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KayCeSF #quack dailykos.com

Homeopathy saved my daughter

when Western medicine could not. Western medicine had put her through years of extensive and intrusive examinations and constantly on antibiotics to the point that her auto-immune system is forever damaged and no antibiotics will work for her, should she come down with medical problems.

I will always stand by the use of homeopathic remedies in tandem with Western medical treatments, most especially if Western Medicine has no answers.

Many thanks to Dr. Seva Khalsa who saved my daughter from kidney disease and the possibility of kidney transplant and/or remaining in a wheel chair the rest of her life. A medical doctor in Clovis, NM treating children, adults and most specifically senior citizens with kidney disease ended up studying Khalsa's remedies and ended up writing a medical paper that was distributed to doctors everywhere, because she was so amazed at the treatments and how they worked on bladder and kidney disfunction. She has since used the treatments and healed many of her patients.

Open your minds, study homeopathy before you condemn. The ignorance about homeopathic medicine must end and it is interesting to learn how many people are being treated and made well, all around the world.

Yes, there are quacks in any profession.

I love OCD #fundie dailykos.com

There. Is. No. Such. Thing. As. Racism. Against.

Whites. Just as there's no such thing as sexism against men. I can't comment in depth because it takes too long to cover the entire history of the human race.

There are women who routinely dismiss all men as sexist pigs, and I'm sure there are POC who dismiss all whites as racist pigs. In neither case is there enough power vested to cause damage to the dismissed.

G2geek #wingnut dailykos.com

Progressives! Do you give a rat's ass about equal rights? How'bout the whole rat?

Join the Just One Rat campaign!

It's nonviolent! It's fun! It's probably illegal but so are sit-ins!

Go to your local pet shop. Buy one rat, the mangey gray ones they sell for cheap, as snake-food for people who have large snakes.

Get some kind of small container with a way of having fresh air. A can for tennis balls might work, if you punch holes in the lid. A previously-used Chik-Filth-E bag might be perfect for the job because you can leave it under the table with the top almost entirely unrolled, so the rat can escape on its own.

Go into a Chik-Filth-E during dinner hour, when lots of homophobes will be taking their families out to get salmonella. Keep your secret rat container carefully concealed. Choose your seating tactically. You want to be in an area where no matter which way the rat wants to go, it has to cross an open area where people will see it. Be sure you're not sitting where any obvious cameras can see you.

When you release the rat, don't be the first to spot it. Let someone else spot it. As soon as you hear someone say "eek a rat!" or similar words, you can say "Eww I think I'm gonna' be sick" and exit. Or you can exit early, before anyone else sees the rat.

It's even more fun if you have an accomplice who came in at about the same time as you, but showed no sign of knowing you, and who sat somewhere else that had a commanding view of the entire room. Your accomplice can stay behind to take cellphone video of the rat and the other patrons' reactions, and can also serve as a witness that the rat came from somewhere other than the area where you were sitting. For example, "I think it crawled out of the trash can over there..."

All it takes is ONE rat in the middle of a crowded dinner hour, to make all kinds of merriment that will last and last.

Newt Gingrich #ableist #elitist #wingnut dailykos.com

Submitter’s note: Daily Kos is just the source of the story, I’m aware they are not fundies. Newt Gingrich was being interviewed by NBC News Correspondent Scott Wong when he said this. Also, he has actually spoken quite a bit about J6.

“What do you think about the January 6 Committee?” Wong asked Gingrich on Thursday.

“I don’t,” said Gingrich, who was asked multiple times during a gaggle on Capitol Hill about the committee.

“You have no thoughts about the committee itself?” asked Wong.

“I think you have a learning disability,” said Gingrich, pointing a book at Wong.

“Excuse me,” said Wong.

“The fact is, I’ve said three or four times, I don’t talk about it,” said Gingrich, pointing at his own head.

“Try the phrase: I don’t talk about it,” he added.

incisor #moonbat #conspiracy dailykos.com

The reason for all of this is the US-arranged coup that resulted in a Ukrainian civil war, and the stated intention of Zelensky to join NATO.

Russia should have acted more forcefully after the coup, making it clear that risk of a NATO-Russia war was great and probable unless the US stopped its interference. Missile attacks on Ukrainian military facilities should have been undertaken, while its army was weak and disorganized.

During the Vietnam war, American planes mined Haiphong Harbor and killed Soviet sailor there. Goose-Gander algorithm applies here.

I’ll never understand why Putin spent so much time whining like a rejected schoolboy about US moves, which he should have known would be relentless if not stopped with force.

Placing a Russian military base in Venezuela would also have been productive, and remains a possibility.

John Smid #fundie dailykos.com

"I would rather you commit suicide than have you leave Love In Action wanting to return to the gay lifestyle. In a physical death you could still have a spiritual resurrection; whereas, returning to homosexuality you are yielding yourself to a spiritual death from which there is no recovery." --The Final Indoctrination from John Smid, Director, Love In Action (LIA), San Rafael's "ex-gay" clan.

G2geek #fundie dailykos.com

[Octopi]

if they're that smart, people shouldn't eat them.

Same rule as applies to apes & monkeys, dolphins & whales, and more recently, crows. Eating highly intelligent animals is equivalent to cannibalism. There are plenty of other things to eat that aren't so smart.

G2geek #fundie dailykos.com

[Anonymous threatens to expose Ted Cruz's alleged prostitution activity if he doesn't leave the race]

["Cruz is a complete sleaze, but have we really reached the level of spreading this kind of completely unsubstantiated rumor?"]

Whatever works, as long as it’s not violent and not illegal, or at most only slightly and peacefully illegal such as a sit-in.

["So you seriously think it’s OK to spread complete lies about your opponents, as long as it works?"]

So you think your grandchildren are going to give a flying fuck about rectitude and righteousness when climate change crashes global agricultural productivity and the new national health crisis isn’t overweight but overt hunger?

