Music in the DNA
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Jun 19, 2018 - 5:59pm
Music in the DNA

 Recently, I had an interaction with Pardero where I sent him a link to   in a bowling alley  with Dead Flowers being played by Townes Van Zandt. He  responded with a link of Townes doing a live rendition  of his  .  During the interaction Dave Volek expressed his appreciation of Townes.   I took a few minutes off of work to listen and enjoy and I realized my goosebumps were not just because of the music, but also because of a form of human communication, something that I treasure. Afterwards there were some interesting discussion of music on one of opher’s recent posts.   My father couldnt hear a teapot whistling on the stove due to too many artillary shells in the Army. Anyway, i never saw him tap his feet. But my mother was of Austrian descent, Austrian immigr…

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A Lasting Peace

The last recorded fight between Indian tribes, which resulted in scalped victims, occurred in the 1920s, not far from where I was raised and less than 30 yrs before I was born. I grew up among the rough characters who rode on that sortie and being steeped in both the ways of their kin, whose w…

Jun 19, 2018 - 8:04pm
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What the sixties meant for me.

I was eleven when the sixties started and twenty one when they ended so the sixties were my formative years and boy what formative years they were. The 1940s were the war years - a time of death, tragedy, loss and destruction. Our cities were blasted to hell. Our economy was wrecked and we were in d…

Jun 15, 2018 - 6:51am
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Asylum seekers are immigrating legally

Asylum seekers are immigrating legally. Pres. Obama did not jail asylum seekers. Nor did he separate children of asylum seekers from their families. Remember the "catch and release" program that conservatives hated? And when have Democrats jailed the fathers of minority babies in order to create the…

Jun 19, 2018 - 12:12pm
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Temperature has nothing to do with ice melt

The temperature in Antarctic is well below freezing nearly everywhere nearly all of the time. It can't melt. Changes to the ice mass balance there is a function of snow fall decades or centuries ago and ice bergs that calve into the ocean today. Claims that it's melting under water at the ground lin…

Jun 19, 2018 - 2:58am
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The liberal male: An endangered and vanishing spec…

WB has seen it's share of liberal males.  They are pretty easy to spot.  They are the ones who wisely parrot what the liberal schools and media sagely tell us is so, and when you disagree and point out reality and facts, proceed to call you a bigot, a homophobe, an Islamophobe, a sexist, a…

Jun 16, 2018 - 10:45pm
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Trump is absolutely incredible

I don't like demoncraps libtards. Thing is they are soooooooooooooo damn stupid and no matter what Trump does they try to spin it in a negative way, including the recent summit he had with Un. When I see some of those leftist comments sometimes shown on FOX I wanna reach in and really hurt them caus…

Jun 14, 2018 - 3:16pm
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THE SOLUTIONS AGAINST UNEMPLOYMENT RESULTING FROM…

Fernando Alcoforado *   Martin Ford, a futurist and author dedicated to the study of artificial intelligence, robotics and the impact on employment, said that researchers at Oxford University published in 2013 a detailed study of the impact of computing on employment in the United States, consi…

Jun 15, 2018 - 3:25pm
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Watching the End of Communism in Europe

The recent summit between the leaders of North Korea and the U.S. was a major step in reducing the seemingly endless drama that has enveloped the Korean peninsula and adjacent areas since that summer day in 1950 when the North Korean People’s Army quickly overran most of South Korea, coming wi…

Jun 16, 2018 - 10:13am
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My Discovery of Jazz

While watching some YouTube videos of some of my all-time favorite acts, I happened upon one that featured the great Neil Peart playing at a Buddy Rich tribute back in the early 90's. One thing led to another, and before I knew it, I became a (belated) Jazz fan. Its no-nonsense and improvisational-l…

Jun 12, 2018 - 9:45pm
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Bake the Cake, What’s the Big Deal

In the days of Roman Empire, there were many religions.  There was the standard Roman pantheon, there was emperor worship, various religions imported, and those of peoples conquered and brought into the Roman fold.  The Jews belonged to the latter group as a matter of fact (Paul was a Roma…

Jun 14, 2018 - 10:01am
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Trump: President for Life?

