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Ole Olson56,322It has come to light that Google has started funding and supporting some of the most vile right wing extremist collectives and corporate front groups in America. Join us by changing your avatar and boycotting every single Google service for one day in protest.  *On Wednesday, December 11th make a serious attempt to not use anything Google.* No Google Searches. No Google+. No gmail. No Youtube. No Google Calendar. No Blogger. No Google Maps. No Google Photos. No Google translate. No Google reverse image search. No Google Play. No Google Drive. No Google Books. No Google Shopping. Nothing.  (Android is immune since it is Open Source).  If nothing else, just think of this as a challenge to see if you are able to spend a day on the internet without using a single Google product or service or just take the day off and enjoy the real world for a change.  _Google, many of us are your most loyal users, and we love the technical direction everything is heading by rolling all services into Google+_ but it must be understood in no uncertain terms that we vehemently disagree with your decision to start to fund proto-fascist, right wing extremist, anti-environmental, anti-worker, and anti-science shock fronts like: •ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) •American Conservative Union •Americans for Tax Reform •CATO Institute •Federalist Society •George Mason University Law School Law and Economics Center •Heritage Action •Mercatus Center •National Taxpayers Union •R Street Institute •Texas Public Policy Foundation ________________________________________________ *More information:* Don’t Be Evil? Google Funding a Slew of Right-Wing Groups http://billmoyers.com/2013/12/04/dont-be-evil-google-funding-a-slew-of-right-wing-groups/ Tell Google CEO Larry Page to Cut Ties with ALEC http://org.salsalabs.com/o/632/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14651 Tell Google: Don't Be Evil With ALEC http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=8648 #ShameOnGoogle  #Google    #DontBeEvil  One Day Boycott of ALL Google Products2013-12-11 07:00:00159  

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2015-09-01 19:31:31 (38 comments, 7 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Psychology's embarrassing replication problem

In a recent replication attempt of 100 experiments in social and cognitive psychology, about half the cognitive results failed to replicate and a whopping 75% of the social findings failed to replicate.

The reasons for and implications of this unsettling little fact are explored, and the article includes a link to the original study, published recently in Science.

#psychology  #science #replication

Most reshares: 22

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2015-08-31 14:20:29 (1 comments, 22 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Just hang up when you get that silent phone call

Most plusones: 48

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2015-08-18 20:36:06 (35 comments, 4 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

The sad truth. 

Latest 50 posts

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2015-09-04 02:23:34 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Bwahaha! Kansas conservatives shooting themselves, and everyone else in Kansas, in the foot, as usual

I feel for the people of Kansas, but I must confess some schadenfreude at the pickle in which their mouth-breathing conservative government has placed itself.

thanks, +Betsy McCall 

___Bwahaha! Kansas conservatives shooting themselves, and everyone else in Kansas, in the foot, as usual

I feel for the people of Kansas, but I must confess some schadenfreude at the pickle in which their mouth-breathing conservative government has placed itself.

thanks, +Betsy McCall 

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2015-09-04 01:18:30 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

An interesting and informative, if somewhat alarming, read

In the words of +Icarus Anne Riley, "So, it turns out the GOP faithful voting base really are - statistically speaking - completely disconnected from reality, human decency, and even common sense? Well, shit."

thanks, Icarus

Not another Black one!___An interesting and informative, if somewhat alarming, read

In the words of +Icarus Anne Riley, "So, it turns out the GOP faithful voting base really are - statistically speaking - completely disconnected from reality, human decency, and even common sense? Well, shit."

thanks, Icarus

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2015-09-03 05:09:42 (3 comments, 7 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Planned Parenthood

Based on the rhetoric lies from the right, you'd think it was an abortion clinic.

You've been misled. 

thanks, +Katie H. y

#IStandWithPP___Planned Parenthood

Based on the rhetoric lies from the right, you'd think it was an abortion clinic.

You've been misled. 

thanks, +Katie H. y

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2015-09-03 03:23:52 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Jim Jeffries on religion (and most everything else)

Only if you have an hour to waste.

But an hour well-wasted it is.

Jim Jeffries on religion (and most everything else)

Only if you have an hour to waste.

But an hour well-wasted it is.___

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2015-09-02 21:28:58 (29 comments, 3 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

One has to wonder how much support she'd have gotten and how fast she would have been imprisoned.

One does not cross the gun-freaks in 'murica.

(The gays, women, minorities and lubrurls? Eh, fuck 'em.)

thanks, +Robert Pratt and +Ron Dobbs 

It'd go over like a lead balloon ___One has to wonder how much support she'd have gotten and how fast she would have been imprisoned.

One does not cross the gun-freaks in 'murica.

