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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: www.barefootbruce.com). 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).
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.
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.