Intelligence is Overrated
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Sep 16, 2017 - 3:07pm
Intelligence is Overrated

  The other day, a friend waxed eloquent about a university psychologist whose social Darwinist views corroborated her own belief in the hierarchy of intelligence with respect to race and nationality.   This is old news.  The world is full of people and groups who think they are smarter than everyone else.  If it weren’t for all those stupid people (not us, of course), we would be living in paradise.  The world is over-populated with all those stupid people, who have more babies than they can support.  Those babies grow up to have low IQs, with the IQ test the gold standard of the intelligentsia’s rating scale for smarts.   Everyone knows academics and scientists are smarter than everyone else, and that’s why the ivory tower elitists can’t pay their own way.  That’s why…

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A long long time ago...

    I realized the other day that I really have been content with my life. Ive never been all over the world, but it was never in my bucket list to do so.  Ive had the opportunity to meet great people and have great adventures throughout my life.  With the exception of a couple o…

Sep 16, 2017 - 2:04pm
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Professor Mark Bray and the lessons of history

Y'all might say that I am somewhat obsessed with the modern academy. And you might be right at that, but I think that behind this obsession there are some sound reasons: namely your kids, being incessantly brainwashed. Here is another shining example: Professor   "is a historian of human …

Sep 16, 2017 - 7:21am
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Vouchers: the solution to fixing public education

The education status quo in this country is for each child, based on where he or she lives, to attend the designated public school.  Some charter schools exist, but those schools handle only a fraction of the total school-aged population.  An obvious alternative is private school, but few …

Sep 15, 2017 - 10:27am
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DOES A LIE DESERVE RESPECT?

There are several ideologues on Writer Beat that promote their belief relentlessly. There is nothing wrong with that, except when they offer belief as fact, and demand it be respected. “You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.” ―   …

Sep 16, 2017 - 6:14pm
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  • - Sep 19, 2017 - 9:49pm
  • - by Leroy
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LET’S WAR SOME MORE!

  LET’S WAR SOME MORE! Well thank the Gods that THAT’S OVER! Another 9/11 has hit the history dust bin again and we are still in the dark over just which Saudi and Carlyle Group investment scheme helped to do it.     But hell that is water under the bridge so reall…

Sep 17, 2017 - 10:00pm
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  • - Sep 21, 2017 - 7:41pm
  • - by John G
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If Suddenly It Ended Tomorrow I Could Somehow Adju…

Inspired by Jeanne's life story I was reminded of my own.  The title is one of my favorite from a Jimmy Buffett song and his concerts were a blast when I attended those in the 1980s and 90s.  A little background.  It was popular at my college for friends to get a house together for th…

Sep 18, 2017 - 10:24pm
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Climate Change & High School Science

While the scientific community seems united in its vision of climate change and the adverse future on humanity, other scientists offer contrary analyses. Who should we listen to?   Here’s a new perspective for us determine which scientists are right: high school science.   Let’…

Sep 17, 2017 - 5:55pm
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Hit Piece against Civil Rights Hero Vera Lengsfeld

Vera Lengsfeld is far too little known. When she protested against the socialist dictatorship in 1988, quoting its constitution on free speech, she was thrown into prison. She expected to be held only one or two days, to be apart from her three little children for not too long. The government of the…

Sep 17, 2017 - 11:54am
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BELIEVE WHAT YOU WANT - BUT DON'T EVANGELIZE...

  I recently notice a rebirth of faith on WB. In times of war threats people become fearful - be it consciously or not - and times of fear play into the hands of the imaginary guy in the sky and his virgin-born son Jesus The Carpenter. I think whenever I set up a new death metal band I will na…

Sep 15, 2017 - 11:30am
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STONE'S LIFE. MAY YOU LIKE IT, IF NOT, OK :-)

As Jeanne published her photo album, I was inspired to do the same :-)   Well......3 years...or so...   12 years   16 years....with my girlfriend Marie-Claire. My first big love and the girl who was with me on my 3 year-trip around the world. Now she's my little sister ;-)   …

Sep 17, 2017 - 4:13pm
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A Free Market Solution to the Question of Gender

