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Sep 21, 2017 - 12:03am
The World has become a very ugly place

Speaking the truth in the past was a virtue, now it makes one a target.  To complement a woman is now called sex abuse. To hold a minority opinion, is to be attacked as naïve. To trust your government, is called a pawn of big business. Everyone knows more than those who 's job it is to know, and leaders must be fought in the streets. The divide among us is so great that we have returned to the Pre 60's racial wars and monuments are torn down.   What it all comes down to is we longer trust each other. I believe this distrust is born of our affinity to trust Google over those who have actually been there and done that. The Cyber world is trusted over the human world! Almost every objection to an idea involves motivation. As if we somehow know what the other guy is thinking.   If we don't shut off our Smart phones and go…

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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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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Hardwired to Love

A friend left me in his truck with two big Boxer dogs in the seat behind me. Instantly, they were all over me. They licked me, drooled, chewed, nibbled my hair, drenched me in saliva . It seemed their hearts were so full of love, they would pop out of their breasts. It felt they were in a contest ov…

Sep 20, 2017 - 3:38pm
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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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Thomas Sowell is a National Treasure

After reading the appalling book Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates I looked for an intelligently written book on race written by a black person.  It did not make sense to look for a book on race written by a white person.  I was as impressed by the book  by Thomas…

Sep 20, 2017 - 12:36pm
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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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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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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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  • - by Don
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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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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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 b…

Sep 20, 2017 - 4:52am
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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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Privateering Goes to War – 1775 – 1782…

Is a Free Market possible?  We are persuaded it is.  Here is one of the chapters of a book, now being finalized, on the history of what we call "Human Investments."  The tools provide stability for prosperity and, if applied as we have defined, minimize risk for investors while provid…

Sep 19, 2017 - 9:25pm
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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Two socialisms, two capitalisms

There are two kinds of socialism on the market (if one ignores the madness of millennium revolutionaries). One is the kind being touted by Jeremy Corbyn - raising workers' pay and public expenditure, without a clear idea of how to achieve it. I shall come to the second in a moment.   Opposed t…

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:47pm
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  • - Sep 20, 2017 - 5:05pm
  • - by John G
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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  • - Sep 20, 2017 - 11:08pm
  • - by Lord Jim
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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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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  • - Sep 20, 2017 - 6:06pm
  • - by John G
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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The Pursuit of Happiness

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does …

Sep 19, 2017 - 10:48am
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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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