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    Today, 02:19 PM
    End the Fed, or the Fed will end us. Apologies to Alexander Korda.
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    Today, 02:18 PM
    Silent because Obammy.
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    Yesterday, 09:13 PM
    osan replied to a thread Question Time... in Open Discussion
    Thanks. I'd forgotten about that thread and while helpful, I don't think it has enough of what I seek. Basically, what is needed is to execute a SQL statement of a basic form: select * from <some table name> where username="osan", or some such. That would extract every post I'd ever made, the result which can be dumped into a file. It's a simple affair, but access is what is required to make it happen.
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    Yesterday, 05:16 AM
    osan started a thread Question Time... in Open Discussion
    I'm in the process of fleshing out what I am calling a "normative political novel". It is to be a swag at what might be, were some group of humans to pluck their heads from their sphincters long enough to get something going and to work up the gumption to keep it that way. My question is this: does anyone know a way of extracting all of one's posts on RPF? I asked the site owners about this years ago but got no positive response, so I'm coming to you guys. It would be easy if I could get 30 second's of access to the database and look at the schema. A single SQL command would do it neatly, but I don't have that access and I am not willing to hack the server as that would be ungentlemanly, not to mention criminal. This novel is intended to cover a LOT of bases in terms of political philosophy and the practicalities of life pursuant to the principles in question. I've written a lot on such matters here and some of it I daresay was actually fairly good. I'd really like to get eyes on my own material for the sake of fleshing out details, etc. Any help would be deeply appreciated, and if Bryan would be amenable to producing a giant dump of all my mad rantings, I have no problem paying for the service... if it's not too terribly expensive. Digging my way back out of poverty is a secondary reason I'm embarking on this journey, the primary being giving the people of earth something worth thinking on. I'd really like to try my hand at architecting the free world of humanity's future - a grand endeavor, I know - but I think I may be up to it. Thanks in advance.
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    Yesterday, 05:02 AM
    That too. If you think on it beyond the superficialities, all this spying turns out to be such a sad waste of time and effort... that is, unless you regard your own people as the enemy. That said, what sad lives they must all lead, that they devote them to this brand of crummy voyeurism. I mean shit, if I'm going to play Peeping Tom, I'm gonna be looking through the bedroom window of my neighbor's heart-breakingly hot sixteen year old daughter, and not some overweight snowflake as he weakly masturbates, alone, in mom's basement. Dufuque...
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    Yesterday, 04:53 AM
    Ah... Gentle Giant. I saw them live at Shrine Auditorium in 1977.
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    Yesterday, 04:45 AM
    No way of knowing, but likely it is that they will not, ego being what it tends in the human animal, particularly the political animal which is most often deeply narcissistic. Narcissists never admit to being wrong about anything precisely due to their very large, yet fragile and weak egos. Penultimate train wrecks of pure dysfunction they are.
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    01-24-2020, 07:50 AM
    However large you may think it, triple it and you still won't be anywhere close to the true proportion. If Theye CAN, they WILL. It is in human nature to do so.
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    01-20-2020, 07:17 PM
    Hey, don't be disingenuous. He said no such thing. But he was 100% correct in stating that attacking an embassy is indeed an act of war. This should not be difficult to grasp.
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    01-15-2020, 01:05 PM
    Your petty and irrelevant name calling leads me to wonder whether you have taken it in the boot-hole a few too many times. The heartbreak of it all.
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    01-15-2020, 01:00 PM
    His reasons for being there were irrelevant to the purpose of the mission to kill him. He could have been there to blow the Ayatollah, it matters no whit. He was an active combatant and we snuffed his ass. If people were better behaved, there would be no need, much less justification for sending them to the Void. But they aren't. This is the shitty reality of the world of humans. I don't like it and I'd bet you don't much care for it either. But that's the way it is. The choice, then, remains whether one is going to act to defend against the bad boys, or sit idly as they kill you off piecemeal. Choice is ours. That said, I think much of our foreign policy sucks the big tuna, so we stand some lessons in proper behavior as well. But do not for one moment drink the koolaid that asserts we are the only bad actors on the planet. We are not even close to that.
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    01-15-2020, 08:30 AM
    Captive audience and fuckyouverymuch. It is as much about power as making money.
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    01-14-2020, 04:51 AM
    Seems Amash made it to the list of dangerklowns. So far as I can tell, Trump has yet to do anything worthy of impeachment. Amash seems to have taken one too many in the backhole. PLONK
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    01-14-2020, 04:45 AM
    Wait just a minute... Since when is anything McCain conservative? Who wrote the article and why has he not been resolutely beaten with an iron bar?
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    01-14-2020, 12:22 AM
    This seems almost disingenuous, given Congress has stood idly by for every undeclared war since Korea. While I recognize the evil of endless war and would have been happy to see Congress nip it all in the bud from Korea through Eye-Rack and Afghanistan, it remains the inescapable reality that there are those who endeavor to bring us to harm. The question then is what does one do about threats when credible intelligence says someone is up to no-good? I suppose we could sit and wait until something happens, but when it does, the same people who called you a warmongering baby killer suddenly shriek all hawkish and start calling for your head on a stick like a corn dog because you let it happen. People really need to make up their minds one way or another as to what sort of life they wish to live and stop trying to have their cake and eat it too. The world is full of man-made dangers. You either prepare to defend yourself, accepting the consequences, or you wash your hands of direct responsibility and accept THOSE consequences. Can't have it both ways. Given this world of deeply lousy humanity, I am not nearly as pissed off with Trump as I am with all the screaming hypocrites.
