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  1. An opinion or observation of madness

    Sure if we are going to be picky, it was "Great Unwashed Masses", a very old meme hearkening back to the Victorian Era. I have, unfortunately, become too accustomed to freely using it, to the point that I have forgotten how insulting it meant: "This rather disparaging term was coined by the Victorian novelist and playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton. He used it in his 1830 novel Paul Clifford" if one will scroll forward, one will find both my "mea culpa" re "great unwashed masses" and my , shall we say "correction" to "Great Misled Masses". If you like I will make the effort to locate them. aha here it is: but I do wonder about the concern over "rabid dogs" according to the "urban dictionary" Rabid Dog An out of control person. Dog which is in fact the very concept I had in mind. "out of control people" these folks are the ones that we must strive to reach out to and embrace in order to move forward as a nation. In general I strive for calmness, civility and decorum . If I err in my quest, feel free to call me out. Are we friends now? You know, if I thought you weren't my friend, I just don't think I could bear it edit: just in case anyone is tempted to take that as "sarcasm", don't detecting sarcasm in the written word is dependant upon the reader. no offense meant.
  2. An opinion or observation of madness

    No he is not. a number of other people including me found your post offensive. No, he is not abusing his position, you are being either deliberately obtuse or gaslighting. MANY of us disagree with you. The psychotic far right trolls & etc are not missed, nor is the lack of civility. "a quick google" is both BS and condescending. It is neither a valid argument/response nor is it conducive to discussion. that sort of reply is essentially saying "if you can't find it yourself you are too stupid to be in the discussion". Neither a valid discussion style nor is it civil. It appears that you are unaware of civility or decorum. I support Steve in his warning and reply to you! well, bye
  3. An opinion or observation of madness

    thanks bob... My Lovely Spousal Unit and I visited The Haight ~ 2006... not many changes a certain amount of gentrification still had cool music in the streets old hippies were running shops for profit , and the barefoot kids who were sitting on the sidewalk panhandling were bluntly honest: "hey man, spare change for booze & drugs?" Oh and one tall thin handsome black guy (who was really in a hurry) rushed past in a stunning red dress... My Lovely Spousal Unit saw me staring and she said " yes dear, he is a man" and I replied, "well duh, yeah, but those combat boots clash something fierce with that great dress!" shunka
  4. An opinion or observation of madness

    Now breaking news, unrecognized sources are questioning "Did Trump really catch Covid? Or was it all a sham to get sympathy votes ?!? where is the proof? Were those guys standing at the microphones even really doctors? Inquiring minds demand to know! " ooh i'm in trouble now shunka
  5. An opinion or observation of madness

    Naw, I'm allergic. How ironic now that's its legal. nor booze: " Our Spirits taught us not to take anything that makes us weak or silly" Firesign Theater ca 1972 only vices I got left is coffee, sugar, and chocolate starting over shunka
  6. An opinion or observation of madness

    See See ! I said it before, this this the angst of the 60's all over again! Will we see the New Age of The Aquariums? I want me some of that Free Love I missed out on ( cuz I was only fourteen ) but without all the STD's .... Bye Bye Miss American Pie..... oh man now I have to do 100 sweat lodges, a thousand hail maries, and a hundred thousand mantras shunka (starting from scratch)
  7. The origin of hatha yog

