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KEVIN STODA-has been blessed to have either traveled in or worked in nearly 100 countries on five continents over the past two and a half decades.--He sees himself as a peace educator and have been-- a promoter of good economic and social development--making-him an enemy of my homelands humongous DEFENSE SPENDING and its focus on using weapons to try and solve global issues.
"I am from Kansas so I also use the pseudonym 'Kansas' and 'alone' when I write and publish.- I-keep two blogs--one with BLOGGER and one with WORDPRESS.- My writings range from reviews to editorials or to travel observations.- I also make recommendations related to policy--having both a-strong background in teaching foreign languages and degrees in teaching in history and the social sciences.--As a Midwesterner, I also write on religion and living out ones faith whether it be as a Christian, Muslim or Buddhist perspective."
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, May 1, 2020 MayDay! MayDay! MayDay!
"Mayday is an emergency procedure word used internationally as a distress signal in voice-procedure radio communications.
It is used to signal a life-threatening emergency primarily by aviators and mariners, but in some countries local organizations such as firefighters, police forces, and transportation organizations also use the term."
Now, Let me Call Out: MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY here in Missouri, too.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 1, 2020 Kansas City (Missouri and Kansas) , A Tale of Two States and the Corona Virus
As a political, social and medical experiment one can juxtapose two state governors (A Kansan Democratic one and a Pro-Trump GOP one) and their responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Or, you can compare wealthy urban vs. inner city or suburban responses to the virus pandemic. The author does this by looking at lives in Metropolitan Kansas City
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, March 30, 2020 Corona Shock Doctrine Opportunity based on Historical Reflection of Quarantined lands
I predict that in the second half of 2020, peoples in the West-after months of suffereing with a global pandemic will demand changes as they go into the streets and visit the seats of power to reclaim sovereignities that these same masses have missed out on.
They will at least temporarily kick out those who are seen as representatives of the 1% or 0.1%. i.e. who have the most representative or dictatorial powers
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 23, 2020 To my Dear Trump-Supporting Relatives
I am aware that many of you have defriended me on Facebook for my progressive views about reforming the country after so many bad decades of no or low wage growth in your towns and villages in rural Missouri. I don't condemn you, and Iunderstand how your anti-education, anti-multicultural, and anti-immigrant (or anti-newcomer bent) came to be in the first place.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, December 16, 2019 If I Ran as a Progressive Republican Against Trump Would He Threaten My Life?
In they were not a fringe group but important, determined men at the heart of the party, with "Fighting Bob" La Follette, governor of and later senator from Wisconsin, at their head. He was joined by Sen. Hiram Johnson of California, Senators Borah of Idaho, Norris of Nebraska, Beveridge of Indiana. They were followed by teachers, city councilors, legislators, writers, and most articulate of all, by journalist William A White
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 6, 2019 A Place where America Needs to Turn for Help
Every evening and morning, I look out at the Kansas City VA Medical Center just down the hill from where I live here off Linwood Avenue in eastern Kansas City, Missouri. It is also a place where Vets go to get help as well as a place to go to commit suicide.
SHARE Sunday, September 29, 2019 Censorship of Teachers and Students
All of our lives we face some sort of censorship from media, but our schools are called to do the same. How many good teachers have been tossed aside do to self-censorship or open censorship in schools and educational settings in the USA? How many students have had their right to protest and to write under first amendment been hampered by censorship?
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 15, 2019 Review of G.S. Griffin's RACISM IN KANSAS CITY
What do you know about Racism in your hometown? Have you ever studied the history of your own town through the eyes of racism's role in its history? Kevin Stoda who lives in Kansas City does this in reading G.S. Griffin's RACISM IN KANSAS CITY. He then argues that it should be required reading in local schools and colleges
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 15, 2019 "Our Slave Heritage and Family Hero"--Recollections of Oman and slave heritage by a young Omani
Americans talk about slavery and our generations who have lived in the wake of slavery. In Oman, a country that only abolished slavery in 1970, people are even more intimate with slavery and how it had affected development of modern families. This is a short essay by one Omani student reflecting on her grandfather and ancestors who were slaves in the family. It then ends in an appeal to Omanis to seize the day & hard work.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 21, 2019 Review- Gina Apostol's INSURRECTO, a tale of American and Filipino Memories that most of us need to be aware of
Pulitzer-Prize winning author, Viet Thanh Nguyen, has surmised, Apostol's book of memes and memories, "INSURRECTO', plunges us into the vortex of memory, history, and war." INSURRECTO takes American readers to the land of the Philippines as defined by cinema, yellow journalism, popular sports figures (like Mohammed Ali) and Youtube videos. It takes present day Overseas Working Filipinos on a tour of what it is like to live in
SHARE Sunday, December 2, 2018 The Southernization of America
Even in the 1960s, as small kid, I knew that there was something wrong with my father's supporting the Southern Hero George Wallace for President. We lived in Illinois Dekalb county, which appears to have had several sundown towns in the decades of his childhood. (Several Northern counties in Illinois voted heavily in Wallace's favor.). Similarly, I knew that something was very wrong in America when the Nazis in Skokie
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 6, 2018 Most people on this planet do not perceive Maps nor Directions in the same way Americans do?
The important thing to comprehend is that people have maps in their heads for the places they live, so many seldom use a road name (or refer to a two-dimensional map) to comprehend where the borders or grids in their heads are at work. Meanwhile, American tourists traveling through these countries are looking in vain for street names on maps they have come across.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 11, 2018 What was the main thing that USA failed to learn after WWII and is costing us so dearly to this very day?
In their work, Junke and Hunter have explained that Kennan had very often shared that almost unequivocally, "Americans who expected the full fruits of total victory [in the late 1940s]" had failed to understand the war. It was one case of a wider phenomenon, the 'failure to appreciate the limitations of war in general--any war--as a vehicle for the achievement of the objectives of the democratic state.'"
(10 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 17, 2018 How I spent this Father's Day Weekend as Pilgrim at MSD High in Parkland, FL
This father took time to go on Father's Day morning to visit Parkland High School, where students have been leading a national movement to end needless mass-shootings in America. As both a teacher and a father, the author sees this as a pilgrimage to end the horrible status quo of the past 2 decades.