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Re: Our modern world
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I'm just offering a different perspective in light of your implication that the technology of "interconnectedness" equals progress, and that resistance is for luddites. You didn't seem to leave room for other interpretations.

I don't agree with the alarmism, but to be completely dismissive of the risks that concern Rich isn't any better. We already know that given enough time, almost anything that can be tampered with, will be, especially things with locks on them. And when that lock exists in a somewhat abstract plane, it becomes easier for would-be perpetrators to rationalize criminal behavior. (Ever steal a CD? Ever download a copy of a CD?)

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Re: Our modern world
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Luddites have always existed, and will continue to exist. The rest of the world adapts, accepts change, and enjoys the perks of progress.


We already have a tendency to embrace technology as a means to its own end, often in the name of progress, so we have plenty of reason to be cautious without being luddites. The most obvious hazard of increasingly pervasive digital information technology is probably not that we will be sabotaged by others (although we will), but by inundating ourselves with more noise, we will continue to sabotage ourselves. All the data security in the world won’t put a dent in that problem.

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Re: Maternity ward at JCMC
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Apparently, there is a constant fear (if well founded, or not, I have no idea) that babies can be stolen by someone. It seems borderline crazy/paranoid, but I think hospitals are forced into these measures by insurance companies.


Some hospitals call it a Code Pink system. I suspect they exist mostly to guard against kidnapping by estranged mothers or fathers.

Posted on: 1/11 16:03
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Re: Trump Our New President
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I assume you're being sarcastic. If so, they [automated robots] won't change the rate of technology growth.


I don’t know about that. It would appear that automation has such an impact on the rate of technological growth that one could probably dedicate a lifetime writing about it.

Posted on: 1/10 9:38
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Re: Secaucus Boy Kicked Out of Scouts Because He's Transgender (Petition)
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Speaking of the seven deadlies, I'll never forget the day when I saw Paul Cadmus' Seven Deadly Sins on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He nailed them.

https://goo.gl/acs3GV

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Re: Trump Our New President
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The snowflake tears as the moving trucks are at the White House are especially delicious today.


whats a "snowflake tear"?


I think it's a term used by bitter males for the purpose of psychological projection, so that they can remain oblivious of their own tendency to wear their emotions on their sleeves.

Posted on: 1/6 11:59
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Re: Trump Our New President
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The snowflake tears as the moving trucks are at the White House are especially delicious today.


The tears you’re swallowing exist only in your imagination, and what you’re experiencing—or at least fantasizing about—is called Schadenfreude—a concept so fundamentally German and uncool that we don’t have a better word to describe it.

As Americans, that’s not how we tend to roll.

Posted on: 1/6 11:27
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Re: Trump Our New President
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TheBigGuy wrote:
Seems to me the adults are back in charge...


If that's true, we can at least hope Mr. Trump stays out of their way.

"Rex, quick, jingle your keys in front of him!"

Posted on: 1/6 8:24
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Re: No Water in Hamilton Park
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To my understanding, this is nonsense, we have a gravity fed system from the Boonton reservoir, similar to NYC. Even systems that have to pump for pressure use towers to provide a steady pressure head, not on-demand pumps. Can you corroborate what you say?


That’s a good point, it seems you’re right. I don’t know much about the system, but apparently it does use a gravity feed. My experience is with non-potable water systems which tend to be quite different, so my bad.

You’re also right that pressure in the system is supposed to be constant. There are ways to do that, but that doesn’t mean the solutions are flawless. Pressure in our system does really change throughout the day, and after taking showers in the same place over the past ten years, I’m hopefully not just imagining it. (It’s also independent of additional water demand in my building, which has a more obvious impact.)

I’m not talking about major fluctuations, but they’re still not healthy for old cast iron pipes. Thousands and thousands of small, repeated cycles can really add up when talking about mechanical stresses.

The pace of construction over the past 15-20 years also can’t help but be related to significant disturbances to our water mains. The worst thing you can do with a buried utility is touch it. Underground soil erosion, which seems to be common downtown, is probably also a factor that increases stress on the pipes.