    I must disagree... Claiming that " hatha yoga is Scandinavian gymnastics, which came to India in 20 years and was overgrown with Indian terms. " is like claiming that Bruce Lee invented GongFu. Firstly, the article is based on a single book of Scandinavian gymastic poses: " In the hall full of silent scholars, I opened it and leafed through picture after picture of men and women in familiar postures. Here was Warrior Pose; there was Downward Dog. On this page the standing balance Utthita Padangusthasana; on the next pages Headstand, Handstand, Supta Virasana, and more—everything you might expect to find in a manual of yoga asana. But this was no yoga book. It was a text describing an early 20th-century Danish system of dynamic exercise called Primitive Gymnastics. Standing in front of my yoga students that evening, I reflected on my discovery. What did it mean that many of the poses I was teaching were identical to those developed by a Scandinavian gymnastics teacher less than a century ago? " We see similarities because nothing is really new. In my rather extensive studies I have found that the Japanese Bear Cult is nearly identical to the Finnish Sami Bear Cult. I found the Sami Bear rituals almost identical to the American Ute Bear rituals. I found Tibetan Buddhist scrivening virtually identical to Scandinavian Shaman "reading the bones" . The Japanese Ainu have almost identical rituals to the Pacific Northwest Tribes. OMG Does this mean they originated somewhere else? Aha let us consult "Chariots of the GOds" for answers! NO not really. This means that there are certain basics that enlightened experts come upon independantly. We all walk about the same way. Many of us bend the same way. Advamced practictioners have independantly learned how to do the same things. Balancing is one Arm locks, wrist bars, leg sweeps, etc, are all practiced by wrestlers all over the world, and they all came up with them themselves. snip---------------- The earliest references to hatha yoga are in Buddhist works dating from the eighth century.[192] The earliest definition of hatha yoga is found in the 11th century Buddhist text Vimalaprabha, which defines it in relation to the center channel, bindu etc.[193] Hatha yoga synthesizes elements of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras with posture and breathing exercises.[194] It marks the development of asanas (plural) into the full body 'postures' now in popular usage[179] and, along with its many modern variations, is the style that many people associate with the word yoga today.[195] endsnip---------------- I submit that this predates Scandanivian gymansts by quite a few years. And neither Eric Von Deniken nor some "omg lookj what i just doscovered" guy can change actual facts. Occams razor is the best tool here. Now, if we want to discuss "modern western yoga" well, yah, it has evolved so far it is not really like the eigth century hatha yoga. But what is? That still doesn't mean that hatha yoga was invented in Nordic land. facts, not conspiracy shunka
  8. An opinion or observation of madness

    Did you know, that One Aw-shit wipes out 100 Attaboys? I fear I must plead guilty. Guilty of labelling and name-calling fed by anger, fed by outrage fed by the observation of others lacking of sense, others inability to recognize lies and manipulation, and falling prey to it. If I had to categorize them I should perhaps better use "the Great Misled Masses" It still makes me sad and angry that they were (and continue to be) Misled. even now crowds are insisting that trump was cheated, that somehow "mysterious miracle votes appeared" for Biden. Even after it is explained over and over : finally, regarding "how/why did Biden 'suddenly' get more votes?" no conspiracy, it is the way vote counting works: -------------- After Trump's yearlong crusade against mail voting, the president's voters were reluctant to vote that way, while Biden supporters embraced the method because of the coronavirus pandemic. Biden supporters dominated mail voting by a 2-to-1 margin nationally. That's why Trump appeared ahead in several battleground states on election night but the race shifted to Biden as mail-in ballots were counted. ELECTION INTEGRITY: How states prevent voter fraud and are monitored by Democrats and Republicans --------------- I used to have more faith in "people' until trump got in. BUT perhaps the world needed a trump to expose our own flaws, to bring the boil of hate and divisivness(sp) to a head, so it can be lanced and drained, and then, perhaps heal. and I need to go off and work on my healing shunka
  9. An opinion or observation of madness

