Slaves like US
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Oct 30, 2014 - 3:21pm
Slaves like US

We are all slaves. The only question is what form of slavery we will accept.That is the human condition. As Francois pointed out, we are all selfish-little bugs being controlled by our urge for pleasure. I tried to counter this by citing Kant's directive that a person, a person of extreme logic, by examining, deconstructing the basis of all behavior, can separate out the logical, from the impulsive. But if I do this, aren't I becoming a slave to logic? Now I'm writing like The Bug, Lisa.We are all slaves to something. Money, power, love, sex, sport, games, drugs, reason, God, art, family, you name it. Our freedom is found in our profound acceptance of our slavery, to have it be a liberating, peaceful giving up of ourselves, rather than being taken away in shackles.In t…

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Beatnik Anomaly

Our beach posting is getting rather long and difficult to manage, winter is coming, and the beach huts are all shut down. So we are moving our anomaly over here for a fresh start. So leave your ego and attitude at the door, step inside and show us your stuff – music, poetry, recipes…R…

Oct 30, 2014 - 6:39pm
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How Holocaust Survivors' Children Cope With Work,…

I am a child of survivors of the Holocaust.Both my parents endured tremendous obstacles to survive. But that is not the point of this post.The behavior of first-generation Americans, whether they are looking for a job, worried about their status at work or generally find difficulty in their everyday…

Oct 26, 2014 - 6:18pm
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Funny Stories about my Grandpa Nelson

 My Grandpa Nelson is a very conservative and quiet man. A veteran of WWII and a Pentecostal preacher. Growing up around him was a great experience for me and my brothers who were quite rambunctious and some times downright ornery. He always had a slow and methodical way about him no matter wha…

Oct 28, 2014 - 12:35pm
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The Beat Goes On

Because the comment thread was getting rather long, below is John’s comment and from the “A Discussion About Writer Beat” thread:It is very obvious when I first visited Writer Beat that the topics are strongly skewed to the US and are framed in controversialist terms. Accordingly I…

Oct 30, 2014 - 3:49pm
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Don't fall into the liberal inequality trap!

The dialogue related to cries of inequality has gone something like this as of late:Liberals vent about the pay of corporate CEOs and compare their salaries to minimum wage workers, teachers or anyone that gets paid less.  Then they advocate for higher taxes on the rich or higher minimum wages …

Oct 29, 2014 - 6:20am
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In the Spirit of Election Season

In the spirit of election season, here is a challenge someone may want to address.  Charlie Crist was elected governor of Florida as a Republican, served his term, and was defeated by Tea Party Republican Rick Scott in the primary when running for re-election.  Crist subsequently declared …

Oct 27, 2014 - 10:34am
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They Killed Darren Gleason

Darren Gleason worked at the Cobbs Creek Golf Club, known to regulars as The Crik, as an assistant pro back in the late nineties, early 2000s. He was a good golfer, could shoot around scratch on a good day, but had a temper and if he went off, his game went off. When 9/11 happened, he was one of tho…

Oct 29, 2014 - 11:19am
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Monetary policy where are you?

I do not like the Fed ...Just to be clear the Fed gets in the way of growth; see 1929 and the depression which ensued and spring into the 70s and 80s and find more evidence and then look at 07 - 08 and this lasting recession which we still find ourselves in ...I want to talk about monetary policy ..…

Oct 29, 2014 - 4:13pm
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The Toxic Pack

Mark Henry Smith wrote an article previously to the tune of people who manipulate others to do their bidding and, often utilize sex and power to sway their serfs. As many details as I will provide, I’ve left out most of them. People are complicated, in depth… and outright crazy.

