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[edit] That YouTube video

I watched the indicated segment (albeit with sound turned off). Is there something I am missing? Why was this added? Much as I can appreciate random wtf humor, it doesn't seem relevant to RW. Blitz (Complaints Box) 15:57, 8 April 2016 (UTC)

It's a pastiche of various cartoons from the 1980s and 1990s that ends up with the story of Xenu and a pitch for Dianetics. I found it amusing, and thought other readers here would too. - Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 17:35, 8 April 2016 (UTC)
it might have avoided some down votes if it gave an indication of what it was AMassiveGay (talk) 17:36, 8 April 2016 (UTC)

[edit] Can I just say

...that this woman is so fucking cool? Talk about doing a 180 and standing by your mistake, even mustering the force to actively combat that nonsense that once was part of her own M.O. (before she understood what it really was). In the end, she's already doing good by helping science as a student of biomedicine. But to also take the fight to the naturopaths - I have sick turn table spinnin' respect for that. Rock on, Britt Marie Hermes! Reverend Black Percy (talk) 12:08, 18 April 2016 (UTC)

[edit] "The Smug Style in American Liberalism"

I want to argue because this piece is twisting itself into pretzels to assert that informed positions aren't any better than uninformed ones because it comes off as condescending when you point out that people you disagree with are flagrantly wrong.

"Liberals know climate change is real, and their smugness about it is why conservatives won't change their minds, not maybe, the millions-annually propaganda campaign, and a political party that will tell them they're right no matter what." As if politely ignoring the problem makes it go away.

Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of danger in overconfidence of your moral and political rectitude, but if we have a problem, its far-and-away more developed in the right wing's new(since 2000ish) tell-people-they're-right-no-matter-what machine than "smug" liberals. ikanreed You probably didn't deserve that 13:56, 22 April 2016 (UTC)

Pretty much. The article never explains why any of the things we know are wrong, because they aren't. Qscgy (talk) 14:44, 22 April 2016 (UTC)
i can dea l with the smugness, its the sanctimony that pisses me of AMassiveGay (talk) 14:05, 22 April 2016 (UTC)
Maybe it's me, but making an article the disparages the educated while making a big political correctness stink about how the educated make the conservatives in the dummy party feel bad seems...not so smart. -EmeraldCityWanderer (talk) 14:19, 22 April 2016 (UTC)
Nah, I don't mind the suggestion that I'm doing something wrong by thinking I'm better than other people. I have an internal debate about that all the time, because it's a fair concern. I specifically disagree with the interpretation that the "smugness" is the cause of a widening political divide and not the institutions that reinforce ignorance as a badge of honor and are willing to sell out objective truth. ikanreed You probably didn't deserve that 14:26, 22 April 2016 (UTC)
This is the part that especially irritated me - "But this does not excuse liberals beating full retreat to the colleges and the cities, abandoning the dispossessed to their fate. It does not excuse surrendering a century of labor politics in the name of electability. It does not excuse gazing out decades later to find that those left behind are not up on the latest thought and deciding, We didn't abandon them. The idiots didn't want to be saved."
It does not matter whether you are liberal, conservative, or neither; the paragraph is plain fucking wrong. Labor was told decades ago that the labor jobs were going away. That they would be replaced with machines. That capital costs triumph over increasing labor costs over time.
Labor and labor politics weren't left behind. What's left of labor and labor politics are the ones who stubbornly assisted that the small rural factory town, the turn-the-widget jobs, the blue-collar industry of the 1950s, was here to stay and would never go away. The point of diminishing returns was reached.
Perhaps it's simply because I'm IT, but I highly resent the implication that you are supposed to reach out people forever and ever and ever with infinite patience. When comes the endpoint? When do you finally say "OK, we're done?"
“Arrakis teaches the attitude of the knife - chopping off what's incomplete and saying: 'Now, it's complete because it's ended here.'" --Castaigne2 (talk) 15:31, 22 April 2016 (UTC)
I think a case like this was written better by Orwell when he wrote The Road to Wigan Pier. Smugness blows off the concerns of certain classes of people and the American failed to convince labor to become welcoming towards women, minorities, and immigrants. The Dems have sided with capital interests and abandoned the 50 state strategy; I know from personal experience that there is a lot of hatred among conservatives for the liberals in New England and the West Coast. The US govt didn't help the economy switch to a service based system so now we have rabid protectionism.--Owlman (talk) (mail) 15:50, 22 April 2016 (UTC) 15:50, 22 April 2016 (UTC)
A good old fashioned Republican tariff is the fix for that. Republicans need to realize that it's much much easier to keep out foreign manufactured goods than it is to build a wall to keep out Latino immigrants. - Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 15:53, 22 April 2016 (UTC)
I like free trade, but there should be heavy punishment for slaves and we should restrict trade with repressive regimes.--Owlman (talk) (mail) 15:59, 22 April 2016 (UTC) 15:59, 22 April 2016 (UTC)
I applaud your idealism. However, I'll continue operating on basis of realpolitik and rational self-interest. --Castaigne2 (talk) 16:05, 22 April 2016 (UTC)