    Oh... a couple more "what if Trump refuses to concede?" - It doesn't matter. The vote count and electoral college will prevail, and Donny will be escorted out. Rule of Law! "but Trump still has over 2 months to do whatever he wants!" - Donny isn't just a lame duck, he is a Dead Duck. His only power now is "executive order" and those require two things: 1) funding to actually execute it 2) people actually doing it. Except for his staff, he cannot fire anyone. The US Govt civil service rules apply ( did I mention Rule of Law?) Washington department heads can easily stonewall for 2 months until Biden takes office and starts signing reversals. Further, Biden is NOT sitting on his hands or playng golf ( like Trump did prior to Trums inaugeration). Biden's team is already getting Govt briefings, hiring staff, seeking out QUALIFIED appointees, taking advice from senior Department heads ( who trump ignored) and Senior Military (who Trump ignored - ( remember Trumps "I have better intelligence than the CIA and the Pentagon!" ) and Biden Staff is drawing up paperwork AHEAD OF TIME so they will hit the ground running. Biden will need a wrist brace by Feb 1.... Ah. Regarding Trump getting off scott free: long snip from USA today --------------------- ------------------------------------ "The short answer is that once he leaves the office, his cloak of immunity, actual or implied by (Justice Department guidelines), will disappear," said David Weinstein, a former Florida federal prosecutor. The Justice Department has a long-standing policy that a sitting president cannot be prosecuted for criminal offenses. Former special counsel Robert Mueller cited the policy when investigators elected not to make a determination on whether Trump obstructed justice during the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election. But that immunity is for actions he took while in office, and "it stops there," Weinstein said. The most significant threats against Trump once he leaves office are brewing in his hometown, New York City. Once President Trump returns to private life, he faces a number of investigations and lawsuits. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance has been conducting a criminal investigation into Trump and his company's business dealings. New York Attorney General Letitia James is investigating whether Trump and his company committed tax fraud. "He’s very vulnerable to prosecution," said Jimmy Gurule, a former Justice Department official in the George H.W. Bush administration, referring to Vance's investigation, which is seeking Trump's tax returns and other financial documents. "I think the threat is very real and very substantial." Aside from the threat of prosecution and the unearthing of tax returns he has long kept private, Trump is facing a litany of other lawsuits that could put his family in an unflattering spotlight and force him to provide DNA evidence to the attorneys of a woman who accused him of rape. He could also be compelled to testify under oath. During his presidency, his attorneys have repeatedly invoked immunity and executive privilege to keep Trump from having to testify, but neither protections will exist once he returns to private life. Here's what you need to know about some of the investigations and lawsuits that will follow Trump after he leaves the White House: - The Manhattan criminal inquiry Vance's office is investigating alleged hush-money payments made during the 2016 campaign to two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump before he became president. Manhattan prosecutors are also looking into possible criminal activity within the Trump Organization. Prosecutors are seeking eight years of Trump's taxes and other financial documents as part of the grand jury investigation. Trump, who has called the investigation a "political prosecution," sued to shield his tax records, instigating a protracted legal battle that has reached the Supreme Court. Battle over tax returns:Supreme Court says President Trump cannot keep tax, financial records from prosecutors The Supreme Court, in a 7-2 landmark ruling, has rejected claims by Trump's attorneys that he is absolutely immune from criminal investigations while president. "Two hundred years ago, a great jurist of our Court established that no citizen, not even the President, is categorically above the common duty to produce evidence when called upon in a criminal proceeding," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote. "We reaffirm that principle today and hold that the President is neither absolutely immune from state criminal subpoenas." The court sent the case back to the lower court to resolve other legal issues. And last month, a federal appeals court, again, ruled that Trump must disclose his financial documents to Vance's office, rejecting his lawyers' additional claims that the subpoenas were too broad and were issued to harass him. Trump, again, appealed to the Supreme Court, which has not yet decided whether to hear the case a second time. In this May 10, 2018, file photo, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., responds to a question during a news conference in New York. AP, Frank Franklin II, File) - The New York attorney general's fraud investigation James' office is investigating whether the Trump Organization improperly inflated the value of its assets in financial statements to secure loans and get tax benefits. The investigation began in 2019 after Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal attorney, told Congress that the president had lied about his assets. James took legal action last summer to force members of the Trump Organization, including Eric Trump, the president's middle son who runs the company, to testify and produce documents. In September, a New York state judge ordered the Trump Organization to turn over documents to James' office, including financial records related to a property in Westchester County, New York. Eric Trump has sought to postpone an interview with prosecutors until after the election, citing his desire to campaign for his father. But a judge ordered him to appear for an interview under oath, which he did in October. Details of his testimony were not made public. James, a Democrat, has been a vocal critic of Trump and ran for state attorney general on a promise to investigate him, his family and his company. - New York Attorney General Letitia James and fellow attorneys general announce their lawsuit