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December 2, 2018


December 2, 2018

The Unfinished Church

St Georges Bermuda
December 2, 2018


Republicans have been championing forced birthing and state control of the nation’s uteri for decades, but now the right-wing appears to have officially adopted the modern witch trial as the proper antidote to noisy Democratic women.

The witch trial of Hillary Clinton is the most famous right-wing ‘success story.’ By portraying a hard-working policy wonk, healthcare champion, and former Senator and Secretary of State as an evil witch, the Republican Party was able to bless this great country with a nationwide expansion of Trump University. Who needs a smart, ‘boring’ woman when a philandering male megalomaniac and bankruptcy-filing expert brings so much more to the table, right?

Now that Hillary’s punching bag expiration date has mostly passed, the Right needs other women to demonize, destroy, diminish and dumb-ify.
This Republican-Trumpian misogyny may be an effective strategy for the shrinking Trumpian base of angry white men and their concubines, but one can’t help surmise that repeated insults to half of America’s population (i.e. women—not to mention men who actually respect women) is…ummm...pretty stupid.
Last year, the author J.K. Rowling described the current Oval Office occupant as a “tiny, tiny, tiny little man.”

America deserves better than a Lilliputian President and his army of Lilliputian Republicans criticizing women for a living to the sad cheers of angry, insecure white men.


December 2, 2018

Does God Care What You Wear?

Disease. Poverty. War. God has a rather busy time of it, but if we look at some of the tenants of many faiths one is led to believe that God spends his time caring about what you wear, rather than what you do (particularly if you are a woman). Not all Sikhs wear a turban, just as not all Muslim women wear a veil, just as not all Jewish men wear a yarmulke, or, just as not all Christian women cover their heads in places of worship. Strict adherents of faith structures would argue that those who do not follow their clothing requirements are not devoted in the same way was those who do, however surely that is much more about culture than faith?

There are as many motivations for people wearing religious clothing as the people who wear them. For many wearing religious clothing is a demonstrable way of showing the wider community who you are and what you believe, so that you are immediately recognised as a beacon of what your faith stands for. Of course, the problem with this can arise when people do not practice what they preach. Contrary to the belief of some ‘pious’ modestly wearing members of religious communities just donning religious clothing does not create some kind of super spiritual barrier that either stops you behaving badly, or at least stops you getting caught!

Of course, one should always start with the principal that one should be able to wear what they want, be it religious clothing or maybe political clothing cloaked in religious dogma, or anti-religious clothing. Often, religious clothing is a political statement wrapped up and presented as religious obligation. Nearly always, this is manipulated by men. God does not care what you wear. We all dress according to our cultural norms. What we wear has nothing to do with faith or lack thereof. What we wear has nothing to do with behaviour that could be considered anti-God. Often, clothing as religious expression becomes an end in and of itself and has nothing to do with the adherent’s relationship with God – God has nothing to do with it at all.

A manifestation of a male ideal of what women should wear sits at the heart of most religious codes of dress. This is not about God. When one thinks of religious clothing, the word that immediately comes to mind is modesty – particularly when you are framing the question in the female context. This raises serious issues for women in the 21st century. The question of modesty is more a question of patriarchy and control. It is about men imposing their own frailties on women. There are very few rules about what men should wear, but a plethora of ‘guidelines’ when it comes to women, which would most certainly suggest that it is not God who cares what we wear, rather these are man made rules, to ensure the subordination and restriction of women. Man has been running religions since they were first created.

Does God care what I wear? Of course, he doesn’t. However, men on the religious right – irrespective of faith construct – tend to be rather obsessed about this issue. God does not care, men who foolishly think they speak in his name, do.

December 2, 2018

Texas GOP in Disarray as Party Members Demand Removal of Practicing Muslim Leader

The Republican Party of Texas is riven with fractures and infighting as a local branch attempts to remove a Muslim man from his leadership post simply because of his religious faith.

Shahid Shafi serves as a party official for the Tarrant County GOP. Shafi is a trauma surgeon and city council member in suburban Southlake, Texas. He’s also a practicing Muslim.

