“The first stages of decline may already have started. The Global Financial Crisis of 2007-08 and ongoing economic malaise may be a harbinger of the fallout from resource constraints. The pursuit of material wealth contributed to unsustainable levels of debt, with suddenly higher prices for food and oil contributing to defaults - and the GFC.”—Limits to Growth was right. New research shows we’re nearing collapse. (via aramzs)
Hi! Long time no chat! Didn't want to do this through reblog, but that supermarket post is bs. First off, Piggly Wiggly opens in 1916. The first "super market" is King Kullen in 1930. But Hammurabi's Code helps us decipher food trade 4,000 years ago.
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Every day, somewhere in this supposedly free county, some version of this script is played out: A police officer spies an individual committing a harmless but “illegal” act, aggressively pursues the subject, inflicts physical violence on the victim, then escalates that violence to lethal or nearly lethal levels when the victim doesn’t immediately submit to…
More evidence that the only good cop is a dead one.
“I don’t have money,” Mason said, “to pay for other people’s health insurance.”
That may be the most insightful statement of the misguided conservative philosophy of self-interest I have ever heard. Senator, you already pay for other people’s health insurance. And assuming you have health insurance, other people pay for yours. That’s the way insurance works.
Very few people can afford to pay out of pocket for health care, so we pool our resources. No one pays in as much as they collect if and when they become seriously ill. We all underwrite one another. That’s why we need young, healthy people in the pool and why there is a health care mandate. And if people do not have health insurance, we pay for their care in the increased cost of our own health care and hospitalization.
The same is true of life insurance. Sure, you pay premiums, but when you cash out, it’s other people’s money that pays the death benefit. No one pays their own way in this world.
I first became aware of the emboldened and benighted selfishness of the conservative right when I served on the local School Committee back in the 1990s and heard people arguing that they should not have to pay for other people’s kids to go to school. Somehow the idea that you shouldn’t have to pay for anything that doesn’t directly benefit you swept through the conservative movement like a self-inflicted virus.
A decade on, I find it extremely tiresome to hear conservatives constantly complain about paying for health care, unemployment benefits and food stamps as though they were footing the entire bill themselves. They would have you believe that they not only pay their own way, but also have to support an entire family of illegal immigrants on welfare.
To begin with, no one pays their own way. We are all supported by other people’s money. And when it comes to taxes, the portion that goes to assist the poor is a pittance.
The American way of life is underwritten by the tax dollars we pool to support a civil society and the money we pay into a social safety network of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and military and public pensions. No one other than criminals would be able to make a living, were it not for our concerted effort to work for the common good.
Of course, conservatives don’t believe in the common good, which to me means they don’t believe in America. Only in the perverse logic of the right, for example, could a Nevada rancher who refuses to pay the same fees as other ranchers for grazing his cattle on public land be considered some kind of a folk hero. He’s a thief.
CNN RECENTLY aired a hopelessly biased and myopic segment on the Erin Burnett Show—a report that can only be described as propaganda for the U.S. police state. The video, still available on CNN’s website, is titled “How a 1997 bank robbery led to police militarization.”
Kyung Lah—sounding like a voice actor introducing the trailer for a Hollywood blockbuster—begins her report with these words: “Shooting at everyone, dressed for war, outside a Bank of America in North Hollywood in 1997—this is what retired police officer John Caprarelli faced, armed only with his 9 mm handgun.”
Cut to a recording from police responding to the robbery in 1997, “They have automatic weapons! There is nothing we can do that can stop them!”
Lah follows up with shock and exasperation, “Hundreds outgunned by just two. [Police officers] even borrowed rifles from a nearby gun shop!”
Cut back to Caprarelli, with slinking shoulders, meek eyes and a cracking voice: “We were a bunch of Davids and they were two Goliaths”—referring to the entire North Hollywood police force, which had helicopters, shotguns and dogs at the scene, versus the so-called Goliaths.
According to Lah, this incident “stunned” police departments across the country and caused those departments to seek out high-powered rifles and military gear.
The CNN report continues with a reference to a study by the ACLU showing that the Department of Defense transferred $1 million in military equipment to local and state police in 1990. By 2013, that number had jumped to almost a half a billion dollars. We’re fed these numbers with stills from the 1997 robbery in the background and led to believe that nothing happened between 1990 and 2013 that would explain the militarization of the police by the Department of Defense, except this incident in 1997.
Question:Which country alone in the Middle East has nuclear weapons?
Question:Which country in the Middle East has just recently used a weapon of mass destruction, a one-ton smart bomb, dropping it in the center of a highly populated area killing civilians including children?
