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  • Senator Sanders is now on the Hillary train, and we should be too..   49 min 1 sec ago

    You need to study recent history. Iraq was a secular dictatorship under Sadam Hussein, and had basically no civil rights. Bush was responsible for the war. Bush told a lot of lies including a lot about WMD. Yes, Hillary voted for authorization. She says it was a mistake and she thought and had been told by the Bush administration that the authorization was necessary to have the UN inspections continue. Syria was and is a dictatorship under the Assads, again with no respect for basic civil rights.

    You are not seriously going to defend the government of Gaddafi? Oh dear God.

    The causes of the Arab Spring are still being debated. Yes, the war in Iraq might have had some causal effects, but so did Wikileaks, the corruption and violations of basic rights by the governments' involved had a major causal effect, some say Al Qaeda may have been involved in fermenting protests, but there was and is clear evidence that a basic desire for basic freedoms was at least part of the motivation for the people that demonstrated. Hillary worked to have our government side with the people. Would you rather we armed the dictators? That's what Trump says we should have done.

    Your choice is simple Hillary or Trump. There were Germans who claimed they were innocent of responsibility for the crimes of Hitler because they did nothing to help put him in power or round up the Jews. But they also did nothing to stop him coming to power even though they really didn't approve of him. I don't know if that really counts as innocent. You don't really believe a Trump presidency will serve the causes you claim to care so desperately about? Really?

    Your choice is simple Hillary or Trump. In our system anything else is ducking your responsibility to your country and the world.

  • Sanders Walks Back Pledge To Vote For Hillary Clinton About An Hour After Saying He Would   1 hour 46 min ago
    Quote Texdakota:

    Let's see, he lost the popular vote by 3.7 million votes, so I guess there were quite a few million people that saw something they didn't like either.

    FYI, the popular vote isn't a valid metric to measure things. Some of the caucus states aren't factored in. Try another argument.

  • Sanders Walks Back Pledge To Vote For Hillary Clinton About An Hour After Saying He Would   1 hour 53 min ago

    Let's see, he lost the popular vote by 3.7 million votes, so I guess there were quite a few million people that saw something they didn't like either.

  • News from the Green Party…   1 hour 58 min ago

    Burying my last post with an on topic but off discussion long post just makes you look like a Republican troll.

    I think I made a solid argument with this post...

    Quote Gilbert:It's a two party system. There's only one alternative to the Democratic nominee and that's the Republican nominee.

    The Green Party is a joke and the joke is on liberals. They haven't accomplished one thing on the national scene except to take votes away from the Democrats. Something is better than nothing and the Democrats have given us some really good things like equality for the LGBT community. Yes, the Democrats aren't even close to being perfect, but it's a two party system and that makes it impossible to have a party anyone agrees with because it has to represent half the electorate.

  • News from the Green Party…   2 hours 31 min ago

    http://greenpagesnews.org/2015/04/30/2015-annual-meeting-july-23-26-in-st-louis-missouri/

    2015 Annual Meeting July 23-26 in St. Louis, Missouri

    Why should you come to the 2015 Green Party Annual Meeting in St. Louis in July? We’ve all invested time getting to gatherings that end up being great chances to hang out for a couple days … but not much else. This year’s meeting will feature much more than just a gathering. We are planning a shorter but more productive National Committee Meeting on Friday and Sun­day morning. We’re working with local activ­ists to provide workshops and possibly events on racial justice in the wake of Ferg­uson. There will be several days of issue and skill-building workshops, electoral strategy sessions, and panel discussions. This year we are planning a special key­note or panel for Saturday during lunch (included in the cost of registration). The point is this: our Annual Meeting is not just a place to talk about the issues and see old friends (although it is that too). It’s also a place where we continue to work on our strategic plan, begin new projects, and build alliances with local activists.

    We have a great opportunity to help Missouri get on the ballot in 2016. Missouri is one of the key states for ballot access. We will be setting up petitioning times at key locations, including a Sunday afternoon session for those that want to stay over Sunday night.

    St. Louis in July is where our work will get stronger. We need you there. We have a special price for early-bird registrations. The first 50 people to register before April 15 will pay $90. After April 15 or 50 paid registrations the price will be $125. We also have a “Friends and Family” discount – $75 per person for non-delegates after one registration is purchased at $90. States that wish to purchase registrations may do so at the $90 rate and assign names to those registrations later.

