Your tax dollars at work
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Sep 30, 2016 - 10:31am
Your tax dollars at work

  The National Institutes of Health is spending over $50,000 to study whether college students eat junk food when they drink. The two-year study rests on the hypothesis that “heavy drinking may lead to unhealthy eating habits surrounding drinking episodes.” The study also will “determine whether heavy alcohol use contributes to weight gain among college freshmen.”   Ok, let me get this straight. The NIH is spending $50,000 to do a study that asks the following three questions:   1. Do college students eat junk food when they drink?2. Does heavy drinking lead to unhealthy eating habits?3. Does heavy drinking lead to weight gain among college freshmen?   On the face of it, $50,000 doesn't seem like a vastly huge amount to conduct a two year study, but it's still a waste of money when…

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  • - Oct 1, 2016 - 1:13pm
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Like, Numbers Are Racist, Deux

Like, Numbers Are Racist, Deux. A sequel to “ “. by Over twenty years ago, the term ‘Balkanize’ was first used in examining the long-term impact of legal and illegal immigration to America by Dr. Brent Nelson, in his prescient book  ‘ ’. Having spent a lot…

Oct 1, 2016 - 10:57am
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  • - Oct 1, 2016 - 12:36pm
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I'm In the Corner, Watching you kiss her...

I slowly take a drag of my cigarette. I'm sitting in a lonely chair. In a lonely room. The only company I have is a bottle of wine and dismantled memories on repeat in my head. I'm staring at nothing and I'm really not sure how long I've been like this. Time becomes irrelevant being that he's not th…

Sep 29, 2016 - 3:38pm
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The Day Disco Died

  I hate Disco. Always have, and always will. Besides Gansta Rap and Mexican music, I cannot think of any single genre that's lamer, dumber, and outright annoying. I'm also not too crazy about country and hip-hop in general, but I usually don't go into conniptions when I hear it, and actually …

Sep 30, 2016 - 2:11pm
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Summer has gone I shed a tearsummer has goneslow comes the fear   You ask me whyI talk of fearWell, let me tell youpeople disappear   Autumn means changethe leaves do falllife starts its circledoes rearrange   See all those colors…

Sep 30, 2016 - 2:16pm
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  The US has exactly two people who, among 349'999'998 others which are apparently not counting at all, seem to interest the US public at the moment. Not Ciley Myrus, Jay-any-letter, Beyond-C or George Clowney, not to forget Angelina not-so-Jolie-anymore and Brat Pitt.   Hillary B. Clinto…

Sep 30, 2016 - 3:06pm
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Business versus Art

I never wanted to be a businessman. I'm already a big enough asshole.   It seems crass to me, making money and profit the point of this exercise. I'm an artist. In everything I do, I want to make it an artistic exploration. It's not pragmatic. Art takes time and patience in pursuit of…

Sep 29, 2016 - 2:34pm
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  • - Oct 1, 2016 - 1:06pm
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The First Debate

If you did not see or hear the first debate of the 2016 Presidential Campaign let me describe it in a way that paints the picture: imagine Jack Klugman as Dr. Quincy from Quincy, ME, as his most strident, entitled and meandering, debating Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer of Veep, at her most vacu…

Oct 1, 2016 - 9:29am
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Earth is Doomed - Climate Change Debate Over

According to the article referenced below, the Earth has passed the CO2 concentration level "Tipping Point" - meaning that the planet wide destruction of life on Earth is now unavoidable.  James Hansen is publishing a paper that conclusively shows that it is too late to avoid this worldwid…

Sep 29, 2016 - 3:57pm
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Frontline: The Choice 2016, and what a choice it i…

I just watched the PBS Frontline show: The Choice 2016. It follows both candidates from childhood to present day, temporally alternating between the two; attempting to show how they became who they are, but leaving the conclusions to the viewer. So, I thought I would take the opportunity summar…

Sep 29, 2016 - 2:34pm
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The Sins of Spin, At Our Expense

