Bertrand Russell …this I believe

via Brainpickings – by Maria Popova – Feb 2015

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Bertrand Russell (May 18, 1872–1970) is one of humanity’s most grounding yet elevating thinkers, his writing at once lucid and luminous. There is something almost prophetic in the way he bridges timelessness and timeliness in contemplating ideas urgently relevant to modern […]

Regarding domestic violence

Church v State in Georgia

Church-state proposal snubs history Atlanta Journal Constitution by Jay Bookman Jan. 20, 2004

In a debate last week, state Sen. Tommie Williams suggested that separation of church and state was little more than a Communist plot. The only constitution in the history of the world that even mentions a separation of church and state was […]

Do you remember G.W. Bush’s SOTU Address Jan. 2004?

Text of President Bush’s State of the Union address Jan. 20th, 2004

(Transcript of speech as provided by the White House.)

“Mr. Speaker, Vice President Cheney, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens: America this evening is a Nation called to great responsibilities. And we are rising to meet them.

As we gather tonight, […]

Forty things you’d love to say to the clueless

1. I can see your point, but I still think you’re full of s***. 2. I don’t know what your problem is, but I’ll bet it’s hard to pronounce. 3. How about never? Is never good for you? 4. I see you’ve set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public. 5. I’m really […]

Humorous Truths About Government

1. *Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. –Mark Twain

2. *A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. –George Bernard Shaw

3. *Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what […]

Impact of Mega-Retail Discount Chains on American Small Businesses

via the Shils Report – Feb. 7, 1997 Chapter X: Conclusions and Recommendations

“The writer has devoted almost three years to this study. He has sent out approximately 6,000 questionnaires to small retailers asking their views on strategies for survival in the face of the formidable gains of the mega-retail discount chains. The questionnaire returns […]

Power & Purchasing

Feeling powerless leads to expensive purchases

via ScienceBlog – Jun. 2008

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Feeling powerless can trigger strong desires to purchase products that convey high status, according to new research in the Journal of Consumer Research.

In a study that may explain why so many Americans who are […]

Patriotism: Bush v Obama

Patriotism n: devoted love, support, and defense of one’s country; national loyalty . . . The Wingnuts are now suggesting that military service trumps public service as to which is more” patriotic”.

I’d like to refute this absurdity by reminding my gently readers of two gentlemen: Lt. William Calley, and Robert “Sargent” Shiver. Shiver was […]

George Will on Thaler & Sunstein’s “Nudge”

Nudge against the Fudge – by George Will – Newsweek, June 30th, 2008 Updated: 1:47 PM ET Jun 21, 2008

“Barack Obama is a “choice architect” aiming to implement “libertarian paternalism.”He might not know that he is; he might embrace the practice without understanding the theory. It is adumbrated in the new book “Nudge” by […]

Georgia graduation rate: 58% in 2004

Report: Ga. graduation rate among lowest in nation

By LAURA DIAMOND The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Published on: 06/04/08

Georgia has one of the lowest high school graduation rates in the country, according to a national study released Wednesday.

About 58 percent of Georgia students graduated on time, compared to the national average of about 71 percent, […]

After intelligent life is found offworld

After Intelligent Life Is Discovered

by Tom Chmielewski – Oct. 6th, 2015

Ho New / ReutersThe false alarm happened in 1997.

The Green Bank Radio Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia, was picking up some unusual signals—and Seth Shostak, then the head of the Center for Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Research in […]

Does ET do encryption?

How Scientists Search the Cosmos for Encrypted Alien Signals (And Other Ones Too)

by Micah Lee – Oct.5th, 2015 – via the Intercept

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In a recent conversation with National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson asked about communication with alien civilizations, and how such messages might be […]

Hypocrisy on display

We are being “treated” to another display of hypocrisy via Lindsay Graham and SC Republicans…and for reference we include some others who trod the same path.

a) GOP Senators Who Opposed Sandy Relief Aid Fundraise Around One-Year Anniversary Of Storm

b) Texas Lawmakers Who Voted Against Sandy Aid Ask For Help After Explosion

c) […]

Hearing aid buyers guide

Hearing aid buying guide

via Consumers Report – Last updated: September 2015

Getting started

If you’re older than 45, there’s about a one in five chance you suffer from some amount of hearing loss–and that rate climbs steadily as you age. Almost one-third of people ages 65 to 74 report difficulty hearing, and […]

Inconvenient truth

We’re all renters

We are all renters! * * * * Even those who own their land and buildings and have a title to prove it – are renters. Get over it! * * * * The U.S. Government holds the rights to all the land, air, and water in the Continental United States. In most cases […]

Nietzsche on How to Find Yourself and the True Value of Education

“No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life.”

“Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?” Elizabeth Gilbert asked in framing her catalyst for creative magic. This […]

U.S. labor force participation rates lowest in 38 years

By Susan Jones | October 2, 2015 | 8:56 AM EDT

(AP File Photo)

( – A record 94,610,000 Americans were not in the American labor force last month — an increase of 579,000 from August — and the labor […]

Political differences in talking about guns

Quorum does a “word cloud” from online posts about guns segmented by political orientation of posters.