[x]Blackmoor Vituperative

Wednesday, 2020-06-03

Where did the cosplaytriots go?

Filed under: Firearms,Society — bblackmoor @ 16:19

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, violent criminals in police uniforms have been attacking people standing on their front porch. So where were all the Second Amendment quoting gun fetishists when this was going on? Isn’t this exactly why they say they need AR15s?

No, I am not suggesting that people go shoot police officers: please do not do that. I just think it’s weird that a couple of weeks ago, chubby white men carrying rifles were thrilled to shout in the face of police officers because they objected to reasonable public health policies. But once the police start attacking innocent civilians, the cosplaytriots are nowhere to be found.

Saturday, 2020-05-30

Dominoes

Filed under: Society — bblackmoor @ 11:49

This is 18 minutes or so, but it’s worth listening to. I particularly like his comment about dominoes. Because it is completely obvious that the protests and the riots are just the last in a long line of dominoes.

I’ve bitten my tongue a few times recently, when people I know have made disparaging comments about protesters, or rioters, or looters. Because I think most of them see quite clearly what has led to this. How could they not? So the fact that they continue criticizing protesters demonstrates to me that we have a fundamental difference of opinion on what kind of society we each want to live in.

People making snide comments about protesters want to live in a society where white women can make a phone call to the police and have a black man murdered, where a cop with a history of using excessive force can calmly murder a black man and get clean away with it if no one filmed it, and where black people don’t so much as silently take a knee in protest.

I’d prefer to live in a society where black people don’t have a reason to protest.

Tuesday, 2020-05-19

In the country of the blind

Filed under: Politics,Society — bblackmoor @ 14:19

I made a “Republican party platform” image a while back. I update the death toll numbers on it once in a while. It’s gotten so that any time anyone shares anything about the President or the other Republicans, I just want to reply with that image. Because I really don’t think anything else needs to be said.

I’m not sharing it here, because it hasn’t gone viral (despite my sharing it on Facebook … a lot), which says to me that most people don’t see the Republicans that way. And that makes me sad.

Because they are that way.

Saturday, 2020-04-18

Trump is a symptom

Filed under: Politics,Society — bblackmoor @ 12:33

Focusing on Trump but ignoring Republicans is like thinking that cough syrup will cure COVID-19.

Wednesday, 2020-04-15

Long, tedious political post

Filed under: Politics — bblackmoor @ 08:34

(This was a response I wrote to someone who declared their intent to vote for a Libertarian for President in 2020, to “send a message” to Democrats. I spent a fair amount of time writing it, so I wanted to preserve it in case I had occasion to use it again.)

Just FYI, I voted Libertarian for a decade or so. ( https://www.blackgate.net/blog/the-problem-with-libertarians/ ) I’ll point out a couple of things that you might or might not have realized.

1) You aren’t influencing anyone with your throwaway vote. With the exception of Gary Johnson in 2016 (more about that in a moment), Libertarians have been lucky to get 1% of the vote — and in most Presidential elections in the past 50 years, they haven’t gotten anywhere near 1%. No one cares about your protest vote: definitely not Democrats.

2) The fact Gary Johnson got 3% in 2016 is, frankly, amazing, but it has less to do with Libertarians than it does with Republicans. Republicans like Rand Paul and Paul Ryan promoted their supposedly libertarian leanings (which was a blatant lie, like everything Republicans say), giving big-L Libertarians a huge amount of publicity in the process. But have you seen Republicans promoting libertarianism recently? Aside from a few breakaways like Amash, no, they haven’t. I am not a gambler, but I am confident that you won’t see the Libertarian candidate break 1.5% in 2020. (See also: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/03/30/republicans-may-finally-be-socially-distancing-themselves-libertarianism/ )

3) Your vote does matter, but only if you use it. We are suffering under the heel of the Republican death cult right now for two reasons (other than the fact that a third of the USA is overtly evil). 1) People who threw their vote away in 2016 rather than using it intelligently, and 2) voters who stayed home. Those people, just as much as the benighted Republican death cultists, are to blame for the fact that the Supreme Court will be dragging us backward for the next 30 years.

4) The establishment Democrats will support the changes that the USA has needed for the past four decades — but not any time soon. Bill Clinton was basically a Republican (what they were before the whole party went batshit crazy). Obama was a little better, and if Hilary Clinton had won in 2016, it would have gotten another tiny amount better (or at least no worse). The mainstream Democrats are conservative. However, the younger Democrats are pushing a progressive agenda that is slowly growing in that party. Change is slow, but it is happening.

Jesus, this is long. One last thing.

