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LibertyBell

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  1. That Great Wall that China built wasn't enough to keep out Genghis Khan and the Mongols. Actually nothing the rest of the world did was enough to keep out that monster. Hitler gets the reputation for being the most evil dictator and he most certainly was the most extreme kind of evil but if you look back at what the Mongols did, in sheer numbers, they were the worst the world has ever seen (in recorded history.) And their empire, the largest in recorded history, also lasted the longest. And their effects can be seen to this day, they were the ones who turned the Middle East from a center of science and learning into the feudal horror show it is today.
  2. FYI I saw an excellent documentary with Fareed Zakaria talking about how Hitler was actually inspired by the eugenics people in this country back in the 20s. Noted psychologists and others actually used something called the "cephalic index" to measure human intelligence and used that to sort human intelligence by culture and race. So the origins of the Nazi movement actually began in the US, not in Germany.
  3. There are orangutans out there that are far smarter than the orange man.
  4. I wonder if it occurred to him that the only consist thing about Agent Orange is that he creates the problems that he says he's trying to "fix"
  5. The media was and is also responsible for the crisis in Yemen. They were quiet about it for years and Wolf Blitzer on CNN even made excuses for us selling arms to Saudi Arabia, saying that we were feeding families of defense contractors. What about the war crimes and slaughter of children occurring in Yemen, where the Saudis went so far as to use chemical weapons (white phosphorus!) No one in the media talked about it for years until Saudi Arabia got exposed for other reasons (killing a Washington Post journalist.)
  6. Like the other people said, cheating is weak no matter who does it. A line needs to be drawn to get dark money out of politics and cut these people off at the knees.
  7. I wrote this in the 2020 thread: Even back in the 80s we knew our politics were highly corrupt because of the influence of big money and big military/industrial complexes and that certainly hasn't changed. We had this DA election in Queens that they are trying to overturn by invalidating a few thousand votes and getting the Dem party machine candidate get the primary win by 16 votes out of 90,000 when in fact, the other Dem candidate was ahead by over 1000 votes- how undemocratic is that?! If they aren't careful this is going to backfire on them in a big way like it did in 2016. A lot of us in NY who are liberal and progressive are sick and tired of Cuomo and the party machine, there need to be some real reforms.
  8. I question the way generations get pigeon-holed into certain categories. I was born in 1973 (Gen-X) and the ideas that have been cited as belonging to progressive millenials were ideas we had back in the late 80s and 90s. We just never thought others would pick up on them- we used to read some pretty esoteric philosophical and science fictiony stuff..... actually if you read into the philosophy of highly creative people like John Lennon, you'll see that he espoused many of the same views. It's gratifying to see highly intellectual ideas become more commonplace in the general population. Even back in the 80s we knew our politics were highly corrupt because of the influence of big money and big military/industrial complexes and that certainly hasn't changed. We had this DA election in Queens that they are trying to overturn by invalidating a few thousand votes and getting the Dem party machine candidate get the primary win by 16 votes out of 90,000 when in fact, the other Dem candidate was ahead by over 1000 votes- how undemocratic is that?! If they aren't careful this is going to backfire on them in a big way like it did in 2016.
  9. The press and politicians only care about it when they get targetted- like remember when the CIA was going through Dianne Feinstein's emails or when the Times was told to reveal their sources and they refused? There is an old poem that basically states if you dont fight for the rights of other people, that one day the people taking away those rights will come for you and there will be no one left to help you.
  10. the companies are paying rock bottom prices and sending them a notice saying they have only 14 days to agree to it before they get removed. Even in a foreclosure notice, they would get 30 days. This is ludicrous.
  11. I saw something mentioned in a documentary on TWC, what are the chances we can harness the power of waves? That way you could use both wind and gravitational power together (tidal waves), in the doc they mentioned that wave power alone is enough to power the planet four times over!
  12. It makes me so angry reading stuff like that and you hardly hear or see stories on it in the mainstream media. I hope a question or two about it makes it into the Dem debates.
  13. Gen Xers are far closer to Millenials than they are to Baby Boomers.
  14. They have good reason to have zero enthusiasm for him. Just reading the latest news stories shows how shitty things have been getting. Biden doesn't inspire a lot of confidence that he can make things much better, at best he can stop Trump's madness, but what about the eminent domain issues like in the article above? We need to be completely fossil fuel free by 2050 at the latest and get rid of the corrupt fossil fuel cartel as well as have universal healthcare and place price controls on skyrocketing drug prices to curtail the corrupt pharma cartel.
  15. I'm sure people in a red state like Texas, deeply appreciate conservatives for pushing eminent domain for the fossil fuel industry https://truthout.org/articles/as-new-pipeline-battle-looms-texas-moves-toward-criminalizing-pipeline-protest/ Since President Trump was inaugurated, at least 17 states have introduced bills, originally developed by the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council, that would further criminalize pipeline protests in some way. Now, the Trump administration is taking such model legislation to the federal level. It recently asked Congress to pass a bill that would send those who “inhibit the operation” of an oil or gas pipeline to prison for up to 20 years as part of a proposal to reauthorize pipeline safety programs at the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Ostriches, Tarantulas and Shattered Dreams Johnson, sitting on her back porch overlooking a stunning Blanco River bluff, told me she was first made aware of the pipeline after Kinder Morgan mailed her family a letter dated October 3. The family recently received Kinder Morgan’s final offer and was told they had 14 days to decide whether to take it before condemnation procedures would start. “Even when you get your electricity bill, you generally have at least 30 days to pay,” Johnson says. “It’s certainly very intimidating when you have right-of-way companies trying to force their way onto your property or threatening to take you to court and get a temporary restraining order against you if you don’t accept within a very short window of time.” “It’s certainly very intimidating when you have right-of-way companies trying to force their way onto your property or threatening to take you to court.” Johnson, as a former mayor, says private companies should have to go through the same kind of extensive public process that public entities do when they apply for eminent domain to condemn private land for public projects, such as roads. While Kinder Morgan’s Fore argues the company has met with numerous public officials, landowners and concerned residents, Johnson and other opponents say municipalities and landowners alike are essentially powerless against eminent domain authority.