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  • Is Amazon the #1 Threat To Jobs?   3 days 9 hours ago

    I'm definitely ok with fundamental life support, including health in the whole living world ... education, never ending in the school of life, no matter where we are, or who ....

    ... robots ...?

    I would want to know who does the programming.

    The new rallying point for 'Choice' in the coming era?

  • Is Amazon the #1 Threat To Jobs?   3 days 9 hours ago

    Boycott Amazon! I've never used it and will not Made in China was the corporate desire to get a market share (amongst other things). G-7 did that to us a long time ago and while a small % of Chinese are consumers now...check Mexico's position. It failed...NAFTA failed and it failed Americans, too. We needed to be on top of the Koch's Birch agenda decades ago. Now, with the help of Investigative Journalists/Reporters & Thom Hartmann...you, too....it's getting noticed again. John Birch Society did not get busted up...it was allowed to grow into an organization which is larger than the republican Party itself. Let's stop the nonsense of "it's legal"...it's legal b/c THEY made the laws. Coup our own Gov't to get our Gov't back, if need be....where's the leadership with backbone to take back Democracy? Amazon is just another symptom of Corporate Fascism.

  • 10,000 Scientists VS. The Bible   3 days 10 hours ago

    (Coalage3 - #32-33)


    "GMO foods might also help feed the poor and hungry in this world. But I guess thats not important to progressives."

    Sorry people, I just have to do this:


    I don't want to see bloated bellies, one way or another ... from malnutrition and starvation, or from excessive appetite and overindulgence in a world painted black and white, all wrapped up in a checkerboard square with no room to move, and no breath in the air - preserved in plastics ...,

    ... and in posterity ...


    That is what life is like for those whose lives are confined in factory farms, you know ... including the humans who vent their frustrations on the helpless, captive animals ...


    What if it is true that we are what we eat?


    Is that what you want to feed your family, Coalage?

    It is painfully clear that you do care ...

    From what I can see, everyone cares about something - even those who don't.

    Can we look for a key to open the door of relevant conversation and work toward meaningful change ..., like, communicate around what we can do, here and now - with available options?

    If you're just here to distract, I can ignore you. If you are serious, why not explore the links on .ren's new site? He's on to some really neat stuff.

    I may find it complicated, even a challenge to really get, but I keep at it. I know one thing: I do not know it all. So, I try to see what's there, even if it doesn't quite make sense to me ... because I know I have more to learn.

    See?

    Check it out:

    http://renhunt.wixsite.com/watching-apocalypse

    For myself, I much prefer to see healthy, happy people living healthy, happy lives in a healthy, happy world ..., oh, dream on!!! There has to be at least one old song about that rainbow in the clouds

    Hey rs, can you come up with 3 of those tunes? I'll weave them into a medley. That would be neat.

    Ok. I have work to do. Sooner than later,

    ka

  • Is Amazon the #1 Threat To Jobs?   3 days 10 hours ago

    It's time for a guaranteed minimum income, free education, and then let the robots do what they want.

  • 10,000 Scientists VS. The Bible   3 days 11 hours ago

    (Kilosgard - #34)


    "... when is the absolute date that mankind must stop using fossil fuels if we, as human beings, all begin to parish due to climate change. Please provide us with the data you use to validate your conclusions. I will even allow you a plus or minus window of 2 years."

    In geologic time, your "plus or minus window of 2 years" is no more than a grain of sand. Why not ask ourselves what really matters?

    Look at the garbage we pour into the environment. - all of it, from every source. It simply is not necessary. Now. Look at pictures you can find of pristine environs - undisturbed by human predation. If you had a choice, which world would you choose to live in?

    If you choose [Door #2], what can you do to make it so?

  • 10,000 Scientists VS. The Bible   3 days 11 hours ago

    (Coalage3 - #32-33)


    "GMO foods are as safe as any food you can grow in your back yard (maybe even safer actually). Do I think we can be better nourished by GMO foods? Of course. Its called scientific progress."

    I would choose the organic greenhouse of a master gardener over a factory farm, anytime. I heard the Gates Foundation supports GMO research. I also talked with a woman whose husband had worked overseas for that group, and had to cancel the operation because corruption was so rampant they could not make it work.

    I think permaculture points the way:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YBLZmwlPa8A


    "Oh wait, never mind...I forgot. Progressives don't believe in scientific facts unless it supports their political agenda. The promotion of GMO foods might mean that a corporate farm group somewhere might actually make a profit. Perish that thought!"

    Did I hear one complaint against 'progressive environmentalists' is that they are a bunch of elitists who just want to make money?

