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Brian Lynch is a retired social worker who worked in the areas of adult mental health and child protection for many years. His work brought him into direct contact with all the major social issues of the day and many of our basic social institutions such as law enforcement, schools, hospitals, welfare agencies and private social service providers on both a local and state levels.

This was a privileged vantage point for him to observe every level of human ecology, from the lives of individuals to the operations of government institutions. He was struck by the impact of state and federal policies on the lives of ordinary people, for better or worse. Political conflict and the clash of ideologies has real, observable and sometimes devastating consequences. He now writes and blogs on topics that relate to his social observations.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Understanding Intelligence - Essential for a Rational World
(4 comments) We can't really know ourselves without an understanding of how our brain operates. The new theory on intelligence, regarding how our cerebral cortex functions, has important implications for understanding how we think. The subconscious organization that takes place in our brain frees our conscious mind to focus on what's most important, but it also leaves us especially vulnerable to media manipulation.

Saturday, February 1, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Obama to Expand Executive Authority, Says Ezra Klein
(4 comments) In a Lecture at Drew University the evening following President Obama's 2014 State of the Union Address, Ezra Klein expressed his view that Obama will expand his executive authority over the next few years to fill the power vaccuum left by our polarized and disfunctional legislature.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Carbon vs. Climate and Our Future in a Mirror
The electric utilities are looking at the trends in future electricity generation and use. What their customers see as positive developments they may see as threats. How everyone responds to these changes may settle, for better or worse, the outcome that global warming has on our planet.

Monday, October 28, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Bogus Claim: Obama Uses IRS to Buy Votes
A crazy new claim is trying to resonate within the right-wing echo chamber, this one claiming that President Obama is using the IRS to create de-facto amnesty for illegal aliens and buy votes by making the IRS pay Child Tax Credits to illegal aliens.

Thursday, October 17, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Darwin, Religion, and the Rise of a Secular World
(10 comments) Darwin's theory of evolution spawned a natural and secular view of creation that has challenged the power of religion to control social change. It has also allowed business to slip its moral bonds, leading to runaway capitalism. Much of today's headlines can be put into perspective by understanding the dynamics of these underlying forces.

Monday, October 7, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Ted Cruz, Money and the Power to Turn Out the Lights
(4 comments) How is it that Ted Cruz, a freshman Senator from Texas, is able to call the shots in both houses of congress? Perhaps we are seeing a surface fracture caused by a much deeper rift in power structure behind American politics. Follow the money!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Dark Side of Saudi Petro-dollars
Passionate religious ideology isn't sufficient to fuel murderous terrorist outbreaks. It also requires piles of cash. A lot of that cash flows from or through Saudi Arabia, but we turn a blind eye.

Thursday, September 5, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Solar Success Generating Friction with Utility Companies
(13 comments) The rapid growth of rooftop solar instillations has caught the attention of electric utility corporations who see both an unfair advantage and a potential threat to their business model. The current debate may shape energy policy and the race for renewable, carbon free energy for years to come.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
NSA Can't Make Data Collection Safe
(1 comments) Just collecting and storing private communication on behalf of the government is a violation of the US Constitution and no checks or balances can keep us safe from government abuse.

Friday, July 19, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Texas, Where Greenhouse Gas is King
(1 comments) The US Energy Information Administration reports shows how much carbon dioxide is being released in each of the states and DC. Over a ten year period one state, Texas, has been responsible for 12% of all US CO2 admissions. Targeting Texas, California and a few other states in the effort to reduce emissions might be a good strategy for more rapid results.

Monday, July 15, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
What Good Can We Salvage From The Trayvon Martin Case?
(11 comments) In the aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict we see a society badly divided and in need of reconciliation. The contrasts are great while the opportunities for reconciling our opposing views of justice and society are narrow. We need to salvage whatever good we can from this moment and look to the future for real change

Saturday, June 22, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Is Our Obesity Epidemic a Result of the War on Wages?
(15 comments) Americans are consuming 25% more calories since the 1970's, which is about when hourly wages stopped rising with hourly productivity. Poverty rates have been rising since as has the obesity problem. New data link the cost of nutritional food and U.S. food policy with obesity and the poor.