Get real.

The longer we wait, the fewer the options available, and the uglier are the options that remain.

Thankfully we can still vote our way out of the dystopic hellscape that climate scientists tell us is a certainty if we don’t pull out of the current willful nosedive.

In another decade or at most two, that will not be possible.

So hell yeah!, whatever it takes.

Wilsonword #moonbat #pratt dailykos.com

An estimated 94 to 100 million souls lost their lives, killed by Communist regimes. The U.S.S.R. gets much focus but Communist genocides in Asia wiped out millions also. Economic and political systems are intertwined so deeply. It is too simplistic to say Communism did not really fail because it was never truly implemented as it was originally meant to be.

The two points you make are not logically connected.

a. milions died in those so called communism regimes.

b. its too simplistic to say communism did not really fail because it was never truly implemented.

You dont make any kind of connection between those two. How does A mean B is true? We could far more convincingly say the opposite: that A happened BECAUSE of B. Millions died because it was not real communism, since real communism does not have the violent coercion and murder of millions of people on the whim of one absolute ruler as an central aim or method.

ANY system that has ‘the violent coercion and murder of millions of people on the whim of one absolute ruler’ is not communism. It loses its right to call itself communism right away on just that one aspect. Since a key and unalterable aim of communism is “…the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all" - Communist Manifesto, Section 2 (Marx and Engels)

Yes, quite the opposite of what we are normally told, the basic aim of communism is: FREEDOM. So, Stalin and Mao etc were state dictators, not communists. Because they deliberately suppressed the freedom of their own people, directly against basic communist principles. It seems pretty clear…

(though, actually, we cant leave it just at that - there are various things that need be taken into account when we consider what actually happened in Russia and China then).

koNko #moonbat #pratt #racist dailykos.com

[Yes, and Xi is actively engaged in, among other things, genocide. So, murderous autocrats gonna murderously autocrat.]

Then you should post credible evidence of this. You might not realize these accusations have been denied and are based on a limited number of sources that have been largely discredited.

In fact, the recent International Tribunal held in the UK to independently review the charges did not make such findings, and rather, found that other countries making such accusations and enacting sanctions (including the USA) did not do so on the bias of evidence proscribed by International law.

This means the ICC, the UK Tribunal and the US Justice Department agree, the charges of genocide are not verifiable. It is worth noting the US Justice Department previously ruled that intelligence and evidence available did not constitute genocide.

You say Xi is guilty of muderous atrocities?

Really, that is a ridiculous charge you cannot back-up.

Since Daily Kos is a fact based site, I suggest you post a story on this topic and research the subject with due diligence, otherwise you are just making extraordinary claims without extraordinary evidence, and given courts and independent tribunals have not found this, you might find yourself had pressed to do so.

That failing, perhaps you can post a story on the Yellow Cake smuggled by Iraq that justified the Iraq War,where the US government went to war on false pretenses without actual evidence, that killed upwards of 500,000 Iraqis

Then perhaps you can present to us justification for actual genocides such as the carpet bombing of civilians in North Korea and even worse the bombing of Laos that killed 20% of the population and made it the most intensively bombed country in history — a well-planned campaign to eradicate people.

Max Trisolof #conspiracy #moonbat dailykos.com

This is standard practice, impersonating others. It’s little-known that the killing ascribed to Pol Pot was actually carried out by militarist infiltrators into the Khmer Rouge, or that Maduro’s supposed shooting of people bringing food to Venezuelans were by opposition-installed agents to discredit the president.

Nonlinear #moonbat dailykos.com

Religion is an ideology, and deserves no free pass from scrutiny or criticism than any other ideology. None of us need coddle or cowtow to absurd assertions, including the faith-based fantasies and bigotries of Christianity, Islam, B'hai, Judaism, Santeria, voodoo, etc.

Or the faith-based fantasies and bigotries of science. Eugenics anyone? Misogyny in silicon valley? IQ testing designed to make sure African-Americans looked stupid?

Hajji Bilal #moonbat #psycho #racist dailykos.com

[Submitter’s note: Micah Xavier Johnson was the Black supremacist perpetrator of the July 2016 massacre of police officers in Dallas.]

The late US Army sniper/marksman Micah Xavier Johnson demonstrated the only way to EFFECTIVELY deal with white supremacist terrorists. He put five of ‘em in their graves. Begging Klansmen to stop murdering our folks would be like begging a rabid dog not to bite you.

Woodguru #fundie dailykos.com

I’m giving some thought to evicting my tenant in the apartment over the second garage, she voted for Trump, I’d have to tell her it was so I could give a good apartment to someone who needs it. It’s really so I can use it as a place to develop stereo systems.

Hajji Bilal #transphobia dailykos.com

Nope, you’re right. “Gender dysphoria” is, by definition, a psychological disorder predicated on “general dissatisfaction with reality’’. In short, there is biological reality, and then there’s wishful thinking. To quote the great Dave Chappelle, “...to what extent do I have to participate in your self-image?” I consider that a fair question.

BigAlinWashSt #conspiracy dailykos.com

Obama just appointed death squad expert Robert Ford, the same killer he appointed to be Syrian ambassador just before the shit hit the fan there, as ambassador to Cairo, Aug. 7th. This is an orchestrated, instigated "civil war", similar to how they orchestrated the happenings in Syria and Libya. It's all part of a long term agenda detailed in the document Clean Break, 1996, and the PNAC documents circa 2000.

ATurner #racist #sexist #moonbat #psycho dailykos.com

ATurner: So tired of "progressives" on this board assuming that Black folks inherently have criminal intent.

Throw The Bums Out: Guess what, if you get on the interstate using the off ramp despite the multiple reflective “wrong way” signs then you inherently have criminal intent. Regardless of race or any other factors.

ATurner: Where do you get that from? Are you a law professor? Whiteness confers expertise in a lot of fields, doesn't it?

