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The Royal Game of Ur – The Oldest Playable Game

"The board lay face upwards in the soil." Such a simple start to something that is quite amazing. I have shared before with you that I love the artifacts of history best when they are something that was used commonly. Items like shoes, clothing, cups, and games represent individuals living life. The below image is the actual board which was made between 2600 BC to 2400 BC. The below video i...
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It’s not JUST like the Flu! But kind of it is…

Flu victim
I've heard some people on Facebook get very upset when they hear someone compare the COVID-19 virus to the flu. "It's NOT just like the flu!" they excitedly utter. No, it's not just like the flu. But if we are being honest about it, it is almost like the flu. The comparison is an apt one. People don't want to hear it because, I believe, they unconsciously don't want to be wrong about the level of ...
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Don’t Carry a Burden that isn’t Yours – Slavery’s Past is Passed

Linked below is an editorial in response to the couple who toured a plantation and complained that the tour talked too much about slavery. I wasn't there so I'm not sure what "too much" really constitutes. I can see both sides of this. The one side is that when you tour a plantation house you really should be prepared to know that there were slaves there once and if you are getting a history lesso...
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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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Jane Fonda, Reputation, and Forgiveness 

VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 01: Jane Fonda walks the red carpet ahead of the 'Our Souls At Night' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 1, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
I've seen numerous complains from people on the right about this award. It makes me wonder, at what point do we forgive the past, and at what point do we say a person's past defines them? At a time where the war in Vietnam was terribly unpopular and thought to be by many an unrighteous war that we were doomed to wallow in as a nation Jane Fonda went and met with the enemy. Her trip earned her the ...
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President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address January 30, 2018 – Full Text

Trump State of the Union
Remarks as prepared for delivery TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans: Less than 1 year has passed since I first stood at this podium, in this majestic chamber, to speak on behalf of the American People — and to address their concerns, their hopes, and their drea...
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Happy “Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences,” Day!

Martin Luther
Happy “Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences,” day! It was on October 31, 1517, 500 years ago, that Christianity changed forever when Catholic monk, Martin Luther, had enough and decided to make it known. He wasn't fighting against the Catholic church, he would happily have remained a Catholic. He wasn't wanting to change Christianity. His primary point of contention was the sel...
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The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter

Monuments Men Book Cover
During WWII Adolf Hitler had the treasures of the earth scooped up to become the property of his glorious Reichstag. Someone had to save the history, the paintings, the sculpture, the work of the masters. It was decided that a special unit would be created. We know them now as the Monuments men. "The “Monuments Men”, were a group of approximately 345 men and women from thirteen nations who comp...
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Has CWII Begun?

Not my president
Something was wrong in America. In the mid-1800s it was a great disconnect between the southern states and the northern states that mostly centered on the issue of slavery but also include expansionism and states rights. The Republican Party was created as an antislavery party. In 1860 Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the United States. As a Republican it was clear that his position was g...
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There is no Justice or Freedom Without Rights

Justice and Freedom are Born of Rights
Humans need "religionishness". I’m a fan of religion. Having studied it in great depth I see how it has helped humanity and how it runs as a thread in all we do. I believe that it is something humans cannot escape. We have found evidence of ritual in the graves of the Neanderthals. They buried their dead with flowers and objects. They would only do this if they had some reasoned sensed of an afte...
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The Cult of the Presidency: To Do or Not to Do

FDR, isn't he Swell! {sarcastic}
The Counter Culture of Calvin Coolidge There was one thing I remember learning about President Calvin Coolidge when I was in high school: he did nothing and my teacher derided him for it. The text-book labeled him as "the do nothing president". At the time I agreed, this made him a bad president. Because I thought the president was supposed to do something. My teenage self thought that leaders...
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The Reason Men Gather: Thoughts on Flag Burning

Liberty is why men gather
The below video is about a FedEx driver who sees a group of people protesting by burning the US flag. He's offended. He takes their flag. He stands up for what he thinks is right which in this instance is that they should not be permitted to burn the flag. Toward the end of the video someone says something very interesting. The below video should play right at the spot I'm discussing. "...
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Stupid Ass Doomsday Clock: Beware the Mastermind & the Clock Maker.

Dour man looks sternly at fake clock
Do you believe there's actually an organization of men and women, supposedly educated (scientists they say), that sit around and debate on the movement of this fictional clock's minute hand? Don't think for one moment it isn't a partisan timepiece as well. "The Doomsday Clock is a symbolic timepiece that represents the countdown to a catastrophic event occurring, such as nuclear war or life-endin...
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US Embassy to Move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem?

The below story showed up in my news feed several days ago. It states that on Monday (that would be day before yesterday now) Trump was going to announce that the US embassy in Israel would be moving from Tel Aviv, the capitol of Israel to the ancient city of Jerusalem. This may sound like boring news and perhaps if some other embassy and some other city it would be. However, when we're talking ab...
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Thoughts on the Inauguration of President Donald J. Trump

Just remember, everyone thought John Adams was an ass too
It's no exaggeration to say that in his day John Adams was thought of as a bit of an ass. To many he was arrogant, pushy, narrow minded, and undiplomatic. By his own admission he was all those things, but he still managed to be one of the greatest men this country has ever known. Today Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States of America. I think he deserves all th...
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