Venting on a Rough Month
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Sep 22, 2017 - 5:42am
Venting on a Rough Month

I normally try hard not to complain too much. Complaining is like trying to talk about politics: It's pointless and just annoys everyone else. Although I often fail, in recent years I've tried to be either positive, funny, or quiet. I used to have a reputation for turning the things that go wrong in my life into humor columns, but I can't anymore because ... well, I'd getting ahead of myself.   But please indulge me, just this once.   Because it's been a really, really bad month.   Actually, the really bad month started last month, as my fourteen regular readers already know. Just before we left for Missouri to see the total solar eclipse, my wife and I learned that her mother had been diagnosed with cancer. We did indeed get to see the eclipse, but that was, pardon me for saying, eclipsed by our worry over Jean Stroud's me…

 
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The World has become a very ugly place

Speaking the truth in the past was a virtue, now it makes one a target.  To complement a woman is now called sex abuse. To hold a minority opinion, is to be attacked as naïve. To trust your government, is called a pawn of big business. Everyone knows more than those who 's job it is to kno…

Sep 21, 2017 - 12:03am
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Offending People

A friend sent me this e-mail without identifying the author. But I wanted to share it with you as it illustrates how ridiculous or sensitivities have become.   Here is an e-mail sent to Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune after an article he published concerning a name change for the Washingt…

Sep 21, 2017 - 2:34pm
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  • - Sep 22, 2017 - 5:46am
  • - by EXPAT
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Eleanor and Henry

As fascinated as I've been about FDR his entire legacy was built with the participation of wife Eleanor Roosevelt and Secretary of Agriculture and then VP Henry Wallace. Both were as complicated and contradictory as FDR himself.   Eleanor was born three years later after FDR in 1885.  She …

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:16am
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My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

Introduction: I greatly enjoyed a recent post by   .  So, this is a hat-tip to him.  His post made me sit down and think of those I considered my heroes.  Those who have inspired me and affected my life and world view.  So here they are.  They are in no particular orde…

Sep 21, 2017 - 3:05pm
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Time to Rethink How We Honor Veterans

Twenty veterans per day commit suicide every day including Sunday and Holidays.   About 65% are older then 50.  Veterans are 20% more likely to commit suicide then non-veterans, and female veterans are 250% more likely to commit suicide then non-female veterans.   Maybe we should…

Sep 20, 2017 - 12:36pm
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  • - Sep 21, 2017 - 9:54pm
  • - by MJ
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US HUMANS - POEM

  The sky is blue I'm looking up I love that color and just can't stop   to see the wonders and nature's way think it quite does it 'til now ok.   But homo sapiens hunger for all does not respect that don't hear the call   that it's not endless what we do find supply is ending f…

Sep 21, 2017 - 7:38am
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A DAY IN THE LIFE

While Americans celebrated their American Revolution, as a Canadian, I was having the best time of my life living in Venice Beach, California in the Spirit of ´76. It was my first winter in the warm sun in my lifetime. The Times and Winds of Change were favourable toward me since this unexpe…

Sep 20, 2017 - 4:11pm
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Gender quotas and the crisis of the mediocre man

More than , or an effort to increase gender equality and representation, in their political system. Many opponents of gender quotas argue that women elected via quotas are not always the most qualified candidates; the quotas may displace qualified men; and the quotas are not compatible with meritoc…

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:38am
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Elon Musk as the best living Generational Thought…

Elon Musk a Thought Leader?   The title of Thought Leader has been noticeably thrown around a lot, but the reference and meaning seems to require an upgrade.  Choosing examples of a Thought Leader that is living among us today should maybe have measurements that include more than a high le…

Sep 21, 2017 - 7:32pm
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All The World Is A Stage

…And We Are The Stooges   When you thought you had reached peak conspiracy (and then rejected almost all of that as mere diversion), and then discover the possibility of there existing a whole new level of nefarious activity perpetrated at a level that makes run-of-the-mill conspiracy an…

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:50am
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  • - Sep 21, 2017 - 3:30pm
  • - by John G
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Free-market capitalism's assault on economics, pol…

