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  1. Top 40% is a bit disproportionate but it is certainly more egalitarian than whatever it is now, I suppose. :unsure:

    Warren’s Student-Debt Deal Would Most Benefit Stronger Earners, Study Finds

    A quarter of estimated $640 billion to be forgiven would go to people with master’s degrees, think tank says



    Steve Bannon, former White House chief strategist, is gunning for a new institution now that his work in America is done: make the Vatican great again.



    Bannon is converting a $1 million, 800-year-old monastery outside of Rome into an “academy” for the training of “modern gladiators,” or the next generation’s populist leaders.

    “I think the populist nationalist sovereignty movement is about the reinforcement of the traditional Judeo-Christian West,” Bannon told MSNBC’s Richard Engel. “What we’re saying is let’s have an academy that brings the best thinkers together and can actually train what we call ‘modern gladiators.'”

    Bannon also lamented that the Pope is not a fan of the “populist nationalist” movement and argued that the Vatican “needs change.”

    “This institution is in decline,” Bannon said, gesturing to the Vatican. “This is just the very beginning — it’s going to take years.”

    Yet, Bannon’s beginning isn’t going very smoothly, as he has been met by floods of local protesters bearing signs and singing anti-fascist songs.

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    Liebe Dein Symptom wie Dich selbst! - This German documentary is about the Hegelian- Lacanian philosopher Zizek. In his interviews, he discusses American and European culture and the state of the world after the fall of the Yugoslav regime. He discusses everything from ethnic tensions in the Balkans and rumors about Yugoslav officials to Richard Wagner and Orpheus to American films like Get Shorty and To Die For ("a beautifully Brechtian film"). Worthwhile documentary on philosophy and psychoanalysis. 

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  4. 3 hours ago, Arturo said:

    Totally not true.  DNA is a perfect way to measure relationships between animals, as well as corroborate evolutionary links.  That we share 90+% percent of out DNA with other higher primates is proof of this.

    Nowhere in the article is there any survey or source to even back up the "one third" claim. It just says "current estimates." 

  5. 2 hours ago, Vautrin said:

    He was busted to buck private and is peeling potatoes and cleaning latrines.


    The People of YouTube.
    think people who judge these films are really longing for the late 40's-to-early 50's era, before government oppression reduced all of us to the level of intruders in Washington's nation.
    Ed Dancer1 
    +Lee Larson Lee I enjoy these classic movies because there is no sex or cursing compared to today's TV and movies. Ed
    William George 
    +Ed Fulmer Sr no cursing but, loads of violence, much of it against women. I'd rather have the cursing and of course, sex.
    +William George --Grow up.
    Donna Castel 
    I agree . It looks nicer than what we have now! Doubt the government was full of open crooks like now!
    you mean like Nixon
    When police abused people with impunity because cell phones didn't exist to record them? Casual racism and bigotry? THAT era you miss???

    What movie comment section is this even from? "No cussing" certainly wouldn't be my greatest ringing praise of a movie.

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  6. 2 hours ago, laffite said:

    Rather unlikely that db would get such a reception from this source.

    Unless we can either see facetiousness or total irony (or both).

    When I first saw the thread, I thought it was a sarcastic welcome back to DB too. Good commercial though. "Stella Art-toas." :lol: 

  7. 32 minutes ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

    Why do you assume a majority of voters think like you do????    I find that odd.    As we have discussed you are an over 70 white man from the south.   That no longer represents a majority demographic especially in the Dem party.   I have no idea how the majority of Dems will vote other than they typically follow identity politics (which of course helps Warren in one regard). 

    Note that Warren is giving out prizes like it's Christmas;  E.g. forgiving student loans for up to 49 million Americans.   Isn't it logical to assume many of the 49 million are gullible enough to buy-into her nonsense and empty promises?


    That younger left-leaning demographic was going to vote Dem no matter what. The independents and fiscal conservatives are just going to be turned off by such a proposal (even if it almost certainly would not get implemented).

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  8. 3 minutes ago, NipkowDisc said:

    and that is the great problem with liberalism. it's great chronic flaw always sinking to the level of irrational pettiness. hating on a fat dead woman for a song she sang in 1931.

    if you're patty enough long enough, people wake up and see that all that is being peddled is mean hateful pettiness and an unforgiving judgmentalness.

    kate smith long dead sure ain't gonna know her statue has fallen into defameness. the motivation from the PC schtootzes can bne only one thing...

    to offend all us white devil hon kees. you cannot plead for love and tolerance and then sheet on those you are pleading to.

    it makes no sense.


    Don't worry, Nip. In a few days, they'll forget all about her and move their faux outrage on to something else. :lol: 

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  9. 1 minute ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

    Paul Robeson also sang the same song.    But hey,  I always knew he was a racist;  ha ha! 

    Yeah, I wasn't trying to imply anything about Smith's personal opinions but that rather slang and motifs in music have changed in such a way that I understand why the song offends the PC types that are so prevalent today. Personally, I couldn't care less about this latest "outrage" about her. This song was available to the public for 8 decades but only now it outrages people. 

  10. Three Hal Roach shorts coming up on Wednesday- April 24th.


    Dirty Work (1933) - 6 AM
    Synopsis:   Laurel and Hardy are summoned to the house of a slightly mad professor in this comedic short.


    Another Wild Idea (1934) - 6:30 AM
    Synopsis:    In this comedic short film, Charley Chase invents a ray machine to fulfill all of his wishes and tries to use it to get rid of his daughter's boyfriend.


    Tin Man, The (1935) - 7 AM
    Synopsis:    In this comedic short, Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly find themselves at a house owned by a mad scientist with a robot.


    Stoicism and the Environment

    Can Stoic ethical ideas help us respond more effectively to the current environmental crisis, especially global warming, which seems to be largely a product of human action? This suggestion might seem implausible at first sight. The ancient Stoics had no experience of a crisis of this kind; so we cannot refer to their own discussions in the way we can on other topics. However, there are several Stoic ideas we can draw on to inform and deepen our own response to this crisis. My focus is on the ethical framework we should use for this purpose, rather than on the specific practical measures we can take, and on our response as individuals, rather than on government action. But I assume that the ethical framework we apply can help us to determine the specific measures we should take and that our response as individuals underlies what we urge governments to do on our behalf.

    Of special value for this purpose is the Stoic ideal of the brotherhood of humankind, and the Stoic beliefs that human beings form an integral part of nature as a whole and that human ethical life should consist in part in bringing our life into harmony with nature. However, to show how these ideas can be useful for this purpose, we need to put them in their context in Stoic ethics. Also, there are some more general features of Stoic ethics that are potentially valuable in this connection.

    Thinking about environmentalism in terms of virtue and happiness

    The Stoic ethical framework, as in most other ancient philosophical theories, and some modern ones, is couched in terms of virtue and happiness (or ‘flourishing’, eudaimonia); it also gives a central place to development, conceived as a life-long process. The contemporary moral dilemmas generated by the environmental crisis are often formulated in terms of the question where our duty lies or whom (or what) we should benefit above all. Does our duty lie above all in doing what is best for our present way of life (our comfort and convenience and that of our families and businesses, as these currently function)? Or should our overriding duty be to the environment, or the planet, or future generations – actually not much in the future now that the signs of global warming are already obvious? Alternatively, should we benefit ourselves, our families and our businesses by continuing to act in our habitual way or should we modify our lifestyles in ways that will benefit humanity more generally, as well as other animals (now and in the future), by helping to reduce damage to the environment we all share?

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