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Obama's Pragmatism
I think I’m beginning to understand Barack Obama’s concept of pragmatism better. Pragmatism is the name of a school of philosophy. The major point to understand is that, in the pragmatic view, we have to continue working hard at “business as usual,” regardless of what we believe is ethically right or wrong. As I understand it, Obama’s current philosophically-inspired position is that economic success is the major gauge of his leadership, simply because that is the way everything works in our civilization. Many aspects of our system are repugnant, probably as much to Obama as to some of those reading this, but according to his pragmatism we can’t get away from things as they are.

Obama’s is a deeply thought out attitude and not the same as a policy of continuous expediency. He demands that we throw ourselves into the world as we find it. I think he would say that any other attitude amounts to shirking our (his) responsibility to run the country for the good of everyone, including the good of people we detest.

This attitude can be compared with the one advanced by Victor Frankl in his book Man’s Search for Meaning. Frankl survived life in Auschwitz while following similar principles. I recommend Frankl’s moving and disturbing book without reservation to anyone who would try to see human beings as we are, inextricably connected to the world around us. In some ways the philosophy of Frankl is the antithesis of the agonized lament, heard in Jean-Paul Sartre’s play No Exit, that “Hell is other people.”

I’m not sure I can entirely accept either Obama’s pragmatism or Frankl’s grim determination to follow the road on which we find ourselves. Nevertheless I believe these are ideas that we need to take seriously, particularly in light of the current president’s apparently deep commitment to principles such as I am awkwardly trying to characterize here.

If Obama succeeds in getting himself voted in for another term, it will be interesting to find out what he does with his second four years. He may not change his policies, but I’m hoping he will start to explain, in much greater depth, the decisions he is making and the logic he follows in making them.

—Ralph    |  

Wiki-Leaking Bank Information
For anyone interested in learning more about Wikileaks, how it operates, its ethics and an example of the character of one leaker, I recommend watching this video. Probably because of server overload, the video may take up to about 15 minutes to begin playing. It’s worth the wait.
—Ralph    |  

USA Has a Right-Sided Bias
This week’s diplomatic spat between the US and Venezuela illustrates the built-in U.S. bias against leftist governments.
(Reuters) - Venezuela condemned on Thursday the United States’ revocation of its ambassador’s visa. […]

In the latest flare-up between the ideological foes, Washington withdrew the visa of ambassador Bernardo Alvarez on Wednesday in retaliation for the rejection by socialist President Hugo Chavez of Obama’s nominated U.S. envoy to Caracas.

Chavez had blocked [U.S. envoy] Larry Palmer’s arrival, after the diplomat accused Venezuela’s government of close ties to leftist Colombian rebels. [Palmer] also alleged declining morale and growing Cuban influence in Venezuela’s armed forces.

It’s easy to see why U.S. foreign policy is always so strongly biased against leftist governments: there are still substantial remnants of U.S. anti-communism, the pillar upon which most of Washington’s foreign policy rested from the beginning of the Cold War, around 1947, until the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Throughout 44 years of Cold War polarization, a strong tradition of U.S. anti-leftism became deeply rooted. And even though 20 years has now passed since the collapse of Russian communism, there is still a fixed expectation, both at home and in the rest of the world, that the U.S. will always oppose leftist governments such as Venezuela’s, while glossing over the faults of rightist states like El Salvador, to which

the United States has sent more than $1 billion in military aid […] in the last decade, and $2 billion more in economic assistance.
Anti-communist habits of thought also help explain why, two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, U.S. press and media still retain a strong right-sided bias. A reflexive “anti-communist” miasma of condemnation subtly permeates the atmosphere when any domestic policy appears to lean leftward.

As long as reactive hatred of communism and reactive fear of terrorism combine to lock U.S. political dialog into a tiny pen, there’s little hope we’ll hear sensible policy discussion any time soon.

