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Oct 31, 2014 - 2:19pm
Distorted View? Obama says

Diversion is the art of street con men who use sleight of hand to distract people's attention from what they would rather not have them see. So, when the President and his surrogates (including his media allies) claim that the economy really is looking rosy despite the prevailing sentiment among the public, are we to believe them or our lying eyes? Let's examine the Obama utopia that we apparently live in.What are some indicators of a strong economy? Let's see.Employment related data:Good news is supposed to be that the U-3 unemployment rate has dropped below 6%. This would be good news if the labor force had not shrunk to its lowest level in almost four decades, with almost 93 million Americans not working:And what does that mean for the U6?Or the real unemployment rate the way it used to be measured prior to 1994 when it was done …

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Slaves like US

We are all slaves. The only question is what form of slavery we will accept.That is the human condition. As Francois pointed out, we are all selfish-little bugs being controlled by our urge for pleasure. I tried to counter this by citing Kant's directive that a person, a person of extrem…

Oct 30, 2014 - 3:21pm
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Beatnik Anomaly

Our beach posting is getting rather long and difficult to manage, winter is coming, and the beach huts are all shut down. So we are moving our anomaly over here for a fresh start. So leave your ego and attitude at the door, step inside and show us your stuff – music, poetry, recipes…R…

Oct 30, 2014 - 6:39pm
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The Beat Goes On

Because the comment thread was getting rather long, below is John’s comment from the “http://writerbeat.com/articles/4013-A-Discussion-About-Writer-Beat” thread:It is very obvious when I first visited Writer Beat that the topics are strongly skewed to the US and are framed in contr…

Oct 30, 2014 - 3:49pm
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It is easy to hate Muslims.

It is easy to hate Muslims; they leave a trail of blood and dead behind where ever they go. However, because I am a Christian with a Ph.D. in philosophy I have to look at things a little differently. Philosophers for the past 3,500 years have espoused many, if not nearly all, of the philosophical id…

Oct 31, 2014 - 9:04am
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Don't fall into the liberal inequality trap!

The dialogue related to cries of inequality has gone something like this as of late:Liberals vent about the pay of corporate CEOs and compare their salaries to minimum wage workers, teachers or anyone that gets paid less.  Then they advocate for higher taxes on the rich or higher minimum wages …

Oct 29, 2014 - 6:20am
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The Next Phase of Evolution

To understand the evolutionary dynamics at work in humans currently, it is necessary to look into the past, at the social structures of the evolution of Homo sapiens. Human evolution is characterized by a number of important changes—morphological, developmental, physiological, and behavioral&#…

Oct 27, 2014 - 2:35pm
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The war on terror, the means to all ends!

On the Global Terrorism thread Coming from the other end (from which terrorism is presumably exported), I find the American mindset interesting, in the funny interesting sense.    One day it’s Al-Qaeda, the next day it’s ISIS, and then there’s the Kh…

Oct 29, 2014 - 8:53am
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  • - Oct 31, 2014 - 1:27pm
  • - by The Bug
Your Right to Someone Else's Work

Most of us in the real world know that NO ONE has a moral right to the work product of someone else. We know that walking on to an automobile dealership lot and driving away with a vehicle is illegal, because we didn't PAY for it. That's one of the major differences between society the way…

Oct 29, 2014 - 9:36am
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What if we lived out lives by the Military Code of…

And what if our military leaders and other government personnel actually fully observed that code? For brevity, I have excerpted the most relevant parts of the Code of Conduct.Article II am an American fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life i…

Jun 19, 2014 - 1:27pm
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Fiscal policy in action ... like it or not, I don'…

Remember the runaway inflation of the 70s? Nixon tried the wage and price "freeze". Carter thought he could outsmart OPEC and tried oil price "guidelines.How did that work out? remember the long lines at the pumps?Not surprisingly what failed the Government was same as today; the inability to reduce…

Oct 30, 2014 - 11:57am
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Pope Francis Condemns Capitalism

