Even if John Stewart is Gone, We all Need to Keep taking on FOX and all the Media


I am going to put a lot of John Stewart videos in the comment section, like this one:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO_om3iK9kE

You probably heard the great news – after a few years of progressive activism, FOX finally cancelled Glenn Beck’s show–but the Boycott Must Go On!!

Ten years ago, Media Matters launched with a revolutionary mission: to systematically monitor the U.S. media for conservative misinformation every day, in real time. We’ve been calling out right-wing lies for a decade — and we’re not done yet. Will you contribute now to help us raise $10,000 for our 10th anniversary?

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For ten years, we’ve successfully fought back against the bad actors that poison our media with right-wing lies and smears. It’s been an amazing beginning, and we couldn’t have done it without your support.

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Dear Kevin,
You probably heard the great news – after two years of progressive activism, FOX finally cancelled Glenn Beck’s show.
Beck was targeted after he slandered President Obama by saying, “This president has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people, or the white culture, I don’t know what it is… This guy, I believe, is a racist.”
Activists at ColorOfChange, Media Matters, StopBeck, FoxNewsBoycott, and of course Democrats.com responded with a boycott of advertisers on Glenn Beck’s show. Ultimately over 300 advertisers pulled their ads from Beck, costing FOX over $40 million.
Advertiser boycotts work! And it’s time to boycott all FOX News advertisers:
http://www.democrats.com/boycott-proactiv
We’re starting our boycott of all FOX News with Proactiv, which sells acne medicine to teenagers and young adults. Why?
First, there are lots of other acne treatments. Second, young adults above all are hurt by FOX News, which promotes right-wing policies on race, education, healthcare, the environment, and war. Let’s get our future leaders to lead the fight against FOX News!
Sign the petition to Proactiv and enter the email address of every young adult over 18 you know:
http://www.democrats.com/boycott-proactiv
Beyond President Obama, FOX regularly slanders nearly everyone: Democrats, unionized workers, the unemployed (including veterans and 99ers), environmentalists, feminists, blacks, Hiics, Jews, Muslims, progressives, scientists, and any other group it disagrees with.
FOX News broadcasts rightwing extremist slander, incitement to violence, political propaganda, and outright lies to promote its rightwing political agenda. This is not “news,” but rather a never-ending “war on news” – and it’s all documented in our petition.
Why would any decent company want to fund it? Tell Proactiv to stop advertising on FOX News:
http://www.democrats.com/boycott-proactiv
Thanks for all you do!
Bob Fertik

GLEN BECK ADMITTED in 2007, “I Am RACIST and Barack Obama is very White” THIS MAKES Boycotting FOX NEWS needed NOW

By Kevin Stoda

Dear, American supporters of the Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) news networks.

AMERICANS are getting less tolerant of your racism and stronghold on our major media.

For example, we have noted that in his 2007 TV program from FOX (See on You-Tube), Glen Beck admitted he himself was racist. Further, Beck then, in contrast to 2009, called Barrack Obama much more white than black. (Apparently, Beck now he has other nonsense to mush men’s minds.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0tgvWxC_6A

Using a major news platform to promote racism and to tell people to disrespect a whole presidential administration through mixed truths, outright lies, and xenophobia, is not to be tolerated any more.

On Democracy Now today, Amy Goodman asked Benjamin Jealous of the NAACP what he thought of Wal-Mart’s pull-out from advertising on the Glen Beck program on FOX.

NOTE: Goodman had simply asked , “The whole attack by Glenn Beck that drove this (resignation)? In your response from the NAACP to Van Jones, it says, ´The only thing more outrageous than Mr. Beck’s attack on Van Jones is the fact that there are sponsors that continue to pay him to provide this type of offensive commentary.` Do you support the continued boycott of companies like Wal-Mart of Beck’s show on Fox?”

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/8/white_house_environmental_adviser_van_jones

This is a particularly important point because Glen Beck´s HATE CAMPAIGN ON THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION led recently to a great American policy maker, Van Jones, quitting the government this week.

http://thinkprogress.org/2009/09/06/van-jones-resigns/

Mr. Jealous said, “We certainly support them (Walmart) choosing with their dollars who they’re going to support. I mean, it’s—Glenn Beck is somebody who’s told a seven-year-old girl, a seven-year-old black girl, that he would buy her a ticket back to Africa, that she needed to go back to Africa. And then he comes out, and he says that healthcare is the beginning of reparations. I mean, this guy plays the race card on a weekly basis. He does it very aggressive—you know, in a very hateful way.”