  • Why does GOP hate Americans?   3 days 12 hours ago

    Legend....I wrote an email to Thom's webmaster asking for an explanation, the ban seemed to be lifted immediately. Yesterday i was experiencing a blank page when i attempted to blog from my home IP address, but i could access my account and the web page from my smart phone using my providers data IP address. Plus blogs i had posted for consideration were not released in this latest bunch, one of them is the blog seen above.

    I try very hard to stay within the rules of this blog site and i am appreciative for the opportunity to blog here. Having said that, my trying to self censor myself because it might ruffle some feathers becomes an impossible task for anyone trying to speak the truth as they see it.

    Webmaster Nigel got back to me quickly, said my account looked unobstructed from his end, so i could have been a glitch somewhere. That could be it if it wasn't for those two blogs that i posted that were never released or approved. Either way i can't speak highly enough about their webmaster Nigel. Just a fine competent, co operative chap.

  • Will Gorsuch's Ties To Billionaire Phillip Anschutz Sink His Nomination?   3 days 12 hours ago

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1g3_wEAffY

    Thank you for that link, Peter from RI (#13). Democracy Now has a clip on today's show that shows some of Gorsuch's reactions ... interesting to note expression and hand action ... what's not to like about the guy? Good looking, smart, compassionate, well spoken, committed to letter of the law ... supportive wife, ... what cylinder is not firing here?

    https://www.democracynow.org/2017/3/22/neil_gorsuch_backed_by_10_of

    I like Sheldon Whitehouse. He always zeros in on the truth. ((How come people who do that always seem to wind up being some kind of socialist or fringie, or someone you can't vote for?))

  • 10,000 Scientists VS. The Bible   3 days 12 hours ago
    Quote Coalage3: GMO foods are as safe as any food you can grow in your back yard

    That is what Monsanto says too. Oh ya, they sell it. You have no proof it is safe long term because there are no long term studies. Only propaganda by Monsanto. How damn gullible can you be? Its profits dork, You think Monsanto cared when they sold DDT or Saccharin? Or now Rumsfeld fast tracked Aspartame. They love artificial sweeteners. Or dioxins, pcbs and now round up are all safe according to Monsanto. No one is advocating banning GMO, just labeling it until long term studies are complete. BY Independent sources. With Drumpf and Big Pharma taking over the FDA Independent studies are the least controversial. Until then just label the crap so consumers can make the choice.

    Quote Coalage3: Oh wait, never mind...I forgot. Progressives don't believe in scientific facts

    Stop your silly unsubstantiated bullshit about facts when you haven't brought a link to back it up. Or try to politicize greed and harmful products. You have no opinion of your own and its highly doubtful you will see profits so that means you're really only here because you hate Americans who side with progressives. Since genetically modified food is very nonpartisan, Not cloning plants they have done for years. Genetically changing the plant has s not been tested long term. The only studies were conducted by Monsanto and that is why most of Europe banned it. You are no different than the silly fools waiting for tinkle down. You believe the profiteers and assume they would never lie while Americans are supposed to take their word for it.

    They are fighting labeling. If its safe then why would they not want anyone to know its in the product? Like banning medicinal cannabis research after discovering it shrank tumors. Big fucking red flags and idiots bury their heads to avoid seeing them. Its not hard to see why GOPerverts voted for the 1% without a drop of tinkle down in 3 decades. You're too stupid for words. Monsanto poisons people and then sends lawyers like Cliarence Thomas to harass and fight the victims. Or sue farmers. No accountability and you take their word at face value. Thats as naive as it gets. Stop selling out Americans for a paycheck. Label it and I'll know what not to buy. What's the problem unless they're hiding something and would rather profit than wait for long term studies. With puppets selling out their own families and kids so Monsanto can once again make a fortune and then their subsidiaries can sell treatment drugs to deal with it.

    Quote Coalage3: GMO foods might also help feed the poor and hungry in this world.

    I assume you had someone read their advertizment to you, too bad they didn't tell you it was an advertizment. Indian farmers are committing suicide because they put everything into Monsanto frankenfud and found out they lied. The poisons genetically added to the seed was supposed to lower the cost of buying chemicals and it didn't. They also rely on saved seeds for next years crop and that doesn't happen with terminator tech seeds that are sterile and patented. So they pay more for Monsanto seeds and then pay for the normal poisons for weeds and bugs not covered. Then pay again next year for a new crop. So the ad says its about feeding the hungry and they end up losing the farm. Monsatan got its bad reputation by hurting people. Get over it.

