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Does unrestrained capitalism restore feudalism?

Originally posted on Citizens, not serfs:
The novel “Capital” and the BBC dramatisation is a good portrait of modern London. A two class society consisting of an upper class and an insecure servant class recruited from the world’s desperate poor. …

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Redefining freedom.

  Despots and dictators throughout history know how powerful language can be, and they know that by changing the definitions of words, without people realizing it, they can change the way people think and what they believe.   Without language and … Continue reading

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The deconversion of a Trump troll.

You may remember a few weeks ago I asked readers to let me know if they knew of anyone who had finally turned on Trump.   I wanted to write a blog post describing the journey of such a person. I … Continue reading

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3 questions to ask yourself if you raised kids in a dysfunctional home.

Originally posted on Lucky Otters Haven:
Nobody’s perfect, and that goes for parents too.  There’s no such thing as a perfect parent. There’s something called a “good enough” parent though, which means that you are going to make mistakes raising…

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The swamp again!

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about a surprising swamp here in the Blue Ridge Mountains.   At the time, I only had a couple of photos not taken by me.   I’ve been fascinated by the swamp ever … Continue reading

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The summer of the toads.

When I was 10 years old, my parents sent me to summer camp in upstate New York for a month.   I was a weird kid who loved books, was by turns standoffish or overly-friendly, and tended to be bullied at … Continue reading

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A swamp in the Blue Ridge Mountains? Who knew?

The swamp covered in water lilies.  They don’t appear to be in full bloom.  Photo: John Boyle/jboyle@citizen-times.com)   Yesterday as I was driving east along US Highway 70 headed toward Black Mountain, I passed an unusual sight:  to the immediate left … Continue reading

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This is fine.

It might be an old meme, but it’s just so perfect right now.

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Hoping this changes.

I’m hoping and praying it’s only this year I feel this way. I still believe in what America stood for (and still stands for for most people).   But today, I have to admit, I’m ashamed to be an American.   Not … Continue reading

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Donald Trump, Psychopath

Here’s an interesting, informative article from Patheos.com in which the author, Andrew Spitznas, makes an excellent case for Donald Trump being afflicted with Malignant Narcissism — Antisocial Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, and traits of both Paranoia and Sadism.  Donald … Continue reading

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