on June 11, 2019, to block T-Mobile's merger with Sprint. -Trump's defamation lawsuits Trump is facing two defamation lawsuits brought by women who accused him of sexually assaulting them and then disparaging them as he denied the allegations. In both cases, Trump has argued – unsuccessfully – that the presidency shields him from litigation. Former Elle magazine writer E. Jean Carroll accused Trump of raping her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in New York City in the mid-1990s. She sued him for defamation in 2019, after Trump accused her of lying to boost the sale of her memoir in which she described the incident. Carroll is also seeking DNA evidence to see if Trump's genetic material is on a dress she said she wore during the alleged rape. The Justice Department in September sought to represent Trump in the case, arguing that the president was acting in his official duties when he denied Carroll's allegations. E. Jean Carroll defamation case:Justice Department can't represent President Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation case, judge rules The intervention was seen as an effort to shield the president from the potentially damaging legal action in the midst of a reelection campaign. A federal judge blocked the Justice Department from intervening, ruling that his comments about Carroll "have no relationship to the official business of the United States." - Rape/ Defamation Former Elle magazine writer E. Jean Carroll has accused President Trump of raping her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in New York City in the mid-1990s. Former "Apprentice" contestant Summer Zervos filed a similar lawsuit in New York state court. Zervos said Trump forced himself on her a decade earlier by kissing and groping on multiple occasions. She went public with the allegations in 2016, when Trump was running for president. Trump later said the incidents never happened and called Zervos a liar. Zervos sued for defamation in 2017. Summer Zervos defamation case:Former 'Apprentice' contestant battles Trump in defamation lawsuit hearing In 2019, the court rejected Trump's attorneys arguments that he's constitutionally immune from state lawsuits while in office. The court, though, put its ruling on hold while Trump appeals to New York's state court. The move postponed a possible deposition of Trump. The New York appeals court has yet to hold a hearing on the case. Former "Apprentice" contestant Summer Zervos is among several women who have accused President Trump of past sexual misconduct. -Trump family dispute Mary Trump, the president's niece, has accused him and his siblings of cheating her out of millions of dollars in inheritance while squeezing them out of the family business. "Fraud was not just the family business – it was a way of life," according to a lawsuit filed in September in New York state court. The lawsuit alleged that Trump, his brother Robert, and sister, former federal judge Maryanne Trump Barry, portrayed themselves as Mary Trump's protectors while secretly taking her share of minority interests in the family's extensive real estate holdings. Robert Trump died in August. Mary Trump sues uncle:After tell-all book, Mary Trump sues President Trump and his siblings, claims they cheated her of millions The lawsuit came after Mary Trump, daughter of Trump's older brother, Freddy, published a memoir portraying a dysfunctional family preoccupied with petty grievances, backstabbing and money. Mary Trump, daughter of President Trump's older brother, Freddy, published a memoir portraying the family in a bad light. Alleged misuse of nonprofit funds, Trump hotel -Misuse of Committee Funds A lawsuit by Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine accuses Trump's inaugural committee and two other entities Trump owns of misusing the committee's money to enrich the president. Racine's offices alleges that the committee, a nonprofit organization, contracted with the Trump family to grossly overpay for event space in Trump's hotel in Washington, D.C. For example, the committee paid more than $1 million for event space and food over four days at the hotel, which Racine's office said was above market value and the hotel's own pricing. Allegations of misusing funds:DC attorney general sues Trump inaugural committee, businesses over $1 million spent at Trump hotel "District law requires nonprofits to use their funds for their stated public purpose, not to benefit private individuals or companies," Racine said in a statement early this year. "In this case, we are seeking to recover the nonprofit funds that were improperly funneled directly to the Trump family business." The Trump International Hotel said that Racine's claims were false and misleading and that the rates charged to the committee were not inflated. -LawSuit over Michael Cohen's legal bills Cohen, Trump's longtime personal attorney, has claimed Trump and his company had agreed to pay for his legal bills as he became a focus of investigations by New York City prosecutors and the Russia special counsel's office during the first half of Trump's presidency. But Cohen said the Trump Organization abruptly stopped paying after he turned on the president and began telling friends and family he would cooperate with prosecutors. His legal bills totaled nearly $2 million. Cohen turns on Trump:Michael Cohen sues Trump Organization for legal fees incurred after turning on Trump Cohen is one of half a dozen former Trump aides and associates who were indicted as a result of Mueller's Russia investigation. He pleaded guilty to several crimes, including lying to Congress and violating campaign finance rules for orchestrating hush-money payments to two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump. Once Trump's self-described fixer tasked with keeping his boss' darkest secrets, Cohen is now a vocal critic of the president. Trump, he told lawmakers during a testimony last year, is a "racist," a "con man" and a "cheat." "Disloyal: A Memoir: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump," by Michael Cohen. Contributing: The Associated Press And there are still the Federal charges that can be filed over Cohen's testimony. Not Revenge Justice The light of truth will shine upon the darkness and expose all. For those who do evil deeds hate the light and do not come into the light, so that their deeds will not be exposed. Peace follows Justice shunka
  10. An opinion or observation of madness

