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  2. Hello

    The magic of the old pirate. Twitter is great but sometimes you need 142 characters and a place to do it. Facebook is fine but you may not want to argue with your family, at least, every time. Someone has to pick up the slack. Plus a little seo and help from a few of you to keep a few topics active if for no other reason, than curiosity.
  3. Hello

    How is this influx of participation gonna happen?
  4. Last week
  5. Hello

    Enough for a circle jerk. Y'all don't be so down. There'll be one forum for all the oldies to have non political chats. And if you're in the mood you might jump in a political one here and there if it strikes your fancy. Playing the odds. If we get a thousand new members (which we will) at least 200 will want to have chats like y'all have. 200 talking about camping or best new ice chest, is quite a lot. It's a win win. Do you really care if their gay, or black, or a woman?
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  8. Things That Can And Cannot Be Said - a Novel by John Cusack, Arundhati Roy I find it unlikely the tweets I read are representative of anyone who actually read this book. This is a MUST read book: and here's why.. Were most of you not trolls scouring celebrity accounts for antithetical justification to support your delusional "blame theory" on liberal intellectualism (your miscreant boogeyman feared for exposing your devolved synaptic shortcomings) you would have found an engaging, outright brave attempt to honestly discuss the giant gorilla in the room, (we all grew up with) Armageddon. The much prophesied final battle between Christians (the good guys) and Islam (the "boo, hiss, boo, hiss" bad guys) [and antagonists for our final social destruction.] Watching mankind hand over the keys to White House to wild-eyed zealots - knowing they will be compelled to drive into the nearest (metaphorical) tree of knowledge - destructing all that it is and was - is unnerving and worthy of discussion. Wouldn't you think? It being the possibilities for mankind, and all. After decades of baby-boomers distracted by consuming, intellectualizing concepts such as "whoever dies with the most toys wins", social implosion, evolutive gain (set back by junk science), 1984, Y-2K, Haley's Comet, Halle-Boppe, 2000, and 2012 all before our eyes each day more horrific than the last with time-outs for existential derivatives sculpting our paranoia (in no particular order) such as John Kennedy, Robert F, MLK, Malcolm X, John Glenn, the moonwalk (yeah, add Michael Jackson), Cold War, Viet Nam, Jim Jones, the sport of mass shootings, Cuban Missile Crisis, theological exegesis, thinking Ayn Rand was smart, the great debates with Christopher Hitchens, the 27 Club, John Lennon, modern terror, blue Nile, Green Nile, Zika, John John, Princess Di, and lord could I go on for ever.. Suffice it to say - how could we dismiss... Armageddon. Arundhati Roy and John Cusack offers us a chance to revisit the climatic moments in our life and examine (as I did) the impact then, and now these tragic [and occasional glorious] events had on our mental health and moral ambiguity. Also [of course], our fears metabolized into youthful angst shouted at the stars "What the fuck! Why am I here?" We all have predisposed political alliance (whether you want to admit it or not). We all have predispositions to religion and science. Admitted it not. Our experiences range from the homeless and starving - to the rich and famous. The one common personality glitch we all share, The domination of all rationale's lead to shared reality - this pretty much the end. Right? Some are giving into it. Why not, it's inevitable, right? Luxuriate in "why bother?" Others rationality leads to "a new beginning" - just over the next horizon - optimism is optional. I revisited my own trigger moments in life during this journey, [many diametrically opposed to the Mr Cusacks and Ms Roy's.] But it was their reflection, their reaction and psychosis to generational observations of the devolution before us that triggered my own memories - and no matter how many times I reworked it - we always met at the crossroads of Armageddon and Revelations. Are we the Atomic generation? Apocalypse generation? The me generation? Generation X? Just pick one.. outcome is the same. Read the book, not for what they say, but for what you will say to yourself. I am no writer or reviewer of books. By now, you must be sure of that. So as someone who has heard the phrase "first time in history" and "something this world has never seen before" almost daily my entire life I have become, (in the immortal words of Pink Floyd), comfortably numb. I can't say it's the best book I've ever read - nor do I think that was it's intention. Cusack and Roy succeed, when you lay the book on your lap, reflect, and think more deeply about events you forgot, (or psychologically repressed) because they are horrific- or because they are so damn many, no mere mortal can sort them without a NASA super computer. And to that end, it's a masterpiece. For who among us takes the proper time for reflection of what malignant and benign historic events define us? Take that journey, if you dare. Odds are, you are suppressing now. The book is a 4 star adventure back through the cobwebs of devolving and revolving of the human genome that is trying to break free -and scream with primal efficacy "things that cannot be said."
  9. Hello