But not all conservative positions are "flagrantly wrong". Take abortion, for example. I think that we can all agree that at birth a baby is a human. But when exactly does this property of "being human" start to exist? 10 minutes before birth? A week? A month? This is a genuinely hard moral and ethical question that touches on question such as "what does it mean to be human?" Sure, science can *help* answer this, but it can never give a full answer as it's a moral and ethical question. IMHO being against abortion ("pro-life") is a perfectly rational and sane position. Not a position I personally agree with − and I think many of the religious don't use the best arguments − but it's not a position that's somehow "flagrantly wrong".
Another example: health care. I very strongly disagree with most American conservatives there, but from their point of view and framework of thinking the ability to have full freedom and choice is *more important* than having universal healthcare. Again, I very strongly disagree with this, but who am I to say that these values and ethical judgements are "flagrantly wrong" and smugly declare that I am right and they are obviously wrong?
You mention climate change. Yes, that is a position where I feel one can safely − and smugly − say conservatives are just dead wrong. But the topic of climate change wasn't really mentioned in the article. In other words, that's a bit of a straw man. In general, I feel that the gist of the article is spot-on. Carpetsmoker (talk) 16:19, 22 April 2016 (UTC)
Smugness and moral superiority are a two way street. Many conservatives claim, or used to claim, that their opponents were unpatriotic, lazy, and pleasure-seeking. (As movement conservatism accepted the gospel of the Free Market, this strain became muted, but hasn't entirely gone away.) I do miss the good old days when liberals mocked the moralistic prissiness of the right wing, rather than becoming a mirror image of it. - Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 16:39, 22 April 2016 (UTC)

Look, I completely agree that this should be up - it's not everyday liberals are asked to ponder their own biases and beliefs on here, but quite frankly, this guy is beating a dead horse made of bullshit. Yes, people who agree with many more "liberal" policies may act like they "know" the facts, but that is because they actually do. The problem isn't that everybody promoting complete crap is dishonest liars, but because many of them are up to their necks in bullshit. Sometimes the bullshit was created wholecloth to support policies certain people wanted, at all costs. However, more commonly, a person was simply misguided. Whether they had help from some people who's interests were best served by promoting their bullshit - whether the people who helped promote it latched onto it because they wanted to believe - or the misguided person was able to spread the ideas themselves - the bullshit was spread around like manure on the field of the population. Perhaps there is some justification for conservative views - perhaps not. The person above mentioned abortion. If they just said Abortion is wrong, because it is ethically and morally wrong, to my personal views, and I for one won't do it, and will encourage those around me not to do it, then it would be all fine and dandy. However, that is not what they do. They demonize the women who get them. They demonize those who give them as "baby killers". That isn't necessarily the most misinformative of what they do, but they do it, and it has real consequences. Abortion doctors have been killed, and at least some women, who wouldn't be shamed by their own sense of ethics and morals are publicly shamed. Then, from that they move onto complete misinformation. Like that somehow women who have had abortions are more likely to be depressed or even suicidal. That Women who get them may cause problems to their future fertility. They show photos of things that aren't even legal, and claim this is what is going on. That is grade A B.S. Sorry. All of those things are patent grade bullshit, yet they are common "knowledge" within the pro-life crowd.

