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Posted in: Trump's brand of populism: Is he the next Andrew Jackson? Or the next Groucho Marx? See in context

I mentioned before on this forum that I am well off and have everything I want, within reason. I don’t need anything. Still, Mr. Trump appeals to me on some powerful, unconscious, archetypal level. That’s the dynamic critics and the Democratic Party can’t deal with, because they can’t see it, and it will very possibly catapult him into the White House; because the appeal could be on a collective unconscious level largely irrespective of all the points of wrangle pro and con.

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Posted in: Do you consider global warming just a theory or a proven fact? See in context

It's a scientific fact and also a red herring. The overriding issue is overpopulation, and the disappearance of fresh water is a bigger problem than climate change. If somebody had a magic wand and could fix climate change, civilization as we know it would still end in the near future. Most uneducated people cannot understand evidence-based science, and people with average IQs cannot become properly educated. There is no hope, but we will all die, so what's it matter? Only guilt over having stuck progeny into the fray, which causes denial on top of ignorance.

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Posted in: Divorce among elderly couples surging See in context

I'm 72 and forever married. A guru taught my wife and me the secret to an inseparable marriage. One has to make a commitment to it for no reason. Called taking an irreversible stand. When one makes a commitment for a reason, such as for love, the reason can change and thus the basis for the commitment no longer stands. After two decades my wife said she had taken the stand whether I would or not, but invited me to. I knew it was momentous, and scary, but I said yes. The moment I walked through that door, the human condition got left on the other side and I realized that the guru had taught me not only the secret for an unshakable commitment, and marriage, but the secret of life.

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Posted in: Parents arrested for slashing, choking 5-year-old son See in context

I can empathize with the stress many couples feel in being saddled with children. I don't believe I could abuse a child, but my wife and I decided not to take the chance of that, or even the pain of losing so much free time in dealing with children, and sinking potentially a million dollars to raise them, when we have so little time to experience what else there is to life. The best decision we ever made was to live child free.

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Posted in: Man not guilty by reason of insanity for trying to rape woman in toilet on JAL flight See in context

I think any captain who turns a plane around and hugely inconveniences, or worse, all the other innocent passengers because of the bad behavior of some total jerk, who could instead be restrained by nylon handcuffs for the duration of the scheduled flight, and then delivered to authorities, is guilty of extreme inconsideration. But maybe there's some crazy protocol or law that obligates him or her to do it.

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Posted in: Trump notches 3rd straight win in Nevada caucuses See in context

I'll tell you what's disgusting and disgraceful: wasting four trillion dollars to kill and maim people, including Americans, for no intelligent reason. Trump said he wouldn't have done either, and I believe him, because he said it before the fact. Any eccentric bull crap Trump might be criticized for so pales in the face of the atrocities perpetrated by America's recent leaders.

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Posted in: Trump, Cruz go at each other in Republican debate See in context

I get a kick out of someone who would call Donald Trump a loser. I wonder what the name caller would look like to a third party if on a stage with Trump. Would s/he say, “Wow! what a magnificent person compared to that Trump guy.” I could find aspects psychological evolution to question, but a loser? Tall, good looking and athletic; known by the world; having gorgeous women in his life; making billions of dollars while staying away from booze, drugs and crazy living? I don’t think so.

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Posted in: Man, upset over Bowie's death, threatens to commit suicide See in context

I think David Bowie was avant garde in his time, but I think the most inventive music of today emanates from Japan. I’m an American. If certain female Japanese singers were to die today, I would be profoundly saddened, so I can empathize with the person’s emotions; he’s just not as mentally healthy.

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Posted in: Sunnis and Shiites: Islam's ancient divide See in context

In my all-boys high school, the coach divided us into two groups, for the sake of sports competition: we were either Mohawks or Apaches. One group didn’t associate with the other and fist fights between the two sometimes broke out. And outside school, one was either a Ford person or a Chevy person, as we recklessly drag-raced one another, putting innocent people in harms way.

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Posted in: Minami Takahashi to graduate from AKB48 in Dec 2015 See in context

I get a kick out of all the invidious, petty kibitzers who feel justified to mock Minami and her career. I would love to measure their recognition, accomplishments, talent, intellect, net worth and physical appearance next to hers. I think she's a lovely human being.

And I think the term "graduation" best represents all the connotations of moving on from the enormously educational and character building honor of having been an AKB member. There have been few phenomena in history that have rivaled the innovation and impact of that troupe, and the love they have inspired in millions of people.

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