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  • Trump Doesn't Understand What Healthcare Is   3 days 23 hours ago

    Bobcat attacks dog and man in Arizona; bobcat tests positive for rabies. Who needs healthcare anyways.

    Medicare for all including dental, vision (Pet's included).

  • Is the Republican Party Fit to Govern?   3 days 23 hours ago

    No #24, try stating the facts. The Republicans attempted to repeal and replace Romneycare passed into law under President Obama. Even though it is a republican plan, the republican party has to get rid of it because they A) want a tax break for those who earn more than a quarter of a million dollars in capital gains only, and B) they detest Obama having legacy to such an admired program. After seven years of trying to repeal and replace it under President Obama's term perhaps you and your party should get a life and move into the 21st century. The health control issue is far from dead, we will not move away from it, and we will push for single payer Medicare for all.

    It was your party who never seems to be able to moveon. At least the Dems didn't need to have a caucus room strategy meeting (thank you Newt) where they conspired to to undermine the policies of the POTUS sparing no expense, not every the lives of dying citizens, children and adults , needing healthcare treatment, essentially sabotaging everything to fail where Obama would not succeed further. According to Newt that is the duty of the opposing political party.

  • How to End Gridlock in Washington, DC   3 days 23 hours ago

    The ONLY way to end gridlock is to remove the republicans from office. Anything else the democrats will be bargaining with a ruthless group who will bargain in bad faith. Personally i hope the democrats give these right wingers a taste of their own bullshit and refuse to cooperate on any government legisaltion. After all Trump just named a right wing climate deniying talk show host, to head up the US Department of Agriculture, a man who has no knowledge or scientisfic training. To cooperate with this bunch who are deliberately trying to subvert government, is to give the whole Trump presidency legitamacy. Stone wall EVERYTHING they attempt to do, PERIOD.

  • States Rolling Back Solar Incentives As the Planet Heats Up   4 days 23 min ago

    Way to go Mayor Philip Stoddard, who is the mayor of the fifth city in the country to pass an ordinance taking effect September 2017. It requires rooftop solar panels for all new homes built in the city.

  • MIND SHARE FOR THE TRUTH - An Inventory of Progressive Memes   4 days 39 min ago

    No way you guys get off so easy. We CAN"T give up. We all have to try and reunite all the people that make up our country. It is our patriotic duty. To advance their short term political advantage, the ultra-right have invested huge amounts of money and effort into dividing our country. We can not let these SOBs get away with this any more. Simply writing off huge groups of Americans as "...programmed hostile..." and hopeless means the bad guys win.

    If we want to directly fight back against this attack on the common trust that forms the foundation of our democracy, and if we are all so damn smart, we should be able to construct memes that open even the most closed minds. How about some creativity here? How about memes that get at Progressive truths in a way that will not get my nice shiny new truck scratched or me shot when I drive around the more conservative areas in the US? How about:

    "No Jobs, No Peace"
    (Picture of a closed factory and Goldman Sachs logo)

    "You Can't Work If You're Sick"
    (Picture of Bernie Sanders in iconic profile saying "Health Care is a Right")

    "$9 for Wall Street, $1 for You"
    (Pizza where 9 slices on one side, 1 slice on the other)

    "...Your suggestion here..."
    (description of graphic or video)

    Don't give up. That is exactly what the bad guys want you to do. Instead, use that superior gadget on your shoulders and contribute.

    Note, one clear thing that comes out of these last few posts is an addition to my criteria. The best Progressive Memes will be those that everyone, regardless of political leanings, would agree with and support and incidentally, not lead to violence.

    Thanks, Ron

  • Trump Doesn't Understand What Healthcare Is   4 days 52 min ago

    It sounds like he's confusing health insurance with life insurance.

  • Trump Doesn't Understand What Healthcare Is   4 days 1 hour ago

    Donald J Trump knows what he is doing. People like him hated the New Deal, hate the "White Man's Burden" and believe it is their right and destiny to dictate terms to the majority, especially who lives and who dies. Why do you think the government purposely publishes a "food pyramid" that causes diabetes, heart disease and cancer? Why do you think the government prosecutes doctors who don't follow "approved" drug prescription protocols for these diseases? Why do you think the fascists want to change the climate? Why do you think the government puts fluoride in the drinking water?

    I'll tell you, Thom. The reason is simple. It's to keep us sickley, dosile and stupid while the top of the food pyramid makes its riches while depopulating the Earth.

