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Re: “FCC approval of bigger media monopolies will be felt in Arkansas

my read of the history of this story is that monopolization of information sourcing has been the objective all along. when one source controls tv, radio, and print information, the sheep can be led to whatever conclusions best fit the short term financial gains of the controllers. i saw this first in an interview, as i remember with ailes, in the 2004 campaign. he didn't even know who was running [w], but just wanted to get rid of restrictions on media market ownership.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 11/17/2017 at 1:27 PM

Re: “The ghost of Kenneth Starr: A special prosecutor for Clinton Foundation, uranium and, yes, e-mails!

in an article on the us nobel laureates not being invited to the wh, someone cited a quote attributed to sarah hucksanders. can anyone validate or reject the following?

"We don't see why we should honor any so-called 'scientists' ," said Ms. Huckabee Sanders, "that have not at least invented a new little blue boner pill. That, my friend, is 'science'."

did she really say that?

For those of you who might not know, sildenafil, the active ingredient in ms sanders' little blue pills, was an important development in understanding the processes of vasorelaxation and is an important drug used in treatment of pulmonary hypertension, such as is encountered in many human infants born prematurely.

Sarah, better to remain silent and have people wonder if you are dumb as a box of rocks than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 11/14/2017 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Junction Bridge to be shorn of 'love locks'

Doigotta, i saw a friend of mine hang his wedding band on a boat cleat, while exiting a boat. fortunately did not lose that finger, but could just as easily have done so, and that was only body weight. power tools, much greater potential for havoc. those things tend to happen in times of least concern, so your actions are most wise, and, yes, i did same years ago.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 11/14/2017 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Monday open line

Cato and the rest, i also hope that norma is just taking a sabbatical. i was looking forward to noting that we never saw norma and harvey weinstein at the same time, sorta like jimmy and lois never saw clark and superman at the same time. i did not, and do not, grant norma the moral high ground she claimed over and over and over, from a land that gave us richard nixon, as well as harvey weinstein and the now seemingly endless lineup of creeps from the hollywood culture norma extolled repeatedly. i am far more comfortable acknowledging arkansas' gift to the world of johnny cash. yeah, cotton, booze man, and rapert, but grant me just a bit of poetic license.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 11/06/2017 at 8:09 PM

Re: “Springtime in Hillcrest: A no-smoking Fountain Bar in the works

Bar owners in Ohio in the early 2000s raised hell over laws banning smoking in bars. The owners wailed that such laws would eviscerate their businesses. However, people collected data, moving forward from fear and hyperbole to facts and data. The data showed that business got better, as more people spent more time in the bars. Also, moving smoking sections out to a porch does not remove the additional burdens of smoking on nonsmokers. The health effects of secondhand smoke, to bystanders and servers/waiters/waitresses remain. You might posit that the waitstaff could choose to work elsewhere, and i won't argue that point, even though i do not agree entirely, having lived through the high rates of unemployment that strangled arkansas some years ago. I am unaware of the health effects of the smoke-derived substances emitted by the clothing, and from the lungs, of smokers, when they walk through the public areas, such as going to the rest rooms, but most non-smokers have no trouble discerning a smoker in elevators and other exposures.

i will, however, argue that, by supporting the tobacco industry, you are abetting and enabling a business whose model requires that they addict kids by age 17 or so. If they don't get you by the time you turn 17 or 18, they don't get you, so they have to go after kids, and every pack, carton, plug, or cigar you buy drops some money in the pot to be used to try to trap our kids and grandkids, and their kids and grandkids. if you don't have any young children or grandchildren of your own, go borrow one or more and look into their eyes.

as to ecigs, what about designating their use for cessation, meaning to be used under prescription from a health care worker? the purpose of such legislation would be to limit the use of ecigs for addiction of kids who are not smokers, yet, and to limit the use of ecigs by the tobacco industry to addict kids seeking to be cool, and to limit the agenda as a means of generating cash flow, both in the near term and in the longer run. your family members are to be congratulated for breaking from one of the most addictive substances known, but please consult the larger body of published literature on the topic. try your own search strategies, but a suggestion for starts would be for you to google, "electronic cigarettes and smoking initiation," and read a few of the articles. For readers for whom this is too much effort, the short version is that introduction of kids to ecigs results in greatly increased adoption of combustive smoking. the tobacco industry is not benign.

Another point related to the above is that we, our society, suffers from the social and economic burdens imparted by the health effects of tobacco. Promising to quit when you get your diagnosis of lung cancer is better than nothing, but not by much. Also, if you smoke, or if you live with a smoker, those exposures are more likely to kill you (or the person living with you) from your increased risk of cardiovascular disease than by lung cancer. That latter factoid gets overlooked, and the relative contributions of lung cancer and cvd might have been inverted in recent years, but the two are more comparable in fact than in the public's awareness.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 11/05/2017 at 10:29 AM

Re: “'Good guys with guns' complicate hunt for Walmart shooter in Colorado

the circular firing squad comment above deserves additional emphasis. 'good guy 1' shoots, possibly even at bad guy 1; gg2 sees gg1 shooting and commences to shoot at him, gg3, 4, etc. just how much training in target identification is required for a carry permit?

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 11/04/2017 at 11:09 AM

Re: “State tourism official warns of economic damage from "bathroom bill'

I just moved back to arkansas from the bluest city in one of the bluest states in these united. to those of you bemoaning the present political climate in arkansas, oh, and let me add j william fulbright and william j clinton, let me offer this nugget of consolation. the people and policies that so bedevil you in the present day will be swept away by the inevitable tide of progress. the past that the others are trying to regain is not coming back. the present, such as it is, will be transformed into the future that is evident in the more progressive societies in our country and world.

inequities persist, but many of those prejudices of our past have been eroded in ways that may not be appreciated. mixed race families might be a bit odd in some corners of arkansas, but are not illegal and for the most part do not attract all that much attention. the public persons who formerly hid in the closet who have come out, well, that does not attract all that much attention, really no big deal, at least if they stick to consenting adults.

yes, a rational, educated, and thoughtful people should not take so long to do the right thing, but if you are smart enough to realize things should be better, you should be smart enough to realize that most of our fellow americans, perhaps especially arkansans, are not. take some solace in the fact that jeff sessions, donny trump, and harvey weinstein, among others, are not from arkansas. we begat johnny cash, jim jones, douglas blackmon, and jeff nichols. take some pride in their works, and don't take any crap from others, and surely don't crap all over yourself.

get to work, register, think, and vote. go get em.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 11/03/2017 at 11:37 PM

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