This was originally published on Liberal America on August 20, 2017.
Yes, there are people out there who believe that the earth is flat. To the rest of us, the solar eclipse happening on August 21 is a phenomenon that occurs because of the Earth’s rotation.
For the flat-Earthers, the eclipse is proof that our planet is flat. Mic went down the rabbit hole and interviewed some flat-Earthers to see what their theories are on what causes the eclipse.
One truther named Charlie Flowers says:
“The sun is a light. They’re all lights. The sun and the moon are the same size and they spin above us and it’s a battery. It’s a battery system. The moon is the negative and the sun is the positive.”
They believe that the Earth is spinning west to east. Another flat Earth-truther Walt Johnson, says:
“If you take an object — a ball or quarter — and a flashlight, and you go to the wall and you start shining, trying to make the shadow smaller than the quarter, it never happens. The moon is 2,000 miles wide. The path of totality is 70 miles wide. … You cannot make an object cast a shadow smaller than itself. There is no way to do it.”
Also, they believe that telling eclipse-viewers to use caution when looking at the Sun is a NASA ploy to keep people from knowing what is truly going on with this phenomenon. These theories proudly ignore established science in favor of personal beliefs. They believe that because the Earth looks flat to us, that it must be flat.
Here is a strange video from the conspiracy theory corner of YouTube. It looks at various scientific animations of the eclipse and claims that they are all wrong. Then, it cites a Bible verse explaining why the Earth is flat:
This was originally published on Liberal America on August 21, 2017.
In January, James Owens, who struggled with mental illness and addiction, lost his life to a police bullet. His grieving nephew said:
“(He) was gunned down like a wild animal in his own home. He was supposed to be protected. He wasn’t provided without that assistance.”
There was a rally of about 200 people in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday about police violence against the mentally ill.
Many of the people in attendance had friends or loved ones who suffered the same fate as Owens.
Police were called when Owens was suffering from a bad reaction to new medication. Owens became agitated and began acting erratically. Police tasered him first, then when that didn’t work, they shot him.
The march was organized by Attorney Sanford Rubenstein, who is representing four families who had members shot and killed by police.
“Only 13% of NYPD officers have been trained how to deal with emotionally disturbed people. That is unacceptable for the people of New York. One hundred percent of police officers must be trained to deal with emotionally disturbed people.”
“When a family calls 911 for help they don’t want to see their loved one killed by police.”
At the beginning of August, 5,653 out of the 23,000 cops on patrol have received special training on how to deal with the mentally ill.
A cousin of one person killed by police said:
“They’re here to protect us and to have someone reach out to you because their son is having an issue or their mentally ill child isn’t taking their medication. You’re not expecting them to come in and gun your child down.”
Police everywhere should be receiving training on how to deal with the mentally ill because they are they are the ones who are called in when these situations arise. There has got to be a better way to handle these situations.
This was originally published on Liberal America on August 21, 2017.
A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives would require President Donald Trump to undergo a mental health evaluation to make sure he is stable enough to stay in office.
The bill was introduced by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) on Friday. The bill calls for Vice President Pence and members of the President’s Cabinet to remove him if the results are unfavorable.
The move would invoke the 25th Amendment, which allows the Vice President and a majority of the President’s Cabinet to remove the President if he is deemed unfit to carry out his duties.
She said in a statment:
“Does the President suffer from early stage dementia?”
“Has emotional disorder so impaired the President that he is unable to discharge his duties? Is the President mentally and emotionally stable?”
Lofgren pointed out that Trump has not released a “serious” medical evaluation to the public. She doesn’t think that the bill will pass, but she expects it to spark conversation. She also added that Trump should get the evaluation if he cares about the country.
Lofgren isn’t the first person to suggest using the 25th Amendment to oust President Trump.
In June, Rep. Jamie Raskin led a group of 25 House Democrats to co-sign a bill to oust Trump using the 25th Amendment. Raskin said:
“I assume every human being is allowed one or two errant and seemingly deranged tweets. The question is whether you have a sustained pattern of behavior that indicates something is seriously wrong.”
Articles and op-eds on the 25th Amendment have sprung up all over the Internet since President Trump took office. Also, the hashtag #25th Amendment began trending on Twitter this summer.
“If it was a physical ailment, you would be getting the advice of doctors. The same thing should be true to take a look at his stability here.”
This was written by Zoe Grey and originally published on Mean Left Hook Politics on August 19, 2017.
A monument to Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy during the Civil War, was vandalized with tar and feathers this week.
The Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway monument sits along U.S. 60. Local authorities are investigating the incident. This was the second Confederate Monument defaced in Arizona this week. It is also the most recent in a string of vandalism of Confederate monuments across the country.
The debate over what to do with Confederate monuments has ramped up after the violence in Charlottesville over the past weekend.
This contrasts what he said during the campaign. He said that they should be in museums instead.
Mesa resident John Rogers told the local news:
“Somebody had to put a little thought into it, but this is going to cost a lot of money to clean up.”
Republican Gov. Doug Ducey doesn’t want the monuments removed, but he condemned the vandalism:
“Vandalizing these monuments is not productive. This will not lead to the civil discourse and debate that we have been calling for.”
“It is a short-term action that does not help the long-term goal of having these offensive monuments removed from state property.”
Arizona was not a state during the Civil War, but the Confederacy claimed southern portions of it during the war.
Police found a glove at the scene that was collected for evidence. Police also took samples of the feathers and tar for testing as well.
This was originally published on Liberal America on August 15, 2017.
Is your partner a Trump supporter? Do you cringe every time you see them in that “Make America Great Again” hat?
It’s not necessarily about President Trump himself. However, it is about values. If you have different political views, then your values are likely different. This is never good for a relationship.
Your values are your ideals. They determine how you live and how you view the world. According to political science researchers, people who voted for Trump have authoritarian personalities. They are likely to condemn, reject, and punish people whom they see as violating “traditional values.” When they feel threatened, they respond aggressively to outsiders.
In contrast, those who oppose Trump value liberty, tolerance, and diversity. Those values systems are ultimately at odds with each other, which is not good for a relationship.
The election of President Trump has strained many relationships over the last year. One woman wrote to Slate’s Dear Prudence saying her husband’s Trump support “reveals something about my husband’s character that I didn’t know.”
Men who vote for Trump are what we call “soft misogynists.” They may like and even claim to love women on the outside, but if you scratch the surface, they don’t see women as quite equal. Any man that is okay with “grab them by the pussy” is at least a tiny bit misogynistic, whether he means to be or not.
This may seem a bit extreme to some. Some say this breaking up with someone or treating them differently over their political views is a form of intolerance itself. This may make everyone seem like a bigot, though. Where does it end? Does condemning the KKK or white nationalists make you a bigot?
If it does, then count me in. I’d rather be a bigot than support these awful people.