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  • More Immigrants On Welfare   1 day 8 hours ago

    It wouldn't occur to a narrow minded thinker (conservative) that the reason so many receive some sort of assistance (including the large number of native born households) is because government is being exploited by business and industry which is being subsidized for failing to offer fair compenstation for labor relative to profit and consumer cost. I guess that's too complicated an understanding; it's much simpler to just direct one's anger at a whipping boy.

  • Michael Hudson’s New Book: Wall Street Parasites Have Devoured Their Hosts — Your Retirement Plan and the U.S. Economy   1 day 8 hours ago

    You seem to be having trouble understanding the concept of the long term...

    What would you suggest as an alternative to long term investing as you do not seem to trust an index fund despite the decades long history of returns?

  • KY clerk   1 day 8 hours ago

    from anti's link (thanks and a tip of the hat):

    When Bill O’Reilly recently tried to pin America’s spree of mass shootings on atheism rather than guns or mental illness, he hoped to tap a specific set of beliefs that is common among Bible believers— that morality derives from religion; that Born Again Christians are a light unto the world while atheists (who lack any basis for ethics or morality) spend their empty lives in pursuit of money and sex; that when Christians get raptured or otherwise lose the upper hand, America will descend into the orgy of sex, violence and anarchy depicted in the Left Behind books and movie.

    This view feeds both righteous superiority and genuine anxiety among conservative Christians. Calvinists and other fundamentalists teach that humanity is “utterly depraved,” and that the only hope for our fallen world and for fallen individuals is the saving blood of Jesus. In the words of megachurch minister Mark Driscoll, “If the resurrection didn’t literally happen, there are guns to shoot, there are people to shoot, there are parties to be had, there are women to be had.”

    The young are not buying the religious bullshit anymore, thank god. (sorry, that was too easy to pass up, thank unicorns or leprechauns?)

  • Abortion: Safe, Legal, and Our Right   1 day 8 hours ago
    Quote DdC:

    Zenzoe, fighting prohibition so long leaves me very skeptical if the Neocons have any human interests when it comes to legislating or in courts. Property and profits seem to always be the priority. Its almost ghoulish to think that by preventing research with fetal tissue, they can prevent cures and as with prohibition. Leaves the "treatments" free to profit. How many diseases have been cured since Polio? I can't believe in many cases outspoken racist are that concerned about lives in the inner cities, especially those of color. But they do follow blindly without question, As with preventing cannabis research for medicinal purposes while spending billions trying without success to prove something damaging. Or the profits on prison cages, along with bloated police budgets. Sad if we have de-evolved to that point. But look at ACORN and Now another assault on pregnant women proves to be the same swift-boat slash and burn tactics. Even knowing they will be caught doesn't dissuade them knowing Fox will broadcast enough negativity until they are. As we have seen the past few months or so. Same poor white folks supporting Bush as he cut taxes for the wealthy and services for the poor, including the rural caucasians. If people don't start fighting, and leave it to hired guns who compromise on reality. It's not hard to see the US becoming a large corporation and we as obedient employees. Paid or not. Hope they bring justice and arrest these liars and sabotaurs. Then recall the politicians riding the wave of ignorance.

    I'm with you, DdC, as I'm sure you know.

    Speaking of riding the wave of ignorance...or cluelessness, here comes the Pope with this patronizing offering for the "Holy Year of Mercy:"

    Quote NPR:

    During Holy Year, Pope Will Let Priests Forgive Women Who Had Abortions

    SEPTEMBER 01, 2015 8:13 AM ET

    Pope Francis leaves St. Peter's Square at the Vatican in August. In a letter published Tuesday, he said, in part, "I have decided ... to concede to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it."

    Gregorio Borgia/AP

    Saying that he wants to emphasize mercy, Pope Francis announced that during the church's upcoming holy year, he will allow all priests to forgive women who have had abortions.

    In a letter published Tuesday, Francis said he understands that some people approach abortions with "superficial awareness." But for others, it's a struggle that deserves deep reflection. The pontiff concludes:

    "I know that it is an existential and moral ordeal. I have met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision. What has happened is profoundly unjust; yet only understanding the truth of it can enable one not to lose hope. The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented, especially when that person approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father. For this reason too, I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it."

