Posted on August 28, 2015 by northwestrain
Cord cutters are the resisters – we cut the cable cord to avoid prepackaged and sanitised propaganda news. That doesn’t mean we ignore the world, instead we probably read more news stories and headlines faster. We are able to read different sides of the major news stories.
Cat videos and photos also evolved into an essential antidote to human stupids. Cats have very definite opinions about reality and what is important. Cats live in the here and now. Cats and dogs can be best friends. Cats grieve when their best friends die. Cats give comfort to the human pack leaders. Cats don’t care about financial markets or the con men of Wall Street.
The ease of making videos and posting the results online makes stars of individual cats. So that means we can get an instant antidote to gut wrenching news stories.
My favorite cat video is called “hug of the century”. Go to YouTube.com and search for “hug of the century”. This video was made of a visitors to a zoo and one lion’s joyful response to that visitor. Do cats love – feel the emotion of love? I vote yes.
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Posted on August 23, 2015 by northwestrain
No matter how perverted or stupid the news – all of that can be forgotten with cat videos set to play and repeat. Kitten videos, kids, cats and puppies.
We are reminded that the war on women by the GOP candidates is real. The Republicans have long wanted to “fix” Social Security. Their fix involves privatization – meaning that the stock traders are going to become billionaires. We are reminded that it is the elderly women who must have their social security checks to survive. Charles B. Pierce calls the politicians who campaign on a anti social security platform – Granny Starvers.
Both Slate.com (Helaine Olen) and Scott Lemeux (Lawyers, Guns & Money blog) explain how the war on Social Security is also a war on women. My extended family has a few Tea Party members, these folks are angry. One retired relative went off on a half hour monologue about the idiots who call Social Security – welfare, an entitlement. He and his wife paid into a retirement fund, they earned this. What he was saying is the general consensus of my relative’s peers. He votes straight GOP, he has Fox “News” running 24/7. He and his friends do this because they believe that’s how Fox wins rating wars. Of course, according to Fox viewers, the most hated people are the lazy poor free loaders. Don’t forget the “illegal” immigrants pouring over the boarder.
The belief system of the Tea baggers is exceedingly ridged. The Fox taking heads disseminate the conservative talking points. Each talking head delivers similar messages, reinforcing the central thesis. Folks who are raised as Evangelical Fundamentalists are frighteningly easy to brainwash, or program. These folks can repeat the extreme right wing mantra – even if the memes conflict. Is there a conspiracy of an elite group who focus the one message, spoken from many mouths? Sort of like 1984?
Cats don’t care. My cat has me well trained. I feed him, pet him, scratch his head. At night he sleeps next to me. He reminds me to watch cat videos. He knows the dog’s tail is his personal cat toy. I don’t think cats would willingly join a political party.
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Posted on August 9, 2015 by northwestrain
Or should that be “debate” season? Fox “News” and the GOP cult went first. Misogynistic ramblings from a pack of Jackals. Plus banging the war drums by the 12 or so fellas and that guy/gal with boobs. These sociopaths almost broke out into song – bomb, bomb Iran, etc. Several commentators mentioned they thought they could hear humming (or not).
There is always one guy who will do anything and say anything to get attention. In Family based counseling we call the child’s whose behavior gets attention – AGM – Attention Getting Mechanism. That rich guy with the mop hair style is one of several guys who suffers from a sociopathic adult form of AGM. On one hand the GOP Presidential candidates, serving as spokesmen for their corporate owners, low to no taxes and rules for their masters. Then on the other hand these same politicians were declaring government eminent domain on women’s wombs. No abortions, no exceptions ever. Jebbie Bush goes so far as to question spent on health care for women.
In essence, the GOP is giving us no choice. Forced birth and the willful murdering of women. No surprises from that bunch of clowns.
President Carter declares that the U.S. is no longer a democracy. He’s right and the proof was on Fox News sponsored GOP debate, Thursday night. A bunch of clowns, working for their corporate sponsors – except perhaps the Donald. Trump. But then, he is part of the one percent. He hates women. Megan Kelly called him out on his misogynistic language about women. Megan Kelly was declared the “winner” of the first GOP debate – by many viewers. This debate/soap opera was a ratings winner.
Why do these men want to be president when they want to turn the calendar back to the ninth century? We have major problems of inequality in living wages, better than nothing Obamacare, GLOBAL WARMING. California and the western states are burning. Wildfires are the new normal. Trees are dying – all over. These changes are happening fast. Yet the GOP is stuck in the past.
So, which of the current crop of sociopathic GOP jerks, will make it to the top of the dung hill? A new dung beetle ready to roll his owner’s dung ball through the next stage of the farcical campaign season? American exceptionalism? America and we Americans are being watched by the world. A soap opera, to be sure.
