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The Big T.O.E., Salvation, and the true God, are projects of Philosophy

I was at work, chit chatting, and one of my co-workers brought up philosophy. For some reason he was taking a philosophy class at our local community college. He liked it, he said. I told him that my degree was in philosophy. He wanted my thoughts on philosophy, classes, and so forth. I delayed our conversation until we wer

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AYcU2nhnZg I’ve pointed out previously that a college education has become more pricey. Some have thought that the only justification for such an expense is if it gets you a good job. A much better job. And so too, states have only supported programs in colleges which go to training people

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The following is a discussion of Prof. Giroux’s response to what “right wingers” have said in response to “left wing” politics and social positions, particularly the welfare state. On the one hand, you can’t have a democracy when so many people are dependent on government for their basic necessities. They need t

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Sibel Edmonds on Snowden and Government Blackmailing

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The following is an argument that the problem is not so much government, but the corporations which hire and fire people. Corporate rule hurts the US more than shutdown

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If we try to examine what’s going on in the world outside of our jobs and family’s lives, we hear about the crisis here and the crisis there. One of the big crises involves how Obama, the Democrats and Republicans are driving the nation over the proverbial cliff. The following videos discuss the current problems governm

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Just this week we have another story involving a mass shooting. This time in Washington D.C. The question arises for news commentators, and others, whether these events could be stopped if we more tightly regulate gun ownership in this country. There are some who argue that if you had more guns, or less restrictive gun laws

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Here’s a retelling of the pertinent issues from a skeptic’s point of view:

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I like these Bourne movies. There’s excitement. There’s a hero. There’s the idea we are seeing a story about plausible scenarios. I want to point out that Snowden’s work, what he has revealed, suggests not only that the NSA, or some other secret government operation, can look in on sexual dalliances, and tell their

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What does Snowden want us to do? He took a risk to reveal what the Feds were doing illegally and criminally and treasonously, and he figures we should want to oppose all of it. It hurts us and everything we love, so we should want to oppose it. The following starts an essay on this expectation at the Tenth Amendment...

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http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/08/photocopying-michelle-obamas-diary-just-in-case/278567/

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The following is an excerpt from the film Zeitgeist 2, wherein John Perkins discusses what he did as an “economic hit man.” It is an interesting film because it makes the claim that you can understand many of the world’s events in terms of what I have described as the “U.S. is Capone’s Chicago” analogy. It is a

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The metaphor that we are kids on a playground run by bullies helps us understand the oftentimes confusing accounts of what’s going on in the world. There are so many wars. There are so many bad guys we, the American people, have to be persuaded to go after and bring to justice. There are so many arguments about what we...

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The FBI has a history of duping naïve people into trying to do violence and then, while proceeding with Federal assistance, arresting them. They’ve done it in Oregon to a Somali student who was encouraged to use a bomb at Christmas. The following are three video discussions of this issue. Napolitano on FBI entrapment cas

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The Senate has a limited view of what could be done to quell violence in America. Some feel that the only thing to do is enact more strict gun control laws. So, this… “…Debate over the measures consumed the Senate on Wednesday, with speeches from both sides meant to stir emotions. “I choose to vote my conscience,”

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Here’s a story about a man who expressed his observations about what was going on at his granddaughter's school and is now defending himself from accusations that he is a menacing terrorist. We should all be concerned about what happened to this person because we could all be in his shoes. We could all express some observ

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President Obama talking about the “senseless” bombing in Boston. The President is not the only one who says the Boston bombings are “senseless.” I can understand the President’s remarks as expressing how little we understand about who did this bombing, or why. The immediate causes might be unknown, and that’s wh

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The following is Glenn Greenwald talking about everyone’s present problems with our government. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/02/assange-sweden-saadiq-barrett-brown

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These videos argue that Gun Control does not reduce crime or gun violence.

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The following videos discuss the issue of “Currency Wars,” what are they supposed to do, how do they get started, why should we care. http://spookyweather.blogspot.com/2013/03/keiser-report-e419-financial-pearl.html The following is a n essay from The Weekly Standard, Currency Wars 12:00 AM, FEB 9, 2013 • BY IRWIN M.

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We have seen many examples of where the police have arrested bystanders for filming interactions between the police and the public. This has been understood to be an effort by the police to intimidate anyone from recording police behavior that might be used against them in court. Apparently, the Department of Justice has ru

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The following is a video discussing the NDAA signed recently by President Obama. About this video, This is an excerpt from Journalist Amber Lyon`s speech at Harvard Law School on Feb. 27, 2013. Investigative journalists who cover those the U.S. Government deems ¨terrorists¨ fear they could be indefinitely detained under t

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I want to discuss a part of the Book of Genesis where God has made a garden and has Adam and Eve living in it. God warns these two that they are allowed much, but, they are not supposed to eat of a certain plant, or else. I want to make the claim that this story depends on a metaphor,...

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Senator Warren has been asking some good questions while she has been starting out her first term. She has mostly been asking about financial issues. However, she raises a question in the following video about “money laundering.” This is an interesting topic in itself. There has been discussion for years about how at ce

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The following is a brief, about 6 minute, video explaining wealth disparity in the United States. And a brief quote from an accompanying article, “…In terms of information, Politizane’s video isn’t offering anything new: Its analysis of American perceptions of wealth distribution, the line between rich and poor and

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The following is a video discussing Ben Swann’s criticisms of the President’s Assassination policy. Swann’s discussion was aired around the time the white paper was released. http://dailybail.com/home/obamas-rules-for-assassinating-us-citizens.html The following is an essay from The New Yorker on the Assassination Pol

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We have certain rights, which have been hidden from us, apparently. One of these rights as a free people is something called “jury nullification.” The following video and clip from an article suggest a little of what that right involves. One can see that it would not be in the interest of the powers-that-be to have the

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The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/stephen-colbert-how-avoid-being-decimated-drone

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The following is a column by Norman Solomon regarding the Progressive Caucus, a loosely committed collection of House members committed to “progressive” politics. Lately, however, they must be finding it rough going. The column was found on COUNTERPUNCH, a great website. FEBRUARY 27, 2013 Not Taking a Stand Against Cuts

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