The Complexity Of Inequality

105 Responses to “The Complexity Of Inequality”

  1. August 7, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Good afternoon, TOD! Nerdy, as always, I’m grateful for this calm port you provide. It is a safe harbor from the storms of life. Thank you.

  2. 3 nena20409
    August 7, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Thank You, lady NW for all You do for Us.

  3. 4 nena20409
    August 7, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    VP Biden Gave a Wonderful Speech. I was able to hear about 10 Mins of it. I’m now listening to the full speech.

    • 5 nena20409
      August 7, 2019 at 4:43 pm

      I meant to type above that I listened to 2mins of VP Biden’s speech initially, not 10 mins.

    • 7 nena20409
      August 7, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    • 8 Hillary Darton
      August 7, 2019 at 5:13 pm

      Yes it was a wonderful speech by Joe Biden. I am proud to have listen to every word.

  4. 9 nena20409
    August 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm

  5. August 7, 2019 at 5:16 pm

  6. 12 marleysperson
    August 7, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    There is a god

  7. 13 nena20409
    August 7, 2019 at 5:23 pm

  8. August 7, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Further to comments made near end of last thread…
    Does anyone else suspect that what Trump has done – especially of a treacherous nature – is being hidden?
    Imagine it is so…
    I hope such a decision would not be “for our own good”.
    YES Russia interfered (did they in fact change votes?) and the outcome = the U.S. elected disastrously.
    YES the Trump experiment is a dangerous international embarrassment = we look bad.
    But imo worse yet would be to try and save face by waiting 50 years to tell the whole story.
    By then we may be burned up, underwater, with H20 and global fascist wars raging, democracy in ashes.
    In the name of the future of the planet, the species:
    Congress, IC, everyone with the inside story:
    Please don’t hold back…the truth is always best…don’t cover up the facts.
    And give our future a fighting chance.

  9. 15 nena20409
    August 7, 2019 at 5:48 pm

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  11. 20 Dudette
    August 7, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Woof Woof! 🐶

  12. 21 Dudette
    August 7, 2019 at 9:35 pm

  13. 23 Dudette
    August 7, 2019 at 9:41 pm

  14. 24 Dudette
    August 7, 2019 at 9:52 pm

  15. 25 Dudette
    August 7, 2019 at 9:53 pm

  16. 28 Dudette
    August 7, 2019 at 9:55 pm

  17. 29 Dudette
    August 7, 2019 at 9:56 pm

  18. 30 Dudette
    August 7, 2019 at 9:57 pm

  19. 31 Hillary Darton
    August 7, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    President Obama and Michelle Obama arrived on Martha’s Vineyard Sunday. Obama is seen playing golf with Steph Curry, Ray Allen

  20. 32 Dudette
    August 7, 2019 at 10:19 pm

  21. 33 marleysperson
    August 7, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    Joe Biden looked and sounded like a US President today.

    • 34 jacquelineoboomer
      August 8, 2019 at 9:29 am

      Totally agree. For those of us looking for even an hour of comfort amid the carnage, we got what we came for.

  22. 35 todjey
    August 7, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    Over at DU someone posted a Tweet with pictures of children whose parents were rounded up by ICE today.

    I don’t know who has the heart to do this?
    Why does the GOP hate children?

  23. 36 marleysperson
    August 7, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    MassacreMitch is NOT a victim here!

    • 37 todjey
      August 7, 2019 at 11:57 pm

      What was this in response to DF? Is it the chanting of Moscow Mitch?

    • 40 todjey
      August 7, 2019 at 11:58 pm

      Guess Team Mitch hasn’t met Team Trump, yet.

    • 41 sjterrid
      August 8, 2019 at 12:24 am

      Of course not, the republicans twisted the hashtag #Massacre Mitch to make it to seem like it was a threat, when It really was about how many victims that have died because he won’t do anything on gun reform. I saw that on twitter people were using that hash tag along with #Moscow Mitch.

  24. 42 Dudette
    August 8, 2019 at 12:32 am


  25. August 8, 2019 at 2:38 am

    imo, O’Rourke was a knockout on Rachel Maddow tonight. Incredibly articulate. Wants to rejoin the prez trail.
    Great to see how much he glows when in El Paso @ home in TX. (…just sayin Senate also comes to mind.)
    Bravo Beto!

