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Christianity, contraception and class | Al Jazeera America

Christianity, contraception and class  | Al Jazeera America | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
What Hobby Lobby’s Supreme Court case says about conservative tactics
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Again, it's the conflict between one party to supersede the other.  On one hand, the conservatives wish to supersede all employees under their company by denying them the right to do as they please with their personal lives for the sake of the company's owner's religious morality.  On the other hand, the left is trying to supersede the conservatives by telling them they have to allow people to have freedom from their own personal religious beliefs and sentiments.

 

This highlights the Left, Right divide very clearly, because it shows that the Left is the party that wants to enable personal freedom, while it is the Right which is trying to lock it down for the sake of preserving an image of piety.  One has to wonder which is more pious and moral: the enslaving attitude of the conservatives, or the liberating attitude of the liberals.  Liberals seem to believe that people have a right to do as they wish, and that others don't have a right to impose things on others one way or another.  Conservatives wish to impose upon others and believe that the individual has no rights relative to their own image of how a society ought to be.

 

Take your pick.  But I think we both know that you're not really "picking", but rather, just going along with whatever biases and preferences you already have.

 

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The Simple Secrets That Make People Fascinating

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Whether you want to be a star in your field or make your product irresistibly interesting, being fascinating is about standing out from the crowd--and...

Via Bobby Dillard, John Michel, Amy Melendez
Eli Levine's insight:

Seven checks, I think.

 

And yet I still can't seem to draw enough of you folks in to work with the reality that is in front of you.

 

What gives?

 

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John Michel's curator insight, March 22, 6:08 PM


TO BE SUCCESSFUL, YOU DON’T HAVE TO CHANGE WHO YOU ARE; YOU HAVE TO BECOME MORE OF WHO YOU ARE.

Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, March 26, 1:10 AM

No need to be famous or so to be fascinating, patterns to the brands that seem to fascinate consumers most, such as:


  1. A brand shows power
  2. It demonstrates passion
  3. It has mystique
  4. It offers prestige
  5. It gives alarm
  6. It has rebellion
  7. or it evokes trust.
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Six ways to design humanity and localism into Smart Cities

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The Smart Cities movement is sometimes criticised for appearing to focus mainly on the application of technology to large-scale city infrastructures such as smart energy grids and intelligent trans...

Via bart rosseau
Eli Levine's insight:

A bit arcane to me (I'm more into political/nation building than city planning).  However, one does not happen without the other. 

I can create logics of function all I'd like.  But it won't create spaces in which to live without a little extra training and practice.

 

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bart rosseau's curator insight, March 20, 9:30 AM

Good addition to the 'human factor' of smart cities.

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Turkey: Twitter blackout underlines Erdogan’s growing isloation | Al Jazeera America

Turkey: Twitter blackout underlines Erdogan’s growing isloation | Al Jazeera America | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Analysis: President Gül's criticism of the shutdown leaves prime minister without support
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Could have predicted this.  Turkey may vote for the AKP again, but it will be interesting to see whether or not Erdogan is going to be able to stay in power.  The silencing of debate does not silence the opposition to his government and these antagonistic tactics against what will likely end up being Gül and the military may well, indeed, backfire against him as he alienates himself from the (albeit minority) secular, urbanite demographics from the more conservative Islamic factions under Gül.  Perhaps the moderate Islamic groups will carry the day for Erdogan?  I don't know.

 

At any rate, if Turkey accepts these authoritarian tactics, I think it will only underscore how unlike Europe Turkish society really is (which will then raise questions about whether or not it should or will join the EU).  Then again, if the Islamic population doesn't assimilate to European societies, perhaps it might be appropriate for the Turkish state to join in with the current Concert of Europe?  What will the Europeans feel about that?

 

Enjoy.

 

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Stop doing evil, Pope tells mafia

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Pope Francis launches a stinging attack on the mafia, warning gangsters that they will go to hell unless they repent and stop doing evil.
Eli Levine's insight:

It should be noted here, that Hell can also be a literal place here, on planet Earth, in this dimension, rather than in the religious "other worldly/lifetime" sense.

