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  • Video- Stop DeVos (Please share widely)   4 days 3 hours ago

    Guess Who's Been Advising Trump?
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/1/17/1621714/-Guess-Who-s-Been-Advisi...
    Prince’s sister, billionaire Betsy DeVos, is Trump’s nominee for education secretary and Prince (and his mother) gave large sums of money to a Trump Super PAC...

    Erik Prince, America’s most notorious mercenary, is lurking in the shadows of the incoming Trump administration. A former senior U.S. official who has advised the Trump transition told The Intercept that Prince has been advising the team on matters related to intelligence and defense, including weighing in on candidates for the defense and state departments....

    It seems cut and dry how Drumpf continues to get away with stealing democracy.

    Poverty can lower your IQ,
    Almost All Rural Whites are In Poverty
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/1881

  • Guns, Mental Health, Lowered Recruitment Standards and Trump’s “Bone Spurs”   4 days 3 hours ago

    In case you are unfamiliar with statistical analysis, the true comparisons among countries regarding auto accidents involve per capita accidents, such as number of accidents per 100,000 population The top three are the Dominican Republic, Thailand, and Venezuela. The US does not even crack the top 25.

    So what about getting the Federal Government out of people's lives? If we repeal the second amendment, we can let each state, county, or city determine their best option for guns in questions of licensing, open or closed carry, type of firearm allowed, penalites, etc. I'm sure the situation in Billings, Montana is different enough from that in New York City to have these communities draft different rules. So now I hear you cry, "But what if I buy a gun in Billings and take it into New York?" Yes, no law is 100% effective, but I would just let the city of New York determine how to discover your illegal firearm and how to punish you.

  • What Trump Means w/"Insurance for Everybody"   4 days 3 hours ago

    Your guest who thinks health care is a privledge was loudly dominating the conversation, leaving you no space to rebut his elitist positions. I'm thinking Tea Party tactics and the kind of bullying we'll be seeing much more of in the coming months. It's not worth listening to, Thom. I think you should treat obnoxious guests the same as you do obnoxious callers.

  • WORLD WIDE right CONSPIRACY to SILENCE SCIENCE   4 days 3 hours ago

    You're a progressive..right? You believe in transgenderism? Right? Then you don't believe in science, or at least not biology. You probably don't like GMO foods even though there is not a shred of scientific evidence that they are harmful. And in fact, they are helping to feed the world's hungry.

    For whatever reason, you do not accept the concept of nature..as in male and female. We are free to be whatever we feel like that day and nature/biology/science be damned.

  • Why Chelsea Manning Is Going Free   4 days 4 hours ago

    Manning is not free yet, and may never be. Will he be free and alive this time next year?

    Roland

  • Fascists read Orwell and the nazis' rise to power as instruction manuals.   4 days 4 hours ago

    This should have been news in 1917, but not today. This is old hat.

    Roland

  • WORLD WIDE right CONSPIRACY to SILENCE SCIENCE   4 days 5 hours ago

    are you projecting your inner thoughts again Coalage, because obviously right wingers don't believe in science, especially when it conflicts with their muscle cars. Got news for you coalage, a stock Tesla from 0 to 60 will blow the doors off any internal combustion engine car out of Detroit.

    http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1096369_tesla-p85d-destroys-dodge-ch...

  • Why Trump "won"   4 days 6 hours ago

    The left has simply become unhinged. Songbird says voting was suppressed. Yet the left keeps reminding everyone that HRC won the popular vote. How can that be?

    Then she says that many did not get and vote. That is not the fault of the GOP or Trump. The left failed the GOTV.

    Character assasination? I guess you mean what the left tried to do to Trump.

    Some counties switched every third vote? Which counties? Oh, can't reveal your source but we are supposed to trust your accusation. FAIL

    Sorry Songbird. You have zero credibilty.

