Tag Archives: politics

Another Banned TED Talk: Nick Hanauer “Rich People Don’t Create Jobs”

An interesting talk relating the the economic “trickle down” fallacy, deemed too “controversial” by TED to be included on their channel.

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Anti-Protest Law Passes Nearly Unanimously And Is Signed By The President

“If protesting was effective they’d try to make it illegal”… are we on the verge of an “American Spring”?

Via Huffington Post:

So I have some great news folks! The Republicans and the Democrats in Congress and the White House FINALLY came together and agreed on something. This is HUGE. These guys disagree on EVERYTHING! Getting them to see eye-to-eye is like getting the Jews and the Palestinians to do a trust fall together. Or getting Eskimos and polar bears to play Jenga.

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Our ‘child protection’ system is an international scandal

While we’re on the subject of the treatment of children in the UK, here’s Christopher Booker on social workers seizing the children of foreign families.

Via The Telegraph:

A remarkable meeting recently took place at the House of Commons, organised by John Hemming, the only MP who for years has been battling on behalf of those thousands of families being torn apart each year, for no good reason, by our weirdly dysfunctional “child protection” system. The meeting was attended by representatives of no fewer than 34 countries, including four ambassadors, all concerned by the astonishing scale on which the children of foreign families resident in the UK are being seized by social workers to be taken into foster care or sent for adoption. One estimate suggests that these now include no fewer than 6,500 of the 67,000 children currently in state “care” in England, costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of pounds a year.

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The babies we don’t care about today

Motherhood and the disparity between the rich and the royal from Laurie Penny.

Via New Statesman:

The consensus that it is feckless and irresponsible for couples who rely on state benefits to reproduce clearly does not extend to the monarchy. For weeks before the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child, news teams from across the globe camped outside the luxury hospital where the sprog was set to make its entrance. As the due date soared by, hacks of every stripe filed and refiled speculative copy that managed to combine sycophantry with prying in that uniquely British manner; amongst the realms of opportunistic merchandise produced for the occasion were “Royal Morning Sickness” bags in pink and blue, printed up with the legend “shake rattle and rule!”. The punnery was presumably designed to ensure that the sick bags will be used for their intended purpose, if only by common wenches like me who are incubating a sense of impending national collapse into crypto-fascist kitschery where our blue-blooded fetuses should be.

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Is Jenny McCarthy the most dangerous woman on US television?

Where do you stand on the safety and efficacy of vaccines? Completely harmless or poorly tested with potentially harmful side-effects? Should kids be force vaccinated or is it every parent’s right to make that decision themselves?

Via The Independent:

Owned by Disney, the ABC Network might have wanted to burnish its family-friendly credentials as it scoured the land for a new co-host for its all-female daytime talk show, The View.

Surprisingly, perhaps, they plumped this week for Jenny McCarthy, onetime Playboy cover girl, sex author and comedienne.

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I Hereby Resign in Protest Effective Immediately

As Einsten said: “He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.”

Via Common Dreams:

I hereby resign in protest effective immediately.

I have served the post-911 Military Industrial complex for 10 years, first as a soldier in Baghdad, and now as a defense contractor.

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Egypt: The Next President

It’s a worrying state of affairs when 12 year old kids speak more sense than adults.