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Jan 22, 2018 - 6:36pm
Damn those Regulations

In 1980, I was working in Northern Alberta on the drilling rigs. We were drilling a new holes in the middle of sour oil country. Sour oil or gas is contaminated with hydrogen sulfide (H2S). One good whiff of H2S, you would either be dead or brain disabled.   The rig foreman gave us some advice: "If the well takes in some H2S, put these air packs on!"   Air packs are devices for people to isolate their face (mouth, nose, and eyes) from the atmosphere and provide safe air from a tank they carry on their back. These air packs were covered in dust; nobody had taken them out in years. Who knows how much compressed air was still left? Who knows whether all the valves and regulators were still working? None of us had any experience working with an air pack. And best of all, there were only three packs for a five-man crew!   Those …

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Winter Did Come

Whose woods are these? They're mine, you know. And they are really filling up with snow. apologies to Robert Frost. Poem paraphrase and picture courtesy of my wife Carrie.   When you are retired, the concept of a Monday doesn't resonate quite as badly as during a work week. But last week,…

Jan 20, 2018 - 11:13am
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What to do with one's life of rebellion.

When I was in my youth I woke up to the evils of the society I was living in, with its hypocrisy, warmongering, greed and destructive ways. I saw that the constant striving for growth was destroying nature and that most people were snared into a life of mindless consumerism. The tenets of the cultur…

Jan 21, 2018 - 1:53pm
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Kentucky Fried Fable

The chickens used to be silent. One day one of them started clucking. Then another and another. Pretty soon every damned chicken around started clucking and could not stop. The condition grew so that the more chickens were around the more each one would cluck. Pretty soon the clucking was mindless d…

Jan 22, 2018 - 9:57am
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Trump Erodes the Global Power of American Values

The scholar who coined the term "soft power" thinks the U.S. will regain its stature. But not under the current president.Donald Trump's tirade a week ago against non-white countries may be tearing the final fiber off American soft power.Witness the worldwide reaction in the …

Jan 22, 2018 - 4:24pm
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California Registering Illegal Aliens to Vote

On April 1st, EVERYONE (including ILLEGAL ALIENS) in California who gets a Drivers License is automatically registered to VOTE!  See link below:     This has been corroborated on multiple news outlets, so don't even try the "right wing press" propaganda crap.  All you have to d…

Jan 22, 2018 - 2:38pm
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This Years March..and Whats Coming...

Womens March 2018..Again Not About Trump I broke my wrist in a couple places yesterday…so my trip to NYC for the womens march 2018 is out.  Ive been working on this for a couple of months now.  So I guess I am  with them in spirit.   This year, we have dozens of women …

Jan 20, 2018 - 2:51pm
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What Trump’s Tax Cut Really Means for the US…

Republicans and the Trump administration have promised that the tax legislation enacted in December will boost investment and long-term GDP growth. But the new law is likely to do neither, because it is based on flawed assumptions and contains a raft of self-defeating provisions.   AUSTIN R…

Jan 21, 2018 - 7:17pm
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La Femme Libertine

Webster defines a libertine as one who has no sexual morals, a free thinker; usually a man! What, why?    I am a Femme Libertine, I make this claim loudly and proudly. A libertine believes in the amazing wonderful liberties that the life of a free thinker accords. Life should be experience…

Nov 4, 2017 - 4:56pm
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A New Perspective

I teach school at a reservation school in ND school. Just before school started in August 2017, I was told that medically, I was very fit. By early September I could not stand on my own and no one knew why.Then God stepped in. I was told I could not get to see the doctors I needed to see to ge…

Jan 8, 2018 - 4:00pm
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Racism Expert Karim Fereidooni

  ZEIT online has an  with a racism expert. They don’t mean Trump this time. The ‘expert’ is a Muslim lecturer. His name: Karim Fereidonni.   He declines the need for an Antisemitism Secretary in the German government. I couldn’t agree more, but you will see…

