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  • The banned   5 min 37 sec ago

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  • Should our government have a “kill switch” to turn off cell phone communication?   29 min 48 sec ago

    Think Progress posted an article today about a Ty Turner of Charlotte, NC who was taken into custody for distributing political leaflets. The leaflets had political speech printed on them. U.S. Money does not have political speech printed on it but, according to The Supreme Court, it is intrinsicly political speech protected by the First Amendment. One modality has corrupted our political process while the other has not. Can you guess which is which? I'll bet if Ty was pushing money under those windshield wipers he would have been OK.

  • IRAQ: What Should We Do About ISIS?   42 min 54 sec ago

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  • Matriarchy is the future   55 min 46 sec ago
    Quote douglaslee:

    ...full fathom thy father lies [can you believe your father lies?], full fathom, full 6 feet under. We did come from the sea. Ishmael was an ape, humans are descended from apes, and are the naked ape. They also ape and follow whatever story or tale to satisfy the narrative within the tale.

    It goes: "Full fathom five..." Getcher quotes correct, douglaslee. Also, humans are NOT descended from apes. Catchup with the science news my friend. Apes and humans are descended from a common ancestor (Ardi) - maybe bipedal - many, many years ago.

    Misconceptions about evolution: why humans did not evolve from monkeys

    http://therealweeklyshow.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/misconceptions-about-evolution-why-humans-did-not-evolve-from-monkeys/

    Now we return to our question. Modern day humans (homo sapiens) are primates, mammals with certain social, mental, and physiological characteristics. Genetically speaking, we are most closely related to other primates, specifically bonobos and chimpanzees. It follows, then, that humans, chimpanzees, and bonobos share a recent common ancestor. In fact, geneticists estimate this ancestor walked the Earth between five and seven million years ago. This historic primate gave rise to new species over time, one of which became humans.

    Note why this does not say we evolved from monkeys (a monkey, by definition, belongs to a subset of primates and does not include humans or apes). Just like two species of birds share a recent bird ancestor, all primates have a recent primate ancestor. This includes humans, bonobos, chimpanzees, and monkeys. While we share a common ancestor, we did not evolve from one another. This slight twisting of facts has instigated centuries of controversy and false information.

    So next time someone claims you evolved from a monkey, correct his mistake. Better yet, if this person is a political or cultural leader, inquire why he is spreading misinformation. The truth may be surprising.

    For a more authoritative, exhaustive, reference go here:

    http://www.sciencemag.org/site/feature/misc/webfeat/ardipithecus/

    Not directed at you, douglaslee, but it’s a proven fact: matriarchy isn’t the future, stupidarchy is. How do we know this? From a close study of today’s leaders and their “U de man” followers.

  • $15.00/Hour YEAH!   55 min 58 sec ago
    Quote ulTRAX:

    Really? I haven't heard many say WM should be paying twice what Costco does. Unlike some here I've only advocated the MW keep up with the 1968 inflation adjusted value... which would make it about $10.90. It's unconscionable that WM and other employers benefit from a DECREASING value of the MW.

    I tried to correct my error but sometimes the edit function disappears. M's article doesn't argue what would happen if WM paid twice what Costco does... but double its own wages to Costco's level.

  • $15.00/Hour YEAH!   1 hour 21 sec ago
    Quote Mauiman2:Another reality is that there are more people wiling to work at minimum wage than there are jobs for them. And that is at $7.50 an hour. Raising the MW to $15 an hour will only make that reality worse, not better. Just ask the CBO.

    These are some of the realities that you just don't want to admit to.

    RED HERRING ALERT. First of all, not even Obama is talking about $15 MW.

    And gee Einstein... you love to claim some monopoly on economic realities.... but so far all we see are red herrings and projections.

    PROJECTIONS are not "realities".... PAST DATA is "reality".

    The fact that you rush to embrace projections by the CBO, that may try hard but whose record is spotty, says more about YOU than what will happen.

    The REALITY is the those who claim hikes in the minimum wage WILL cause unemployment and inflation have been WRONG.

  • $15.00/Hour YEAH!   1 hour 12 min ago
    Quote Mauiman2:but it is a global economy, and competition demands this.

    As I wrote elsewhere... improper statements of a problem leads to one down the wrong path when it comes to solutions. There's nothing inherent in economic that makes ours a "global economy" in the free trade sense. Free trade is a CHOICE... not a force of nature. We could easily decide to return to more traditional economics to protect some domestic industries and our living standards.

