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"The issue here is not what politicians do because the electorate votes them into office. So what does it mean to complain about what politicians do? We should complain about what the electorate does. I’m an educator, so I see it as one of my duties, especially as a science educator, to alert people of what science is and how it works. About what it means for there to be an objective truth that we would then act upon.

"If you want to lean in a political way because that’s your politics, you should do that based on an objective truth rather than cherry-picking science before you even land at an objective truth. You can’t just cherry-pick data and choose what is true about the world and what isn’t.

"So I’m not blaming the electorate in that sense. I’m blaming an educational system that is not positioned to educate an electorate such that they can make informed decisions in this, the 21st century, where informed decisions based on objective scientific truths will play a fundamental role in what kind of society we create for ourselves."

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Starting this Monday, 4/20, Neil deGrasse Tyson will be appearing weekly in what may be the first late-night science talk show.
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You are aware thatTyson is a liar yes?
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This. So, so this.
 
This feels like a shirt idea. Mind you, even after you're vaccinated, you have to suffer the ravages of idiocy in that seemingly everyone around you has succumbed to the virus, but alas, there's only so much you can do. It's not like you can run around with hypodermic needles filled to the brim ...
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#Republicans  are deliberately aiding and abetting tax cheats. This is simply another example of right-wing #treason

"The shocking decline in customer service levels is purely the result of Republican sabotage of the IRS. With its draconian budget cuts and workforce downsizing at the IRS, the GOP isn't just making taxpayers miserable. Republicans are costing Uncle Sam tens of billions of dollars of lost revenue annually."
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Taxation isn't theft. Taxes are the dues we pay for a civilized society.

There are many places in the world where no taxes are collected. They are called "failed states". If you find taxes such a burden, you are welcome to move to Somalia and enjoy your tax-free life. 
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"Even today, one of America’s most fundamental problems is that the alliance between the current form of Southern labor and the current form of New York finance is with us still. The five states that have no minimum wage laws of their own are in the South: Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee. Southern-based corporations such as Wal-Mart are among the leading opponents of workers’ right to organize, and as Wal-Mart has expanded into the North and West, so have the “right-to-work” statutes of Southern states been enacted by Republican governments in the Midwest.

The Southernization of the Republican Party and the increasing domination of Wall Street’s brand of shareholder capitalism over the nation’s economic life have combined to erode both the income and the power of U.S. workers. Unions are anathema to Wall Street and the GOP. Federal regulations empowering consumers and employees are opposed by both.

Fueled by the mega-donations of the mega-rich, today’s Republican Party is not just far from being the party of Lincoln: It’s really the party of Jefferson Davis. It suppresses black voting; it opposes federal efforts to mitigate poverty; it objects to federal investment in infrastructure and education just as the antebellum South opposed internal improvements and rejected public education; it scorns compromise. It is nearly all white. It is the lineal descendant of Lee’s army, and the descendants of Grant’s have yet to subdue it."
Republicans’ stances on poverty and voting rights mirror those of the antebellum South.
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So, +Ken Carlos, tell me...

Do you truly believe that being a pathological liar is the best way to go through life?

I'd truly like to discuss your aversion to honest debate...
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What's the matter, +Ken Carlos?

Can't you summon the balls to discuss your favorite tactic?

No surprise there. Lying loudmouth bullies like you always tuck tail and run away when you are confronted with the facts.
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Yup.

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Everything Conservatives Do Can Be Explained by Monty Python Videos
_You're going to LOVE this!*
Because understanding their lunacy is truly the holy grail! So come on, let's take a look...
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Things that make you go hmmmm...
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AHHHH - HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...
"The Republican Party, they haven’t done nothing for me, man. Nothing."
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"The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. And there's no going back.
 
"The shift occurred in 2013, when the world added 143 gigawatts of renewable electricity capacity, compared with 141 gigawatts in new plants that burn fossil fuels, according to an analysis presented Tuesday at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance annual summit in New York. The shift will continue to accelerate, and by 2030 more than four times as much renewable capacity will be added."

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Next will be home batteries to store that solar/wind power.
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+Aaron Ernst : another gutless, fact-challenged #wingnut.
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Awwwww, does the poor widdle rich folks have a big sad because we're all starting to see them for the greedy little whiners that they are? Awwwww...
 
+Robert Reich quote:
"Not long ago I was asked to speak to a religious congregation about widening inequality. Shortly before I began, the head of the congregation asked that I not advocate raising taxes on the wealthy.

He said he didn't want to antagonize certain wealthy congregants on whose generosity the congregation depended.

I had a similar exchange last year with the president of a small college who had invited me to give a lecture that his board of trustees would be attending. "I'd appreciate it if you didn't criticize Wall Street," he said, explaining that several of the trustees were investment bankers.

It seems to be happening all over.

A non-profit group devoted to voting rights decides it won't launch a campaign against big money in politics for fear of alienating wealthy donors.

A Washington think-tank releases a study on inequality that fails to mention the role big corporations and Wall Street have played in weakening the nation's labor and antitrust laws, presumably because the think tank doesn't want to antagonize its corporate and Wall Street donors.

A major university shapes research and courses around economic topics of interest to its biggest donors, notably avoiding any mention of the increasing power of large corporations and Wall Street on the economy.

It's bad enough big money is buying off politicians. It's also buying off nonprofits that used to be sources of investigation, information, and social change, from criticizing big money. ..."

#incomeinequality   #inequality  

seems to be a decent discussion in the comments section.
Philanthropy is noble. But when it's mostly in the hands of a few super-rich and giant corporations, and is the only game available, it can easily be abused. Our democracy is directly threatened when the rich buy off politicians....
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