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Oct 19, 2017 - 1:29pm
Climate Future?

Climate Change has troubled me for years now. I remember back in the late 1970's a huge hole in the ozone layer appeared due to the use of CFC's (Chlorofluorocarbons) used in everything from air conditioners to propellant in aerosol cans.   As the years rolled on, I remember quite a few warnings about acid rain destroying our freshwater lakes and rivers. Then, in quick succession, it was nuclear accidents, oil and chemical spills, and PCB's (polychlorinated biphenyls) polluting our drinking water, causing terrible cancers. The world seemed doomed as we realised the extent of damage we'd created. But suddenly, the media reports all went quiet.   I, like most people, didn't give it a lot of thought at the time... But mainstream media dropped the stories about such problems and focused on the 1980's with its rebounding economics, n…

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DNA and Original Sin

About something he wrote, St Paul once said: “I have no command from the LORD, but I give a judgement.” So, I am taking that caveat for this article as I wade out over my head.   In a discussion of what Christians believe, someone on WB wrote a list but ended with one thing he could…

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:19pm
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Illicit Financial Flows and Capital Flight in Afri…

Briefing Note to the UN Economic Commission for Africa on Illicit Financial Flows and Capital Flight in Africa Between 2002 and 2006, Global Financial Integrity (GFI) provided the conservative estimate that Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) from developing countries were between $859 billion to $1.06 t…

Oct 19, 2017 - 9:27pm
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  • - Oct 21, 2017 - 5:38pm
  • - by John G
Interesting things that got me to thinking ....

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.”     Helen Keller   “If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your lif…

Oct 19, 2017 - 11:02am
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The Decline and Fall of Which Empire?

  Empires die, if they are lucky, with a whimper, not a bang. On October 14, 2017, Memorial Stadium in Lincoln Nebraska let out a huge whimper. On that night, the team representing the University of Nebraska laid down and allowed Ohio State to eviscerate the Husker's defense. Meanwhile, the Oh…

Oct 19, 2017 - 1:55pm
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  • - Oct 21, 2017 - 10:51pm
  • - by John G
Moral Panic of 2017

People are overlooking the obvious reasons for the chaos in America.   America, the early adopters in social media and alternate news sources, is on the forefront of social reform.  Just as the printing press caused an upheaval and revolutions in many societies, the internet is causin…

Oct 17, 2017 - 11:26am
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19 Most Powerful Words Ever Spoken

Statue in front of the Prudential Center, Boston Photo by Ken West     I was taking a Saturday morning class at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. It was a public speaking class and most of my classmates were police officers, both local and state. They were taking this cour…

Sep 30, 2015 - 6:12pm
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Angela Merkel, Stalin in Drag

Back in the Pleistocene era in 1989 the Berlin wall went down.  Most of the East Germans, who had likely contemplated with envy the “freedom” enjoyed by the Jurgens and Gretas next door in the West, must have wondered with great anticipation what life in a post-Stalinist world would…

Oct 20, 2017 - 2:56pm
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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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Sermon on the Mound, Eve of 2007

CHURCH OF THE HOLIER THAN THOU, INCORPORATED A for-profit religion where nothing is sacred, and human sacrifice is obligatory   SERMON ON THE MOUND Eve of 2007   The following sermon was delivered over a New Year’s Eve bonfire for 2007     Dear Worried Souls:  …

Oct 20, 2017 - 8:42am
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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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  • - Oct 21, 2017 - 10:46pm
  • - 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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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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How to Read Music — Part I : Pitch

How the Pitch of a Musical Tone is Notated.   In western culture, music is written and read by means of a notation— an arbitrarily chosen set of symbols — that had been developed and codified by the 13th century. The notation is still used today.   The originators of the notati…

Oct 14, 2017 - 10:05pm
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This time she's Ophelia, a Category 3 who's sideswiping the Azores. This is probably the first time since the Eemian period that a Cat-3 hit the Azores. Category 3 Hurricane Ophelia. Let's see: there's Harvey (Cat 4), Irma (Cat 5), Jose (Cat 4), Maria (Cat 5), Lee (Cat 3), and Ophelia …

Oct 16, 2017 - 12:05pm
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Has Writer Beat Been Infiltrated by the Russians o…

Anyone who has met me on this forum has surely noticed my difficulties in finding my place among your illustrious community.  I am not mystified by the behavior and views of the U.S.  conservatives and libertarians.  As much as I find their beliefs distasteful, I have always been one …

Oct 16, 2017 - 2:24am
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  NEWS BEFORE IT HAPPENS … NFL     Editor note: Because “Tubularsock, ‘. . . first hand coverage, second hand news”’ has a distant relationship with the Secretary of The Deplorables, we wish to state here in order to be completely transparent to our rea…

Oct 17, 2017 - 9:37pm
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We have been Putin's trolls

A Russian daily Medusa (in its English version) published a  on the Russian "troll farms" activities in United States.    "The Internet Research Agency, Russia’s infamous “troll farm,” reportedly devoted up to a third of its entire staff to meddling in U.S. politics…

Oct 18, 2017 - 8:48am
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Is Writer Beat a Social Psychology research projec…

      Recently Flying Junior asked   he closed this article by saying "Are you guys infiltrated by Russian trolls?  What other possible explanation could there be?"   I don't agree with his conclusions however like a lot of other people including many that have le…

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:19pm
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  • - Oct 21, 2017 - 6:59pm
  • - by John G
A Solution to the Take A Knee Issue

By Mark Wilkins Last Season, NFL Player Colin  Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem for all of the league games he participated in.  He was subsequently released by his team and no other NFL team has picked him up. He took a knee to protest the continuous wave of unarmed Afric…

Oct 19, 2017 - 6:11pm
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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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White Supremacism and the Origins of International…

This is an excerpt from the following paper:     For more than a century, social scientists have maintained that race and racism are amongst the most important factors in world politics. Racism is the belief in, practice, and policy of domination based on the specious concept of race.3 I…

Oct 21, 2017 - 10:37pm
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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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