CyberMindGrrl: Wrong. Nobody is ascribing criminal intent because he’s black, people are ascribing criminal intent because he SPECIFICALLY drove the wrong way down an off-ramp, drove the wrong way on the highway, and did everything he could to avoid the cars blocking the protesters, THEN drove straight into them. It doesn’t matter what the color of his skin is, if that doesn’t literally SCREAM “criminal intent” then I don’t know what does.

And FWIW I am a black person.

ATurner: The man is an immigrant of color and should be given the benefit of the doubt in terms of intent, given what white settler colonialism has done to the Third World. You have no idea what type of trauma he has been through.

Johnny Q: Somehow my sympathies are not with Mr. Vehicular Homicide in this instance.

Why do you make excuses for him?

ATurner: I'm not making excuses for anyone. If your white fragility is such that you are unwilling to confront the legacy of settler colonialism then that's on you.

Johnny Q: Are you seriously saying he did it because colonialism?

ATurner: Obviously I am not saying that, and your compulsion to belittle BIPOC viewpoints by making deliberate distortions is duly noted. I am saying that the generational psychic TRAUMA that is a by-product of settler colonialism might be an indirect cause of the driver having a PTSD episode that led to this unfortunate situation. But I guess that it's easier for some to fall back on racist stereotypes of the 'black savage' than to stay silent and listen to the perspectives of those of us who inhabit Black bodies.

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Reporter100: This reminds me of my ex-husband who used to get drunk and beat me half unconscious. He thought it was OK, though because he was from El Salvador and was possibly tortured at the US-backed Junta.

ATurner: Please don't bring your dysfunctional personal life into this discussion. We are talking about the rush to automatically ascribe sinister motivations to Black men.

Reporter100: The suggestion that a traumatized immigrant of color can’t make intelligent choices is racist. I can recall hearing talks by Rigoberta Menchú, a Guatemalan Mayan whose family members were tortured and killed by the US-backed dictatorship. She was organizing for indigenous rights and a change in US foreign policy, not driving cars into demonstrators.

ATurner: You're calling ME a racist? That's rich coming from someone who basically wants to lynch a Black man without knowing all of the facts. Please refrain from projecting your personal issues with race onto me. Thank you and have a blessed day.

virginia dare #fundie dailykos.com

["Yea, because losing out on protein from venison harvested by my step-sons when I'm on food stamps and beans for protein is not allowed is so fucking selfish. Unbelievable that you are so selfish to not consider that many hunt to supplement expensive meat on food stamps."]

Thankfully you are not starving due to food stamps and you should be able to go without venison for a higher purpose like a child's life or not.

You are the selfish one.

["So I get to suffer protein deficiency while on dialysis and suffer medically. No.. fuck that and..."]

hannah #moonbat #racist dailykos.com

The Cubans that left were snobbish elites who did not like the prospect of having to work.

Veblen did us a disservice when he identified the “leisure class.” Leisure is what the self directed and artistic engage in. It is the parasites and predators in the lazy class that wear us down. And they multiply like rabbits.

le sequoit #dunning-kruger #moonbat dailykos.com

["I don’t see what is that hard to understand about my stance on this. My degree is in biomedical science. That doesn’t mean that I have all the answers; obviously, I don’t.
However, I don’t want someone who has either no degree, or potentially a degree in political science deciding such matters, with no scientific basis to back it."]

Funny how scientists, who once thought the world was flat and bile made us bilious, substitute “basis” for “belief” and expect this will establish them on the rational high ground.

fitonkpo #moonbat #psycho dailykos.com

fitonkpo: Yes. Businesses always get theirs. One day, the revolution will happen, and every businessman will get theirs in the guillotine.

VClib: That seems to be painting with a very broad brush. In addition, you are skirting very close to site prohibitions on advocating violence.

fitonkpo: What broad brush? If a business employs people, it necessarily exploits them. And business can’t help but suppress the democratic process. Eventually, people are immiserated enough such that violent revolution is their only course of action. Hence, the guillotine. Advocacy is irrelevant. It’s a historical process.

Awww, did I hurt your capitalist feelings?

VClib: Really, every business owner? The local shoe repair shop, the best independent auto mechanic, the independent grocery store? The owners who treat their employees like family? Everyone of them, off with their heads?

Silver Fox 1957 #conspiracy dailykos.com

Whatever happened to the Chavez/Maduro supporters around here?

They would be here, but they're only halfway through the Caracas bread line

The bread line caused by Obama, Hiterly and the CIA blowing up the economy?

Ok. Everyone is getting plenty to eat. The stores are full. No one’s starving. The capitalists are refusing to produce goods, causing artificial shortages. And when they import goods, they divert almost all of it to Colombia or the Black Market.

How bout if you economic geniuses tell me how you can have mass shortages in a capitalist economy? And capitalists run the whole Venezuelan economy.

I’m waiting. Come on, geniuses, let’s hear how you get mass shortages of goods in a free market economy. It’s not even possible.

OK, this one isn’t satire, apparently. Capitalists in Venezuela aren’t permitted to function as capitalists. They don’t have access to raw materials either foreign or domestic, and they’re only allowed to sell below their costs production. Thus there’s no production. It’s true that a lot of production is diverted to Colombia or (more commonly) the domestic black market, but the chavista idea that the producers are diverting it isn’t correct. Rather, it’s the people who arbitrarily have first dibs on buying at ridiculously low mandated prices (typically the government’s most fervent supporters, curiously enough) who are doing that.

Not one thing you say here is true.

The stores are full. There are only shortages of a few things, and those tend to be basic items. There have been deliberate and artificial shortages of other things such as toiletries, medical goods, etc. This was all done to blow up the economy to get rid of the Chavistas. They have raids every week of warehouses full of hoarded goods. The last raid captured 21 million syringes. There are lots of people with plenty of money who want to buy stuff. And there are shortages. What sort of crap is that? So produce goods to supply the people with dollars waiting to buy stuff. Capitalism 101.