    This year’s venue is the most affordable we have had in many years. If cost considerations have prevented you from attending in the past, this is the year to join us. You can have a private room in a suite with a shared in-suite bathroom and 3 meals for less than $50 a day.

    St. Louis is a focus city for Southwest Airlines and is served by American, Delta, Frontier, United, and US Airways. Amtrak trains run daily from Chicago and Kansas City. Megabus runs from Dallas, Memphis, Chicago, Little Rock and other Missouri locations. There is a MetroLink stop right on campus less than two blocks from the meeting space and residence hall. It is a few stops from the airport to the campus.

    We are putting together a program filled with events and workshops, but there will still be time to see some of the attractions St. Louis has to offer. See the Gate­way Arch, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Citygarden, and much more.

    Please register as soon as possible. States that wish to purchase registrations may do so and assign names to those registrations later. All registrations are non-refundable but they are transferable. Reg­ister online at signups-gpus.nationbuilder .com/2015_anm.

  • News from the Green Party…   2 hours 42 min ago

    It's a two party system. There's only one alternative to the Democratic nominee and that's the Republican nominee.

    The Green Party is a joke and the joke is on liberals. They haven't accomplished one thing on the national scene except to take votes away from the Democrats. Something is better than nothing and the Democrats have given us some really good things like equality for the LGBT community. Yes, the Democrats aren't even close to being perfect, but it's a two party system and that makes it impossible to have a party anyone agrees with because it has to represent half the electorate.

  • Senator Sanders is now on the Hillary train, and we should be too..   2 hours 59 min ago

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  • Senator Sanders is now on the Hillary train, and we should be too..   3 hours 5 min ago
    Quote Helen Willis:

    As far as the Middle East goes, it was not exactly a hot bed of human rights before the Bush invasions. I don't know what was the right answer in terms of what should have been done with the Arab Spring. If the US hadn't supported the democracy movements we would have been criticized by you lot, we did support them and it turned out badly and so now you criticize that. At least, Hillary was supportive of democracy rather than dictatorships and theocracies like the Bush administration. Trump has already said he would support "strong" leaders. Do you think that translates into greater human rights in the Middle East?

    Really?

    No, I did not support the "Arab Spring". You have me confused with the CIA. Iraq, Libya, and Syria were not theocracies before the United States intervened. They were secular states where Christians and Muslims were free to worship as the chose. Not any more. That's why after the US overthrew the Government of Iraq (with Clinton's enthusiastic support) Christians fled Iraq. The largest portion of these Christian refugees from US Occupied Iraq fled to Syria. Now that the United States (again with Hillary's support) is "liberating" Syria from it's secular Government, the Christians are having to flee Syria. Hillary Clinton is not saving the Middle East from Theocracy, she is spreading Theocracy throughout the Middle East. A vote for her is a vote to continue this process.

  • UK to apply for US Statehood   3 hours 17 min ago

    DrJ

    You're assuming that the rest of the world including Great Britain finds the United States attractive, which they don't.

    I think most Brits find America one big f^<ked up looney bin, full of fat ass overweight couch potatoes, selfish, poorly informed , poorly educated, violent , heavily armed oafs, a people who are the lowest common denominator of any civilized country in the world.

  • GOP Pulls Off Corporate Takeover of the Democratic National Convention   3 hours 19 min ago

    AWESOMELY HYSTERICAL!!! Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azKpHm-KQOs

    Well, here ya go. I've been saying this for a while.

    Hilz is spitting in the face of progressives because she, Drumpf, and the neo-con war mongers have colluded to scare moderate Republicans into her camp and ditch both the tea baggers and Dem progressives; this has been the plan all along. Hell, even a Koch brother & George Will have just endorsed her. Progressives have been replaced and many don't even 'get it' yet.

    A Clinton presidency is the death knell for the real Democratic Party which has morphed into the Corporatist Party - leaving Republican racist/extremists with no power and a smoking wreck of a party - and sending progressive Dems to... the Greens? Stay & #fightback?

    The writing's unmistakably on the wall now and it couldn't be more 'in your face'. JFK & FDR are rolling in their graves.