  26. 44 marleysperson
    August 8, 2019 at 8:09 am

    Morning everyone. All this chaos is unsustainable

  27. 46 marleysperson
    August 8, 2019 at 8:11 am

    So he spread propaganda instead

  28. 50 marleysperson
    August 8, 2019 at 8:45 am

    This is bullshit. Truly all you need to know. They’re willing to look the other way as long as they never have to pay their fair share. Got it

  29. 51 marleysperson
    August 8, 2019 at 9:36 am


  30. 53 marleysperson
    August 8, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Just dropping this here

  31. 55 marleysperson
    August 8, 2019 at 9:53 am


  32. 56 marleysperson
    August 8, 2019 at 9:58 am

  33. 57 marleysperson
    August 8, 2019 at 10:00 am

  34. 59 whenpamelawandered
    August 8, 2019 at 10:26 am

    From an old high school friend living in Florida:

    “Are Christians discriminated against in the United States?

    [Here’s an editorial from today’s Orlando Sentinel (via AP) which I found thoughtful and thought-provoking].

    Over the past few years, I’ve increasingly heard fellow Christians complaining that our faith is under assault. I’ve even heard it claimed that Christians are the most mistreated faith group in the United States.
    When delivering a couple of graduation commencement addresses this past spring, Vice President Mike Pence warned the graduates at the Christian universities where he was speaking that it has become “acceptable, even fashionable, to malign traditional Christian beliefs” and “to ridicule and even discriminate against people of faith.”
    I must admit that respect for the Christian brand has indeed taken a hit over the past few years. As a Christian, I find that disturbing. But I also have to admit that it hasn’t happened in a vacuum. The sad fact is, various wearers of the Christian label have, in varying degrees, damaged our entire brand by their actions and attitudes.
    Onlookers don’t need much exposure to Westboro Baptist Church before concluding that if such vitriolic epithets and antics represent true Christianity, then Christianity is a religion to be avoided if not actively opposed.
    While the Westboro Baptists clearly are extremists, some other groups wearing the Christian label have a similar but more subtle modus operandi. Their rhetoric and the laws and policies they promote give the impression that their prime goal is making life difficult for those they consider vile sinners.
    So is there any insight that would be equally helpful to Christians and non-Christians, believers and non-believers?
    In Deuteronomy 25:14, Moses issued a highly practical and truly insightful prohibition: “Do not have two differing measures in your house—one large, one small. You must have accurate and honest weights and measures.”
    In other words, don’t have two purportedly 16-ounce scoops — one that holds only 14 ounces (which you use when selling “16 ounces” of grain), and one that holds 18 ounces (which you use when buying “16 ounces” of grain).
    The principle is clear: Avoid double standards. Ensure evenhandedness, fairness and equity for all.
    We read in the Torah: “Do not show favoritism to a poor person in a lawsuit.” Conversely, “Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits” (Deuteronomy 23: 3, 6). In short, have a fixed standard that applies equally to those who share your family lineage, your race, your religion, your political affiliation, your nationality — as well as to those with whom you have nothing in common.
    That was Jesus’ point when he propounded what we call the Golden Rule: “In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you” (i.e. the measure we use in dishing it out should be the measure we’d hope would be used when others are dishing it back — no double standards).
    Every form of ill will in our pantheon of human prejudice and bigotry, when carefully analyzed, has at its root either an outright refusal or unwitting failure to employ a consistent standard. Racism — double standard. White supremacy — double standard. Sexism — double standard. Xenophobia — double standard. Christian nationalism — double standard. Hypocrisy in all its forms — double standard. Damning sin in one person while excusing the same behavior in someone else — double standard.
    And speaking of sinners, Jesus seems to take pride in the fact that God “causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:45)—which is the epitome of evenhandedness. No double standard there.
    Moses mandated consistent measurement standards. Jesus added a threat: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Matthew 7:1, 2).
    If we Christians are feeling mistreated and discriminated against, perhaps our very first response should be to seriously ask ourselves: Is it at all possible that we’re simply having thrown back at us what too many of us have been guilty of dishing out to others?

    Robert J. Ray, a risk-management consultant, is a member of the executive committee of the Interfaith Council of Central Florida.”

    • 60 sjterrid
      August 8, 2019 at 1:17 pm

      Thank you for sharing this, Pamela. I converted to eastern Orthodoxy from Judaism when I married my husband in 1986, he’s Greek. I had to take classes from the priest to learn what was in the bible. This is so true.
      I, also, think people turned away from church, when the church did nothing about the priests that were accused of Pedophilia, they just moved them to another church.

  35. 61 marleysperson
    August 8, 2019 at 10:40 am


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    August 8, 2019 at 10:44 am

    • 63 Dudette
      August 8, 2019 at 10:06 pm

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    August 8, 2019 at 10:45 am


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    August 8, 2019 at 11:09 am

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    August 8, 2019 at 11:29 am


  40. 69 marleysperson
    August 8, 2019 at 11:37 am

    And they care nothing of the death and destruction they cause. Fight on, Lucy!

