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Sep 7, 2018 - 1:57pm
The WriterBeat Menagerie

It’s now a year since I joined WriterBeat. In that time, I have learned much about the animals in this enclosure. What I have to say will probably violate libel “laws” in almost every country. Even the USA. But bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny (Edmund Burke). And they shouldn’t be obeyed. Agree?   So, I’m going to take you on an unexpurgated tour of “Autumn’s Park.”   In the cage on the far left, we have Opher Goodwin. Actually, I find him an engaging character. He’s intelligent, friendly and responsive. Pity about his political views, particularly on green issues. Having been trained as a scientist, he ought to know better than to support the green lies. Worse, he wants to force everyone else to kow-tow to his view of the world, and doesn’t seem to understand why…

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The Extrapolation of Logical Conclusions

The proverbial slippery slope, like any major fall, is not painful in and of itself. The pain does not generally occur until the inevitable conclusion once the bottom is hit. There are three points of consternation I will reference at the end of this article, but let us first take a look at the R…

Sep 6, 2018 - 8:12am
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North, to Alaska!

  Hedonism, thy name is cruising. Nowhere else can you find the invitation to indulge each and every whim and luxury perk as easily than when you are on a cruise. You are offered the opportunity to purchase jewels, or fine art, or just have another drink any time you desire. Want to throw away…

Sep 5, 2018 - 4:30pm
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My, Donald Trump is having an interesting week.  First came the news that journalist Bob Woodward will release a book called Fear: Trump in the White House then came the op-ed piece in the New York Times.  The piece in the New York Times is particularly troubling because an anonymous sourc…

Sep 6, 2018 - 2:21pm
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Race: A Parable

Written elsewhere by me in 2013, and reposted because I see no reason to reinvent the wheel. I wouldn’t say that I generally concentrate on race in my posts but response to my last post , “Race Question from 1969,” leads me to conclude that this would be a good addition to the curr…

Sep 17, 2018 - 8:43am
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A Blow to PCness

I LAUGHED MY ASS OFF when I first saw the cartoon of tennis "star" Serena Williams blowing a gasket or two. Let me rephrase that; when I saw THE REACTION to the cartoon. When I read that the publication, rather than retracting the cartoon and issuing an apology, put it on their front page, I almost …

Sep 19, 2018 - 1:59pm
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Afghanistan

Introduction   In the 17 years since the September 11 Attacks, I have thought often of an  from Classical times.   Croesus of Lydia had a dispute with Cyrus of Persia.  Although he was not a Greek and did not worship their gods, Croesus queried the Python, the Priestess of Apoll…

Sep 20, 2018 - 11:16am
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Brave New Silicon Valley World

Today, President Trump called out the tech titans.  This rebuke was long overdue, as Silicon Valley is infected with sordid types who will take money from anyone, and if it came down to selling out America for a profit, they would do it.   If China owned Silicon Valley and set their g…

Aug 28, 2018 - 11:32pm
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Digital Tavern:  Rock and Roll Saved My Soul and T…

As a youngster I remember playing the lively tunes from The Lonely Bull on the piano.  I also played a nice version of Lady Madonna.  But it was America’s favorite band, Creedence Clearwater Revival that really made we want to be a rocknroller.  Three girls in the fifth grade di…

Sep 14, 2018 - 6:39pm
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Humpty Dumpty is Falling of The Wall,  the down fa…

Recently saw a video and then found a review of the book: America: The Farewell Tour by Chris Hedges.  He presents the evidence of the USA in a death spiral that will be complete when the Dollar is no longer the standard of exchange. England had a death spiral starting about the time of WWI an…

Sep 17, 2018 - 12:46pm
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Populous, Polluted and Pulling Out

According to the World Health Organization, eleven of the twelve most polluted cities in the world are in India. I won’t get into the particulars of what where and the scientific calculations of parts per million, just know that India leads the world in the most polluted cities in the world. I…

Sep 5, 2018 - 10:06pm
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AMERICA SCAMMED AGAIN!

