Humanity, Freedom, and Rights - Part 4
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Jan 27, 2015 - 9:48pm
Humanity, Freedom, and Rights - Part 4

George Orwell, a socialist, wrote Animal Farm as a critique of the Soviet Union.   Orwell was quite astute about his allegorical observations of unaccountable power attempting to enforce "equality", but far less sanguine about the fact that the problem is unlimited power itself, not the quality of those who wield it.   Unlimited power corrupts without limit - without exception.   It creates inequality.One of the more parodied (and quoted) lines from the entire book is the following: "All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others." This was the reasoning that justified Napoleon's rule, of course.   But what of it?   Are some people "more equal" than others?   What, exactly does "equal" mean, anyway?    Napoleon was the…

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  • - Jan 28, 2015 - 12:35pm
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Collective Soul:  Soil, Seeds and Earth Democracy.

Collective Soul:  Soil, Seeds and Earth Democracy. “Like breath so is the seed.  Given.  It is an inseparable part of our self and our environment.  The seed holds a very great secret – it never gets old.  It is the eternal YES to life.  The power of a …

Jan 25, 2015 - 8:24pm
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(Part II) Freedom is Like a Crown: Memoir of an Ir…

     Nearly everyone in America has their own story and recollections of where they were and what they were doing on September 11, 2001. I don’t presume that my story is any more significant than most, and certainly nothing compared to the stories of those who were actually in N…

Jan 26, 2015 - 6:30pm
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Can

Of late I have been pondering, does anything other than "self-government"/"self-governance" really exist?Do you, or I, or anyone else for that matter, have the right to tell someone else what to do and make them do it?  Can I walk around giving orders and expect others to follow them?  If …

Jan 28, 2015 - 9:34am
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You Are How You East

Food For ThoughtSix Tips for a Successful Restaurant Meeting In business, there are few things that can make or break your image better than a client lunch or dinner.  Many of us who have been in the workforce more years than we care to count, take for granted these situations aren’t…

Jan 27, 2015 - 4:33pm
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How to, be a Terrorist, a good one, choice or opti…

Pair of Lorikeet sleeping in wet and heavy rain, one head in the feather, the other on the watch for any terrorist.As usual my posts are 'reading between the lines', I ask:1. why would anyone make a terrorist?2. what really drives them to that?3. can it be avoided?4. wh…

Jan 27, 2015 - 6:06am
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  • - Jan 28, 2015 - 12:30pm
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NEW ORDERS
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To my friends and colleagues in the independent media, we need to continue to stand tall as more of us continue to be under attack in the media.  To my fellow Americans who have come to depend on the independent media for truthful reporting, you need to support the journalists that …

Jan 26, 2015 - 3:07pm
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  • - Jan 27, 2015 - 6:16pm
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So What is a Progressive

We hear the term "Progressive" more and more.  While there is no formal definition but lots of misconceptions, I'd like to give my bent on what being a "Progressive" means to me.  At its heart, Progressives have a profound interest and devotion to making our world (or nation) a better plac…

Jan 26, 2015 - 5:05pm
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Are Americans getting dumber?

Over the course of history, inventions have come to make the lives of people easier. These inventions came out of studying and relenting over operational procedures and processes that surrounded their daily lives. However as time passed, those inventions have yielded too much success. As we rely on …

Jan 26, 2015 - 4:49am
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  • - Jan 28, 2015 - 12:59pm
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American Sniper: Symptomatic of a Much Deeper Prob…

Did you see the movie American Sniper? Were you thrilled at how this “most prolific sniper in the military’s history” was portrayed by Clint Eastwood and presented as an American hero? Many of the reviews call this movie amazing, it’s been a smashing success, breaking box off…

Jan 23, 2015 - 7:17pm
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  • - Jan 28, 2015 - 12:07pm
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Dear Republicans and fellow conservatives,

