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Bruce Toien is a database designer/developer in the Portland, Oregon area, with an interest in the interaction between technology, society and a sustainable economy. Over the years, Bruce has published numerous opinion pieces relating to these subjects. In addition, he is a triathlete and is one of the pioneers of the emerging barefoot running movement (website: He has run several marathons including the Portland Marathon sans shoes. Bruce and his wife moved up to the Pacific Northwest in 2000 from Los Angeles and enjoy the many opportunities for outdoor life there.

Academics: ENGLISH Literature (BA from UC San Diego), PHYSICS (BS program completed plus graduate work at UCLA) and COMPUTER SCIENCE (BS program at CSU Long Beach).

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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 22, 2013
JIM CROW, Undead After All These Years While many trumpet a post-racial America, the bogus War On Drugs has swept millions of young people from poor black neighborhoods into the criminal justice system -- and into a lifetime of disfranchisement -- on the ruse of "getting tough on crime". Stripped of rights for life, the system amounts to a "colorblind" version of Jim Crow.
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Honeybee Democracy: The Occupy Movement as a Critique Of Hierarchy More than just a simple protest movement, the Occupy movement is modeling a highly successful alternative social organization that is leaderless, democratic, resilient -- and ancient.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 11, 2009
Democrats Complicit? No Wonder No Torture Investigations Pelosi knew about torture policy, maybe other Democrats too. No Wonder the foot-dragging on torture / war crimes investigations!
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Encouraging Experience at "Economic Recovery/Do Something Positive" House Meeting Last weekend, we attended an "Economic Recovery/Do Something Positive" house meeting, one of 3,587 hosted across the country. The idea that President Obama was actively soliciting input from these meetings was electrifying - after eight years of utter indifference to public opinion exhibited by the White House.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 7, 2008
Ode to Obama, to America, to US And ode to Barack Obama on the occasion of his election November 4, 2008 as the 44th President of the United States
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Reflections on Independence Day Reflections on Independence Day flag waving and one way to reclaim the meaning of our flag.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Advice to Democratic Party: Include Conditional Draft in September Iraq War Funding Bill Voters are going to abandon the Democratic Party unless it can repair its credibility in September. A reinstated troop drawdown timetable coupled with a conditional draft would be a good start.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 24, 2007
Impeachment a Transcendent Act Reasons for not delaying impeachment of the Bush Administration.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 23, 2006
The Administration Pumps Itself Up with the Torture Act The Military Commissions Act of 2006 is a clear sign of an administration on steroids.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 9, 2006
A Last Hope for our Democracy? (OpEdNews contributor Todd Huffman referred me.) This piece was inspired by my exasperation that so many otherwise intelligent and well-intentioned people among neighbors, friends and family don't seem to see the damage that is being inflicted upon our democratic institutions. I still think there's a chance to find common ground -- and start rebuilding our City on the Hill.