Why I do not like Donald Trump in a nutshell!


Quite agree

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In my view Donald Trump is a liar and a populist who has used the poor and desperate to gain power and promote his own interests. He sides with the fascist groups and promotes fear of terrorism and hatred of Muslims in order to gain support. He thrives on racism and xenophobia.

What I dislike about Donald Trump in a nutshell:

a. Climate denial and closing down all climate monitoring
b. Doing away with environmental protection
c. Doing away with health and safety regs
d. Cutting corporation tax
e. Cutting tax for the rich
f. Taking away funding for contraception
g. Taking away funding for abortion centres
h. Having a racist immigration policy with blanket restrictions
I. Building a ludicrous wall
j. Producing America first isolationist policies
k. Shutting down Science centres
l. Promoting evangelicals
m. Supporting white supremacist groups
n. Retweeting extreme right-wing racist propaganda
o. Goading North Korea

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Is religion defunct in this day and age?


My own views on religions are contained in my post from 2012, Religions, what are they for? and in many ways my thoughts have not changed.

So I do not wish to remove any religions from today’s world, but they all do need to reflect how their supposed original teachings or basic concepts relate to the world as it is now. None should debase the others and their followers need to act accordingly as tolerance and understanding of others points of view should be, always, the way forward.

PEACE

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The three Abrahamic religions started up way back in the dawn of time – in a time of medieval ignorance.

Judaism has its roots 3000 years ago.

Christianity 2000 years ago.

Islam 1500 years ago.

They originated in nomadic tribes of Arabs in a small area of the Middle East renowned for its many sects and religious fanatics.

They all claim that ‘God’ spoke to their originator when they were alone in a cave, up a mountain or in the wilderness – with no witnesses.

None of the originators wrote anything down.

The writings in the holy books were either accumulated from the prevailing genesis stories or myths or written down generations later from accounts passed down by word of mouth. Yet the adherents claim they are the exact word of God (despite the inconsistencies, obvious social context pertaining to that Arab culture, ambiguities and contradictions).

These holy words have…

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Trump’s Achievements in a nutshell!


Not even a week as gone, but Trump is causing problems that we may never recover from, America what have you done.

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These seem to be some of the main proposals:

  1. To bring back torture
  2. To intensify the war in the Middle East (a second war on terror? – didn’t the first one spawn ISIS?)
  3. To alienate Iran
  4. To build a pipeline regardless of environmental impact and treaties with the native Americans
  5. To tear up environmental treaties – denying climate change, environment destruction and pollution
  6. To do away with Health Care for poorer people
  7. To do away with legislation on health and safety, work standards and pollution
  8. To reinvigorate dirty polluting industries (coal, oil, gas, fracking ……)
  9. To bully Mexico and start a trade war so he can say they paid for the wall
  10. To ban Muslims from a number of countries from entering America
  11. To build a wall
  12. To tear up trade deals
  13. To ban all forms of protest and marches
  14. To bully the media, call them liars and brand the media…

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Castro dead – It is somehow fitting.


Why can not humans be content with their own life, why should they interfer with the lives of others, especially when there has been no request to do so.

This has been evident from the start of time, by wishing to have what is not theirs, the abuse of power, the need to seek adventure, the desire to control, to possess for should we not be content with what we have. Is it not better to give than take?

But then is giving always right for there is giving and there is giving.

When the Western World took on Christianity, did we not wish to give this to others, whether they wished to receive it or not. When we set forth to find and explore the New World, did we understand what we were doing or going to do. We went to explore, but in doing so did we not invade, decimate the native inhabitants and impose our will, culture and beliefs on them. Then where there was resistance we would kill, maim and suppress the will of the people and eventually enslave them and we called this progress, but for whom.

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Following the visits of the Rolling Stones and President Obama it seems fitting that Fidel Castro should bow out. It is the end of an era.

Fidel was a benevolent dictator. There were lots of good things about him and some bad.

He ran a left-wing, one-party State that was opposed by the USA who tried everything in their power to bring him down. They applied a stringent (and illegal?) trade embargo and attempted to undermine and disrupt his administration in much the same way that they had done in Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Unlike with those countries they did not succeed. Castro survived invasion and 8 assassination attempts.

On the positive side, despite the isolation, he ran a successful economy. He did not flout his position and live in luxury like a billionaire creaming off all the wealth. He lived modestly. The country had a superb health and education…

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Billy Bragg – It Says Here – Lyrics about the media – Can we have democracy if the information we are fed is false?


True, and it should be said that there will always be two sides to every story, but is it only two sides or could it be more?

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In order for people to be able to make decisions on important issues and electable candidates it is necessary to have access to unbiased information. Failing that it is important to have information from different sides of the argument with a clear knowledge of what the bias is.

Unfortunately this is far from the case. All our information in the media is biased towards the establishment. Information on the web comes from a number of dubious sources for a variety of reasons.

Our newspapers are owned by exceedingly rich individuals and feed us with a pile of lies, exaggerations and rubbish. They would prefer that we do not think about issues at all and concentrate on celebrity nonsense, fashion, trivia, Royals and sex. What they do put out is strongly biased to feed us the story they want us to believe.

The BBC has a reputation for being objective. This is…

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How can you have democracy with a biased media?


True, but then what is the truth, is that just subjective?

We can only know what is true when we witness our own actions, but then can we believe our own mind, for is our present and future not influenced by our past?

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Our views are formed from the information we are provided with.
If we are constantly provided with news that is heavily slanted while claiming to be impartial then we are being manipulated.
How do we know what is true?

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Quotes – Bertrand Russell – One of my favourite people!


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Bertie was a philosopher who spoke it like it was. What he said always made sense.

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
That makes sense to me. Fear of death is the main reason people are religious – fear of hell – fear of god. Not for me. Our destruction of nature has a lot to do with our fear of creatures and natural events. We seek to tame it.
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
How true is that? The stupid always think they know while the clever know enough to be sure that it is never black and white.
Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.
The sheeple rule. Maybe people should have to…

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Donald Trump – Who will pay for this orchestrated outpouring of hatred and emotion?


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Is this really politics?

When a crowd is baited into hysterical emotional outbursts of hate can that be politics? Who will pay in the long run? Is this healthy for the country to foster such hatred and division?

Surely politics should be about presenting a series of policies and arguing why they are the best options. Surely it should be a cerebral process of debating and weighing up which is the best philosophy for the country?

The USA process seems to be one of demonising, taunting and creating monsters out of the opposition. Seemingly Hilary Clinton is a liar who supports the devil. She should be locked up.

The audience is exhorted to hate in what looks remarkably like a scene out of George Orwell’s 1984. I find it frightening. The emotions are so high it breaks out into violence.

After all the dust has settled what will be the…

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The Dilemma for the Labour Party.


Is it time to go for the benefit of the Labour Party?

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The Labour Party is in a dilemma.

The parliamentary party is overwhelmingly opposed to Jeremy Corbyn and his policies (vote of no confidence 172/40). The MPs are moderate watered down Tories.

The grassroots of the Labour Party are in favour of Jeremy (60/40).

The Trade Unions are in favour of Jeremy.

The wider electorate are lukewarm at best.

The media are extremely antagonistic.

The dilemma is whether to stick with Jeremy and his principles and find themselves unelectable or to drop Jeremy and move to the centre with the parliamentary MPs (watered down Tories) and become more electable.

My dilemma is this:

I support Jeremy and his policies

I cannot see how he can put together a credible cabinet with such little support from MPs.

I was unimpressed with his lacklustre performance during the referendum campaign

I do not think he manages the media well.

I do not see the charisma and…

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