In a world dominated by magical thinking, superstition and misinformation, give yourself the benefit of doubt. This is one skeptic's view of the Universe; natural wonders and supernatural blunders.
"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."
“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.
“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”
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.
Twenty-seven fund-raisers collected more than $500,000 each in contributions for President Obama and the Democratic Party in the past three months, helping Mr. Obama collect a record haul of campaign cash as he starts his re-election effort.
The list of Mr. Obama’s biggest bundlers, which was posted on the president’s campaign Web site on Friday, is filled with celebrities and the well-connected, like Jeffrey Katzenberg, the Hollywood mogul; Andy Spahn, a close friend and consultant to Steven Spielberg, the moviemaker; and Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue.
More than 200 other people scooped up tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars each in contributions for the president. Collectively, they raised at least $35 million for Mr. Obama and the Democratic National Committee, or about 40 percent of the $86 million he reported for the quarter.
It would seem the rich and famous are unaware or don’t care that Barack Obama is a communislamofascistbabyeaterpuppykicker, or whatever the rightards are calling him this week. — Ryking
All of these posts about how much money these politicians are raising for their campaigns makes me distinctly uncomfortable.
We are in the midst of the worst recession (dare I say depression?) since the Great Depression and yet these people are dumping enough cash for me to survive on for the rest of my life on… campaigns.
My personal feeling is any and all campaigns that garner enough signatures to be placed on the ballot should be publicly financed. No private contributions whatsoever. It sure would help with the problem of special interest cash, for one. And maybe those donations could go to something that actually helps people, for another.(via drinkthe-koolaid)
I strongly agree. Campaigns have become all marketing/branding and every cycle gets more expensive (approaching $1b), requiring more and more donors to answer too.
Barack Obama (the candidate) on union organizing and collective bargaining.