    Reuters reports that in the Catholic church, abortion is a grave sin that calls for excommunication. In the past, it was only senior church officials who could offer forgiveness.

    Back in March, Pope Francis announced a jubilee year called the Holy Year of Mercy. As the National Catholic Reporter explained, these special years have been convoked by the church every 25 or 50 years since the year 1300.

    NCR reports:

    "The last jubilee year was held in 2000 during the papacy of Pope John Paul II and was known as 'the Great Jubilee.' The last extraordinary jubilee year was held in 1983 to celebrate 1,950 years since the death and resurrection of Jesus.

    "Francis ... said the new jubilee would begin on this year's Catholic feast of the Immaculate Conception, celebrated Dec. 8. It will close on Nov. 20, 2016, the day celebrated that year as the feast of Christ the King."

    Update at 11:17 a.m. ET. Not A Doctrinal Shift:

    Candida R. Moss, a professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of Notre Dame, says it's important to note that this does not mark a "doctrinal shift" in the Church's teachings on abortion.

    "It does serve as a kind of information alert for a group of disenfranchised women who have felt unwelcome by the Church," Moss said. "Even though John Paul II used much the same language and forgiveness has always been available — albeit through more formal channels — that message wasn't out there because the rhetoric that accompanies abortion is so elevated that it eclipses the Church's teaching on forgiveness and mercy." http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/09/01/436554760/during-holy-year-pope-will-let-priests-forgive-women-who-had-abortions

    If the Pope and the Catholic Church comprehended the lives of women and understood our lives to be equally significant compared to those of men, any inclination to provide mercy would come to women BEFORE THEY CHOOSE ABORTION.

    This proclamation by the Pope is so embedded in sexism and misogyny that it takes the breath away.

  • I'm Calling it For Trump. He will be be the Next President of the United States   1 day 8 hours ago

    .nytimes.com/2015/08/31/opinion/paul-krugman-a-heckuva-job. the gop wants a Katrina so bad, they make stuff up. But, but, but, it takes an incompetent poseur or moron to blow it like W did.

  • Blackism: Straight From The Horse’s (Monkey’s) Mouth; or “My Black Won’t Rub Off” (Part III, Conclusion)   1 day 8 hours ago

    Well you're either part of the problem of indifference, the cognitive disconnect, the double standard whatever you want to call it or you're not. Which is it?

    If you're not then you wouldn't or shouldn't be offended because you couldn't actually identify with the accusation. While on the other hand taking offense maybe should give you reason to pause for some self-reflection gmo. Get my drift?

    And yes, that relates to the op.

  • Michael Hudson’s New Book: Wall Street Parasites Have Devoured Their Hosts — Your Retirement Plan and the U.S. Economy   1 day 9 hours ago
  • The Tragedy of WDBJ7 TV News Reporter Killings: Did he snap over nothing? Nobody needs to know.   1 day 9 hours ago
    Quote Dexterous:

    A man kills a lion in Africa - lefties blame the man.

    A man kills two reporters while doing a livebroadcast - lefties blame the gun.

    Leftie feminists immediately turn it into a discussion about "women's issues"

    Liberal logic, and some still wonder why America is going down the shitter.

    • A man kills a lion in Africa — and reich-wingers prostrate themselves to their god, Masculinity, and Masculinity’s two sons, Cruelty and Heartlessness.

    • A man films himself using a Glock 19 9mm pistol to kill two reporters doing a live broadcast — reich-wingers try to make sense of it with their heads up their asses.

    • Reich-wingers with OCD can’t follow a thread’s turning, nor who said what to whom and why, partly because they have their heads up their asses; they also, however, apply double standards of thread conduct, revealing themselves to be hypocrites. (note how you diverted the subject of your own post here.)

