumping jack or two, next thing you know
you're getting up early in the morning to run. Before all is said and done, you've got a gym membership and a statue of Buddha.
6. OMG!!! Drinking wine and eating bread are gateway-activities to Christianity!!!
Incense sticks are a gateway to Shintoism!
Owning lucky charms made from dead animals is a gateway to Voodoo!
Meatless Mondays are a gateway to Islam and Hinduism!
Smoking pot is a gateway to Rastafari!
Getting shitfaced until you speak in tongues is a gateway to the norse religion!
Setting up Christmas trees is a gateway to the pagan tree-worshipping in ancient europe!
Starring into the flames of a campfire is a gateway to shamanism!
12. Rep. Baldonado, you don't have to practice yoga to fuck yourself.
Find a suitable position and get busy.
On an OP by malaise
I hope DUers are watching Rachel right fugging now re McAfee
The House committee responsible for Obamacare oversight last week asked for expert guidance about the troubled launch of the federal Healthcare.gov site from John McAfee, the tech legend once suspected in the murder of his neighbor in Central America, CNBC has learned.
That Republican-controlled committee wanted the McAfee Associates founder to "guide our oversight and review of" the implementation of the federal marketplace selling Obamacare insurance, according to an email obtained by CNBC.com.
The committee suggested that McAfee might discuss the technologically botched rollout with members of Congress.
4. Because when I think of top-notch software, I think "McAfee Anti-Virus"
(Yeah I know Mr. MacAfee is no longer associated with the software company)
13. Did someone forget to uncheck the install McAfee button?
Next you will tell me they plan to keep all the records in fortran.
On an OP by Agschmid
So just what is going on inside Hanger 3?
Something big and mysterious is rising from a floating barge at the end of Treasure Island, a former Navy base in the middle of San Francisco Bay. And Google's fingerprints are all over it.
It's unclear what's inside the structure, which stands about four stories high and was made with a series of modern cargo containers. The same goes for when it will be unveiled, but the big tease has already begun. Locals refer to it as the secret project.
Google did not respond to multiple requests for comment. But after going through lease agreements, tracking a contact tied to the project on LinkedIn, talking to locals on Treasure Island, and consulting with experts, it's all but certain that Google is the entity that is building the massive structure that's in plain sight, but behind tight security.
Could the structure be a sea-faring data center? One expert who was shown pictures of the structure thinks so, especially because being on a barge provides easy access to a source of cooling, as well as an inexpensive source of power -- the sea. And even more tellingly, Google was granted a patent in 2009 for a floating data center, and putting data centers inside shipping containers is already a well-established practice.
Whether the structure is in fact a floating data center is hard to say for sure, of course, since Google's not talking. But Google, understandably, has a history of putting data centers in places with cheap cooling, as well as undertaking odd and unexpected projects like trying to bring Internet access to developing nations via balloons and blimps.
Full Article on CNet
10. I know! I know! ......
These are going to be the actual data centers for the ACA website! The Administration finally contracted with a company that knows something about websites and data centers. They're just keeping it secret for now because of ...... (I can't think of a good reason, but I am sure someone here will have some ideas. )
11. Because that's where the operators fill out the punch cards for the healthcare applications.
They're embarrassed to admit it.
On an OP by bvar22
A Black Man WON the NASCAR Truck Race this afternoon at Martinsville Speedway, Virginia!!
Darrell Wallace Jr. Wins Truck Race
Darrell Wallace Jr. became the first black driver in a half century to win on NASCAR's national level with a victory in a trucks race at Martinsville Speedway.
It was only a matter of time.
The dam is fractured.
Congrats to Darrel Wallace, Jr!!!!
for a woman winner,
(but it won't be Danica).
32. They're already trying to 'Impeach' him on the grounds that:
1. He hasn't shown them a REAL birth certificate.
2. He CHEATED with the help of Acorn.
3. He only won because of gubmint interference. (The other guys had to use trucks with all those stupid pollution control devices.)
4. They LET him win because of QUOTAS, and affirmative action and stuff...
5. The 14th Amendment to the Constitooshin says a black man can't win NASCAR, or at least that's what Alex Jones says, and he's the biggest Constitooshinal Skollar I know!