  • Matriarchy is the future   1 hour 13 min ago

    Nah Zoe, I'm not trying to channel Ms. Anderson only trying to add to the conversation is all.

    I don't pretend to fathom the depths she comes from while at the same time I perceive those depths presence rather than see them. Who knows from whence they come, I doubt even Ms. Anderson can even answer those questions. I know after I finish a piece, don't ask me where it came from, I could only tell you where it started which usually means little about what it says by the time it's finished. Then I'm always surprised at what others feel the object says. Yes indeed that's beauty of art it always speaks to each of us in our own tongue.

  • $15.00/Hour YEAH!   1 hour 16 min ago
    Quote Mauiman2:

    Comments like this continue to show all of us that you don't have a clue about economics in the real world.

    ROTF You have it backwards Einstein. All I've ever advocated here was for the MW to retain THE SAME VALUE AS IT HAD IN 1968. It's pretty hard to make a convincing case that this position is neither moral one OR sound economics. And yet people like you continue to regurgitate Orwellian Right vomit. In this case it's a classic red herring to distract readers from the REAL issue that someone is making off with that $7300 a year that SHOULD be going to those MW workers. Seems you are the one determined to remain blind to the Right's eternal determination to shape the economy to work against workers and for those with capital. THAT, is whats happening in the REAL WORLD.

    Now do you intend to actually put any thought into your response, or was that the best you can do?

  • The Competition Ideology - The Greatest Evil of our Age   1 hour 24 min ago

    Alphie Kohn - The Case Against Competition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4si1HaDmLg

  • $15.00/Hour YEAH!   1 hour 56 min ago
    Quote drc2:

    Economics does not "just happen." You design economies with a social vision, not just the worship of Mammon and whatever the market gods will decide.

    Sorry, way to many things happen in the world that elected officials cannot plan for. New tehnologies come on line that make entire industries obsolete. These industries, and the jobs that go with them have to disappear, they cannot be supported by tax dollars in any way. A painful process, you betcha, especially if you in the industries that have to go away, but it is a global economy, and competition demands this.

    Another reality is that there are more people wiling to work at minimum wage than there are jobs for them. And that is at $7.50 an hour. Raising the MW to $15 an hour will only make that reality worse, not better. Just ask the CBO.

    These are some of the realities that you just don't want to admit to.

  • Seraph Phrase anagrams   2 hours 9 min ago

    Edit to remove duplication caused by hijacked site being mirrored / monitored (like the way the FBI keeps child porn sites operating for years "so they can monitor all the activity and make better cases". Right - so why all the people pulling all the overtime all-nighters in their undies, Director?

    Also explains why the counters (such a simple device really) don't work or report false numbers (how can you have fewer views than comments?) or lists which should be automatically updated as activity occurs - all behave as if someone has to manually review content and approve it being shown as active or updated.

    The longer the delay the more obvious the interference.

  • Backlash from a self-interested putz: US Senate to go Republican because of Obama.   2 hours 10 min ago

    Obama in Milwaukee blaming his performance on Republicans is pathetic. Republicans suck but so does he. For instance, he could have taken action on climate change without Congress or the Senate’s approval but didn’t; he could have raised the minimum wage to a living wage for all federally funded defense contractor’s but he only gave them $10.10 per her; he could have chosen not to consolidate wealth by not participating in the largest monetary heist in US history (the $16 trillion to Wall St) but he didn’t; he and the democrats could have done anything they wanted in the first half of his first term, including ridding politics of money influence, but they didn’t; NSA, domestic spying, and control issues peppered with a degree of paranoia that robs the 99% of their rights; a President that stacked a biased “cat food” commission; a President that used Taxpayer’s money to open up an electric car factory in Finland; etc. etc. etc. If a republican congress and supreme court were the problem for a specific act it is because Obama wanted it to be so in to help deflect democrats' servitude to the same rich and powerful special interests.

    Instead we heard about “state’s rights” for ALEC and “free market” gains, we watched as he bought off defense contracts, gave a full throated defense of larry summers, let BP run riot and actually rewarded them, etc. etc. etc.

