In a world dominated by magical thinking, superstition and religion, give yourself the benefit of doubt. This is one skeptic's view of the Universe.

"Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."

-George Carlin

“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.

-Albert Einstein

“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

-Carl Sagan

The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.

-Christopher Hitchens

 

The incredible diversity of our political system. 

Compare to the UK



And to history
The incredible diversity of our political system.

Compare to the UK

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The 2012 presidential race may be remembered as the “Year of the Super PAC.” This new breed of political action committees has already spent more than $53 million on the 2012 congressional and presidential races—and Election Day is still nine months away. Who are the biggest playersin the presidential campaign and how much cash have they got?”

The 2012 presidential race may be remembered as the “Year of the Super PAC.” This new breed of political action committees has already spent more than $53 million on the 2012 congressional and presidential races—and Election Day is still nine months away. Who are the biggest playersin the presidential campaign and how much cash have they got?”

Ron Paul Would Erase Billions in Research Spending

ryking:

laliberty:

Presidential hopeful Ron Paul’s new proposal to slash federal spending would wipe out large chunks of the government’s research portfolio. …

I would certainly hope so.

Personally, I don’t find it appropriate to put a gun to my neighbor’s head and rob him in the name of “science research” (even assuming it was properly spent, which would be tremendously generous to the lumbering and corrupt bureaucratic apparatus that is government). And I further don’t find it any more appropriate to employ others, namely agents of the state, to rob him on my behalf.

But Ron Paul…

First, taxation is not robbery, taxation is part of the social contract, the dues we pay to maintain and expand our society. If you don’t like paying taxes, you are (as I’ve pointed out frequently) free to get the fuck out of the country; Somaila or seasteading are two of your many relocation options.

Second, not all scientific avenues yield positive results, but we usually can’t know in advance which avenues are dead ends without pursuing them. Privately-funded science, which is all about turning a quick profit, won’t research possible dead ends since they may not yield a monetary return on investment, and will abandon promising research when the ROI won’t be realized for years or decades. Government funding is not constrained by such greed, as the aim of government-funded research is humanitarian. Being an inhuman sociopath, I can see why these facts escape or don’t interest you.

Third, as this article points out: “An additional advantage to government sponsored research is that the results are publicly shared, whereas with privately funded research the ideas are controlled by a single group. Consequently, government sponsored research can result in mass collaborative projects that are beyond the scope of isolated private researchers.” Beyond the scope, and yielding more and better discoveries.

Fourth, politicians don’t solely rely on lobbyists for an understanding of the things that the government must lobby, the government has its own experts to check with you right-wing Paulbot simpleton.

(Source: anticapitalist)

drinkthe-koolaid:

shitrepublicancandidatessay:

“Ridiculous as sodomy laws may be, there clearly is no right to privacy nor sodomy found anywhere in the Constitution.” -A discussion of why Lawrence v. Texas (the Supreme Court case about whether it was constitutional for police in Texas to enter a gay man’s apartment and arrest him for having anal sex) was wrongly decided. From Ron Paul’s “Federal Courts and the Imaginary Constitution,” August 2003.
“Privacy is one of the most sacred elements of a free society. It is now common to pass laws which routinely violate the Constitutional guarantee that our homes and persons are not to be invaded by government agents.” -From Ron Paul’s book, Freedom Under Siege, published 1987.

Makes perfect sense. My shit is stuff, your stuff is shit (thanks George Carlin).


Creepy McCreeperton over here^^

drinkthe-koolaid:

shitrepublicancandidatessay:

Ridiculous as sodomy laws may be, there clearly is no right to privacy nor sodomy found anywhere in the Constitution.” -A discussion of why Lawrence v. Texas (the Supreme Court case about whether it was constitutional for police in Texas to enter a gay man’s apartment and arrest him for having anal sex) was wrongly decided. From Ron Paul’s “Federal Courts and the Imaginary Constitution,” August 2003.

“Privacy is one of the most sacred elements of a free society. It is now common to pass laws which routinely violate the Constitutional guarantee that our homes and persons are not to be invaded by government agents.” -From Ron Paul’s book, Freedom Under Siege, published 1987.

Makes perfect sense. My shit is stuff, your stuff is shit (thanks George Carlin).

Creepy McCreeperton over here^^

(Source: shnaashnaa)

GOP Uses Racism to Win the White House

daniellemertina:

“As Iowa demonstrated, be it Gingrich’s yearning to have lazy black and brown kids pick up mops and brooms as janitors in work houses, Romney’s nativist Klan inspired opines to keep “America America,” Santorum’s appeals to a belief that African Americans find sustenance by stealing from hardworking white people, or Ron Paul’s assertion that the Civil Rights Act (with its bringing down of Jim and Jane Crow) was an unfair intrusion on white people’s “liberty” and “freedom,” the Tea Party GOP remains addicted to the crack rock of dog whistle politics.

Decades after the founding of the Southern Strategy in the 1960s, the old school remains the true school. Ultimately for conservativesdemagoguing the negroes can still help stir up support among the white populist faithful.”