    Garland Nixon - https://www.facebook.com/gnixon/videos/10208423872571086/?pnref=story

  • News from the Green Party…   3 hours 28 min ago
    Quote Gilbert:It wasn't the whole sentence. This is the whole sentence.
    Quote Gilbert: Do you seriously think Republicans trolls aren't out trying to supress the Democratic vote by promoting the Green Party?
    You started the quote at Republican and left out, Do you seriously think. I know there are true Green Party supporters out there. The thing is, you don't hear much promoting of the Green Party on off election years.

    I wouldn't have to vote Green in an off year election, my Democratic Congresswoman is anti-War and anti-TPP. I don't need an alternative to her. I definitely need one to Hillary though! And Jill Stein is that alternative.

  • Blaming Nader for Iraq?   3 hours 47 min ago

    As a Nader supporter, yes Nader is partly to blame for Bush winning Florida. Voting for Nader made the election close enough for the Republicans to steal. I would also blame the Democrats for not stopping the voter supression operation the Republicans ran.

    You can't blame Nader for the Iraq War. The Republican party is to blame for the Iraq War.

  • The crazy voting system - Why are the alternatives never discussed?   3 hours 49 min ago

    Congress is only to legislate for the lobbiests and corporations. A citizen has 1 half of 1/5 of a chance his concerns will be addressed, according to a UCLA study.

    CA had this problem when they initiated the proposition system. People became their own legislators because the house and senate were bought and paid for. If 30 states (60%) agreed to carry national referendums of votes with national consequences the spineless would have to vote for the 'people constituents' instead of the funders. If 60% of the people (not by state) approved the proposition it passes. Minimum wage increases, trash the penny, get reagan's name off of everything except a bad headline.

  • News from the Green Party…   4 hours 7 sec ago

    It wasn't the whole sentence. This is the whole sentence.

    Quote Gilbert:
    Do you seriously think Republicans trolls aren't out trying to supress the Democratic vote by promoting the Green Party?

    You started the quote at Republican and left out, Do you seriously think.

    I know there are true Green Party supporters out there. The thing is, you don't hear much promoting of the Green Party on off election years.

  • News from the Green Party…   4 hours 28 min ago
    Quote Gilbert:Good point stopww3. It's election time, it's safe to assume they are all Republicans. Why did you not fully quote sentence? It can be taken a different way with it being shorterned.

    That was the whole sentence, do you mean why did i not quote the whole post? I didn't quote your whole post, but the sentence I quoted I left intact. I wasn't intentionally trying to change your meaning. You seem to feel thay anyone telling people to vote for Jill Stein is delierately trying to help Trump. That's what i was responding to. If that is not what you are saying, then I apologize. I am trying to get people to vote for Jill Stein instead of Clinton, and I am not a Republican Troll or a Trump supporter, and neither are most of the people pushing for Jill Stein

  • Deadly Cheerleading   4 hours 30 min ago

    Cheerleaders are the most exploited. So are the players except their big bucks compensates some. Not the big bucks of the Leagues. Amway is a good comparison.

    Cheerleaders: Beautiful, Desired, Happy and Exploited
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/1063

  • Sanders Walks Back Pledge To Vote For Hillary Clinton About An Hour After Saying He Would   4 hours 42 min ago
    Quote Texdakota:

    When interviewed a third time on CBS he claimed that he has not heard Clinton say the things that he wants her to say so he may not vote for her at all. Come on Bernie, you are looking small, petty, and like a sore loser. What happened to your promise to work in conjunction with Clinton and Democrats to defeat trump?

    Lucky for the rest of us that Bernie Sanders is more worried about whether or not our country survives than he is about how he looks to Texdakota.

  • Stress R Us: human overpopulation and the deteriorating environment; sickening humans   4 hours 46 min ago
    Quote gmiklashek950:

    Thanks for that! Thoughtful, informative replys are, unfortunately, not the standard and your effort is greatly appreciated. If you read further in the Topic on hierarchies, you will see that it is our proliferation of multiple overlapping conceptual hierarchies that is constantly generating more stress, and, due to our ever expanding populations, forcing any one of us downward in most of these hierarchies, which increases stress hormones as well. I've read everything Tainter has written and agree that it's all worth reading. Thanks, again, and thanks for adding the link to the book, Gregg.