Point is—they’re not failing just because they’re old. I’ve seen piping only months old fail due to water chemistry or mechanical stresses, and I’ve seen piping older than me in perfectly serviceable condition. There’s always more to it.
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At least we can probably agree that infrastructure improvements are a political hot potato. Officials aren’t in office long enough to reap the rewards of expensive long-term projects. They’re only around long enough for the criticism, and who wants that?

Posted on: 12/16 14:28
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Re: No Water in Hamilton Park
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People, please. Water mains don't break because of usage, they're under the same pressure whether you're running water or not.


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...DT had a TON of factories that used to operate 24/7, in addition to a local population that was very large. Do you have stats to back up your (implied) claim that there is more water usage now than before?


Since you mention it, water pressure in the system is not constant. It fluctuates throughout the day. The sudden early morning demand creates a large pressure drop that the pump house has to account for, and they seem to do it by increasing the pressure before the demand kicks in. Construction—and there’s been some of that going on—also forces shutdowns that affect water pressure in other parts of the system.

Old cast iron pipes do not like to see fluctuating pressure, and we are probably stressing the system quite a bit, in exactly that way. The age of a pipe is not the only factor affecting its longevity. It’s not even the most significant one.

In terms of stressing the system, the operative concept is demand, not usage, and the demand spike that occurs every weekday morning in 2016 is almost certainly larger than what it was in 1930, when showering was not the thing it is today.

Posted on: 12/16 10:45
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Re: Jersey City Parking lot, first sold now renting
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I chuckle with the image of him furiously texting out a Yun screed in the back of the Explorer, sending it to Morrill to cut and paste into a Terrence email and then calling her every three minutes to see if it went out yet....


I can only assume the defensive and vindictive statements she makes come from a defensive and vindictive boss. We’ve already seen what happens when a spokesperson fails to tow the company line to his satisfaction.

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Re: Trump Our New President
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TheBigGuy wrote:
Outside of PC Madison, I imagine most people don't even think twice about celebrating Christmas in a "non-offensive" manner.

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Nice to see the President elect standing in front of decorated Christmas trees and a red and white Merry Christmas USA on front of the podium.


Outside of pessimistic individuals with outdated world views who insist on feeling victimized over petty, abstract nonsense, Christmas is still wonderful and will continue to be that way. If you're genuinely upset that many people now say Happy Holidays, you probably wouldn't know Christmas Spirit if it sat on your face and wiggled around.

Posted on: 12/14 11:10
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Re: Trump Our New President
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I don't know if Russia hacked the emails, but if Russia did, then I want to say, "Thank You." The emails clearly shows Hillary had two policies and her inner circle was planning to attack the Catholic Church. Trump, the 3 timed married man won the Catholic vote. You don't interfere with our religion.


Pope Francis deliberately cautioned us to be wary of fear-mongering, even just three days before the election. He claimed it weakens us. Are you calling the Pope a liar? (I only say that in response to your recurring statement about not calling Jesus a liar, whatever that means.)

Posted on: 12/12 16:08
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Re: Trump Our New President
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Clinton lost because 5 million Democratic voters did not come out as they did for Obama. The DNC failed their constituents. It's time to dump them


If you’re going to waste your time looking for a rational explanation, I wouldn’t start with the party whose candidate was one of the most uniquely qualified professionals in the history of the Presidency.

Posted on: 12/12 15:39
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Re: Fulop: despite Trump, Jersey City remains 'welcoming' to immigrants
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Never before has Christianity has been under attack than now...


What is the origin of the phrase, 'Thrown to the lions'?

Posted on: 12/9 14:06
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Re: Fulop: despite Trump, Jersey City remains 'welcoming' to immigrants
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Frank M, you are a typical liberal. When I give the facts, you make personal attacks.


I realize you made a simple mistake confusing me with rescuelife, so no harm done even though that’s quite a stretch. You should know that none of the abuse or name-calling you receive on this website comes from me.

As far as your opinion, it seems to be based exclusively on your feelings about a small number of cases where sexual orientation is a factor, instead of the overall principle. You’re making no concession to the reality that if you had your way, and people were indeed free to discriminate against others on the basis of religious belief, that you, me, and everybody else would very quickly find ourselves the victims of unreasonable discrimination from others whose deeply held beliefs are extremely different from our own.

