Rev. Michael Curry, royal wedding bishop, reflects on whirlwind year
I know for a fact that the way of love can work. The truth is, it's the only way that works, that provides lasting and durable and healthy change. There has never been any kind of change for the good of human society that hasn't been shaped by the people who passionately believe in doing the good, not just for themselves, but for the wider good — and that's love, in a social context.

Whether it's Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Martin King, Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, Eleanor Roosevelt — you can go through the list of people who have shaped human history for the good, and they've always been moved by a love for the common good, a love for humanity, a love for people, a love for the planet. If you believe we can be better, that's a form of love.
curry  smm  post 
2 days ago
NYTimes: The G.O.P. Goes Full Authoritarian
Which is why we should be grateful for Trump. If he weren’t so flamboyantly awful, Democrats might have won the House popular vote by only 4 or 5 points, not 8.6 points. And in that case, Republicans might have maintained control — and we’d be well along the path to permanent one-party rule.
trumpworld  wk99  post 
2 days ago
Trump’s fight with Pelosi and Schumer shows he doesn’t want the wall - Vox
If Trump can get the wall by winning a public showdown, he’d love that. But it’s the winning, not the wall, that drives him. It’s showing his supporters he’s fighting for them that powers his presidency, not actually getting anything done.
trumpworld  wk99  post 
3 days ago
The antidote to civilisational collapse - Open Future
No one is really sure what Trump represents. My working theory is that he’s part of the pantomime-isation of politics. Every morning Donald Trump wakes up in the White House, he tweets something absolutely outrageous which he knows the liberals will get upset by, the liberals read his tweets and go “This is terrible, this is outrageous,” and then tell each other via social media how terrible it all is. It becomes a feedback loop in which they are locked together. In my mind, it’s like they’re together in a theatre watching a pantomime villain. The pantomime villain comes forward into the light, looks at them and says something terrible, and they go “Boo!!”. Meanwhile, outside the theatre, real power is carrying on but no one is really analysing it.
They have their own pantomime hysteria about Russia, for example. I’m sure Russia has done some terrible things but that’s not the reason people voted for Trump. People voted for Trump because they’re really pissed off. They feel marginalised and anxious about their future, and they wanted to send a message, and the liberals are not paying any attention to that.
trumpworld  wk99  russia 
3 days ago
I Don't Grieve Over His Cruelty. I Grieve Over Yours.
The greatest tragedy to me, isn’t him. It isn’t that the person supposedly leading our country lacks a single benevolent impulse, that he is impervious to compassion, incapable of nobility, and mortally allergic to simple kindness.

The greatest tragedy, is how many Americans he now represents.
pavlovitz  post 
3 days ago
Jerry Brown's Exit Interview: Don't Say He Didn't Warn You : NPR
"So there's plenty of opportunity for Republicans if they just pause, look at the world as it really is, and try to come up with something in the tradition of Lincoln and Eisenhower and other great Republicans."
trumpworld  wk99 
4 days ago
Are Republicans abandoning democracy? - The Washington Post
In case after case, Republicans have demonstrated an eagerness to undercut democracy and tilt the rules of the game if doing so serves their ideological interests. The quiet coup by the GOP-controlled legislature in Wisconsin is designed to defy the voters’ wishes. It reflects an abandonment of the disciplines that self-government requires.
trumpworld  wk99 
4 days ago
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I’m not calling to revive WASP culture. Just to learn from it. - The Washington Post
Actually, there is. For all its faults — and it was often horribly bigoted, in some places segregationist and almost always exclusionary — at its best, the old WASP aristocracy did have a sense of modesty, humility and public-spiritedness that seems largely absent in today’s elite. Many of Bush’s greatest moments — his handling of the fall of communism, his decision not to occupy Iraq after the first Gulf War, his acceptance of tax increases to close the deficit — were marked by restraint, an ability to do the right thing despite enormous pressure to pander to public opinion.

It also knew that its position was somewhat accidental and arbitrary, so its members adhered to certain codes of conduct — modesty, restraint, chivalry, social responsibility.

On the Titanic’s maiden voyage, its first-class cabins were filled with the Forbes 400 of the age. As the ship began to sink and it became clear there were not enough lifeboats for everyone, something striking took place. As Wyn Wade recounts, the men let the women and children board the boats. In first class, about 95 percent of the women and children were saved, compared with only about 30 percent of the men. While, of course, first-class passengers had easier access to the boats, the point remains that some of the world’s most powerful men followed an unwritten code of conduct, even though it meant certain death for them.

Let me be clear. I — of all people — am not calling for a revival of the WASP establishment. I am asking, can we learn something from its virtues? Today’s elites should be more aware of their privilege and at least live by one simple old-fashioned, universal idea — rich or poor, talented or not, educated or uneducated, every human being has equal moral worth.
trumworld  wk98  bush  fareed  post 
8 days ago
Emmanuel Macron’s problems are more with presentation than policy - Only human, after all
It will not take superhuman powers to reform France—just the very human ones of patience, persuasion and humility.
france  macron 
9 days ago
We finally found election fraud - The Washington Post
Republicans have done untold damage to the integrity of elections by their false claims of fraud; and now, when the real thing appears to have occurred, the boys who cried wolf are nowhere to be seen. This is the most blatant and arguably serious example of putting party above country, and above democracy. You have to question whether a party that is uncommitted to preserving the credibility and integrity of elections is fit to govern.
trumpworld  wk98  post 
10 days ago
Trump could’ve ruined Bush’s funeral. Bush didn’t let him. - The Washington Post
A president who nurtures only his ego saw people from both parties turn out to honor a president who understood the line between partisanship and pragmatism. Trump, a man who exists in a purely transactional bubble, had to sit and listen to stories of friendships that spanned decades, a loving marriage that began before Trump was born, Bush’s commitment to family and his total comfort with the person he was. As to this contrast, the record doesn’t whisper; it screams.
trumpworld  wk98  bush 
10 days ago
A Game with a Purpose
A Guidebook for Scoutmasters
On the Theory of Scout Training
Founder of the Boy Scout Movement"

