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Jan 14, 2019 - 1:24pm

This was recently shared by Carlton Milhouse, botanist extraordinaire, providing a brief and thought provoking piece on the subject of tolerance:     I first met Ford a little over ten years ago when my botanical enterprises were still in their infancy. In those years I regularly made the long runs from northern New Mexico, through Colorado and on, all the way to Montana and back again. We first became acquainted through an associate of mine, Javier, under less than conventional circumstances. Not at any time since can I say that any subsequent encounters with the man have even approached conventional. He no longer travels as extensively as he once did. I did have occasion to meet with him fairly recently, however, at an “undisclosed” location.    I met him at the agreed upon hour at a park and ride lot, ri…

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The Beat Goes on XXX

Below is an email exchange between myself and a participant that wishes to be anonymous:   Anonymous: Why is it that we have to put up with personal insults all the time?     Autumn: Because free speech is better than filtered speech.    Anonymous: Free speech is fine, but …

Dec 23, 2018 - 9:26am
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Why Keep the Fossil Fuel Industry Alive?

It is a simple profit maximization strategy really; DENY< DENY< DENY for as long as possible that your product is harmful, so that your business is kept alive far longer than it ever should have logically existed. This is achieved by playing on the general populations' short-term need for jobs…

Dec 21, 2018 - 10:37am
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The president must be removed from office

The president must be removed from office in the new year, or else we face a crisis brought on by his political weakness and fickle nature.   I'm not going to mince words -- those responsible for foisting on the country our blowhard-in-chief are the 'deplorables,' the mass men and women of twen…

Dec 26, 2018 - 11:11pm
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Dear Black People

The worst enemy that blacks have is a certain group of white people.  Let me be more specific.  It (the worst enemy) is not the hyper-racist or neo-Nazis who are indeed an enemy; but whose number and influence are grossly exaggerated.  No, the worst enemy that blacks have are those wh…

Jan 3, 2019 - 11:26am
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  This is the original article:   Ok guys...I started here, as I can remember, in April 2014. A long time ago in the age of the Internet. I wrote about 520 articles here and have written more than 20'000 comments. Imagine that. I improved my English a lot, but now.....   ....the site…

Dec 29, 2018 - 1:20pm
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“Mass shooting” are not as frequent as…

The reality is “mass shooting” are not as frequent as the media plays them to be. Their agenda is to see guns removed from society as if by doing so those will end.   Interestingly, you never hear about violence control, only gun control!   Who can be so stupid as to think that…

Jan 9, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Religion - Source of All Evil

ALL RELIGIONS ARE WRONG. ALL OF THEM. ABOUT EVERYTHING. Don't trust them. Don't believe in them. Most important, don't give them your money. If it wasn't for these various religions, the world would be a much, much, much better place to live. The vast majority of bloodshed, conflict, and general mis…

Jan 12, 2019 - 3:03pm
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We need to tax the rich more

The only hope "average Americans" have is to stop caving to the economic extortion of the GOP supply side zealots. The implied threat of supply side terrorism is that if we tax the wealthy the way we used to when wealth was more evenly distributed, the people who drive the economy will pick up their…

Jan 8, 2019 - 3:50pm
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The Disease of War

I recently read a disintegrating little paperback on my bookshelves.  It probably belonged to my father, who was a public health doctor, with a masters in public health from Columbia University.  The book, Eleven Blue Men, consists of twelve stories about mysterious cases of sickness and d…

Jan 1, 2019 - 9:54pm
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The Money Masters

Writer Beat contributor Face Palm and I have been having some interesting discussions, agreeing on a few things and disagreeing on a lot more. Part of the fun when civil discussion ensues is learning new things from other people whose perspectives differ from mine. Anyways, Face Palm convinced me to…

Jan 12, 2019 - 1:11pm
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To my fellow liberals: Understanding Trump’s…

