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  1. a preview, if it happens (0 Replies)

    From Shilling’s official blog.

    Quite a ranting post. Who does this sound like?

    I am in no way shape or form going to run with a list of do’s and do nots from a speech perspective. I speak and I say what I feel and what I know. I have no issues being wrong as long as someone smart helps me get it right.

  2. clarification (0 Replies)

    Dang “no edit” policy…

    “…but I’d argue that he (FDR) had more of an influence…”

  3. shades of gray (2 Replies)

    There is absolutely no need or justification for the relentless savaging of Bill Clinton that goes on and on here.

    I don’t understand “savaging”, but I also don’t understand demanding a kid glove treatment either. I think it is fair game to look at what was done in his administration both in the context of the times and how its effects last today. Heck, my childhood was as removed from FDR’s administrations as the kids today are from Clinton’s, but I’d argue that he had more of an influence on what my life was like growing up than any of the presidencies that I lived through.

    Like any other presidency, Clinton’s was a mixed bag. It’s OK for people to point out what they liked as well as what they didn’t, especially on a “reality based” blog.

  4. here is a recent news report (1 Reply)


    In 2014, Massachusetts lawmakers passed — and former Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick signed — an election reform law requiring early voting every two years for the November election. The early voting period this year begins Oct. 24 and ends Nov. 4. Election Day is Nov. 8.

    I agree that finding the fine print on the law isn’t easy, at least given what my search engine returned.

  5. Only November (1 Reply)

    Does early voting only apply to the November election?

    Yes. I believe it only covers the November election in even numbered years. Will re-find the reference I found a couple months ago when I had the same question…

  6. every little bit will help (1 Reply)

    I don’t do Facebook but do use Twitter, and there are others like me. :)

    I’d likely retweet any information that was sent out.

  7. recommended read (0 Replies)

    Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? by Thomas Frank. I’m currently in progress trying to get through it, but my reading time has been rare lately.

    He makes the argument that only a Dem could have pushed through what Clinton did (as the Dems would fight the same things if proposed by a Repub). According to him, Social Security privatization was next up but was pre-empted by the whole Monica thing.

    I’m not going to debate Frank’s points – read the book if you want to get more into it.

  8. particularly those who are also Bruins fans (0 Replies)

    I think the “guy who gets under your skin” personality is more prevalent in hockey (or at least I’m more familiar with those) and that’s the type of player one likes on one’s own team but not when playing for another. I agree that there are those who go too far (e.g., Claude Lemieux, Ulf Samuelsson).

  9. my take (0 Replies)

    When I talk to people about this, I keep it simple: He displays characteristics of NPD. I can’t state for sure he has it (and neither can my mental health professional spouse). But it is useful to explain and predict his behavior.

    And yes, let’s keep the “crazy” etc. out of it. As someone (like many of you) who have close relatives w/ varying types and levels of mental illness (and a bit of an anxiety thing myself), use of such terms is insulting.

  10. meta note (0 Replies)

    First image is bleeding over into the “recent posts” column for me (Firefox on OS X).

  11. ICYMI (0 Replies)

    The ghostwriter of The Art of the Deal has more than a few things to say in a current New Yorker piece.

    “I put lipstick on a pig,” he said. “I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is.” He went on, “I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.”

  12. OK, apparently a case of "never mind" (0 Replies)

    If one can trust the Washington Post.

    To be clear, the hypothesis that global warming is destabilizing the polar jet stream is a legitimate idea that has been published in peer-reviewed journals, though it remains controversial. But even the scientist who developed the hypothesis, Jennifer Francis, a professor of meteorology at Rutgers University, suggested it had been misapplied by Scribbler and Beckwith. “I’d say cross-equator flow cannot be unprecedented, maybe not even all that unusual,” she said.

  13. use the link, Luke (0 Replies)

    Here’s a bit from the Robert Scribbler blog mentioned in the story:

    Like many extreme events resulting from human-forced climate change — this co-mingling of upper level airs from one Hemisphere with another is pretty fracking strange. Historically, the Tropics — which produce the tallest and thickest air mass in the world — have served as a mostly impenetrable barrier to upper level winds moving from one Hemisphere to another. But as the Poles have warmed due to human-forced climate change, the Hemispherical Jet Streams have moved out of the Middle Latitudes more and more. More and more it has invaded regions both within the Polar zone and within the Tropics. Now, it appears that the old dividing lines are so weak that flows of upper level air between Hemispheres can be exchanged.

    That’s bad news for seasonality. Prevention of mixing of air between Hemispheres by the thick, hot tropical air mass is what has generated a strong division between Summer and Winter during the Holocene Climate Epoch. However, erode that boundary and you get more Summer heat spilling over into the Winter zone and vice versa. You get this weather-destabilizing and extreme weather generating mixing of seasons that is all part of a very difficult to deal with ‘Death of Winter’ type scenario.

    In the very recent past, scientists favored a view that such mixing between Hemispheres was not possible. But recent observations of zonal wind patterns in the Tropics have shown that the zonal winds are now starting to enter periods when they move in concert even as much more powerful than usual atmospheric wave generating patterns are starting to emerge. The result appears to be really enormous gravity waves that transfer heat from Equator to Pole even as cross Equator upper level air flows are enabled.

  14. Hell, GA? (1 Reply)

    There is a Hell, MI, but as far as Google Maps can tell me there is no Hell, GA.

  15. is the question misworded? (0 Replies)

    She doesn’t actually have to leave the Senate to run, only if she were to win, right?

  16. Trump in a nutshell (1 Reply)

    1) The man has no real convictions toward other people. If you are for him, you are “great” and “beautiful”. If you are against him, you are a “loser” and a lot of other things you’ve heard him say.

    2) If you are against him and appear to be a winner vs. him, he’ll go into attack mode, because he can’t stand to lose to someone who isn’t for him.