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Flying Squirrel

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Member since: Fri Aug 20, 2010, 06:40 PM
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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 ;-)

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* A mini DUzy thread for your Tuesday morning... *

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023851995
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Tue Oct 15, 2013, 06:05 AM (2 replies)

"We are concerned about a recent drift towards vitriol..."

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.


http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/

(Good advice for any forum, no?)

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Mon Oct 14, 2013, 05:17 AM (3 replies)

Gentle nudge to a young RWer on facebook

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:

http://m.rollingstone.com/music/news/tom-petty-got-chills-when-democratic-national-convention-played-wont-back-down-20120906

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)

Oh hey, remember that discharge petition?

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."


http://www.wvgazette.com/News/201310100114
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Fri Oct 11, 2013, 05:49 PM (5 replies)

INCOMING!!!

Facebook and other social media are about to blow up.

Here's just the first taste of it:

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Me:

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.")


Pothead:

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!


Me:

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).


Pothead:

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.


Me:

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.


Pothead:

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.)

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Add your own experiences below in this thread!

Posted by Flying Squirrel | Tue Oct 1, 2013, 04:25 AM (0 replies)

The Tea-Partiers really do hate Government. Here's why:

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)

My 29 yo girlfriend's appendix has horrible timing. 3 weeks later, the cost: $53,000.

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)

1,000 posts for the second time...

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)

Sooo.. my girlfriend is now a "potential terrorist" according to the FBI

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023700398

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)

Words

I posted a couple of graphs showing how the conversation on DU had morphed from the NSA to Syria over the past couple of months...

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023679659



Then I thought, it would be interesting to be able to see more terms at the same time, and watch as they change from day to day.

September 15 would look something like this:



I can't remember what that's called. Any thoughts on this idea?
Posted by Flying Squirrel | Mon Sep 16, 2013, 10:34 PM (6 replies)
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