Rain and Mosquitoes
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Jul 20, 2018 - 12:39pm
Rain and Mosquitoes

Anyone who believes humankind is at the top of the food chain does not live around mosquitoes.  In fact, if you believe my former microbiology professor, we have 1012 human cells, and 1013 microbial cells, so we are only ten percent human.  Perhaps we are merely mini-universes for the skin and gut flora, and the viruses and bacteria that make our respiratory tracts and other organic neighborhoods their homes.  Bottom line is humankind’s highest and best purpose may be to provide food and habitat for insects, viruses, and unicellular organisms.   This brings me to monotheism, the anthro-centric belief in a male-like supreme being who is detached and dominant, competitive, and paternalistic, omniscient, omnipotent, and perfect.    What does the monotheistic tradition have to do with mosquitoes, a reasonab…

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Oph on Drugs!!!

Oph on Drugs!   A drug is a substance that has an effect on the body’s metabolism. We all take them everyday even if we don’t know it.   We use drugs for many reasons:   For Pain Relief There’s a lot of this ranging from aspirin, ibuprofen, and paracetamol to opiate…

Jul 20, 2018 - 12:18pm
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  Well, for once I'm not politically correct ;-) You see, during the last 4.5 years I had a benevolent job in my town of Winterthur, Switzerland, a 50% job. I HAD, because I resigned today (I'm going back to Senegal anyway soon). The job itself was very rewarding - helping refugees and immigra…

Jul 20, 2018 - 11:57am
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  • - Jul 21, 2018 - 10:47am
  • - by Leroy
The Growth of the LGBT Acronym

It has taken me many years to adjust to labelling a group of people into their preferred acronym LGBT.  I’ve inverted letters- LTBG or included others like when I inadvertently added an an “H” – LHGBT – under the thought that adding the “H” would includ…

Jul 19, 2018 - 1:08pm
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I love free markets. The promptness of delivery is awesome. I order a little something of everything there.  Yay, Amazon skips the middleman(retailers). Individuals suppliers and consumers are held responsible to each other.    I like bubble gum...the round ones. You know the on…

Jul 20, 2018 - 7:04pm
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Which Country Actually Manufactured This Product?

  The issue of international trade is in the headlines with the imposition of tariffs by the US administration, followed by reciprocal tariffs from the trading partners of the US. I am in a unique position to comment on international trade issues, because for years I worked for a large multi-n…

Jul 20, 2018 - 2:02pm
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capitalism vs. socialism? which is better and why?

Wat are we fighting for?  Republicanism (small r) started with John Locke, Montesque and the founders based on many philosophies that were studied deeply by our founding fathers.   Whether they know it or not, virtually everyone on the left here follow the philosophy of Marx and Hagel.…

Jul 21, 2018 - 2:43am
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  • - Jul 21, 2018 - 11:25am
  • - by Bill H.
Is there already a Cure for Cancer?

Word is, if there is a cure for cancer, the American Medical Association (AMA) would never release it.  Too much money, too much corruption has entered the healing profession.  Still, there is hope.    "Let food be your medicine."   There are some interesting books on the su…

Jul 19, 2018 - 2:09pm
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Social Security and the coming explosion of debt

The problem started generations ago. It is politics where Congress has bought votes with benefits that need to be paid for by future workers. This issue was first brought up by the guy who ran Social Security in 1943. Instead of raising taxes, Congress waived them.   Here is the hard truth. Ame…

Jul 20, 2018 - 5:15am
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Voter ID should be nationwide

I think every voter should have to re-register IN PERSON every five years! The rolls should be cleansed of ALL registrants who have not voted in the past two elections...proof of identity required before being allowed to vote.   There are SO MANY ways election supervisors could ensure the accur…

Jul 18, 2018 - 9:18am
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On the Thucydides Trap and Treason

"A trustee is held to something stricter than the morals of the market place. Not honesty alone, but the punctilio of an honor the most sensitive, is then the standard of behavior… the level of conduct for fiduciaries [has] been kept at a level higher than that trodden by the crowd."  Mei…

Jul 21, 2018 - 8:25am
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I Spy with My Little Eyes and I see Turkey with Br…

Word on the street in Turkey*** is that my fellow born-again Christian brother, Andrew Craig Brunson, contacted (1) the top FETÖ official in the Aegean region named Bekir Baz, (2) Baz's aide named Mustafa Safa and (3) that Amnesty Turkey Branch Executive guy accused of aiding FETÖ by the n…

Jul 20, 2018 - 8:24pm
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The sabotage by members of the GOP...

