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Name: Manny Goldstein
Gender: Male
Hometown: Greater Boston
Home country: USA
Current location: Remulak, as far as I can tell
Member since: Tue Aug 30, 2005, 08:44 AM
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This is unfair to pirhanas

By nature, pirhanas are gentle and loving fish. In the hands of a cruel owner, any fish can become dangerous. Heck, I've seen guppies become man-eaters after years of abuse.

Do we know how this fish was treated?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Jun 23, 2012, 12:04 PM (3 replies)

I hate to say it: if Romney taps Rubio, the Presidency is his.

History is pretty clear here - selecting a minority member, or a member of an otherwise-oppressed class, wins elections.

Gerry Ferraro, 1984.

Joe Lieberman, 2000.

Sarah Palin, 2008.


Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Jun 19, 2012, 10:30 PM (24 replies)

Really disturbing porn

Personally, I don't particularly feel strongly as to whether porn is inherently good or bad. My first thought is that incidence of rape might increase due to availability of violent porn, but it seems that rape incidence has actually dropped during the years that porn has become more available. However, crime in general has dropped during those years, so I don't think we can claim that porn reduces rape. Or that it increases rape.

Assuming that porn doesn't cause crime and everyone involved is doing what they enjoy, I don't particularly care one way or the other as to whether it's produced or consumed. I don't care about how people have sex - get out there and enjoy yourself, whatever works for you. I read an exhortation earlier today warning that people can get injured having porn-film-style sex. I've never had the pleasure of receiving such an injury, but I have broken 5 bones and had some other injuries from playing sports, climbing things as a kid, and so forth. I won't implore people to avoid sports. (OK, I would urge you not to learn how to do hand stands on a skateboard while barefoot - that was a particularly stupid thing to do.)

Pornography does disturb me deeply when participants perform against their will, either from coercion or desperation. One obvious type is child porn. Disturbing beyond words, the producers and consumers are sick. It is a mental illness, I think. Some producers probably do it for enjoyment, but I'll bet that many do it for money. Sick. Sick. And illegal, of course.

A few months ago, I read an article stating that an astonishing number of porn films are made where women are inhumanly degraded - it is a subculture. Some of these women were interviewed, it seemed like most were doing it because it was the only way they could make a decent living, and they were disgusted and sad at what they had to do. This is also sick. It is a sign of a sick society, one where so many people are denied living-wage jobs and they must turn to degrading themselves. If you're lucky enough to be attractive, you eat and have a roof over your head. Not attractive? Tough shit, you starve on the street.

If we want to reduce the number of degrading spectacles around us, we need to take back our government from the Predator Class and create a new New Deal. We need living-wage jobs. As long as the 99% are held down by debt, austerity, and laws that give their money to the wealthiest, we will have very bad things happen.

We must fight.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Jun 19, 2012, 09:14 PM (72 replies)

I am so utterly sick of this Third Way shit.

I come home from a tough day at work, and I get to read how I'm being free-traded by Obama and Halliburton - in secret, of course:

Obama Trade Document Leaked, Revealing New Corporate Powers And Broken Campaign Promises

In late May, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), chair of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on International Trade, introduced new legislation that would require the White House to share trade documents with all members of Congress and their qualified staff. The move was largely a symbolic act of protest against the secrecy the White House has imposed on a new trade deal, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The agency responsible for trade negotiations -- the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative -- had denied Wyden office access to any of the draft documents involved in the trade pact, offering an unusual legal argument that only a handful of members of Congress were permitted to view them. After Wyden introduced his legislation, however, USTR partially relented, allowing Wyden to see the documents, but not his staff.

"I would point out how insulting it is for them to argue that members of Congress are to personally go over to USTR to view the trade documents," Hoelzer said. "An advisor at Halliburton or the MPAA is given a password that allows him or her to go on the USTR website and view the TPP agreement anytime he or she wants."

The general public and most nonprofit organizations have no access to the documents, although a number of corporate officials can see them.

Obama's been a tragic disappointment, but I desperately want to vote for him if only to keep the Trust Fund Bully out of the White House. But, each day, I feel like I'm rooting to be smashed with a hammer instead of being thrown in a wood chipper.

This sucks.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Jun 13, 2012, 09:29 PM (497 replies)
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