Recall, first, that Van Jones is one of the most important and thoughtful men in America—however, the FOX (Fascist Oddball Xenophobic) news network chose to support a man, like Glen Beck, rather than seeing that tens of millions of Americans need to get health care from promoters like Jones and that our America economy needs to move starting today to the kind of economy that its competitors worldwide are already doing.

http://www.alternet.org/environment/95963/what_will_the_green_economy_look_like/

Let’s quote the wisdom and influential words of Van Jones on the absolute necessity to green the American economy NOW!

“I think it’s really important to point out that we’re sort of at the end of an era of American capitalism, where we thought we could run the economy based on consumption rather than production, credit rather than creativity, borrowing rather than building, and also, most importantly, environmental destruction rather than environmental restoration.”

Jones continued, “We’re trying to make the case in this book that that era is over. We now have to move in a very different direction. And key to that will be basing the US economy not on credit cards, but based on clean energy and the clean energy revolution that would put literally millions of people to work, putting up solar panels all across the United States, weatherizing buildings so they don’t leak so much energy and put up so much carbon, building wind farms and wave farms, manufacturing wind turbines. We argue you could put Detroit back to work not making SUVs to destroy the world, but making wind turbines, 8,000 finely machine parts in each one, twenty tons of steel in each wind tower, making wind turbines to help save the world.”

Finally, Van Jones wisely noted, “So we think that you can fight pollution and poverty at the same time. We think that you can actually power our way through this recession by putting people to work, but we’re going to have to start building things here and re-powering, retrofitting, retooling America, and that that’s the way forward both for the economy, for the earth and for everyday people.”

Note: These statements came from a program on DN from October of last year:

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/10/28/van_jones_on_the_green_collar

Van Beck has written a book of the same title, The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems.

http://www.harpercollins.com/books/9780061650758/The_Green_Collar_Economy/index.aspx

America needs such voices as Van Jones in government leadership in America—not Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) types.

Clean up the American airwaves of all its fascism and racism, today.

http://www.pittsburghurbanmedia.com/a-petition-against-fox-conservative-host-glenn-beck.aspx

NOTE: One way to change the noise of Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) media moguls is to support alternative media organizations

http://aan.org/alternative/Aan/index

and alternative monitoring websites.

http://americas.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/64380

Another way, is to demand that local radio and TV channels put better programming on, such as Democracy Now or news sources promoted by serious progressive journalists:

http://www.tacomapjh.org/progressive_news.htm

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Cruise Ship Pollutes as Much as 13 Million Cars—in One Day


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For too long, Washington’s fiscal hawks have monopolized the conversation about our nation’s safety net programs and offered one harmful cut after another targeting your earned benefits


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It’s been just over a year since we launched our national Boost Social Security Now! campaign to build support for giving seniors a raise in benefits and strengthening the Social Security program. Since then, we’ve …

  • Gained tremendous support for key bills that boost Social Security,
  • Helped our congressional allies wrestle control of Social Security away from those who want to see it privatized or weakened, and
  • Counterpunched the powerful House majority’s efforts to slash benefits by delivering 2 million signed petitions from Americans who oppose any cuts and want a benefit boost.

For too long, Washington’s fiscal hawks have monopolized the conversation about our nation’s safety net programs and offered one harmful cut after another targeting your earned benefits. Their misleading messages and PR campaigns are designed to undermine public confidence in our Social Security program.

Fortunately, we’re hearing alternative ideas from lawmakers about how we can strengthen Social Security as Americans face growing income inequality. And millions of other Americans agree. That’s why we’re seeing such excitement and growing momentum for the movement to Boost Social Security Now!

Across the country, hundreds of thousands of petition signatures have been collected, local and state elected officials are signing and sponsoring proclamations, and town halls and rallies are drawing crowds. We must keep the pressure on!

Thank you for being such a strong partner in this historic fight.