The oppositon has admitted many times that they are sabotaging the economy. The latest one was when an opposition leader said they were “boycotting the economy.”

What you say is nonsense. They have access to all of the goods they need to produce anything they want. Anyway the stores are full. Just not of the stuff people want to buy at the prices they want to pay. 95% of the goods in the stores are not covered by price controls. Price controls only cover a few basic goods. The prices are too low, but the government keeps raising the price controls to deal with business demands.

This entire crisis has unfolded as Maduro has stocked his government full of rightwingers from the business community and opposition. So this “failure of the Left” happened under the watch of rightwingers. Maduro has seriously caved to many of the demands of the Opposition. In fact a lot of people think he is a sellout. So this crisis happened after Maduro met demand after demand of the opposition. But the Opposition are like Republicans on Steroids. They keep moving the goalposts.

You know why those price controls were put in in the first place? Because the Opposition tried to blow up the economy. They had a lockout strike 10 years ago in which they shut down the economy by closing the doors of their businesses. This created artificial shortages and inflation raged. So Chavez put in price controls. They’ve since been lifted on many goods. So the Opposition forced the price controls in the first place.

You are wrong that goods are not diverted from production. The government gives dollars to import goods. First of all, the business sector generally takes these dollars and either invests them overseas in the US or diverts them to the money black market where they can sell them at a markup. So a lot of the dollars to import stuff are immediately diverted to the black market. In fact, the business sector is not producing anything. They would rather just play the money market. What goods are produced are diverted immediately to the black market or shipped to Colombia for a markup.

Fully 35% of goods imported are immediately diverted to Colombia where they can sell them for more money.

This whole mess is caused by a black market in currency which is a whole other ball of wax. This was caused by currency controls, but those were put in due to opposition meddling too. The opposition was shipping their money out of the country to the US instead of investing it. It’s called capital flight. Chavez put in price controls to stop that as he had to. Venezuela continues to lose $50 billion/year to capital flight. It’s still a huge problem. The currency controls were no big deal for a long time until the oil price blew up, then everything went to hell, and a black market for currency rose which screwed up everything.

Really this whole mess has been caused by the decline in oil prices, which incidentally was done by “leftwing” heroes like Obama and Hitlery. They negotiated a deal with Saudi Arabia to spike production to crash the price of oil. The purpose was “screw Russia.” A secondary purpose was to screw some other US enemies like Venezuela. So it’s the US and your pals the Saudis who crashed the price of oil as part of a scam to crash the Russian economy.

Price controls only cover maybe 5% of goods, and even that is iffy. So rice is covered, but a rice dish with chicken in a package is not. So chicken is covered, but not rotisserie chicken which the stands have plenty of. True there is a low profit on the price controlled stuff.

The capitalists had been refusing to produce this stuff as soon as the controls went in because the profit margin was too low. They could make a profit, but not enough of one. So the government was importing all that stuff on the price controlled list. Then the oil price blew up and the government went broke, so they had no money to import price controlled stuff. So shortages. Then a lot of planned sabotage.

PS you realize that the markets in the wealthy and middle class areas are full, right? Including all that price controlled stuff. There are no shortages of one thing, not even price controlled stuff, in the wealthier areas. Tell me how this is because capitalists can’t function.

The main problem is the black market in dollars. The way to deal with that was to float the currency, but Maduro did not have the balls to do it. This is a policy failure, but it’s not leftwing or rightwing. But to float the currency is a tough decision and it would hurt a lot of people. They did a partial float though. The black market dollars are now worth 4X the government rate, but before it was 90X the official rate.

Seeing as price controls only cover a small % of items, where do you get off with this “price controls ruined the economy” stuff.

Besides a lot of the price controls allow for a modest profit. I think some are below the cost of production but not most. And Maduro keeps raising them anyway.

Keep supporting fascists abroad while opposing them at home. It’s a grand tradition in the Democratic Party all the way back to 1900.

offgrid #dunning-kruger #moonbat dailykos.com

Seriously, since when does an education mean you’re bad? I know the republicans go there, especially those with Harvard degrees, but denigrating people for going to college is hardly a progressive platform. Or is it only when women do it?

In 1969, you’re damn right we couldn’t trust “elite educated people”. The “best and brightest” brought us the War on Vietnam and a poisoned world. They’ve had 50 years of rule and look where we are now.

They’ve had their turn. Time for change.

Wow. I guess it’s time to take a close look at high school dropouts for the best leaders. Maybe we can pass a law that says that no educated people can run for office. Make them work in the fields like Pol Pot did. That’ll show them.

I’d love to see a working-class person become President.

It would sure be a refreshing change from the string of lawyers who have messed so much up.

“Messed up?” You are one in a sea of over 150 million voters and by your or ANYONE’S standards, “so much” will always end up “messed up.” It’s called the process of developing public policy, otherwise called LAWS. And guess what, no matter who does it, it will always be a messy, extremely difficult process. And just because you might feel a kinship with someone that mows lawns for a living than someone with a law degree, that doesn’t equate to someone that should be elected to the most difficult job in the world. Change just for the SAKE of change is brainless and a sentiment that has given us the current white nationalist, crime family rule.

Now, if a “working class” person proved themselves with a successful career in government service, preferably elected office, they might make a fine presidential candidate.


DROzone #moonbat #racist dailykos.com

I own my own experiences and dictate what those experiences mean to me. Trump supporters have hurt me and people I love, so yes, I hold every single one of them responsible.

I am under no obligation to forgive them, forget what they did or welcome them back in my life. I get to decide on my terms if and when I do those things. You can lecture me all you want about how this makes me a terrible person, and I get to tell you how that makes me feel.

Just because you’ve been a victim once (was it by a Trump supporter, otherwise its not relevant, sorry), does not mean you have some authority on the subject anymore than I do.

