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Cyrano

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Will science survive the next Republican regime?

Evidently, climate change, life-saving vaccines, and reality in general are all "fake news" and "hoaxes" to today's "Flat Earth believers" who call themselves Republicans. Seems that the wealthy owners of the GOP will order their bought and paid for politicians to do and say anything to get and hold power, and keep the peasants in line. And if ignoring science is what it takes, then that's what they'll do.

Nothing new here. In the 17th century, the church pretty much controlled the lives of many Europeans and they had themselves an Inquisition to keep it that way. Perhaps their most famous victim was Galileo who almost blew up church dogma by stating that the sun didn't revolve around the Earth. Being a scientist in a "flat Earth" world isn't the safest profession (as Dr. Fauci is learning through all the threats on his life).

Galileo's championing of Copernican heliocentrism (Earth rotating daily and revolving around the sun) was met with opposition from within the Catholic Church and from some astronomers. The matter was investigated by the Roman Inquisition in 1615, which concluded that heliocentrism was foolish, absurd, and heretical since it contradicted Holy Scripture.

Galileo later defended his views in Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (1632), which appeared to attack Pope Urban VIII and thus alienated both the Pope and the Jesuits, who had both supported Galileo up until this point. He was tried by the Inquisition, found "vehemently suspect of heresy", and forced to recant. He spent the rest of his life under house arrest.*


What's frightening is the possibility that our government could end up in the hands of today's "Inquisitors" which would seem likely to doom our freedoms, our democracy, and eventually, the survival of human life on a ruined planet.

Dinosaurs didn't choose extinction. On the other hand, our species has choices and has never missed an opportunity to make the wrong ones. (I guess those who run the world either don't have grandchildren, or don't give a rat's ass about the survival of any they may have.)

*Excerpt from Wikipedia.

America's other pandemic: Cognitive dissonance

Put simply for purposes of this discussion, an example of cognitive dissonance is holding two totally opposing thoughts in your mind simultaneously and believing them both. This disorder affects perhaps a third of Americans -- The MAGAs.

Unfortunately, this particular virus makes many of those who have it dangerous. Dangerous to Democrats, dangerous to everyone's freedoms, dangerous to democracy. And there ain't no vaccine for it. (Not that most of them would take a shot if one were available.)

With elections coming up in 2020 and 2024, countless state laws have been passed by malignant Republicans who want to suppress the votes of the "THEMS." We here on DU are, of course, included in the "THEMS." And voters in many of these states are inflicted with cognitive dissonance. They will vote against their own best interests and if their state laws tilt and even allow for stolen elections, so be it.

So why aren't Dems in DC running around with their hair on fire? Hopefully, action is being taken by the Dept. of Justice to overturn and/or nullify these laws in some way beyond just lawsuits. Unfortunately, going to court takes time and these elections are coming at us like speeding bullets.

Of course, we need a massive voter turnouts regardless of the circumstances. And that turnout must be driven by the knowledge that the Republicans will do anything, anything at all, to "win" elections. If we allow that to happen, America is over.

Shoot someone on 5th Ave? The prick is a mass murderer.

Over six hundred thousand people have died from Covid 19 and Donald Trump is responsible for most of those deaths.

He knew about it before it spread, but the vicious, uncaring prick decided that it would not be good for him personally if he let it be known that a deadly virus was on the loose.

Imagine if Clinton, or Bush, or Obama, had been president when this thing hit the world. Any one of them would have encouraged people to wear masks, stay out of crowds and isolate themselves as much as possible.

But the orange creature did just the opposite. "No masks. No isolation. It's a hoax. It was released by China. Go about your life. Ignore the shit the media is spreading."

Over six hundred thousand people are now dead! Yes, there would have been deaths. But not more than half a million human beings. Most of them died because Donald Trump is an uncaring, self-absorbed mass murderer. (And of course he got himself vaccinated the instant a vaccine was available.)

You know what. Fuck Trump's tax and bank fraud, fuck his scams, fuck his lies, fuck every other crime he committed. He's a mass murderer. And that, more than all the rest of it, is what he should be held responsible for and made to pay for.

And it's not over. Many are still dying because they won't get vaccinated. And most of them refuse to get vaccinated because the stupid orange fuck told them not to. His death count is still running up. But the Republican Party and his base voters still bow down to their "Dear Leader."

We really need a vaccine to protect us from corrupt Republican politicians and stupid voters. And Trump really needs to be dragged out of his Florida castle and put on trial for the murder of millions.
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