The New Political Party
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Oct 22, 2017 - 10:34am
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 with his wife and three kids and a great accounting practice providing for his family.   “There’s an important event tonight in town,” he said, “and I bought you a ticket. We’re forming a new political party.”   “Sounds interesting,” I replied. Not having much to do with politics before, it could be an interesting night for me.   When Bill and I got there, the speech was just starting. “We are making history tonight,” the speaker said. He mentioned that this was a gatheri…

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  • - Oct 23, 2017 - 1:04am
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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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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 warning…

Oct 19, 2017 - 1:29pm
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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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  • - Oct 22, 2017 - 5:30pm
  • - by John G
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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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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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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
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Why Some Become Pirates

Pirates worked in the wealth accumulation business over many years in different geographic locations; most pirates conducted business at sea. Pirates perfected the art of plundering both covertly and overtly from numerous sources. Pirates often employed direct force-of-arms to obtain items of worth …

Oct 20, 2017 - 12:16pm
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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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ARE YOU SURE YOU HAVE PROBLEMS ?

  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
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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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Arrival

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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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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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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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
 
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DR. JEFF, VETERINARIAN - ANIMAL PLANET

  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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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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SIXTH MAJOR HURRICANE IN THE ATLANTIC!

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

  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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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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Harvey Weinstein Shows Us When Apologizing Makes T…

The worlds of entertainment, politics and news media are still buzzing four days after The New York Times wrote about   a number of women over nearly three decades. People are talking about appalling behavior, attempts to keep things quiet through settlements, the courage of thos…

Oct 17, 2017 - 9:26am
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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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