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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why do you support donald trump
« on: August 21, 2017, 11:12:14 AM »
Just saw the total eclipse of the sun here in Salem, Oregon. The moon had a thin ring around it for about a minute and a half while the light of the sun was eclipsed.

It seems the sunlight was never eclipsed in the U.S. while Obama was president.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Bing Crosby Predicted Eclipse on the 21st
« on: August 21, 2017, 07:28:38 AM »
I did, and I don't get it, where's the prediction?

Did you click the link which I posted to Free Films (ffilms.org) where you can see this movie?

The scene has a total eclipse of the sun. Bing Crosby is reading a science book and discovers a table of eclipses listed in it shortly before the eclipse occurs.

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Arts & Entertainment / Bing Crosby Predicted Eclipse on the 21st
« on: August 20, 2017, 10:40:01 PM »
This 1949 movie has a peculiar scene beginning approximately at the 1 hour, 39 minute mark: 

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
https://ffilms.org/a-connecticut-yankee-in-king-arthurs-court-1949/

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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
May 2017 Speech About His Decision to Implement Legal Rulings to Bring Down Confederate Statues


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For the other side of the story, thanks to Glenn Greenwald for bringing us Edward Snowden's story to the world. I've found his articles and books to be informative and non-conformist.

Among others, he wrote for the Nation and cofounded the Intercept.

http://glenngreenwald.net

https://theintercept.com/staff/glenn-greenwald/

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I believe to say that the protests of Black Lives Matter are mainly about Confederate statues is not accurate. They are especially about people getting killed, particularly black people because they are the recipients of the lion's share of violence.

I personally appreciate gun rights and the second amendment to the U.S. Constitution. To take away that right would be a huge move towards repression of freedom.

 So I was amazed when I learned several years ago that the NRA actually supported the Gun Control Act of 1968 which is the heaviest gun control law in U.S. history and which Jews For the Preservation of Firearms Ownership have demonstrated is derived in large word-for-word sections from the Nazi Germany Gun Control Law of 1938. Why would the NRA support such a law?

I finally discovered the answer from Professor Gerald Horne who shows throughout most of US history black people were not allowed to benefit from much of the bill of rights and were accordingly prohibited from having guns in spite of the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing the right.

When black people finally started to get their rights during the 1960's, this is why the NRA started promoting gun restriction to limit the people who could have guns. So the NRA is an historically racist organisation. Sad to say, but it's true.


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I think bringing down Confederate statues is long since a great idea.  The popularity of the statues' defenders is a good indication of ignorance and racism.

Over the past year I've collected several down to earth practical books issued by the ACLU describing in depth the legal rights of various groups of citizens. This particular subject brings to mind one of these books entitled 'The Rights of Protesters'.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: NAACP & the American Ruling Class
« on: August 17, 2017, 07:23:38 PM »
It's worth mentioning that the prolific Professor Gerald Horne was final editor-in-chief of 'Political Affairs' which has been the flagship journal of the Communist Party USA since World War II and finally merged with the 'People's World' magazine last year in 2016.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_Affairs_(magazine)

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Jim Crow Revival
« on: August 17, 2017, 07:16:26 PM »
Will the USA become more racist,  and bring back segregation,  I doubt it, I think those days are gone


I also doubt old style racial segregation will return, at least not soon. That's not exactly what I was saying.

 I believe the 99% and the 1% existed back in the Jim Crow era & segregation and racism were tools the 1% (the ruling class) used to keep the lower class divided.

By the 1960's, enough people saw through the old racist laws and that instrument of repression and exploitation lost a lot of its effectiveness. It has been replaced by prisons and jails and police power which have all multiplied since the 1960's.

The ruling class is mostly the same, but their instrument of repression has changed because the civil rights movement successfully damaged the old racist system (although it by no means destroyed it).

