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Name: Ernie Ferguson
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“We are the experts.” That cannot be argued with (although the cravens will).

These teenagers speak with power and passion. Amazing.

I can imagine myself still curled into a fetal position and whimpering after having suffered a trauma like this.

Posted by Moral Compass | Sat Mar 3, 2018, 12:19 PM (0 replies)

I wish logic was taught in our schools

I attended one year at an English school when I lived in Bogotá Columbia. One of the courses that was required was philosophy. One of the sections in the curriculum was Introduction to Logic.

The first part of this part of the curriculum was concepts of logic and how to navigate through logical constructs. One of the areas of focus was logical fallacies. The very first thing you talk about when you’re talking about logic is that you cannot prove a General case from a specific instance.

You get into building syllogisms based on this fallacy so that you can see what it looks like.

One of the most common is:

the water is green
the boat is green
therefore the boat is water

When you see that written out it looks utterly absurd of course. You know very well the boat is not water.

I see these jumps from the specific to the general every day and in almost every political conversation. The right wing seems to be particularly enamored of coming up with these generalities.

Again, I wish that logic was taught inour schools. If it was it would become a reflexive skill and reasonable people would immediately discard this kind of thinking because it really doesn’t make any sense. That would leave only diehard racial supremacists (because trust me there are plenty of non-white racial supremacists) to contend with and to ostracize.

What makes this type of thinking so seductive is that we, as a nation, are untrained in logic whereas many other nations routinely teach it at a relatively young age.
Posted by Moral Compass | Thu Mar 1, 2018, 02:21 PM (0 replies)

Jack Artly sums it up

These folks don't care how he won--all they care about is that he did win. Collusion with Russia? No problem. Funneling of foreign money to the Trump campaign via the NRA? No problem Blatant racism? Sexism and misogyny? Encouragement of violence against protestors? Ruling by fiat? Subversion against the mission of core federal departments such as the EPA, the Department of Education, HHS, HUD? Not an issue. Defunding the government with a tax cut the rich and the corporations didn't even need? Hey, I got my $1.50 per week!

These are the people that have always been here. The Tories that have always lived among us. These are the citizenry that show us just how fragile our republic is and always has been.

Most people couldn't give a flying fuck about civil liberties and oppression of minorities. Hell, their ox isn't getting gored. They are comforted that even when they may not being doing that well they will be allowed to discriminate and they will retain and benefit from the white bias baked into everything.

In their view, Obama was pushing things way too far. The 60's were bad enough but then it really got real when a black guy who used big words and had gone to the best universities and just seemed...better than them ended up running the place.

You know what they called him in their hearts and in their minds and what they called him out loud when they were with people like them.

They don't care about the things Trump does because they think he's just like them. He speaks English like it is a second language. Most of what he says doesn't make a whole lot of sense. He sounds like everybody's drunk, bigot uncle at a holiday dinner. They think because he sounds crass and unsophisticated and sexist and bigoted and xenophobic that they can do the same.

The only way they'll turn on him is if they ever figure out that he simply doesn't give a shit about them and their kids and what happens to them. It'll happen when the economy turns to shit and he and his cronies do nothing to save any of them as they fall through all the cracks in safety net that he's creating.
Posted by Moral Compass | Mon Feb 26, 2018, 11:18 PM (0 replies)

You are absolutely correct

The police are not trained to differentiate and really couldn’t differentiate. In the normal scenario they’ll take out anyone that is armed. Realistically, they can’t afford not to.

Posted by Moral Compass | Fri Feb 23, 2018, 03:37 PM (0 replies)

Abusing the poor

Trump and his acolytes must get up each day and think, “How can I crap on the poor today?”

Sonny Purdue is a particularly nasty piece of work and is reportedly the source of this brilliant idea.

Trump, of course, knows so little he can’t tell the simply bad from the laughably absurd so he went with it.
Posted by Moral Compass | Wed Feb 14, 2018, 06:42 PM (1 replies)


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