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"Democrats are supposed to be part of the "reality-based community.""

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Statement of Purpose

Discuss conspiracy theories and other highly-speculative topics. Free-thinkers and skeptics are both welcome.
When posting, please be mindful of the DU Terms of Service.

No kooky, extremist, or hate content
Do not promote ridiculous, bigoted, or extreme-fringe conspiracy theories. Do not promote extreme fringe views. Do not reference hate sites or other extremist/fringe sources.

Why we have this rule:
Democrats are supposed to be part of the "reality-based community." Some amount of skepticism toward powerful institutions is healthy and appropriate, but that doesn't mean every paranoid fantasy is true. Posts about mass shootings being "false flag" operations, 9/11 being a controlled demolition, no airplane at the Pentagon, chemtrails, black helicopters, the Illuminati, or other nonsense make us all look like fools. This website may have the word "underground" in our name, but we are not extreme fringe.


EU referendum live: David Cameron resigns as UK shocks the world by voting for Brexit

Source: The Telegraph

Britain has voted to leave the European Union, with the Leave campaign securing around 51.8 per cent of the vote.

David Cameron has resigned as Prime Minister.

While England voted overwhelmingly for Brexit, Scotland and Northern Ireland backed Remain. Statements are expected to be made by Sinn Fein and the SNP later today calling for a breakaway from the Union. London backed Remain but the turnout was lower than expected because of bad weather.

The pound crashed to the lowest level since 1985 as sterling fell below $1.35. Complacency about a Brexit outcome will come clear this morning, as out of hours trading suggests that the FTSE 100 will drop by 8.8pc, or by some 560 points. The fall would be the third worst in history if stocks ended the day down as sharply.

Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/24/eu-referendum-results-live-brexit-wins-as-britain-votes-to-leave/

Being updated live at link.

It's now up to "20 awe-inspiring Prince perfomances...".



You need to see Motherless Child.

Yes, you. Press that little play button now.

ed: D.M.S.R. = Dance Music Sex Romance, an engorged rebuttal to the PMRC, on Prince's album 1999.

Confessions of a Republican - 1964 Campaign Ad Eerily Relevant to Today's GOP Nomination Race

Learned about this seeing Bill Bogert - the ad's actor - on CNN tonight in an amazing interview.

More info:

Confessions of a Republican: Democrat campaign advert from 1964 is eerily relevant to today's GOP nomination race
Charlie Atkin @charlieatkin18 Thursday 10 March 2016

A US election advert dating back to 1964 has gone viral after bearing uncanny similarities to the current state of America’s Republican Party.

Titled ‘Confessions of a Republican’, an actor, Bill Bogert, can be seen expressing his concerns over election candidate Barry Goldwater, whose conservative views were alienating liberal Republicans.

The most eerie lines sound like they could be lifted straight from the political discussion of today, as Donald Trump becomes ever nearer to being a candidate for the 2016 presidential election.

After declaring himself a lifelong Republican, the actor goes on to say ‘when we come to Senator Goldwater, now it seems to me we're up against a very different kind of a man. This man scares me.’


It's a bad idea to tell another DUer to "piss off" in a post you don't want hidden.

That's often enough reason to Hide for people who discourage incivility here. I'm not sure why you think the Hide voters must have been bernie bros (other than their being a majority, I suppose).

And yes, Hillary did well.

Bernie will be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight, Wednesday 2-10!

Along with Ben Stiller and Drum TAO.


David Bowie - My Death - Hammersmith Odeon, London, 3 July 1973

David Bowie covers Jacques Brel's "La Mort", during his Ziggy Stardust era.
Listen carefully at the lyrics.

David Bowie – Space Oddity

RIP David Bowie

David Bowie - I'm Afraid of Americans

(with Brian Eno and Trent Reznor)

RIP David Bowie

I'm so glad you asked, here's some homework so you might answer your own questions honestly.

Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time

In this age of supposed scientific enlightenment, many people still believe in mind reading, past-life regression theory, New Age hokum, and alien abduction. A no-holds-barred assault on popular superstitions and prejudices, with more than 80,000 copies in print, Why People Believe Weird Things debunks these nonsensical claims and explores the very human reasons people find otherworldly phenomena, conspiracy theories, and cults so appealing. In an entirely new chapter, "Why Smart People Believe in Weird Things," Michael Shermer takes on science luminaries like physicist Frank Tippler and others, who hide their spiritual beliefs behind the trappings of science.


The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason

In The End of Faith, Sam Harris delivers a startling analysis of the clash between reason and religion in the modern world. He offers a vivid, historical tour of our willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs―even when these beliefs inspire the worst human atrocities. While warning against the encroachment of organized religion into world politics, Harris draws on insights from neuroscience, philosophy, and Eastern mysticism to deliver a call for a truly modern foundation for ethics and spirituality that is both secular and humanistic. Winner of the 2005 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction.


The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True

Filled with clever thought experiments and jaw-dropping facts, The Magic of Reality explains a stunningly wide range of natural phenomena: How old is the universe? Why do the continents look like disconnected pieces of a jigsaw puzzle? What causes tsunamis? Why are there so many kinds of plants and animals? Who was the first man, or woman? Starting with the magical, mythical explanations for the wonders of nature, Dawkins reveals the exhilarating scientific truths behind these occurrences. This is a page-turning detective story that not only mines all the sciences for its clues but primes the reader to think like a scientist as well.


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