Comments for Mediocrity.US http://mediocrity.us America Doing What America Does Best Wed, 24 Sep 2008 09:37:18 +0000 Comment on How to Move Jews by Jessica http://mediocrity.us/religion/how-to-move-jews#comment-75 Jessica Tue, 23 Sep 2008 17:05:37 +0000 http://mediocrity.us/?p=184#comment-75 Why do the Christians have to be hostile? Why do the Christians have to be hostile?

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Comment on The Mediocrity Principle by Candace http://mediocrity.us/the-mediocrity-principle#comment-74 Candace Tue, 23 Sep 2008 06:46:15 +0000 http://mediocrity.us/?page_id=108#comment-74 YES. Oh, yes. My new favorite word: Douchebaggery. Eagerly awaiting an opportunity to use it. Shouldn't be long. YES. Oh, yes. My new favorite word: Douchebaggery.

Eagerly awaiting an opportunity to use it. Shouldn’t be long.

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Comment on Meat or Potatoes, Not Both by Candace http://mediocrity.us/environment/meat-or-potatoes-not-both#comment-73 Candace Tue, 23 Sep 2008 03:58:42 +0000 http://mediocrity.us/?p=195#comment-73 See, this sort of thinking raises real questions for me. I could be wrong, but I simply cannot believe the '8,000 gal of water/lb of beef' figure, in terms of true water "cost" to the system. Potatoes, as far as I know, do not pee. Cows do, and it qualifies as recycling of water. Cow pee percolates down through the earth, being filtered and purified along the way, eventually ending up in the water table again and available for use by living things. Cow pee -- many, many gallons of it per cow lifetime -- contributes (via the nitrogen and other nutrients it contains, as well as the water it returns to the system) to the production of all the earth's greenery -- including, presumably the potato. It's a neat system, which would be less so without the cow, as well as without the potato. I, too, am oversimplifying. But I hope it demonstrates why I am distrustful of attempts to reduce the argument to: potato=good; beef=bad. See, this sort of thinking raises real questions for me.

I could be wrong, but I simply cannot believe the ‘8,000 gal of water/lb of beef’ figure, in terms of true water “cost” to the system.

Potatoes, as far as I know, do not pee. Cows do, and it qualifies as recycling of water. Cow pee percolates down through the earth, being filtered and purified along the way, eventually ending up in the water table again and available for use by living things.

Cow pee — many, many gallons of it per cow lifetime — contributes (via the nitrogen and other nutrients it contains, as well as the water it returns to the system) to the production of all the earth’s greenery — including, presumably the potato. It’s a neat system, which would be less so without the cow, as well as without the potato.

I, too, am oversimplifying. But I hope it demonstrates why I am distrustful of attempts to reduce the argument to: potato=good; beef=bad.

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Comment on 100 Calories Too Many by Kelly http://mediocrity.us/health/100-calories-too-many#comment-72 Kelly Tue, 23 Sep 2008 03:58:13 +0000 http://mediocrity.us/?p=201#comment-72 David, I totally agree - in fact, I recently read an article about how artificial sweetners actually trick our body into thinking it's getting something sweet - when, in fact, it does not know how to break down "plastic". We actually end up consuming more calories when we drink diet drinks and consume all the "fat free" foods. My doc told me that I would actually lose weight if I switched from 1 Diet Coke a day to 1 REAL Coke....and it worked! I have actually lost 10 pounds - just by allowing myself small portions of "the real thing" - rather than more of the "fake stuff". BTW, loved your post on John Shore's blog - that's some great stuff on marriage. I have been married 21 years - and learned alot! Best of luck to you and that incredible wife of yours! Blessings! David,
I totally agree - in fact, I recently read an article about how artificial sweetners actually trick our body into thinking it’s getting something sweet - when, in fact, it does not know how to break down “plastic”. We actually end up consuming more calories when we drink diet drinks and consume all the “fat free” foods. My doc told me that I would actually lose weight if I switched from 1 Diet Coke a day to 1 REAL Coke….and it worked! I have actually lost 10 pounds - just by allowing myself small portions of “the real thing” - rather than more of the “fake stuff”.

