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Gossip Girls – Are you a Queen? Or a Pawn?

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by Karyn ConnorArticle Categories: ,

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Recently, a young woman joined a professional group to which I belong. Soon after joining, she started to ask questions and offer interpretations of other members—otherwise known as gossip.At first, people didn’t seem to notice, but the more questions she asked, and the more information about people she repeated (sometimes with her own spin on it), the more the other members’ began to shy away from her.For me, I stayed away from her as soon as I saw the gossip game in action. I subscribe to Socrates’s method of handling these social situations. Any time someone approaches me either with prying questions, or gossip to share, I pose to them Socrates’ three questions:Is it true? This means to ask if the information has been validated. So if someone is repeating speculation, then you cannot certify that the details are accurate, thus the answer to the question is “no”.Is it kind? […]

Sustainable Burial Versus Death (to all) By Chemical

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by Rudy DeesArticle Categories: ,

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“I would request that my body in death be buried not cremated, so that the energy content contained within it gets returned to the earth, so that flora and fauna can dine upon it, just as I have dined upon flora and fauna during my lifetime.”Dr Neil Degrasse Tyson made this statement ever so eloquently during the Poetry of Science discussion alongside Prof Richard Dawkins.In death, I too, want to be buried in, or left on the ground where animals, plants and decomposers could find nourishment from my now-unneeded remains. I want my organic remains to be recycled and my energy therein returned to the Earth I so dearly love. A sort of reincarnation, if I may.Moreover, we could eliminate row upon row of dark, dreary depressing headstones, and avoid the toxic impact on the environment. For example, did you know: About 800,000 gallons of formaldehyde-based embalming fluid are buried in […]

Advice to Donald Trump on How to Win the Minority Vote

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by Cat MachtArticle Categories: ,

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It’s no secret that Donald Trump is not pro-minorities. He has been called a bigot and a racist and seems to take no real offence to either title. Most recently, he has been compared to Hitler.This is taking it too far. For all the atrocities that Hitler committed, the man was brilliant. An entire country handed him the power over their welfare, went along with a violent and mad extermination plan, and they loved him. He was a brilliant orator and manipulator.Can we say these things of Donald Trump? Not in any broadcast I have seen.But enough about that. I have a way to fix all Mr. Trump’s election dysfunctions: Ditch the current Mrs. Trump (there is one, right?) and replace her with a minority. Wait a moment though—not just any minority. He needs one who will dry hump the spotlight with great enthusiasm and not worry about values, morals, […]

Black History Month and Other Cons

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by Jasmine KingArticle Categories: ,

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February is black history month. How ridiculous is that? Every minority culture wants equality—or so they claim. But a month set aside to celebrate only one culture is racism with a healthy dash of entitlement. If you really want equality then where is white history month? But oh no, whites celebrating whites is racism but blacks or Arabs or Jews or Indians celebrating themselves is cultural pride. Why is that?Black history month started as a week in the middle of February intended to teach the history of American blacks. The date was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and that of Frederick Douglass (February 14).I’m not just picking on ethnic groups. Women are just as stupid. We claim to want equality. Yet, February hosts Valentine’s Day where otherwise independent, strong women suddenly turn into entitled princesses who expect men to buy them roses, chocolate […]

There are three kinds of intelligence. And three kinds of evil. Here they are.

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by Cat MachtArticle Categories: ,

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There are three kinds of acknowledged intelligence:Intelligence quotient (the factual knowledge a person possesses);Social intelligence (the ability to read others and present oneself in a socially appropriate way); andAnd emotional intelligence (the ability to be self-aware and also aware of others’ emotional reactions).I put forward that there are also three kinds of evil:Factual evil. Using factual untruths (i.e., lies) that reduce a person’s self-worth or ability for personal growth.Social evil. Intentionally making people vulnerable to harm.Emotional evil. Robbing people of opportunities for emotional stability, security or growth.Evil is an aggressive attempt to harm another. That’s my definition. What does this mean? If someone gives me a paper cut, is that evil? No. (Unless it’s like the movie Swimming with Sharks where it was done as a type of torture.) It has to have a long-reaching or permanent negative effect on the targeted person.When someone is a mass murder, it is […]

