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7 weeks ago
Nolondil
Quote They did it! NASCAR banned the LOSER flag! I never thought I’d see the day. You and me both. Even more amazing than the fact of actually doing it, they did it so FAST. Now I wonder if the many old movies and TV shows (Dukes of Hazzard?) that feature the normalization of Confederate Nostalgia will be removed or censored. Gone With The Wind has been removed from HBO! "Temporarily&
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7 weeks ago
Nolondil
Need citation. Who has claimed that police are 'hunting' Black Americans? Where was this claim made? Give an actual link to a real source.
Forum: Global Village
7 weeks ago
Nolondil
I've been waiting for days to see if anyone else noticed a slight discrepancy in the nature of the articles cited. It's a bit scary that either no one else has noticed, or cares, that an article about a thuggish crime is included with articles about political affairs. That the victims of the thuggish crime were ethnic Chinese doesn't change what it is. Not a politcal act, a crime. I don't think a
Forum: Global Village
8 weeks ago
Nolondil
As I recall, there is a general prohibition on political, and especially military symbols (other than the service you are in) for all branches of the US military. As the sign/poster you linked says, units are supposed to be unified and dedicated only to being what they are, not carrying other symbolic reminders around. There was a major court case a few years back over a non-chaplain Jew in the N
Forum: Global Village
8 weeks ago
Nolondil
More importantly, it's not true. Even if you comply you can still be murdered out of hand. The 'black' population has good reason to fear the police.
Forum: Misc.
8 weeks ago
Nolondil
Actually, it wasn't Hollywood that normalized gay marriage, it was Karl Rove. Check out the history of the trends. Most people disapproved of allowing formal marriage to same-sex couple for decades. Hilary Clinton, darling of what passes for 'the left' in this country, was publicly against it. But Karl Rove saw an opportunity to drive the 'conservative base' to the polls by stirring up movements
Forum: Global Village
8 weeks ago
Nolondil
Yes, just like the statues. This is another symbol of refusing to actually surrender. They are signaling to each other that they are still in rebellion against that occupying power, The North.
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8 weeks ago
Nolondil
The difference is that the English Civil War is over and done with. It was longer ago, and that helps, but really I think that the participants genuinely put it behind them. Or at least those who did not picked up and left instead of continuing the conflict. The Puritans were the major religious faction of the "rebel" side, and possibly the largest faction over-all. So when the monarchy
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2 months ago
Nolondil
Real life is complicated. No one has pure motives about anything, even if they claim they do. The primary force behind modern secessionist talk is political leverage. It sounds good for a Texas governor to threaten to secede. The home boys love it, and it gets the blustering governor more votes. This despite the fact that the last time Texas did so it was quickly conquered and forced back int
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2 months ago
Nolondil
2 months ago
Nolondil
You weren't out in public much before this broke, were you? It's people whose lives drastically changed that will experience the most change in their perception of time. It's been covered by several NPR shows that I listen to. Onpoint: In A Pandemic, Who Knows Where The Time Goes? The Brian Lehrer Show: How The Pandemic is Warping How You Feel Time Radiolab: Strange Times
Forum: Science & Space
2 months ago
Nolondil
Will they also designate the white nationalists using false accounts to defame antifa as terrorists? Quote Twitter shuts down fake Antifa account linked to white nationalists, misinformation tied to George Floyd protests spreads Twitter has said it disabled an account linked to a white nationalist group which was posing as Antifa and encouraging violence in white, residential neighborhood
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
Why would you think America ever had its marbles? This country has always been nuts. It goes with the frontier and continual expansion. Nothing is fixed, nothing is reliable. Everything is possible. Messianic crusades, conspiracy theories, and plain old graft and corruption have been the rule right back to the founding. Fanaticism and general insanity is in the very definition of the country,
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
A Michigan 'garage band' that sounds like Led Zeppelin! Isn't that something? Classic rock-n-roll has just sprung up out of the wilderness, like it's something naturally occurring. :) Maybe there will be more of them, now that so many people have been idled from 'regular' jobs?
Forum: Misc.