    K2

  • COPS NOT EVEN in TOP TEN of DANGEROUS JOBS   4 days 6 hours ago

    And you can't possibly be so stupid as you pretend 2\lbs. of dope.

    Where did those 'now illegal' fire arms come from? They were all legal when they started out.

    Except for the few odd cases of reported stolen arms, we don't know when they became illegal because we can't trace whose hands those weapons have been past through.

  • Guns, Mental Health, Lowered Recruitment Standards and Trump’s “Bone Spurs”   4 days 7 hours ago

    "we lead the world in gun violence by a long shot" Drj

    We lead the world in private gun ownership. DUH!

    We lead the world in automobile ownership, therefore we lead the world in auto accidents.

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/516280/share-of-households-that-own-a-passenger-vehicle-by-country/

  • What Trump Means w/"Insurance for Everybody"   4 days 7 hours ago

    John Christian brings up an important point; that "negative remarks" are not helping.

    Our go-to response is to throw up facts and debunk the latest absurd statement by the GOP and their new President (and we must make them own this guy). Cognitive science and social science tell us that fact flinging and derision hurts us in a number of ways.

    1. Facts are the least effective way to communicate with voters. Like it or not, the human brain processes primarily on emotions and filters new information through existing frames -frames the GOP has masterfully spewed into people's brains for forty years.
    2. Arguing about conservative absurdities keeps us in their frames. They rail against taxes, we respond about taxes, but taxes are just something we do after we, as citizens, have already made decisions. Taxes are a result, not a cause. It's the decisions that are the issue and we should speak to those issues.
    3. The Republicans know we respond with fact flinging, so they bait us. All the time. And we fall for it. All the time.
    4. Every minute we spend debunking their carefully constructed fantasty world is a minute we are not telling people what we believe and that we care about their problems. Clinton spent her last month's ad budget exclusively on why Trump was so vile. Quick -right now- can anyone remember what she said about how she's solve the problems of rural America? I didn't think so.

    Our leaders have been science deniers -they seem to have intentionally ignored cognitive science. We need a culture on the left that understands how the human brain really works and creates frames and messages that build our worldview into people's brains. This is what the GOP has done for decades and it's been so effective they can get people to believe anything.

    Unlike the GOP, we can do this with integrity. Here in MN our state party is the first to fund workshops and materials on framing. We are holding them in each congressional district. We are trying to build that culture. If you're not here (or even if you are) get started by reading anything by George Lakoff and Jonathan Haidt and read Thom's books, especially Crack the Code.

    If we don't do this we will be completely unprepared if the "middle" voters, in Brexit like regret, suddenly get that Trump and the GOP are morally bankrupt. If the recent polls are correct, that realization may have already started.

  • You Cannot Built A Grassroots Tea Party for Democrats - here's why   4 days 7 hours ago

    Hillary said deplorables once and then apologized. How many insults has Trump thrown out there?

  • COPS NOT EVEN in TOP TEN of DANGEROUS JOBS   4 days 7 hours ago

    "Some state laws enre to gun transfers:

    Washington. In 2014, Washington became the first state to enact a law requiring background checks on private sales by voter initiative. The law requires private buyers and sellers to conduct a firearms transaction through a federally licensed firearm dealer (FFL).Nov 1, 2016" ....blah blah rs allen

    rs allen,

    You conveniently left out the statistic showing the number of felons/criminals/prohibited individuals lining up to comply with these "laws".

    K2

  • You Cannot Built A Grassroots Tea Party for Democrats - here's why   4 days 7 hours ago

    Zap,

    Who again is being sworn in as POTUS on Friday? Your insults about anyone who doesn't think like you is part of the democrat's problem. Just like HRC's deplorable comment. EPIC FAIL! Grow up, Zap.

  • Women's March Could Be Bigger Than Trump Inauguration   4 days 8 hours ago

    Coalage,

    Because nothing screams feminism more than the ability to kill an unborn child.

