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Rob Kall

Rob Kall is executive editor, publisher and website architect of OpEdNews.com, Host of the Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show (WNJC 1360 AM), and publisher of Storycon.org, President of Futurehealth, Inc, and an inventor . He is also published regularly on the Huffingtonpost.com

Listen to over 200 of Rob's Podcast interviews here.

Rob is, with Opednews.com the first media winner of the Pillar Award for supporting Whistleblowers and the first amendment.


With his experience as architect and founder of a technorati top 100 blog, he is also a new media / social media consultant and trainer for corporations, non-profits, entrepreneurs and authors.

Rob is a frequent Speaker on the bottom-up revolution, politics, The art, science and power of story, heroes and the hero's journey and Positive Psychology. He is a campaign consultant specializing in tapping the power of stories for issue positioning, stump speeches and debates, and optimizing tapping the power of new media. Watch me speaking on Bottom up economics at the Occupy G8 Economic Summit, here.

See more Rob Kall articles here and, older ones, here.

To learn more about Rob and OpEdNews.com, check out A Voice For Truth - ROB KALL | OM Times Magazine and this article. For Rob's work in non-political realms mostly before 2000, see his C.V..

And here's a one hour radio interview where I was a guest- on Envision This, on 10/23/13. And here is the transcript. 

And Rob's quotes are here.

To watch me on youtube, having a lively conversation with John Conyers, former Chair of the House Judiciary committee, click here Now, wouldn't you like to see me on the political news shows, representing progressives. If so, tell your favorite shows to bring me on and refer them to this youtube video.

Rob's radio show, The Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show, runs 9-10 PM EST Wednesday evenings, on AM 1360, WNJC and is archived at www.opednews.com/podcasts Or listen to it streaming, live at www.wnjc1360.com

Rob also hosted a health/mind/body/heart/spirit radio show-- the Rob Kall Futurehealth radio show. Check out podcasts from it at futurehealth.org/podcasts

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Managing Editor


Sheila Samples

Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.


Linda Milazzo

Linda Milazzo is a Managing Editor of Opednews, Los Angeles based writer, educator and activist. Since 1974, she has divided her time between the entertainment industry, government organizations, community development projects and educational programs.

Linda began her writing career over 35 years ago, starting out in advertising and promotions. From 1976 to 1989, she operated an independent public relations service providing specialty writing for individual and corporate clients. Since 2003, Linda has focused on political writing. Her essays, letters and commentaries have appeared in domestic and international journals, newspapers and magazines. She's an educator and creator of a writers' program she's taught privately and in public schools. She currently facilitates an advocacy writing workshop and is developing an advocacy writing program to be implemented in public and private educational institutions and in community based organizations.

Linda is a frequent contributor to the HuffingtonPost, Alternet, Commondreams, LAProgressive, SmirkingChimp, Buzzflash, PDAmerica, AtlanticFreePress and other respected news and opinion websites.

Follow Linda on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/LindaMilazzo


John Moffett

John R. Moffett PhD, is a Managing Editor at OpEdNews.com, and is a research neuroscientist in the Washington, DC area. Dr. Moffett's main area of research focuses on the brain metabolite N-acetylaspartate, and an associated genetic disorder known as Canavan disease.



Meryl Ann Butler

Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing for over 25 years.

She studied art with Harold Ransom Stevenson in Sea Cliff NY for seven years before opening her own art school. Stevenson had been a student of Norman Rockwell.
Her art in a wide variety of media can be seen on her YouTube video, "Visionary Artist Meryl Ann Butler on Creativity and Joy" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcGs2r_66QE

A NYC native, her response to 9-11 was to pen an invitation to healing through creativity, entitled, "90-Minute Quilts: 15+ Projects You Can Stitch in an Afternoon" (Krause 2006), which is a bestseller in the craft field. The sequel, MORE 90-Minute Quilts: 20+ Quick and Easy Projects With Triangles and Squares was released in April, 2011. Her popular video, How to Stitch a Quilt in 90 Minutes with Meryl Ann Butler can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrShGOQaJQ8

She has been active in a number of international, arts-related projects as a citizen diplomat, and was arts advisor to Baltimore's CIUSSR (Center for Improving US-Soviet Relations), 1987-89. She made two trips to the former USSR in 1987 and 1988 to speak to artists, craftpeople and fashion designers on the topic of utilizing the arts as a tool for global wellbeing. She created the historical "First US-Soviet Children's Peace Quilt Exchange Project" in 1987-88, which was the first time a reciprocal quilt was given to the US from the former USSR.

Her artwork is in collections across the globe.

Meryl Ann is a founding member of The Labyrinth Society and has been building labyrinths since 1992.

