Just Blue
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Jan 19 Just Blue commented on You Can't Turn Off Trump.

You, too. Archie-world is one helluva nasty alternate dimension.
Jan 19 Just Blue commented on You Can't Turn Off Trump.

As someone who moved to a small town in Pennsylvania (in a profoundly red county), I can confirm that the Trump voters around here know better than to imagine he'll magically restore their towns to their former splendor.

However, I've little faith that another generation is all it will take for the nostalgia to fade, at least in a number of places. Where I live, many residents still long for coal's heyday. Yet most of these residents (and their parents) weren't around when the mines dominated. In fact, the few remaining seniors who lived during that period, though mostly pro-coal, are considerably less enthusiastic. They remember how desperately poor many families were despite the county's prosperity. They remember how much of the wealth pooled in a single city, and into the pockets of the mines' owners.

They remember adults and kids falling into sinkholes. (There are still some sinkholes remaining, but not that many.) They remember the father or young husband who never made it home. They remember being children cutting their hands sorting coal, day after day, after day.

Manufacturing jobs have came and went since, but it's coal everyone dreams of.

Nostalgia is more powerful when your memories are imagined. So I expect it can take more than a couple generations for the illusions to fade, especially if the cities and towns have never found a way to recover a reasonable degree of economic health.
Sep 3, 2014 Just Blue commented on Those Leaked Celebrity Nudes: Have You Looked?.
@70, This being Slog, I doubt many commenters have problems with nudity, myself included. I'd find it similarly distasteful were non-sexual private emails released and happily consumed by the public. What disturbs me isn't the content, but the violation of privacy: the lack of consent.
Sep 3, 2014 Just Blue commented on Those Leaked Celebrity Nudes: Have You Looked?.
@56, bullshit. It's more like throwing a clod of mud at someone and saying it's fine because she's already muddy.
Apr 4, 2014 Just Blue commented on Orange Theory Fitness Responds to Criticism That Its Ad Campaign Exploits Memorials to Dead Cyclists.
@39, you do realize they're not graveside memorials, right? It's nothing like the various ribbon campaigns, each of which directly relates to a cause. The sole cause here is marketing. A more comparable analogy would be a ribbon campaign for OfficeMax Awareness.

It's tacky.
Mar 14, 2014 Just Blue commented on Meeting the End of Life with LSD.
@4, those I knew who died of prolonged terminal illnesses were in tremendous pain for hours, sometimes days, before they ultimately passed away. They each died in as deep a morphine haze as was available. Even without the pain meds, the pain itself would've made it exceedingly difficult to maintain a clear and controlled mental state. This is often the case with long illnesses.

If LSD eases the weeks or months before the worst comes, it might make it a bit easier to withstand - it's much harder to handle severe pain if you're already anxious. And even if it doesn't, making those final weeks/months even a little less stressful would be a boon.
Mar 11, 2014 Just Blue commented on Ban Bossy? I Don't Think So. Be Bossier..
@69, damn you're bossy.
Mar 11, 2014 Just Blue commented on Boneco the Beekeeping Donkey.
@1, Sadly, I've met many an ass in bookkeeping, but never a donkey.
Mar 11, 2014 Just Blue commented on Ban Bossy? I Don't Think So. Be Bossier..
@51, I won't "debate" a troll endlessly (Juche has already served the only purpose he had with me), but I will occasionally toss a comment or two at them to make a larger point.

Though Juche is a waste of pixels, there are well-intentioned non-trolls who fail to cite sources, and who think invoking science automatically proves their unsubstantiated conjecture. Youth especially tend to leap from a proven point A to conjecture D with no connecting points in between, even when they're not being disingenuous. I was using Juche to make a larger, albeit extremely basic, point.

Also, there are quite a few people who honestly conflate real biological differences with immutable, gender-based personality hardwiring. The bigoted extremes, which Juche represents, are obvious: in his view, women are hardwired to be baby-making machines, and ill-equipped to assume other roles. However, the competing influences of biology and society can be extremely difficult to disentangle, and in many cases researchers are uncertain as to which influence is more responsible for a given difference. Juche's unintentional parody of biology's role might be ham-fisted, but it does touch upon the subtler tendency to underestimate neuroplasticity. This failure to acknowledge the human brain's remarkable adaptive qualities muddies the waters whenever there's a discussion of gender roles.

Personally, over the years I've learned from watching people with extreme versions of my own latent tendencies/failures get swatted down.

Admittedly my second comment to him was a throwaway farewell. I'm sentimental that way.

@60, see paragraph three above.
Mar 10, 2014 Just Blue commented on Ban Bossy? I Don't Think So. Be Bossier..
@37, I stated there are biological and chemical differences between genders. Somehow, in a breathtaking feat of reading incomprehension, you interpreted that to mean the exact opposite.

The Harvard Business Review is over 90 years old, has a paid circulation topping 250,000, and is available in twelve languages. In a 2012 international poll ranking the world's best consultants, Solberg came in third. Just because you personally aren't aware of something and someone, it doesn't mean they're "unknown." It just means you're ignorant.

Regardless, even if I'd directed you to a site covered in LOLcats and operated by a sole nine year old blogger, it would be more reputable than the evidence you've provided for your assertions.

@41, Goldy would make a far better troll than Juche. Though I admit I wouldn't have initially engaged Juche if I'd noticed how impossibly addled he is.

@43, tragically, the rock was very large. He was a very lonely man until he found all those straw men to keep him company.