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  1. They are primitive and predisposed to violence. If it wasn't for hunting, and the purging of the need to kill and wallow in blood and pain, they would murder people. They are amoral apes, nothing more.
  2. I was hoping that it was me because you're tired of getting intellectual ass whuppins. I've never put a user on ignore either. I have put many signatures on ignore, though. I find them annoying.
  3. The perfect symbol of American 'Winner Take All' unregulated capitalism: A golden sh*tter. A more decadent society I am hard-pressed to think of. When the rich wallow in wealth and gloat amidst the want of the masses, only one outcome is foreseeable: a major bloodletting. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/capitalism-in-crisis-us-billionaires-worry-about-the-survival-of-the-system-that-made-them-rich/ar-BBW8vjs?ocid=spartanntp (Full article at above link) The unpopularity of billionaires is rapidly growing. “There’s some humility out here,” The billionaire on the other side of the table let out a nervous laugh. “Realizing people hate your guts.” For decades, Democrats and Republicans have hailed America’s business elite, especially in Silicon Valley, as the country’s salvation. Their companies produced an endless series of products that kept the U.S. economy churning and its gross domestic product climbing. Their philanthropic efforts were aimed at fixing some of the country’s most vexing problems. Government’s role was to stay out of the way. Now that consensus is shattering. For the first time in decades, capitalism’s future is a subject of debate among presidential hopefuls and a source of growing angst for America’s business elite. In places such as Silicon Valley, the slopes of Davos, Switzerland, and the halls of Harvard Business School, there is a sense that the kind of capitalism that once made America an economic envy is responsible for the growing inequality and anger that is tearing the country apart. The current path for both capitalism and Silicon Valley is unsustainable. Without an intervention, wealth will continue to pile up in Silicon Valley and resentment and hatred in the country will continue to grow. At some point something is going to break. The 2008 financial crisis may have revealed the weaknesses of American capitalism. But it was Donald Trump’s election and the pent-up anger it exposed that left America’s billionaire class fearful for capitalism’s future. In Europe, far-right nationalist parties were gaining ground. Closer to home, socialists and Trump-inspired nationalists were winning state and congressional elections. Business leaders are scrambling to fix capitalism before it is too late. “It’s a choice to pay people as little as you can or work them as hard as you can,” he told the audience gathered in the 1,000-seat auditorium. “It’s a choice to maintain pleasant working conditions . . . or harsh ones; to offer good benefits or paltry ones.” If business leaders didn’t “ask hard questions about capitalism,” he warned that they would be asked by “ideologues seeking to point fingers, assign blame and make reckless changes to the system.” To Brockman, a future without work seemed just as likely as one without meat, a possibility that many in the valley viewed as a near certainty. “Once we have meat substitutes as good as the real thing, my expectation is that we’re going to look back at eating meat as this terrible, immoral thing,” he said. The same could be true of work in a future in an era of advanced artificial intelligence. “We’ll look back and say, ‘Wow, that was so crazy and almost immoral that people were forced to go and labor in order to be able to survive,’ ” he said. “What happens if you can actually automate all human intellectual labor?” Eventually, he said, the job shortages would force the government to pay people to pursue their passions or simply live. “universal basic income” Many Democrats blamed Trump’s victory and the country’s divisions on racial tensions as the nation grew more diverse and whites lost their favored positions. Khanna had a different view. He saw the country’s problems primarily as the product of growing income inequality and a lack of opportunity. “The same country that elected Trump just elected the most diverse Congress in the country’s history,” Khanna said. Khanna didn’t deny the problem of racism, but like Sanders he saw the country’s divisions primarily through the prism of capitalism’s shortcomings and the economy, not race.
  4. I posted one ten hours ago. It only got 3 replies. Death toll is now at 207.
  5. A lot of people are of the same opinion as you, Old Mack. I think it is unfair to judge people from the past by the standards of today. If we keep doing that, goodbye Jefferson and Washington Memorials.