The problem isn't that they don't know, it's that they live in a completely different world of facts, and theirs happen to line up less with reality, than that of proponents of most liberal policies. There is an entire media aparatus set up to tell them they are more right than they think they are. There is no telling them otherwise. Perhaps some argue liberal academia is like that, but it actually isn't. These people are wrong, and there's people who benefit from them being wrong, and they work hard to promote it, or at least persuade them this one thing or a few things, *cough abortion and gay marriage* is far more important than things that are actually, objectively more important, such as climate change, or even their own economic self-interest. There is a reason "conservative academia" is not exactly a driving force in the world of academia - it is because the ideas are wrong, and in many cases have long since been discarded. The only "supply-side" economics professors I have met have been at the community college level. I am sure a few exist at a few elite universities, because they do publish papers, but the field as a whole does tend to support more "liberal" policies. There is a reason Liberty University is literally the laughing stock of the academic world. Yet, you wouldn't know this from consuming mass media, whether for controversey and ratings, or for ideology. These people are granted equal status by media outlets that seek to be neutral, and then are given god-like status in media sources who bend to their ideology.

Trump is a symptom, but he is a symptom of a separate world of facts that for far too long has been given equal weight in the venues most Americans experience, beyond that of academic journals. He can make up his own facts, but those who promote or believe bullshit have convinced a great deal of people that media is "lying to them", so whatever Trump says could totally be true, and since it aligns with their preconceived notions, then it is. If conservatives are more open-minded, which in my experience with plenty of conservatives, isn't actually true, they are so open-minded, their brain, along with it's critical thinking faculties has fallen out.

Feel free to disagree, this is America. This is a site devoted to rationality, so, this type of article should be here, not in the "clogs" as it were. Maybe it even makes some good points, but I don't think it reflects reality so much as it does the author's preconceived notions. Surely, he'd think I'm smug, and perhaps I am, but it isn't because I am smug that many Republican voters vote against their own economic self-interest, it is because of promoters of bullshit, whether personally deluded or liars, and because some have been convinced to vote against their own interests in every way, except for one, or maybe two or three issues, because it is "so much more" important. I'm sure some would still think so, without all the bullshit, but many wouldn't unless they were whipped up into a frenzy, in large part due to falsehoods.

It also is worth noting that the Democrats actually do have a majority of voters siding with them these days. There was a swing election in 2010 that resulted in many "blue" or "purple" states being ridiculously gerry-mandered. Despite landslide victories in the popular congressional vote the last 2 congressional elections, some states are sending upwards of 3/4's of their representatives as members of the party on the losing side. There is a reason Romney lost in 2012, and it was that he was forced too far to the right by the primary process. That is why Republican party leaders have been cringing at the thought of a Trump or Cruze candidacy. The majority of voters are at least Democratic-leaning these days, it's just the majority of our representatives somehow aren't. --Gambrel (talk)


If there's anything positive to be garnered from the article, I think it is not who is right and who is wrong. I'm generally pretty elitist and anti-populist, to me the most terrifying thing in politics is when the tide turns based on shallow emotional appeals based on what makes people feel good and faulty logic based on magical thinking. The fatal flaw on the left, however, is that this is a pitfall only on the right, and some more elitist types on the right think the same about the left. More leftist populism is being bandied about as the new, hip, intellectual thing to do, which is based on flawless logic, when it simply isn't. Anti-nuclear, anti-fracking, anti-vaxx, protectionism, while there are kernels of problems within these things, pretty much every expert opinion is counter to leftist thinking, among some at least. We sneer when the right redbaits over Obama, but we continue to handwave and ignore the authoritarian Maoists and Stalinists as if they're not worth talking about in the same breath as modern-day Democrats, all while incessantly comparing modern-day Republicans to old-school fascists. The fact is that both examples have one denominator: populism took over and became all about affixing blame and score-settling than actually fixing shit.

