The insanity just seems to be getting worse and worse. It hurts seeing the desert that CFI forum has become. I wonder, where are the people? Or are we, as a society, simply in a free fall. Everyone is strapped into their own lives, hanging on for dear life, as these wild day to days race on past em. A health community, physical healthy, a people who can talk to each other, a stable government, mental health, who’s got time for all that stuff?
I keep trying to have discussions, this is a discussion forum, so people come on with big ideas for all to behold. It’s great, let’s listen to it. …
Now can we discuss it in a rational constructive manner?
Nope, lordie, lordie, engage with on point questions and alternate perspectives, and next thing (all too often) the dialogue is reduced to a gotcha game - as though they’ve never actually deeply thought about the matter they are going on about. More like showing us a post card, rather than telling us about being there, and then being able to answer questions about the place.
Then there’s that resentment toward being shown new information, or a different interpretation, and such. As though a personal affront has been committed.
Why refuse to absorb anything others are saying? It makes no sense, yet that’s what’s happening, most have walled themselves off. And once again self-fulfilling prophecies and cascading consequences are set in motion.
Life is interesting and fascinating and we only have one life to live, why not do interesting constructive things, instead a huge portion of this country seems to want nothing so much as to tear down what their parents and grandparents built. We have a good government, quality of its members are lacking. That’s something We the People should care about and care about fixing. A healthy democracy demands an informed and engaged citizenry.
Instead we’ve degenerated into the fearful against a focused angry rabble. Under the banner of a society based on the notion that only their tribe deserves America - and: ‘if I can’t have her, no one can.’
The irony is that we’re also destroying our life support systems, quite literally. When we should be focusing on nurturing and slowing down the pace of destruction and and preparing for radical changes coming, we’re still dreaming of more consumption and peddle to the metal, and let’s spend countless treasure on sending a few humans to Mars. Because, well because, well shit, to would be soooo cool. What more reason do we need?
Our ability to compartmentalize and ignore is astounding and mind boggling. Now, even simple logical easily explainable medical science and practices honed by centuries of study and experience is back on trial because - because distracting the people is what it’s all about. It’s like what can ya do with a society where its citizens have become incapable of critical thinking and constructive curiosity and learning.
Excuse the free association, I’m still striving to process what we’re so blissfully doing to this Earth and ourselves.
Not to mention the level of obstinate, prideful, belligerent, willful ignorance. … Now onto the main topic.
I’m on DailyKos’s mailing list, despite unsubscribing, I don’t have the time to pay much attention to them, but once in a while something stands out and is worth sharing. I’ll follow up with a few other resources for further edification. Hope is a survival strategy in hopeless times. ?
… Kennedy “has done incredible damage to our ability to weather and emerge from this global pandemic”.
Kennedy has been a longtime anti-vaxxer, anti-masker whose lies and anti-science rhetoric has fueled the anti-vaccine movement; during a global pandemic nonetheless.
In fact, a study by The Center for Countering Digital Hate (PDF) found that just a dozen people are responsible for 65% of the COVID-19 disinformation being spread on social media platforms – Kennedy and his organization, Children’s Health Defense were listed as the second biggest offender.
They purposely targeted Black and Latinx communities that were already hard hit by the virus and they spread false statements about the effects of the vaccine on pregnant people.
Yet, Kennedy isn’t content just spreading dangerous, life-threatening misinformation and lies. He has also sued Daily Kos to unmask the identity of a community diarist for writing a story attacking him for attending an anti-mask rally in Berlin that was heavily planned, promoted, and attended by neo-Nazis.
Notably, even though the New York Times(<u>1)</u>, CBS(2) and other media outlets (PDF)(3) published similar stories, Kennedy is not suing those large news organizations because they have large legal departments to deal with petty lawsuits like this. No, Kennedy is siccing his lawyers Daily Kos, demanding personal identifying information on the user, because we are a smaller, independent news and activism hub who he thinks he can intimidate. Kennedy is trying to bully us.
… https: //iapps_courts_state.ny_us/nyscef/ViewDocument?docIndex=gAMqUJKpsgX4Hh/vz5NtkQ=
We need your help to protect our community and defend ourselves. Lawsuits like these are expensive to deal with, and nearly half of our revenue comes from thousands of grassroots supporters chipping in a few dollars at a time.
Amanda McKay, Daily Kos