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  1. Craig234

    I like butterflies

    Monarch butterflies are 86% gone in California recently, and on the way to extinction. Part of 60% of all wildlife globally being gone in the last 50 years. This should be a leading news story every day, and is practically never mentioned. https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/07/us/monarch-butterflies-decline-trnd/index.html https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/30/humanity-wiped-out-animals-since-1970-major-report-finds
  2. Craig234

    I like butterflies

    A problem is that the US - 5% of the world's population - has adopted the use of resources so high that the planet cannot begin to copy the same use of resources to the rest of the world. But there is no mechanism in place to say, 'we get the benefits, and you can't have them' - and no moral justification for doing so even if we could, other than the thin morality of saying, 'only a few can enjoy the benefits, so we'll take them. At least that's better than the disaster of the widespread use of such resources'. And so it's critical for the largest user of those resources - the US - to lead in adopting more sustainable, universalizable use of resources, instead of leading a race to the bottom. And that's why the opponents of doing so - those who profit from the excessive use of resources - are so dangerous and evil, preventing the US public from doing the right thing.
  3. Craig234

    50 Years Ago...This Powered the Left's Rise

    Yes, about a general culture of rebellion and enormous musical creativity, I agree. I just don't think Vietnam caused much of it. Even the Beatles seemed to 'just think they should say something' about the protest issue, when they released 'revolution'. It was rather peripheral to their music. John Lennon couldn't make up his mind whether he wanted to say you could 'count him in' or 'count him out', so he said in some performances you could 'count him out, in'. McCartney didn't want to release the song because he 'didn't want to stir controversy'. You know, it says something that the vapid commercial creation 'The Monkees' sold more albums in the US than The Beatles while both were releasing albums. But it seems to me the period of about 1967-1980 was the peak of musical creativity.
  4. Craig234

    50 Years Ago...This Powered the Left's Rise

    I don't think it was really Vietnam that caused it. It was a cultural change that more than anything seems to have happened over a couple of decades as the country gradually evolved out of a cultural conservatism. You can look back to the 1950's and even before for observations such as the 'organization man' and the growth of everything from 'beat' culture like Lenny Bruce to the long gradual growth in rock music from the days of simple music - the culture had a rather oppressive feel to it, and mass communication and growing urbanization among other things seemed to spur change. Vietnam was an issue just as climate change and plutocracy are issues today, but they were more things that happened and got some responses than drove the culture. The country had turned against the war, but note that Nixon expanded the war, breaking his promise to end it, yet went from a close election to a re-election he won 49 states in against a strongly anti-war candidate. Hell, the Iraq war was unpopular yet Bush did better in re-election after starting it and finding no WMD than in his first election.
  5. Craig234