The point here is that these people cannot simply be patronized and ridiculed out of existence. There was an article some time ago about The Daily Show and other left-leaning and leftist political satire, that for all the entertainment it gave its audience, it did little to move the cultural needle among the opponents. Laughing at Trump only emboldens him and his true believers. Supporting Trump or the right does not make one "stupid". Not everyone has the time or energy to be a policy wonk. What we need is communication. Had there been a concerted effort to explain why Trump was wrong from the beginning, rather than just dismissing him and belittling his supporters, he may not be around any more. Now he's on some track for the nomination, and if the leftist populist puritans have their way, he will be President. Not because he was the best candidate, but because leftists decided that being condescending was more important than being convincing. Hentropy (talk) 18:56, 23 April 2016 (UTC)

Well your view of elitism explains a lot of why we disagree since I would consider myself your inverse. Elitism, in my view, leads to bubbles of trust and privilege that blinds those who are within it; this blindness has always led to failure and a view that one should build a fortress to protect the progress already made instead of growing it. I see politics as an unavoidable trench warfare that can only be soothed by empathy which elites can't do because they all too often fail to recognize the frustration outside their bubble. Of course, prejudice and anti-intellectualism exist among grassroots, but they also exist within the higher classes bubble where market fundamentalism exists on the conservative side while "all natural" woo exists among the liberals. I dislike the constant Godwinning of Trump and this view that his supporters are some kind of exception when these people have been abandoned and screwed and propaganda peddled to them has led to rampant anti-intellectualism.--Owlman (talk) (mail) 19:20, 23 April 2016 (UTC) 19:20, 23 April 2016 (UTC)
I'll take "market fundamentalism" a thousand times over "all natural". The first's being convinced of the righteousness of an actual, defined idea and principle, the other is nothing but emotional attachment to something illogical and ill-defined. I'm an elitist too, in the sense that I wish the masses were more like the elites sometimes: I'll take someone who prefers a prudent but reasoned approach to progress over someone who'll drag anyone more moderate than them through the mud, someone utterly incapable of understanding the fact that he and the moderates have the same endgame but that their way to get there is more prudent. It's easy to be a passion-driven utopist, because utopies have no obligation of results and only exist to permit the condemnation of what people have actually built into existence in the name of what doesn't exist. Viewing politics as a trench warfare is nothing but intellectual abdication. NewFrenchHotness (talk) 01:43, 24 April 2016 (UTC)
Well, market fundamentalism tends to handwave slavery and endorse "scientific management". Anyways, I don't see how politics isn't trench warfare; it always involves deal making and hard stances in order to push the borders. The main problem with elites is their hierarchy which they state was earned in a meritocracy but refuse to acknowledge that they were born with an advantage they helped them gain their position. What causes anger among the proles is when the elite realise they can ignore their concerns and build a system that doesn't hold them accountable. When this happens those at the bottom will feel opprosed and persecuted even if they aren't and will easily be picked up by a dangerous radical. In the US, we have had several radical groups that supported equal rights; one example was Bash Back![wp], a radical gay rights group, but it never gained national attention or widespread support like, say, the German American Bund. I think a great example of this is the Men's Rights Movement which has largely been a hate movement that was spawned by second wave feminism preceived refusal to take men's issues seriously. Even if a minority of feminists disregarded men's soceital issues these men were convinced that the movement itself was the problem and had to be removed. Many misogynists and anti-feminists used this frustration to push against female rights and progate ideas that all feminists wanted to oppress men which has led to people like Paul Elam and Roosh V gaining a public platform. Now, I am not blaming people for supporting groups that effectively work to exploit them and I understand why poor whites support Trump and many minorities support the established Dems because these people have supported them in some way at sometime and they fear what the other side might do to them even if there won't actually be any retaliation.--Owlman (talk) (mail) 02:21, 24 April 2016 (UTC) 02:21, 24 April 2016 (UTC)
Well, if there's anything history teaches us is that if freedoms aren't protected, they can be easily reversed, to never be seen again. I suppose whether I'm an elitist or not, the point is that you have many liberals who have an elitist mindset when they are at least pseudo-populist and prone more to emotional analysis of political issues. They then look down on yokels because they don't respect their pseudo-elite opinions. Politics isn't trench warfare, the other side is not an enemy with ill intent, it's about trying to secure solutions to problems that cover the most bases. Even if you treat it like trench warfare, most average people do not and punish politicians/administrations that do. Despite all the alarmism and sensationalism the media feeds to both sides of the issues, shit really aren't falling apart as dramatically as they claim. No, no one has a crystal ball and can tell you how a particular thing is going to shake out, even the smartest and most informed among us aren't gods. Populism does have its place in its purest form, average people should not be locked out of the process. Both Bush and Obama has done a fair amount of harm in this regard, after years of bold-faced lies and weaseling, and distrust is inevitable after that. Hentropy (talk) 06:56, 24 April 2016 (UTC)
Yes I understand that freedoms most be defended but the insistence of certain intellectuals to build a fortress that will protect these has always failed because people want results and crisis create a demand for such results. My analogy that politics is trench warfare isn't supposed to demonize the other side but to show how the culture war is always inevitable because the media and politicians hype up political gridlock. I realise most people don't punish their political representatives but that is either because they like them or feel that there is no alternative and therefore are just complacent. As long as there are hierarchies people at the bottom will see smugness where there may not be any while people on top will see misguided anti-intellectualism.--Owlman (talk) (mail) 07:14, 24 April 2016 (UTC) 07:14, 24 April 2016 (UTC)

