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  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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."
  4. 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.
  5. Trump is trying to get me killed

    Big changes coming. It's gonna mix y'all up but you'll find your way around.
  6. Well, it's shark week

    We were. Well, I was.
  7. 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
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    We're fed up with lawmakers who have blocked minimum wage increases and gutted union rights. Join us this Labor Day, September 4, along with Fight for $15 workers in over 300 cities going on strike and declare that America Needs Unions! Good union jobs in factories once created stable, secure work that allowed families to thrive. Hospital work and other service work is now the backbone of our economy, but too many Americans whowork in these jobs are falling behind, so for the first time ever, non-union hospital workers will be joining us in the streets! Protests will kick off early Labor Day morning! Stand with us and let's come together to demand justice in our economy!
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    Join us on our monthly neighborhood canvassing/blockwalkings inAustin as we spread community awareness and community education.
  10. As more of Trump's regime get comfortable in their new positions of power for which they have little-to-no qualification, they find new ways to implement the heinous ideas they believe they are empowered to undertake. They spend every day crafting and implementing policies with destructive consequences for our country, our world and our future. Fortunately, organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) continue to fight on behalf of The People, seeking to minimize or delay the impacts of these terrible actions and policies to the extent possible. In early August, the ACLU filed a class action lawsuit against Trump and his administration over the illegal detention of immigrant teenagers for “unsubstantiated claims of gang affiliation.” ...the ACLU accuses ICE and the Office of Refugee Resettlement of detaining children and transporting them to detention facilities without notifying their parents or lawyers. The organization alleges that ICE is detaining and deporting the immigrant teens “under the guise of a ‘crackdown’ on transnational street gangs” and accuses the federal agency of making arrests based on “unreliable claims of gang affiliation and flawed reports of criminal history.” “We’re talking about teens who were picked up for play-fighting with a friend, or for showing pride in their home country of El Salvador,” Stephen Kang, an attorney with the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, said in the release. “The Office of Refugee Resettlement is accepting wholesale that young immigrants should be kept behind bars because of what they look like or where they come from.” The ACLU class action lawsuit seeks the release of the teens who are the plaintiffs in the case as well as an injunction to prevent the government from further detaining immigrant children without cause. The ACLU keeps fighting for us and we should support they and other organizations who will prevent Trump and the Republican majority from achieving their goals. The ACLU has launched numerous lawsuits against Trump’s administration since he took office, suing over Trump’s travel ban and challenging the legality of his voter fraud commission.
  11. The Flood of our lifetime, again. Hurricane Andrew; a once in 100 year storm - Super Storm Sandy; a once in 500 year storm - Hurricane Harvey; a once in 1,000 year storm. As these storms reintroduce us to the phrase "Storm Surge" the movement under the storm, so rises the American Spirit, the movement under the white noise of political anarchy.The Flood of our Lifetime Erases Personal Politics, Racism, and Division - and we once again become a melting pot accentuating the brilliance of what makes America truly great; Race, Ideology and Political Persuasion, melted into a single-minded purpose: Humanity. The United States of America has had many interesting weeks lately – We found some very creative ways to highlight our differences - how to hurt each other - new ways to express anger - costumes meant to instill fear - and organizations, clubs, or groups that further accentuate our differences.Depending on your source of news or private "social-media" reality, we're either at the brink of civil war, on the precipice of a race and class uprising, or simply "emboldened” to call upon that darkest, most secret, stain of racism, hate, or accusations of blame that sully's the dark recess of our heart. Or maybe.. Russia is fucking with us and using a cosmic "satellite operational chaos-anarchy (S.O.C.A.) super-ray-gun? Or maybe, they have another way in, we yet understand, but when we do, we will kick their ass just like we always have: together!The media has overwhelmed anyone within reach; (the way they do) largely through thoughtful presentations of tabloid style journalism; "first time in history" threats to our existence: "first time in history" political Armageddon: and "first time in history" a dozen ways to civil unrest. Always dozen reasons and dozens of fears, each [of course] pitting us against one another so they harvesting their mutual product, ratings. America has become a tinderbox fueled by the worst versions of what freedom fundamentally provides. We spoke freely, we spoke angrily and we spoke hurtfully. We honored this first amendment, barely. We allowed each others’ civil rights, reluctantly. We pay homage to the 2nd amendment and bear our arms, but view the enemy... as one other. We allow freedom of religion, then use our prejudices and fears of [some] religions against their believers. We slander one another through the anonymity of social media, and the right to privacy dies a little more every time we dox (expose private information) someone we think deserving, to say nothing of what some fear a government (foreign or domestic) may be doing to manipulate our privacy utilizing social media platforms to divide us even more. Not surprisingly, groups and organizations of every color and belief, ran away from [what should be] the unity provided by the Bill of Rights — and compartmentalize with others of their own kind or own belief - creating a [false] safety-in-numbers scrum - false because any section of us divided; is less than the whole; and while we war with each other, the government operates untethered. And then it rained. And rained. And rained. And the colors ran together, politics became fuzzy, a race became: how quickly could we could get there to aid those in need. After a few bumps and bruises from 7 months of division and hate, we are reminded that when faced with natural or man made disaster, we care less about the color of a helping hand and more about the hands available to clutch. It has taken a flood of biblical proportion outside this beltway that isolates Washington D.C. from the country it leads to remind us of who we are. Without government, without media influence, we united in the blue basin of a red state that is now one - that is now without color - and a melting pot once again for a singular cause: Humanity. As drab as whatever color a melting pot is, in the end, it is a majestic Red, White, and Blue. These are the colors of Americans. Not brown, black, yellow, beige, red, green, or white. These are the colors that preserve and provide: The United States of America.
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    You are cordially invited to attend the 2017 Human Rights FirstAwards Dinner. Each year at the dinner we honor extraordinary human rightsactivists, exceptional works of popular culture, and law firms that haveprovided exemplary pro bono representation to refugees.
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    14th annual International Human Rights Summit
  14. RIP France

    You might have missed the mark with this one. As we slide into totalitarianism because of your vote, France moves forward with democracy, inclusivity, leadership. Nice call nostrodamus. Don't quit your day job.
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