 

What must be going through the minds of those mafiosi, to think that the crimes that they commit against others is somehow of benefit to themselves or to others?

 

Seriously, what is the psychological and neurological root of crime and other socially, individually and environmentally destructive behavior?

 

How do we then identify and cure these apparent neurological conditions safely, effectively and ethically?  How do we nip these things in the bud in childhood, to prevent adults from growing up into criminals?

 

More experimentation is needed.

 

But, rather than defining mental illness as ticks and other idiosyncrasies of a unique personality, why not define it as that which is tangibly and empirically harmful to the self, to others and the environment?  Why should a person's functionality and ability to act in a world be taken at face value that they are sane and healthy people, if their actions and behaviors are actually, detrimental to our society and to our environment (which then is detrimental to themselves in the long run)?

 

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The Deadly Combination

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When catastrophes strike, it usually comes in the form of several mistakes combined to create a perfect storm situation.  If we look back to the French Revolution, we see that it likely could have ...
Eli Levine's insight:

I've tried to warn people about this.

 

But it seems that no one of consequence is paying attention.

 

A pity, because we were just beginning to figure some important stuff out for ourselves.

 

Too bad it looks like we're going to be cut short before we can do anything significant as a species.

 

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Ancient food webs developed modern structure soon after mass extinction

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Researchers from the Santa Fe Institute and the Smithsonian Institution have pieced together a highly detailed picture of feeding relationships among 700 mammal, bird, reptile, fish, insect, and plant species from a 48 million year old lake and forest ecosystem.

Their analysis of fossilized remains from the Messel deposit near Frankfurt, Germany, provides the most compelling evidence to date that ancient food webs were organized much like modern food webs. Their paper describing the research appears online and open access this week in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.


Via Claudia Mihai
Eli Levine's insight:

There is, indeed, not much that is new in this world.

 

One would think that humans would learn to live in relative harmony with nature.


However, I do not think that the brain types of those with real political power (everyone from public to private elites), as well as the brain types of the people in the general pool of society are capable of doing this at this time.

 

Therefore, we are going to kill ourselves off in mass droves.

 

And we probably won't learn our lessons, in spite of the damage that we're going to inflict on ourselves.

 

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Selectively altering belief formation in the human brain

Selectively altering belief formation in the human brain-

 

Humans form beliefs asymmetrically; we tend to discount bad news but embrace good news. This reduced impact of unfavorable information on belief updating may have important societal implications, including the generation of financial market bubbles, ill preparedness in the face of natural disasters, and overly aggressive medical decisions. Here, we selectively improved people’s tendency to incorporate bad news into their beliefs by disrupting the function of the left (but not right) inferior frontal gyrus using transcranial magnetic stimulation, thereby eliminating the engrained “good news/bad news effect.” Our results provide an instance of how selective disruption of regional human brain function paradoxically enhances the ability to incorporate unfavorable information into beliefs of vulnerability.


Via Alessandro Cerboni
Eli Levine's insight:

Intuitive enough, and based on experiences common to us all, whether we'd like to think of it in these terms or not.

 

Denying it simply proves the point more.

 

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Video: New studies show meditation can make you more compassionate

Video: New studies show meditation can make you more compassionate | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

New studies said the practice can reduce chocolate cravings and even make you more creative.

 

There's even research claiming meditation can actually make you nicer.

 

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New science said compassionate people

tend to be healthier, more popular and

more successful.

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The studies said you can effectively rewire your brain to be nicer. Basically, you build compassion like a muscle through meditation.


Via Edwin Rutsch
Eli Levine's insight:

Funny how people who are more aware of themselves and others, tend to be the more compassionate ones as well.

 

It's all in the brain.

 

And the negativity we are experiencing from people in general, as well as people in power can be, in fact, reversed.

 

Transformed, as it were.

 

If only they had the actual will and ability to do so easily, before we're all dead from the environment and/or the social upheaval that's going to happen before, during and after the environmental catastrophe.

 

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What We Know: American scientists' warning on climate chaos

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What We Know helps us understand the science behind the realities, risks and response to the climate challenge.