    But not open for business yet. It's fixing to be real busy. Just might not be same four or five we had.
  10. Hello

    Counting y'all.. 2.
  11. Hello

    How many members still are active?
  12. Hello

    Wow, I just popped in today for the first time in a while. How ya been?
  13. Hello

    Been a couple years since I've been here. What's new?
  14. Dream Car Drive

    Look up old thread by capt Buddha. Can't remember the name of his rock crawler but great video and pics from events around the country.
  15. Trump is trying to get me killed

    Big changes coming. It's gonna mix y'all up but you'll find your way around.
  16. Dream Car Drive

    Having a Jeep XJ would be enough for me. I would install suspension lift kit and off-road tires and take in on a trail for some action.
  17. Well, it's shark week

    We were. Well, I was.
  18. The mighty dog thread

    Truly unfortunate, inya. Can't bear the thoughts of losing mine as well.
  19. Health

    That is 'on-point'.
  20. The Great Media Divide

    The Great Media Divide Mark Jamison • April 12, 2017, at 1:10 p.m. Examples of the political divide in the U.S. abound. The twists and turns of the Senate over the nomination and eventual confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court are the latest episode in the drama of the country's polarization. Seemingly everyone blames someone else for the division: Democrats and Republicans blame each other, as do the factions within each party. And at least some independents blame both parties. But how the media conducts its business in this country should also be partly blamed for the political rift. I don't mean that we should blame CNN or MSNBC for being too liberal, or blame FOX News for being too conservative. The problem isn't that journalists have opinions, but rather that the standard media business models – daily news for traditional media and talk radio like Rush Limbaugh's and Sean Hannity's programs – drive some media to the left and others to the right, leading large segments of their respective audiences to become caught in media bubbles. Again, my point isn't that journalists, commentators and media bosses choose to be liberal or conservative for nefarious reasons and should be called to task. Rather, it is that the business model for daily news drives its content to the left and the business model for talk radio tends to drive its content to the right. If we are to make serious progress in bridging our political divide, we have to deal with these business models. In numerous surveys over the past 20 years, Pew Research has documented our growing political divide: "In 1994 23% of Republicans were more liberal than the median Democrat; while 17% of Democrats were more conservative than the median Republican. Today, those numbers are just 4% and 5%, respectively." And each side has a different view of reality: According to a Suffolk University poll before the 2016 election, 77 percent of Clinton supporters believed Trump is a racist, while 87 percent of Trump supporters believed he is not. Pew also found that liberals and conservatives tend to migrate to different media outlets: Liberals consume a wide variety of media sources that essentially follow the traditional model of daily news: PBS, The New York Times, MSNBC, CNN, etc. Conservative media, with the exception of Fox News, is dominated by talk radio: Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, Mark Levin, etc. There are numerous explanations for the media divide that corresponds to our political rift. Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple believes that mainstream media leans left because they are headquartered in politically liberal cities, and because activist journalism has been cool since Watergate. Academics Jeffrey Berry and Sarah Sobieraj have written that conservative media attracts its audience by venting outrage, which they presumably correlate with conservatism. My liberal friends echo Berry's and Sobieraj's belief: They believe that liberals are more thoughtful and less emotional than conservatives, so liberals favor written media like The New York Times while conservatives are attracted to the anger of talk radio. What these and other views miss is that the economics of media pushes traditional daily media to the left and talk radio to the right. Each naturally creates its own cultural bubble, contributing to our political divide. Why do traditional media lean left? As historian John Summerville points out in his book "How the News Makes Us Dumb," the daily news business model relies on convincing viewers and readers that they have to consume news every day; that the news is urgent, that today's news is bigger and scarier than yesterday's news and that people who don't watch or read today will suffer as a result. Stories are often couched in terms of groups – mostly race, gender and sexual preference – which accentuates the drama. A media mindset that focuses on urgent problems often concludes that someone in authority, namely the government, should fix them. Why don't these same economic forces press talk radio to the left? Talk radio by its nature puts greater emphasis on the individual, which aligns with the conservative mindset. The program host does much of the talking, but spends a fair amount of time with callers, who provide content and sometimes the direction of the dialogue, such as Limbaugh's "Open Line Friday." Participants in talk radio are more likely to see themselves as part of what is happening than are passive consumers of PBS or CNN, for example. So talk radio favors mindsets of individual responsibility for making one's way in the world and helping others. What about outlets that update constantly, like blog-oriented outlets and news aggregators? At present, these business models don't seem to favor either political view as each political side has its own websites. That the primary economic driver is page views driven by breaking news would seem to lead these outlets to eventually lean left. But as long as the government is large and active in people's lives, and people worry about what the government will do to them next, conservative-oriented sites might continue to flourish. Is there a media business model that helps bridge the divide? It isn't a forgone conclusion that the divide is bad. What is harming us is what appears to be our growing inability to understand how others might hold a view different from our own, except for others being ignorant, unintelligent, or of low morals. What is needed are media businesses that break out of the bubbles, employ contributors, involve consumers of different mindsets and make the consumers, not drama, central to the action.
  21. The big picture

