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Philosophy (News/Activism)

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  • Lots Of Awkward Dancing At DC Climate March [VIDEO]

    04/30/2017 8:30:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 38 replies ^ | 4/29/2017 | Heather Hunter
    The organizers of the “People’s Climate March” in Washington, D.C. hosted a rally of speakers and live music following the march on Saturday. The band Sahel was one of the last to take the stage to perform West African and Caribbean music. C-Span cameras panned the sparse crowd and occasionally found some climate activists who really got into the music.
  • Gun Activists Focus On National Concealed Carry Push

    04/30/2017 8:19:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies ^ | 4/29/2017 | Kerry Picket
    The National Rifle Association has made national concealed carry a primary cause for the organization, and without President Obama in office to go after for enacting routine gun control measures, the pro-gun lobbying group is focused on a cause to rally its members and donors around. President Trump spoke before the NRA Friday afternoon telling members at their annual convention, “No longer will federal agencies be coming after law-abiding gun owners. (Applause.) No longer will the government be trying to undermine your rights and your freedoms as Americans. Instead, we will work with you, by your side.” Trump’s appearance at...
  • Did the Prophet Muhammad really call on Muslims to fight global warming?

    04/30/2017 8:07:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies ^ | 4/30/2017 | Ed Straker
    As someone whose faith is bound up with combating climate change, it hurt to see Trump impose an executive order that effectively denies the impacts of climate change I have seen with my own eyes. Prophet Muhammed (peace and blessings be upon him) leaves Muslims like me in no doubt as to the duty we humans share: "God has made the Earth green and beautiful, and He has appointed you as stewards over it," he said. There is no greater threat to our "green and beautiful" Earth than the more frequent and intense droughts, floods and storms brought by climate...
  • A Cocktail ‘Coup’ in the East Village(Anti-Trump bar?)

    04/30/2017 5:39:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies ^ | 4/30/2017 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    Located in the Manhattan’s East Village, the anti-Trump resistance now has a chic “protest-themed” place to seek adult libation. A small, intimate venue done up in brown and blue, Coup is an up-to-the-minute watering hole owned and operated by liberals who claim everyone is welcome, but whose sole purpose is to appeal to progressives who have a strong aversion to President Trump and his policies. “A coup, or more formally, a coup d’état, is generally defined as a seizure of a state by members of the military, or other figures high-up in a national government,” which makes one wonder how...
  • Elizabeth Warren Not Amused When Bill Maher Calls Her 'Pocahontas'

    04/30/2017 5:31:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 78 replies ^ | 4/29/2017 | Jack Coleman
    Try though she may -- nay, fight though she persistently fights -- Senator Elizabeth Warren has a branding problem. Granted, she's doing her darndest to change that. The title of her new book, for example -- "This Fight is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class." Not the more succinct "This is Our Fight" or, tighter still, "This Fight." Operative word here -- fight. As in, "Fighting the Fight That's Ours to Fight: One Feisty, Fiery Senator Punches Away for America's Embattled Middle Class." Why the strenuous rebranding? Could it be that Warren knows when her name come...
  • 'Disturbing' Speech by 'Moral Midget'; CNN Suffers Epic Meltdown Post-Trump Rally

    04/30/2017 5:22:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 45 replies ^ | 4/30/2017 | Curtis Houck
    Most readers of NewsBusters and consumers of cable news are used to liberal media meltdowns since November 8. However, that’s not to say they’re any less enjoyable. Saturday night featured another temper tantrum by CNN with anchors and guests labeling Trump’s 100 Days rally in Pennsylvania a “deeply disturbing” and “stunning” speech by a “moral midget.” Moments before the Trump-free White House Correspondents’ Dinner (WHCD) began, the most asinine of all the comments on CNN were those of senior political commentator David Gergen. The same guy who either willingly or purposely forgot that William Henry Harrison and Abraham Lincoln had...
  • "Moms Demand" Planned a Protest at #NRAAM, But Nobody Showed Up

