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  1. Plasticweld's Avatar
    Winston, reading your piece lets me appreciate where I live even more. I tell people I live in my retirement home, I bought when I was 22 an old run down house in the best part of town. A creek and waterfalls in the back yard, no neighbors within half a mile, a rifle and pistol range right off the back porch. I can yell at my wife, no one can hear. I can go swimming naked, not that anyone would care, but there is no one who can watch. I don't have see what the neighbors are doing, they don't care what I am doing.

    The plus side of having neighbors so far away is that it lets us be close. We do have to count on each other, we all look after each others homes. I take care of my neighbors out door wood stove when their gone, they take care of mine. If something goes wrong here the first call is to a neighbor, not the police. I like where I live, because I like who I live next to. I like them even better because I don't have to put up pretend fences to keep them out, but can always welcome them and be glad to see them when I do, cause it ain't that often.
    Updated June 15th, 2019 at 07:24 PM by Plasticweld
  2. Stygian's Avatar
    I'm an equal opportunity asshole, I will laugh at any and everyone getting hit with things for not paying attention. I expect nothing less if it's me getting nuked with a baseball/frisbee/soccer ball. That said, I don't have any kids, though if I did, I would put some effort into being more present in the moment to avoid getting nuked by a ball.

    P.S. If you want to discard the remnants of your hope for humanity, look no further than the parent fist fights that go down in kid's hockey games.
  3. Winston's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Plasticweld
    Common sense, not so common anymore. Nicely written, I hope you feel as good after writing it, as I did after reading it.
    Catharsis.
  4. Plasticweld's Avatar
    Common sense, not so common anymore. Nicely written, I hope you feel as good after writing it, as I did after reading it.
  5. Stygian's Avatar
    Haha "He had chainsmoking down to an art." I'm stealing that line.
  6. tinacrabapple's Avatar
    Well told!
  7. Plasticweld's Avatar
    Great story with some remarkable visuals.
  8. Theglasshouse's Avatar
    So that you understand Winston why they made that decision let me explain to you the research.Poor people in general perform worse because of lack of money. This is not a conspiracy of any sort by any President especially with who is inside the white house. That's my opinion and it is not a colored movement. It targets people with lower income because people who are rich usually go to good schools according to sociology of education. Why ? Because they perform better. Maybe the study continued and they have determined that parents of low social economic background can't get their son to enter a good school. Ideally this would benefit any race. It would benefit people whose family were not well to do. There is some logic that is missing by the journalist but there is evidence and I chose not to be a school teacher because of disease and this is a fact. But remember this is not on a whim. The rationale exists because I know this fact is true.

    A sample theory could be maslow's hierarchy of needs. It is a popular theory to learn for teachers. It's application and compensatory strategies are for example to encourage the student. Emotional intelligence has been studied. Good and competing needs are at the bottom of the pyramid. People drop out of school because they need a job. Imagine if you will the homeless who rarely go to school. It's a evil situation that helps their children.

    Motivation is key in school it is not just intelligence that gets you there.
    Updated May 20th, 2019 at 02:41 AM by Theglasshouse
  9. escorial's Avatar
    everything comes down to luck.. the sperm that got through..your parents..the people you meet along the way
    .the choices you make...without look all you have is determination,ability,.etc...
  10. escorial's Avatar
    People are just scared of death and nothing after...
  11. Stygian's Avatar
    I was raised catholic, but I changed to agnostic as I got older. IMO, there is only two possibilities: God exists, but has gone to great lengths to remain invisible, or he does not exist and was created from the imaginations of a select few individuals. In either case, the only thing we know for certain is that we will never know for certain.

    My own philosophy has been to live a good life and don't sweat the small stuff. If there is a God, then he created us to be fully self sufficient and is watching us make the most of the gifts He gave us. Praying to Him to lessen our daily burdens must feel like complaining, since he has given you the ability to overcome everything he challenges you with. Personally, I've always love the community aspect of church, but I just don't see it as anything other than age old social engineering (ie confessionals).

    All that said, if you live a good life, you will live on in the memories of your loved ones. That in itself is a worthwhile goal. I highly doubt that God will ban you from heaven for not praying enough when you have lived a life full of virtue and goodness.
  12. Winston's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin
    I'll bet (like most everything)the reasons for the changes to grog had something to do with money. Somebody got cut out, and someone else got the money.

    I remember hearing that the reason for whiskey in Americas had to do with the perishable nature of grain crops, that the liquid version of starch (- to sugar-to alcohol) conversion not only had a longer shelf-life but was condensed, making it easier to transport and to store- great for the cask makers, maybe not so great for the silo builders(?) ( maybe, I mean they still had to store dry grain; the difficulty was getting product from the rural fields to the population centers). Anyway, the details don't matter; business always goes for the money.
    If you remember your history, Colonial finance was a mess. Each state had it's own currency, and the values fluctuated wildly.
    Something that had a stable value and could be readily traded was a good thing. Rye whiskey.
    Yep, grains go bad and take a lot of effort to get to market. Liquor? Much easier to store and sell / trade.
  13. Kevin's Avatar
    I'll bet (like most everything)the reasons for the changes to grog had something to do with money. Somebody got cut out, and someone else got the money.

    I remember hearing that the reason for whiskey in Americas had to do with the perishable nature of grain crops, that the liquid version of starch (- to sugar-to alcohol) conversion not only had a longer shelf-life but was condensed, making it easier to transport and to store- great for the cask makers, maybe not so great for the silo builders(?) ( maybe, I mean they still had to store dry grain; the difficulty was getting product from the rural fields to the population centers). Anyway, the details don't matter; business always goes for the money.
  14. Kevin's Avatar
    Drug crazed intruders
  15. escorial's Avatar
    Maybe America's psyche is changing from one that doesn't want to lead the world and China does.....history shapes many things like how Europe changed into a liberal democracy after a colonial/imperial back drop..the trickle down effect is that nice humans will always be vulnerable to not so nice humans....
  16. Kevin's Avatar
    I blame it on the folkies
    https://youtu.be/4MTyqoigiso
  17. midnightpoet's Avatar
    Boy I thought I was cynical until I read you guys. Welcome to the club.
  18. escorial's Avatar
    Earth will heal itself long after humanity has gone....hope I get the last post on WF
  19. Winston's Avatar
    Everyone's for the earth
    Yeah Kev, but it's kinda like saying "Everyone loves warm puppies".
    Just another case of meaningless rhetorical ego stroking. Because liking warm puppies makes you a good person.
    Tomorrow I'm wearing my "I Love Warm Puppies" ribbon. April 2nd is the day set aside for that. You should wear yours, too.
  20. Kevin's Avatar
    Everyone's for the earth. There's some death cults that can't wait for it all to 'end', but other than that, everyone's for the earth.

    I remember there was a scene in that movie Independence Day, you know the one where big giant flying saucers appeared above all the major cities? And then there was that one stripper chick friend-of who grabbed her little protest sign and was up on the top of the skyscraper dancing around "take me!"
    And then * bzzzzott!- ka-blOOOOM! *

    Lets all turn off our lights for a minute.
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