BTW, loved your post on John Shore’s blog - that’s some great stuff on marriage. I have been married 21 years - and learned alot! Best of luck to you and that incredible wife of yours!

Blessings!

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Comment on A CEO Disgraced by Mike Killelea http://mediocrity.us/justice/a-ceo-disgraced#comment-69 Mike Killelea Mon, 22 Sep 2008 20:51:18 +0000 http://mediocrity.us/?p=208#comment-69 David - why do you hate America? David - why do you hate America?

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Comment on Sarah Palin or George W. Bush by youraveragetim http://mediocrity.us/politics/sarah-palin-or-george-w-bush#comment-27 youraveragetim Sun, 07 Sep 2008 18:09:07 +0000 http://mediocrity.us/?p=163#comment-27 The list of careers you can do anymore without a post-graduate degree are shrinking fast. It's nice to know that Governor of Alaska and Vice President are still employment options for people that aren't really "graduate school material." The list of careers you can do anymore without a post-graduate degree are shrinking fast. It’s nice to know that Governor of Alaska and Vice President are still employment options for people that aren’t really “graduate school material.”

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Comment on The Mediocrity Principle by youraveragetim http://mediocrity.us/the-mediocrity-principle#comment-26 youraveragetim Sun, 07 Sep 2008 18:02:06 +0000 http://mediocrity.us/?page_id=108#comment-26 I happen to know David Barach personally, and he is definitely a "whiney liberal deuchebag(sp)". However, he's really a pretty run-of-the-mill douchebag. I've met much bigger, more accomplished douchebags. I do not understand how Barach has attained such notoriety for a douchebaggery that is really pretty dubious in quality. I happen to know David Barach personally, and he is definitely a “whiney liberal deuchebag(sp)”. However, he’s really a pretty run-of-the-mill douchebag. I’ve met much bigger, more accomplished douchebags. I do not understand how Barach has attained such notoriety for a douchebaggery that is really pretty dubious in quality.

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Comment on Winner of the 26th annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest by David http://mediocrity.us/entertainment/winner-of-the-26th-annual-bulwer-lytton-fiction-contest#comment-25 David Wed, 03 Sep 2008 23:32:37 +0000 http://mediocrity.us/?p=131#comment-25 I'm starting to get it. You find something amusing, ironic or stupid (or all three) in the news and then write about it and find some vague way to categorize it as "mediocrity". However, if something is terrible, and yet very good at being terrible, then clearly it's superlative nature on both ends of the spectrum make it anything but mediocre... unless you're averaging out. OR... unless it is the blog post itself that is intended to be mediocre, in which case, how ironic, amusing and stupid. What a very run of the mill job you've done. I give you a C for lack of any real effort. I’m starting to get it.

You find something amusing, ironic or stupid (or all three) in the news and then write about it and find some vague way to categorize it as “mediocrity”.

However, if something is terrible, and yet very good at being terrible, then clearly it’s superlative nature on both ends of the spectrum make it anything but mediocre… unless you’re averaging out.

OR… unless it is the blog post itself that is intended to be mediocre, in which case, how ironic, amusing and stupid. What a very run of the mill job you’ve done. I give you a C for lack of any real effort.