    Lets see now, Ima Gonna do a lightning like round here... gotta do laundry... - will the secret service protect Trump in Prison? No. per Dept of Treasury , Once convicted the Secret Service are off the hook. hooray Rule of Law. - will Trump get away scott free? not likely, in addition to the previously mentioned suggested congressional whatever, once out of office he is no longer immune to the dozens (soon to be hundreds) of civil suits, the NYC investigations, and New York State investigations. Not to mention the possibilities of civil, state and federal investigations into "crimes while in office" - he is NOT immune to charges after Jan 20. - what if Trump won't leave the white house? on Jan 20 2021 at noon Trump is no longer legally the POTUS. per Dept of Treasury , citizen Trump noi longer has any rights or priviledges and The Secret Service WILL escort citizen Trump off the grounds. hooray Rule of Law. - what if Trump tries to start a riot/civil war/ tantrum etc ? He has already been discarded by Mitch. He no longer has any powerful republican backing. Several ranking generals (an da number of retired but influental generals) have publicly stated they will follow the Rule of Law. -But Trump appointed 3 supreme court justices! won't the save him? Highly unllikely. Almost all of them have come out saying they support the Rule of Law and the Constitution, and that their job is to INTERPERATE the law based of prior rulings and the Constitiion. Chief Justice John Roberts, is not likely to want the election to come down to himself and his colleagues. Roberts, who was not on the court for Bush v. Gore in 2000 but was a lawyer for Bush, has often tried to distance the court from the political branches of government and the politics he thinks could hurt the court’s reputation. -But Trump is muddying the waters with lawsuits over the vote counts! all of Trumps efforts so far have been thrown out in lower courts as "without merit", "without proof", and in one instance in a Pennsylvania voting case, ( i have to find it again) the federal judge said essentially " this is already being handled by the state . quit wasting my time and Get out of my court ." blah blah blah shunka
  11. An opinion or observation of madness

