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3 years ago @ RobertRinger.com - If Kavanaugh Goes Down... · 0 replies · +1 points

Agreed and Governor Wallace was bang on target. Calling the Dems "left wing" has the rest of the world wetting itself laughing. I object to Kavanaugh (I think he's mediocre and incompetent) but note that the Dems are making no such objection -- they're trying to crucify him for a youthful indiscretion. I rather like the analysis presented by wsws.org:

3 years ago @ RobertRinger.com - If Kavanaugh Goes Down... · 0 replies · 0 points

I voted for Trump, and if he runs again in 2020, I'll vote for him again. But what you're engaging in is a BS ad hominem attack. Kavanaugh is garbage. Better conservative candidates can be found. This spoiled frat boy deserves a kick in the balls (figuratively speaking) and then oblivion. I doubt Trump has any particular attachment to him either -- it's the Repub establishment that is pushing him.

3 years ago @ RobertRinger.com - Free Will and Mind Con... · 0 replies · +1 points

Easier said than done. The tendency to daydream and the tendency to flit from one thought/image to another are both very strong, and this occurs at the expense of being alert to the here and now. It's part of the mechanical tendency of humans, particularly modern ones. Distraction is at the heart of modern life.

3 years ago @ RobertRinger.com - If Kavanaugh Goes Down... · 11 replies · +1 points

Have to agree with Ted Rall:

"My case, like many others, is complicated. It has a lot of moving parts. There’s a lot of case law to consider. As I watched him the other day, I did not see a disciplined logical mind. He jumped around from one concept to another, repeated himself constantly, failed to make points that might’ve helped him and said things that hurt him.

"I wouldn’t trust him to judge my case. Not because he’s a conservative. I know plenty of conservatives who are logical, fair, and very intelligent. I wouldn’t trust him because I don’t think he’s any of those things, and I think ultimately the U.S. Senate should vote against him for that reason."

Kavanaugh is a spoiled frat boy who got to where he's at because he belongs to the upper echelons of society.

3 years ago @ RobertRinger.com - Negotiation Is Capitul... · 1 reply · +1 points

Agreed. He's been a political hack his whole working life, a faceless mediocrity. On a side note, I don't understand the sycophancy towards this cosseted frat boy on Ringer's site. Kavanaugh was born with a silver spoon in his mouth -- prep school, Yale, Yale Law School, then an obedient Republican hack. At least Ringer achieved his own success. Kavanaugh symbolizes everything wrong with the ossified US class system.

4 years ago @ RobertRinger.com - Embracing Reality · 0 replies · +2 points

I'm a fan of your book (and have been for 40 years) but I have problems with this essay. It's easier said than done to disentangle fantasy from "reality" (whatever that is). This is because we see the outside world through the prism of our wishes,hopes, and interests. We can't get rid of that prism: the idea of a neutral observer is a figment of imagination. We can *try* to subject our interpretations to testing, but even that often that doesn't work because the seeing and interpreting happen simultaneously (there's a more detailed discussion in Gombrich's "Art and Illusion").

On a side note, people already knew that dropping an apple would lead to it hitting the ground. That's not Newton's achievement. His achievement was seeing that terrestrial gravity and the force that kept the moon in orbit around the earth (and the earth around the sun) were one and the same: until his time, the planets and their satellites had been thought to be obeying another set of laws to what prevailed on earth.

4 years ago @ RobertRinger.com - Butthead Barry Is Back · 0 replies · +2 points

"Your statements" -- "your" is correct.

4 years ago @ RobertRinger.com - Napoleon Hill, W. Clem... · 0 replies · 0 points

Right at the beginning Ringer makes clear that *merely* working hard will only make you older. You've got to work at things with real chances of big payoffs, you've got be prepared, you have to plan, and you have to take preemptive measures against getting shafted. That's what I learnt from Ringer's timeless classic. TaGR, on the other hand, is a piece of specious manure. I doubt the likes of Carnegie, Ford, and Rockefeller really followed the BS Hill has presented. In fact I rather doubt Hill even met these people.

4 years ago @ RobertRinger.com - Napoleon Hill, W. Clem... · 0 replies · -1 points

I came across Ringer's "Winning through Intimidation" in the late '70s. For the past 40 years I've had the book by my side. It has been an antidote to the worthless bullshit peddled by the likes of Napoleon Hill and Norman Vincent Peale. That way lies madness and the loony bin.

4 years ago @ RobertRinger.com - Butthead Barry Is Back · 3 replies · +2 points

No purpose bashing Obama -- he was a Wall Street marionette from day one, just reading aloud his scripted responses. A pathetic excuse for a human, let alone US president. He's already faded into obscurity.