Oct 28, 2014 - 12:17pm
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  • - Oct 30, 2014 - 9:47pm
  • - by The Bug

Lost in the ongoing Foreign Events taking place in Iraq and Syria, Israel and Gaza, Afghanistan and the Taliban, ISIS and Khorasan (al Qaeda’s newest offspring), Iran and the Bomb, and the plethora of other concerns keeping the Leaders of many countries awake at night wondering how to combat a…

Oct 27, 2014 - 7:21pm
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The Designated Drivers of Society (DDoS)

She sat in silence as her husband was grooming for a night out without her, splashing aftershave on his freshly shaven face.  As the dynamics between the two played out, a hidden but violent outcry could be heard just beneath the well-rehearsed politeness of the veteran couple.  Assessment…

Oct 29, 2014 - 11:45pm
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Ten Commandments For A New American Century

First Commandment: THOU SHALT TAKE MONEY OUT OF POLITICS No money in politics. Zero! First, people should stand up and declare unequivocally they will not vote for anyone who takes ANY money from corporations, lobbyists and PACs. Then, down the road, by having elections 100% financed out of public f…

Oct 29, 2014 - 9:16am
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Who is Really Lying About Health Care?

INTRODUCTORY NOTE:  The alphabetized statements below come from Republican Party literature handed out at a health care rally in Nashville on August 13, 2009, prior to passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010, commonly called the Affordable Care Act and "Obamacare". …

Oct 26, 2014 - 2:44pm
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The Next Phase of Evolution

To understand the evolutionary dynamics at work in humans currently, it is necessary to look into the past, at the social structures of the evolution of Homo sapiens. Human evolution is characterized by a number of important changes—morphological, developmental, physiological, and behavioral&#…

Oct 27, 2014 - 2:35pm
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Islam or

There exist a “thing” which calls itself “islam” but it is NOT what it claims to be!It “should” and will be called here what it really is, “I-slam.” By definition, provided through the “Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary”…

Oct 28, 2014 - 12:59pm
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What Adam Smith Can Teach Us About the Upcoming Mi…

Adam Smith, author of The Wealth of Nations, is mistakenly depicted by most right-wing economic commentators and economists as the cheerleader for free markets, anti-regulation advocate and a proponent for the triumph of selfishness in the marketplace. Unfortunately, this is all…

Oct 28, 2014 - 8:09pm
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The war on terror, the means to all ends!

On the Global Terrorism thread Coming from the other end (from which terrorism is presumably exported), I find the American mindset interesting, in the funny interesting sense.    One day it’s Al-Qaeda, the next day it’s ISIS, and then there’s the Kh…

Oct 29, 2014 - 8:53am
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  • - Oct 30, 2014 - 7:44pm
  • - by The Bug
The Driveway Mentality

This is actually something I am experiencing right now and I thought would make an interesting discussion.Living on a street that is not part of the city or county, but a private road, that has no road agreement is great, for about 15 years. Then the wear and tear, elements, and temperat…

Oct 26, 2014 - 4:00pm
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  • - Oct 30, 2014 - 8:34pm
  • - by The Bug
A Discussion About Writer Beat

Because the comment thread is getting long in “A Disgruntled Writer Beat …,” I decided to move two of the more recent comments into a new thread.  Please feel free to share your thoughts, suggestions, and criticisms below: From Francois: I am very new to WB, and stil…

Oct 1, 2014 - 11:58am
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Your Right to Someone Else's Work

Most of us in the real world know that NO ONE has a moral right to the work product of someone else. We know that walking on to an automobile dealership lot and driving away with a vehicle is illegal, because we didn't PAY for it. That's one of the major differences between society the way…

Oct 29, 2014 - 9:36am
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“FREE TRADE IS DIPLOMACY. THERE IS NO OTHER CERTAIN WAY OF UNITING PEOPLE IN THE BONDS OF PEACE” (British politician Richard Cobden, 1857)          No two countries that are both part of a major global supply chain, like Dell’s or McDona…

Oct 29, 2014 - 1:26pm
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  • - Oct 30, 2014 - 9:10pm
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Computer and Tablet Rage

Computer and Tablet RagePart II admit it I was dragged kicking and screaming into the computer age. My first encounter with the Computer happened back before Bill Gates et. al. created their user friendly systems.My earliest experience with typing my term papers in college was on a computer where wh…

Oct 29, 2014 - 8:40pm
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