    04/30/2017 5:13:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies ^ | 4/29/2017 | Jennifer Van Laar
    A Friday press release from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America promised "hundreds" of gun safety advocates would rally with Shannon Watts, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) in Atlanta, protesting the NRA's "extremist" agenda. As Bob Owens at Bearing Arms reported, the crowd was almost nonexistent. The @MomsDemand / @Everytown protest at #NRAAM2017 is clearly exciting. Security estimates just 75-100 attendees. — Bob Owens (@bob_owens) April 29, 2017 Unwilling to admit defeat, Watts tweeted a picture designed to show a much larger crowd. Per security at the park, actual count was 75-100. @MomsDemand ALWAYS grossly inflates their actual...
  • Climate experts: Global warming doubts are 'real science'

    04/30/2017 5:02:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies ^ | 4/29/2017 | Bob Unruh
    A number of Ph.Ds have written a book chapter asserting that doubts about the theory of human-caused global warming should be considered “real science.” You know, the idea of basing hypotheses on documented evidence rather than a political agenda. But the National Science Teachers Association wants nothing to do with such an approach. Its executive director, David Evans, has written a letter to members insisting they must teach the agendas of the National Wildlife Federation, the North American Association for Environmental Education, the Campaign for Environmental Literacy, the Center for Climate Change Communication and other activist groups. What they must...
  • A look inside Elon Musk's futuristic LA traffic-beating tunnel system

    04/29/2017 10:12:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    ABC 7 Eyewitness News ^ | April 28, 2017 | Coleen Sullivan
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- He's conquered the streets with electric cars, and he's leading the commercial race to space, but that's not enough for Elon Musk. Billionaire Musk spoke at a TED Talks conference and gave the first glimpse of the traffic-beating underground tunnels he hopes to create. The SpaceX and Tesla CEO plans to build the network of tunnels with his latest venture, The Boring Company. Construction was well underway at the Hawthorne-based business on Friday. AIR7 HD was overhead as crews worked on the early designs of a tunnel-digging machine with The Boring Company logo. Here's how it...
  • GOP may try to require that people have a job to get Medicaid

    04/29/2017 6:04:34 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 32 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 2/25/2017 | Abby Goodnough
    Nancy Godinez ... lost her job... her unemployment checks had run out and her job search had proved fruitless. One thing she still had was health insurance... But unless she finds a new job, Godinez, 55, could be at risk of losing her insurance, too. ... Republican governors hoping to impose a work requirement on Medicaid recipients... believe that extending Medicaid to millions of low-income adults without disabilities... gave them an incentive not to work. ...Medicaid has grown to ... 74 million people... work requirements and changes in how it is paid for, could make Medicaid much more limited, with...
  • Moms Demand Action Goes Toe-to-Toe With the NRA(BARF ALERT!)

    04/29/2017 9:37:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies ^ | 4/28/2017 | shannon watts
    As Atlanta prepares for leaders from the National Rifle Association (NRA) to descend on the city for its annual meeting, volunteers for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America are also arriving from across the country. For the fourth year in a row, moms, women, gun violence survivors, elected leaders and everyday Americans will show up and speak out as a counterweight to the nation’s largest gun lobby. While NRA leaders deliver a desolate message of fear and paranoia to convention-goers, Moms Demand Action wants leaders in corporate boardrooms, in statehouses, in Congress and in the White House to...
  • Yes, President Trump Can Undo Controversial National Monuments

    04/29/2017 7:39:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies ^ | 4/29/2017 | Jonathan Wood
    Yesterday, President Trump signed an executive order requiring a review of the large national monuments that have been created over the last 21 years. The president ran on a platform of reducing regulations to promote jobs and economic growth, but he inherited vast areas -- nearly a billion acres in total -- that have been shut off from productive use under the Antiquities Act. His predecessor, Barack Obama, was the king of Antiquities Act abuse, designating more monuments covering more area than any prior president. He tripled the total area restricted, adding more than 500 million acres in new and...
  • People's Climate March Steering Committee Got $36M From Soros

    04/29/2017 7:29:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies ^ | 4/28/2017 | Aly Nielsen
    The “People’s Climate March,” scheduled for the 100th day of Donald Trump’s presidency, claims to be a movement of the people. But is it really? It turns out one-third of the steering committee organizations have one thing in common — donations from George Soros. The liberal billionaire gave them more than $36 million combined. So far the broadcast networks have not made the connection. Between 2000 and 2014, Soros gave $36,018,461 million to 18 of the 55 steering committee members of the People’s Climate March. Donations to six of those groups were more $1 million each: Center for Community Change,...
  • Rush: Idea for Democrats: A 90% Tax on Speaking Fees