5) Libertarianism sounds great. “Pro choice on everything.” “No initiation of force.” etc. etc. It all sounds lovely… in theory. Because that’s all it is. How would a Libertarian administration overhaul our despicable profit-based prison system? How would a Libertarian administration respond to a pandemic? How would a Libertarian administration address the vast and growing income inequality in this country before that inequality leads to chubby bourgeoisie like myself finding our heads in baskets? The answer is either “poorly” or “not at all”, because while Libertarianism is great at sound bites, it is absolutely terrible at addressing systemic problems which history shows result in chaos and death. (See also: https://prospect.org/power/libertarian-delusion/ )

Utopia is not an option. You are never going to get exactly what you want. What you can do is nudge things in a marginally better direction, or stand aside while the Republican death cult drags us all over a cliff. This is the real world, and those are your choices.

P.S. Our antiquated voting system creates a de-facto two party system. Until that voting system changes, voting for a third party is no different than not voting at all. In a time period when the dominant party is deliberately dismantling and pillaging public services, while undermining basic civil rights for a generation to come, there is no reasonable excuse for that.

Monday, 2020-04-13

Republican Party platform: Lies, Hatred, and Death

Filed under: Politics — bblackmoor @ 13:23
Republican Party platform: Lies, Hatred, and Death
Republican Party platform: Lies, Hatred, and Death

Thursday, 2020-02-20

The real cost of “Medicare for all”

Filed under: Fine Living,Health,Politics — bblackmoor @ 20:15

Taking into account both the costs of coverage expansion and the savings that would be achieved through the Medicare for All Act, we calculate that a single-payer, universal health-care system is likely to lead to a 13% savings in national health-care expenditure, equivalent to more than US$450 billion annually (based on the value of the US$ in 2017). The entire system could be funded with less financial outlay than is incurred by employers and households paying for health-care premiums combined with existing government allocations. This shift to single-payer health care would provide the greatest relief to lower-income households. Furthermore, we estimate that ensuring health-care access for all Americans would save more than 68,000 lives and 1.73 million life-years every year compared with the status quo.

“The Lancet”, Volume 395, ISSUE 10223, P524-533, February 15, 2020

Tuesday, 2019-12-31

Refusing to vote is a statement

Filed under: Philosophy,Politics,Society — bblackmoor @ 12:06

People who are fine with white nationalism will be voting.

People who are OK with kids in cages will be voting.

People who are good with Kurds being murdered will be voting.

People who are terrified of LGBTQ people will be voting.

People who believe FoxNews is objective truth will be voting.

People who think Trump was sent by God will be voting.

Politicians are NOT all “just as bad”. If you don’t vote, you are standing aside while the worst of them take your silence as consent to screw over you and your children and every living thing on the planet.

If you refuse to vote, you are making a statement. That statement is, “Do what you want with me, and my friends, and my family, and every helpless person at your mercy. I will not lift a finger to stop you.”

Republican party platform: lies, hatred, and death

Monday, 2019-12-23

White Evangelicals Want Christian Supremacy, Not “Religious Freedom”

Filed under: Civil Rights,Mythology,Philosophy,Politics,Society — bblackmoor @ 18:51

Conservative Christians believe their rights are in peril partly because that’s what they’re hearing, quite explicitly, from conservative media, religious elites, partisan commentators and some politicians, including the president. The survey evidence suggests another reason, too. Their fear comes from an inverted golden rule: Expect from others what you would do unto them. White evangelical Protestants express low levels of tolerance for atheists, which leads them to expect intolerance from atheists in return. That perception surely bolsters their support for Trump. They believe their freedom depends on keeping Trump and his party in power.

White evangelicals fear atheists and Democrats would strip away their rights. Why?, By Paul A. Djupe

To summarize, among atheists who said they loathed Christian fundamentalists more than any other religious group, 65% still said they would be perfectly fine with those Christians having the same rights as everyone else. But among white evangelicals who hated atheists the most — even more than “white supremacists” — only 32% would say the same.

This is a core difference between the two groups and it illustrates why the “both sides are the same” argument is ridiculous. We’re not equally dogmatic but on opposite sides of the spectrum. In fact, these results just emphasize a point I’ve made repeatedly on this site: Atheists fight for religious neutrality, while white evangelicals fight for Christian supremacy.

Study Shows White Evangelicals Want Christian Supremacy, Not “Religious Freedom”, By Hemant Mehta

“You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:
‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
They worship me in vain;
their teachings are merely human rules.’ “

— Matthew 15:7-9

“Santa Baby” (1953)

Filed under: Family,Friends,Music,Society — bblackmoor @ 12:55

Two days until Christmas! Here is a classic Christmas song written (as so many were) by Jewish composers, Joan Javits and Philip Springer: “Santa Baby” (1953). It was written specifically for Eartha Kitt, for whom it was an instant hit. Kitt, at 26, was a star on Broadway and considered (by Springer, at least) the “sexiest woman in the world”.

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