—Ralph    |  

Ease of Use
Republicans no longer care how obvious they are about passing legislation exclusively for the benefit of the wealthy. They have no further need to hide this or anything else, because the likes of Beck, Hannity, O’Reilly, Limbaugh and hundreds of other right-wing radio and tv presenters all over the country are able to spin whatever their favored politicians may happen to say into electoral gold.

This wonderful ease of use of the populace is just one of the many miracles made possible by having so large a proportion of uneducated and under-educated citizens. Remember that the American economy is driven by consumption. You only have to know how to eat.

—Ralph    |  

What is a Conservative?
What exactly is an American conservative, anyway? I can’t think of a description that fits the present range of candidates. Is a conservative…
  • A religious fundamentalist who is fanatically opposed to abortion for any reason?
  • A wealthy individual trying to get his taxes reduced by giving money to a politician who promises to cut all taxes?
  • A person opposed to government spending (except for military, CIA, Homeland Security and “Black Ops” spending)?
  • An advocate of “white power,” also opposed to social services and immigration?
  • Someone who believes in “personal responsibility” (except when his or own family needs some kind of help)?
  • A politician who tries to block any legislative proposal advanced by Democrats, including legislation he or she has previously sponsored?
  • Someone who believes “Barack Hussein Obama” is secretly a Kenyan Muslim?
This is, of course, an ironic post, but it also contains a serious question: is there any common set of beliefs shared by self-described American conservatives?
—Ralph    |  

Reality vs Human Nature
We often hear that “reality has a well-known liberal bias.” Public opinion, on the other hand, has a well-known bias in favor of ignorance and jingoism. The truth is usually evident, but will not be accepted until much later. This is especially true when the truth turns out to be unpleasant or (even worse) expensive.
—Ralph    |  

Angry with Barack Obama?
I get pretty disappointed, even angry with Obama because he has neither ended the wars nor closed Guantanamo, but then I have to remember how much I hated Lyndon Johnson for his horrible war in Vietnam. Because of the massive public reaction against that war, in 1968 Johnson did not run for a second full term in office.

But now we remember Lyndon Johnson as the president who moved the Civil Rights Act of 1965 through Congress, and signed it.

It’s true that Barack Obama isn’t the most popular president, and that he’s not helping other Democrats. Those are the unfortunate facts. But we can still hope that the legislation Obama and this Congress have passed will help the country over the long term.

—Ralph    |  

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of stronger Iran under nuclear deal

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U.S. envoy to Yemen to work from
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Ferguson officials meeting with
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Pennsylvania governor proposes tax
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Israel's Netanyahu says Iran
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envoy's ceasefire plan

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U.N. Security Council sets up
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Israel's Netanyahu to address Congress
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U.N. calls for accountability in
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FBI to help investigate U.S. citizen
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target Misrata: security official

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'nuclear threat:' foreign minister

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talks on Iran's nuclear program

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children's polio vaccinations

Lebanese soldier and militant killed
in shootout in north: sources

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must for mending ties with Russia

China to hold parade, invite leaders
to mark end of World War Two

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of euro zone break-up in 12 months

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to Iraq on training mission

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to jail medical facility again

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mixed reception in North Korea

U.S. air safety threatened by
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in plea deal over inmate beating

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deal, says he means no disrespect

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Canadian pastor missing after
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Bomb blast near top court
building in Cairo kills two

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to discredit fracking

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to slower first-quarter growth

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for overseer of Guantanamo cases

Senator Mikulski, Maryland
Democrat, to retire

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unit to keep pace with innovation

New York lifts years-long ban
on cellphones in public schools

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deal could threaten Israel's existence

Witnesses testify against white
supremacist charged in Kansas murders

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older brother to loom over trial

Iran's Guards increase monitoring
of social media: state TV

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sex exploitation investigation

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police in report due soon: NY Times

Brutality charges against NY
prison guards dropped in plea deal

NYC rent-stabilized leases
off-limits in bankruptcy: court

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attack, but no plot: security chief

Senator Mikulski of Maryland
to leave Congress after 2016

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e-cigarettes online: UNC study

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Iran diplomacy as talks resume

U.S. justices raise doubts about
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Harker as Plosser's successor