  41. 70 jer44
    August 8, 2019 at 11:38 am

  42. 71 jer44
    August 8, 2019 at 11:50 am

    NOW: Elizabeth Warren visits farm in Harlan, Iowa – https://abcnews.go.com/Live/video/speciaL-live-7

  43. 72 jer44
    August 8, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    • 73 No Child Left Behind
      August 8, 2019 at 3:12 pm

      What were they thinking when they decided to vote for an incompetent, unwilling to learn, stubborn, and con artist?

  44. 74 jer44
    August 8, 2019 at 12:42 pm

  45. 75 jer44
    August 8, 2019 at 12:44 pm

  46. 76 jer44
    August 8, 2019 at 12:48 pm

  47. 77 jer44
    August 8, 2019 at 12:51 pm

  48. 78 jer44
    August 8, 2019 at 12:59 pm

  49. 81 jer44
    August 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm

  50. 82 marleysperson
    August 8, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    • August 8, 2019 at 1:45 pm

      “Trump’s Economy Is Creating 30,000 Fewer Jobs Per Month Than Obama’s.”
      “First, any economic successes he touts – a strong stock market and low unemployment, in particular – began long before he took office.
      Like everything else in his life, he is just slapping his name on it and hoping people think it’s his creation.
      Second, the actions he has taken so far that directly impact the economy – trade wars hurting farmers and consumers, and a tax cut that benefits only the biggest corporations and wealthiest individuals – are unpopular and poor economic policy. If given another four years, these policies are likely to do severe damage that will undo the strong economy Trump inherited.” (politicus.usa, Colarossi)

  51. August 8, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Trump neither understand tariffs, nor the relationship between Russia and China….
    “China dominates every aspect of the two countries’ partnership. Its economy is six times larger
    (at purchasing-power parity) and its power is growing,
    What seemed a brilliant way for Mr Putin to turn his back on the West and magnify Russia’s influence
    is looking like a trap that his country will find hard to escape.
    Far from being an equal partner, Russia is evolving into a Chinese tributary…the real news is
    how rapidly Russia is becoming dependent on its giant neighbour.”

  52. 86 jer44
    August 8, 2019 at 1:33 pm

  53. August 8, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    President Clinton noted that:
    “other nations have comparable rates of mental illness to the U.S. but vastly smaller rates of gun violence.”

  54. 88 nena20409
    August 8, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Good Afternoon, TODville Community.
    Blessed are the TODbots for they help calm many of Us down.

  55. August 8, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Rahm Emmanuel, inciteful article concludes:
    “Right now, we actually have the benefit of hindsight. No matter how passionately Democrats of different stripes disagree on issues of tactics, or even on issues of policy, our problems aren’t with one another—they’re with Trump and his minions. The progressives who went to war with one another in the late 1960s didn’t understand that they were rolling out a red carpet for Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush—but we do.
    Our job is to maintain the strategic discipline required to keep the party focused on what really matters. To prevent this coming election from becoming a redux of 1968 and 1972, we need to hold fast to our policy accomplishments, understand how we achieved them and make that progressive approach our strategy for pushing the country further ahead.”

  56. 92 nena20409
    August 8, 2019 at 3:00 pm

  57. August 8, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    “Gary Wertish, president of the Minnesota Farmers Union, drew applause as he leveled criticism of the administration’s trade policy at a forum with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in front of thousands of farmers gathered in a metal barn for a panel discussion.
    American farmers took a fresh financial hit from Trump’s trade war over the weekend as China announced a halt to all U.S. agricultural imports after the president threatened Beijing with another tariff increase.
    Wertish criticized Trump’s “go-it-alone approach” and the trade dispute’s “devastating damage not only to rural communities.” He expressed fears Trump’s $28 billion in trade aid will undermine public support for federal farm subsidies, saying the assistance is already being pilloried “as a welfare program, as bailouts.”

  58. August 8, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Please share this important information with anyone in your network who may be the target of Trump’s gestapo.

  59. 98 jer44
    August 8, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    NOW: Elizabeth Warren hosts town hall in Jefferson, Iowa – https://abcnews.go.com/Live/video/speciaL-live-7

  60. 99 jer44
    August 8, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    NOW: More… Joe Biden attends Iowa State Fair – https://abcnews.go.com/Live/video/speciaL-live-3

  61. 100 nena20409
    August 8, 2019 at 3:55 pm

  62. 103 marleysperson
    August 8, 2019 at 4:14 pm

  63. August 8, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Armed and stalking immigrants. HEADS UP.

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