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The Poor Don’t Deserve Anything

Socialism chokes liberty
“The only chance we have to restore this country, that is peaceful, is this convention,” said Jim Moyer, a Convention of States supporter." The convention he's talking about is a constitutional convention aimed at changing the US Constitution to prevent the country from becoming socialist in nature. To platypus like me that sounds reasonable. It sounds reasonable that we wouldn't want to take away...
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We Must Be Allowed To Mock Religion 

IKEAFIX
It's pleasant to hear reasoned commentary in the face of what I consider faux outrage. In this case we're back to the UK where free speech doesn't exist. I say that because you can literally go to jail for saying offensive things. The reasoned commentary comes from Rowan Atkinson of Mr. Bean and Black Adder fame. He says a couple of things I enjoyed hearing. A politician in the UK said that women ...
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Terrorists Training in New Mexico?

You might be excused for thinking this photo is a photo of evil Santa from the hood. The hat and beard aside, this isn't evil Santa but rather a different kind of evil. This is Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, known as "The Blind Sheihk" in the US. He was a convicted terrorist who died in prison at the start of last year. I bring this up because of a case currently in the news.   Siraj Ib...
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Being Poor – If You Want

Coal Miner
The linked article is an interesting read. It's also a bit schizophrenic. On the one hand it seems to decry government as the problem, and on the other it seems to suggest a more socialistic government would solve it. I don't know if that's because I'm reading too much between the lines or because the author of the piece doesn't equate socialism with tyrant the way I do. I make that connection bec...
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Sarah Jeong & James Gunn: Guilty or Innocent?

I am sure by now you have heard of Sarah Jeong but more than likely you never knew she existed just a short time ago. She's a journalist hired by the New York Times and she's under fire for racist tweets. The New York Times isn't going to fire her though because she says the tweets do not express her actual beliefs but were sent in response to real racial tweets, sort of a fight fire with fire kin...
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Young people need a rite of passage

Wrong challenge
As you can see by the photo this young man has suffered burns. His name is Kyland Clark and he's 15 years old. What you can't tell from the photo is that it was his friend who caused the burns. It was done as part of the newest "challenge". For those of you who aren't aware a "challenge" on the Internet is nothing new. Some of them are harmless, like the ice bucket challenge which is simply to ...
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Freedom of Association and Segregation – A Nightmare of Freedom?

Colored Only NO Whites Allowed
Whenever I point out things companies do I usually preface it with "they have a right to because it's a private company". I don't say this as a means to excuse what they have done. In fact, I get frustrated when people brush off the actions by saying that. Just because it's a private company and they have the right to do something doesn't meant it's a good idea and it doesn't mean we have to like ...
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The Spirit of Value

Value
Value is something people probably don't think about too often even though they are faced with it every single day. As a matter of fact, value is the primary behavioral motivator of human beings. We do what we do based on what we value. There are many theories of value. For example the rather Marxist theory of value as a product of labor. How much work goes into a product determines its value. ...
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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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