The sabotage by members of the GOP needs to be removed for the ACA to work properly. You know. Affordable and available health care. Like every other freaking advanced economy enjoys. You “conservatives” enjoy your mutual gratification society. The progressives will continue trying …

Jul 21, 2018 - 1:21am
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A Roadrunner Reboot

Wolves will howl to make dogs growl, until they rise and bark But know my friends that the jackal’s ends are pursued silent and in the dark     The new roadrunner is a hypersonic chicken; a dumb bird, clucking and leaving trails of guano as it dashes about the wastes. His travels ar…

Jul 20, 2018 - 4:42am
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Print Book or Audio Book? Or both?

Last year I did a review of Neil Gaiman's American Gods:      Emily and I listened to it on audiobook while driving back and forth to Missouri and other places over the summer. It was only the second fiction audiobook I ever listened to, the first being Red Storm Rising by Tom Clanc…

Jul 19, 2018 - 4:38am
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China will lose the trade war in two weeks

China owns about 8% of outstanding US treasury bonds. They cannot "call" them. They can only sell them on the open market. They would take such a bath if they tried to do that, it would hurt them worse than us. If they did sell them, buyers would immediately step in, would be a non-event.  As a…

Jul 20, 2018 - 10:54am
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The nasty witch hunt just got nastier

CONFIRMED: Dirty Cop Mueller Offered Tony Podesta Immunity to Testify Against Paul Manafort   So Mueller is going to let the wolves go free in order to catch a small sheep?   The good thing is that Trump can pardon him and I'm sure Manafort knows that. My worry is that Mueller has somethin…

Jul 20, 2018 - 11:16am
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  • - Jul 20, 2018 - 7:24pm
  • - by Bill H.
All Americans should be aggrieved by the unconstit…

It has been 43 years since the Watergate crisis and the corrupt behavior of "Republican" President Richard Nixon. Nixon used assets of the Federal Government to "spy" on his political opponents. he created an "enemies list" of U.S. citizens who opposed his views and political policies. he supported …

Jul 15, 2018 - 10:39pm
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TODAY’S FORECAST-DARK   The guns roared. The bodies fell. The bullets flew. The dead lay waste on empty shells. The stench of death reeked in the air. Survivors wailed from tear stained despair.   We’ve been here before. Oh so many times. With each falling body. The death knel…

Jul 17, 2018 - 5:06pm
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Tribalism and the Fear of Losing Alliances

The roar of the crowd, the crush of excited humanity, the communal rush of achieving team purposes....    Mobs are the engine of history, the driver of social change... and unless properly managed the certain downfall of any hierarchy that arrogates itself over them.  This i…

Jul 18, 2018 - 9:46am
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Predictions Pertaining to Propitious Perspicacity

I’m not in opposition to “big” things. I am, however, fearful of “big” things going bad. Hedge funds losing hundreds of millions of dollars (Knight Capital) and having the stones to ask for their money back. Brian Hunter of Aramanth losing $6 billion. Big moves can lead…

Jul 18, 2018 - 2:42am
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The other day, after getting gas, I walked into the store to find the clerk listening intently to something about Trump's visit to Britain. He was laughing, but his expression was a mix of comedy and horror, which I cracked up at. I asked him what was so fuckin' funny, and he replied, "I gotta ask; …

Jul 20, 2018 - 12:12am
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Maoist America

Battle Creek, Michigan has always been a Leftist town. It was one of the major stops for the Underground Railroad and home to Sojourner Truth. With Spiritualists and Communists and much labor agitation to boot, Battle Creek was always a progressive town. It is one of the homes of the Seventh Day Adv…

Jul 16, 2018 - 9:28am
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