"Creativity and Healing: The Work of Meryl Ann Butler" by Burl Hall is at
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Creativity-and-Healing--T-by-Burl-Hall-130414-18.html

Burl and Merry Hall interviewed Meryl Ann on their BlogTalk radio show, "Envision This," at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/envision-this/2013/04/11/meryl-ann-butler-art-as-a-medicine-for-the-soul

She has written for Opednews since 2004. Archived articles www.opednews.com/author/author1820.html
Older archived articles, from before May 2005 are here.,

 

Senior Editor


Walter Brasch

Walter Brasch is an award-winning journalist and professor of journalism emeritus. His current books are Before the First Snow: Stories from the Revolution , America's Unpatriotic Acts: The Federal Government's Violation of Constitutional and Civil Rights, and 'Unacceptable': The Federal response to Hurricane Katrina, available at amazon.com, borders.com and most major on-line bookstores. BEFORE THE FIRST SNOW is also available at www.greeleyandstone.com (20 discount)


Joan Brunwasser

Election Integrity Editor

Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of transparency and the ability to accurately check and authenticate the vote cast, these systems can alter election results and therefore are simply antithetical to democratic principles and functioning.


Since the pivotal 2004 Presidential election, Joan has come to see the connection between a broken election system, a dysfunctional, corporate media and a total lack of campaign finance reform. This has led her to enlarge the parameters of her writing to include interviews with whistle-blowers and articulate others who give a view quite different from that presented by the mainstream media. She also turns the spotlight on activists and ordinary folks who are striving to make a difference, to clean up and improve their corner of the world. By focusing on these intrepid individuals, she gives hope and inspiration to those who might otherwise be turned off and alienated. She also interviews people in the arts in all their variations - authors, journalists, filmmakers, actors, playwrights, and artists. Why? The bottom line: without art and inspiration, we lose one of the best parts of ourselves. And we're all in this together. If Joan can keep even one of her fellow citizens going another day, she considers her job well done.

On the occasion of Joan's achieving one million page views, OEN Managing Editor, Meryl Ann Butler interviewed her, turning interviewer briefly into interviewee. Read the interview here.


While the news is often quite depressing, Joan nevertheless strives to maintain her mantra: "Grab life now in an exuberant embrace!"

Joan has been Election Integrity Editor for OpEdNews since December, 2005. Her articles also appear at Huffington Post, RepublicMedia.TV and Scoop.co.nz.


Jerry Policoff

I am a retired advertising sales executive/manager and am now Executive Director of the Assassination Archives and Research Center (AARC). I am also a member of the Senior Editor Team at Op Ed News. I also serve as Research Director and Board member of Healthcare4ALLPA which is promoting the adoption of single-payer healthcare in Pennsylvania and nationally. I have a long-time interest in progressive politics and journalism and have published numerous articles and blogs over more than four decades. I was a progressive Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2010. I write primarily about politics, healthcare, journalism, and political assinations, and my work has been published In The New York Times; The Village Voice; The Realist; The Washington Star; New Times, Rolling Stone, three book anthologies, et al.



Scott Baker

Scott Baker is a Senior Editor/Economics Editor and Writer at Opednews, and a blogger for Huffington Post.
Scott Baker is President of Common Ground-NYC (http://commongroundnyc.org/), a Geoist/Georgist group. He has written dozens of articles for Common Ground's national publication, GroundSwell, and has promoted the Georgist Single Tax to public officials - a tax which would dramatically reduce use of finite resources, which, rightfully, belong to all of us as part of the Commons. A Georgist Single Tax would increase productivity in Earth-saving ways, while virtually eliminating unproductive speculation (by taxing away the fuel for it), decrease poverty, and promote Social justice. It would also promote economic growth by untaxing production and taxing the abuse (pollution) and use of the natural resources of the commons, especially including collecting the economic rent created by demand from the community, not from actions of the Land or resource owner.
He is also NY State Coordinator for the Public Banking Institute (http://publicbankinginstitute.org/home.htm), which seeks to promote Public Banking, along the lines of the best-known American example, the Bank of North Dakota. The PBI is chaired by another OEN blogger, Ellen Brown.
Several TV and radio interviews have allowed Scott to explain the principles of Geoism, Greenbacking, and State Banking:
http://newthinking.blogspot.com/
http://www.wgdr.org/cgi-bin/archive.pl
Scott also has a blog: http://newthinking.blogspot.com/ Scott has several progressive petitions on Change.org:
A new form of capitalism: Geonomics
http://www.change.org/actions/view/a_new_form_of_capitalism_geonomics
and
Let NY fund its budget gap with a State Bank - change.org/actions/view/close_the_gap_2
www.change.org/petitions/view/let_the_empire_state_finance_its_own_budget_gap Scott was an I.T. Manager for a major New York university for over two decades, where he initiated computing, developed databases, established networks for two divisions and earned a Certificate for Frontline Leadership. He had a video game published in Compute! Magazine (summarized here: http://www.atarimagazines.com/compute/issue55/dark.php). Scott now chooses to use his computer for the greater good.
He is a graduate of the Henry George School of Social Science in New York City and has published over a dozen articles in the Georgist newsletter - Groundswell - put out by Common Ground. Scott is a modern-day Renaissance Man with interests in economics, astronomy, history, natural sciences, psychology, philosophy, Native American culture, and all future-forward topics; he has been called an adept syncretist by Kirkus Discoveries for his novel, NeitherWorld - a two-volume opus blending Native American myth, archaeological detail, government conspiracy, with a sci-fi flair (http://www.amazon.com/Neitherworld-Book-Akiiwan-CreateSpace-Version/dp/1434813290/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1341306969&sr=8-1&keywords=neitherworld). Scott grew up in New York City and Pennsylvania. He graduated with honors and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and was a member of the Psychology honor society PSI CHI. Today he is an avid bicyclist and is active in several Green and Progressive organizations.
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John Reed

