Thursday, June 21, 2018

Sanders on the Executive Order

He thanks we the people for forcing this. And also notes that the EO goes nowhere as far as it should. E.g., there is nothing about the kids already in detention. It also raises the real possibility of children being imprisoned for long periods of time.

Colbert on Dump's executive failure

Despite claiming just the day before that he couldn't do it. It was all about Dump, not about giving a shit for those families. And he wants credit for doing this now, after it was him that created it? If it wasn't for the moral outrage from all sides the policy would still be in place. So Dump folded for the very first time. It will be a glorious day when he is either impeached or voted out in the next election, along with all the Repugnantans who supported him.

The drug war has failed

According to this article, which deals specifically with opium. But the drug was has failed with every other drug too. In those US States that have legalized pot there has been no increase in use, and often quite the contrary. How about legalizing all drugs? See this wiki for various stages of that process and the benefits derived therefrom. E.g., as but one stat: Legalization of weed in the US is boosting those States' economy and creating new jobs.

The EO to end child separation

It ends that policy going forward but has nothing to say about the children already in detention. So now kids will be with their parents throughout the entire process of the immigration proceeding, which could take months. Although the new process does put these families first in line in order to adjudicate as quickly as possible. We'll see what happens.

Slavery as the order of things

From this article on that nasty, metaphysical dualism monster infecting our very being. A monster we seek to tame in postmetaphysics. It's so insidious that it even creeps in there despite our best efforts.

"The late Australian philosopher and conservationist Val Plumwood has argued that the giants of Greek philosophy set up a series of linked dualisms that continue to inform our thought. Opposing categories such as intelligent/stupid, rational/emotional and mind/body are linked, implicitly or explicitly, to others such as male/female, civilised/primitive, and human/animal. These dualisms aren’t value-neutral, but fall within a broader dualism, as Aristotle makes clear: that of dominant/subordinate or master/slave. Together, they make relationships of domination, such as patriarchy or slavery, appear to be part of the natural order of things."

Psychology's fav moral dilemma doesn't appy in real life

Who could have predicted that? Likely anyone with real life experience in such situations instead of hypothetical, inconsequential what ifs.  I get so weary of people saying "if I was in that situation I'd do this." Uh huh. The study showed that "faced with a real-life dilemma, the volunteers were more consequentialist / utilitarian; that is, more willing to inflict harm for the greater good. [...] But the most important finding [...] is that the participants’ preference for deontological vs. utilitarian responding in their answers to the earlier battery of 10 hypothetical moral dilemmas bore no relation to their decision in the real-life mouse task."

Bostyn et al (2018). "Of mice, men and trolleys." Psychological Science, May 9.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The real reason for child concentration camps

There's money to be made, that's why. This outfit likely paid Dump. Or Dump has an ownership stake in it.

GOP plan to gut social programs

They had a huge tax scam giveaway to the rich. So how are they going to pay for it? "$537 billion in cuts to Medicare, $1.5 trillion in cuts to Medicaid, and four billion in cuts to Social Security over the next decade." It "also calls for partial privatization of Medicare and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, a move that would throw tens of millions off their health insurance." Same story: Steal from workers and the poor, give to the rich. When will Americans learn?

Republican Steve Schmidt comes to his senses

Schmidt has been a strong, vocal critic of Dump all along, as well as any Repugnantan that supports Dump. But separating immigrant children from their parents was the last straw. After almost 30 years he decided to quit the Party. In his own words it's about maintaining democracy and decency, two things the GOP has long ago abandoned:

"Today I renounce my membership in the Republican Party. It is fully the party of Trump [...] corrupt, indecent and immoral. [...] This child separation policy is connected to the worst abuses of humanity in our history. It is connected by the same evil that separated families during slavery and dislocated tribes and broke up Native American families. It is immoral and must be repudiated. Our country is in trouble. Our politics are badly broken. The first step to a season of renewal in our land is the absolute and utter repudiation of Trump and his vile enablers in the 2018 election by electing Democratic majorities. I do not say this as an advocate of a progressive agenda. I say it as someone who retains belief in DEMOCRACY and decency."

Dump says he'll sign EO to end child separation

So he said about an upcoming Executive Order. To use his own stale expression: "We'll see what happens." And thanks to the immense public outcry from all sides that forced Dump to do what he really doesn't want to. We can make a difference if we but speak up and get active.