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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…

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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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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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A Clear and Present Danger

  “Clear and present danger was a doctrine adopted by the Supreme Court of the United States to determine under what circumstances limits can be placed on First Amendment freedoms of speech, press, or assembly.” I borrowed the title…
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Welcome to the Machine!

[Mark Twain feared to publish this until after his death because he knew how deadly those "Christians" are]  Well we’re two weeks into Donald of the Duck Dynasty Klan’s reign of terror and it seems he’s serious in his agenda…
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Be-Aware of the military-industrial-congressional-financial-media-intelligence agencies-academic complex!

It’s now been over a half-century since President Eisenhower’s ominous warning as he was leaving office but bear in mind, he oversaw the rise of this threat to our democracy while he was president & our industrial base was turned to…
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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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We Should Be More Concerned about the NSA’s Hacking than the supposed Russians’ hacking

I watched Oliver Stone’s film, “Snowden” yesterday and again today. But today, I paused it many times to take notes. I’m going to share just a few cursory notes from my first viewing. If you want to delve deeper into the subject, you’re…
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Why is Donald Trump so Smug?

Because he knows everything about him is a fraud but because of his skillful talents in manipulating the corporate media, he may pull off the biggest scam in American history. Fraud is the mother's milk of American & international business…
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With God on Our Side

I borrowed this title from the famous song by Bob Dylan in the 1960s because I feel it’s very appropriate in the context of this subject matter. Today marks the ten year anniversary of the tragic consequences of Hurricane Katrina &…
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An Open Letter to my Facebook friends

Well once again I see that I’m “Old School” because I have the perhaps quaint, old fashioned view of friendship. In my view, friendship is based on several things but one of the key requirements for friendship in my book is Respect between…
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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,”…

Talking About Politics

    I have long wondered about the social taboo of talking about politics in American bars, taverns, & pubs, and I’d really like to know where or how this taboo started? A part of me can’t help but wonder if this…

The Price of Liberty

Can Americans comprehend the joy of the Egyptian people at their recent victory over their brutal dictator? I don’t think so. I fear that we have become too complacent, numb, apathetic, & dumbed-down to truly appreciate their exaltation?…