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Reverend reveals what evangelicals are saying behind closed doors .....[youtu.be]
racocn8 comments on Jun 27, 2020:
How could the Christians seriously believe that the rest of the country would let the Trump's judges criminalize their reproductive rights? How long would that stand? I believe women would be marching in the streets and in Washington until the politicians reversed any judicial ruling. Corruption creates a need for counter-corruption. The Supreme Court is already treading on thin ice after Citizens United.
Reverend reveals what evangelicals are saying behind closed doors .....[youtu.be]
racocn8 comments on Jun 27, 2020:
What a joke when this guy says that Christians should seek to be Christ-centered and to model their lives and views on Christ. The joke is that Christ is and always was wholly mythical, so Christians are basing their lives on a fictitious non-entity. Hey, Frodo lives...
Russia paid bounties to kill US troops, US intel says; Trump mum: NYT
racocn8 comments on Jun 27, 2020:
Seriously? The CIA just made it for whatever reasons? I suppose they could, but would they? Maybe they wanted to force Trump's hand? It is such an extreme claim, that drops the falsity probability a lot. Mainly, though, it doesn't change anything regarding Russia, Putin, the Taliban, or even Trump. Okay, maybe it added another 2% certainty that Trump is Putin's bitch.
Trump Nominates Insane Conspiracy Theorist for No 3 Defense Dept Job President Trump has ...
racocn8 comments on Jun 25, 2020:
Scary.
If Tom kills Jerry the show is over....
racocn8 comments on Jun 23, 2020:
And, Tom is nearly always an asshole while Jerry is cute and lovable. And one might look at God as the asshole and Satan as the fun one. It's all still bullshit. Anthropomorphizing reality.
[getpocket.
racocn8 comments on Jun 23, 2020:
Asinine no matter how you look at it. And they fancy themselves to be intelligent. Curious how such a large percentage of Jews also call themselves atheist. More hypocrisy.
Wait, how is somethting that's so obvious "news"?
racocn8 comments on Jun 21, 2020:
Surely you aren't suggesting the Donald Trump, President of the United States, would lie to the citizenry??? That would be betrayal of the Oath of Office... I'm sure he simply misspoke, made a mistake, or read the script incorrectly?
[nbcnews.
racocn8 comments on Jun 20, 2020:
Not a good idea, unless it is swapped for MLK or Columbus Day. And bad timing; the nation is already insanely polarized. Why not add in slavery reparations while you're at it? What do we give up to get it? Another 4 years of Trump? The country itself? We need to figure out how to dial back, and this ain't it. This is pandering that Trump would be proud to own.
I live in a very conservative Christian southern state and if I happen to be going through a ...
racocn8 comments on Jun 20, 2020:
Consider yourself fortunate not to be brainwashed, and free to live your life fully. You have escaped the hate-filled bubble. Recognize how gracious you are to listen to their nonsense; you are truly giving, where if they are ever charitable, it is still selfishly based on the hope they won't go to hell. Think of yourself as an alien, visiting a primitive planet, doing all you can to avoid detection by the zombies.
Alternet and Patheos report: Many Christian fundamentalists and evangelicals have been ...
racocn8 comments on Jun 20, 2020:
These bigots can't cash in their Darwin Awards fast enough. Perhaps their disrespect for science and medicine will translate into a high mortality. In a way, Trump lucked out that the mortality was only 1-4% rather than the 40-90% with Ebola. Next time...
Is it a chicken or a pig?
racocn8 comments on Jun 17, 2020:
Bunker cluck.
I thought some of you might like to know what's going on in Tulsa.
racocn8 comments on Jun 17, 2020:
If it turns into a shooting gallery, well, I guess it's just their time to go. (Like old people should just quietly get covid and die off for Trump's re-election).
Is it time to abolish the second amendment in the US constitution
racocn8 comments on Jun 16, 2020:
Such things are slippery. If memory serves, some Supreme Court Justices are Originalists meaning they prefer to invoke a primitive vision of the Constitution, and to use the notions of those who drafted it ( rather than later, elaborated definitions). So I could see rulings made that used notions of a militia that resemble what existed in revolutionary times, i.e. to allow restrictions on automatic weapons.
Is it the south that really won the American Civil War
racocn8 comments on Jun 16, 2020:
For the moment it would seem...
I need to disclose the truth...
racocn8 comments on Jun 15, 2020:
It seems they both like being peed on. I wish Trump's pee tape would show up...
Conservative Charlie Kirk Mocks Protesters: Racism “Doesn’t Exist” | Hemant Mehta | Friendly ...
racocn8 comments on Jun 15, 2020:
Degraded, degenerate, deluded, deplorable,... We can count ourselves lucky not to be like that. But, how do we live with such people? They really need forcible deprogramming, therapy, or a lobotomy.