[edit] The Fluoride Stare

Seriously? I guess you have to name the look people give you after you say the stupidest thing they have ever heard but this takes the cake in willful ignorance. It's not the look of fluoride killing them, it's the look of what just came out of the conspiracy theorists mouth slowly killing the person inside as they lose all faith in humanity. -EmeraldCityWanderer (talk) 16:16, 25 April 2016 (UTC)

Really, the main thing I bydo is wonder what exactly these guys brush their teeth with. ikanreed You probably didn't deserve that 16:57, 25 April 2016 (UTC)
they let them soak in a glass at night AMassiveGay (talk) 17:02, 25 April 2016 (UTC)
As far as I know it's usually baking soda or something like Burt's Bees. I knew someone who used all the natural hygiene products and all I knew is that they didn't used to work well. The reason I knew is because I was absolutely confused how someone could spend so much time on her appearance with such great results and still smell like she was homeless. -EmeraldCityWanderer (talk) 17:22, 25 April 2016 (UTC)
Don't forget oil pulling. Which, to be fair, probably worked well for Indus valley Siberian Buryat peoples centuries ago prior to the invention of modern dental care, but not very effective now. ℕoir LeSable (talk) 17:28, 25 April 2016 (UTC)
Literally next door to burt's bees factory here. BRB, adding fluoride to it. ikanreed You probably didn't deserve that 18:09, 28 April 2016 (UTC)

[edit] About the georestricted PBS video

I downloaded it via proxy, should I post the link for people outside of the US to download and watch it (on Mega.nz)?--Kugelschreiber (talk) (mail) (block) 22:46, 11 May 2016 (UTC) 22:46, 11 May 2016 (UTC)

Yes.--Owlman (talk) (mail) 01:31, 12 May 2016 (UTC) 01:31, 12 May 2016 (UTC)
Mmkay, will do.--Kugelschreiber (talk) (mail) (block) 10:55, 12 May 2016 (UTC) 10:55, 12 May 2016 (UTC)

[edit] Bernie thing

I've definitely noticed the conspiracy theory quality of rhetoric coming in supporting Sanders now. Is that just an inevitability of playing the outsider game? When he first started gaining a popularity, it wasn't like this. Is it just tribalism in the face of an apparent electoral defeat reaching for any tool available? What happened? ikanreed You probably didn't deserve that 14:36, 19 May 2016 (UTC)