    No, republicans aren’t the problem. Obama’s servitude to the 1% and their Corporations are the problem. The true enemy of our national government’s failures over the past two presidential terms is Barac O’bama. It has been a failure of leadership. It has been a fear of taking on the rich too rigorously. It has been a President without scruples that tries to hide behind legalese for his inaction and lack of advocacy for the 99%. It has been a President that is more interested in availing himself of the paper trail that is available from a Republican Congress and Supreme Court to explain away his inaction for the People rather than doing what he can, where he can, to the fullest extent he dare try (as he repeatedly does with Corporations). It is about a president that repeatedly pushes envelope for the rich but left the 99% largely to cure its own ills. It’s about a failing leader that is more interested in explaining away his servitude to the rich rather than making change for the People.

    He got what he and the democrats wanted out of the office of presidency and now the People are going to get a backlash in the form of a republican senate and a special interest feeding frenzy at the national level.

  • Fox War Drums   2 hours 15 min ago
    Quote rs allen:

    Geez, Obama gets skewed if he talks openly about his war strategy and gets dumped on when he plays the cards close to his vest.

    No leader of any country should come before the world and openly admit that he has no strategy for handling a problem that has been brewing for years.

  • IRAQ: What Should We Do About ISIS?   2 hours 36 min ago

    A reminder from closer to home as we near it's 9th anniversary.

    Quote ulTRAX:

    ...... and we must remember the lies told about incubator babies in Kuwait, ISIS is capable of genocide on religious grounds...

    Who, that is old enough to vote, can forget the emotional statement by Jefferson Parish President, Aaron Broussard, which told a story about a staff member's mother calling daily for when FEMA was going to come and help them - which ended with his saying that she had finally drowned in her nursing home after five days of unfulfilled promises?

    It got a lot of airtime. That is was a lie - did not (she had drowned on the first night).

    I can already hear the, "Of course - it's Louisiana", downplayers.

    A more comprehensive truth includes the fact that he was already feeling big pressure (not measured in millibars) for weeks before Hurricane Katrina made the scene.

    A multi-year FBI investigation called Operation Wrinkled Robe had wound its way around to him. So he was mainly trying to spin what was going to come out about his illegal activities shortly - as if it were retribution for his criticism of FEMA.

    He even appears to have intentionally sabotaged his own parish by turning off 200 pumps for two days to increase the amount of damage FEMA would be blamed for and everyone would be distracted by (in having to deal with it).

    My point is that we need to be vigilant in our review of what is offered to us as "rational basis" for any major action - especially if the presentation has a highly charged emotional content.

    And the most heinous acts committed by various radical groups turn out to be no worse than the ones our own covert agencies have done or arranged to be done.

  • $15.00/Hour YEAH!   3 hours 3 min ago

    M2, your definition of the real world is funny. We can look around at a number of successful societies where the economy includes a generous minimum wage and/or social infrastructure of welfare benefits and opportunity investments. They are very real and are doing at least as well as we are, or have been.

    I see a lot of homeless people on the streets that I did not see in my younger days. How did this reality develop? I believe it happened during our "conservative" economic experiment" and not as part of a New Deal, Great Society or anything Liberal. I think these people are more real than the economic policies that have put them there and that you live by.

    Economics does not "just happen." You design economies with a social vision, not just the worship of Mammon and whatever the market gods will decide.

    Your closing words apply to you. You show that you have no clue about economics or the real world.

  • What's wrong with a Caliphate?   3 hours 15 min ago

    I love the thread question, ironically, because we can also ask what's wrong with any political structure, including democracy.

    Serious arguments have been made about the superiority of a well-run autocracy, and the Persian Empire does pose an interesting example of a very well run "not to be challenged" ruling order. Justice was administered, and the people were cared for by those they "revered."

    Paternalism can be practiced by a good Father who actually is a beneficient and wise man. "Mothers" run other institutions and can rule if they can find a way to keep the men busy and/or useful. "Freedom of the Individual" does not seem to be the point being pressed as the moral agenda as much as "freedom of the people."

    The Caliphate is the restoration of dignity, pride and "freedom" in this larger sense for people who live in the historical shadow of colonialism. The Ottoman Empire embraced a number of "nations" or "peoples" over a very large geographical area. It was a time of regional peace, and while there is this other religious dream of an Islamic Rising with a political vision at its heart, what the organizing power comes from is beyond schism. It is about getting rid of the last vestiges of colonialism and running their own show.