I am a retired criminal defense attorney who has also held many different positions from carpenter, teacher, short order cook, land-man, and corporate attorney.


I am also a husband and father, both roles, I suspect, do more to change a person than one's choice of profession.

I am a passionate reader, particularly of non-fiction, and attempt to keep informed on developments in the major disciplines, such as history, physics, political economy, economics, theology, linguistics, sociology, etc., through reading books, rather than the INTERNET, although the net certainly has its place. I believe the decline in reading books in the last decades is responsible for the lack of critical thinking skills reflected in the American electorate, both left and right, but that this decline was planned after the near revolution of the 1960's and early 1970's, and obtained by changes in the curriculum at the various Colleges of Education around the country to emphasize the "self-esteem" movement and the "tolerance" ideology. The latter misused the word "tolerance" to mean that all ideas, cultures, religions, ideologies, etc., are equally valid and true, rather than equally to be respected. The difference led students to believe their feelings, as opposed to empirical facts, made their opinions true.

 

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Richard Wise

Rick Wise is an industrial psychologist and retired management consultant. For 15 years, he was managing director of ValueNet International, Inc.

Before starting ValueNet, Rick was director, corporate training and, later, director, corporate strategy for Travelers Corp., an international insurance and financial services firm. He lost six friends in the World Trade Center on 9/11. Rick was a Vietnam-era Navy Hospital Corpsman.

Rick holds PhD and M.Ed. degrees from Penn State. His BS is from West Chester University. He completed post-doctoral work at Rensselaer, Northwestern, Colorado, and Harvard. A native of Pennsylvania, Rick now lives in New England.


Debbie Scally

I'm a college English teacher working on my dissertation. I am an anime junkie and a Shakespeare scholar, a voracious reader and a political rebel.


Paul Roden

Paul Roden is a long time activist DFA & PDA member working for progressive change in America. I am also the point of organizer for PDA, the Progressive Democrats of America in Lower Bucks County. I am a "Neighborhood Leader" or "Victory Precinct Captain" or "VP" for the Democratic Party for the past election cycle in Lower Makefield Township, in Bucks County. I am running in the 2010 Democratic Primary for Committee Person in the South S7th Precinct in Lower Makefield Township, Bucks County PA. I am also a member of the Coalition for Peace Action of Bucks and Montgomery County. I have been trained in nonviolent direct action campaigns, including civil disobedience by George Lakey, George Willoughby and the late William Moyer(not the PBS guy). These three men amoung others who have trained me, worked with Dr. King in the civil rights, anti-Vietnam War, Peace and nuclear disarmament movements. I have been arrested twice at the Limerick Nuclear Power Plant in Montgomery County PA. I believe in democracy and nonviolent action for a more sustainable, just and cooperative world.


Gustav Wynn

(OpEdNews Contributing Editor since October 2006) Inner city schoolteacher from New York, mostly covering media manipulation. I put election/finance reform ahead of all issues but also advocate for fiscal conservatism, ethics in journalism and curbing overpopulation. I enjoy open debate, history, the arts and hope to adopt a third child. Gustav Wynn is a pseudonym, but you knew that.
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Dick Overfield

Richard W. Overfield is an artist/writer currently based in New Mexico after living in Vancouver, Canada for 20 years.His paintings are represented in over 300 public & private collections in the U.S., Canada, Switzerland, France, England, Japan & who knows where else. Paintings have a habit of migrating to strange places. He has done numerous murals in New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California & Kansas. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Northern New Mexico Regional Art Center in Española, New Mexico.


Margaret Bassett

Margaret Bassett passed away August 21, 2011. She was a treasured member of the Opednews.com editorial team for four years.

Margaret Bassett--OEN editor--is an 89-year old, currently living in senior housing, with a lifelong interest in political philosophy. Bachelors from State University of Iowa (1944) and Masters from Roosevelt University (1975) help to unravel important requirements for modern communication. Early introduction to computer science (1966) trumps them. It's payback time. She's been "entitled" so long she hopes to find some good coming off the keyboard into the lives of those who come after her.


