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Let me ask you a serious question.

Do you believe in ghosts?

Before I continue, let me put my proverbial cards on the table and say that I do not believe in ghosts, certainly not in the sense that they are the wandering souls of the departed. Last night, however, I found myself thinking that perhaps there is a logical explanation, other than “it’s your imagination,” for the existence of ghosts, spirits, and other supernatural entities.

We’re all familiar with the concept of “bugs” in the computer programs we use, glitches that crop up from time to time with unexpected…

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Yesterday, as I write this, anyhow, a friend popped up in chat and said the following. “Looking at the posting regarding the drop in church membership. I noticed that The highest rate of decline took place from 2010–2020. I think that many good folks said goodbye to the church because of the evangelical support for Trump. It was for many, the last straw. It would be interesting to see the statistics from 2015–2020. The unholy trinity of Trump, Franklin Graham, and the Falwells & Pool Boy.

He was referring to reports, like this one from The Hill, that showed membership…

You speak truth, Mark. I tend to ignore products without reviews, but I also tend to dismiss those with nothing but a couple of 5 star reviews as well. This isn't to say that I won't buy the product, but that the reviews mean nothing. Oddly enough, a single one-star rating will often be enough to make me want to take a look. It's weird, but true.

As for "asking for help," this is one of my greatest weaknesses and something I suck at miserably. I put stuff out there and "hope" that somebody will say something. And hope, as we all know, is just fear in disguise. In short, I am afraid of asking. So, thank you and keep preaching. Maybe someday I, and others like me, will finally get over ourselves and start asking.

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There was a time when somebody might have observed that a stay at home mom didn’t work. As a stay at home dad, I have firsthand experience regarding this concept. You do a lot, but you don’t get paid for it. It’s the job that’s not really a job, but that’s not what this is about. Not really.

I mention moms, and dads, because that’s one place where work isn’t valued, at least not financially. Most people will, sometimes grudgingly, accept that the work does, however, have a value you need to measure differently.

You’re still contributing. You’re still working.

Let’s start with my tragic backstory.

I suffered with crippling back pain for more than twenty years. I’m talking about being out on my back, unable to drive, barely able to walk, or work. I spent every moment trying to deal with the pain while doing my best to lead something resembling a normal life. Sometimes, I’d spend a few days in bed loaded up with painkillers and muscle relaxing drugs to get rid of it. Every few weeks, or, if I was lucky, months, my back would go out, and the entire process would start all over again. …

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Several days ago, there were a number of new articles covering the attempted hack of American and British pharmaceutical firms by Russian and Chinese officials. Their aim was to steal the intellectual property of firms working on vaccines for the novel coronavirus, aka COVID-19. Let’s leave aside the fact that Western spies are meanwhile hacking into foreign networks and collecting their own data and intellectual property. For the sake of this argument, let’s concede that their spies are bad and ours are good because, oddly enough, that’s not what interests me here. …

I’ve been thinking that there should be a idea bank, where you can drop off your extra ideas and get paid some small stipend for it. Like a sperm bank except for ideas which, of course, means it’s just like a sperm bank only with ideas instead of sperm.

Every sperm represents a possible future and set of outcomes. Ditto for your ideas which represent some form of fuzzy potential, the result of which could either benefit humanity or screw things up even worse. There are differences between sperm and ideas, however. Instead of masturbating into a vial, you write…

A long time ago and far away, a Captain in the British Army retired from service and moved to an estate near Ballinrobe in Ireland. His name was Charles and he moved into Lough Mask House, a property owned by a wealthy landowner by the name of Lord Erne who was, by the way, the third Lord of Erne, and became an agent for Erne’s properties. Charles oversaw the Lord’s properties in County Mayo and collected rents. Lord Erne and other landlords of the time owned something like 99.8% of all the land and property in Ireland. …

One of the hard truths of our world is that money is really just a collective fantasy that only works because we’re all in on the game. There’s an expression, “suspension of disbelief,” that is usually reserved for written works of fiction, movies, or television shows, where the person enjoying the fiction is willing to temporarily accept the fictional premise as real for the same of entertainment.

If you pause in the middle of a show (let’s use Game of Thrones” for fun) and you decide to note every place where this or that can’t possibly be real or make…

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As this pandemic drags on, it raises important questions about the value of what each of us does for a living, especially when compared to the amount of money that we make for those jobs. There isn’t a day that goes by right now, when somebody doesn’t talk about the heroes who are working in the medical field, or the heroes who are working on the front lines, or the heroes working in the grocery stores and providing us with essential goods and services, and so on. …

Marcel Gagne

Writer and Free Thinker at Large. Ruggedly handsome! Science, Linux, & technology geek. The Cooking With Linux guy. Opinionated. Loves games, food, and wine!

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