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The Forces Against Us

Most of us have no idea of how sinister & powerful the forces arrayed against us are. And what really saddens me is that nearly everyone I know & have met in my life don’t give a shit about our slavery, humiliation, & oppression.…

Memorial Day Remembered

Being that this is Memorial Day weekend, I felt it important to attempt to connect the dots or express my feelings about this time-honored holiday in a much broader context. I got the idea for this essay from reading an excellent book by Gore…

We are All on the Res Now!

  The Occupy Wall St. movement here in America & the world-wide social revolution is a physical manifestation of the realization that we, the 99% of the world's population not born with silver spoons in our mouths, are…

As Puerto Rico Goes, So Goes Imperialist America!

  A few thoughts on America’s glaring hypocrisy as revealed in the political campaigning going on at present. I assume you still remember the phrase that we were inundated with at the beginning of the world-wide economic collapse of…
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Social Networking & the Corporate Agenda

I periodically check out the website for the PBS series “Frontline” for political exposes because they have produced some fantastic stories over the years. The story I just watched is titled “Generation Like” which caught my eye because…

The Grand Facade

    I am going to forewarn you that this is going to be a very cynical, pessimistic, & negative essay. As the saying goes, you can put lipstick on a pig but it won’t make it pretty. And the pigs at the heart of this…

Poverty is the Worst form of Violence!

    This is a quote from Mahatma Gandhi that I came across a few weeks back and thought it’d be a good essay title. I am going to relate experiences from my past with my perspectives on the connections between poverty and…
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A Tribute to Noam Chomsky

I hardly know where to begin or how to begin but want to say that I’m writing this tribute while Noam is still alive because I intend to send it to him and want to express my admiration & respect for his life-long pursuit of truth.…
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An Ideal Education

The School of Athens  (Dora Polk, one of the greatest teachers I've ever known!) For a start, I believe that the best place to begin talking about an ideal education is with  the subject of philosophy because philosophy is the love of…

The Politics of Patriotism

        “Judge Learned Hand of the U.S. Supreme Court once said that he would like to see these words ‘I beseech ye in the bowels of Christ, think that ye may be mistaken,’ inscribed ‘over the portals of every church, every…
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The "Christian-Right" & the Corporate Cockroach Conspiracy!

When most people hear the word “conspiracy,” they imagine people lurking in the shadows in a covert operation but this conspiracy by the Christian Right (evangelical fundamentalists or Dominionists) & the corporate cockroaches is overt…
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Why I Write

When I woke-up this morning, I just laid in bed as I usually do, reflecting on yesterday, today, & things on my mind generally and the idea for this essay came to me. My dear, departed wife, Jeri, had urged me several times over the last…
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The Assault on the Alternative Media

The current assault on the alternative media caused me to reflect on the timing of this assault. It’s best exemplified by The Washington Post’s release of a story naming over 200 websites as “fake news.” This once proud & respected…
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The Enemy Within

America’s true enemies are not the poor, immigrants who risk everything to enter the “promised land.” No, my friend, our true enemies are within America, and they are “legal,” if you accept what is laughingly called a society of…
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The United States of Amnesia

I borrowed the title of this essay from the wry wit of Gore Vidal and it sums America up succinctly. Our attention span is approaching that of a house-fly, so here’s a checklist of what the tens of trillions that our War Dept. has euphemistically…
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White Collar Criminals vs. Blue Collar Criminals

  The white-collar criminals own the media and it’s in their interest to scare & distract the public from their crimes by harping on the blue-collar criminals (drug dealers mostly) crimes. But the white-collar criminals (corporate…
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What's Wrong with America!

"In order for evil to flourish, all that is required is for good men to do nothing." (Edward Burke)   In a nutshell, what’s wrong with America is apathy and armchair activists. I am referring to those who like to think they’re…
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Don't Tell Me about America's Respect for Law & Order!

Don’t Tell Me about America’s Respect for Law & Order!    I have been paying attention to what’s going on in politics since Ronnie Reagan took office and have seen far too much of the web of lies we call “Law & Order,”…

If Not Now, When? Stopping Genocide!

    When I first saw this picture of this woman lying on the grave of a loved one, it touched my soul & I thought of how many millions of people around this planet must have experienced such a deep, soul-wrenching pain.…
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Dying for an Education!

Dying for an Education! I just watched a video on Free Speech T.V. about the memorial to our soldiers who died in Iraq i.e. the white crosses on the beach, and a good number of the young soldiers who survived & were there to pay their…

Justice, American Style!

  We hear frequently how America is a nation founded on the principles of ‘Law and Order,’ and we have seen over the past couple of decades, the rapid construction of new prisons. We now have the dubious distinction of having more…

The Illusion of Freedom

I was born in 1952 and throughout my public school years, I heard it proudly proclaimed that our country, America, is the land of the free & the home of the brave. And I accepted it unquestionably as a truth or a “reality” as absolute…
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The Fraud of Fairness in America!

                I woke-up in the middle of the night last night with the idea for this essay disturbing my subconscious. I couldn’t go back to sleep until I had written down several notes on the subject. I believe it…
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United We Stand, Divided We Fall!

  My daemon woke me in the middle of the night recently and forced me to jot down the outline of this essay. We have been told that America is a class-less society and this is the land of equal opportunity where everyone has the chance…
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How We Can Empower Ourselves!

     I got the idea for this essay as I was reading some of the comments I have been receiving on my blog site. First of all I want to be clear that I, in no way, claim to have all the answers or a corner on "the truth." No, my friends,…
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Why People Believe Fear and Hate Mongers

Why People Believe Fear and Hate Mongers The January 8, 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona that targeted Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and resulted in the death of six people and the wounding of 13 others caused me to write to Professor…
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Knowledge is Power!

“Knowledge is Power!” Alternative media is obviously crucial for us to inform ourselves but the most important tool for empowering ourselves is a solid grounding in critical and analytical thinking skills. There are several factors…