2 months ago
Nolondil
That's assuming this will get any attention. A favorite information management technique of the US for ages has been to admit to some damaging 'truth' during a major unrelated crisis of some sort in order to keep the admission from gaining much media attention. Sort of an 'inverse publicity stunt'. Additionally, of course, the full truth is never released all at once. Again, to prevent too much m
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
If you didn't already notice this, social scientists have: Quote A Monday Is a Tuesday Is a Sunday as COVID-19 Disrupts Internal Clocks In April Jenny Rappaport sat down to inspect her calendar because she could not tell how many days had passed since New Jersey’s stay-at-home order took effect. Before COVID-19, her life had structure and a pace, and she knew the day of the week without giv
Forum: Science & Space
2 months ago
Nolondil
Well, it's always difficult to predict the future in anything but the vaguest terms. Who could have guessed how the Baltic states would be freed from the Soviet Union when they were taken over in the turmoils of the WW II era? The Russians viewed the Baltic states as "rightfully" part of their nation, also. But the Russian Empire (in all but name, since the "Soviet Union" was
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
Yes, it's probably over for the short term. The law passed or about to be passed in the central government legislature in Beijing is essentially authorization to over-ride any local laws that conflict with the current leadership's definition of 'national security'. As we know from right here in the USA, 'national security' is a magic password to do what you want. Hong Kong cannot hope to resist t
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
What happened: 1) China managed to solve its internal political problems and unify the mainland (1949, end of the civil war) 2) China built up enough military strength that Britain realized it would be hopeless to try to hold Hong Kong against an attempt to take it back by force. (~1979 when the Brits started to make diplomatic appeals to Beijing to allow them to continue to administer the
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2 months ago
Nolondil
No one seems to know what happened to randompHactor. Interestingly, a visit to his GHMB profile page shows that it is still active, so he wasn't banned or anything, and the last activity was April 19th 2020! He's checked in since his last post about two years ago, at least. RandompHactor The status of carolb is less mysterious. She just got fed up with the troll patrol and quit posting, also a
Forum: Misc.
2 months ago
Nolondil
That's a pretty large risk for the mere 'distraction' from other problems. India is right on China's border and the one of their neighbors with enough population to be a threat. Nor is Modi the sort to take an insult and back off. Meanwhile, Ladakh is mostly a frozen desert. There is nothing of value to be gained by fighting over an empty plateau at ~10,000 feet. It has no known mineral resources
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
Hmm, does Xi really want to start a major military/diplomatic crisis right now? The virus has already hurt the image of China abroad, and Xi domestically. His response was late, and the other major players in the Communist party might be questioning his leadership behind closed doors. He's about to crack down on Hong Kong, too. Now in the case of Hong Kong he probably needs to do that precisely b
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2 months ago
Nolondil
But hope you do not live long enough to see the opening of the Trump Presidential Library?
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2 months ago
Nolondil
David Frum continues to produce the best over-view: Quote The System Failed the Test of Trump Have you ever known anyone swindled by a scam? It’s remarkable how determined they remain to defend the swindler, and for how long—and how they try to shift the blame to those who tried to warn them of the swindle. The pain of being seen as a fool hurts more than the loss of money; it’s more import
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2 months ago
Nolondil
You may have heard that cell towers in continental Europe and the UK have been attacked by conspiracy believers, well now this form of 'activism' has come to to USA. Quote The Department of Homeland Security is reportedly issuing alerts to wireless telecom providers and law enforcement agencies about potential attacks on cell towers and telecommunications workers by 5G/coronavirus conspi
Forum: Gunpowder, Treason & Plot
2 months ago
Nolondil
The author of that article, Adrienne LaFrance, executive editor of The Atlantic, was on The Brian Lehrer Show to talk about this article and other writings about the growth of conspiracy politics. Quote Adrienne LaFrance, executive editor of The Atlantic, talks about how conspiracy theories are appealing to a growing number of Americans, how the president often amplifies them and why that
Forum: Gunpowder, Treason & Plot
2 months ago
Nolondil
Well, yeah, we've known here (this board) since long before Trump that the Republican message is well-orchestrated from somewhere or other. The right-wing Trolletariat marches in lockstep on nearly all messages. Pete/Archaic diverging on the Coronavirus is the first break I can remember in their ranks in many years. It would take quite a bit of research to find another.
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
Wow, that might turn out to be the solution to the whole Trump problem. Cloroquine is all its forms is dangerous stuff. It's known to cause major heart problems in a significant fraction of people who take it. I wonder if his doctors are secretly hoping he's in that group...
Forum: Global Village
2 months ago
Nolondil
Heh, he's using what he learned from reading the QAnon article I posted in the GT&P board. That's one of the stock phrases of 'Q' and his followers. I have to agree that much of the nattering on this board about the big crack-down coming on the opposition to Trump reads like QAnon copypasta.
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