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Are we humans an evolutionary mistake?

We humans, as far as we know, are the most advanced species on this planet. Over many millennia, a few members of our species have figured out that we are one small planet orbiting a star, in a universe of countless stars, galaxies, etc. Einstein figured out the speed limit of the universe, and that time and space are a single entity.

Others have discovered cures to diseases, and countless ways in which to heal humans and other living creatures. And still others have figured out so much more about how, and why things work.

Human scientists have discovered and interpreted so much more than most us can even begin to grasp. It really boggles the mind how far human knowledge has advanced with such infinitesimal clues.

Yet, when we look at the behavioral/belief aspects of human beings, we seem to be incredibly childlike, superstitious, and determined to destroy ourselves well before we can reach maturity.

The history of human behavior has demonstrated the genius with which we humans use scientific advancements to destroy other human beings. The most important thing we seem to have learned from the scientific revelations of the past is how to more efficiently kill each other.

And beyond that, we have divided ourselves by geography, color, language, tribes, dogma, and every other imaginable human characteristic.

But this is DU, so let me get to the point. The current primary campaign of the Republican Party is beyond an embarrassment to the human species. Trump? Cruz? The rest? The phrase “clown car” is totally insufficient, but it was the best we could do. In reality, the term “Knuckle Draggers” has become an almost meaningless cliché, but more closely describes the GOP lineup of both those who have dropped out and those still running.

Their expressed “values,” “world views,” and “solutions,” are a mountain of bullshit so immense as to require the largest herd of cattle that ever existed to produce it. And, of course, these candidates and ex-candidates know it. They’re playing to the lowest common denominator of what can charitably be called “human intelligence.” They’ll say or do anything, anything, necessary to get the nomination.

So let me say this. Given the state of today’s Republican Party, I really believe that those with all the traits of Caligula, Mussolini, or worse could be considered “viable” candidates by the poor ignorant fools who are casting votes or backing them in caucuses. For some insane reason, Fox “News” has more influence on “human thought” than the concepts of Galileo, or Stephan Hawking.

It really makes one wonder if the human species is an evolutionary mistake that will go the way of the dinosaurs.

And of course, there’s the Dem primary. But this is not the forum to discuss our differences. I’ll just say we hold differing versions of a future that is far Superior than anything that can ever be offered to us by a Republican Party that has gone off the deep end.

Advise to DUers: Stay off the DU Primaries Forum

If you haven't posted there yet, don't.

I did my first post today. And right now, I'm not sure whether I'm an antisemitic, communist piece of shit, or a wingnut infiltrator who hates humans and eats kittens.

I can't wait until this election is over. The DU Primaries Forum seems to be a tremendously hate-filled place where otherwise sane Democrats have lost their minds. Any remark or response you post is immediately twisted and used to "prove" that you are either for or against Bernie/Hillary/Whoever. Or perhaps I should say Hillary/Bernie/Whoever. After all, putting someone's name first matters.

My congratulations and best wishes to Skinner et.al. for recognizing that a Primaries Forum was needed. It has isolated a "poisonous strain" from the rest of DU. We all have pockets of hatred within ourselves. In this case, Isolation was a wise, civilized, Democratic idea.

Cruz's "New York Values" is code for Jewish

I spent much of my life in New York. And last week, when Ted Cruz accused Donald Trump of having "New York Values," I heard it as a code word for "Jewish." It seems I'm not alone in hearing this dog whistle. Here's an excerpt from Dana Milbank's column from today's Washington Post.

When Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) last month mocked Donald Trump’s “New York values,” it wasn’t entirely clear what he was implying.

This week we got a clue: For Cruz, “New York” is another way of saying “Jewish.”

At an event in New Hampshire, Cruz, the Republican Iowa caucuses winner, was asked about campaign money he and his wife borrowed from Goldman Sachs. Cruz, asserting that Trump had “upward of $480 million of loans from giant Wall Street banks,” said: “For him to make this attack, to use a New York term, it’s the height of chutzpah.” Cruz, pausing for laughter after the phrase “New York term,” exaggerated the guttural “ch” to more laughter and applause.

But “chutzpah,” of course, is not a “New York” term. It’s a Yiddish — a Jewish — one. And using “New York” as a euphemism for “Jewish” has long been an anti-Semitic dog whistle.

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