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Top three -or four - for me...so far...

(Edited to swap Michelle (who REALLY has said "No" for Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev)
Kamala Harris,
Florida's Val Demings,
Michelle Lujan Grisham, or...
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto


Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Wed Mar 4, 2020, 10:09 AM (0 replies)

I still have my Impeach Reagan button somewhere. Actors, and TV personalities, make

terrible Presidents. Boy, he sure fooled so many gullible voters with his Aw shucks manners. But ANYONE who had payed attention to what he did as Governor of California knew he'd be awful as President.

We just didn't know how awful:

_Sent National Guard to UC Berkeley campus (People's Park)
_On first day in office, lied that HE, not Carter, secured the release of hostages from Iran
_As new President, took down solar panels on WH and ended alternative energy incentives
_Supply Side economics
_Tax cuts for rich, eliminated middle class tax breaks
_1982 Recession
_Sent weapons to Iraq, Saddam Hussein
_Invaded Grenada as a distraction
_busted unions like the Air Traffic Controllers
_Funded Star Wars nonsense
_Iran Contra scandal - arms for hostages
_Reignighted Cold War with USSR
_Supported the Mujahideen (Osama bin Laden)
_Supported dictators like Noriega, Hussein, Marcos, El Salvadore regime...
_"Trees polute more than automobiles"
_138 Reagon officials indicted, or convicted of crimes
_Tripled National Debt
_Savings and Loans collapse
_Ignored the A.I.D.S. epidemic
_ etc. etc

And much more...that I have probably forgotten.
No, NOT a good President.

Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Tue Dec 17, 2019, 11:44 AM (1 replies)

The best part of working for a record company was exposure to new music...

...and growing up in the 60's having a transitor radio, and then a turntable & speakers and a receiver/amp !!

My favorites, in no real order (you DID say we could list more then five if so inclined):

_Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (My first album bought with my paper route $)

_The Chambers Brothers "The Time Has Come"

_The Last Poets "First"

_Stevie Wonder "Talking Book"

_Dr John "The Night Tripper"

_The Neville Brothers ‎– "Fiyo On The Bayou"

_Bob Dylan "Freewheelin"

_Country Joe & The Fish "Feel Like I'm Fixin to Die"

_The Mothers of Invention "Freak Out"

_Fairport Convention "Unhalfbricking"

_Planxty "Planxty"

And of course The Who "Tommy", Beatles "Sgt Pepper" Jethro Tull "Aqualung" and on and on. It was/is a great time to be alive music -wise!

Oh, and thanks for asking red dog1



Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Tue Jan 29, 2019, 04:29 PM (0 replies)

Many had burned or destroyed their draft cards before this, but here were nice

church folks (the Berrigan Brothers were acquaintances of mine) burning a large pile of nearly 400 draftee files.

Can't believe it been fifty years! Seems like only yesterday, (especially with all the crap that's still going on these days!).
Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Fri May 4, 2018, 05:43 PM (1 replies)

White folks don't believe this shit happens ALL the time, always has. Just didn't get

captured on phone video in the past. The very same thing happened to me and several of my friends in high school. We were walking along chatting and stopped to give a panhandler some change. (I always have done that, always will). Moments later a cop car screeches over and out jump two beefy white cops who proceed to pat us down and pepper us with questions: Where are the drugs you just bought from that guy? Where do you live? Let's see some ID! Why aren't you in school? (It was late afternoon) Shit like that.

They left us, but I remember being a bit shaken up. My friend Blue said "Chill bro, you kinda gotta expect it, so, you know, you can keep your cool, not get f*d up by them."

This was 1968.
Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Thu Apr 26, 2018, 08:22 AM (1 replies)

I was at SIGGRAPH '83 when Steve Jobs introduced "Lisa" (for the bargain prices of $10,000)

With it's intuitive graphic user interface, cute little icons, and mouse control, it was touted as the computer for anyone - well, if you had $10 grand.

Steve Jobs told the rapt audience "I wanted to offer a new thing that had two features: easy enough your mother could use it, and bold enough that all our competitors would say "Oh SHIT!"

If only I had had the money to buy Apple stock back then.

My first was this unassuming bit of tech:

Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Wed Apr 25, 2018, 08:18 AM (1 replies)

He had many faults, but I will always thank him for at least ONE good deed: signing the ADA...

The Americans With Disabilities Act July 1990

Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Mon Apr 23, 2018, 08:45 PM (1 replies)

Hurt's portrayal of John Merrick always makes me tear up...

here in a scene with Anne Bancroft.

Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Sat Jan 28, 2017, 10:43 AM (0 replies)

The bastard offspring of IG Farben continue to foul our world with poisons...


"Adding to the dark shadow over the company, it is increasingly clear that, in the immediate postwar years, a rogues’ gallery of wanted and convicted Nazis, mass murderers who had practiced their science in notorious death camps, ended up working at Grünenthal, some of them directly involved in the development of thalidomide. What they had to offer was knowledge and skills developed in experiments that no civilized society would ever condone. It was in this company of men, indifferent to suffering and believers in a wretched philosophy that life is cheap, that thalidomide was developed and produced."

Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Mon May 23, 2016, 07:49 AM (2 replies)

Dan and his brother Phil were forces of nature! As high school students we worked with them around

issues of institutional racism. They were based at Cornell at that time and we made numerous trips up and back to work out starting community based groups raising awareness around race (this was 1968-69 after the Kerner Commission report came out)

I remember them both as some of the nicest, most moral, centered advocates for peace and justice.

Rest In Peace Father Dan. (Phil passed away last year)

Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Sat Apr 30, 2016, 07:01 PM (0 replies)
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