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Posted on July 21, 2015 by northwestrain
This is old news, however, now that the crazy season has started again – we need to ask: does our vote count.
Gerrymandering was covered in high school Government class. One group gains power and draws boundaries to dilute one group, while improving the odds of one party over the other. In 2014 the GOP worked a textbook Gerrymandering scheme which favored GOP candidates. Not democracy but the power to draw lines to basics nullify some votes.
The statistics have been run and here’s an article to read about 2014.
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Posted on July 19, 2015 by northwestrain
Or any political party?
Does Fox News function as cult speak central?
Fox viewers are compulsive at watching the Stars. One common trait among Fox viewers is that their TV’s are stuck on Fox for hours. I’ve noticed this in friends and family homes. Fox viewers also quote as the ultimate reliable authority.
I grew up in an evangelical environment. My mom took us to church three times a week. Cult? Once I rejected my mother’s church and got a degree in psychology I realized the controlling environment of the church and cults. Waco, Texas – and that ATF shoot out with the Branch Davidians. The ATF had no idea what they were dealing with. This was a strict Bible cult – and the leader spouted similar mumbo jumbo I heard in church as a kid.
Evangelical means the second coming of Christ. It is the duty of Evangelical Christians to spread the word of Christ’s immediate return to every human on earth. Oh we must not forget that the Middle East must have a massive blood bath first – from there Armageddon spreads to the whole world. This hope of Christians for a blood bath has always distressed me. Evangelicals have told me of the joy they feel because this is the end of times, when the world ends and their Savior returns. Do these people even hear how grotesque it sounds to others.
The End Times, is when Christ returns to gather the “saved” folk who have not committed the unpardonable sin. What is that sin? Frankly I doubt anyone really knows. Through the years I’ve heard ministers come up with wild theories.
GOP folk seem to have a lock on evangelicals – which is another word for cult. Evangelicals believe the world is about 6,000 years old, and all humans descended from two humans. Talk about inbreeding and incest! Science has proven otherwise. Cult think – blind belief and obedience – the word of God.
Religious Cults have been part of America since before there was a USA. Cults like: Pilgrims and Puritanism, Calvinism, and Shakers.
The question is – are all political parties also cults? Eight years ago I watched a whole lot of cult like behavior in rabid Obama followers. I heard a whole lot of psychological manipulation from camp Obama. In fact there was a camp Obama for the Obots who trained to take over and dominate states with Presidential caucuses. People like myself who had psychology degrees and were trained in group dynamics recognized the methods and techniques used. So, yes, the Democrats also have their version of a cult. Although Democrats are like herding cats – but team Obama managed to get enough fanatics to win two election.
So I’m not alone in my concern about the right-wing media spreading hate (using cult like methods). A Salon.com article – The right-wing media’s vicious profiteering: How Donald Trump & Fox News are responding hate.
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Posted on July 19, 2015 by northwestrain
AKA Climate Change.
In an article in the Guardian, UK, Ami Sedghi reports that a recent survey of people in 40 countries. Nineteen of the 40 countries picked climates change to be the issue that they worry about most.
Global economics is also another threat that people find worrying.
Of course the deniers are calling this concern about climate change – “magical thinking”. Someone responded to the deniers of projecting their own delusional attitude as good old projection. That seems to be the current coping mechanism of the deniers. Many are the Religion Right magical flowers of a sky God who will arrive on a cloud and rapture up the believers.
The deniers show absolutely no concern for the next generations. All predictions tell us that in a few decades the numbers of people dying or migrating out of the hot zones (plus decrease of drinking water) will increase. Already people fleeing the Middle east to Northern countries are overwhelming the Northern Nations. Certainly war is one of the factors for the refugee crisis, but the war is also for the control of water.
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Posted on July 18, 2015 by northwestrain
Why are Republican politicians at war with science and education?
In many states with Republican Governors the Education budget has been systematically cut. In Wisconsin 250 million dollars has been cut from the college and university system, an equal amount was given to the owners of sports teams to build a new stadium. Kansas and Arizona have similar patterns of refunding education.
Could the reason be that the Republicans are afraid that an educated population means we can see how stupid the Republican leadership is?
The latest example of the stupidest politician is the Speaker of the house who is blaming Obama for the drought. Yep – the all powerful president and science is to blame for the drought. And damned it – the rich Republicans in California are angry because of brown lawns. No joke – read the wins-dumb of the numbnuts politician. These guys are the lap dogs of the Koch brothers – among other greedy bastards.
The next major wars will be over water. It is already happening in the Middle East. Southern California has already stolen Northern California’s water – that happened when Reagan was Governor. Stupids take their lead from Saint Reagan.
Comedians are going to have a field day with this bit of news. Or not.
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