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Comment on Vladimir Putin is Dangerous by JJSanDiego http://mediocrity.us/politics/vladimir-putin-is-dangerous#comment-24 JJSanDiego Wed, 03 Sep 2008 23:04:36 +0000 http://mediocrity.us/?p=152#comment-24 what you mean is Putin is BadAss - seriously... I saw this article the other day.. I thought James Bond, too - then again, he *is* ex-KGB... .so that's pretty bad ass to start. we don't have any of those ... what you mean is Putin is BadAss - seriously… I saw this article the other day.. I thought James Bond, too - then again, he *is* ex-KGB… .so that’s pretty bad ass to start. we don’t have any of those …

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Comment on Vladimir Putin is Dangerous by youraveragetim http://mediocrity.us/politics/vladimir-putin-is-dangerous#comment-23 youraveragetim Wed, 03 Sep 2008 18:40:30 +0000 http://mediocrity.us/?p=152#comment-23 And W would have looked in the tiger's eyes and seen that it meant no harm. Nice to see that Palin is proving to us that mediocrity stretches to the furthest outskirts of our country. And W would have looked in the tiger’s eyes and seen that it meant no harm.

Nice to see that Palin is proving to us that mediocrity stretches to the furthest outskirts of our country.

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Comment on The Mediocrity Principle by Zachary Jester http://mediocrity.us/the-mediocrity-principle#comment-20 Zachary Jester Sun, 24 Aug 2008 04:04:56 +0000 http://mediocrity.us/?page_id=108#comment-20 I respect your opinion and in it's spirit of pettiness... So's your face. I respect your opinion and in it’s spirit of pettiness…

So’s your face.

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Comment on The Mediocrity Principle by Meggie http://mediocrity.us/the-mediocrity-principle#comment-19 Meggie Thu, 21 Aug 2008 13:45:58 +0000 http://mediocrity.us/?page_id=108#comment-19 For an excellent and passionate display of mediocre writing and bad grammar, read the above comment. For an excellent and passionate display of mediocre writing and bad grammar, read the above comment.

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Comment on About by David Barach http://mediocrity.us/about#comment-14 David Barach Wed, 20 Aug 2008 23:56:55 +0000 http://mediocrity.us/?page_id=37#comment-14 Wow! Thanks Karl, for that amazing endorsement. And you, are the embodiment of the political accomplishments that can be achieved through mediocrity in the service of our great American Capitalism, whether said accomplishments be good or evil (well, mostly evil in your case). Again, thank you. Wow! Thanks Karl, for that amazing endorsement. And you, are the embodiment of the political accomplishments that can be achieved through mediocrity in the service of our great American Capitalism, whether said accomplishments be good or evil (well, mostly evil in your case). Again, thank you.

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Comment on Robots with Biological Brains by Jamie http://mediocrity.us/science/robots-with-biological-brains#comment-13 Jamie Wed, 20 Aug 2008 19:11:11 +0000 http://mediocrity.us/?p=85#comment-13 I'm curious, are there also Universities of Writing and Arithmetic? I’m curious, are there also Universities of Writing and Arithmetic?

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Comment on The Mediocrity Principle by Zachary Jester http://mediocrity.us/the-mediocrity-principle#comment-12 Zachary Jester Wed, 20 Aug 2008 01:13:23 +0000 http://mediocrity.us/?page_id=108#comment-12 Wow, you sure sound like a whiney liberal deuchebag, if there ever was one. If America rewards mediocrity, what rewards are reaped by the rest of the world. Name another country who enjoys our freedoms and excellence. Our healthcare system is the best in the world, and they are rewarded for it ( with money ). Waiting 12 months to see a doctor is not excellent healthcare (my Canadian ex-patriot employee enjoys our capitalistic healthcare system). Who did the world demand put a stop to the military action in Georgia...The USA. And how did we get the greatest army in the world, ... capitalism... no, not really, well actually. Freedom and capitalism has left Americans with the right to choose their professions, which in turn makes people think about what they want to do with their lives, and when someone makes a decision about their lives they tend to pursue it with greater passion. And what allows every individual in America the right to choose, capitalism, survival of the fittest. Hence, capitalism rewards passion, and passion brings excellence. Ha. Wow, you sure sound like a whiney liberal deuchebag, if there ever was one. If America rewards mediocrity, what rewards are reaped by the rest of the world. Name another country who enjoys our freedoms and excellence. Our healthcare system is the best in the world, and they are rewarded for it ( with money ). Waiting 12 months to see a doctor is not excellent healthcare (my Canadian ex-patriot employee enjoys our capitalistic healthcare system). Who did the world demand put a stop to the military action in Georgia…The USA. And how did we get the greatest army in the world, … capitalism… no, not really, well actually. Freedom and capitalism has left Americans with the right to choose their professions, which in turn makes people think about what they want to do with their lives, and when someone makes a decision about their lives they tend to pursue it with greater passion. And what allows every individual in America the right to choose, capitalism, survival of the fittest. Hence, capitalism rewards passion, and passion brings excellence. Ha.

