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Name: Jim
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Current location: Barkhamsted, CT
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Gee - my profile info didn't migrate from the old DU I guess? The main thing - 90% refers to the maximum allowable percentage of nitromethane fuel permitted in modern NHRA Top Fuel and Funny cars. Which is what makes current "nostalgia nitro" so cool - you can still "tip the can" and run straight nitro, if you want to. I'm an aging northeast liberal with an overdeveloped justice gland. OUR INSTITUTIONS ARE INFESTED WITH GREEDY AND CORRUPT SOCIOPATHS

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Invade Iran = reinstatement of the draft.

No fucking way could we avoid it. Iran ain't the push-over Iraq was. At least we'll eventually get another spiffy war memorial on the DC mall some time in the future over it!

We'll also be getting a re-engorged military-industrial-congressional complex from it, besides. It's too bad all those young patriotic kids will have to die for it, though. Kinda like marching sacrificial virgins into a volcano. And just as superstitious.

-90% jimmy

OUR INSTITUTIONS ARE INFESTED WITH CORRUPT SOCIOPATHS

The people that run our planet simply don't care if they are creating a future of biblical cataclysmic proportions. They think they're rich and privileged enough to deal with it and the health of mother earth be damned.

To paraphrase Frank Zappa, humanities awareness of the consequences of global warming will not be felt by average people until it comes up and bites them in the ass. That time is now in the present moment.

The world should have been aggressively fixing this thirty fucking years ago! It's way too late to do anything about it now. Heaven help the young and the hell on earth we have given all their futures!

-90% Jimmy

ROOT CAUSE

There is a root cause for all this. I even managed to distill it into bumper sticker format, which is now plastered on the tailgate of my Ford Ranger.

OUR INSTITUTIONS ARE INFESTED WITH CORRUPT SOCIOPATHS

The people our planet relies on to run everything for the good of everybody ARE ONLY IN IT FOR THE MONEY* and they are succeeding in running the entire planet and the future of everyone on it INTO THE GROUND!

I GOT MINE AND SCREW YOU is no way to run a planet, son.

-90% Jimmy

*We're only in it for the money is one of my favorite original Mothers of Invention albums

an essay, not much on Ryan.

The more I learn about Romney the more I donít like him. Heís made a fortune screwing American taxpayers out of his fair share via elite-only-loopholes. I find it utterly amazing that this man, a walking version of every morally corrupted rot thatís making life worse for the majority of humanity, is the Republican nominee!

I welcome the discussion of how Romney ran his businesses and all the details of his personal wealth. For example, he has built his IRA up to $20-100 million? An individual can only contribute $5,000 per year! The IRA plan was conceived to help fund retirements, not to allow the wealthy another tax shelter.

This campaign will force blanket coverage of all the tricks the wealthy use to make their slice of the pie bigger at the expense of the bottom 99%. All of America will get a daily education from all media about the galling greed of the monied elite that have purchased our Democracy. (I contend in the present moment America is a plutocracy. We are no longer a democracy. We barely were for good portions of our history, anyway)

The right gets really offended about welfare queens. Those that game the social safety nets that are perhaps undeserving of taxpayer help. That does happen, unfortunately, and I have a personal real life proof for that, but the magnitude of Romneys lust for as much CORPORATE WELFARE as his looopholeologists can provide to him should be utterly repellant to any critically thinking American.. Whats comforting is there is a certain segment of the wealthy that understand PROGRESSIVE TAXATION and how going back to higher tax rates for the wealthy allowed a shared prosperity. They would prefer higher taxes for the good of society.

Itís about good citizenship. I hope all Americans that remember their High School Civics classes understand the underlying principals of our democracy and their responsibilities to contribute to it via informed participation. Such participation is necessary, especially for this election, for it is truly our last and only chance to prevent America from becoming an utter PLUTOCRACY. The Middle Ages with I-pads. We must show the entitled elites they cannot buy every single piece of our Democracy!

-90% jimmy

Birthers, et al

I have friends and relatives that totally lap this stuff up. a cut and paste from a recent email:




Obama is coming for your guns.

Fast and Furious was a plot to outlaw guns

Obama cheated his way through college and paid millions to have his transcripts destroyed

Obama is an elite Leninist that hates America

Obama instructs his justice dept to behave like jack booted thugs (unlike Reagan)

No president in history has spent over a million dollars to keep his records and his past sealed.

He has fought for abortion procedures and opposed rulings that protected women and children, that even Planned Parenthood did not seek to support.

He is openly hostile to business and aggressively hostile to Israel.

His wife treats being the First Lady, as her personal American Express Black Card

He is the most mendacious political figure I have ever witnessed.

His narcissistic, contumacious arrogance is unequalled.

He and his wife view their life at our expense as an entitlement Ė while Americaís people go homeless, hungry and unemployed




Obama views his office as an entitlement? Now does that make him the Lord God King Buufu of all nigger* welfare queens or what?








-90% Jimmy

*offensive word required to make my point

Run government like a business

Being employed in this day and age is a daily taste of what it's like to live in a

TOTALITARIAN POLICE STATE

At work employers seem to have all the rights while the employee has none. The possible exception being medical rights to privacy.

Employment in America presently is about as non-democracy as you can get.

Why the fuck anybody in their right mind would want our government "run like a business" is beyond my comprehension!

The one exception might be in a workplace that has a healthy UNION. That can at least afford you some BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS at work.

"They" treat people like animals and get away with it every working day in America.

I know there's exceptions and good for all my fellow DU'ers that are enjoying a "good job". Covet it like it was your child. It is rare and precious.

-90% Jimmy

Psy-ops

America is being played by very wealthy and sinister forces.