(The gays, women, minorities and lubrurls? Eh, fuck 'em.)

thanks, +Robert Pratt and +Ron Dobbs 

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2015-09-02 21:17:42 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Katie H. 

Nope. ___thanks, +Katie H. 

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2015-09-01 23:37:17 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Gotta love a good analogy...

thanks, +Craig Froehle 

http://m.snopes.com/amish-dmv-clerk/___Gotta love a good analogy...

thanks, +Craig Froehle 

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2015-09-01 19:31:31 (38 comments, 7 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Psychology's embarrassing replication problem

In a recent replication attempt of 100 experiments in social and cognitive psychology, about half the cognitive results failed to replicate and a whopping 75% of the social findings failed to replicate.

The reasons for and implications of this unsettling little fact are explored, and the article includes a link to the original study, published recently in Science.

#psychology  #science #replication

Psychology's embarrassing replication problem

In a recent replication attempt of 100 experiments in social and cognitive psychology, about half the cognitive results failed to replicate and a whopping 75% of the social findings failed to replicate.

The reasons for and implications of this unsettling little fact are explored, and the article includes a link to the original study, published recently in Science.

#psychology  #science #replication___

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2015-09-01 15:02:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

A very thoughtful autopsy of republican "ideas"

thanks, +Ron Dobbs 

"Republican leaders knew things could get bad if they didn’t pass immigration reform. But they probably didn’t imagine a rally with a GOP frontrunner in Alabama featuring neo-Confederate literature, openly racist attendees, and at least one shout of “white power” broadcast live on all three cable news networks.

Now they’re beginning to see the mess they’re in.

“If, after November 2016, there are autopsies of Republican presidential hopes, political coroners will stress the immigration-related rhetoric of August 2015,” said occasional voice of conservative sanity George F. Will.

___A very thoughtful autopsy of republican "ideas"

thanks, +Ron Dobbs 

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2015-09-01 14:22:28 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

A national embarrassment

The rest of the world is watching this spectacle and saying, "Really, US? Really??"

thanks, +Jennifer Freeman and +Armando Lioss 

___A national embarrassment

The rest of the world is watching this spectacle and saying, "Really, US? Really??"

thanks, +Jennifer Freeman and +Armando Lioss 

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2015-09-01 00:56:15 (8 comments, 7 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Sounds kinda familiar.

thanks, +Admiral Taptap

I'm pretty sure that is the official GOP Platform.___Sounds kinda familiar.

thanks, +Admiral Taptap

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2015-08-31 16:02:22 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Tim Elkins 

___thanks, +Tim Elkins 

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2015-08-31 14:20:29 (1 comments, 22 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Just hang up when you get that silent phone call

Just hang up when you get that silent phone call___

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2015-08-31 13:10:49 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Important reminder

thanks, +Annette Cleary 

Another reminder!

Thank you Benedict Maston.
___Important reminder

thanks, +Annette Cleary 

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2015-08-31 03:32:30 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

As +H George Tavakoli says, this isn't news. But it's important.

This is your America, people. It ain't what it claims to be. 

Thanks, H. George.

Is this really breaking news to you? However it's official now: http://bit.ly/1KlPJbq___As +H George Tavakoli says, this isn't news. But it's important.

This is your America, people. It ain't what it claims to be. 

Thanks, H. George.

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2015-08-31 03:25:56 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Think -- really think -- about this.

thanks, +God Emperor Lionel Lauer 

If the NRA truly believes that mass shootings are the work of the mentally unstable, why are they not fighting for better access to mental health care to reduce these incidences and to help protect the rights of their mentally sound members?___Think -- really think -- about this.

thanks, +God Emperor Lionel Lauer 

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2015-08-31 01:43:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Oliver Sacks, Author of Uncle Tungsten and Many Books About Neuropsychology, Dead at 82

Goodbye, Dr. Sacks, and thank you for all your great work.

Oliver Sacks, Author of Uncle Tungsten and Many Books About Neuropsychology, Dead at 82

Goodbye, Dr. Sacks, and thank you for all your great work.___

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2015-08-31 00:45:11 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

thanks, +David Bee and DailyKos

The Case for Bernie from an Expat
Our quality of life in the US has been seriously eroding. Living here, it's difficult sometimes to get perspective on how far our country has fallen.  Let's take a look.

(Note: I found this article on Daily Kos, and highly recommend that you read the entire post here ☛ http://goo.gl/f0od5z )

"I'm an expat. I live in Germany most of the year. Every year for more than three weeks in August, I travel to the US to visit family and friends. I've just spent a wonderful, relaxing three weeks in the beautiful state of Colorado. I have a generous amount of paid vacation time, mandated by the German government (something Bernie supports, but Hillary is silent on).

