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The Great American Neo-Fail

Where Neoliberalism and Neoconservatism truly fail, is with their blind faith in competition to regulate everything, from business to government, to the “99%”. It is a complete “dog eat dog” mentality that fosters a lack of compassion, increased suffering, and endless violence. What is really needed instead, is cooperation and collaboration which foster open caring, sharing, love and teamwork. This is the true democratic ideal. The Neolib/Neocon ideology has failed utterly to provide a workable system or any workable alternatives, but not so with the “Progressive” left. Bernie got the ball rolling, and Jill Stein still carries on with a viable alternative that promotes cooperation over competition.  People, Planet and Peace over profit!

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BOTHERED

Hi there…Happy Saturday.

I find myself bothered this week by a trend I have been seeing in both politics and YouTube videos. Yes, it isn’t new, and maybe it has something to do with the particular videos I have been watching (my bad). It bothers me nonetheless (who even uses “nonetheless” anymore).

I have seen a constant barrage of hate, anger, judgement, and disparagement of others…maybe because I watched the Republican National Convention this week, hmmm? I partly blame the “media” for what they purposely choose to present to the public, but why do they choose only negative issues to present? You would think that there were no positive stories anywhere in the world.

Of course, since money is the ONLY driving factor in business, then they choose whatever sells to the public, which happens to be lots of violence. The public seems to really like fighting because of its sensationalism. This is even more worrying. Why does the public want to concentrate on death, anger, and struggle? Maybe because people are angry, frustrated, and desperate for anything to deflect their attention from their own problems? This is enough to bother anyone who gives a moment’s thought to what is going on.

I am also finding that many of the YouTube videos that gain the most views include those which make fun of other YouTube video creators, demean them, and point out the (perceived) stupidity in them. The inspirational ones are not nearly so popular because they are not as sensationalistic. OK, I said this was not a new phenomenon. It has been happening for a long time. Maybe that is ONE reason why our society remains filled with violence…don’t you think, maybe?

Whatever we all focus our attention on, feeds into the collective subconscious, and affects the mood of those around us, the country, and the world. This constant focus on negativity makes it truly difficult on those who wish to encourage peace, love, and the celebration of our beautiful diversity, to make the world a better place. As we have just entered the Aquarian age, a time when all humanity will eventually come together in peace and harmony, we see increased resistance to the change. I have a feeling it will get a lot worse before it gets better. Change never comes easy, even when it is change for the benefit of everyone.

Well…here’s to hoping for more positive vibes! But I remain bothered…for now…

Why Are We Always Saying Such Dumb Things?

Like “dumb shit”. Yes, I have yet to hear shit say anything.  It IS pretty dumb.   Thanks for pointing out the obvious. The one I happen to be thinking about at the moment is “stupid-ass” or “stupid-ass’d”. I don’t know how to take that one. If someone says to me I am a stupid-ass, they are falsely assuming that my brains “should” be located in my posterior, rather than my head, and then complaining that they are not. And trying to call me a farm animal too. Personally, I am pleased that my brains are in my head and not my ass. So is that really a complement? More likely someone was not listening in anatomy class. Get your head out of your ass, people (as if that were really possible in the first place). So much of our conversation really says nothing, so I guess most of what we say is really “dumb” after all.

Of course, I have said nothing at all about “why” we say such things so often.  I guess it is just an “ape beating on its chest” kind of thing, to get attention, or to hear ourselves speak.  That is probably why I am writing this blog…

Refuting Anti-Abortion Talking Points: Part #1

I do not necessarily agree with all the points presented in this article, but believe it is a good representation of my own views.

The Progressive Cynic

This article is the most recent entry in my “Debunking Right Wing Talking Points” series. In it, I will identify the most popular types of argument that are used against abortion or to justify anti-choice restrictions, and then will use evidence and logic to debunk them.

Unlike the other entries in this series, the abortion debate isn’t entirely clear-cut between partisan lines—there are many pro-life liberals and there are some pro-choice conservatives (particularly within libertarian circles). Here is a Gallup poll illustrating this point:

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That said, as shown in the Gallup polling, a majority of Democrats are “pro-choice” while a majority of Republicans are “pro-life” (in fact, it breaks down fairly evenly, with 68% of Democrats supporting abortion rights and 69% of Republicans opposing it).

This divide is unsurprising, as the religious right has attached itself to the abortion issue since the Roe v. Wade decision and has used calls…

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Refuting Anti-Abortion Talking Points: Part #2

I do not necessarily agree with all the points presented in this article, but believe it is a good representation of my own views.

The Progressive Cynic

This article is the second part of my “Refuting Anti-Abortion Talking Points” article–you can read the first part at the following link: http://theprogressivecynic.com/2015/07/20/refuting-anti-abortion-talking-points-part-1/

  • “Abortion is needlessly cruel because adoption is a much better option.”

First and foremost, a pregnancy is a massive disruption in the life of a woman and can have significant health consequences. Because of this, abortion serves to not only preventing the birth of an unwanted child, but also to prevent a woman from having her entire life upended by 9 months of pregnancy.

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…and these are just the non-severe consequences of a healthy pregnancy.

Women who get pregnant can be forced to leave their jobs, despite already having children and not being able to afford taking that time off. In the absence of strong maternity leave mandates in the USA, it is simple a non-starter to argue that abortion can simply be replaced with adoptions.

Additionally…

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Refuting Anti-Abortion Talking Points Part #3

I do not necessarily agree with all the points presented in this article, but believe it is a good representation of my own views.

The Progressive Cynic

This is Part #3 of my Refuting Anti-Abortion Talking Points series. Today, I have only released one argument instead of two, as this one is fairly long and I have also posted an article (unsurprisingly, the news doesn’t stand still for long articles). 

  • “Legalizing abortion has caused Americans to devalue life and increased the prevalence of more immoral acts, like divorce, mass shootings, and single-parenthood.”

This argument is most commonly held by right wing religious activists and is completely unsupported by the facts.

Put simply, there is no evidence that accepting abortion is in any way correlated with immorality or the devaluation of human life. In fact, people who support abortion rights tend to be less likely to support policies that devalue the lives of humans who are actually born than supposedly pro-life idealists. Here are a few examples of this:

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Refuting Anti-Abortion Talking Points Part #4

I do not necessarily agree with all the points presented in this article, but believe it is a good representation of my own views.

The Progressive Cynic

This is part #4 of my Refuting Anti-Abortion Talking Points series. For the previous three parts you can follow the following links: Part #1, Part #2, Part#3

  • “Abortions cause mental, emotional, and physical health problems in women who get them.”

While these claims may sound plausible, they are simply not supported by the facts. Studies have regularly debunked each of these claims and have, in fact, found that an abortion is actually less likely to have negative health consequences on the mother than a natural birth.

First, the assertion that abortion will lead to negative physical health consequences—most commonly sterility, breast/uterine cancer, or even death due to medical error—is simply false. These are myths created by the anti-choice movement to use as scare tactics and have been debunked by reputable sources. Unfortunately, they are extremely common in so called “crisis pregnancy centers” that many states have required…

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