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Feb 25, 2015 - 9:46am

I never understood what a hospice is; until now. It is a bit of Heaven on Earth for a dying person. The difference between hospice and hospital is way more than a few letters.  Where you wait in the hospital for hours for someone to attend to your needs, in the Hospice it takes 5 minutes. And you can have anything your health care proxy dictates: more drugs, fewer drugs; they were even going to let us sneak a martini in. You just can’t have anything that will keep you alive longer than nature alone will allow you to live.  And it’s paid for by Medicare. So, why do hospitals suck so badly; and why is assisted suicide illegal? And why is there more respect for the dying than the living?

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Writer Beat And Obscenity, Vulgarity

Among the professional, very respected websites that are available on the internet you will never, ever see one of them that allows anyone, be it an author or someone who comments on an article, to use the kind of obscene and vulgar term that has just recently been allowed here on Writer Beat.…

Aug 26, 2015 - 9:48pm
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Making the Trains Run on Time in the Tragic Common…

Today’s big government finds running Amtrak too large a challenge, and Trump’s roundup [of undocumented immigrants] would be about 94 times larger than the wartime internment of 117,000 persons of Japanese descent. But Trump wants America to think big. The big costs, in decades and dolla…

Aug 26, 2015 - 10:00am
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As a man of faith I try as often as possible to keep up with current events. I believe it’s important for us who are people of faith irrespective of where we are in the body of Christ to know how our world is operating for many reasons. We should has an idea of what people are in need of so we…

Aug 27, 2015 - 6:40am
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The dark side of the Internet. Hoaxes, hoaxes ever…

If my grandmother were alive today, she would be 109. She clearly belonged to another era. During her last years, like may people of her age, she worshipped a weird divinity. Her TV. That plastic and glass box was her mate, her loyal companion, even a sacred artefact surrounded by a supernatural hal…

Aug 27, 2015 - 3:21pm
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Why Nationalism could not Overshadow Islamism

 The existing interminable regional conflicts among several nation countries along with the recurring armed clashes between political factions, fundamental groups and state authorities are now common features of this era.Since four decades as yet, conflicts and disagreements are becoming more…

Aug 28, 2015 - 3:58am
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The New Donatism: An Old Heresy that is Killing th…

I have been thinking about Cardinal Francis George, who passed away recently.  Early in my career I worked for Cardinal George and one of the projects he gave me was to respond to the “New Donatism” that he believed was emerging in the Church.  He knew that I had been doing his…

Aug 28, 2015 - 11:00am
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A Cinematic Take On Bully Culture

After recently reading a movie review, on Writer's Beat, of The Gift, a film about a bully (and much more), I started thinking about other films that I saw that included aspects of bullying and bully culture. One of my favorites was My Bodyguard (1980), which I just watched again the other day.…

Aug 28, 2015 - 12:13pm
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How many more senseless shootings before guns are…

Yesterday's awful shooting live on air of a TV news reporter and cameraman is one of the most graphic examples of why America's umbilical connection to gun ownership has to be cut. The deaths of Alison Parker and Adam Ward are just the latest dreadful statistic in a never ending flood of tragedy.&#…

Aug 27, 2015 - 5:05am
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Full employment, why not?

 Full employment occurs when all or nearly all persons willing and able to work at prevailing wages and working conditions are able to find jobs. Full employment, however, shifts bargaining advantages from employers to employees.In developed countries, after the 70s, full employment policies…

Aug 26, 2015 - 10:43pm
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SURELY all U.S. politicians know that running for office without making comments about the nation’s economy can purchase defeat at the polls. If U.S. politicians differ on the economy, it’s usually about policy and/or process, rooted in ideas that have become, well, “cliché,&#…

Aug 25, 2015 - 9:36pm
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Having worked and played in the Venice area and surrounding community for many years, I can tell you the “problem” with the homeless in Venice isn’t really a problem, per se; the criminal element returning to the community because of new laws requiring early release from county jai…

Aug 27, 2015 - 2:37pm
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Most of what I have written in my life has to do with learning to love each other, but none of this can be fully accomplished if we cannot first learn to love ourselves. We must learn to have faith in the beauty that we are without the masks, without the shame, without the denial. It is not an easy …

Aug 27, 2015 - 9:45pm
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When we want knowledge, Lord Cyber provides us with the support our emotional instinct tells us is right. If we want life to begin when a little half person sperm wiggles into a half person egg, we turn to Lord Cyber 's angel Google for comfort.If we want life to begin with Cognition, we can turn t…

Aug 18, 2015 - 4:34pm
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Do guns really cause unacceptable levels of carnag…

If you mention “guns” most people instantly associate it with the last hundred times they heard the word, and if the news is their only source that would be very highly publicized incidents where they are abused.  After a few years is it any surprise that millions of people have the…

Aug 16, 2015 - 1:22pm
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For Judy

“ I’ve been suffering from insomnia; the fear of losing my parents at any second and the incapability of going back to my homeland is affecting me psychologically and physically,” says Judy, 11 of Syria. “ I lost my father in the beginning of the dispute and now, I am in-able…

Aug 28, 2015 - 4:41am
I Had This Idea

I Had This Idea By Bernadette A. MoyerI had this idea that if I did the right things, the right thing would happen for me.• What I learned is that doing the right thing was what I do for myself and it doesn’t guarantee that things will turn out like I thought. I…

Aug 28, 2015 - 5:27am
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The drug of quantitative easing and low interest r…

Many have wondered and commented possible reasons of the selloff caused in markets, some explain is China, others that is global economic sentiment. It will take days  for analysts to agree, and I am not here to discuss that. What many did not comment or talk is how not only the marke…

Aug 28, 2015 - 9:37am
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Biden - Warren PLEASE

  To give myself credit as to my political prophesies, I turn your attention to a paper I wrote, but never published in November, 2007 called, "The Case for Obama - Biden." It wouldn't matter at this point, to document how I supported my thesis, because as political writings go, that is the one…

Aug 28, 2015 - 11:48am
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Common Sense Immigration Plan

When it comes to Immigration, I feel like there's an elephant dancing in the room in a pink Tu-Tu and everyone is pretending that he isn't there.  Every professional politician is terrified to even mention the elephant, much less acknowledge its existence. We don't need a bigger wall, mo…

Aug 28, 2015 - 8:32pm
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I Don't Just Throw Dart's at a Board

     My goal as a trader is first and foremost -to make money, that’s it period.  In doing so there are certain qualities both quantitative and qualitative that one needs to have in order to be successful in this arena.  I mean how else can you formulate a successful s…

Aug 26, 2015 - 12:52pm
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What? Austerity in Finland?

Last Saturday the 22nd, around 10.000 citizens went down to the streets of Helsinki to protest against the governmental austerity measures. Does this come as a surprise if Finland just elected a billionaire business man as prime minister? Last Saturday we witnessed one of the biggest manifest…

Aug 24, 2015 - 4:24pm
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A letter to Mrs. Clinton

Dear Mrs. Clinton,        First let me apologize for not  referring to you as Ms. Rodham, I'm sure you cringe every time you have to acknowledge that you are still married to Mr. Clinton, but you wouldn't be where you are today without him, and his …

Aug 25, 2015 - 4:19am
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