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Bernardo de La Paz

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Member since: Fri Jul 16, 2004, 11:36 PM
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Lived most of my adult life in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. Left a piece of my heart there.

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One thing deliberately forgotten by people saying gubmnt should be run like a business

They deliberately do not say that one of the main principles of business it that you make money by spending money.

A well run government spends taxpayer money to support taxpayers so they can be productive and earn greater prosperity and enjoy life more. Good government spends on:

* Education so people have skills and wisdom (understanding) to be really productive.
* Health care so that illness is prevented, alleviated quickly, and people can spend more time gaining prosperity.
* Environment so that people are not debilitated by pollution.
* Consumer protection so that people don't have their life savings taken by crooks.
* Productive infrastructure such as public transportation for efficient movement of goods and services and people.

When you invest in the well-being of the People of the USA, the country remains competitive and a great place to live.

Also:
Raise taxes and lower spending when the economy is good.
Lower taxes and raise spending when the economy is bad and needs stimulus.

Democrats know this, but Republicons are aways on about lowering taxes no matter what, so they therefore spend up huge deficits.
Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sat May 13, 2017, 11:08 AM (2 replies)

Do not think pop radio music is representative now any more than it was in the 1970s-80s.

See "They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To", 2015, at the end of this post. That could have been made years ago, but it wasn't because there is something about it that has been influenced by music right up to the point it was recorded.

Yes you are old. I may be older than you. The first hit song I heard when it was current was "I Wanna Hold Your Hand". The first three albums I listened to over and over were Led Zep III, Grand Funk Railroad (red album, very heavy, very bluesy), and CSN&Y Four Way Street. I feel there is wonderful music available all around, partly because I make a point of listening to alternative sources and following up with some stuff. Even so I am out of touch because I'm constantly discovering new gems I've never heard before. There is so much good music available!

Album Oriented Rock was a radio format in 1975. Now you don't even hear that on campus radio stations. It doesn't mean that kind of music disappeared or evaporated.

Case in point:

Here are the top 10 Billboard hits for 1975. They are pleasant enough but not great, except for "Fame".

1 "Love Will Keep Us Together" Captain & Tennille
2 "Rhinestone Cowboy" Glen Campbell
3 "Philadelphia Freedom" Elton John
4 "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" Freddy Fender
5 "My Eyes Adored You" Frankie Valli
6 "Shining Star" Earth, Wind & Fire
7 "Fame" David Bowie
8 "Laughter in the Rain" Neil Sedaka
9 "One of These Nights" Eagles
10 "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" John Denver

Lots of stuff not on the top 100, but pieces further down are much better than most of the chart toppers. Note the positions:

19 "At Seventeen" Janis Ian
25 "Boogie On Reggae Woman" Stevie Wonder
68 "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" James Taylor

Most of the rest of the chart is dreck. "Bron Y Aur" and "Kashmir" by Led Zeppelin not in sight. "Wish You Were Here" song and album by Pink Floyd? Invisible. Same with "The Hissing of Summer Lawns" song and album by Joni Mitchell.


Same thing for 1985:

1 "Careless Whisper" Wham! featuring George Michael
2 "Like a Virgin" Madonna
3 "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" Wham!
4 "I Want to Know What Love Is" Foreigner
5 "I Feel for You" Chaka Khan
6 "Out of Touch" Hall & Oates
7 "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" Tears for Fears
8 "Money for Nothing" Dire Straits
9 "Crazy for You" Madonna
10 "Take on Me" a-ha


2015 is no different:

1 "Uptown Funk" Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
2 "Thinking Out Loud" Ed Sheeran
3 "See You Again" Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth
4 "Trap Queen" Fetty Wap
5 "Sugar" Maroon 5
6 "Shut Up and Dance" Walk the Moon
7 "Blank Space" Taylor Swift
8 "Watch Me" Silentó
9 "Earned It" The Weeknd
10 "The Hills" The Weeknd

12 "Can't Feel My Face" The Weeknd
Hotline Bling came in at only #30 (#24 the next year)
30 "Hotline Bling" Drake

In the 2010s there are many great singer-songwriters that just don't make the charts and great electronic/house/trance. I have so much gorgeous music to listen to including gobs of classical that I don't listen as much to fresh music as I maybe should, though I still make a point of it from time to time. One of my favorite pieces of music is Mozetich "Affairs of the Heart", 1997, 23 minutes. It stopped me in the driveway and I couldn't get out of the car until the piece finished.





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Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Mon May 1, 2017, 11:23 PM (0 replies)

Gerrymandering has large impact on Presidential Elections. 2024 depends on 2021 depends on 2020/2018

Gerrymandering --> Republicon state majorities --> Voter Suppression laws --> Electoral College swings --> Trump-Putin-Bannon-Jarvanka

The 2020 census is the lead-in to the 2021 redistricting that will have a large impact on voter suppression laws that could have a big impact on the 2024 election, just as it has had in the past.

