Too Big to Fail Again
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Jun 21, 2017 - 11:29am
Too Big to Fail Again

Illinois is the latest financial crisis.  Speculation is that it will file for bankruptcy, even though it is not possible without congressional approval.  Congress granted Puerto Rico authority to file for bankruptcy.  Why not Illinois?  Why does it matter?Illinois is much like Greece.  It has a bloated government with massive pension obligations.  Austerity measures are counter productive.  The day to day expenses exceed revenue.  The lottery, although profitable, will be suspended because the state can't pay for prizes.  It is in a downward spiral, and all the feedbacks are positive, which means that everything it does to increase revenue increase instability. Illinois already has one of the highest tax rates.  The Democrats, as usual, want to raise taxes to kick …

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  • - Jun 26, 2017 - 3:47pm
  • - by Leroy
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DEAR USA

  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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Professional courtesy… anoxymoron?

When I arrived in Canada in 1975, my first priority was very clear. I needed an income… and fast! I pursued all the obvious channels, by introducing myself to employment agencies, and sending off many resumes.   The response to the resumes was my first disappointment with Canada! I would…

Jun 20, 2017 - 12:34pm
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Letter To The Judges

I am sharing a letter to a religious family member.  I struggle constantly with a malady of the religious conservative . . . those that are prone to judge.  Of course, I see the same diseased religion on the left that bases their judgment on skin tone or sex.   --------…

Jun 21, 2017 - 3:17pm
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The Disabled..Good Targets for Assault in DC?

  Pic from a twitter friend Miriam @ABC..used by permission.   There are a few interesting things going on In politics right now that really aren’t making the news cycle yet. One is a past history story that will predictably become a larger story in the near future.  Ive been w…

Jun 22, 2017 - 7:37pm
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Is Religion defunct in this modern day and age?

  The three Abrahamic religions started up way back in the dawn of time – in a time of medieval ignorance. Judaism has its roots 3000 years ago. Christianity 2000 years ago. Islam 1500 years ago. They originated in nomadic tribes of Arabs in a small area of the Middle East renowned for it…

Jun 23, 2017 - 7:09pm
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Einstein was a Fraud!

    “The main reason Einstein was chosen to be the ambassador of physics is because he was Jewish and it would have be considered racist to criticize any of his theories. This is how the system uses political correctness to protect corrupt and deviate theories and ideas. Einstein …

Jun 23, 2017 - 3:18am
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A Funny Thing Happens

A funny thing happens winding your way through life. As I approach 40, I've started to look back and conclude that my life so far has been about ______ (doesn't matter here). And my "life's work" looks like it's going to be _______.   I guess it's one of those discussions (with oneself) on lega…

Jun 20, 2017 - 3:40am
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  • - Jun 23, 2017 - 10:27pm
  • - by Leroy
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Eisenhower's Death Camps Holocaust denier Meme #3

I'm feeling a bit lazy (again) so I thought I'd share with you something I wrote at Skeptics about "Eisenhower's Death Camps:   There is a subset of Holocaust denial that claims that the German POW camps set up in the Rhineland were "death camps" where, allegedly, a million German soldiers died…

Jun 21, 2017 - 3:47pm
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Smoke and Mirrors

I have been told by more than one person, guys specifically, that I verge on terrifying. I didn’t get it at first. Like how am I terrifying? Terrifying because I might hurt you? Terrifying because you might hurt me? Terrifying because are falling for me and the timing is bad?  …

Jun 23, 2017 - 5:50am
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Let's make the country great (again)

It seems that every time a politician wants to appeal to a certain section of the electorate he starts to prate on about "Let's make the country great again".   Over the years we have heard this many times, from many politicians.  So I think it is a statement that is worth thinking about. …

Jun 24, 2017 - 10:03am
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THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG !

