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I have several of Lewis' books including "What Went Wrong."  
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To paraphrase Turkish writer Namik Kemal,   The main reason for our backwardness is our treatment of women, which deprives us of the energies and talents of half the population.

“Get tough or get out!” Was Lewis' advice in 2001. Unfortunately we have done neither; no alternative fuels and we still have our hand in that hornet's nest. 
 
Sanity, intelligence, knowledge, understanding, and honesty about the Middle East and its problems that you will find nowhere else.
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Think how much better the economy of Wisconsin would be if they did not have a living wage law.
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Hmmm—1.6 billion Chinese vs. 1.6 billion Muslims. 
“…Beijing has warned its citizens travelling in Turkey that some Chinese tourists have been attacked.”










http://www.euronews.com/2015/07/06/turkish-fury-as-minority-muslims-banned-from-fasting-in-china/
Protesters in Istanbul have burned Chinese flags and demonstrated against what they claim is the religious suppression of minority Uighur Muslims by authorities in China’s Xinjiang province. Turkish media has reported that the minority group there have been banned from fasting and worship during the holy month of Ramadan. Beijing says Uighur Muslims enjoy freedom of religion…
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+Javier Tapia​ No. I dont know when I said, only muslims are my brothers and sisters.
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Red bicycle ... by Gennady Blohin 
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Technically, not a newborn. But cute as a button. Love it.
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INDEED! 
 
Say hello to your next President, America...
“The Republicans get away with murder because what they do and what they want is not seen, is not understood by the American people, because it’s not talked about,” Sanders exclaimed. His solution? Include Republicans in the Democratic primary debates, “I think the more that we can confront Republicans about their ideology of tax breaks for the billionaires and cuts to every program that is a benefit to the American people, and can expose them for their subservience to the billionaire class—I think that wins for us every single time … when we do that, the Republican agenda will be exposed for the disaster it is.”
The chattering class doesn't see it yet, but America is ripe for a political revolution, Sanders tells The Nation
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He's amazingly plain spoken and direct. And he probably has some people concerned.
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A great moment! 
 
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Abby Wambach celebrated the U.S. victory over Japan in the Women's World Cup final by racing to the stands to kiss her wife — a poignant moment that wasn't lost on gay rights supporters watching on television.
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What a player! She was brilliant. She and the US team were brilliant. Congratulations to these women.
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Sustainability is the operative word! 
 
Fifty years ago, LBJ gave an amazing speech arguing that America shouldn't pursue economic growth but rather community, nature, leisure time, and happiness.
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You knew his famous words on a certain sector voting dem for 200 yrs
As a manic depressive he ruined much.
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How very sad that in this day and age it takes preventable tragedies to get people to really THINK! 









http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/07/06/420513540/after-measles-outbreaks-parents-shift-their-thinking-on-vaccines
The widely publicized measles outbreak linked to California theme parks appears to have made parents more confident about vaccine safety and benefits, a national poll finds.
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I want to stay free ..... by Kam Chiu Tam
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Artist : Walter Firle (German , 1859 - 1929)
Title : Three little girls reading . Drei lesende Mädchen
Date : unknown
Medium : oil on wood
Dimensions : 51 x 68.5 cm. (20.1 x 27 in.)
Current location : Private collection.

Walter Firle or Walther Firle (Breslau ; August 22, 1859 - München ; November 20, 1929) was a German painter.
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“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” ― John Adams
Introduction

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children!

Religion is an asylum of ignorance in which you are your own, willing jailer. The Golden Rule is the only "rule" humanity needs. All the superfluous, religious and secular dogma can be dumped. 

Fiscally conservative, socially liberal. For: Equality for all regardless of race, ethnicity,  gender, sexual orientations or religious affiliation.   Workfare, not welfare; taxpayer supported education, including university; universal healthcare; a living wage; job skills and apprenticeship programs;  separation of Church and State — to name a few. 

I deal in FACTS! If you are willfully ignorant or an extremist of any kind: Religious, political, social, educational,  environmental, etc.—you probably will not want to follow me or engage me in a debate! 

Designing Geek & Nerdy Prophead, Wonkette—with social skills. I do not suffer the willfully ignorant or fools gladly! 

“Chance favors the connected mind.” — Steven Johnson

Every day is Sunday; every day is Monday when you love your work and your avocations as I do. Savoring the moment is my daily quest. 

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First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”  — Martin Niemöller


For today’s world this could be rephrased: 

First they came for the other Muslim sects, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Muslim.

Then they came for the infidels, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not an infidel.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”  

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“If a believer demands that I, as a nonbeliever, observe his taboos in the public domain, he is not asking for my respect, but for my submission.”  — Flemming Rose

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The Gettysburg Address

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863


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Rational, Secular Humanist. Anti-theist rather than atheist. Comparative religion scholar. Left brained, right brained, multi-lingual polymath and — surviving.
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Science/Tech Geek. Avocations: Artist, Designer, Chef, Foodie, Photographer, Gardener, Bookworm, Traveler
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Research, writing, editing; photography, painting, graphics; cooking, wines, languages. I speak 4 languages well, several with native fluency and several others at the conversational level. This helps immensely with concentration and how the mind works as well as understanding cultural nuances. If you can't think of it in one language, usually another will come to mind. ;-) 
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