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Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
5:40 am
[davidkevin]
H. A. Note
Happy Lunar Landing Day!

Current Mood: cheerful
Monday, May 31st, 2010
10:51 pm
[davidkevin]
"Always Faithful"
My father's body is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Just his body. Once a Marine, always a Marine.

Current Mood: proud
Saturday, March 13th, 2010
12:43 pm
[davidkevin]
Healing, after Half a Century
nilajean told me a story years ago, how she had always cried every afternoon as a little girl, because Miss Lois of KTVI's version of Romper Room never, ever, saw little "Nila" in her Magic Mirror at the end of the program. With child's logic, nilajean felt unloved that the Magic worked for every other boy and girl but not for her. Eventually she grew past the age for Romper Room, but she never forgot the results of her unusual first name.

KTVI tweeted this morning that they were going to have Miss Lois on the morning news for an interview. I made some frantic calls to the station (as their understaffed weekend newsroom producer wouldn't pick up but let the 'phone go to recording and I had to keep re-calling, but after I explained why I was calling, she took our telephone number and said she would try to get it to Miss Lois.

Miss Lois called, bless her heart, and said she still had her Magic Mirror with her and could now see Nila, even though fifty years had passed. Always a kind woman who loved children, she understood how a little girl with an unusual name would feel passed over, and then as adults we had a delightful discussion about how much we all missed the show. It was one of the sweetest conversations I have ever had.

Afterward, nilajean and I got to explain to our boys, born far too late for Romper Room, about Do Being a Do-Bee and Don't Being a Don't-Bee, the "Bend & Stretch" song, and the non-sectarian prayer Miss Lois and the children always said before their snack time. ("God is Great, God is Good. Let us thank Him for our food. Amen.")

I haven't seen nilajean with this big a smile in years, as the weight of all that remembered pain melted away. Bless you, Miss Lois. We still love you.

Current Mood: happy
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004
12:09 am
[davidkevin]
The Way Things Are Supposed to Be
These five photographs brought me to tears.

http://www.jerrypournelle.com/mail/mail337.html#Monday

I don't quite understand why they affect me so strongly, but they do.

Current Mood: pensive
Monday, October 18th, 2004
11:44 pm
[msonoda]
What happens when you cross a realist with a libertarian?
In short, you get me.

I'm Megan, currently residing in Idaho.

I am a self-employed airframe and powerplant mechanic, having picked up the trade in the US Air Force.

As far as my views go, I'm generally libertarian except in regards to foreign policy. In a world where
even third world nations are gaining the ability to launch first strikes that can incapacitate even the
US, isolationism and noninterventionism are no longer rational options. But unlike the methods chosen by
the current administration, I don't think full-scale sending in the troops is the best plan.

Economicly, I'm partial to laissez faire capitalism, as I have seen no examples in my lifetime of anything
that government intrusion or regulation has actually improved.

In most other matters, I'm very individualist. And on a personal level I tend to find collectivism of any
form to be insulting at best, morally bankrupt and tyrannical at worst.

As to what I see as the likely course of things, balklanization of North America likely following something
that would likely be called a civil war in some points of view. And I actually consider such an occurrence to
be a good thing in the long run. Presently the US, and because of its sole superpower status, militarily and
economicly, is stagnating both itself, and the rest of the world. When one person holds all the cards, their
view tends to carry the day. Whether or not that view is correct according to reality or not.
Monday, September 27th, 2004
11:21 am
[waterplate]
Hi all

As requested, I'll introduce myself. I am British currently finishing an 8 month contract with an international organisation (yes, part of the UN system) in Manila, Philippines. I'll be returning to the UK to work on communications for a company that aims to increase participation in sports by young people for a few months before going back to college to train as a journalist. I hesitate to put a name on my overall political viewpoint but for sure I'm a social liberal. Let me explain:

I'm a feminist though no radical; I believe that equality won't be achieved until men take on half of household and childcare work and that there is no reason why men should not do just that;
I believe that counteracting racism and embracing acceptance of people of different cultures living together in the same community is the only way that we can avoid ethnic violence. Plus it is proof that we remain superior to animals;
I believe the market cannot solve everything and that some state regulation is essential to curb the worst excesses of free market expansion;
I believe that poverty reduction is the most important challenge facing the world today;
I believe that inequality is the cause of most terrorism;
I believe that religion is a mechanism for keeping people, especially the poor, in line and that in an ideal world, people would take responsibility for the actions of mankind rather than placing them on some external all-powerful being;
I am increasingly coming to believe that a system of individual sovereign states is not a fit tool for the management of the world in the third millennium, and that democracy in developed countries is also of questionable benefit to both citizens of those and less developed countries.

I'm by no means predictable in my views though!

I'm looking forward to participating in some lively debate here. It's great to see a community with a range of viewpoints represented, rather than just a chorus of agreement on the issues of the day.
Saturday, September 25th, 2004
1:41 am
[cmdrbean]
A few words on: Me
Once again, thank you and welcome to all who have joined.

I'd like to take a moment to introduce myself...Collapse )
Friday, September 24th, 2004
10:22 pm
[pooperman]
Future of Warfare
Hey there. A little about me since cmdrbean wants us to introduce ourselves--not a bad idea since a little background may help you see why I feel the way I do.

