• John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 4 weeks, 1 day ago

    I don’t know either. You did get there. But my SRO dwelling friend didn’t think it was enough. Sure, California and SF quarantine are yonks beyond conditions in red states. But SF’s housing and homelessness are just SO bad that its hard not to be distracted.

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 1 month ago

    Conditions in the Tenderloin, the streets full of tents and raw sewage on the pavement. They have nothing to do with Newsome NOT leaving the state, or Republican dystopian fantasies about states with grown-ups deciding pandemic policy. And you DID get to the matter eventually. But when I shared this, I heard back right away from a friend who…[Read more]

    • I mean, I literally mentioned the huge problems in the Tenderloin and elsewhere so I’m not clear on what else you want me to do.

      • I don’t know either. You did get there. But my SRO dwelling friend didn’t think it was enough. Sure, California and SF quarantine are yonks beyond conditions in red states. But SF’s housing and homelessness are just SO bad that its hard not to be distracted.

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    I don’t know about the company’s current policies. But the ‘Templeton’ in question is the Templeton investment empire; founded by Sir John Templeton of ‘Templeton Prize’ fame. A big fake sciency award given to religious apologists every year. Though they also managed to reward Mother Teresa (1973) and Billy Graham (1982)

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    Sorry, found it.

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    Ouch! No link to the Buzzfeed article?

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    “Ego, disconnect from any belief that blocks me from being and feeling protected from energy and spirit.” […]

    ‘Lawd, erase my judgment, make me a better customer for Goop, and Trump.’
    Why is it even possible to pass off tripe like this by wrapping it in Speshul Wimminz Empowerment verbiage?

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    I THINK that some florists have sold flowers with a two-tone die. Splitting the stem and putting the ends in different colored waters. One could experiment with the axis of the split, the possible limit of how many splits could work, the possibility of superimposing a new color onto (into) a previously stained flower etc. etc.

    • Mary replied 3 months ago

      That’s an interesting idea! I might try it with tulips. For my experiment so far, the ranunculus has been the one that’s sucked up the most color, and I’m thinking it’s because of how the stem is a little less woody than the other flowers.

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 4 months ago

    Thank you. I’m so saddened that my vote for Warren won’t count in November. And the last thing we need is another ‘outsider’ populist in the White House. Even if he’s not THAT bad.

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Sorry to rely on memory, but I recall once reading that NONE of the dogs in the Iditarod teams were actually Huskies, Samoyeds, or any other ‘purpose bred’ sled dogs. Mutts simply provided better pulling with fewer health and performance problems. Obviously not RANDOM mutts, but still.

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    Addiction is the best refutation of all the Free Will posturing of Libertarian assholes. Ayn Rand’s denial, while chainsmoking herself to death, after watching her husband drink himself to death, and living on speed for decades, ought to put this bullshit to bed for good.
    Mikhaila’s declaration that there was no ‘psychological’ element in…[Read more]

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 5 months, 1 week ago

    Allowing for different proportions and some limit via weight (sorry tyrannosaurs and, perhaps sumo wrestlers) at least a single pullup/chin ought to be possible for most people. Getting to my first single was an exercise in patience and confronting the seemingly impossible. I’m no gymnast with short levers and/or a minimal load. But once learned,…[Read more]

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 7 months, 1 week ago

    But then…do Native American artifacts belong to the European Americans who live on the same territory now? The Egyptian people of today aren’t a sealed-off Shangri-la-ish population. People do move around a lot in 3,000 years.
    Its nitpicking, since they’re a damn’ sight closer than the Germans.

    • That might make sense if there were no identifiable Native Americans left. But in the current context, we can distinguish actual Native Americans from whites. And in Egypt, we can distinguish actual Egyptians (regardless of their complicated heritage) from totally external whites. Your position is just stock-standard colonialism.

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 7 months, 2 weeks ago

    Geographical displacement isn’t exactly great archaeology. But how much can the piece be sent ‘back to Egypt?’
    Which Egypt? Mubarak’s–Nasser’s–Farouk’s– the British protectorate–the Ottoman province–the Arab fiefdom–Alexander the Great’s conquest?
    And even those are starting more than 1,000 years after Nefertiti.
    Yeah, the Germans were…[Read more]

    • Trying to tie it to a specific Egyptian politician is spurious. The claim is not that it should belong to a specific Egyptian government regime (though the state would likely be responsible for handling it, in practice). The claim is that it belongs to the wider Egyptian people, to their cultural and geographical heritage. Pharaohs’ tombs are…[Read more]

      • But then…do Native American artifacts belong to the European Americans who live on the same territory now? The Egyptian people of today aren’t a sealed-off Shangri-la-ish population. People do move around a lot in 3,000 years.
        Its nitpicking, since they’re a damn’ sight closer than the Germans.

        • That might make sense if there were no identifiable Native Americans left. But in the current context, we can distinguish actual Native Americans from whites. And in Egypt, we can distinguish actual Egyptians (regardless of their complicated heritage) from totally external whites. Your position is just stock-standard colonialism.

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 11 months, 3 weeks ago

    Its another mirror to Lisak’s findings; ‘Date’ or Acquaintance rapists are NOT different from burglar/stranger rapists. They are violent repeat offenders with multiple crimes in their histories. Whether or not they’re on the swim team.

    Supposedly, the victim’s history is not material to investigation or prosecution. But the accused’s OUGHT to…[Read more]

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 12 months ago

    Gad! That pull quote from Marion Young. Its the bodily equivalent of ‘up-talk.’ A constant self-diminishing that seems to invade every act.

    Can sport overcome this, when so much of ‘athleticism’ is corrupted into fat-shaming and commercial exploitation?

    I’m reminded of how, in so many films, women actors can’t look like effective fighters.…[Read more]

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 1 year ago

    Well, tenors make more money than basses. A supply/demand demonstration if there ever was one.

    Few things sound stranger than someone pushing the pitch of their voice out of whack to achieve some ‘special’ presentation. Elizabeth Holmes’ fake voice has been called out recently. The ‘uptalk’ and girly-ism of a tranche of younger women is…[Read more]

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 1 year ago

    What sort of ‘food’ and what sort of ‘process?’
    Industrial packaged food seems to include an array of substances that nobody would pick to start with; ‘Crystalized Cottonseed oil’ anyone? That’s what ‘Crisco’s’ name is derived from.
    Garbanzos, sesame seeds, garlic, olive oil are a long way from corn syrup, hydrogenated seed oils, cornstarch,…[Read more]

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 1 year, 1 month ago

    Oops. ‘Chum,’ as in ‘chumbox,’ isn’t small bait fish. Chum is usually half-rotten fish-guts and waste that’s dumped in the water in the hope of attracting schools to feed. So the term is even more contemptuous than the article implies.

    I guess there’s a kind of symmetry about it, since it’s the ‘gut doctor’ being promoted…

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Shows to go you. I’d gotten used to this being the Watson channel.

  • John the Drunkard posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    Well, since the explosion of obesity and diabetes isn’t a side-effect of some underlying epidemic of ‘bad choices,’ or gluttony, or laziness; we’re stuck with a chicken/egg problem. Metabolic disorder/insulin resistance CAUSES fat gain while it progresses into the range that earns the ‘diabetic’ label. So yes, people DO eat their way into…[Read more]

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