Via Willy De Backer
Eli Levine's insight:

The whole thing is about to break down, unless there is a significant coup against the existing private interests and their hold on policy makers' decisions.

 

One has to wonder how mentally healthy these people are who think that wealth is more valuable than health, regardless of the reasoning or justification for that wealth.

 

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, March 18, 1:58 PM

The scientific community is getting more vocal and outspoken(about time), but the more policy makers will understand what they will need to do (questioning the Western way of life), the more they will hide themselves in ideology and denial.

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Ukraine officer 'killed in Crimea'

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Ukraine's military says an officer has been killed at a military base in Crimea, shortly after Moscow signed a treaty on Crimea joining Russia.
Eli Levine's insight:

This is fishy, because how could the Ukrainians know that this is the case, if it is true?

 

Did they get word in via radio?

I doubt that the Russians would have let them keep or use cell phones or radioes.

 

I'd probe this one a little more.


The Ukrainians have a motive to get us to fight, the Russians do not.

 

Why should Putin throw the first stone in this conflict?

 

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The social motivation hypothesis for prosocial behavior (with Marion Godman and Mikko Salmela)

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The social motivation hypothesis for prosocial behavior (with Marion Godman and Mikko Salmela)

Abstract  Existing economic models of prosociality have been rather silent interms of  proximate  psychological mechanisms. We nevertheless identifythe psychologically most informed accounts and offer a criticaldiscussion of their hypotheses for the proximate psychologicalexplanations. Based on convergent evidence from several fields ofresearch we argue that there nevertheless is a more plausiblealternative proximate account available: the social motivationhypothesis. The hypothesis represents a more basic explanation of theappeal of prosocial behavior, which is in terms of anticipated socialrewards. We also argue in favour of our own social motivation hypothesis over Robert Sugden’s fellow -feeling account (due originallyto Adam Smith). We suggest that the social motivation not only standsas a proximate account in its own right; it also provides a plausiblescaffold for other more sophisticated motivations (e.g. fellow-feelings).We conclude by discussing some possible implications the socialmotivation hypothesis has on existing modelling practice. 


Via Alessandro Cerboni
Eli Levine's insight:

Humans are social animals.  We rely on others for the sake of our survival and well being, and would not have done as well if we had not had these pro-social instincts.


I think we're in the middle of another evolutionary transition where our brains are what are evolving most rapidly.  Anti-social or delusional tendencies are going to be punished, either by society or the environment, while pro-social and well grounded tendencies are going to end up being rewarded.  We cannot continue to survive with the logic of negative leadership for very long.  At least the so called "leaders" who buy into the need for force and deception to govern a people aren't going to last very long.

 

At least, I hypothesize they won't, owing to the nature of nature and the nature of humans in societies.

 

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Is Collaboration Limited by Organizational Structure?

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Organizational design has a huge impact on decision-making and collaboration, and both reflects, and often creates, the level of collaboration and autonomy with and amongst the workforce. Culture may eat strategy for lunch but decision-making, reporting and budgeting structures can either birth or strangle both culture and strategy with both hands tied behind its back.

At this stage we have four primary organizational models along a continuum from command and control to cooperative and anarchic..


Via Bonnie Hohhof
Eli Levine's insight:

I would say so. 

 

Perspective within a system defines your interests, outlooks and desires, and it does so in very subtle and significant ways.

 

Glad to see that the old top-down ways of going about handling things is becoming less vogue.  Not enough listening, not enough empathy, not enough sense and knowledge of the whole in which the leadership sits.

 

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Spain austerity rally turns violent

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Violence breaks out at the end of an anti-austerity protest attended by tens of thousands in the Spanish capital Madrid.
Eli Levine's insight:

It's crashing down all around us.

 

And, while I can understand how Spain, Portugal, Greece and Italy are slacking economically for cultural issues, I would also say that it was highly unwise of the governments to bail the banks out at the expense of businesses and people.  Better to have let they (the people) sort things out, rather than to have helped out the already rich and foolish.