By now most of us are familiar with what Sanders means when he calls himself a 'democratic socialist'. He insists that the US, one of the wealthiest nations in the world, can afford to provide its workers with paid vacation time, with universal health care, with a free college education (again, something Hillary does not support). He knows that we have the wealth to improve our nation's infrastructure--every time I return to the US, I'm horrified by how dilapidated this country has become. The position of many Hillary supporters is that (some of) these things are pie-in-the sky dreaming, unrealistic, and unattainable in the US. There is indeed some truth to this--Republicans are committed to obstructing social progress.  

But this attitude reflects just how far we have fallen, how far right our discourse has gone, how deeply disconnected we are from the rest of the world, particularly northern Europeans, who view the US with a combination of horror, disgust (at our foreign policy), and at times, sympathy. They fundamentally do not understand how we still do not have single-payer health care, strong public education that is state subsidized from preschool through specialty training or university education and beyond, unemployment benefits, job-placement and paid retraining services, paid parental leave, generous pensions, and more (much more!).

I am not suggesting that Hillary opposes all these things, though she is conspicuously silent on many of them. What I AM suggesting is that none of these systems in northern Europe happened by accident. They did not magically appear. They were meticulously planned and executed--and what have they delivered to their people? A balance of regulated capitalism, universal social welfare, political democracy, and the highest levels of gender and economic equality on the planet.

My point here is that we will never get there if we don't plan it, and if we don't demand it. And we will certainly NEVER get there by supporting a candidate that is silent on what should be viewed as basic workers and human rights. I'm not even getting into foreign policy or Wall Street--again, no need to get into Hillary's relationship with Wall Street--we know what it is. But it should be obvious to all that without a fundamental change of the role of Wall Street and corporate power in our nation, none of the social values our party should support will be realized.

So when you tell me that these "socialist" values are not realistic, and that most Americans won't vote for them, I'll tell you that the only way to bring this country back from the abyss the right has taken us is to fight for these values and support the candidates that best represent them. The choice is obvious."

(Note: I found this article on Daily Kos, and highly recommend that you read the entire post here ☛ http://goo.gl/f0od5z )

The graphic below is from another source:
here ☛ https://goo.gl/L7m80m

find out what makes Bernie tick:  feelthebern.org

#Bernie2016   #FeelTheBern   #mydailybernie  ___thanks, +David Bee and DailyKos

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2015-08-30 22:19:48 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

The uncomfortable truth about the Dondald

thanks, +The Bitchy Pundit 

If you've ever ridden a subway, you'd know this is true!___The uncomfortable truth about the Dondald

thanks, +The Bitchy Pundit 

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2015-08-30 03:35:28 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Charity done smart

Jimmy Carter is a true humanitarian.

thanks, +Valkyrie and +Being Liberal 

A lifetime of giving to others, this is one of the many great works by Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, whose involvement with Habitat for Humanity began in 1984. Habitat’s annual Carter Work Project has helped build, renovate or repair nearly 4,000 homes in 14 countries alongside 92,000 volunteers.
Please 'LIKE' the new Facebook Page Honoring Jimmy Carter and 'SHARE' the content. Join us in tributing this great former president, peacemaker,and humanitarian.___Charity done smart

Jimmy Carter is a true humanitarian.

thanks, +Valkyrie and +Being Liberal 

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2015-08-30 03:26:39 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Sarah Palin interviews Donald Trump…

… and all that entails. Let your imagination run wild, and then be surprised. (No, you can't predict how idiotic the dialogue will be.)

It would be hilarious if the consequences of his getting elected weren't so deadly serious.

10 minutes that feels like two hours. (You're welcome for the hour and 50 minutes I've effectively added to your life.)

thanks, +Tim Elkins 

FTA: "On the set of her One America News Network show _On Point with Sarah Palin_—which looks like a fake news broadcast you'd see announcing a Grizzlicane on a SyFy original movie."

Plus, Trump is out of focus for the entire interview.___Sarah Palin interviews Donald Trump…

… and all that entails. Let your imagination run wild, and then be surprised. (No, you can't predict how idiotic the dialogue will be.)

It would be hilarious if the consequences of his getting elected weren't so deadly serious.

10 minutes that feels like two hours. (You're welcome for the hour and 50 minutes I've effectively added to your life.)

thanks, +Tim Elkins 

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2015-08-30 01:55:21 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Government spending in perspective

8.5 trillion "misplaced" military spending.

No conservative has the right to talk about "fiscal responsibility" ever again. Ever.

For perspective: 8.5 million would only be one millionth of that 8.5 trillion that the republicans somehow lost in the couch.

thanks, +Alan Atkins 

Cheney and Bush are splitting it! ___Government spending in perspective

8.5 trillion "misplaced" military spending.