Going out on a limb, I would suggest that most conservatively and liberally-minded Americans tend to have similar opinions about discrimination on the basis of religion.

Posted on: 12/9 10:34
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Re: Trump Our New President
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Melania and Barron von Trump’s New York City arrangements will cost taxpayers over one-billion dollars* during his first term.

Cancel lease!



(*I have no idea, but facts are no longer relevant.)

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Re: Fulop: despite Trump, Jersey City remains 'welcoming' to immigrants
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Again, too complicated, Yvonne.

If you had your way, and every person of every religion was free to discriminate on the basis of religion, you would absolutely find yourself on the judgmental end of beliefs you don’t share, and it wouldn’t just be about cakes. And you would be FURIOUS.

Thankfully, as in other developed counties, we make a very special point of avoiding such behavior.

Posted on: 12/8 16:59
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Re: Fulop: despite Trump, Jersey City remains 'welcoming' to immigrants
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You’re making this too complicated, Yvonne.

You stated very clearly that business owners should have the right to turn away certain customers on strictly religious grounds. That’s very simple to understand.

However, what you don’t seem to realize is that such a practice would apply to all business owners and every religious belief that could possibly exist. If that were the case, you, me, and everyone else would be subject to all sorts of discrimination that run counter to the values of American society.

You could also just ask an outspoken Christian conservative how he or she feels about Sharia Law. I've heard that some of them have opinions about it.

Posted on: 12/8 12:49
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Re: Trump Our New President
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JCMan8 wrote:
BREAKING: U.S. Steel CEO Says 10,000 Jobs To Be Brought Back… All Because Of Trump

http://thetruthdivision.com/2016/12/b ... ght-back-thanks-to-trump/


The “Truth Division” huh? A news source that boldly claims to be truthful should inspire as much confidence as bank that claims it doesn’t steal your money.

Posted on: 12/8 12:25
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Re: Fulop: despite Trump, Jersey City remains 'welcoming' to immigrants
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Yvonne wrote:
I absolutely think people should have the right to turn away customers based on their religion.


Okay, now we’re getting to it. If religion was sufficient grounds to deny service on a selective basis in the USA, a paramedic might be able to deny care to a woman because she isn’t wearing a hijab. Are you sure that’s what you want for America?

Posted on: 12/6 11:18
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Re: Fulop: despite Trump, Jersey City remains 'welcoming' to immigrants
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I understand your opinion Yvonne, mostly anyway. What I'd still like to know is how how your standards might apply to others.

You're saying that a business owner should be able to deny service to customers whe are are "in cooperation with sin." If so, aren't there consumers of other goods and services who are implicating the providers of those things in allegedly sinful activities, with the vendor's awareness?

Should a Catholic doctor or pharmacist be able to deny birth control or reproductive choices to patients? Should a public defender be able to deny representation to a defendant with a prior record of stealing and is again accused of the same offense? Can a jeweler deny the sale of a gem because the customer is into woo? Should a florist also be able to turn away a long-married person who wants to buy roses with a card thanking their lover for the night of their life, since it's obviously not for his or her spouse?

Yvonne, other than gay people who want to get married, who else should be denied service specifically because it would allegedly force the propietor to "cooperate with sin"?

Posted on: 12/5 21:54
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Re: Fulop: despite Trump, Jersey City remains 'welcoming' to immigrants
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Yvonne wrote:
There is a difference between not selling a birthday cake to a gay person and not participating in selling a wedding cake. The first would be a sin for being mean to a gay person, the second would be cooperating with sin.


What others varieties of “cooperation with sin” do you feel are reasonable grounds to deny service? We’ve already covered making flower bouquets and wedding cakes for same-gender marriages. What else?

Posted on: 12/5 13:28
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Re: Fulop: despite Trump, Jersey City remains 'welcoming' to immigrants
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...let me repeat, bakers, florists, etc. should not be forced to do something against their beliefs.


