Hate Isn’t Helpful

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So…. I sent out a tweet a few days ago about hate. It said basically that you don’t gain anything by hating and that the “hater” loses more than the “hated.” That’s it, it didn’t say anything about who hated, why anyone would hate, it mentioned no name, no race, no sexual preference, no political affiliations, nothing.

Immediately after sending it out, and I mean immediately, I started getting replies about how stupid liberal democrats are and how republicans make it hard not to hate. In short, I received a bunch of hate-filled replies agreeing that hate was terrible but blaming either democrats or republicans for making it impossible not to hate.

I’m going to guess here but I’m betting it was Republicans blaming Democrats and Democrats blaming Republicans.

Other people blamed gays for hate, or Muslims, or TV news, or cops, or blacks, or whites, it went on and…

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pros & cons

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home roasting setup
(my current coffee roasting equipment)

As with pretty much anything, there are pros and cons to home coffee roasting and as I see it the pros outweigh the cons. In the “pros” column, I feel that home coffee roasting brings you the freshest coffee possible, at an economical price (4-7 dollars a pound typically). The time commitment to roast your own is minimal (about a 1/2 hour per week)…and as it turns out it is not only a useful hobby, but gives you ultimate “do-it-yourself” satisfaction. However, the best part of home roasting is that you know exactly what is in your cup of coffee. You get to decide what beans to use, and at what level to roast them, all tailored to your tastes.

As for the “cons”, the process of roasting is pretty smoky (although steps can be taken to alleviate this) and can be somewhat messy from…

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