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  1. velo's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Winston
    Did you actually just write that? Comparing my blog post with Mein Kampf?
    Wow.
    No, what he said was he can deal with reading divergent opinions. He has Mein Kampf on his kindle despite not espousing Nazi ideology. This was not comparing your post to that book.
  2. Winston's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Istine
    ...I can cope quite readily with reading views that differ from mine, as evidenced by the presence of Mein Kampf in my kindle.
    Did you actually just write that? Comparing my blog post with Mein Kampf?
    Wow.
  3. Phil Istine's Avatar
    Sorry for any offence. And I don't mean further disrespect, but it's hard for some of us that see your nation, small enough to fit inside the Sate of California, with such intense regional differences.
    I mean, people in Los Angeles make fun of folks in San Bernardino, but they are really the same people.
    But then again, aren't we all, once we shed those labels?
    Take offence over minor factual errors? I assume that people come here to hone their writing skills, so wish to avoid mistakes like incorrectly interchanging UK, Great Britain, and England.

    As for the regional differences, I imagine they are the product of being populated from a time when people rarely travelled outside their own villages, never mind to other regions. Had there been a road and rail network a thousand or so years ago, I suspect today's regional differences would be far less pronounced.

    Please don't assume that everyone is taking offence. I can cope quite readily with reading views that differ from mine, as evidenced by the presence of Mein Kampf in my kindle.
    Updated October 12th, 2019 at 06:31 AM by Phil Istine
  4. Winston's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Istine
    Hi Winston. I hope you don't mind me mentioning a couple of facts that could help improve the quality of your piece. These concern the United Kingdom or, as I currently refer to it, the Disunited Kingdom...I hope that helps.
    Sorry for any offence. And I don't mean further disrespect, but it's hard for some of us that see your nation, small enough to fit inside the Sate of California, with such intense regional differences.
    I mean, people in Los Angeles make fun of folks in San Bernardino, but they are really the same people.
    But then again, aren't we all, once we shed those labels?

    And Sue, I appreciate you reading my blog. I knew that the title would attract people because of the universal emotional draw to "friends fighting". I was also aware I was abrasive in my opening line. Both were intentional.
    I have written (IMHO) other posts that were more "bland" and inoffensive, yet received little to no feedback.
    Yet, in this short amount of time, I already have two comments. Does that say something about me, my writing, or perhaps something else?
    I did not say criticizing The President was asinine. I implied that the continuous, partisan badgering was. If you read through my entire blog, I spell out why Trump may in fact be correct in this case. If you, or anyone else, was triggered by my assertion that he could sometimes be correct, I apologize.

    I'm not selling soap, or kissing-up to endear myself to the masses. If you are somehow implying that I should change my writing style to do so, I humbly disagree.
  5. SueC's Avatar
    Winston, I would like to add my two cents worth as well.

    From your first sentence - "This relentless bashing of The President over Turkey and The Kurds is asinine and needs to stop," you might put anyone reading on the defensive. You are making an attempt, IMO, to minimize and degrade ANYONE else's opinion on the matter, especially those who don't agree with your abrupt statements, and to be honest that tactic sounds a little too familiar. Instead of a personal rant, if your blog was an attempt to dissuade others from "relentless bashing," then again, IMO, it failed to do so. I think to be more effective, it would be necessary to at least acknowledge reasons why others may disagree with you. Certainly, adding your opinion is important, but doing so in such a disrespectful way is probably going to gain you more nay-Sayers than fans.

    Thanks for the opportunity to comment.

    SueC
  6. Phil Istine's Avatar
    Hi Winston. I hope you don't mind me mentioning a couple of facts that could help improve the quality of your piece. These concern the United Kingdom or, as I currently refer to it, the Disunited Kingdom.

    You mention Great Britain and England in regards to the Falklands War. I know this can be confusing for many non-Brits, and quite a few Brits get it wrong too:
    The United Kingdom is England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland plus many smaller islands that surround our shores.
    Great Britain is the island that comprises England, Scotland, and Wales (the term "Great" is a reference to it being by far the largest island of the group).
    England is one country in the UK, though it's the largest and, to varying degrees, determines the laws of the other three (their levels of autonomy vary).
    As far as the military is concerned, I believe it's regarded as the United Kingdom's military force. Sometimes you might hear the term "Great Britain and Northern Ireland".

    You appear to have used "Great Britain" and "England" interchangeably, but they aren't.
    I hope that helps.
  7. Kevin's Avatar
    Winston,
    A very good review of the movie's basic messages and how they apply to us in our personal lives...

    In the future families won't even be necessary. Government child care will be 24/7. You can't trust individuals or family structures with something so important as a child's future. Look at the mess we're in now.

    the movie:
    First off, while the death penalty (and other similar) may seem extreme, we actually do need to reduce our populations in order to conserve the world's resources. The government needs to enforce this.

