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For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

In the on February 24, 1991 John Balzar brought a little reality to his readers with his front page article titled "Apache Copters: Deadly Havoc in the Dark of Night." Balzar was able to watch night vision gunsight footage from the briefing room. He reported what he saw:

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

The greatest among you will be your servant.

The Great Potato Famine of the 1840s caused millions of hungry Irish to leave for the New World, and millions of Germans and British also came during those years. Large families and greater life expectancy also contributed greatly to America’s population increase. Slave populations, unless they are worked to death as Native Americans were, tend to have life expectancies not far removed from the master population, which led to a phenomenon unique to the USA: the ability to breed slaves. By the Civil War, about six million Africans lived in the USA, but only about a half million slaves were brought to what became the USA.

For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

Those slightly adapted life forms better able to secure food could be held to have distinct, and absolutely crucial, survival advantages such that they would be in a better position to live, and live robustly, long enough to reproduce and to pass on to their variation to descendants.

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"It is poverty,not misery," replied Chuang Tzu.

My motivation for writing letters to the editor was not necessarily being published, but helping to let the newspaper know how many people out there felt like me, and perhaps they might run one letter like mine. If the people truly stand up, they will be counted, but the system is increasingly rigged against people participating in it. Noam Chomsky has written about how the system works for many years in many books. In nearly every society there are an elite few at the hierarchy's top, and they often view those below them as beings to be used for their own selfish ends. The West immediately attacks any nation that attempts to form an egalitarian society, as we think that we own the world, and have for five centuries. Ralph McGehee stated it clearly . Egalitarianism is incompatible with elitism, and USA has long led the field in destroying egalitarian movements worldwide.

"A man who has TAO cannot bemiserable.

I was cautiously optimistic, but doubted that our government officials would behave themselves. Iraqi children were still dying by the thousands, our government would look for another opportunity to bomb Iraq, and they had learned their lesson. The next time they moved to bomb Iraq, even the appearance of a democratic consensus being achieved with the public would not be risked. Our government would likely stage no more "town meetings" before they bomb somebody. The December 1998 bombing of Iraq validated my suspicion. That one had no warning or propaganda buildup. It happened on the day that Clinton was impeached. Similarly, the summer before, America bombed Sudan and Afghanistan when the Lewinsky scandal was headline news. With and timing, the movie came out soon before we bombed Sudan and Afghanistan. Did life imitate art again? In the autumn of 1998, the propaganda machine revved up again. The subsequent bombing of Yugoslavia was the same, with no selling of the war to the American people before it began.

Ragged clothes and old boots make poverty, notmisery." - (Taoism)

In February 1998, the federal government staged a "town meeting" at Ohio State University to air their rationale for their proposed bombing of Iraq. The public was invited, although the meeting was more for show, to fabricate a fig leaf of public consent for the bombing. Our government reckoned incorrectly. Students protested noisily, and even the "mature and responsible" citizens who were allowed to approach the microphone were anything but enthusiastic about bombing Iraq again. Their questions, even more then the rabble-rousers' protests, took the politicians by surprise. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was practically stuttering in the face of the tough questions that her team received. The staged meeting became a public relations disaster for the American government. At the 11th hour, America backed down from bombing Iraq.