    04/29/2017 1:48:12 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 20 replies ^ | Apr 28, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Hey, did you see Obama’s accepted another $400,000 speech? That’s two of them now. The first $400,000 speech was from a Wall Street firm, Cantor Fitzgerald. It slips my mind who the second one is from, but I have an idea.That’s how much he made per year as president.And we’re toldthat liberals don’t care about money.We’re toldthat liberals do what they do for altruistic reasons.We’re toldthat liberals are compassionate.They care. They don’t care about getting rich, they aren’t rich, and they, of course, have negative comments and things to say about everybody who is rich. And yet when they...
  • Has Trump Stolen Philosophy’s Critical Tools?

    04/28/2017 7:34:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 17, 2017 | Casey Williams
    Truth is pliable in Trumpland. In March, the president fired off a tweet accusing former President Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower. Republican members of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, dismissed the claim. But the Trump team doubled down, writing off media reports and insisting that evidence of wiretapping would soon surface. It didn’t. We’re used to this pattern by now: The president dresses up useful lies as “alternative facts” and decries uncomfortable realities as “fake news.” Stoking conservative passion and liberal fury, Trump stirs up confusion about the veracity of settled knowledge and,...
  • Why are so many lesbians getting pregnant?

    04/28/2017 2:31:07 PM PDT · by fwdude · 76 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | Apr 28, 2017 | Glenn T. Stanton
    Subheader: The stereotype of an exclusively female orientation has been exploded It makes for an illogical syllogism. Premise A: Lesbians are sexually attracted to women only. Premise B: Women cannot impregnate women. Conclusion: Lesbians have higher pregnancy rates than non-lesbian women. It’s contrary to all reason, but it's true. Lesbians have significantly higher pregnancy rates than their heterosexual peers. It’s also true for teen gay males. They are substantially more likely to impregnate their sexual partners than are heterosexual males.
  • Jim DeMint out as president of Heritage Foundation, according to media reports

    04/28/2017 11:56:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Post & Courier ^ | April 28, 2017 | Caitlin Byrd
    South Carolina's Jim DeMint could soon be out of a job that helped elect a president, according to a report published Friday in Politico. The former South Carolina senator and Tea Party leader cut his term short in 2012 to become president of The Heritage Foundation. The Heritage Foundation is a conservative D.C. think tank that got in on the ground floor of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. It has been attributed to significantly helping Trump win the 2016 presidential election....
  • Northam touts gay rights, opposition to NRA in first TV ad of Virginia governor's race

    04/28/2017 9:45:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies ^ | 4/28/2017 | graham moomaw
    Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam is highlighting gay marriage, gun violence and opposition to President Donald Trump in the first TV commercial of Virginia’s gubernatorial primary season. The ad buy seven weeks ahead of the June 13 primary, described by the Northam campaign as a “substantial, six-figure buy across Virginia,” underscores Northam’s financial advantage over Democratic rival Tom Perriello and the changing tone of Democratic campaigns in a purple state trending blue. The Northam campaign said the ad is believed to be the first in a gubernatorial race to mention marriage equality. The ad features a testimonial from Tim...
  • Monks with guns

    04/28/2017 8:41:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies ^ | 4/26/2017 | M. Jerryson
    Westerners think that Buddhism is about peace and non-violence. So how come Buddhist monks are in arms against Islam?
  • It’s not just droughts, but nearly all extreme weather is declining or at or near record lows

    04/28/2017 8:04:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies ^ | 4/27/2017 | Marc Morano
    On Eve of DC climate march, drought drops to record lows in U.S. as nearly all extreme weather is either declining or at or near record lows (See: Climate Bullies Take to the Streets for ‘People’s Climate March' in DC on April 29th’) "It is not just droughts that are at or near record levels. On almost every measure of extreme weather, the data is not cooperating with the claims of the climate change campaigners. Tornadoes, floods, droughts, and hurricanes are failing to fit in with the global warming narrative."