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Re: “Today's video and the open line

alternate hypothesis: i haven't done the math, but how many guns etc. does the czech company sell in their home country? what is their market estimate for arkansas and surrounding regions? how long is required to ship from home country to the us? goods in transit, in addition to the cost of shipping, are inventory, and cutting inventory to the bone is the essence of lean manufacturing, just in time. in addition to slower response times to changes in market demands, the inventory thing is similar to paying interest on a loan. if you can eliminate or at least minimize those costs, you strengthen your bottom line. what, if anything, are the benefits to marketing something as 'made in the us of a?' particularly amongst those inclined to spend large fractions of their incomes on weaponry?

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 04/23/2019 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Invitation withdrawn for constituent hoping to attend Tom Cotton 'town hall'

a good time to re-read the dailykos commentary and reader comments on 'cotton bronze'

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 04/23/2019 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Open line

cato, i do agree about the tip of the iceberg. i am attempting to retire from a career in which finding better ways to provide better health care for children has been my focus, although relevant to the present discussion more toward the medical aspects than the psychological. however, the psychological and social components of problems impact the delivery, acceptance, and sustainability of improvements offered by scientific advances. the later stages of my career have taken me to visit places in which the full array of resources available to most parents in the us are not so readily accessible. when i feed my granddaughter, i do see the child and the parents of that child for whom sufficient food is not available. i see parents in this country who live in what are termed 'food deserts,' in which only nutritionally suboptimal fast foods are available and affordable, oddly enough tending toward obesity in the child. yeah, these are not things about which thinking makes one feel warm and fuzzy. however, my point on the mother in question begins with the idea that she was not given a full deck and is therefore unlikely to win her lifetime game of solitaire. ok, this is likely to enrage a significant element of the readership, but inasmuch as we are this deep into the discussion, this matter is closer to my views regarding pedophile priests and other persons who use positions of authority to abuse children. that an individual priest preys on a child, to me, indicates that he (or she) has a mental health problem and needs to be treated, not just simply punished, essentially for being sick. why should someone be whipped for breaking an arm, catching the flu, or something similar? however, the practice of the upper management of the catholic church, inc., of hiding and denying the problem and moving these priests to new flocks on which to prey is a habit on which i am far closer to your calls for more dramatic punishment. those people in administration are causing harm to successive populations of children, not so much because they are sick, but because the church just wants money and does not want to lose money if people were to discover the rotten core of the religion, inc. for the record, yes, i realize that this failing, sin, transgression, is not limited to the catholic church and i hope is not true of all in the church, but these are some very ugly icebergs.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 04/21/2019 at 8:24 PM

Re: “Open line

cato, we probably agree that the first priority should be providing whatever can be done to help the two children to recover physically, mentally, and emotionally. however, while i admit i don't have a lot of the facts, i regard as highly likely the possibility that the mother had and probably still has some very serious mental health problems. mental health needs are very underserved in our country at the present. further, we should seek to learn how to identify the factors that allow or cause someone to do these sorts of things to other humans, particularly children, so such actions might be prevented.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 04/21/2019 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Open line

Silver seems to have understood my intent, which was not to use trump as a synonym for a most useful part of the body, but as a term to use instead of the derogatory implications for which most attributions of 'asshole' are intended. i agree that equating trump with asshole is a disservice to the latter.

as a habit, i do not read, and therefore do not comment on razor's posts, for reasons i have explained earlier, but cato's comment caused me to wonder what might have been said. razor seems to have stumbled into the aspect of religion i described earlier, that of getting some people to behave better than they would otherwise. his focus on his interpretation of a singular event is what some would term superstition, but i am genuinely appreciative of the net effect and on what i would suspect would be the peace of mind he derives therefrom. i do ask that he grant to others their rights to their own religions and beliefs.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 04/21/2019 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Open line

first, i guarantee that olphart has at least one friend. nice that your church supports the food bank, but some fraction of your donation might have gone to purchase the lambo for your preacher or his/her wife/husband. you ought to see if you could get a partial refund, or next time simply donate directly to the food bank.
second, anna, i agree that some of the consequences of people 'believing' in their invisible buddy are good. however, many people appear to me to say they 'believe,' in the hope that they can fool their omniscient buddy. hey, folks, if s/he is so omniscient, you are not going to fool him/her/them, other than perhaps yourself. you seem to understand the difference between believing and saying that one believes. also, i think you mean the god construct that people manufacture to justify their own actions. some people aspire to be great, by some measure, and some people are by nature good. i haven't seen a lot of overlap between those two types. i know what you mean by 'asshole,' but the asshole is a very important contributor to the overall health and welfare of the body. we need another word for the intent for which this word is used. trump?
three or four years ago, i attended a conference in karachi, pakistan, on pediatric health care. as we were being transported from one place to another in karachi, i found myself in a van with half a dozen pakistani physicians, our driver, and our presumably armed body guard, when one of the other passengers asked me about my personal religious beliefs. anyone who has read much of my posts probably has a pretty good idea as to my own beliefs, and i tend to be honest and open in my answers to most all questions, but this question, in this situation, did cause me to pause. i did answer truthfully. i would love to know what impression or effect my answer had on the others in the van.

finally, for the moment,

Hedley Lamarr: I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers, and Methodists! [Laughs hysterically and sinisterly]

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 04/21/2019 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Open line

Jared Diamond and Yali might disagree with the thesis that abrahamic religions are necessary for tribalism. i do agree that religions far too often reinforce tribal instincts and justify actions that in a rational sense would not be justifiable.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 04/20/2019 at 6:44 PM

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