    I have not had health care since the 1980's and I believe everyone is better off not going to the doctor and avoiding hospitals like the plague! I also believe that government should be for the people, not for the top of the food pyramid!

  • Trump Doesn't Understand What Healthcare Is   4 days 1 hour ago

    It's more like, he doesn't care what healthcare is. All he knows is, if Obama was for it, he's against it. His whole presidency, besides pandering to the Russians and self enrichment, is about getting back at Obama for humiliating him at the Press Club Dinner several years back. He really doesn't get any deeper than that.

  • Trump Doesn't Understand What Healthcare Is   4 days 1 hour ago

    36% of population supports his Presidence and its more likely that you or I turn around and support his agenda that one of those racist retardeds look back on themselves.

  • Trump Doesn't Understand What Healthcare Is   4 days 1 hour ago

    I read an article several months ago that said the 'powers that be' were shocked at Trump's behavior and so the people around him (the ones the Deep State and Goldman Sach's picked for him,) were editing and sensoring what information he is being given. How can anyone make sound decisions based on biased, partial, and contorted information? I think The Donald is being heavily "managed", something along the lines of "don't worry about running the government, just go shopping." They had a figurehead in George W., with Cheney in close supervision, and they are attempting that with DJT and his advosors. This can go one of two ways: (1) they continue managing him and he accepts that, or (2) by virtue of just being in office he wakes up to the fact that being a statesman is different from being the head of a corporation, and starts making decisions on his own that won't be popular with his handlers but will make the masses happy. We'll see. In any event, he has been like a wrecking ball through the front door of the WH, and the sleeping American culture. People are beginning to get the idea that democracy is not a spectator sport and that it requires constant vigilance to hang onto it, but I still know too many people who insist on keeping their heads in the sand expecting things to be okay (more of that 'Free Market will right itself on its own' rubbish.) Who know what The Donald will do? He's very unpredictable. He may turn around and decide to give us Single Payer on a whim or just to show someone he's the boss and can do whatever he likes. Or he may save it, and use it to get re-elected in another three plus years. It's a coin-toss at this stage.

  • We need effective political weapons, not just intelligent discussion   4 days 1 hour ago

    Ronsears, these (below) are just a very few slogans (memes if you must) from only one of the many sites that I suggested you visit. Maybe you haven’t had time.

    As for MLK, I know very well that he didn’t advocate violence, nor do I. I wrote “…out in the streets.” Sort of like the million man march, remember? But maybe you weren’t there. I was. I was also in Jackson, I was also in Montgomery. We didn’t use or have bumper stickers. I don’t think that they will change anything at all.

    OK, the few slogans of many at the site below but visit the other sites. These could be copyrighted, you should check before using them, or maybe buy a bunch of them:

    https://www.progressivebumperstickers.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=72&zenid=a4e89e15521008e4a556868a01ab8e46

    Vote Democratic - We're not perfect but they're nuts.(Barney Frank)

    Hillary 2020

    Voting is Like Driving - 'R' Goes Backward - 'D' Goes Forward

    Elizabeth Warren - President 2020

    Had Enough? Vote Democrat!

    Stronger Together

    Don’t hate, educate. - Barack Obama

    Bernie (Sanders)

    Clinton 2020 - Hill Yeah! (w pic)

    A Woman’s Place is in the White House

    Elect Democrats - They Actually Govern

    In 1776, Liberals Fought... While Conservatives Wore Red Coats

    America is a Liberal Idea

    Elect More Dems & You Get More Democracy

    I Vote My Moral Values: Pro-Environment -Choice -Peace -Edu.

    I Vote My Moral Values: Pro-Environment -Peace -Edu (w/o Choice)

    I believe that as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil. -RFK

    1776 was Liberal Activism

    Annoy a Republican - Occupy Reality

  • Trump Doesn't Understand What Healthcare Is   4 days 1 hour ago

    I've had friends who would speak that incoherently and illogically...when completely stoned!

    I wonder what they're really serving in the White House.

  • Trump Doesn't Understand What Healthcare Is   4 days 1 hour ago

    Once again Trump demonstrates that he has no clue of what he is talking about.

    The man is a conceited goddamn fool and ignoramus, who is too dumb to be president!