    You are very welcome. I always take a look at something before I react. I feel that your work deserves to be looked at just a little before the barrage of defensive rebuttals begins. As you say, that's likely to be the norm, any time, any where. My strategy has been to develop a conversation with people who want to converse, to do so with mutual respect, and to ignore those who don't want that sort of interaction. It's not always easy and there will be forces that make a great effort to derail those conversations. But it can be done. I have to exercise discipline to ignore the personal that is, simply, inevitable in our culture (not necessarily in all).

    I have read broadly and deeply on the topic of hierarchy and its correlate, authoritarianism, since I got off the bus in what I saw to be a gulag prison camp after dealing with a draft notice back during Vietnam. Another name for what I stepped into is boot camp. What followed was, for me, an education in deep skepticism that would serve me the rest of my life.

    In no way do I discount your thesis on stress and its systemic effects on our minds and bodies. I, personally, found myself deeply stressed during that indoctrination to the military in ways I'd never experienced before, and in many ways my urge to deal with that stress would transform my life. But I also observed that for others it would only serve to justify their belief in the validity of our essentially patriarchal and authoritarian system, and the various categories of authoritarianism we are steeped in from our first exposures to it, something like frogs coming to a boil. I have found solutions that have worked for me, and I've had the pleasure of a life long pursuit of this topic, a life filled with all sorts of personal revelations, most of which I have learned to keep to myself.

    Dealing with one's own stress and dealing with the system that produces it also has generated some fine literature. I'm thinking of Kafka's fine body of work on the horrors of bureaucracy, and, in particular, a novel by Joseph Heller that many consider to be one of the finest works of literature in the 20th Century: Catch-22.

    So, in relation to catch-22s, I'm just saying, it's one thing to recognize the stress and all it does to shape a given population of humans, and make it docile and susceptible to the structures of hierarchy -- and it is certainly an important first step to do so -- but then, it's quite another to find a way to change that pervasive structure of one's environment -- in our case, the civilized, human invented environment -- while living in something that has its own ontology, its own self-justifying structures that are in many ways contrary to our deepest evolved gifts as humane, social beings, while also trying to survive as individuals.

    We are, after all, social/cultural beings, and we survive through our adaption to these societies we create for ourselves. Sometimes we are so caught up adapting to our culture, we forget we are also adapting to our biosphere through these human technologies we call institutions. Change at the complex institutional level in which all these hierarchies emerge to stress us requires more interaction than one single individual can muster. Because, after all, it is a whole we share and make up at the same time.

    I'm glad to hear you are familiar with Tainter's work.

  • News from the Green Party…   4 hours 51 min ago

    Good point stopww3. It's election time, it's safe to assume they are all Republicans.

    Why did you not fully quote sentence? It can be taken a different way with it being shorterned.

  • Senator Sanders is now on the Hillary train, and we should be too..   4 hours 52 min ago
    Quote Helen Willis:

    You are still in cloud cuckoo land. Look people followed nutty, we don't have to deal with reality, politics in the UK and the UK is going to be destroyed because Scotland and Northern Ireland will probably leave if this decision isn't reversed and the England and maybe Wales will be left trying to deal with a very large economic block that pretty pissed off at them.

    Reality in the US system is either Hillary or Trump will be our next president. If Hillary wins big the Democrats might win the Senate, probably the House will stay Republican and Hillary appoints the next Supreme Court Jutices. If, God forbid, Trump wins, the Republicans will probably hold the Senate and the House. Trump would appoint one, maybe two Supreme Court Judges almost immediately.

    Are you really so delusional that you see any victory in a Trump win? What do you think you would gain by a Trump presidency? As I, and a lot of long time Democrats, have tried to explain to you Bernie supporters , his ideas won't sell even to the majority of Democrats, let alone the whole population. If you want to try to win with Bernie's ideas, go learn how to do politics in the United States. Don't deliberately do the most destructive thing you can because you egos were wounded.

    Reality is that you made the ridiculous claim that Hillary Clinton supports human rights, especially the rights of women and children, and, when i provided a couple of factual examples to refute your claim, rather than address them, you changed the subject.

    You might have had better luck with your claim that she is the lessor of two evils, but, when you took that back and tried to portray her as some sort of champion of the oppressed, you just drew more attention to how much of a fraud she really is.

    Seriously, stick with the "hold your nose and vote for her anyway" approach, it's really the only thing you've got.