Televangelist Jeffress Says Democrats Plan to Bring Out the Guillotines During an interview ...
racocn8 comments on Jun 15, 2020:
Sorry, but no. The guillotine is far too humane for someone as degenerate as a megachurch pastor. Sprinkling salt on him until he writhes in his own foam is my first pass. Next would be to feed him silver nitrate until he turns gray, and then force him to live in the South. Put in solitary for life? And eating dogfood? Honestly, the most painful means I can imagine is simply letting him off easy. I guess Hell actually does serve a function...
So I thought before that the administration was just stupid for planning the next rally on ...
racocn8 comments on Jun 13, 2020:
Every day he tries to plumb the depths of moral depravity, and yet he maintains a base that claims Biblical piety. At last, the sting of foul-smelling corruption catches the attention of the evangelicals, if only a few, of what they've given their loyalty to.
Not a relative, but he's a daring gent ...[agnostic.com]
racocn8 comments on Jun 13, 2020:
We used to be so together...
Let's try this again.
racocn8 comments on Jun 13, 2020:
The concept of Systemic Racism has emerged from the protests as a challenge to our thinking. Yes, individuals harm others as an expression of their insecurity, but whole systems orient or imbalance decision-making, again resulting in harm to non-whites. Western religions contribute, not just to Systemic Racism, but to Systemic Hatred. The list of hated groups includes non-whites, but add in scientists, other religions, women, LGBTX, etc. It is critical to understand that religion is the major part of the problem. However much wisdom might be cherry-picked, the context still directs its believers to behave badly. The affliction of religion cuts across all races. Shame on those who target select groups for outrage while refusing to examine their own biases.
New York Criminalizes Use Of Chokeholds [npr.
racocn8 comments on Jun 13, 2020:
A couple of cities have officers that resigned from SWAT (Hallendale, FL) or the Emergency Unit (Buffalo, NY) in solidarity with brother officers who were suspended or impending revisions. Being a policeman has it's risks, but it is far from being the toughest, most dangerous job out there, and it is typically compensated far higher that those higher risk jobs. Thus, police that show this bad attitude should be laid off, or included in future force cuts. They are simply unfit based on their poor decision-making, immaturity and stupidity (Not allowing themselves to understand what is happening).
News on C19 pandemic in Russia.
racocn8 comments on Jun 12, 2020:
Hardly unexpected. Really, totally predictable.
U.F.O.s?
racocn8 comments on Jun 11, 2020:
Do you think those are extra-terrestrial or secret military craft? Is the zig-zagging sharp 90-degree angles with hard stops or more like patrolling? Also, have you seen any of the night-vision videos? (for comparison) Some of those are really remarkable, showing incredible maneuvers, unconventional vehicle lighting, and large numbers at one time...
What is the appropriate attitude toward trans women?
racocn8 comments on Jun 11, 2020:
If you find something offensive about J. K. Rowlings comments, please quote or link and describe the issue.
Received this beauty in the mail. Anyone ever heard of Alien Faith?? LMAO
racocn8 comments on Jun 9, 2020:
Tell me again how people are entitled to believe whatever they want? Disseminating obvious nonsense should be acknowledged to be unacceptable activity on par with child molestation. They can either be deprogrammed, educated, medicated or lobotomized.
How to Stop Police Brutality: [livescience.com]
racocn8 comments on Jun 8, 2020:
Psychological profiling should be number 1. Besides the MMPI, a complete parsing of their social media and full background check if anything looks suspicious.
When we dump Trump they go too!!!!!!
racocn8 comments on Jun 8, 2020:
All of these feces should be flushed as soon as possible. It would be so much better if they really could be sent to a septic water reclamation facility. They should be water-boarded and electrocuted in Guantanamo. If only the Sarlacc was a real creature; that might be appropriate (The desert monster in Return of the Jedi). I'd settle for a shark, though. Putin needs something special, though. Ideas?
Let this sink in!!!
racocn8 comments on Jun 8, 2020:
And we've already got facilities with all kinda walls waiting for him, thanks to the NY district court. With any luck, he'll be facing some of the same prison thugs he used to march over the DC protestors. And, who knows, Covid may still be waiting for him there. Either way, the old saying applies, especially in his case: Four walls for a prison are three too many.
I am an atheist.
racocn8 comments on Jun 7, 2020:
While shards of prose may seem pleasant enough, the history of the Bible and those who believe it are ugly and horrific. Giving it any credence demonstrates appallingly bad judgment. We are fighting a culture war against fascist maniacs. You are with us or against us. Help us or hide.
Barr, Trump and WH attempt to shift entire blame onto Antifa.
racocn8 comments on Jun 3, 2020:
The Antifa exhortation to riot were actually White Supremacists. I haven't heard of anything that came from Antifa. This is just more revenge by Trump for Charlottesville and a dog-whistle to his Nazis.