  • Trump Doesn't Understand What Healthcare Is   4 days 1 hour ago

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    UNHEALTHY “HEALTHCARE” - {a limerick}

    By hook and crook in ways stealthy,

    we’ll keep things great for the wealthy.

    You others don’t matter

    if the fat-cats get fatter

    while “healthcare” gets yuugely unhealthy.

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  • Trump Doesn't Understand What Healthcare Is   4 days 1 hour ago

    Is it me, or are both statements goobledygook? Honestly, I don't understand what he's struggling to say. That aside, he's offered no evidence that he knows what an insurance pool is. Nor has Senator Rafael "Ted" Cruz. Making them a perfect team to design our nation's health care system, right?

  • Trump Doesn't Understand What Healthcare Is   4 days 2 hours ago

    He may of never had insurance. When you are that wealthy what is a doctor bill. I would seriously consider not buying insurance. Put the money that you would in an HSA. Fly to Panama or country of choice for affordable medical and dental care. Especially if you are young.

    Medical Tourism

  • We need effective political weapons, not just intelligent discussion   4 days 2 hours ago

    Again, I am amazed you guys would expend so much of you valuable time trying to shame me into concluding this one modest little project to put together a list of Progressive memes is completely useless and, by implication, should be immediately abandoned, or at least stymied as I spend all my time answering your blizzard of criticism.

    Yes, it is absolutely true there is a horrific and seemingly endless list of evils to push back against, but that is no reason to rant and yell and avoid actually ever doing anything, even the small stuff. Also, to repeat what seems clearly self-evident, elections are won because you inspire ALL the voters on your side and their votes add up to more than the opposition. So attacking individuals that support your positions is self-defeating. Give others with a different view of the world some slack. Some individuals on your side are a bit more cautious and want tp avoid rhetoric that might add unnecessary violence to political conflict.

    Maybe this explanation will help.

    First, I certainly agree that getting angry over horrible abuses of power is important. It serves to motivate. But, once you are motivated, to be effective, you need to switch the emotion off, and start thinking as coldly and logically as possible. If you keep the anger switched on, you and all those you infuence will be less effective in coming up with projects that actually create change, especially when your opponents are in fact executing a long-term coldly designed opposition strategy.

    The next steps you take need to be calmly thought out and then implemented in an unrelentless manner by the largest group of supporters you can assemble. Some parts of the effort can and should be loud, angry, and spectacular. Other essential parts will be more modest, at least appear that way. Everything adds up. Remember the relentless and completely successful Republican efforts to change the name from Democratic to Democrat Party? Seemingly a small deal, but all part of a grand strategy. Rhymes with "rat" and ends the implicit meaning that one political party is "democratic" and the other is not. It is of course no accident that Republican political efforts are in fact not democratic, more like totalitarian.

    Second, the science and practical rules for changing minds is well established. If you dial down the emotion, you will get a relatively gradual change in opinion as you provide more information in support of your position. On the other hand, if you dial the emotion up and then present more and more information in support of your position to those who believe the opposite, you will get strong resistance to a change in opinion, until the evidence presented becomes completely overwhelming. Then some individuals will show abrupt changes in opinion. Others will simply invalidate all the information you present and completely lock in on their extreme positions (hide in a bubble, often facilitated by well financed propaganda).

    This has two implications. First if you want to prevent contrary information from changing the minds of your supporters, you crank the emotion up as high as possible. Second, when cranking the emotion up is not working anymore, "Fake News" is the last tactic in protecting illogical opinions from overwhelming contrary information. If the last ditch "Fake News" tactic fails, you are out of options (other than massive voter suppression, and switched votes).

    There is also another distressing aspect of human behavior operating here. We have a very strong inclination to make an emotional decision and then backfill with rationalizations for that decision to assure ourselves we are correct. In fact, we tend to adopt "framing" concepts that only let us hear information that supports what we already believe. And this also has a very important implication. Memes that lock in new framing can have a significant impact in opening the way to change minds and are well worth the effort as part of a complete political strategy.

    An Inventory of Progressive Memes has some clear science behind it and is one useful part of a complete Progressive Strategy. That's my story and I am sticking to it. If you agree, then help me out.

    One last point, to imply MLK advocated violence is an insult to his legacy. His actions and words clearly meant never give up non-violent protest for true justice.

    And this discussion has triggered a new meme:

    "Only One Party is Democratic"
    (Documents labeled "Cross Check," "Muslim Ban," " Tax Breaks for 1%," etc.)

