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How the Elites Built America's Economic Wall (bloomberg.com)
by freak80 on 20 Jul 2012  60 comments, latest 7 years ago
"Over the past 30 years, the convergence [of incomes] has largely stopped. Incomes in the poorer states are no longer catching up to incomes in rich states...In a new working...

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Why Good Government is Impossible
by freak80 on 2 Aug 2012  55 comments, latest 7 years ago
Think about it: Who is it that gets power? Nice people, or sociopaths? The people who get power are generally those who are willing to do almost *anything* to get...

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A Google search for 'realtors are'...
by freak80 on 5 Sep 2012  7 comments, latest 7 years ago
Try it for yourself.#housing

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Net Worth of Top 400 Americans is $2 Trillion (ctvnews.ca)
by freak80 on 16 Sep 2013  72 comments, latest 6 years ago
2 Trillion is more than the combined net worth of half of all Americans. http://www.ctvnews.ca/business

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Why Should I Vote?
by freak80 on 7 Aug 2012  127 comments, latest 7 years ago
Why should I vote? One party says I "hate" just because I believe that marriage should be defined as one man and one woman. If they had their way, I'd...

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Losing (Some of) My Fear of Death (without Religion)
by freak80 on 19 Jul 2013  53 comments, latest 5 years ago
About three weeks ago I was having blood drawn and I passed out. The nurses said I was "out" for 20 or 30 seconds. Amazingly, I didn't even notice. At...

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Person to be Born Next Year Terrified of His Non-Existence
by freak80 on 22 Aug 2013  4 comments, latest 6 years ago
Brian Smith, the future child of Linda and Doug Smith of Sacramento, CA, suddenly began to experience his non-existence today. "It's just horrible," he said, "and it's also dark for...

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Atheism's Best Friend?
by freak80 on 12 Mar 2012  47 comments, latest 2 years ago
As we all know, Protestant Liberalism has done a lot of work refuting historic Christianity. Shouldn't atheists support Protestant Liberalism, then? After all, what better way to get rid of...

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What will be the Next Bubble?
by freak80 on 20 Sep 2013  46 comments, latest 6 years ago
1999: tech bubble (it's the New Economy!) 2006: housing bubble (buy now or be priced out forever!!) 2011: gold & silver bubble (oh no, hyperinflation!!!) What will be the next...

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Talk is Cheap. How About a General Strike? (en.wikipedia.org)
by freak80 on 13 Sep 2013  20 comments, latest 6 years ago
Since our government is owned and controlled by the top 0.1%, how about a general strike? How else will average people be heard? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G

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Should Churches Lose Tax-Free Status?
by freak80 on 20 Jul 2012  16 comments, latest 7 years ago
Since much of American religion is just an extension of existing political beliefs, why are churches exempt from taxes? Both the "Religious Right" and the "Religious Left" are more interested...

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Shocking Retirement Numbers (fool.com)
by freak80 on 24 Jul 2012  Posted 7 years ago
From the Motley Fool. http://www.fool.com/investing/ "The problem is that a group of Wall Street "pros" have been getting rich off folks like my parents for years, and not enough people...

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Are Many Science & Engineering Careers Obsolete?
by freak80 on 25 Jul 2012  117 comments, latest 7 years ago
Here's the problem: any work reducible to equations and computer-aided-design can be automated or outsourced thanks to computers and the internet. Unless you're doing original research or engineering something that...

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Trading Caps & Gowns for Mops (marketwatch.com)
by freak80 on 23 Aug 2012  1 comment, latest 7 years ago
http://www.marketwatch.com/sto At least high school dropouts don't have $50-100k in student loan debt.

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Fun: Starting a New Religion (rationalwiki.org)
by freak80 on 8 Aug 2013  6 comments, latest 6 years ago
From RationalWiki: http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/F A *perfect* portrayal of what religion is really all about. Bravo! Why did I ever fall for it myself? I guess that's the power of groupthink (and...

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a New New Deal Coalition?
by freak80 on 17 Feb 2012  6 comments, latest 7 years ago
As we all know, we Americans are bitterly divided on cultural issues. It's almost like we are two nations. One side sees the universe as a purposeful creation of God...

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Christianity is Self-Refuting
by freak80 on 6 Feb 2012  55 comments, latest 7 years ago
Christianity is self-refuting: Will the "true" Christianity please stand up? According to some counts, there are 38,000 different denominations. If the Bible is a clear Word of God(tm), then why...

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Iran's Female Ninjas (news.yahoo.com)
by freak80 on 17 Feb 2012  24 comments, latest 7 years ago
http://news.yahoo.com/photos/i How's that for cultural diversity? Maybe Islam isn't so patriarchal after all? Maybe this should go in the "Humor" section.

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Identity Politics is a Distraction from Our Real Problems
by freak80 on 10 Feb 2012  4 comments, latest 7 years ago
Don't we just love identity politics. While our whole country is going to the crapper, we fight based on our identities. "I am conservative", "I am liberal", "I am atheist",...