No conservative has the right to talk about "fiscal responsibility" ever again. Ever.

For perspective: 8.5 million would only be one millionth of that 8.5 trillion that the republicans somehow lost in the couch.

thanks, +Alan Atkins 

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2015-08-30 01:46:23 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

On why conservatives and liberals hate each other

Thanks, +Pamela Zuppo.

We Can’t All Just Get Along

In our era of polarization, one party is guiltier than the other.

I hate Republicans. I can’t stand the thought of having to spend the next two years watching Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Ted Cruz, Darrell Issa, or any of the legions of other blowhards denying climate change, thwarting immigration reform or championing fetal “personhood.”

This loathing is a relatively recent phenomenon. Back
 in the 1970s, I worked for a Republican, Fred Lippitt, the senate minority leader in Rhode Island, and I loved him. He was a brand of Republican now extinct—a “moderate” who was fiscally conservative but progressive about women’s rights, racial justice and environmental preservation. Had he been closer to my age, I could have contemplated marrying someone like Fred. Today, marrying a Republican is unimaginable to me. And I’m not alone. Back in 1960, only 5 
percent of Republicans and 4 percent of Democrats said they’d
 be “displeased” if their child married someone from the opposite
 party. Today? Forty-nine percent 
of Republicans and 33 percent of
Democrats would be pissed.

According to a recent study by Stanford professor Shanto Iyengar and Princeton researcher Sean Westwood, such polarization has increased dramatically in recent years. What’s noteworthy is how entrenched this mutual animus has become. It’s fine for me to use the word “hate” when referring to Republicans and for them to use the same word about me, but you would never use the word “hate” when referring to people of color, or women, or gays and lesbians. 

And now party identification and hatred shape a whole host of non-political decisions. Iyengar and Westwood asked participants in their study to review the resumés of graduating high school seniors to decide which ones should receive scholarships. Some resumés had cues about party affiliation (say, member of the Young Republicans Club) and some about racial identity (also through extracurricular activities, or via a stereotypical name). Race mattered, but not nearly as much as partisanship. An overwhelming 80 percent of partisans chose the student of their own party. And this held true even if the candidate from the opposite party had better credentials.

How did we come to this pass? Obviously, my tendency is to blame the Republicans more than the Democrats, which may seem biased. But history and psychological research bear me out.

Let’s start with the history. This isn’t like a fight between siblings, where the parent says, “It doesn’t matter who started it.” Yes, it does.

A brief review of Republican rhetoric and strategies since the 1980s, shows an escalation of determined vilification, which has been amplified relentlessly on Fox News since 1996. From Spiro Agnew’s attack on intellectuals as an “effete corps of impudent snobs”; to Rush Limbaugh’s hate speech; to the GOP’s endless campaign to smear the Clintons over Whitewater, then bludgeon Bill over Monica Lewinsky; to the ceaseless denigration of President Obama (“socialist,” “Muslim”), the Republicans have crafted a political identity that rests on a complete repudiation of the idea that the opposing party and its followers have any legitimacy at all.

[Personally, the author could very easily have interjected Reagan's vilification of the government as a means of political expediency, as well as Newt Gingrich's introduction of vile discourse in the realm of Congress, where he relentlessly embarked on sarcastic name calling of his adversaries, including then President Clinton.]

Why does this work? A series of studies has found that political conservatives tend toward certain psychological characteristics.

What are they? Dogmatism, rigidity and intolerance of ambiguity; a need to avoid uncertainty; support for authoritarianism; a heightened sense of threat from others; and a personal need for structure. How do these qualities influence political thinking?

According to researchers, the two core dimensions of conservative thought are resistance to change and support for inequality. These, in turn, are core elements of social intolerance. The need for certainty, the need to manage fear of social change, lead to black-and-white thinking and an embrace of stereotypes. Which could certainly lead to a desire to deride those not like you—whether people of color, LGBT people or Democrats.

And, especially since the early 1990s, Republican politicians and pundits have been feeding these needs with a single-minded, uncomplicated, good-vs.-evil worldview that vilifies Democrats.

So now we hate them back. And for good reason. Which is too bad. I miss the Fred Lippitts of yore and the civilized discourse and political accomplishments they made possible. And so do millions of totally fed-up Americans.

http://inthesetimes.com/article/17426/we_cant_all_just_get_along___On why conservatives and liberals hate each other

Thanks, +Pamela Zuppo.

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2015-08-29 19:50:26 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Another corporate tax giveaway. This one supported by a democrat

Read this and understand it.

Then you will want to sign it. Do so.

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

Tell Congress: Oppose the Schumer-Portman corporate tax giveaway.

