OT - 12-17-15: Prophecy and a Little Trick with Nick

Your Daily Kos diary list for November 9th, 2016

Trump Elected...Why??

I don't know what this country has come to when a fine woman like Hillary Clinton is beaten by a buffoon like Trump. etc....

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Maybe if Debbie Wasserman-Schultz had scheduled debates when people could see them it would have helped the Democratic cause.
.. You're a troll! It's your fault Hillary lost, you and your purist friends!
.... Aww, you didn't get your pony.
......You should be banned!

Exit Polls Showed Independents Preferred Trump Over Hillary

CNN reports that Independents went for Trump, 60-39. What is wrong with those people?
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Maybe Hillary was the wrong candidate.
.. You cost us the election!
.... Well if indies went for Trump and put him over, wasn't it that Hillary didn't appeal to indies?
...... You should be banned!

Far Lefties Cost us the Election

Over a thousand lefties did not vote for Hillary. She would have won if only they'd voted!
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Yes but apparently several million Democrats voted for Trump.
.. They were never going to vote for Hillary but the lefties should have!
.... But we didn't like Hillary ever. Why is it our fault and not Hillary's? Or the Dems who voted for Trump?
...... You should be banned!

Lefties Caused This By Noticing Hillary Misspoke

If the lefty emo purists hadn't said anything about you-know-what then she wouldn't have gotten all of that bad press
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But she was lying.
.. So what?
.... What? You're ok with that?
...... As long as we could have beaten the Republicans it would be ok.
........ That's as crazy as not caring about the issues.
.......... Issues aren't important.
............ Issues are all that matter!
.............. You should be banned!

But no one will believe it (except us) until it happens!

Cassandra foresaw the destruction of Troy. She warned the Trojans about the Greeks hiding inside the Trojan Horse, Agamemnon’s death and her own demise at the hands of Aegisthus and Clytemnestra, her mother Hecuba's fate, Odysseus’s ten year wanderings before returning to his home, and the murder of Aegisthus and Clytemnestra by her children Electra and Orestes. Cassandra predicted that her cousin Aeneas would escape during the fall of Troy and found a new nation in Rome. However, she was unable to do anything to forestall these tragedies since no one believed her.

Be that as it may....shaz and I just got back from seeing Nick Lowe. What a great show! His band for the tour is Los Straitjackets. If you don't know them check out the videos. Opening the show was a duo called Cactus Blossoms. How they got their voices to sound exactly like the Everly Brothers I'll never know! I often (too often, I'm sure) joke that if I took singing lessons from Sam Cooke's vocal coach I'd sing just like Sam. Obviously not true but these Cactus Blossoms must have done something to sound like this. (don't know who's playing the National...that's a guitar)

They were better than this video but hey...there isn't one of their performance tonight that I can post (although I see there are some nick Lowe videos from last night!). Anyway...

Then Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets came on. Pretty fantastic. It was one of those shows when you wish it'd last all night. It sounded much like this:

Nick, in his Rockpile days...

and this...

here's a recent tune...

and lastly, a song Nick wrote that's true today. "Where are the strong and who are the trusted?"

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detroitmechworks's picture

If I ever did drag.

Of course if Hillary WINS, it will just be proof that the DFH contingent can be safely and securely ignored.
The DNC will always spin until it ends up on the number they want.

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I do not pretend I know what I do not know.

detroitmechworks's picture

Took the kids to see BFS two Months ago. Great show and a lot of fun. VERY small venue, and they really interact with the audience.

[video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwsIoZt6vGU]

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I do not pretend I know what I do not know.

I do know it will be blamed of everyone but Hillary and DWS.

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"Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

MarilynW's picture

I am in the end state of last night's insomnia. I will listen to the music when I am really awake.

Love your DKos rundown. Last week I got the response: "stop spewing right-wing talking points" - a favourite DKos cliché.
Kos says commenting has decreased on the site, it's probably because of all those asinine cliché responses.

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To thine own self be true.

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the front page is disgusting. It makes one think where am I? How did this 'reality based' Democratic blog turn into wall to wall Republicans are the devils, tabloid rag. It's depressing to see writers like Hunter cranking out drivel. The asinine comment threads are just as bad. Maybe traffic is slowing down because the content and comments are not dealing with anything but flinging mud at everyone except the culprits who own and run the Democratic party. Yesterday I wandered over after being on a Guardian comment is free thread. I was appalled because the hate filled D party loyalist's sounded just like the freaking Tories and Blairites who we're defending austerity and Thatcher and blaming the lazy riff raff for their plight. This was on a dkos diary that about the causes of the 2008 crash and what it did to ordinary people. Dkmich was the only commenter who wasn't an 'edjit' as they say on the Guard. Austerity, and dog eat dog, is just the way the world works always has always will. Forget about Glass Steagall it's an obsolete concept. Welcome to Axelrods 'world as we find it'.