Let me first admit that I’m not a Republican, but I do tend to lean to the right on fiscal and foreign policy matters. Because of that I have a lot of right-leaning friends, and I do listen to conservative radio, and even watch some FoxNews. One of the themes I always hear from the talking-hea…

Jan 25, 2015 - 11:45pm
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(Part I) Freedom is Like a Crown: Memoir of an Ira…

     It has been nearly ten years since I deployed to Iraq. Ten years. I can hardly believe it has been that long when I reflect back on it now. Many of the things I experienced there are as vivid in my mind today as they were when they first happened. For the last ten years I tried t…

Jan 25, 2015 - 8:11pm
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A challenge to progressives

Provide for me, please, your justification for taking from me.   Prove to me that taking from me to give to someone else is moral and justified. Prove that my needs are so much lesser than your chosen patron's wants, that you are justified in doing whatever you want to me, to b…

Jan 26, 2015 - 9:44pm
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Obama Throws Down the Gauntlet

Cory Gardner, a newly-elected Republican senator from Colorado, said to the Guardian, “It was like he had two different speechwriters. In the first part of his speech, the president put forward policies that he knows we won’t support. In the second part of the speech, he talked about the…

Jan 21, 2015 - 4:31pm
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Putin on world affairs - try to watch OBJECTIVELY.…

Now I'm getting onto slippery terrain. Putin bashing has become fashionable, just like calling every event doing damage to the "West" a "terrorist act", of course we have only enemies in the world, one should assume, but when that's the case, why that ?An enemy is not an enemy because he likes to be…

Jan 24, 2015 - 1:28pm
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Whose 'Gay Agenda' Is It?...or...The Constitution…

And another attempt to legislate discrimination falls in Alabama.At some point, the more homophobic core and politicians of the American neo-theological corporate Right will finally recognize that their personal views notwithstanding, American law and the American Constitution does not a…

Jan 24, 2015 - 10:51am
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I was living in a thought-bubble.

One day the unexpected magic of a painting made me realise that I had been living in a 'thought-bubble'. It was a sophisticated place in many ways but nonetheless limiting. It was self-organising, self-regulating, and thus self-perpetuating. Yet in an instant the surface of this bubble w…

Jan 26, 2015 - 9:52am
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The Word War II Delusion

            The recent eruptions of Islamist terror in Europe and elsewhere have once again raised urgent questions of war and peace. The return address of the Charlie Hebdo murderers seems to be Yemen, or Syria, or both.    …

Jan 28, 2015 - 5:21am
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Agenda 21, Over Population, and Obamas Exective Or…

I can’t imagine why more Americans are not up in arms about Agenda 21 and its supporters. If you read any of it, and you don’t have to read it all, it should make you shudder to your core. It doesn’t matter what color you are, where you live, what race you are, or what your politic…

Jan 26, 2015 - 4:26pm
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Is There One Thing We All Can Do?

I will write this in the thirty minutes I have left of library time.I read all of your posts and I have been greatly lifted by all of you. I don't agree with all of you, but you all make me think and some of you even make me apologize.If there's one thing we all can do, it's …

Jan 25, 2015 - 4:23pm
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In honour of two great countries and their ideals

I had a dream last night, and while I don't remember it, it gave me an idea of how both America and Australia see the world - and themselves.For me the poem "New Colossus", as exists on the base of the Statue of Liberty, strikes me as being the poem that best reflects the United States: …

Jan 25, 2015 - 2:04pm
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The FCC threatens the internet

This topic often gets beaten to death by people who have a boogeyman they invented, for the pretext of demanding the government "force" ISP's to behave as they wish.   But net neutrality is the least of your worries.   The real problem is the means by which the FCC grants …

Jan 24, 2015 - 9:54am
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I Was Wrong, Sorry Mark David

I was wrong. I said that the Social Security Act set up a trust fund to invest contributors money, and I was wrong, Mark David was right. Sorry. I remember reading an article about this when I was in college back in the eighties and perhaps the article expressed the concept behind SS, or the author'…

Jan 21, 2015 - 11:15am
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