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Because most traditional charities

involve empathy somehow and the right has successfully labeled that as a purely democratic thing. Meaning that, to be fair, charitable status has to be extended to anti empathy organizations.

This is so organic. This guy has the most amazing brain. He must have

spent much time in nature as a kid cause his brain is made with fractal structure. Mirror neurons must have picked up the patterns of nature or something.

The GOP are the tricksters. They use the 'bait and switch'. They love it when

people fall or their lives are lessened so long as they get something out of it (like the victims vote). The Dems are the 'saints'. They 'connect and make lives better': the opposite of a 'bait and switch'. They try and help the poor financially, the middle class with their dreams and the rich with encouraging them to be all in this together with the rest of the people in the country, which is much better for them as human beings. One lures people with false promises of greatness which is really crap and results in a land napalmed by divide and conquer strategies. The other takes whatever economic/social crappy state you are in and makes your life greater because there is nothing healthier than interconnectedness and being out of poverty.

Could a special prosecuter looking in to IRS

scandal be to the democrats' advantage? I mean a special prosecutor would have to go into great detail about what really constitutes a 501 (c) (4) charity and give examples of how tea party groups have applied to the IRS for such status. At the very least recommendations to clarify the law would come down. Which I doubt the GOP wants. This may just be a scandal that benefits Democrats in certain ways.

So the IRS has been investigating 'Tea

Party' organizations to see if they are following proper tax laws. Fact is there is lots and lots of money being filtered to right wing groups. Just like Occupy organizations do more civil disobedience so they attract police interest when they organize. Same difference.

And it is like getting out of a cult for those on the right. They had complex issues and delusions

that the GOP took advantage of, giving them meaning in their lives with god/gay/guns. Like fucked up young adults everywhere they were vulnerable to psychopaths who would make them march along with the manipulative narrative. Who told the fucked up that they were on the right path, while the others, outside the cult, were lost. How special that made them feel. How they fit in. They were something weren't they? Their hopes/fantacies/dreams matched their lives for once. They were so self actualized. So true. So American. So right. And then one day 20 kids got blown away by an AR 15. And they finally realized their leaders were kinda the ones who were fucked up. And on the wrong path. So they wanted background checks. And the NRA squealed quite a bit. And won the first vote. But that feeling of the 20 dead kids didn't go away. And it seemed better, on this issues at least, to follow the people who wanted to try and stop events such as Newtown. And they connected to an all-round healthier narrative of what it means to be an American: the right to be reasonably safe from harmful people.

"One-Third of U.S. Honeybee Colonies Died Last Winter, Threatening Food Supply"

One-Third of U.S. Honeybee Colonies Died Last Winter, Threatening Food Supply

By Brandon Keim at Wired



Nearly one in three commercial honeybee colonies in the United States died or disappeared last winter, an unsustainable decline that threatens the nation’s food supply.

Multiple factors — pesticides, fungicides, parasites, viruses and malnutrition — are believed to cause the losses, which were officially announced today by a consortium of academic researchers, beekeepers and Department of Agriculture scientists.

“We’re getting closer and closer to the point where we don’t have enough bees in this country to meet pollination demands,” said entomologist Dennis vanEngelstorp of the University of Maryland, who led the survey documenting the declines.

Beekeepers lost 31 percent of their colonies in late 2012 and early 2013, roughly double what’s considered acceptable attrition through natural causes. The losses are in keeping with rates documented since 2006, when beekeeper concerns prompted the first nationwide survey of honeybee health. Hopes raised by drop in rates of loss to 22 percent in 2011-2012 were wiped out by the new numbers.


I wonder if the neocons see this, the ecology failure and a chance for private business to step in, as a win. After all ecology does stuff for free and what is the point of that!

If taxes go down on the rich then the

assholes who are rich will become the most powerful because the decent rich will give a certain percentage to charity. In essence being a good person and feeling connected to the greater world around one and giving away your fortune will put the assholes at an advantage. They will end up with vastly more money. They will be all powerfull. They will make the laws in their asshole image. WHAT AM I TALKING ABOUT WE ARE ALREADY THERE!

The only way for the good to compete with that power is to either stop giving money away, which would mean an even worse dystopia, or to tax both the good rich and the asshole rich alike. Otherwise, in a few generations we will be ruled by nasty royalty instead of by the majority made up of the middle class (a large and robust middle class at that) & the poor aswell as the rich.
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