Meh, I would say it was always there but now it is more prevalent.--Owlman (talk) (mail) 14:38, 19 May 2016 (UTC) 14:38, 19 May 2016 (UTC)
As Sanders continues to fall behind, the conspiracy-mongers are getting increasingly angry. And Bernie is responsible for encouraging this. Typhoon (talk) 14:46, 19 May 2016 (UTC)
No he isn't. Even if he denounces this stuff it wouldn't go away.--Owlman (talk) (mail) 15:06, 19 May 2016 (UTC) 15:06, 19 May 2016 (UTC)
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"For weeks, some current and former Sanders campaign workers have privately acknowledged feeling disheartened about Mr. Weaver’s determination to go after the Democratic National Committee, fearing a pitched battle with the party they hope to support in the general election. The intraparty fighting has affected morale, they say, and raised concerns that Mr. Weaver, a longtime Sanders aide who more recently ran a comic book store, was not devoted to achieving Democratic unity. Several described the campaign’s message as having devolved into a near-obsession with perceived conspiracies on the part of Mrs. Clinton’s allies."
Yes he is, Owlman. Politifact was recently debunking conspiracy theories that Sanders is enabling by letting Weaver go crazy. Typhoon (talk) 15:33, 19 May 2016 (UTC)
So he is going after the DNC. That doesn't prove he is perpetuating conspiracies.--Owlman (talk) (mail) 15:44, 19 May 2016 (UTC) 15:44, 19 May 2016 (UTC)
Umm, did your eyes failed you when reading the last couple sentences in the quotebox? Typhoon (talk) 16:06, 19 May 2016 (UTC)
Yeah I read that several anonymous people believe it is a conspiracy fueled campaign. Besides being skeptical of that article it is still an article that opens with "Sanders is willing to damage Clinton" as if she wasn't damaged before.--Owlman (talk) (mail) 16:11, 19 May 2016 (UTC) 16:11, 19 May 2016 (UTC)
Tribalism is a lazy argument. Withoutaname (talk) 15:39, 19 May 2016 (UTC)
Unless I seriously did something to suggest I was JAQing off, could you not treat a question as an assertion. Please and thank you. ikanreed You probably didn't deserve that 19:03, 19 May 2016 (UTC)
I think that people are assuming that there is a centralized conspiracy when this is how primaries have been run and the American election system has significant problems.--Owlman (talk) (mail) 19:12, 19 May 2016 (UTC) 19:12, 19 May 2016 (UTC)

Nah it's largely been like this from the beginning, but Bernie fans have been bottling all the conspiracy stuff up because they wanted to win. Now that it seems like there's no chance, they're throwing everything at the wall and unleashing the dogs of the internet. It's true, this year was supposed to be Hillary's crowning primary to many party insiders. The DNC did not adequately prepare for this possibility and when it came about, they handled it the wrong way, which is why I do think DWS should step down and the DNC be more deferent to those that voted for Bernie. However, the madness has got to stop. I know whenever someone says something they don't like they started yawping about "proof", but it's really all over the place. You can go on any website frequented by Bernie supporters and it's just a giant circle jerk of conspiracy theory, namecalling, and naked tribalism. Whether or not Bernie says he "condones" it or not is largely beside the point, he has fed these conspiracy theories by never explicitly calling them out, and fostering the atmosphere that the "deck was stacked against him" even though he lost by every democratic measure. So they throw out red herrings about superdelegates- which would require them to do the undemocratic thing and support Bernie because he wants them to- and conspiracy theories. He talks like Donald Trump or some kind of Gamergater. "Oh no, you shouldn't harass people, but the person I'm totally not harassing is really really bad and I sympathize with the people who harassed her!" It's ridiculous, and I'm glad at least some progressive website had the courage to go against the Bros and point out how ridiculous it is. Hentropy (talk) 21:38, 19 May 2016 (UTC)