James Murtagh

Whistleblower Editor

James J. Murtagh, Jr. is a doctor of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, and the Medical Director of several sleep laboratories in Southern Ohio. Dr. Murtagh extensively writes on medical ethics. Dr. Murtagh is the founder of a new company launched August 3, 2011 to promote innovative methods to treat sleep disorders. Dr. Murtagh maintains a consulting service with Georgians for Justice to advocate for dignity and respect for all healthcare workers and patients, and to protect electronic privacy.


Michael Germain

I am a lifelong progressive activist working for a better future. This has included work to create head of household green jobs, strengthening education, from pre-K to Higher Education, enactment of a single payer health insurance system, and modern transportation systems and infrastructure.

Growing up in Canoe Country of Northern Minnesota has given me a deeply embedded love of wilderness, not to mention nearly five thousand canoeing miles. I am an outdoor enthusiast, enjoying rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, and of course wilderness canoeing.

I am a graduate of Hamline University in St. Paul, MN with a degree in International Relations, majoring in Political Science.


Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola is a writer and curator of Firedoglake's blog The Dissenter, a blog covering civil liberties in the age of technology. He is an editor for OpEdNews.com and a former intern and videographer for The Nation Magazine.And, he's the producer of a weekly podcast "This Week in WikiLeaks" that has been tweeted by WikiLeaks to their more than 900, 000 followers (which he continues to post at The Dissenter each weekend).


Jennifer Hathaway

Mother of two adult children, freelance artist with fine works in private collections in 20 US states, 7 European countries, Africa, China, and Japan, concerned citizen of the US.

Overreaching corporate controls of food, housing, clothing, medicine, transportation, information, and education have been a serious concern of mine for decades. Consequently I've spent a great deal of time studying and practicing self-sufficiency/ removal from "the grid".

I no longer have credit cards, I raise my own vegetables and chickens, am an herbalist, a reiki master, a shiatsu practitioner who's worked with people with serious illnesses for more than a decade, as well as an ordained minister [I call myself a shamanist because it's the closest description of what I do, not because I'm from Tibet].

I've worked in construction for many years, and I've spent some time beating dead horses on the subject of independance from corporate control and learning to live a life of value as opposed to one of dehumanization.

My message to surburbanites: rototill your front lawn, grow vegetables, put up solar panels, stay home more often, make things for yourself, and cut up your credit cards.

Live your life as if truth, honor, and love were the most important things.

The corporate culture would have us believe that we owe someone rent for the privilege of being on the planet, that some pigs are more equal than others, that it's important to be royalty- as opposed to noble- and that happiness is available for purchase.

I spend a lot of time trying to figure out the truth of things.


Eric Nelson

Eric Nelson is freelance writer, an editor at OpEdNews, and a spiritual progressive from Minnesota who has become more politically active. The reasons for this should be obvious to most; rising poverty, a broken health care system, and a growing global environmental crisis. Eric's writings are as "fair and balanced" as those of FOX news. Eric is also a web informatics expert, former intelligence analyst, and biathlon olympian.


Don Smith

DFA organizer, Democratic Precinct Committee Officer, writer, and programmer. My op-ed pieces have appeared in the Seattle Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and elsewhere. See http://WALiberals.org and http://TruthSite.org for my writing, my musical creations, and my animations.


Deena Stryker

Born in Philadelphia, I spent most of my adolescent and adult years in Europe. I began my journalistic career at the French News Agency in Rome, spent two years in Cuba finding out whether the Barbados were Communists before they made the revolution ('Cuba 1964: When the Revolution was Young'). After spending half a decade in Eastern Europe, and a decade in the U.S., studying Global Survival and writing speeches in the Carter State Department, I wrote the only book that foresaw the fall of the Berlin Wall AND the dissolution of the Soviet Union ("Une autre Europe, un autre Monde'). My memoir, 'Lunch with Fellini, Dinner with Fidel', tells it all. Other books include 'A Taoist Politics: The Case for Sacredness', which examines the similarities between ancient wisdom and modern science and what this implies for political activism; and 'America Revealed to a Honey-Colored World" a pamphlet about how the U.S. came down from the City on a Hill'.


Nancy Rice

A retired counselor from Texas now living in Romania.

Mari Eliza

Artist, writer, working to promote a clean healthy planet, society and economy.


Roberta Seldon

Roberta Seldon is the blogger at Security and Sustainability Forum, a website that provides free online seminars and useful information related to corporate sustainability, national security and climate change. Roberta Seldon is also a volunteer editor at OpEdNews.com.


