The illusion of death
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Dec 17, 2014 - 2:21pm
The illusion of death

 Like most I was shocked by the trenchant inhumanity shown by those militants who attacked the school at Peshawar earlier this week. It’s a big story, it’s an ongoing story, it banners the headline news broadcasts here in the west on an hour by hour and daily routine.I was though intrigued by the motive, the Taliban stated it was in ‘revenge of killings by the Pakistan military of innocent children’ especially in the Swat province. The blood of children in any revenge drama is a pungent fragrance to inhale, made more so by the brutal images we watch on our screens. But herein lies the rub surely, we never receive the images of dead children in Swat. We never see the images of the dead civilians, women and children killed by US and to a lesser extent British drone strikes (numbers float from 109 to over 3…

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Questioning Rules

We are once again coming up on that time of year when people start thinking about the rest of their lives instead of just living day to day. ... at least for a couple weeks. In my previous life, I'd be pretty busy this time of year, with clients who are seeking guidance to get their lives on track. …

Dec 17, 2014 - 6:02pm
 
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Smell Me A Poem

 Sight and sound are often the primary senses used in poetry and in fact most fiction, but what of our sense of smell, is there such as genre of The Poetry of the Nose? The London Literary Gazette of 1831 had an article with the rather grandiose title of On Genius and The Poetry of Nose, but qu…

Dec 17, 2014 - 5:41am
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Boycott Martin Luther King Jr's birthday,

and celebrate Ben Franklin's instead. I just got a 2015 calendar from my trash collection company, and it was annotated with all sorts of interesting date events. I noticed that Ben Franklin's birthday is just two days after MLK's, and, being as upset as I am with the Blacks and their so…

Dec 16, 2014 - 9:31am
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Anonymity or a Mask to Hide Behind

I find it very interesting to read articles on social media web sites and comments made to news reports for several reasons. The first reason is that many of them are very appropriately written and thoughtful. However, there are some that are written with a very nasty bent and with hurtful words tha…

Dec 15, 2014 - 2:00pm
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Keystone XL, a Politicians 'Wet Dream'  or DOA ?

Back in November, the Keystone XL Pipeline was voted down by the Democratically controlled Senate. The bill was defeated with 59 votes in favor and 41 against.  The bill needed 60 votes (making it filibuster proof)  to proceed.  Republicans vowed to bring back the Keystone bill as soo…

Dec 16, 2014 - 12:41pm
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Everyone is Right

    I read news all the time. I have developed a pattern of connecting stories by money, religion, politics, theory, corporate and government interests, and human interest. I do this because I have found that there are currents that flow from one event into another. It's not always what ha…

Dec 15, 2014 - 11:28pm
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It's not racism, it's poverty and the fact that ma…

I think the police are prejudice, do profile and many are abusive to classes of people they don't like, but how they choose their victims is rarely about race as much as it's the other visual clues that people who live in poverty often exhibit.Poor people everywhere get much closer scrut…

Dec 13, 2014 - 12:43pm
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XMAS

Someone changed the name of Christmas to Xmas. Someone made Santa Claus the Xmas dude. Wasn't Santa Claus a Christian? Isn't he like a saint? Wasn't the whole point of his mission to bring gifts to poor children? When did he become this guy selling Mercedes to millionaires on Xmas? When did he becom…

Dec 10, 2014 - 11:35am
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SNAP should not equal Food Stamp

Which economy is likely to have a more productive workforce?Economy A calls food stamps, “food stamps,” and makes the receiving of public benefits relatively difficult and a little demeaning. Economy B calls food stamps by catchy acronyms such as SNAP, provides them on plastic debit…

Dec 16, 2014 - 8:43am
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Euro Crisis Deepens

The alarm warnings are going off in Europe. International markets under pressure, global tensions rising and the financial system stressed to the point of breaking. Europe is ready for a relapse. It may be a very cold winter without Russian gas. Yet the technocrats in Brussels just go on their merry…

Dec 17, 2014 - 5:16am
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How value can be destroyed and created in training

 How value can be destroyed and created in trainingThe point of organization of any type is to get some kind of results, to do something or to pursue objectives. It seems sensible, therefore, to focus on results. This can include blue sky research and an allowance for esoteric work that ca…

Dec 18, 2014 - 6:35am
 
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The Delusion of Christian 'Discrimination' in Amer…

The remarkable delusion that large numbers of American christians apparently have carefully nurtured of being 'discriminated' against here in America has been one of the more bizarre constructs of the propaganda machine. Do you really think, for instance, that the right of employees of a…

Dec 12, 2014 - 9:53am
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Immigration: the best of Obama's legacy

Immigration is without question the most perilous political issue of our time because of the many ways it divides both the Republican and Democratic Party.  I suppose the anti-immigration voices are the loudest in the Republican Party but Democrats, especially union Democrats, aren’t very…

Dec 8, 2014 - 9:11pm
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War Against Itself - America

I finally finished this semester and now spend more time here. I've been dying to write this article, but with finals, my school came first. So here it goes. New Presidents (Barack Obama is no exception) fall in love with three Washington institutions: the Pentagon, the Central Inte…

Dec 15, 2014 - 4:07am
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Conspiracy theory,mate! Religion & Faith of the El…

As you have observed over your life and here on WB in other posts a frustration that our world is controlled; it is a reality that you and I do not have the lever in hand to change its course.  The big guns dictate their hidden agenda.  This hidden agenda is in the hands of puppets (politi…

Dec 6, 2014 - 4:29am
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Collective Mind (Sorry About That)

I lose things. I wrote this piece, had something really special, and then lost the post. When I went to save it, the screen went blank. This started happening to me a long time ago when I lived at 2924 Poplar St. in 1995. All of a sudden, material would disappear. I was told it was ghosts, but I sus…

Dec 14, 2014 - 2:11pm
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WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT FISHING, BONNIE AND CLYDE STY…

For several reasons such as security barriers at teller stations, exterior cameras, harsher criminal penalties and the most galling of all for the erstwhile bank robber: the money’s just no longer there!In 2009, the FBI statistics show an average bank heist netted around $4,000.So where…

Nov 23, 2014 - 4:30pm
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Upsizing or Capsizing? Isn't it Time to Point this…

There seem to by much talk about changing government on the Writer Beat.  But very few realistic discussions about what and how that have a path to success.  The founders had just a decade earlier obtained independence from England after a revolutionary war.  They knew the history of …

Nov 19, 2014 - 1:04pm
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Structural shift - fast becoming the issue of the…

That's me in last place - trying desperately to catch up.------------------------------------------------------------The world is stuck in a huge structural shift. Work is being automated. Business is being both globalised and localised. High pai…

Dec 11, 2014 - 2:38am
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Key to Successful Business: Be Sincere and Honest!

Today's world is thriving with technological advancements. Each and every activity of our life is directly or indirectly influenced by the technology; so as the business. It is believed that a business not sensing the importance of technology in its operations would, ultimately, lose the race. Is th…

Dec 11, 2014 - 11:31am
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Serendipity and fashion....

I am currently at a crossroads in life on a few fronts. Some of this I can't do much about immediately, some of it is my own bad habits I can do something about, and some of it just about finding direction. One example that combines the last two is in relation to fashion. Having been married fo…

Dec 11, 2014 - 3:31pm
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The Art of Listening - Featured on LinkedIn Pulse

If there is one thing that seems to be something that we all have to work on is how we listen. You might be thinking that I am talking about how we listen to each other as people when we are in a conversation or when we are supposed to be listening to someone else while in a meeting or at a conferen…

Dec 14, 2014 - 7:45am
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