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Trudeau is a big picture kind of guy. Today's

CONSERVATIVE talking point is that Trudeau is vague. I'd rather have someone good at the big picture than a Harper who doesn't know why he is doing things. Case in point Harper slowly tries to kill the cbc to stop independant of corporation thinking in the public. But he is afraid of the USA taking over so to stop that he funds commercials regarding THE WAR OF 1812. So thinking independantly of the US involves getting rid of actual critical thinking with cuts to the cbc of billions and replacing that with men(and one woman) in dressup clothes fighting the war again that all tolled must have cost 1million. Harper obviously thinks that will work. He doesn't seem to understand that the worst of america is already in Canada in the guise of his own dam self (Harper is a graduate of the "Calgary School“ of Economics started by Americans as an outpost of the Chicago School of economics). Harper wants scientists looking for grant money to find a corporation to sponsor their research before his government will consider funding the research. How is Harper himself independant of the USA when all of his thinking and actions spoonfeed corporate america. That is what he is doing. And he doesn‘t have the ability to see that his whole transformation of the country is not going to make the country better. At best, if Harper has his way, we will be a clone of the US South.. were people are spoonfed lies to keep power in the hands of the 1% while the people lead lives full of venom and hate in darkness. Harper is blind. He can‘t see the forest for the trees. He‘s clearcutting everything. The whole ecosystem is his target.

Thanks for posting that GOP talking point that Justin is vague. Really got me thinking.

Afraid of becoming new Brownbacks and responsible for undoing trickle down with evidence

that tax cuts repeatedly don't result in more revenue.

I was in economics class in the mid eighties

and was given a whole other lecture on why supply side worked. I had no way of testing out that theory. It was presented as a great theory (it didn't focus on the laffer curve). I believed it. I'm guessing that many bought in. But the powermongers at the top knew it was just a way to get what had been denied to them in the 20th century so far (more money and power). I think probably many more people were (are) duped, than knew the truth. I believe there are many truths the GOP are hiding from the public. Whereas the Democrats always want to share with the public when they figure something out. With the exception of national security of course. Cause knowledge is power. Democrats want the people to be powerful and the GOP don't. These days I'd love get a look-see at what the GOP and 1% are sitting on knowlwdgewise.

The Gift of Dyslexia: Chapter One



Having dyslexia won't make every dyslexic a genius, but it is good for the self-esteem of all dyslexics to know their minds work in exactly the same way as the minds of great geniuses. It is also important for them to know that having a problem with reading, writing, spelling, or math doesn't mean they are dumb or stupid. The same mental function that produces a genius can also produce those problems.




Dyslexic Geniuses


"It is about a difference in perception," explains Gloria Davis, a California-based teacher of dyslexics (those who have a difficulty in reading or using language). "A lot of geniuses are dyslexics who solve problems through visual imagery and have problem communicating their ideas in conventional terms."

Genius and disorders seem to go hand in hand. Da Vinci, was a dyslexic, who wrote most of his theories in reverse script. General belief says that troubled souls have heightened creative powers, which makes for great literature, music and even science. From John Lennon and Agatha Christie to Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Michael Faraday, Pablo Picasso and Walt Disney, dyslexics have spun images in their heads, played with them, and have created some of the most spell-binding inventions and discoveries.

In fact, a list of the better-known dyslexics reads more like a who's who among the world's greatest geniuses. Let us take a look at some of the mind-boggling minds of all times and their inner battles..

Albert Einstein

On 14 March 1879, revolutionary scientist Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany. His birthday is celebrated across the globe as "Genius Day". This versatile physicist was dyslexic and could not speak till the age of three and couldn't tie his own shoelaces till he was 13. In school, his teachers hardly had anything good to say about him. He was poor at multiplication, couldn't read well and his spellings were in a sorry state. Einstein's headmaster was heard lamenting to his father that it did not matter what the boy chose, he'd never be successful in anything. Anything known perhaps, which is why he chose to change the way we looked at the universe, forever.

