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If Elizabeth Warren is Special then We’re All Special

Warren's DNA results
Elizabeth Warren finally took a DNA test to put her ancestry to rest once and for all. It was quickly reported that she had a full-blooded Indian ancestor within 6-10 generations. Well, there you have it! She has a new campaign add and an entire web page dedicated to her "Native American Heritage". This is an example of a lie snowballing. Once you tell the lie, you have to support the lie and the ...
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Feminism has taken women back to the stone age

Kardashian of Venus
I very much enjoy reading and listening to Camille Paglia (because of her rapid fire talking I rather read than listen). She's insightful and has a firm understanding of history at a fundamentally human level (if that makes sense). She likens the trend of photos taken from behind a woman (a la Kylie Jenner and her kin) to the ancient stone age fertility totems like the Venus of Willendorf. You kno...
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Do Violent Video Games and Movies Cause Violence?

Grand Theft Auto
Rights don't take away morality or ethics - nor do morality and ethics take away rights. Oddly enough the long discussion we've had as a society about violence, video games, drugs and pornography is a fertile setting for understanding how we can live in a rights based society and still find it okay to "protect" others from bad moral decisions. I've heard of the movie "Faces of Death". It's a ...
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“Climate Change” is Back-Door Socialism

Wind and Solar
The idea of artificially pulling Co2 from the atmosphere scares me. It does for a couple of reasons. First, we simply don't comprehend the balance of the Earth. Regardless of what computer models might have people believe we cannot predict. There are far too many variables for that. Forests thrive under high Co2. So-called global warming has been great for plant life and thus for herbivores and th...
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Kanye West explains his 13th Amendment comments – CNN

Kanye Sings
Kanye "Ye" West is in the news again for saying that the 13th Amendment should be repealed. As you can imagine this was not received well at all. This is the amendment that reads, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." Of course ...
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Creator of World Wide Web Has a New Plan

Facebook Knows You
Tim Berners-Lee is worried about how tightly the Internet is controlled and wants to do something about it. “The intent is world domination,” Berners-Lee says with a wry smile. The British-born scientist is known for his dry sense of humor. But in this case, he is not joking." In our modern world, he's right. Cyber-wars could devastate a nation but leave every building standing. As time has gon...
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Western philosophy vs Eastern: There is no “vs”

East and West
The central premise of an article I recently read is that western philosophy can only teach us so much. Though that seems like a really deep subject and perhaps to some an assault on western philosophy I really only have a couple of things to comment on. In one way the author is right and in another they are wrong. The reason they are wrong is that western philosophy is incredibly strong and deep ...
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China’s Social Credit and the Joyously Oppressed

You are being watched.
I posted about China's social credit system when it was first announced and I think one other time since then.  A more recent article tells the story of one woman who has no problem being watched, followed, judged, and rated, by her government. The program won't fully be online until 2020 at which time it will take the form of a dystopian horror worthy of 1984. Am I exaggerating? Here's the of...
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American Sentiment for Immigrants

Violence in South Africa
I often post stories from other countries as I find what happens there instructive. Wisdom is looking at the mistakes of others and learning from them without having to make the same mistakes yourself. This kind of violence is abhorrent. Of course we all know that in the end the choice to be violent or not is an individual one. It's a particular kind of weakness of mind that blames others for y...
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Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations

Brett Kavanaugh Swearing Oath
I am sure by now you have all heard about the letter that was written about Judge Kavanaugh. The author has accused him of sexual assault. This took place when he and the accuser were in high school. It's reasonable to assume that the timing is politically motivated. Of course I can't say if that really is the case or not. It may be that the woman doesn't care so much about political parties but d...
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Your Bills and Budget Don’t Add Up – Now What?

The Magic isn't Free
Disney CEO Bob Iger has a skill set few people in the world have. That he makes millions is justified by the rarity of such people and the labor they perform and its value to the company. While I greatly value my Disneyland Dole Whip and Churro I could literally get them myself. There is no special skill set required for these tasks. I find it difficult to understand how someone could NOT understa...
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Is No Bail Noble?

No Bail in California
You get arrested for a crime and if you can pay a certain amount of money they will let you go free until your trial. That money is known as "bail". Obviously, if you don't have the money you stay in jail until your trial. This means that you can't work during that time, will likely be fired for not showing up, and therefore have no way of ever getting that money. In California they see this as an...
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Kids Given Assignment, Parents Mad – Should they Be?

Who to take thumbnail
Depending on the age group, the class, and how this was presented I don't really have a problem with this assignment. In this case it was a middle school. If it were the older kids, getting ready to go into high school this kind of critical thinking could be good for them. The one issue I really have with the assignment is that it doesn't provide enough information. For example one of the people ...
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Pride and Kisses

kisses for rent
I'm not quite sure what to make of this article. The author tells the story of when she was abroad teaching English. She couldn't make the rent and each month the landlord's boyfriend would come around and give her the extra cash in exchange for being allowed to make out with her. No sex, but lots of kisses and probing tongues. "I never took my clothes off, never touched him with my hands. He w...
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Some Thoughts about Truth

The truth is like a lion
We are locked in an ancient war. The war between force and liberty. Rather than face the fear that comes with liberty, rather than put in the work that is required to be free with responsibly, one side of that war writes a play in which each person has their part written for them. Actors who refuse the role or try to ad lib don't get to quit the play, they get forced into performing. The actors o...
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