Ok, I’m done. There’s nothing to ever stop you from just being bitter, unforgiving, and petulant. I’m not even religious, but I have nothing else. God bless, I hope you can find some sort of peace. Even after I was chased, beaten, pistol whipped, in Obama’s country. I found a way. I was also chased and beaten by black people ( two girls and three guys) my neighborhood is quite diverse, this happened in 2011. Should I assume Obama voters (you suggested Trump voters?) I voted Democratic in ever race but one (the one was state rep) since I was 18, just to cancel your next bogus argument. You’re just not worth arguing with! Have a good one!

Ahhh, I knew it. I was going to ask if the people who beat you up were black, but decided to not go there. So that explains why you’re so apologetic to racists.

It all makes sense now.

I have no words for you. To twist my reality to racism I never held. I hate all people. I’m a bartender. Lol. But I won’t pretend I wasn’t attacked and beaten by two black women and three black men. Should I pretend and say they were white to make you feel better?? Should they all be men and not women too? Because truth is the women ripped the shirt off my body trying to grab me and hold me back as I ran, and left bloody trails on my back doing so, and me in a tattered shirt. Is that offensive to be honest about??? Should I pretend it was the men who did that???

After I got on my apartment it was the two women who threw themselves against my door banging still threatening me as I cried and screamed I was calling 9-1–1!! The guys had laid off. Should I change that part of it? Or does that fit what you think is fair to be told?

Nonlinear #moonbat #dunning-kruger #conspiracy dailykos.com

Peer review, as hundreds of studies have now shown means friend reviewed. Major journals get pranked all the time which junk science, some of which nobody spots until the authors out themselves. Women can’t get published in A-list journals because of misogyny. Nor can most minorities because of systemic racism. So “well peer reviewed” is just a code for “white Eurocentirc colonial male privileged science”.

You didn’t even address the problem with lack of replication which is getting worse and worse as fewer and fewer experiments are actually replicated. Nor did you talk about the literally more than 1,000 papers each year that are being retracted or the thousands more that are in serious doubt. And the p-hacking where among other tricks you just drop a few data points to “clear up” your data. That is everywhere. Then there are the huge number of well peer reviewed papers with statistical analysis that doesn’t have confidence intervals. Serious studies have shown that means half of those papers are wrong. But we don’t which half.

I could go on an on. My point being putting your faith blindly in science is still an act of faith. Exactly comparable to trusting centuries of biblical scholarship. And like religion it comes with all the same human flaws that contaminate all calls/claims of “truth”. But you can’t see that because it is difficult to see outside your own paradigm.

So if you acknowledge some facts in quantum mechanics aren’t facts how do we know which ones are and aren’t? Given these authors are arguing observation makes the fact.

G2geek #fundie dailykos.com

[Mod note: this is referring to an incident where someone triggered an epileptic seizure in someone, on purpose, using a strobe gif. As such, it is not fundie, but is being left up for posterity's sake]

The mean-spirited tweet is analogous to a package in which a bomb is concealed.

Ezekiel in Exile #moonbat #conspiracy dailykos.com

All those who worship at the altar of Big Science, please tell me: how do you deal with Big Science’s huge, embarrassing inability to duplicate “scientific” study results?

The world is full of known unknowns and unknown unknowns. Humans’ understanding of the universe and even how human beings construct reality within their minds is very, very limited. Meanwhile, buoyed by Enlightenment-bred hubris, we’ve managed to destroy hundreds of indigenous cultures and the wisdom they had amassed through the millennia. I’m skeptical of New Age types because so many New Age leaders are hustlers just like their counterparts in more traditional religions. But I’m also skeptical towards those who worship science as a solution to all our problems when science itself is beset with hired hands who “demonstrate” the truth of whatever their employers hire them to do.

jlynne #sexist #psycho dailykos.com

[Bolding added.]

It's settled federal law and has been for decades and denying abortion rights and safe access to anyone who chooses that is AGAINST THE FEDERAL LAW OF THE UNITED STATES. I say men should just shut up about this, since it doesn't involve their bodies, or let's make it a federal law that all males MUST take some form of male birth control to prevent unwanted or dangerous pregnancies. Period.

We could let them contribute to a sperm bank before they undergo their mandatory sterilization so that, if they mature into responsible adults, they can still Father a child by choice and with consent. :)

defluxion10 #wingnut dailykos.com

I've said The US Military has joined the Traitors and and here is all the proof needed, Period. When the modern US Military Officers face The Gallows Noose's an they will they will all say "but I was just obeying orders".

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I've yet to see the Military Officers prove my comment wrong so far they do what Trump tells them to just like every other Dictator's military does, fact the joint chiefs walk in to McConnell's office shut the door and say "McConnell you have Trump out of office by this time next week, understood, good bye"and walk out shutting the door, McConnell goes to Nancy and says we have the votes to Impeach Trump lets say 72 hours from now it's done how's that sound, an don't ask why I'm doing this lets just say I saw handwriting on the wall and leave it at that, bye" so see no violence no military coup no drama as long as the ones behind close doors keep their mouths shut and it's all legal impeachment and President Pence does a happy dance tell he falls to The Law.

["Ummmm, what you are describing IS a coup. "]

G2geek #racist dailykos.com

While we're at it, you can duck these questions too:

Why don't all the fabulously wealthy princes and emirs and the like, fund real economic development for Palestinians, but instead fund things like tunnels for taking hostages?

Since when do progressives make excuses for fabulously wealthy princes and emirs and the like?

As for easier targets, the presence of fellow Palestinians on buses never discouraged a suicide bomber from pulling the ripcord.

Though, I suppose "Jewish-only buses" would make easier targets for the kinds of rockets that Hamas et. al. were raining down on Jews over the summer. But first they'd have to learn to aim the damn things, which they seem surprisingly inept at doing.

