What is a GMO?

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Ammon Bundy’s Oregon Adventure

A collections of articles and commentary covering the take over of a bird sanctuary by armed angry white men in Oregon…

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A Thorough Resource on the Truth About GMOs and Bio-Tech

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Mother Teresa: Hell’s Angel

In the news today “The Vatican confirms a second miracle and says the Albanian-born nun will be made a saint.”

She was not at all what so many of us have been programmed to think she is.

Christopher Hitchens – Mother Teresa: Hell’s Angel

Penn And Teller BS Christopher Hitchens on Mother Teresa

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Donald Trump is STILL a #%!king, Disgusting, Pandering, Xenophobic, Hate, Fear, and War Mongering Liar (and a demagogue too)

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What I’m Reading, Wednesday, December 2, 2015 about Climate

Just saying,….To the best of my recollection I have been actively arguing online for action on climate change for some 15 years now (since around 1999) and I have been witness to 15 years of Republican obfuscation and out right science denial and it’s still going on today. We, the world, cannot afford to have any of the current batch of Republican candidates ever become President of the United States.

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What I’m Reading, Tuesday, December 1, 2015

On Thinking and Learning

From the article: (the emphasis is mine) “…I certainly had the privilege to watch the ascent of at least two or three future stars in the world of science. And one thing they all seemed to share with Feyman was his hunger to understand what he didn’t know.”

On The Republican Party

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Collecting My Thoughts After The Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Shooting

With the events of the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting only hours behind us I find myself revisiting this theme again.

Even if, even if it is only pure coincidence that this guy shot up a Planned Parenthood why aren’t Republican and Conservatives on the Right standing up and condemning this act of violence for what it is DOMESTIC TERRORISM and why aren’t they condemning these despicable “Pro-Lifers” tweeting their support of this kind of act.

And…

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The 7 Biggest Economic Lies — Robert Reich

THE SEVEN BIGGEST ECONOMIC LIES 

The President’s Jobs Bill doesn’t have a chance in Congress – and the Occupiers on Wall Street and elsewhere can’t become a national movement for a more equitable society – unless more Americans know the truth about the economy.  

Here’s a short (2 minute 30 second) effort to rebut the seven biggest whoppers now being told by those who want to take America backwards. The major points:

  1. Tax cuts for the rich trickle down to everyone else. Baloney. Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush both sliced taxes on the rich and what happened? Most Americans’ wages (measured by the real median wage) began flattening under Reagan and have dropped since George W. Bush. Trickle-down economics is a cruel joke. 
  2. Higher taxes on the rich would hurt the economy and slow job growth. False. From the end of World War II until 1981, the richest Americans faced a top marginal tax rate of 70 percent or above. Under Dwight Eisenhower it was 91 percent. Even after all deductions and credits, the top taxes on the very rich were far higher than they’ve been since. Yet the economy grew faster during those years than it has since. (Don’t believe small businesses would be hurt by a higher marginal tax; fewer than 2 percent of small business owners are in the highest tax bracket.)  
  3. Shrinking government generates more jobs. Wrong again. It means fewer government workers – everyone from teachers, fire fighters, police officers, and social workers at the state and local levels to safety inspectors and military personnel at the federal. And fewer government contractors, who would employ fewer private-sector workers. According to Moody’s economist Mark Zandi (a campaign advisor to John McCain), the $61 billion in spending cuts proposed by the House GOP will cost the economy 700,000 jobs this year and next. 
  4. Cutting the budget deficit now is more important than boosting the economy. Untrue. With so many Americans out of work, budget cuts now will shrink the economy. They’ll increase unemployment and reduce tax revenues. That will worsen the ratio of the debt to the total economy. The first priority must be getting jobs and growth back by boosting the economy. Only then, when jobs and growth are returning vigorously, should we turn to cutting the deficit. 
  5. Medicare and Medicaid are the major drivers of budget deficits. Wrong. Medicare and Medicaid spending is rising quickly, to be sure. But that’s because the nation’s health-care costs are rising so fast. One of the best ways of slowing these costs is to use Medicare and Medicaid’s bargaining power over drug companies and hospitals to reduce costs, and to move from a fee-for-service system to a fee-for-healthy outcomes system. And since Medicare has far lower administrative costs than private health insurers, we should make Medicare available to everyone. 
  6. Social Security is a Ponzi scheme. Don’t believe it. Social Security is solvent for the next 26 years. It could be solvent for the next century if we raised the ceiling on income subject to the Social Security payroll tax. That ceiling is now $106,800.  
  7. It’s unfair that lower-income Americans don’t pay income tax. Wrong. There’s nothing unfair about it. Lower-income Americans pay out a larger share of their paychecks in payroll taxes, sales taxes, user fees, and tolls than everyone else. 

Demagogues through history have known that big lies, repeated often enough,  start being believed – unless they’re rebutted. These seven economic whoppers are just plain wrong. Make sure you know the truth – and spread it on.

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Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do…

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream, Discover.” – Mark Twain

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