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    Reader Beware

    Any Charles Bowden readers out there? If you get a chance read 'At the Peripheries of Violence and Desire'. Warning, Bowden is not for the faint of heart, you may find yourself changed. It appeared in Harper's Magazine 8/1998, one of the best magazines ever published. It is also in 'The Charles Bowden Reader'. Sexual violence - rape - is its topic and its complication. Read it, link below.

    If you are a libertarian or other free market fantastic check out his wring on Mexico and the workers. Their pay, their hours, their deaths, again stay away if you want to remain a naive free marketer.

    I loved his pieces on his pet rattlesnake Beulah or all the bats.

    http://harpers.org/archive/1998/08/torch-song-2/


    https://aeon.co/essays/in-memory-of-...d-a-sensualist

    "He had the most interesting and original mind that I ever got to know well. It cut right through the conventional wisdom and surface veneer to the stark uncomfortable truth. His intellectual honesty compelled him to fully acknowledge the horrors and pointlessness of the human experiment in this world, but he never lost his sense of wonder or curiosity. Even as he catalogued the monstrous dystopias emerging from social and political collapse in Mexico, even as he prophesied the bleakest of futures for our ransacked planet, his love of life was undiminished – mainly because he could take such pleasure from the colour of a bird’s throat, the feel of a woman’s thigh under his fingertips, the rain falling like arrows on the desert as the sky convulsed in thunder." from essay above

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    https://www.amazon.com/Charles-Bowde...=books&ie=UTF8
    https://www.amazon.com/Murder-City-C...=books&ie=UTF8


    "Legalized drugs would cause dislocations in the US economy - the prison industry for example and tens of billions spent annually on drug enforcement. But because the US economy is so large, this would be a minor blow, hardly as severe as the ultimate nightmare for the US economy, global peace, which would shutter its death industry commonly called the military/industrial complex." Charles Bowden
    Wanna make America great, buy American owned, made in the USA. We do.

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    Sounds like another liberal "expert".

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    Quote Originally Posted by midcan5 View Post
    If you are a libertarian or other free market fantastic check out his wring on Mexico and the workers. Their pay, their hours, their deaths, again stay away if you want to remain a naive free marketer.
    The last thing Mexico is, is a free market economy. There are, I think, seven families that control virtually all of the land and infrastructure in Mexico. And, of course, the government, which is a typical 3rd world kleptocracy. It's essentially a feudal nation.
    .............Oh, what fresh hell is this?
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    Some suggestions for reading in the new year, please be aware should you accept the challenge of reading a few of the books listed below you will be changed. Proceed with caution. Great Holiday gifts too for the thoughtful reader.

    “One must be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” Cassandra Clare

    Alpha order. Various topics.

    'Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle' by Daniel L. Everett
    'Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis' by J. D. Vance
    'Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain' David Eagleman
    'Merchants of Doubt' by Naomi Oreskes, Erik M. M. Conway
    'On Human Nature' by Edward O. Wilson
    'On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century' by Timothy Snyder
    'One of Us: The Story of a Massacre in Norway - and Its Aftermath' by Seierstad, Åsne and Sarah Death
    'Paul Farmer: Servant to the Poor' by Jennie Weiss Block
    'Prehistory: The Making Of The Human Mind' by Colin Renfrew
    'The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark' Carl Sagan
    'The Modern Mind: An Intellectual History of the 20th Century' by Peter Watson
    'The Rhetoric of Reaction: Perversity, Futility, Jeopardy' Albert O. Hirschman
    'The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the Enemies of Science' by Will Storr
    'Voltaire's Bas-tards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West' John Ralston Saul
    'World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech' by Franklin Foer
    'Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance' By Robert Pirsig

    Check Goodreads for reviews, many of the books are challenging and they will change you and change the way you see. Best of luck.

    "The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading." David Bailey
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    Anything Carl Sagan wrote was before science exposed itself as typically half-baked or outright lie for purely political ends. We now have a science-haunted world: atheist dogma as perpetual darkness.

    It flipped fast too.


    Some of those do look good.
    Congratulations to our President Trump on taking out top ISIS terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lummy View Post
    Anything Carl Sagan wrote was before science exposed itself as typically half-baked or outright lie for purely political ends. We now have a science-haunted world: atheist dogma as perpetual darkness.

    It flipped fast too.


    Some of those do look good.
    Atheism is incompatible with science if it contradicts the Word of God. When did the dog become a foe of the fox? A dog is a wolf is a fox as the horse jumped to salute the trained dogs to pursue a fox regarded as an intruder where it lives because aliens have owned lands they took by being thieves.

    There can only be outer darkness for those. The companions of monsters, of who takes baby foxes to be given as a training exercise to see what their dogs do to a baby fox?
    "The Gospel of the Holy Twelve": http://www.essene.com/NazareneGospel/index.html

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    All-vegetarian, all-vegan farms, via the 5th Amendment: Genesis 1, Leviticus 24:18- 21, Psalm 50, Isaiah 1, Isaiah 66:3, 17.

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    Someone once said "Those who beat their swords into plowshares will soon be enslaved by those who don't"
    Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanbforrest45 View Post
    Someone once said "Those who beat their swords into plowshares will soon be enslaved by those who don't"

    https://oll.libertyfund.org/quotes/22

    "Beware the leader who bangs the drum of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor. For patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and patriotism, will offer up all of their rights to the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. " Julius Caesar
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    Quote Originally Posted by midcan5 View Post
    https://oll.libertyfund.org/quotes/22

    "Beware the leader who bangs the drum of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor. For patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and patriotism, will offer up all of their rights to the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. " Julius Caesar

    You know Caesar never wrote or said that, right?
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    The man of many quotes ought to verify them.
    Edmund Burke: "In vain you tell me that Artificial Government is good, but that I fall out only with the Abuse. The Thing! the Thing itself is the Abuse!"

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