What other criteria have retailers used in refusing service to customers? I'm sure you can think of many, but they probably fall into two distinct categories. In one, you might feel that refusing service to women, non-whites, or non-Christians is unjust and amoral. In the other, you probably feel that customers who can't pay or who are improperly dressed, beligerant, or intoxicated should rightfully be shown the door.

Now, into which category do you want to put queer people who want show their love for each other with delicious cakes and pretty flowers, exactly like straight people do? In with the filthy Italians and Irish? Or with the drunks?

Or is there another category?

If so, who else is in it?

Posted on: 2016/11/29 15:37
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Re: Trump Our New President
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JCMan8 wrote:
While you seem obsessed with the concept of projection, no projection of any sort is occurring. Instead, it's a modern form of character assassination. There isn't actually any merit behind the charges...


I mentioned projection only a few times, but you suggest that I might be obsessed? Well, if three mentions of a subject on my part constitutes obsession, where does that leave you and your posts? (A: It leaves you projecting the quality on to me.)

The less you’re aware of your shadow and its tendency for irrational projection, the more influence you let it have over you. The problem is that it wants to remain hidden and we don't want to see it.

Posted on: 2016/11/23 14:16
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Re: Trump Our New President
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JCMan8 wrote:
Thanks for your comment, Frank:

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That’s thought provoking. What does it mean?

Is it suggesting that the media is abusing its role to unfairly demonize Mr. Trump and is insidiously projecting of its own dark shadow on to him? Or does it represent a projection upon the media of an unconscious trait that many individuals understandably have a difficult time recognizing in themselves?

Posted on: 2016/11/22 21:00
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Re: Trump Our New President
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JCMan8 wrote:
Trump just keeps doing his thing. Love this man!!

Donald Trump's media summit was a 'f-ing firing squad'

Donald Trump scolded media big shots during an off-the-record Trump Tower sitdown on Monday, sources told The Post.

“It was like a f–ing firing squad,” one source said of the encounter.

“Trump started with [CNN chief] Jeff Zucker and said ‘I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed,’ ” the source said.


When a chronic spinner of falsehoods deems fit to lambaste others for perceived lying, it looks suspiciously like projection to anyone who’s aware that we’re all subject to the behavior.

It’s like when a person who routinely engages in racist speech frequently accuses others of racism.

Posted on: 2016/11/22 11:54
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Re: Trump Our New President
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TheBigGuy wrote:
Wow... a nice summary about The Cult of Hillary. Stop the Insanity!



The Portable Jung is a better summary, and his work on the shadow aspect and its tendency for projection is especially relevant.

Posted on: 2016/11/21 11:02
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Re: Fulop: despite Trump, Jersey City remains 'welcoming' to immigrants
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SOS wrote:
This is why our education system sucks. Former teachers don't know simple grammar!


Spelling and grammar might be lost causes. (We gave software so crew that up know.)

On schools though, I would like to see our public education system include psychology as normal coursework. We would almost certainly be a collectively wiser nation if more of us were able to identify that the source of our bitterness and resentment is usually attached to the finger we use to point at others.

Posted on: 2016/11/16 15:58
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Re: NJ to become a 'shall issue' state?
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Here is a key quote from Governor Christie’s veto message on A3689: “For decades, law-abiding residents of New Jersey have had their Second Amendment right to self-protection burdened by gun laws...”


Supporters of more permissive gun regulations often mention that they obey the law. That's unique. I can't think of another public issue where the term "law-abiding" appears with such frequency. What makes the qualification necessary, and why so often? How relevant is it, and why isn't it used for other vices, so to speak?

Presumably, "law-abiding citizens" who wish to carry guns identify themselves as such because they insist that they have nothing to do with gun violence. After all, an overwhelming majority of American citizens will never harm another person with a gun or any other weapon, armed or not.

Unfortunately, those words are often used in service of making guns more accessible, appealing and popular. It seems that the best-case scenario for the vehemently pro-gun lobby is an old-fashioned arms race. They treat any measure of consolation as a "gun grab," while their answer to the perceived threat of violence, rational or not, is more guns.

Law-abiding? That's irrelevant, defensive, and distracting. I'd wager that most law abiding citizens wish there were fewer people carrying guns, period.


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Edited by Frank_M on 2016/10/24 20:52:12
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