The new Pope is rapidly and deservedly gaining a reputation as an extraordinary man of God. Previous Popes mostly have lived like kings in the fabulously rich Vatican. That is not to say they revered the riches or used them extravagantly or improperly, but only to say they did nothing to distance th…

Oct 30, 2014 - 5:50pm
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So, you're going to vote? Its your right. Some may claim its your duty. One thing for certain if you vote you are directly responsible for what your government does. You can't claim 'They' don't listen to you so its not your fault. If you vote it is your fault when y…

Oct 31, 2014 - 6:55am
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What I Learned From a True 'Lone Wolf'

The term “lone wolf” has become associated with a terrorist who acts on his own. I personally find this extremely offensive and quite inaccurate. Not only because most wolves hunt in packs, but also because they are usually just looking for food — not to terrorize or create fear fo…

Oct 31, 2014 - 2:17pm
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How Holocaust Survivors' Children Cope With Work,…

I am a child of survivors of the Holocaust.Both my parents endured tremendous obstacles to survive. But that is not the point of this post.The behavior of first-generation Americans, whether they are looking for a job, worried about their status at work or generally find difficulty in their everyday…

Oct 26, 2014 - 6:18pm
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Funny Stories about my Grandpa Nelson

 My Grandpa Nelson is a very conservative and quiet man. A veteran of WWII and a Pentecostal preacher. Growing up around him was a great experience for me and my brothers who were quite rambunctious and some times downright ornery. He always had a slow and methodical way about him no matter wha…

Oct 28, 2014 - 12:35pm
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Monetary policy where are you?

I do not like the Fed ...Just to be clear the Fed gets in the way of growth; see 1929 and the depression which ensued and spring into the 70s and 80s and find more evidence and then look at 07 - 08 and this lasting recession which we still find ourselves in ...I want to talk about monetary policy ..…

Oct 29, 2014 - 4:13pm
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  • - Oct 31, 2014 - 9:51am
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The Designated Drivers of Society (DDoS)

She sat in silence as her husband was grooming for a night out without her, splashing aftershave on his freshly shaven face.  As the dynamics between the two played out, a hidden but violent outcry could be heard just beneath the well-rehearsed politeness of the veteran couple.  Assessment…

Oct 29, 2014 - 11:45pm
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In the Spirit of Election Season

In the spirit of election season, here is a challenge someone may want to address.  Charlie Crist was elected governor of Florida as a Republican, served his term, and was defeated by Tea Party Republican Rick Scott in the primary when running for re-election.  Crist subsequently declared …

Oct 27, 2014 - 10:34am
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The Toxic Pack

Mark Henry Smith wrote an article previously to the tune of people who manipulate others to do their bidding and, often utilize sex and power to sway their serfs. As many details as I will provide, I’ve left out most of them. People are complicated, in depth… and outright crazy.

Oct 28, 2014 - 12:17pm
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  • - Oct 30, 2014 - 9:47pm
  • - by The Bug

Lost in the ongoing Foreign Events taking place in Iraq and Syria, Israel and Gaza, Afghanistan and the Taliban, ISIS and Khorasan (al Qaeda’s newest offspring), Iran and the Bomb, and the plethora of other concerns keeping the Leaders of many countries awake at night wondering how to combat a…

Oct 27, 2014 - 7:21pm
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The Driveway Mentality

This is actually something I am experiencing right now and I thought would make an interesting discussion.Living on a street that is not part of the city or county, but a private road, that has no road agreement is great, for about 15 years. Then the wear and tear, elements, and temperat…

Oct 26, 2014 - 4:00pm
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What Adam Smith Can Teach Us About the Upcoming Mi…

Adam Smith, author of The Wealth of Nations, is mistakenly depicted by most right-wing economic commentators and economists as the cheerleader for free markets, anti-regulation advocate and a proponent for the triumph of selfishness in the marketplace. Unfortunately, this is all…

Oct 28, 2014 - 8:09pm
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