Misanthrope

There is something that’s hard to notice for many people. I think it’s because we’re taught by the media something fundamental. We’re taught that it’s always TEAM. Team Team Team Team Team. Team is all that matters. My Team. Your Team. This idea is the worst of all possible ideas. Because when it takes root…

all the imperial terror inflicted on the Middle East the past 15 years

By Dave Ray Terrorist attacks are not the cause of more Middle East occupation and intervention. Terrorist attacks are the result of more Middle East occupation and intervention. When are people gonna wake up to the fact that violent, illegal, imperialistic intervention into the domestic affairs of sovereign nations without any invitation or authorization is the…

Popocatépetl and Iztaccihuatl

Some things I learned visiting Mexico City 26 times since 1991. There are more varieties of pine trees in Mexico than anywhere else on earth. The geography fairly close to the equator combined with extremes in elevation change make for everything. From 5400 meter glacier capped volcanoes: Popocatépetl and Iztaccihuatl visible from Mexico City, to sea level. The…

Vile Distortion

It’s easy to find discussion on Facebook among people who believe that while Fox News makes up fake stories, that the New York Times, CNN and MSNBC don’t. “They report and analyze facts. They’re real journalism“, people say. Times have changed though. There was some reason for belief in American journalism up until about 10 years ago (sort of), but…

The New Church

A Facebook friend, Verna Brunet, said, “I suspect either the mainstream news media lies are the lies we want to hear, or something about the way the lies are presented, makes them desirable. Many of my friends behave as if news anchors should never be doubted, questioned or contradicted… anyone who does so cannot be trusted….

“Personalization” and “Us versus Them”

Any information is always understood first of all according to the framing through which we see information. So for example, any political information is understood primarily based on the framing, and these days the most common framing is a combination of two concepts: “personalization“, and “us versus them” That is to say, any bit of…

“Russian aggression” is US doublespeak for US aggression

Talking to Russia, anyone in government who does (talk with Russia) is sane and reasonable. Why wouldn’t we talk with and have normal relations with Russia? Oh that’s right, it’s because the United States prefers to be at war with everybody everywhere all the time. Just like we prefer, in 2014, to install Nazis by…

I Dumped my Political Girlfriend

After a lifetime together with her (I’m 50), I dumped my political girlfriend. I’m in the United States, so there are only two girls. One’s named Democracia. She’s the one I dumped. The other one’s Republiana. I don’t want her either. Republiana is a war mongerer, an enemy of everything decent in humanity, a destroyer of…

Integrity

It’s about integrity. And when you have none you have none. Hey all hypocrites! Think back to 2003, or any other year before or since. Imagine you’re talking with a loyal republican voter. Imagine your Republican friend tells you about his profound disagreements in policy with the people running the Republican Party creating national policy,…

Political Views

When I joined Facebook in 2009 I filled in the “religious and political views” fields like this: Religious Views: Respect most (see political views)
 Political Views: I avoid bigotry Up until 2016 I was using Facebook to share beach photos and whatnot. Last year I started talking about my political views. This prompts some old friends…

Healthcare in Russia

by Stan Jacox A couple people on that thread were interested in medical care conditions here (Stan lives in Russia) so I wanted to relate my story that may resonate with them. I am not sure if this is relevant for the other thread members but here it is. Regarding health care….As non-citizens you would…

These wars don’t require any micro-analysis

by Rob Wilkinson Q: Why do you think Putin and Assad are “bad guys”? A: “Because they bomb people.” Q: Who says they bomb people? A: “The news.” Q: Why do you believe what the news tells you? A: “Because they report the truth!” Q: How do you know it’s the truth? A: “Because they wouldn’t…