Spitfire of ATJ
39. You forgot the old "They felt it was TIME to have a black win".
53. And then held it up as PROOF that the Voting Rights Act is no longer needed.
46. The Liberal Media has anointed him The Messiah!!
52. Why has he paid a million dollars to lawyers to have his driving school records sealed!?!?!?!
5. His truck goes faster because it's not flying a 4ft confederate flag from the antenna
It's a drag that slows the rest of 'em down.
On an OP by HarveyDarkey
Meet Mr. Balls, Brazil’s Disturbing New Testicular Cancer Mascot
A Brazilian testicular cancer awareness group has created a mascot for the cause that is beyond disturbing.
Say hello to Mr. Balls, or “Senhor Testiculo”, the wide-eyed, dual-toothed, rosy-cheeked, mole-sporting scrotum that will cause a lifetime of nightmares for anyone who lays eyes on him.
The little curly hairs are an especially nice touch.
1. That's nuts!
He'll hang around for a while but in the end will be sacked.
3. Let's not get testy
It looks like he needs all the support he can get.
17. Thats scrotally uncalled for
And this thread should be sacked !
50. I usually chime in on these tete a testes, but
I can't find a single little pun to display. Guess I'm all spayed out, tonight. It's so ovary sad.
10. "Your testicles and you."
116. That was my first thought
19. I thought that was a Congressman from Texas?
71. Señor Testiculo is a great username for my next account
78. You're going to register a sack puppet?
94. He's Brazilian.
No ñ. They use Portuguese vocabulary, alphabet and spelling.
It's "senhor" rather than "señor".
(Also, you might want to avoid the name. It's my new DU euphemism for Blake Farenthold and I expect it might catch on.)
106. So...Senhor Testiculo is .... BRAZIL NUTS!!!
On an OP by LiberalElite
Georgia man saves family from burning house, but turns back to save his beer
Walter Serpit said he helped five adults and two children escape the flames, but he turned back to grab his stash of brew. He managed to grab several cans of his Bud Light before he got out of the Columbus house unharmed.
The Velveteen Ocelot
2. Why on earth would someone risk his life for Bud Light?
The only possible use for that swill might be to help put out the fire.
3. He almost made 'dying for a beer'
Cirque du So-What
5. Bud Light?
That stuff is like making love in a canoe: fucking close to water.
11. I am surprised he didn't save the beer first.
12. What was he THINKING?
On an OP by brooklynite
Colorado Shifting to All-Mail Election
On Nov. 5, the way elections are conducted in Colorado will make a historic shift, but most voters shouldn't notice the change, said Amber McReynolds, Denver's director of elections.
In the past, Coloradans had the option of voting by mail rather than standing in lines on Election Day. In this election, every voter in the state will get a ballot in the mail, with the option of voting in person.
Also, voters can register through Election Day, rather than facing a deadline of 30 days before.
Behind the scenes, Colorado will have a more efficient, more cost-effective and more consistent way of collecting ballots, McReynolds said.
2. Meanwhile, Texas changes to all-Male elections
On an OP by kpete
Pennies From Heaven-Giving no-strings-attached $ to world's poorest produces remarkably good results
Giving no-strings-attached money to the world's poorest produces remarkably good results
Cory Doctorow at 11:56 am Mon, Oct 28, 2013
The Economist details outcomes from Give Directly, an organization that analyzes satellite photos to identify the poorest places in the world and then hands over no-strings-attached cash grants to the people who live there. It's a contrast to other programs, where donations are funneled into school construction or funding planned-out businesses. Give Directly has produced remarkably good results: "In randomly selected poor households in 63 villages that have received the windfalls, they say, the number of children going without food for a day has fallen by over a third and livestock holdings have risen by half. A year after the scheme began, incomes have gone up by a quarter and recipients seem less stressed, according to tests of their cortisol levels."
For decades, it was thought that the poor needed almost everything done for them and that experts knew best what this was. Few people would trust anyone to spend $1,000 responsibly.
