Let’s Play Taboo When Discussing Politics

Zacqary Adam Greenby Zacqary Adam Green

Let’s play a game: get a friend to guess the word “baseball” without saying “game,” “sport,” “pitcher,” “catcher,” or “batter.” That means you have to think pretty creatively about baseball, right? This is how the party game Taboo works. What if we played Taboo when discussing political issues?

For example, let’s talk about how to lower unemployment.

The taboo words are:

  • Job
  • Economy
  • Company
  • Private Sector
  • Money
  • Unemployment

Climate Change Bill: a Valentine for the Planet?

Rev. Gail C-Rby Rev. Gail C-R

A Big Day for Climate on Capitol Hill
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Posted by Jamie Henn - 02/14/13, 12:16pm
There's a new sense of momentum around climate change here in Washington, DC. It started with President Obama’s inauguration, when the President broke the climate silence and called for action to address the crisis, saying a “failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.”

Obama then ratcheted up the rhetoric in this Monday’s State of the Union. “We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence,” said the President. “Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science -- and act before it's too late."

Power and the Internet

Bruce Schneierby Bruce Schneier

January 31, 2013

All disruptive technologies upset traditional power balances, and the Internet is no exception. The standard story is that it empowers the powerless, but that's only half the story. The Internet empowers everyone. Powerful institutions might be slow to make use of that new power, but since they are powerful, they can use it more effectively. Governments and corporations have woken up to the fact that not only can they use the Internet, they can control it for their interests. Unless we start deliberately debating the future we want to live in, and information technology in enabling that world, we will end up with an Internet that benefits existing power structures and not society in general.

America's Four Socioeconomic Classes

Charles Hugh Smithby Charles Hugh Smith

A titanic political battle is brewing between the parasitic aristocracy, the dependent class and the two classes creating value with their labor.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

In the conventional view, America's socioeconomic classes are divided by income and wealth into various layers of Wealthy, Middle Class and Poor.

In Egypt (and the West), anarchists carry the revolution forward

Jerome Roosby Jerome Roos

The media may be puzzled by the emergence of anarchists in Tahrir, but the truth is that anarchism was behind the insurrectionary impulse from the start.

by Jerome Roos | January 28, 2013

The Untouchables: How the Obama administration protected Wall Street from prosecutions

Glenn Greenwaldby Glenn Greenwald

A new PBS Frontline report examines a profound failure of justice that should be causing serious social unrest

by Glenn Greenwald | guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 23 January 2013

URGENT: Demand the Senate Fix the Filibuster NOW, from Bill Moyers

Rev. Gail C-Rby Rev. Gail C-R

When a political party’s in the majority, it wants to change the filibuster… until it falls from power and winds up the minority. Then it suddenly becomes the filibuster’s biggest supporter. Bill says such hypocrisy “has cost the Congress its standing in public respect and cost our democracy the capacity to address the problems that threaten to overwhelm us.”

Latest Update on Saving Red Rock Canyon

Rev. Gail C-Rby Rev. Gail C-R

Dear Red Rock Canyon friends,

I am very excited to be writing of a positive development in the battle to save Red Rock! This Tuesday, January 22, 2013, the Clark County Commissioners are going to vote whether or not to:
"sign a resolution supporting efforts to exchange the Gypsum Mine Property on Blue Diamond Hill for federal land." full resolution
This today from the Las Vegas Review Journal:
"Developer Jim Rhodes' plan to build a 2,000-acre neighborhood overlooking the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area could soon be no more.
Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager is spearheading an effort to encourage the federal government to allow Rhodes to swap his land with a different, less controversial, piece of federal property...." full article


"I see anarchism as the theoretical ideal to which we are all gradually evolving to a point where everybody can tell the truth to everybody else and nobody can get punished for it. That can only happen without hierarchy and without people having the authority to punish other people."
- Robert Anton Wilson

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