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Energy's Role in the Path to Peace

absinthe48 Wrote: Mar 26, 2014 6:23 AM
Dr. Ben is correct about the wisdom of developing our own energy resources, but I can't get too excited about the autonomous republic of Crimea voting in a referendum to rejoin Russia. Crimea was a part of Russia before our own Constitution created a United States. Russia was fighting to retain Crimea against an Anglo-Franco-Turkish invasion in the early 1850s, about the time that we were incorporating the Mexican north into the US, what are now the states of Texas, California etc. It was the Soviet leader Khrushchev, himself born in Donetsk, who gave Crimea to Ukraine. Let's develop our domestic energy sources, but let's not exacerbate the centuries' old "Eastern Question" more than we have already done.
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Republicans and Blacks

absinthe48 Wrote: Mar 25, 2014 7:24 AM
To have one uniform minimum wage for the entire country is an attempt to prevent employers from moving to areas where blacks and Latinos predominate. There is no technical reason why minimum-wage laws cannot be set on an area basis. If the Upper East Side or San Francisco have average family incomes of $100,000 and if Selma and Laredo have average family incomes of $10,000, it seems crystal clear that the minimum wage in the most affluent areas should be ten times the minimum wage in the poorest. A uniform minimum wage hurts minorities to the advantage of the cynical rich.
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Pope Francis Threatens Hell -- Hooray!

absinthe48 Wrote: Mar 25, 2014 7:13 AM
The "primary purpose" of religion is to produce moral behavior? The notion is self-subversive. Under traditional Christianity, the primary purpose of the church is to carry Christ's good news to all the world in the belief that He is the only door to salvation. Now that may be a delusional mythology, but replace it with the idea that the primary purpose of the church is to mold human behavior to their model of morality, and you get the mainstream Protestant churches. These churches are losing congregants and influence because their instrumentalism appears cynical and self-serving.
The first response of any candidate, of any race, gender, religion or party: "I am sworn to uphold the Constitution." That means returning social issues like abortion, marriage, marijuana etc. to the sovereign states, where they abide under the Constitution. Attacking the concentration of political power in DC, the concentration of economic power in offshore transnational corporations, and the concentration of financial power in NYC is the first job of any patriotic American.
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Facts and Factions

absinthe48 Wrote: Mar 19, 2014 7:15 AM
But the Party nominee is always appointed by Wall Street and K Street. He has usually been off-putting to Main Street.
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Facts and Factions

absinthe48 Wrote: Mar 19, 2014 7:10 AM
Dr. Sowell and I talk the same politico-economic language, which is why I usually read his articles. Ensconced in the Bay Area and with contacts mostly in the north half of the I-95 corridor, however, Dr. Sowell may have lost touch with the sentiments of "the silent majority" in fly-over country. That we are rapidly losing "majority" status in the US may in fact make us more vocal, more active, more cohesive. I frankly don't see a difference between Mitch McConnell and his attractive Democratic opponent, except that she will have less seniority and therefore less power to do America harm. But it is, first, for the Republicans and only then for the voters of Kentucky to decide.
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Facts and Factions

absinthe48 Wrote: Mar 19, 2014 6:59 AM
I do. Not a single "promise" was honored.
Our government is very secretive and has perhaps always been. I tried to get records on my grandfather from the '30s and my father tried to get records on himself from the '40s. The lady at the National Archives, who could not have been politer, told me: "Those records will not be released in your lifetime." That was when Clinton was president. Something tells me that this president is perhaps even less "transparent" than Bush 41, Clinton and Bush 43.
Being home to the global reserve currency, the value of which is backed only by paper guarantees and which is controlled by a small interconnected oligopoly, is an invitation to corruption. If we Americans continue to use the depreciated dollar as a lever for world hegemony, to the benefit of a few, people on the World Island will find a way to circumvent us. A basket of currencies -- the yuan, the rubble, the Euro -- may prove more stable for world trade and cross-border investment than relying on a dodgy dollar.
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De Blasio Is Full Of Blarney

absinthe48 Wrote: Mar 17, 2014 7:21 AM
De Blastio looks like he will be a one-term mayor. New Yorkers, like the rest of us, make occasional mistakes, but most parents get very upset when the future of their children is sacrificed on the altars of over-weaning bureaucracies. New Yorkers are not that much different from the rest of us.
Larry is the type of "philosopher" who would have loved shoving hemlock down Socrates's throat.
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