Category Archives: Politics

Obey

“Historically, the most terrible things– war, genocide, and slavery– have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience.” ~Howard Zinn

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Dragon

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Well,

“Peace is a very complicated concept. When the lion gobbles up the lamb and wipes his lips, then there’s peace. Well, I ain’t for that peace at all.”  ~Abbie Hoffman The president called for unity last night.  When everybody marches in lockstep and does as he tells them, then there’s unity. Well, I ain’t for …

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The Lesser Of

I’m paraphrasing, but already the Democrats are saying things along the lines of, “No matter how deeply flawed our candidate is, you still have to vote for him because the alternative is even worse.” This feels like the prelude to another truly awful choice.

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can/must

Just because we can do something doesn’t mean we have to do it, and just because we posses something doesn’t mean we deserve to possess it. I read an article that said the coming revolution in artificial intelligence and automation is going to cause social upheaval as millions of people are thrown out of work. …

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Who made who?

Excerpted from Maureen Dowd’s  column in The New York Times, Sunday July 8, 2018: Trump has certainly made political discourse more crude and belligerent. But is he making the whole country meaner, coarser, and less empathetic? Or was the pump primed for a political figure like him because the internet had already made America meaner, …

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“We stoked each other’s anger. And it felt good.”

Via Humans of New York: “I felt humiliated and suicidal in college. It seemed like my personal failings were on display for everyone to see. I’m not all that attractive. I have a speech impediment. I’m not good socially. I saw other guys having romantic success and I felt a lot of envy. I concluded …

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Unhealthy

I can remember a time that this image was everywhere; on patches, posters, stickers, graffiti. It’s hard now to remember a time when war without end was considered an aberration, a time before a daily body count was just part of the background noise, like crickets in the country.  

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Trump Wants a Parade

We went to see John Conlee sing last week, and it was a very good concert– at the age of 71 his voice is as strong and clear as it was forty years ago– but there was a strange interlude in the middle. For some reason he quit singing songs and went into a sermon …

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Things Republicans believe: Poor people have too much Rich people do not have enough Peace comes from the barrel of a gun God loves us the best

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Spectrum

“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.” ~Noam Chomsky Not just in politics, but in most fields there are possibilities that are immediately discarded without discussion. It’s something to be on guard against.

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Good job, Don.

Because of Donald Trump’s rants, standing for the national anthem now feels more like an endorsement of his policies than an act of patriotism. I always thought it was kind of weird to have a national song that is only sung prior to sporting events, a song so difficult to sing that even professionals have …

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