Wealth of Nations Synopsis
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Jun 18, 2018 - 12:37pm
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 archaic terminology, and inconsistent reasoning, the book is worth reading, especially as a social history.  It is important to recognize that Smith writes as a spokesman for the monarchy and the wealthy stock holders, landowners, and mercantilists who made the book an immediate hit and won him a position as Commissioner of Customs in Edinburgh, Scotland.  His description of a "commercial society" has enshrined him as the “first modern economist,” or “father of modern capitalism."   A confluence of factors contr…

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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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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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EV Gravy Train End of the Line?

Imagine if I bought a Hummer, a high-end, very expensive Hummer or some other very expensive vehicle only the rich can afford.  You know them… the kind of vehicles that cost as much as a small home in fly over country.   Hopefully you said… “We’ll, that’s your…

Jun 21, 2018 - 4:09pm
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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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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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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 Vole…

Jun 19, 2018 - 5:59pm
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  • - Jun 22, 2018 - 11:51pm
  • - by Pardero
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The American Eagle is SICK!

The eagle is sick. Some kind of disease has infected its brain. I believe it is a parasite. I have isolated this invader called internet. It fools the brain into thinking it is alone in thinking, and doesn't need the body made of conflicts. Conflicts that require compromise to function. The left win…

Jun 22, 2018 - 12:42am
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The Federal Fracas

Recently, someone advocated the dissolution of the federal government of the United States, insisting that the states could manage themselves. It also suggested that the federal government has usurped power and taken away the rights of states. Let’s consider a few things.   There is no do…

Jun 22, 2018 - 5:54am
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How the Desire to Unite Divides Us

  We all have an inherent desire to be around people that are similar to us, be it similar in appearance, similar in interests or similar in beliefs, but is this really a good thing? Is it possible that our desire to belong actually alienates us?   Human nature is an interesting if not fi…

Jun 19, 2018 - 9:35pm
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SLOW DOWN....

    I'm sitting here all by myself and am just wond'ring what's on the shelf   'cos I look up but don't see clear do kind of fear sight disappears   I mean get older seems no big deal but when you feel it it becomes real   The train is coming hey hurry up ! just get on runn…

Jun 20, 2018 - 10:33am
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Governments and Glaciers

Glaciers and Governments What does the government want? How does it behave? What are prospects for its citizens? These are modern questions. Formerly, we know the answers well, at least in hindsight. Government has grown, and new goals and motives are gradually evolving, though ever more slowly. But…

Jun 20, 2018 - 5:30pm
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Happy Summer Solstice All!  A Story of a Forest an…

Being the longest day of the year, Mrs. Junior and I packed a picnic and took our old Golden Retriever, Chauncey, out to our private Inverness in Santa Ysabel, California.  We play a childish game to celebrate escaping the city as we drive through the cattle, sheep and goat ranches.  There…

Jun 21, 2018 - 4:44am
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  • - Jun 24, 2018 - 1:42am
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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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Do not engage with those suffering from TDS!

It's a new rule that the Surgeon General has proposed. TDS is now classified as a mental disorder, and it's tale tale indicators are vile hate Trump monolog's, partaking of MSM propaganda, faux outrage at manufactured crises, and general bad mood towards everything and everyone.   If you or som…

Jun 20, 2018 - 11:17am
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  • - Jun 24, 2018 - 12:50pm
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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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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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John Still

John was three years older than I. He always had a great smile and enjoyed the role of the class clown. Whenever he was, he was the center of attention. Unlike other boys of a dominating nature at my school, John was no bully. It seemed he preferred the company of older kids, but  I don't recal…

Jun 19, 2018 - 1:02pm
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The 1%, the .01%

Ever wonder what does it take to be in the 1% or the .01% in the US.  Well I've done some research.  The average income needed to be in the 1% in the US is about $450K a year, with that varying state by state.  From a low of $226K to a high of $650K.  This group consists of occup…

Jun 23, 2018 - 11:03am
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The Amateur Hour

Amateur - 3. A person inexperienced or unskilled in a particular activity   The United States is conducting an experiment. An experiment that affects each and every person inside of the country, and many others around the world. This experiment involves turning over the operation of the execut…

Jun 13, 2018 - 9:24pm
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The Kids Are All Right

I haven't been writing articles lately because I took a job assisgnment that might turn into something permanent, well paid and a great job-financial software consulting.  At this particular company the average age is no more than 25 or 26.  This company likes to hire right out of college,…

Jun 15, 2018 - 9:30pm
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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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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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