To find out the latest on our Boost Social Security Now! campaign, click here.

Sincerely,

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Max Richtman
President & CEO


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Bad Bills

Medicare “Doc Fix” passes — but this time, at an enormous cost to Medicare beneficiaries, especially Medigap enrollees, who can least afford to foot the bill. Fiscal hawks in this Congress are applauding this bad deal for seniors because it fulfills their political goal of shifting costs to seniors, cutting benefits and undermining our nation’s social insurance safety net.

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In Their Words

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie joins a growing list of GOP presidential contenders who promote the same “strengthen = slash” approach to Social Security and Medicare. They tout their protection of poorer seniors while proposing benefit cuts …

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Ask Mary Jane

This week’s Ask Mary Jane question is: I am retired and receiving Social Security benefits and am planning on getting married. My fiancée is still employed. What effect will this have on my Social Security benefits?

Click here to read the answer.


Recent Headlines

GOP presidential contenders talk entitlement reform (April 18, 2015, CNN, Eric Bradner)

Talks to begin on Capitol Hill budget measure (April 20, 2015, Associated Press, Andrew Taylor)

New Cards for Medicare Recipients Will Omit Social Security Numbers (April 20, 2015, The New York Times, Robert Pear)

Hirono, Deutch Introduce Bill to Strengthen & Improve Social Security for Seniors, Make Social Security System Fairer for Middle Class (April 16, 2015, Official Website for Senator Mazie Hirono (HI), Press Release)

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is Coming, Oh No! How Will He Treat WWII Memories?


Dear Educators:

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is coming for a state visit on Tuesday, April 28th to address a joint session of Congress.  Since everyone is waiting to see what stance he will take in this lead up to the 70th anniversary of the end of WW II on Aug 15th, this is a perfect teaching moment for you — in world history, U.S. history, current events, etc.  Please explore the resources below to be able to discuss this important visit with your students:

1.      (Article) Shinzo Abe and Japan’s History http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/20/opinion/shinzo-abe-and-japans-history.html

2.      (Article) Shinzo Abe, Japanese Premier, Sends Gift to Contentious Yasukuni Shrinehttp://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/22/world/asia/shinzo-abe-japanese-prime-minister-sends-gift-to-yasukuni-shrine.html

3.      (Article) Ahead of World War II Anniversary, Questions Linger Over Stance of Japan’s Premierhttp://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/10/world/asia/ahead-of-world-war-ii-anniversary-questions-linger-over-stance-of-japans-premier.html

4.      (FREE online video presentation) Japan’s Foreign Policy Today and the 70th Anniversary of the End of WW II by Gerald L. Curtis from the NCTA Asia for Educators program.  For more info and to register, click here.

KCTA E-News is an e-communication of Kansas Consortium for Teaching about Asia (www.kcta.ku.edu).  I welcome your suggestions for materials and events related to East Asia.  If your email address changes or want to leave the list, just reply to this email.

Cheers from Nancy

Nancy F. Hope

Assoc. Director, Kansas Consortium for Teaching about Asia

Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Kansas

1440 Jayhawk Blvd. Room 201

Lawrence, KS 66045

785.864.3918

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Marching into Rubio’s Office and Telling Him What is Really Important


Kevin,

Since the SOAW Spring Days of Action began just 2 days ago, SOAW activists who have converged on Washington, DC have been busy speaking truth to power on Capitol Hill, as well as community and cultural events around the city. After an intense day of grassroots lobbying yesterday, SOAW activists decided to take nonviolent direct action a step further and protest inside Sen. Marco Rubio’s office this morning, to call him out on not taking a stand in opposition to the failed “Drug War”. 

As the activists entered Senator Rubio’s office, they immediately unfurled a banner reading “The War on Drugs is a War on Us”in English and Spanish. Rubio, who is an outspoken critic of the normalization of US relations with Cuba, and actively seeks to continue tired Cold War policies of the past, has failed to take a stand on the issue of the Drug War, funded by Plan Mexico, a 2 billion dollar Congressional initiative that has caused immense suffering in Mexico at a high human cost in the name of security and the Drug War. In addition to Plan Mexico, recent news reports that the US has recently sold over $1 billion in weaponry to the Mexican military and police.

