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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…

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.…
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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…

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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On Deadly Ground-Climate Change Denial!

  The following is my perspective on a PBS Frontline documentary from five years ago called “Climate of Doubt.” The correspondent is John Hockenberry and as the title suggests, it’s about the rise of the Climate ChangeDenial movement.…
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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…

Ominous Parallels

A friend of mine and I have gotten in the habit of arguing about whether Climate Change is occurring & whether its cause is primarily due to mankind’s pollution or not. We usually engage in this friendly, though passionate debate when…
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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…

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.…

Circle of Death!

Circle of Death! Today, April 20, 2011, is the one year anniversary of the BP (British Petroleum) “Oil Spill.” By the way, the use of the word “spill,” bothers me because when I think of a spill, I think of something trivial like…

Forgotten Lessons?

Forgotten Lessons?               I just turned 55 a couple of weeks ago and I was in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era. After basic training, I was sent down to Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. I was permanent party…

The 'Real' State of the Union, 2005

The ‘Real’ State of the Union, 2005   Our current cheerleader for the corporate criminal class, George W. ‘Dubya, the Dangerous Dumb-Shit’ Bush---he was a cheerleader in college---gave his State of the Union address last week…

The Myth of the Free Market & Other Dangerous Delusions!

The Myth of The Free Market & Other Dangerous Delusions!           I want to start off by stating that I am probably the least qualified person when it comes to writing about economics and I feel childlike…

The Chickens Coming Home to Roost

The Chickens Coming Home to Roost           The events of September 11th shocked me more than any event ever in my life. I felt sort of numb and at a loss for words for the first hour or two. It reminded me of how I felt when I…