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    01-13-2020, 01:48 PM
    Uh huh... Whatever, pal. Whatever. Note how they are now once again reversed, admitting that they did it. Perhaps your instincts are not so good.
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    01-13-2020, 01:46 PM
    osan replied to a thread RIP Neil Peart in Open Discussion
    PS: Having never seen Rush perform live is one of my musical regrets... and Miles Davis.
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    01-13-2020, 01:44 PM
    osan replied to a thread RIP Neil Peart in Open Discussion
    Eddie? Jobson?
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    01-10-2020, 07:22 PM
    osan replied to a thread RIP Neil Peart in Open Discussion
    I made the same miscalculation with Miles Davis. Yeah, he was a bit of an asshole, but boy could he blow a mean horn. I had at least 30 opportunities to see him, but being young I was always busy busy busy. I always said I'll catch him next time, until there were no more to catch. Ginger Baker and Neal Peart in one year... two of the greatest. I dread the day Bruford goes... and Cobham... and Chambers. Of course, Jim Gordon is long gone, another great. Neil Peart... This is almost as bad as when Lou Reed died.
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    01-10-2020, 05:31 PM
    Well, now it is being reported that Iran is denying any involvement with the downed airliner. The problem here is that we are no longer able to trust media, so we now have no idea who is doing the lying - media, Iran, or most likely, both.
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    01-10-2020, 05:27 PM
    osan replied to a thread RIP Neil Peart in Open Discussion
    This ultrasucks.
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    01-10-2020, 02:41 PM
    Now you see - you had the opportunity to engage in an adult conversation, but turned it into false accusation time. FAIL.
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    01-10-2020, 02:36 PM
    Wait just a minute - your sentence structure above is not clear - do you mean to assert that I am a neocon?
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    01-10-2020, 02:33 PM
    I think anyone with any sense and decency is anti-war. But being anti-war doesn't mean not defending oneself, often through the repulsive back-channels of "the game". This is the point I keep making, yet so few seem to grok: our normative ideals may be great. They may be worth aspiring to. However, "aspiring" should probably not mean committing suicide. I don't want war, but if my neighbor brings it to my doorstep, I have a choice to make: lay down and let him do the job on me, or get out there and vanquish the bastard. I don't WANT to go to war with my neighbor, but if he is going to bring, I will give as good as I get, if not better. It never ceases to amaze me at how many people equate and conflate the willingness to go to war, however reticently, with the lust to go. The two are VERY different creatures.
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    01-10-2020, 02:26 PM
    Don't know. I do not usually listen to NPR as they are not to be trusted due to a terminal case of hard leftism, which is exactly why they are credible on this issue. The simple fact that they were not sucking Soleimani's dick, post mortem, kind of drives home a middling to very good likelihood that he was a real shit. Otherwise, it would have been fellatio-city. Fuck's sake man, you cannot be serious. "COULD have been..." You're weasel wording it precisely because somewhere deep down you know that nobody knows what might have been possible, or not possible. I walk down the road, trip, and break my leg. Well, if Trump hadn't... This is called "non sequitur". You have drawn no convincing connection between the events in question. The Iranians themselves are saying it was an accident, which raises the strongest possibility that it would have happened even if Trump hadn't spanked Iran before the entire world. Let us try to keep this real. :)
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    01-10-2020, 01:13 AM
    Today on NPR it was reported that Iran has admitted to having shot down the aircraft, and that it was "accidental'. Do you need more evidence than that? I mean, it's friggin' NPR, a raft of leftist filth who spare no opportunity to malign Trump.
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    01-10-2020, 01:10 AM
    Unless everything we have been told about Soleimani is a bald-faced lie, he was very active factor in far flung warring. Until he would have retired such that he no longer posed any material threat to any American, he validly remains in the crosshairs because he puts himself in such peril. He could have stopped any time he wished, but chose otherwise, which bought him getting all blowed up. I have no problem with killing such people. Had he confined his activities to the valid defense of Iran from foreign aggressors, this killing would have clearly been outright murder. That, however, was apparently not the case. He discounted his own life and waived his claims thereto, got called on it, and rolled snake eyes. I doubt it was that, though cannot say with full confidence that it wasn't. Given the pressures on Trump, I deeply doubt he is so foolish as to engage in actions that In a world gone mad, little can be ruled out. That said, I doubt Trump would accede to such a request. It does not appear that Trump is in any way blood-thirsty.
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    01-10-2020, 12:48 AM
    Dr. Paul's normative philosophy is similar to my own. We depart in the positive. Ignore and deny practical reality at one's peril in matters such as this. Sadly, it is most often the man who will stoop the lowest that sets the practical standard for the rest.
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Global War On Terrorism: Are We Winning?

by osan on 03-25-2017 at 07:19 AM
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Short answer: If you are still fighting it you are losing it.
After 26 years, I'd have to agree.
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Uhm, no. Not all of us. Only most of the countries involved. We few radicals and rebels do what we can to prevent it. Whether that works or not still doesn't change whether it is our fault or not.
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