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  • Reply to: 'The Jeffersons' for Disabled People? On the New Show 'Speechless.'   9 hours 38 min ago
    Relieved to learn that the lead is not a Normie. It is a start.
  • Reply to: Tim Kaine’s Compromising Compromise   17 hours 13 min ago
    I befriended Eric when he was in prison. He's a lovely person and his suffering broke my heart
  • Reply to: Why We're Stuck Voting Fears Instead of Values   21 hours 39 min ago
    Stop casting fear-votes! This notion that Trump is such a threat to our democracy that we have to "unite behind Hillary Clinton" is a joke! The same goes for the opposite view. The media is apparently very effective at brainwashing people into perpetuating the monopoly that the two party system has over our government. I will not be bullied into voting for someone who is clearly terrible for our country. Shaming people who bother to do the research to find a candidate worthy of their vote is WRONG! Fear-voting is the sad result of this type of behavior. This is why we end up with authoritarian leaders time and time again. And the argument that a vote that isn't for candidate A is a vote for candidate B and vice versa completely ignores the existence of third-parties and is clearly unfounded. A vote that isn't for either of them is a vote for neither of them! My vote will not be counted towards their totals. I hope others find the strength to overcome the fear-voting mentality. Only then can we have a government that answers to its people instead of the other way around.
  • Reply to: Millennial Apathy and a Possible President Trump   22 hours 23 min ago
    Yes I think millennials should vote for Hillary, but maybe the language of blame is not productive. They should vote for her so that Trump won't win, for all the obvious reasons that he should not be in office. But on social media and elsewhere the language of blame that accompanies discussions of the millennial voter, and the Bernie resistance movement, is not helpful. If Trump is elected, I would say that we are all to blame, whoever we vote for. Including Hillary for not persuading more of her critics, including the DNC. But, the focus needs to be, now, that we need to vote and vote for Clinton.
  • Reply to: How Nuclear Power Causes Global Warming   1 day 7 hours ago
    Hey Harvey, you still did not get the maths right and confuse lots of issues. The numbers you quote are ridiculously small compared to the size of the planet. Go back to class and stop spewing on the carpet !
  • Reply to: How Nuclear Power Causes Global Warming   1 day 7 hours ago
    This is so sad ! How can such nonsense be published on progressive.org ? The total energy output of nuclear is what it is, whatever the electricity generated, after a few days, everything will be converted to hear. This is true for nuclear but also, for any electric plant that is not using power form the sun, namely Water, Wind and Saolar. So should we stop geothermal energy as well ? The answer is no: humanity can generate 100 TIMES more energey than what it generates now, and THAT WOULD NOT CHANGE THE SURFACE TEMPERATURE. Because the natural flux from the sun is about 100% greater than the natural flux from the ground which is about 100 times greater than the 10 billion of Tons of Oil Equivalent energy output by all human systems. If you dont understand the maths, just don't talk about energy and read what Saving Our Planet means on http://savingourplanet.net
  • Reply to: The Brainwashing of My Dad: How Rightwing Agitprop Creates Zombies   1 day 9 hours ago
    Trump train tolling: out in force in these comments. I am another one of those family members who has suffered a parent's descent into bigotry, hatred, anger and an inability to think for herself politically or morally since my Dad died and she became a regular fan of Rush Limbaugh and Fox News. In Mom's case, right-wing media's discriminatory male voices fill a gap in her life since Dad died. He was, back in the day, a freedom fighter for desegregation, standing with his black brothers and sisters as a student at the University of Mississippi when racist George Wallace called out the troops against black citizens. So if there's turning in the grave about Mom's brainwashing into bigotry, Dad may be doing that. Sad for Mom, and for me, too, as her only adult child in our small family, because Mom once thought for herself and now no longer trusts her own judgment about politics. For instance, she watched the presidential candidates' first debate on Monday and was sure that Trump: (A) snorted strangely, (B) oddly drank much more water than Mark Rubio had been criticized for doing during a primary debate, and (C) was unprepared, unfocused, incoherent with word salad, bizarrely defensive, prone to uncivil interruptions, and very rude both to Clinton and the moderator. She clearly saw (A) through (C) in dismay, having been programmed by Fox and "Rush," as she calls him, to loathe and despise everything about Clinton (who with Obama is believed to be the cause of all evil in the world). But she also had been a Ted Cruz supporter during the primaries (at the time before Rush supported Trump) and knew by witnessing the debate that Trump had been, as she put it, "no debater and a shame for real conservatives." Within 30 minutes post-debate of hearing the ludicrous pro-Trump debate spin of Fox news propaganda, Mom had concluded that they were right and she was wrong. Trump won, yay, she had "heard what Fox had to say." (Any sane viewer of all 90 minutes of the debate would not call it a win but instead an embarrassment for ill-informed, deceitful, uncivil Trump. Brainwashing operates like a form of insanity.) My mother has indeed been brainwashed, and she no longer trusts her own mind and perceptions in the political realm of thought and opinion. She has traded compassionate Christian values for bigoted hatred against "the other." Four days ago she angrily and derisively cursed, using the n-word (which was never used in our family before), after tuning in to days on end of the Fox News disparagement of blacks protesting against police violence. I told her it wasn't okay to speak like that, and she wasn't at all apologetic. But because she's elderly with health challenges, I changed the subject, aware once again that Fox News and Rush Limbaugh have taken control of significant parts of my Mom's mind and personality. Many people are saying (or at least they would if they knew these facts about my Mom): Heartbreaking.
  • Reply to: Millennial Apathy and a Possible President Trump   1 day 12 hours ago
    Clinton trying to persuade millennials---or anyone else who supported Sanders in the primaries---to vote for her? Pigs might fly.
  • Reply to: Debunking Ben Carson: We Weren't Better Educated in the 1830s   1 day 14 hours ago
    I took a few of these tests and passed with two A`s and a B. What does this prove? I have a good memory and the ability to think a little. Otherwise, not a thing.
  • Reply to: Millennial Apathy and a Possible President Trump   1 day 18 hours ago
    Stephen, I think you dramatically understate millennial disgust and distrust for Hillary Clinton. "Millennial apathy" is a misleading descriptor of events. I wonder what your agenda in varnishing over our outrage might be. You make no mention of the historically significant election fraud perpetrated by Hillary (your candidate, i presume).Why? Is it true a man can't recognize facts if his job depends on his overlooking them?

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"Trending on Twitter—so it must be true."

By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.


Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).


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