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin was a slow learner in school. He was shy and spoke with a stutter. He would pronounce the first word of a sentence with a slight stammer, especially words starting with a 'w', when confused during a conversation. He would find it difficult to phrase his thoughts unless it was a topic related to his research.

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill once remarked: "We are all worms" and was quick to add, "but I do believe that I am a glow-worm". Churchill called it his "black dog" periods of depression. He was believed to have suffered from cyclothymia, a condition marked by mood swings from misery to elation. He would avoid standing on the edge of station platforms to beat a strong of a train. And when in a good mood, he had an overwhelming belief that he had been singled out for some supremely heroic task and went through manic phases of intense activity.


Most pure geniuses had dyslexia and didn't always do too well in school.

I imagine these kids have high IQ, but geniuses? That takes being dyslexic and thus grounded in 'form' not 'language'.

In regards to dynamic scoring the republicans want at the Congressional

Budget Office, my understanding of 'dynamic reasoning' is that you have to study the past in order to come up with processes into the future. So where is the past example of trickle down economics actually working GOPers? Because one cannot call it dynamic, or make certain assumptions, if it ignores the past track record.

....................... I'm waiting


9 signs the Kochs have created their own national political party

9 signs the Kochs have created their own national political party

by Steven Rosenfeld at Salon



The Koch Party is not as large as the Democrats or the Republicans, but is still unprecedented in size, scope and reach. Like other political parties, it has a platform, donors and constituents, electoral and advertising strategies, voter data, and—after the 2014 midterms—members of Congress ready to shepherd its pro-corporate, anti-regulatory agenda.

But unlike the Democrats and Republicans, the Koch Party is not public. It doesn’t have national political conventions attended by the media and delegates. Instead it has secretive getaways for mega-millionaires and billionaires in posh gated resorts where the public and press are neither invited nor allowed.

If you want to see how super-wealthy citizens and private corporations are using private money and secretive tactics to gain and consolidate their power and influence, pushing agendas that often prey on middle- and working-class Americans—look no further. Here are nine hallmarks of the Koch Party.

1. America’s third-biggest political operation: Last June, the Washington Post compared the number of employees at Americans for Prosperity, the best-known Koch-funded group, to the Democratic and Republican Parties. The Post noted that AFP had 240 employees in 32 states, compared to 250 field staffers for Republicans (and another 150 at the GOP’s national headquarters), while the Democrats said they would have 4,000 campaign staffers nationwide. It turns out that the Post vastly underestimated AFP’s size; Politico.com recently reported that AFO had 550 paid staff and spent $130 million in 2014.


When issues pretty much settled in the democratic party, like women's rights or

being against racism suddenly erupt into mayhem and hate talk...there is likely more than one paid troll behind it purposefully making the DU an unpleasant place for women and men, and all. To think the GOP does not care about the DU or democratic presence online is silly.

There was an article on cults at Business

Insider a few months back. I‘ve gone back to look for it but can‘t find it. It said basically that cult followers have their aspirations and grievances met by the cult leader.

Here is my take: for sure Germans were all upset they lost WWI and then faced inflation. So they were vulnerable to these grievances. And then Hitler comes along and fulfills all their dreams of power. So people who were losers became instant winners and very powerful when they joined the Nazis. They suddenly felt self actualized. Theirs lives had meaning so long as they bought into Hitler. And if they ever were to think that Hitler was bad, then they would have to admit they were chumps. People who signed onto the nazi way were told they were exceptionally smart or exceptionally powerful or exceptionally virtuous. These were secret adolescent daydreams of the people fulfilled. And given the lifestyle of a star and constant feedback. And their egos grew and they scapegoated all those who didn't sign on. And those that didn't join the cult were considered exceptionally wak and stupid and evil. And the cult followers were given jobs based on loyalty not qualifications, while jobs were taken away from those who did not adequately revere Hitler. And who, who has a very important dream role in their country, wants to go back to being a loser/chump and unemployed if they acknowledge to themselves that the jews were being scapegoated and their power and prestige was all a sham? The choice ends up being a black or white one. The shades of grey in Germany were all gone pretty soon.
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