    Ah, reich-wing illogic— no wonder they’re going to lose the presidential election— again…

  • Blackism: Straight From The Horse’s (Monkey’s) Mouth; or “My Black Won’t Rub Off” (Part III, Conclusion)   1 day 9 hours ago

    Sure thing RS, as soon as you can cite where I said anything about having a white discrimation problem. I was typing about the original post, one person's post but you go ahead and try to spin that into a "white discrimination problem" that would be systemic and very much different from one person's post.

  • Are we that easily manipulated?   1 day 9 hours ago

    A sad fact and why it is important that intelligent people are heard. Pass it on.

  • Michael Hudson’s New Book: Wall Street Parasites Have Devoured Their Hosts — Your Retirement Plan and the U.S. Economy   1 day 9 hours ago
    Quote Antifascist:

    I don't think you are qualified to give stock market advice.

    And that is why the rich get richer and the "poor get poorer". Because one invests and the other expects someone else to look out for them.

  • Michael Hudson’s New Book: Wall Street Parasites Have Devoured Their Hosts — Your Retirement Plan and the U.S. Economy   1 day 9 hours ago
    Quote Antifascist:

    I don't think you are qualified to give stock market advice.

    Quote gumball:

    Here is a calculator, start putting in various 30 year time frames

    http://dqydj.net/sp-500-return-calculator/

    What would you suggest people invest in as you apparently do not believe that an index fund with decades of history is not a safe investment?

  • Michael Hudson’s New Book: Wall Street Parasites Have Devoured Their Hosts — Your Retirement Plan and the U.S. Economy   1 day 10 hours ago

    I don't think you are qualified to give stock market advice.

  • Michael Hudson’s New Book: Wall Street Parasites Have Devoured Their Hosts — Your Retirement Plan and the U.S. Economy   1 day 10 hours ago

    It is important to understand that retirement investing is a long term endeavor spanning 30+ years. Yes, the markets can be a roller coaster but the only people who get hurt are those that jump off the coaster.

    If you consistently invest a percentage of your income every month over your working life you will be very well off in retirement. You invest when the markets are going up, you invest when the markets are going down and you invest when the market is flat. You always invest every month.

    There will always be the doomsayers and the stories at the bottom of the market like you link to. If you stay in and consistently invest you will be set.

  • Michael Hudson’s New Book: Wall Street Parasites Have Devoured Their Hosts — Your Retirement Plan and the U.S. Economy   1 day 10 hours ago
    Quote Antifascist:

    The 401(k) scam: How American workers have been robbed of their retirement benefits By Elisa Brehm15 August 2002

    Quote gumball:

    Sorry, I forget sometimes I am dealing with people who only get their news from left wing sources that they do not fact check.

    http://awealthofcommonsense.com/worlds-worst-market-timer/

    .

  • Michael Hudson’s New Book: Wall Street Parasites Have Devoured Their Hosts — Your Retirement Plan and the U.S. Economy   1 day 10 hours ago
  • Monsanto GM corn eradicated by Hungarian Government   1 day 10 hours ago
    Quote darrencole:

    Without understanding the side effects of Gm crops it would be foolish to feed this to general population . i think hungarian government did the right thing by destroying GM crops.

    You bet they did!

  • 60 Minutes’ Cal. Aquifer Story Ignores 3 billion Gals of Fracking Waste Injected into Aquifers   1 day 10 hours ago

    We are getting RIPPED OFF!

    Thanks for posting this!

    DAM! How much MORE can they rip us off? I guess I better not ask!

  • Michael Hudson’s New Book: Wall Street Parasites Have Devoured Their Hosts — Your Retirement Plan and the U.S. Economy   1 day 10 hours ago
    Quote Antifascist:

    As usual for Gumballs, no documentation, no sources, no case.

    Sorry, I forget sometimes I am dealing with people who only get their news from left wing sources that they do not fact check.

    Here is a calculator, start putting in various 30 year time frames

    http://dqydj.net/sp-500-return-calculator/

    And index fund expense ratios:

    http://www.ehow.com/list_5852407_list-low-cost-index-funds.html

  • Michael Hudson’s New Book: Wall Street Parasites Have Devoured Their Hosts — Your Retirement Plan and the U.S. Economy   1 day 10 hours ago

    As usual for Gumballs, no documentation, no sources, no case.