Don’t Throw It Out! Here’s Why…

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by RC GunnArticle Categories: ,

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I am an upcycle designer. This means basically (in my estimation) that although I design fashions that sell, I’m crap at patterns and darts (except at the bar, then I’m a pro.) What I do is take old things and make them new again.I show people how to take what they already have and slice and dice it into something new, fabulous and unique. No woman wants to look like everyone else. We are all spectacular because we all are all one-of-a-kind. So why have a wardrobe that makes you look like everyone else?What is upcycling? It is the process of taking something old and turning it into something new. For example, a torn pair of jeans and an old chiffon blouse can be cut and tucked and sewn to become a beautiful new jean skirt with a romantic ruffle.On a personal note, upcycling has the pleasing side effect of […]

Killer Cancer to End All Life

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by Rudy DeesArticle Categories: ,

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Cancer. A word that is associated with fear. When we hear the word cancer we have visions of a painful, sometimes slow, eventual death.What is cancer? Cancer cells are cells gone wrong. Mutations (i.e., random changes to the normal cell) in genes can cause cancer by accelerating cell division rates or inhibiting normal controls on body systems. These cells no longer respond to many of the signals that control cellular growth and death. Over time, cancer cells become increasingly resistant to the controls that maintain normal tissue (i.e., divide more rapidly and become less dependent on signals from other cells). Eventually, cancer cells break through normal tissue boundaries and spread to new sites in the body causing tissue/organ failure and eventually killing the host (or person).Gaia is host to many living systems. Many of these life forms are under tremendous stress which threatens their very survival.One very specific life system […]

Walking on Sunshine Instead of Dancing in November Rain

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by Rudy DeesArticle Categories: ,

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A cool refreshing glass of ice water… quenches the thirst, cools your pallet and feels invigorating as the cold water splashes down your throat on a hot summer day.This year’s warm November weather allows for us to continue drinking those cold beverages rather than the hot chocolates we used to consume at this time of the year to ward off the November chill. This November weather is far removed from the cold November rain days we have been used to in Novembers past. After all, 2015 has set many record-breaking temperatures and has averaged, to date, to be the warmest year on record.Mainstream and social media outlets continuously reference the warm weather. There are endless selfies of people on patios at lunchtime, eating and drinking as if it were summer still. How many of us have thought about this—I mean really, really thought about it?News media weather journalists refer to El Niño’s, […]

Liar! Inauthenticity Leads to Loneliness

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by Carrie De SimasArticle Categories: ,

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A friend once told me that she was happy with her body because it was curvy. At the time, I admired her. She was a bit heavy, but had beautiful curves. Not trendy, perhaps, but very sexy.Unfortunately, a few months later she asked me to teach her how to knit because she wanted to keep her hands busy in the evenings. She laughed and said: “Because if my hands are busy, I can’t be snacking!” and she smacked her curvy bum. It turned out that her happy with her body thing was a ruse that she told other people, as she tried to lose weight. As her lies unraveled, her friends disappeared.Another example is of a single mother who is determined to portray her ex-husband as a total douche (her word, not mine). He left her and her drama when their child was two years old. She promised him she […]

The World’s Oldest Profession

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by Cat MachtArticle Categories: ,

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A woman I know has an arrangement with a wealthy older man. When he calls, she dolls herself up and goes—well, not running because of his penchant for super high heels, but you get the idea.This has been going on for more than four years. Other than sex, their worlds never meet. He is a businessman who flies all over the world; she is a city girl who flies through designer clothing racks. She is a junk food junkie. He is a health nut who is focused on fiber content. They have no friends in common, no hobbies to share, nothing that ties their lives together except sex.It seems obvious that she is a call girl. Except that one piece of paper hidden away in his home office safe calls her his wife. They both reside at the same address, albeit in different portions of the house.So my question is: […]