  • Is the Republican Party Fit to Govern?   4 days 2 hours ago
  • Do Republicans Fundamentally Not Understand the Point of Healthcare?   4 days 3 hours ago

    Someone please pick this up and run with it...

    US Taxpayers are, in essence, paying for this (via subsidizing miltiary spending). Meahwhile children in the US go without health care. Trump should be shown this as well: needs to be asked my Israel's children come before American children.

    Emphasis added.

    From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Healthcare_in_Israel

    Health care in Israel is universal and participation in a medical insurance plan is compulsory. All Israeli citizens are entitled to basic health care as a fundamental right. The Israeli healthcare system is based on the National Health Insurance Law of 1995, which mandates all citizens resident in the country to join one of four official health insurance organizations, known as Kupot Holim (קופת חולים - "Sick Funds") which are run as not-for-profit organizations and are prohibited by law from denying any Israeli citizen membership. Israelis can increase their medical coverage and improve their options by purchasing private health insurance.[1] In a survey of 48 countries in 2013, Israel's health system was ranked fourth in the world in terms of efficiency, and in 2014 it ranked seventh out of 51.[2] In 2015, Israel was ranked sixth-healthiest country in the world by Bloomberg rankings[3] and ranked eighth in terms of life expectancy.

  • Is the Republican Party Fit to Govern?   4 days 5 hours ago

    Yup, the ol' 5-4 split -- 5 empty robes and 4 fully evolved human beings.

  • This is "America"??? Adult Catheters in Babies for "drug war"?   4 days 6 hours ago

    Conduct that Shocks the Conscience':
    South Dakota Forcibly Catheterizes a Toddler in the Name of the War on Drugs

    They justify anal butt probes for adults.

    The Aʂʂhole Police
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/717

    Or patients

    Hospitals Deny Patients Organ Transplants for Smoking Weed

    The Heartlessness of Dying for Prohibition
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/585

    Even Vets

    Trump Wages War on MJ Veterans Side With Pot
    http://www.cannabisnews.com/news/thread29136.shtml

    Ignorant Jeff:
    The blind leading the deaf and dumbed down

    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/1187
    They lowered the bar and the cockroaches entered.

  • Is the Republican Party Fit to Govern?   4 days 6 hours ago

    5 to 4 the Supreme Court will allow it.

  • Is the Republican Party Fit to Govern?   4 days 6 hours ago

    We can track them now!

    The apparent willingness of most of our Republicans Senators, Donald Trump, and Mike Pence to literally KILL over half a million US citizens in order to please their corporate sponsors is SHOCKING! This is a MASSIVE CRIMINAL OFFENSE (conspiracy to commit mass murder, negligent homicide, manslaughter, etc.) Unlike the massively deadly consequences of the highly dishonest Republican squelching of Hillary Clinton’s healthcare plan in the 1990s, we NOW have various means to actually track how many people they are killing as a direct result of such morally depraved conduct!

    Do they REALLY think the US Supreme Court will sit back and allow Donald Trump and most of our Republicans in Congress to literally KILL over half a million US citizens in order to please their corporate sponsors?

    Feel free to publish this or to use these points in your own articles

    Christopher C. Currie, 161 Lake Shore Drive, Pascoag, RI 02850 401-568-8266

  • We need effective political weapons, not just intelligent discussion   4 days 7 hours ago

    Amerika teach's our children well.

    Facebook makes for better social capital than saving someone from drowning don't ya know.

    Sheeeet, we taught the world how to create mayham from the skies, we taught the world how to put a dirk through the heart of democrocy while shaking a hand and smiling at the same time. Drowning man? Phffff.

    Golly gee, someone give me a cheeseburger.

    The revolution will not be televisised:

    https://youtu.be/qGaoXAwl9kw

    And it sure as hell ain't go'n to be put on some damn bumper sticker.

  • We need effective political weapons, not just intelligent discussion   4 days 8 hours ago
    Quote rs allen:

    Ah hell Alberto, the US of A leads the world in self- aggrandizement at the expense of any 'the others'.

    We number one, we number one!

    Indeed, rs allen, number one killer. It's the u.S.A.'s healthcare plan for the other. Kill them, then they have no more need for doctors, for hospitals, for medicine. Just a few more undertakers, grave diggers. Much cheaper. Saves a lot of money that can be used to buy more war machines, bombs, etc.

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