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Democrat, Political factions, Republican -

What do the Federalist Papers #10 and #51 say about factions? How, when, and why were political parties first formed in the United States? Has the system changed since the founding of the nation? What has remained the same? At the founding of America the writers of the Constitution warned against factions and political parties. This warning has apparently gone unheeded, because today more than ever American citizens are polarized in their political affiliation between the two major parties active within politics. This division between factions has an early beginning within the political landscape and dates back to the very first presidential administration under George...

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1312, ACAB, Disarm the police -

06/04/2019 1312 = ACAB = All Cops Are Bastards, but are they?  My faith in the police as a gendarme was shaken while responding to hurricane Katrina. During the crisis approximately 15% of New Orleans's police force was unaccounted for.  An emergency, like a natural disaster, is when public servants earn their paychecks. Emergency response is a fundamental function of government's duty to society and purpose for existing. For comparison, desertion rates in the military are approximately 9 in every 1,000 during wartime (in other terms a difference between .15 and .009).Breaking public trust creates the fear of; will we need to dodge police and looters when we have...

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Atheism, Religion -

02/21/2019 Once, my life drew many parallels with the that of the Janissary. Our story is of poor Christian boys whisked away to fight for Muslims. The experience was the catalyst for me becoming agnostic. Telling people you're agnostic is better than telling them you are an atheist. Why? Those with faith think atheists are as untrustworthy as rapists. This is interesting because the majority of people are liars, while only a minority are atheists. The qualities people rank the highest for a leader are honest and trustworthy. Being without faith in Washington is a benign experience because it never crosses my mind until...

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01/29/2019 The diegesis of the Great Gatsby taught us an important lesson. We can not successfully relocate from West to East. Our brains will explode if we try to.   We in the Pacific Northwest live on what was once the final frontier of civilized society in the United States. Our ancestors were anti-social freaks, too weird for the cluttered urban East Coast. They sought escape and took to the The Oregon Trail.  Our shared near history is horny lumberjacks and mineral miners busily whitewashing the First People’s culture and land. The international tech superpower, Seattle, was founded by prostitutes. Today, Spokane contends with sex-workers and the houseless. Something special is in store for us if we don’t fuck it up. We of the Pacific Northwest are children of ugly things who...

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01/08/2019 Walt Whitman makes me feel melodramatic. A good space for creativity. ​Yuppies call jeans, “denim.” When we speak about cultural appropriation we limit our thinking to the horizontal plane instead of the vertical one. We often discuss cultural appropriation as a people of color versus white issue. While this does indeed happen, we miss the larger picture.  Cultural appropriation is a behavior of colonialism. Colonialists move into a culture and exploit resources for a quick buck. Resources might include intellectual property, natural resources, and human bodies.  For example, the upper-crust has a history of exploiting lower class foods. Proteins are especially valuable. The amount of protein a fetus receives while growing correlates with intelligence and...

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