What Rules the Rulers?
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Aug 16, 2018 - 2:03pm
What Rules the Rulers?

Aldous Huxley published Brave New World in 1932.  The novel describes a futuristic society that boasts a world government with the motto “Community, Identity, Stability.”  The year is After Ford 632, and babies are decanted rather than born.  Eugenics has been refined to the point where viviparous births no longer occur.  Human ova are extracted from purchased ovaries and manually fertilized and grown in bottles to produce specific castes of individuals, from Alpha to Epsilon.  In the controlled process, growth and development are intentionally stunted in the lower castes, to pre-condition them to lives of menial labor and servitude.   There are no families, and the words “mother” and “father” are obscenities.  There is no social unrest, no disease, and no war.  B…

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After a fight with pancreatic cancer today at 9:40 am Aretha Franklin died today in her home in Detroit at 76 years old.  In music, she reached a pinnacle that very few people will ever reach, which was iconic. She had several visitors in the last weeks of her life including good friend Stevie …

Aug 16, 2018 - 11:06am
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An Open Letter to the American Press

[Note : The Boston Globe has convinced most major newspapers in the U.S. to write op-eds concerning Trumps “war on the press” this Thursday, August 16, 2018.  This would be my contribution to that effort.]   The founding fathers, I believe, considered the free press so essentia…

Aug 15, 2018 - 1:02pm
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In the Land of the Blind

There is an old saying that in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King. There was also a guy a long place ago and in a time far away who reminded us daily that we knew a little bit, soon we would know “the rest of the story”. In the case of the one-eyed man in the land of the bli…

Aug 18, 2018 - 2:23am
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  As people here know I'm European. Even though Switzerland is not in the EU (thankfully), and my nationality is Swiss, I define myself as an European. Why ? Because Europe is SMALL. And yes, dear Americans, I'm NOT a "Caucasian", because that mountain range is very far east where Asia meets E…

Aug 19, 2018 - 5:57am
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Manafort... What If

What if... the jury returns with a not guilty or even no verdict? What if... the judge's shenanigans are ignored with no reversal? What if... we have to accept that there is a large enough segment of people who are unwilling or just blind to any unlawful or unethical act to anything related to Trump…

Aug 18, 2018 - 7:00pm
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In Support of Journalists and the Media

  The veneer of civilization is thin. Those with the oratorical skill who are able to manipulate their audience into violently turning against the objects of derision, are deliberately pulling at a loose piece of veneer, caring not whether the veneer comes off and exposes the termite-infested …

Aug 16, 2018 - 1:44pm
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The New Press Revolution

They (mainstream news outlets) are indeed on their way out, but likely only to be replaced by something just as bad.  -- TexasLynn   Where is your source for this skepticism?  I say this not just to TexasLynn but to all who are afraid or angry while we are experiencing extraordinary c…

Aug 17, 2018 - 11:11am
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WELT online and my Experience on their Comment Sec…

  Germans are hardly ever on social media. I wrote a piece about that talks briefly about the platforms available in Germany. The most obvious ones are the comment sections under the newspapers. In the mentioned article I recalled my experience with ZEIT online. It took me only a weekend to …

Aug 19, 2018 - 7:08am
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The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Tru…

We want the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth - and that is precisely the problem. In this post-truth era we are all in denial of the truth as presented to us by experts, the media and politicians. We don't believe any of it. Hence we go to sites we think we can trust because they ped…

Aug 16, 2018 - 7:32am
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Big Brother Don And The

Has anyone else noted the tendency of those wrapping themselves in "liberty", the flag, and Bible are always shilling for the Orwellian agenda of the far Right and economic elites?   I pulled out my old copy of "1984", just to see how far we've descended as a nation. The frightening realization…

Aug 20, 2018 - 10:45am
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Please allow me to tell you a short story about a very special relationship.  It's one of the relationships where you don't realize how special it was until many years after it ends.  No relationship lasts forever. At some point, either mortally, morally, or otherwise, somebody leaves.…

Aug 20, 2018 - 1:41pm
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  • - by Leroy
How did we get to Gay Marriage?

Marriage is an old and generally religious concept that is older than Christianity.  In all cultures marriages had rules, and those rules varied tremendously depending on when and where you are.  The rules and obligations are so different that even in the US a person who is married in one …

Aug 13, 2018 - 5:14pm
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The Behvioral Sink

  The videos above explain a series of telling experiments with rats and mice. The animals were kept well-fed and cared for in a limited space were they could breed without inhibition. The only restricted resource was space.   The original experiments were conducted with rats on a qu…

Aug 13, 2018 - 2:13pm
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  • - Aug 20, 2018 - 12:00pm
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The Queen of Soul.

So before I begin writing my next article, I want to pay tribute to The Queen of Soul, Ms. Aretha Franklin who had transitioned from this world today on Thursday, August 16, 2018. Listening to her music has been a part of my life. Growing up with a Single Mother and with 2 siblings: An older Sister,…

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:10pm
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book review: Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Marti…

So ... you've probably heard of this book, which has garnered some moderate success from an otherwise unknown author by the name of George R. R. Martin. Long-winded fantasy? Who does that anymore?   My wife and I were planning two long trips this summer, so we headed to the library to find an a…

Aug 17, 2018 - 3:07am
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Little Richard - Rip It Up!!

What does Little Richard mean to me? - High energy, visceral excitement!!   I first heard Little Richard when I was thirteen way back in 1962 prior to the Beatles.   The charts were full of tidied up Pop-Rock in the form of Tommy Roe, Bobby Vee, Bobby Rydell, Fabian and Pat Boone - the san…

Aug 19, 2018 - 4:07am
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HMAS Sydney and the Kormoran

Recently I read a story about a naval battle that took place on the west coast of Australia early in 1941. During that battle, the Australian light cruiser HMAS Sydney pursued and engaged a German merchant raider named Kormoran, the result of which was the mutual sinking of both ships; while most of…

Aug 19, 2018 - 2:06pm
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  • - Aug 21, 2018 - 6:58am
  • - by HpO
As a woman I despise working with women

Too many women make for too many b*tches. Women are competitive, especially with other women, and it then morphs into tribalism. There is science that proves this but the simple fact is those that experience could care less about the science since it is of little comfort. I can pick apart any woman …

Aug 20, 2018 - 4:11pm
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  • - Aug 21, 2018 - 11:10am
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Fake News: Nothing to Fear if You Can Think

The problem in America is not fake news; it’s not journalists with an agenda, it’s not secret backroom meetings of newspaper editors crafting the most critical, or the most praiseworthy, headlines about the President. We have met the enemy, and it is ourselves. The New York Times, Boston…

Aug 21, 2018 - 9:25am
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Why I Didn't Vote For HRC

I'm posting this letter I wrote a couple years ago that I composed for a co-worker and her daughter, a "demo-pologist"...you know the type, they can't accept that the Democratic Party, the one that I've been a lifelong registered voter of.... put up a criminal candidate that should be behind bars, n…

Aug 9, 2018 - 11:16am
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Freedom? It's a Myth!

Well to start with we don't really possess a self in order to be free. Our self is a construct of our interactions so the very idea of freedom for such a construct is spurious.   But having said that a lot of us like the idea of freedom.    We don't like things being imposed on us. &#…

Aug 14, 2018 - 5:07am
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The right wing's definition of

The question of capitalism v. socialism is the wrong question. In order for a car to operate, it needs an engine (capitalism), but it also needs some safety devices (brakes, steering, seat belts, etc.) The question is not capitalism v. socialism but how much of a social safety net is compatible with…

Aug 14, 2018 - 2:47pm
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