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  1981 - Year of the Rooster
Posted by: X_4AD_84 - 04-26-2017, 09:23 PM - Forum: Generation X - Replies (6)

In any given year I will often reflect on past years, 12, 24, 36 .... and nowadays ... gak! ... 48 years in the past.

Today I reflect on 1981, like this year, Year of the Rooster.

I entered the year age 17 and exited age 18. I graduated from High School and started my Freshman Year of Uni.

Whereas in High School, we were in this somewhat isolated world, wondering if our punk / wave, our wrap around shades, our skater vibe, our attitudes, were just another campus clique, at uni, and in the adult world, there arose a larger consciousness about it all.

I went down to SoCal for uni. What I'd barely tasted here in the 2nd tier Bay Area become total immersion. Talk about the punk/wave revolution. I discovered KROQ, small venue shows (at the few that had all ages shows), and so many cultural variations.

Meanwhile, my roommate in the dorm was a South Central LA homie. We compared quite a few notes. We also had on our hall some other cats who brought in early hip hop, lots of lesser known Rasta tunes, and so much more.

We didn't quite have a generational identity, but it was clear by then the 70s were long gone. Disco, are you kidding? Even when I was among the black group there was no such thing.

That year was so transformational for me. It really was my point of departure on the journey I still find myself on.

I'm about out of time for posting tonight but will continue later.

Until then, enjoy:

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  Nepotism and corruption, Trump (and "joke-state") styles
Posted by: pbrower2a - 04-26-2017, 02:18 PM - Forum: General Political Discussion - Replies (2)

Trump’s White House Family Affair Looks A Lot Like The Most Corrupt Nations In The World

Presidential advisers Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner are still connected to their own businesses.

WASHINGTON ― For decades, the United States has worked with other countries to eliminate nepotism. There’s a good reason for that: Nepotism breeds corruption.

“You’ve seen it in countries all over the world where they’ve appointed family members, whether it’s their son, daughter, in-laws — it provides for tremendous opportunities for corruption,” said Shruti Shah, an international anti-corruption expert at Coalition for Integrity, a good-government nonprofit. “People who want to curry favor find their way to provide favors to family members as a way to get closer to the person in power.”

But President Donald Trump, who has entrusted more power to his family members than any recent president, puts that agenda at risk. “I like nepotism,” Trump told Larry King in 2006, the year he replaced his “Apprentice” costar, Trump company executive Carolyn Kepcher, with his daughter Ivanka Trump.

Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, hold broad portfolios at the White House that include everything from diplomacy with China, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, women’s issues, cybersecurity and reinventing government.

They determine who else has power in the Trump administration. Trump sidelined Steve Bannon, a close adviser, after he butted up against his daughter and adviser-in-law, and he elevated former Goldman Sachs employees Gary Cohn and Dina Powell based in part on their friendly relationships with Ivanka and her husband. And the couple act as presidential emissaries, with Kushner traveling to Iraq at the suggestion of the Pentagon and Ivanka heading to Germany.


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  AB/DL - The Millennial Fetish?
Posted by: Lemanic - 04-25-2017, 03:53 AM - Forum: The Millennial Generation - Replies (3)

Every generation have their own subset of sexual triggers. What I've seen within our risk-averse generation is a propensity to conclude the safe-sex/consent agenda with a full-fledged fetishization of comfort and security. Enter "Adult Baby/Diaper Lovers".

I'm a diaper lover myself and nothing can feel more safe and secure than wearing something meant to soak up fluids. (No scat though. That's gross.) I know Baby-Boomers (and sometimes late Silents and early genX) like to use the Adult Diaper as a comedic gag to show the lows of getting older, but myself only sees it as a piece of clothing like anything else. Although meant for the bedroom as any other fetish equipment for that matter.

A study on AB/DL have revealed that it have some link to Autism, since that sometimes includes a subset of touch sensations different from normal people. And Autism as a diagnosis didn't become an everyday disorder untill the 1990's, and Millennials were the first generation to get that before puberty, which means their sense of security is stuck in their pre-pubescent years, which can explain their unorthodox risk-aversion.

Anything else that's worth mentioning here?

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  The French, Coming Apart
Posted by: Dan '82 - 04-23-2017, 07:45 AM - Forum: Beyond America - Replies (7)


Quote:The real-estate market in any sophisticated city reflects deep aspirations and fears. If you had a feel for its ups and downs—if you understood, say, why young parents were picking this neighborhood and drunks wound up relegated to that one—you could make a killing in property, but you also might be able to pronounce on how society was evolving more generally. In 2016, a real-estate developer even sought—and won—the presidency of the United States.

In France, a real-estate expert has done something almost as improbable. Christophe Guilluy calls himself a geographer. But he has spent decades as a housing consultant in various rapidly changing neighborhoods north of Paris, studying gentrification, among other things. And he has crafted a convincing narrative tying together France’s various social problems—immigration tensions, inequality, deindustrialization, economic decline, ethnic conflict, and the rise of populist parties. Such an analysis had previously eluded the Parisian caste of philosophers, political scientists, literary journalists, government-funded researchers, and party ideologues...


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  Spiral Dynamics and where we are in history
Posted by: Eric the Green - 04-21-2017, 01:17 PM - Forum: Theory Related Political Discussions - Replies (4)

A few people have posted about Spiral Dynamics by now. This is a 1990s theory that has continued to circulate through the world of ideas, and our friends Rags and Chas and others have posted about it on 4T sites. Even Bob Butler, who doesn't want to look at it, actually proposes and argues for it, although in somewhat different terms.

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Mr. Beck and Mr. Cowans wrote the book in 1996 that has spread the theory around, based on earlier work by psychologist Dr. Clare Graves, and with a background that includes many traditions going back to late Roman times at least.