We have reached the point where it is no longer possible to blame the looting and violence upon ...
racocn8 comments on Jun 3, 2020:
I contend that some looting was rationalized as a response to the pandemic-destroyed economy. People who have no job and no prospects become desperate. And, Trump has been instrumental in making the pandemic as bad as can be. He has done effectively nothing to stop it, besides making it worse. So, in part, this is a clumsy response to Trump's actions. Again, though, if they were smart, they'd direct some or most of their ire at the MAGgots that support him.
Houston police chief rips Donald Trump’s violent rhetoric: 'Keep your mouth shut' - AOL News
racocn8 comments on Jun 3, 2020:
1st. A big part of the problem is that the police forces are badly infiltrated with bigots and full on White Supremacists, and that's a big reason why so many cops are MAGgots. 2nd. If police chiefs really want to address the problem, they need to admit that cleaning their own house is a priority going forward. 3rd. Prospective police applicants need a rigorous personality evaluation to eliminate those who see being a policeman as a way to vent their violence, and bolster their insecurity (and all the other defects that are inappropriate for police). 4th. Come on. We all know what to do if given 2 minutes. But it's not going to get done until power is wrested away from the corrupt MAGgots. All this protesting is worthless unless it translates into voting the bigots out of office. Do protesters imagine they can sway Trump an inch? In an election year? Is Trump anything like trustworthy? Nothing meaningful can happen a long as Trump is President. Protesters would do well to find a way to send that message to his Evangelicals.
[cnbc.com] Guess Who is Scared....
racocn8 comments on Jun 3, 2020:
Bonespur's cowardice is renown, and the U.S. is the laughing stock of the world. Thank you evangelicals.
Trump, Upside Down! [politicalflare.com]
racocn8 comments on Jun 2, 2020:
As a Beast-wannabe, he's holding the Bible correctly. (upside-down). But seriously, holding the Bible upside-down only reflects his unfamiliarity with it. Considering his support is almost entirely coming from the Evangelicals, his ignorance of Christianity is deeply ironic. But then, Evangelicals are usually ignorant of their own religion, so it works.
Just call me Akira Yamamoto. šŸ™„
racocn8 comments on May 31, 2020:
Time to sue for divorce. Life is too short to waste on a psycho. (Voice of experience).
Herd of fuzzy green glacier mice baffles scientists [npr.org]
racocn8 comments on May 30, 2020:
Here is my suggestion. Under certain conditions, the ice melts and evaporates so that there is are pointy shapes between scalloped concavities. Dirt and pine needles get stuck to the tips, providing more insulation and a deepening of the clear ice in-between. Eventually, you have an accumulated tuft. Add moisture and moss spores and you start to get what you see above.
AMERICA is burning again tonight.
racocn8 comments on May 30, 2020:
What percentage of peoples of color voted in the last election? Trump's attitudes toward non-Whites is extremely well documented. He panders to the neo-nazis, KKK and Evangelicals, stoking their their hatreds. With Trump in office, and the GOP in power, what are the chances that change can be made? Want change? Vote.
Prompted by calls to 'give grace' to cop who killed George Floyd, black activists question the rush ...
racocn8 comments on May 30, 2020:
Forgiveness is a wonderful sentiment where appropriate. Unfortunately, forgiveness is often in conflict with justice and fairness. Forgive all you want, but make sure justice is served FIRST. Given that Derek Chavin worked in the same nightclub in the same job at the same time as Floyd George, it is highly likely that Chavin saw a chance to act on an old grudge. That makes it 1st Degree Murder. The other officers were present while George and other pleaded for life. Their refusal to stop Chavin makes them murderers too. They need to be charged immediately. Failure to do so proves that the prosecutors are bigots incompetent to do their job. Trump has major responsibility for this, and it is very likely that all of this meets with his approval. Trump wants civil war in hopes of being rewarded by Putin.
I love how they constantly confuse the term "tolerant" with the term "doormat.
racocn8 comments on May 28, 2020:
And his response might be: "Oh, you're always calling us racists." The real question is, What are more effective ways of being intolerant?
Well the artist has an good imagination...
racocn8 comments on May 27, 2020:
I appreciate the futuristic bald look...
Trump’s war on reality just got a lot more dangerous - The Washington Post
racocn8 comments on May 26, 2020:
The question is whether the public will react to the increasing death toll caused by opening up. It seems like a certain loser for Trump: killing hundreds of thousands will surely kill enough people so everyone will have lost a beloved relative or friend. It is up to the States and I gather that two multi-state consortia have formed to facilitate where they can, expecting no help from the Federal government. (Though they might not come out and say that)
Ready and Careful!
racocn8 comments on May 26, 2020:
Damn superglue...
Wrong guy lol
racocn8 comments on May 26, 2020:
I love the red flavor!
