The Uncivil War Escalating Across America
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Aug 20, 2014 - 9:29pm
The Uncivil War Escalating Across America

Americans are used to this nation’s military being engaged in wars across the world; wars against nations and enemies “over there.” But what we are not at all used to is what is happening here in America today as we witness more and more incidents of overly aggressive police actions using deadly force in situations that simply do not call for anything of the kind. I’m talking about what might accurately be described as an uncivil war. If you look up the definition of uncivil you will find that it means barbarous, uncivilized conduct, not conducive to civic harmony and welfare. Well those words could certainly be used to describe the many recent incidents involving extremely violent measures taken by police in this country against its very own citizens. Americans watch with an increasing sense of apprehens…

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Pay it forward and some other issues

Yesterday, I was making my habitual 3 hours walk to town, as I was enjoying the green everywhere, I heard an explosion, I turned back and saw a small car driven by a woman with a kid, I ran to see if she was alright, offered my help, laughed with the boy, she said she was looking at the beautiful ho…

Aug 20, 2014 - 8:06am
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Hands Up. Don't Shoot!

This is cross posted from c4ss.org. I have also published it at my own blog appalachianson.wordpress.comProtestors in Ferguson, Missouri chant "hands up, don't shoot!"A Teenager Slain On Saturday, August 9, eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was walking with a friend on…

Aug 19, 2014 - 3:16pm
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Can we possibly convince Chinese to stop killing s…

http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/19/opinion/vidal-endangered-vaquita/index.html?hpt=hp_t3Just one latest case of the problem of over a billion Chinese indulging in habits that are resulting in the extinction of species at a rapid rate. Not that I'm racist, but if they were as intelligent as we…

Aug 19, 2014 - 4:07pm
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We Talk

This originally appeared on my personal blog appalachianson.wordpress.comAnd Now for Something Totally Different… Perhaps the greatest trait that separates human beings from other species is our use of language. Though other species communicate, human beings are unique as …

Aug 20, 2014 - 1:13pm
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The Positive Benefits of Negative Thinking

The "happy brigade" keeps pushing the "Be Happy" "Smile it’s not that bad" "Have A Nice Day" happy speak. I try to avoid those people as much as possible. In researching this article I found multiple articles on negative feelings and moods. Apparently these can be good and constructive fo…

Aug 19, 2014 - 6:48am
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Home is where your heart is

Home is where your heart is, that's my favorite saying. I was on Lake Zurich today, on my home lake, going for a swim and for some sunbathing, before the summer is over. And that's about two weeks away, here in Switzerland, summer starts late and ends early. While I was listening music and dreaming …

Aug 18, 2014 - 2:26pm
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How Not to Fight the 1%

[Cross-posted from Center for a Stateless Society]In an article that will no doubt make “progressive” hearts go pitty-pat (“The 1% May Be Richer Than You Think, Research Shows,” Bloomberg, August 7), Jeanna Smialek suggests that top 1%’s wealth is far greater even …

Aug 18, 2014 - 2:42pm
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Libertarianism: An Ecological Consideration

This article originally appeared at the Center for a Stateless Society (C4SS.org) and is also published at my personal blog AppalachianSon.wordpress.comIndustrial Utility In the vast arid lands of the Arckaringa Basin in Australia a major shale oil discovery has been…

Aug 18, 2014 - 7:31pm
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The non-existent Social Security Trust Fund

Whenever the subject of the solvency of Social Security is brought up you will frequently mention of the $2.7 trillion Social Security Trust Fund and the fact Social Security is expected to remain solvent until 2038.  I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the $2.7 trillion trust fund is empt…

Aug 18, 2014 - 9:25am
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Does no-one read anymore?

There is something that has been on my mind for a few years now, and I wondered what other members of our group think about it.It is what I believe to be the decline of literacy and imagination in the English speaking world since the invention of the Television and the entertainment based electronic…

Aug 13, 2014 - 1:09pm
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Coal Rollin' insanity.

I was shocked but not surprised to read of the practice that has emerged in parts of the USA called “Coal Rolling”. It appears that there are a growing number of Americans who modify their pick-up trucks to spew black diesel smoke at the flick of a switch. They say that they are giving a…

Jul 25, 2014 - 3:39pm
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What if the US is defenseless?

Reports in the last few weeks indicate that Russian bombers have penetrated US airspace up to sixteen times within a ten day period.  Most of these incursions have been around Alaska, but the West Coast of the mainland has also had some.  Mr. Putin is certainly quite emboldened these days.…

Aug 17, 2014 - 7:54am
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What is it that Albert Einstein has in common with…

Genesis 12:1-3 Now (A)the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. 2 (B)And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 (C)I will bless those who …

Aug 20, 2014 - 10:51am
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Batman at 75 Part 6.

It has been awhile since the last article. I will continue with my presentation on Batman's 75th anniversary. I will focus on the physical fitness aspect of the Dark Knight. Like people who are in Military, Law Enforcement, Celebrities, fitness is extremely important. Whenever you read a comic book,…

Aug 20, 2014 - 6:02pm
 
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Young black man martyrs himself for justice

I have tried to give some here the benefit of the doubt, reason with them, and present the issues in a fair and at times objective way. I take the time to distance myself when I can, so that I can return with all the passion that makes me who I am. But I just watched a young man set two sodas on a c…

Aug 20, 2014 - 9:59pm
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Addiction

The idea that one is enslaved to a particular thing or person.  Drugs are primarily considered to be the main focal point of addiction. Everything from alcohol to Xanax, people cannot seem to get enough of them, and eventually use up every penny to their name in pursuit of drugs. People have ev…

Aug 19, 2014 - 9:41am
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Learning Point Of View Of Success.

Getting success in  any particular field is never been easy a lots of planing hard work and dedication is needed to achieve your goal in life there are so many physiological barriers and other physical and non physical hurdles which you have to cross to find your way but in this regard we shoul…

Aug 13, 2014 - 11:10am
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The Pressure to Heal

O Captain my Captain! our fearful trip is done,The ship has weathered every rack, the prize we sought is won,The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;But O heart! heart! heart!O the bleeding drops of red,Where on t…

Aug 15, 2014 - 8:57am
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Framing people of color as The Enemy

Note: "Framing" is used here in reference to the social theory, not the act of producing falsely incriminating evidence.)It feels as if we have already lost before we even got started. Another young black man gunned down without explanation. A country divided -- half ready to accept whatever story i…

Aug 15, 2014 - 10:51am
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The night I was most fooled

It was after midnight, when he decided to take me to the desert, and since I love adventure, love deserts, and always been a good girl that never say no to the dear persons around her, so we driven through all this darkness, seemed  for ever and even thought he was going to do something silly t…

Aug 15, 2014 - 9:33am
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Barack Obama's 'Belief Collectives'

Barack Obama has become the driving force in transforming American politics and culture in this century. He has done it by forming 'belief collectives' through a three-step process. First, believe minorities trump everyone else. Second, connect issues to minorities. Third, create a language th…

Aug 14, 2014 - 5:54am
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The Hypocritical War on Drugs

It's absolutely KEY to understand that much of the fighting between governments and guerrillas in Latin America and other parts of the world (e.g., Afghanistan with its poppy crops) is financed on BOTH SIDES by marijuana and cocaine (or heroine in the case of Afghanistan and others). The DEA plays u…

Aug 12, 2014 - 12:47am
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