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Comment on Twelve-Year-Old Designated Driver by David Barach http://mediocrity.us/justice/twelve-year-old-designated-driver#comment-11 David Barach Sun, 17 Aug 2008 01:34:15 +0000 http://mediocrity.us/?p=98#comment-11 If that girl can pee in a jug while driving, she should get an Olympic medal. A golden one. If that girl can pee in a jug while driving, she should get an Olympic medal. A golden one.

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Comment on Twelve-Year-Old Designated Driver by Mike Killelea http://mediocrity.us/justice/twelve-year-old-designated-driver#comment-10 Mike Killelea Sun, 17 Aug 2008 01:27:58 +0000 http://mediocrity.us/?p=98#comment-10 Can she pee like one of those truckers??? Can she pee like one of those truckers???

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Comment on Twelve-Year-Old Designated Driver by Mike Killelea http://mediocrity.us/justice/twelve-year-old-designated-driver#comment-9 Mike Killelea Sun, 17 Aug 2008 01:24:57 +0000 http://mediocrity.us/?p=98#comment-9 But was it a hybrid car???? But was it a hybrid car????

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Comment on So She Can’t Sing. She Sure Is Cute by Jamie http://mediocrity.us/entertainment/so-she-cant-sing-she-sure-is-cute#comment-6 Jamie Thu, 14 Aug 2008 20:14:40 +0000 http://mediocrity.us/?p=69#comment-6 I'd like to see them take a run at our obesity rates - no, really - I want to see that! It would be like a vast population of weebles. (David - American-born people know Weebles as the bottom heavy, squat humanoid toys of the 1970s fame.) I’d like to see them take a run at our obesity rates - no, really - I want to see that! It would be like a vast population of weebles. (David - American-born people know Weebles as the bottom heavy, squat humanoid toys of the 1970s fame.)

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Comment on Three’s Company by David Barach http://mediocrity.us/politics/threes-company#comment-5 David Barach Thu, 14 Aug 2008 18:54:42 +0000 http://mediocrity.us/?p=74#comment-5 Well there you have it. I'm not a lawyer <em><strong>and</strong></em> I don't know English. It's a good thing that we have had such great attorneys general that have both skills. Well there you have it. I’m not a lawyer and I don’t know English. It’s a good thing that we have had such great attorneys general that have both skills.

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Comment on Three’s Company by David Tuffy http://mediocrity.us/politics/threes-company#comment-4 David Tuffy Thu, 14 Aug 2008 16:42:38 +0000 http://mediocrity.us/?p=74#comment-4 It's "toe the line" brother... maybe your understanding of the English language isn't all that. http://grammartips.homestead.com/toetheline.html It’s “toe the line” brother… maybe your understanding of the English language isn’t all that.

http://grammartips.homestead.com/toetheline.html

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Comment on A New Beginning by John Shore http://mediocrity.us/notices/a-new-beginning#comment-2 John Shore Sat, 09 Aug 2008 14:42:26 +0000 http://mediocrity.us/?p=3#comment-2 Hey, David. Nice blog! Tragically misinformed, though, insofar as I am the OPPOSITE of a "compulsive exhibitionist." I am, instead, sort of ... abnormally private, actually. Hey, David. Nice blog! Tragically misinformed, though, insofar as I am the OPPOSITE of a “compulsive exhibitionist.” I am, instead, sort of … abnormally private, actually.

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