Here's a bit of a challenge to all the "strict constitutionals," 2nd amendment defenders and other forms of WB rightist always screaming about "Free dumb and Liber Tea," along with Trump tribalists who claim they'll "defend America to the death;" are you also in the "Trump as President Forever camp?…

Mar 8, 2018 - 10:07am
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Separating children from Illegals who get arrested…

If you're family is starving and you get arrested for shoplifting and you have your kids with you, they will be taken away from you before you get taken to into custody.  If you get busted driving under the influence your kids will be taken from you before you are taken into custody.  If y…

Jun 17, 2018 - 11:48pm
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Children as Weapons

I was on my way to a meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers in the Green Zone. We went from Camp Victory, close to Baghdad Airport, down route Irish . We were protected by South African Mercenaries, similar to Black Water. The last armored vehicle, a modified Ford Explorer, housed a heavy machine …

Jun 19, 2018 - 2:27am
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Wealth of Nations Synopsis

Adam Smith’s landmark book, Wealth of Nations, published in 1776, is a 500-plus page treatise on economics, oft cited bur rarely read, except by economists and masochists like me.  If you can overlook Smith’s sing-song style, his tediousness, repetition, generalizations, vague and …

Jun 18, 2018 - 12:37pm
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SOCCER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

  Sorry guys, no time for WB at the moment. The world soccer championships (we call it Football here) have just begun, and I guess it's understandable when we Europeans who like that sport (which, with the exception of the US, the whole world likes and supports) prefer to spend time on TV to s…

Jun 16, 2018 - 11:38am
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I tackle poetry ... and get slammed

            My wife is taking a poetry class this year, so I, being a writer, decided to take a crack at writing poetry myself.               Why didn’t someone stop me?   &#…

Jun 19, 2018 - 3:05am
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Clinton vs Trump, or was it?

Clinton vs Trump wasn't just about the fight as labelled for us to see, but was really existential war between two vastly different camps.   You see, the word human, means half man and half animal. We obviously have animal bodies. We also have separation in consciousness from the rest of …

Jun 17, 2018 - 5:54pm
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A Preference for Perfect Postulants

I recently read on a website an article about a hiring manager who discarded the application of any applicant who had less than a 3.0 grade point average (GPA). This manager was quite proud of this fact. So let’s take a look at some of the critical qualifications of hiring and compare some of …

Jun 15, 2018 - 7:27am
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On Laura Bush and illegal immigrant children

Any respect I had for the Bushes has flushed down the tubes. All this is the result of the last administrations. Quite frankly from what I've seen, the illegal immigrant minors seem to be enjoying themselves, getting three squares, are in a safe and clean environment. Unlike the cages from the …

Jun 19, 2018 - 4:32am
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The A's, B's and C's of Handgun Knowledge

It has been proposed that if “A is equal to B, and B is equal to C, then C must be equal to A” It has also been learned that the handgun is not the best tool for self-defense. A rifle or shotgun are much more effective; hence, we have soldiers issued rifles and only officers and/or speci…

Jun 13, 2018 - 5:55pm
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The Two Visions for America

America seems to be more divided these days than they have ever been since the days of the War Between the States. It is deemed as the War Between the States as that is what it was. Lincoln, very good at jailing any who dared to dissent, despite legal protection to the contrary, incorrectly labeled …

Jun 15, 2018 - 11:06pm
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Minimum-Wage Earners Can’t Afford 2-Bedroom…

That's why there's more than 500,000 homeless families sleeping on the streets each night. Someone who is paid $7.25 per hour and works 35 hours per week is earning approximately $253.00 a week before taxes. With that salary they couldn't even afford a $400.00 a month rental let alone one for $800.0…

Jun 15, 2018 - 4:17am
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