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Posted by on Jan 12, 2014 in Blog, What's Left | 1 comment

What the Elephant Sees

 

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“I don’t know who was the first person to put the chains on, but I’m glad to be the last one to take them off.”

So says the caring animal caretaker in this wonderfully powerful video of two former circus elephants named Shirley and Jenny.  They’ve finally been released after two decades of captivity, having spent most of their lives in what must have been prison cell for animals of their intelligence and size.

Now, they’re retired and free to live out what remains of their years in a sanctuary.  Together again, after 25 years apart.

Freedom isn’t just a human struggle.  It’s also a humanitarian one.

An elephant never forgets.

Watch the 7-minute video below, or click the link HERE:

 

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Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 5 comments

Stopping Terrorism with Beer and Pussy

 

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Any religion that forbids enjoying life is a fucking straightjacket.  I mean, what kind of routine requires that you pray five times a day?  Why doesn’t someone jump up and say,“how come we’re praying more than anyone else on earth, and we’re still the poorest motherfuckers on the planet?”

 

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It’s time to get serious about ending global terrorism.

Let’s quit pretending we’ve got the tiger by the tail, because we don’t.  Drastic times call for drastic measures, and I’ve got the perfect solution.

Open up a shitload of bars and nightclubs inside every Muslim country.  Carpet bomb them with liquor.  Just do it.  Forget about dropping humanitarian leaflets and care packages.  Ship in bar stools, announce it’s happy hour, and let the free-pouring begin.  Then, turn up the music.  Loud.  Political extremism and acts of terror would dry up faster than the Cincinnati Bengals’ Super Bowl hopes.

Imagine what it must be like living inside a hard-core Muslim society.  They’re basically giant prison camps.  You’d go mad.  Every sphere of daily life is suffocated by religion.  Since drinking alcohol is strictly forbidden by the Koran, most of these countries don’t have a single bar or nightclub where people can go and hang out.

And that’s the problem.

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Posted by on Dec 14, 2013 in Blog, Essays, Las Vegas, What's Left | 5 comments

Ancient Rome Meets Modern Las Vegas

 

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Can someone please tell me what year we’re living in exactly?

Because my calender must be wrong.

Seriously, this can’t be the 21st century, can it?  I swear, we must be living sometime around 65 A.D.  Judging by some of the things going on, it’s hard to tell the difference.

Consider a time and place when terrified beasts were paraded into giant arenas purely for the selfish titillation of the crowd, and then forced to compete against men adorned in strange costumes bearing all kinds of weapons and tools.  Flags from every region of the vast empire were waving wildly.  The citizens of the republic stood and cheered, in a common blood lust for more excitement.

It’s either the Roman Colosseum during the reign of Tiberius we’re talking about, or the Thomas and Mack Center this week.  Take your pick.

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Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Blog, Politics, What's Left | 4 comments

What’s at Stake in the National Health Care Debate? Try This — The Lives of Poker Players

 

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Among the constituencies with the most at stake in this nation’s ongoing health care debate are professional poker players.

Got your attention?

I suspect that few poker pros are following the current budget impasse that’s laced the federal government into a straightjacket.  Fewer still likely have much of an opinion on what’s called “ObamaCare,” known officially as the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  They’re far too busy conducting surgery on their opponents’ bankrolls.

But if anyone should care about this issue, it’s (American) professional poker players — the vast majority of whom are self-employed and therefore subject to many of the provisions of the ACA.  Moreover, if the United States were to do what’s become plainly necessary — which is the implementation of universal health care coverage — most poker players, especially those who are older and more prone to health problems, would be among those who benefit the most.

Consider the outrageous, some insist prohibitive costs right now of purchasing private health insurance in America, especially if you’re self-employed.  Talk about a disadvantaged class.  Over the past decade, annual percentages of increase have far outpaced the standard inflation rate making the current system and trends unsustainable.  Because health insurance has become so ridiculously expensive so quickly, many simply can no longer afford it.  Predictably, millions of Americans have fallen through the cracks.  The evidence on this is overwhelming — 48 million uninsured according to latest figures.  I’ll bet the percentages of uninsured poker pros far outdistance the general population, which then makes us even more of a burden on the system.  These health care statistics might be a bore, that is until the numbers begin to hit closer to home.

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