The Art of the Thrift
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May 15, 2017 - 8:21am
The Art of the Thrift

It all started when we went looking for some wall art.  My sister tipped me off that we could find decent wall art at thrift stores.  We bought some wall art at Hobby Lobby and other such places.  It's not expensive there costing $35, $70, or $100 or so a pop, but when one buys a lot, it can add up.With that intent, we went to Goodwill.  I only knew of one in the city.  I had never been to one other than to donate.  I always thought it was for people who were down on their luck.  Quite the contrary.  It's a mixed of a well-heeled crowd looking for bargains and low-income shoppers just trying to save money.  All people are encouraged to shop there.  It helps raise money to support their programs.My wife is one who thought the idea of people selling their personal go…

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Unsupported Ideas and Questions

Someone said that my articles, whether you agreed with them or not, were well supported.   In this case, I am just going to note some half-baked thoughts or questions that have been in the back of my mind to prompt (I hope!) debate.    IT and Science There should be a way to incorpora…

May 10, 2017 - 11:26am
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Does anyone else see a dictatorship coming soon?

When you expect ONE man to do everything alone, that is a Dictatorship. When you use mob violence instead of Representatives in Congress to express your desires, you demand a dictatorial response. When you put your interest above the interest of the Nation, you dema…

May 10, 2017 - 9:44pm
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  • - May 20, 2017 - 1:08am
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The Beat Goes On XI

As most of our regulars know, it is my pleasure and desire to bring as much attention as possible to those authors that frequently comment on the work of others.  In other words, content matters very little in terms of what articles I choose to promote. However, compared to the quantity of auth…

Apr 28, 2017 - 12:22pm
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“A Government ofDeath”

Globalisation. “A rising tide lifts all boats.” It was always a lie — a propagandistic slogan only — from the outset, for even its proponents described it in terms of “creative destruction”. There would be “winners” and “losers”. But in pu…

May 16, 2017 - 1:09am
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  • - May 21, 2017 - 8:55pm
  • - by John G
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the Four Million Dead at Auschwitz

I'm new here and I've spent some time this morning, reading articles and leaving some comments.   One thing I ran across is the Holocaust denier meme "the Four Million Dead at Auschwitz."  I've always been curious about this meme, it ignores certain historical facts. 1) The original plaque…

May 16, 2017 - 2:29pm
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AHCA is on the rocks again in May

The reason the GOP did not get its act together to repeal and replace ACA is simple. Progressive GOP members do not want to repeal ACA. Lobbyist put too much money in their coffers to shape it to their interests. The 70 house repeal bills and the one bill sent to Obama that he vetoed are all “…

Apr 29, 2017 - 10:34pm
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Libert, galit, fraternit, inshallah?

If, as now looks certain, 'the empty suit' Emmanel Macron, the candidate with no party, no philosophy and no policies becomes President of France when the official announcement of the result is made, what will become of those French people who do not want Islamification to continue.   Apart fro…

May 7, 2017 - 3:13pm
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  • - May 12, 2017 - 2:20am
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Discrimination In the Workplace

  According to The Wall Street Journal and verified in other business periodicals, including Reuters, there is a lawsuit brought against PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) for hiring a “stunningly low” number of employees over the age of forty. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP acquires virt…

May 19, 2017 - 2:01pm
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ABOUT SLAVERY

  There was that subject about "slavery" showing up in a recent article. Now. I'm not a friend of Google definition or Webster, but let's look at it from life experience. People in the US have that slave history. All the Blacks which were imported from Africa (with or without a little help of …

May 11, 2017 - 12:42pm
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The Illiberal Alliance with the RegressiveLeft

In “ ” I lamented the problem of so-called progressives being “offended all the time”, “coming to pre-ordained conclusions”, and conflating their ego-centric political-correctness with their imagined right to restrict open discussion and freedom of thought …

May 22, 2017 - 1:34pm
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  • - May 26, 2017 - 4:46pm
  • - by John G
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A Serious (and Informed) Discussion of Civil War

"You Say You Want a Revolution"   Of late, there has been considerable discussion of a possible civil war in the United States.  has been informed. Some has been interesting but . Some has been utter drek.   I think a civil war is unlikely.   Societies, like ours, with older pe…

May 23, 2017 - 6:35pm
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Champagne Socialists?