Unfettered free-market capitalism has distorted price signals, rules of the game in democracies, and shifted social frames of references for the worse. In simple terms, it has distorted economics, politics and the society.    1. It is now widely accepted that while there are pockets of m…

Sep 20, 2017 - 8:52am
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Climate Change & High School Science

While the scientific community seems united in its vision of climate change and the adverse future on humanity, other scientists offer contrary analyses. Who should we listen to?   Here’s a new perspective for us determine which scientists are right: high school science.   Let’…

Sep 17, 2017 - 5:55pm
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A Free Market Solution to the Question of Gender

Barry Loberfeld’s saucy rant, combining diverse elements of philosophical argumentation counter seasoned with a tart touch of law and a few grains of biology is both unconvincing and pointless.  Back to the basics.      Individuals own their own bodies. Women and …

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:49pm
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  • - Sep 21, 2017 - 10:10pm
  • - by John G
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The World needs Condoleezza Rice in 2020

  A recent comment on WB reminded me of Condi Rice. If the world survives the next 3 years, it is going to need A great person to lead it out of the Miasma that has overtaken society.   Perhaps the Republican Party will have had enough of The Donald by 2020, or perhaps a new party will ne…

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:47pm
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  • - Sep 21, 2017 - 10:44pm
  • - by John G
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Disability insurance and the dynamics of the incen…

Recent growth in the number of Disability Insurance claimants has led to calls for substantial scaling back of the program. We evaluate the incentive cost of the DI program against its insurance value to those in need. The main failure of the program is the number of severely work limited who do no…

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:44am
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  • - Sep 22, 2017 - 2:02am
  • - by John G
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Democrat Bigotry and Falsehood In Everything

The Washington Post Gets It Wrong On New Gun Legislation   From  : Law-abiding gun owners are tired of reading articles from elitist writers who want nothing more than to eliminate gun ownership in America. The latest example was Dana Milbank’s Sept. 11 piece, “ ”  …

Sep 22, 2017 - 12:44am
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LET’S WAR SOME MORE!

  LET’S WAR SOME MORE! Well thank the Gods that THAT’S OVER! Another 9/11 has hit the history dust bin again and we are still in the dark over just which Saudi and Carlyle Group investment scheme helped to do it.     But hell that is water under the bridge so reall…

Sep 17, 2017 - 10:00pm
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  • - Sep 21, 2017 - 7:41pm
  • - by John G
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My Favourite Heroes.

My ten favourite heroes! – This one made me think a lot! It could go a number of ways!Every man needs a hero to inspire him to do wonderful things and try to be a better person. Here are some of mine: a. Woody Guthrie. This was a man who was prepared to stand up for what he b…

Sep 20, 2017 - 4:52am
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Intelligence is Overrated

  The other day, a friend waxed eloquent about a university psychologist whose social Darwinist views corroborated her own belief in the hierarchy of intelligence with respect to race and nationality.   This is old news.  The world is full of people and groups who think they are smart…

Sep 16, 2017 - 3:07pm
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Hatred Emanating at the Emmys

I missed the Emmys again this year. I was researching synthetic materials and going over some of the academic journals that review things like that. The Emmys are where a bunch of wealthy people get together and break their arms slapping each other on the back, congratulating each other. You and I a…

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:19pm
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Relgion Does Matter

So, religion matters, after all. Sen. Dianne Feinstein grilled a Catholic nominee to the U.S. Court of appeals, Amy Coney Barrett, over her religious beliefs, especially, her views on abortion.  According to Democrats such as Feinstein, religious beliefs are not supposed to intrude into the law…

Sep 20, 2017 - 9:57am
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If Suddenly It Ended Tomorrow I Could Somehow Adju…

Inspired by Jeanne's life story I was reminded of my own.  The title is one of my favorite from a Jimmy Buffett song and his concerts were a blast when I attended those in the 1980s and 90s.  A little background.  It was popular at my college for friends to get a house together for th…

Sep 18, 2017 - 10:24pm
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