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Jim Crow Revival
« on: August 17, 2017, 07:00:20 PM »
Will the USA become more racist,  and bring back segregation,  I doubt it, I think those days are gone

You might be interested in a book about the pervasiveness these days of jails and prisons by Michelle Alexander and entitled:

'The New Jim Crow'
http://www.npr.org/2012/01/16/145175694/legal-scholar-jim-crow-still-exists-in-america


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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Jim Crow Revival
« on: August 17, 2017, 06:54:10 PM »
From the heart, I have to stop and say thanks to both Rayzor and FalseProphet for rendering a conversation that is simultaneously both intelligent and civilized.
Much respect.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Jim Crow Revival
« on: August 16, 2017, 06:14:53 PM »
The police and many lawmakers were allied with the Ku Klux Klan and violent groups in the old Jim Crow South. These laws would give legal protection to the violence and murder which the Ku Klux Klan and similar groups and persons commit.

It is a fascist effort aimed at those who fight for the rights of the disadvantaged.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Jim Crow Revival
« on: August 16, 2017, 06:06:42 PM »
Proposed laws in several U.S. states protect drivers who kill protesters. This move is strongest in areas like the American South where Black Lives Matter demonstrations have stopped traffic.

Police unions and allied politicians are the most open supporters of these proposed laws that would legally protect killing protesters. The legislation is being worded so the driver gets off unless it is proved the death was intentional.

Does Jim Crow still exist if this passes?

https://theintercept.com/2017/08/14/backed-by-police-unions-legislators-standby-laws-to-protect-drivers-who-kill-protesters/

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: What are you reading?
« on: August 06, 2017, 07:20:23 PM »
Cedric Belfrage's book is to my knowledge the best book on america's domestic fascism from 1945 to 1960 since it is not perverted by the establishment's viewpoint. It offers the victims' perspective, and it covers the entire "McCarthy" era which the civil rights movement succeeded in breaking up temporarily and only to a degree.

I'd like to get more books by the black Marxist historian Gerald Horne who (among others such as Angela Davis) shows that the establishment sought to control the civil rights leaders and labor union leaders by ensuring that only the programs of anti-communist leaders met with success. Thus, the NAACP and the AFL-CIO (and the Democrat Party) are anti-communist just like Republicans.

Indeed, the Democrat president Truman started the Cold War. That is the subject of:

'We Can Be Friends:
The Origins of the Cold War'
By Carl Marzani (1952)

This book blames the Americans and is perhaps the best history of McCarthy era foreign policy and an appropriate complement to Cedric Belfrage's book about domestic fascism.

 I just ordered Carl Marzani's book. I am reading Belfrage's. As to the name of the McCarthy era, Belfrage says in the preface that J. Edgar Hoover deserves the era named after him more than any other American as he fathered america's domestic fascism, it's police state.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: What are you reading?
« on: August 05, 2017, 06:30:19 PM »
'American Inquisition: 1945-1960'
By Cedric Belfrage

The best history of the McCarthy era I've come across.
It's a year by year account with informative references to the best books on various aspects and very good analysis. The author founded perhaps the most militant non-communist national newspaper of the era and was deported in the 1950's after being questioned by McCarthy.

This book seems a relevant resource for both conservatives and liberals as many fascist extremes like American laws providing for concentration camps have their origins during this era.

This era was such a remarkable reversal of the politics of 1943 & 1944. I generally don't agree with the anti-communist themes and politics in Hitchcock's movies, but I just saw one from 1942 called 'Saboteur' which is likely the best movie he ever directed. The scene with the old blind man in the forest is obviously derived from Frankenstein and steals the show. His ideals such as "believing a man is innocent until proven guilty" or "unjust laws need to be disobeyed" are such a contrast to the McCarthy era fascism described in Belfrage's book perhaps more eloquently than any other.

'Saboteur!'


This movie broadly brought to mind a comparison with Office Space. The head of the underground fascist network who is kind of untouchable is analogous to Lumberg. The old man in the forest is most analogous to the hypnotist.