    I like butterflies

    "In 1996, the butterfly population in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve was estimated at one billion, occupying 21 hectares of forest. The 2013-2014 population plummeted to 33 million, covering 0.67 hectares, the lowest ever in the 20 years since measuring and counting began. The main culprit for this precipitous decline is no longer logging in the reserve (although that still takes place) but the huge increase in land planted with genetically modified, herbicide resistant soybean and corn crops (93 percent of total soybean acreage and 85 percent of corn acreage in 2013) in the U.S. Corn Belt. Relentless spraying of glyphosate herbicides on the fields has destroyed the once abundant milkweed, the only plants that monarch caterpillars can eat. The monarch butterfly is literally being starved to death."
  6. There are two world views at war. In one, the left's, the people are most important. Their interests. What's good for the broad public - opportunity, money, freedom, civil rights, and a lot more. In the other, the right's, the people don't matter. Only the few on top matter. The people are just a burden - it's not unlike how a rancher would view animals. At best, the desire is to give them minimal care to profit from them. At worst, they're pests to kill. Anything the people get more than that, they're merely lucky at the wonderful generosity of those at the top to let them have it, why aren't they more grateful. Few on the right are as extreme as to actually push that worldview totally, but it does easily justify higher concentration of wealth and power, less for the public's housing/medical care/education etc. But this is the basic choice - a government that makes the economy and the laws benefit the people broadly, or a government that makes the economy and the laws benefit the few on top and has little to no concern for the rest of the people, at least far less, just trying to get the most productivity for the least expense possible. Which is why wages are flat for decades now. And this is how to understand right-wing politics - that the issues don't matter for them other than to get votes to get power to get money. So the left tends to work hard on issues - how can we improve education, how can we improve justice, how can we improve medical care, and so on, while the right's only concern is 'how can we get our servants elected to they can run things for us'. They simply hire candidates, marketing, campaign consultants, to try to win by saying anything that will get them votes. And this is important to understand, so people aren't trying to take the right's politics seriously as well-intended solutions to issues. They're instead things like smoke screens to justify bad policies or simple pandering. Just as a few rich people tell young men about patriotism and glory in order to get them to kill and risk their lives in wars for the benefit of the rich, right-wing politics tells voters about things like patriotism and 'conservatism' and falsely uses words like 'morals' to get people to vote for them.
  7. So, a former San Francisco police officer has been charged with two bank robberies. Not only that, also stealing from a man with dementia he was caring for. Real Jewel. So, big shock - he was fired before that as an officer for his racist communications found in an investigation. "The texts disparaged racial minorities, women and gay people. One proclaimed “White power”; another called African Americans “monkeys”; and Furminger, according to a court filing, wrote that “cross-burning lowers blood pressure!”" https://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/article/San-Francisco-police-officer-is-accused-of-second-13533445.php
  8. King has been playing the cowardly game of promoting racism while lying that he isn't - and now even the Republicans are shunning him for it. Admittedly, it's only because it helps their power to do so, but they're doing it - he's been stripped of all committee assignments. Poor board racists, your hero shunned even by the Republicans.
  9. And every time a right-wing terrorist or racist kills someone, we'll remove and jail a Republican politician. And any time someone uses a handgun or assault rifle to kill someone.
  10. With Watergate, there was always a view in common on both sides that if Nixon HAD done the things he was suspected of, he'd have to go. The only debate was that he denied doing them, versus those who correctly suspected he had. But in trump's case, his supporters don't give a crap if he did everything he's suspected of. No matter how much corrupt money he took, how many lies he's told, how much he's obstructed justice, how much he's an agent of Putin, how much Russia got him elected, they don't care. So in Watergate, when the tapes came out and showed Nixon had done it, it was over. With trump, no matter how much is shown, including all he's doing in plain sight, his supporters don't care. That's a huge difference, where a third of the country is like a brainwashed cult who supports someone no matter how bad they are, no matter how anti-American, no matter how corrupt. Besides trump and his supporters, a third group with an important role are the other Republican donors and politicians, who are neither in favor of trump's actions nor in the cult, but who simply will allow anything in exchange for the power trump gives them. They can be in office to pass tax cuts for the rich and take over the judiciary and they corruptly allow him to anything in exchange for that. This is historic corruption (by leaders) and idiocy (by supporters). Utterly shameful and dangerous and anti-American, attacking our system of democracy. Luckily - they are going to lose. Soon.
  11. Craig234

    To impeach or not that is the question

    Ironically, trump is so bad that he'snot being impeached because they want to wait for even more crimes to be provable. It's like the cops saying 'we have him on bank robberies, but wait to arrest him because we're still investigating his drug dealing'.
  12. Joe Lieberman is a scumbag and what the Democratic Party does not need.
  13. I'm for the petition, but it requires an e-mail for advertising, so not that one. Evil Grover Norquist - what's 'slavery', the wealthy paying a fair tax or the wage slaves getting such a tiny amount having to make up for tax cuts for the rich?
  14. If there's one rule for disaster relief, it's that the president does not play politics and show bias for his voters. And that's exactly what trump is shamelessly doing. When Puerto Rico had a disaster, he threw paper towels and did a horrible job of relief, lying that under 20 people were killed when it was thousands, as power was not restored to many in a year. Meanwhile, when a hurrican hit a state that voted for him soon after, a far larger response was made to help them. Now, he's doing it with California, who is his strongest opponent and provided Hillary's entire margin of victory in the vote of three million. He's trying to deny any FEMA relief for innocent fire victims. To justify it he's using a lie, which the experts say is a lie. Any American who supports trump shares his shame at politicizing disaster relief. Democrats could easily do this to to Republicans. No disaster relief for hurricanes in red states - it's their fault for building homes in areas that flood, it's their fault for not building enough protection from the flooding so no FEMA for them. But Democrats don't do that. Republicans haven't done that. trump is trying to politicize disaster relief.
  15. As short as that post is, I didn't read much of it seeing it's more of the same vapid, useless crap.
  16. How would it look if our economic system didn't let a few people take almost all the wealth, so that they then pay most of the taxes?
  17. Vapid, useless comment with nothing but a lie of false equivalency, like saying you're opposed to both OJ Simpson and his ex-wife murdering people, as if they're equally murderers.
  18. Craig234