  • Seraph Phrase anagrams   3 hours 19 min ago

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    Genesis | A.D. Clue | Holy Him Part a Rapid Sea / Royal Apartheid Mishaps

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  • Dick Tater   10 hours 45 min ago

    The insane are the ones in uniform (i.e. positions of "authority").

  • BOYCOTT Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) until BP’s Erroll B. Davis Jr resigns as Director.   10 hours 51 min ago

    It's interesting that PBS never seemed to question Larry Silverstein's statement "I told my men to pull it." Doesn't that require more elaboration and explanation? Surely the interviewer would have wanted some clarification on what he meant about Building Seven! From the PBS documentary “Why the Buildings Fell.” (or was it" America Rebuilds," I forgot).

  • NEED TO REMIND PEOPLE WHY THEY NEED TO VOTE IN DEMOCRATS?   11 hours 42 sec ago

    Palindromedary stated above: "And now the terrorists they've been funding all along are now being touted as "the enemy" that are carrying out mass slaughters and genocide in Iraq. They didn't seem to mind it that the Al Qaeda "terrorists", now ISIS, that they were funding in Syria against Assad were slaughtering (beheading) Christians and others who wouldn't convert on the spot, and now they are using these "terrorists" to suck the US back into Iraq. I'm sure the military industrial complex is salivating at all the blood money they can get over this, once again."

    You are the first that seems to understand state sponsored terrorism. Perhaps that is why we are hesitating to go after them in Syria, as they were offering opposition to Assad. It does seem we rely on these "terrorists" to keep the funding going to the Military-Industrial-Espionage Complex, well into the future. They make the perfect enemy to justify the exorbitant amount of funds being taken out of our infrastructure to keep this never ending war going.

    The real horror story is the world to come, not one in which democracy flourishes, but one where totalitarian repressive measures enforce the laws of a one world government. The UN will be established as the ruling body over the governments of nations, including the U.S., and their enforcement arm is NATO and the U.S. Military-Industrial-Espionage Complex. No other nation will be allowed to challenge this hegemony, and that is why NATO wants to move into the Ukraine and Georgia.

  • NEED TO REMIND PEOPLE WHY THEY NEED TO VOTE IN DEMOCRATS?   11 hours 18 min ago

    Dow is at 17,000. But that only matters to people who have money to gamble (I mean invest).

    Auto industry is back. And still making crappy cars that nobody wants to buy which is why they are buying foreign cars. By the way, with the electronics they are putting on cars now, THEY can keep nice tight tabs on the owners (but that goes for even the foreign cars as well).

    Housing market is back. Is it really? Just another bubble isn't it?

    Osama is dead. So what? Ever heard of a Hydra? They just offed one of their own anyway. Such is the danger of being a CIA operative. They expect you to fall on the sword when it serves them. And now the terrorists they've been funding all along are now being touted as "the enemy" that are carrying out mass slaughters and genocide in Iraq. They didn't seem to mind it that the Al Qaeda "terrorists", now ISIS, that they were funding in Syria against Assad were slaughtering (beheading) Christians and others who wouldn't convert on the spot, and now they are using these "terrorists" to suck the US back into Iraq. I'm sure the military industrial complex is salivating at all the blood money they can get over this, once again.

    I agree with Roland369! It won't matter who gets elected if it is Republican or Democrat...they are all owned by the ruling elite. The game is rigged. We don't have a real Democracy in the US. It's crap...nothing more than a plutocracy, corporatocracy, fascism...whatever...but it's not a real Democracy. It's really no better than a third world country kind of dictatorship that pretends to be a Democracy. The only difference is that we are stuck with the choice between Democrats and Republicans who are both useful idiot puppets for the ruling elite. It really doesn't matter to them which party rules..because the ruling elite controls them both. And we, the 99%, are always being played for the stooges that will line up to cast our ballots for the party of the ruling elite...either Republican or Democrat. It feeds us false hope that things could change but in the long run...it is the same old story...the ruling elite wins. It keeps us from rebelling against the crooked system.

  • $15.00/Hour YEAH!   11 hours 27 min ago
    Quote ulTRAX:
    Quote Mauiman2:

    Here is a good article relavent to this subject. And note that the aurthor defends his work in the comments after the article when those on the left atack his positions.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2014/09/01/we-cant-reduce-inequa...

    I'm sure you love articles that argue for exploiting workers who are already being ripped off to the tune of $7300 a year from the 1968 MW value. And it takes some smoke and mirrors to make the case that somehow workers are better off if they're being ripped off. And yet... this is what your article tries to do

    So what would happen if we did do this? If WalMart had to pay labour like Costco does then we’d expect them to also employ labour like Costco does....

