An Open Letter to the American Press
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Aug 15, 2018 - 1:02pm
An Open Letter to the American Press

[Note : The Boston Globe has convinced most major newspapers in the U.S. to write op-eds concerning Trumps “war on the press” this Thursday, August 16, 2018.  This would be my contribution to that effort.]   The founding fathers, I believe, considered the free press so essential to the survival of the Republic they considered it almost a fourth branch of government; a "fourth estate" if you will.  It is no accident that freedom of speech is protected in the Bill of Rights and equally no accident it is one of the first unalienable rights to be protected.  It's THAT important.   Protections in place, all was well; but who would ever have thought that the press would choose to abandon its esteemed place and responsibility?  Decades ago, the watchdog of politics and society voluntarily shacked itself …

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Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs

The pharmaceutical industry in the United States has hoodwinked the public into believing its snake oils are worth the money you pay.  The government, “health care industry,” and insurance companies are happy to comply, and maybe some of them even believe their hype.    Th…

Aug 9, 2018 - 2:04pm
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The Behvioral Sink

  The videos above explain a series of telling experiments with rats and mice. The animals were kept well-fed and cared for in a limited space were they could breed without inhibition. The only restricted resource was space.   The original experiments were conducted with rats on a qu…

Aug 13, 2018 - 2:13pm
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Lord of the Flies

Quote from Lord of the Flies by William Golding...  "The flies were black and iridescent green and without number.  In front of Simon, the Lord of the Flies hung on a stick and grinned.   At last, Simon gave up and looked back; saw the white teeth and dim eyes, the blood - and hi…

Aug 12, 2018 - 4:31pm
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For my dead baby sister, Paula Kay Dyer

Billy Ray Irick was convicted in 1986 NOT in the death PER SE of Paula Dyer, a Knoxville girl he was babysitting - but because, truth be told:   (1) Billy Ray Irick severely tore up 7-year old Paula Kay Dyer's vagina and rectum.   (2) Billy Ray Irick brutally raped 7-year old Paula Kay Dye…

Aug 12, 2018 - 8:04pm
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How did we get to Gay Marriage?

Marriage is an old and generally religious concept that is older than Christianity.  In all cultures marriages had rules, and those rules varied tremendously depending on when and where you are.  The rules and obligations are so different that even in the US a person who is married in one …

Aug 13, 2018 - 5:14pm
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WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH ?

Aggression (?) Peace :-)    RAAH !   I opened today's Swiss No. 1 newspaper BLICK (I'm never sure if it's a tabloid or a newspaper….probably both), and one of the headlines said: Cab driver (52) attacked by 3 persons at 1.30 am at Winterthur main station (my town) and heavily …

Aug 10, 2018 - 7:44am
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  • - Aug 16, 2018 - 11:13pm
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Amazing Things...

You know again with everyone looking at the negative, AGAIN, I thought I would write something positive. Not an article on climate change... The weather has been odd of late, has anyone taken the time to notice that?  This time of year where I am it begins in late May through September at 90 …

Aug 14, 2018 - 12:14am
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  • - Aug 16, 2018 - 9:09pm
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RESPECT...

After a fight with pancreatic cancer today at 9:40 am Aretha Franklin died today in her home in Detroit at 76 years old.  In music, she reached a pinnacle that very few people will ever reach, which was iconic. She had several visitors in the last weeks of her life including good friend Stevie …

Aug 16, 2018 - 11:06am
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Why I Didn't Vote For HRC

I'm posting this letter I wrote a couple years ago that I composed for a co-worker and her daughter, a "demo-pologist"...you know the type, they can't accept that the Democratic Party, the one that I've been a lifelong registered voter of.... put up a criminal candidate that should be behind bars, n…

Aug 9, 2018 - 11:16am
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Want to Take a Dip in the Lake on Mars?