I think that the technology of propaganda and manipulation via mass media is a machine in full force operation. With billions of dollars behind it from the same vermin that fund Republican superpacs and Karl Rove types.

And these tools are being manufactured in the same manner as mortgage backed securities and other recent big bank/wall street fraud. Hired NOBEL LAUREATES or other top of their discipline minions applying their craft.

The best mindfuckers billions and billions can buy. Six corporations own almost all of main stream media. We are all being played like puppets every single time we watch tv or listen to the radio or read the paper or go on the internet.

It is my guess that these men behind the curtain have by now re-legalized subliminal advertising, that was discovered and banned in the late 50's. Or they are using variants that technically are not illegal.

-90% Jimmy

darn good post

America's post WW2 prosperity had a lot of other factors besides American's being so superior to the rest of the world. Our competition had been crushed and destroyed much of their manufacturing infrastructure.

The story of Dr. Edwards Demings success with SPC in America during WW2 and the subsequent post war amnesia American Manufacturing had about him is interesting to me.

Dr. Deming went to Japan in the fifties and they devoured his quality and SPC concepts and he was the basis for their rebuild of their manufacturing capability. His simple concept of "continuous improvement" led them from making tin toys (where you could still see the American labeling on the inside from the oil can the toy used to be) to the best cars,machine tools and electronic devices of the world.

In the eighties, when the Japanese manufacturing miracle was cleaning America's clocks, they said to us; "Well, geez, Americans, all we did was listen and embrace this Dr. Deming that you tossed out on his ass after WW2."

American exceptionalism is more like American arrogance. And our arrogance has caused us to repeat all the classic historical mistakes of large empires. I don't think we are in decline. I merely hope we assume our rightful and humble place as damn good players on the world stage that happens to have a lot of other good players doing what they're good at also.

The main thing we're still world class is tending to our bloated military-industrial-congressional complex. Making stuff with the sole purpose of killing people and blowing stuff up while the rest of the world makes cooler and cooler things average consumers can really use.

Think of the good America could bring to the world if it built up a "war time effort" directed at solving global warming, poverty, health and economic fairness and prosperity! Sadly, the selfish greedheads that now own American government outright are not directing our national will in those areas. One sad consequence of the concentration of wealth those primitive selfish people have wrought. The greed of the .001% American wealthy is needlessly wrecking the entire world so those sociopaths can accumulate even more yachts, tax breaks, vacation homes, private jets, home auto elevators and cut to the front of the line in trendy night spots.

-90% Jimmy

The above concepts were fleshed out on Joe's Garage Acts 1,2, and 3

this is the source of the info below

http://forum.grasscity.com/apprentice-tokers/775365-frank-zappa-music-industry-government-joes-garage-%5Bwall-text-warning%5D.html



The idea of the album's background character "The Central Scrutinizer", whose job it is to enforce all un-passed laws is, in my mind, supposed to represent the government. The album brings up very controversial points about government, in my mind. It reads;

"Eventually it was discovered, That God, Did not want us all to be the same. This was, BAD NEWS, For the Government of The World, As it seemed contrary, To the doctrine of, Portion Controlled Servings. Mankind must be made more, Uniformly if, THE FUTURE, Was going to work. Various ways were sought, To bind us all together, But, alas, Same-ness was unenforceable. It was about this time, That someone, Came up with the idea of, TOTAL CRIMINALIZATION. Based on the principle that, if we were ALL crooks, We could at last be made uniform, To some degree in the eyes of, THE LAW. Shrewdly our legislators, Calculated, That most people were, Too lazy to perform a, REAL CRIME, So no new laws were, Manufactured, Making it possible for, Anyone to violate them, Any time of the day or night, And, Once we had all broken, Some kind of law, We'd all be in the same,Big happy club, Right up there with the, President, The most exalted industrialists, And the clerical big shots, Of all your favorite religions. TOTAL CRIMINALIZATION, Was the greatest idea of its, Time and was vastly popular, Except with those people, Who didn't want to be crooks, Or outlaws. So, of course, they had to be, TRICKED INTO IT... Which is one of the reasons, Why, Music, Was eventually made, ILLEGAL."




Ah, yes, franks's good old CENTRAL SCRUTINIZER, responsible for enforcing laws that haven't been passed yet. I bet there really is an official CENTRAL SCRUTINIZER buried in the convenient immediately passed after 9/11 PATRIOT ACT!

Frank's liner notes mentioned that such concepts aren't so far fetched, as the religious theocracy of 1979 Iran actually did outlaw a lot of music.

-90% Jimmy

PS - in Frank's own words:

"If the plot of the story seems just a little bit preposterous, and if the idea of The Central Scrutinizer enforcing laws that haven't been passed yet makes you giggle, just be glad you don't live in one of the cheerful little countries where, at this very moment, music is either severely restricted ... or, as it is in Iran, totally illegal. "

source: http://wiki.killuglyradio.com/wiki/The_Story_Of_Joe%27s_Garage

TORTURE MAKES US SAFER?

UH, TORTURE INSURES PERPETUAL TERRORISM AGAINST THE TORTURERS FOREVER.

Torture does not produce good intelligence. Kalid Sheik was waterboarded 183 times! How could it be effective if you have to do it 183 times?

Torture creates blowback which can take the form of terrorism.

Torture by our American Government is one of the darkest spots in our history and is repugnant and makes me ashamed to be an American. Shame on all of us who did not stand and fight against our government about this!

It's ignorant and stupid besides.

Our practice of torture makes us pretty much on the same moral level as terrorists.

We are a nation of mean and stupid hypocrites! What do we have to be proud of if we torture? Where is our basis to tell others to do whats right if we practice a form of terrorism ourselves?

-90% Jimmy
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