Democracy will always fail.
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Sep 21, 2016 - 11:21am
Democracy will always fail.

 Democracy will always fail.   To set the stage, I first need to quote a few men of note:   Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. Johan Adams (1814).   Democracy stands between two tyrannies: the one which it has overthrown and the one into which it will develop. Paul Eldridge (1965).   Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage. H.L.Mencken (1949).   Democracy substitutes the selection by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. George Bernard Shaw (1903).   Democracy is the popular notion that more than half the people are right more than half of the time, but it is silent on the real situation that most of the people are wrong most of the t…

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Climate Change Zealots and Religious Zealots - Any…

Religious Zealots are ridiculed by "progressives" as "Anti-Science" for predicting the "End of the World" and for offering phenomena such as floods, droughts, disease and all manner of natural disasters as "proof" that God is so angry with humans that he is just putting a stop to everything.…

May 5, 2016 - 2:02pm
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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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Some Facts About Climate Change

Some Facts About Climate Change Discussions about climate change and global warming usually include a variety of facts, extrapolations, and speculations about what is happening, and what will happen in the future.   These are usually all jumbled up together in an incomprehensible way. …

Aug 10, 2016 - 2:09pm
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THE DARK JOKE CONTEST 2016

Well guys, to make a change, let's get our best dark jokes out of the drawer. I start: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   A man is at work when he receives a call from the hospital informing him that his wife's been …

Jan 3, 2016 - 6:07am
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The Statue of Liberty - Should it be taken down?

Thank you EABC for the stimulus.   “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”   The Statue of Liberty was given t…

Jul 3, 2018 - 10:56am
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A Disgruntled User Leaves Writer Beat

The following is the email dialogue between me and a former user of Writer Beat.  As you read the exchange there are three questions I’d appreciate feedback on. Knowing I cherish all participants, was there a better way to handle the situation?Do you agree with Sandy (not her real na…

Jul 17, 2014 - 10:12am
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Yes, More Nazi Stuff, This Time on Definitions

MEFOBILLS split the world into these definitions:    "Let's define our terms: Holocaust denier:  Somebody that denies that the holocaust happened no matter what.  Holocaust supporter:  Somebody that supports the official story - and is willing to …

May 2, 2018 - 2:50pm
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A Ghetto By Any Other Name

Yesterday a member of our illustrious group defined a ghetto as "a place where white folks can't go, except to buy drugs or black women."   Now, this left me in stunned amazement.  My first reaction was to laugh, my second was to help the poor fellow out.  Alas, my efforts came to nau…

Oct 3, 2017 - 12:25pm
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All Holocausted Out: What I Think of Non-Jews Usin…

I got an email in the comments section of  from the scholar Danusha Goska about something that I said in my posting about how I came to write my book  . I had mentioned that a friend said to me that I must be “all holocausted out” after writing my first book about my pare…

Jul 20, 2017 - 6:08pm
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The Auschwitz You're Not Supposed to Know

The Auschwitz You're Not Supposed to Know by Tom C. Purcell (edit & repost)   For a moment, put yourself in an awkward position. You are tasked with developing a plan of eradication of an ungodly infestation of vermin, and let’s say you would need to eliminate 2500 units per…

Jan 25, 2018 - 2:41pm
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Would YOU have the strength to think like this ?

I was on Linkedin, and our old friend Fadila posted an article on International Woman's day with that photo on top, that sprang to my eye instantly.I mean, so many people, here on WB as well, do agree on the actions of the Israel government. I don't want to rep…

Mar 9, 2015 - 3:28pm
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Synchronicity - great minds think alike?

I am an antitheist and have seen no evidence for the existence of any deity, yet I find myself strongly attracted to many natural phenomena, such as sunsets, starry nights, trees, rocks, seascapes and mountains, in what I experience as a ‘spiritual’ connection and I am a great believer i…

Aug 5, 2017 - 6:13am
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DEAR USA

  Dear USA.   Remember when you were an ideal for the world ? I do remember, back in the Seventies. My parents who have been young in the Fifties, were big fans of you. You brought us the washing machine and the dryer for everybody (sorry, the Germans were faster with the Volkswagen, but …

Jun 20, 2017 - 6:32pm
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The Real Danger of Confusing Consensus With Scienc…

Most of us enjoy a spirited debate on the various topics discussed on Writer Beat, knowing that human lives don't actually hang in the balance.  However, when the debate centers around a topic with as far reaching implications as Global Warming/Climate Change, I feel obligated to make as compel…

May 19, 2014 - 1:04pm
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What is the best way to respond to abusive posters…

Everyone has seen abusive posters, and I'm wondering how we can help minimize that sort of behavior in our forums.   I'm not talking about occasional sarcasm, or even words passionate posters often add like the word stupid, I'm certainly guilty there, I'm talking about posters who seem to live …

Aug 28, 2018 - 10:42am
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Islamophobia

Xenophobia - a fear of people from other countries - is a natural part of human nature right across the world. Often it tips over into racism - prejudice, discrimination and dislike of other races based on the principle that 'our' race is superior - which is even worse.   While both of these at…

Jun 5, 2018 - 1:25pm
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Authors who delete other people's valid comments a…

I was sent an invitation to comment in Marilyn French's "Gender and the Truth Gap" article. My first comment was deleted. Unfortunately, I did not save it to a document, as I will in the future, so I can only paraphrase it here. Basically, I disagreed that Hillary Clinton was qualified to be POTUS, …

Sep 11, 2016 - 1:51pm
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NASA Just Changed Global Warming

November 13th, NASA publishes a video that should change the global warming debate.     This video shows how the seasons change, globally, through the last 20 years.   I recommend downloading the video so you can move through the years manually and compare year to year the pr…

Nov 29, 2017 - 7:48am
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Free Speech is not Always Pretty

I want to start off with a joke.  Not my joke, of course.  Ron White's joke, he is much funnier than I:     At the end he says "comedy's not always pretty."  Keep in mind this monologue included licking buttcrack, grape jelly and a convict named thunder dick.  Why did…

Jul 11, 2018 - 2:07pm
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The Religious Madness Merry-Go-Round.

  So another religious Muslim fanatic leaves a bomb on an underground train with the intent of blowing up innocent Christians. They planned it and put the bomb together with the intent of murdering and maiming as many people as possible in the name of god.   The Myanmar Muslim Rohingy…

Sep 17, 2017 - 6:14pm
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British socialised medicine is so much better and…

Today a lady I know felt she was having heart problems. She told me her heart seemed to lurch. I'm no doctor but I do have a first aid/biology background. I took her pulse. It was slow and every seventh or eight beat it seemed to miss a beat followed by a big beat and a couple of ragged beats and th…

Sep 5, 2017 - 12:34pm
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What is the most important thing in the world?

  Education. Good, rounded education.   What is more important than literacy, numeracy, exam results and knowledge?   This is more important - this is fundamental to everything that should happen in a school - if we don't teach children to care, to be tolerant and build a better world…

Oct 11, 2017 - 7:21pm
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