c99% Portland OR meetup 2/10/19

We had five people show -- Cassiodorus, granma, detroitmechworks, earthling1, StudentOfEarth. We ate good Chinese food and had lots of fun. I ordered the gai lan and the salt and pepper tofu. We talked about science fiction and my book. StudentOfEarth talked about Bend and about people who were 72 who took a piece of dry land and built homes and farms from scratch. earthling1 talked about his southern California past.

Where does a tip to an Amazon driver go? In some cases, toward the driver's base pay

This really is shameful.

Where does a tip to an Amazon driver go? In some cases, toward the driver's base pay

Amazon at times dips into the tips earned by contracted delivery drivers to cover their promised pay, a Times review of emails and receipts reveals.

Schiff questions Mueller’s approach on Deutsche Bank

Let me ask a stupid question please. Where does Shifty get the authority to open investigations against Deutsche Bank and Trump in order to FIND something he can try to use in this endless saga of Dimocritic perfidy? Can he do this to anybody? Has this jackass no restraints or restrictions?

Schiff questions Mueller’s approach on Deutsche Bank

The Weekly Watch

Constipation of Imagination

You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?”
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Back to Methuselah, act I, Selected Plays with Prefaces, vol. 2, p. 7 (1949). The serpent says these words to Eve.

Robert F. Kennedy used a similar quotation as a theme of his 1968 campaign: “Some men see things as they are and say, why; I dream things that never were and say, why not.”

The Primary and Secondary Contradictions of the American Empire

To understand what I mean by contradictions, let me offer some recommended reading:

Mao's Essay On Contradiction

What exactly are the contradictions in our rotting empire? To begin with, our economy can't survive without the very things we claim to abhor such as imperialism, various means of exploitation, exceptions that maintain the rule, and that's just three.

Patriotism - something I can't grasp

I just listened to the Sheer Intelligence interview on Truthdig about "The Great Con of American Patriotism" and it struck me that probably no German of my age, born 1948, could have ever felt the same way as both, Ron Kovic or Danny Sjursen, did. Because we were the kids of the bad guys and we actually thought to join the German military service (Bundeswehr) is something that would be neither honorable nor even reasonable.

The L.A. helicopter military extraction operation -- what's the reason?

In the late night hours between Feb. 6 and early Feb. 7, five military helicopters, including 2 large transport helicopters and several Blackhawks were observed in what has been a purported "practice exercise". Why in downtown where a training mishap would be a total disaster?