    He is the classic example of a Chinese Hungry Ghost Zhongyuan Jie (中元節) or Gui Jie (鬼節) For those unfamiliar, " According to the tradition, evil deeds that lead to becoming a hungry ghost are killing, stealing and sexual misconduct. Desire, greed, anger and ignorance are all factors in causing a soul to be reborn as a hungry ghost because they are motives for people to perform evil deeds. " There is never enough for them. Never enough food. Never enough sex. Never enough money. Never enough power. There is an endless void of insanely painful hunger that can never be satisfied. They are to be pitiied, but must be shunned or exorcised because they devour EVERYTHING. blah blah blah shunka
  12. An opinion or observation of madness

    THAT is the underlying problem. THAT is how Trump got into office. Voted in by The Great Unwashed Public who felt that THEY were disenfranchised, being ignored at the expense of "those others" who saw Trump as "one of us" ( he never was) and who was willing to lie,cheat, and steal (like them! - only those who do it will tolerate it in their leaders) , and publicly call "the others" the foul names the The Great Unwashed was no longer allowed to, and abuse and kill "the others" in the false name of "law and order" . Calming the rabid dogs will be insanely hard unless one is a Bodhisattva and somehow obtains the charisma of Yeshua. shunka
  13. An opinion or observation of madness

    Spot on My Dear manitou. Trump actually cannot influence any of the real power players. Trump is the classic NYC "schmoozer wheeler dealer" "snake oil merchant" . He has "charisma" and the ability to read his audience and then his only tactic is to "tell them what they want to hear". Even when he knows that he can't / won't deliver. Then he tries to "buy his way" or "lawyer his way" out of it. And he has fine-tuned the use of corporate bankruptcy as a business practice to cancel out his debts. That is how he stiffed thousands of small businesses working for him ( several construction contractors lost between 1/2 million and several millions of dollars when he stiffed them). If one actually looks into his history, he climbed up the food chain by buying "rent-controlled properties" that no one else wanted because they could not charge enough rent to pay the increasing property tax, let alone afford to make repairs or infrastructure improvemements. Then he used the tired old tactices: - bribe some residents out - move in goons, thugs, drug dealers and hookers, which convinced more to leave - finally use the goons to persuade the remainder to leave by breaking arms and "make them disappear" . the chrome plating plants, dog food factories, and mob-run "waste management" businesses can make sure there is no "habeous corpus" I find it interesting that Trump has been played like a puppet the entire time. Other dictators only "entertained him" while they pulled his strings. As soon as I saw Ol' Mitch throwing him to the wolves, I finally (rather late) saw who was actually running him - and is now discarding him. I do know that New York still has open investigations on him, as does the IRS. I fervently hope that that the investigations continue and civil litigation proceeds and criminal charges are filed and vigourously pursued. It is not revenge, but justice. I do not beleive the 60% of the country will stand for a "pardon" for Trump. Or his chronies. From a political point of view, his crimes need to be pursued and he needs to be publicly charged and tried to demonstrate that The Rule Of Law must prevail. Otherwise they have "reset the bar" to allow the madness to occur again... and show "The Great Unwashed" that anyoine can get away with anything. Do not forget Trump boasted in 2016 that he could get away with murder And Trump's lies, failures and denials during a public health crisis meet the legal standard for second-degree murder. See what you made me do? and now I have lost all my karmic brownie points and have to start over. blah blah blah shunka
  14. An opinion or observation of madness

    A Big Thank You to Apech and Manitou for actually addressing a question actually asked. I have not been paying any attention to such attacks on biden & family, and really wanted to know. Bob - I take personal exception to your reply and I am actually offended. your missives are most always rants, but you now made it personal against me. You cross the line repeatedly, but with this personal effrontary I guess I will put you on ignore.
  15. An opinion or observation of madness

    My Good O3B If I may be so bold I would like to rephrase ilumairen's question. I ask because ... well to be honest, you not only did not answer, but actually did a "diversion". we all are painfully aware of DJT's failings. I do actually realize that DJT and the elephants are pulling smoke, mirror, mud slinging and diversion tactics to the max in order to avoid answering the hard questions. But this direct question remains: Does anyone see any factual basis in the "Hunter Biden scandal” or is it all rumor and inuendo? shunka