Instead, governments, charities and development banks built schools and hospitals, roads and ports, irrigation pipes and electric cables. And they set up big bureaucracies to run it all.
Still, this is not the only cash giveaway. A trial in Vietnam in 2006 gave one-off handouts to 550 households; two years later, local poverty rates had fallen by 20 percentage points. The scheme was dubbed “cash for coffins” after elderly recipients spent the money on their funeral arrangements to save their children the expense.
A different scheme has been running in northern Uganda for four years. The government gives lump sums of around $10,000 to groups of 20 or so young people who club together to apply. Chris Blattman of Columbia University, New York, who has studied the programme, calls it “wildly successful”. Recipients spent a third of the money learning a trade (such as metalworking or tailoring) and much of the rest on tools and stock. They set up enterprises and work longer hours in their new trades. Average earnings rose by almost 50% in four years.
This scheme has a condition: applicants must submit a business plan. But it highlights the virtues of no-strings grants (UCTs). They work when lack of money is the main problem. The people who do best are those with the least to start with (in Uganda, that especially means poor women).
In such conditions, the schemes provide better returns than job-training programmes that mainstream aid agencies favour. Remarkably, they even do better than secondary education, which pushes up wages in poor countries by 10-15% for each extra year of schooling. This may be because recipients know what they need better than donors do—a core advantage of no-strings schemes. They also outscore conditional transfers, because some families eligible for these fail to meet the conditions through no fault of their own (if they live too far from a school, for instance).
2. Every good conservative knows that this doesn't work. People are inherently dishonest
and won't work unless they are forced.
3. Well, that's certainly been true of the House Republicans. n/t
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sat Oct 12, 2013, 11:08 PM (2 replies)
Looks like that could happen tomorrow.
"Miller's consistent position, and the Senate's consistent position, has been that we should open the whole government now," Albright said. "And we will be able to if members of Congress from both parties sign the discharge petition this Saturday morning on the House floor."
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Fri Oct 11, 2013, 05:49 PM (5 replies)
Facebook and other social media are about to blow up.
Here's just the first taste of it:
Don't let the Gov't shutdown distract you from the real news of the day: Today is the first day for those who are uninsured to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. "Obamacare.")
Obamacare is a joke. (Like · 1)
Likely Fox News Viewer:
A much older gentlemen came up to me today, "Hey Larry, my coverage i use to get for free will now cost me under the ACA plans." ...................This gentlemen is a senior, veteran, and is losing his paid coverage. ACA good point?
Guy with at least a few properly working brain cells:
I'm with you on that one...Go sign up!
Ah, Pothead... You say that now. My girlfriend just racked up $53,000 in hospital costs for an emergency appendectomy -Obamacare would have prevented that situation for her. It may not be perfect but it is only the beginning. It will be improved upon - but in the mean time if I were you I'd get signed up just in case your appendix bursts too (or anything else happens - it's really a question of when, not if).
If you say so... If it's so great, why is everyone in government office exempt from it? It's a complete sham! Obamacare is not the same as universal healthcare.
Everyone who already has insurance through their employer - whether government or not - is exempt from signing up. The point of the law is to make health insurance available to those who could not get it before. Yes, I know it's not the same as Universal healthcare and I know it has problems that will need to be worked out. I also know, however, that a self-employed person such as myself who could never hope to afford health insurance can now get it.
It's a government sham. It's about population control.
(Me: Screw it, I'm not arguing with Pothead anymore - as fond as I am of him, it's just not worth my time.)
Add your own experiences below in this thread!
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Tue Oct 1, 2013, 04:25 AM (0 replies)
Why do the Tea Partiers hate government? The answer is very basic, primal, and evil: Social Darwinism. That's why they say they're afraid people will "get hooked" on Obamacare - what they really mean is, people who should really be dying will live.
Yes, this would be thanks to the government, and they oppose that -- people should be standing on their own two feet, the logic goes, and it's really bad for people to develop an unhealthy reliance on government to do for them what they should be doing for themselves.. that's what they say. But deep down inside they just wish people who can't make it in this world without help - any help whatsoever - would just die and be out of their sight.