Let’s keep the pressure up! Join SOAW’s Nation Call-in Day today!

Today SOAW is calling for a National Call-in Day. Even if you could not make it to Capitol Hill to lobby your Representative or Senators directly, you can still call-in to hold Congress accountable. Specifically, we are asking you to call Senator Marco Rubio’s office at 202-224-3041 to demand that he stand in opposition to the failed Drug War and convene a hearing on human rights violations and enforced disappearances in Mexico.When calling his office, demand to speak with his foreign policy aide to make your voice heard. Senator Rubio, who is a GOP presidential candidate, is not favored among Latino voters, as his uncaring lack of opposition to the Drug War has directly affected countless Latino voters and their families. As long as the US continues to fund the 2 billion dollar Drug War, which has led to the increased militarization of Mexico, the murders of over 100,000 civilians, and the disappearance of 30,000 more, SOAW will continue to push back and resist inhumane policies.

To call, you can find your representative, or call the Congressional switch board at 202-224-3121 and ask the operator to connect you to your Representative directly (see sample script below). Click here for frequently asked questions.

in solidarity,

SOA Watch


Sample script:

“Hi, my name is Kevin and I live in _____. I am calling to urge Senator Rubio to take a stand in opposition to Plan Mexico and the Alliance for Prosperity. Both initiatives look to Plan Colombia as a “blueprint” for success in the region, however this assessment is incorrect and should not be applied as a model in any country. Furthermore, the “child migrant crisis” and forced migration are not the result of irresponsible parenting or decision-making, nor are they security issues. The Drug War, through the funding of cartel-inflitrated security forces, is one of the leading root causes of forced migration and mass displacement of people in Mexico and Central America. 

Lastly, as Chairman of the Subcommitte on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women’s Issues, I find it absolutely necessary that Senator Rubio oppose Plan Mexico and the Alliance for Prosperity because as Chairman, he has a responsibility to uphold principles of democracy and human rights in the region.”

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We did it!


Kevin —

Whoa.

Comcast just pulled out of its $45 billion merger deal with Time Warner that would have given it control of most of the country’s access to the internet because of a massive people-powered backlash.

That makes the score Team Internet: 2, Big Cable: 0 after our historic Net Neutrality win to stop Comcast from creating internet slow lanes for those who can’t afford to pay more.

We stopped the Comcast merger!

Can you click here to share this image and spread the good news?

Just weeks ago, Comcasts’ mega-merger seemed like a done deal after it spent millions lobbying, but activists across the country didn’t give up. Tens of thousands of SumOfUs members joined a national coalition of internet activists who submitted almost a million comments against Comcast’s takeover throughout the past year, putting a halt to this dangerous deal.

This victory means we all have a better chance at keeping prices low and monopoly-free, closing the digital divide affecting communities of color, and keeping the internet open and free.

This historic win wouldn’t be possible without you.

Please take a moment to share this image and celebrate this incredible win!

Thanks for all you do,

Kaytee, Nick, and the team at SumOfUs

P.S. Even though we’ve won another crucial fight, we must stay vigilant. Big telecom corporations like Comcast are working with conservatives in the US Congress to try and undermine our win on Net Neutrality. We need to keep the pressure on in the coming weeks to make sure we don’t lose an inch of our progress. Please chip in $1 to make sure we defend the free and open internet from Big Cable corporations.

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More information:

Under Regulators’ Scrutiny, Comcast and Time Warner Cable End Deal, New York Times, April 24th, 2015.

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8 Great Philosophical Questions That We’ll Never Solve


8 Great Philosophical Questions That We’ll Never Solve

from: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2mGkSB/HUVMmDOy:ns6Z@UT4/io9.com/5945801/8-philosophical-questions-that-well-never-solve?popular=true

8 Great Philosophical Questions That We'll Never Solve

Philosophy goes where hard science can’t, or won’t. Philosophers have a license to speculate about everything from metaphysics to morality, and this means they can shed light on some of the basic questions of existence. The bad news? These are questions that may always lay just beyond the limits of our comprehension.

Here are eight mysteries of philosophy that we’ll probably never resolve.