    18 pages. Oughta keep you busy. How'd you find us. We're going through s helluva transition. Seo, page titles, registration, is all turned off. I think today there will be an overhaul of the forums and then we will have evolved into a nat'l org trying to be part of the solution instead of part of the hundreds of millions of voices just screaming in anguish at their TV sets. we'll see how it goes
  22. The big picture

    I'm just new here but this is one interesting thread to follow.
  23. Well, it's shark week

    Are you talking about the TV program?
  24. Turn out the lights, the party's over

    I share your sadness. We were down to 5 or six active members including me. Our site size was 37 gigs. Our software (albeit innovative) is extremely expensive and we're in too deep to convert it to a cheaper resource like phpbb. I tried. I no longer boat or ride motorcycles. I don't have a hot rod or sports car. No atvs. I'm just an old man screaming at cable news 24/7 and finally decided to do something about it. And I will. As goes my interest, so goes the site. If I were a betting man, and I am, I'd bet you'll all be on. If I might make a recommendation?? Sixoldgeezers.com meet there. They'll be glad to have you. And you'll be glad to have them. Before this day is over, these threads will be gone. See ya
  25. Turn out the lights, the party's over

    Yeah looks like I am done also, I do wish you luck, but just not for me anymore. I joined in 2007 and other than briefly meeting Stew at a fly in a few months before he died, I also never had the pleasure of meeting any of you, I would find out later we sometimes had attended the same, shows, rally's or other events and may even have been in the same area at the same time, and couple of other chances, but it never worked out. The political conversations were fine and sometimes even great when they were all in Brain Candy and they were just one small part of the site, we could join in when we wanted, maybe read but not comment when we wanted or stay out of it if we wanted, at least for me they always made me think about the issues BUT it was interesting to see both sides and to read the different views and thought processes (whether they were right or wrong). But the main reason I was on was for the other threads, the Boats, Bikes, Cars, the people that visited and shared their lives and adventures with us, their boat lives thru the low waters and high waters, the bike rally's and bike builds, the car shows and builds, the new homes and builds and their kids, dogs, cats and other critters, these threads were different from other social media sites like FB and others, they were much more in depth and all were GREAT. I still do not understand why it was not sustainable the way it was, other that the cost of hosting PPP, but it appears to be in a much worse downhill slide now, the very far left side. if I still worked for the democratic party I possibly would enjoy violently bashing everyone and everything that I even perceive that does not agree with my views. I was a huge Johnson fan, agreed with Nixon getting us out of Nam, Ford was OK, much bigger fan of Carter now than I was, agreed about 50/50 with Reagan (even though I worked for the D party then) Bush one was kinda OK, I liked Clinton (just not his wife), was about 50/50 with Bush two, and I sometimes agreed with Obama, and I am trying to give Trump a chance. But I will ALWAYS support whoever is President and have never and would NEVER show disrespect for the person sitting in that chair. I will never want them and the USA to fail, some say we need to tear it down to rebuild it, that would not happen, if the USA were to fail it would never rise again, we would be invaded and all your human rights will be gone. Wish good luck for all!! It was a great ride!! will just leave you with these quotes from Hunter S Thompson “No sympathy for the devil; keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride … and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well … maybe chalk it off to forced consciousness expansion:” And most importantly “As your lawyer I advise you to buy the chili burger, its a burger with chili on it.”
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