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Jan 18, 2017 - 12:04am
An Object Lesson in Moral Hazard: The Peltzman Eff…

Major Premise: The lower the personal cost of accident-avoidance appears to an individual, the more accident-prone activities he is likely to engage in. In other words, if a person believes that the cost to himself of avoiding an accident is low (measured in terms of the mental and physical effort of vigilance and caution) he will have an incentive to assume more risk than he otherwise would, simply by being less vigilant and less cautious than he otherwise would. Minor Premise: Regulations on automobile drivers, such as the mandatory wearing of seat-belts, lower the subjective cost of risk (i.e., the appearance of risk) to an individual driver. Conclusion: Therefore, safety regulations that affect automobile drivers incentivize drivers in the aggregate to assume more risk while driving than they otherwise would. Though the…

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Okay, first let me say that the election of Donald Trump, Brexit, the rise of anti-integration movements in many parts of the liberal-democratic world, the rise of fundamentalism, is not a beginning of something glorious. It is the end of an era that I have studied for all of my adult life, The Age …

Jan 19, 2017 - 12:39pm
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Saga Adolf Hitler

“Since the mid-20th century, the world has only ever heard one side of an incredible story. The story of a boy from an ordinary family whose ambition it was to become an artist, but instead became a drifter.  His destiny however, was not to drift into the awaiting oblivion, but instead wa…

Jan 16, 2017 - 1:12pm
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Fun With Inaugurations (No, not THIS inauguration!…

This is inauguration month. You probably didn’t realize this, unless you’re one of the few people who followed the 2016 Presidential election. I mean, who paid attention to that?   It was the single nastiest election since I ran for high school student council in 1979, and c…

Jan 18, 2017 - 3:44am
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I Love the Smell of Fuck Robot in the Morning

Twenty-sixteen bore a terrible sheen, a slow evaporating film of toxic perspiration whose remnant filth twenty-seventeen will wear until it wakes up and takes a golden, guilt-free shower. The bleeding hearts are still pounding, spewing their ridiculous rhetoric about Trump being an illegitimate Pres…

Jan 18, 2017 - 9:21am
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Donald Trump versus the CIA

It's obvious that the corrupt neocon CIA is engaged in domestic activity (which is strictly prohibited by law) to interfere with the United States presidential election. Need I remind all that the CIA are responsible for Operation Mockingbird, Operation Condor and Project Phoenix. I highly recommend…

Jan 18, 2017 - 12:07am
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George Washington, businessman

Our first president was a successful businessman. And a slave holder. And a person who used indentured servants. 300 slaves, I read today. The Trump people would say, that was good business sense at the time, and he gave people jobs.   This idea that jobs are what count, and we see the num…

Jan 17, 2017 - 6:53pm
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No Politics here after this

As I sit here listening to a torrent of rain deluging the great NorthWest I think that I'm fed up with political diatribe.   For nearly two years, it's been she's a crook, he's a racist, she's a callous bitch, he's a manchild. Oh, my gosh. There are so many that make arguments on both sides and…

Jan 18, 2017 - 11:58am
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Democrats: From Sore Losers To Anarchists

Yes, John Lewis was involved in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s with Martin Luther King. Yes he suffered the persecution that all Southern Blacks suffered in the American South in that era. Yes, he was a brave man of principle who stood with Dr. Martin Luther King and others to fight f…

Jan 18, 2017 - 9:02pm
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Don Kirshner's Rock Concert

  Before MTV, the only way many people could see Rock and Roll shows was by watching Don Kirshner's Rock Concert. When I was a kid, we would stay up late while the adults and older kids were out partying elsewhere, although sometimes they would also catch the show, depending on who was playing …

Jan 17, 2017 - 8:05pm
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Let’s Cut Through the Shit, Our Country IsLo…

I agree with Donald Trump 100% on this one matter — there is way too much political correctness. When I talk about political correctness, I’m talking about the lack of accountability. Supposedly, we are a nation of laws and morality providing for our rights and liberties. How…

Jan 17, 2017 - 10:01am
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From Dream to Reality

Two Score and nearly 10 years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who was as consequential to our story and our success as any of our greatest Founding Fathers, gave a speech about where he saw the path of this nation leading and where we have tread since.  Four years prior to that point, Dr. M…

Jan 16, 2017 - 10:30pm
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My Open Letter to Secretary HillaryClinton

“Then join hand in hand, brave America all, by uniting we stand, by dividing we fall!” — John Dickinson (1732–1808) American politician   The other day I was organizing the books on my shelves, making a mental note as to what I would read next as I made progr…

Jan 18, 2017 - 11:12am
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Raising Stones and Writing to Power to help make t…

Stone-Eater has suggested a face-to-meeting of members of this writing community. Indeed, his suggestion is a wonderful idea that would bring some here (from an American perspective) out of the woods, the mountains, the 'hood, and the cities to visit other parts of the world, which is represent…

Jan 17, 2017 - 7:11am
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Clear and Present Danger

Clear and Present Danger   President elect Trumps mental illness is becoming a clear and present danger not only to the US but to world peace.  His actions and words have consequences that will affect how the world sees the United States as a super power, friend or foe.  Trumps narcis…

Jan 17, 2017 - 12:54am
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Just imagine...

I was hoping that my last article on Writer Beat would slip down in the rankings more quickly, but it looks like it's hanging on. Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful, and all, for the readership, as always, but I'm also really anxious to share this idea for my next book project with all of my friends h…

Jan 18, 2017 - 4:18pm
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Dems...opponents of democracy.

Following the final debate with Hillary , Donald cast some doubt on whether he would accept the outcome of the election. This became a real vital part of Hillary's campaign from that point on, as she loudly proclaimed that Donald would not participate in a smooth transition for a new president -- un…

Jan 18, 2017 - 6:24pm
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Waiting for theWorms

The Man in the High Castle is a warning on the dangers of rigid ideology not an analogy for Trumpism Writers having been at their keyboards furiously churning out articles desperately drawing parallels between a Trump presidency and the dystopian world of the Man in the High Castle; many, it seems…

Jan 19, 2017 - 11:33am
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Well, now that THAT'S over with, again...

Michael “Martin Luther” King was who copied and stole his doctoral thesis and many of his other writings and speeches, including his most famous “I have a dream” speech.   He was a womanizer who , being especially fond of White prostitutes. He drank heavily.   Pe…

Jan 17, 2017 - 8:19am
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Now The Precious Snowflakes Speak….

A child of the nineteen seventies and eighties, what I have watched for the last two nights is totally foreign to me.  What I read online about what was going on in colleges and universities during the campaign is foreign to me. It really made me think twice about the prospect of even THINKING …

Jan 18, 2017 - 9:04pm
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When did we become such a helpless society?

So lately, some things have really been bugging me. Actually, a few things have been getting on my nerves for quite a while. It started when I was a kid. Someone thought that paper towels were bad for some reason. So they mounted a hair dryer on the wall and decided that was better. Or they thought …

Jan 18, 2017 - 9:16pm
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Refugees and Liberal Thinking Is Nuts!

Hello all, I am writing this article due to the fact that I my self and a friend had an all out battle on facebook about Muslim refugees. Han believes we should rescue all the poor little refugees from Aleppo and bring them right here, those poor people she says. I say what are you freaken nuts? Hav…

Jan 19, 2017 - 9:18am
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Legend or Myth? The answer to one of histories most perplexing adventures. Did King Arthur really exist or was it a fable spun from the imagination of men made from the conquests of other authenticated nobles thought-out the history of Great Britain? The Ark of The Covenant, The Holy G…

Jan 19, 2017 - 9:37am