The Pendulum Swings
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Oct 23, 2017 - 2:57am
The Pendulum Swings

The Trump Administration has cancelled hundreds of regulations which cost companies and people money according to the Budget Director. Fortunately in Houston companies and areas in Texas there was no or very limited costs. Unfortunately for people of Texas the costs in money and heartbreak are astronomical. After all Houston is and has been the largest city without zoning/land use regulations. What does that mean for any city? Zoning doesn't only separate uses based on compatibility. Although it does accomplish that it also requires building setbacks, spacing, landscaping, limits how much land can be built upon and paved. Many zoning and land use ordinances go further and establish the minimum size for a building site, public access such as streets, sidewalks, public water and sewer connections and the minimum elevation for the ground flo…

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I entered the columnist Nick Kristof’s  . It closed October 8th, and no one has contacted me from the New York Times. Last time he did a poetry contest, he published the winners about a week after the entry date. I’m assuming that means if I had somehow won, I’d know by now. …

Oct 22, 2017 - 5:23pm

Honor and Honesty   Are these two words closely related? Can either word be used to describe human behavior without inferring the existence of the other word? Dictionary definitions of the noun, honor, have some meanings common to the noun, honesty. By eliminating the last four letters from HON…

Oct 22, 2017 - 4:38pm
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Some more fluff.

Cross posted from . Star Wars scenes we'd like to see   On Dagobah in The Empire Strikes Back.     On board the Second Death Star in Return of the Jedi. (Tip o’ th’ hat to Art Bell)   Vader: Join me, Luke!  Together we shall rule the Galaxy as fat…

Oct 22, 2017 - 3:59pm
Spending Time With FEMA recovery

in We all know how FEMA botched the Katrina recovery in New Orleans more than 12 years ago.  Since then its not that FEMA has gotten much better but they have simply outsourced the recovery and rebuilding effort.  FEMA for all practical purposes doesn't know the difference between a hurric…

Oct 22, 2017 - 3:41pm
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The LOVE of $$$$$ is called What? Let's Think!

The LOVE of $$$ is what? Let’s Think! The Mark is already here for those with discernment. I now use a credit/debit card for most of my personal transactions. You probably do likewise. Our Smart Phones and our plastic cards are fore-runners of this Mark of the Beast financial system (s…

Oct 22, 2017 - 3:34pm
Raven's Peak

By Lincoln Cole Plot Okay. May I begin with a rarity? Usually, I start with a short blurb about what I read as the plot. Sometimes, I’m disappointed because what either the author has sent me as a description of the book or what I read on Amazon does not adhere to the actual contents. In t…

Oct 22, 2017 - 2:54pm
Spiritual DNA

By The Prophet of Life “Just as your body has a physical DNA, your Soul has a Spiritual DNA.”      Besides their physical DNA, all living beings have a spiritual DNA. Spiritual DNA is what connects your soul from one incarnation to the next. Further, it connects all i…

Oct 22, 2017 - 1:45pm
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The New Political Party

“Sure come on down to visit us!” an old high buddy yelled back in to the phone. I hadn’t heard from Bill for 12 years. When I learned that he had moved to small town north of our city, I just had to give him a call. We found a weekend free, and I made the trip. There I found Bill w…

Oct 22, 2017 - 10:34am
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  • - Oct 23, 2017 - 1:04am
  • - by Nasty

  I believe that Dr. Jeff Young is a valid hero, a humanitarian, and an all-around good person.   The world needs more Dr. Jeff Young's in all aspects of life.   I feel confident that those who know him, are touched by him, and who watch his TV presentations are positively affected.…

Oct 22, 2017 - 10:18am
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A 26-month-old piece of fictionalised semi-or-non-fiction from my .  Posted here for your enjoyment, should you choose to experience it:   You Should Relax, You Look Tired   Landing succeeded smoothly – always a great relief – and the beautiful semi-Polynesian hoste…

Oct 22, 2017 - 9:04am
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No more borders? Imagine that...

Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion, too   I guess I don't have to comment or interpret these words, everyone and his cat know where it comes from. Let's all pray for the New World Order where nations, prejudices, religions etc. are elimin…

Oct 22, 2017 - 7:00am
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  • - Oct 22, 2017 - 10:53pm
  • - by Nasty
How Taxes and Real Wage Inflexibility Interact to…

This is an excerpt.  For the full article click this .   Milton Friedman (1953) claimed in his “The Case for Variable Exchange Rates” that the increase in nominal wage inflexibility in the 20th century made the gold standard or any regime Electronic copy available at: http://s…

Oct 21, 2017 - 8:18pm
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  • - Oct 22, 2017 - 6:17pm
  • - by John G
Christians Meddling Can Get a Lot of Us Hurt

Some on WB seem to feel we Christians are mean--spirited. I wish they would give specific examples of what they are talking about. Until then I will have to guess.   I came across a very interesting Scripture. In 1 Peter 4:15, Peter informs his fellow Christians to expect serious persecution. T…

Oct 21, 2017 - 6:31pm
Polish Resistance to

The European Union is pressuring Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republican to allow the resettlement Muslim refugees in their countries. Poland has refused, saying, “We learn from others mistakes.”  Western European leaders seem to have little sympathy for their Eastern brethren.…

Oct 21, 2017 - 1:24pm
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  • - Oct 22, 2017 - 5:30pm
  • - by John G

  I mean, I'm not a do-gooder, and I really don't give a shit about "political orientation" anymore, and I'm also not an esoteric, or a Jesus-God freak who cites from stuff he has read or heard. I'm kind of real-time. I just had a discussion on another forum about vegetarians and animal lovers…

Oct 21, 2017 - 11:19am
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  • - Oct 22, 2017 - 7:12pm
  • - by Nasty
4 Ways Carl Schurz, a 19th Century Missouri Social…

A friend recently shared with me a short audio CD entitled “Lincoln’s Marxists” – which consisted of a lecture given by Al Benson Jr. (editor and publisher of the Copperhead Chronicle, and author of the book “ “). The lecture basically consisted of how Karl Marx,…

Oct 21, 2017 - 8:10am
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Negative interest rates as a fishhook

It is time for the annual Spring Meetings. Many of the world’s finance and development ministers, along with business and civil society leaders, are here is Washington and have been meeting with us at the World Bank this week to discuss what we can do to rise up to these challenging times. Mos…

Oct 21, 2017 - 6:28am
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  • - Oct 21, 2017 - 8:38pm
  • - by Leroy
Writing To Stress Writing For Stress

Now, I want to start by saying I am NOT having heart problems.   Originally I was going to start with, "So I went to the doctor to have my heart checked ..." Which would have been foolish, because people actually care about my health. The dog cares. My wife cares. The fire department would have…

Oct 21, 2017 - 3:54am
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Private Equity and Its Determinants

This is an excerpt.  For the full paper click .   3.1 Private Equity Private equity investments are investments held by institutions and high net worth investors in both publicly and privately held companies in which the investors play an active managerial role. The major types of financi…

Oct 20, 2017 - 9:47pm
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Why So Scared?

 Popular Mechanics published an article titled “What’s So Scary about the Future Anyway?” Why are people so afraid of the future, especially the young? Let’s look at a few reasons.   Clit-Lit   Clit-lit, short for climate literature, is the mostly young adult f…

Oct 20, 2017 - 8:59pm
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Human actions should be based on scientific fact,…

How far do you agree with this statement?   The relentless rise of science over the centuries, from the days of the great ancient Greek philosopher-scientists such as Democritus and Aristotle to the present day’s biological experiments with implanting human glial cells into the brai…

Oct 20, 2017 - 3:51pm
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Nothing's cool

They say the planet's heating up and I think it's true, but that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about being cool, like being hip, like being the cat's meow.   Obama was cool as the pres. I don't care how you felt about his policies, the man performed like a polar bear in an ice cave,…

Oct 20, 2017 - 3:06pm
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