I agree with this to a point. It's why I mentioned Geithner's defense of the plutocrats/elites. To him, SS does 'contribute to the deficit' but global behemoths reporting $billions in worldwide profits and paying no U.S. income tax don't. The hedge fund managers paying tax on their income at a rate of 15% also don't 'contribute to the deficit.' But goodness knows SS must be cut because DEFICITS!!! Does spending a $trillion annually on defense and related contribute to the deficit? Perhaps but we must continue THAT - what we can't keep doing is providing benefits for the proles....Let me be clear i did not vote for Bush in either election. I was not and still not a Bush fan. But until you realize that the Office of president is only a puppet placeholder you will not be able to change anything. You keep to your right and left paradigm all you want but i assure you they are working together. To bring about what their masters tell them
Finally, yes there is a small elite that controls much of what happens in DC, but there is a difference between left and right. "Both sides do it" and the like is just intellectual laziness IMO. A country run by 60 Bernie Sanders looks very different than one controlled by 60 Ted Cruz's. The problem, to the extent that 'both sides do it' is what they do is step to the tune of the plutocrats for the most part. And that's nothing more than saying there is no 'left' being represented in D.C. or most states, because the 'right' at the Federal and state level is enacting the plutocrats' agenda pretty nicely when given free reign.
"When Faith preaches Hate, Blessed are the Doubters." - Amin Maalouf
I like the term "Dog Whistle". A very interesting concept. I know it happens all the time in political speeches, but I like the metaphor.
"We ain't a sharp species. We kill each other over arguments about what happens when you die, then fail to see the ******* irony in that." - Justin Halpern
The pen. Depending on your definition of pen, someone in a cave chewing the end of a stick and dipping it into vegetable juices, or the guy who carved the end of a turkey feather.
Algebra. The only contribution from Islam was the term. Muslims got stuck on negative numbers, a backbone of algebra. Never did figure it out.
The compass. Han Dynasty. That would be China
Navigation. Polynesians, Greeks, other early seafarers. Pick one.
Medicine and how it can be healed. Pasteur and others.
Religious tolerance. Islam is the only religion that has laws punishable by death against any religion other than their own.
Racial equality. See above.
The rest. Buildings, literature. While Islam has certainly built buildings, written things down, and set stuff to music. They were not the first to do so, nor arguably not the best.
As far as cultures go Islam is fairly new. Started around 600 AD or so. All the things Obama attributed to Islam had long been in use by 600 AD.
Sounds like revisionist history to me.