Refugees: The Tip Of The Iceberg For The EUGo
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Apr 26, 2017 - 5:43am
Refugees: The Tip Of The Iceberg For The EUGo

The 2016 most used word:  refugees – The inflow of refugees from the neighbouring Turkish coast is impressive. Sleepy, self-satisfied Europe eyes incredulously the surge of uprooted people from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and so on. European citizens or I should say West European citizens, who have been watching the Middle East crisis on tv and wondering where this place is, are suddenly faced with the reality of the situation in the faces of refugees. East Europeans, some of whom have experienced extreme poverty and forced migration not so long ago, are more weary. In Greece the refugees had the good luck to land on the islands of the North Aegean (mostly..) – the majority of the inhabitants of these islands are the progeny of people who have themselves fled from war and destruction in Asia Minor. Their…

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  • - Apr 26, 2017 - 7:39am
  • - by EXPAT

I was walking out of a restaurant recently when I overheard one of those “Make America Great Again” hat-wearing clods complaining loudly. He was ranting and raving about “liberal snowflakes” who “love gender-neutral bathrooms” and don’t realize that terroris…

Apr 26, 2017 - 5:34am
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What does the Fed actually do?

It runs the interbank payments system. It lends the commercial banks and LFIs reserves on demand at interest. It does not lend the government $US to spend. It cannot spend into the private sector. It cannot increase the 'money supply' whatever that is. It can only set interest rates in complian…

Apr 26, 2017 - 3:56am

LESSON UNLEARNED   The mantra rang across the land and echoed with astounding reverberation. “Hope and Change”. The simple sound byte that swept a relative unknown into the highest office in this nation.   Eight years after a mixture of failures and successes another mantra ro…

Apr 25, 2017 - 10:40pm
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Why Americans are so gullible

Is it easy to manipulate people who know a lot or a little?     A little, of course.  Americans have been trained that if you watch the idiot box, and read the New York Slimes or Washington Compost, you must be well educated.  Also, if you went to college and got a piece of paper…

Apr 25, 2017 - 9:45pm
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Battle for Berkeley - View from ground

I went to the rally.  While I do not agree 100% with Trump, I detest and despise violent efforts to suppress free speech, which is what has been happening all over our nation.  A Trump rally in Chicago was shut down last year by leftist anarchists.  A Milo Yiannopoulos rally was shut …

Apr 25, 2017 - 9:03pm
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  • - Apr 25, 2017 - 10:56pm
  • - by EXPAT
President Trump - It's Time for a Third Party

As the 100th day of the Trump Presidency approaches, it strikes me at just how openly partisan our mainstream media has become, and how foolish at least 50% of our electorate is for believing so much of what is broadcast.   "President Trump has Record Low Approval afte…

Apr 25, 2017 - 6:12pm
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Giving and Taking, Psychology, BS

Having studied psychology at the college level and gotten all A's, I think my thoughts in this area should be respected. Oh, and since college I have actually spent time thinking about this. Real time. Quiet time. Deep thoughts. Here goes.   I do not think it is valid to say that giving is bett…

Apr 25, 2017 - 4:45pm
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“Jesus Will Judge You?”

So, about the Berkeley meltdown, what can I say, there’s just something in the water. Berkeley is infamous for frequent foolishness. There’s something I want to say however about some aspects of the alt-right, especially the red pill Christians. Currently quite a few of them are busy glo…

Apr 25, 2017 - 12:50pm
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Michael Savage thinks O'Reilly's the victim here

[Cross-posted at .]   Feels like it’s better to stand back and observe things these days rather than plunge into the world of “alternative facts.” The other day, for example, I observed on the radio, if that’s possible, irate conservative callers on the Michael Savage s…

Apr 25, 2017 - 10:40am
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  • - Apr 26, 2017 - 4:08am
  • - by John G

A friend with whom I have an on-going converation about whether 9/11 was an act of terror or a conspiracy by a "sinister thrid party" sent me the following reading, . Here is what I wrote him:   "Yes, we have been here before, and clearly the issue is not about to go away.   "Th…

