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March 25, 2020

Competing for Toilet Paper and Racism (EP. 216)

Introduction Both are born of ignorance, fear and a desire to be one up on, to be superior to, our fellow human beings. That is the subject of today’s 10-minute episode. Continuing Most of us have seen photos and videos …

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March 21, 2020

COVID-19: Are You Part of The Problem, or Part of The Solution? (EP.2…

Introduction The corona crisis has been called a test of our national character. I am calling it a test of our individual characters. As we as individuals and families react to the coronavirus pandemic, are we thinking of our...

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March 18, 2020

Giver or Taker, Producer or Depleter: We All Know Who We Are. (EP. 21…

Introduction We may pretend that either we don’t know which sort we are, or that we just know that we are in the good groups–but we all know the truth, whatever that is. One way to determine the truth is …

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March 14, 2020

With So Much Passion in Politics, Why Do So Few People Vote? (EP.213)

Introduction “Young people are not coming out to vote.” “Hillary Clinton did not inspire voting in the way that Obama did.” “In off-year elections, we expect to see reduced voting.” “We expect to see about 55% of eligible vot...

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March 11, 2020

Loans: Based on Numbers, Character, or Both? (EP.212)

Introduction I received my first bank loan when I had no credit history to speak of, no credit cards and no idea what a credit rating was. Oh, and no collateral. The banker, from National State Bank in Boulder, CO, …

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March 7, 2020

“Feel The Bern” (EP.211)

Introduction America needs the Democrats to nominate Bernie Sanders as their candidate for President. Many other countries have tried socialism, some failing, others modifying it or retreating from it altogether. The only so-...

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March 4, 2020

Coronavirus: Panic or Plan? (EP.210)

Introduction American stock markets fell 15% in just a few days, one of the worst weeks in history for the markets. More cases of the virus are appearing in countries around the globe, many with no known connection to travel …

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Feb. 29, 2020

“Peace? You Can’t Handle Peace!” (EP.209)

Introduction Paraphrasing Marine Corps Colonel Jessup, played by Jack Nicholson, in “A Few Good Men.” as Jessup was being cross-examined in an important military court martial. The Colonel was making the case that his questio...

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Feb. 26, 2020

Do We Want A Socialist America? (EP.208)

Introduction Should America be socialist? Is America already socialist? To answer either of those questions, we must first define socialism. What is it? What countries are socialist? For example, is Denmark socialist? If so, ...

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Feb. 22, 2020

“It’s the Economy, Stupid!” (EP.207)

Introduction This phrase was famously written on a white board in Clinton campaign headquarters by James Carville in 1992. Carville was a strategist in Bill Clinton ’s successful 1992 presidential campaign against incumbent G...

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Feb. 19, 2020

Political Original Sin (EP.206)

Introduction I was born a white male. That’s my Political Original Sin. Original Sin in the Bible is depicted as the sin that we have all inherited from Adam and Eve in the Garden. Even God cannot rewrite history and …

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Feb. 15, 2020

My Various Reactions To Guns–And What I Learned. (EP.205)

Introduction We have all heard the useful saying, “Walk a mile in their shoes.” How many people who are for more–even severe–gun laws have walked a mile in a gun owners’ shoes? And vice versa; how many NRA members have …

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Feb. 12, 2020

The Holocaust v Stalin and Mao: the Greater Evil? (EP.204)

Introduction January 28th, 2020, marked the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, where the Nazis killed 1.1 million, mostly Jews, but the Nazi butchers also targeted homosexuals, the mentally ill, the physically un...

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Feb. 8, 2020

The Super Bowl and #MeToo (EP.203)

Introduction Was the halftime performance at the 2020 Super Bowl consistent with the goals and philosophy of #Metoo? That is the subject of today’s 10-minute episode. Continuing Recurring question in today’s episode: Would yo...

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Feb. 5, 2020

I’m a Deplorable Racist (EP.202)

Introduction …and worse, to listen to my critics. In one of the most agonizing political decisions of my life, I voted for Trump in 2016. Agonizing because of the 17 Republican candidates in the Republican 2016 primaries, Tru...

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Feb. 1, 2020

You Want $1 for Handing Me a Muffin? (EP.201)

Introduction We have all had to deal with it. iPad tipping consoles where the clear expectation is that we pay a full percentage tip for much less than full service. And unlike full service restaurants where the server is not...

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Jan. 29, 2020

Revolution 2.0™; Why Do I Do This? (EP.200)

Introduction Like Dr. Martin Luther King, I have a dream. I dream that we will recognize and glory in our inherent differences, strengths and weaknesses, using our strengths to shore up each other’s weaknesses. And use that c...

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Jan. 25, 2020

Common Goals vs Common Sense (EP.199)

Introduction With all of the useful conversations about common sense, I am not a fan of using this concept as a way of influencing political discussions. Everyone thinks they have common sense. So appealing to someone to use ...

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Jan. 22, 2020

Impeachment! (EP.198)

Introduction In American history, 3 presidents have been impeached. What was the motivation? That is the subject of today’s 10-minute episode. Continuing Andrew Johnson, Democrat, and the 17th President, was impeached in 1868...

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Jan. 17, 2020

#Metoo and One Party Politics (Ep.197)

Introduction I recently watched an emotional and informative video, wherein media star Megyn Kelly interviewed 4 of her previous co-workers at Fox, 3 of whom, along with Kelly, had been sexually harassed at that network. And ...

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Jan. 15, 2020

Walmart, Amazon and Israel (EP.196)

Introduction Not long ago, almost all Americans loved a success story. Hometown boy makes good. Little guy succeeds against all odds. But not so much any more, not so much at all. That is the subject of today’s 10-minute epis...

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Jan. 11, 2020

Interview with Dr. Alex Slocum, MIT, Established Science and Climate …

Introduction: If you believe the science and scientists who gave you modern conveniences, including smartphones and microwave ovens, then you need to believe that climate change is real, near immediate, as in getting to carbo...

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Jan. 8, 2020

Killing General Soleimani: A Political Execution. (EP.194)

Introduction All Democratic leaders are against the Solemani execution, and all Republican leaders are for it. It seems like we are choosing sides prior to watching a football game. And both sides cite “evidence”, which, when...

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Jan. 4, 2020

Clinton’s NAFTA or Trump’s USMCA: Which is Better? (EP. 193)

Introduction Bill Clinton’s North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), while controversial, was widely acclaimed when it was enacted 25 years ago. President Clinton declared. “ First of all, NAFTA means jobs. American jobs,...

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