  • What if You Only Invested at Market Peaks?   1 day 10 hours ago

    In the brief time I have been listening to the Thom Hartmann show I am inclined to deduce that Thom invested much like your example Bob which is why he openly admits that he is a terrible investor.

    All of which explains his disdain for those that are very successful investing in stocks, bonds, and commodities.

  • IS THIS TRUE? THU AUG 20, 2015 AT 02:14 AM PDT BREAKING NEWS: The DNC Cancels All Debates, Appoints Hillary Clinton the D   1 day 10 hours ago

    Bernie does not want to devide and segregate he wants to unite us all. Are you with him or will you join those who are trying to devide and segregate?

  • Blackism: Straight From The Horse’s (Monkey’s) Mouth; or “My Black Won’t Rub Off” (Part III, Conclusion)   1 day 10 hours ago

    Please tell us all about the white discrimination problem gmo. I really feel for ya man. Do tell all, help us feel your pain.

  • The Great Bernie Sanders Birthday Moneybomb Is Coming Sept 8th LET'S DO IT!!!   1 day 10 hours ago
    Quote Executive:

    6 debates should be plenty. If the various candidates ( probably not including Hillary ) want more then maybe they can instead have a Q & A town-hall format which technically can get around the "debate" rules.

    I think Debbie Schultz probably figured have the first 4 official debates before most of the major primaries that will work in her girl Hillary's favor. But the fake E-mail scandal the Republicans have blown out of proportion will work against her regardless. So will her inability to take a definitive stand on Keystone XL or the TPP.

    I do not want Hillary Clinton to be the democratic candidate! I am so afraid she will somehow muscle her way into that position. I am going to fight for Bernie everyway possible.

    I hope you will contribute to this Birthday moneybomb! :-)

    I would like to scare the pants off all of the other candidates including the Repubs.

  • KY clerk   1 day 10 hours ago

    Anyone can make their case against religious institutionalism of various kinds, I respect that.

    But for me this is a problem that transcends any specific religious or philosophical sect, or for that matter any moral sense of truth supposedly arrived at by any group, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, atheist, or what have you.

    If someone has never challenged the authority of institutions with their own sense of what's moral and ethical, and never been slapped down, jailed for their refusal to obey, then the point I'm making will perhaps not be felt at any depth in their being, and they'll be left with resorting to attempting to convince others with their powers of philosophical rationale, possibly in hopes that will be the final stage of authority. Another option would be to work politically with a group of like-minded individuals and get that group's sense of truth and compassion codified into law. In that case, be wary that the one's in power in any society with laws to judge by may have a distinct advantage. So I'd be a bit cautious of that one, especially given the inverted totalitarian stage of "democracy" we see around us these days.

    Once anyone has faced a dilemma of this deeply felt ethical sort existentially, then they may recognize that we all face a structurally similar dilemma between what we believe to be right, what others believe to be right -- however misbegotten we may deem them -- and what the institutions dictate as right and wrong, no matter what any of us in any group or alone believe.

    In this respect any group, the Christian Right, the Atheist Left or what ever, commits a kind of moral or ethical fallacy to claim any moral authority over the rest of us. It's a claim of power is all. The result of that, of course, is to proclaim a form of authoritarian rightfulness; and we've seen the horrific results of that a few times over the last hundred years alone. And from that, I am left to wonder, when and where do the endless wars the human species seems to love to fight ever end?

    So for me, the real problem about this instance goes something like this, can you legislate, regulate and rule in a just way over that issue without at some point stepping on someone's deeply held sense of right and wrong? I mean, the question only pertains if someone actually has such a state of mind. If no one has, then who cares?

    I think it's one of those institutionally unresolvable Catch 22s. I think that getting in a huff about it is about all you can do as long as you support -- in any intrinsic way -- this form of social organization that now dominates our world system of civilizations. And by that I mean, hierarchies of institutions that are inextractable from all forms of systemic institutionalism that no one seems to see how we can live without, given the current make up of the world and the human population of 7 point something billion.

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