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Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Dogs and People
Posted Monday, October 20, at 6:01 PM
"The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants." Johnny Depp In July of 2014, a friend of mine in Canada sent me some information on an animal shelter in Roswell, New Mexico, where "the police have now taken over the animal shelter and every day at 8 am, they are randomly selecting 6 or 8 dogs to kill, Because they can. Not because they are sick, or old,, or anything..no criteria, puppies,"...

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Journey of the Soul
Posted Wednesday, October 15, at 3:17 PM

Dr. Michael Newton has a PhD in Counseling Psychology and is a certified Master Hypnotherapist. He is a pioneer in examining the mystery of our existence in the spirit world after our life on Earth and has developed his own age-regression techniques in order to take his subjects beyond past life memories into their experience in the spiritual realm between lives...

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Skipping the Light Fandango
Posted Monday, October 6, at 3:18 PM

Poetry is ingenious, preposterous, whimsical and profound. It doesn't even have to make sense to be good because somewhere, someone will comprehend it. Clearly, songwriters are the poets of our time. A WHITER SHADE OF PALE by Gary Brooker and Keith Reid...

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Global Death Cult
Posted Saturday, September 27, at 11:50 AM

Most modern religions are the result of claimed channeled material, which are thoughts believed to be outside a person's conscious mind, conveyed by a person who speaks for non-physical beings or spirits. In the year 610 AD, the prophet Muhammad received a divine message from Allah to start a new religion. It would be called Islam...

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1962 -- Special Slice of Time
Posted Monday, September 15, at 10:48 AM

Robbnsdale, Minnesota, is a suburb of Minneapolis. Robbinsdale High School had students from various NW suburbs -- Brooklyn Center, Crystal, Golden Valley, Plymouth, New Hope and Robbinsdale. It's where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average -- or maybe that was Lake Wobegon and we were just a slew of regular humanoids...

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Reaching the Future
Posted Wednesday, September 10, at 1:27 PM

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past are certain to prolong reaching the future. I remember my fourth grade teacher giving us a glimpse of the future. We were told that things would be so modernized when we grew up that we would have much more free time on our hands than our parents...

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The Key to Happiness
Posted Sunday, August 31, at 11:30 AM

Algeria is a country on the Mediterranean Sea in North Africa. Algiers is the capitol city. In 1830, the local ruler in Algiers got into a heated argument with the French consul and struck him with his flywhisk. The king of France, Charles X, decided to do something rather un-French -- he decided to retaliate with a show of force...

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Keeping Tabs on Cholesterol
Posted Sunday, August 17, at 3:49 PM

Cholesterol is a waxy substance (a form of protein) found among the fats (lipids) in the bloodstream and in all of your body's cells. It's used to form and repair cell membranes, and needed for other important bodily functions. High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) is called "good cholesterol" because it helps keep cholesterol from building up in arteries. The buildup of cholesterol impairs the flow of blood, possibly leading to a heart attack or stroke...

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August 10, 2014 -- Super Moon
Posted Tuesday, August 5, at 3:43 PM

On August 10, 2014, there will be a full moon. This full moon will be the closest moon encounter with Earth in 2014, thus it will appear to be the largest full moon of the year. It's called a super moon, the closest moon of 2014. According to NASA, this full moon will be 14 percent closer and 30 percent brighter than other full moons in 2014...

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New Technologies
Posted Sunday, July 27, at 12:09 PM

When I was in college in the 1960s, trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life, I read an article about computers becoming one of the emerging new technologies and that there would soon be a big demand for programmers. It sounded exotic and potentially lucrative so I decided to become a computer programmer...

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Mysterious Lost Island
Posted Thursday, June 26, at 3:14 PM

In December of 1980, a number of U.S. military personnel, including airmen Jim Penniston and John Burroughs, were stationed at the Woodbridge Royal Air Force base in Britain. At the time, the installation was being used by the U.S. Air Force. On December 26, military personnel spotted strange lights in the Rendlesham Forest, just outside the base's boundary. ...

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The Last Code Talker
Posted Sunday, June 15, at 7:51 PM

On June 4, 2014, Chester Nez passed on to the Great Beyond at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at age 93. He was the last remaining of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers. He had been recruited as a teenager in 1942 by the U.S. Marine Corps and assigned to the 382nd Platoon at Camp Pendleton on the southern California coast during World War II...

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Comprehending Women
Posted Monday, June 2, at 3:54 PM

According to Tequila Mockingbird, my imaginary girlfriend, the book of Genesis is missing a few details. When Adam was hanging around the Garden of Eden, feeling a bit lonely, God decided to create a companion for him called woman. "She will be very pretty and eager to please you," God told Adam. ...

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Get Outta Here Project
Posted Tuesday, May 27, at 12:34 PM

On June 23, 2005, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled, in a 5 to 4 decision, that the government has the right to condemn private property and transfer title over to other private individuals or private corporations simply to stimulate economic development and/or create a larger tax base...

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Freedom is Never Free
Posted Monday, May 26, at 5:27 PM

Today is Memorial Day -- the following list reflects the number of Americans who gave their lives for their country. American Revolution (1775-1783) -- 4,435 dead War of 1812 (1812-1815) -- 2,260 dead Mexican War (1846-1848) -- 13,283 dead Civil War (1861-1865) -- 558,052 dead...

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Reflections of Memorial Day
Posted Thursday, May 22, at 10:16 AM

In the spring of 1966, I was drafted into the U.S. Army during what was referred to as the Vietnam Conflict. They never did call it a war -- apparently, they didn't want to alarm the civilians. I did my Basic Training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, then was permanently stationed at Third Army Headquarters at Ft. McPherson in Atlanta, Georgia...

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Fifty Years Ago -- 1964
Posted Saturday, May 17, at 12:35 PM

The year 1964 was an eventful time, including the Beatles & Rolling Stones arrival in the USA and triggering of the Vietnam War. The following events took place in 1964. Jan 10 -- Panama broke ties with the U.S. and demanded a revision of the canal treaty...

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Humor Warning in Salem, Ark.
Posted Tuesday, May 13, at 1:52 PM

In 2001, I began writing a column for a weekly newspaper in Salem, Arkansas. When I first started, I tried to do mostly humor items and won several annual awards for humor columns through the Arkansas Press Association. However, my attempts at humor initially offended some of the readers. The newspaper even received a few threats of subscription cancellations if I wasn't immediately removed from uttering my gibberish in print...

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Regular People
Posted Friday, April 18, at 12:22 PM

In 2001-2006, I was a part-time adjunct instructor at the Ozarka College in Melbourne and Ash Flat, Arkansas. One of my students once asked me what the difference was between Democrats and Republicans and regular people. This seemed like a strange sort of question, especially since I only taught computer courses...

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Kennedy & Lincoln Coincidences
Posted Saturday, April 5, at 10:02 AM

There is a remarkable set of coincidences between President John Kennedy and President Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946. Lincoln was elected President in 1860. Kennedy was elected President in 1960...

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Bret Burquest is a former award-winning columnist for The News (2001-2007) and author of four novels. He has lived in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, Kansas City, Memphis and the middle of the Arizona desert. After a life of blood, sweat and tears in big cities, he has finally found peace in northern Arkansas where he grows tomatoes, watches sunsets and occasionally shares the Secrets of the Universe (and beyond) with the rest of the world.
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