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Dec 10, 2018 - 12:34pm
The Beat Goes on XXIX

Below is an email dialogue between Dale Ruff and me.  I believe we’re at an impasse, perhaps one of you can change one of our opinions on the matter of site moderation:   Dec 8, 2018 at 10:55 AM Dale Ruff wrote: Autumn, your website is being taken over by 5 or 6  trolls...and chasing out intelligent comment. Don't be a victim of Gresham's law of  comment, with bad chasing out the good.   Set some standards or watch your project become  Troll Central.    I have reached the point when I see the same 4 or 5 names over and over again that I just ignore them and delete.   If you want good writers and intelligent discussions, you must  take control and  get rid of the hijackers.     On Sat, Dec 8, 2018 at 9:33 AM Autumn Cote wrote: While I appreciate the advic…

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What Can We Learn from the French Tax Riots?

Rioting engulfs Paris as anger grows over high taxes   “Central Paris was filled with the rumble of armored police trucks and the hiss of tear gas on Saturday, as French riot police fought to contain thousands of yellow-vested protesters venting their anger against the government in a m…

Dec 9, 2018 - 2:45pm
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Conjecture

(Much of this is true.)Our President's bad mood last weekend was easy to read.  As they said in the old gangster movies, The Jig Is Up.  No more cake for you, Donald!Though Paul Manafort had backed off his earlier plea deal by lying to Mueller and sharing informatio…

Dec 10, 2018 - 12:23am
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The liberal media Christmas outrage is hilarious!

I'm so confused when it comes to the media and the liberal message.  Take for instance the outrage over the color of the Christmas trees in the White House.  They couldn't just say they were appalled at the color red, but they were appalled at the color "BLOOD" red.  Where was the blo…

Dec 8, 2018 - 6:31am
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A different way to look at the climate change deba…

There are a lot of climate posts here. Each side thinks the other one is nuts, or scientifically off their rockers, or holding positions because of whichever shadowy interests they’re accused of backing. I’m on one side of this but I was absolutely not inclined to post about this because…

Dec 8, 2018 - 12:15am
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An International Tax Shell Game

In the early 1980s, I was working for an international oilfield service company. The company made no secret that it was about profits. All employees had reasonable access to their division’s financial summaries, which included both sets of books. I will explain that later.   I will just c…

Dec 8, 2018 - 2:09pm
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Elvis Lives Near Memphis

The human brain is a marvelous thing.  I've been giving this much thought lately as politics in America is now a bipolar sport.  For one very small moment, I will look at the glass as half full.    The human mind is truly the most complex device created and is completely unpredic…

Dec 8, 2018 - 10:12pm
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More commodifying of life, more numbers, more cons…

Our tenured elites, our bankers, all our highest officials, and most all our policy wonks are playing out ridiculously predictable scripts.   As none has any access to any humanities, they even more helplessly exhibit the mediocrity of pod people all stuck in categories, departments, abstractio…

Dec 8, 2018 - 10:14pm
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The Falklands and penguins

The Falklands and penguins   We didn’t actually storm the beach. Instead we bounced up to a jetty where a pleasant sailor helped us off as the lifeboat pitched about. A jaunty big sign bade us welcome to the Falklands. We had already noted the bright little town of Port Stanley. …

Dec 9, 2018 - 5:10am
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The Reprobate Reconsideration of Rules

I browsed through a book recently, and I really think it is worthy of a review. The book is Answering Why by Mark C. Perna. Mr. Perna coins the term the “Why Generation” describing the Generation Z, those born in the 1995 to 2010 era.   Self-Created Problems Mr. Perna spoke to an ex…

Dec 9, 2018 - 8:08am
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American Individualism aka freedom

WE invented American Individualism aka FREEDOM, up until the Founding, EVERYONE was a Slave or subject (property) of the crown or beholden to a tribe or in the case of Islam -Slaves to the will of Allah. The idea that someone could, or more importantly, SHOULD BE ALLOWED to go it alone as an INDIVID…

Dec 9, 2018 - 8:31pm
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David Attenborough?? Is he right??