Jan 18, 2018 - 4:28pm
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Logical Argument

I heard a guy named Kelly speaking on NPR this morning. He started the magazine, Wired, and has written some books. I thought he was an idiot. He made an argument about the greatness of this world communications system we're developing and the benefits of machines that evoke sympathy, mimic fee…

Jan 21, 2018 - 2:05pm
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Nine nine means No No in German

A novel written by Mark Henry Smith 8/15/57, all rights reserved. © 1/06/2018 Rewritten for performance and publication 1/18/18-1/19/18 Note: all characters are products of the author’s imagination. Any similarity to real people that you may have met is not the author’s problem or …

Jan 19, 2018 - 2:36pm
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The Dreaded Rejection Letter

Dear Author, Thank you for submitting your work to us. Unfortunately, it doesn't meet our needs at the present time, but we wish you future success. Sincerely, The Editor   Well, that's what they write. Any professional in the business will tell you editors, agents, and publishers don't r…

Jan 21, 2018 - 4:34am
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France leads celebrity pushback against '#MeToo'

In the months since allegations of sexual abuse against US movie mogul Harvey Weinstein first emerged, Hollywood stars have been falling over themselves to condemn him, other 'ladies men' in the industry and express their support to those who claimed to be victims of sexual predators. The witch hunt…

Jan 16, 2018 - 2:28pm
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Uncle Sam and Aunt Mildred go to the grocery store…

We've all heard of Uncle Sam, right? Yeah, that guy.  You know it's said that behind every great man there is a woman. I'm not certain that this is universal, but the rule does seem to apply to lesser men as well. Isn't it a bit peculiar that no one ever seems to ask, "Hey! Is there a Mrs. Uncl…

Jan 20, 2018 - 6:45am
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Thank You America!!!

Thank You America!   Thank you America for all the great stuff you have given us. Out of your melting pot has come a plethora of brilliant stuff!   Just on the Music Scene look of what you have given us! You took African Music, English, Irish and Scottish Folk Music, Canadian French, Nativ…

Jan 19, 2018 - 1:35pm
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On the Precautionary Principle

Today, I’m going to look at a mantra much trumpeted by environmentalists; the precautionary principle. I’ll seek to make a case that, since the early 1980s, this idea has been perverted. To such an extent, that the principle now has an effect all but opposite to its true intention. IR…

Jan 15, 2018 - 10:39am
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Formula For Success

The list below are individuals who (I believe) are the top four success stories in the last century.Orville WrightWalt DisneySteve JobsBill GatesWhat do these people have in common?For one, none of them had a college degree at the time of their success (I am not r…

Apr 25, 2013 - 4:16pm
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Haiti: S**thole or Libertarian Heaven?

Is Haiti really that bad of a country. Let's take a closer look:   There are fewer regulations for business in Haiti. Companies seldom have to deal with unions or government inspectors. There are lots of unemployed people in Haiti, so businesses have lots of competition for labor, which means v…

Jan 14, 2018 - 11:57am
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Trump Has Delivered For Us Christians

As you know, God revealed to many of us Christians, including me, that Trump would be the president. We came out 81% for Trump and 16% for Hillary.   AND TRUMP HAS DELIVERED!   First he has vitiated the unconstitutional Johnson Amendment which threatened the church if we got into politics.…

Dec 8, 2017 - 6:31am
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Lets Talk About Monsters...

  I know I give men on here a hard time, but some of men are not nice people. Ive seen their handy work and actually met a few that were lovely people,  if you like leather face.   I have often wondered how a nice catholic girl from a well-to do family ended up knowing such peopl…

Jan 19, 2018 - 1:07am
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Gerrymandering and hearing what an expert says

I went to a meeting of the Radnor Democrats and there were so many nice, intelligent, dedicated, hopeful people there that it made me wish I liked people more. That's something I'm going to work on, liking people despite their limitations, and getting people to like me more despite my intellectual h…

Jan 10, 2018 - 3:25pm
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