Open Google and search a 1938 Nazi propaganda poster and if you find one, you will find hundreds mocking it. This is 2016 and the ease with which to edit, or 'spin' an image is practically effortless. As is the same with spinning a message. Unfortunately our virtue and in some cases our integr…

Sep 29, 2016 - 4:35pm
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Government, Consent of the Governed or the Aristoc…

Societies according to Marx move from feudalism to capitalism to communism (a form of Socialism), the history of class struggles.  But Marx before 1880's said America was the exception.  In 1850's America was the most Capitalist society and not even considering turning communist.  Ame…

Sep 29, 2016 - 11:50pm
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If You're a Trump Supporter

This is a short article. If you're a Trump supporter, Trump is the people he's promising to protect you from. At the following link, you will see the Trump archetype on the right, the middle class in the middle, and the poor, including economically marginalized minorities, on the left: …

Sep 27, 2016 - 2:39pm
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How To Simplify Unexpected, Unavoidable Change

    Perhaps if I sang to it? Did a little dance? Went to a class?   All I want to do is set my fridge to a slightly warmer temperature now that the hot weather has gone and I’m finding frozen, limp celery and lettuce on the fridge shelf. There was a time when I would simpl…

Sep 29, 2016 - 8:28pm
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  • - Oct 1, 2016 - 1:15pm
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How Educated Are You?

  YOU HAVE A MASTER'S     "Hello Master!! – You are incredibly smart and knowledgeable. You read and think actively, ask the big questions, and cultivate empathy for others. You set goals and make them happen, and always find a way to contribute. No wonder you've become a MAST…

Sep 30, 2016 - 9:44am
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Why I pick the candidate with the larger bank acco…

I choose rich politicians and I do so because I think the power is too tempting if you're poor. Assume a poor person is elected. The incentive to use his or her new found position of power to financial advantage would be great. However, a rich person already has money, so he or she is mo…

Sep 28, 2016 - 8:42am
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Michael inspired me to that article with his "disco" one. I guess you all don't know much about African music - I do, and I like you to lend an ear to it ;-)   Cameroon    (Dance, dance, Cameroonians like to dance !)    (This is stuff people go into trance - very rudimenta…

Oct 1, 2016 - 4:40am
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We all have our favourites, we can all reel of some truly great titles.  Its much more difficult for us to think of the worst.  Films that are truly horrendous, ones that have made us yearn to find a wall which has just been freshly painted.  So lets give it a go.  My submission …

Sep 30, 2016 - 7:21pm
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Awaiting The Great Power Outage

  People will still tell me, especially on Tumblr. If I don’t vote for Clinton, I’m voting for Trump. While yes, it does bother me if Trump becomes president, but it also bothers me if Clinton becomes president, and if I don’t vote for Trump, I’m not voting for Clint…

Oct 1, 2016 - 11:18am
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The Story of Samantha Smith

  1983 was a very eventful year as far as the Cold War was concerned, and numerous events that transpired that year came very close to making it a thermonuclear Hot War, the result of which, in all probably, would have meant the end of life as we know it on this planet. President Reagan announ…

Sep 27, 2016 - 10:09pm
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  • - Oct 1, 2016 - 9:20am
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Lessons In Apologetics #2: Rationalism & Fideism

The next epistemological methodology is rationalism. Of rationalism, Geisler writes, "Rationalism is characterized by its stress on the innate a priori ability of human reason to know truth. Basically, rationalists hold that what is knowable or demonstrable by human reason is true (29)." To the rati…

Sep 30, 2016 - 9:30am
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only total and absolute Non violence Ahimsa Nirvan…

only total Total and absolute Non violence Ahimsa Nirvana is a mark of a Human being , we wear the Robe of the body but with Mind and thoughts rooted in the Stars of spirituality Divine capable of infinite things , in every way thinking of a higher purpose for human existence ,the gross earth just r…

Sep 27, 2016 - 6:07am
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Mastering problem solving to realize your greatnes…

In his book 'The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness', Stephen Covey talked about the existence of a gap “between possessing great potential and actually realizing a life of greatness and contribution.” He wrote, “We know there is a painful gap…between b…

Sep 30, 2016 - 1:19pm