1. Why is there something rather than nothing?

8 Great Philosophical Questions That We'll Never Solve

Our presence in the universe is something too bizarre for words. The mundaneness of our daily lives cause us take our existence for granted — but every once in awhile we’re cajoled out of that complacency and enter into a profound state of existential awareness, and we ask: Why is there all thisstuff in the universe, and why is it governed by such exquisitely precise laws? And why should anything exist at all? We inhabit a universe with such things as spiral galaxies, the aurora borealis, and SpongeBob Squarepants. And as Sean Carroll notes, “Nothing about modern physics explains why we have these laws rather than some totally different laws, although physicists sometimes talk that way — a mistake they might be able to avoid if they took philosophers more seriously.” And as for the philosophers, the best that they can come up with is the anthropic principle — the notion that our particular universe appears the way it does by virtue of our presence as observers within it — a suggestion that has an uncomfortably tautological ring to it.

2. Is our universe real?

8 Great Philosophical Questions That We'll Never Solve

This the classic Cartesian question. It essentially asks, how do we know that what we see around us is the real deal, and not some grand illusion perpetuated by an unseen force (who René Descartes referred to as the hypothesized ‘evil demon’)? More recently, the question has been reframed as the “brain in a vat” problem, or theSimulation Argument. And it could very well be that we’re the products of an elaborate simulation. A deeper question to ask, therefore, is whether the civilization running the simulation is also in a simulation — a kind of supercomputer regression (or simulationception). Moreover, we may not be who we think we are. Assuming that the people running the simulation are also taking part in it, our true identities may be temporarily suppressed, to heighten the realness of the experience. This philosophical conundrum also forces us to re-evaluate what we mean by “real.” Modal realistsargue that if the universe around us seems rational (as opposed to it being dreamy, incoherent, or lawless), then we have no choice but to declare it as being real and genuine. Or maybe, as Cipher said after eating a piece of “simulated” steak in The Matrix, “Ignorance is bliss.”

3. Do we have free will?

8 Great Philosophical Questions That We'll Never Solve

Also called the dilemma of determinism, we do not know if our actions are controlled by a causal chain of preceding events (or by some other external influence), or if we’re truly free agents making decisions of our own volition. Philosophers (and now some scientists) have been debating this for millennia, and with no apparent end in sight. If our decision making is influenced by an endless chain of causality, then determinism is true and we don’t have free will. But if the opposite is true, what’s called indeterminism, then our actions must be random — what some argue is still not free will. Conversely, libertarians (no, not political libertarians, those are other people), make the case for compatibilism — the idea that free will is logically compatible with deterministic views of the universe. Compounding the problem are advances in neuroscience showing that our brains make decisions before we’re even conscious of them. But if we don’t have free will, then why did we evolve consciousness instead of zombie-minds? Quantum mechanics makes this problem even more complicated by suggesting that we live in a universe of probability, and that determinism of any sort is impossible. And as Linas Vepstas has said, “Consciousness seems to be intimately and inescapably tied to the perception of the passage of time, and indeed, the idea that the past is fixed and perfectly deterministic, and that the future is unknowable. This fits well, because if the future were predetermined, then there’d be no free will, and no point in the participation of the passage of time.”

4. Does God exist?

8 Great Philosophical Questions That We'll Never Solve

Simply put, we cannot know if God exists or not. Both the atheists and believers are wrong in their proclamations, and the agnostics are right. True agnostics are simply being Cartesian about it, recognizing the epistemological issues involved and the limitations of human inquiry. We do not know enough about the inner workings of the universe to make any sort of grand claim about the nature of reality and whether or not a Prime Mover exists somewhere in the background. Many people defer to naturalism — the suggestion that the universe runs according to autonomous processes — but that doesn’t preclude the existence of a grand designer who set the whole thing in motion (what’s called deism). And as mentioned earlier, we may live in a simulation where the hacker gods control all the variables. Or perhaps the gnostics are right and powerful beings exist in some deeper reality that we’re unaware of. These aren’t necessarily the omniscient, omnipotent gods of the Abrahamic traditions — but they’re (hypothetically) powerful beings nonetheless. Again, these aren’t scientific questions per se — they’re more Platonic thought experiments that force us to confront the limits of human experience and inquiry.

