Category Archives: Politics

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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Words

(via The Daily Don)

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1919

  One of the books I’m reading currently is America’s Part in the World War by Richard J. Beamish, ©1919.  Here’s a brief excerpt: How the flower of America’s youth, answering the call to battle, sprang to the support of the colors; how America’s army of democracy was raised almost overnight, trained in an incredibly …

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