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Particularly nice is Horne's assertion at the conclusion that many young people's fascination today with the Jim Crow era is motivated by what they correctly discern as dissatisfaction with compromises such as those made by the NAACP leaders.

The fight against racism has been a great thing, but many things which the NAACP did rightly such as combatting Jim Crow laws were programs which originated communists to whom they seldom gave credit.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / NAACP & the American Ruling Class
« on: July 29, 2017, 07:29:13 PM »


In 1948, NAACP Compromises With White Racist American Establishment &
Accepts Anti-Communist Ideology to Survive.
Accordingly, they expel and persecute their own founder, the scholar and civil rights activist W.E.B. DuBois


Real News founder Paul Jay interviews Houston University Professor Gerald Horne, a prolific Marxist historian.

In the first of six 20-minute segments which assess phases of American history, Horne criticises the NAACP for compromising the civil rights movement by agreeing to become anti-communist - a modus vivendi made with america's repressive establishment to oppose communism in return for a measure of civil rights.

This is a major contributing reason for the relative success of the NAACP and the decline of the Communist Party USA during the Cold War.

In the black community, Horne explains, opposition to white racism is paramount. As long as one follows that principle, he has legroom in other areas. The white establishment successfully exploited this weakness of the NAACP. Martin Luther King got out of line by publicly defending communism through his support of the Vietnamese against American fascism, and he was dead within about a year.  By contrast, some NAACP leaders have been cowardly to speak against america's wars, and have deviated from the heritage of their founder, the outspoken W.E.B. DuBois who in fact joined the Communist Party USA shortly before he died.

As Horne alludes towards the end of this first segment, this compromise which mandated anti-communism on behalf of representatives of the lower classes was also made with labor union leaders which explains the deradicalization of unions like the CIO.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Ukraine's Successor State
« on: July 29, 2017, 03:24:11 PM »
Since Ukraine has a particularly ugly post-Soviet history even among East European governments, the Malorossiyan Federation composed of members from all over the Ukraine issued a decree in July 2017 endorsing the end of the Ukrainian state concomitant with the creation of a new government which is in accordance with the will of peoples throughout the land and a corresponding period of transition.

https://dninews.com/article/official-declaration-malorossiyan-federation-full-text-07182017

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Now Playing
« on: July 29, 2017, 11:42:17 AM »
Flat Earth - Crazy Scientist


Very well done.

'Solidarity Forever'
By the Almanac Singers

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Now Playing
« on: July 27, 2017, 07:11:21 PM »
Hallelujah, I'm a Bum
By Utah Phillips


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Hi guys,

I am a bachelor student Aerospace Engineering and totally believe that the earth is a globe. Within our field of engineering/science it is common sense that the earth is a globe and not flat.

I wonder what the view of a flat earther is on this group of people working/studying in Aerospace. Are all my professors wrong, or do they contribute to the conspiracy? Are all the companies who work in Aerospace, launch rockets, build satellites, use satellites, etc. wrong or do all these people know about the truth but tell us lies?

...how can they keep their company running if satellites can not orbit the earth because it's not a globe?

I believe that airborne satellites are just as compatible with the reality of a flat earth as are airplanes, but I find your main question about the aerospace industry and engineering to be more interesting.

For an alternative view of the American engineering industry in general including its aspect of tightly controlled education and propaganda, I suggest:

'America By Design'
by David Noble

which will give a strong perspective of exactly how the engineering industry functions in the scheme of things in the way you perhaps imagined some of us believe. Here is a old but accurate review of the book written after it was published in the late 1970's:

http://tph.ucpress.edu/content/1/2/73

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Now Playing
« on: July 27, 2017, 06:27:33 PM »
Roll the Union On
By the Almanac Singers


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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Now Playing
« on: July 26, 2017, 07:20:26 PM »
I was thinking on this Johnny Cash song that anyone (man or woman) wanting to marry an American should consider it before committing.