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as police halt protest over killings

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relationship 'stronger than ever'

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fighting despite Ukraine truce

Florida group to sue FBI in death
of friend of Boston bombing suspect

Blood near the Kremlin:
Russia's media fight back

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Quartet via Arab involvement

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hate crime convictions overturned

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roadblocks after crackdown

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Kyi talks amid constitution debate

Nemtsov's shaken girlfriend
says she didn't see killer

U.S. judge rules Nebraska same-sex
marriage ban unconstitutional

U.S. ambassador meets
Yemen's Hadi in Aden

Jordan cabinet reshuffle
solidifies PM Ensour's mandate

U.S. agriculture delegation
visits Cuba, protests embargo

Two arrested in White House
security incidents: Secret Service

Toronto tunnel mystery solved,
builders cite 'personal reasons'

Accused Boston Marathon bomber
due in court as trial nears

U.S. consumer spending falls,
inflation pressures muted

Oil falls to $61 on dollar,
Iran, supply concerns

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region will only accept Jonathan

Twitter, law enforcement investigate
alleged Islamic State threats

Tunisia tax suspension, teacher
strike test reform agenda

HP to buy Wi-Fi gear maker
Aruba Networks for $2.7 billion

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Georgia's sole female death
row inmate set to be executed

Kerry rebukes U.N. Rights Council
as 'obsessed' with Israel

Fidel Castro finally meets the
Cuban Five, spies turned heroes

Islamic State allegedly threatens
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Ex-Libyan general Haftar
appointed army chief: lawmakers

Iran says nuclear deal hinges
on U.S. will to lift sanctions

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battles to defeat Emanuel in mayoral race

Right-to-work legislation
advances in Wisconsin statehouse

Saudi consul released after
three years as hostage in Yemen

China parliament to juggle
reform drive and slower growth

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election, Western monitors cry foul

U.S. approves exports of BAE's
anti-missile system for aircraft

Four Syrian refugees killed
in fire at camp in Jordan

U.N. nuclear watchdog says Iran
still withholding key information

Bradley Horowitz to run Google's
Photo and Streams products

Ukraine's military says one Ukrainian
serviceman killed in past 24 hours

Thai junta panel moves to
allay fears over draft charter

Outgoing Namibian president wins
$5 million Africa leadership prize

China says Sri Lanka loans
made 'based on consensus'

China says probing son of
former top military officer

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apartment market; rents drop

Philippine army seizes Muslim rebel
bomb factory as peace plan flounders

U.S. army chief says 'very concerned'
at UK defense cuts: Daily Telegraph

Drone attack in Yemen kills suspected
al Qaeda militants: sources

Turkey to explore for oil in Iraq's Qandil
area, peace talks to pave way: energy minister

Bangladesh says arrests main
suspect in U.S. blogger' s killing

Hong Kong arrests 38 as anti-China
protesters scuffle with police

Netanyahu arrives in U.S., signs of
easing of tensions over Iran speech

AT&T to hook up its automated
home and connected car services

Iraq army and Shi'ite militias
launch attacks north of Baghdad

Oil falls on supply concerns;
pickup in China manufacturing helps

Companies' tests used in 'superbug'
scope cleaning flawed: FDA

Americans say keep
politics out of the Fed

Near Fed majority backs June
liftoff Yellen hasn't yet endorsed

Exclusive: SEC plans to level
playing field for newer ETF firms

How Jeb Bush's big bet on Florida
economy may come back to haunt him

North Korea, angered by drills,
fires short-range missiles

Lumber Liquidators flooring
fails safety tests: '60 minutes'

