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Sincere question: If we had Medicare for All, would we need Planned Parenthood?

Bernie advocates for Medicare for All and Planned Parenthood endorses his primary opponent. Is there a relationship between these two actions?

None of the Tech in Your iPhone Would Exist Without Socialism


Here’s How All the Technology in the iPhone Was Created by Socialism, NOT Capitalism

What the trolls on the #ResistCapitalism hashtag probably don’t realize is that all of the smart technology that goes into iPhones is a creation of socialism. And everything that Apple sells to make obscene profits (which are taxed at ridiculously low rates thanks to Apple’s cunningly evil accounting practices) was made possible by government-funded research. Even Google’s algorithm was created with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Aside from all of that, Apple as a corporation may not even exist as it does today were it not for government loans to startup businesses. The Harvard Business Review pointed out how Apple was a direct beneficiary of socialism in its earliest stages:

(Apple) also received its early stage finance from the U.S. government’s Small Business Investment Company program. Venture capitalists entered only after government funding had gotten the company to the critical proof of concept.

None of the major components in the iPhone would have been possible without scientific breakthroughs garnered from publicly-funded research. Here are a few examples outlined in economist Mariana Mazzucato’s book, The Entreprenurial State:

1. Hard drives: The Department of Energy (DoE), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and the Department of Defense (DoD) built upon research already conducted by France and Germany to make hard drives, which silicon valley corporations then used to make profits.

Other examples include lithium-ion batteries, GPS and LCD's.

Ever notice how ...

When it comes to money ...

Bell Hooks


Gloria Jean Watkins (born September 25, 1952), better known by her pen name bell hooks (sic),[1] is an American author, feminist, and social activist. The name "bell hooks" is derived from that of her maternal great-grandmother, Bell Blair Hooks, a woman known for speaking her mind.[2]

Hooks's writing has focused on the intersectionality of race, capitalism, and gender, and what she describes as their ability to produce and perpetuate systems of oppression and class domination. She has published over 30 books and numerous scholarly articles, appeared in documentary films, and participated in public lectures. Primarily through a postmodern perspective, she has addressed race, class, and gender in education, art, history, sexuality, mass media, and feminism. In 2014 she founded the bell hooks Institute in Berea, Kentucky.

It's a slogan ... It's a lie ... It's advertising

Everett Clifford from St. Johnsbury, VT

WTF? Bernie's not even listed, and these are career totals!

Hillary's fans continue to shout that Bernie is a tool of the NRA but this resource indicates he's never received a single dime from them. Ever. Some tool.



*updated November 2015 to include declared incumbents, 2016 elections*

​Listed below, alphabetically by state, are price tags for the members of Congress ​who receive NRA money.

NRA dollar amounts shown are CAREER totals to date as obtained from the ​OpenSecrets.org website.

Senate recipients are listed first, followed by House recipients. Additional information about recipients appearing below their NRA price tags includes if they represent themselves as "pro-life"; NRA grades, scores, or endorsements; if they've also received money from Gun Owners of America; their April 2013 vote on the Machin-Toomey Amendment which would have required background checks on for all gun sales at gun shows and for gun sales over the Internet; and, miscellaneous, albeit pertinent, items.

Good resource to keep track of the NRA tools in your state.

They're not coming for your guns, you dumb asses!

They're coming for your Social Security and Medicare!
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