That's a convenient narrative you've got in place there. It lets you avoid examining the true reasons behind the frustration of Bernie Sanders supporters as well as the apparent success behind Clinton's establishment centrism, the "lesser evilism" practice in politics. Even though his loss was inevitable, dismissing Sanders supporters, like Trump supporters, will exacerbate the problem. Withoutaname (talk) 21:51, 19 May 2016 (UTC)
I don't really care at this point. I'm not really a Hillary supporter, which often puts me in a tight spot. Bernie fans (I am just barely stopping myself from calling them Bros over and over, but only because some of the women act the same way) have basically threatened to split the party for months now if Hillary supporters don't give them a lap dance and tell them how great they are all the time. They tried that for months and it didn't work. Hillary was just a war criminal shill whose wall street bucks fuel the evil American Killing Machine and everyone who doesn't agree with them loves drinking the blood of Syrian refugees and working poor, and nothing was going to sway them, not even a Trump presidency. If you'd prefer Trump to Clinton, then as far as I'm concerned you're a Trump supporter and should be treated as such. I won't be voting for either one of them anyway. Sure, Bernie fans have legit grievances, just as the Tea Party and Trump supports have some very real, legitimate grievances with a system and the government and all that jazz. But if you act like a child, you get treated like one, even if an 8 o'clock bed time is totally, really unfair. Hentropy (talk) 22:02, 19 May 2016 (UTC)
It's more important to look past the tone of their message and understand where they're coming from. Same with Trump attracting working class and rural whites. I don't see anything wrong with their "conspiracy theories" when they seem to be slowly realizing what should have been obvious from the beginning of this election, that the decks were stacked against them in the first place. Also why haven't you voted for Jill Stein? Withoutaname (talk) 22:13, 19 May 2016 (UTC)
It's not about the tone, it's about the content. Sanders certainly doesn't have a "tone" problem from my eyes, it's a content problem. Nothing about it has been a "conspiracy", it's all been out in the open. Sanders had to come from nothing and do his own fundraising because no one knew who he was and no one took his campaign seriously in the beginning. Democratic party officials don't particularly like him, because he just become a Democrat last year to run for President, and during his time in Congress he's done no fundraising or organizational efforts for Democrats, and if Barney Frank (the progressive hero before Sanders came to town) is to be believed, he doesn't work well with others because he's a pompous egotist and purist behind closed doors. He did a good job of conveying his message early in the campaign, and pushed Clinton to the left on some issues, bringing other pertinent issues to the forefront. If he was the nominee, I'd probably vote for him, where I probably won't with Hillary. That does not mean, however, that I'm obligated to apologize for his supporters extremist and misogynistic drivel that he has coddled and provided ammo for in the later stages of the campaign. When the general does come around, and since I live in a tiny and largely inconsequential state, I will vote for a third party that most aligns with my ideas, and that person will not be likely not be Jill Stein, who is an anti-science moonbat on more than one issue. Hentropy (talk) 22:32, 19 May 2016 (UTC)
Well, Clintonites acted the same way and Hillary never denounced their behavior. Now I would like Sanders to denounce violence w/o a non-sequester and I would like Clinton to denouce racism w/o dog whistling about "national origins" but this is out of the candidates control and not unique.--Owlman (talk) (mail) 01:37, 20 May 2016 (UTC) 01:37, 20 May 2016 (UTC)
Clinton dropped out before the convention when it was clear it was over, and went on to campaign for Obama. The PUMAs were ridiculed and ignored, and they fell away into obscurity. Maybe now #BernieorBust will slip into the same obscurity and the internet extremists and conspiracy theorists will prove to be as tiny as some hope they are. But these demands from the Bernie camp that people who want a Democrat to win the election have to grovel and beg them for forgiveness even though many of them have shown zero respect for moderate Democrats or the party at large, they can screw off in my opinion. Hentropy (talk) 17:34, 20 May 2016 (UTC)

Hentropy, would you be kind enough to fill me in on Stein's anti-science views? We don't have an article on her, so I'm not up to date. I am considering endorsing her if Hillary gets the nomination, as well as voting for her. What about her science views is bad enough to negate all of the other issues she's so great on? Pbfreespace3 (talk) 01:52, 20 May 2016 (UTC)

She panders to those who are against nuclear energy and those who are against vaccines and for homeopathy; keep in mind she is a medical doctor. Green parties, in general, tend to be against GMOs.--Owlman (talk) (mail) 02:26, 20 May 2016 (UTC) 02:26, 20 May 2016 (UTC)
One of the reasons I'm so pissed at Gerhard Gaspromowič Schröder :@ --Kugelschreiber (talk) (mail) (block) 02:41, 20 May 2016 (UTC) 02:41, 20 May 2016 (UTC)
As Owlman pointed out, the Greens tend to pander pretty heavily to the altmed/New Age/hard green crowd. I've generally written the Greens off since they jumped the rails and nominated a fucking 9/11 Truther in 2008. Stein is a significant step up from McKinney, but third parties in general tend to be crank magnets, throwing bones to woo-pushers and true blue conspiracy theorists to inflate their ranks. I'd say I only agree with the Greens a little bit more than I agree with the Libertarians, which isn't saying much. I figure if I'm going to "throw a vote away" with a third party, it might as well be some write-in or something I don't have to compromise so much on. Hentropy (talk) 02:56, 20 May 2016 (UTC)
As if one of the presumptive nominees of a major parties wasn't one of the most famous supporters of a certain recent conspiracy theory. The US is off the rails, careening straight for a massive pileup of bullshit. ikanreed You probably didn't deserve that 15:38, 20 May 2016 (UTC)

[edit] In which I promote a site where Cracked Commenters fled to

http://thecommentsection.org/ Heads up Hentropy. It's a giant forum site apparently headed by Tesseracts.— Unsigned, by: 108.41.190.141 / talk / contribs

