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Apocalyptic Rupture in the Right Wing Aether Monday, July 17, 2017 (5 comments)     

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Rules? We Don't Need No Stinking Rules! In corporations the higher you go the righter you are. Now we're seeing how this works in government as the GOP and the Trump administration create their daily pandemonium.

Climate Change Wednesday, July 12, 2017 (29 comments)     

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We've Stepped Over the Edge of Climate Change. If you think this is simply politics as usual, consider this. Our government is protecting the rights of the corporate entities that profit from this disaster rather than protecting us, our children and our grandchildren. At a deeper level, they are protecting their power to deny effective action to keep campaign funds flowing into their coffers.

Divorce balance - scale Thursday, June 29, 2017 (27 comments)     

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We Need a Divorce Before We Destroy Ourselves. I find the preservation of the union to be less important than the preservation of a representative democracy.

Boiling Frog Saturday, June 24, 2017 (5 comments)     

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The Boiled Frog Story: An Updated Version Is it too late for all us frogs to jump from the boiling water? Where would we go? No. We're cooked and the Republicans are turning up the heat a few more degrees anyway.

Politics Wednesday, June 21, 2017 (25 comments)     

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We're Slowly Replacing Politicians With Something Scarier Neither party represents my interests anymore. And a new kind of creature now occupies the White House. A non-political enigma who "walks and acts like a duck but isn't."

My name is not NIGGER Thursday, June 1, 2017 (16 comments)     

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The N word in America The use of the N word reveals much about the hidden psyche in America. A psyche that was born in the scandalous beginnings of the country that calls itself exceptional among all other nations.

Charging Bull - New York City Friday, May 26, 2017 (7 comments)     

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The True Soul of Deep America? Are we seeing the true soul of deep America now that our government is in the hands of the conservatives?

hate Friday, May 19, 2017 (19 comments)     

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Roger Ailes Didn't Invent Hate. He Was Just the Distributor? Roger Ailes died and we are the beneficiaries of the hate he distributed through his cable news organization. I had a big taste of it this week. It left we very worried for our society.

View of Pudong, Shanghai Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (1 comments)     

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China's New Silk Road $1.4 Trillion. U.S. Cuts Education Funding China is on the rise, and we're stuck with a political system that stays tangled up in its own underwear. No, I'm not proposing the Chinese system would work here, as Mr. Li points out in his TED presentation. But we had better start thinking outside this box of arrogance we live in. We now have some honest to goodness competition from all over the planet, and China is leading the way.

Scary Clown Trump Monday, May 15, 2017 (12 comments)     

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Strong Man Leadership or National Disgrace? Effective leadership is simple and complex at the same time. It is simple because it's based on a natural human connection. It's complex for the same reason. Human beings are complex and emotional, regardless of how steadfastly we insist that rational thinking will always triumph. Now we have the ultimate challenge to the question of effective leadership.

.If you show hypocrisy -- even to animals-- they know, oh my owner isn't really sincere.. - His Holines Monday, May 8, 2017     

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Let's Pause for Sanity. If you're religious, you might say that meditation and prayer are attempts to experience God. If not, you might say they're attempts to experience the true nature of reality. Either way, we should learn to respect each other's journey toward a common destination that goes by many names. It might save our shared reality we're so fond of arguing about.

House Republican Press Conference on Health Care Reform Friday, May 5, 2017 (4 comments)     

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House Republican's Health Care Bill: If It Walks Like a Duck The Republican Healthcare Bill is the rich person's tax relief plan of 2017. Understand the details before you take a position.

optical-illusions-9 Monday, May 1, 2017 (4 comments)     

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The Destructive Illusion of Certainty There is one cognitive bias that is very common in today's world of constant streaming data. It's called confirmation/disconfirmation bias. We find evidence for and against any proposition to validate what we already believe. In a practical sense, we believe the evidence that confirms our point of view and ignore what doesn't.

Justice, Peace, Compassion Thursday, April 27, 2017 (16 comments)     

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What Happened to Compassion? I read a quote some time ago, and I can't give credit to who said it. But to paraphrase, if we are going to keep pulling drowning people out down-river, we should figure out how to stop throwing them in up-river.

Antidisestablishmentarianism Friday, April 21, 2017 (11 comments)     

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Can I Learn to Stop Worrying and Love This Bomb? We all have a serious choice to make. And that choice is beginning to look like the last real freedom we have. With the takeover of government by the military industrial complex, only mass voter turnouts will balance the power.

