Keeping Counsel
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Jan 2, 2014 - 6:29am
Keeping Counsel

Of course this is no site for shrinking violets.  Here we tend to shout first and ask questions later.  We all like the sound of our own voices.However in my work as a salesman I am continually reminded that I have two ears and one mouth and that they should be used in that proportion.  To persuade you cannot succeed by only being on transmit.  You have to truly understand the other persons point of view.  That means suspending judgement and listening.  It also requires you not to come out with your own opinion.This is also a great way to travel.  Encourage those that you meet along the way to come out with their ideas.  Listen, even (or especially) if those ideas are different to your own.It leads to some truly memorable experiences.  It leads to truly connecting with people.  Then, once …

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Life

Are We Living or Just Existing?A question I often ask myself.  Although I am an engineer, I chose to write my first article on Life because I feel that, in today's rapidly degenerating society, there is no other topic of similar importance to majority of the world's population. …

Mar 1, 2014 - 4:43pm
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. . . PWNED

You are and always will be someone else's property.  Unless you are completely alone in the world, that is the inevitable condition for every human.   A brain is a tremendously valuable resource for anyone who can own/control one . . . or more than one.  Just as it is valuab…

Aug 6, 2013 - 5:46am
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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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Of Mice and Men

Bob enters a maze and works his way through to find a piece of cheese. Every day he restarts from the same place and works his way through to the same location to get the cheese. After a while he can navigate that maze with his eyes closed; and usually does.  A while later, Michael enters the m…

Nov 5, 2013 - 8:19am
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Dirty Laundry

This post is meant to serve as an open discussion regarding how I should run the site from the standpoint of moderation.  I figured between the private emails and discussion that sprung up on Jerry Doby’s post, it was better to get it all out in one place.Let me preface by saying I …

Jan 15, 2014 - 8:15am
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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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The Right To Bear Nuclear Arms

My lovely Japanese wife frequently asks me about gun ownership in America. In Japan, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to buy a gun. So when there are incidents of gun violence in America __ and there have been many recently __ she understandably questions the prudence of having so many guns …

Jan 15, 2014 - 4:41am
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No Poppies

In Flanders fields the poppies blowBetween the crosses, row on row,That mark our place; and in the skyThe larks, still bravely singing, flyScarce heard amid the guns below.  These words were written by a Canadian surgeon on the Western Front in 1915.  Since then the poppy, at least in…

Nov 11, 2013 - 6:04am
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America: Under Attack and Dying

In response to Nathan Kelley's bitch ass rant about smokers I have decided to publish an article on a far more deadly, and wholly preventable, practice that is killing Americans in record numbers. Yes, folks, I'm talking about stuffing your face until the girth of your ass exceeds the width of your …

Nov 12, 2013 - 4:13pm
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The WriterBeat Menagerie

It’s now a year since I joined WriterBeat. In that time, I have learned much about the animals in this enclosure. What I have to say will probably violate libel “laws” in almost every country. Even the USA. But bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny (Edmund Burke). And they shouldn…

Sep 7, 2018 - 1:57pm
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Some More About Islam

     Critics of Islam have a penchant for ignoring completeness in quoting from the Quran. To me, it also appears the critics are also rather fond of re-framing verses in a man-made (read – agenda supporting) artificial context and. herein lies the rub. It serves no deep and las…

Sep 4, 2013 - 12:00pm
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So what if the Clippers owner is a biggot?

I heard the recording of Donald Sterling and am neither surprised or horribly offended by what what he said.  From what I understand most people have known that he has shuddered at the thought of close personal contact with black people for years even though he indirectly pays lots of them mill…

Apr 28, 2014 - 4:45pm
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Before it was Rock'n'Roll, now it's Cut'n'Paste...

The other day I was in the cellar, and found a strange little machine I hadn't seen for ages. It said TELEFUNKEN on it, and had two knobs, one for volume and one for setting the - radio channel. Radio ? What's that again ? Ah yeah, that one-way communication unit. I took it upstairs, turned it on an…

Aug 6, 2014 - 4:41am
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Pathological Altruism

  Pathological Altruism is a term now emerging which describes a fundamental in modern humans.  This term encapsulates the acceptance of anyone, anything, all beliefs.  It is people without borders.  It is a product of an age of universality.  Nothing is forbidden.  Al…

Oct 6, 2015 - 1:10am
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What article would you promote?

At my disposal are two powerful tools in bringing attention to authors/articles and to Writer Beat. The first is cross-posting on LinkedIn.  The second is sending links to articles via Writer Beat’s email database.  If you look at any article on Writer Beat with over 100 comments it&…

Nov 23, 2015 - 4:27pm
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The Democratic Party: Daily being Destroyed by Use…

Neither democrats nor anyone else have proof of treason by Trump; insofar as D'OhBama is concerned, he gave jets, tanks, and war materiel to long-and-SELF-declared enemies of the United States, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt - then there was the giving of 150 BILLION to the world's largest state-sp…

Aug 5, 2018 - 5:50am
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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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The Dichotomy

     There is a huge dichotomy in the US population. It has afflicted this nation for over 70 years, once it emerged onto the cultural stage. The birth pangs of the split were heard in the sounds of bebop jazz in the smoky clubs of the big cities after WWII. It was the antithesi…

Mar 18, 2019 - 11:00am
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Dysfunction, Dysfunction, Dysfunction

What is the endgame for the Republicans in the House? In the past, government shutdowns have been fights over spending cuts in a budget. But attempting to undermine a democratically passed piece of legislation (which survived a Supreme Court challenge) by not putting forward a budget can only end in…

Oct 3, 2013 - 4:59am
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Are private pools really 10 times more deadly to k…

I've heard gun advocates say that if we're really looking for ways to reduce the number of kids who are killed each year, we could save over 10 times as many by filling up backyard pools, than we could save by taking away all the privately held guns, including those used by criminals committing crim…

Feb 23, 2014 - 12:14pm
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Psychology of the 1%

As you know, I am not an American.  However often what happens in America ends up eventially happening here too.  So I do watch with interest.It seems to me that wealth is being increasingly concentrated in fewer and fewer hands.  These few hands also seem to increasingly have their h…

Mar 12, 2014 - 3:05am
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The Next World War

Will America and its allies involve themselves in the next big war? Will they have any choice?Is it going to happen?What are the alternatives?Global warming and its effects (if global warming is real) may not be felt for possibly the next fifty years or so but the threat of a big war in …

Apr 3, 2014 - 5:26pm
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