["Why don't all the fabulously wealthy princes and emirs for the like fund real economic development for the impoverished people of Detroit?
Hint: It's for the exact same reason they don't do it for the Palestinians. IT'S NOT THEIR FUCKING COUNTRY.
The Palestinians live under Israeli rule, and they are therefore Israeli responsibility. Full stop.
Besides, the Palestinians in Gaza live under embargo. They literally have no economy to speak of."
]

[...]

["A lot of what you're writing here is irrelevant to the subject matter of the diary. What is relevant is the anti-Arab racism that you're espousing, and the excuses you're making for the latest exhibition of racist Israeli policies toward Palestinians. Initially I was debating whether or not to HR your original comment, but now I'm glad that I did."]
anti-Arab racism? compared to the rising tide of.. ... soft anti-Semitism?

There was a time when I could reply to anti-Christian bigotry by saying "substitute the word Jews for Christians in that comment and see how it sounds."

Now that doesn't even register, because anti-Semitism itself has been on the rise. Usually in the "soft" form of support for Palestinian terrorist groups as occurred over the summer when they were shooting thousands of rockets at Jews.

Get this: When the terrorist acts stop, the conversation starts. Between now and then, no rewards for terrorism.

And if you don't like it that 50% of Israelis support "Apartheid," then take a stand against the terrorist groups that use innocent Palestinians as pawns and human shields.

Guaranteed, the numbers in that poll will plummet when Israelis don't have to worry about rocket attacks, bus bombing, hostage-taking, suicide bombers in crowds, etc. etc. on a daily basis.

victoria2dc #conspiracy dailykos.com

["Several raw milk producers in CA have been fined multiple times for unsafe products: listeria, salmonella, other stuff. If you want to drink raw milk — fine. But don’t claim it’s better than pasteurized."]

No. It is better. You’re wrong. But of course you have to have a good farmer. You can’t drink raw milk without going to see the farm, the barn, the conditions on the farm and the vet records.

moviemeister76 #fundie dailykos.com

At what point does innocent until proven guilty kick in?

When we no longer live in a rape culture.

[Thread 1:]
Nice to see the usual dudebros in here fighting to maintain rape culture. Way to go guys.

You’re either with us or against us, amirite?

Uh, yes. Quite literally. You’re either for ending rape culture. Or you’re not.

I’ve never seen anyone here who is not for ending rape culture.

lol Uh huh.

Uh huh. If you’re serious about that charge, now is where you name names right?

Well, first of all, I pretty much already did. Second, I’d like to thank you and every mediocre man like you for adhering to the same trolling pattern for the last several decades. It’s makes it so easy to spot you all from a mile away.

To be clear, so folks know whether they really should flag your posts for making such a baseless and disgusting accusation... You’re accusing alx9090 and and Roln of being in favor of a rape culture. That right?

Sure go ahead. Flag away. I’m tired of dealing with men who repeatedly blame victims at this site and do everything they can to maintain the status quo of rape culture. Heaven forbid we deal with actual sexism on the left. Much better to just shut us women up, isn’t it?

It must be tough to continue thinking of yourself as a good person when you realize you've been part of the sexual harassment problem all along.

[Thread 2:]

Who needs justice? I’ll get us a rope. Let’s go find us some guilty-looking folks. We can string `em up and feel better about ourselves. Doesn’t matter if they even did anything.

Oh please. You guys really need to get better material. Why don’t you go back to victim blaming Louis CK’s victims and pretending those women consented to what he did.
OR, and here’s an idea, you can deal with the idea that this diary makes guys like you uncomfortable for reasons you’re not willing to admit or even deal with. Much Easier to just attack women and let us know that as long as you’re alive, none of us are ever really safe.

Setting aside the presumption of innocence is the issue for me.
You were asked a serious question and you gave a slogan answer that had nothing to do with it — unless you really do intend to do away with the bedrock principle of modern justice and the presumption of innocence.
It’s always been hard to make a point with you because you so frequently use hate indiscriminately (“dudebros” is the n-word to my ears) against people who by and large support you.

[Thread 3:]
Innocent until proven guilty only applies to a court of law. The same courts and laws which have denied justice to sexual assault and rape victims pretty much since forever.

You have to prove that a crime was committed by the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt.
A high percentage of these cases are one persons word against another, no witnesses, no or equivocal physical evidence, usually alcohol involved.
Taking someone’s life and freedom is extremely serious. With little evidence other than words, what is a court to do?

Please. As if innocent people don’t go to jail and guilty people set free all the time. This idea that we can only know someone’s guilt via a court, that we can only achieve justice via a court is ridiculous.

The authors of the Constitution said “the accused shall be presumed innocent until a judge or jury delivers a guilty verdict.” BTW, the accused — whether is it an elected lawmaker, a movie producer, or the school janitor — should be either acquitted or convicted in a court of law, not in the court of public opinion. Any other way is called vigilante justice or kangaroo court.

What a splendid idea! Quote slaveholders who didn’t believe women should have the right to vote. Now you’ve totally convinced me.

Do you know of any other legal way? Would you really like the US turn the justice system totally upside down, and allow the law enforcement community to declare someone guilty, and then shoot the “convicted felon”? I surely don’t want that, and no decent honest prosecutor wants that. If that is really what you want, then I suggest moving to Iran, and make sure you go out of your way to be accused of a crime.

Guilt in a criminal sense can only be determined through the court system, and one that is neutral, not racist/classist/homophobic/etc., and one giving the accused access to competent representation.
You seem to think innocent people are imprisoned and guilty people are set free all the time, so what’s a few more? NO.

G2geek #fundie dailykos.com

I’m with you on that. The kinds of dumb crooks we’ve been discussing here are clearly not safe to be around kids, and not capable of being safe parents.

The rights of children to be free of abuse, neglect, and endangerment, supersede the rights of convicted criminals to be parents. And there is no inherent right to reproduce, other than a hypothetical “general liberty” right that can be revoked along with other “general liberty” rights that are forfeit by definition when someone is sentenced to prison.

