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Thoughts on Blogging
It is so, so good to get my domain, ThePiertoForever.com, back in business.   In many ways, the fiasco with Google was a good thing. Their behavior was disruptive, dishonest, and chaotic, but after eight weeks of not blogging at Blogge...
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The Great Sludge (More on People Versus Persons)
Most people sleepwalk through their days—even if their days are extraordinary, like these are.   Changing people is impossible. People change themselves. And the bottom line on that is this: it doesn’t happen all that often. &...
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People Versus Persons
I’m very much like the great George Carlin. He couldn’t stand groups, and neither can I.   My thoughts boil down to this, and are based on nearly sixty years of painful experience: there are people, and there are persons. &nbs...
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You Have to Get a License to Drive a Car; the Same Should Be True if You Want to be a Parent
Work on the rig this past weekend. The AC unit needs some TLC; and Kye and I smell sulfur from the approximate area of the batteries. Tomorrow a tech is coming out—not cheap—to give things a look-see.   I’m still trying to settle...
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We Need Bill Hicks Now More Than Ever
Bill Hicks was a comedy genius. He had no fear telling it like it is, and for that struggled often in his trade. He saw what I have seen these many decades, and he brought it out in often hilarious if not confrontational and controversial ways. He di...
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Don't Get Me Wrong ...
I am a grateful person. It doesn’t show often here, in this blog, because I’m spending so much time railing against the destroyers and despoilers of this world; but I am. Very much so.   I still pray a lot, every day, many times a ...
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A Bunch of Junior High School Kids Destroying the Planet
I remember junior high school as a particularly awful period in my life. There are many reasons, most of which I won’t go into here.   One of them, however, was the absolutely horrid teachers I had, ones that had no business being in...
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We Are Faced With a Binary Choice: Change, or Die
Basing the recompense of virtuous deeds on another’s approbation is to accept too uncertain and confused a foundation—especially since in a corrupt and ignorant period like our own to be in good esteem with the masses is an insult: whom would you...
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Emma Watson & Being Single
Emma Watson continues to be an inspiration. The term she uses to define her singlehood—“self-partnering”—has opened up a huge discussion about relationships, marriage, and living as a single.   Consider that Watson is one of th...
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Hell is Other People
Jean-Paul Sartre once said that hell is other people. Beyond the many efforts by philosophers to explain away what appears to be a bit of misanthropy, he’s absolutely right.   Their explanations—right or wrong—don’t really mean...
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The Carnival
It occurred to me recently that the Internet is really nothing more than a carnival.   Most of it is heinous. The rides are dangerous and deceptive, those running them even more so. You often don’t get what you pay for at the countle...
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Why I Post My Work Schedule
I post my work schedule because, for seventeen years now, I have labored in total obscurity. I often feel totally alone, and I know that, save for one or maybe two souls, no one cares even a little about me, if I live or if I die.   Bu...
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"It is no light pleasure to know oneself to be saved from the contagion of a corrupt age ..."
My namesake lived during the Wars of Religion. An estimated three million people died in them; it must have seemed to Montaigne that the world was ending many, many times. Words of wisdom in such a time don’t come cheap; he didn’t write for likes...
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You Ought to Know That What is Grand is Necessarily Obscure to Weak Men
 I count William Blake as one of my heroes. He dared to live his life as he saw fit. He spoke his mind. He didn’t exploit people. He held to his convictions, and treated people squarely. He held to his religious convictions—ones both the Chu...
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Greta Thunberg is a Total Badass
Wanna watch truth really, authentically, unsparingly told to power? Watch Greta Thunberg fucking de-stroy world “leaders” on their flaccid climate emergency actions and policy. Then watch it again. Then share it widely—as widely as you can. The...
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