Friday, June 21, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
GOP Doubling Down on Student Loans
(3 comments) House GOP pushes the "Smarter Solutions Act", a cynical bill that simply differs the profits lenders are expecting from the doubling of student loan interest rates starting in July.

Sunday, June 16, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Wealth Disparity and the Brewing Social Crisis
(6 comments) Wealth disparity, the number of people in poverty and the social stress that disparity causes are all growing but our understanding of how these things are actually related is not growing. Pundits and most of the main stream media aren't sounding the alarm. Instead they are echoing the false naratives that mask the real motivations driving this economy.

Monday, June 10, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Real IRS Scandal
(1 comments) As happens often in today's politically charged atmosphere, the partisan conflagration set off by the revelations is sucking all the oxygen out of the room, leaving no one to explore why these practices developed in the first place. The "scandal" is a media-induced distraction from much more serious problems under the surface. This article asks questions that really do need answers.

Sunday, June 2, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
When Beauty is Average
(1 comments) Have you ever wondered how folks who can't agree on much else can generally agree on a beautiful face? Have you ever wondered how social or religious groups that go out of their way to be different nevertheless display great conformaty within their group? And this business of regression to the mean, does it apply to how we percieve the world?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
America's Social Contract and the Measure of Our Commitment
(1 comments) The attitudes we have toward paying taxes, and the extent to which people and organizations will go to avoid paying them, is an underappreciated index of our consent to be governed. The inability of the federal government to collect taxes from the nation's elite and its biggest corporations is a serious sign of trouble. It signals a real strain in our social contract.

Thursday, April 25, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Rupert Murdoch, Ayn Rand and A Sociopathic Economy
(36 comments) Rupurt Murdoch, Ayn Rand and many of the corporate elite today have adopted a view of financial markets, distributive justice and social values that can only be described as anti-social, at best. Murdoch believes that free markets are morally superior to more socially centered ideas of what is fair or moral.

Saturday, March 16, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Some Minor Edits to The Declaration of Independence
(3 comments) A few modifications to the Declaration of Independence that perhaps reflect our modern reality and new direction in 21st Century America.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Ideological Barriers to High School Graduation for Some
(1 comments) The nation's high school graduation rates are disappointing, but when you break down the numbers they become truly disturbing. In many states the graduation rates for African-American and Native-American students fell 10 to 20 points below White students. But the most disturbing graduation gaps occur among children with disabilities and children for whom English is their second language.

Thursday, February 28, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Capital Investment Income Drives Income Inequality
(7 comments) A recient study shows that capital income is now the biggest contributor to rising income inequality. The poorest 40% of Americans essentially own almost nothing while the top 20% own 85% of everything. As a result, favorable tax policies for capital gains income has a highly disproportional benefit for the wealthiest Americans. Capital income for this wealthy segment is what drives rising income inequality today.

Thursday, February 21, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Living Wages Should Be Our Minimum Demand
(13 comments) Raising the minimum wage is not enough to solve our economic problems. Almost half of working households require some form of government subsidy to maintain their financial stability. Every conservative argument against raising the minimum wage is just a smoke screen for the real culprit behind unemployment and our sluggish economy, Wage Suppression!!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Falsely Convicted Spend Years In Jail Before Exonerations, And They Are the Lucky Ones.
(5 comments) "Exoneration," is a legal concept that a defendant who was convicted of a crime was later relieved of all legal consequences of that conviction through a decision by a prosecutor, a governor or a court, after new evidence of his or her innocence was discovered. As you will see in this report, the number of exonerations in the United States is not a good measure of how often our justice system produces false convictions.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
GAO - $450 Billion Gap in Taxes Owed Per Year
According to the Government Accounting Office the Federal Government fails to collect about $450 billion in tax revenue per year. Uniform tax collection is at the heart of a fair tax system. This article is an excerpt from the GAO report.