    Second off, as in the movies there are many unnecessary luxuries like vaping that shouldn't even be available as they are merely symptoms of our current culture's spoiled overindulgence. The government does need to enforce this as people on their own obviousely aren't able to make correct decisions. So many of what portrayed as 'draconian ' measures taken in the movie- the strict prohibitions and extreme punishments, are in reality totally reasonable and responsible relations by the government, and necessary. That's how you get people to behave. It's scientific, phychiatric conditioning/education, negative as well as positive.
    From a moral standpoint, as long as there is inequity of wealth, poor people, anywhere, these frivolous luxury items should not be available.
  8. Winston's Avatar
    Just as a post-scrip, one of my favorite quotes, and guiding principles:

    Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
    Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French aviation engineer.
  9. midnightpoet's Avatar
    It's the poet in me, I see bare trees in winter not as a scientific process but as "bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang." (Shakespeare sonnet)

    This morning my yard guy and I are building a wheelchair ramp for my wife. Hoping she'll be home from the hospital today (her blood sugar got down to 28. I told her later I was jealous because she got a helicopter ride). Life can be hard despite all you can do, but that's the thing. Do or do not. Some movie character said that, I think.
  10. Winston's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Plasticweld
    Just last month, 53 Americans died in mass shootings…while 40,000 died from obesity
    That was heavy, man.
  11. Plasticweld's Avatar
    [COLOR=#FFFFFF][FONT=TheSun-HeavyNarrow]Just last month, 53 Americans died in mass shootings…while 40,000 died from obesity[/FONT][/COLOR]
  12. midnightpoet's Avatar
    There are some things, unfortunately, that are simply not fixable. Change human nature? Good luck with that.
  13. midnightpoet's Avatar
    The Captain obvious solution is of course for all of us to treat each other with mutual respect and understanding regardless of color, sex, ect.

    Is that possible?

    I wonder.
  14. midnightpoet's Avatar
    One more thing, is our current American culture encouraging the development of psychopaths? I would say that encouraging hate is not helping, and both sides are doing this.
  15. midnightpoet's Avatar
    Oh I should have said any firearm/
  16. midnightpoet's Avatar
    I know the issues on this, I do believe (and this is common sense) that there a bunch of people out there (including law abiding citizens) who have no business owning a handgun. The problem becomes how the heck can you fix that? You can't. Training classes shouldn't be a problem, yet you have training classes to pass drivers test, and the ones that pass forget everything they've learned when they get behind the wheel. The whole issue is a conundrum, but don't think there's a single law on the books that actually solves all the problems. Yet politicians keep trying to push that rock up the hill with their nose.
  17. Neetu's Avatar
    Yes, I was assuming they would be quieter like the electric cars. After all, if a Tesla drives so silently, why wouldn’t an e-bike. And you’re right - all that noise is totally unnecessary to the enjoyment of the ride. Probably better for the ears too!

    Quote Originally Posted by Winston
    They are almost silent. It's a real different experience from riding a legacy bike. You hear the hum of the motor and the tires on the road, and of course the wind. If you want to experience where you ride, instead of forcing it to experience you, electric bikes are for you.
    Now, there's an old school trope about "loud pipes save lives". To me, that's always been nothing more than old guys wanting to make noise, having an excuse to make noise. "Look at me! I'm cool!".
    I've seen guys on quiet bikes get hit, and guys on loud bikes get hit. You could blast a fog horn every 5 seconds and motorists still won't see you. Drivers today are more inattentive than at any point in automotive history.
    Will having a loud bike help? Maybe, maybe not. There's no empirical evidence. But what does help is being an active rider, and being alert. That's easier on a quiet bike.
    I'd rather focus on my riding than delude myself with the panacea that everyone can hear my bike, so I'm safe. But to each their own.
  18. Plasticweld's Avatar
    [B][COLOR=#333333][FONT=q_serif]While 374 people were killed using rifles such as the AR-15 in 2016, 656 were killed using what the FBI calls “personal weapons” like fists, hands and feet. This includes physical altercations and incidents of pushing. Another 472 people were killed that year using a blunt object. The FBI lists hammers and clubs as examples


    [/FONT][/COLOR][/B][COLOR=#333333][FONT=q_serif]What we need is hammer and club control. [/FONT][/COLOR][COLOR=#333333][FONT=q_serif][/FONT][/COLOR]
  19. Winston's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Neetu
    Are they quieter than the other regular motorcycles?
    They are almost silent. It's a real different experience from riding a legacy bike. You hear the hum of the motor and the tires on the road, and of course the wind. If you want to experience where you ride, instead of forcing it to experience you, electric bikes are for you.
    Now, there's an old school trope about "loud pipes save lives". To me, that's always been nothing more than old guys wanting to make noise, having an excuse to make noise. "Look at me! I'm cool!".
    I've seen guys on quiet bikes get hit, and guys on loud bikes get hit. You could blast a fog horn every 5 seconds and motorists still won't see you. Drivers today are more inattentive than at any point in automotive history.
    Will having a loud bike help? Maybe, maybe not. There's no empirical evidence. But what does help is being an active rider, and being alert. That's easier on a quiet bike.
    I'd rather focus on my riding than delude myself with the panacea that everyone can hear my bike, so I'm safe. But to each their own.
  20. Neetu's Avatar
    I haven't seen an e-bike yet, anywhere on the roads around me, but they sure sound like a ride in the right direction. Are they quieter than the other regular motorcycles?
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