Meanwhile there is a world out there that isn't all about hating, blaming and defending this madness. It was good last night to be in a theater full of people that were giving a standing ovation to peace, love and understanding.

More Nick...

Without love....

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Shahryar's picture

if not actually "left" then at least not bothering to deal with them as much.

There's no longer as much of this "oh yeah? Well you're wrong!" which rachets up the comments count.

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MarilynW's picture

the popular meme.

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To thine own self be true.

Thanks for the great OT, Shah!. Sorry I've been absent the last couple of days, work during the day and honing my coding skills for the upcoming site upgrade during the evening.

I don't know if this has been highlighted yet, but I'll post it anyway. Have a great one everybody!

Bush Military Official: US Citizens Must Stand Up to Stop the Empire

From ‘Empire Files‘: “Abby Martin interviews retired U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former national security adviser to the Reagan administration, who spent years as an assistant to Secretary of State Colin Powell during both Bush administrations.”

A few of the points made by Wilkerson:

US’s foreign bases are “colonial, imperial” stations over the globe.

‘The empire… is run by about one percent of the people, if not fewer, in this country, constituting essentially a plutocracy.’

Military officers retire from the military, go to arms manufacturers and media jobs to make the media ‘want war’.

US is ‘oriented towards first what increases its power, and second what makes it rich.’

US military ‘isn’t an all volunteer force. It’s an all-recruited force, because we’re spending billions of dollars to entice these people, who feel that they don’t have many other prospects, into the armed forces.’

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and I listened to it til the end. Snoopydawg even asked if I could summarize what he said, but I didn't respond, because I found it very difficult to do. You did point to a couple of sentences. There was no transcript, but while searching for the transcript I realized that the video had in its settings the option to turn subtitles on and even an option to read it in autotranslated format, ie even in German. I was amazed how good the translation was.

Then I wondered if I could paste and copy somehow the subtitles and add them all together to get a complete transcript, but it didn't work or I didn't find out how it may work. If you have an idea, if one can paste and copy the subtitles into a text document, can you tell us? Thanks. I thought it was a great interview, as said in my comments on the 14th EB.

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I came on and was reading and recc'ing and wondering why my recommendations were not taking. Duh! I forgot to login. Wacko

I enjoyed today' music. I was a big fan of the Everly Brothers and believe that time will show just how important they were in the history of music.

Col. Wilkerson has been outspoken for some time. I really wish more military men would speak out against empire too. The old school military men were reluctant to go to war and put their troops into harm's way. Now that we are not only putting them into harm's way more easily but we are also putting them into harm's way more and more often. And we are not even considering that these wars are both illegal and unwinnable. If only there was a strong and loudly vocal anti-war movement then perhaps we could take the first steps toward dismantling the war machine and the empire.

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Do I hear the sound of guillotines being constructed?

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." ~ President John F. Kennedy

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I loved the last two songs you posted of Nick Love, kind of disagree with the "cruel to be kind" idea (though may be sometimes, very rarely there is something to it), couldn't get the lyrics of half boy half man thingy (would need the lyrics in text, just am not in the mood to search for it right now) and the "I know the bride when she used to rock" made me laugh.

Oh, the pyramids were not built in one lifetime, so I guess we just try our whole life to break down the resistance to our charm... and hope we succeed before we die. What a tender song. And the last one ... we just have to walk this wicked life not despairing that we don't get the answer to the questions to "What's so funny about peace, love and understanding" and "Where are the strong and who are the trusted?" I don't want to cry. Great song.

And your OT's excerpts from the gos are confirming detroitmechworks sigline "I don't Blame Christians. I Blame Stupid. Which Sadly, is a much more popular religion these days" Sadly. Thanks for writing. A pleasure to read. And don't cry. I can't deal with crying men. Cry myself inside, if I see it.

Have all a great day.

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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. - Friedrich Nietzsche -

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Good Morning NCTim, hope you don't cry for not getting the answers to the questions or for all the other million thingies one could cry about. Thinking about you. Take care.

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Cassandra was given the gift of prophecy by Apollo, as a seduction technique. When she then refused his advances, he pronounced a curse upon her, in that her gift of prophecy would remain, but no one would believe her: they would think her mad. The fact that she told the truth, but people believed her mad, that actually did, in the end, drive her mad.

Apollo was pretty much an asshole.

Another version is she fell asleep in a temple, and snakes licked her ears, thereby conferring upon her the gift of prophecy. But one of the goddesses—I think Aphrodite—cursed her because she was jealous of Cassandra's beauty.