'White Girl'

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Now Playing
« on: July 24, 2017, 07:55:32 PM »
Are You Man Enough?
By the Four Tops


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Arts & Entertainment / Re: What are you reading?
« on: July 18, 2017, 06:35:39 AM »
'Virtual Politics: Faking Democracy in the Post-Soviet Union'
By Andrew Wilson

This book and its author's other books are typical, anti-communist propaganda - just what you would expect from most American and British writers.

However, he does here provide a lot of evidence and facts relating to the engineering of elections in Russia. By the official polls, United Russia, Putin's party is the leading party, and the Communist Party of the Russian Federation is second.

In spite of the author's prejudices, I believe there is a measure of truth in all this evidence about Putin faking elections to stay in power.

I suspect that the majority of Russians prefer the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, and Putin has prevented its resurgence. Don't get me wrong. I generally agree with Putin about issues such as Ukraine, but so do the communists. The west and their propaganda are nothing but fascism, and this fascist propaganda has prevented correct understanding of Russia by painting communism as evil and by painting Putin as a communist. He was at one time, but he's definitely not a communist these days. He's not the devil incarnate and does have his good aspects, but I believe he is not the best for the job.  If he was the best, the Soviet Union would have already reconstituted with Ukraine and the others, Khaddafi would still be alive and in power, and the U.S. would be haulted and turning in upon itself.

http://cprf.ru/category/informmaterials/articles/

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Technology, Science & Alt Science / Re: Nuclear Power Exaggerated
« on: June 30, 2017, 01:12:25 AM »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SL-1

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prompt_criticality

These are good links and very relevant.

At a glance, I do not find any reason to dispute the basic story about SL-1. My main argument has been that the exaggeration of the explosive power of weapons of mass destruction (which I believe is a technically more accurate name than nuclear weapons).

I don't question that so-called nuclear reactors function and generate energy. Although I might differ as to the explanation of fission and the science behind "nuclear" reactors because I do not believe atoms exist although atomic theory can be useful in some ways. Rather than argue about atoms, I would defer anyone interested in that view to the work of the late Pierre Duhem who certainly explained it better than I could.  At any rate, I do not generally question the reality of such reactors regardless of the explanation of what transpires to make the heat or energy that issues from them.

Two comments about things that Heiwa has said. First, I believe Hiroshoma was bombed by one big bomb, not carpet bombing. However, most of the damage was caused by fires ignited by the bomb rather than the blast which is contrary to American propaganda as well as photos of large areas of the city totally unscathed.
Second, the truth about Niels Bohr is both he and the Nazis generally knew little to nothing about weapons of mass destruction. A book called the Farmhall documents revealing their secretly taped private conversations reveals their ignorance.


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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Now Playing
« on: June 29, 2017, 10:55:10 PM »
Stalin Wasn't Stallin'
By the Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet


I believe the greatest hero of the last century is the most lied about. Goebbels's anti-communist propaganda triumphs today because people believe it uncritically without hearing the other side in such neglected books like those of Albert Kahn:

http://ciml.250x.com/archive/ussr/english/1946_the_great_conspiracy_against_russia_sayers_kahn.pdf

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Now Playing
« on: June 29, 2017, 10:41:23 PM »
'Black & White'
By the Weavers (1955)

To celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 (Brown vs. Topeka Education Board) abandonment of a century of racial segregation as the law of the land in the USA imposed by the 1855 Dredd Scott Case


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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Anger bigotry and dishonesty
« on: June 24, 2017, 07:06:20 PM »
Forgive me if this is out of place, but I came across an old song that seems to sum up all the bitterness you've described. For what it's worth,

Hitler Lives
By Rosalie Allen (1945)

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Technology, Science & Alt Science / Re: Nuclear Power Exaggerated
« on: June 24, 2017, 06:41:25 PM »
Atom & Evil
By the Golden Gate Quartet

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