‘What Is Truth?’ Trump Cares Not

December 2, 2015 3:16 PM0 comments

On the PBS News Hour this week, correspondent Tamara Keith coined a curious phrase. In response to anchor Gwen Ifill’s observation that “there seems to be an epidemic of untruthfulness” in the presidential race this year, Keith called it “a backlash against fact checking.” That’s twisted and upside down. One […]

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What If the Evidence Out There is Real?

November 24, 2015 4:25 PM0 comments

Great care should be taken to ensure that any single incident, like the ostensible downing of a Russian fighter plane by the Turkish military, not become a cause celebre for breaking apart the potential for a significant new anti-ISIS alliance inclusive of Russia, the U.S. and others. President Obama was […]

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Time to Confront the Russian Menace  

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I’ve long felt like Chicken Little with my dire warnings about Mother Russia. It is a totalitarian police state that mocks human rights, has no respect for borders, bullies its neighbors, murders dissenters, stifles free media, and works to undermine the international order. The question: With Turkey shooting a Russian […]

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Military-Industrial Complex’s ISIS

November 18, 2015 5:16 PM0 comments

The carnage in Paris last week, combined with mass civilian deaths from a bomb in Beirut and the loss of 224 innocent lives from the bombing of a Russian civilian airliner are adding up to an extension of the horny hand of ISIS, the so-called “Islamic State,” that has the […]

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The GOP’s Shameful and Opportunistic Reaction to France

November 17, 2015 2:09 PM0 comments

While the civilized world draped the colors of the French flag after the gruesome terrorist attacks, the GOP showed their own true colors. Instead of mourning the victims and calling for sensible solutions, by morning power hungry Republican demagogues slithered out of the woodwork to exploit fear and manipulate their […]

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GOP Candidates Bow Down Before Bigots at Hate Conference

November 11, 2015 5:40 PM0 comments

There used to be a time when sane politicians ran away from the insane. They would avoid embarrassing situations where they were photographed with loose cannons or people with loose morals. In today’s Republican Party the script has been flipped. The candidates line up to fete the outrageous and the […]

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‘Extraordinary Hearts’ As Best Seller, Part 2

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The collection of my 100 short essays in the best-selling book, Extraordinary Hearts: Reclaiming the Central Role of Gay Sensibility in the Progress of Civilization, (Lethe Press, 2013), speaks in depth to some fundamental conundrums that LGBT people face in the current period. We (we LGBT people) are truly in […]

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The Peak Oil Crisis: The Next ‘Keystone’ Debate

November 10, 2015 3:01 PM0 comments

Unless a Republican wins the the Presidential election in 2017, the 7-year debate over whether to build the Keystone pipeline is probably over. Gone will be the endless TV and newspaper ads describing the dangers of either building or not building it. Waiting in the wings, however, is another energy/climate […]

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White Flight From Political Reality is Deadly

November 4, 2015 8:22 PM0 comments

Decades of white flight from political reality is having devastating health effects. A new study by two Princeton economists showed the mortality rate for whites 45 to 54 years old with no more than a high school education increased by 134 deaths per 100,000 people from 1999 to 2014. According […]

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U.S. Death Rate’s Alarming Rise

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The major piece of evidence, perhaps the most astonishing yet, showing the effect on ordinary Americans of our nation’s deepening economic and cultural decline was reported this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It reports a startling increase in the death rate of middle aged, predominantly […]

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