5. Is there life after death?

8 Great Philosophical Questions That We'll Never Solve

Before everyone gets excited, this is not a suggestion that we’ll all end up strumming harps on some fluffy white cloud, or find ourselves shoveling coal in the depths of Hell for eternity. Because we cannot ask the dead if there’s anything on the other side, we’re left guessing as to what happens next. Materialists assume that there’s no life after death, but it’s just that — an assumption that cannot necessarily be proven. Looking closer at the machinations of the universe (or multiverse), whether it be through a classical Newtonian/Einsteinian lens, or through the spooky filter of quantum mechanics, there’s no reason to believe that we only have one shot at this thing called life. It’s a question of metaphysics and the possibility that the cosmos (what Carl Sagan described as “all that is or ever was or ever will be”) cycles and percolates in such a way that lives are infinitely recycled. Hans Moravec put it best when, speaking in relation to the quantum Many Worlds Interpretation, said that non-observance of the universe is impossible; we must always find ourselves alive and observing the universe in some form or another. This is highly speculative stuff, but like the God problem, is one that science cannot yet tackle, leaving it to the philosophers.

6. Can you really experience anything objectively?

8 Great Philosophical Questions That We'll Never Solve

There’s a difference between understanding the world objectively (or at least trying to, anyway) and experiencing it through an exclusively objective framework. This is essentially the problem of qualia — the notion that our surroundings can only be observed through the filter of our senses and the cogitations of our minds. Everything you know, everything you’ve touched, seen, and smelled, has been filtered through any number of physiological and cognitive processes. Subsequently, your subjective experience of the world is unique. In the classic example, the subjective appreciation of the color red may vary from person to person. The only way you could possibly know is if you were to somehow observe the universe from the “conscious lens” of another person in a sort ofBeing John Malkovich kind of way — not anything we’re likely going to be able to accomplish at any stage of our scientific or technological development. Another way of saying all this is that the universe can only be observed through a brain (or potentially a machine mind), and by virtue of that, can only be interpreted subjectively. But given that the universe appears to be coherent and (somewhat) knowable, should we continue to assume that its true objective quality can never be observed or known? It’s worth noting that much of Buddhist philosophy is predicated on this fundamental limitation (what they call emptiness), and a complete antithesis to Plato’s idealism.

7. What is the best moral system?

8 Great Philosophical Questions That We'll Never Solve

Essentially, we’ll never truly be able to distinguish between “right” and “wrong” actions. At any given time in history, however, philosophers, theologians, and politicians will claim to have discovered the best way to evaluate human actions and establish the most righteous code of conduct. But it’s never that easy. Life is far too messy and complicated for there to be anything like a universal morality or an absolutist ethics. The Golden Rule is great (the idea that you should treat others as you would like them to treat you), but it disregards moral autonomy and leaves no room for the imposition of justice (such as jailing criminals), and can even be used to justify oppression (Immanuel Kant was among its most staunchest critics). Moreover, it’s a highly simplified rule of thumb that doesn’t provision for more complex scenarios. For example, should the few be spared to save the many? Who has more moral worth: a human baby or a full-grown great ape? And as neuroscientists have shown, morality is not only a culturally-ingrained thing, it’s also a part of our psychologies (the Trolly Problem is the best demonstration of this). At best, we can only say that morality is normative, while acknowledging that our sense of right and wrong will change over time.

8. What are numbers?

8 Great Philosophical Questions That We'll Never Solve

We use numbers every day, but taking a step back, what are they, really — and why do they do such a damn good job of helping us explain the universe (such as Newtonian laws)? Mathematical structures can consist of numbers, sets, groups, and points — but are they real objects, or do they simply describe relationships that necessarily exist in all structures? Plato argued that numbers were real (it doesn’t matter that you can’t “see” them), but formalists insisted that they were merely formal systems (well-defined constructions of abstract thought based on math). This is essentially an ontological problem, where we’re left baffled about the true nature of the universe and which aspects of it are human constructs and which are truly tangible.

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Petraeus Sentence Adds Insult to Injury for Whistleblowers & The Air Force was right to fire Major General James Post who threatened troops with treason


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SASC Votes Early and in the Dark on Opening Defense Bill Consideration
This week, in a closed Executive Session, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to keep this year’s National Defense Authorization Act markup behind closed doors. This early vote was out of the ordinary for the Committee, and POGO has been told it even took members by surprise. We believe that there is still time to convince the Senators to open the mark up for the annual defense authorization bill, but we need your help! Go to openndaa.org or to POGO’s blog to see how you can take action.

