Did you ever wonder when a monolithic god was first conceived? This YouTube documentary delves into the ‘whys’ and ‘whens’ of the stories from the bible and the beginnings of a monolithic god. It’s interesting and should be watched by all, especially those who do not like to question their religious dogma, because they of all people should come to the realization that life needn’t be gripped in fear of something that was created by humankind thousands of years ago.
I truly believe the only way our species will ever find peace is to understand that we are all one, living in a mysterious physical world and with the help of science, we may or we may not find the answers to existence.
(But without a doubt, science, not blind religion is our only hope.)
Is it possible that there are people who take this CHARLATAN, swindler, con-artist, cheat, con, fake, fraud, imposter, mountebank, phony, pretender, quack, sham, rip-off artist, (and they are just some of the nicer words that describe this idiot) for a real honest- to-goodness cleric, pastor, imam, rabbi, pontiff, bishop, priest, Unitarian Minister, etc.? If it is possible… it’s a pitiful sign of the times we live in!
Come to think of it, this nut is not new; he's been around for ages, as the quintessential barker on some street corner, peddling THE WORLD IS COMING TO AN END... But in saner times, all (at least most) knew he was off-balance and did not, could not, take him serious... What Happened? thinkingblue To Hear Him Spew Click Here
An unspeakable tragedy caused by religious dogma. All those young lives lost due to restraints a belief system can put on one’s common sense. I'm sure if anyone familiar with fire safety had gone through that home, they would have seen, immediately, the pending danger a crude hotplate posed... And why was it there in the first place, because people wanted to get around the loopholes in some non-thinking doctrinal ancient writing that told them they were sinners if they refused to obey what was drafted thousands of years ago. A sadness beyond words, that did not have to happen. thinkingblue
Who They Gonna Hurt? Like Any Carnivorous Animal, The Vulnerable.
The GOP's unemotional and indifference towards the vulnerable in our society is blatant, they even, without restraint, shout it from the rooftops. Yet still, they get away with lowering taxes on wealthy corporate bodies while gutting safety nets for human bodies. They manipulate the masses just as any religion or cult controls its flock, with the use of fear. When are we going to grow up and tell them THEY ARE WRONG, malevolence is wrong?
My guess is, not for quite some time; especially when you consider Israel's recent election results, Bibi Netanyahu won again using the good old fashion Right-Wing ploy, FEAR!
And so, the human misery will continue for the Right-Wing controlled Israel and for we who live in the USA, controlled by the Right-Wing House and Senate.
The human misery will continue and so will the sadness it brings.
Until maybe, just maybe, one day we will all finally grow up and not allow the Right-Wing or any war mongering, power hungry entity, to control our vote using fear.
Republicans claim to be the party of fiscal responsibility. They're now in a race with themselves to prove it. Having declared the president's budget DOA when it was presented in February, they unveiled their own "set of solutions that will restore accountability to government" and balance the budget within 10 years.
The Grand Old Party has been trying desperately to appeal to women -- the majority of voters -- and denies that it has engaged in a so-called war on women in the last few years. If that's true, their budget should -- but doesn't -- show it.
House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) telegraphed their intentions back in January. Instead of raising the sequestration budget caps for fiscal 2016, Price said the GOP would eliminate the firewall between defense and non-defense spending. He said dissolving the boundary would give Congress the flexibility to allocate more money to the military and less to domestic programs. "Flexibility" means robbing Patricia to pay Paul. Those unspecified "domestic programs" are the ones that primarily affect women, like food stamps and Medicare.
Sure doesn't sound like the GOP is planning to up the spending ante with female voters, as Obama has done with his budget. Let's look at a couple of details.
A desperate Netanyahu used fear to grab the most seats in the election, but his rejection of a Palestinian state will further isolate the Jewish state.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu won a big election Tuesday, but he won ugly by staking out a new position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that is likely to harm his nation in the months ahead.
