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Samuel Vargo has written for print and online magazines, university journals and commercial magazines. Mr. Vargo worked most of his adult life as a newspaper reporter, having spent about 20 years as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and business journals in Ohio and West Virginia. He holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in English (both degrees were awarded by Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, USA).


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014     

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Is it John or Jane Law's Duty to Protect and Serve? Well, Not Always (Part Three)
(2 comments) Was Eric Garner's case of police brutality and his subsequent murder at the hands of the NYPD an oddity? Well, if you tune into cop-watch websites regularly, as egregious and hideous as this "illegal" cigarette vendor's murder was, it is anything but extraordinary. There is a pattern, and also, a sordid culture, of such transgressions. Cop-watch Internet sites are never at a loss to find new material to post daily.

Friday, July 18, 2014     

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This Texas Sheriff Says He's Not Any Lone Ranger in His Quest to Bring a Fracking Waste Polluter to Justice
(1 comments) A Texas sheriff is not acting alone in going after a trucking company that allegedly dumped fracking waste onto two roadways. Although the media has reported Karnes County Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva as a 'lone ranger' in bringing criminal charges against a trucking company allegedly responsible for a fracking-waste spill, Sheriff Villanueva says two state agencies may file criminal charges, not his department.

Saturday, July 12, 2014     

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For Only Two Andrew Jackson Greenbacks, Any Diva Can Look Like an Indian War Chief
(3 comments) Culture Vulture celebrities are wearing the First Nation's headdress around with seeming impunity and are relishing in the attention they're getting by making this very important Indian icon a fashion ornament. But Native Americans aren't very happy with this, and they're being quite vocal in opposition to making the headpiece part of a woman's wardrobe.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014     

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Is it John or Jane Law's Duty to Protect and Serve? Well, Not Always (Part Two)
The second part of a two-part combo on transgressions by those employed to protect and serve the public is more of the same sort of hard-copy horrors that make police chiefs and mayors cringe, not liking this type of PR. These articles were taken from big and small newspapers, alternative online mags, and some TV news websites. It's 98% hard-copy, with little editorializing. It's circumstantial.

Thursday, June 26, 2014     

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Is it John or Jane Law's Duty to Protect and Serve? Well, Not Always (Part One)
(5 comments) Vile and evil are these incidents associated with police misconduct and equivocated abuse of power. Killing unarmed citizens with no threat whatsoever to them, these police shouldn't be wearing badges. No, they should be behind bars. Even screaming and swearing at middle-school children on a school bus shouldn't be tolerated by the civil servants employed by the public's trust.

Monday, June 23, 2014     

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Police brutality? Watch this YouTube video -- It's not meant for those with weak stomachs
(6 comments) The Long Beach, Calif., police are justifying the severe beating of a man, saying there's more to the story than meets the eye. But after watching this YouTube torture for five minutes, most would click off the video after less than a minute of this sadistic bludgeoning.

Sunday, June 15, 2014     

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Going with the Flo: The Longevity and Effectiveness of a Serialized Advertising Character
(2 comments) Televised advertisements are often meant to be funny. Some are, some aren't, but most would say the majority of ads are real duds. Oftentimes what's being advertised is overlooked or overshadowed by advertisers' attempts at humor. Are these ads effective? Instead of hiring teams of MBAs with marketing degrees, why not hire a few out-of-work or marginally employed stand-up comics and gag writers?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014     

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Why is the stylus stuck on 1994, then it skips back to 1979?
Classic Rock has taken over the airwaves, but where is all the new talent hiding - all the up-and-coming Rock & Rollers? Is Cyberspace Communism somehow to blame? Can and will the music industry take some bold moves to prevent Internet piracy of Copyrights? A lot more action is required. And this very important, influential and powerful industry must become much bolder and tougher if this criminality is to end.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014     

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How's the weather?
(2 comments) Climate change is upon us, but, according to experts, it isn't too late yet, if everyone does some drastic lifestyle changing. Even as bad as it seems, with the polar ice caps melting, the tipping point won't be until it starts getting unlivable at the equator. That's when the tipping point will be upon us all.

Sunday, April 27, 2014     

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Sean Hannity's Cheerleading of a Domestic Terrorist Should Lead to His Own Well-Deserved Unemployment
(46 comments) The fact that Clivan Bundy is a greedy tax cheat and a terrorist led him to FOX News fame, even patriotism by the likes of Sean Hannity and other FOX News pundits. Only when the world saw a raving racist did the phonies at FOX turn coat and run for the Nevada hills.

Monday, April 21, 2014     

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Many Californians are Telling Big Oil & Gas to 'Frack Off!'
California isn't buying what Big Oil and Gas are selling. It will be interesting to see how well fracking succeeds in the Golden State, which has always been a trend-setter for the rest of the country.

Monday, April 7, 2014     

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The politics of heroin: Trying to break the dangerous wild horse
(6 comments) Heroin has become a political monster in America. The arrival of April Fools' Day saw federal and state officials nationwide involved in many political acts - with consequences and intended remedies designed and created to thwart this epidemic horror. One thing's for sure - nobody's joking around about the stark realities involving heroin.

Saturday, March 29, 2014     

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What ever happened to good sportsmanship?
(1 comments) Bad sportsmanship is so prevalent these days that it's almost become acceptable. Athletes and fans act out not only with hostility, but sometimes even with violence. But should we now ask ourselves is it safe to attend an NFL game? Is Missy or Junior going to learn anti-social traits like bullying by playing midget league football or T-Ball?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014     

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Controversy Sparked by L. Brooks Patterson
(1 comments) A longtime politician in an affluent Detroit suburban county has created fury for comments he made about Native Americans and the Motor City in a January issue of "The New Yorker".

Saturday, August 23, 2008     

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This Texas Sheriff Says He's Not Any Lone Ranger in His Quest to Bring a Fracking Waste Polluter to Justice
(3 comments) A Texas sheriff is not acting alone in going after a trucking company that allegedly dumped fracking waste onto two roadways. Although the media has painted Karnes County Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva as a 'lone ranger' in an environmental spill of what may be as much as 1,260 gallons of toxic fracking waste spilled, he's working with two state agencies and has had plenty of help, he says.

Friday, August 22, 2008     

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For Only Two Andrew Jackson Greenbacks, Any Diva Can Look Like an Indian War Chief
(1 comments) Culture Vulture celebrities are wearing the First Nations headdress around with seeming impunity and are relishing in the attention they're getting by making this very important Indian icon a fashion ornament. But Native Americans aren't very happy with this, and they're being quite vocal in opposition to making the headpiece part of a woman's wardrobe.