  6. "Last year, there were 86 verified incidents of discrimination, threats and violence against Christians, according to the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL), which represents more than 200 churches and other Christian organizations." This appears to be an Islamic attack against Christians. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/easter-day-bombs-kill-138-in-attacks-on-sri-lankan-churches-hotels/ar-BBW8BGd?ocid=spartanntp (Full article at above link) COLOMBO, April 21 (Reuters) - Easter Day bomb blasts at three Sri Lankan churches and three luxury hotels killed 138 people and wounded more than 400, hospital and police officials said, following a lull in major attacks since the end of the civil war 10 years ago. In just one church, St. Sebastian's in Katuwapitiya, north of Colombo, more than 50 people had been killed, a police official told Reuters, with pictures showing bodies on the ground, blood on the pews and a destroyed roof. Media reported 25 people were also killed in an attack on a church in Batticaloa in Eastern Province. The three hotels hit were the Shangri-La Colombo, Kingsbury Hotel and Cinnamon Grand Colombo. It was unclear whether there were any casualties in the hotels. Nine foreigners were among the dead, the officials said. There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks in a country which was at war for decades with Tamil separatists until 2009 during which bomb blasts in the capital were common. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called a national security council meeting at his home for later in the day. One of the explosions was at St Anthony's Church in Kochcikade, Colombo. "Our people are engaged in evacuating the casualties," a source with the bomb squad said. St. Sebastian's church posted pictures of destruction inside the church on its Facebook page, showing blood on pews and the floor, and requested help from the public. Last year, there were 86 verified incidents of discrimination, threats and violence against Christians, according to the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL), which represents more than 200 churches and other Christian organizations. This year, the NCEASL recorded 26 such incidents, including one in which Buddhist monks allegedly attempted to disrupt a Sunday worship service, with the last one reported on March 25. Out of Sri Lanka's total population of around 22 million, 70 percent are Buddhist, 12.6 percent Hindu, 9.7 percent Muslim, and 7.6 percent Christian, according to the country's 2012 census. In its 2018 report on Sri Lanka's human rights, the U.S. State Department noted that some Christian groups and churches reported they had been pressured to end worship activities after authorities classified them as "unauthorized gatherings." The report also said Buddhist monks regularly tried to close down Christian and Muslim places of worship, citing unidentified sources.
  7. Another accusation of racism. Another statue about to come down. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/flyers-to-stop-using-kate-smith-e2-80-99s-recording-of-e2-80-98god-bless-america-e2-80-99-cover-statue-after-alleged-history-of-racism/ar-BBW6umZ (Full article at above link) Sports teams are lining up to stop using Kate Smith’s recording of “God Bless America” after learning about the singer’s alleged history of racism. They also covered up the statue honoring her outside the sports complex with a black drape as they decide what’s next. Smith, an accomplished singer, actress and talk show host, was the voice of the World War II generation. Her rendition of “God Bless America” inspired patriotism and lifted the nation's spirits after the Great Depression and during WWII. In 1987, one year after Smith died, the Flyers erected the statue honoring Smith outside the Spectrum. That’s now standing, covered, outside Xfinity Live! and the Wells Fargo Center. “We have recently become aware that several songs performed by Kate Smith contain offensive lyrics that do not reflect our values as an organization,” the Flyers said in a statement. According to a report, Smith allegedly has a history of singing songs with racist language, such as “Pickaninny Heaven” and “That’s Why Darkies Were Born.” “You’re going to lose a lot of season ticket holders,” Flyers fan Merrick Centola said. While some fans and others are quick to condemn the Flyers’ actions, it’s not unlike the trend in recent years to remove statues of historical figures upon further reflection of racially controversial attitudes and behaviors. “I think that’s a good first step to remove and recover these statues because they are part of our racial history,” Rutgers University–Camden director of Africana studies Keith Green said, “and simply leave them up there suggests that the history is OK and it’s fine.”
  8. ^^^^^ Wants religious protections extended to complete idiots that could kill children. Shameful.
  9. "Extinction Rebellion." Remember the name. They are coming to the states to raise holy hell. They are a fast-growing climate advocacy group that is unafraid of confrontation. They are protestors, soon to be labeled by Fox News and the powers that be as 'environmental terrorists'. Make no mistake, the people destroying the planet are the terrorists. The rest is merely rhetoric. They will be the muscle and the implied threat behind the Green New Deal. Get ready, the game is changing. https://www.liberalforum.org/forum/44-no-holds-barred-political-forum/?do=add (Full article at above link) Hundreds of activists were arrested in downtown London Saturday as thousands protested urging the British government to act on reducing carbon emissions. London Metropolitan Police told Reuters in a statement that 750 protesters had been arrested Saturday amid the demonstrations, while just 28 had so far been charged with criminal offenses. The arrest total is up from Friday's rally, when 682 protesters were arrested. The "Extinction Rebellion," which hosted this weekend's protests, has urged British citizens to commit civil disobedience to force Prime Minister Theresa May's government to take stronger action to reduce the U.K.'s carbon emissions. "I've got one message for the protesters and that is: Please, go to Marble Arch where you can protest lawfully. Stop your unlawful protest, and if you don't want to go to Marble Arch, then go home," Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said, according to the news service. The protests were causing a "miserable disruption" to London traffic, the commissioner added, while stating that 1,500 police officers had been deployed to maintain security. Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson was among the protesters on Saturday, blasting what she said was an indescribable "level of hypocrisy from our government." "I absolutely wanted to be arrested on my 60th birthday but I didn't quite manage that," she added. "I'm so proud and thrilled to be part of Extinction Rebellion.
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