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Retired military officer, Major, U.S. Army. Also, former engineer, professor and Computer Systems Consultant. Interests now are Political Philosophy, travel (especially Peru!), music, outdoor life, and anole watching. 

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2016-06-12
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Deaths In Other Nations Since WW II Due To USA Interventions 
   Virtually all parts of the world have been the target of U.S. intervention. The overall conclusion reached is that the United States most likely has been responsible since WWII for the deaths of between 20 and 30 million people in wars and conflict
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2013-01-01
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U.S. Senate "Fiscal Cliff" Agreement [American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012] 
   H. R. 8 To extend certain tax relief provisions enacted in 2001 and2003, and to provide for expedited consideration of a bill providing for comprehensive tax reform, and for other purposes.
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2012-12-09
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Dulce et Decorum: And May You Get the Chance 
   .. if my country says to butcher, then butchery were no crime, but a source of honor. To kill for pure enjoyment, as Ted Bundy or Jeffrey Dahmer, is most contemptible, but to do it because Bush II, Tojo, Bin Laden, or Netanyahu commands it"this is vi
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2012-11-04
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Basic Statistics for United States Imperialism 
   1"list of interventions for “regime change” 2"list of air warfare campaigns 3"list of client states 4"list of states held by debt-leverage imperialism 5"list of foreign base hosts 6"list of murder toll . . .
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2012-11-04
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National Popular Vote: Americans' votes should be weighted equally in presidential elections 
   Our current Electoral College system, grounded in state laws which allocate electoral votes on a winner-take-all basis, leads presidential candidates to concentrate their resources on voters in a handful of swing states, relegating the vast majority
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2012-11-04
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Boycott the 2012 Presidential Election: Election Resistance for the Defiant Citizen 
   I was not living in a democracy at all. I was living in a tyranny, not in a democratic country where votes had to be counted and could influence policy. That’s when I stopped voting and became an election boycott advocate. I’m happy to say that there
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2012-11-03
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The Politics of Lying and the Culture of Deceit in Obama's America: The Rule of Damaged Politics 
   In the current American political landscape, truth is not merely misrepresented or falsified; it is overtly mocked. As is well known, the Bush administration repeatedly lied to the American public, furthering a legacy of government mistrust while car
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2012-09-20
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A Review of ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious and Related Matters 
   Full report online for Operation Fast & Furious. Now a subject of Congressional Investigation
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2012-09-16
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Burn Your House, Boost the Economy 
   The GDP measures all goods and services brought to market in a given year. But is it really an accurate measure of how well an economy is serving people's needs? Here are some outlandish ways the GDP can be boosted. War, floods, disease, are componen
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2012-08-21
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Dr. Friedman was wrong: "Free Lunches" are as Common as Beer Guts & Bad Hairdos at a HS Re 
   Dr. Friedman, in his book, There's No Such Thing As a Free Lunch, (TINSTAAFL - originally formulated by Alvin Hansen, apparently) warns us that ". . . every bit of pork, every subsidy, every inflation, every politically-imposed inefficiency, is paid
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2012-08-20
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The Diabolical Voting Game and How You Should Play It 
   The science of voting and elections is complex and full of diabolical and paradoxical aspects. While is is obvious that one person's vote will have no significant impact on the election results, that person might still have reasons to vote.
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2012-08-02
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Mark Twain’s Letters from the Earth: "But it was impossible to save the Great Republic." 
   " But it was impossible to save the Great Republic. She was rotten to the heart. Lust of conquest had long ago done its work; trampling upon the helpless abroad had taught her, by a natural process, to endure with apathy the like at home; multitudes
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2012-03-18
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Wayne K. Spear: A beginners guide to conservative philosophy 
   The conservative has little patience for the liberal view that criminal behavior should be regarded as a symptom of a deeper social problem. The liberal tends to believe that criminal behavior can be prevented with an improvement in social conditions
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2010-09-28
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THE IRAQ WAR -- PART I: The U.S. Prepares for Conflict, 2001  
   Following instructions from President George W. Bush to develop an updated war plan for Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld ordered CENTCOM Commander Gen. Tommy Franks in November 2001 to initiate planning for the “decapitation” of the Iraqi gov
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2010-07-28
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The Price of Freedom is a $100,000 Belt Buckle  
   DHB, which specialized in making body armor used by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan, paid for more than $6 million in personal expenses on behalf of Mr. Brooks, covering items as expensive as luxury cars and as prosaic as party invitations, Ms.
