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About maarsen

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    Social Justice Hyperbolist
  • Birthday 06/08/1956

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    "Books, lots and lots of books. I read 'em, you betcha." Making tasteless jokes about anything sacred. Or not.

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  1. US Politics: Kill (the) Bill

    Yates testifying in the House is just a sideshow. First you have to remember that anything she says is already known to the FBI. The threat of her testifying is a great stimulus to others to get on the record with their version before her facts become public. Think of this a a game of Prisoner's Dilemma. The less Yates reveals, the more pressure is put on those with anything to lose. Yates volunteering to testify, with no expectations of actually doing so, has certainly stirred the pot.
  2. US Politics: Ask Fox News

    Best way to lower premiums is to take in money and never pay out.
  3. Chuck Barris Gonged at 87

    I grew up watching Barris's shows. Not normally more than once usually. Harlan Ellison writes about being kicked off the show when it first started. Damned if I can link it here on my tablet.
  4. The dark underbelly of Facebook groups

    Does Mick Jagger get to join?
  5. The dark underbelly of Facebook groups

    Zeltigar, how in the world do you resist the urge to feed their paranoia? Me, I would be in there posing as a reptilian, taking names and preparing to kick asses. And anally probe then too.
  6. The dark underbelly of Facebook groups

    Maybe you took his idea for a costume and upstaged him.
  7. I heard on the radio last night that Chuck Berry died. He was 90 years old so not unexpected but a large part of my childhood is now gone. He set the mould for all the rock'n'roll stars that followed him.
  8. Were Mao and Stalin Actually Socialists? (No True Scotsman)

    I had noticed the same effect here in Canada during the Harper mandate. We were stuck in semi recession for his entire term in office. When the NDP were being elected out west, they had a record of balancing the budget and being good managers.
  9. So... I'm engaged now.

    Late to the show, but congratulations.
  10. The Ethics of Halloween Costumes

    Drop the William and the Sherman and dress as Tecumseh. Just as overdue, just as insensitive, especially in the northern states, and to Andrew Jackson supporters, and even more likely to raise a few wtf's.
  11. Awesome. Awesome to the max.

  12. The pain will go, even as the scars still remain. Memories, they stay and can be a solace. Just remember that you are not alone and that there are many here to reach out to when the need arises. Stay strong. Stay funny too, dammit. We need that also.
  13. U.S. Politics: Russian Around

    The Soviets were suspicious and felt neglected as a superpower during the Cold War. Just about everything was about trying to prove their superiority. As the people there aged, their beliefs stayed the same, and here we are doing the same behaviours again in response.
  14. US Politics: Lock Him Up!

    Read anywhere about Trump's convictions and financial skullduggery. This stuff is not hard to find. He was convicted of fraudulently accepting money from his pater in an attempt to not have his casino go bankrupt.
  15. US Politics: Lock Him Up!

    Trump already has a fraud conviction. I think the illegality bothers him less than the world finding out that he is basically broke.