Aphrodite was known to cause trouble. When the king of Cyprus boasted that his daughter was more beautiful even than Aphrodite, Aphrodite went a-witching, till the two, father and daughter, proceeded to engage in sexual congress, that produced a child.

Some people also blame her for the Trojan War, in that she bribed Paris with the promise of Helen, if Paris chose Aphrodite over Hera and Athena in a "who's the fairest?" contest. When Paris went for the bribe, and picked Aphrodite, Aphrodite had to deliver. Helen was married to Menelaus—a.k.a. Mean Ol' Ass—at the time, who didn't much like that his wife ran off with some other guy. So he rounded up a bunch of Greeks to go have a git-my-woman-back war.

Some say Paris escaped death in the wars and went on out and founded the city of Paris, long renowned as the world capital of wife-poaching. But actually that city's name comes from the Latin Lutetia Parisiorum, "Lutetia of the Parisii"—the name of the resident Gallic tribe, when the Romans showed up.

We do know that the Trojan prince Aeneas escaped; from him come Romulus, who founded the city of Rome, on the corpse of his twin brother Remus, whom he killed. Not surprisingly, from this bloody beginning, Rome went on to ruin much of the world.

It's kind of hard to blame Aphrodite for the Trojan war because Hera and Athena offered bribes too. Paris just liked the Aphrodite bribe better. And the whole trouble-churning "who's the fairiest?" contest was the work of Eris, who was Mad that she didn't get invited to a wedding feast, and so decided to sow Discord, which was, and is, her alternate name.

Always invite Eris to your parties. It works out better that way.

According to Robert Graves, the name "Cassandra" means "she who entangles men."

On Daily Kos was a black woman with the nik callmecassandra who was wary of the Kenyan from the beginning because he reminded her too much and too vividly of slick slippery black men in real life who recurrently proved they could never be trusted.

Nick Lowe was also in Little Village with Ry Cooder, John Hiatt, and Jim Keltner.

[video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPicSHLYpj8]

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or should I say re-reading. We've got a two volume paperback set of the Greek Myths and the White Goddess is always good fun. Somewhere early on in the Greek Myths he casually mentions taking mushrooms. You know, I kind of thought it was something!

Nick Lowe mentioned Ry Cooder last night and the crowd applauded. Nick's comment at that was "I'm sure he'd be pleased".

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Hebrew Myths is fun too. Good stuff about all the gods and goddesses who were out and about, there in the desert, before Yahweh swept the board. Also bits that didn't make the final cut in the Tanakh. Like Lilith.

Adam and Lilith never found peace together; for when he wished to lie with her, she took offence at the recumbent posture he demanded. "Why must I lie beneath you?" she asked. "I also was made from dust, and am therefore your equal." Because Adam tried to compel her obedience by force, Lilith, in a rage, uttered the magic name of God, rose into the air and left him.

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and Cassandra entangled men... Ah that was delicious to read. Thanks. Where did you get yourself that educated? So glad you share it with us.

And about the slick slippery black men ... do you know that for real in certain areas in Central Africa I heard black women talk about the local marabou as "having the charm" and that was the reason the women in the village would just fall for him and became his wives and lovers 'en masse' ? I never forget how one of my sister-in-laws just said: "Il a le charme" and that explained everything. Yep, that's just it.
Heh, don't believe me?
Those were considered "marabous", because if you think about it, as Shah posted the one song of Nick Love "Rome wasn't built in a Day" where Nick talked about "first I have to break down your resistance to my charm" and "that it is not easy and everybody knows that Rome wasn't built in one day", says it all. See, only a marabou can break the resistance in a blink of an eye... yeah, because "il a le charme". Like this fellow.
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Very charming, isn't he? The rest of the poor men folks just have to labor their whole life to get a crumb of the cake, cuz "charm" is a wicked thing.

Good morning, hecate. Beware of the marabou! Troublemakers! /s

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hecate's picture

read enough about Apollo, it's hard to avoid concluding he's an asshole. I've been fascinated with Cassandra since the first grown-up Troy book I read out of the library, when I was like 8. I knew a Parisii. I hung with some Eris devotees in Sonoma County for a while. Over the years, these things just accrete. Like barnacles. ; )

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just don't do "Apollo" reading, I checked up with this expert:
Schnitzel Republic and nope, no Apollo in there...
But there is hope, I have my whole retirement life to catch up on reading. What you say so far is Chinese to me. But I get myself a translating software package and then I come back to you.
Smile

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to the site code the last couple of days.

The text and other elements are now centered correctly within blockquotes.