This is the most concise post I’ve seen illuminating on the racism of the (current candidates of the) GOP. Even looking at conservative televangelists, or Fox News anchors could give you even MORE examples.

Conservative = pro-white man and anti everybody else. Period.

(Source: knowledgeequalsblackpower)

Boy, it sure burns me to have a national holiday for that pro-communist philanderer, Martin Luther King.

glitchthemachine:

Some personal thoughts here after looking at this great infograph…
As if you didn’t need anymore reasons to not vote for these clowns here is some more.  Admittedly they are all bad choices but it is shocking to see the Paul supporters fervently willing to put up the blinders and embrace it all with utter naivety and blind devotion. Ron Paul, a guy that says the civil rights act and voter rights act are UNCONSTITUTIONAL and introduced bills to overturn them? Are you fucking kidding me???? Have you all ever heard of the civil rights movement? Martin Luther King?  Rosa Parks? Let me remind you that people fought INCREDIBLY hard just to have the same rights as WHITE PEOPLE.  Decades of struggle and repression to overcome this bullshit brought on by HUNDREDS OF YEARS OF THE WORLDS MOST FUCKED UP SLAVERY TRADE.  How does this not mean anything to Ron Paul supporters.  Maybe you are to young to remember the struggle people had to go through.
I guess its all ok because he wants to legalize weed.  Right.
In reality that is another fallacy.  To overturn a federal mandate, he would need approval from congress. Even if that did somehow occur, he is still leaving the legalization up to the states.  This by no means “legalizes weed”. 
Ron Paul has been in congress for 22 years and hasn’t been able to do much of anything and now we are supposed to believe he is the magic man with the answer to all of our problems?   This sounds like religion more than politics! I’m glad he is against war, so am I .  I also realize Ron Paul says “end the fed” but still not a single person has given me answers to any of my questions.  People just know that “ending the fed” is a good idea but did they ever take the time to actually look at Ron Paul’s stance on parallel currency?  It’s just the same thing all over again…Politicians campaigning, coming up with clever catch-phrases and “hooks” to win approval from the target market…and nobody actually takes time to look and explore what does any of this mean.  I’m sorry if I disagree with you Paul supporters but I don’t believe we should switch to a gold standard either and I don’t believe we should allow for competing currencies.  (Both of these are Ron Paul’s official stance)  What happens when a single corporation “wins” and becomes the pref distributor?  That would amount to the initial issue but the problem is they wouldn’t just be independent to the executive but also to the legislative branch of government. In other words they would not be elected or appointed. I am in no way defending bernanke & c. I am trying to warn you about the type of “hyper-capitalism” free-market ideology Ron Paul is promoting. Another way to put it would be; what would prevent corporations or countries from buying up all the gold resulting in us losing more of our rights & purchasing power to corporate interests?

glitchthemachine:

Some personal thoughts here after looking at this great infograph…

As if you didn’t need anymore reasons to not vote for these clowns here is some more.  Admittedly they are all bad choices but it is shocking to see the Paul supporters fervently willing to put up the blinders and embrace it all with utter naivety and blind devotion. Ron Paul, a guy that says the civil rights act and voter rights act are UNCONSTITUTIONAL and introduced bills to overturn them? Are you fucking kidding me???? Have you all ever heard of the civil rights movement? Martin Luther King?  Rosa Parks? Let me remind you that people fought INCREDIBLY hard just to have the same rights as WHITE PEOPLE.  Decades of struggle and repression to overcome this bullshit brought on by HUNDREDS OF YEARS OF THE WORLDS MOST FUCKED UP SLAVERY TRADE.  How does this not mean anything to Ron Paul supporters.  Maybe you are to young to remember the struggle people had to go through.

I guess its all ok because he wants to legalize weed.  Right.

In reality that is another fallacy.  To overturn a federal mandate, he would need approval from congress. Even if that did somehow occur, he is still leaving the legalization up to the states.  This by no means “legalizes weed”. 

Ron Paul has been in congress for 22 years and hasn’t been able to do much of anything and now we are supposed to believe he is the magic man with the answer to all of our problems?   This sounds like religion more than politics! I’m glad he is against war, so am I .  I also realize Ron Paul says “end the fed” but still not a single person has given me answers to any of my questions.  People just know that “ending the fed” is a good idea but did they ever take the time to actually look at Ron Paul’s stance on parallel currency?  It’s just the same thing all over again…Politicians campaigning, coming up with clever catch-phrases and “hooks” to win approval from the target market…and nobody actually takes time to look and explore what does any of this mean.  I’m sorry if I disagree with you Paul supporters but I don’t believe we should switch to a gold standard either and I don’t believe we should allow for competing currencies.  (Both of these are Ron Paul’s official stance)  What happens when a single corporation “wins” and becomes the pref distributor?  That would amount to the initial issue but the problem is they wouldn’t just be independent to the executive but also to the legislative branch of government. In other words they would not be elected or appointed. I am in no way defending bernanke & c. I am trying to warn you about the type of “hyper-capitalism” free-market ideology Ron Paul is promoting. Another way to put it would be; what would prevent corporations or countries from buying up all the gold resulting in us losing more of our rights & purchasing power to corporate interests?