Question:What country in the Middle East was cited by Amnesty International for demolishing more than 4000 innocent Palestinian homes as a means of ethnic cleansing?
Question:What country on Planet Earth has the second most powerful lobby in the United States , according to a recent Fortune magazine survey of Washington insiders?
Question:Which country in the Middle East receives U.S. weapons for free and then sells the technology to the Republic of China even at the objections of the U.S.?
Question:Which country in the Middle East regularly violates the Geneva Convention by imposing collective punishment on entire towns, villages, and camps, for the acts of a few, and even goes as far as demolishing entire villages while people are still in their homes?
Question:Which country in the Middle East routinely kills young Palestinian children for no reason other than throwing stones at armored vehicles, bulldozers, or tanks?
Question:Which country in the Middle East refuses to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and bars international inspections?
Question:Which country in the Middle East seized the sovereign territory of other nations by military force and continues to occupy it in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions?
Question:Which country in the Middle East routinely violates the international borders of another sovereign state with warplanes and artillery and naval gunfire?
Question:What American ally in the Middle East has for years sent assassins into other countries to kill its political enemies (a practice sometimes called exporting terrorism)?
Question:In which country in the Middle East have high-ranking military officers admitted publicly that unarmed prisoners of war were executed?
Question:What country in the Middle East refuses to prosecute its soldiers who have acknowledged executing prisoners of war?
Question:What country in the Middle East created millions of refugees and refuses to allow them to return to their homes, farms and businesses?
Question:What country in the Middle East refuses to pay compensation to people whose land, bank accounts and businesses it confiscated?
Question:In what country in the Middle East was a high-ranking United Nations diplomat assassinated?
Question:In what country in the Middle East did the man who ordered the assassination of a high-ranking U.N. diplomat become prime minister?
Question:What country in the Middle East blew up an American diplomatic facility in Egypt and attacked a U.S. ship, the USS Liberty, in international waters, killing 34 and wounding 171 American sailors?
Question:What country in the Middle East employed a spy, Jonathan Pollard, to steal classified documents from USA and then gave some of them to the Soviet Union?
Answer:Israel. Question: What country at first denied any official connection to Pollard, then voted to make him a citizen and has continuously demanded that the American president grant Pollard a full pardon?
Question:What Middle East country allows American Jewish murderers to flee to its country to escape punishment in the United States and refuses to extradite them once in their custody?
Question:What Middle East country preaches against hate yet builds a shrine and a memorial for a murderer who killed 29 Palestinians while they prayed in their Mosque?
Question:Which country in the Middle East deliberately targeted a civilian U.N. Refugee Camp in Qana , Lebanon and killed 103 innocent men, women, and especially children?
Question:Which country in the Middle East is in defiance of 69 United Nations Security Council resolutions and has been protected from 29 more by U.S. vetoes?
Question:Which country in the Middle East receives more than one-third of all U.S. aid to the world yet is the 16th richest country in the world?
Question:Which country in the Middle East had its Prime Minister announce to his staff not to worry about what the United States says because “We control America ?”
Question:Which country in the Middle East signed the Oslo Accords promising to halt any new Jewish Settlement construction, but instead, has built more than 270 new settlements since the signing?
Question:Which country in the Middle East has assassinated more than 100 political officials of its opponent in the last 2 years while killing hundreds of civilians in the process, including dozens of children?
(Slate) Yesterday, Politicopublished a leaked report commissioned by two Republican lobbying groups on how the party can better attract female voters. The report, based on a recent poll of 800 female registered voters as well as a series of focus groups, is titled “Republicans and Women Voters: Huge Challenges, Real Opportunities.” The central challenge facing the Republican party is that women—particularly single women and women who have graduated from college—are “barely receptive” to its policies, and are likely to consider the party “intolerant,” “lacking in compassion,” and “stuck in the past.”
Here’s where the “real opportunity” comes in: If only the Republicans could explain to these women that they are wrong, their votes would come flooding in. The report says that it is a “lack of understanding” between women and Republicans that “closes many minds to Republican policy solutions.” Republicans can attract the female vote by attacking the Democratic claim that GOP policies do not promote “fairness” for women and dealing “honestly with any disagreement on abortion” before moving on to “other issues.”
I say we call this the “let me mansplain how there’s no War on Women while I jam this transvaginal probe up your ying-yang” strategy. Because that’s not very far off the mark.
These people have a real problem. And they think the voters have to change to suit them, not the other way around. That may be the way it’s worked for them with the talk radio/Fox News crowd, but that’s not going to work with people who don’t want to be propagandized. It’s not the way things work in a democracy.
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