When you wrap text around an image it automatically pads (adds spaces) for any image aligned to the right. I can't get it to pad automatically with images aligned to the left though, I think there is code somewhere that defaults with no padding that I have yet to find. You can still pad text from the images by using inline HTML code, by using attributes, ie: hspace="10" and vspace="10" inserted after the align="left" or align="right" attributes. Both of these attributes ("space" and "align") should be inserted after the image URL by adding a space between each attribute.

So a piece of code that wraps text around an image aligned to the right would look like this:

img src="IMAGE URL HERE" align="right" hspace="10" vspace="10" /

Of course you would need to add the tag brackets at the beginning and the end of this string of code. The hspace adds padding to the right and left side of the image and the vspace adds padding to the top and bottom of the image. To wrap the text you would need to start it immediately after the last ">" bracket of the code:

img src="IMAGE URL HERE" align="right" hspace="10" vspace="10" />START TEXT HERE

And of course don't forget to add the starting tag bracket at the beginning of the code string.

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hecate's picture

going to put this gibberish in the FAQ so we can look at it and scratch our heads like apes at a monolith when we are trying to figure out how to Do It in essays and comments?

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but I'll probably wait until after the upgrade to update and add more FAQs.

The easiest way to implement this coding if you're not that familiar with it is to use the "Insert/edit image" icon button above the editor box. After you've clicked "OK" you'll see the HTML code all laid out for you in the editor, it then should be a fairly simple thing to add the align and space attributes to it as outlined above.

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upgrade and update? You're not going to hire that Jason destroyer are you?

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Let's see,

"I'll put this div container here, add a little HTML there pointing to the parent comment, add a collapsible link, that ought to do it".

"Oh shit"! "I forgot to close it with a /div tag"

"Fuck it, I'll fix it with this bone"!

That's coding 2001: A Space Odyssey style. I think HAL may have helped a bit with the code too.

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Every time I screw up a post I think did JtC upgrade or tweak something. Of course not but the word upgrade gives me the willies. On the e-mail marketing site I use, if I go too far trying to adapt my fabulous design to their god awful templates the help section says if you don't know hmlt coding just back out of here right now! My kind of help section.

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according to the article in Harper's, in France Muslims are 10% of the population but they are 60% of the population in jails.
Remember after 9/11, every young Muslim male was a suspect just like in the US. Many of them were picked up for their potential (according to a new French law) to think about maybe becoming a terrorist in the future. Sadly, most were subjected to gruesome torture and they turned to religion for survival, in other words they became extremists in jail. Charlie Hebdo and recent attacks were fomented in jail. Jobless + wrongly imprisoned + torture + long years in jail = Terrorist, fait accompli.

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To thine own self be true.

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You remember this guy?

‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli arrested for securities fraud

NEW YORK – Martin Shkreli, the 32-year-old former hedge fund manager notorious for jacking up the price of an obscure but critical drug, was arrested Thursday on securities fraud charges.

The charges are unrelated to Shkreli’s leadership of Turing Pharmaceuticals, which bought a drug, Daraprim, for $55 million this summer then increased the price of the 62-year-old drug by more than 4,000 percent.

Instead the charges brought by the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York are related to Shkreli’s time at Retrophin, another bio-pharmaceutical company he founded, and his time at MSMB Capital Management, a hedge fund.

Federal prosecutors alleged that for five years Shkreli lied to investors in two hedge funds and bio-pharmaceutical company Retrophin, all of which he founded. After losing money on stock bets he made through one hedge fund, Shkreli allegedly started another and used his new investors money to pay off those who had lost money on the first fund. Then, as pressure was building, Shkreli started Retrophin, which was publicly traded, and used cash and stock from that company to settle with other disgruntled investors, prosecutors contended.

Shkreli “engaged in multiple schemes to ensnare investors through a web of lies and deceit,” U.S. Attorney Robert L. Capers told reporters. “His plots were matched only by efforts to conceal the fraud, which led him to operate his companies … as a Ponzi scheme.”

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The political system is what it is because the People are who they are. — Plato
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bells of great joy are ringing out across all the intertubes, where now reigns actual peace on earth.

The Twitter masses are rarely, if ever, in agreement. Which is what makes today so momentous, for today is the day that Martin Shkreli, who may be the most hated man of 2015, was arrested. For this one day, the people of the Internet put aside their differences and celebrated.

Shkreli may be a pretty universally reviled person, but we have to say, we’re kind of grateful for his rise and fall. After a year of incessant in-fighting on Twitter, a detestable ripoff artist has, somehow, brought us all together. A holiday miracle, indeed.

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Good for the US Attorney but the US still needs laws to protect drug prices. Drugs shouldn't be investor's nest eggs. It's MEDICINE for gods sake.

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To thine own self be true.

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