As Tubularsock has mentioned before, Donald Trump is the symptom as well as the result of an America that has fallen off the tracks.   Any country that spends its time at war and not at peace is a sick country.   Americans have been willingly led down the primrose path by leaders that re…

Sep 19, 2018 - 7:21pm
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Digital Tavern:  Europe on $5 a Day, 1974

My Y-chromosome friends seem to have been heavy into sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll in the early 1970s, but I only discovered that stuff later.  In the summer of 1974, I had just graduated from college and was working as a waitress at a seafood restaurant in Ocean City, Maryland.  We only m…

Sep 19, 2018 - 10:35pm
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PORN!
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PORN!

Happy Labor day (to those of us in the United States who celebrate it)! The following article is dedicated to Mustafa and Jeffrey (Kelly) for their inspiration, and to a lesser degree to Michael B for his article about sluts! Cheers   Porn, or pornography is generally the discription for expli…

Sep 3, 2018 - 1:37am
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EXCUSING GREED ?

  Yesterday we had a school reunion of the classes 1965-1970 when I was in primary school. About half of them showed up, the other half did not react to the invitation apparently and one has - sadly - died in 2012. I guess on future reunions there will be less and less people - quite normal, i…

Sep 7, 2018 - 5:59am
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Digital Tavern: A Summer to Remember

A Summer to Remember   It was 1964. I was fifteen that summer and my mate Fos was sixteen and leaving school. He wanted to do something special. He suggested we hitch-hiked round France for the summer. I was up for it. A minor stumbling block was that we had no money. I put it to my parents and…

Sep 12, 2018 - 10:35am
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DIGITAL TAVERN:  A WEEKEND AT 17 IN 1975

  I'm sure all of you remember what you were up to at 17. I certainly do. In 1975, I was a 17-year old neopunk hippie living in Switzerland and doing my 3-year-apprenticeship in a renowned insurance company in Switzerland. Huh ? A late-born hippie in insurance ? Erm...well, you see, back then,…

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:39pm
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In Defense of Inoism

No, that is not a typo.   There have been plenty of references to this phenomenon over the years, and at least one recently on this site.  Plus many since John McCain passed, of course, since many criticized him for being a Republican “In Name Only”.  Just a little further…

Sep 11, 2018 - 1:16am
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Should colleges force students to take Ethnic Stud…

Recently a California University stopped requiring all students to take Ethnic Studies courses in order to graduate with ANY degree and social movement advocates are outraged.  I can see both sides.   The ethnic studies departments in many universities is huge and when students were forced…

Sep 15, 2018 - 12:58pm
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THE PLANNED DESTRUCTION OF EUROPE

      Now I'm really glad to leave Switzerland. Why ? Because if that plan will be realized by the NWO, Europe will be gone. Dead. Destroyed. An economic competitor less on the world market. I don't want to be there when it happens. Sad. (c) D. Trump   An ungovernable mass o…

Sep 17, 2018 - 2:17pm
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What is the best way to respond to abusive posters…

Everyone has seen abusive posters, and I'm wondering how we can help minimize that sort of behavior in our forums.   I'm not talking about occasional sarcasm, or even words passionate posters often add like the word stupid, I'm certainly guilty there, I'm talking about posters who seem to live …

Aug 28, 2018 - 10:42am
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2018 Midterms are the Wildcard Round of the Playof…

Well the title spoils the element of surprise here, but this will be brief anyway.  Sports analogies are quite useful, they are employed all the time (with the possible exception of the fashion industry). I often like to use these myself and when I do I stay within my comfort zone, the NFL. Bei…

Sep 6, 2018 - 4:51am
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Aren't we looking at the wrong epidemic?

I have in recent years written upon the issue of the opioid/heroin epidemic on more than one occasion. Although it remains a topic of discussion in our public forum I must note, admittedly with some degree of cynicism, that the intensity has diminished substantially since the last election season. T…

Aug 27, 2018 - 5:08pm
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