May 2014 archive

May 31

Have You Ever Noticed…?

In Brief— To conserve energy, our brains have developed ways to automate certain actions done frequently. This piece reveals some of the actions you carry out without really noticing. Oh, and there’s a bit about Social Security. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Automatic Pilot— We go through life to a substantial degree on automatic pilot. We give thought to …

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May 25

Whiteness and “Check Your Privilege”

In Brief—The currently popular phrase, “Check your privilege,” suggests that whiteness confers advantages not enjoyed by people of color who are most often disadvantaged by the difference in skin color. —————————————————————————————————————————————————————  The Advantages of Whiteness— They called me “Whitey.” It stung but it influenced my life’s philosophy. I experienced what it was like to be …

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May 18

Snowden, Greenwald, Poitras and More

In Brief—Democracy is even now being stolen from us by the purportedly well-meaning but overreaching American government. Overreaching is bad enough, but unconstitutional illegality is part of their conscious modus operandi. The excuse used is that they are protecting us from terrorists; the reality is that they are stealing our democracy along with our privacy. …

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May 11

Evangelism at a Bus Stop

In Brief—The author discusses the Bible and points out the reasons that it presents a human-devised God and argues that neither Moses nor Jesus, the Christ, existed historically. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Maybe it’s the sign I wear around my neck, “Please Evangelize Me!” Some years back I was sitting quietly at the bus stop with my newly-purchased …

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May 03

The “Sport” of Killing

In Brief—For fun, sport hunters in America and throughout the world are killing the creatures that are already going extinct as a result of human activity. It is time to put an end to this atavistic sport. The author suggests that, in the interest of thinning the human herd, hunters should hunt human hunters instead. …

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