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Good People Don’t Defend A Bad Man

It should go without saying that I am not a fan of most modern religious writers but John PAVLOVITZ is certainly an exception to that. This article he wrote back in January but is still very apropos today.

Good People Don’t Defend A Bad Man

At times in this life it can be a challenge to figure out who the bad people are, but sometimes they help you. Sometimes they do the work for you. Sometimes with their every vulgar, bitter word from their mouth, they testify to their personal malignancy and they make it easy to identify them.

A CONSERVATIVE solution to global warming (Part 1) | Potholer54 YouTube

I’ve been following the video science blogger Potholer54 aka Peter Hatfield for maybe a little over a decade now and think he is one of the very best science communicators out there and when it comes to global warming and climate change he is peerless. This popped up in my YouTube feeds yesterday and I think it is one of his very best…

“I’m a conservative, but even I like Beto O’Rourke more than I like Ted Cruz”, says Matt Lewis

“I’m a conservative, but even I like Beto O’Rourke more than I like Ted Cruz”, says Matt Lewis

Interesting opinion piece by Daily Beast commentator Matt Lewis. I read Lewis to get a conservative perspective that’s relatively unburdened by smarmy, weaselly, disingenuous crap-in other words everything we’ve come to know and detest about the Ted Cruz’ of the world.

Under Trump, CEO Pay Soars While Employee Wages Decrease—And Tax Cuts Could Make Gap Even Bigger

Under Trump, CEO pay soars while employee wages decrease-and tax cuts could make gap even bigger

Compensation for America’s top executives grew 17 percent in 2017 as real wages for workers declined, according to a study released Thursday. Despite President Donald Trump’s repeated promises to raise the salaries of average Americans, chief executives earned 312 times more than the average employee during his first year in office, according to a new analysis by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).

Jeff Bezos’s $150 Billion Fortune Is a Policy Failure – The Atlantic

Jeff Bezos’s $150 Billion Fortune Is a Policy Failure

Noncompete agreements are another tool Amazon and other big companies use to suppress the costs of labor and to bolster their bottom lines, to the benefit of major shareholders. Amazon’s contracts have required employees to promise that they will not work for any company that “directly or indirectly” competes with Amazon for 18 months after leaving the firm.

White Americans support welfare programs — but only for themselves, says new research | Salon.com

White Americans support welfare programs – but only for themselves, says new research

Donald Trump’s administration recently decided to give $12 billion to farmers hurt by the president’s trade war against the European Union, China and various other countries. These monies can be considered a form of welfare for white people in red state America who are among his most loyal supporters.

Robert Reich: How to Prevent Future Trumps

Why did so many working-class voters choose a selfish thin-skinned petulant lying a narcissistic boastful megalomaniac for president it’s important to know because we need to stop more Trump’s in the future…

A Great Platform for Democrats In 2016

  • Roll back the GOP Tax Scam and give meaningful tax breaks to everyday Americans
  • Fix Obamacare and make sure every man woman and child has access to health care
  • Restore DACA, stop the abuse of migrant and set countless kids free from cages
  • Reinstate net neutrality nationwide
  • Put an end to Trump’s idiotic trade tariffs
  • Protect America’s elections from the likes of Putin’s corrupt Russian regime
  • Save the U.S. Supreme Court from being taken over by life-long right-wing appointees.

Why Dr. Oz’s astrology tweet was so disappointing – Vox

Why Dr. Oz’s astrology tweet was so disappointing

We’re used to Dr. Oz broadcasting outrageous, pseudoscientific ideas on his hugely popular daytime TV show, The Dr. Oz Show . The cardiac surgeon has for years devoted large amounts of airtime to peddling all sorts of suspect detoxes, diets, and other health misinformation. (He does sometimes offer good health information too.)

Opinion | Are Republicans Covering for Trump, or for Themselves? – The New York Times

Opinion | Are Republicans Covering for Trump, or for Themselves?

If the N.R.A. was compromised by Russia, the whole party’s in trouble. Of all the interlocking mysteries of the Trump-Russia scandal, one that I’ve found particularly perplexing is the utter servility of congressional Republicans before a president many of them hate and believe to be compromised by a foreign power.

Why I Don’t Buy Organic, And Why You Might Not Want To Either | Forbes

I fully appreciate the contribution that the organic movement made in the early 20th century when it highlighted the importance of fostering soil health. My problems with institutional organic are not at all about its founding ideals or about organic farmers, but rather about organic’s self-imposed limitations and about the ethics of a sub-set of its promoters.

Why I Don’t Buy Organic, And Why You Might Not Want To Either

By all rights I should be an enthusiastic advocate of organic. I grew up helping my beloved grandfather in his organic garden in the 1960s. Some of our best friends in the late 1970s were pioneers in the development of the commercial organic industry.

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