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Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Dan Crenshaw Sounds Like a Propagandist for Mass Murder Sunday, November 11th, 2018

What is more sick about U.S. society? 1) It’s totally 100% acceptable to make cruel stupid jokes about people’s appearance. 2) There’s an exception. You shouldn’t do it if the thing you’re making fun of relates to their participation in mass murder. 3) Violation of that exception is..

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Celebrate Armistice Day, Not Veterans Day Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Do not celebrate Veterans Day. Celebrate Armistice Day instead. Do not celebrate Veterans Day — because of what it has become, and even more so because of what it replaced and erased from U.S. culture. Former American Humanist Association President Kurt Vonnegut once wrote: “Armistice Day was..

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What Else You Can Do Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

You’ve been radically misled to believe that the only thing, or the most important thing, or one of the super important things you can do is vote. Voting in a functioning democracy would be a fairly important thing to do, but wouldn’t somehow eliminate the thousands of important things that..

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China’s Private Companies Seek State Support Monday, November 5th, 2018

Major setbacks for China's private sector have driven many companies into the safety of state financing and control, posing problems for reform policies that could last for years. On Oct. 20, the South China Morning Post published a detailed account of the "privatization in reverse, or..

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Tell the Truth: Veterans Day Is A National Day of Lying Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Some are inclined to recognize that Trumpies are dwelling in an alternative universe in which neither climate collapse nor nuclear apocalypse is a concern but terrifying wild hoards of Muslim Hondurans are skipping and dancing into the Fatherland armed with gang symbols, deadly rocks, and..

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Angela Merkel’s Last Days Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Cultural compilations such as James Frazer’s The Golden Bough are rich with these accounts: the high priest or leader of a tribe, whose lengthy tenure is wearing thin, is set for the sacrifice, either through ritual or being overthrown by another member. The crops have failed; a drought is taking..

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Regulating Apocalypse Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

“Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good!” “Don’t be such a purist!” “Be strategic!” “Do what’s possible!” “You can’t deny reality-human nature-religious text.” The phrases used to oppose proposals for major change haven’t changed much for centuries, in..

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LET NOT EXPLOSIVE SITUATION DEVELOP IN SABARIMALA TEMPLE IN INDIA Sunday, October 28th, 2018

Millions of devotees of Lord Aiyappa in Sabarimala are extremely disturbed and feel hurt, when the Supreme Court of India rejected the traditional practice of not permitting women of certain age ground from visiting the Sabarimala temple. Obviously, the judges have taken a narrow and tunnel view of..

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The Psychology of Fascism Saturday, October 27th, 2018

The continuing rise of fascism around the world is drawing increasing attention particularly as it takes firmer grip within national societies long seen to have rejected it. Some recent studies have reminded us of the characteristics of fascist movements and individuals, particularly as they..

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Make Ben Salmon a Saint Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Does it matter whether Catholic church officials really believe that they have the power to turn dead people into magical demigods? I don’t think so. I think it matters whether large numbers of people believe that, and I think they don’t. I think making someone a saint is, at this point, just a..

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THE IMPORTANCE OF ALTERNATIVE MEDIA Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Social critic Neil Postman contrasted the futures predicted in Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World in the foreword of his 1985 book “Amusing Ourselves to Death”. He wrote: “What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a..

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Time Out For Nukes! – OpEd Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

With 122 nations having voted last summer (July 2017) to adopt a treaty for the complete prohibition of nuclear weapons, just as the world has banned chemical and biological weapons, its seems that the world is locked in a new Cold War time-warp, totally inappropriate to the times. We were warned..

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Classical Conditioning for Peace

According to the analysis of police-murder-instigator Dave Grossman, the reason that only a minority of soldiers attempted to kill in World War II and earlier wars was a general aversion to committing murder. And the reason that the vast majority of U.S. soldiers (marines, sailors, etc.) have..

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Nobody to Vote For Sunday, October 21st, 2018

When I say there is nobody to vote for, I don’t just mean the familiar complaint that the candidates may be different shades of evil but are all too evil to support, that the earth’s climate does not recover one iota because some even worse policy has been averted, that sadistic bombings and..

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IS HINDU RELIGION DISCRIMINATED IN INDIA?

It is strange that in a country where around 80% of the population declare themselves as belonging to Hindu religion, there is widespread feeling amongst cross section of Hindus that Hindu religion is discriminated in variety of ways by successive governments in India. Though BJP, which is..

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Nepal and the China-EU Lending Race Monday, October 15th, 2018

One morning in the summer of 2016, Chandra Mishra, a farmer from Udipur town in Nepal’s Lamjung district, discovered that a tree on his property had gone missing. It was a large Albizia tree, which Mishra had hoped to one day harvest for wood for making furniture. But during the night, someone..

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Nepal: a destination of picturesque landscapes Friday, October 12th, 2018

Nepal, the South Asian country wedged between China and India, introduces itself as the land of Mount Everest, Earth’s highest mountain above sea level. This cliché of introduction glooms the scintillating varieties of landscape, architecture, ecology, people and culture. Nepal remained almost..

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