Poor fashion sense
racocn8 comments on May 26, 2020:
The companion has balls to be seen with him. By the looks of it, they're his. Or they were...
wonderwoman posthttps://agnostic.com/images/posts/187456_4trnb9kj7rnhud9_full.jpeg?v=2
racocn8 comments on May 26, 2020:
Is that before and after? I can never get over the atrophy of the forelimbs. It's like a tyrannosaur.
Did You Know Trump and His Cohorts Are Liars?
racocn8 comments on May 25, 2020:
Trump's failure to act is very much an expression of how his personality disorder biases his judgments. Trump's inaction is simply passive-aggressive behavior. With the loss of lives, what had been semi-comedic reality show now becomes more of a horrific twilight zone nightmare.
Another former 45 supporter turns on him, AGAIN. [dailymail.co.uk]
racocn8 comments on May 25, 2020:
Anyone got some popcorn?
Hope many more wake up
racocn8 comments on May 25, 2020:
Trump has managed to form a personality cult drawing on the Evangelicals. Their psychosis causes them to lock their loyalty on, no matter what happens. The irony is rich. Being recruited by Trump satisfied their Pro-Life craving for overturning Roe. Here was a *business man* who would follow-through on that promise. Who could imagine that, being the psychotic that he is, Trump would fail so dramatically. He rightly deserves condemnation for causing 100K+/- 300K deaths. For Trump's personality cult, this is a humiliating embarrassment. But, they are locked in. It's a religious thing. But it will become a button that can't be pushed too often as seeing the lives that are lost becomes personal. Expect some deeply irrational behavior... (We're overdue for a mass shooting).
You may have heard of Shelley Luther, the woman sentenced to jail for contempt of court for opening ...
racocn8 comments on May 25, 2020:
An enterprising but degenerate wing nut. Disgusting. Interesting how some women pile up divorce settlements like pensions...
This was written by a friend of mine that was recently forced into retirement because of differences...
racocn8 comments on May 24, 2020:
I like the notion of Trump as Loser and then presenting all those reasons. A meme like that could be effective at disheartening his cultists.
The Death of Expertise
racocn8 comments on May 24, 2020:
Those with power have been engaged in a long term campaign to disrupt our value norms with slick propaganda. They also orchestrate drama, the result of which is to keep progressives on their back heel, and overwhelm our responsiveness with tangles of misinformation.
Trump refuses to unveil the portrait of Obama.
racocn8 comments on May 19, 2020:
Taking hydroxychloroquine?! Feel free to inject some bleach while you're at it...
I am getting tired of coming up with bad words to describe our leader and chief.
racocn8 comments on May 19, 2020:
I watched a video where a republican robot trotted out all the Fox talking points. One among them, though, was valid: 'Some on the 'left' are hoping that the pandemic will unseat Trump.' The reality is that Trump is worse than the pandemic. Indeed, any other president would have been less incompetent, and not actually obstruct the CDC and the states from testing Covid into oblivion. We might not have a fatality rate as low as South Korea, but it would be so much better than we have now. And, our economy would not be in ruins, as it will be after a summer of runaway Covid. The problem is that Trump is an existential threat to humanity, not the only one, but Trump is INDIFFERENT from making severe problems much, much worse. WWIII is not out of the question for him. So yeah, if the pandemic will unseat Trump, I definitely do cheer for that. Every day Trump is in office is a bad day for Humanity (and a good day for Evangelical wackos, foil hatters, bigots, Karens and the rest of the republican degenerates).
Is it still a lie if you don't know it isn't true?
racocn8 comments on May 18, 2020:
I would disagree where you say "it's far more innocent than knowingly lying." My issue is with believers who proselytize knowing that something is wrong somewhere, because their beliefs are at odds with reality. What is wrong is that they are too lazy to find out the truth, and to thus discover their cherished beliefs are wrong. It's not that innocent, and actually is much closer to lying.
Absolutely Priceless.
