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The Post Tower of Babel World: A Hope and a Warning

All sorts of languages
This idea has come to me many times. The idea that English is becoming a universal language. That's not an exact truth of course but you will find many people who know English as a second language. Reasons why abound. Commerce, colonialism, science, all played their part. Movies, music, and comic books too. I like to think that it is the incredible flexibility of the language. I love English to ho...
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The Case for Genetically Engineering Ethical Humans

Opposition is required
Control! Control! Control! Do as they say you should do because, well, they know better. And if you don't, then they will force you! Since they have found (over the last several thousands years) that they can't do that by force they now suggest to do it via genetics. If you can't get your mind right, and they can't force you to, then they'll just make you a new mind. What spurred this author to su...
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Crying Nazi and Goodwin’s Law

Cry Hitler Wolf
"We already scrub the worst of the images and make sure the viewer is warned that they may be “disturbing.” Of course they’re disturbing." This is how people come to not know just how bad a Nazi, and Hitler, were. After WWII the allies intentionally put out images and movies about the concentration camps. So in the beginning every knew how bad it was. That is how Hitler's name became such a cur...
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Obama Administration Knowingly Funded al-Qaeda Affiliate

Obama
I don't like Obama. He annoys me in personality and policy. Unlike some I still must look at his actions rationally. I've seen this headline splashed all over the conservative pages as a gotcha moment against Obama. I'm not so sure it is. "...the Obama administration approved a grant of $200,000 of taxpayer money to an al-Qaeda affiliate in Sudan — a decade after the U.S. Treasury designated it as...
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Is it sexism to use only male mice in your experiment?

"The search for a dementia cure is leaving millions of women behind because research into the condition focuses on men, say campaigners." How are they doing that? By using only male mice in the experiments. The article doesn't say why that is so I hit Google for some possible answers. It seems that there are quite a few differences between the sexes in mice that can actually impact the outcomes. ...
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Meat Isn’t Murder – A Steak is not a Jew

PETA compares eating meat to Nazis killing the Jews
If you don't want to eat meat, that's up to you. I know a couple of people who don't for medical reasons on the advice of a nutritionist. I know a couple of people who don't because they think it's wrong. Though oddly enough they eat fish somehow not thinking that's meat. I don't personally know any vegans or anyone who doesn't eat meat because they think it is unrighteous. This screen shot...
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James Gunn Gets Fired for His Sexual Orientation?

I remember my first NAMBLA meeting. It was the first time I felt ok being who I am.
Director James Gunn has been fired from Guardians of the Galaxy III for some tweets he made about 10 years ago, a few a little sooner. They were dug up by a conservative group who released them as a means to expose the hypocrisy of Hollywood. Then the Internet got involved and dug up many more. We've talked a few times about the "MeToo" movement and this seems like part of it. My general take on...
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Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: A Knife in Need of Sharpening

Dumb as a box of rocks
I have two saying I often use to express my wonderment at some people. I say either, "They're as dumb as a box of rocks" or I say, "They don't have the brains God gave a stick." I have a feeling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez falls into one of those two camps. It has often been said that socialists lack a basic understanding of economics. This is no less true of newly primaried socialist Alexandria O...
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A Single Paragraph on Voter Suppression is – Full of It

Voters being suppressed.
This post is about just the first paragraph of the story I've linked to below. As you know my posts aren't so much about the linked article as they are inspired by something I read therein. I provide the link so you can see the source of that inspiration for yourself and maybe see what I saw or perhaps see how I over think things. This particular story is one I will tell you I didn't read. I got s...
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Trump, Putin, and Turning Foes to Friends

Captain America cover
Trump is being accused of committing treason by having a friendly meeting with Putin. The - what has become normal - political screams are out now that Trump has met with Putin. One thing I find interesting, and a bid odd, is the lament that Trump didn't "stand up to Putin". This is odd on two fronts to me. First is the fact that they actually don't know if that is true or not. Much of their me...
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Baltimore police stopped noticing crime after Freddie Gray’s death. A wave of killings followed.

Baltimore Riots
In Baltimore, if you call the police for help, they will come. However, it seems, less and less, they won't see a crime if you don't call and when they do show up on a call they are less likely to do anything about it other than the minimum required. "But the number of potential violations they reported seeing themselves dropped by nearly half. It has largely stayed that way ever since." This happ...
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Nationalism: Not all it’s Cracked up to Be or Is It?

Nationalism and Hate
It is interesting to me how often Obama made astute observations which directed him to the wrong conclusions. It's perhaps the hallmark of his presidency. As Reagan said about such people, he knows so much, that isn't so. Obama correctly observes the rise of nationalism, he correctly observes the resentment against immigration, he correctly observes the increased frustration with globalism. Ye...
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Episode 45: Forget Death, Just Give Me Liberty!

Episode 45: Forget Death, Just Give Me Liberty!
https://youtu.be/NwdyxJrpnb4 Patrick henry famously exclaimed, "give me liberty or give me death!" he knew that the british were not going to give in. He wrote, "I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past." that lamp of experience told him that war was inevitable. Others argued against him that t...
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Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals by Saul D. Alinsky

Rules for Radicals
Many of you have already heard of it. If you haven't here it is. This is a book that contains information that I consider to be evil. I say that because it has been put to evil use. Still, that being said, I recommend to all of you that you read it at once! When you read the summary of this book you get, "First published in 1971, Rules for Radicals is Saul Alinsky's impassioned counsel to young...
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Birth Control, Abortion, and Desperation 

Hand book for women
This article is about a book that came out in the late 1960's which was to educate women on human reproduction. It brings up a couple of thoughts for me. First, I do not consider birth control and abortion to be the same thing. There are those who do believe that based on their religious beliefs. If you wish, as an individual, not to use birth control that is your personal choice. I do not shar...
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