We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The conflict today between Democrats and Republicans increasingly pits public sector unions, government employees and contractors, and beneficiaries of government programs against middle-class taxpayers and business interests large and small. . . This impasse between the two parties signals the end game for the system of politics that originated in the 1930s and 1940s. As the “regime party,” the Democrats are in the more vulnerable position because they have built their coalition around public spending, public debt, and publicly guaranteed credit, all sources of funds that appear to be reaching their limits. The end game for the New Deal system, and for the Democrats as our “regime party,” will arrive when those limits are reached or passed.
Scientists tend to be conservative. It's hard to change established scientific findings. It's historically typical. As you point out, it took a while before the idea of natural climate change took hold, and despite the evidence, people still resist the idea that humans are having a large effect on the climate.
The biggest problem Wegener's theory faced was the lack of a credible mechanism. He proposed several that were easily shown to be insufficient. However, his ideas were discussed and argued about. When stronger evidence became available along with evidence of the mechanisms involved, then his theory was dusted off.
Bookworm: Entropy is setting in and Obama will lose this election
Bookworm makes several valid points. It's the nature of complex systems that change can occur suddenly and unexpectedly. When you put increasing pressure on a beam, it may absorb the force then suddenly suffer a catastrophic failure. Such a collapse may very well apply to Obama's reelection, though prediction is bound to be imprecise.
Bookworm: It had been sold to us as a nation and political system every bit as hardy as the United States.
Kennan's Long Telegram of 1946 outlined the process by which the Soviet Union could be defeated, a process of containment, confrontation when necessary, but mostly by providing an attractive, democratic alternative. Eventually, Kennan wrote, the internal contradictions would bring about either the evolution or collapse of the Soviet system. Every American President followed this course. It's a beam put under increasing pressure, then suddenly failing.
Bookworm: This means that, for all the corruption at the top — both within the State House and the Union shops — the ordinary workers didn’t feel they were getting a benefit. If they had, they would have checked off that little contribution box without the necessity of political coercion.
Of course not. Most everyone agrees there have to be taxes for responsible government, but if taxes were voluntary, everyone would try to benefit from those that pay without paying themselves. Government would collapse on itself. If workers can't organize democratically, meaning being able to make unified decisions over dues and other issues, then unions will disintegrate. That's the point, of course.
Bookworm: More than Obama’s flame-out, we’re also seeing Mitt Romney run a nimble, aggressive, and likeable campaign.
Romney does seem like a likeable person. He should just be himself. FDR wore monocles and a top hat, yet was considered a man of the people.
Big feedlots need a permit to operate and the permit is only good for 'x" number of cattle. The story is they are flying drones to photograph the feedlots so they can count the cattle in the photos, with the plan to fine anyone who has exceeded their permit.
However, that doesn't preclude them from photographing the entire countryside in order to look for violations of any of 1000s of environmental regs. And those photos likely include homeowners and businesses.
There could be a lot of people confronted with breaking rules they did not know existed.
I guess now it must be legal to do things with a drone that you used to need a search warrant for.
Muhammad Ali said: “My mother was a Baptist. She believed Jesus was the son of God, and I don’t believe that. But even though my mother had a religion different from me, I believe that, on Judgment Day, my mother will be in heaven. There are Jewish people who lead good lives. When they die, I believe they’re going to heaven. It doesn’t matter what religion you are, if you’re a good person you’ll receive God’s blessing. Muslims, Christians and Jews all serve the same God. We just serve him in different ways. Anyone who believes in One God should also believe that all people are part of one family. God created us all. And all people have to work to get along.”