IntroCollapse )


To the topic at hand:

Given the success (or lack thereof) of the war in Iraq, what lessons will we learn and what can we expect of U.S. warfare in the future? Let's review some of the strategies and policies employed by this administration:

1. Ignore your generals when they ask for more soldiers on the ground.Collapse )

2. Don't bother closing up the borders with neighboring countries.Collapse )

3. Air power is all we need. Use precision-guided munitions to 'moralize' warfare.Collapse )

4. Never declare war again.Collapse )

5. War is great for keeping the presidency.Collapse )

6. Don't worry about failure. Just declare victory and say we are 'safer'.Collapse )

7. If things go poorly, and they most likely will if you follow #1 through #4, distract the public with meaningless debates about something else.Collapse )

So, do you think this "winning" war strategy will be our legacy? How many future wars will be as "victorious" as Iraq? Will this administration get its just reward for the flawless execution of the above strategy?

(Note that I actually supported the war and still do think it was a good idea to make a statement in the Middle East by toppling a regime and replacing it and then saying to the remainder of the Middle East, "shape up, or you are next." This was a bold and strategic vision. That being said, I could not have imagined how much one administration could screw up a military strategy with such resounding incompetence. There was a way to do it, but this was not the way.)
2:53 pm
[orlandobr]
Hola!
Greetings!

After reading cmdrbean post in waternest, I said to myself: man, you must join this community!

What? Oh yes, my name is Orlando, and I live in Costa Rica. I think of myself as a conservative, which by Latin-American standards is more like a libertarian. Actually, I am a minarchist.

I am mostly interested in the evolution of the nation-states and the impact of modern technologies, including but not limited to, Internet, its future avatars and other technologies; trans- and post-humanist philosophies, memetics and ethics.

Glad to find you! :D
7:57 am
[cmdrbean]
Heh, accidentally posted this to my personal journal before I went to sleep. Here ya go.
Alright guys and gals, here's the deal. This community is all about the future. Do you have an opinion, are you curious what other people think? Do you wonder if humanity in X years will hate, love, respect, or simply be confused by what our society is today? Maybe you are concerned about leaving our children and on down the line with enormous debts or explosive political climates.

If it has to do with the future of our societies, then it almost definitely belongs here. Feel free to post polls, inquiries, rants, formal debates, passing thoughts, or anything else that connects us to our future and vice versa.

I'll go ahead and post the first on topic inquiry.

Assuming that our political system changes in any meaningful way, what do you think will be the common opinion of our current political system (bipartisan, largely popularity based, filled with mudslinging) in say 3 to 5 or so generations? Also, what do you think are some of the most likely large scale changes that will take place, and what implications do you see them having?
Thursday, September 23rd, 2004
9:44 pm
[skatepixie]
Hi
I guess Im the first member to join/post/whatever.

My name is Rosie and Im a 16-year-old from Northern California. I cant spell to save my immortal soul, and Im tellin yall up front. My politics are pretty right wing. I try to be nice to those with a diffrent opinion, but I do expect them to return the favor. Im a Bush supporter and its looking like my mom might let me help with his re-election. *beams* Im a figure skater. I skate singles, but I love to watch pairs. I live to watch gymnastics on TV, but I swear no one will be as good as Mary Lou Retton.'

I think thats pretty much it, but if anyone has any questions, Ill be glad to answer um.
9:20 pm
[cmdrbean]
I'd like to welcome those of you who took up my invitation, hopefully many more will follow and this will be a lively and interesting forum for discussion.

Feel free to introduce yourselves, give us perhaps an idea of why you are interested in this community and what your background is in. I, myself, will try to make such a post soon. I just have a bit too much homework at the moment.

Enjoy.
2:00 am
[cmdrbean]
Second post, and a couple of requests.
I would like to take a moment to ask all of you to submit for approval interests which should be added to the community info page, and a user icon for the community.
1:51 am
[cmdrbean]
The first post, rules and a bit about this community.
This is a community for anyone concerned with the future, what our descendents will think of us, and what they will inherit from us. Please use this community to discuss how we are currently affecting future generations, to speculate on what the future may bring, or even to write notes to our posterity attempting to explain what in damnation we were thinking. Who knows if what you write will be around, but this is a chance to be heard. I think it would be great if eventually some of the better posts or threads could somehow be preserved (beyond the scope of this site) for those who will follow, but I leave that up to you.

A few general guidelines before you get to posting:

- Please refrain from 'trolling,' 'flaming,' or otherwise defaming anyone. Legitimate debate and discussion are welcomed, but keep it civil, and please try to back up your arguments as much as possible.

- Please use an lj-cut if there is a large image in your post, or if your post is more than about one screen in length at a standard font size.

- Please refrain from promoting totally unrelated communities or soliciting for any cause.

- Feel free to crosspost, but please post your topic in it's entirety instead of linking to another journal.

- We all understand that spelling and grammar errors happen, but if you make no effort to make your post readable, don't expect people to make an effort to take you seriously.

- After you join, I encourage you to introduce yourself. You won't be removed if you don't, but it will give us an idea of what background you are coming from and what your interests are.

This is an open community, but I do reserve the right to ban anyone who is out of order more often than not. Please try to keep things civil, we all understand that people will disagree, but there is no need for any form of personal attack. Just remember, we're all in this together.

Finally I would just like to amend that my primary goals for this community are social and political in nature, but you are free to discuss anything that is within the scope of this community as outlined above.
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