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  1. what a list, we all wish it was tomorrow, August 20th, 2017 - anything's possible, I know that much is true since Trump and a lot of good things that have transpired in my life. Pence however is not a great door prize, let me say that much. The Donald has already done all he can to roll back regulation regarding the environment, some folks think that's a good thing, and well, that is problematic. So if Pence were to be the guy say tomorrow, I'm sure a lot of Republican's would be very happy about that. So that's at the core of the issue at least half/way. Reforming our tax structure, what do they mean by that? Reducing regulation, again, what do they want to do about that? Trade, sure, globalism as it now operates certainly does end up making the rich richer. But is it sufficient the way it now works regarding efficiency with resource, I say no - noway! What does IP mean, especially when we talk about healthcare and solving climate change? What about monopoly, what about the poor worldwide, what about the message that we send when we support malicious dictators who torture their own people? North Korea sits between China and Russia, two super powers who distrust each other and in a large way have a narrow view regarding the US and NATO - some of it created by our own bullshit, some of it created by the lack of cooperation from the entirety of all nations et al Question: who is the leader here, in the world, should it be one nation, should one nation focus upon itself enough to become a true leader someday So that the world can one day transcend poverty altogether - could that ever be the united goal? Is that possible - oh we all know that sounds so liberal, so Utopian But I wonder. And no, when I do wonder, I'm not about making all the rules for the rest. But I am thinking, it is okay to think, is it not? First, perhaps a more astringent type of focus without the use of bombs or military action of any kind just might bring new hope to all people in the form of dialogue and sharing of knowledge - in the long run it always will, and the short run would not hurt so much, I feel. Building a better more efficient electrical infrastructure would be easier from the ground up in places that have none. Maybe if we knew how to store green energy safely, how to create shelter using less resource, and how to cool these shelters without using fossil fuels or hydrofluorocarbons - Maybe if we understood why people become filled with hate, why they become terrorist in the first place There's a lot of things, a list, racism, the way some people feel such misguided animosity towards other people because of their race or their religion or where they came from... etc... There's a deep lack of knowing what is evident, let's just say, that needs to be fixed. There are propaganda machines who do spread ignorance - I somehow feel clairvoyant enough to suggest. No not Utopia, this is not what I dream about when I dream. Instead I dream about fixing what we screwed up ourselves in the first place and then figuring out how we can fix it, make it right . And when I say we, well, I'm talking about the true history of this world, not you specifically, you did fine, went far, with your good heart, and the help of good people along the way. Don't forget, we live in a paradise somewhat lost trying only to find its way. Man, I am so liberal , Ugh...... oh well. Peace!
  2. The New Colossus

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  3. The New Colossus

    Yes, Roy Cohn and the logic that transcends with all the sick propaganda which creates more ignorance and more hate instead of trying to change the world for the better. Truth is this stuff has been going on for millennium all across the face of this beautiful Earth. People do not start out this way. Human beings are born with an incredible gift to learn far greater than any other animal on this planet. All human beings are. IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America hen in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (and women) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world. He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them. He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only. He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures. He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people. He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within. He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands. He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers. He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries. He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance. He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures. He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power. He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation: For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us: For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States: For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world: For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent: For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury: For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences: For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments: For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever. He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us. He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people. He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation. He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands. He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions. In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people. Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends. We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
  4. By Design we are Revolution proof.

    We need to fight the backers of such ignorance and bigotry and by that I mean the Steve Banon's of this world who throw out such nonsensical propaganda which in a large way co-sponsors the ignorant assholes who march in support of Nazi's. Donald Trump is a misogynistic habitual liar who uses the bully pulpit now as president to spread fake news! Banon says he against Globalism that destroys american jobs. First, it's not Globalism, it's the way that it has been run. It is structured towards enriching those at the top with the aid of our own government - this is what needs to stop. The deniers of climate change, of which Trump is one, must not be given the power to continue to destroy our world. The world needs the United States today more than ever. Yes, the founders gave us a country and a constitution, and a damn good one at that. It's up to us, and to our elected officials to step up to the plate and make this world better than it is. Much better! There is so much that needs to be done now and there's no going back. We need to fix the problems here in this country, the over-crowded prison systems, the lack of civics that pervades our democracy, the lack of promise for all Americans as well as the fight against man made pollution and climate changing gases which we spew into the atmosphere everyday. Fix our world, teach people the truth about our shared history. And tell them that there is a way forward because there is. Peace!
  5. He absolutely is responsible and he knows it! Peace!
  6. Why ?

