You may have noticed by now that I rarely… if ever… ‘like’ a comment…

Pouring My Art Out

That doesn’t mean I don’t like your comment. I actually go to the trouble of replying to them. Yes, I admit that my replies are sometimes just;


oh, yeah…






Or they might consist of any of my soon-to-be-patented sliding scale of;













(All of which are designed to replace the annoying ‘LOL’ that I hate so much… I did a post about that… don’t blame me if you weren’t around when I did it)…

Clicking a button to simulate ‘liking’ something seems to me to sum up everything that is wrong with modern life… sort of like typing ‘LOL’ does… HA!!!!!… oh… wait… did I forget to tell you about HA!!!!!… with 5 exclamation marks?… that is like the highest compliment I can give… that means you literally made me laugh out loud……

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Los Angeles and Seattle Minimum Wage Hikes


Earlier this week the Los Angeles city council voted 14 to 1 to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour incrementally over the next several years.  Labor organizers and other minimum wage advocates say the increase isn’t coming fast enough.  Los Angeles area business advocates say that most small to medium business don’t have enough profit margin to absorb a 50 percent increase in the cost of labor on any shorter timeline.

Seattle has already passed such a law and the first incremental increase came last month, in April.  While some minimum wage employees in Seattle say that they are seeing an increase in their paychecks and that this is improving their lives, it’s only temporary.  Soon, if not right away, the businesses that depend on minimum wage labor will raise their prices, or cut hours and benefits, to compensate for the increased labor cost.  We are…

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All 8 Women in Army Rangers’ First Co-ed Class Fail Phase One


All eight female soldiers in the first co-ed class of Army Ranger School flunked the first phase of the tough infantry course. The women, along with 101 male candidates who didn’t make the grade, will be able to repeat the course, called the Darby phase, reports.

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Cancer Detection Through Biomarkers


Ovarian cancer is currently the most aggressive cancer of the reproductive system and one of the top five cancers affecting women. As one out of every 75 women will develop ovarian cancer, it is imperative to detect the onset of early manifestation. Original screening methods rely on the presence of symptoms, but a simple blood test may make diagnosis possible for those who have not reached later stages. Developed by a team at the University College London, the test for ovarian cancer monitors any changes in CA125, a biomarker. With higher traces in tumor cells compared to any other part of the body, CA 125 suggests that it could be used for early detection.

Previous efforts involved only checking whether the level of CA125 was above or below a set threshold, which proved highly inaccurate because an increase in CA125 can be caused by many other conditions such as liver…

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Bible-Bashing Barbarism

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When I start writing these blog entries I am usually thinking about what would be a catchy title for them. The title is usually something a little bit quirky but still relevant to the subject under discussion and should occur somewhere in the blog post, preferably at the end. For this one I considered “Maths Not Myths” and “Education not Indoctrination” but finally settled on the one I have used.

The subject for this post is religious teaching in schools, a topic which has already featured on several occasions in this blog. My opinion on it has gone in the opposite direction to many other opinions because I have actually become more extreme in my opposition. Yes, as surprising as it may seem, my opinions on most subjects are more moderate now than in the past!

The latest chapter in the Bible in schools saga involves a parent by the…

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As Lady Liberty weeps


There seems to be a great deal of individuals in this country that do not even remotely understand the concept of liberty and how it pertains to each individual.

How many of you out there are aware that our currency once said “mind your business” on it?
Yes, it actually said that, that was the mindset of the Founders. Not to have religious groups attacking citizens over their books version of what is or is not a civil union.–Which I fully support between two consenting adults, regardless of their sexual identity.

I have never had a gay or transgender person come to my door and try to hand me pamphlets and meet with them on Sunday.

Not once has a gay individual ever told me if I didn’t convert I was going to hell.

I’ve never heard of a homosexual crusade or anything of the sort through the ages.


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