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About glock

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    "Don't grumble, give a whistle!"
  • Birthday 06/29/1957

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  1. Thanks. And you got that @#$% right!
  2. Thanks for the feedback. My issue just kicked off (no, I couldn't right now! ) just this summer. It's there. And then it isn't. Right in that "big toe meets the foot" region. Sometime hurts like a beeyotch! Did you go to an orthopedist or a podiatrist??
  3. Whoa. Where did all that time go? How you making out months later?? I came back here to check out the PF talk and tripped over the toe tawk that essentially meant nothing to me- back then! As “luck” wound have it, I’ve been dealing with the on and off soreness in my right big toe region. Seeing as I’m just the other side of the big Six Oh- and fighting little battles with Arthur Itis- I’m curious. Shuke detailed some of his history, but I didn’t see how you came to this procedure. I’m thinking of broaching this with my orthopedic guy (he’s done work on my knees) but was wondering if going right to a podiatrist was the right move. Anything you can offer...
  4. I just found that part humorous. The nose is a warm, moist filtering system that collects germs and other particles. You don't want to be making wounds (plucking) up in that petrie dish...
  5. The tobacco industry rode the "we know little about the safety" wave for a long time before they were finally outed as marketing something that was not only not safe, but deadly. It turns out that this was known almost from the get go. Knowing that AND using nicotine to capture as big an audience as possible for was as insidious a marketing strategy as a there ever was. But, sure- give the vaping industry the benefit of the doubt. I'm sure they consider your health a priority. Bottom line? Clean (as possible) air is what belongs in your lungs. But- free country.
  6. Sheik- here's a pretty solid case for the vaping thing not being safe at all.
  7. The Choice Isn’t Between Capitalism or Socialism "All countries practice a mix of both, and the U.S. isn’t the free-market leader some might think."
  8. King also said: "“The choice is not between violence and nonviolence but between nonviolence and nonexistence.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. Who was he talking to? When push comes to shove. American Values.
  9. More "that was then, this is now" if I may- from a learned buddy of mine: "Because democracy and capitalism are inherently op-positional and each runs counter to the other's aims, the rise of corporate power is slowly killing democracy in the United States. American politics have always revolved around the tension between democratic principles and the public good on the one hand, and the lust for plunder, profit and empire on the other. We've morphed over the past 30 years into a corporatist oligarchic kleptocracy run by pointy headed technocrats and lackeys. Since the mid 1970s when corporate power merged with the state, a new imperial complex was formed at the expense of representative democracy. Not only would corporations exercise public authority, but the state would serve corporate activity. To construct this new order elections needed to be drained of any remaining democratic content. Both Republicans and Democrats are complicit in this endeavor. Neither party wants election or campaign finance reform because fair and free elections would topple the system. Corporations now have the power to control content and information and aren't shy about managing the First Amendment. The corporate media broadcasts propaganda to sway public opinion. The fact is that both political parties are worthless because they offer only austerity and the worst kind of identity politics. Without government subsidies, tax breaks and political protection, corporations would cease to function and corporate power would cease to pervade government at the highest levels. The Reagan Administration empowered bankers, revised the tax code in favor of corporations and redistributed wealth. By the early 1990s the corporatization of the American government was a fait accompli. Corporations are a law unto themselves and in direct command of the power of the state. Corporate lobbyists spend billions of dollars each year trying to get Congress to rewrite the law to make it more corporate friendly. They simply want more for themselves and less for everybody else. There is nothing "free" about the market. It's politically driven every step of the way. Workers worldwide continue to be exploited for profit by corporations who appropriate technologies for their own private use. Most discretionary spending in the US budget goes to the miltary-corporate-industiral complex, the second largest centrally planned economy in the world. The tax codes permit corporations to evade tax liability and hoard cash. Corporation and billionaires as of 2017 shelter $31 trillion, a sum larger than the GDP of the United States and Japan combined. Corporations plunder the environment and our natural resources whose extraction destroys the natural world. Pollution costs to the tune of $2 trillion per year are "externalized" and taken off corporate books. Risk is also externalized and we end up paying for it. The government bailed out the banks in 2008 to the tune of $16 trillion. The fusion of the corporation and the state is our political economy, not free market capitalism." Sooo- how do we get back where we belong?
  10. LOL! Well, I wish I could say yes. But, as a young feller I made a decision that I wasn't going to sell my soul to Madison Ave (commute, etc) and would instead cast my lot with the agencies out on The Isle of Long. As low man on the totem pole out there I got laid off and rehired enough to sour me on the business. I sold my soul to a fledgling business (that grew to become a major corporation) for the insurance, benefits, etc. Got involved in some web design to feed the creative itch. 36 years later I find myself looking back with some regret thinking what could have been, tempered by having the security of a pension, 401K, etc.
  11. Flip this just a bit. Kinda. One of my interests in high school lie in graphic design. I eventually decided to pursue advertising art and design in college. Ran into some architectural design majors in the dorms who were tasked with building 3D mock ups of ideas they had as a way to flesh out some creativity. Many of them were stuck, so beer in hand I wandered around pointing out potential relationships in their designs that they didn't yet have the eye to see. Got me some free beers. I didn't change my major, but my interest in architecture has stayed with me since.