    This fellow Trump needs to go! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/katharine-gorka-life-after-hate_us_59921356e4b09096429943b6 Peace!
  7. Hate And The Constitution

    My father also fought in WWII, but as a marine fighting against mostly the Japanese - he was away btw for 2.5 years. My uncle joined and was killed age 18. My dad who is now deceased would have been sick over this. This was damn wrong and these alt-right folks are ignorant as heck! Allowing folks to protest is fine with me, but with guns, no way! The American Indians who protested against having their water supply contaminated were right, yet they were treated by our government like criminals. Ike would have been outraged over and stood up strongly against their message which is rotten at its core. The elephant in the room is the elected Republicans who do not call for Trumps immediate removal! Have you been to Breitbart and witnessed some of their outrageous propaganda along with the slew of ignorant folks who post there? Robert Mercer and the many rich assholes who finance this nonsense need to be called out. Yes, this is terrorism! Calling it freedom of speech is absurd! Peace!
  8. I agree deeply with this post! The absolute ignorance from the alternate right/white supremacist or anybody who would stoop to call themselves a Nazi is abysmal - so you have the right to be ignorant and stupid and filled with the hate it created within you - but that don't make a horrible wrong right! This country would not be ten percent of what it could be without the immigrant, without the African Americans who fought in the wars, built the buildings, inventors, artists, everything that is good about the US of A is traced back to our diversity in spite of the terrible sins from the Western European whites. We all need to move forward, and there is a lot that needs to be learned together. The last thing we need as a nation is to go backwards again. Everything they say ( the torch marching idiots) is wrong and even their resentment is based on lie. And this president doesn't get that??? He should go, Don John Trump needs to resign now!!! Not sure if anyone shared this Tina Fey skit yet - it's perfect!
  9. The New Colossus

    I picked up the story of Emma Lazarus, a children's book, for my daughter Grace, a dozen, or so, years ago. So Look, I am more than willing to discuss policy and ideas with anyone who has ideas or wants to get involved with the struggles that we all face. Miller has a problem that should be discussed in private with a psychiatrist/ I think its best that way! Peace!
  10. I am convinced that global climate change is the biggest threat to human beings and to all life. This makes me feel certain that all the racism, all the neglect regarding poverty matters a great deal. It is an existential threat to human kind like never before and in many ways it might be a godsend. Sure, we are tired of the national media, the way they treated Bernie Sanders attempt to become the president of what, the United States, not one state of mind but all states intertwined. All people. We have a long road before us and there is an arc to the benevolent truth regarding love and empathy towards our fellow brothers and sisters, just as MLK Jr. did say so eloquently, so many times. And the Democratic Party at that time did not follow him as much as they should have and yet many did. We will never lose what he valued in the human spirit. We shall fight those of us who go back and listen to his words, or to any words from history that tell us what is worth everything we have to fight for. Scientists, poets, social workers, people who care, workers of any kind. Self reliance regarding right is might is a critical story in the history of the world that we all share today. War is not the answer, war is anguish, tragic, apocalyptic and wrong. The kid runs from the police because he has some minor court ordered offense, and the police think he's bad because he's black. Someone can't afford the medicine they need, they have no money coming in, they live in a small apartment all by themselves, before that, when they could work, they worked hard in a low paying job. Life is hard, be thankful for what you got, that's what they say. I'm not done or undone by anything yet/ and that's the truth, it's the only way I can truly think! Neither are any of you, I sincerely do hope! So go out and do what you need to do to get yourself right. Take a long walk in the forest, study up on technology that will help change our reliance on fossil fuels, change your diet, 80 percent plant based, read, write, march, attend meetings in your city regarding climate science, learn all you can about health. Make friends with people and walk the talk. Become anew - it's up to you!!! Peace!
  11. Tin Foil Hat

    reminds me of a Steely Dan song, all breezy, yet it's so sad and even frightening. Is this the bottom of the bucket because if it ain't we got some dark days ahead, guess too many already know that. We got some huge political issues here in the good old U.S.... Peace!
  12. So Trump even said that he would keep the Military option open regarding Venezuela. When asked what he meant he said he never speaks about such things, possibly hinting that there's a military plan already to go for Venezuela. What an asshole! Regarding Korea, I think he's saying what he's saying due to the Mueller investigation. The guy is corrupt! How anybody did not know that is amazing to me. Peace!
  13. I'm done with the Democratic Party