    K2

  • What Trump Means w/"Insurance for Everybody"   4 days 8 hours ago

    Tom wonders:

    Does Trump actually want to go beyond Obamacare?

    Is he lying?

    Or was this just a clever ploy to get Republicans to keep things as they are and scrap their politically disastrous plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act?

    The answers are no, of course and I doubt it, respectively. Assuming there is any cogent thought behind anything Trump says, co-opting the frame of "insurance for everybody" to describe whatever atrocity the Republicans come up with, very effectively takes the term away from us -and sows confusion. If we don't use our own frames the GOP will just take them away.

    This is a perfect example of why we need to get our act together on framing.

  • Women's March Could Be Bigger Than Trump Inauguration   4 days 8 hours ago

    http://theweek.com/articles/673609/why-womens-march-excluding-prolife-women

    Excerpts:

    For the second time in as many weeks, a controversy has broken out over who should be included in the Women's March on Washington, the protest scheduled for Saturday, the day after Donald Trump's presidential inauguration. Last week The New York Times reported that some white women were being made to feel unwelcome at the march by demands that they "check their privilege" and "listen more and talk less" when non-white women speak about the unique burdens they face as members of not just one but of two or more oppressed groups.

    And now an article by The Atlantic's Emma Green about the participation of pro-life women in the march has provoked such a fury among leading liberal feminists that organizers have removed a pro-life group (New Wave Feminists) from the march's list of hundreds of "partners." The reason? March organizers say their "platform is pro-choice" so an "error" was made in inviting the pro-life group to be a partner.

  • COPS NOT EVEN in TOP TEN of DANGEROUS JOBS   4 days 9 hours ago

    Open question for the board:

    Are all white nationalists as stupid as the three that have posted in this thread?

  • What Trump Means w/"Insurance for Everybody"   4 days 9 hours ago

    He is putting more thought into Looting the US Treasury with the best Thieves in the World-Goldman Sachs

  • What Trump Means w/"Insurance for Everybody"   4 days 10 hours ago

    He doesn't put enough thought into what he says

  • WORLD WIDE right CONSPIRACY to SILENCE SCIENCE   4 days 10 hours ago

    Why are you worried about scientists? Don't you identify as a progressive/liberal? That means you don't really care what science says.

  • Kelly Ann Conway Plays Her Little Violin Again: Trump being treated UNFAIRLY   4 days 10 hours ago

    The election of Trump was worth it just to read and see the stupid reactions of liberals/progressives across the country.

    I am shocked that one of the minor cable networks hasn't started a new reality show based on those reactions. You know the formula....following a downtrodden democrat as they struggle to get through the day knowing that the Donald is now their president. How will they ever cope? Its a sure fire ratings success. We know half the country at least would tune in. Oh wait...never mind. This show is already on the air. Its called CNN.

    Thanks to the democrats for giving us Trump. If he fails, its all on you.

  • EPA Says Fracking Harmful to Drinking Water - Will Trump Listen?   4 days 10 hours ago

    Is Trump gonna shut down the EPA? Is it just a matter of time? He's now busy with the out-of-country political issues, but I'm sure he won't give up his psycho dream to do it. God save us from him.

    Brian - one freelance limited educator.

  • Should We Outlaw Billionaires?   4 days 12 hours ago

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    to the TRUMPITE MINION: {a limerick}

    Shut it down, ye Trumpite minion.

    Heed ye us Lefties’ opinion

    that ye saddle our nation

    with stark devastation

    by applauding The Donald’s dominion.

    ==============================

  • Daily Topics - Tuesday January 17th, 2017   4 days 14 hours ago

    I am wondering why you give any air time to Breitbart News. It has proved, time and again, that it is not interested in truth but, on the contrary, is a purveyor of fake news and conspiracy theories.

China - Neoliberalism’s Last Hope?

Just two days before the inauguration of Donald Trump as president, China was trying to position itself as the leader of the neoliberal world.

That's right - China!