Petraeus Sentence Adds Insult to Injury for Whistleblowers
The final turn in Petraeus’s case—his sentence—would be laughable if it wasn’t so insulting to the national security whistleblowers who face decades in prison for leaking classified information in order to stop our government from acting illegally or unconstitutionally, in a way that endangers American lives. Read more on POGO’s blog.

The Revolving Door Goes Nuclear

After years of investigating the well-oiled revolving door between the federal government and the businesses it oversees, we thought we’d seen it all. But even our jaws hit the floor when we learned that Daniel Poneman, former Deputy Secretary of Energy, had taken a job as the head of Centrus Energy Corp. Read more on POGO’s blog.

From the World of POGO

POGO Comments on Proposed Reforms To Pentagon Acquisitions
Reforms proposed by the House Armed Services Committee likely exacerbate the Pentagon’s systemic waste and mismanagement problems. Read POGO’s letter.

POGO Adds its Voice to Calls for Secret Law Oversight
Sixty organizations, businesses, and whistleblowers joined together to call for an end to mass surveillance, increase oversight, provide whistleblower protections, and haul secret law into the sunshine. Read this letter.


Tweets of the Week

Continuing the tradition of keeping that pesky public out of deliberations…https://t.co/1e1NQc4ZNX
— Leo Shane III (@LeoShane) April 23, 2015
https://twitter.com/martinmatishak/status/591311093466849280


@cjchivers different spanks for different ranks.
— Mark Hiznay (@MarkHiznay) April 24, 2015
https://twitter.com/markhiznay/status/591398493920559104

GAO (@usgao) Confirms Increased F-35 Production Is a Terrible Idea, simply unaffordablehttp://t.co/9thh5CETf0 pic.twitter.com/NMjLgjjtWR
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What It’s Really Like for Black Students Who Face Police Bullying


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“To Combat the ‘New Anti-Semitism,’ Europe’s Jews and Muslims Must Work Together”


New post on Journey into Europe

“To Combat the ‘New Anti-Semitism,’ Europe’s Jews and Muslims Must Work Together”

by journeyintoeurope1

The World PostThe Huffington Post

By Harrison Akins

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With news reports of continued anti-Semitic attacks against the Jewish community in Europe, it is all too easy to fall into a pessimistic view of the future of Jews’ place there. Some are asking the question of whether or not Jews should be leaving for safer shores. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has even made appeals to European Jews to immigrate to Israel.

The blight of anti-Semitism has haunted Europe for over a millennium and is still evident today. Recently, a new manifestation of anti-Semitism has arisen from within the Muslim population in Europe, a population that both dwarfs the Jewish community and continues to grow.

There is no denying the serious problems that exist between the Jews and Muslims of Europe. But do negative reports of those relations paint the whole picture?

Over the past two years, I have been traveling as part of the research team of Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, the chair of Islamic studies at American University, on a book and film project called “Journey into Europe.” We have been studying Islam in Europe, broadly speaking, and an important aspect of the project has been examining the relations between Jews and Muslims.

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PRAYERS NEEDED


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Dear Kevin,

Ron Hutchcraft is asking for your prayers. Due to a recent overwhelming surge in suicides and suicide attempts, the On Eagles’ Wings team of Native American young people is mobilizing for an immediate special outreach on a Reservation.

In a recent article, Ron Hutchcraft was quoted, “This is beyond anything we’ve ever seen; it’s almost like ‘serial suicides.’ This is not just a psychological issue: this is a spiritual battle with spiritual forces . . . You’ve got 12-year-old girls hanging themselves. You can’t imagine a 12- year-old deciding to die; they haven’t even lived yet!”

What can you do?

  • Please pray. Pray against the thief that comes to “steal, kill and destroy” (John 10:10). Pray for God to move powerfully through the On Eagles’ Wings team, as they share the Gospel on this reservation.

Thank you for caring about Native America. We are depending on your prayers!

Pray for Native America
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