Monday, October 23, 2017

Cub Scout kicked out for asking a legitimate gun question

Amazing story. Colorado Cub Scout Ames Mayfield was given an assignment to research and ask a question on an issue that impacts his community. During a Q&A with CO State Senator Vicki Marble he asked: "An issue that I’m concerned about is common sense gun control. I was shocked that you co-sponsored a bill to allow domestic violence offender to continue to own a gun. ... Why on Earth would you want somebody who beats their wife to have access to a gun?”

And his Cub Scout troop kicked him out for being disrespectful! Never mind that it's disrespectful to all the women murdered by abusive husbands because they continue to have legal access to guns. And it's more than disrespectful to them; it's criminal to allow such known abusers access to a gun. Fortunately not all Scout troops are so regressively and inhumanely ideological. The kid was invited to join another Boy Scout troop.

A fanatical religious terrorist is a terrorist no matter the religion

George Monbiot interview

With truthout. The blurb:

"The idea that human nature is inherently competitive and individualistic isn't just harmful, argues George Monbiot in his new book. It's also contradicted by psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary biology. Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis provides a compelling argument for how we can reorganize our world for the better from the bottom up."

And a key point:

"Every generation or so, political stories need to be refreshed or replaced, partly because the politics they seed runs out of steam or becomes corrupted or weakened by attacks, partly because people become bored and complacent. This is the grand mistake that those of us who want a generous and inclusive politics have made: We have failed to produce a new, well-developed political story since John Maynard Keynes wrote his General Theory in 1936. Our failure to do so is a formula for eventual collapse."

German researchers resign from Elsevier journals

And push for nationwide open access. Just one more example of capitalism being overcome by the emerging collaborative commons.

"Five leading German scientists have resigned from their editorial positions at journals published by Elsevier, the latest step in a battle over open-access and subscription policies between the Dutch publishing giant and a consortium of German libraries, universities, and research institutes."

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Senator McConnell set straight on Social Security and Medicare

My guess is he knows full well this is true, and that he is just a despicable liar.

Who benefits from trickle down?

It isn't we the workers, that's for sure.

Our own EPA is poisoning us for profit

Here's Robert Reich on this article. The Environmental (and Human) Destruction Agency is easing restrictions on toxic chemicals. For example: "Perfluorooctanoic acid, an industrial chemical linked to kidney cancer, birth defects, and immune system disorders; Chlorpyrifos, a commercial pesticide that can cause developmental disabilities in children; Methylene chloride, a common ingredient in paint strippers connected to dozens of deaths; Trichloroethylene, an industrial solvent linked to cancer and heart defects." This destruction of public protections comes at the hands of "Nancy Beck, the new head of the toxic chemical unit. Her qualifications? Beck was previously an executive at the American Chemical Council, where she represented some of the biggest polluters in the country." WTF?

Trickle down Halloween

It's never worked and it never will. Especially since those who hoard wealth have always been, and will forever be, children.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Listen, Liberal

From the archives: Hartmann interviews Thomas Frank on the downfall of the Democratic Party. At the end Frank is sure the Dimocrapic Party will not change. Hartmann thinks it is already shifting back to progressives. Frank was right about that one, so I hope Hartmann can come around to that reality.

Blight House: It's unpatriotic to point out lies

It's another way of framing that anyone who exposes the facts about the Dumpsters is fake news. This time Borowitz pokes fun about the Press Secretary claiming we're not allowed to even question the Chief of Staff's proven lie.

White House Says It Is Unpatriotic to Offer Irrefutable Video Evidence That a General Lied 


“It is unpatriotic enough to accuse a four-star general of lying,” Sanders told the White House press corps. “But to make available a video that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that that general lied is unpatriotic bordering on treasonous.”

Warming to her subject, Sanders said that any American who sees undeniable video evidence that a general lied and chooses to believe the video “shows disrespect for our country and hatred for our flag.”

“General Kelly has served our country with courage and valor,” she said. “He has earned the right to lie without fear of being contradicted by the facts.”

Minutes after Sanders concluded her remarks, Kelly also received a vote of confidence from Trump, who called his chief of staff “a good liar, for a beginner.”