Friday, February 15, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Minimum Wage Increase Is A Small Step
(1 comments) President Obama's proposed increase in the minimum wage is a good step, but falls short of lifing families out of poverty or weaning companies from their dependency on government-subsidized cheap labor.

Thursday, February 7, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Reflections on the Human Spirit
(4 comments) This article affirms my personal perspective that the challenges we face today can be overcome when we lift up the human human spirit.

Saturday, February 2, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Houston, Take Down This Threatening Message
(5 comments) Twelve long years after the 911 attacks in New York and Washington the security announcement in Huston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport still threatens citizens with arrest.

Thursday, January 17, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
What an ATF Scandal Revealed About US Gun Trafficking
(3 comments) Loose gun trafficking laws allow 2,000 weapons per day to cross the boarder into Mexico and into the hands of the drug cartel. We supply them weapons due to weak gun laws and they ship back cocaine.

Monday, January 14, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
"Free Market" Social Services Fail to Deliver
(1 comments) Social service networks today are not based on matching service availability and capacity to the needs of local communities. They are loosely coordinated networks created by free market forces and competition between private or non-profit agencies scrambling for dollars, and this approach isn't working.

Saturday, January 12, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
How Public Schools Came to Be and the Fight to Dismantle Them
(17 comments) Publicly funded local schools are universally accepted. Abandoning them would be almost unthinkable. Yet the interests aligned against public school are chipping away at them. These are the same interest groups that opposed public schools from the start. The lost history of that battle is still instructive today.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
High School Graduation Rates Reveal Our National Shame
(10 comments) A newly released DOE report accurately compares high school graduation rates for the first time and the results are disturbing.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
OUR VOTING RIGHTS - A State-by-State Analysis
In an off handed comment made after the 2012 election, President Barack Obama said we need to fix our election process. This is a welcome suggestion. Our election process is badly broken and we need to take a good look at it. We should start by asking: What voting rights do I have in my state? The answers may surprise you.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Media Silent on Fukushima Radiation Impact in US
(12 comments) Where are the follow-up stories about the spreading of radiation from Fukushima to the US and beyond?

Friday, January 4, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Taxpayer Subsidized Downsizing
America is very "workforce efficient", meaning it is cheap and easy to fire employees here compared to other countries. This gives business an edged, but the costs are shifted to the taxpayers and the ease of downsizing is harmful to the economy.

Thursday, January 3, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Do Pro-business Policies Benefit the Poor?
(1 comments) Pro-business politics and the belief that robust commerce will lift all boats has replaced the "War on Poverty" and the idea that government should play a role in the well being of our citizens. This article explores how well pro-business policies serve the poor.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Wage History and The Case for A Living Wage
(4 comments) Hourly wages stopped rising with hourly GDP in the mid 1970's. The damaging impact of this wage suppression on today's economy is huge and a living wage law would be the best solution.

Friday, December 21, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Tragedy in Newtown and Our Changing Culture
How efforts to understand mass shootings and to change our propensity for violence are analogous to our efforts to understand climate change.

Sunday, October 12, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
WHAT WENT WRONG ON WALL STREET?
A non-economists initial account of the sweeping story of what went wrong on Wall Street, written as a primer to promote an independent understanding of the problem so we aren't duped by politicians and other "experts" offering to fix the problems for us.

Monday, September 15, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
How To Steal An Election
(21 comments) There are signs that the big fix in undeway in the 2008 election.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Convention Coverage Highlights Media Failures
The contrasts in Amerian politics have never been more obvious or unnoticed by the main stream press.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Immigrants? Or Refugees?
(1 comments) Commentary on the silent question of why there is a flood of immigrants crossing our borders.