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About Chato

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  • Gender: Male
  • Location: New York CIty
  • Real name: David Barkin
  • Interests: Nature, photography, history, environmental science, community, and the death defying hunting of wild mushrooms... :)

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  1. Chato added a post in a topic Creation of Life   

    Way too young. My parents waited until I was 27...
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  2. Chato added a post in a topic Richard Dawkins, asshole   

    One of the recent actions on the part of Dawkins and his followers is their religious need to prove that Jesus Christ the "man" didn't exist. And they go about proving this using the same kind of tactics that religious fanatics use. For example, one meme I've read stated that in 227 contemporary books of the period Christ is not mentioned once. Now that's an out right lie, and what's worse is that they know it's an outright lie. Certainly it's possible to make a case that Jesus didn't exist. Having read the contemporary literature I don't buy it. But it's their tactics that annoy me no end.
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  3. Chato added a post in a topic "Does Fascism lurk around the corner for the US?"   

    Whether a country accepts or refuses to accept refugee's has little or nothing to do with what it's ruling political system is. My country, is slowly being taken over by Corporations and Banks. The establishment Democrats have not opposed this policy, as they once did. on the other hand, they oppose the mechanics of Corporate rule. The Republicans on the other hand have now come out openly for such a State, obfuscating this with appeals to the most basic fears inherent in Human Nature. People like Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, are now openly calling for violations of the Constitution. Naturally, they do this in the name of "preserving freedom." But Fascism has always been a Populist Right Wing Ideology.
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  4. Chato added a post in a topic Sunrise at Plum Beach Brooklyn   

    While not the best Sunrise, this one was prolonged; the show "ending" only to begin again. Each phase different from the last. I was there for a half hour before actual sunrise, and was impressed.

    Sorry, I enjoy gorgeous colors...

    I also got some interesting wildlife shots to match the sunrise...

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  5. Chato added a topic in Photography   

    Sunrise at Plum Beach Brooklyn
    The geographical oddities of the Brooklyn shore and the Rockaway island chain often leads to a stationary cloud bank off the off the Eastern Shore in the early morning hours. This is turn leads to some gorgeous sunrises. Here's one of them.
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  6. Chato added a post in a topic "Does Fascism lurk around the corner for the US?"   

    An interesting discussion on refugee's. Of course it should be on its own thread and not on this one.
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  7. Chato added a post in a topic "Does Fascism lurk around the corner for the US?"   

    ,I have no disagreement with the above. But your post disagrees with your old posts on this thread.

    The Middle Class is a vanishing species, although of course members don't like to think of themselves as being part of the "poor." The poor to some members of the Middle Class, get what they deserve.

    Here are some interesting numbers. More then 50 percent of Working Americans make less then 30K a year. 38 percent make less then 20K. I would call this a situation ripe for Fascism. And it's hard to choose which one of the Republican Candidates are pushing harder for such a development. All of them have tax plans which lower the taxes on the rich, and cut programs for the Middle Class and poor. That alone of course is just one aspect of the question. The other aspects they make perfectly clear.

    On the other hand the last person in the world that someone can call a "demagogue" is Bernie Sanders, a man a touch to the right of Franklin Roosevelt.

    BTW - My numbers above don't come from the Daily Kos.
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  8. Chato added a post in a topic "Does Fascism lurk around the corner for the US?"   

    It would be easy to transition to Fascism in America. Trump of course claims that his proposals to monitor Muslims, shut down the Internet, or suppress certain political groups are perfectly Constitutional. People will reply, "But what about the Supreme Court?" Well, the number of Judges on the Supreme Court can be altered by a simple law passed by Congress. The number "nine" is neither mandated by the Constitution, not has it always been nine. So assuming the present House, and an increase of six in the Senate, such a restructuring could easily be done. No Amendment necessary. So we'd have a Fascist Supreme Court telling us, that in time of war these are perfectly legal steps. Indeed, Congress could, AGAIN, by a simple majority suspend Habeas Corpus, although I doubt that would be necessary.

    A Constitution is only as strong as those ready to defend it. Otherwise, it's just a piece of paper.
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  9. Chato added a post in a topic "Does Fascism lurk around the corner for the US?"   

