Don’t Put It On God…Shit Happens…

Part of questioning everything is to be suspicious of things you are “told” to be truth. If it doesn’t make sense it probably isn’t. That’s a version of Occam’s Razor that I follow. Another is that actions have consequences. Every decision we make in life causes some effects down the road. How does all of this relate to the title of this post? While I … Continue reading Don’t Put It On God…Shit Happens…

Shared Equity vs Pure Capitalism…

But, first, let’s look at an unusual way of running a business, by having your employees own the company. One popular craft brewery has made a name for itself in part by going that route, with strong results so far…. One of things that we think is a big societal issue is this widening gap between the haves and the have-nots. And we realized that … Continue reading Shared Equity vs Pure Capitalism…

About Poverty… A Very Personal Story

This is going to be one of those posts that wrenches my heart. It was one of the most tragic days of my life.  When my mother abandoned my father leaving him with two very young boys  we changed from a two-income family to one very low payed bread winner who struggled daily to make ends meet. Dad was never much of the communicator so … Continue reading About Poverty… A Very Personal Story

Being a Writer… Jefferson Style

After the recent post about not judging the past by the criteria of the present, my heroes  have been on my mind. The two most influential founders of our country were Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. They were the most dominant thinkers of that period and are among my primary heroes. One of the things that draw me to them is that I like to … Continue reading Being a Writer… Jefferson Style

Religious Certainty…

Some of the biggest problems today are caused by religious certainty. People who are very certain that their religion is better than all the others tend to want to impose the rules laid out in their Holy Book on everyone. They have little respect for the fact that some people are guided by other Holy Books, and other equally valid types of ideals based on … Continue reading Religious Certainty…

Let Me See If I Got This Right?

LaVoy Finicum says the Feds won’t take him alive One of the armed protesters occupying a federal wildlife refuge in rural Oregon said he would rather die defending the building than be arrested by the FBI. Source: Oregon Occupier Warns FBI He’d Take Death Over Jail | TIME I guess that not all the nuts in the country are running for president. Some of them … Continue reading Let Me See If I Got This Right?

As If We Didn’t Have Enough To Fear…

If strong enough, the storm of electrons and other charged particles from an EMP could disrupt the Earth’s magnetic field, disable satellites and the internet, ground all commercial aviation, silence telecommunications, and fry much of the electrical grid — catapulting our society back to the 19th century for months or years. Peter Pry, executive director of the federal EMP Task Force on National and Homeland … Continue reading As If We Didn’t Have Enough To Fear…

The Root Cause of Much of Today’s Terrorism

In fact, friends invariably called the 28-year-old Farook a “very nice person,” while his landlord even described him as a “very gentle person.” He enjoyed working on old cars and shooting hoops. For her part, the 29-year-old Malik was seen as “a good girl” and a good student who aspired to be a pharmacist. Before dressing in austere Islamic clothing, she was even viewed as … Continue reading The Root Cause of Much of Today’s Terrorism

How Well Do You Know Religion?

In fact, religion is invariably a tangle of contradictory teachings — in the Bible, the difference between the harshness of Deuteronomy and the warmth of Isaiah or Luke is striking — and it’s always easy to perceive something threatening in another tradition. Yet analysts who have tallied the number of violent or cruel passages in the Quran and the Bible count more than twice as … Continue reading How Well Do You Know Religion?