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“Fighting the Derp” Prof. Krugman says beware those telling you what you want to hear.

Fighting the Derp
JUNE 8, 2015

............ — we live in an age of derp and cheap cynicism. And there are powerful forces behind both tendencies. But those forces can be fought, and the place to start fighting is within yourself.

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.......derp isn’t destiny. But how can you – whether you’re a pundit, a policy maker, or just a concerned citizen – protect yourself against derpitude? The first line of defense, I’d argue, is to always be suspicious of people telling you what you want to hear.

Thus, if you’re a conservative opposed to a stronger safety net, you should be extra skeptical about claims that health reform is about to crash and burn, especially coming from people who made the same prediction last year and the year before (Obamacare derp runs almost as deep as inflation derp).

But if you’re a liberal who believes that we should reduce inequality, you should similarly be cautious about studies purporting to show that inequality is responsible for many of our economic ills, from slow growth to financial instability. Those studies might be correct — the fact is that there’s less derp on America’s left than there is on the right — but you nonetheless need to fight the temptation to let political convenience dictate your beliefs.

Fighting the derp can be hard, not least because it can upset friends who want to be reassured in their beliefs. But you should do it anyway: it’s your civic duty.


http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/08/opinion/paul-krugman-fighting-the-derp.html?rref=collection%2Fcolumn%2Fpaul-krugman

GOP To Announce Who’s Not Running For President In Effort To Make Things Easier

GOP To Announce Who’s Not Running For President In Effort To Make Things Easier
With Republican after Republican lining up for their chance at the Oval Office in 2016, the Republican National Committee (RNC) has just announced that they will be releasing a list of names that will include everyone who will not be running for the Republican nomination. The list, about 14 names long, includes John Boehner and Mitch McConnell — they know too many people hate them, so really — why bother? This year, more than any other seems like many are

http://www.freewoodpost.com/2015/06/05/gop-to-announce-whos-not-running-for-president-in-effort-to-make-things-easier/

Cheney: I don't know what makes Obama tick

“I’ve tried for a long time, John, to understand what makes him tick, and frankly, I don’t know,” Cheney told host John Catsimatidis on AM 970’s “The Cats Roundtable” in New York.

Cheney said he was particularly mystified by Obama’s counterterrorism strategy in the Middle East.

The former vice president cited U.S.-led coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) there as one example of what he called confusing logic.

“I don’t think he really wants to be there,” Cheney said.



oh my, he does not stop:
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/244246-cheney-i-dont-know-what-makes-obama-tick

Before you call somebody a "traitor" why don't you read how the U.S. Constitution defines treason.




Glenn GreenwaldVerified account
‏@ggreenwald Glenn Greenwald retweeted Dana Perino
Says the woman notorious around the world for justifying torture, aggressive wars, due-process-free prison camps...
4:35 AM - 5 Jun 2015
https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/606786390693670912



Glenn Greenwald ✔@ggreenwald
You also might want to ask about your numerous colleagues long eager to give him airtime on Fox with an interview... https://twitter.com/DanaPerino/status/606772371555512320
4:36 AM - 5 Jun 2015
53 53 Retweets 89 89 favorites
https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/606786722823839744


http://www.mediaite.com/online/dana-perino-bashes-nyt-for-giving-space-to-traitor-snowden-greenwald-fires-back/

The American Spring Has Begun

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Unlike the Tea Party, The American Spring is an organic movement that genuinely originates at the grassroots level. That’s why it is such a diverse movement with so many different perspectives. The movement against inequality isn’t funded and orchestrated by billionaires. It begins in the diverse daily lives of millions of people. The American Spring is a reaction to the millions of ways that inequality affects us every day. The millions of people involved in the movement against inequality are not primarily motivated by ideology, we are motivated by a desire for justice in our daily lives.

We are motivated by our desire to live without aggressive, brutal policing in our neighborhoods. We are motivated by a desire to enjoy the benefits of an education without being cursed by a lifetime of student loan debt. We are motivated by the desire to have access to health care without having to pay huge, unaffordable monthly premiums. We are motivated by the desire to have a decent job with a fair wage, not a job that consigns our family to poverty.

We don’t have to pick sides in this movement. We are all on the same side. We are all on the side of justice.


MORE:
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/06/07/american-spring-has-begun

"The Monica Curse"



sorry, pic did not show up before
fixed.

No Big Deal: Duggars Banned Hide-&-Seek And Put Locks On Doors After Molestation

The Duggar family put locks on their children’s doors and put a stop to games like hide-and-seek after they found out that oldest child Josh Duggar had sexually molested four of his sisters, two of the sisters revealed Friday.

Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard revealed to Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Friday that they were two of Josh’s victims. The sisters spoke about the steps their parents took to try to minimize the risk of another molestation after they learned of Josh’s actions.

“My parents said, OK, we’re not going to do this hide and seek thing where two people go off together,” Jill said. “As a mother now, I look back and think my parents did such an amazing job…Not only taking care of Josh, but us girls.”

The sisters said that revealing themselves as Josh’s victims “wouldn’t have been our first choice,” but they chose to tell their story to Fox News after the story of Josh’s actions broke “to come out and set the record straight.”


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http://thinkprogress.org/health/2015/06/06/3666899/jessa-jill-duggar-interview/

Wisconsin Democratic Convention Straw Poll: Clinton 49%, Sanders 40%

Encouraging News For Bernie Sanders!

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WisPolitics.com straw poll: WisDem conventioneers favor Clinton for president, Sanders close second
June 6th, 2015 5:33PM CDT

Democratic Party of Wisconsin conventioneers backed Hillary Clinton for the party’s presidential nomination next year, while Bernie Sanders finished a strong second, according to a WisPolitics.com straw poll.

Meanwhile, Sen. Kathleen Vinehout of Alma was favored in the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial primary straw poll.

Clinton drew support from 252 of the 511 delegates, alternates and registered guests who voted in the straw poll. Sanders was backed by 208, while Vice President Joe Biden and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley tied for a distant third with 16 votes each.

Clinton was also the favorite of activists at last year’s convention, taking almost 55 percent of the vote in the WisPolitics.com straw poll…


…State Dem officials said 1,590 delegates, alternates and registered guests attended the convention.


http://demconvos.wispolitics.com/2015/06/wispoliticscom-straw-poll-wisdem.html

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/07/1391268/-Wisconsin-Democratic-Convention-Straw-Poll-Clinton-49-Sanders-40

Coldplay's Chris Martin plays at Beau Biden funeral



smiling and crying at the same time.....

The Republican Party Rape Advisory Chart

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http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/07/1391252/-If-you-know-someone-who-thinks-GOP-support-for-Josh-Duggar-is-just-a-few-bad-apples
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