Am I Brainwashed?
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Oct 21, 2018 - 9:41am
Am I Brainwashed?

I recently had a rather vociferous debate about our Canadian Prime Minister, specifically how good a job he has done since being elected two years ago. Frustrated that he could not convince me of the exact opposite, declared that I was "brainwashed".  This is a common scenario that happens here on WB often. The insults fly and become personal attacks. Once the emotional beast is released there seems to be no turning back to rational debate, and nothing gets accomplished.    All humans tend to think within their own packs or 'groupthink', so we are all brainwashed to a certain extent. Many believe that the people who wear turbans or burkas are brainwashed. That is a lot of brainwashing when you consider the millions of people for whom this is a part of their daily life. Is this BRAINWASHING?  I …

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Clamping Down on Glamping

Have you heard of glamping? Apparently it means glam camping, which in turns means glamorous camping, which in turn means camping in luxury and style. This continued shortening of words and terms is the topic of a whole other blog. I'll just say here that by the beginning of the next decade someone …

Oct 21, 2018 - 11:39am
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Celestial Billiards

  Earlier this year I wrote about some of the risks facing humanity. I’ve begun to expound on those risks with additional information. Here is the first risk in the list, Celestial Billiards.   One risk we face that is certainly out of our control involves our environment. Not the e…

Oct 21, 2018 - 7:06pm
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Of Toys and Termination

The Transitional Object Paradigm It’s almost as if it is “bring your toy day” at school. All of the students have their toys, held close to them, asking if they can play with them in every class. They have many reasons for keeping the toys close, such as their importance in their l…

Oct 20, 2018 - 4:09am
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2018 Midterms:  Some Fearless/Fearful Predictions

Confusion will be my EpitaphAs I crawl a cracked and broken pathIf we make it we can all sit back and laughBut I fear tomorrow I'll be crying--Epitaph, King CrimsonI'm thinking of the song lyrics above as an epigram for the elections themselves, or for one, or mor…

Oct 21, 2018 - 4:50pm
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A way of conceptualizing comparative wealth and wh…

This began life as a post elsewhere in 2011 but is heavily edited.   We throw a lot of numbers around when talking about wealth. A million, a billion, they’re big numbers. However, when we look at those numbers, we don’t really visualize what they mean. In order to make the scale ob…

Oct 22, 2018 - 11:15am
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Feudalism 2.0

   There used to be a time when kings and queens and other aristocrats ruled what we call the Western world now - with a little help of the pope.....then came the time of "enlightenment", remember Martin Luther, or, as a better example, Thomas Müntzer, who lived at the same time and …

Oct 20, 2018 - 9:11am
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Tragicomic Cases of Treachery

America has always had its share of traitors and turncoats, starting with perhaps the most famous one, Benedict Arnold, and continuing to the present day. Although Edward Snowden is being presented as more of a whistleblower, he is in fact a traitor in every sense of the word. A citizen of one natio…

Oct 19, 2018 - 10:00pm
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The Republican plan to starve the poor, forbid Bla…

I figured I needed a lurid title to fit in here and I noticed that most of them are from Republicans, so I decided in the interest of balance that my side needed one. 

Oct 20, 2018 - 1:46pm
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Digital Tavern: New York in 1971 at the end of the…

New York in 1971 at the end of the Hippie dream   I finished college in summer and we immediately embarked on our big adventure. We were heading off to discover the rest of the planet. The USA seemed an obvious place to start. I wanted to have a look at the New York City scene and get across to…

Oct 22, 2018 - 4:13am
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Leftist: incapable of operating in a free society

  If you can't distinguish between an action and a suggestion you have a mental disorder.   If you can't distinguish between disagreeing with someone and a attack or act of aggression you have a dangerous mental disorder.   Most liberals are not sick but an increasingly large fraction…

Oct 19, 2018 - 10:16pm
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The Rise of Gnosticism

Gnosticism is exhibited as a mental instinct of some humans that has a long pernicious history. It is ancient AND modern. Prof Philip Lee in his book, Against the Protestant Gnostics, notes that most Christian congregations of the Early Church were Gnostic and the minority were orthodox. St. Au…

Oct 21, 2018 - 7:24pm
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Stephen Hawking - Parting shots for Brexit and Tru…

Stephen Hawking - the greatest mind of modern times - gave a speech that he had recorded shortly before his death in which he lambasted both Brexit and Trump, which he saw as great dangers to the future of mankind.   In the final speech, which was aired yesterday at the launch of his last book …

Oct 19, 2018 - 1:11pm
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Could We Actually Achieve

Everybody knows ‘the speed of light’ is fast. The only thing faster is Chuck Norris, who, the legend goes, can turn out the lights and be under the covers before the room gets dark.     But just how fast is light?   And does it always move the exact same speed? Can we use…

Oct 20, 2018 - 5:44pm
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Socialism:  Yes, please!

Hello!  My dad is a veteran who uses the VA for medical and psychological care.  I recently discovered that my white republican neighbors do not like the VA even though they are not veterans. That seems strange to me.  Why would white non-veterans not like the VA?   Just to clari…

Oct 21, 2018 - 12:35am
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If you are really convinced that increasing CO2 le…

All of our oh-so-smart elites are telling us we need to lower CO2 production. OK, if you are serious, here are two things we can do to immediately achieve that objective without forcing folks back into the 1850s.  63% of our electricity is still produced from fossil fuel sources. 38% of our ene…

Oct 21, 2018 - 1:24pm
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God's View of Tolerance

One of the pet words of this age is "tolerance". It is a good word, but we have tried to stretch it over too great an area of life. Too often we have applied tolerance where it does not belong.   The word "tolerant" means broad-minded, willing to put up with beliefs opposed to one's convictions…

Oct 22, 2018 - 8:19am
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Why not justice for the 900,000 Jews who were expe…

All Arabs came to Israel from Arabia and the Muslims in "Syria Palestina" are from all over from Afghanistan to Spanish Morroco. Some are converts from Judaism and there are also converts from Judaism in Iran and other Muslim counties. For some reason, the international community is not ap…

Oct 22, 2018 - 11:57am
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Remember, remember, the 6th of November...

On November 6th, the United States of America has many elections for city councils, house of Representatives, the Senate, etc. Also, at the same time, the ENTIRE American federal government is run, and has been run for almost two years, by republicans- the Legislative branch, the Executive branch, a…

Oct 23, 2018 - 12:07am
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Who are the democrat party today?

We all know the history of the democrat party.  It is well documented.   It was founded by Andrew Jackson, based on making sure slavery continued to survive.  This was the person who turned the American idea of “divine providence” into the warped belief of “Manifest …

Oct 23, 2018 - 12:25am
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Scaremongering IPCC Tries To Revive Climate Hyster…

Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee) in The Wicker Man (1973)   Those discredited jokers, gropers and fake scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have surpassed themselves in the idiocy stakes in their latest report (Summary for Policy Makers linked below). It is …

Oct 16, 2018 - 10:49am
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Have we abandoned the rule of law in this country?

I keep hearing these women saying that because SOME men have sexually assaulted women, THIS particular woman with no evidence whatsoever against Kavanaugh should be believed. What's up with that illogical thinking? If I am robbed at gunpoint by some guy, do others get to accuse DIFFERENT men of robb…

Oct 20, 2018 - 6:55pm
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Emotional Honesty

My father insisted that men were rational, women emotional, and therefore, women were irrational and inferior to men.  He liked to prove his point by provoking his wife and daughters into a rage, at which time he would sit back and smirk. I learned from his example that emotional expression sho…

Oct 11, 2018 - 3:11pm
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