racocn8 comments on May 17, 2020:
Nice and concise. In case anyone missed it, here is my summary. Trump produced numerous tweets criticizing Obama’s handling of the Ebola outbreak, so Trump had understanding and concern about pandemic outbreaks. He later took similar actions that he criticized Obama for. In 2015, Obama’s Susan Rice established the White House Global Health Security and Biodefense unit tasked with being responsible for pandemic preparedness. In 2017, the Obama administration walked incoming Trump administration officials through a pandemic scenario. Officials were told a pandemic would likely lead to shortages of ventilators. In May 2018, the GHSB pandemic preparedness team was disbanded and its head Timothy Ziemer, left the Trump administration. On January 29, 2019, the DNI (Director of National Intelligence) issued an annual report that warns on page 29 that, “The United States will remain vulnerable to the next flu pandemic or large-scale outbreak of a contagious disease that could lead to massive rates of death and disability, severely affect the world economy, strain international resources, and increase calls on the United States for support.” In 2019, from January to August, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services conducts a simulated exercise with 12 U.S. States to respond to a severe influenza pandemic originating in China. The study found confusion between HHS, FEMA, and the Department of Homeland Security on which federal agency would take the lead in the crisis and that the US lacked the production capacity to meet the demands for protective equipment and medical devices. The published findings were completely ignored by Trump and the White House staff. A few months later, symptoms from the first cluster of confirmed cases in Wuhan emerged and began to be documented between Dec. 8 and Jan. 2. WHO was notified on December 31. On Jan. 22, A reporter asks Trump if there are worries about a pandemic. Trump responds: “No. Not at all. And we have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s — going to be just fine.” Sometime toward the end of January 2019, Trump suppresses release of the next annual report from the DNI and it is never released. On January 29, Peter Navarro warned Trump that the pandemic would incur trillions of dollars in losses. The White House forms a coronavirus response task force. Jan. 30: The WHO declares a global health emergency. Trump blocks some travel from China. There was never a travel ban, only restrictions with gaping exceptions that included Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and every American returning home from China. Trump did not act before everybody else. His travel restrictions were effective as of February 2. Dozens of ...
Hippie chicks are usually cool!
racocn8 comments on May 16, 2020:
Some people don't like the smell of weed. Strange that. I had a girlfriend who evoked the the fragrance of butterscotch. That was different. Especially when she'd give off a vaginal fart. Potent those.
the controversy continues ... [facebook.com]
racocn8 comments on May 16, 2020:
If Christians would be true to their faith, shouldn't they refuse all vaccinations? I guess a lot of them do; that's where all the anti-vaxxers come from.
Can you find it? šŸ˜‰
racocn8 comments on May 16, 2020:
I asked for a pair of cantaloupes, but the vendor said to stop squeezing the fruit.
What do you see? Took me ages! (Looks like black water or something...)
racocn8 comments on May 16, 2020:
The bow of a ship on an oil slick...
So according to this Neanderthal, I should be free to get myself piss drunk and drive at ninety ...
racocn8 comments on May 16, 2020:
As long as they play Russian roulette every time they go out, I'm OK with it. Otherwise, it's open season for morons.
That's the long way of saying "I'm a prick."
racocn8 comments on May 16, 2020:
And I'll shoot anyone inside a store not wearing a mask without a warning. And I'll do the same for anyone wearing a gun.
Form letter rejection response Rejection Letter The next time you get a rejection letter from a ...
racocn8 comments on May 16, 2020:
Heartless corporations stopped sending out rejection letters years ago. Several businesses didn't even follow up after I interviewed in person.
If you have you had a UFO experience, what happened?
racocn8 comments on May 14, 2020:
When I was 12 or 13, I was with family visiting my grandparents. They lived in a high-rise condo on the Near North side of Chicago. I went up to the roof to see what I could see. Looking west, I could see the buildings and the skylines. The air was hazy, but I still managed to spot a strange row of lights traveling north at maybe 5 mph. I couldn't see the object itself in the dusk haze, but the lights appeared on the left side and disappeared on the right, and one was missing. They appeared to be mounted on a circular object. I considered trying to get someone to see it with me, but judged it would be out of sight. It slowly traveled north until it was out of sight. It could have been a large balloon-suspended affair, given the speed and lack of noise.
RUMOR AND ABSOLUTE FACT!
racocn8 comments on May 14, 2020:
At the candidate's direction, a subordinate conspired with an enemy of the United States to influence the election. So, Flynn conspired with Russian agents the same way that the Reagan campaign conspired with Iran to keep holding Americans hostage until after Reagan's election. Not too different from how Nixon conspired with Madame Thieu to scuttle the Paris peace accords until after Nixon's election.
There is some good to come from religion .
racocn8 comments on May 13, 2020:
Good for them. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
And the other way around:
racocn8 comments on May 13, 2020:
How this information was gained? Got any proof or evidence? If you replace the word God with Satan, FSM, fate, etc., does the meaning change?
THIS IS NOT SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE! The Small Business Administration is allowing churches ...
racocn8 comments on May 11, 2020:
Hopefully, one of the secular organizations will file suit and force the churches to pay it back. They were never legally entitled to receive it in the first place. Nothing about the pandemic prevents parishioners from contributing by mail, etc. Religion should not be classified as a business. For every business, on pays money for a good or service. No good or service is provided. People walk out with what they walked in with. It is a scam and taxpayer money must not be given to non-taxpaying religious hucksters, no matter how established. Was money equally disbursed to Wiccans, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, etc.?
I've long found this to be true.
racocn8 comments on May 11, 2020:
Don't give up. Minds in America are changing; not as fast as chrome rusting, but they are changing. Yeah, I can't tell you how I'd be working with a fellow engineer and then I'd find out they were wacko. How am I supposed to trust any work product they provide? How can you work in the sciences and repudiate the whole thing at the same time? Sick, sick, sick...
