Re: Very bad news today in RMS's extended modelling community of Lancaster PA

Not sure if it's been mentioned--a friend with family in the area says there's a story going around there that the shooter was being
medicated, the medication was changed and he went off the tracks soon afterwards. He may have been delusional when he said his reasons. What did the captain of the "Maine" say? "Public opinion should be suspended until further notice."
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tomcervo wrote:

Haven't heard anything along those lines although I haven't read every line of all the newspapers' coverage. It's a bit too much.
Bill Banaszak
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Jay B wrote:

Wrong. The non binding part that is! If "None of the above" gets the most votes both parties have to go back and pick another candidate. Last election I suspect a hell of a lot of people held their noses and voted for what they hoped was the lesser of two jerks. Personally, I would have pushed "none of the above" on the line for president real quick.     It has become a big game to see who can finagle the election process the best. We should have one National Day for all primary elections, and no one can proclaim candidacy for Federal Office till 90 days before the primary day. 3 months is long enough to listen to what some guy has to say and determine if he is a jerk or possibly worth voting for. This might also reduce the clout that money has on the process too.
                            Bill Shuey                          disgusted Republican
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William H. Shuey wrote:

Can anyone honestly say picking a government by random selection, like we do juries, would produce any worse results than picking by who's got the best PR people with the biggest budget?
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z wrote:

I've often thought that anyone who actively seeks political office should automatically be barred from it, simply because their ambition is likely to get in the way of their duty.
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Bill Woodier wrote:

    FWIW Here in the States we are getting pretty cynical about politicians, I admit. But I suspect it is partly our own fault. We have slipped into a culture that believes "any problem comes up, buck it up to Washington". The result is that the job of president has gotten so big that it is really becoming undoable. Result is that only fools on ego trips are willing to run for the job. No intelligent person would touch it!
                            Bill Shuey
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I agree with that, Bill. The concept that my father and grandfather had of self-reliance is pretty-much gone in today's culture; at least in the US. The process of failing to take responsibility of ones own actions and welfare has brought us to where we are today. We've now raised a generation that doesn't want to (or think they should) take any responsibility for themselves and their actions. They expect that, when something goes wrong, they can sit on their asses, bitch about it, and the "government" had better step in quick and correct it (and pay for it as well). Too bad we can't return to the US of our fathers and grandfathers.
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Bill Woodier wrote:

I don't want the US of my father. The Great Depression, and World War II in which tens of thousand of our military were killed around the world. My father was a waiter in Childs Restaurant and then a short order cook in a diner. As a child, I lived barely above the poverty level of the Little Rascals. Since I was the oldest, I remember hand-me-down clothes from people my father knew and fishing for pennies out of the NYC subway air grates. Five days after I graduated from HS, I joined the US Navy just to get away.
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The America of our forefathers was not plush, cushy, or easy, to be sure and I might not relish it all that much myself but I'm smart enough to realize the traits in that life that made them what they were and what made America what it was. It was harder, to be sure but it produced stronger and tougher people, both psychologically and physically. Today's generation, in large part, does not know what made its preceding generations tough, strong, and self reliant......and along the way made America strong.
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but i believe if the shit hits the fan, this bunch will rise above the lazy self indulgence to save their asses. things will get in a very bad way. doesn't take a genius to see the ecological mess that is headed like a train wreck. our short sighted me-generation assholism will make things very bad. but that will bring the tough people out to save the shlubs. history doesn't repeat, but people do. there are too many rats in the cage. the 4 horseman have a new flock of buddies all saddled up and ready. perhaps after the arms race, the brain race will be run and maybe we'll end up with a human race.
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e wrote:

...I wish I could be that optimistic.
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i believe darwinian selection will weed out the useless. a population of less than a billion would be relief for the planet and humans. then we could do some usefull thinking.
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e wrote:

The problem is that between Christianity and Socialism we have so many programs based on altruism instead of sense that Darwin's rules are pretty well getting shorted out.
                        Bill Shuey
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that will change. when the shit knocks the fan out, as opposed to merely hitting it like now, common sense will make a miraculous come back. cream will rise and garbage will sink. the weak and stupid will die and the smarter rats will know when to let them.
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I hope so but I'd have to be holding my breath. Save some US Marines and Army troops, if you couldn't fight it from behind your computer or from a couch with a remote control, today's generation isn't up to the challenge.
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Bill Woodier wrote:

FWIW I have seen more than one historian write that we can thank the great depression for creating a generation tough enough to win World War II. I have heard enough stories from my parents to know that my Parent's generation had it rough.
                        Bill Shuey
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Bill Woodier wrote:

And since WHEN is life supposed to be cushy and easy ??
Newsflash, the world is going on like it always has been. Plenty, of hardship, war and poverty for everyone who wants it. Plenty of comfort, and success for those willing to work hard, and take care of family, and society as a whole.
There has never been a time in human history without war of some kind........
Todays younger generation has been seriously spoiled with creature comforts, and technology. But even they will come around and see the reality as they grow up. Shame it takes them soo long...........
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Bill Woodier wrote:

Yeah! Take a good look at what two generations of socialism has created in New Orleans!
                        Bill Shuey
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Bill Woodier wrote:

Unfortunately, you have put your finger on the absolute truth of the matter.
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Rufus wrote:

+ Line item veto.
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