Which dead Rock Star was the biggest loss?
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Jul 23, 2017 - 3:13am
Which dead Rock Star was the biggest loss?

I have often pondered this. Some many bright young rockers died tragically young with short careers. What could they have achieved if they had lived longer?   I drew up a short-list of the ones that came to mind (and added in a couple whose careers were ruptured by mental illness). I focussed on ones I particularly liked so discarded those who had had a long career first or I didn’t much like. This is what I came up with:   Jimi Hendrix Jim Morrison Janis Joplin Buddy Holly Eddie Cochran John Lennon Jim Morrison Syd Barrett Nick Drake Mick Green Kurt Cobain Phil Ochs Keith Moon Elvis Presley Brian Jones Brian Wilson   I then discarded Elvis because he was little more than a bloated cabaret artist at the time and his best years were long behind him. I discounted Brian Wilson because I find the Beach Boys a bit irritati…

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Forgotten scandal of the Obama era

From Benghazi to the IRS there are plenty of ugly scandals that the Obama Administration found itself embroiled in.  However, there is one scandal that received very little press but was the most glaring and potentially the most threatening to his presidency…The Standard & Poors Scand…

Jul 20, 2017 - 5:43pm
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  • - Jul 23, 2017 - 4:26pm
  • - by John G
Reparations For Black Slavery - A Modest Proposal

Ashanti, Ghana (Accredited Times - ) - Progressive visionary and author, George Orwell, wrote that 'He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past'.   Whilst there is no evidence to support our assertion, it is nonetheless an absolute fact that Orwe…

Jul 22, 2017 - 11:04am
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  • - Jul 23, 2017 - 3:03pm
  • - by Leroy

  IS TRUMP CRAZY? Let’s put it this way, the president, although “not exactly clinically deranged,” is “not altogether stable.” “Frighteningly he’s that far out of touch with himself. He constantly rationalizes his secret passive-aggressive attacks dri…

Jul 23, 2017 - 12:58pm
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Explicit Ambiguity

In this global-economy world, most of us are looking for that perfect job, or, if not available, a job that will pay our bills and maybe some of that college debt. Back in the Stone Age, we all looked in the Sunday classified ads for jobs. The rise of the internet made job searches easier, with ever…

Jul 21, 2017 - 10:32pm
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A young woman called 911, to report another woman being assaulted in the alley behind her home. When she saw a patrol car, she ran out in her PJ's to report what had happened. The officer sitting in the passenger seat shot her in the stomach and killed her! That seems to be the factual summary. Ever…

Jul 22, 2017 - 3:33am
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Debt, Debt, Debt, and more D$$$$$$$! Why?

Has America managed their finances in a prudent manner these past 37 years (since 1980)? Let’s look at the numbers which reveal our discipline in managing our financial affairs. You can verify these numbers at:  :   Total Local Debt:             $1…

Jul 21, 2017 - 4:27pm
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The Girl from Macau

I attend a facilitated discussion called Aristotle’s Café most Monday evenings. It’s organized through meetup.com. Attendees sit in a circle and select a question to answer and discuss over the course of an hour. All opinions are welcome, and anyone is free to join. While there are …

Jul 22, 2017 - 9:25am
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Christian Nation?

Before you start to get your hackles up in defense of the "have you been saved" pitch please hear this.  I have no desire to convert anyone or to preach a particular creed. If we are to talk in the terms of religion, as opposed to faith which is something different, I am undeclared, non-aligned…

Jul 22, 2017 - 9:05am
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The Beat Goes On XIV

From a disgruntled former participant of Writer Beat:   Dear Autumn,   When you approached me asking me if you could cross-post my article I agreed with some hesitation, because having looked through your site I saw many anti-Israel and outright anti-Semitic comments. I agreed eventually t…

Jul 21, 2017 - 1:10pm
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The Kookiness of Modern Monetary Theory: A Study i…

Despite its name, there's nothing "modern" about Modern Monetary Theory. It derives from an old model of money and the state called "Chartalism", whose name, in turn, derives from the Latin word "charta" which means "token" or "ticket" — or more simply, anything without inherent value that ser…