Believers advise me that if I require evidence for God, I must first trust in God by accepting his ...
racocn8 comments on May 11, 2020:
I tried it. Nothing happened. No filling of my heart with joy. No enlightenment. And no love. The m'er effing Baptists I was talking to were still slimy MLMers. Christianity is a mindf%cking lobotomy. It is the losing proposition to Pascal's Wager. You give up your integrity and commit yourself to a lifetime of stupidity and hate. What a great bargain. What a great god! (Not)
The gang's all here
racocn8 comments on May 11, 2020:
They all need crosses to show where their hate comes from.
IS there anything the people really CAN do to reduce or stop the deliberate feeding of hate and ...
racocn8 comments on May 10, 2020:
Decriminalization of cannabis will decrease anxiety and the thirst for drama. The conspiracies will have to compete with the individual's imagination. Support science education and the exclusion of proselytizing within the public square. Call out violations of these norms. Support CFI and NCSE and the like.
Russian intelligence services intervened in the 2016 U.
racocn8 comments on May 9, 2020:
But don't forget that it's not just the Trump Administration. You did mention that the Senate Republicans wouldn't vote to impeach, and that the impeachment proceeding was an utterly disgraceful sham, destroying all semblance to historic political norms of the US. That was a big step in a coup that ended the country. The Senators bequeathed unlimited power to Trump - - but why? It was not just self-serving, but many of the Senators are just as compromised as Trump is. And almost certainly, a goodly number of democrats are also in Putin's pocket. Tulsi and Kirsten are strong suspects, and probably several more too. Installing a fifth column has always been a strategy favored by the Russians. We know the NRA has helped orchestrate it. Real Effing Americans... Where it goes from here is unclear. Whichever side wins, Civil War is a very strong likelihood. And certainly meeting with Putin's approval. Civil War is actually here already, we just won't admit it. Next will be a mass shooting at one of Trump's rallies. Would you be surprised at all? It's a lot like Hitler. The industrialists funded him believing they could control him. They reckoned wrong and Germany was destroyed, along with a lot of those industries. We are very much on that same track. Wall Street has been happy to support Trump. Will Trump burn the Post Office like Hitler did to the Reichstag? We are in the hands of Covid-19, if only it would put Trump out of our misery.
"'Plandemic' Is Dangerous, Viral Nonsense --- A pseudo-documentary full of outrageous, verifiably ...
racocn8 comments on May 9, 2020:
This video may well be nothing more that a horribly shabby bit of PR to sell Mikovits's book. However, my intuition suggests that there is a significant probability 25-45% that this whole venture, the PR and the book and Mikovits herself, are part of a larger disinformation campaign. The style of the disinformation closely compares to the conspiracy disinformation that was disseminated for 9/11 and for UFO disparagement. UFO community originally defined the concept of the Deep State. It is this Military-Industrial-Intelligence Complex that disseminates disinformation to obfuscate so-called national security issues. The point being that Mikovits's book may just be the beginning of much more conspiracy BS, utterly screwy nonsense intended to confuse and obstruct rational discussion of national security issues. That is, issues that relate to the security of the 1% and higher.
Are you in favor of UBI ? Why/not ?
racocn8 comments on May 8, 2020:
If and only if one receives it after being certified as receiving reversible birth control. That should be the caveat requirement for getting most government services and voting privileges.
"'Plandemic' Is Dangerous, Viral Nonsense --- A pseudo-documentary full of outrageous, verifiably ...
racocn8 comments on May 8, 2020:
I saw most of the video. The article validates my impression that Mikovits lied repeatedly, then shamelessly in promotion of her book. I understand the notion of free speech, but this kind of wholesale misinformation is entirely comparable to shouting fire in a crowded theater.
A Breath of Fresh Air! [dailykos.com]
racocn8 comments on May 6, 2020:
I think what Christopher Hitchen’s said in response to Jerry Falwell’s death fits Trump to a T: “If you gave him an enema you could bury him in a matchbox” (comment from Jason Hackman)
Retirement party favors ...[agnostic.com]
racocn8 comments on May 6, 2020:
When I was 17 or so, my Dad gave me a vial with two snippets of tissue which he asked me to encase in plastic (one of my hobbies at the time).
I actually have several questions.
racocn8 comments on May 6, 2020:
Of course you can't tell, but the groom also has two dicks.
Once again, hypocrisy is completely lost on the Trump crowd.
racocn8 comments on May 4, 2020:
Religion causes a broad variety of behavioral disorders and personality disorder. Whether it's PTSD, sexual molestation, the constant drumbeat of hate against others, etc., the effect is to disable various cognitive functions. Thus, religionists may lack empathy, lie a lot, act out, project their weaknesses on others, etc. Religion screws with their heads, and then they latch onto like-minded sick people. Perhaps religions damages people because damaged people are easier to manipulate and control.
