Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Who are preventing gun safety legislation in congress?

 Here is a list of the 10 most pro-gun Congress people, according to the Gun Owners of America:

  1. Thomas Massie (R-KY)
  2. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)
  3. Paul Gosar (R-AZ)
  4. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
  5. Jim Jordan (R-OH)
  6. Chip Roy (R-TX)
  7. Lauren Boebert (R-CO)
  8. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA)
  9. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX)
  10. Andy Biggs (R-AZ)

These members of Congress have consistently voted in favor of gun rights and against gun control measures. They have also been vocal advocates for the Second Amendment and the right of law-abiding citizens to own and carry firearms.

Notice that the 10 most pro gun congress people are Republican. They need to be voted out of office before the gun problem in the United States can reduced.

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

In Tennessee citizens get what they vote fore with gun violence


In Tennessee people voted for a representative who glorifies guns with his family at Christmas. Who are the people who vote for people who champion these norms and attitudes and what is the price they pay for such misguided policy decisions?

Sunday, March 26, 2023

Cigna rejects health insurance claims without looking at them

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Trump's fascist troops


Trump's fascist troops have been deployed in American. They stormed the capitol on Jan 6, 2021. They attempted to kidnap the Governor of Michigan. They have stormed FBI buildings. The strut around carrying their guns. They all support GOP political candidates or they are one themselves. They are bullies and must be managed lest they gain power in our democracy.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Did you know that anti-war protests matter?


The United Nations (UN) voted against the war in Iraq in 2003. In November 2002, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1441, which called on Iraq to disarm its weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and allow inspections to verify their disarmament. The resolution did not explicitly authorize military force, but the United States and some of its allies argued that it provided a legal basis for the use of force if Iraq failed to comply.

In March 2003, the United States and a coalition of countries invaded Iraq without explicit authorization from the Security Council. The invasion was controversial and sparked widespread protests around the world. The Security Council held further meetings on the situation in Iraq, but no new resolution was passed explicitly authorizing the use of force.

In hindsight, the lack of evidence of WMDs in Iraq and the failure to find them after the invasion led to widespread criticism of the war and the decision to invade.

Some have argued that the war in Iraq was a war crime.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Ejaculate Responsibly: A Whole New Way To Think About Abortion by Gabrielle Blair

I was in Lift Bridge Book Shop on Thursday, 03/16/23,  and engaged in what for me is a very dangerous activity, browsing.

I left 45 minutes later with a $141.27 on my credit card.

Here's a picture of one of my purchases.

For more information click here.

Monday, March 20, 2023

Threshold: The Crisis Of Western Culture


What are the three major challenges facing homo sapiens? Climate change, an unsustainable belief in free market capitalism, and the carrying capacity of planet Earth of homo sapiens.

The cable news networks and social media sensationalize outrage and personalities for views and likes and rarely deal with the underlying challenges for the survival of homo sapiens as a species on earth. At Markham's Slow News the focus on the long term survival and quality of life for all components of our terrestrial ecology. We are the stewards of the Universe's gifts to us. Will you join us in raising our mutual consciousness upon which the survival of the next generations depends?

Sunday, March 12, 2023

What factors contribute to people voting for narcissistic psychopaths?

There is no single factor that can fully explain why some people vote for narcissistic psychopaths, but there are several factors that have been suggested as potential contributors:
  1. Charisma and persuasive communication: Narcissistic psychopaths can be highly charismatic and skilled at communicating their message in a persuasive way that appeals to people's emotions and fears.

  2. Cultivation of fear and anger: Narcissistic psychopaths may also appeal to people's fears and anger, tapping into emotions that can override rational decision-making.

  3. Simplistic and polarizing messaging: They may offer simplistic and polarizing messages that present complex issues as black and white, which can resonate with people who feel overwhelmed or frustrated with the status quo.

  4. Populist appeals: Narcissistic psychopaths may also use populist appeals, presenting themselves as outsiders who will shake up the system and fight for the common people.

  5. Disenchantment with traditional politicians: People who are dissatisfied with traditional politicians and feel like they are not being heard may be more open to alternative candidates who promise change.

  6. Confirmation bias: People may also be more likely to vote for a candidate who confirms their existing beliefs and values, even if those beliefs are based on inaccurate or incomplete information.

It's important to note that not all voters who support narcissistic psychopaths are necessarily aware of the candidate's personality disorder or psychopathic tendencies. Instead, they may be drawn to the candidate's perceived strengths and promises for change.

Thursday, March 9, 2023

2/3 of Americans worried about the future of democracy.


What do you think about the future of democracy?

If you are worried about democracy's future, specifically what are your three biggest worries?

Having identified the threats to the future of democracy what can you do to minimize or eliminate them?

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

We all are interconnected.

The sixth skill in spiritual intelligence according to Cindy Wigglesworth is awareness of our interconnectedness.

