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What We Have Accomplished in Six Million Years

September 24th, 2015


So far we have determined that humans started to walk upright about six million years ago. It took us another 3.4 million years to invent stone tools. Some human pyro discovered fire about 1.9 million years ago. We haven’t discovered many of our other unique accomplishments since then until we domesticated unruly cats in 7,500 B.C. The Chinese added to our brain buzz by making wine in 7,000 B.C. The Egyptians invented papyrus in 3,000 B.C. We started to clean our armpits with soap in…

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Geez, why is the 99 percent so upset?

September 16th, 2015


Why the 99 percent is so pissed it isn’t going to take it anymore.

Why are Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson leading Republican polls for the 2016 presidential nomination? Why is Bernie Sanders beginning to overtake the “inevitable” Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Democratic polls? Only because Hillary is better known than Bernie.

Who in the hell is Bernie Sanders? He could be the local dogcatcher or pimp. Many don’t know he is another politician -- but anything that walks…

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A Man Who Had Plenty Under His Hat

September 9th, 2015


The obituary of Dr. Oliver Sacks, 82, who died on August 30, appeared on the front pages of national newspapers, with a photo of him holding a three-pound human brain in one hand.

That brain has over one trillion cells, with a 100 billion of them acting as neurons linking up millions of networks that give us intelligence, creativity, emotion, consciousness, and memory. If the wrinkles in the cortex could be ironed out, it would cover a very large office desk.

Known as the poet…

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Corporate Cultism

September 3rd, 2015

Corporate cults and the industrial revolution: it ain’t over until it’s really over

Business and labor have been battling each other since the invention of the cotton gin and the loom revolutionized the textile and clothing business in England and America in the early 19th Century.

In a very short period of time steam engines running complex machinery made the factory floor a hellish place to work in extremely poor lighting. Machines were not fenced in, so moving parts often injured…

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Downstream or Upstream?

August 26th, 2015

Whatever happened to Wendell Berry’s adage about being downstream or upstream?

As a farm kid I learned early that it’s always wise to stay upstream from the herd when they are near or in a creek on a hot day. When belly deep in water the tail always goes up when the head goes down for a drink.

Wendell Berry is an 81-year-old farmer-poet-essayist with the message that we humans must live in harmony with the natural rhythms of the earth or perish. He believes that small-scale…

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​Buffalo Bill and Death

August 19th, 2015

photo by Sabrina Hornung

The dilemma of meeting Mister Death

Sometimes I wonder why this little poem by E.E. Cummings has stuck in my brain for over a half-century: “Buffalo Bill’s defunct … who used to ride … a watersmooth-silver stallion … and break onetwothreefourfive pigeonsjustlikethat … Jesus he was a handsome man … and what I want to know is … how do you like your blue-eyed boy Mister Death?” Could be a very important question! This column is about death, so I am going to call on two experts, an…

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Bruce and Caitlyn and Friends

August 12th, 2015

Esther Jenner, 89: “He’s A Very Good-Looking Woman. I Loved Him With All My Heart—And I Certainly Love Her With All My Heart.”

Some people have said that 89-year-old Esther, the mother of her 65-year-old daughter Caitlyn Jenner, screwed up her pronouns in making the above statements. I don’t think so. She was simply saying that her son Bruce is her son and now Caitlyn is her daughter---and that her child remains her child regardless of transgendering from male to female. I think…

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​Blue and Red States

August 5th, 2015

What’s Worse Than Being A Young Black Transgender Without Green In Red Religious Georgia?

In 2004 a young mulatto senator from Illinois by the name of Barack Obama gave an electrifying speech to the Democratic National Convention about the United States: “There is not a liberal America and a conservative America. There is a United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America, a Latino America, and Asia America. There is a United States of America.”

In 2007 he…

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​Blue crayon

July 29th, 2015

From black space to bright blue earth: a fragile thin line

Astronaut Sally Ride, our first woman in space, spent time looking at earth as the space shuttle hurtled around the earth, entranced by a bright day turning into a dark night in a single orbit: “I saw the blackness of space, and then the bright blue Earth. And then it looked as if someone had taken a royal blue crayon and traced along Earth’s horizon. And then I realized that the blue line, that really thin royal blue line,…

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​Moral Capitalism

July 22nd, 2015

White Cotton, Brown Tobacco, Black Slavery--And Green Free Enterprise Dollars

Our ancestors didn’t wait long. Slavery started in Virginia in 1619 and was “legal” in all British colonies to provide labor for tobacco, rice, and indigo plantations in the Western Hemisphere. I guess if slavery is legal the property on which slaves work can be called plantations instead of slave labor camps.

I see Andy Peterson, CEO of the Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce, has the same…

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