QED, sterilize ‘em. Put it in the criminal statutes that one of the penalties upon conviction is to be removed from any possibility of becoming a parent by any route, and that sterilization will ensue immediately upon exhaustion of appeals if any. That also means no conjugal visits while appeals are pending. Tough shit: if you do the crime, you do the time, and that also means no making babies.

The fact that mandatory sterilizations were abused like mad hell in certain states for obviously racist reasons isn’t sufficient reason to not do it now. Prison itself has also been viciously abused for racist reasons (see also the incarceration rates today) but that’s no reason to do away with prisons.

The same safeguards need to be in place for the entire criminal justice system, to prevent racism and wacko theories such as eugenics getting any traction in the law. With those safeguards in place, the principle of protecting existing and potential children from having dumb crooks as parents can be enacted safely.

Tex Arcana #fundie dailykos.com

Russia was never communist; nor was. China. Anyone that insists on calling fascist/totalitarian states "communist" are just attempting Republican-level misdirection and deflection.

1. They called themselves communist and resulted from the attempted implementation of Marxism.

2. No other states that reflected a better implementation of Marxism emerged.

Timaeus #fundie dailykos.com

[Elliot Rodger]

That's horrible to witness.

I'm a religious Catholic. This may be a case of demonic possession, which is terrifying, and fortunately very rare.

If you think that's nonsense, read the definitive book Hostage to the Devil by the very brilliant Roman Catholic priest Malachi Martin:

http://www.amazon.com/...

No matter how skeptical you may be, if you actually read that serious book, you might be more open in your thinking. And that might be important for you and your family.

Silencio #racist dailykos.com

It's the sickness of whiteness.

Whiteness is a sickness in the U.S. It leads to, produces, a type of delusion and profound moral ignorance in the people who categorize themselves as "white" (like other people who say Jeebus talks to them, or that they're Napoleon). People of good will should reject whiteness. Denounce it. In the words of the incomparable Sarah Palin (!!) refudiate whiteness.

BigAlinWashSt #conspiracy dailykos.com

"Prevent dozens of terrorist events". Man, that is sick, just sick. They are lying their asses off with no pretense about it and people are not questioning that, they're questioning Snowden and Greenwald. Look at what's happening with all this. The war on terror is getting a big boost while the Asia Pivot is as well.

James Hepburn #conspiracy dailykos.com

As for Neil deGr4ass Tyson, he's a fucking idiot. A failed physicist plucked out onto the corporate media arena as the spokesman for all that Wall Street wants you to believe about science.

A PR hack. Has always been. And this latest step into a genuine scientific controversy with stomping boots is the science equivalent of World Wrestling.

Hilariously, in Tyson's bio on Wikipedia, someone wrote:

He was 18th author on a paper with Brian Schmidt, a future winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics

LOL. He knew a real Nobel prize winner!!!

HERE'S THE DEAL:

Right now, Monsanto and others have altered the genes of some food plants to make them actually PRODUCE A PESTICIDE.

Yum!!!

Other modifications create organisms that are RESISTANT TO PESTICIDES.

Yum again!!!

You don't have to be a scientist to know that there are risks inherent in such radical alterations of the foods we eat.

And you have to be a complete idiot to deny that we can so dramatically alter our foods without the potential for unseen consequences.

Our bodies didn't evolve over millions of years eating these genetically modified organisms. Most of them are probably harmless, other than the fact that they taste like shit.

But for the wrongest of the wrong:

Global warming and GMOs are two completely different, completely unrelated issues.

To try and link them together the way Tyson and others have done here is pure smear technique, straight out of Propaganda 101.

It is a ridiculously transparent attempt to falsely equate legitimate and scientific concern about the risks associated with GMOs with the completely unscientific denial of climate change.

Anyone using this smear, is either a Monsanto sockpuppet, or a natural born sleazebag.

AoT #fundie dailykos.com

I think I can help you resolved your mixed feelings about Scottish Independence. A legally-binding referendum was held in 2014 and it was failed. The side that lost wants a do-over, but the people of Scotland pretty obviously don’t. The “movement” now is little more than a mechanism by which some pretty unscrupulous politicians hope to hold onto their seats. Although independence supporters are in the minority, they are unified around one party. The Scots who are opposed to independence — the “Unionists” — split their vote among three parties. So it is a tactic that works, and will be perpetuated, and government in Scotland will suffer as a result, because this hopeless dead-end issue can continue to consume all the political oxygen.

The only reason the referendum failed was because the anti side blatantly lied again and again. Max devo was a massive farce that was never intended to be anything but propaganda. You're spreading propaganda and lies.

OMG. Pull the other one. Alex Salmond said that oil would pay for almost everything, and that all the rest would be covered by the UK volunteering a currency union, something that the whole of the UK was deadset against. The entire independence platform was an astonishing collection of untruths that got more and more ridiculous as the campaign wore on. Scotland would be a smoking ruin today had the voters not perceived just what a gasbag that odious man was.

Funny how you conflate outright lies with less than stellar policy. You don't even deny that it was outright lies, you just lack any respect for the Scots.

Oil would pay for almost everything was an outright lie.

That the UK would volunteer to pay for everything else via a currency union was an outright lie.

I have immense respect for the Scots — they demonstrated their good sense in 2014 by rejecting Salmond’s nationalist bullshit, and then they did it again in the last GE when they booted him and that lying toad Angus Robertson out of their seats.

I prove my respect for the Scots for calling for their decision on the question of independence to be considered to be the final word on this matter for a generation, just like the SNP said it would before the votes were cast.

How about you?

Yeah, supporting the racist liars in London is such respect for the Scots. Just like you "respect" the catalonians by pretending a referendum taken under a fascist government was somehow legitimate. But hey, as long as no one gets their independence what do you care?