Timothy Mcgettigan

Tim McGettigan is a professor of sociology at Colorado State University -- Pueblo. Tim's primary research interests are in the areas of science, technology, society (STS) and the future and Tim blogs about those topics at the following sites:

The Socjournal, www.sociology.org
OpEdNews, www.opednews.com
Socera, socera.blogspot.com
Fulbright Association, www.fulbright.org
Social Science Space, www.socialsciencespace.com

In addition, to being a professor at CSU-Pueblo, Tim has also taught at a number of other institutions including:

In 2008, Tim taught for a semester at sea on The Scholar Ship

In 2006-2007, Tim served as the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California

In 2002-2003, Tim received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach at the Centre for Social Studies in Warsaw, Poland.

Tim's most recent books include:

2013 (Forthcoming), God's Loaded Dice: Random Musings on a Universe Gone Mad

2013 (Forthcoming), Evolution at the Speed of Thought: A New Chapter in the History of Evolution

2012, Where Nobody Has Gone Before: A Collection of Commentaries about Science, Technology, Society and the Future. Kindle Direct Publishing.

2011, Good Science: The Search for Truth and the Evolution of Reality. Lexington Books, a subsidiary of Rowman Littlefield Publishers. Lanham, MD.

2011, Rough Seas: Ethnography and Academic Freedom on The Scholar Ship. University Press of America, a subsidiary of Rowman Littlefield Publishers. Lanham, MD.

2011, The Time Cheaters, Part 1, Kindle Direct Publishing, (Published under the pseudonym, "Rocky Ford")

Tim's next book is tentatively titled Star Warriors: Friends and Foes on the Frontiers of Cosmology and it will examine controversies in the field of scientific cosmology.


J Dial

Dr. Dial is a psychologist and medical illustrator who for well over a decade has worked as a freelance medical and science writer and editor. She is an editor for OpEdNews, having contributed a number of articles to it about hydraulic fracturing, genetically modified food, and Barack Obama, and has made contributions to encyclopedias of medicine (Magill's Medical Guide, 6th edition), genetics (Genetics and Inherited Disorders, revised edition, Salem Press), and forensic sculpture and handwriting analysis (Salem Encyclopedia of Forensic Science). She has published articles on such subjects as the interaction of cocaine and alcohol, how cancer interacts with its host, and creativity, and written books (most recently "The Rise and Fall of Hydraulic Fracturing" (currently seeking publisher) and "I'll Ride Away--One way to leave those pesky death wishes in the dust").

Her wide-ranging interests unfortunately cannot exclude alarmed observations of current political and environmental calamities.

Her medical writing and illustrating website is MedicaLink.com, and the website at which she expresses her prescriptive grammatical preferences is Write-Minded.com.


Michael Bonanno

Michael Bonanno is an associate editor for OpEdNews.

He is also a published poet, essayist and musician who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Bonanno is a political progressive, not a Democratic Party apologist. He believes it's government's job to help the needy and that leaving the people's well being to the so called "private sector" is social suicide.


Judy White

Judy White of Leeds, Alabama, is the wife of former Republican Jefferson County Commissioner Gary White and is dedicated to the pursuit of justice in his case, as well as other political prosecutions. She is devoted to their children and family, which includes a number of "furry children." A long-time community and political volunteer, former member of the Alabama and Jefferson County Republican Executive Committees and former congressional district director, Ms. White is currently the administrator of a small Birmingham law firm, and a licensed real estate broker.


Robert Anschuetz

Bob Anschuetz is a retired college English teacher and industrial writer who remains actively committed to the progressive political values of economic fairness, social justice, and global community. In retirement, Bob has continued his work as a manuscript copy editor, and also furthered a lifelong love of learning as a student of political science and philosophy, as a volunteer discussion-group leader on a variety of topics, and as a literacy tutor. A major intellectual influence has been Henry Thoreau, whose many writings promoting non-violent social change and conscience-based independent thought and action have provided the philosophical framework for Bob's own commitment to social justice and non-violent conflict resolution. Bob is also a member of the Network of Spiritual Progressives, associated with Tikkun Magazine, which has published online two of his articles that probe the possibilities for progressive social and political policies within the American corporate/political power system. Bob's extended Letter to the Editor on the widespread triumphalism in America's response to the killing of Osama bin Laden has been included in the Summer 2011 issue of Tikkun.

Jillian Barclay

I am an 'older' progressive; a holdover from the hippie generation. I have raised 3 children, am a proud grandmother, and an outspoken political junkie. I have worked in the healthcare field for 30 years, both for insurance companies and for the other side, so I know my way around the health care industry. I have forgotten more than anyone should ever know about our health care system. Bad enough that my memory loss is insufficient to erase all of the dishonest policies of the insurance industry, I even have memories of fraud on the provider side as well.

I was a whistleblower in the mid-90's, reporting illegal denial of necessary medical care to patients.

To the best of my recollection, I do not believe that I have ever voted for a Republican. I have ethics and a sense of fair play, therefore the Republican party does not qualify as a choice for me.