Jul 22, 2017 - 12:56pm
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As the Empire Crumbles Away

Back in the late 1980s and very early 1990s as the Soviet Union collapsed into a heap of central planning dust little did we know that our own empire was well on the way to its demise.  By the late 1980s we were already giving away our valuable manufacturing with much more to come.  The lo…

Jul 23, 2017 - 2:08pm
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Those who have read my blogs touching on the political “reality show” that we are currently experiencing will know that my primary aim is to not take sides but rather to state opinions based on observation. In the past I have wondered aloud why Donald J. Trump would want to be President…

Jul 23, 2017 - 11:47am
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  • - by Bill H.
Women kicking ass on the silver screen is popular…

We are in a "woman fad" right now, it's popular to show women in kick ass powerful positions, and that's fun but not a whole lot more realistic than all the superheros.  Unfortunately the silver does inspire and this trend is inspiring lots of you young girls to think they are as tough as the b…

Jul 23, 2017 - 12:05pm
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  • - by Leroy
Scaramouche,Scaramucci,and a New York kind of guy.

POTUS has placed a new communications director in action to improve the image of his Presidency.Spicer is gone.Huckabee is confirmed in the job by Scaramucci and through the smoke and mirrors an awkward man who lied badly and combatively has been replaced by a tandem of home spun denial and slick an…

Jul 23, 2017 - 2:15pm
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What Stephen Hawking Thinks

Stephen Hawking thinks we'll destroy this planet by 2127, meaning it will no longer be suitable for human life, so it is time for us to start searching for a new home. Hawking has set his sights on Mars.   I did not get the detailed version of his reasoning, just the NPR, Cliff's Notes version,…

Jul 23, 2017 - 3:11pm
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  • - Jul 23, 2017 - 4:19pm
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Why I Became A Raw Vegan

Orignally posted at the : A couple of years ago, I decided to take the plunge and go fully raw vegan and gluten-free. My friends and family thought I was mad, giving up meat, dairy, eggs, honey and so many foods that they couldn’t imagine living without. But the truth is, all these years late…

Jul 21, 2017 - 2:06pm
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Do You Like Your Music With or w/o Politics?

Last pictures but this is for Ric and Opher... In the binder is 231 stubs although I have to write on them now as they have faded, the loose stubs are 153 plus odds and ends like the Woodstock 94 and my sons shows.  To make this simple for everyone. I went to a festival every year from 1992- 2…

Jul 21, 2017 - 7:25pm
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All Holocausted Out: What I Think of Non-Jews Usin…

I got an email in the comments section of  from the scholar Danusha Goska about something that I said in my posting about how I came to write my book  . I had mentioned that a friend said to me that I must be “all holocausted out” after writing my first book about my pare…

Jul 20, 2017 - 6:08pm
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Brave Public Health Officials Avert Second Great P…

LONDON, ENGLAND – (Accredited Times - l ) – Like all great public health disasters, in hindsight, the cause of the Great Plague of London in 1665 seems so innocuous, so avoidable. Accredited historians believe the plague was first transmitted to the public by a mere flea. Who could have …

Jul 21, 2017 - 1:15am
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  • - by Pbier
More Military Memes

Today is           God bless America!           This is the only holiday that can’t be celebrated by any other country in the world!!       It’s mine, all mine!        Of course I meanou…

Jul 20, 2017 - 4:04pm
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Wearing Tee Shirts with Foreign Writing

I have a favorite tee shirt. It is my favorite tee shirt from the time I found it in the trash. Not real trash, but the leavings of college students at the end of the year. It used to be a ritual of my ex and me to open the bags of all the departed on this high holy day of trash picking.   The …

Jul 20, 2017 - 3:46pm
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Faith and money from the Middle East fuelling tens…

Relations between the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula go back centuries, with trade playing a key component in binding their people together. Religion has also played a part. The expansion of   – the interpretation of Islam propagated by Saudi Arabia – has been funde…

Jul 21, 2017 - 1:49pm
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