How the Desire to Unite Divides Us
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Jun 19, 2018 - 9:35pm
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 fickle and eclectic mix of emotions and emotional responses. It is quite natural for humans to have a desire to be a part of something larger than themselves, furthermore, this also tends to large groups of like-minded people gathering together and uniting in a singular group. This habit or human trait is well documented and evidenced in our love of sports groups, types of music, literature of choice and even with the foods and drinks we love or love to hate as the case may be. It is not so frequently noted, and certainly not so well documented o…

 
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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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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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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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Asylum seekers are immigrating legally

Asylum seekers are immigrating legally. Pres. Obama did not jail asylum seekers. Nor did he separate children of asylum seekers from their families. Remember the "catch and release" program that conservatives hated? And when have Democrats jailed the fathers of minority babies in order to create the…

Jun 19, 2018 - 12:12pm
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On Laura Bush and illegal immigrant children

Any respect I had for the Bushes has flushed down the tubes. All this is the result of the last administrations. Quite frankly from what I've seen, the illegal immigrant minors seem to be enjoying themselves, getting three squares, are in a safe and clean environment. Unlike the cages from the …

Jun 19, 2018 - 4:32am
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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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Temperature has nothing to do with ice melt

The temperature in Antarctic is well below freezing nearly everywhere nearly all of the time. It can't melt. Changes to the ice mass balance there is a function of snow fall decades or centuries ago and ice bergs that calve into the ocean today. Claims that it's melting under water at the ground lin…

Jun 19, 2018 - 2:58am
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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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Talk about the decline and fall...

What’s this thing with cable channels and their onslaught of shows about totally trashy people that glorify their crimes?  I never understood the popularity of Breaking Bad and these knock-offs are even worse. I was at my sister’s house earlier and saw a promo for a new …

Jun 18, 2018 - 3:08pm
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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 …

Jun 18, 2018 - 12:37pm
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A VISION OF OUR FUTURE GOV'T

If our founding father's had modern communications, they would not have written representatives into the constitution. They would have written in, one person, one vote. They couldn't leave the farm for a month to go cast their vote, so they wrote in their representative.   CHANGE #1, NO POLITIC…

Jun 18, 2018 - 4:29am
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A VISION OF OUR FUTURE GOV'T

If our founding father's had modern communications, they would not have written representatives into the constitution. They would have written in, one person, one vote. They couldn't leave the farm for a month to go cast their vote, so they wrote in their representative.   CHANGE #1, NO POLITIC…

Jun 18, 2018 - 4:29am
 
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A VISION OF OUR FUTURE GOV'T

If our founding father's had modern communications, they would not have written representatives into the constitution. They would have written in, one person, one vote. They couldn't leave the farm for a month to go cast their vote, so they wrote in their representative.   CHANGE #1, NO POLITIC…

Jun 18, 2018 - 4:29am
 
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A VISION OF OUR FUTURE GOV'T

If our founding father's had modern communications, they would not have written representatives into the constitution. They would have written in, one person, one vote. They couldn't leave the farm for a month to go cast their vote, so they wrote in their representative.   CHANGE #1, NO POLITIC…

Jun 18, 2018 - 4:29am
 
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A VISION OF OUR FUTURE GOV'T

If our founding father's had modern communications, they would not have written representatives into the constitution. They would have written in, one person, one vote. They couldn't leave the farm for a month to go cast their vote, so they wrote in their representative.   CHANGE #1, NO POLITIC…

Jun 18, 2018 - 4:29am
 
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A VISION OF OUR FUTURE GOV'T

If our founding father's had modern communications, they would not have written representatives into the constitution. They would have written in, one person, one vote. They couldn't leave the farm for a month to go cast their vote, so they wrote in their representative.   CHANGE #1, NO POLITIC…

Jun 18, 2018 - 4:26am
 
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A VISION OF OUR FUTURE GOV'T

If our founding father's had modern communications, they would not have written representatives into the constitution. They would have written in, one person, one vote. They couldn't leave the farm for a month to go cast their vote, so they wrote in their representative.   CHANGE #1, NO POLITIC…

Jun 18, 2018 - 4:26am
 
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A VISION OF OUR FUTURE GOV'T

If our founding father's had modern communications, they would not have written representatives into the constitution. They would have written in, one person, one vote. They couldn't leave the farm for a month to go cast their vote, so they wrote in their representative.   CHANGE #1, NO POLITIC…

Jun 18, 2018 - 4:26am
 
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A VISION OF OUR FUTURE GOV'T

If our founding father's had modern communications, they would not have written representatives into the constitution. They would have written in, one person, one vote. They couldn't leave the farm for a month to go cast their vote, so they wrote in their representative.   CHANGE #1, NO POLITIC…

Jun 18, 2018 - 4:26am
 
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A VISION OF OUR FUTURE GOV'T

If our founding father's had modern communications, they would not have written representatives into the constitution. They would have written in, one person, one vote. They couldn't leave the farm for a month to go cast their vote, so they wrote in their representative.   CHANGE #1, NO POLITIC…

Jun 18, 2018 - 4:26am
 
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A VISION OF OUR FUTURE GOV'T

If our founding father's had modern communications, they would not have written representatives into the constitution. They would have written in, one person, one vote. They couldn't leave the farm for a month to go cast their vote, so they wrote in their representative.   CHANGE #1, NO POLITIC…

Jun 18, 2018 - 4:26am
 
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A VISION OF OUR FUTURE GOV'T

If our founding father's had modern communications, they would not have written representatives into the constitution. They would have written in, one person, one vote. They couldn't leave the farm for a month to go cast their vote, so they wrote in their representative.   CHANGE #1, NO POLITIC…

Jun 18, 2018 - 4:26am
 
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