    He's openly called for violating the Constitution in a number of ways. He states that he can do all this by Executive Order. He's openly called for suppressing various organizations that he declares to be subversive. Without comparing him to someone like Hitler, except by saying both are Fascists, did Hitler say he was going to end the Weimer Republic? In fact he Never ended the Republic. He merely ruled on the basis of an ongoing emergency, a statement supported and voted into effect by the Reichstag. Mussolini ruled Italy for six years before suppressing the Democracy. Do you listen to Trump, or merely listen to summations by the Corporate Media?

    Isn't the Nation in danger? Isn't ISIS a threat to America? Isn't there a Fifth Column openly supporting our enemies? Isn't Obama openly aiding ISIS? Aren't many of  the Syrian refugee's, all men, soldiers of ISIS?  Does the word "Fascist" automatically mean the same as Frankenstein Monster?
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  10. Chato added a post in a topic "Does Fascism lurk around the corner for the US?"   

    While it is quite true that "Fascism" is weak in the fundamentals of a well specified ideology, there are characteristics which all Fascists share and expound. Unity of Government and Business. Elitism, usually racist, military solutions for any and all problems and a number of others. Fascists denigrate Intellectual solutions of any kind, and Always appeal to a faux populism based on Fear and Hate. They despise Democracy.

    Even so Conservative a Newspaper as the New York Times is finally waking up to the danger...
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  11. Chato added a post in a topic "Does Fascism lurk around the corner for the US?"   

    Or I dunno. Perhaps you can tell me the difference between Donald Trump and other Fascists?
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  12. Chato added a post in a topic "Does Fascism lurk around the corner for the US?"   

    When I posted this thread, Republicans as a Party, if not the Right Wing Media, kept their goals at least partially hidden. The racist and Corporate Agenda were covered by code words. They have now dropped the mask, and are openly advocating laws and standards that are Fascist. Sure they don't "call themselves Fascist." After all, according to them Fascism is a form of Marxism. Why would they openly embrace what they call "Socialism?" But by any reasonable definition, that's Exactly what they are. The pretense is gone. Trumps proposed ban on Muslims entering America is supported by two Thirds of All Republicans. Open advocacy of a Police State is now their norm.

    And of course this thread was hotly contested as being totally false...
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  13. Chato added a post in a topic "Does Fascism lurk around the corner for the US?"   

    Just checking into this old topic and finding how prescient I was, what with an open Fascist leading in the primary race for a major party, and most of his competitors not being too far behind. Sad to be right...
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  14. Chato added a post in a topic The Fairy tale story of Quantum Mechanics   

    The video is about the origins of QM, not whether it works or not.

    And yes, I too am disturbed by quoting a Randian as a source, nevertheless, the video echo's my own frustration with the Copenhagen consensus. Since his words are better than mine, I posted them.
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  15. Chato added a post in a topic The Fairy tale story of Quantum Mechanics   

    It's perfectly legitimate to point out where this guy is coming from, but here is an excerpt from a review of his book, and we can see he doesn't deny QM...

    "One big failure of Harriman's argument is his cursory treatment of quantum physics. Quantum physics represents the greatest challenge to his argument, I think, and he glosses over it, indicating that the thinking behind it is wrong-headed but not actually proposing an alternative approach. But he does acknowledge that the mathematical formalism of quantum physics has matched empirical verification with flying colors, unheard of in any other area of human knowledge. While he might not like that quantum physicists do not understand or investigate the root causes of the quantum phenomena they're working with, the fact that the formalism matches experiment this precisely cannot be viewed as a meaningless accident. Clearly, the quantum physicists are doing something right! It is dismaying that he does not devote as much attention to the failures of quantum mechanics as he does to the successes of atomic theory, because I think there are potentially some insights to be gained there."

    "Not surprisingly, he has some words to say about the big bang theory and string theory as well, viewing them as areas where science is profoundly overstepping the bounds of what can be known. He strikes me as a little quick to judge these as failures and I think some further analysis of them (more than the couple of pages they are afforded) would definitely go a long way toward fleshing out the theory of inductive knowledge that he advocates."

    "Despite these flaws, as described above, I feel like the book helps illuminate the power of inductive reasoning within the physical sciences. It is not conclusive, but rather represents a good first step in a revised way of looking at the problem of induction."
    The Logical Leap: Induction in Physics by David Harriman - Physics Book Review
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