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One subtlety of that Quinnipiac poll the other day...

... several people have commented about the fact that while 69% of respondents think Mr Trump is not sane, only 57% consider him unfit to be President. They worry about the 12% who think it is okay to have a madman as President.

But it's actually worse than that. This presumes that all 31% who do think Mr Trump sane also believe him fit to be President. But is this a safe assumption? After all, I can think of many people whom I think are perfectly sane, but unfit to be President. So, for every 1% of that 31% who do think Mr Trump is sane, but unfit -- another 1% think it's okay to have a madman as President.

See, we have even more reason to worry about the State of the Union than we thought.

-- Mal

Mirai Nagasu, 2018 US Championship FS



Okay, okay, she two-footed the triple axel. Sue her.

I thought her PCS should have been higher. Silver medal, forsooth.

-- Mal

Thanksgiving with Arlo Guthrie



-- Mal

So, here I sit in the heart of God's Own Country, Ky, on 11 Nov...

... and the American Legion post next door is NOT flying the flag at half staff.

-- Mal

For Poppy Day:



-- Mal

Slide show of NYC in the '70s

http://www.esquire.com/lifestyle/g12199946/new-york-1970s/?src=arb_fb_d&slide=50

That'll hit ya right in the nostalgia.

-- Mal

Bertrand Russell prophesizes:

"In all this I see a grave danger, the danger of what might be called cosmic impiety. The concept of 'truth' as something dependent upon facts largely outside of human control has been one of the ways in which philosophy hitherto has inculcated the necessary element of humility. When this check upon pride is removed, a further step is taken on the road towards a certain kind of madness, the intoxication of power which invaded philosophy with Fichte, and to which modern men, whether philosophers or not, are prone. I am persuaded that this intoxication is the greatest danger of our time, and that any philosophy which, however unintentionally, contributes to it is increasing the danger of vast social disaster."

(From A History of Western Philosophy)

One thing I find interesting about this admonition is that it was the conclusion of a section in which he criticizes the philosophy of truth defined by utility; to do so, he relies on an argument of utility.

But his warning certainly does ring true today, eh?

-- Mal

Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.

Rather, I have had to move from Philly to The-Middle-of-Nowhere, Kentucky, and have been offline for the past couple of months. After many alarums and excursions, my computer is now up and running and connected to the 'Net, so now you *will* have Malthaussen to kick around again. ***ouch, ouch***

-- Mal

Why I Don't Have a Blog

I have a terrible confession to make: I pee sitting down.

Yeah, okay, guys, stop cackling. You win, I have no desire to get into a pissing contest with you. What Real Man (tm) would pee sitting down (or admit to it, anyway). I get it.

There's a reason for it, and not because I can't aim. Oh, I can get the sight reticle on the target okay, but it's like there's an imperfection in the barrel or something, because I never know what direction the actual stream is going to take. 45 degrees left? 45 degrees right? Both? (Yeah, both. It's like I put my hands over the top of a garden hose or something, and a quick check of my fingers shows, yeah, they're in the right place). Or it could just spray out every which way like somebody's lawn sprinkler on a hot day.

That's an imperfect analogy, though, because if a rifle has a flaw in the barrel, the results are predictable and repeatable. Me peeing? God knows, I may hit the bowl, the floor, the wall, or some innocent bystander. Flip a coin.

Do other guys have this problem? Beats me, I only know I've never discussed it or seen it discussed elsewhere. Do men walk around with a burning, secret shame because they can't aim their pee, or because they secretly sit down on the toilet themselves but won't admit it? Do we need a Pee-ers anonymous, with a 12-step program for Men Who Can't Hit the Toilet Bowl? How can I know, I have no idea what you Real Men (tm) talk about in your smoke-filled (but hopefully not pee-filled) caves.

There is an upside, though. This disability makes me a great housemate for a female. There's never any discussion of whether the seat stays Up or Down, it's always Down.

***

And that, children, is why I don't have a blog. Because I think what you just wasted two minutes of your life on was funny.

-- Mal

75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway today...

,,, found a little YT tribute to the torpedo bombers:



-- Mal
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