 

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Universe Grows Like a Giant Brain

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New, hidden laws of nature may govern both the growth of brain or social networks and the expansion of the universe

Eli Levine's insight:

We are one.

And one is all.

It is one.

And we are, in spite of perceived (and, incorrect) separation from it, we are still bound up with the totality of the universe in a very real, and tangible sense.

The only constant, as far as we can tell, is inconsistency and the natural laws which we discover that apply (at least to this particular universe) within the context of the larger universe that is around us (and that we are apart of).

 

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What if economic growth is no longer possible in the 21st century?

What if economic growth is no longer possible in the 21st century? | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
The postwar economic model is no longer sustainable or effective. That means we must turn to redistribution if we want to save the middle class.

Via Willy De Backer
Eli Levine's insight:

The elephant in the room.

 

What is the point of economic growth if it does not enrich all of our lives?  What good is it if we impoverish ourselves and our environment in order to get it?

 

We're not all going to be millionaires, nor does one/their family need to be millionaires in order to be happy, well off and able to take care of themselves.  What is the point of prioritizing pieces of cloth rag over our physical, psychological, social and environmental health?  Why not let growth happen organically, based upon the natural ebbings and flowing of goods and services, technological development and resource conservation?

 

What good is money if you poison yourself for it?

 

Think about it.

 

 

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, March 20, 5:40 PM

Great article - the answer is simple; the politics impossible. A post-growth society will need a new prosperity paradigm, new institutions and new leaders. Think this will happen without collapse and hard shocks? think again.

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UN Water: Statistics detail

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If these numbers are accurate, it would seem that finding new, more water efficient techniques or crops for agriculture would be the best way to reduce our dependence on water and save us from the burden  of wanting food and water.

 

Ultimately, we need to be about survival and true conservation, not about consumption, profit and waste.  We're likely headed for tough times, due to the impact of our economic and social activities on the environment and climates in which we have to live.  Therefore, it is better to start adapting now, rather than wait until we're up against the wall with nothing to show for it.  Better to test, simulate, work out kinks and prepare, rather than be caught flat footed and die.

 

How is it that I am not in charge of things now?  How is it that we're leaving everything in the hands of people who won't, don't and can't fathom the necessity for change in the present, or else, are too busy procrastinating to make an effective change now, before they themselves and the world in which they live die?

Evolution clearly does not favor procrastinators, in a full sense of it.  Nor does it favor conservatism, idealism, ideological behavior or other ways that disconnect you, the individual, from reality or from being proactive in changing and adapting according to predictable signs and forewarning signals from nature.

 

Adapt, evolve, get out of the way.

 

Or die.

 

It's that simple.

 

And your opinion counts for nothing.

 

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The Web of Life

The Web of Life (www.web-of-life.es) provides a graphical user interface, based on Google Maps, for easily visualizing and downloading data on ecological networks of species interactions. It is designed and implemented in a relational database management system, allowing sophisticated and user-friendly searching across networks. Users can access the database by any web browser using a variety of operating systems. Data can be downloaded in several common formats, and a data transmission webservice in JavaScript Object Notation is also provided.

 

The Web of Life
Miguel A. Fortuna, Raul Ortega, Jordi Bascompte

http://arxiv.org/abs/1403.2575


Via Complexity Digest
Eli Levine's insight:

Way cool stuff.

 

And we're, so far, proving toxic to the whole thing, including to ourselves, through our economic and social activity.

 

A shame, really, because it is only for monetary profits that we're prioritizing our efforts, when it takes so much more to create a happy, healthy existence for ourselves on this planet or, indeed, on any planet we may one day colonize.

 

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What’s the use of “econo-physics”?

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Why physics + economics = more than you think
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It's such a young field.

 

Will it have any significant impact in time for it to count?

Will I?

 

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Beyond McMindfulness

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The rush to secularize and commodify mindfulness into a marketable technique may be leading to an unfortunate denaturing of this ancient practice, which was intended for far more than helping executives become better focused and more productive.