Auschwitz Museum condemns Nazi slogan at 'Re-open Illinois' protest | TheHill
racocn8 comments on May 4, 2020:
Pure hate-speech.
Regarding the amazing failure of Trump virus response: What seems to have happened is that in ...
racocn8 comments on May 4, 2020:
We may never know why Trump failed so utterly. As most notorious pathological liar in history, nothing he says can be reliable. Either: 1) Trump was continuing his treasonous dismantling from the inside under the directions of Putin; or, 2) He imagined that it would be better for the pandemic to 'wash over the country' as he once said. He may not have know how a fully unleashed pandemic would undermine the economy and his reelection. 3) He sought to profit off the the pandemic and skim testing contracts for domestic companies, rather than buy those available through WHO. However, his favored companies couldn't get their tests to work properly, and it became a fiasco that was so frustrating that he just handed the mess over to Pence (Who is equally incompetent). Other scenarios?....
trump supporters.....
racocn8 comments on May 3, 2020:
Except that Mel Gibson is a psychopathic clown too.
The irony .
racocn8 comments on May 3, 2020:
Not really. Trump Jr. only endorsed the notion that Tara Reade could be credible, whereas Pelosi, Gillibrand, Harris, Abrams, Whitmer, Klobuchar & Hillary were bowled over by the stench of political manipulation. Put simply, Reade's grotesque embellishment of her complaint from last year is so over-the-top as to be easily disregarded. The only real question is whether Trump or some of the Bernie Bros put her up to it. She is a desperate, pathetic pawn. Like Trump Jr.
This Chart Shows How Quickly Americans Are Abandoning Organized Religion | Hemant Mehta | Friendly ...
racocn8 comments on May 2, 2020:
Other countries have gone through a similar shift where a major share of residents lose their allegiance. Maybe Covid will speed it up a bit too. Many people will worry that the loss of declared affiliation will mean a rise in immorality. The unswerving allegiance of the Evangelicals to Trump proves they refuse to be offended by the most vile, degenerate and corrupt politician in American history. So much for Christian morality! The loyalty of each Evangelical to Trump proves they will ditch the morality their religion teaches; and then enact fawning fealty to a personalty cult. Gross!! And they are proud to be deplorable! They embrace the term. Eff'd up! No one expects Christianity to go away. But, in a millennium, perhaps Jesus will join Wotan, Zeus and Horus. Granted, something just as silly would likely replace it. And then there's Islam, Hinduism, etc. Perhaps humans will advance and fix whatever flaw it is that allows unlimited belief. Or, we might even learn a Truth. In the meantime, we should continue our efforts to support science education and critical thinking.
Biden to Discuss Tara Reade allegations tomorrow morning on Morning Joe.
racocn8 comments on May 2, 2020:
What is the motivation here? Is it Reade's fascination and adoration of Putin? Was she frustrated that Biden won over the Progressives she supported, Sanders and Warren? Or did she flirt at Biden and Biden rejected her? Or a combination of them all? Can this complaint be seen as a final bid for justice, or does it represent yet another political hit job like we've seen with Gary Hart, Al Franken, and Robert Mueller? Sanders campaign exec's have immediately called on Biden to withdraw from the race, even though Biden could be completely innocent. What is Tara Reade's explanation for waiting until Biden got the nomination to 'elaborate' on her complaint from 2019? Notably, Tara Reade's absurdly crude and lurid description cannot possibly be substantiated. Claiming to be manually penetrated with no previous flirtation is not just out of character for Biden, it's out of character for anyone, except a psycho like Trump. Someone like Biden would never do shit like that unless they were drunk or they had paid for it. Does anyone imagine that Tara Reade concocted this lie on her own? That kind of ugliness can only be coached. Still, for Ms. Reade to put it out there signifies a special kind of mental illness, the depravity of false accusation. It is the infamous reality that a few women engage in false accusations, and these false accusations are the bane of women who really have been treated unfairly, and want justice.
Why Religion Is Not Going Away and Science Will Not Destroy It
racocn8 comments on May 1, 2020:
Bull. Last sentence: "Its advocates would be well advised to stop fabricating an enemy out of religion, or insisting that the only path to a secure future lies in a marriage of science and secularism. " Only a liar would claim that advocates of science are fabricating that religion is its enemy. No fabrication is needed; Creationism is still religious nonsense. As for insisting that science and secularism not be married, just what non-secular (religious) system should be married to science??? Yikes. Is that like Sharia Law? Elsewhere the author weaves in the cowardly insecurity of a religious believer. It's textbook cognitive dissonance. And yes, the US is a hold-out in terms of a majority of citizens identifying with established religion, but that majority is moving towards minority status at a good clip. We are approaching the maximum slope of the hysteresis curve right now.