Fresh off of advocating for war with Iran, Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer is teaming up with Republican Rob Portman to give a massive handout to multinational corporations.

Multinational corporations owe nearly $770 billion in taxes on nearly $2.2 trillion that they have been hiding offshore. Sens. Schumer and Portman have a proposal to let companies bring back that money at a much lower tax rate – and then, going even further by lowering the tax rate on all future income earned overseas.

As a Democrat joining with Republicans to promote this proposal Sen. Schumer is undercutting Democratic Leader Harry Reid on the eve of negotiations to avert a government shutdown. While the current leader of Senate Democrats has gone on the record demanding the super-rich pay their fair share to keep the government running, the leader-in-waiting has sided with multinational corporations at the expense of domestic companies and everyday Americans, even earning praise from the likes of Rep. Paul Ryan.3,4

Even if the proposal does not become part of a highway bill deal, it will be dredged up again in future negotiations unless we raise such an outcry right now that we kill it for good.___Another corporate tax giveaway. This one supported by a democrat

Read this and understand it.

Then you will want to sign it. Do so.

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

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2015-08-28 01:17:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-27 18:56:00 (21 comments, 3 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Obama coming out against the Kochs and their minions; the Kochs don't much like it

They're not used to being called out for what they are. 

thanks, +Jennifer Freeman 

___Obama coming out against the Kochs and their minions; the Kochs don't much like it

They're not used to being called out for what they are. 

thanks, +Jennifer Freeman 

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2015-08-27 13:30:27 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

#Sanders2016  ___thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

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2015-08-27 02:52:23 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Hilarious and dead-on.

thanks, +Woozle Hypertwin 

Yep. Our gun laws are absolutely fucking insane, and he explains why.

(Audio NSFW.)___Hilarious and dead-on.

thanks, +Woozle Hypertwin 

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2015-08-26 04:39:40 (13 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Here's a way to keep poor folk, black folk, old folk, students… that is Democrats from voting

Nice move Alabama. But don't you think it's just a wee bit too subtle? 

Why don't you come right out and say, "If you aint ignorant (and white) or rich, then you aint welcome to vote here"?  Of course, you'd have to misspell all of that, but you get my point.

Enjoy your third-world paradise, Alabama.

My deep condolences to liberals and progressives struggling to survive there. (Psst: Get the fuck out.)

Here's a way to keep poor folk, black folk, old folk, students… that is Democrats from voting

Nice move Alabama. But don't you think it's just a wee bit too subtle? 

Why don't you come right out and say, "If you aint ignorant (and white) or rich, then you aint welcome to vote here"?  Of course, you'd have to misspell all of that, but you get my point.

Enjoy your third-world paradise, Alabama.

My deep condolences to liberals and progressives struggling to survive there. (Psst: Get the fuck out.)___

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2015-08-25 15:16:53 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

The fundamental differences between Sanders and Trump

thanks to +David Bee for this gem

The only other quote from the article that I'd highlight (in addition to what David did) is:

The equivalence being drawn between the two campaigns by much of the elite political press is the biggest incidence of journalistic malpractice of the 2016 campaign so far...

Trump and Sanders:  They're both 'populists', so what's the difference?

There's a lot of chatter in the media these days, about how Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are appealing to the same dissatisfaction that Americans have with government.  So what's the difference between these two guys?  Charles P. Pierce of Esquire breaks it down for us:   http://goo.gl/vIlBoS

"It is not enough to claim that both men are "populists" or that they are both appealing to some amorphous general dissatisfaction with "government." First of all, the only problem Sanders has with government is that it hasn't done enough to fix a rigged financial system and to stop the erosion of a viable middle class. The problem Trump has with government is that he's not running it. One is asking for a revival of grassroots democratic activism. The other is appealing for applause. One campaign's vision is a guy knocking on doors. The second campaign's vision is a strongman on a balcony. One is LaFollette. The other is Peron or, at best, Berlusconi. The first is the way democracy is supposed to work. The second is how democracy always manages to con itself."

Well said!  
Read the whole article here: ☛ http://goo.gl/vIlBoS
Learn about Bernie's economic policies here:  http://goo.gl/4OZNrc

h/t to xaxnar at D. Kos  http://goo.gl/yl3U8F

#BernieSanders   #DonaldTrump   #FeelTheBern   #mydailybernie  ___The fundamental differences between Sanders and Trump

thanks to +David Bee for this gem

The only other quote from the article that I'd highlight (in addition to what David did) is:

The equivalence being drawn between the two campaigns by much of the elite political press is the biggest incidence of journalistic malpractice of the 2016 campaign so far...

