Monday, May 21, 2018

Democracy is in Danger!


Democracy is in danger around the world.



The annual Democracy Index tracks the health of the world's governments. The results for 2017 were depressing.



In 89 countries, democratic norms are worse than a year ago.



Just 4.5 percent of the world's residents live in functioning democracies, down from 8.9 percent in 2015.



That drop is primarily because of the United States.



In 2016, the Economist demoted the USA from a "full" to a "flawed" democracy, citing a "serious decline" in public trust.



In 2017, the United States retained the same miserable rank and score.



As the report's authors explain, President Trump’s presidency has only further polarized the country. Americans remain far apart on issues such as immigration and economic and environmental policy.

"The growing divisions between (and within) those who identify as Republicans and Democrats help to explain why the Trump administration can not govern, despite controlling both houses of Congress," they write.





Sunday, May 20, 2018

Neurotoxins


Trump's venomous rhetoric is part of an offensive against immigration that would make the United States resemble the ethnic diversity of the planet.



Trump wants to be king. Trump wants to be king of kings. Trump wants to be god.



Trump IS a neurotoxin!



The prison Trump is building is in the minds of his cult followers.



Trump is a turd. He is the turd of turds.



He is a turd on a tower of turds.



However, do not waste you time talking to Trump-bots. They are suffering from the effects of neurotoxicity.

Common symptoms of neurotoxicity include problems with memory, thinking, language, as well as personality changes numbness of compassion and unwavering support of Donald Trump.



In other news, the grandchildren fight over "their inheritance."



Another severe neurotoxin is found in RELIGIONS.



The grandchildren of the Mythical Abraham (Abi-Ur-Hamm = Hamm-Ur-Abi) fight on! Hamm was the "father" (abi) of the "city" (Ur) from which we get the word Urban. Jupiter was derived from Dios P'ter (heavenly father) which morphed into St. Peter. Myth upon myth upon myth.



Grandpa said I could have the west bank. NO! Grandpa said I could have the west bank.

WHATEVER!

Go take a quiz, or something.




The truth is found in silence.


Trump can avoid telling lies by drinking a nice warm cup of STFU!





Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Waterboarding


As a form of torture, waterboarding became illegal under the law of war with the adoption of the third Geneva Convention of 1929, which required that prisoners of war be treated humanely, and the third and fourth Geneva Conventions of 1949, which explicitly prohibited the torture and cruel treatment of prisoners of war.



It would be illegal for a foreign adversary to waterboard a U.S. soldier, even if the technique did not amount to torture.



Trump is barbarian!



Even as far away as New Zealand, the agree.



Trump said he would bring back waterboarding - and far worse!



what could possibly be worse than waterboarding?







Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Millennials


Millennials are more diverse and read more books than their baby boomer parents and do not pine for the pre-globalized economy. As a generation, they are strongly anti-Trump and don’t seem to age in the conservative direction, as their parents did.



Pew’s survey found:



Just 27% of Millennials approve of Trump’s job performance, while 65% disapprove.



Among the 10% of the Millennials who voted for Trump, Buyers Remorse is prevalent. (Remember: 105 Million Registered Voters did not vote in the 2016 election!)



Millennials – express more liberal views and have stronger Democratic leanings than do Boomers. However, they see Obama as MORE liberal.



Millennial voters have favored Democrats in midterms, and that trend continues.



This year, Millennial registered voters support the Democrats by a wider margin than at any time in the past.



The GOP is not in the least bit popular with this generation of voters.



More than four-in-ten Millennial registered voters (44%) describe themselves as independents, compared with 39% of Gen Xers and smaller proportions of Boomers (32%) and Silents [a.k.a. really old farts] (27%),” the poll says.



A majority of Millennials (59%) affiliate with the Democratic Party (35%) or lean Democratic (24%). Just 32% identify as Republicans or lean toward the GOP.”



Millennials are far less religious than older generations and much less likely to be married.



On Norquist’s issue, millennials take a liberal stance on the size of government.



“Millennials are more likely than older generations to say it is the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage.”



Millennials are more concerned about economic inequality (66 percent say government favors powerful interests).



Millennials support a progressive income tax - pre Reagan in scope. Millennials know that: "You can not borrow you way out of debt!"



Millennials are skeptical of the United States’ role in the world and don’t express support for huge military spending.



80 percent of millennials “say America’s openness to others is essential, compared with 68% of Gen Xers, 61% of Boomers and 54% of Silents (really old farts).”



“Millennials are the only generation in which a majority (55%) says Islam does not encourage violence more than other religions.” (e.g. religious extremists of all flavors)



By about three-to-one (64% to 20%), Millennials say NAFTA is good for the U.S.

“Millennials, in particular, stand out for their positive views of immigrants: 79% say they strengthen rather than burden the country.”



As a generation, they are more likely to recognize that there is global warming (81 percent).



In sum, they look to someone other than a 70-something billionaire for solutions.



Millennials are inclusive, open to the world, follow changing science and very concerned about the poor.



The GOP is going to lose among these voters by a mile.



What may be most reassuring is that we’ve already seen how effective millennials can be in energizing public opinion and using social networks. They are coming of age in an era in which citizen participation (generally in opposition to Trump) is flourishing and mass movements are once again emerging.



What is engaging this generation as active citizens rather than passive consumers of partisan tripe may be that they are high-information voters.



Millennials provide some good news in the Trump era — here is a generation that believes in civic engagement and has confidence in its ability to influence the political debate by using the technology.



Millennials aside, Trump still has some support. Wait, and see...



The above map might give you a clue as to why so many congressional republicans are retiring! (Then they can claim they never lost!)