The Principle of Tolerance: Curing Ourselves of the Itch for Absolute Knowledge & Power

The Principle of Tolerance: Curing Ourselves of the Itch for Absolute Knowledge & Power

I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ: Think it possible you may be mistaken.’ We have to cure ourselves of the itch for absolute knowledge and power. We have to close the distance between the push-button order and the human act. We have to touch people.

Oliver Cromwell

It’s difficult to think in terms of tolerance in the age in which America elected a president who doesn’t give one hint of being tolerant.  What he does do is encourage violence, not only in his campaign rallies, but now after being elected he’s back on the road holding the same rallies, and encouraging hate, bigotry and racism.  And now, with access to the most powerful military the world has ever seen, launching 59 Tomahawk missiles, unleashes violence with the push of a button.  Even Wilbur Ross, Trump’s Commerce secretary said at the Milken Institute Global Conference, the Syria missile strike was “after-dinner entertainment.”  The “guests” found his comment humorous, and burst into laughter.

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Trump 153* or How to Block the Narcissist and his Sycophants from Inflicting More Damage on the World

Trump 153* or How to Block the Narcissist and his Sycophants from Inflicting More Damage on the World

  • The number 153*: from the number category called narcissistic; narcissistic numbers are equal to the sum of the cubes of its own digits (Thanks to The World of Trotter Math).
  • Narcissistic: having an excessive or erotic interest in oneself and one’s physical appearance; vain, self-obsessed, egotistic, conceited, self-centered.
  • Sycophant: a self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite.

Sometimes it’s hard to believe what’s happened to our country in the wake of the last presidential election. But, that said, we have to face what is happening, act, and support and be a part of the opposition and protestation of the deconstruction of America and its relationship with the rest of the world.

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From Order to Chaos: The Attack on the EPA

From Order to Chaos: The Attack on the EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established in 1970 under Richard Nixon’s administration.  Now in 2017, it is likely that at least 25% of the agency will be dismantled by the Authoritarian’s administration.

This is a crime against the well-being of all living things and their environment by the White House

Even before the current administration took over the White House, the Authoritarian’s transition team sent clear messages that the EPA was in trouble. The so-called transition team wanted names of EPA employees who worked on, wrote papers about, and did research in the fields related to climate science.

They were not doing this give out awards!  They did it put the EPA on notice that “we are out to get you.”

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With Billionaires in the White House We Need to Keep an Eye on the Money

With Billionaires in the White House We Need to Keep an Eye on the Money

It’s been reported that the Authoritarian wants to increase the Pentagon’s share of the Federal budget by 10% which translates to about $59 billion more dollars.  A report has circulated that the EPA will be cut by at least 20%, including staff and dollars.

The Federal Budget is divided into three parts as shown below.

  • Mandatory Spending (like Social Security)–$2.5 Trillion
  • Discretionary Spending (like Education, Defense)–$1.1 Trillion
  • Interest on the Debt–$229 Billion

If the President submits a budget that includes a $59 billion increase in spending, the money for this is part of the Discretionary Spending which is about a third of the total Federal budget.  Mandatory spending is spending on certain programs such as Medicare and Social Security, and are controlled by existing law. Mandatory spending has increased over the years, and is expected increase from $2.2 trillion in 2016 to $3.6 trillion in 2023.

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EPA: From Obama’s Protection to Trump’s Destruction to the Emergence of Resistance

EPA: From Obama’s Protection to Trump’s Destruction to the Emergence of Resistance 

Using the Wayback Machine, we can keep watch on some aspects of the Environmental Protection Agency website now that Trump and his EPA pick for Secretary of the EPA, Scott Pruitt are in charge. Trump wants to cut the EPA, and Pruitt, with ties to the coal, oil and gas industry, and champion litigator against the EPA while he was Attorney General for Oklahoma, is no friend of Earth’s environment, other than helping those who take from the Earth what ever they want.

On January 24, one of the first things the Trump administration did was to demand that the EPA take down all of its Climate Change pages. Then they were told to hold off, then told to remove them, and then to put them back.  As of this writing the Climate Change page is still on the website.  But the fact that the White House actually ordered the page to be taken down set in motion a lot of resistance.
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