    The utter hypocrisy of GOPerverts is beyond comprehension. No one yells louder about the dangers of pot than a goper. Especially prohibitionists profitting on the drug war. More testing is all they yell when they have no wiggle room to stop it. More testing?

    There’s Been Over 20,000 Studies On Marijuana;
    What Is It That Scientists ‘Do Not Yet Know?

    Possibly the most-studied substance on the planet
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/1900

    The Politics of Pot
    http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/282

    Quote Indian Hemp Drugs Commission, 1894:
    "The commission has come to the conclusion that the moderate use of hemp drugs is practically attended by no evil results at all. ... ...moderate use of hemp... appears to cause no appreciable physical injury of any kind,... no injurious effects on the mind... [and] no moral injury whatever."

    Oh but when the profits are at stake for Monsanto who has taken a large chunk of the $Trillion spent so far fighting Americans using drugs. Then the gopers want to expedite selling it. No tests are needed, Monsanto says its ok. No labeling needed, some might not want genetically modified crap and they would know if it was labeled. That is not how to sell a product dude. It is a cowardly way to profit on getting Americans sick.

    I think your frankenfud is having an affect. You double posted the same bullshit on #33 as was on #32. Don't be nervous, just go and sin no more...

  • Will Gorsuch's Ties To Billionaire Phillip Anschutz Sink His Nomination?   3 days 12 hours ago

    (wmleidy - #12)


    "molly ivins said several years ago in a bill moyers interview that contemporary america is a combination of corporatocracy, theocracy and oligarchy. we have collectively let this toxic state envelope us, and until we are slapped awake by yet another cycle of depression and war, we are doomed remain a nation that is substantially unconscious."

    That follows the same trajectory as Thom's assertion that every 80 years or so, the economy goes through these major cycles of change, and when the last person who remembers war no longer lives to tell the tale, humans will bring it back around ... a kind of cultural myelination ... as the unconscious awakens ... in perpetuity ....

  • Will Gorsuch's Ties To Billionaire Phillip Anschutz Sink His Nomination?   3 days 12 hours ago

    (ErinRose - #10)


    "I totally agree. These people are all from the "business" class. They see us as nothing other than a commodity and a business opportunity."

    I think it's more like "business as usual". I also think business is the only real survival choice for lots of folks - in whatever venue - and then, a monumental challenge to escape the yawning jaws of the corporate corral leading down a chute to ... oh, thank goodness we are not cattle heading into the slaughterhouse ... or, uh ..., well ...


    "There is no humanity anywhere in their master plan. They are very sociopathic-egocentric in their world views."

    I think the humanity is very much there, deeply ensconced in hidden hearts locked away in treasured troves that never see light of day.


    "But the part that gets me is how willing We, the People, are to go along with this. Just appalling."

    "We the People" happens one person at a time, and all of us at once.

    So, I guess the challenge is to find what grounds support what interests best, and keep turning the compost. Seriously. How much power does anyone person have to influence such an array of concerns?

    What kind of organizing can bring people together effectively ... personal and social ... locally and globally ... in a world emerging from the grip of tyranny and despotism?

    Hootenanny?

  • Will Gorsuch's Ties To Billionaire Phillip Anschutz Sink His Nomination?   3 days 12 hours ago

    (Dianereynolds - #9)


    "Scream, shout pejoratives, stomp your feet, hold your breath until you turn more blue, protest, resist, occupy, rant, burn things down, dig in your heels, smash windows, claim racism, swear, wear vagina hats, blame the cops, howl at the moon, organize a march, drum circles, chant, wave preprinted signs, and in general make bigger fools of yourselves..."

    I'll take [howling at the moon] for $500.

  • Republican effort to destroy ObamaCare   3 days 12 hours ago

    The super conservaties think they have enough votes to block the Republican Care Plan. Not enough to give the 1% huge tax cuts, with huge losses in life and bankruptcies caused by medial costs. They want even more to die and go bankrupt.

    Google Medical Tourism. Panama is a good start. Other countries have affordable medical care.

  • Will Gorsuch's Ties To Billionaire Phillip Anschutz Sink His Nomination?   3 days 13 hours ago

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Anschutz

    These people are so wealthy that it becomes a hobby to control our Government. They cannot spend it, so might as well control the Government with it. And it only takes a small percentage and has a great Return on Investment.

    Another one to read up on is Robert Mercer, Trumps big supporter.

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/03/27/the-reclusive-hedge-fund-ty...

