Commentary

Which Will Kill Us First?

Which Will Kill Us First?

Climate change or nuclear boom-boom? Which will do us in? Will we slowly drown in rising seas and die in weather disasters and famines, or get wiped out by nuclear weaponry? I pondered this while reading a news story about movement […]

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Defining the Narrative: Peaceful Protest in Ferguson

Defining the Narrative: Peaceful Protest in Ferguson

Peaceful assembly, freedom of association and freedom of expression are basic human rights. Rights that are guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution and the laws of Missouri. Peaceful protest is a hallmark and a legacy of past movements for change, equal […]

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Even the Fed Head Doesn’t Like America’s Growing Inequality

Even the Fed Head Doesn’t Like America’s Growing Inequality

Liberals and lefties have been decrying the United States’ inequality problems for years, but now the topic has been officially certified a concern by the country’s Federal Reserve chair. Janet Yellen, who has been Fed chair for eight and a […]

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Reaching Out Across Twitter and the Atlantic: ‘Sorry, Syria’

Reaching Out Across Twitter and the Atlantic: ‘Sorry, Syria’

The United States government and its allies want you to know that bombs are being dropped on Syria because the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) terrorists are very bad men who must be stopped. Those IS militants in Iraq and […]

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Everybody’s Talking About Climate Change. Well, Almost…

Everybody’s Talking About Climate Change. Well, Almost…

Pardon the pun, but global warming has been a hot topic in the news these last few days. First there was a Sunday of public rallies exhorting governments to do something, for crying out loud, about the pernicious upward creep in […]

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Gaza: Simple and Complicated (But Really NOT Complicated)

Gaza: Simple and Complicated (But Really NOT Complicated)

To defuse a public perception problem, you can go in two directions. Either say the situation is so complicated that there’s no clear right and wrong, or simplify it by using one aspect of the situation that you can spin […]

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Oklahoma Earthquakes and Fracking: Jobs We Cannot Afford.

Oklahoma Quake

The state had 109 temblors measuring magnitude 3 or greater in 2013 — more than 5,000% above normal — and there have already been more than 200 such quakes this year.

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Maggie

Maggie

Maggie and I have managed to remain friends for many years: we disagree on practically everything. Most recently, it was a heated exchange about Benghazi. We’re still on speaking terms: friendly speaking terms. How?   In all the years we’ve […]

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Workers of the World Free Market

Workers of the World Free Market

Today is the anniversary of the greatest tragedy ever to hit the garment industry anywhere in the world. On April 24, 2013, more than 1,100 workers at a large garment-factory building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, perished after the structure collapsed. Many […]

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Why Does Washington Hate Venezuelan Democracy?

Why Does Washington Hate Venezuelan Democracy?

Republicans and Democrats alike in Washington enjoy seeing street rallies against Venezuela’s government – in much the same way donkey and elephant party supporters enjoyed seeing Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych driven from office. It is notable, however, that in both […]

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