Edwin Black was the author of a book called "IBM and the Holocaust" which told about how IBM was doing business with Hitler, providing the NAZIs with IBM punch card tabulating machines that the NAZIs used to collect data on their citizens...especially the Jews. That data made it easy for the NAZIs to round up Jews, and others, for extermination in the NAZI death camps.
i like to respond to right wingers, who let loose with some anti-liberal rant, that people in red states are poorer, sicker, less well educated, and live shorter lives. they find it hard to deal with that.
if/when they question that, i add, "and angrier and full of hate." if they blow up at this, i cry out "the defense rests," as i leave.
fun: if you have to deal with these assholes, might as well have fun doing it.
somebody posted the intent not to vote in 2016, because the democratic process is a sham. that plan gives gop a free pass. the worse the dems get, the more we need to gang up on the sellouts and go-alongers and set things right.
non-voters and nader voters gave us gw bush. hillary is collapsing, opening way for a new candidate. that other poster has it exactly wrong!
i'm a dem who kept with hillary while idealists attacked her; better a semi-dem, i thought, than an unelectable ideal. i never liked her, or bill, much, what with the pardon of mark rich and the despicable "the era of big government is over."
now, hillary has set me free. she's such a clueless twit and conceptual litterer that i can finally look for a candidate more to my liking.
Huffington Post, April 25, 2015
WASHINGTON -- Progressive Democrats have been hoping to see a showdown between Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton for years.
Instead, they're getting a public feud between the senator from Massachusetts and President Barack Obama.
Obama accused Warren and Congressional Democrats on Friday of being "dishonest," and spreading "misinformation" about the Trans-Pacific Partnership -- a trade pact the administration is negotiating among 12 nations.
Walker imposes fine of $25,000 on the Unemployed who make an error when they file for Unemployment Insurance.
This from Chris Larson:
For comparison, the prior Gov, Jim Doyle, only charged the state $670k
'A recently published report has revealed that the US invasion and occupation of Iraq was responsible for the deaths of approximately 1 million Iraqis, which is 5 percent of the total population of the country.'
One issue that Congress has failed on is voting to ensure that mental health is the same and as needed and as deserving of full funding as physical health.
Look at our nation's most recalcitrant problems -- wouldn't improvements in funding mental health care be a great starting point to deal with:
1) both veterans' shocking suicide rates AND the governmental narcissism and sociopathy of our longest war,
At the height of the Great Depression, Americans desperately needed jobs, and the country’s infrastructure was crumbling. As a solution to both, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration on April 8, 1935.
I have a friend who had high blood pressure, as measured by the long-standing metrics of 120/80 that the medical profession was trying to herd everyone in to. My friend's average blood pressure was under 145/90 . She was over 60 but had no other medical problems like diabetes or anything else). Her doctor had her on Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ). It did reduce her blood pressure to under 120/80. But the fact that my friend went blind in one eye, all of a sudden...matter of about a couple of days...
So someone hands you a beer, but instead of it being a recognizable brand, it's in a totally blacked-out can with nothing but the letters "TPP" printed on it.
"You're really gonna like this," says the smiling stranger who handed it to you.
But you naturally hesitate and ask, "Well who made it? What's in it?"
Convicted war criminal Omar Khadr, the Canadian transferred to an Alberta facility after serving time at Guantanamo Bay, has been granted bail.
Shortly after the decision was announced, the federal government said it would appeal the decision made by an Alberta judge.
It is impossible to read everything one needs to read in life, so it is refreshing to find someone who can break things down in a way that allows the average person to appreciate complex ideas. One such person is Slavoj Zizek, who gave a talk called "Is It Still Possible To Be A Hegelian Today" which you can view on YouTube. Zizek admits that a lot of the philosophical underpinnings of Hegel's thought are no longer sufficient for modern philosophy.