Friday, March 23, 2018

Beyond Belief: Panel with Dennett, DS Wilson, Haidt and Shermer

And they're getting questions from the likes of Ramachandran and P Churchland.

WI judge orders specials elections so what did Repugnantans do?

Wisconsin Governor Walker lost one special election so refused to hold any more. But circuit court judge Reynolds, appointed by Walker, ordered Walker to fill those empty seats by having special elections. So just like the PA legislators who didn't like their Supreme Court redistricting and hence vowed to impeach those judges, the WI legislator is now thinking of creating a new law that would block special elections altogether. So much for democracy. 

Congressional Progressive Caucus on Bolton's appointment

Strong words, and the CPC has the courage and conviction to back their words with actions. They know the majority of Americans support their policy agenda.

Conditt into Christian and terrorist survivalism

Oh yes, the Austin bomber was a terrorist all right, and a Christian terrorist to boot. He was a member of the Christian survivalist group Righteous Invasion of Truth (RIOT), which believes in stock piling guns for the end times. It's time we call this what it is.

We need a new societal operating system

New article by Jeremy Lent. We need more than to keep fixing problems in the current system; we need a new system. And for that we first need to inculcate a new worldview of the kind of system we want to create. The modern system is built on the metaphors of nature as a machine that must be conquered and we as individuals are only self-interested. The new metaphors requires interconnection with the web of life, one that sees life "as a self-organizing, self-regenerating complex," and people as part of this web with values of cooperation, collaboration and caring.

Warren tells HUD head Carson he should be fired

Of course Warren has good cause to suggest it, since Carson is delaying implementation of laws that would redress housing discrimination. But what Warren is failing to understand is that Carson is doing exactly what he's been assigned to do by Dump: destroy the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Kobach may get hit with contempt of court

In the ongoing Kansas sage, in which the ACLU sued Secretary of State Kobach for requiring proof of citizenship to vote, he may now be charged with contempt of court. The judge in the case put an order blocking the citizenship requirement for voting until the case could be settled, and required Kobach to change that requirement online and to send postcard notice to voters of the change. Kobach did neither and could face this punishment.

Bolton as National Security Adviser

War is imminent, and likely on two fronts: Iran and North Korea. Bolton has openly advocated for starting war with both nations. And Dump will no doubt rather start a war than face Mueller's music, coming soon. These are dangerous times designed to put us in fear for our lives so that we don't care about Dump and his crime family.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

FBI agents want domestic terrorism to be named as such

So said O'Connor, the head of the FBI Agents Association. Currently there is no federal law criminalizing domestic terrorism and they want that changed.

"Calling it what it is is something that I believe is important. It’s easy for people to wrap their heads around someone coming in with an internationally based ideology and committing a crime. But when it’s a domestic terrorist, because there’s no charge, we can’t get our head wrapped around it. [...] If that crime of force or violence is done to forward a social or political agenda, then that person fits the elements of domestic terrorism.”

PA Chief Justice of the Supreme Corp scolds his own party

Yeah, the Chief is a Repugnantan himself and voted against the Court re-drawing the district map. Nevertheless he said to the PA legislators threatening to impeach the Dem Judges in favor of the new map:

"As Chief Justice of Pennsylvania, I am very concerned by the reported filing of impeachment resolutions against Justices of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania related to the Court’s decision about congressional redistricting. Threats of impeachment directed against Justices because of their decision in a particular case are an attack upon an independent judiciary, which is an essential component of our constitutional plan of government.”

Bravo for at least this Republican who can stand up for constitutional institutions instead of destroying them for the sake of rabid partisanship, and worse, promoting oligarchy at the expense of democracy.