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California is in the process of proving Margaret Thacher's notable comment: "Socialism is wonderful until you run out of other people's money".
I was around when the first Solar boom occurred in the mid 70's. We were all full of hope and confidence that solar (thermal/electric) was the answer to man's quest for power and would get us off the petroleum treadmill. Wrong. As the early subsidies faded, so did the industry. It was back on the shelf by 1980 or so. What I never-ever see in the popular press is any estimates of solar cost-benefits. That was all the rage in 1975, but now, nobody seems to want to talk about it. Being a student of human nature, I've come to realize that often, the most important thing in communications is to hear what ISN'T being said. When people don't talk about economics of a certain technology, to me that means that the economics of that technology are not good. We'll drive to the poor-house in solar-powered cars.....and run out of "fuel" half way there.
Hate, if permitted to fester, will even overcome the love of a mother for her own children. Hate is bad because it brings blindness....it IS blindness, but a particularly evil form. Most physically blind persons know they are blind and can adjust their behavior to that fact. Hatred blinds the hater to his own blindness-the ultimate curse.
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What If Democracy Is a Fraud?

bigbill10 Wrote: Jul 24, 2014 10:12 AM
Josef Stalin is quoted as saying: "It's not the votes that count, but who counts the votes." I don't know if he actually said that, but it's true, and even mass murderers can sometimes speak the truth. Any culture/society that permits the concentration of more and more power into fewer and fewer hands is destinded to tyranny. Ours is no exception. The only way to get the money out of politics is to get the power out first.
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How Our World Fell Apart

bigbill10 Wrote: Jul 24, 2014 8:07 AM
It's official: Our President doesn't know what it means to be President-he doesn't know how to do the job. Worse.....much,much worse......he doesn't know that he doesn't know......
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The Great Escape

bigbill10 Wrote: Jul 24, 2014 7:56 AM
Lewis' apt term "enemy occupied territory" has become more apt over the last seventy years. In Lewis' time, many Christians were overly-comfortable with the world, especially America. Many returning soldiers probably thought of America as something close to "Heaven on Earth" and compared with most other parts of the world, it was....and is. I thank our President for fully bursting this delusion, even if that wasn't his objective. The Enemy definitely is occupying our territory-but then he always has been-we just didn't want to know it.
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Do Blacks Need Favors?

bigbill10 Wrote: Jul 23, 2014 4:03 PM
We will never have racial equality until people treat each other and are treated equally. That seems like a meaningless statement, but it isn't. It is just as bad (worse, I'd say) to treat a Black man with unearned deference as to treat him with unearned disdain. Unearned disdain will show him that he can at least develop and depend upon his own strengths and his friends' help. Unearned deference will cause him to become dangerously-delusionally proud. False pride and an attitude of victim-hood will cause our Black brothers and sisters to isolate themselves from an increasingly-interconnected world. I think it's a curse worse than slavery.
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Defining Life

bigbill10 Wrote: Jul 23, 2014 12:43 PM
If it's OK to kill a fetus a month from birth for the convenience of its mother, why is the moment of birth so important? Why not let the mother "dispose" of the "unwanted protoplasm " for a month AFTER birth? Or a year? Or more? To give anyone-mother, father, or whoever, the right to end human life at their own will at any time from conception is to take the power of God unto ourselves. It is the ultimate end of the fist sin in the Bible-the eating of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The serpent said "Yea shall be as gods". What could be more god-like (small g) than deciding who lives and who dies?
We need a president who has an understanding of world politics and is not afraid of expressing American interests on the world stage. I like his economic ideas-I don't yet know if he would be any better than what we have now on the international scene. We'll see.
Most people don't seek truth. They seek validation of their opinions and call that truth. Just because people work for a distinguished university does not contradict this statement. In fact, they simply use their power and position to impose their opinion on everyone they can. Good luck in your next position, Paul.................and I do mean that. Seek truth....really seek truth.....and you will find it.
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Remember the Space Race?

bigbill10 Wrote: Jul 21, 2014 1:01 PM
July 20, 1969 was the culmination of a great time, as you've described. Our country was at its technological/financial/moral peak. I was part of the aerospace industry that made that event happen. January 22, 1973-less than four years later-was the anniversary of the Roe vs Wade decision in the Supreme Court. That date, in my opinion, marked the beginning of the great moral decline that resulted in technological and financial declines that have brought us to where we are today. I didn't realize it at that time-I was still pro-choice for another twenty years. But world-moving trends are often invisible to those living in them-for a time. It is only when you can look back from the perspective of distance that you can see the enormous truth-if you care to look back at all.
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