Worst Carl Sagan Day Ever

We needed you this year, Carl.

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Rarely have Sagan-esque musings been more poignant than today. Pale Blue Dotwas Sagan’s 1994 look at humanity from a distant vantage point. Really distant. Precisely where I wish I were just now. But no, I won’t quote THAT passage (“Look again at that dot…“); you can read it here. Those iconic words have overshadowed many other treasures in the glorious book, which once prompted me to pull together Pale Blue Dot‘s most timely excerpts. Some of them seem apropos to Day One of America’s new nightmare.

Above all, here’s Sagan’s seemingly unheard message to America:

Uncommon strength of character is needed to resist the blandishments of those who assure us that we have an obvious, even God-given, superiority over our fellows.

We’re going to have to figure out how to grow that uncommon strength in ourselves and more Americans in the coming days.

Sagan found it useful to imagine viewing Earth from space through the eyes of space-faring alien beings, so let’s begin… <snip>

When you consider the power of this viewpoint, it’s no surprise that Republicans have been been trying to defund NASA programs that study Earth from space. I think we know where that’s headed starting today. The last thing Trump will want, once he’s this Pale Blue Dot’s most powerful man, is for Earthlings to have any more Blue Marble epiphanies.

[Excerpt.  See full post at Patheos]

Halloween Just Got Scarier: The Not-so-Green Party Endorses Trump Over Clinton

[A version of this was published at Daily Kos]

The Green Party’s presidential candidate, Jill Stein, posted today on Facebook a link to an “Open Letter from the Social Media Director of the Stein/Baraka Campaign,” by someone whose name was given only as “Jillian.”  The message reads:

…A Clinton presidency is D A N G E R O U S … If a Trump presidency would mean that we have to fight ignorants in the streets—I’m ready for that. “

Stein commented “I couldn’t have said it better.”

I consider that sufficiently official. Journalists have been pushing Stein to answer this question throughout the campaign; it has now been answered.

Stein has been increasingly preparing her followers and the public for idea over the last few weeks.  She tweeted on Oct. 14:

Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy is much scarier than Donald Trump’s, who does not want to go to war with Russia. #PeaceOffensive

She retweeted an article by her running mate Ajamu Baraka on Oct 15 titled “Why Hillary Clinton Is More Dangerous Than Donald Trump,” which states:

The danger to the rest of us is not Trump, but Hillary Clinton.

and on Oct. 16 retweeted Baraka’s tweet:

Expecting people of color to fear Donald Trump after all we’ve been through the last 200 years, is absurd.

On Oct. 21 she posted on Facebook an article titled:

What’s scarier than Donald Trump? Hillary Clinton’s plans to gut Social Security

Greens heavily spreading this message on social media and in articles such as this, that states “Donald Trump as president will do ‘less damage‘.”This may surprise many unfamiliar with Green Party history, but it fully adheres to Green Party tradition.  In 2000, Ralph Nader said on several occasions that he would prefer to see George W. Bush in the White House over Al Gore. Green Party leaders were open in their desire to stop Al Gore.

More history and analysis of this strange and very under-reported aspect of the Greens may be found at The Green Party Openly Preferred George W. Bush in 2000 and Openly Prefers Donald Trump Now.  It includes credibly-sourced quotes such as these from Ralph Nader:

When asked if someone put a gun to his head and told him to vote for either Gore or Bush, which he would choose, Nader answered without hesitation: “Bush… If you want the parties to diverge from one another, have Bush win.

In response to a reporter’s question “…does that mean you would not have a problem providing the margin of defeat for Gore?”

“I would not — not at all,” Nader answered.  “I’d rather have a provocateur than an anesthetizer in the White House. “

A news article reported:

After lambasting Gore as part of a do-nothing Clinton administration, Nader said: “If it were a choice between a provocateur and an ‘anesthetizer,’ I’d rather have a provocateur. It would mobilize us.”… in the past Nader has said that a Bush victory could have an oddly beneficial effect for the Green movement… Bush, Nader has said, could be the same kind of “provocateur” if elected.

In an interview with Tim Russert:

RUSSERT: Would it bother you that…Al Gore lost the election?

NADER: No, not at all… There may be a cold shower for four years that would help the Democratic Party… It doesn’t matter who is in the White House.

RUSSERT: … Would [Al Gore] not be better on [environmental and consumer] issues than George W. Bush?

NADER: …no… regulatory agencies under Clinton/Gore are as bad or worse than under Reagan/Bush

Greens are currently defending Stein over revelations of her investments in the world’s largest financial backer of palm oil plantations, the number one cause of deforestation in the world.Stein has come under heavy fire from progressives for her call to ban GMOs, which scientists and, increasing, environmentalists, agree that by increasing crop yields and improving disease and drought resistances, they mean less wildlife habitat lost, less water usage, less pesticides, less impact to biodiversity, and more of humanity fed.