Now, of course, if you're part of a rich family or a Christian (white) congregation that will raise money for you if you're in need, that's ok. You can accept that help. The rest of the masses, however, should really just die (and shouldn't even be in this country in the first place anyway.) The government is getting in the way of that dream becoming a reality, and that's why they hate government.
It's not an accident that the Tea Party was created by the Koch brothers, and it's been said that the Tea Partiers are being played by the Koch brothers and that it's all about money. This misses the point as well. It's not about money - the rich have all they need and more already. It's not about greed, it's about lust - the lust for ever more power, the desire to be further exalted above the rest of us by pushing us further down and getting rid of those of us who are superfluous to them.
Like the game of Monopoly which arose out of the Depression era (and which many people I know refuse to play), it's not enough to simply become rich - they must also bankrupt everyone else.
Meanness, to put it in a single-word nutshell, is the driving force behind the desire to kill Obamacare, and everything else the Tea Party wants.
The fear behind their desperation is not that the public will discover that government is not evil after all; it's not even that the public will discover that the Tea Party wanted them dead.
The real fear is that the country they don't want to exist - the multicolored one with people in it they'd rather not have there, including you and me since we oppose their goals - will continue to exist and even thrive.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Mon Sep 30, 2013, 02:48 AM (12 replies)
Yep. And that's just the bill from the hospital - there could be others in store. She's otherwise pretty healthy but 3 weeks ago, out of the blue she was suddenly in excruciating pain. I took her to the ER and they admitted her. Even a simple appendectomy would have been bad enough, but in this case they wouldn't release her because her white blood cell count was still high. A few days later they finally did another CAT scan and determined that she had a pocket of fluid which needed to be drained. Long story short, she was in the hospital for a full week and then had to go back for 2 follow-up visits.
She's unemployed, at home taking care of her mother who is on kidney dialysis and can barely get around. She applied for financial assistance from the hospital and they just sent the application (which is supposed to be turned in within 14 days, so does that mean it's now too late?) back to her with "missing information." She says, "I filled it out the best I could, I just don't have a lot of the stuff they're asking for."
This is the kind of situation Obamacare will protect many people from. I'm only 45 but I can remember when $53,000 could buy you a nice house.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Thu Sep 26, 2013, 03:15 PM (19 replies)
The first time was on DU1 as FlyingSquirrel (no space) - I used the occasion to remember Molly Ivins.
This time around, I think I'll give a shout-out to Warren DeMontague, whose sole complaint about DU is the lack of DUzy awards.
Can it only be a coincidence that he made this comment on the same day I reached 1,000 posts?
Only time will tell... but I'm gonna give teh DUzy awards one more try.
Gawd help us all.
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Wed Sep 25, 2013, 03:21 AM (7 replies)
The above post was locked, justifably in my opinion, as the source article was clearly from a 9-11 conspiracy theory site and as the conversation quickly became dominated by arguments which have been expressly prohibited from GD.
My girlfriend has watched a movie or two which convinced her that 9-11 was an inside job. Meh. I don't argue with her about it. Maybe it was, maybe it wasn't - either way my opinion of G.W. Bush et al couldn't be lower.
So I tell her about this deal where the FBI now considers her to be a potential terrorist, and her response surprises me - she says, "And it's even worse because my skin is brown."
See, I rarely even think about her skin color (other than the fact that it's beautiful) but I'm Caucasian and so I'm somewhat clueless at times. She is, of course, correct - her skin color raises the stakes.
Well, so what do I do now that I know she may be a terrorist? Why, just what you'd expect from someone who loves their country: I report her.
Oh, wipe that look off your face. It's not like I did it on purpose. It's not like this country has become a complete fascist police state (yet) where someone would be expected to rat out their partner on the slightest suspicion of wrongthink. I just posted the ludicrous thing on Facebook - I regretted doing so afterwards, but it's too late now. Her name and the word "terrorist" are now in the NSA's database, and if she ends up on the no-fly list it will be all my fault.
Wonderful country we live in, isn't it?
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Sat Sep 21, 2013, 08:24 AM (9 replies)