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Mar 10, 2016 - 11:07pm

Trump trumps reason. The club mentality and an overriding desire to fit in with one's preferred social environment is a well-known and well-researched trait of those afflicted by Authoritarian Followers Syndrome. They live in a provincial little world with certain norms and social values that see anything or anyone who violates them as an enemy of their way of life and unworthy of their friendship or compassion.   This is essentially a tribal mindset. It is xenophobic, fears change, tends to glorify an ideal past that never existed as something we should all long to return to, etc. It intensely cherry picks context-free, tiny little pieces of reality that appear to support its views as God's truth despite constituting vastly insufficient evidence. It files away conflicting views in separate little m…

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AGW  (Human-Caused Global Warming)

PrefaceFirst, listen to this youtube NASA video soundtrack and watch it show the cycle of seasonal changes and movement of CO(2) in the earth's atmosphere and where in the world it is concentrated: article titled , answered a challenge presen…

Oct 28, 2013 - 10:09pm
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Democracy will always fail.

 Democracy will always fail.   To set the stage, I first need to quote a few men of note:   Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. Johan Adams (1814).   Democracy stands bet…

Sep 21, 2016 - 11:21am
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  • - Jan 26, 2017 - 9:59am
  • - by Bee Ess
Climate Change Zealots and Religious Zealots - Any…

Religious Zealots are ridiculed by "progressives" as "Anti-Science" for predicting the "End of the World" and for offering phenomena such as floods, droughts, disease and all manner of natural disasters as "proof" that God is so angry with humans that he is just putting a stop to everything.…

May 5, 2016 - 2:02pm
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Earth is Doomed - Climate Change Debate Over

According to the article referenced below, the Earth has passed the CO2 concentration level "Tipping Point" - meaning that the planet wide destruction of life on Earth is now unavoidable.  James Hansen is publishing a paper that conclusively shows that it is too late to avoid this worldwid…

Sep 29, 2016 - 3:57pm
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Some Facts About Climate Change

Some Facts About Climate Change Discussions about climate change and global warming usually include a variety of facts, extrapolations, and speculations about what is happening, and what will happen in the future.   These are usually all jumbled up together in an incomprehensible way. …

Aug 10, 2016 - 2:09pm
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Well guys, to make a change, let's get our best dark jokes out of the drawer. I start: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   A man is at work when he receives a call from the hospital informing him that his wife's been …

Jan 3, 2016 - 6:07am
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A Ghetto By Any Other Name

Yesterday a member of our illustrious group defined a ghetto as "a place where white folks can't go, except to buy drugs or black women."   Now, this left me in stunned amazement.  My first reaction was to laugh, my second was to help the poor fellow out.  Alas, my efforts came to nau…

Oct 3, 2017 - 12:25pm
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  • - Oct 17, 2017 - 9:45pm
  • - by John G
All Holocausted Out: What I Think of Non-Jews Usin…

I got an email in the comments section of  from the scholar Danusha Goska about something that I said in my posting about how I came to write my book  . I had mentioned that a friend said to me that I must be “all holocausted out” after writing my first book about my pare…

Jul 20, 2017 - 6:08pm
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Would YOU have the strength to think like this ?

I was on Linkedin, and our old friend Fadila posted an article on International Woman's day with that photo on top, that sprang to my eye instantly.I mean, so many people, here on WB as well, do agree on the actions of the Israel government. I don't want to rep…

Mar 9, 2015 - 3:28pm
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A Disgruntled User Leaves Writer Beat

The following is the email dialogue between me and a former user of Writer Beat.  As you read the exchange there are three questions I’d appreciate feedback on. Knowing I cherish all participants, was there a better way to handle the situation?Do you agree with Sandy (not her real na…

Jul 17, 2014 - 10:12am
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Minimum Wage is NOT Fair Wage

Income Inequality is when the best worker gets paid more because that worker produces more.   Every time wage levels are forced above (higher than) the actual value of the work done by an entry-level worker it causes major changes, but the most daunting are that the entry-level worker is then r…

Apr 13, 2017 - 9:46am
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Minimum Wage: What Does It Try to Fix?

Whenever there is a labor oversupply, wages drop and business owners naturally make greater profits in the near term. This trend, of course, cannot continue indefinitely, since eventually the high numbers of low wage earners and unemployed begins to erode mass markets. At some point this hurts the g…

Oct 31, 2014 - 9:35pm
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The Auschwitz You're Not Supposed to Know

The Auschwitz You're Not Supposed to Know by Tom C. Purcell (edit & repost)   For a moment, put yourself in an awkward position. You are tasked with developing a plan of eradication of an ungodly infestation of vermin, and let’s say you would need to eliminate 2500 units per…

Nov 9, 2017 - 5:16pm
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Synchronicity - great minds think alike?

I am an antitheist and have seen no evidence for the existence of any deity, yet I find myself strongly attracted to many natural phenomena, such as sunsets, starry nights, trees, rocks, seascapes and mountains, in what I experience as a ‘spiritual’ connection and I am a great believer i…

Aug 5, 2017 - 6:13am
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Does the Right Actually LIKE Big Gov't?!

In a recent program on the neurology of the human brain, one of the things that came out is that when experimental subjects show lack of empathy, activity in the anterior insular cortex is low and high when empathy is strong. Damaged brain tissue coupled with resulting behavior reinforces this. Thos…

Nov 17, 2015 - 10:47am
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  Dear USA.   Remember when you were an ideal for the world ? I do remember, back in the Seventies. My parents who have been young in the Fifties, were big fans of you. You brought us the washing machine and the dryer for everybody (sorry, the Germans were faster with the Volkswagen, but …

Jun 20, 2017 - 6:32pm
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The Real Danger of Confusing Consensus With Scienc…

Most of us enjoy a spirited debate on the various topics discussed on Writer Beat, knowing that human lives don't actually hang in the balance.  However, when the debate centers around a topic with as far reaching implications as Global Warming/Climate Change, I feel obligated to make as compel…

May 19, 2014 - 1:04pm
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Authors who delete other people's valid comments a…

I was sent an invitation to comment in Marilyn French's "Gender and the Truth Gap" article. My first comment was deleted. Unfortunately, I did not save it to a document, as I will in the future, so I can only paraphrase it here. Basically, I disagreed that Hillary Clinton was qualified to be POTUS, …

Sep 11, 2016 - 1:51pm
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NASA Just Changed Global Warming

November 13th, NASA publishes a video that should change the global warming debate.     This video shows how the seasons change, globally, through the last 20 years.   I recommend downloading the video so you can move through the years manually and compare year to year the pr…

Nov 29, 2017 - 7:48am
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Open Letter to Autumn and all Contributors

After defending a point in one of his articles against an absurdly irrational and rude attack on it, I recently commiserated with Robert Schneider in another comment below it as follows: "You're more than welcome, Howard. This site is becoming increasingly overwhelmed by a mindless horde of sna…

Dec 22, 2013 - 11:14pm
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The Religious Madness Merry-Go-Round.

  So another religious Muslim fanatic leaves a bomb on an underground train with the intent of blowing up innocent Christians. They planned it and put the bomb together with the intent of murdering and maiming as many people as possible in the name of god.   The Myanmar Muslim Rohingy…

Sep 17, 2017 - 6:14pm
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  • - Sep 27, 2017 - 10:51pm
  • - by John G
What is the most important thing in the world?

  Education. Good, rounded education.   What is more important than literacy, numeracy, exam results and knowledge?   This is more important - this is fundamental to everything that should happen in a school - if we don't teach children to care, to be tolerant and build a better world…

Oct 11, 2017 - 7:21pm
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