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OK, now put 'em all back...

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Tue Aug 31, 2021, 03:33 PM (5 replies)

Why I need to find my crockpot...

Found a chicken on sale for 90 cents a pound. Usually I get rotisserie chickens for that price, and after stripping the meat off for chicken sandwiches and, soups, I toss the skin an bones into a stockpot.

So I threw the raw chicken into the pot and went into the living room to read.

When the smoke alarm woke me up, there was burned mess in the bottom of the pot and the chicken was overcooked.

Overcooked chicken will stil go into soup, but is there any way of salvaging the mess on the bottom of the pot?
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Mon Aug 30, 2021, 09:57 AM (8 replies)

So I turn on my phone, and some app I didn't even know I had starts feeding me...

rightwing horseshit. 20 or so pages of stuff like how Reagan and Trump were our 2 greatest presidents. Biden is a crooked idiot.

You know, the same stuff we've been saying about trump for years now. Add in some Covid conspiracy and Fox scenes, and it's a mirror image of the stuff we send out.

I'm still trying to find out where the app is hiding-- I think it's a spinoff from one of the news apps, but I don't think it's malware. So far.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Mon Aug 30, 2021, 04:58 AM (7 replies)

Fun with opera..

I was, for some odd reason I still don't understand, watching a mashup of around 20 top sopranos singing "Queen of the Night", when this magical 18 year old Czech singer kind of popped up out of nowhere...



Even the jaded string section fell in love with her
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Mon Aug 30, 2021, 04:39 AM (5 replies)

So, if Noem believes in freedom so much that masks won't...

be required, why is she against the freedom to smoke pot?
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Sun Aug 29, 2021, 08:54 AM (3 replies)

Over in the atheists group the question was raised about God being evil...

https://democraticunderground.com/123059401

I can't reply over there since I was banned when explaining why I am one type of atheist, so I'll put it in here (which is a more inviting forum for several reasons)

It's an ancient Western question, going back earlier than Aristotle, but largely ignored in Eastern religions. The guy doing the video has done his homework, and does mention most schools of thought, but never actually bothers to define "good" or "evil".

He assumes we all accept the two to be opposites, and most of us would think "good" would be, well, the good one. I prefer to see the two as being different ends of the same stick. Think ying yang-- interconnected, codependent duality.

Thinking that way, neither good nor evil can exist by itself. Therefore, God must be both good and evil at the same time. Neither one can exist without the other.

One without the other would mean stasis-- no movement. Nothing. If consciousness existed, it would be bored to death. Since we are certainly not living in a static universe, we here in the West have managed to set up a value system and there's the good stuff and the bad stuff. Good stuff is the stuff that we like and does not hurt us, maybe even gives us pleasure. Bad stuff hurts.

A volcano, by itself, is just an event caused by Earth's shifting mantle. If it wipes out a city, it's a bad thing. If it's a tourist attraction or gives us new knowledge, it's a good thing.

A serial killer rampage is a bad thing for all the usual reasons, and it's a real stretch to find something good about it. But, war puts all that on hold when we play with the idea of "just war" and rationalize about dropping cluster bombs on children's play areas or fire bombing Tokyo and Dresden. At least we have decided nuclear war is off the table (for now).

So, we're trying to stick God into this logical and ethical mess we created, and assigning this God a value somewhere along a scale that we have invented out of thin air. This can, of course, not be done. Many are saying it all goes back to our "free will". Aside from the point that our will may not be as free as we think it is, what does that have to do with the ideas of good and evil or even God?

Been up all night and heading for some racktime, so will leave it here for now.
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Sun Aug 29, 2021, 07:07 AM (24 replies)

OK, here's the one that got to me (must be someone chopping onions in the kitchen)...



If you know a nurse, give her a hug. Or something...
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Fri Aug 27, 2021, 04:37 AM (10 replies)

Who the fuck is this retired colonel on Rachel talking about how we MUST...

go after Isis, and how tough it's gonna be?

Ferchrissakes, after 20 years of going after... somebody, who the fuck is Isis that we have to keep the war going?

Truth is, when we are gone, good chance Talilban will kill them off and we can just mind our own business again.

Military doctrine is that we need at least one war every generation to keep the troops in shape. They get lazy just waiting. Scary thought, isn't it...

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Fri Aug 27, 2021, 12:33 AM (32 replies)

I'm listening to an interview with CNN's Clarissa Ward, and...

anyone complaining about msm should check out her story. She's got a memoir coming out.

She's just back from 3 weeks with the Taliban, and what a hellish ride that was. At one point she and her translator were about to be killed, but at the last second one of the leaders said they were OK.

She has some excellent insights as to just what drives the Taliban, and what it's like to live there.

It's today's Fresh Air, and if anyone wants a link, I can get one when I get back to the computer.
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Thu Aug 26, 2021, 09:36 PM (31 replies)

Listening to BBC earlier, one of the women made a perfect comment...

"It's not what's happening in Afghanistan now, but how it ends."
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Thu Aug 26, 2021, 08:40 AM (1 replies)
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