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About altruist1

I am a raging progressive and a writer. I received Bachelors degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Arts with a Secondary teaching certificate and a minor in Physics. I taught for about ten years, then did various jobs including welding,fabrication and traffic engineering, and am now retired. I am interested in science, energy, the environment, and architecture.

Can Conservatism/Liberalism be cured? Oct.19

Conservatives no doubt think that liberalism is a serious malady and liberals probably think the same of conservatism. We now know that there are physiological and psychological differences between Liberals and Conservatives. That does not mean however that either classification … Continue reading

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Restorative Justice, Retribution, and Rehabilitation Oct. 9

Our current criminal justice system is counterproductive, expensive and damaging to the country. Minimum sentencing laws, and three strike laws, are designed to come down hard on criminals. As a result we have more prisoners than any other country in … Continue reading

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Magical Thinking Oct. 5

“Magical thinking is a clinical term used to describe a wide variety of nonscientific and sometimes irrational beliefs.” Sometimes magical thinking is socially acceptable. “There are instances where magical thinking is socially acceptable such as is the case in many … Continue reading

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Self Driving Cars Sept. 25

As we get older we all fear losing our ability and right to drive. For most people cars mean mobility and the freedom to do what you want when you want to do it. Older people have slower reflexes and … Continue reading

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Do We Need a New Constitution? Sept. 21

“No society can make a perpetual constitution or even a perpetual law. The earth belongs always to the living generation…Every constitution, then, and every law, naturally expires at the end of 19 years. If it be enforced longer, it is … Continue reading

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Election Reform Sept. 11th

There are many things wrong with our electoral system. In my opinion the thing that needs to be changed the most is the influence of special interest money. Our government is no longer responsive to the needs of the people. Lawmakers only … Continue reading

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Saving Endangered Species Sept. 7th

We are in the midst of the Sixth Great Extinction. The World Wildlife Federation has determined that we have lost half of the world’s species in the last forty years. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/29/earth-lost-50-wildlife-in-40-years-wwf

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