Humanity needs a frontier in order to provide meaning to our existence. It is in the pursuit of the frontier that we have an opportunity to exhibit our best character traits, and provide a relief valve for our churlish nature. Up until the 20th century, we had frontiers on most continents. Explorat…

Aug 11, 2018 - 10:58am
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The Trifling Take of Truckers

The economy of 2018 is booming, according to any indicator you would choose to pick. One of the indicators of a booming economy is the volume of items sold. Most household or business items sold need to get to the household or business of destination, whether transported by the buyer, the seller or …

Aug 9, 2018 - 10:45pm
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TO ALL HATERS OF RUSSIA....

I stumbled onto that article by a Twitter link and thought I might read it. Then, I remembered how many Russia haters we find on WB, or at least people who think of it as an "enemy", as most Western media brand them (although I never gave a shit about simplifying stuff like that. I GO to places whe…

Aug 13, 2018 - 9:04am
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Whining or Winning - The Eradication of Poverty

A great many people here on this site constantly whine about the disparity in wealth and other aspects of life that they deem to be so “unfair” ... yet most of these same people sit on their collective keisters, waiting for big brother benevolence from the government as opposed to ever g…

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:06am
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The Nuremberg Defense Was an Atheist Invention!

In his "Opening Statement before the International Military Tribunal" on November 21, 1945, Robert H Jackson offered this explanation as to why, in their so-called Nuremberg Defense, Nazi war criminals sought "refuge in superior orders [and] in the doctrine that [their] crimes were acts of states": …

Aug 10, 2018 - 6:30pm
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Putin and Russia have achieved what they set out t…

Putin is an ex-KGB man. He's an expert on subterfuge. It's all about power. Putin wanted to gain control of Russia. He did. He wanted to strengthen his grip. He did. He wanted to re-establish Russia as a powerful world force. He has. He is a very rich powerful man.   The West missed a golden op…

Aug 11, 2018 - 7:10pm
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The Joys of Joyriding

The recent theft of a large turboprop airliner and the ensuing crash and apparent suicide by the “pilot” got me thinking about joyriding, or in his case, joyflying and joykamikazeing. I had nothing on that dude for sure. When I was 15 years old, one of my buddies and I “borrowed…

Aug 12, 2018 - 9:15am
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Female World Leaders and Babies

In New Zealand where I'm living right now, the Prime Minister (Jacinda Ardern) recently had a baby. She was the second world leader in modern history to do so. Benazir Bhutto was the first while Prime Minister of Pakistan in 1990.    Interestingly, she campaigned by stating emphatical…

Aug 12, 2018 - 4:52am
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Freedom? It's a Myth!

Well to start with we don't really possess a self in order to be free. Our self is a construct of our interactions so the very idea of freedom for such a construct is spurious.   But having said that a lot of us like the idea of freedom.    We don't like things being imposed on us. &#…

Aug 14, 2018 - 5:07am
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The right wing's definition of

The question of capitalism v. socialism is the wrong question. In order for a car to operate, it needs an engine (capitalism), but it also needs some safety devices (brakes, steering, seat belts, etc.) The question is not capitalism v. socialism but how much of a social safety net is compatible with…

Aug 14, 2018 - 2:47pm
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What Rules the Rulers?

Aldous Huxley published Brave New World in 1932.  The novel describes a futuristic society that boasts a world government with the motto “Community, Identity, Stability.”  The year is After Ford 632, and babies are decanted rather than born.  Eugenics has been refined to t…

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:03pm
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Imagine promises meaning something

A promise made, a promise kept.  Imagine a return to a sense of civility. People treating others with opposing opinions without descending into conversation which use the negative force of four-letter words.  Wouldn’t that be a nice change?   It’s been awhile since I ventu…

Aug 8, 2018 - 8:19am
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The Terrorists Won!! Or did they??

It seems to me that the intention of terrorism is to destabilise. It sets out to cause disruption and chaos out of all proportion to the level of actual harm. By committing high-profile atrocities of horrific nature it creates fear and a feeling of threat far in excess of reality.   That is wha…

Aug 8, 2018 - 7:02pm
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