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Month: October 2017

Chuck Schumer Talks to the Dead in Gross Political Stunt

Chuck YOU Mr. Schumer
Note from Platypus Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer took to the Senate floor in one of the most smarmy and gross displays of politics I've ever seen. We platypus are generally even-tempered and more thoughtful. So I asked that primitive primate Top Monkey to come down from Indignation's Monkey Bars for a moment and give us his take on it. He's much less reserved than I am. Though I must admit my ta...
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Payroll and Unemployment Reporting After Storms Show Media Bias

What does this chart really mean?
This story, is confusing. First I saw it with the headline "Employment rate falls for first time in 7 years." I then read some Democrat-types bashing Trump for ruining a 7 year streak.   Then I say a headline that read, "Unemployment down for first time in 7 years." Wait...what? I thought it was the employment rate. Those are two different things.   Finally I saw the headli...
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Las Vegas Strip Shooter – As a Species We Need Answers

Diagram of Shooting Scene
We are learning more about the murderer in Las Vegas but not much. The Sheriff said in a press conference that he did not believe Paddock acted alone. Though he did not elaborate much other than to say his reasoning was based on the complexity of the crime. That much firepower, the perch, the knocking out of the window, etc. These were things that seemed Herculean and would require assistance to ...
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Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill By Lt. Col. Dave Grossman and Gloria DeGaetano

Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill By Lt. Col. Dave Grossman and Gloria DeGaetano
I've spoken with the author of this book and find his take on mass shootings quite compelling. Though I don't advocate for the government banning of violent games and movies I do think that there is a strong argument, from the perspective of a psychologist, against exposing youth to them. That's for parents to decide of course. Evidence shows that the adult brain can better handle such media but t...
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I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise

Shelves of guns
I am not in favor of gun control. Not only because it is a right for us to own and carry arms but because there is no logic in them. Laws are created knowing that someone will break them. They are passed, not to prevent behavior, but rather because the behavior will, in fact, happen. Because it will happen a means must be created in code to manage what to do with such a person. Laws don't stop peo...
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iGen By Jean M. Twenge

iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of U
You've heard of Generation X, Y, and Millennials, now there's iGen, or perhaps generation I would be more in keeping with the naming trend, but the I is the same as in "iPod". It represents the connectivity of that generation, through the Internet, to each other and the world at large. This book explores what really is the first ever generation to spend their entire lives connected in a way no ...
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Construction begins on Trump’s border wall prototypes in Otay Mesa

Border wall prototypes
The wall is an interesting subject to me. I don't see it as a bad thing at all. I think nations should have borders. You do. You have a property line, a fence likely, and most certainly your house is made up of walls and your door has a lock on it. You control access to your property. As we discussed the other day with the Petoskey stone public property means that the public owns a stake in it. We...
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