So I started reading more of Adams' garbage. He's a hardcore MRA of the type of entitled "Men's Rights Activist" that has destroyed the chance of there being any kind of real discussion of the issues that do impact men given the overall problems in US and "Western" culture - False assumptions about men's inherent inability to care for children, entertainment stereotyping of men as the incompetent to be manipulated (pretty much any sitcom), the suicide problem, and more.
Issues that could and should be discussed and addressed without the zero-sum fallacy of men blaming women for it. But these "MRAs" have done a generational destruction of any chance for that.
Back in the early 70s, not only were there a lot of consciousness-raising and support groups for women, there was an emerging counterpart for men, and the concept of men's restrictions and issues from societal gender stereotyping was considered a good thing, including by many feminist groups. These current-day men like Scott Adams and similar "MRA" types have ruined that.
Despite "Dilbert" being a terribly accurate picture of the idiocy and inefficient incompetent culture in software and tech industries in Corporate America (1987-2010 I was in exactly that), I don't think I can ever read a Dilbert cartoon the same way again. And certainly won't willingly.
My opinion is based on directly reading Scot Adams at his blog. Not from "some feminist site like The Mary Sue", so don't try that attack vector on me, MRAs. In fact, don't even bother, I really don't want to hear your defense of Scott Adams nor of current MRA mentality. I'm posting this to express my own disgust, and as a warning to friends and social media followers who might not know what a dickwad Adams is. A dangerous dickwad based on his stated threat of hugs or killing.
Further: “As these streams begin to interact with a planet, according to results from his computer simulation, the streams pass straight through, focusing as an “ultra-dense filament,” producing many dark matter “hairs” that seem to sprout well above Earth’s surface. This stream will not interact with our planet’s normal matter, it will pass through as if nothing were there, but channeled by the intensity of Earth’s gravity.”
And: “For Earth, the dark matter streams will emerge from the planet, concentrating as “roots” of the dark matter hairs around 600,000 miles above the surface (about twice the Earth-moon distance)… “tips” of the hairs should be located over twice as far away from the planet’s surface….”
What’s cool is that this hypothesis should be testable with sensitive gravimetric satellite probes. Already some discrepancies seem to point to Dark Matter anomalies… though not yet “hairs.”
Thanks Democrats and Republicans! As if you're any different on anything on the real underlying economy and Corporatocracy issues. Of course, President Obama already signaled that he will not oppose this with a veto. Thanks, Obama!
Were any of the current Republican or Democrat candidates already the President, the only two who possibly might oppose this combination of discrimination and pay-for-play crony-captialism, would be Rand Paul or Bernie Sanders. For different reasons, but both of them pretty much want to massively break the current crony-capitalist system. Maybe Donald Trump too. Everyone else is a total Corporate Tool, regardless of what they say on your own personal hotbutton issue.
By the way, regardless of what they say, ever notice that nothing really ever changes on those hotbutton issues either? Let me know when a Republican administration actually does remove reproductive rights, as opposed to talking about it. Let me know when a Democratic administration actually does something significant on gun control, as opposed to talking about it. Or substitute whatever your personal hotbutton issue is for those two partisan-base "This is the most important election EVER" regularly-scheduled mythology. Which is not at all to minimize those issues.
But you're being fooled if you think who you elect really makes a difference on them. A real difference, not the difference between a 15-round or 9-round magazine, not the difference between a $9 and a zero-dollar birth control pill. Real change. Never happens. Swap in surveillance, permanent war, real-not-near-nothing health reform, whatever is your "single issue" or "primary issue". Certain things are made, at least on the surface, slightly easier or slightly harder, but nothing really changes. It's just superficial "my team vs your team" stuff without realizing all the "teams" are part of and sharing in the booty of the same league.
This car-dealer "gift" is just another example of how corrupt and broken the US system is. Disgusting but true. And it's a rather important "hotbutton" issue in its own right, as what the Congress is doing and Obama is allowing will enable outright and proven financial discrimination against African-Americans and Latinos. While removing car dealer financing from any oversight by Obama's Consumer Financial Protection Board, further neutering that creation of Elizabeth Warren whom he so massively failed to support effectively, the way a leader would. Because he wants the same crony-capitalism as most of the other Democrats and Republicans want, and get paid by before, during, and after electoral office. He just wants to have a "legacy" that says "Obama reformed", not actually have meaningful reform.