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2015-08-24 22:25:17 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Unsurprising, unless you're a gun nut

Short story: Claims of gun owners and the NRA notwithstanding, more guns does not equal greater safety.

thanks, +Woozle Hypertwin 

gee - why aren't I surprised by this ... we're #1 ... tell me why we are supposed like this position again?___Unsurprising, unless you're a gun nut

Short story: Claims of gun owners and the NRA notwithstanding, more guns does not equal greater safety.

thanks, +Woozle Hypertwin 

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2015-08-24 20:07:35 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Borowitz typically writes satire; in this case, not so much

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

Sentiment Building to Deport Nation’s Billionaires

BOROWITZ REPORT

They don’t pay taxes. They circumvent our laws. They get free stuff from the government. They are America’s billionaires, and many would like to see them gone.

According to a new survey by the University of Minnesota’s Opinion Research Institute, the American people hold the nation’s billionaires in lower esteem than ever before, and a majority would like to see new laws enacted to deport them.


“They come here, take thousands of our jobs, and export them overseas,” one respondent said, in an opinion echoed by many others in the survey.

“They are part of a shadow economy that sucks billions of dollars out of the United States every year and puts it in Switzerland and the Caymans,” another said.

Images of hedge-fund managers arriving via helicopter in the Hamptons this summer have only reinforced the impression that authorities have turned a blind eye to their movements.

“Many of these people should be in prison, and the government is looking the other way,” one respondent said.

Stirring even more controversy is the billionaires’ practice of having babies in the United States and using the nation’s porous estate-tax laws to pass down untold wealth to the next generation.

“They should leave and take their children with them,” one respondent said.

Even after it is pointed out to respondents that some billionaires, such as Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, have made significant philanthropic contributions to the world, a majority of those polled stubbornly maintained their negative views of billionaires.

“Look, in every group you’re going to have some good ones,” one of the respondents said. “But that doesn’t take away from the fact that the vast majority of these people are destroying this country.”

http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/sentiment-building-to-deport-nations-billionaires?mbid=nl_082415_Borowitz_Report&cndid=19988922&mbid=nl_082415_Borowitz_Report&CNDID=19988922&spMailingID=8010798&spUserID=NTY4MjIzMzY4MTYS1&spJobID=742909397&spReportId=NzQyOTA5Mzk3S0___Borowitz typically writes satire; in this case, not so much

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

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2015-08-23 20:14:42 (22 comments, 7 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Rex Dexter 

Here It Is-Simple & To The Point...___thanks, +Rex Dexter 

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2015-08-23 18:17:45 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Trump moving from amusing into dangerous

Even if he can't (although maybe he can) or doesn't get elected, Trump can do -- has already started doing -- real damage to American culture by encouraging people act on their worst tendencies.

[Trump] can do plenty of damage just by encouraging people to be as uninhibited in their stupidity as he is.

… Trump's political style encourages people to do more to express their anger than just vote.

… Trump's campaign is giving people permission to [act on their racism, sexism and other uninformed, highly emotional beliefs]. It's hard to say this word in conjunction with such a sexually unappealing person, but his message is a powerful aphrodisiac. Fuck everything, fuck everyone. Fuck immigrants and fuck their filthy lice-ridden kids. And fuck you if you don't like me saying so.
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(L) Some say he never was. Good piece from Rolling Stone. Thanks, Woj.___Trump moving from amusing into dangerous

Even if he can't (although maybe he can) or doesn't get elected, Trump can do -- has already started doing -- real damage to American culture by encouraging people act on their worst tendencies.

[Trump] can do plenty of damage just by encouraging people to be as uninhibited in their stupidity as he is.

… Trump's political style encourages people to do more to express their anger than just vote.

… Trump's campaign is giving people permission to [act on their racism, sexism and other uninformed, highly emotional beliefs]. It's hard to say this word in conjunction with such a sexually unappealing person, but his message is a powerful aphrodisiac. Fuck everything, fuck everyone. Fuck immigrants and fuck their filthy lice-ridden kids. And fuck you if you don't like me saying so.

Those of us who think polls and primaries and debates are any match for that are pretty naive. America has been trending stupid for a long time. Now the stupid wants out of its cage, and Trump is urging it on. There are a lot of ways this can go wrong, no matter who wins in 2016.

thanks, +Being Liberal 

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2015-08-23 17:55:46 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

While it vilifies Iran, the US supports Saudi Arabia

But the latter is arguably no better than the former.

The reason for this hypocrisy comes down to oil. And politics. Always politics.

While it vilifies Iran, the US supports Saudi Arabia

But the latter is arguably no better than the former.

The reason for this hypocrisy comes down to oil. And politics. Always politics.___

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2015-08-22 17:18:19 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Leaked TPP documents show massive gift to Big Pharma; massive impediment to scientific progress and healthcare consumers

And of course it is the US who is strongly pushing this pro-pharma agenda. Other countries, except for Japan (who is still more reasonable than the US), are opposed to it. 