Being a doctor and elected official doesn’t appear to outweigh that third item–Shafi’s Muslim identity. The fact of his chosen religion is apparently none-too-pleasing for a not inconsequential number of Texas Republicans.


To fair it must be terribly confusing for these right wing racist bigots that someone they actively hate and despise would want to be part of their nasty....
December 2, 2018

The first signs of the next recession

There is little reason for optimism that the world’s political leaders are well-equipped to confront the recessionary world when it emerges. This is not necessarily because the cast of characters now in office is diminished in quality compared to a decade ago. The effect of political leaders’ actions in response to the 2008 crash is often overstated. It mattered much more what the central banks, and the Federal Reserve Board in particular, did. It wasn’t Gordon Brown who saved the Royal Bank of Scotland, but Ben Bernanke, chair of the Federal Reserve from 2006 to 2014.

Rather, this time around political leaders will not be able to let central banks make monetary decisions as if they do not have political consequences. Dispersing helicopter money and abolishing physical cash will not look like technocratic judgements and, thanks in part to analysis by some central banks and the rhetoric of the 2016 US presidential election, more citizens may now understand that QE drives up wealth inequality. Nor, in an age of political disruption in which the traditional centre is weak, will governments readily find common ground with each other. This problem will be compounded by the clashes of interest between advanced economy states over oil and gas, in circumstances where energy supply cannot be separated from monetary policy.

Fear at what comes next stalks the world economy even, or perhaps especially, in those markets where investors appear most indifferent to risk. Finding a way beyond it will entail a reckoning with the last recession and the monetary world that central banks made in its aftermath. The 2007-09 recessions exposed the political discontent that had grown in Western democracies over the previous decade. The next recession will begin with that discontent already bringing about substantial political disruption – from Brexit to Trump’s election to the Lega-Five Star coalition in Italy – which in itself has become a source of economic fear. The economic dangers that lurk are only likely to increase political fragmentation, especially when there is little understanding of the structural economic forces that serve to divide people.


This is a long read - but worth it - very interesting and disturbing...
December 2, 2018

Ladies, our work here is not done....


Even if Merkle had been in it - that would have made 3....
December 2, 2018

And Now, A Confused U.S. President Wandering Off A Stage He Wasn't Supposed To Leave

Donald "Who Am I? Where Am I?" Trump walking off stage at the G-20, leaving Argentinian president Mauricio Macri standing alone. He was apparently supposed to stay for a photo op with Macri and other world leaders, but instead just shook Macri's hand and then waltzed off stage, lost in his own world.


Good grief.
December 1, 2018

Between A Rock And A Blue Place

Taken last week when in Bermuda
December 1, 2018

Over 60 Million People Voted For Democrats In The Midterms. That's Catastrophic For The GOP

But now that the final national midterm election has been called and Democrats have picked up their 40th House seat, we can take a look at the vote totals and do a bit of math. Just how good was the turnout for the Democratic Party and how bad will that be for the GOP going forward?

60 million plus votes. In a midterm. For Democrats. And if you're not already aware of it, Democrats don't vote in midterms which is why Republicans tend to win them.

Still, let's put that 60 million and change in context.

In 2016 Trump "won" with 62,979,636 votes
In 2014 83.2 million voted in total
In 2012 Romney lost with 60,933,504 votes
In 2010 90.9 million voted in total
In 2008 McCain lost with 59,948,323 votes
In other words, we just saw the left vote at almost presidential election level numbers. The right had a boost in numbers, too, reaching over 50 million votes but that's not even close to the increase in turnout on the left. Trump has been claiming that he wasn't on the ballot so Republicans didn't do as well but he spent months telling his base that he was, in fact, on the ballot. And in reality, he very much was. That is a huge problem for the GOP.


Could it be anymore encouraging?

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I am a Brit. I am a working class child of the troubles in Belfast who now lives a life of privilege. I am an anti-racist, progressive monster for truth. If I fail in being that monster, call me out....

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