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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.

Gender Identity Dec. 21 Florence Rigby

Understanding gender identity involves concepts from biology, psychology, anthropology, legal, political and religious issues. All of these aspects are worth discussing. Two major aspects of gender identity can be expressed as a person’s own personal gender identity  Vs. the gender … Continue reading

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Tribalism Dec. 11

The world today is extremely divided. In the Middle East, people associate more with their religion, culture, and tribe more than they do with their nation. Most of the people in Iraq see themselves as Sunni, or Shiite, as Arab, … Continue reading

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The Sunni – Shiite rift and their proxy wars. Dec. 7th

Trump has solidly aligned with Saudi Arabia, even though the official religion of Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism, is associated with most terrorist organizations.  https://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-yousaf-butt-/saudi-wahhabism-islam-terrorism_b_6501916.html Trump has opposed Iran and railed against the Iranian nuclear deal. That has intensified nationalism in Iran … Continue reading

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Marine Dead Zones Nov. 27

Dead zones are so named because they are areas in the ocean without any oxygen. Any animals that cannot swim or move out of the area quickly enough will die. There are about 550 dead zones in the oceans today, … Continue reading

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Torture – is it ever justified? Nov. 16th

This is a very unpleasant thing to discuss and hopefully we will never have to make a decision about that, but if our elected representatives are going to make decisions about torture in our behalf, shouldn’t we at least talk … Continue reading

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The Jobs of the Future Nov. 13th

Many people are concerned about jobs. Most of the good paying manufacturing jobs have been moved to other countries which have cheaper labor and fewer regulations. Many other manufacturing jobs have been lost to automation. So does that mean that … Continue reading

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Preventing Cancer Nov. 1

There are about 54 million chemicals that are registered. About  84,000 chemicals are in our food or air and water. 78% of these have had no tests for even basic toxicity. Only about 900 have been tested for carcinogenic properties.  … Continue reading

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