June 2017 Archives

"We need to recognize experts more, respect them, and listen to them," argues science writer Chris Mooney. Limited knowledge accommodates false conclusions and, worse, denial. Education is essential for a scientific understanding of reality. Willful ignorance serves the sinister agenda of autocratic rule: xenophobic nationalism and endless war. 

Blaming liberal condescension toward the red states and the white working class for the election of Trump is a problem, says Katha Pollitt. "Empathy and respect are not about kowtowing to someone's cultural and social preferences. They're about supporting policies that make people's lives better, whether they share your values, or your tastes, or not. . .

"What should matter in politics is what the government does." In the name of humanity, we refuse to accept a fascist America.
No More Fascist Killings!

"On Friday May 26, three people were stabbed, two fatally, on a Portland, Oregon commuter train, after defending two young women, one wearing a hijab, who were being harassed and verbally attacked by a white man, who shouted obscene racist and anti-Muslim slurs," reported refusefascism.org.

The killer was identified as Jeremy Christian. The white-supremacist-with-a-baseball-bat has a history of posting Nazi sentiments on social media.  

"The double murders in Portland by a racist Islamophobe are part of a larger trend of radical-right violence stoked by a sustained campaign of 'scripted violence' by right-wing leaders and media against people of color, immigrants and other minorities" wrote Spencer Sunshine, Truthout. "With the demonizing narratives of Trump and his administration, we should brace ourselves for more such violence.

The mood is ugly, but we will not be intimidated, continued Refuse Fascism. "As the fascist Trump/Pence regime moves toward consolidating power in America, a grave danger to humanity and all life on earth, we will meet every outrage they commit with greater and greater resistance, building for the time when millions flood the streets to demand this regime be driven from power. We recognize, and call on others to proclaim, that Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, Ricky John Best and Micah David-Cole Fletcher are heroes."

They Did the Right Thing

Take a Stand. Refuse Fascism. Sign the Call to Drive Out the Trump/Pence Regime. Repudiate the visions of white supremacy and Christian fundamentalism espoused by the alt-right.

Today the United States joined Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries not signed onto the international deal forged among 195 countries to reduce emissions that cause climate change.

"Saying that we need to rely on coal and oil is like saying that the earth is not round," said Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo. A withdrawal "would not only be a disaster but completely unscientific."

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