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Author: Nori

March 27, 2013

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Weather vane mentality

by Nori
Categories: Feeding the Soul, Religion, Social networking, Wising up
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Something I read this morning sparked a thought.  We know me.  That’s always dangerous and often amusing in a “can you believe it” way.  This morning’s fireworks sparkler can be attributed to an article by IowaHawk on Breitbart on same sex marriage.  First, it’s the kind of writing I love, expressing obvious common sense with humor […]

February 26, 2013

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It’s all about what is disgusting

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Categories: Feeding the Soul, Politics, Social networking, Wising up
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I just watch the most fascinating talk about how our tolerance for disgust determines our politics.  It’s one of those illuminating discussion, one that I will watch a number of times. This is the second really illuminating thing I’ve run into in the last two weeks.  I’m on a roll!

February 13, 2013

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Life altering events

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Categories: Wising up
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You never really know what you’re capable of until you face a crisis.  You never really understand that statement . . . until you face a crisis.  Been there. Enter my life altering event . . . my very best friend in the whole world had a massive stroke.  For four months I fussed over […]

February 7, 2013

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Who knew?!

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Categories: Wising up
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Did you know there’s a site that track retractions of scholarly papers?  The latest report has a German professor losing her PhD over plagiarism.  Ouch. So, here’s your warning.  Just because it was published in something high-brow and scholarly doesn’t necessarily make it good, true or worth reading.  The site counts the number of retractions […]

December 18, 2012

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Rephrasing the argument

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Categories: Economics, Government, Taxing the American Public, Wising up
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This morning the Tea Party’s Facebook feed has another “bad Obama” posting.  Various conservative groups run this sort of thing almost weekly.  The latest is a repeat of how “bad” Obama is because he vacations in Hawaii and he’s off to do it again soon and it costs $4 million and “ew, isn’t that horrible”.  […]

November 1, 2012

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Setting traditional education on its ear

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Categories: Feeding the Soul, Wising up
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In my Reason 24/7 RSS feed this morning was a link to an article about Ethiopian kids getting Motorola Zoom tablets.  To keep this in perspective, these kids had NEVER seen a printed word.  EVER, as had most of the adults in the village.  In five months, with no outside instruction, the kids had not […]

October 24, 2012

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Totally off the point

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Categories: Politics, Wising up
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One of the things that really bothers me in political discourse is this type of thing.  This excerpt is from a TAC article by Florence King. Everybody knows who Joan Walsh is. To liberals she’s a saint, and they just might have a point: her TV guest spots have established her as Joan of Fallen […]

October 20, 2012

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Stop wasting my time

by Nori
Categories: General, Wising up
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desultory adj : marked by lack of definite plan or regularity or purpose; jumping from one thing to another; “desultory thoughts”; “the desultory conversation characteristic of cocktail parties” Because up to now I have led a fairly desultory life, I haven’t taken a lot of exception to the amount of time I’ve spent filtering through […]

July 31, 2012

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Milton Friedman’s 100th

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Categories: Economics, Government, Politics, Taxing the American Public, Wising up
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Today is Milton Friedman’s 100th birthday.  There are few people for whom I have as much respect, nor any I laud more frequently.  In celebration of his birthday, I’d like to extend this idea. What if, in the process of writing new legislation, a short treatise was required that referenced all the prior related legislation, […]

July 22, 2012

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Why gun laws cannot work

by Nori
Categories: Politics, Wising up
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One of the biggest problems we have as a society is the failure of the citizenry to attach reality to theory.  In theory, if you take away all the guns, there would be no gun violence, but that’s wrong on so many levels.  Gun laws just cripple the law abiding.  This is such an obvious […]


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