The CIA Shaping Of U.S. Culture, Part 1

April 22, 2015 4:19 PM0 comments

The $64 question in American politics is some version of this: If the one percent of the super-rich are sticking it to the 99 percent of the rest of us to a more exaggerated degree than ever before in our history, how come, in this democracy, are they able to […]

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Printer’s Ink in Their Veins

April 15, 2015 4:39 PM0 comments

There’s a famous phrase known to almost any scribe (the old fashioned word for a journalist) that has to do with “printer’s ink in the veins.” It references a seeming predisposition, interest in, and passion for the written word. However one comes about it, it is to those who know […]

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Marco Rubio: A Fresh Face, With Policies That Need a Facelift

April 14, 2015 4:26 PM0 comments

Marco Rubio may have a fresh face, but his stale policies could use a facelift. In his announcement for president he said this race was about a “generational choice.” Based on his social policies, the generation in which Rubio may be referring is the 1950’s. This may play well with […]

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The Peak Oil Crisis: Have We Reached the Peak

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Events never play out the way one expects. It is now over ten years since the modern concept of peak oil arose among the rapid oil price increases that took place in the mid-2000’s. Instead of an oil shortage that many expected we would be seeing by now, the world […]

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Thirsty California, Want Alaskan Water?

April 8, 2015 8:02 PM0 comments

My awesome younger brother, who still lives with his family in the Southern California coastal town where we grew up, took delight over the past winter gently taunting me with text messages contrasting the mild temperatures in our home town compared to the misery I was suffering out east. “Ready […]

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Congressman Beyer’s News Commentary: Gender Equality in the Workplace

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I have been surrounded by strong women all of my life. My grandmother was a suffragette, economics professor, labor leader, and advocate for most of her 98 years. My mother is famous in the intellectual disability community for her work with the ARC. One of my four incredible sisters has […]

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Big Bible vs. Big Business

April 7, 2015 12:18 PM2 comments

The battles in Arkansas and Indiana over two bogus “religious freedom” bills, that were thinly disguised vehicles for anti-LGBT discrimination, exposed a major rift within the Republican Party. It came down to Big Bible vs. Big Business – and the concerns of social conservatives were swiftly dropped like a bad […]

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HBO Documentary Exposes Scientology

April 1, 2015 5:19 PM0 comments

Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney’s blockbuster that tore into the consciousness of the world with its first airing on HBO Sunday night, “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” lifts a big stone and shines a bright light onto a chaotic teeming universe of slimy, crawly and yucky things. But […]

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Indiana: A Funeral for the Anti-Gay Movement

March 31, 2015 5:56 PM4 comments

It was supposed to be a week of triumph for Indiana. Instead it ended in catastrophe. While the eyes of the world were on Indianapolis for the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament, Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed an odious law that arguably gives religious business owners the right to turn […]

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Netanyahu Tips U.S. Public Opinion Shift

March 25, 2015 6:27 PM2 comments

Oh, those pesky “unintended consequences!” A really big one accompanied the recent controversial address by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a joint session of the U.S. Congress, organized behind the back of President Barack Obama. What has come to pass as a result of that ham-handed move is a […]

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