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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.

The Conflict between Faith and Reason Aug. 17

  To me faith is not simply religious. Faith is the belief in a God but also belief in a philosophy, an ideology, a person, a movement, a political party, or a theory Religious people have faith that there is … Continue reading

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Logic, Reasoning, and How to Think Aug. 14th

  In today’s world, we are hyper polarized. When one side makes arguments for or against something it often devolves into logical fallicies in an effort to mislead. It is important to know how to argue logically and to recognize … Continue reading

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Opiate addiction and alternatives Aug. 3rd by Florence Rigby

Issue:  Epidemic of deaths due to overdoses and increased numbers of addicted people since the 1990’s. Cause:  Research and development of new opioid drugs by pharmaceutical companies with the intent of making drugs that are less effective at producing euphoria … Continue reading

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How to make America Smart Again July 24th

When America sent people to the moon we were considered pretty smart as a nation. This was considered a “Giant Leap for Mankind”. At that time we were mainly driven by competition from the Soviet Union, which had an excellent … Continue reading

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Guaranteed minimum income July 20th

More and more people on the left and on the right are finding the concept of a guaranteed minimum income to be acceptable. Conservatives say that if they gave the poor a certain amount of money, that they could eliminate … Continue reading

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Renewable Energy – July 6th  with Ruth Duemler

The world runs on fossil fuels today, but they are running out. By far the cheapest easiest and quickest way to produce power is not to use it. Conservation efforts and using less energy means that power companies don’t have … Continue reading

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Gross National Happiness or Gross Domestic Product? – July 10

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is used as an economic indicator of the nation’s health. Is it effective in that function? The GDP simply measures how much the nation spends. But is all spending equal? Is spending money on bombs … Continue reading

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