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A Halloween Thought

I aim to quickly describe my thought process that may differ from yours. I willfully filter information at the sensory gate before allowing it to enter the mind. You walk into a bar and see everything but quickly cancel the things that don’t deserve notice; then you focus an instant, one by one, on pertinent [...]

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An Awkward Step to Save Humanity

Having previously debunked love as panacea and the Golden Rule as hogwash, I will proceed to explain that humans are as breeds of dogs, and try to make you happy about it. This first step of cooperation may be the only way, outside eugenics, to rescue our faltering world. My credential for this essay begins [...]

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Capitalism in Schools

In the dark heart of education there is a glow. Blythe, Ca. high school may have the highest rate of flunkers in the nation, so it makes sense that a novel approach could spark life into the monster that employs me as a substitute. The bad news is that our school is under acute intervention [...]

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America’s Bubble Gum History

American school history books started lying to students before the turn of the 21st century. The methodology is to omit the truth and put a spin on the facts. Now the history learned in middle and high school where I sub is a farce. Does anyone think the kids don’t realize this? Falsifying history is [...]

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Five Steps to Critical Thinking

Graham Greene wrote in The Quiet American, "Innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm." For me at ten years the loss of innocence was trying to look out the Idaho living room window one evening with a light on inside and snow outside and I [...]

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The Species of the Year ‘06

For each of the seven years that I’ve lived in the Sonora desert there has been at least one upstart which the locals recognize as never having been ‘on the books’. I term these the Species of the Year, and in ‘06 it’s an oddball I saw over the weekend and came to call the [...]

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Sick? Go to a Vet

If I seem out of place in strange diagnoses with odd treatments of human ailments, it's only because people aren't accustomed to a veterinarian addressing human medicine. Vets take the same courses as medical students but have a long edge in seeing more patients. How many more? About 30x. We walk lines of kennels and [...]

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Get Rid of Optometrists in a Blink

I am 20-40. I think glasses, on most people, are a scam by the vision industry. That eyesight can be improved by eye exercises such as the Tibetian Eye Chart and reading books upside down is not today's topic. There is a quicker way for many of us to rid ourselves of the supercilious optometrist. [...]

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As I See It

I had the common array of childhood vision problem — or so was told — from myopia to astigmatism to headaches. Now I have none by having taken vision matters into my own hands. I reckon the ophthalmologists of tomorrow will look back on the ones today, more so than other medical specialists, and shutter. [...]

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Paxil on Trial

As an experiment, I swallowed a 10mg Paxil tablet a few days ago and now feel ready to report on this aspect of the demise of American society. I begged the little green pill off a manic-depressive to better understand him, his so-called anxiety, and the smiling Paxil faces'I see walking around the high school [...]

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