Jack Swint

I am the publisher of an online news website and blog covering local, state and national news since 2007. Author of 4 cold-case murder books in the "Who Killed?" series published by Rooftop Publishing Company. Retired from mainstream media in 2007 and consider myself semi-retired.

 

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Josh Mitteldorf

Josh Mitteldorf, an editor at OpEdNews, blogs on aging at
http://JoshMitteldorf.ScienceBlog.com. Read how to stay young at http://AgingAdvice.org.
Educated to be an astrophysicist, he has branched out from there to mathematical modeling in a variety of areas, including evolutionary ecology and economics. He has taught mathematics, statistics, and physics at several universities. He is an avid amateur pianist, and father of two adopted Chinese girls. This year, his affiliation is with MIT, where he studies the evolution of aging. His book on the subject is "Cheating the Black Queen", http://SuicideGenes.org.



Lila York

Lila York is a choreographer and activist. She has traded the markets since 1990.


Judy Swindler

Armybrat, former Republican, now Democrat, but still old school conservative Kentucky Redneck with an abiding love for our Commonwealth of Kentucky other than the fact of mullets, kudzu, Mitch and now Rand Paul.


James Hadstate

I was born in the Republic of Panamá and lived there until I was 16. Most of the time we lived in Santa Clara, a small community in Coclé Province in central Panamá. Our farm was about 1/2 mile from the Pacific Ocean and the most beautiful beach in the world. The farm required a great deal of hard work and my parents made sure that we learned the lesson of honest labor with your hands and dirt under your fingernails.

During my initial childhood, I lived in Santa Clara most of the time, with occasional trips to our house in the Canal Zone. I went to Catholic School there for my early elementary education. However, my parents made sure that we had an excellent education (better than anything available in the US anywhere at the time). I have to admit that I had a jock mentality and would rather be doing anything but studying but still scored 1420 on my SAT's.

While growing up, my parents introduced me to the first families of Panama who had resort houses in Santa Clara. I interacted with them a great deal. I found them arrogant and offensive and preferred interacting with the indigenous people or the mestizos who I spent more time around. These are the rabbiblancos to whom I often refer. Rabbiblanco is a contemptuous name for these oligarchs that means "white tails." Many have blond hair and blue eyes. These were the descendents of the conquistadors who maintained the strict class system through wealth and land peonage. By and large, they were nice people one on one and total asshats when it came to their treatment of their fellow Panamanians, the indigenous and the mestizos whom they considered inferior beings, barely human.

As a result of being born in Panama, Panamá considers me a Panamanian citizen. The US doesn't recognize dual citizenship, but who cares? Panamá does and if I get too disgusted with the US, I can always go reclaim my Panamanian citizenship. When my parents repatriated to the US, we settled in the Charleston, SC area. I graduated from in-state and out-of-state universities with advanced degrees in Political Science, Economics and History.

I previously have left a gap in my life. I had an interval between high school graduation and entering college. I was 18 in 1970 and thanks to Richard Nixon's sabotaging of the Paris Peace Talks and my local draft board's denial of my college deferment, I was drafted into the Marine Corps. I spent a year of my life scared shitless and running on the thrill of adrenaline. I cried as I held friends whose guts were hanging out until they stopped breathing, because no evac could get to us in time. I am not proud of what we had to do there and my respect for the US suffered severely, a blow that it has never recovered. I have not been able to talk about this until my recent encounters with death, again. That and the help of a real therapist has helped me to come to grips with the horrors that haunted me.

I was an airline pilot for over 20 years until I developed Type II Diabetes. I tend to be preach now on the subjects of listening to your doctor, going to the doctor regularly and doing EVERYTHING your doctor says, no matter how much you don't want to. As a result of the diabetes, I was unable to keep my airline level medical authorization. Ironically, now that the FAA allows airline pilots with controlled Type II diabetes to maintain their medical certificate, I am disabled due to the collateral effects of diabetes.

Thus, late in life, I went to Law School and was admitted to the Bar. I have been practicing as a legal aid attorney working primarily with agricultural workers. I am fluent in Spanish and since most agricultural workers are Hispanic anymore, Spanish is nearly mandatory. I loved this work and was heavily involved with it until my collateral diabetic diseases forced me into retirement.

I am unapologetic liberal and a pacifist. In college I was a member of the Weather Underground and it damn near cost me any career in flying. It was dismissed as a boyish mistake that young men of my age frequently made.

If others seek to do violence to me, I will resist with all my ability short of deadly force (such as it is) but will use deadly force to protect my wife, children and grandchildren. I couldn't live with myself if I killed another human being under any other circumstances. Hell, killing the bugs that are eating my tomatoes bothers me. I try to live by The Golden Rule and often fail.

I do like to laugh, most of the time, except during some flashes of horror, especially at myself. My life is constant material for any stand up comic. I truly wish that before I leave this world, everyone has stopped hating others and there is no such thing as deadly violence anymore. See? I told you my life is good for laughs.