    But the bottom line remains the same. Insisting that WalMart pays higher wages would lead to their employing less labour, as Costco does. And it’s unlikely that we’re going to solve either poverty or inequality by destroying 650,000 jobs.

    Really? I haven't heard many say WM should be paying twice what Costco does. Unlike some here I've only advocated the MW keep up with the 1968 inflation adjusted value... which would make it about $10.90. It's unconscionable that WM and other employers benefit from a DECREASING value of the MW.

    So your precious article is, as most things you post... falls somewhere between a red herring and a joke.

    Comments like this continue to show all of us that you don't have a clue about economics in the real world.

  • "I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me,"   11 hours 43 min ago
    Ring of Fire Radio
    Quote Routers:Last Friday, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) called upon the United States to end its problems with excessive police force and racial discrimination, reported Reuters.
    Quote Routers:

    The recommendation comes on the heels of the shooting of 18 year-old Michael Brown, whose death by cop prompted an eruption of protests and riots in Ferguson, Missouri, where the shooting took place, as well as cries for police demilitarization and racial awareness across the country.

    An 18-person panel of independent experts “grilled” senior U.S. delegation in mid-August about the country’s problem with racial discrimination against blacks and other minorities, namely within America’s criminal justice system.

    “The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern and particularly in light of the shooting of Michael Brown,” said Amir, an expert from Algeria.

    Quote Routers:America’s racism is now under the microscope of the entire world. Considering that, how can there be those who still say that racism doesn’t exist or that racism is a problem of the past? The fact is that they aren’t. Racism is not as overt as decades before, but it smolders in our society’s underbelly, occasionally erupting out in hot flashes. And that’s when things like Ferguson happen.

    http://ringoffireradio.com/2014/09/un-to-us-stop-police-brutality/

  • My UFOs   11 hours 46 min ago

    I've read a lot of books on UFOs, Alien abductions, and have seen a lot of alleged UFOs on the internet.

    I went to the 50 year anniversary of the Roswell crash in Roswell, NM. I had stopped in Snowflake, AZ to see the area where Travis Walton was allegedly abducted by aliens. Then, heading east on Highway 60, just after crossing the AZ-NM border driving past a volcanic rock area , I saw something up in the clouds. It kind of looked like a blimp....way high up among the clouds. If you held up a dime at arms length, and looked at it on edge, the object was about the circumference of the dime in length and about 5 or 6 times the thickness of the dime in width. I stopped the car to get a better look and as soon as I did, I saw it move behind the clouds. Never saw it again. Was it just a blimp? Maybe. I also stopped to see the VLA Radio Telescope east of Magdalena, NM.

    Also, many years ago, I camped out overnight just off the road from ET Highway that goes to Area 51 (not mail box road...another one further southwest--24.56 miles southwest of Rachel, NV. 37°24'53.12"N 115°24'35.16"W ). I woke up just before sunrise (still dark out) and saw a bright light that was kind of orange or gold in color. I know what both Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars looks like as I have been into astronomy for years. The light was larger and more intense than any of those planets..and much more colorful. It seemed to be just hovering over and beyond the Tikaboo mountain range in the direction of Area 51, just on the other side. It didn't move at all but when I looked at it through my binoculars, it became an oval shape and very much more colorful. I adjusted the focus on my binoculars in and out of focus but it remained an oval shape when I was at best focus. Then, all of a sudden it starts moving across the sky to the north. It didn't seem to just start and pick up speed, it had a constant velocity from start to when it finally disappeared behind one of the Tikaboo peaks in the north. I left that spot and headed toward Rachel where I saw a couple that had camped out at "mail box road", just waking up, I noticed that he had a nice camera with a huge lens on a tripod aimed at Area 51. I asked them if they saw the object. They had missed it. Too bad, with such a lens, I'm sure he would have got a very good photo of the object.

    I also went to Gulf Breeze, FL after I had read about the sightings over there. Funny, there is even a beach house in the shape of a flying saucer there.

    I hate to be a wet blanket, though, the only thing I saw in those photos that you showed us was clouds. I didn't know if you were trying to say that the clouds were UFOs or that there was some tiny object somewhere among those clouds. I sure didn't see anything. Sorry.

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