 

Suddenly mindfulness meditation has become mainstream, making its way into schools, corporations, prisons, and government agencies including the U.S. military. Millions of people are receiving tangible benefits from their mindfulness practice: less stress, better concentration, perhaps a little more empathy. Needless to say, this is an important development to be welcomed -- but it has a shadow.


by Ron Purser and David Loy


 perhaps a little more empathy


Via Edwin Rutsch
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If you're using only mindfulness for the sake of attaining corporate profits or higher salaries, it shows how little you actually understand mindfulness and how very unmindful you are.

 

It's about being aware of yourself in the grandest scheme of things, beyond money and beyond your own individual self.

 

It's that simple.

 

And yet so many powerful people don't, won't and/or can't get these basic concepts down.

 

Sad.

 

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The Economy of the Environment

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In many respects, the environment functions very similarly to an economy. Life grows from the sun, the capital of the environment.  It's finite, it will run out and, for some systems in the economy...
Eli Levine's insight:

The environment acts like an economy.

Goods and services are exchanged by organisms for the sake of survival and well being.

 

What do humans do to this economy in which we live and play an active role as an organism?

 

We kill it.

 

And thus, kill ourselves.

 

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Data Mining Reveals How Conspiracy Theories Emerge on Facebook

Data Mining Reveals How Conspiracy Theories Emerge on Facebook | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Some people are more susceptible to conspiracy theories than others, say computational social scientists who have studied how false ideas jump the “credulity barrier” on Facebook.

Conspiracy theories seem to come about by a process in which ordinary satirical commentary or obviously false content somehow jumps the credulity barrier. And that seems to happen through groups of people who deliberately expose themselves to alternative sources of news.


Via Claudia Mihai
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Some people live closer to reality than others.

 

Not surprising.

 

But interesting from a social psychological point of view, which then feeds into a political view, which then leads to credulity and viability for an individual or an individual's beliefs.

 

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Your Brain in Love

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You may have heard people say that the most important organ for love is the brain, not the heart. Research on the neuroscience of love has some interesting findings that might surprise you.


When love is a

many-splendored

thing 


Ever fallen madly in love? Researcher Helen Fisher has spent her academic life trying to figure out what's going on in the brains of those who are in the heady, butterflies-in-the-stomach throes of passionate romantic love. 


Via Edwin Rutsch
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Now the million dollar question is this, for me:

 

How does one get it to stop for a particular person?

 

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Tweak To NC Law Protected Duke's Coal Ash Pits

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy was in a bind.

North Carolina regulators had for years allowed the nation's largest power company to pollute the ground near its plants without penalty. But in early 2013, a coalition of environmental groups...
Eli Levine's insight:

Not even the elites are smart in the American South.

 

So what, you're able to get people to do what you want and make a lot of money doing it.  Money isn't going to do you and yours any good if you're unable to survive in the environment that you, yourselves are going to be living in.

 

And they want to do this to the whole planet, so that they really don't have another place to live.

 

Even if they could live elsewhere, what makes them think that they're immune from the rest of the population from taking action?

Because the North isn't like the South.

 

The rest of the world isn't like the South.

 

What makes them think it's so wise to pollute the environment and the populace for the sake of a few extra pieces of cloth rags in their pockets?

Ya'll think on that, gentlemen.

 

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Koch Brothers Are Outspent By A Labor Force Millions Of Times Their Size, But...

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WASHINGTON -- As Senate Democrats build campaign attacks tying the political agenda of Charles and David Koch to Republican candidates, conservatives answer with cherry-picked data that the political might of labor unions is much greater than that o...
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Democracy for sale.  Here's the break down of the worst offenders.

 

You'd think that people would wise up to the fact that its votes in the box, not dollars in the war chest that get people elected.  That's why so many conservative groups are trying to stifle the vote of their opponent demographics, as if that will do anything to stop or impede the tide of change that is, slowly but surely, happening in this society for all of our good.

 

When people don't have a peaceful way of bringing about changes to their political system, they become open to alternative methods of changing the system in their favor.  Democracy and the march of progress continues on, in spite of the greed, fear and stupidity of the conservatives.

 

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