B. Ross Ashley

Born in the USA, living in Canada since 1968, I'm a Vietnam war resister, a revolutionary democratic socialist partisan of the Fourth International reproclaimed in 1993, a member of Canada's New Democratic Party, on the executive committee of the St. Paul's NDP constituency association; a retired hospital worker, a retired member of Local 1.on of the Service Employees International Union and of the SMART reform caucus of SEIU. I sing bass-baritone in Common thread Community Chorus of Toronto, play Appalachian dulcimer and fool around with an ocarina, and knit socks.


Rev. Dan Vojir

Rev. Dan Vojir is has been writing/blogging on religion and politics for the better part of ten years. A former radio talk show host (Strictly Books €" Talk America Radio Network) and book publisher, Dan has connected with some of the most interesting people of our time: Steve Allen, William F. Buckley, Alan Ginsburg, Armisted Maupin, Anne Rice, Grace Slick, Bishop John Shelby Spong, Patricia Nell Warren, and Betty White.

He is also an ordained minister in the ULC and has studied extensively on the subject of the Bible and homosexuality. Additional articles can be read on his blog, The Devil and Dan Vojir.

Future goals and activities: a new ministry focusing on reaching personal spiritual levels without the outside influence of proselytism or evangelism called The Church of the Inner Preacher. This ministry will be included in a new website The Devil and Dan Vojir.

Vojir's main goal: to root out hypocrisy in religion and politics. "If only one person is saved from being killed or bashed by inane bigotry, then I'll have accomplished what I was put on earth to do: To Live and Help Live."
http://sacredcowsmakethebesthamburgers.blogspot.com


Daniel Geery

In my run for U.S. Senate against Utah's Orrin Hatch, I posted many progressive ideas and principles that I internalized over the years. I'm leaving that site up indefinitely, since it describes what I believe most members of our species truly want: www.voteutah.us. I thank those who sent such wonderful comments, even though it forced me to go buy a few larger hats, which were among my top campaign expenses (just kidding).

My forever-to-write novel (now my favorite book for some unfathomable reason), A Summer with Freeman, finally got out the door, via Kindle and CreateSpace. Readers of this site, and anyone else with two or more brain cells who want some "serious humorous relief" may want to check it out: http://www.opednews.com/articles/A-Summer-with-Freeman-nov-by-Daniel-Geery-130528-385.html

My family and I lived off the grid in an earth-sheltered, solar powered underground house for 15 years, starting in the early '80s, proving, at least to myself, the feasibility of solar power. Such a feat would be much infinitely easier with off-the-shelf materials available now, though the bureaucracy holding us back is probably worse. http://www.opednews.com/articles/Living-on-Sunshine-Underg-by-Daniel-Geery-110318-547.html

I wrote a book on earth-sheltered solar greenhouses that has many good ideas, but should be condensed from 400 down to 50 pages, with new info from living off the grid. It's on my "to do" list, but you can find used copies kicking around online. Just don't get the one I see for $250, being hawked by some capitalist... well, some capitalist.

I'm 66 with what is now a 25 year old heart--literally, as it was transplanted in 2005 (a virus, they think). This is why I strongly encourage you and everyone else to be an organ donor--and get a heart transplant if you're over 50, unless your name is Dick Cheney.

I may be the only tenured teacher you'll meet who got fired with a perfect teaching record. I spent seven years in court fighting that, only to find out that little guys always lose (http://www.opednews.com/articles/Letter-to-NEA-Leadership--by-Daniel-Geery-101027-833.html; recommended reading if you happen to be a parent, teacher, or concerned citizen).

I managed to get another teaching job, working in a multi-cultural elementary school for ten years (we had well over 20 native tongues when I left, proving to me that we don't need war to get along--no one even got killed there!). http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_daniel_g_060716_alternatives_to_exti.htm

I spent a few thousand hours working on upward-gliding airships, after reading The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed by John McPhee. But I did my modelling in the water, so it took only two years and 5,000 models to get a shape that worked. You can Google "aquaglider" to learn more about these. As far as I know, this invention represents the first alteration of Archimedes'principle, spelled out 2,500 years ago.

"Airside," the water toys evolved into more of a cigar shape, as this was easier to engineer. Also, solar panels now come as thin as half a manila folder, making it possible for airships to be solar powered. You can see one of the four I made in action by Googling "hyperblimp"(along with many related, advanced versions).

Along with others, I was honored to receive a Charles Lindbergh Foundation Award, to use my airships to study right whales off Argentina. Now we just have to make it happen and are long overdue, for reasons that would probably not fit on the internet.

In 2010 I married a beautiful woman who is an excellent writer and editor, in addition to being a gourmet cook, gardener, kind, gentle, warm, funny, spiritual, and extremely loving. We met via "Plenty-of-Fish" and a number of seemingly cosmic connections. Christine wrote Heart Full of Hope, which many readers have raved about, as you may note on Amazon.

