U.S. Death Rate’s Alarming Rise

November 4, 2015 4:05 PM0 comments

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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New Report Condemns Conversion Therapy for Kids

October 28, 2015 6:05 PM0 comments

In the latest catastrophe for the “ex-gay” industry, a new government report was released that warned about the dangers of conversion therapy for minors. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s report examined the evidence and concluded there is no efficacy for conversion therapy and it can lead to […]

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‘Truth,’ the Film: Why It Matters

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A film on limited screens across America now, “Truth” is a powerful indictment of how partisan political pressure brought down the nation’s most revered television journalist and his team to ensure the re-election to a second disastrous term of George W. Bush in 2004. Starring Cate Blanchett, in another Oscar-worthy […]

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Dear Moderate Republicans: Frankenstein has Arrived

October 21, 2015 6:07 PM0 comments

The first clue: Teabaggers calling themselves the Tea Party. In retrospect, it is astounding that not one GOP leader stood up and asked, “don’t you already belong to a party – it’s called Republican?” From the outset, this weird breed of irascible cranks was a distinct species that had little […]

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‘Extraordinary Hearts’ As Best Seller, Part 1

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I am heartened by the continued success of my book, Extraordinary Hearts, on the Amazon.com Best Seller rankings for LGBT-themed works. Twice in recent weeks it has gone as high as third in that category, and it continues to hover around the Top 10. This is important because the content […]

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The Most Powerful Woman in U.S. History

October 14, 2015 3:01 PM0 comments

The civil, passionate and highly-watched Democratic presidential candidates in their debate Tuesday night shamed the dog-and-pony clown shows their GOP counterparts have been exhibiting. But with Donald Trump holding to his lead among the Republicans, there is very little chance anything is going to change on their side. It’s a […]

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Bernie Sanders’ Challenge: Move Beyond White Latte Liberals

October 13, 2015 11:54 AM0 comments

To put himself in a position to win, Sanders has five key hurdles to overcome: 1) Prove he’s a serious candidate 2) Improve name recognition 3) Expand support from white latte liberals to minority voters 4) Overcome the socialist stigma. 5)Articulate a personal narrative. Seriousness: In a post Citizens United […]

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The Peak Oil Crisis: Forests & Trees

October 12, 2015 11:51 AM0 comments

The old rubric about not being able to see the forest for the trees is becoming more relevant as the world drifts towards numerous catastrophes. While our media talks endlessly about the symptoms of our many problems — Trump, Syria, floods, droughts, interest rates, and whatever – but these are […]

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The Pope & Putin Vs. War Mongers

October 8, 2015 2:20 PM0 comments

While some may be worrying that a potential direct clash between the U.S. and Russia over Syria could trigger a new march to thermonuclear war, I don’t think so. On the contrary, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ famous “Doomsday Clock” at the University of Chicago could more likely be pushed […]

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A Continuing Need For ‘The Effeminist’

September 30, 2015 3:40 PM0 comments

U.S. Rep. Don Beyer’s new initiative, a Congressional “Men for Women” caucus to promote the vital role of women in the economy and politics, has by coincidence come at the same time that I encountered a “blast from the past” in my mailbox the other day. I hadn’t seen in […]

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