13. The significance of one small grain of matter smaller than an atom in the cosmos

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Thinking out-of-the-box

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I believe that most modern individuals know very little concerning our life’s source, the sun and little about the galaxy that the sun travel around and even less about the universe in general. Most scientists agree that from the time the cosmos came into being the Homo Sapiens has risen to a point in history where he/she now has a near total control of the destiny of a very small grain of matter called the earth and the survival of the human race itself.

Our sun a yellow medium-sized star some 93,000,000 miles from Earth is the life source of the Earth itself. According to most physicists, our sun has existed for approximately 4.7 billion years. According to most physicists it is believed that our sun will continue to exist as it is today for an additional 4.7 billion years. Since the Sun, a medium sized star burns its fuel…

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12. A Culture of Violence and Hunting

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Donald Trump’s Son is Awesome At Killing Elephants And Other Wildlife.

Like other forms of casual or “thrill” violence, hunting leads to a dangerous desensitization to the suffering of others. A 2006 poll showed seventy-eight percent of Americans supported legal hunting. Research in psychology and criminology shows that people who commit violent acts against animals rarely stop there, as many move on to target their fellow humans. A study conducted by Northeastern University and the Massachusetts SPCA found that people who abuse animals are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against humans. The majority of inmates who are scheduled to be executed for murder at California’s San Quentin State Prison “practiced” their crimes on animals, according to the warden.

Hunting in no way is a sport! Sports involve competition between two consenting individuals or teams and usually a referee. Hunters shoot animals with rifles, shotguns, and bows and…

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Phryne

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The Honest Courtesan

Come yourself to me, and in this enclosure we will fall into each other’s arms. –  Phryne

I mentioned in yesterday’s column that one of my heroines was Phryne (390-330 BCE), the hetaera of classical Athens, whom I first read about in the paperback version of The Book of Lists when I was 13 or 14.  Though it is not difficult to find information on this great lady online, I felt it only right to compose my own tribute to the woman who was one of my earliest examples of the truth that degradation is something jealous people try to impose on whores rather than something intrinsic to our profession.

Any discussion of Phryne herself is pointless without a brief introduction to the world in which she lived.  By the 4th century BCE the ancient tradition of sacred prostitution was a mere shadow of its former self; the practical Greeks had…

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