    Ha - I was searching for a decent real picture but then I'm not very photogenic so I scrapped that idea. And I'm not good with avatar's. I wanted one that was partially bald like me but couldn't find a good one so I settled with the basic face with sunglasses. I saw Al Gores Inconvenient Sequel last night - very well done. It's eye opening, especially for those who may still be on the fence about climate change. Al Gore has carried the torch well for a long time and he deserves a lot of credit for all he's done! We need to act and act now! I can tell you that I know a lot of people who are doing just that but we all have to keep our eyes open and keep pushing for real change. I mentioned the book Draw Down before, it's a great compendium and it opens up your eyes on the possibilities which will create a lot of jobs and make life better for all people everywhere someday. California is pushing an initiative that will make every house built after 2020 net-zero regarding energy use. The next twenty years will be exiting times if we continue to pull together - and yeah, we have to fix our political system and do it now as we have no more time to waste! Peace!
  14. I'm done with the Democratic Party

    wait what? Nothing Michigansteve said is true. You say the Republican's got their problems too? Well first most Republicans refuse to accept the fact that man made climate changes is very real. And the truth is they ain't going to do a darn thing about it. I am not a Democrat nor Republican, never was. I was always an independent basically because I had always thought both sides had serious flaws. I have real policy issues that mean a lot to me, but not a political party. I've always been a progressive. I can however say that the Republicans are a threat to this country and to the world. They are wrong about most everything and they stop at nothing to retain power. Peace!
  15. Honest Credit Card Advertisements

    well first, the Republicans are idiots for the most part. Stupid fucks. They claim they know how to run business yet they don't understand the cost of capital and what drives it in the fist place. Well I studied finance and economics in school. The derivation or the cost of capital should come from a basic understanding of the geography of money, first off money is printed by the government. you can always print more. That's what countries have the power to do. They can make people poor overnight and they can freeze up and deliver zero credit. And they did in 2008 until Henry Paulson, then secretary of treasury, an ex-CEO of Goldman Sachs said we got to fix the big banks who cannot fail. Then the government quickly did print more money. This much after Bush cut taxes on the rich. Bush cut taxes on the rich thinking it would take the country out of a recession that came after the Clinton tech/stock bubble where all of the sudden P/E ratio started to mean not a god damn thing. That's based on new wave liberalism bullshit or Neoliberalism nonsense but we know how that shit floats. The issue at hand is lack of demand and cutting taxes for the rich does not create demand, never did it. If there is demand people will take a risk. Demand drives an economy, like baby boomers who want housing and flashy new cars drives an economy. A war once drove an economy, it drove an economy that had to retool itself almost overnight once. If you think about making ships and planes and all the things that support such an endeavor you start to understand economics. Yet at the time, all this depended upon big time printing of more money. And yes, things were fantastic, things were fanfuckingtastic until the late sixties with the war in Vietnam and then the oil Embargo which created extremely heavy inflation - no the inflation was not caused by workers wages, the inflation, the price for goods went through the roof for all goods and services simply because the cost of fossil fuel rose abruptly - Nixon the fool, tried to artificially fix the prices people had to pay at the store. Stagnation if you remember it meant there was no full employment and yet inflation climbed. So they raised the interest rates. Paul Volcker then chairman of the Federal Reserve Board raised interest rates to curb the inflation rate. Finally, it is necessary to say, the oil cartels quickly dissented with the understand that if they did not their long-term gains would become non-existent / their short-term gains would evaporate into the atmosphere - Henry Ford said you need a customer, you can make all the products as quickly as you can, but first you need a demand or else what you need is huge Productivity Growth. And that's what we need, productivity growth. Peace!
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