Last week Stein bizarrely called for a national conversation on oppressive comedians, following criticism by John Oliver of her vaccine views and economic plans.

It will be interesting to hear Bernie Sanders’ reaction to the news, who is urging his followers to support Clinton.

I’d suggest these views place the Green Party as more of a bizarre alt-right then an alt-left political party.  I also recommend that journalists referring to the Green Party now use quotes, modifying the phrase to “Green” Party.

Green Party Calls for National Conversation on Oppressive Comedians

No this is not from the Onion, but sadly, is real life.

A brave voice speaks out against Big Comedy. Jill Stein posted this on Facebook yesterday:

We need to begin having honest conversations about the oppressive tactics corporate comedians continue to do towards already-marginalized groups of people.

This country was built on oppressing The Other (Blacks and indigenous people) and I’m not going to stand for more of this while we deal with major crises in this country that could determine whether we’ll even survive as a species.

Read my statement about how deceptive comedy continues to silence anyone who speaks out against it: jill2016.com/oliveremail

https: //www.facebook.com/drjillstein/videos/1340906079282912/

Since she’s objecting to Oliver’s criticism of herself (for her pseudoscience and unworkable economics), the “marginalized group of people” she’s referring to must be multi-millionaire white politicians.  It’s about time someone stood up for them.  Go Jill!

I admit I’m confused as to how Oliver’s “deceptive comedy has silenced her for speaking out against him,” since here she is posting about it.  Guess her phone has been cut off.  John, you bastard!

Also this week in a new Reddit AMA (the advisor suggesting it no doubt having been fired), Stein was overwhelmed by a heartwarming display of science skepticism.  She disappeared early after she went down under a storm of downvotes for doubling down on the dangers of wifi on kids’ health.

Anyways… Alec Baldwin, your days of oppressing Donald Trump are OVER.

 

Jill Stein’s Green Party Madness: John Oliver’s Secret Corruption, Trump is Less Scary, Vaccine Dangers

By Bo Gardiner  [Excerpts.  The complete article was published at Patheos on 10/23/2016.]

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein continued her march into absurdity this week, and her claims are worth responding to with facts.

Exposing Big Satire

On Friday, Stein and her party announced that the global corporate conspiracy extends beyond the likes of Big Pharma and into the venerable world of political satire, launching an expose of popular left-wing comedian and TV host John Oliver, who picked apart her policy ideas during a recent segment on Last Week Tonight. She posted this meme on Facebook accusing the former Daily Show star of “secret connections to corporate corruption”:

JohnOliverSteinOliver had criticized her statements on vaccines and portrayed her mechanism for eliminating student debt as unworkable. The meme links to her campaign site, where the “rebuttal” is all ad hominem and no fact, complaining that Oliver’s satirical critique was a “demeaning,” “bitterly sarcastic rant.” So a politician regularly demeans those who don’t support her in bitter, sarcastic rants, but demands immunity from such criticism from the public?

Stein’s campaign then takes the very, very low road of seeking to destroy Oliver by accusing him of being dirty, by definition, due to his income… an income progressives gladly provide him for his brilliant nightly takedown of the right. Finally, and most absurdly, a national presidential campaign lowers itself by blaming declining donations on a comedian and with Trump-like juvenile whining:
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How 36,000 U.S. Christians spent this Sunday morning

Will the centuries of Abrahamists declaring jihad on disbelievers never cease?

Here’s what THIRTY-SIX THOUSAND “loving” American Christians did this Sunday morning: they spread a near-literal declaration of war on nonChristians, sharing on Facebook a war cry from Rev. Franklin Graham:

With the election drawing closer… as Christians we realize there’s another battle going on—it’s a battle for the soul of our nation… The forces of godless secularism want to remove the name of God and His Son Jesus Christ from the public realm… ‘take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day…’ Have you put on your armor?

The bigoted rhetoric is nothing new: Graham is finishing up his war campaign in all 50 states to stoke fear in the Christian majority and dehumanize the “wicked” nonChristian minority.

Graham doles out charity to the victims of religious strife, while ensuring there will ever be more with his drumbeat of religious hatred.

—Bo Gardiner

Green Party Was Unashamed To Openly Prefer Bush in 2000, or To Openly Prefer Trump Now

By Bo Gardiner  [Excerpts.  The complete article was published at Patheos on 10/20/2016.]

It’s a nearly forgotten yet proven fact that in the 2000 presidential race, Green Party candidate Ralph Nader openly expressed a preference for George W. Bush in the White House over Al Gore.

eatd7riIt should be no surprise, then, that the Greens’ current presidential and VP candidates, Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka, have begun expressing their preference for a Donald Trump victory. Last week on C-SPAN, Stein said:
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