What [Moderated Post] means: I will delete to protect the climate on my blog. If I delete, I’ll tell you why, at least the first time. It doesn’t mean you’re not welcome; it just means your deleted comment isn’t. I’ll give you a warning if I feel like it. If you show bl…

Jan 1, 2019 - 1:22am
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The Value of Religion. The Significance of God

One of the best ways to understand the role religion has played in the evolution of civilization is by removing what came out of it. So let's start. The easiest items would be the monuments since they are the most visible. Starting with the earliest civilizations (and in no particular order) th…

Jan 14, 2019 - 4:53pm
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On Welfare
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On Welfare

Today, I’ll address questions like: Are we obliged to help others when they are in adversity? If so, under what conditions? Who, exactly, deserves our help? How well do current welfare states perform the task at hand? And how might we put together a system to do the job properly, helping those…

Jan 4, 2019 - 10:22am
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Racism is back on our streets and football terrace…

Yes the ugliness of racism is rearing its head again throughout Europe and in the States. Bananas are being thrown. The yobs are chanting. I thought we'd grown out of all that. But fascists are marching on our streets again making their Heil Hitler salutes. Islamophobia is mainstream and sanctione…

Jan 11, 2019 - 7:19am
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A Blunder of the US Constitution

The US Senate was indeed a unique social engineering invention. Its function was to allow each state to represent its own interest in Congress. So each state, by its own legislative process, elected or appointed its own person to serve as senator for a six-year term in Washington D.C. Note that neit…

Jan 1, 2019 - 12:16pm
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Israeli brains are far more valuable than oil and…

Unlike the rest of the Middle East, Israel now has natural gas and does not need oil, from Syria or anyplace else. Some people have been looking for oil in places like the Golan, but nothing found of commercial importance. Thank God, Israel has no oil, Because if Israel had lots of oil, like Ku…

Dec 18, 2018 - 9:25am
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I spent Monday indoors, steaming because of machine noise.  My formerly peaceful, rural environment has become a cesspool of cacophony in my lifetime.  Even as I write, my neighbor brother-in-law is mowing the lawn between our houses.  He couldn’t do it over the weekend, when al…

Jan 8, 2019 - 10:11pm
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Do Plants live? Think? Dream?

  We have a tendency to anthropomorphize. We imbue creatures that are most like us with feelings but creatures that are less like us are not gifted with such characteristics. We greatly value brains. The brain is the peak of evolution in our eyes. Creatures with big brains are seen as of more i…

Dec 20, 2018 - 9:56am
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I am British!

I am British!   I am British   I am British. I am part of that mongrel nation whose DNA is built from Angle, Saxon, Viking, Norman, Moor, Celt, Roman, Asian. African and so many more. We are full of hybrid vigour.   I have to laugh when I hear of animosity towards the French and …

Jan 14, 2019 - 5:51am
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Thanks and goodbye all

I have tried to impart education and knowledge here, even to those (and especially to those) that disagree with my position.  I have tried to put together a view that could be discussed rationally by those here.   I have since had a discussion with Autumn. There was a user that I extremely…

Jan 13, 2019 - 5:03am
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A Hate-Filled Work Day

Note: Numbers in parentheses indicated things I hate.   I woke up (1) hearing rap music (2) and Mexican (3) music (4). While driving (5) to work (6), I almost ran over a bicycle-borne tweaker (7) and a stupid (8) pedestrian (9). While waiting (10) at a traffic light (11), I was behind (12) a bi…

Jan 4, 2019 - 4:48am
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  • - Jan 8, 2019 - 11:55am
  • - by Bill H.
Dr. King's 100th Birthday

This is my 1st article of 2019; There will be a lot of anniversaries and there is one that I want to mention whose Birthday will come in 2 weeks. January 15, 2019 will  be the 100th Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Although it is a National Holiday in America, Dr. King's message and words…

Jan 7, 2019 - 1:24pm
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  • - by FacePalm