His great inauguration
racocn8 comments on May 1, 2020:
All those supporters and not an automatic weapon in sight? Why does Trump get special treatment?
I would laugh, but.....
racocn8 comments on May 1, 2020:
And the Bernie supporters still don't care. Not unlike Trump.
Trump has already done more harm than Jim Jones
racocn8 comments on Apr 30, 2020:
And more harm than Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon, combined.
For a guy that calls others fake, he takes the cake
racocn8 comments on Apr 30, 2020:
Real Traitor
When one is quarantined, with too much time on their hands, what to do?
racocn8 comments on Apr 30, 2020:
40 years ago, my Dad gave me a really cool watch. It was a wrist-watch with an alarm and glow-in-the-dark spots around the face. These spots were, I believe, a mixture of phosphor and radium. I was working at the Wistar Institute and had a chance to check the watch out with a Geiger counter. The underside had a plainly higher amount of radioactivity, but above the face, the counter took off. I was taken aback at how hot the thing was. Not long after, I left the watch in my bag while I played racquetball. After my session, the watch was mercifully missing. I was glad to be rid of the thing. (In the lab, they had a big Erlenmeyer flask to filter and collect liquids that contained tritium and other isotopes. I noticed that no one wanted to empty the thing, and that the level got up to the vacuum line. I checked that out and found that the whole lab vacuum system was radioactively contaminated. Years later at the Arco Quality Control Lab, they detected high amounts of mercury in the basement air. Technicians would dump mercury into the drains, out-of-sight, out-of-mind (After blowing out a manometer). Problem was, the mercury wouldn't go back up out of the drain and sat there until the drain rusted out. The mercury plopped into the mud underneath the building. They had to excavate to try to recapture it and contaminate someplace else.)
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes YESSSSSSS! Not a Biden fan, but please tell me I'm not jumping the gun on ...
racocn8 comments on Apr 29, 2020:
1. Remember, it's not the popular vote that counts, but the Electoral College. 2. The Republicans have rigged the election every way they can. They don't have to get away with it. They just have to win, and Trump's Justice Dept will back them up (not prosecute). They will get away with it! 3. The real question is what the U.S. citizenry do when faced with a (another) patently stolen election. Last time, Obama, the supposed wonderful leader, let Trump and Putin get away with it. Hey, nobody blinked when the bankers stole 40% of the equity saved up by those earning less than $200K per year. Not one person went to jail after 2009. Trump's team have learned that lesson. Who will stand up to the GOP when it cheats democracy this time? We are so eff'd
Is the concept of a personal God needed in some individuals?
racocn8 comments on Apr 28, 2020:
Perhaps it was Voltaire who rejected atheism because he worried that too many people in the population would behave much worse if they weren't fearful of a hell? The threat of immoral or unethical acts committed by unbelievers must be balanced against the damage religion does to each person. As fewer people identify with established religion, we should soon see if this leads to a corresponding increase in immoral/unethical behavior. This shift toward agnosticism has been seen in other countries, so the answer is probably out there.
Religion was destroyed! By whom?
racocn8 comments on Apr 28, 2020:
The difference between a Russian troll and this poster would be what? I appreciate dialects as much as anyone but I could program a computer to string words together better than this post. Is this what I've been reduced to; reading troll trash? Shame on me.
The Worst Way to be Proven Wrong.
racocn8 comments on Apr 27, 2020:
That can't happen often enough.
[agnostic.com]
racocn8 comments on Apr 27, 2020:
That's an insult to dogdom. He is a pig; re-do your drawing.
HIS LIES ARE CREATING AN HISTORIC RECORD OF QUANTITY AND STUPIDITY.
racocn8 comments on Apr 27, 2020:
The challenge of our future, if we have one, will be how we disenfranchise the GOP/Trumpers. We clearly see that they are not fit to be citizens, and they can never be responsible participants. The are incapable of behaving as more than trolling traitors.
What can Biden do to gain support from Sanders' supporters?
racocn8 comments on Apr 27, 2020:
First, Biden could promise free charm school sessions to Bernie supporters, and an unlimited supply of prozac, valium and strattera. And, as much bleach as they care to inject. Of course, some means is needed to tear their attention away from GRU posts. Then some termites for the sticks up their arses. But, as far as voting, forget it. They won't vote. Except if Jill Stein is VP. Or one of Vlad's other stooges, Kirsten or Tulsi.
Donald Trump is the embodiment of a white trash president who cant spell
racocn8 comments on Apr 26, 2020:
Another old term applies, and also woefully inadequate: The Ugly American
I was wondering if a steam bath or a hot sauna would help your lungs and then this happened.
racocn8 comments on Apr 26, 2020:
Hey, maybe alpha-tocopherol works? It kills covid and you at the same time?

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