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Breaking News: Ken Ham of "Answers in Genesis" Awarded Athism's Highest Honor
by freak80 on 27 Jan 2012  Posted 7 years ago
Hebron, KY: Ken Ham, President of the young-earth creationist organization Answers in Genesis, has been awarded Russell Award, the American Atheist Society’s highest honor. The AAS conferred the coveted award...

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Santorum on JFK speech about separation of church and state (washingtonpost.com)
by freak80 on 27 Feb 2012  1 comment, latest 7 years ago
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ Will this guy get the Republican nomination?#politics

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The Opiate(s) of the Masses?
by freak80 on 16 Mar 2012  17 comments, latest 7 years ago
One mass has religion as their opiate. The other mass has sex, drugs, & rock n' roll as their opiate. -Republicans get their power from fear that someone will take...

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Would a Large Majority Support These Policies?
by freak80 on 29 Feb 2012  10 comments, latest 7 years ago
Obviously there's a lot of bitterness and division in the USA. That's probably always been true and might always be true. Nonetheless, for the sake of practicality, would a large...

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De-skilling your job
by freak80 on 2 Mar 2012  1 comment, latest 7 years ago
Deskilling: the process by which skilled labor within an industry or economy is eliminated by the introduction of technologies operated by semiskilled or unskilled workers. This results in cost savings...

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Anyone Else Getting Market Acrophobia?
by freak80 on 15 Mar 2012  71 comments, latest 7 years ago
Stocks are almost back up to where they were during the frothy days of 2007. There are still plenty of "Black Swans" around: European headline risk, China real estate, the...

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Racist Bumper Stickers being sold. (news.yahoo.com)
by freak80 on 16 Mar 2012  Posted 7 years ago
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/si Stickers say "don't Re-Nig in 2012." Sure, I get it if someone thinks Romney might do a better job. But the far-right has gone batshit crazy.#politics

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Does China RE Bubble extend to US West Coast?
by freak80 on 19 Mar 2012  4 comments, latest 7 years ago
It's pretty common knowledge that there's a huge RE bubble in China's coastal cities. Does that bubble extend to the west coast of North America? I've heard that "Asian" folks...

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Human Genome shows Christianity is False (npr.org)
by freak80 on 19 Mar 2012  21 comments, latest 7 years ago
The human genome shows that there was no Adam and Eve: http://www.npr.org/2011/08/09/ Of course, biology showed Christianity was false back in 1859. It's just that my parents didn't get the...

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Ultimate "Sell" Signal? (finance.yahoo.com)
by freak80 on 21 Mar 2012  Posted 7 years ago
Goldman Sachs says "best time in generation" to buy stocks: http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs

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Sustainable Energy w/o the Hot Air (withouthotair.com)
by freak80 on 24 Mar 2012  Posted 7 years ago
http://www.withouthotair.com/#

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Do Facts Even Matter?
by freak80 on 25 Mar 2012  81 comments, latest 7 years ago
I can't help but wonder if the following statement is true: "In religion and politics, facts don't matter. People believe what they WANT to believe, IN SPITE of the facts."...

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What it will take to get off fossil fuels. (withouthotair.com)
by freak80 on 28 Mar 2012  52 comments, latest 7 years ago
The following website shows what it would take to get off of fossil fuels with current technology: http://www.withouthotair.com/ The analysis is for Great Britain, but a similar analysis could be...

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It's already been a very record-breaking hot year (news.yahoo.com)
by freak80 on 9 Apr 2012  2 comments, latest 7 years ago
From Yahoo! news and AP: http://news.yahoo.com/already- Here in upstate NY we didn't even have a real winter this year. And then we had over a week in the 70s and...

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Those "Chain-Link & Rottweiler" Neighborhoods...
by freak80 on 11 Apr 2012  42 comments, latest 7 years ago
Anyone here on Patnet know what kind of neighborhoods I'm talking about? How much would you pay to live in such an area? By the looks of the Bay Area...

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Party Extremists Are Ruling Washington (finance.yahoo.com)
by freak80 on 20 Apr 2012  Posted 7 years ago
http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs

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Al-Qaida's take on Fox News (news.yahoo.com)
by freak80 on 3 May 2012  Posted 7 years ago
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/cu

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Lugar defeated with help of Banks (blogs.marketwatch.com)
by freak80 on 9 May 2012  2 comments, latest 7 years ago
http://blogs.marketwatch.com/e

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Mayans...
by freak80 on 10 May 2012  15 comments, latest 7 years ago

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Is America worth fighting for?
by freak80 on 14 May 2012  33 comments, latest 7 years ago
John Lennon famously imagined a world with "nothing to kill or die for." I guess the solution was simple: make a country like the USA no longer worth fighting for....

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Bring back Glass-Stegall (marketwatch.com)
by freak80 on 15 May 2012  Posted 7 years ago
http://www.marketwatch.com/sto
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