  • Will Gorsuch's Ties To Billionaire Phillip Anschutz Sink His Nomination?   3 days 15 hours ago

    RI Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is ripping Gorsuch and the Republican SCOTUS to shreds.

    Thom, please share this on your show.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1g3_wEAffY

    Sincerely,

    Peter from RI

  • How the Democrats Went Wrong Right   3 days 15 hours ago

    Quote Roland , " I cannot be part of any Democratic Party whose leaders are far to the right of Dwight Eisenhower."

    Roland de Brabant, i have suspicions our shiny new young liberal leader Justin Trudeau, may just be one of those right of center corporatist liberals you're experiencing in your country, because now the federal liberals up here are talking about partnerships with the private sector in rebuilding parts of Canada, including turning over all our government owned airports to the private sector. Which of course is code words for turning everything over to the billionaires and multi millionaires to be profitized and exploited. Thank god we still have a socialist party , the NDP (New Democratic Party) , who'll i'll personally expend all my energy and funds supporting, if these liberals don't change their agenda, in fact i might just do it anyway, i'm losing trust in the party i voted for.

    https://thetyee.ca/News/2017/03/22/Justin-Trudeau-Picking-Pockets/

  • Pre-existing Conditions: Trump has already expended his lifetime allowance: time to pull his plug.   3 days 15 hours ago

    Conundrum of the day:

    Leftie/socialists arguing over which individual from the opposition party they would hate most in the office as POTUS.

    You do realize this is a Republicans wet dream don't you?

  • 10,000 Scientists VS. The Bible   3 days 15 hours ago

    That's pretty one dimensional dirty coal.

    Yes, we've been playing around with the genetics of foods groups (among others) for a long time, so that's just barely, just the mere teensiest of an argument in favor of gmo's. Anything else?

    What have you learned of the down sides or possible down sides?

    Are you making your decision from a position of knowledge?

  • Meals on Wheels a Smoke Screen?   3 days 15 hours ago

    Horror of horrors, a 3% cut in their budget. What is we gonna do?

  • Why does GOP hate Americans?   3 days 15 hours ago

    How do you know Zap?

  • How the Democrats Went Wrong Right   3 days 15 hours ago
    Quote Roland de Brabant:
    Quote Legend:So you would accept a "mass murderer" as POTUS? You, the world and I will never know how many American lives he saved with his actions. I will stand by his decisions. You allow the terrorists to "kill at will with impunity".

    This whole "terrorism" thing is nonsense. The events of Sept. 11, 2001 were home-grown, planned and executed by the members of PNAC to justify the US taking control of the Middle East. The US has been the creator and primary patron of both al-Qaeda and DAESH. For the past eighty years the US has been the principal terrorist in the world bombarding innocent civilian populations and destabilizing peaceful governments.

    The people of the US would be much safer if our government had not murdered so many millions of people for so long.

    Roland

    PNAC. Really, do you have proof? Source or reference? Bill Kristol seems so nice.

  • Republican effort to destroy ObamaCare   3 days 16 hours ago

    It was added as part of a last-minute, must-pass bill to fund the government. After railing against onstructionism for years, he didn't want to be the guy who's veto caused a shutdown.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-11-25/marco-rubio-didn-t-kill-obamacare-but-here-s-how-he-undermined-it

    ellaandgus is right that the hypocrisy that this is the one case where Repubs didn't want to protect big business while they pass subsidy guarantees in their own health care bill is blatent, pathetic, and probably unnoticed by 99% of Americans.

    be_logical_not_ideological

  • Will Gorsuch's Ties To Billionaire Phillip Anschutz Sink His Nomination?   3 days 16 hours ago

    molly ivins said several years ago in a bill moyers interview that contemporary america is a combination of corporatocracy, theocracy and oligarchy. we have collectively let this toxic state envelope us, and until we are slapped awake by yet another cycle of depression and war, we are doomed remain a nation that is substantially unconscious.

  • Daily Topics - Wednesday March 22nd, 2016   3 days 17 hours ago

    This is one of the guys that created Resistbot. I've used it and I'm pretty sure it's legit.

    https://www.producthunt.com/@ericries/made

  • Will Gorsuch's Ties To Billionaire Phillip Anschutz Sink His Nomination?   3 days 17 hours ago

    I really have very little hope that anything good is going to come our way. All of these people that we call our leaders have the worst agendas going and their controling bodies, the RNC and the DNC (at the behest of the Deep State) are hand-picking people who are only going to destroy the dream we once had of Camelot and replace it with Nazi Germany, Mussolini's Italy, or England from 1066 to 1381.

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