A reckoning is coming—faster than expected—for Netanyahu, his Likud Party and maybe even for the State of Israel itself.
Complete returns showed that Netanyahu’s Likud Party won 29 seats in the Knesset to 24 seats for the Zionist Union (formerly Labor) Party headed by Isaac Herzog, who ran a more spirited campaign than expected but almost certainly fell short of the support necessary to form a government.
Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, whose job consists mostly of presiding over elections, said not long after the polls closed that he wants a coalition government and has given Netanyahu, Herzog and the other party leaders a couple of days to engage in a frenzy of (largely unconsummated) deal-making. But Herzog’s parliamentary math problem got worse as the evening wore on, and it’s hard to see where he finds the “mandates” (seats) to prevail.
"Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved."—Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince, 1513
"Machiavellianism" is a widely used negative term to characterize unscrupulous politicians of the sort Machiavelli described in The Prince. The book itself gained enormous notoriety and wide readership because the author seemed to be endorsing behavior often deemed as evil and immoral. Because of this, the term "Machiavellian" is often associated with deceit, deviousness, ambition, and brutality.
An inquiring mind would like to know... Why does the GOP dislike hungry needy children, the elderly and the working poor? Why do they believe, only those at the top who managed to make it rich (whatever means they used to get there) deserve existence and life? The Republican base is largely made up of the very people they seem to dislike, why are they voted back into office repeatedly? thinkingblue
Bibi Netanyahu, Tea Party, Neocon or Both for Israel? A question most know the answer to.
When I read an article like this, "On March 17, it will be a mitzvah to vote against Netanyahu the Toxic" I empathize with the people of Israel, those who want peace and are faced with a brutal leader who wants anything but peace.
We Americans went through the same ordeal during the 2000 election, but unlike Israel (who knows unequivocally that Netanyahu is a genuine warmonger), we weren’t so sure what we were going to get with a George W. Bush/ Dick Cheney administration. Little did we realize, (speaking for myself) America was about to suffer hardships beyond belief, personal and national grief that's still wrenching our spirit to this very day.
Excerpt: Last week's oral arguments suggested that Justice Antonin Scalia, at least, found this argument appealing. In what is destined to become the most famous exchange of the session, he asked Verrilli: "You really think Congress is just going to sit there while all of these disastrous consequences ensue?"
Verrilli replied: "This Congress, your honor?" (You can hear Verrilli's disbelief, and laughter it provoked among court spectators, in the audio of the oral arguments posted on the court website; the exchange with Scalia starts at the 55:35 mark.)
Proposed GOP alternatives to Obamacare subsidies are bad medicine
Supporters of healthcare reform were breathing a little easier last week after oral arguments at the Supreme Court over the Affordable Care Act.
On the docket was King vs. Burwell, a lawsuit brought by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Koch-backed libertarian organization. The lawsuit asserts that the 2010 law bars health insurance subsidies for residents of three dozen states that relied on the federal government to set up their individual health insurance exchanges rather than doing so themselves.
If the plaintiffs prevail, about 7.5 million residents of federal-exchange states would be at risk of losing their insurance because they depend on the tax subsidies to make their coverage affordable.
The government's lawyer, Solicitor Gen. Donald Verrilli, advised the court on Wednesday that it gets worse: Many would have to drop their coverage, leaving only the sickest residents in the insurance pool. That would raise the cost of insurance, driving even more people out and dooming the insurance markets in those states to "death spirals."
At oral argument, Justice Anthony Kennedy seemed disinclined to knock out the subsidies in those federal-exchange states. If he joins with the four liberal justices known to favor the government's position, the ACA will survive this latest — and possibly last — brush with judicial execution.
Yet even in the absence of a final decision, King vs. Burwell has opened a window into the politics of healthcare, circa 2015.
More Here: http://www.latimes.com/...