Apr 25, 2017 - 8:36am
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New Orleans Sinks Into Confederate Revisionism

The historical monuments to the last Civil War are being removed, in a sure sign that the next one is well on its way. The City of New Orleans is taking down the statues to Confederate war heroes, at the behest of its majority nonWhite population. A public spectacle is being made of the removals, mu…

Apr 25, 2017 - 8:02am
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Trump, the first 100 and Broken Promises

I was thinking the other day that historically people have rarely been so interrupted or disturbed by a President, their politics or lack thereof.  The policies yes, but not the person themselves.  We just go about our lives and complain. I have never seen such conflict or press on a Presi…

Apr 25, 2017 - 6:01am
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  • - Apr 25, 2017 - 11:51pm
  • - by EXPAT
How to spot a fake news story

There’s , and there’s . There’s spin, and then there’s such complete imbecilic fuckery disguised as “reporting,” that the moment you read it, you should ridicule it and block the site. Anyone with a shred of knowledge or an inclination to check actual links in …

Apr 25, 2017 - 3:49am
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The failure of the Enlightenment and Modernity in the realization of human progress and of happiness achievement for humans paved the way for the advent of Post-Modernity that is a cultural reaction to the loss of confidence in the universal potential of the Enlightenment project and Modernity. The …

Apr 24, 2017 - 7:35pm
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Even Numbers Equal AllNumbers

What if I told you something that seems to contradict common sense, but nonetheless is true?   Well, here it is. A paradox of numbers.   There are as many even numbers as there are even numbers plus odd numbers.   Read it again to make sure you’ve got the concept.  …

Apr 24, 2017 - 3:10pm
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"We hate each other by race, color, tribe, wealth, gender etc because everyone wants to feel special and different than the other. I do not however have a solution on how people can stop having an ego that makes them specially superior than the other.”   ― Robert Kodingo   Some…

Apr 24, 2017 - 2:32pm
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Poison Skittles

Poison Skittles (google image)   “Life is like a bag of Skittles . . .  you never know what you’re gonna get.”   I am semi-plagiarizing the character Forrest Gump’s famous line from the film Forrest Gump.   Donald Trump, Jr. likens Syrian refugees …

Apr 24, 2017 - 1:46pm
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  • - Apr 24, 2017 - 7:34pm
  • - by Leroy
Fact and Fiction

Throughout the reality  of our world, the fix dinner, learn to drive a car, catch the bus, fly in an airplane, watch TV, get married (or not), replace the air conditioner, and all the ad infinitum of daily life, there is absolute truth (fact) and absolute fiction (imagination) and in the grand …

Apr 24, 2017 - 11:32am
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Clintonite Follies

Last week, I ran into a noxious bit of Clintonite revisionism over at Medium, essentially a hit-piece directed at Bernie Sanders--the story is . In the days since, I've spent far too much time in a series of internet duels in various locales with a string of like-minded characters and it has real…

Apr 24, 2017 - 10:41am
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Reasons to seek prosperity

At any given moment, it may help me to have an actual reason to seek prosperity.  As my moods and POV change from day to day, however, a reason that I may have believed in one day, may not be credible the next:  “I’m not feelin’ it.”  So I may do well to have s…

Apr 24, 2017 - 8:59am
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Insurance Premiums Are Rising Faster Than Your Sal…

Insurance companies like Aetna and United Healthcare are pulling after reporting significant losses and other companies are significantly .   But why exactly is this happening? What are the root causes?   While the issue is certainly complex, we do know some of the reasons costs keep r…

Apr 24, 2017 - 8:06am
Benefits of Tumeric

  When you say, “Turmeric,” most people have no idea what you’re talking about. “Is that sort of like a tumor, or something?” they might ask. Or, “Is that how Arnold Schwarzenegger says the word, ‘Tumor’?”   Of course, when you tell th…

Apr 24, 2017 - 7:28am
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