Raise three hands if you're surprised.

thanks, +Ron Dobbs 

A leaked draft of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations reveals US plans to massively broaden IP for biologics and opens the door to monopolies, says MSF.___Leaked TPP documents show massive gift to Big Pharma; massive impediment to scientific progress and healthcare consumers

And of course it is the US who is strongly pushing this pro-pharma agenda. Other countries, except for Japan (who is still more reasonable than the US), are opposed to it. 

Raise three hands if you're surprised.

thanks, +Ron Dobbs 

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2015-08-21 23:46:10 (15 comments, 4 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Rex Dexter 

WHEN $8.5 TRILLION IS CHUMP CHANGE

Published: August 21, 2015
SOURCE: DAVID SWANSON

Three cheers for Reuters pointing out that the Pentagon can’t explain what it did with $8.5 trillion that taxpayers gave it between 1996 and 2013.

Three trillion cheers for a blogger who is pointing out that this fact renders many other concerns ludicrous, and recommending that people bring it up at every opportunity:

“What’s that?

Body cameras for all cops will be too expensive?

How about we find 1/10,000th of the money we sent to the Pentagon.”

“Oh really?

There’s 500 million in provable food stamp fraud going to poor people how about the $8.5 TRILLION the pentagon can’t account for?”

“Oh really?

You think Obamacare is going to cost us almost a trillion dollars over 15 years?

How about the 8.5 Trillion that just disappeared into the ether at the Pentagon?

What’s your take on that?”

“Oh really, you’re concerned about deficit spending and the debt?

Fully 1/3 of the national debt is money we sent the Pentagon and they can’t tell us where it went.

It’s just gone.”

“College for everyone will cost too much?

You must be really pissed at the 8.5 Trillion, with a ‘t’, dollars the pentagon’s spent and can’t tell us where it went.”

This is all very good as far as it goes, whether you like the body cameras or corporate health insurance or other items or not.

We could add an unlimited number of items including some expressing our concern for the other 96% of humanity:

“You can end starvation and unclean water for tens of billions of dollars; what about that $8.5 trillion?”

Et cetera.

But here’s my real concern.

The $8.5 trillion is just the bit that the Pentagon can’t account for.

That’s far from all the money it was given.

U.S. military spending, spread across several departments with the biggest chunk of it to the Department of so-called Defense, is upwards of $1 trillion every year.

Over 17 years at the current rate, which rose sharply after 2001, that’s upwards of $17 trillion.

Imagine that the Pentagon accounted for every dime of that missing $8.5 trillion, named every profiteer, documented the life history of every man, woman, and child killed, and passed the strictest audit by an independent team of 1,000 accountants reporting to 35 Nobel Laureates — if that happened, I ask you, exactly what difference would it make?

Why is the $8.5 trillion that went to unknown purposes worse than the other trillions that went to known and named weapons and dictators and militants and recruitment campaigns?

The documented and accounted for spending all went to evil purposes.

Presumably the unaccounted for “waste” did the same.

What’s the difference between the two?

As World Beyond War points out, war has a huge direct financial cost, the vast majority of which is in funds spent on the preparation for war — or what’s thought of as ordinary, non-war military spending.

Very roughly, the world spends $2 trillion every year on militarism, of which the United States spends about half, or $1 trillion.

This U.S. spending also accounts for roughly half of the U.S. government’s discretionary budget each year and is distributed through several departments and agencies.

Much of the rest of world spending is by members of NATO and other allies of the United States, although China ranks second in the world.

Wars can cost even an aggressor nation that fights wars far from its shores twice as much in indirect expenses as in direct expenditures.

The costs to the aggressor, enormous as they are, can be small in comparison to those of the nation attacked.

It is common to think that, because many people have jobs in the war industry, spending on war and preparations for war benefits an economy.

In reality, spending those same dollars on peaceful industries, on education, on infrastructure, or even on tax cuts for working people would produce more jobs and in most cases better paying jobs — with enough savings to help everyone make the transition from war work to peace work.

Military spending diverts public funds into increasingly privatized industries through the least accountable public enterprise and one that is hugely profitable for the owners and directors of the corporations involved — thus concentrating wealth.

While war impoverishes the war making nation, can it nonetheless enrich that nation more substantially by facilitating the exploitation of other nations?

Not in a manner that can be sustained.

Green energy and infrastructure would surpass their advocates’ wildest fantasies if the funds now invested in war were transferred there.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/When_%248.5_Trillion_is_Chump_Change/45801/0/38/38/Y/M.html___thanks, +Rex Dexter 

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2015-08-21 03:57:01 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Wisdom and eloquence

Listen to this for no other reason than to learn how to speak.

