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  • I’m the Law Today Nigga!   5 days 3 hours ago

    Ditto what NTG said Bodhisattva. There are way too few women and black people on these forums and your voice is needed and appreciated.

    No sweat NTG.

  • Achtung Schwartzer Mann! Better Think Twice About Fleeing to Canada   5 days 3 hours ago

    Kenyatta... "Afro-Turf"! Damn dude, that is classic. I agree with Zapdam that you have an incredible mind. I know the post was dealing with a serious issue but I gotta tell you that one cracked me up whether you intended for it to or not.

    Canada does not share the terrible history that its southern cousin has with regards to racism, or as you more specifically say "Blackism". You are also correct that white supremacy knows no bounderies and it does not respect time frames. From Hitler's Nazi Germany to present day America its the same ole same ole. I get where you are coming from and I respect where you are coming from. Also I suspect given their relative civility the Canadians are just better at not airing their dirty laundry so to speak. They probably actually care about how they are perceived on the world stage as opposed to their southern inbred cousins who couldn't care less and seem to be proud of their (our) racism.

    I'd also like to make note of something that I am sure you are aware of that your post does not mention and that is that in all of those other countries, with exeption of the European nations the black and brown people are native (and Europe does not share the hideous history of slavery and Jim Crow that the U.S. does). The Palestinians are in their homeland as are the Aboriginal peoples of Australia, South Africa and Canada (which in a way makes it worse, and in a way not so). The black Americans are the only people in the world that have been forced to be where they are in such incredibly large numbers and so far away from their original homeland. A point that I know that you have made in other articles and posts.

    Keep on keeping on Kenyatta. Keep on keeping on. Your are not falling upon entirely deaf ears.

  • Anti-Intellectualism and the "DUMBING DOWN" of America   5 days 4 hours ago

    Issac Asimov:“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” From the John Birch Society to now mainstream Republican thinking we see ignorance flows freely unimpeded by any real journalism.

  • Anti-Intellectualism and the "DUMBING DOWN" of America   5 days 4 hours ago

    Issac Asimov:“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” From the John Birch Society to now mainstream Republican thinking we see ignorance flows freely unimpeded by any real journalism.

  • Are Petroleum Pipelines Really Safe?   5 days 4 hours ago 

    The industry needs regulation to improve the quality of its pipelines. The Nuclear Power Industry has "Safety Related" Quality. Anything that affects the safety of the public is heavily scrutinized. Evidently it is cheaper to just run pipelines with cheap materials and instrumentation and accept that you will have leaks. We need to put CEO's in jail that have leaking pipelines. Only that will change things. The BP Horizon disaster an example of saving a few bucks and then losing lives and destroying the environment. Nobody went to jail over it.

  • Achtung Schwartzer Mann! Better Think Twice About Fleeing to Canada   5 days 5 hours ago

    Thank you Kenyatta for clarifying that for me. I guess i'm as guilty of nationalism (Canadian) as i accuse my friends south the of the border of being. I reread your fine post a few times, my first post was a knee jerk reaction, of a very quick first read.

    Glad to see you're still with us on this blog site, because 'the mind is a terrible thing to waste' and no doubt Kenyatta you have one of the finest.

    Ghost, you're quite rightfully angry at me, because in the past i have played dirty and been both deceptive and unfair. I wish you happiness and peace my friend.

  • Achtung Schwartzer Mann! Better Think Twice About Fleeing to Canada   5 days 6 hours ago

    Let me clarify the fact that, by no means, do I believe that ANY nation "Trumps" the United States in terms of indoctrinated, institutionalized, dyed-in-the-wool racism and Blackism. Canada does not have the burden of slavery, and its resultant impact that the U.S. does; nor is it awash in guns as is the U.S. The same can be said about Europe, Australia, Israel and even South Africa. BUT, the mentality of the white man towards people of color (particularly the black and brown man) seems to be irrespective of that fact. Palestinians are called "Sandniggers" by whites around the world, especially in Israel. Black " Jews" are horrifically treated. As are "aboriginal" Black People in Australia, Muslims (normally people of color) in Europe and so forth.

    That is the point I am attempting to make. The mindset of the white man manifests the same type of entitlement, ownership and superiority geographic and physical borders notwithstanding. Thus my comment "variations on a theme". We, as part of the worldwide majority must take notice of that stark fact.

  • HELLO STUPID AMERICA is anyone HOME   5 days 7 hours ago

    Billy Bush was let go from NBC for his hot mic conversation with Donald Trump, where he giggled at Trumps remarks. Proving that the bar is much higher for a 3rd hour co-host on the Today Show than it is to be POTUS.

  • The Danger With Trump's "Election Rigging" Talk   5 days 7 hours ago

    The big deal is that we don't have national ID. We only have state ID's that cost money to get, which disenfranchises poor people. Not to mention that some states have divested in DMV's that do those ID's in some regions that are mostly minority and poor, which requires them to go out of town to get ID, and there is no public transportation to get there. So these voter ID laws are used strategically to disenfranchise people who are likely to vote democrat. This kind of voter disenfranchisement can turn an election. Something else you probably don't realize, we also have a lot of elderly people that don't have a valid birth certificate! That's because states didn't start requiring central filing of birth and death certificates at a state bureau of vital statistics until after WWII. My dad doesn't have a valid birth certificate. He was born at home. No birth certificate, no ID. You start to see the problem now?