Still more snow and ice snarling
airline traffic for Northeast

Stimulus swells as China
eases, India spends

NXP to buy Freescale Semiconductor,
merge operations in $40 billion deal

Trial to push for better flight
tracking a year after MH370

SpaceX rocket blasts off with world?s
first all-electric satellites

Setting aside rancor over Hong
Kong, China welcomes Prince William

Hopes for peaceful Russian transition
fade with Nemtsov: Kasparov

China February HSBC PMI
at seven-month high

Australia bars travel to Mosul
ahead of planned offensive

The mysterious Mr. Ri returns,
urbane survivor of North Korea purge

Oil falls 1 percent on weak China
outlook, higher Libya production

Brazil cracks down on protesting
truckers, most roads open

U.S. special envoy meets Colombian
peace teams for first time

Berkshire insurance 'superstar'
could fill Buffett's shoes

California Republicans vote to
charter gay political organization

Rockets kill two, wound
30 in Libya's Benghazi

Kerry to defend Israel as Netanyahu
readies critique of Iran talks

Estonia's ruling, pro-NATO
center-right claims election win

Cleared of cover-up charges,
Argentine leader comes out swinging

Australia says hunt for missing
MH370 jet may be called off soon

CCTV shows British schoolgirls in
Istanbul on way to Syria: media

'Jihadi John' part of network linked
to failed London bombers: court papers

Iraq says launches offensive on
Islamic State north of Baghdad

Funeral set for four Missouri
shooting victims as probe continues

Congo says kills rebels, gains
ground in drive to crush insurgency

Astronauts breeze through spacewalk
to rig station for U.S. space taxis

Israeli activists pitch tents
in pre-election housing protest

Boehner defends his U.S. House
leadership amid conservative unrest

Chicago baseball legend Minnie Minoso
dead, trailblazer in racial integration

Israeli military holds
surprise West Bank drill

Islamic State releases 19 Christians,
more than 200 still captive: monitor

Police in Germany's Bremen reduce
presence after Islamist threat warning

Spanish PM hits back at Greek
accusation of anti-Athens 'axis'

U.S.-backed Syria rebel group
dissolves itself after losses

Boehner plays down Republican dissent;
says it's over tactics not goals

Two shot at North Carolina nightclub
hosting rappers T.I., Young Jeezy

U.S. deserves 'benefit of the doubt' on
getting Iran nuclear deal, Kerry says

Yemen's Hadi says Saleh conspired with
Iran to undermine power transfer deal

Russians march in memory
of murdered Putin critic

Iran's Zarif says Netanyahu
trying to undermine nuclear talks

Suspect surrenders in fatal
Los Angeles street race crash

Egypt parliamentary poll looks
set for delay after court ruling

Egypt's Sisi meets new Saudi King
to discuss Middle East crises

Ukraine military says rebels
using truce to regroup

Italy to begin naval
exercises off Libya

Astronauts leave space
station for third spacewalk

Pope Francis prays for teenager
killed in Venezuela protest

Kurdish rebels call disarmament move
historic, want Turkey to step up reforms

Life and death at the heart
of Boston bombing trial

Austria asks Swiss to do new autopsy
on dead Kazakh dissident: paper

Bangladesh pays tribute to U.S.
blogger killed in machete attack

Egypt's Sisi calls for election
law to be amended within a month

Mali signs peace deal, rebels
want more time for consultation

Despite Greece, euro zone
is turning the corner

ECB braces for QE as
others shift rates

China central bank steps up easing
tempo as factory activity shrinks

Estonians vote; pro-NATO premier
faces pro-Russian opposition

Bahrain charges 17
bombing suspects

Activist monk seeks Buddhism overhaul
in Thailand over corruption fears

Republican Scott Walker wows
conservatives despite verbal stumbles

Homeland Security funding drama
darkens U.S. fiscal outlook

China PMI shows factory activity
shrank again in February

Judge approves settlement allowing return
of some Mexicans expelled from California

Maduro says Venezuela detains U.S.
citizens; announces moves against U.S.

Obama to veto bill letting
Congress weigh in on Iran deal

Senator Rand Paul wins straw poll in
boost to 2016 presidential prospects

China Feb official PMI shrinks
for a second straight month

Chicago protesters demand probe of
what they call police 'black site'

Ukrainian journalist killed
in shelling despite ceasefire

Brazilian police arrest fugitive
self-styled pastor from Minnesota

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