I was once told by somebody who identifies herself as a supporter of the progressive left that giving dictionary definitions when a "progressive" uses a word or phrase wrongly is "something conservatives do."   Strange, because not only I have often been corrected and told I am a typical neo - …

Apr 28, 2017 - 2:55pm
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What Does Series of Scandals Mean?

   So what is a series of scandals?  Rumors of misbehavior or actual damage to the US by behavior?  Did Trump leak anything to Russia, via Sergey Lavrov and is he a spy? Come on people..follow the  the money.  Ive even read that Ivanka was hanging out with Putin's Girlf…

May 17, 2017 - 12:12pm
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AS LONG AS THEY'RE ALIVE

  Yesterday at 8 pm I was outside and heard the birds singing. Bright sun, it's summer, here the sun goes down at 9 pm May to July. And the birds reminded me of my youth when my mother sent me to bed "Tomorrow's school !" at - 8 pm. I couldn't sleep, thinking of the daylight and the warm weath…

May 23, 2017 - 6:24am
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DIGITAL DISSIDENTS

  Since I'm a regular on Al-Jazeera, I was just watching the documentary about whistleblowers. I mean everybody knows Ed Snowden or Julian Assange by now. Some say these two are traitors, some say they are heroes. I think they are none of the two - simply very courageous people wh…

May 9, 2017 - 6:16am
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The Trumplandia Review – Fake News You Can C…

In This Issue:  US Has Make-up Sex with China   It was another amazing week here in the magical kingdom of Trumplandia – where all your dreams become fake-facts.   After months of sniping and arguing and threats, the United States finally invited China to Mar-a-Lago and it was s…

Apr 27, 2017 - 9:06pm
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World's Largest Insane Asylum - aka

This is NOT from Fox News, but the LA Times:      1. 40% of all workers in LA County (10.2 million people) are  working for cash; and not paying taxes.  This is because  they are predominantly illegal immigrants, working without a  green card.      9…

Apr 29, 2017 - 9:37pm
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How to release Big Labor’s Grip on your wall…

The private sector learned long ago that union labor is to be avoided.  From frustrating work rules to debilitating strikes, a union workforce is far less efficient than a non-union workforce.  Unfortunately, the public sector hasn’t got the message because, outside of a few courageo…

May 10, 2017 - 8:56am
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The problem with gaymarriage

This article was originally posted on    To me, the problem with gay marriage is that there is no problem. I don’t understand how the decision of two consenting adults to join lives in matrimony effects anyone other than the two of them. For me personally it doesn’t matt…

May 14, 2017 - 5:25pm
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HEY! COMEY OVER HERE!

  HAY! COMEY OVER HERE! Have you ever wondered if the CIA ever hacked Russian elections? Well yes, they have. And about every other nation in the world. So one could figure that the SVR RF would return the favor. After all, Russians are nice people too. And has it ever crossed your mind that …

May 15, 2017 - 1:29pm
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The Deep State Strikes Back

The "Deep State" is a newly minted term to describe the resistance of unelected bureaucrats to the promise by President Trump to "drain the swamp".  As daily headlines scream to us about the latest horrible thing President Trump is alleged to have done, we should not be drawn into "he sai…

May 16, 2017 - 6:25pm
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The Canadian Healthcare Reality vs Popular (Politi…

Healthcare in America is (and always has been) a huge issue, as it is all over the world. I’m Canadian and would like to comment because very often our system is totally misrepresented when referred to as both a reason against and for a single payer, conceptually socialized, system.   Hea…

May 2, 2017 - 1:40pm
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