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Sep 18, 2017 - 10:24pm
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 their senior year.  Kind of a way to show you were ready to move on after college.  I ended up with five friends in a small bungalow less than a mile from campus.  All around us were other college houses, kind of a tight knit and fun neighborhood.   My parents implored me that I have a job lined up after college.  I was hired by a bank and told I must start right away, in fact I started part time before graduating.  I graduated on a Memorial Day weekend, bright and beautiful with not a cloud in the sky.  Of cour…

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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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Professor Mark Bray and the lessons of history

Y'all might say that I am somewhat obsessed with the modern academy. And you might be right at that, but I think that behind this obsession there are some sound reasons: namely your kids, being incessantly brainwashed. Here is another shining example: Professor   "is a historian of human …

Sep 16, 2017 - 7:21am
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Hit Piece against Civil Rights Hero Vera Lengsfeld

Vera Lengsfeld is far too little known. When she protested against the socialist dictatorship in 1988, quoting its constitution on free speech, she was thrown into prison. She expected to be held only one or two days, to be apart from her three little children for not too long. The government of the…

Sep 17, 2017 - 11:54am
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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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Some Memorable Movie Music

By no means an exhaustive list.   1.  (1935, Max Steiner) I believe this score was the first one to win an Oscar for best music.   2.  (1939, Max Steiner)   3a.   [1968, original score by Alex North, though not used by Kubrick in his final editing and commercial rele…

Sep 20, 2017 - 3:52am
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As Jeanne published her photo album, I was inspired to do the same :-)   Well......3 years...or so...   12 years   16 years....with my girlfriend Marie-Claire. My first big love and the girl who was with me on my 3 year-trip around the world. Now she's my little sister ;-)   …

Sep 17, 2017 - 4:13pm
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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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(Writer's note: This article was first published in April 2017)   It’s been nearly three months since Donald Trump was sworn in as our 45th President.  Since then, we have seen his and the Republican Congress’s unprecedented attacks on science,  energy efficiency standard…

Sep 17, 2017 - 12:16am
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The Beat Goes On XVIII

The following is a dialogue between me and someone who thinks they're following the rules.  Who's right?     Autumn Below is the full text of the rule. I don't think it could be any more straightforward.  Commenting on the work of others is not something you can do 5 days ag…

Sep 19, 2017 - 9:08am
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Is It A Fact, Or Is It An Opinion

A rumor is not a truth. An opinion is not a fact. Believe it or not, most of everything we think we know are rumors and opinions. Strangely however we judge other people according to their belief in rumors and opinions against our own rumors and opinions, and its pretty stupid.   For instance, …

Sep 19, 2017 - 5:45pm
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There are several ideologues on Writer Beat that promote their belief relentlessly. There is nothing wrong with that, except when they offer belief as fact, and demand it be respected. “You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.” ―   …

Sep 16, 2017 - 6:14pm
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  • - by Leroy
Some thoughts on pacifism

Christian Michel has posed the question: “Is pacifism not only inept, but also morally abhorrent (evil everywhere should always be fought)?”   This question isn’t as simple as it sounds. For a start, my dictionary gives three different meanings of the word “pacifism.R…

Sep 17, 2017 - 12:06am
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Our Racial Situation: Are We Losing?

Having been born in 1945, I am old enough to have seen historical changes in American society when it comes to racial matters. Though I grew up in Los Angeles, my mother, who was a native of North Carolina, used to take me back there during the summers to visit her family. I can recall at about the …

Sep 16, 2017 - 4:30pm
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“Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you’re young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don’t let worn-out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself.” – John Bingham   All that we are r…

Sep 17, 2017 - 8:17am
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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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Why You Will Never Get Ahead

It's real easy to understand by looking at these simple charts. We have been working harder and harder without wages going above inflation rates since the 1970's.     This cumulative inflation chart speaks for itself.       Inverse to inflation is the purchasing power of o…

Sep 19, 2017 - 2:19pm
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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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Suetonius’ reported invective of Nero: conte…

Invective is reported as Suetonius, having attended the court of Hadrian, possessed no direct experience of Nero; thus relied on legitimate documents. The Suda illustrated Suetonius as a Roman Grammarian (Professor of Literature); though, there is no evidence that Suetonius retained students; howeve…

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:40am
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The Real God

The Real God If your God has a name, he is not the real God. If he has a religion, he is not the real God. If you can understand him, he is not the real God. If you address God by the male pronoun he is not the real God. If you can describe him, her, or it

Sep 18, 2017 - 10:21am
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  • - by EXPAT
Fiscal policy dreaming

The Federal government last month passed a dubious milestone, having spent $4 trillion over the previous 12-month period for the first time ever. That works out to over $11 billion per day. To make matters worse, the budget deficit is once again on the rise, as spending is outpacing revenues. The bu…

Sep 18, 2017 - 11:15am
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  • - Sep 18, 2017 - 11:49pm
  • - by John G
Of Blowhards and Hard Blowers: Give us Your Presid…

President Trump withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord and removed regulations designed to help protect the planet from the effect of Global Warming (GW). Of course, his reasoning is that the fake scientists promoting GW are a set of blow hards enabled by President Obama. Soon after, a set of hard b…

Sep 18, 2017 - 11:21pm
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Medicare For All! (But . . . why would you want th…

Sen. Sanders (Ind. VT) has proposed “Medicare For All”.   Now, that is NOT exactly what he is proposing. What is Sen. Sanders proposing? In fact, what is “Medicare” or for that matter, what is “Medicaid” and how do they relate to Sen. Sanders proposal?  …

Sep 19, 2017 - 3:49pm
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  • - Sep 20, 2017 - 4:04am
  • - by John G