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Good trouble

Continuing with the topic of non violent protest, we come to the idea of “good trouble” which became associated with John Lewis the civil rights advocate with Martin Luther King, Jr. and the long time member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

"Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble."

John Lewis in a tweet in June, 2018.

For more click here.

The bumper sticker, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”

Sunday, March 5, 2023

Changing hearts and minds about military conflict.

The ways in which protest influences policy are not always apparent. Movements can win even as they appear to lose. While the anti-war movement did not prevent the invasion of Iraq, it helped set the terms of the debate by insisting on UN approval for the use of force and by convincing key governments to refuse to participate, thereby shaping the war’s eventual outcome. The Bush administration was unable to win the larger struggle for hearts and minds at home and abroad. The White House lost the war politically before it ever began militarily. For more click here.

Editor’s note: America has always been a “can do” nation expecting fast if not immediate results. Election cycles are very short from 2 years in the House of Representatives, to 4 years as president, and 6 years as a senator. Therefore Americans have never been good at the long game.

Changing hearts and minds is a generational thing. It takes ten years at least and often the older generation has to die off before the new values, norms, attitudes, and beliefs become predominant.

The anti-military thought system has been slowly growing since Vietnam. Younger generations are against it to resolve international conflicts as there is a growing awareness that our mutual fate on planet Earth depends on resolving our conflicts in other than violent ways and that cooperation and collaboration are the path forward.

Saturday, March 4, 2023

When will we ever learn that war is not the solution?

When Secretary of State Colin Powell went to the Security Council in February 2003, however, he was decisively rebuffed. Despite its determined efforts to twist arms, the US was only able to muster the votes of the UK, Bulgaria, and Spain. Rather than face the humiliation of such a paltry showing, the White House withdrew the proposed resolution and proceeded with the attack.

Bush’s so-called “coalition of the willing” was a threadbare arrangement that provided little military help. The massive scale of public opposition prevented many countries from joining and convinced most of those that did to limit their role to noncombat duties. The US Army history says the coalition was “largely unsuccessful” at the operational level, with American troops doing almost all of the fighting and suffering 93 percent of the casualties.

Colin Powell’s disingenuous presentation to the UN about the “WMD”, weapons of mass destruction, when the UN’s own inspection team headed by Hans Blix had not found any evidence of was the end of Powell’s political career and brought shame to the government of the U.S. in the international community.

Further, the lie that the war into Iraq was a multinational affair has been exposed even though it goes unacknowledged by the American people. These lies which attempt to justify military aggression by the United States need exposure if the American people are to learn from their mistakes and make amends for the harm they have perpetrated. As the chorus in the old folk song Where have all the flowers gone? “When will we ever learn? When will we ever learn?” The time is now. Non violent resistance is a path to raising our cultural consciousness and lead to better social policies.

Do protests matter?

David Cortright has a great article in The Nation, 02/20-27/23 issue entitled "Why Protest Matters.

On February 15, 2003, in hundreds of cities across the world, some 10 million people demonstrated against the United States’ impending invasion of Iraq. By many accounts, it was the largest single day of anti-war protest in history. More than a million people jammed London’s center, while huge throngs marched in Rome, Berlin, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, and Sydney. In New York City, hundreds of thousands braved the bitter cold to rally against the war.

“The world says no to war” was the slogan and the reality.

A few days after the February demonstrations, the New York Times reporter Patrick Tyler wrote that the huge anti-war demonstrations were indications of “two superpowers on the planet: the United States and world public opinion.” The Nation’s Jonathan Schell wrote of the movement’s “immense power” in winning the hearts and minds of the majority of the world’s people.

10 Million around the planet earth protested the U.S. Iraq war which the U.S. started anyway which has been called "criminal" by the U.N.

While the protests did not stop the U.S., 20 years later, increasingly, the Iraq war is a source of shame especially for politicians who voted for it and promoted it.

What have Americans learned from their blunder into Afghanistan and Iraq? In the short run very little, but in the long run we can be hopeful and Americans will learn from their military hubris.

Friday, March 3, 2023

Children aren't threatened by LBGTQ but by guns. What's the GOP up to?

In Texas and Florida today, state authorities are coming for the parents of trans kids. Red states that have been seized by fascist demagogues are purging libraries and schools of books, banning drag shows, and outlawing women’s rights to abortion and contraception.

Sexuality, race, and religion are universally weaponized by fascists. But it usually begins with sexuality/gender.

The ACLU is tracking 371 anti-trans bills across the United States: every one was introduced by Republicans. Most all include draconian criminal penalties. Erin Reed has compiled a map of them on Substack. Many are promoted as being necessary to “protect the children.”

That would be the same children who die by bullets every 2 hours and 26 minutes every day in America. Are injured every 10 to 15 minutes.

For more click here.