  • Senator Sanders is now on the Hillary train, and we should be too..   4 hours 53 min ago

    As far as the Middle East goes, it was not exactly a hot bed of human rights before the Bush invasions. I don't know what was the right answer in terms of what should have been done with the Arab Spring. If the US hadn't supported the democracy movements we would have been criticized by you lot, we did support them and it turned out badly and so now you criticize that. At least, Hillary was supportive of democracy rather than dictatorships and theocracies like the Bush administration. Trump has already said he would support "strong" leaders. Do you think that translates into greater human rights in the Middle East?

    Really?

  • SOCIAL SECURITY TO LAST 1,000 YEARS: CAP RAISED TO $1 BILLION DOLLARS!   4 hours 55 min ago

    Abolishing the $118K cap on social security tax creates public spirit, trust between the generations like community centers, the sense that we are all part of the modern project. When does this become reality instead of a pipedream? Are we so fixated on short-term constraints that long-term necessities become taboo or unaffordable?

  • A Record Setting Campaign. And he is losing?   5 hours 3 min ago
    Quote Alberto Ceras 2:

    Bernie lost because he ran a timid, lackluster campaign beginning with "Yes, I'll support the Democratic nominee. I have in the past."

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article44162.htm

    By Bruce A. Dixon

    The sheepdog is a card the Democratic party plays every presidential primary season when there's no White House Democrat running for re-election.”

    Spoiler alert: we have seen the Bernie Sanders show before, and we know exactly how it ends. Bernie has zero likelihood of winning the Democratic nomination for president over Hillary Clinton. Bernie will lose, Hillary will win. When Bernie folds his tent in the summer of 2016, the money, the hopes and prayers, the year of activist zeal that folks put behind Bernie Sanders' either vanishes into thin air, or directly benefits the Hillary Clinton campaign.

    Don't believe us? Then believe Bernie himself [5] interviewed by George Stephanopoulos on ABC News “This Week” May 3.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: So if you lose in this nomination fight, will you support the Democratic nominee?

    SANDERS: Yes. I have in the past.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: Not going to run as an independent?

    SANDERS: No, absolutely not. I've been very clear about that.

    Bernie Sanders is this election's Democratic sheepdog. The sheepdog is a card the Democratic party plays every presidential primary season when there's no White House Democrat running for re-election. The sheepdog is a presidential candidate running ostensibly to the left of the establishment Democrat to whom the billionaires will award the nomination. Sheepdogs are herders, and the sheepdog candidate is charged with herding activists and voters back into the Democratic fold who might otherwise drift leftward and outside of the Democratic party, either staying home or trying to build something outside the two party box.

    Bernie Sanders and his surrogates have said that the Movement will continue both inside and outside of the Democratic Party. He is no "sheep dog". Some of his supportters will vote for Clinton and some will vote for Jill Stein. But no matter who is our next President, Bernie, and the Movement he unleashed, will continue to fight for Justice.

  • Senator Sanders is now on the Hillary train, and we should be too..   5 hours 4 min ago

    You are still in cloud cuckoo land. Look people followed nutty, we don't have to deal with reality, politics in the UK and the UK is going to be destroyed because Scotland and Northern Ireland will probably leave if this decision isn't reversed and the England and maybe Wales will be left trying to deal with a very large economic block that pretty pissed off at them.

    Reality in the US system is either Hillary or Trump will be our next president. If Hillary wins big the Democrats might win the Senate, probably the House will stay Republican and Hillary appoints the next Supreme Court Jutices. If, God forbid, Trump wins, the Republicans will probably hold the Senate and the House. Trump would appoint one, maybe two Supreme Court Judges almost immediately.

    Are you really so delusional that you see any victory in a Trump win? What do you think you would gain by a Trump presidency? As I, and a lot of long time Democrats, have tried to explain to you Bernie supporters , his ideas won't sell even to the majority of Democrats, let alone the whole population. If you want to try to win with Bernie's ideas, go learn how to do politics in the United States. Don't deliberately do the most destructive thing you can because you egos were wounded.

  • News from the Green Party…   5 hours 14 min ago
    Quote Gilbert: Do you seriously think Republicans trolls aren't out trying to supress the Democratic vote by promoting the Green Party?

    I am sure some are. But that doesn't mean that everyone who is trying to get people to vote Green is a Republican troll. There are quite a few Neo-Conservatives who are trying to get people to vote for Hillary Clinton. Does that mean that everyone trying to get people to vote for Hillary Clinton is a Neo-Con?

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