Employee rights are said to be valid when employers pressure employees into sexual activity. Why don’t they quit once the so-called harassment starts? Obviously the morals of the harasser cannot be defended, but how can the harassee escape some responsibility for the problem? Seeking protection under civil rights legislation is hardly acceptable. If force was clearly used, that is another story, but pressure and submission is hardly an example of a violation of one’s employment rights.

Ron Paul, Freedom Under Siege: The U.S. Constitution After 200-Plus Years (1987), pg. 16

Are you getting sexually harassed at work? That’s your problem. Quit.

Is Ron Paul done yet?

(via mohandasgandhi)

Come on now, we all know when a victim is harassed and they stay at the job they most likely need, it means they’re asking to be harassed.. it’s called victim blaming because the victim is obviously the blame— Shit I can’t even be sarcastic about this, as if inequality wasn’t rampant enough. Ladies and gents say hello to one of tumblr’s most beloved presidential runner up.

(via cwnl)

As long as the individual retains the right to own guns and gold, we should assume that working through the political process is worthwhile. The confiscation of gold and guns in the United States would ignite an explosion of physical resistance which would permanently change the character of the United States.

Ron Paul, Freedom Under Siege: The U.S. Constitution After 200-Plus Years (1987)

Do you want the right to a decent education? Go fuck yourself.

Do you want the right to decent healthcare? Go fuck yourself.

Do you want the right to a clean and sustainable environment? Go fuck yourself.

Do you want the right to own GUNS AND GOLD? VOTE RON PAUL 2012!

(via mohandasgandhi)

He later added: “I love Goooooollllllddddd!”

Ron Paul Signs Personhood USA Pledge, Proving Once Again That He Is NOT A Libertarian Or A Liberal

theworldisconfused:

True libertarians believe in leaving people be. The main tenet of libertarianism is personal liberty, which includes right to privacy. Libertarians fight fiercely for keeping the government out of the personal lives of the American citizenry. Ron Paul has claimed time and time again that he is a libertarian, but with a stroke of his pen last Thursday, Paul proved once and for all that he is NOT a libertarian.

Personhood USA has been putting a ton of pressure on the Republican Presidential candidates. Many of the candidates have signed the personhood pledge, which states that “every human being at every stage of development must be recognized as a person possessing the right to life in federal and state laws without exception and without compromise.” In other words, each candidate who has signed the pledge, is promising to ban abortion, thus violating the personal liberty of women everywhere. Last Thursday, Ron Paul signed that pledge.

Ron Paul looks desperate to win the nomination. So desperate, that he is joining the extreme evangelical conservatives, to try and win their support in Iowa and the rest of the country. In doing so, Paul is selling his libertarian soul to the extreme right wing fundamentalist Christians who want to strangle American freedom with an iron fist. He now opposes abortion for any reason and is completely against gay marriage. This goes against libertarian philosophy. Paul has tried to paint himself as the new Barry Goldwater, but Ron Paul is no Goldwater. A true libertarian, Goldwater defended a woman’s right to choose, and supported gay rights.

If Ron Paul were a true libertarian, he would completely support these words spoken by the father of American libertarianism.

“Today’s so-called ‘conservatives’ don’t even know what the word means. They think I’ve turned liberal because I believe a woman has a right to an abortion. That’s a decision that’s up to the pregnant woman, not up to the pope or some do-gooders or the Religious Right. It’s not a conservative issue at all.”

~Barry Goldwater

“It’s time America realized that there is no gay exemption in the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in the Declaration of Independence.”

~Barry Goldwater

But Ron Paul is of the opposite viewpoint. Paul would harness the government and use it against the people. He would invade our personal lives on the orders of extremists. That alone disqualifies Ron Paul from being President and should make real libertarians and real liberals everywhere, reject him.

moronpaul:

On December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake’s order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger. Parks’ action was not the first of its kind to impact the civil rights issue. Others had taken similar steps, including Lizzie Jennings in 1854, Homer Plessy in 1892, Irene Morgan in 1946, Sarah Louise Keys in 1955, and Claudette Colvin on the same bus system nine months before Parks, but Parks’ civil disobedience had the effect of sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Parks’ act of defiance became an important symbol of the modern Civil Rights Movement and Parks became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation. She organized and collaborated with civil rights leaders, including boycott leader Martin Luther King, Jr., helping to launch him to national prominence in the civil rights movement.

In 2008,when Ron Paul’s newsletters came to light, he was questioned about his racism on CNN. Paul claimed that Rosa Parks was one of his heroes, and that voting against her Congressional Gold Medal was to save the tax payers money. In fact, he would’ve chipped in a hundred bucks instead.. But he didn’t, and unfortunately, there are a few problems with his story.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/01/17/438618/-Ron-Paul-and-the-Rosa-Parks-Medal