    Hello From a Conservative

    I don't really think there is such a thing as a 'rational conservative' without torturing definitions, because they quickly would realize the errors and need to change. There is such a thing if you simply define it as someone who recognize some errors the left sometimes make - but the left can do that, too. There are really two types of 'conservatives' today - the con men who use the word for their con sales pitch, and the suckers who are conned by them. The only real agenda is plutocracy, and the only people really pushing the brand are those who profit. Just like billionaire sports teams owners make money when 'fans' wear their logo and give them money, plutocrats profit when people join the 'conservative' team. The only issue that really matters is concentrating wealth and power at the top, but of course the suckers aren't told that. They're given all kinds of things to distract them, to say they have such great principles and values on hundreds of 'social' and other issues to keep them loyal and supporting. So they're out being 'conservative' for whatever causes they think they're for, while they're really simply putting plutocrats in power. The funny thing is how badly trump has exposed the con, but the 'conservatives' haven't understood that. trump ran on a populist agenda in many ways, to the left of Hillary on many issues, yet did the opposite of what he said on almost all of them (when they conflicted with the plutocratic agenda). So 'drain the swamp' was a perverse lie, because the plutocrats are the swamp, while he is fighting over the wall because the plutocrats don't care about that, but the suckers do. He promised to raise taxes on the rich, while his only major legislative change to date has been to cut their taxes more by trillions, paid for by cuts to the American people and debt. Liberals want a 'rational conservative' because they're tired of the lies, the craziness, the evil, they see from the right, but it's really a contradiction - like wanting a 'nice shark' who doesn't eat other animals or a better deal than a bank from a payday lender, it's just a contradiction. There has always been a place for a spectrum on the left. FDR today is seen as pretty far left, but he was trying to defeat the socialist movement in the country, which had been led earlier by Eugene Debs. He was followed by the further right, more of a business lackey, Harry Truman - but they were all basically Democrats, while Nixon was bought and paid for by corruption. Many 'conservatives' - I'd say the large majority - simply don't understand the issues and don't understand the harm they advocate. This is why you so often see them claiming liberal ends for the policies they support, e.g., 'supply-side', claiming it won't simply shift wealth to the top - which it will - but rather will really help everyone, which it won't. The list is endless, and why they LOVE to think they're oh so clever in thinking they understand how it's actually the liberals who are supporting good causes but actually supporting policies that hurt the causes - e.g., increase government assistance and you're really HURTING the recipients, not helping them. Thank goodness conservatives see the error. They don't understand that while there are many imperfections to liberal programs and there can be a grain of truth to that concern, the bulk of the issue is that they are actually unwittingly simply serving the plutocrats again, fighting to keep the poor (and the rest of the people below the very top) worse off for the benefit of the rich. They get drunk on thinking they can have their cake and eat it too. It feels GOOD to think they're against 'government waste' and can support cutting billions if not trillions from the government, all the while actually giving us BETTER government and the public being better off. That drunken glee creates loyalty and dedication. It's the drunk of the sucker. It's what leads to, what is it, three American people owning as much as half of the country - and the wealth of most Americans being suppressed, but that's invisible. If people should be making a third more but for plutocratic policies, how do they know that? So, there just isn't that mythical Sasquatch, Loch Ness Monster, or 'rational conservative', other than the 'rational conservative' who supports the con for plutocracy and benefit - rational but evil - and even that is debatable how 'rational' it is, if you understand plutocracy can be more harm than good even for those at the top at times, just irrational greed. Plutocracy harms growth, harms innovation, harms things that benefit even those at the top, simply so they can grab more in the short term. So much for 'rational conservative'.
  19. As usual, the righties don't give a crap about evil - they support it.
  20. Craig234

    Hello From a Conservative

    If you have to ask whether that's the case, you really haven't gotten much informed about trump. Of COURSE that's what it is. And trump needs that base support given investigations.
  21. Craig234

    Hello From a Conservative

    "Why would a wall, in and of itself, be a BAD idea? " https://www.vox.com/2018/12/28/18158873/wall-shutdown-trump-dreamers-deal
  22. Craig234

    Hello From a Conservative

    Alternatively, you might want to go read some of the liberals only room to get some of the info you said you wanted.
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