Heritage-Uncertainty-Principle Excerpt: Episodes like this one have grown so familiar that they've lost all capacity to surprise. Conservative health-care-policy ideas reside in an uncertain state of quasi-existence. You can describe the policies in the abstract, sometimes even in detail, but any attempt to reproduce them in physical form will cause such proposals to disappear instantly. It's not so much an issue of hypocrisy as Klein frames it, as a deeper metaphysical question of whether conservative health-care policies actually exist.
So, you think you live in a free country... Better, think again if you are of low to no income... It appears anyone who lives on the edge, hanging on by his or her fingernails... is up for grabs by all that is unholy and greedy in America. Banks, Oil, Big Pharma, Big Medical and Big Insurance, you name it, even local government whose suppose to help not gouge will dip its hands into the poor pot and grab at the easy pickins from people who are unable to fight back ... Sad beyond belief. thinkingblue Click To Enlarged
Excerpt: “The new Department of Justice report depicts a system in Ferguson that is much closer to a racket aimed at squeezing revenue out of its population than a properly working democracy,” wrote George Washington University political scientist Henry Farrell in the Monkey Cage blog, which runs in The Washington Post.
We have a real infrastructure vulnerability that many of us are not aware of… It’s a common belief that a 911 emergency call is infallible but now we find out, it is anything but, when your life depends upon it. A 911 cell phone call can’t always identify your location when minutes matter. How very cruel for a victim (and their loved ones) to hope there will be a rescue and then suffer the unbearable moments waiting, before they die. I have a friend whose niece experienced this and lost her life. When it hits your own existence, it becomes a grievous reality and not just something, that happens to other people. What a reprehensible failure for our democracy, a warning message should have been blasting its way across media outlets that you can’t always trust your 911 mobile calls; perhaps if victims had known this; they would have exhausted other means to save themselves. thinkingblue
Many 911 Centers Can't Locate Callers Because of Old Technology
BY JEFF ROSSEN AND CHARLES MCLRAVY
DURING AN EMERGENCY, THE TIME IT TAKES BETWEEN CALLING 911 FROM YOUR CELL PHONE AND WHEN FIRST RESPONDERS ARRIVE ON-SCENE CAN MAKE THE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD.
BUT IN THESE LIFE AND DEATH SITUATIONS, WHEN EVERY SECONDS, CAN YOU RELY ON THE 911 SYSTEM TO AUTOMATICALLY FIND YOU IN TIME?
A NBC NEWS INVESTIGATION HAS FOUND THAT MANY 911 CENTERS AROUND THE COUNTRY STILL RELY ON DATED TECHNOLOGY INSTEAD OF SOMETHING AS WIDELY USED AS GOOGLE MAPS, WHICH MEANS DISPATCHERS MAY NOT BE ABLE TO FIND YOU WHEN IT MATTERS MOST. EXPERTS CALL IT A PUBLIC SAFETY CRISIS, STATING THAT THE MAJORITY OF WIRELESS CALLS TO 911, SOME 60 PERCENT OF CALLERS, CANNOT BE LOCATED BY EMERGENCY DISPATCHERS.
AND THE CONSEQUENCES HAVE BEEN TRAGIC. NONE MORE SO THAN THE CASE OF SHANELL ANDERSON, WHO DIED IN DECEMBER AFTER ACCIDENTALLY DRIVING INTO A POND IN SUBURBAN ATLANTA. AS HER SUV BEGAN TO SINK, ANDERSON CALLED 911 FOR HELP BUT DESPITE REPEATING HER LOCATION OVER AND OVER AGAIN, DISPATCHERS COULDN'T FIND HER ON THEIR MAP. IT TOOK NEARLY 20 MINUTES FOR FIRST RESPONDERS TO GET TO HER — SHE DIDN'T SURVIVE.
FIRST PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 23RD 2015, 6:32 PM
MORE HERE: HTTP://WWW.NBCNEWS.COM/NIGHTLY-NEWS/MANY-911-CENTERS-CANT-LOCATE-CALLERS-BECAUSE-OLD-TECHNOLOGY-N311391