  Hm. What do you see here ? Two or three ends ? Depends where you look from, right ?   The same thing happens when you say "I'm right, you're wrong". You look from the left, the other from the right, and - both are wrong - or right ?   Your "right", or point of view, is a combinatio…

Jun 25, 2017 - 8:20am
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Otto Warmbier

What happened to Otto Warmbier?  A University of Virginia student that took a tourist trip into North Korea with the " Young Pioneer Tours."   He was never outside the watchful eye of  Kim Jong-un's agents.  He committed a teenage misdemeanor offense that made him a tool for…

Jun 20, 2017 - 1:24pm
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  • - Jun 23, 2017 - 9:50pm
  • - by John G
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Is overpopulation the biggest threat to the world?

Thomas Robert Malthus was a reverend from the eighteenth century who foresaw the effects of a huge burgeoning world population. He thought it would be a catastrophe. It would take room, use up resources and create famine and pestilence. He proposed that measures needed to be taken in order to restri…

Jun 21, 2017 - 8:58am
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NEWS BEFORE IT HAPPENS: DEPLORABLE!

NEWS BEFORE IT HAPPENS: DEPLORABLE! NEWS BEFORE IT HAPPENS: DEPLORABLE! You may not recall (unless you have been a long time reader of Tubularsock) but back in July of 2014 Tubularsock, President Obama’s Secretary of the Inferior was reported MISSING and besides the many conspiracy theor…

Jun 21, 2017 - 1:40pm
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Obama Care Repeal Promise

Thursday the Majority leader Mitch McConnell released the GOP Senate health care bill, “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017,” and we know that the GOP House passed by one vote their health care bill, “American Health Care Act.” Professor Johnathan Gurber the architect caug…

Jun 23, 2017 - 2:04pm
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  • - Jun 25, 2017 - 10:54am
  • - by Leroy
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Just a piece ofPaper!

Come to think of it, the single thing that has brought me the maximum joy in life, has always been  !   Being the nerd that I am, the score cards on the day of results back in school always used to be a welcoming sight! Also, making cute little greeting cards for your friends used to the …

Jun 23, 2017 - 10:23pm
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Something for the solstice

The summer solstice is associated with Druid beliefs but celebration of the Dance of The Seasons goes back much further.   "Humankind has to get back to the rhythm of the Cosmos"                  &…

Jun 21, 2017 - 3:27pm
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Trump's Referendum

The Georgia congressional race was supposed to be a referendum of President Trump. The Democrats were so determined to get a foothold, some momentum, that they threw around $30 million into the race. They got nothing in return. The self-described party of the working class spent $30 million attempti…

Jun 23, 2017 - 2:17pm
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  • - Jun 26, 2017 - 3:17am
  • - by John G
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Today's Digital $ is not official Legal Tender! Re…

The 1965 Coinage Act was the official legislation which established what can be used as ‘legal tender’ money in USA. Also, the 1978 Electronic Funds Transfer Act establishes the process of transferring $’s from digital accounts but it does not make a virtual $ ‘legal tender&…

Jun 22, 2017 - 6:49pm
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Before We Became Uptight

I've gotten into this bug of watching old game shows on YouTube (originally broadcast on the Game Network).  My favorites are the Hollywood Squares, The Match Game and The Dating Game.  All three were full of never ending innuendos having to do with sex.  Unlike today where …

Jun 23, 2017 - 7:59pm
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Myth of Er- Plato andJung

“The thing you sacrificed comes back  years later, knife in hand, demanding to sacrifice that which it was sacrificed for.”-Carl Jung   In Plato’s Myth of Er, each soul returns from a previous life and chooses its attributes for the next return to Earth. These qual…

Jun 24, 2017 - 6:54am
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  • - Jun 25, 2017 - 11:53pm
  • - by JC
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The Yin and Yang ofSpirituality and the Future of…

    Carl Jung is famous for having brought the concept of working on shadow elements within the psyche into Western psychotherapy, although the process of self-therapy, self-transformation and psychic self-evaluation with subsequent spiritual elevation is indeed a very ancient practice. A…

Jun 24, 2017 - 2:00pm
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