Barry Loberfeld’s saucy rant, combining diverse elements of philosophical argumentation counter seasoned with a tart touch of law and a few grains of biology is both unconvincing and pointless.  Back to the basics.      Individuals own their own bodies. Women and …

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:49pm
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  • - Sep 21, 2017 - 10:10pm
  • - by John G
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The World has become a very ugly place

Speaking the truth in the past was a virtue, now it makes one a target.  To complement a woman is now called sex abuse. To hold a minority opinion, is to be attacked as naïve. To trust your government, is called a pawn of big business. Everyone knows more than those who 's job it is to kno…

Sep 21, 2017 - 12:03am
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God is a Capitalist! Markets from Moses to Marx

In his book, Jesus in Beijing, author David Aikman describes a lecture that he attended in Beijing in 2002. The speaker, a scholar from one of China’s premier academic research institutes, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the following: One of the things we were asked to…

Sep 15, 2017 - 10:37pm
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Some thoughts on pacifism

Christian Michel has posed the question: “Is pacifism not only inept, but also morally abhorrent (evil everywhere should always be fought)?”   This question isn’t as simple as it sounds. For a start, my dictionary gives three different meanings of the word “pacifism.R…

Sep 17, 2017 - 12:06am
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Conflicting Convictions in Court

Federal appellate court nominee Amy Coney Barrett was questioned by the senators on Wednesday the 6th of September. Senator Diane Feinstein said, according to The Atlantic magazine: “The dogma lives loudly within you,” Feinstein said. “And that’s of concern when you come to b…

Sep 15, 2017 - 5:35pm
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The Religious Madness Merry-Go-Round.

  So another religious Muslim fanatic leaves a bomb on an underground train with the intent of blowing up innocent Christians. They planned it and put the bomb together with the intent of murdering and maiming as many people as possible in the name of god.   The Myanmar Muslim Rohingy…

Sep 17, 2017 - 6:14pm
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Some Memorable Movie Music

By no means an exhaustive list.   1.  (1935, Max Steiner) I believe this score was the first one to win an Oscar for best music.   2.  (1939, Max Steiner)   3a.   [1968, original score by Alex North, though not used by Kubrick in his final editing and commercial rele…

Sep 20, 2017 - 3:52am
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All The World Is A Stage

…And We Are The Stooges   When you thought you had reached peak conspiracy (and then rejected almost all of that as mere diversion), and then discover the possibility of there existing a whole new level of nefarious activity perpetrated at a level that makes run-of-the-mill conspiracy an…

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:50am
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  • - Sep 21, 2017 - 3:30pm
  • - by John G
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Time to Rethink How We Honor Veterans

Twenty veterans per day commit suicide every day including Sunday and Holidays.   About 65% are older then 50.  Veterans are 20% more likely to commit suicide then non-veterans, and female veterans are 250% more likely to commit suicide then non-female veterans.   Maybe we should…

Sep 20, 2017 - 12:36pm
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  • - Sep 21, 2017 - 9:54pm
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Abandoning the Blacks are Born Democrats Framework…

I am a candidate for City Council of District 27's South East Queens (St. Albans, parts of Hollis, Cambria Heights, Queens Village, Addisleigh Park, Jamaica, and Springfield Gardens) in the November 7 general elections.   While my party affiliation may generate initial disdain from some Black …

Sep 15, 2017 - 2:21am
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Our Racial Situation: Are We Losing?

Having been born in 1945, I am old enough to have seen historical changes in American society when it comes to racial matters. Though I grew up in Los Angeles, my mother, who was a native of North Carolina, used to take me back there during the summers to visit her family. I can recall at about the …

Sep 16, 2017 - 4:30pm
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  • - Sep 21, 2017 - 1:46am
  • - by John G
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HOW TO RESIST THE TRUMP AGENDA (#RESIST)

(Writer's note: This article was first published in April 2017)   It’s been nearly three months since Donald Trump was sworn in as our 45th President.  Since then, we have seen his and the Republican Congress’s unprecedented attacks on science,  energy efficiency standard…

Sep 17, 2017 - 12:16am
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