  • The Danger With Trump's "Election Rigging" Talk   5 days 7 hours ago

    It's not voter fraud that's the problem, it's election fraud. There were plenty of indicators of election fraud in the democratic primaries. Perhaps you should pay more attention to that Thom.

  • Why They Don't Trust Hillary   5 days 10 hours ago

    Pat Buchanan tells you why "they don't trust Hillary", or any of the other establishment politicians:


    In 2015, in the Democratic primaries, the big enthusiastic crowds were all for 75-year-old Socialist senator Bernie Sanders.

    We now know, thanks to leaked emails, that not only the superdelegates and the Obama White House but a collaborationist press and the DNC were colluding to deny Sanders any chance at the nomination.

    The fix was in. Ask Sanders if he thinks the system is rigged.

    If there is an issue upon which Americans agree, it is that they want secure borders and an end to trade policies that have shipped abroad the jobs, and arrested the wages, of working Americans.

    Yet in a private speech that netted her $225,000 from Brazilian bankers, Hillary Clinton confided that she dreams of a “common market, with open trade and open borders” from Nome, Alaska, to Patagonia.

    That would mean the end of the USA as a unique, sovereign and independent nation. But the American press, whose survival depends upon the big ad dollars of transnational corporations, is more interested in old tapes of the Donald on The Howard Stern Show.

    As present, it appears that in 2017, we may get a government headed by Hillary Clinton, and an opposition headed by Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell.

    Is that what the people were hoping for, working for, voting for in the primaries of 2016? Or is this what they were voting against?

    Big money and the media power of the establishment elites and the transnationals may well prevail.

    And if they do, Middle America—those who cling to their bibles, bigotries and guns in Barack Obama’s depiction, those “deplorables” who are “racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic,” who are “not America” and are “irredeemable” in Hillary Clinton’s depiction—will have to accept the new regime.

    But that does not mean they must love it, like it or respect it.

    Because, in the last analysis, yes, Virginia, the system is rigged.

  • The Danger With Trump's "Election Rigging" Talk   5 days 11 hours ago

    The problem is that we think we are a Democracy but we arn't. We are an Oligarchy, controlled by the large money people who own the media and control how that media is being used to control, or negate the electorate.

    How to change this?

    My suggestion is to required all registered individuals be counted. Each slate of proposed electable officials would have to include "None of the above" and if that category was the greatest in count of registered voters, then none of the presented slate, including current holders of the office, would be elected and the next voting opportunity, preferable no more than 4 weeks later, would have to be an entirely new slate of candidates. If a person did not actively vote for one of the existing candidates, his/her vote wuld be counted in the "None of the above" slot. Existing candidates, now holding the office could be voted out. the candidates would be more interested in getting the registered voters opinion and satisfying their political needs than the moneyed interests.

  • The Danger With Trump's "Election Rigging" Talk   5 days 13 hours ago

    ID should be reasonably priced and available to all that qualify. A passport is a form of national ID but they are not reasonably priced.

    As far as Trumps rhetoric he is setting up his TV show in the future. He will complain about everything that Hilary does. I also think that he is setting up a run by one of his sons or his son in law.

  • Thom Hartmann's Hunter and Farmer Approach to ADD/ADHD   5 days 13 hours ago

    بص بقي علشان تبقي عارف اخبار الدنيا وكل اخبار العالم مفيش قدامك غير انك تدخل المصدر 24 فيه اخبار من كل مكان اخبار مصر تلاقي اخبار الاقتصاد موجود اخبار الرياضة وريال مدريد واخبار برشلونة اشطا جدا انا حبيت اقول لك بس علشان تبقي عارف يعني شوف ده كده فيه اخبار مصر اخبار مصر وده ياسيدي فيه اخبار الرياضة اخبار الرياضة وده بقي لو انت بتاع اقتصاد وبورصة والكلام الكبير ده في اخبار الاقتصاد اقتصاد وصلنا بقي لشغل الابراج والكلام الكبير هنا هتلاقي كل توقعات الابراج لاي حد تتخيله ماغي فرح ماشي محمد فرعون اشطا جاكلين عقيقي كله حصري يابرنس اعرف ابراج اليوم وتوقعات الابراج في الابراج اليوم

  • TRUMP DESTROYED   5 days 13 hours ago

    He will stay around. His rhetoric about the election being rigged will continue. Rumors are that he will start his own show to do nothing but criticize the administration. Something like Glenn Becks Blaze. The mainstream media loves him for generating money. I fully expect one of his sons or his son in law to run in the future.

  • Anti-Intellectualism and the "DUMBING DOWN" of America   5 days 14 hours ago

    No wonder that we have gone from 1 man = 1 vote. To 1 man = how many votes you can buy.