I assume “racist liars” in London is some kind of whinge about Brexit. Which has absolutely nothing to do with the Scottish independence referendum.

Scots don’t “get their independence” because they don’t want it. You should accept that decision.

Bwahahahahahahaha. What yeah, what could Brexit have to do with the lie about Scotland being forced to leave the EU if they voted to leave Britain. I don’t understand how those two things could ever be connected! It’s so confusing and difficult!!!!

And you’re still silent on your love of referendums taken under threat of fascism as the only other alternative. But hey, what do you care about reality, you’ve got an ideology to push.

Blacksheep1 #fundie dailykos.com

["While I get this, you are advocating doxxing and that’s not cool. The rest of it, however..."]

Oh, doxxing is so cool — it’s the only way to really stop @h0les like this who ‘haven’t broken any laws yet, ma’am’ — and that’s exactly the response they’ll get in far too many US PD/SOs.

G2geek #fundie dailykos.com

[Observer343: One or two days ago, 3 blades on 3 wind turbines (2 damaged turbines pictured) in Huron County, Michigan snapped off and are (as the local radio host puts it) hanging by a thread. I don’t know why or how this happened. A few days ago, the the turbine blades seemed just fine.]

What to do about this:

1) Investigate for sabotage. Shooting at a blade could weaken it and make it susceptible to losing part of it in overspeed winds, with the resulting eccentric load causing loss of the nacelle. That is a highly likely scenario.

2) Cut off all electric power to the area that is suspected of harboring the saboteurs until someone turns them in. Yah that’s harsh, but too fucking bad, because sabotage of wind, solar, and nuclear generating capacity is absolutely intolerable given the circumstances around climate change.

[Observer343: 1. I kinda doubt someone actually shot the blades. I haven’t heard any gunshots lately, and I would be able to easily here them around here.

2. Dude. O_O That’s extremism.]

sehatonka #conspiracy dailykos.com

Traditional Chinese Medicine is certainly no pseudoscience. It is approved by the World Health Organization and used by 1/3 of the world’s population. Scholarly treatises both present and for many centuries past plus continuing excellent research results published in many medical journals in both mainland and Taiwan back this up. The elegance and sophistication of it’s herbal medicine in unparrelled in the world today.

Since this is supposed to be a liberal and progressive web, I am surprised at some of the judgemental and inaccuracte comments above. As a longtime practioner (also long time Democrat) of this esteemed medical art I take umbrage at this. Many of my patients and myself had run the gamet of western medicine to no avail before finding relief and healing in this ancient yet modern medicine. We are living testaments to the power of nature based healing modalities.

Rhino horn (pinyin is "xi jiao”) is not used for “boners”. A tiny amount can save a life when the body temperature is so high the blood literally erupts from the body. The deadly new North American disease of Hanta Virus is a good example. Now days water buffalo horn is substituted albeit in much larger amounts. Among the uses of Bear bile (pinyin is "xiong dan”) is to alleviate acute febrile disease severe symptoms such as convulsions, delirium, and conjunctiva. It can also be used topically for red hot skin lesions and alleviating pain and swelling. For the most part Cattle gallstones and bile are presently substituted and recommended due to the endangered status and poor treatment of many bear species. More detailed information and research results on these two and hundreds more natural Chinese medicines can be found in the text and reference book “Chinese Herbal Medine Materia Medica” by Dan Bensky & Andrew Gamble.

Animal farming for a medicinal product in what may well be considered despicable conditions is also used done for western pharmaceutical grade estrogen. Mares have been and may still be harnessed and kept in stressfull positions to harvest female urine which is processed to form oral estrogen for human consumption. In my previous profession as a rancher I personally visited one of these farms. Tis no way to treat a horse, one of human’s best animal friends.

The diary writer may not be expressing his/her thoughts in a technical form, but please do not dismiss the information or this great medicine as anti science. Please do not believe and repeat the misinformation and inaccuracies concerning TCM herbal medicine.

a2nite #fundie dailykos.com

[Ex-First Lady Nancy Reagan dies at 94]

["Whatever you think, she loved her husband--Sometimes some marriages just work out beautifully-RIP"]

yeah, polluted by evil white racist Reagan sperm.

G2geek #fundie dailykos.com

what would you suggest instead? If I was the judge I'd have sentenced him to a locked psych ward and permanent guinea pig status for testing new drugs that are intended to cure criminal psychopathy.

[That sounds like advocating torture.]

hardly. Whatever pills we try on psychopaths, would already have passed the safety phase of testing with animal models, so it's only a question of efficacy.

Bottom line is, they've already thrown their lives away, and we would be well justified in executing them, or preferably confining them to prison for life.

The potential of finding a medical treatment would allow for determinate sentencing, which is more humane than life sentences.

Better yet, a treatment that works could be applied as soon as the psychopathy/sociopathy is detected, which for most of them is when they're still juveniles. Successful treatment will prevent further crimes, so what you end up with are law-abiding citizens on pills, rather than dangerous predators who have to be kept in cages.

[That's one way to describe it. "Only a question of efficacy" is one way to describe using prisoners as guinea pigs for medical tests. It's an "efficacy" with a pretty ugly history.]

the land you're sitting on right now... has a pretty ugly history too, as in genocide to take it by force from those who had lived there for the previous 12,000 years. Ever give that some thought?

So what are you going to do about that? Wrack yourself with guilt until you drop dead? Tear down your house and live in a tent? No, obviously. One can recognize the injustices and atrocities without becoming paralyzed.

The "ugly history" meme is frankly a straw man.

Psychopathy and sociopathy (and narcissism) are pandemic in our culture. Meanwhile the media freaks out about autism. The need for viable treatments for psychopathy and sociopathy is as urgent as their latest poster children, whether the scumbag at the center of the present thrash, or scumbags like Karl Rove and the Wall Street fraudsters.

So how are you going to develop a treatment if you can't test it on people who have the diagnosis?