A swing of only 3 Electoral College votes would have elected President Al Gore in 2000.
A swing of only 18 Electoral College votes would have elected President John Kerry in 2004.
A swing of only 70,000 votes in 3 states would have elected President Hillary Clinton in 2016.
  Michigan, 0.23%
  Pennsylvania, 0.72%
  Wisconsin, 0.76%

Republicons know this. You should too.

The Democratic Party needs to win state legislatures each one individually in 2018 and 2020. All Democratic state legislatures need to lock redistricting into permanent independent commissions that work according to rational principles for the most democratic (small d) representation possible.
Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Mon May 1, 2017, 10:50 AM (3 replies)

Yes, it is a major social change that can be & MUST be anticipated & PLANNED for.


Wealth and income inequality is a huge problem already, and it will get worse before it gets better.

The coming changes of robots and AI (sometimes AI on its own) will make huge changes in society whether we are ready or not. They are coming and pandering to coal miners in Pennsylvania is not going to stop it.

We should be ready and we can be ready.
Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sun Apr 30, 2017, 12:01 PM (1 replies)

Excellent. Also it is something to counter those who say "When they go low we should too"


When they lie, bury them in lies.
When they cheat, bury them in litigation.
When they slander, bury them in shame.
When they go racist, bury them in disgrace.
When they go ignorant, bury them in science.
When they go emotional, bury them in their own emotions.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sat Apr 29, 2017, 09:37 PM (0 replies)

Don't seek originality. Seek individuality.


You are an original.

If you make your photography as much you as possible, it will be as original as you can make it and you won't have to try to be "original". You already are original.
Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Thu Apr 27, 2017, 10:45 PM (0 replies)

Don't fool yourself, NK can nuke Japan, maybe once. Once is too much.


On the other hand, NK can't be allowed to hold everybody hostage just because they can nuke Japan.

There are NO easy solutions, but we can be sure that tRump will find something and think that it is easy and then RepubliCONs will fall into line.

Probably the best solution is aggressive deterrence while seeming to do nothing. Ring N Korea with force such that if they do something really stupid they will get hammered and pounded. It drives war-mongers nuts, but containment has worked well in many situations and it reduces third party suffering to almost nil.

Being too overt and too showy and escalatory and chest-thumping is really bad strategy.
Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Tue Apr 25, 2017, 04:35 PM (0 replies)

Examine the posting records of high velocity posters for CONCERN trolling.

Look especially for those who signed up recently (last few months) and have averaged more than 5 or 10 posts a day. Of course many of those posters are legitimate, but it is the first stage of filtering.

Then look among those for posters who have a high number of concern posts. I'm not a star member (for various reasons) so I can't do this kind of research.

Concern trolling is a passive-aggressive way to get people stirred up. It is favored by trolls because it is not a direct frontal attack on a member or a community policy or community consensus.

"Why is Bernie not helping as much as he could?"
"Couldn't Hillary have tried harder?"
... and so on and so forth, etcetera, etcetera.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/11/1/632558/-

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2014/01/13/enter-the-concern-troll/
The second {way of disagreeing} is insidious.

The second is condescending, insincere, manipulative. It even says so in the Urban Dictionary definition.

The darkest moment is always just after the concern trolls start pouring in.

“I’m with you,” the concern troll says. “But surely you must see how this looks to people. Not me, of course. But other people. They might think horrible things of you. People might think you were self-centered, fat, slow, rude. Not me, of course. I’m with you. I have your best interests at heart. That’s why I want to warn you. I, you see, know how this ought to be done.”

There is some Faceless Someone out there who is absolutely merciless. That Faceless Someone is saying or might say Terrible, Awful Things.

The concern troll does not agree, of course. But the concern troll wants to make sure you know.
Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Tue Apr 25, 2017, 04:19 PM (1 replies)

Truly, it is because of the fundamental principle: "Innocent until proven guilty".


Think it through. It's the "proven" part that takes time to build. In criminal cases you have to prove the charge "beyond a reasonable doubt".

It's a high hurdle and we don't like it any more than a hard-right guy likes it when somebody (perhaps of color) is accused of violent crime. But we both live with it (when we pause to think about it) because we know that it helps protect the innocent.

This case is very large and complex. It is bigger and more involved than Watergate, which took two years. Watergate did not have a foreign antagonistic nation attacking us. It did not involved a rat's nest maze of numbered corporations and shady wire transfers. It did not involve tax-dodging sneaky business people highly skilled at hiding dealings.
Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Thu Apr 13, 2017, 06:57 PM (0 replies)

Indict / impeach tRump & Pence on the same day: Force Ryan into Pres spot (stay with me here)


We don't want Ryan as President, but he doesn't want it now either because he wants to be 2024's Reagan to 2020's version of Carter.

If tRump & Pence go one by one, the one or the other will appoint VP successors and Ryan can politely decline if offered.

But if they both get incapacitated at the same time, per 25th Amendment, Ryan gets forced in automatically as President by the line of succession. Then he could resign but that would eliminate his chances of being Pres ever again. If he doesn't resign, then he becomes 2018's Ford and serves a two year term only.
Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Thu Mar 30, 2017, 09:20 PM (0 replies)
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