My Favourite Heroes.
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Sep 20, 2017 - 4:52am
My Favourite Heroes.

My ten favourite heroes! – This one made me think a lot! It could go a number of ways!Every man needs a hero to inspire him to do wonderful things and try to be a better person. Here are some of mine: a. Woody Guthrie. This was a man who was prepared to stand up for what he believed in – justice, equality and freedom. He was prepared to be there on the picket lines and take the blows. He wanted a strong union to fight for fairness of pay and conditions. He believed you fought fascism by educating people.   b. Charles Darwin As a Biologist he looked around the world at the variety of life and realised that the religious explanation did not hold true. He used his intellect to work out what was really happening and painstakingly set out researching to test his theory. When he was sure he published despite t…

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All The World Is A Stage

…And We Are The Stooges   When you thought you had reached peak conspiracy (and then rejected almost all of that as mere diversion), and then discover the possibility of there existing a whole new level of nefarious activity perpetrated at a level that makes run-of-the-mill conspiracy an…

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:50am
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The Sympathy Vote

The Sympathy Vote           Observe Oskar Schell, the nine-year-old hero of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.  Oskar’s father was killed in the attack on the Twin Towers, and Oskar himself is just as shattered. Alone, he wa…

Sep 20, 2017 - 8:45am
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Hatred Emanating at the Emmys

I missed the Emmys again this year. I was researching synthetic materials and going over some of the academic journals that review things like that. The Emmys are where a bunch of wealthy people get together and break their arms slapping each other on the back, congratulating each other. You and I a…

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:19pm
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Time to Rethink How We Honor Veterans

Twenty veterans per day commit suicide every day including Sunday and Holidays.   About 65% are older then 50.  Veterans are 20% more likely to commit suicide then non-veterans, and female veterans are 250% more likely to commit suicide then non-female veterans.   Maybe we should…

Sep 20, 2017 - 12:36pm
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LET’S WAR SOME MORE!

  LET’S WAR SOME MORE! Well thank the Gods that THAT’S OVER! Another 9/11 has hit the history dust bin again and we are still in the dark over just which Saudi and Carlyle Group investment scheme helped to do it.     But hell that is water under the bridge so reall…

Sep 17, 2017 - 10:00pm
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iXCC 50W/10A 5 Port Car Charger - Review

I was contacted by marketing for iXCC a couple of weeks ago concerning some possible reviews. Noting the wide product selection, from USB chargers to PC keyboards, it seemed only fitting to accept the offer and I was not disappointed. Product Overview What makes this USB car charger differ…

Sep 19, 2017 - 12:53pm
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Free-market capitalism's assault on economics, pol…

Unfettered free-market capitalism has distorted price signals, rules of the game in democracies, and shifted social frames of references for the worse. In simple terms, it has distorted economics, politics and the society.    1. It is now widely accepted that while there are pockets of m…

Sep 20, 2017 - 8:52am
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Relgion Does Matter

So, religion matters, after all. Sen. Dianne Feinstein grilled a Catholic nominee to the U.S. Court of appeals, Amy Coney Barrett, over her religious beliefs, especially, her views on abortion.  According to Democrats such as Feinstein, religious beliefs are not supposed to intrude into the law…

Sep 20, 2017 - 9:57am
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If Suddenly It Ended Tomorrow I Could Somehow Adju…

Inspired by Jeanne's life story I was reminded of my own.  The title is one of my favorite from a Jimmy Buffett song and his concerts were a blast when I attended those in the 1980s and 90s.  A little background.  It was popular at my college for friends to get a house together for th…

Sep 18, 2017 - 10:24pm
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A Free Market Solution to the Question of Gender

Barry Loberfeld’s saucy rant, combining diverse elements of philosophical argumentation counter seasoned with a tart touch of law and a few grains of biology is both unconvincing and pointless.  Back to the basics.      Individuals own their own bodies. Women and …

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:49pm
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The Beat Goes On XVIII

The following is a dialogue between me and someone who thinks they're following the rules.  Who's right?     Autumn Below is the full text of the rule. I don't think it could be any more straightforward.  Commenting on the work of others is not something you can do 5 days ag…

Sep 19, 2017 - 9:08am
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Suetonius’ reported invective of Nero: conte…

Invective is reported as Suetonius, having attended the court of Hadrian, possessed no direct experience of Nero; thus relied on legitimate documents. The Suda illustrated Suetonius as a Roman Grammarian (Professor of Literature); though, there is no evidence that Suetonius retained students; howeve…

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:40am
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Medicare For All! (But . . . why would you want th…

Sen. Sanders (Ind. VT) has proposed “Medicare For All”.   Now, that is NOT exactly what he is proposing. What is Sen. Sanders proposing? In fact, what is “Medicare” or for that matter, what is “Medicaid” and how do they relate to Sen. Sanders proposal?  …

Sep 20, 2017 - 1:10pm
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Why You Will Never Get Ahead

It's real easy to understand by looking at these simple charts. We have been working harder and harder without wages going above inflation rates since the 1970's.     This cumulative inflation chart speaks for itself.       Inverse to inflation is the purchasing power of o…

Sep 19, 2017 - 2:19pm
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The World needs Condoleezza Rice in 2020

  A recent comment on WB reminded me of Condi Rice. If the world survives the next 3 years, it is going to need A great person to lead it out of the Miasma that has overtaken society.   Perhaps the Republican Party will have had enough of The Donald by 2020, or perhaps a new party will ne…

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:47pm
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What's the Difference Between a Habit and a Headsc…

What's the Difference Between a Habit and a Headscarf?     Why are some people vehemently against a Muslim headscarf but have no objection to a nun's habit? What's the difference?The main difference is the ideology represented by the clothing. Islam's ideology is  poli…

Sep 18, 2017 - 4:29am
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Intelligence is Overrated

  The other day, a friend waxed eloquent about a university psychologist whose social Darwinist views corroborated her own belief in the hierarchy of intelligence with respect to race and nationality.   This is old news.  The world is full of people and groups who think they are smart…

Sep 16, 2017 - 3:07pm
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A DAY IN THE LIFE

While Americans celebrated their American Revolution, as a Canadian, I was having the best time of my life living in Venice Beach, California in the Spirit of ´76. It was my first winter in the warm sun in my lifetime. The Times and Winds of Change were favourable toward me since this unexpe…

Sep 20, 2017 - 4:11pm
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Why small isn’t always beautiful: labor regu…

What are the costs and benefits of regulation? Most countries treat smaller firms more generously when it comes to business regulation, exempting them from some of the burdens on larger firms. This research uses this institutional feature to show how the overall costs of regulation can be calculate…

Sep 20, 2017 - 4:33pm
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Some Memorable Movie Music

By no means an exhaustive list.   1.  (1935, Max Steiner) I believe this score was the first one to win an Oscar for best music.   2.  (1939, Max Steiner)   3a.   [1968, original score by Alex North, though not used by Kubrick in his final editing and commercial rele…

Sep 20, 2017 - 3:52am
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Is It A Fact, Or Is It An Opinion

A rumor is not a truth. An opinion is not a fact. Believe it or not, most of everything we think we know are rumors and opinions. Strangely however we judge other people according to their belief in rumors and opinions against our own rumors and opinions, and its pretty stupid.   For instance, …

Sep 19, 2017 - 5:45pm
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Climate Change & High School Science

While the scientific community seems united in its vision of climate change and the adverse future on humanity, other scientists offer contrary analyses. Who should we listen to?   Here’s a new perspective for us determine which scientists are right: high school science.   Let’…

Sep 17, 2017 - 5:55pm
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