Whats a cracked I would never comment on there it has far too many knuckleheads also who are you. Hentropy (talk) 03:52, 23 May 2016 (UTC)
Cracked.com was once said to have a rather good comment section, sometimes better than the articles (even here in this wiki), but you barely notice it, with all the usual gamergaters and "Oh noes, the SJWs!" persons everywhere.
I guess he means that the comments there are like Cracked ones in earlier articles. Catoblepas (talk) 11:45, 28 May 2016 (UTC)

[edit] Dannel Malloy

As a Connecticut resident who regularly deals with a state agency facing especially severe budget cuts (DDS, the equivalent may be DMR depending on your state) and has a disability (mine is autism, Malloy's is extremely severe dyslexia and he uses audio transcripts to compensate), disability services is a microcosm of the larger issue. As a very brief summary that necessarily omits a lot of detail, Malloy has repeatedly talked about the need for greater disability services and made a huge show of passing an autism waiver for Medicaid a few years ago. Problem is, the waiver has space for all of 70 people in a place with 3 million+ people and one of the highest cost of living in the world, and that's where his "overhaul" stopped dead. The budget would completely gut not just DDS but all of the agencies who work with them, and without delving too much into the specifics (I can cite them as necessary) it saves the state an immense amount of money to have agencies running these facilities and simultaneously reduces the abuse and neglect rate. Having seen how DDS operates I admit it can sure be tempting to cut their funding (their core problem seems to be missing the forest for the trees, it's largely a direct result of their well intentioned but easily gamed Level of Need process), but actually following the money makes it clear that funding these agencies is a lot more efficient and results in better outcomes than the state government micromanaging it at every level. Instead, there's a token sop to autism that helps 70 people out of a few hundred thousand autistics with an IQ over 69. The union business I only know from afar, so I won't comment on that. I can't bring myself to hate him, as he did prove himself capable of not taking massive kickbacks a la John Rowland (who's still quite fresh in our minds, Malloy is only the 2nd governor since him), but seriously; it takes no more than a modicum of research to learn everything I've written here. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 05:21, 30 May 2016 (UTC)

Honestly, haven't even heard of him until I saw him mentioned on the Dem policy commission. I know that he boycotted my state, though, which I dislike but I understand that it was the only way to protest Pence's bigotry. I don't know enough about him to have any substantive opinion but I understand that he is currently cutting the public sector which hurts a lot of people.--Owlman (talk) (mail) 05:44, 30 May 2016 (UTC) 05:44, 30 May 2016 (UTC)
The overarching issue informed people have in CT isn't that he's cutting civil service budgets, which innand of itself most of us would appreciate because we pay insanely high taxes, but that he hasn't been smart about where to make said cuts. That's what I was trying and failing to say above in my remarkably verbose comment. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 23:57, 30 May 2016 (UTC)

[edit] Memorial Day

Well it is a bit late to post this but I compiled a list of anti-war articles for the day:

  • Criticisms of militarization:
Ending Their Wars - Jacobin
The long con of military decline: How the right uses the armed forces to lie about America - Salon
The Untold Story of Memorial Day: Former Slaves Honoring and Mourning the Dead - AlterNet
Obama’s Powerful Call to ‘Make War Less Likely and Cruelty Less Easily Accepted’ - The Nation
  • Personal accounts:
Memorial Day 2016 - Good Men Project (compilation)
We romanticize military service — until we see some combat and bury some friends - Foreign Policy (Block cookies)
Once Upon a Time, My Father Was a Soldier - Truthout
Nick Turse, From the Missing Archives of a Lost War - TomDispatch
  • Remembering war resistance:
When Soldiers Resist - Jacobin
Remembering Tomas Young - the Real News Network
Remembering Father Daniel Berrigan, a Prophet of Peace - Democracy Now!
From Attica to Assange, Attorney Michael Ratner Remembered as Social Justice Champion - Democracy Now!
  • Hiroshima & Nagasaki:
Art From The Ashes. Japanese Painters Summon Hope. - The Progressive

--Owlman (talk) (mail) 07:02, 31 May 2016 (UTC) 07:02, 31 May 2016 (UTC)

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