FRESH START II
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Dec 18, 2014 - 5:19pm
FRESH START II

Richard Lipscombe hinted I would, as he did, have second thoughts about leaving WB. He also said exactly what (he probably knew) would tempt me back:Patricia, thanks for your intellectual efforts in your posts - you made me think about stuff that I otherwise would not have ever really contemplated. Good teachers make us think, they make us challenge the essence of who we are in the process, they are gift bearers, they are rare, and most of all they are not out for themselves but for us the students.In writing what follows, it became clear to me that you guys are my teachers too. The process of writing Fresh Start II made me really think, for which I thank you all. Richard. Tony. François. SEF. TerryAM. Autumn.My return started with posting TIME for a FRESH START on LinkedIn. It flashed on me, “Hey! That's wha…

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One Day

One day, a day will comeI think that day is nearthe pieces of my lifewill join and become clearOne day, when you will askme places to recallI know that I will saydespite, I loved them allOne day, the phone will ringand then I'll hear …

Dec 18, 2014 - 4:42pm
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SONY Cancels

This past October SONY Pictures released The Fury, a  World War II drama about an American tank crew who battle the Nazis with only grit, heroism and a busted tread. To promote the picture SONY held several events honoring veterans in which they thanked American fighting men and women, then and…

Dec 19, 2014 - 3:50pm
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Economics: The Elephant in the Room

I have seen a lot of articles on here about this section of economy, or that rate of interest. But not a single one of them addresses the elephant in the room. That is: You cannot have exponential growth in a finite world.The world economy is based on resource consumption. Our high stree…

Dec 19, 2014 - 1:05pm
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God doesn't ask your opinion

Truth is just another word for nothing left to learn.I came up with that for my character, Marko Noyes, to show something. My brother, my idiot brother, said everything is opinion, there is no truth. And then, last night David Letterman, another idiot, in his conversation with Rosie O'Do…

Dec 19, 2014 - 10:51am
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SNAP should not equal Food Stamp

Which economy is likely to have a more productive workforce?Economy A calls food stamps, “food stamps,” and makes the receiving of public benefits relatively difficult and a little demeaning. Economy B calls food stamps by catchy acronyms such as SNAP, provides them on plastic debit…

Dec 16, 2014 - 8:43am
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Boycott Martin Luther King Jr's birthday,

and celebrate Ben Franklin's instead. I just got a 2015 calendar from my trash collection company, and it was annotated with all sorts of interesting date events. I noticed that Ben Franklin's birthday is just two days after MLK's, and, being as upset as I am with the Blacks and their so…

Dec 16, 2014 - 9:31am
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How value can be destroyed and created in training

 How value can be destroyed and created in trainingThe point of organization of any type is to get some kind of results, to do something or to pursue objectives. It seems sensible, therefore, to focus on results. This can include blue sky research and an allowance for esoteric work that ca…

Dec 18, 2014 - 6:35am
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Christmas- Thoughts from the 'Scrooge'.

Not everybody celebrates Christmas, this is a fact we experience every year in the diverse religious world we occupy. Tell somebody you are Jewish or Muslim and all you receive is a nod of acceptance that Christmas is (despite it's pagan roots) the most famous Christian festival, and as such might n…

Dec 18, 2014 - 1:20pm
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Keystone XL, a Politicians 'Wet Dream'  or DOA ?

Back in November, the Keystone XL Pipeline was voted down by the Democratically controlled Senate. The bill was defeated with 59 votes in favor and 41 against.  The bill needed 60 votes (making it filibuster proof)  to proceed.  Republicans vowed to bring back the Keystone bill as soo…

Dec 16, 2014 - 12:41pm
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Anonymity or a Mask to Hide Behind

I find it very interesting to read articles on social media web sites and comments made to news reports for several reasons. The first reason is that many of them are very appropriately written and thoughtful. However, there are some that are written with a very nasty bent and with hurtful words tha…

Dec 15, 2014 - 2:00pm
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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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Wave Elections of 2014 Effect?

The Democratic and Republican party are just names. Government actually can be divided into three pieces Master Mind, Opportunist, and Contitutionalist. Examples of the Presidents for each are: Obama a Master Mind, Clinton and either Bush Opportunist, and Reagan a Contitutionalist. Master Minds know…

Dec 18, 2014 - 2:59pm
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BANANAS

I have a friend in Loum, Cameroon, where I live. His name is Alphonse, and he works in a Banana plantation which belongs to the French company PHP Penja. So, you might think, OK, so what ? The thing is that he's 35 years old, and he looks 50. I didn't know that when I met him first, and I hope he di…

Dec 14, 2014 - 6:03am
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Letter from a mother

Dear son / daughterThe day that you see me oldI ask please to have patience with meUnderstand that life is a cycleAnd we all return to childhoodIf when I talk to you, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, do not interrupt me to tell me that I had told you that beforeJust listen to me, pleaseWhen…

Dec 1, 2014 - 11:54am
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Don't Take Away my Brick and Mortar

After hitting various big box retailers around my home the past few weeks, searching for an evidently difficult to find electric razor head, something dawned on me.  Amazon!  Why had I not thought of this before?  On top of the likely cost savings, I wouldn’t be spending time an…

Dec 19, 2014 - 5:34pm
 
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A Christmas Message

Isaiah 11:4&6 “…with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead the…

Dec 19, 2014 - 7:16am
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Everyone is Right

    I read news all the time. I have developed a pattern of connecting stories by money, religion, politics, theory, corporate and government interests, and human interest. I do this because I have found that there are currents that flow from one event into another. It's not always what ha…

Dec 15, 2014 - 11:28pm
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My forever afterlife (Final)

The job offer in the paper did not give away any indication as to what my life would be like for the next six years. They were looking for an electrical engineer “capable of working on multiple projects and adapting to changing priorities”. This is back when “curriculum v…

Nov 20, 2014 - 1:30pm
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Euro Crisis Deepens

The alarm warnings are going off in Europe. International markets under pressure, global tensions rising and the financial system stressed to the point of breaking. Europe is ready for a relapse. It may be a very cold winter without Russian gas. Yet the technocrats in Brussels just go on their merry…

Dec 17, 2014 - 5:16am
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It may seem like the end, but it doesn't have to b…

After reading Tim McClellan’s post on LinkedIn, What I see for the future of the USA , I felt the need to write one of my own.As I read his post, I was able to visualize everything he was talking about coming to fruition. There is no doubt we have a government bent on “fundamentally tran…

Dec 17, 2014 - 7:35pm
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It's not racism, it's poverty and the fact that ma…

I think the police are prejudice, do profile and many are abusive to classes of people they don't like, but how they choose their victims is rarely about race as much as it's the other visual clues that people who live in poverty often exhibit.Poor people everywhere get much closer scrut…

Dec 13, 2014 - 12:43pm
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The illusion of death

 Like most I was shocked by the trenchant inhumanity shown by those militants who attacked the school at Peshawar earlier this week. It’s a big story, it’s an ongoing story, it banners the headline news broadcasts here in the west on an hour by hour and daily routine.I was tho…

Dec 17, 2014 - 2:21pm
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