Gotta start looking beyond the rhetoric and partisan cheerleading squads, folks. And start speaking out, acting (legally but openly), and advocating for change, every week, not just election season. Big part of the reason I speak out so often, at length, and perhaps annoyingly, on US politics. Because "Your Vote (pretty much doesn't) Count" if that is all you do.
And yes, I do vote in the USA and pay taxes to it, like a good citizen, even though I choose to live elsewhere. Because the vote does matter, some, though not as much as you've been propagandized to believe. Yet it's all the outrage, petitioning, speaking out, with righteous rage when needed, which is the thing that has any chance of letting the politicians know that at least some of us base our votes on other than the Citizens United "corporations are people" type of speech, which does convince/brainwash so many US citizens. Don't be one of them. Pay attention. Get rowdy (legally).
Sure, it's "nice" SuperPAC money. From Nurses. I like nurses. My daughter is a nurse. I don't know if she's a member of politically active "National Nurses United" but that's not the point. As soon as half a million bucks from a SuperPAC showed up, he stopped condemning SuperPACs the way he used to.
So in addition to being a) No Way In Hell Electable (in the general, sorry, but where were you during the past 8 years of rightwinger Obama being called "socialist" to dream that an actual self-proclaimed socialist has a prayer), b) pretty much clueless on foreign policy and horribly disinterested when it's a critical issue (though not as bad as Carson, which is a rather low bar), he's also c) a hypocrite.
Other than that, sure, great. #FeelTheBern #USPolitics #Decision2016
Excerpted in Salon, and a fascinating longread. Yet a plausible explanation of a conspiracy that makes more sense than the official record and explanation. With little of the craziness and "Everything you know is a LIE!!" of the "typical conspiracy theory wackjob".
Too many people I know are very binary when it comes to investigating and understanding history and current events. And they project their mental and worldview limitations on to everyone else, with silly (stupid) statements like "If you don't believe in chemtrails and Bush's puppets caused 9/11, then obviously you are a sheeple who believes whatever you're told." Umm, no. (And, I just did the strawman logic fallacy, which they love.) It's entirely possible to think that "Wow, no way did things happen the way the Warren Commission said" without having to out-Oliver-Stone Oliver Stone. And without having to buy into an entire "secret history of everything" Grand Unified Conspiracy Theory.
It's refreshing to read Talbot's take, which is evidence based, which compares contemporary and after-the-fact documented disclosures, and which presents reasons other than "they were all in on it" for why the Warren Commission existed rather than a series of Congressional investigations and why the Warren Report was pushed to the "lone gunman, no conspiracy" theory. Reasons that don't necessarily require an "Everybody was in on it including LBJ", while not ruling out the possibility.
Rather than a "Roll out the aliens, chemtrails, HAARP, and by the way, we never went to the Moon and they killed him to substitute a fake program" gang of looneys.
I might even buy the whole book, which is (documented) secret history, of which this Salon piece is an excerpt, "The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America's Secret Government". Though not when it's so overpriced that it's sixteen dollars even on Kindle, and with DRM to boot. Sorry, that's a "conspiracy" of quite another kind.
PS Yes, I know, I'm a sheeple. I believe absolutely everything the authorities say and never question them. Why, just look at my public social media posts.
Meanwhile, of course, the enlightened all know that Kennedy was killed by MJ12 in cahoots with the Reptilians-controlled faction (there are 4 types of Reptilians!) of the Mafia who opposed his space program and wanted to prevent the Moon landing, so that nobody would see the planned future HAARP-signal Amplifying Reflectors that are necessary for its geoengineering and mind-control features to selectively activate the chemtrail-exposed, who are further prepared by vaccinations, to become the servant class of the Masonic Illuminati with their secrets from Draconis. Everybody should know that! They also needed to remove the last non-fiat-money so that the return to the Reptiilan-influenced Babylonian banking system could go into effect, and Kennedy's Executive Order was in their way, giving them more need to act.
PPS. I actually know people who believe all or most of that last bit. No, not by choice, by proximity. There's something about where I moved to in Uruguay that attracts them.