DON'T feel worried at the length of this book.
Scouting is not an abstruse or difficult science: rather it
is a jolly game if you take it in the right light. At the same
time it is educative, and (like Mercy) it is apt to benefit him
that giveth as well as him that receiveth.
The term "Scouting" has come to mean a system of training in
citizenship, through games, for boys or girls.
The girls are the important people, because when the mothers
of the nation are good citizens and women of character, they will
see to it that their sons are not deficient in these points. As
things are, the training is needed for both sexes, and is imparted
through the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides (Girl Scouts) Movements.
The principles are the same for both. It is only in the details
that they vary.
A.S.M. Hutchinson in one of his novels suggests that what
Youth needs is Background. Well, we have a Background to give
them in Scouting and Guiding, and it is the Background that God
has provided for everybody-the open-air, happiness and usefulness.
Indeed, the Scoutmaster in introducing the boy to this,
incidentally brings upon himself a share in that same happiness
and usefulness. He finds himself doing a greater thing than
possibly he foresaw in taking up the job, for he finds himself
rendering a life-worth Service for Man and God.
You will find this book a disappointing one if you hope to
find in it a set of definite stepping-stones to complete
bsa  bp 
12 days ago
George Conway: Republican Party has become a 'personality cult' under Trump
The idea that the president would be commenting on legal indictments in such crass political terms stunned Conway. “I was appalled,” he said. “It was appalling. We’re talking about someone who has sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution and laws of the United States, and to criticize the attorney general for permitting justice to be done without regard to political party is very disturbing.”
trumpworld  wk95 
12 days ago
The stunning implications of the Manafort-Trump pipeline - The Washington Post
Following the implosion of Paul Manafort’s cooperation agreement with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III , a lawyer for President Trump casually announced that Manafort’s lawyers had been briefing Trump’s lawyers about his sessions with the Mueller team all along.

This revelation, far from routine, in fact is jaw-dropping — and it has significant legal and political implications.
trumpworld  wk97 
16 days ago
Trump should be freaked out right about now - The Washington Post
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), in line to chair the House Judiciary Committee, issued a statement, which read in part:

The Special Counsel has now secured guilty pleas from President Trump’s personal attorney, his campaign manager, his deputy campaign manager, a foreign policy advisor to his campaign, and his National Security Advisor. He has filed 191 charges against more than thirty individuals—almost all of whom are in President Trump’s orbit, Vladimir Putin’s orbit, or both.
trumpworld  wk97 
16 days ago
My Evangelical Church Is Gaslighting Me, But I Refuse To Fall For It Anymore | HuffPost
And then came 2016. Donald Trump, a man whom until then I most closely associated with “The Apprentice,” was now the Republican nominee for president of the United States. Trump’s campaign and election was a breaking point for me and many other American evangelicals. This was when we realized that everything we had been told was non-negotiable didn’t matter when there was power on the line. The election was like a floodlight on the underbelly of the evangelical church, and this is when the church started gaslighting me.
18 days ago
The Baseless Claim That Climate Scientists Are ‘Driven’ by Money - The New York Times
The federal government’s most recent climate change report, released last week, warned that global warming could cause substantial damage to the American economy, human health and the environment. The report has prompted some critics to dismiss climate scientists as corrupted by money, a common but baseless attack.

“We were paid zero dollars to produce the national assessment,” Katharine Hayhoe, an author of the report, said in an interview. “In fact, there was a reverse financial motive.”
18 days ago
Rice professor's role in 'world's first gene-edited babies' under investigation - CNN
"Should such epic scientific misadventures proceed, a technology with enormous promise for prevention and treatment of disease will be overshadowed by justifiable public outrage, fear, and disgust."
18 days ago
Educator: In Finland, I realized how 'mean-spirited’ the U.S. education system really is - The Washington Post
We toured a secondary school with both a technical and academic wing. The teachers were experimenting with melding the two programs. In the technical wing, we visited a classroom where adults were receiving training to make a career switch. Free.

The fact that students can fail and return, or work and return, or retire and return had a palpable effect on the mood and the tone of the buildings. Surprisingly, considering their achievements, Finnish students spend less time in the classroom, have more breaks throughout the day, and benefit from receiving medical, dental, psychiatric care and healthful meals while in school. It was ... nice.

In comparison, the United States public school system (an idea we invented, by the way) seems decidedly mean-spirited.

Our students enter at around age 5 and have some 13 years to attain a high school diploma. Failure to earn a diploma is a dead end for most. In the United States, when students fail at school — or leave due to many other factors, sometimes just as resistant teenagers — we are done with you.
education  finland 
18 days ago
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