I get blitzed reading the news damn near every day, and wonder why I do it, especially when it's the same old shit recycled, just more of it. In spite of Barbara Ehrenreich and reality, I'm a sucker for positive thinking and have read many books on it. I find many many of them insane and the source of much negativity on my part. My favorite, however, is Divine Intuition, by Lynn Robinson. She's a bit heavy on the God talk, but she puts even that in good perspective, and if you see things as Albert Einstein did (and as I do), then I recommend it. Albert: "Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernible laws and connections, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion. To that extent, in fact, I am religious."

Lastly, kudos to Rob Kall and everyone who makes Oped the site that it is. Let's keep making it better! It is, after all, one of the last bastions of sanity and hope for the planet.


Steven Jonas

Steven Jonas, MD, MPH, MS, is a Professor of Preventive Medicine at the School of Medicine, Stony Brook University (NY) and author/co-author/editor/co-editor of over 30 books on health policy, health and wellness, and sports and regular exercise. In addition to being a Trusted Author for OpEdNews, Dr. Jonas is a columnist for BuzzFlash.com/Truthout.org, Managing Editor and a Contributing Author for The Political Junkies for Progressive Democracy (http://thepoliticaljunkies.org/); a Senior Editor, Politics, for The Greanville Post; a Contributor to The Planetary Movement; a Contributor to Dandelion Salad (http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com), and a Contributor to TheHarderStuff newsletter. He is also a triathlete (30 seasons, 220-plus multi-sport races) and a skier (as well as a PSIA-Level Certified Instructor [retired]).


Laura Stein

Like this country's founders, I believe that the widest political empowerment under the rule of law is the surest way of having its resources work for the long term best interests of us all. The longer I live, the more I see that supports that belief.



I also see that at this time we are moving in the opposite direction. Unlike many "liberals", I don't blame this situation on the majority of citizens. It is hard to defend one's enfranchisement or keep a broad perspective while being miseducated by corporatist media. It gets even harder while being expected to own an attractive house in like-new condition, to avoid being considered a "loser" undeserving of any respect.

I still root for humanity, and hope the next era of enlightenment comes in time to prevent us from sterilizing the planet.


Larry Butler

Years ago I made a decision to commit to a life of business management. Kids do the dumbest things! After thirty five years as a small business consultant, CFO, and university educator specializing in quantitative business and economic modeling, everything changed.

A motorhome and a motorcycle have enabled me to travel the country at leisure, observing the vast diversity of her people, her culture, her history, and the richness of her very nature. Nearly every valuable thing I know I have learned in the last ten years. During the last decade I’ve seen a lot of poor people, often living right next to our campsite. Some are old, some young. Some are employed, some idle. Some are well, some ill. Some are Republican, some Democrat. Some are urban, some rural. But the poor person who chooses to be poor is rare. Occasionally I have gotten a glimpse of the sumptuous wealth that overlays the rest of the economy, and this contrast intrigues me. The concentration of income and wealth in America, I realized, was not an accident. Rather, it is a product of public policies established centuries ago and today favoring the rich more than ever.

A retired person has a lot of time to think if we choose to do so, and I think about economic inequality. You will understand if most of my articles deal with inequality in one form or another.



Don Caldarazzo

Esoterician, activist, percussionist, singer, writer, fractal artist, volunteer for the free people of earth in any way that works.

Mastermind sessionist, researcher and writer for Infictive.com.

Proponent of the Electric Universe Theory and a member of the Natural Philosophy Alliance.

Inveterate truth-hound and vivisectionist of falsehood and propaganda.

Persecuted since a teenager by the elite through the means of the drug war. Former member of a forced underclass created and maintained by a criminal group of plutocrats who are themselves above prosecution, who refuses to be defined by the would-be life-long punitive shame that is attempted to be forced upon those who had run-ins with the law when they were young. No sir. "I am still proud and upright in this life, gosh dag-nabbit," he tells us, and pins this to his collar as what it really is: A mark of distinction and sacrifice, the good and wholly patriotic American trait of subversion against Fascism, a badge of honor distinguishing him from the complacent.

Lives unremarkably and humbly, choosing to live simply and organically - healthfully!

"Your Honor,years ago I recognized my kinship with all living beings, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth. I said then, and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it, and while there is a criminal element I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free." --Eugene Debs, statement to the court, 1918

Robin Ryan

I am an over aged starry eyed idealist. Traded life in the L.A. basin as a young adult in the mid 80's for the serene glory that is the Pacific Northwest where I have since made my home. There are many ways to define one self and silly things we take to saying, all and all as much as we are, we are in the process. As part of my process, I act as an engaged parent of three and spouse to a patient bear of a soul who chooses to favor of all things, me and my wishy, washy, whacky, wobbly wobbin ways. That's far from summing who I am up, but it's an okay start.

 

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