Other authors have updated the work, including Steve MacIntosh in his great book:

And this is a wonderful site that explains the theory:

In brief, it proposes that history unfolded in developmental stages, also called successive values memes, which some people today still occupy even if others have moved on and "transcended and included" them in a more-advanced stage. Each phase has a color as well as an alpha-numeric label. The colors are more recognizable:

Beige = the phase when the instinct for survival was still uppermost, and people associated in families. Circa the times from when we became homo sapiens sapiens until about 40,000 or 30,000 years ago.

Purple = the phase when we organized into tribes and told stories around the campire, worshipped and feared spirits and ancestors and relied on magical thinking. Circa the time of cave paintings up until about 4,000 years ago.

Red = the phase when war lords and emperors conquered territory, when people worked with metals also used for weapons, sought personal fame and glory, and worshipped male power gods; up until about 300 AD.

Blue = the phase of authoritarian mono-theist tradition when righteous morals were imposed to control behavior and enlist loyalty to the group. Up to about 1650 AD.

Orange = the "Enlightenment" phase of individualism and rational science enlisted to achieve material progress, and of secular humanism, the free market and the advance of democratic republican government. Up to the 1960s, or about the 1890s-1900s, depending on the author.

Green = the phase when feelings and respect for diversity are valued more highly, greater community is sought, and peace and environmental movements are happening. Since the 1960s, at least.

Yellow = a new phase, now emerging since the 1990s among a minority of people, who are interested in theories like Beck and Cowan proposed; called "integral," in which a hierarchy of values and excellence is recognized again, in an adaptable way in which all the value traditions are recognized as valid on their own level in a systemic order. "The world is a complex, self-organizing, natural system that requires integral solutions." People develop "Authenticity, systemic thinking and skills to become an instrument for the greater whole and access to a free (holistic) consciousness." 

Turquoise = a proposed future phase in which dedication to the whole and spirituality will predominate over individual quest for excellence in systemic thinking. Perhaps an updated version of blue.

From MacIntoch's book:
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  Bill O'Reilly fired
Posted by: pbrower2a - 04-19-2017, 05:28 PM - Forum: Society and Culture - Replies (10)

Apparently FoX News Channel has chosen to extend Bill O'Reilly's vacation... permanently.

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There is no conservative defense of sexual harassment.

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  "Green" techlologies Thread.
Posted by: Ragnarök_62 - 04-15-2017, 11:55 PM - Forum: Technology - Replies (1)

Wow, ain't seen it yet.  It's time for a green technology thread! Cool  As an avid lover of organic chemistry, [hey man], I did an "A" in organic chemistry I.  Of course I've messed up on some "experiments" in my youth., Like that rush to the hood beaker of somehin' going wrong  Wink with making "poppers".  No, Rags, don't use nitric acid mixed with amyl alcohol.  Oops, wrong acid, I think it shoulda have been nitrous acid, not, no, uht uht no, nitric acid.  Bad experiment resulted in stinky, stinky, NOx fumes.  Here's an awesome, if I may say so, turning trash [assorted plastics], into treasure, into essentially, "light oil". 


And...  How about diesel typed fuel. May the circle now complete. Stop the natural resource deplete.


Gotta keep Amtrak on schedule, right?

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  Appropriate Responses to Islamism
Posted by: X_4AD_84 - 04-13-2017, 02:33 PM - Forum: General Political Discussion - Replies (2)

The following article is an example of how certain US Muslims invite things like the Muslim travel ban and various other "Alt-Right" outrages.

I am not "blaming the victim" but if Muslims want to be treated well, this type of shit needs to be squelched:


'A Detroit emergency room doctor has been charged with performing genital mutilation on young girls in what is believed to be the first criminal case of its kind brought by U.S. prosecutors.'

Same goes for other crap like honor killings, arranged marriages, human trafficking, and various anti-Western/anti-government violent conspiracies.

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  Syrian War
Posted by: Mikebert - 04-11-2017, 06:25 PM - Forum: General Political Discussion - Replies (42)

In the aftermath of the airstrike in Syria I read this from a poster at American Conservative who questions whether Assad was responsible for the recent chemical weapons use since last time we accused of doing this (in 2013) it turns out we were wrong. When questioned on this he responded with

I suggest you take a close look at Robert Parry’s discussion of the matter. As he points out, the NY Times recently dropped the alleged 2013 Syrian use of chemical weapons from its list of atrocities. Why? Because the factual basis for the allegation fell apart. Yet the allegation is still being made, including by people in the media who ought to know better.
See Parry’s article at https://consortiumnews.com/2017/04/06/nyt-retreats-on-2013-syria-sarin-claims/ .
And then take a look at Ray McGovern’s piece at https://consortiumnews.com/2016/12/11/the-syrian-sarin-false-flag-lesson/ .
Look also at the articles linked in both pieces, especially https://consortiumnews.com/2013/12/29/nyt-backs-off-its-syria-sarin-analysis/, discussing how the NY Times backed away from its earlier claims concerning the 2013 chemical attack, and especially at
Seymour Hersh’s article at https://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n08/seymour-m-hersh/the-red-line-and-the-rat-line and the report both Seymour and, eventually but sotto voce, the NY Times cited:

What do people think? Particularly Jordan and Warren.

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  Things Trump Is Doing Right
Posted by: X_4AD_84 - 04-07-2017, 10:22 AM - Forum: General Political Discussion - Replies (66)

Finally I can now start this list.

It took a while.

Thing #1 - responding to Syrian use of WMDs (in this case, banned chemical warfare).

To be continued ....

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