    Is David Attenborough a shill for the global elite?   Is he simply misguided?   Or does he, after spending a lifetime working with nature, know what he’s talking about?   David says that we are facing the greatest threat for thousands of years. He states that th…

Dec 11, 2018 - 5:36am
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How to enlighten the liberal mindless drones

There is some confusion among the ranks of conservatives about what to do with liberals.  On WB, we have quite a band of pseudo conservatives and liberals, and their thinking is badly diseased, yet they don't know it, and they viciously respond to the slightest insinuation that they have no ide…

Dec 10, 2018 - 2:18pm
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What is PBS/NPR good for?

I am watching 1991 Paul Simon "concert in the park" now on DVR I recorded this weekend, and specifically "Bridge of Troubled Water", one song I really love.   Why do I mention this?  They do fund drives.  About the only times they really show great stuff like this is during the fund d…

Dec 10, 2018 - 11:50pm
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USAmerican

The following was triggered by an excellent article I read today about a piece of the fraud that is the USAmerican corporate, for-profit remedial sick care industry (abbreviated below as RSC) that has personally effected (afflicted) me over the last few years: privatized "Medicare Advantage".  …

Dec 6, 2018 - 5:23pm
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Comey Claims Amnesia During Questions

If you remember Sgt. Schultz's famous "I know nothing" lines from Hogan's Heroes, you've seen James Comey's inspiration for his recent testimony. I found this , via Former FBI Director James Comey claimed “I don’t know” or “I don’t remember” in response to …

Dec 9, 2018 - 8:35am
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Why people care about sports but not about bigger…

: Here's why Americans know so much about sports but so little about world affairsThe way the system is set up, there is virtually nothing people can do anyway to influence the real world.By Noam Chomsky / Noam Chomsky's Official   Here is another idea about why people care about s…

Dec 9, 2018 - 7:45pm
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A false opportunity to slam meat-eating

Scientists have come to the conclusion that  provided our distant ancestors with enough protein and calories for our brains to evolve to be large and smart. Our less distant ancestors didn't hunt to advance some belief that nature must be conquered. They hunted for practical need and knew what…

Dec 10, 2018 - 4:37pm
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Will This Be the New Normal?

Mueller may get Trump on criminal charges for the Stormy Daniels (and Playboy playmate) payoffs. (The "Russia Collusion" investigation is concluding having found that the president made payments to porn stars.)    But it appears they can only do so by claiming Trump's paymen…

Dec 10, 2018 - 7:02pm
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The Ad Hominem Attack.

My dear friend,   You have a peculiar talent for articulating hogwash with such fervor and verbal resolution that one should never question or doubt the clear and mortal threat our quality use of time faces. Your spectacular, impolitic, political potboiler onecromancy is a stunning revelation o…

Dec 10, 2018 - 10:01pm
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Liberals have a disconnect in their brain

Liberals have a disconnect in their brains between the moment they vote and when they notice something is not going well in the government for them. My sister who mostly votes Democrat was complaining about the bike lanes in Minneapolis that cause traffic congestion and no one uses them. I said, " W…

Dec 11, 2018 - 8:46am
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Life Deep Underground Supports Panspermia, Aliens,…

It may seem at first like I am really stretching things and jumping to conclusions – but bear with me.  I think the jumps and conclusions made below are simple, easy to follow, and logical conclusions… especially compared to compiling the evidence I usually write about on topics lik…

Dec 11, 2018 - 9:12am
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Exit without entrance

Twenty years ago, in the summer of 1997, I visited London as a tourist. It must be admitted that from the very first minutes of acquaintance with this country it produced the impression of a very different world - not how England had been imagined for fifteen years spent studying its language, lite…

Dec 5, 2018 - 7:12am
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