And learn something about history. Read Pamela's comments below.

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

From lynching to mass incarceration, it's time this country engages in truth and reconciliation. That means it is absolutely necessary to face the truth this country has been negatively marked by racism, our moral consciousness, as it seeped into the minds of small children, having been placed there by their parents, who grew up with well-ingrained racism. Yet we carry out civil rights celebrations, but turn around and behave in racist manner.

For instance, we now project that one of three black male babies will be incarcerated, and people nod and just accept it. That's systemic racism.

Mr. Stevenson is a very eloquent speaker. Don't miss this Charlie Rose segment.___Wisdom and eloquence

Listen to this for no other reason than to learn how to speak.

And learn something about history. Read Pamela's comments below.

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

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2015-08-21 03:50:38 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Scared of vaccines?

Your fear is misplaced.

thanks, +Christian Nalletamby 

If you see the top image somewhere, here is our answer
More than 10 million children die each year, mostly from preventable diseases
Thanks to RtAVM (FB) for the post.
http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/86/2/07-040089/en/___Scared of vaccines?

Your fear is misplaced.

thanks, +Christian Nalletamby 

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2015-08-21 03:38:46 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Profit uber alles

thanks, +Alan Atkins 

___Profit uber alles

thanks, +Alan Atkins 

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2015-08-21 00:33:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Ten years later: Obama's record on New Orleans after Katrina

Ten years later: Obama's record on New Orleans after Katrina___

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2015-08-20 21:14:09 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Wolf Revels 

The greed of the wealthy one percent is what is destroying this nation. ___thanks, +Wolf Revels 

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2015-08-20 18:31:35 (15 comments, 2 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Cancer vs. climate change

(between the two, I'd rather have cancer)

thanks, +Ethan O'Donnell 

___Cancer vs. climate change

(between the two, I'd rather have cancer)

thanks, +Ethan O'Donnell 

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2015-08-19 23:22:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The rational, and informed, case for a deal with Iran

thanks, +Ron Dobbs 

Wow! Logic who knew?___The rational, and informed, case for a deal with Iran

thanks, +Ron Dobbs 

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2015-08-19 00:40:10 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

The right-wing war on the poor

Jaw-dropping.

thanks, +John Poteet 

___The right-wing war on the poor

Jaw-dropping.

thanks, +John Poteet 

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2015-08-18 21:26:42 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

The only problem with this meme is that it isn't just the GOP over which this wave is going to crash.

We are all equally fucked, whether equally culpable or not.

Come to think of it, maybe that's wrong: The most vulnerable (and least culpable) are likely to be the most fucked.

More evidence that Reality doesn't give a shit about us. Pray on, religious idiots!

thanks, +Arthur Walsh 

Republican priorities..___The only problem with this meme is that it isn't just the GOP over which this wave is going to crash.

We are all equally fucked, whether equally culpable or not.

Come to think of it, maybe that's wrong: The most vulnerable (and least culpable) are likely to be the most fucked.

More evidence that Reality doesn't give a shit about us. Pray on, religious idiots!

thanks, +Arthur Walsh 

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2015-08-18 20:36:06 (35 comments, 4 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Beyond illogic. Anti-logic.

thanks, +Xenophrenia and +Katie H. 

The sad truth. ___Beyond illogic. Anti-logic.

thanks, +Xenophrenia and +Katie H. 

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2015-08-18 18:57:38 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

How corporations defeat political movements

Sobering, informative and a must-read.

These are the people we're up against, and this is a glimpse at the tools they have at their disposal.

It aint pretty.

Just one little teaser:

“The Pagan/MBD/Stratfor operatives are much more sophisticated about social change than the activists they oppose, they have limitless resources at their disposal, and their goal is relatively simple: make sure that ultimately the activists fail to win fundamental reforms,”

thanks, +Ron Dobbs 

Divide and conquer___How corporations defeat political movements

Sobering, informative and a must-read.

These are the people we're up against, and this is a glimpse at the tools they have at their disposal.

It aint pretty.

Just one little teaser:

“The Pagan/MBD/Stratfor operatives are much more sophisticated about social change than the activists they oppose, they have limitless resources at their disposal, and their goal is relatively simple: make sure that ultimately the activists fail to win fundamental reforms,”

thanks, +Ron Dobbs 

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2015-08-18 01:08:54 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Televangelists are even worse than you think

But this is hilarious (and alarming)

thanks, +Being Liberal 

(S) You have to see this. ___Televangelists are even worse than you think

But this is hilarious (and alarming)

thanks, +Being Liberal 

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