Music in the DNA
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Jun 19, 2018 - 5:59pm
Music in the DNA

 Recently, I had an interaction with Pardero where I sent him a link to   in a bowling alley  with Dead Flowers being played by Townes Van Zandt. He  responded with a link of Townes doing a live rendition  of his  .  During the interaction Dave Volek expressed his appreciation of Townes.   I took a few minutes off of work to listen and enjoy and I realized my goosebumps were not just because of the music, but also because of a form of human communication, something that I treasure. Afterwards there were some interesting discussion of music on one of opher’s recent posts.   My father couldnt hear a teapot whistling on the stove due to too many artillary shells in the Army. Anyway, i never saw him tap his feet. But my mother was of Austrian descent, Austrian immigr…

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A Lasting Peace

The last recorded fight between Indian tribes, which resulted in scalped victims, occurred in the 1920s, not far from where I was raised and less than 30 yrs before I was born. I grew up among the rough characters who rode on that sortie and being steeped in both the ways of their kin, whose w…

Jun 19, 2018 - 8:04pm
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How the Desire to Unite Divides Us

  We all have an inherent desire to be around people that are similar to us, be it similar in appearance, similar in interests or similar in beliefs, but is this really a good thing? Is it possible that our desire to belong actually alienates us?   Human nature is an interesting if not fi…

Jun 19, 2018 - 9:35pm
 
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Children as Weapons

I was on my way to a meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers in the Green Zone. We went from Camp Victory, close to Baghdad Airport, down route Irish . We were protected by South African Mercenaries, similar to Black Water. The last armored vehicle, a modified Ford Explorer, housed a heavy machine …

Jun 19, 2018 - 2:27am
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On Laura Bush and illegal immigrant children

Any respect I had for the Bushes has flushed down the tubes. All this is the result of the last administrations. Quite frankly from what I've seen, the illegal immigrant minors seem to be enjoying themselves, getting three squares, are in a safe and clean environment. Unlike the cages from the …

Jun 19, 2018 - 4:32am
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I tackle poetry ... and get slammed

            My wife is taking a poetry class this year, so I, being a writer, decided to take a crack at writing poetry myself.               Why didn’t someone stop me?   &#…

Jun 19, 2018 - 3:05am
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Wealth of Nations Synopsis

Adam Smith’s landmark book, Wealth of Nations, published in 1776, is a 500-plus page treatise on economics, oft cited bur rarely read, except by economists and masochists like me.  If you can overlook Smith’s sing-song style, his tediousness, repetition, generalizations, vague and …

Jun 18, 2018 - 12:37pm
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The liberal male: An endangered and vanishing spec…

WB has seen it's share of liberal males.  They are pretty easy to spot.  They are the ones who wisely parrot what the liberal schools and media sagely tell us is so, and when you disagree and point out reality and facts, proceed to call you a bigot, a homophobe, an Islamophobe, a sexist, a…

Jun 16, 2018 - 10:45pm
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The Kids Are All Right

I haven't been writing articles lately because I took a job assisgnment that might turn into something permanent, well paid and a great job-financial software consulting.  At this particular company the average age is no more than 25 or 26.  This company likes to hire right out of college,…

Jun 15, 2018 - 9:30pm
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Temperature has nothing to do with ice melt

The temperature in Antarctic is well below freezing nearly everywhere nearly all of the time. It can't melt. Changes to the ice mass balance there is a function of snow fall decades or centuries ago and ice bergs that calve into the ocean today. Claims that it's melting under water at the ground lin…

Jun 19, 2018 - 2:58am
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Clinton vs Trump, or was it?

Clinton vs Trump wasn't just about the fight as labelled for us to see, but was really existential war between two vastly different camps.   You see, the word human, means half man and half animal. We obviously have animal bodies. We also have separation in consciousness from the rest of …

Jun 17, 2018 - 5:54pm
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The Two Visions for America

America seems to be more divided these days than they have ever been since the days of the War Between the States. It is deemed as the War Between the States as that is what it was. Lincoln, very good at jailing any who dared to dissent, despite legal protection to the contrary, incorrectly labeled …

Jun 15, 2018 - 11:06pm
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The Amateur Hour

Amateur - 3. A person inexperienced or unskilled in a particular activity   The United States is conducting an experiment. An experiment that affects each and every person inside of the country, and many others around the world. This experiment involves turning over the operation of the execut…

Jun 13, 2018 - 9:24pm
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SOCCER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

  Sorry guys, no time for WB at the moment. The world soccer championships (we call it Football here) have just begun, and I guess it's understandable when we Europeans who like that sport (which, with the exception of the US, the whole world likes and supports) prefer to spend time on TV to s…

Jun 16, 2018 - 11:38am
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What the sixties meant for me.

I was eleven when the sixties started and twenty one when they ended so the sixties were my formative years and boy what formative years they were. The 1940s were the war years - a time of death, tragedy, loss and destruction. Our cities were blasted to hell. Our economy was wrecked and we were in d…

Jun 15, 2018 - 6:51am
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Uranium, Cows, Sex And Corruption

Every day when I switch on the computer, I almost expect to see yet another high level person exposed as a pervert. The #Metoo movement seemed to come out of nowhere to dominate the news pushing other topics out of people’s minds.   Is this a victim-created mass outing, or is the tantaliz…

Jun 15, 2018 - 6:22pm
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Asylum seekers are immigrating legally

Asylum seekers are immigrating legally. Pres. Obama did not jail asylum seekers. Nor did he separate children of asylum seekers from their families. Remember the "catch and release" program that conservatives hated? And when have Democrats jailed the fathers of minority babies in order to create the…

Jun 19, 2018 - 12:12pm
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John Still

John was three years older than I. He always had a great smile and enjoyed the role of the class clown. Whenever he was, he was the center of attention. Unlike other boys of a dominating nature at my school, John was no bully. It seemed he preferred the company of older kids, but  I don't recal…

Jun 19, 2018 - 1:02pm
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Separating children from Illegals who get arrested…

If you're family is starving and you get arrested for shoplifting and you have your kids with you, they will be taken away from you before you get taken to into custody.  If you get busted driving under the influence your kids will be taken from you before you are taken into custody.  If y…

Jun 17, 2018 - 11:48pm
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A VISION OF OUR FUTURE GOV'T

If our founding father's had modern communications, they would not have written representatives into the constitution. They would have written in, one person, one vote. They couldn't leave the farm for a month to go cast their vote, so they wrote in their representative.   CHANGE #1, NO POLITIC…

Jun 18, 2018 - 4:29am
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Talk about the decline and fall...

What’s this thing with cable channels and their onslaught of shows about totally trashy people that glorify their crimes?  I never understood the popularity of Breaking Bad and these knock-offs are even worse. I was at my sister’s house earlier and saw a promo for a new …

Jun 18, 2018 - 3:08pm
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THE SOLUTIONS AGAINST UNEMPLOYMENT RESULTING FROM…

Fernando Alcoforado *   Martin Ford, a futurist and author dedicated to the study of artificial intelligence, robotics and the impact on employment, said that researchers at Oxford University published in 2013 a detailed study of the impact of computing on employment in the United States, consi…

Jun 15, 2018 - 3:25pm
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Let's Admit that we are Uneducated!

There is a myth in Germany that our education system were much superior to every other system in the world. Sad enough there is much to be said in support of this. However, the margin is thinner than claimed and the strength is in the weakness of the competition. To run down some: By and large Asian…

Jun 15, 2018 - 4:03pm
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