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2010-07-23
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Unisys tapped to compete for slice of $1 billion federal intelligence contract 
   Unisys will compete for a slice of a $1 billion federal intelligence contract, the information technology company said Thursday. Unisys and a dozen other companies will compete on task orders for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
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2010-06-15
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Why I am not a Conservative 
   1. Conservatism is an incoherent ideology. 2. Conservatives worship the military. 3. Conservatives are Christians. 4. Conservatives are statists. 5. Conservatives are corporate sycophants. 6. Cultural and social conservatism are abject failures. . .
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2010-06-02
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The Downward Slope of Empire: Talking With Chalmers Johnson  
   According to the “Base Structure Report”, an annual report of the Department of Defense, in the year 2002 we had 725 bases in other people’s countries. The base world is secret. 40 percent of the defense budget is black. No congressman can see it. Al
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2010-06-02
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The Downward Slope of Empire: Talking With Chalmers Johnson  
   According to the “Base Structure Report”, an annual report of the Department of Defense, in the year 2002 we had 725 bases in other people’s countries. The base world is secret. 40 percent of the defense budget is black. No congressman can see it. Al
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2010-06-01
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War is a Racket - Smedley Darlington Butler, Major General in the U.S. Marine Corps 
   In his 1935 book War is a Racket, Butler described the workings of the military-industrial complex and, after retiring from service, became a popular speaker at meetings organized by veterans, pacifists and church groups in the 1930s.
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2010-05-31
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Public Choice Theory 
   Public choice in economic theory is the use of modern economic tools to study problems that are traditionally in the province of political science. Public choice looks at governments from the perspective of the bureaucrats and politicians in them.
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2009-06-02
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GAO Predicts that the Obama Regime's "Recovery" Actions will Only Make Matters Worse 
   The GAO (Government Accountability Office) periodically issues reports titled something like "The Nation's Long-Term Fiscal Outlook" that attempts to predict the future economic outlook of the USA based on computer simulations. The reports cited here show that the result of the Obama administration's efforts to "fix the economy" will most likely make things much worse. Not just in the short term but for a long time!
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2006-11-21
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The Invasion of the Giant Blob: Government as a SuperOrganism, Consuming all in its Path 
   An essay proposing that governments and politics, i.e., the state, can be best regarded as a giant organism (superorganism) and that it would be analytically useful to do so. Such an organism has properties common to other organisms such as ant hills
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2006-06-18
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The Fallacy of the "Wasted" Vote Why Politicians don't need your approval 
   "Suppose you almost always vote for candidates from one of the 2 major parties. If you do this, the optimal strategy for the parties is to IGNORE you completely. Since the candidate already knows that your vote is in hand he can concentrate on m
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2006-06-18
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DIRECTORY OF U.S. POLITICAL PARTIES 
   This is a fairly thorough guide to the political parties of the U.S.A. It is especially illuminating to those citizens that do not know that there are more than two parties! Extensive links for further information
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2006-06-06
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Life's Other Laffer Curves 
   The performance curve for most of lifes more complicated problems and processes most likely has the shape of the "Laffer Curve".
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2006-05-16
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05-16-2006 
Buying Gas From Citgo A Very Important Editorial by Charlie Reese!  
   Why you should be buying gas from Citgo by Charlie Reese. "Citgo is owned by the Venezuelan government, and yes, I know that the Bush administration has launched a campaign to demonize Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. If you believe that band o
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2006-05-15
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How Can You Tell When a Politician Is Lying?  
   The article summarizes the many ways politicians and bureaucrats lie to the citizens. The question is then ask, "How can we have a representative republic if the citizens are lied to or not provided essential information?"
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