  • Are You/We A Protector?   5 days 16 hours ago

    Too many people are informed by fear-based resistance/denial and non-fact based opinion ... false advertising, political spin ... ground truths are easily obscured with so many distractions.

    So much superficial sound with so little substance.
    How often is the deep voice of truth ignored - or not even heard?

    So much mis/dis/information. Who cares to see behind the scrim? Some will fight it to the death (clearly, not just their own.)

    I do not want to see another generation of these wars between opposing factions (of every stripe.). Must I turn my head?

    The challenges are huge - yet I can't see any way to address effectively other than individual awareness/responsibility.

    I do not want to see people crowding the streets, getting heads bashed in, pepper sprayed, murdered, raped, and run into the ground for _any_ supposed reason.

    I do not want to see mature individuals of conscience taken down, one way or another by those elements threatened by the mere thought of awakening to see beyond what we believe we know.

    I do want to see a world aware ... transcending ignorance and fear ... healing from old wounds ... with love and respect for the whole body of life, and the universe that supports that life ...

    peace on earth, good will toward all.

    ... do I ask too much ...?

    See: The Great Law of Peace (New World Roots of American Democracy) by David Yarrow

  • The Danger With Trump's "Election Rigging" Talk   5 days 16 hours ago

    Under the heading of all of this or all of that is voter ID laws. Clearly the purpose of Republican voter ID laws is voter supression. But just as clear is the Democrats refusal to implement any ID requirements. They ahve no problem with illegal alien voters.

    While massive voter fraud is both unproven and difficult to accomplish Dems should remember Florida in 2000. A couple of hundred votes cast fraudulently by Bush voters could have been the difference in that election (notwithstanding all of the other crap that went on).

    So it wouldn necessarilly take thousands or tens of thousands of votes to change the course of history.

    Clearly a voter ID law that took 10 years to begin should not present an undue burden on anyone. If your ID cannot be verified in that amount of time you probably aren't who you say you are.

    I'm sure if somehow Trump won the election because of a few votes in Nevada or New Hampshire and there was some evidence of voter fraud the Dems would go beserk.

    A few weeks ago I received an unsolicited package from the California Secretary of State inviting me to register to vote. I've been a registered voter in California since I moved here in 1989 and at my current address since 1998 and I've voted in every election.

    What was that all about? Maybe an honest mistake; maybe not.

  • The Danger With Trump's "Election Rigging" Talk   5 days 19 hours ago

    The recent article on the 13year old girl being raped by a Donald Trump may have been another person since the Prosecuting Attorney's charges were for a Donald J. Trump, not the Donald A. Trump running for president.

    Many Republicans like to waste money making spurious charges about fraud. Then they spend money on unnecessary military equipment that has not been tested out sufficiently and therefore are dangerous for out military people to use.

    Unnecessary wars kill more Americans than some of the necessary activities.

    The lack of responsibility of corporations is the primary reason I continue to consider myself a progressive and want government regulations.

  • The Danger With Trump's "Election Rigging" Talk   5 days 20 hours ago

    President Obama encourages everyone to vote but is not pursuing Litigation against voter suppression.
    It would Expose the truth about election fraud.
    I think the Democrats are doing the country and themselves a huge disservice by not being more aggressive in pursuing prosecution of Election Fraud.

  • Achtung Schwartzer Mann! Better Think Twice About Fleeing to Canada   5 days 20 hours ago

    As for police shootings in Canada for the whole year of 2015, coast to coast , there were 22 , a majority of those were white.

  • Achtung Schwartzer Mann! Better Think Twice About Fleeing to Canada   5 days 20 hours ago

    Incomes for Canadians 2010- 2015 by province, not by race.

    It should be noted that the tax rate on Canadian incomes for the first 45 thousand dollars is 15% and 20% on incomes from 45 thousand to 90 thousand dollars.

  • The Danger With Trump's "Election Rigging" Talk   5 days 20 hours ago

    In a study done from 1992 - 2008 republican recorded votes exceeded the exit poll data in 226 out of 274 state elections. So yes, there's election fraud, but it's almost always in favor of the party Trump represents. However I do agree that voter fraud is nearly non existent.

    Hillary has to win by more than 5 percent in the swing states to actually win them. This is common knowledge in some circles.

  • The Danger With Trump's "Election Rigging" Talk   5 days 21 hours ago

    Republicans in Congress have been behaving as if they were a domestic terrorist organization ever since the election of President Barack H Obama. Minority Senate Leader promised Republicans that he and his fellow Republican Senators would do everything they could to ensure that Obama was a one term president. They meant to obstruct every good intention of the president and the people who elected him even when to do so would harm the public. Senator McConnell did do everything he could do to de-legitimatize the adminstration of president Obama. These Republicans were the worst sore losers one can imagine. They stirred the ground for a person like DJT to arise as their leader. He is saying and doing everything they have said the past 7 years except on steroids. The Republican Party created a clear path for DJT. He belongs to them.

  • Achtung Schwartzer Mann! Better Think Twice About Fleeing to Canada   5 days 21 hours ago


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