#JFK #JFKConspiracy #SecretHistory #AvoidExpatMeetings
The twisted logic, quoting from the report:
[But yoga comes from India, once a British colony. And now, at one Canadian university, a yoga class designed to include disabled students has been canceled after concerns the practice was taken from a culture that “experienced oppression, cultural genocide and diasporas due to colonialism and western supremacy,” according to the group that once sponsored it.]
I understand it when fundamentalist religious schools try to ban yoga as some kind of "evil foreign religion". (Read for comprehension please, I said I understand, not that I agree.) But non-fundie academia, which in both US and Canada leans hard left, of the annoying sort. Banning yoga because it came from India? And not because inherently something from India is bad, but because India's culture was genocided by the British colonialist aggressors? And thus a half century or so later, in some timey-wimey way that means that doing anything of India origin is supporting the damned Brits and their colonialism?
I have a few things to say about that:
1) God save the Queen. (Hey, it's Canada, which is a monarchy, not a republic. And the Queen of Canada is likely not amused. Note that I correctly identified the title of Elizabeth II as Queen of Canada. Not of England.)
2) O Canada, what the hell is wrong with you?
3) I said "timey-wimey". That's an allusion to a British pop culture programme. I must be a genocidal racist. And anybody who watches Doctor Who is as well. (Thanks, Missy)
4) This could have been any non-fundie university in the USA too.
5) Don't you dare say anything against my opinion. I'll report you for microaggessions. Waaah.
6) "First they came for the yogis but I preferred Pilates so I said nothing."
Because US-driven "regime change" has always worked out so well, right? How'd that installation of the Shah of Iran work out. How about the South Vietnamese government. Or for more modern examples, how did the Libya Gaddaffi "Turkey Shoot" work out? Or the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in Iraq given that directly leads to ISIS/Daesh.
Sure, there are "bad guys" and Assad is pretty clearly one of them. But the demonizing as editorial choice to drum up support for more than just fighting ISIS is disgusting. We (the West, the civilized world of all non-barbaric societies) cannot simultaneously fight Daesh and also try to destabilize the country which is actively fighting them. And we have a proven record of screwing it up and breaking the world when we even try.
But the "Friend of Hillary" and surprisingly neocon and neoliberal (two sides of the same American Expansionist coin) Huffington Post, now owned by AOL, which in turn is now owned by one of the most-hated companies, telcom semi-monopolist Verizon, is disgusting. However, all their Corporatocracy, Bankster, and EndlessWar™ divisions of the Military-Industrial-Security-Media Complex stand to benefit. Of "both parties".
We (again, the civilized world) do need to do a End-of-Hitler-like beat-down on Daesh, because it's going global, and because it is absolutely barbaric to peoples under them. But we don't have to, have no moral or legal right to, and don't know how how to, do "regime change" and "nation building".
So let's stop with the propaganda. Even if it's coming from a "beloved-by-liberals" site this time around.
This post directly just has a screenshot of the frequently-changing homepage of , and the US version at that. As with the common misleading usage of their "above the fold" headlines, frequently they link to non-HuffPo sources without off-site disclosure, and just as frequently misrepresent the stories to which they link.
Here are the links at the time I saw the page:
"The Devil Remains" does stay onsite at HuffPo but simply goes to a syndicated wire-service report from by Bradley Klapper entitled "Bashar Assad Likely To Outlast Barack Obama In Office" with notably no mention of "The Devil". You'll find the same report on hundreds of other AP subscriber newspaper, broadcast, and web-only news websites and in print, but without the hysterical warmongering headline. Including at the AP's own Big Story website http://bigstory.ap.org/article/e72f2dc4a38b47f8a25f279522b3b4d7/told-he-must-go-syrias-assad-may-outlast-obama-office. Though as a membership news organization, the AP typically minimizes promotion of its own site in order to fulfill its mission of supporting subscribing news organizations' own news outlets.
"Will the Syrian Dictator's Sinister Plan To Win Over America Actually Work?" links to an opinion piece at called "Bashar al-Assad and the Devil’s Endgame" from nearly two months ago by Dominic Tierney: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/09/assad-syria-devil-endgame-putin-obama/407635/ which means it's not even immediately about current events.
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