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  •  Yeah, Dems have a handicap. (4+ / 0-)

    Doesn't mean they can't work around it, though.

    They just have to work harder and smarter than the Repubs.

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 08:30:49 AM PST

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    •  It is hard when... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...the media is a bought and paid for mass production propaganda outlet.

       Couple that with the damage the republicans (and many Dems) have done to the US public education system, and a nation of passive recipients of knowledge can't think their way out of mass media apparatus designed to maximize confusion and subterfuge.

      Educational experience based on non-consensual behaviorism is authoritarian mind control.

      by semioticjim on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 08:53:25 AM PST

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      •  Watering down public education has been a long (5+ / 0-)

        campaign on the right since the late 1960s and early 1970s. We now have a public more ignorant, worse, less capable of finding the facts and distinguishing fact from bullshit, than almost any other "developed" nation.

        I referenced a facet of that in a comment on bills trying to get ID and other such pseudo science into classrooms. The key part generally:

        New Scientist 2006 article "Why doesn't America believe in evolution?" with that damning graph putting us 19th down between Greece and Turkey. Yep, with my emphasis from that article:

        Religious fundamentalism, bitter partisan politics and poor science education have all contributed to this denial of evolution in the US, says Jon Miller of Michigan State University in East Lansing, who conducted the survey with his colleagues. "The US is the only country in which [the teaching of evolution] has been politicised," he says. "Republicans have clearly adopted this as one of their wedge issues. In most of the world, this is a non-issue."

        Miller's report makes for grim reading for adherents of evolutionary theory. Even though the average American has more years of education than when Miller began his surveys 20 years ago, the percentage of people in the country who accept the idea of evolution has declined from 45 in 1985 to 40 in 2005 (Science, vol 313, p 765). That's despite a series of widely publicised advances in genetics, including genetic sequencing, which shows strong overlap of the human genome with those of chimpanzees and mice. "We don't seem to be going in the right direction," Miller says.

        The intent is in my considered opinion to get us to the state I described elsewhere today:
        A confederation instead of a union. A plutocracy and "plantation society" even if industrialized rather than in the fields. Lots of unsubstantiated "pride" even for the poor white trash.

        You look at the agenda and that is where it leads. Right to the Ole Confederacy or modern banana republics.

        The modern "planters" (AKA the 1% and their kin) find that state just dandy—as did the oligarchs of places like Guatemala, Honduras and such.

        The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

        by pelagicray on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 09:16:36 AM PST

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