Money Wednesday, April 12, 2017 (5 comments)     

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The United Airlines Incident Isn't Just About Airlines Look deeper into the causes that resulted in a man being mugged on an airline. A shift in corporate mission to maximum profits gave birth to this kind of treatment decades ago.

Replace Insecure https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4129/5096894782_0f5e6c15e4.jpg Wednesday, March 15, 2017 (2 comments)     

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'Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..." Continuing to make America great requires a continual supply of new people. Different people with different ideas. Otherwise, as we know, closed systems tend towards chaos and decay.

We have met the enemy... Wednesday, March 8, 2017 (44 comments)     

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We Are the Enemy. While a large portion of the country is frightened of foreign terrorism, the real enemy is our willingness to disqualify each other's opinions because of their political affiliation. We're harming ourselves.

Historic Brigham Young Academy (Now Provo City Library), Provo, Utah Saturday, March 4, 2017 (6 comments)     

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Let's Hear It For Those Kids in Private Schools! Sure school choice is good thing. Especially when you can ignore a bigger problem that causes the reason to choose a different school.

5818646-usa-flag-gavel-and-us- constitution-concept Friday, February 3, 2017 (5 comments)     

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Trump: "I will totally destroy the Johnson Amendment." Trump's statement was a nod to the Fundamentalist Christian Evangelical Right [i] who supported him. Their goal is that found in Christian Dominionism. His promise is another step in a well-organized plan that starts with the Home Schooling movement.

bull image Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (12 comments)     

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Is the Oval Office the Proverbial China Shop? The jobs replaced by automation won't come back. The terrorism done by American citizens won't be eliminated by banning immigrants. The deregulation of laws that protect us and our environment won't provide clean air and water. The wealth that accrues to the top one percent won't trickle down. The clueless billionaires who head up agencies they don't understand won't be the saviors of the common citizen.

2014_09_170006 - prejudiced Wednesday, January 25, 2017 (15 comments)     

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Believing Everything We Think: The Cognitive Bias that Keeps Us Stuck. We can't do anything to completely eliminate the cognitive biases that both help and hinder us. There are hundreds of them, and a quick Google search will turn up plenty for a rainy day's contemplation. But this article deals with just one of the many.

Kellyanne Conway Monday, January 23, 2017 (36 comments)     

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Alternative Facts are Real Facts During the last several years we have been traveling a road to perdition. This road being the road to different information sources to justify our opinions. So much so that we've arrived at a point where we've diminished the value of facts in favor of strongly held opinions.

open minded Saturday, January 21, 2017 (14 comments)     

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Science, Religion, or Both? Science tells us one story and religion another. Neither is complete. Neither offers absolutes. Together they offer profound new questions. In union, they can give us a depth of understanding that leads to a new level of comfort and assurance.

Thoughts create reality Tuesday, January 17, 2017 (2 comments)     

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The Pencil Points in our Reality The intrusions into our reality are often the golden moment of learning and new awareness.

Lies Thursday, December 15, 2016 (2 comments)     

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Is the Appeal of Fake News an Ominous Sign? Much of our inability to discern the truth from a lie is the absence of grounding or a baseline from which to judge. The public domain has been creating this void for years; this void being a "post fact" society.

Image created from image crediting Saturday, December 10, 2016 (20 comments)     

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Where Are We Going and Why? We can see the frightening symptoms all around us but few can identify the causes. It might be because they are so deeply embedded they are transparent to the casual observer. But we might have the answers under our noses.

Old Glory In Distress Tuesday, November 15, 2016 (7 comments)     

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Politics Be Damned! Unity Demands More. This is not about politics. We will never agree there. This is about our moral health. This is about the failure of the American promise.

Stop Hatin' Thursday, November 10, 2016 (7 comments)     

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We're Not All Haters Because Trump is President Elect. It's easy to fall prey to the idea that the United States is full of haters. That's only partially true. Most of us are disturbed and disappointed.

Lost Innocence Tuesday, October 18, 2016 (25 comments)     

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Bemoaning the Loss of Innocence. What Have We Wrought? How did we get from a time of innocence to the current election antics being played on the national stage? The theater of the absurd started some years back.

Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump - Caricatures Saturday, October 1, 2016 (7 comments)     

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Image or Substance? The Voter's Choice. This election is far too important to determine your choice using public image. Get the facts. They're out there. Find them and make your vote a well thought-out choice.

surprise Monday, August 15, 2016     

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And We're Surprised??? Are we really surprised at the rise of this man named Trump? Let's look at the culture that gives him nourishment.

Anti-Trump poster, NYC Friday, August 12, 2016 (15 comments)     

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How Did We Invent the Trump Candidacy? He has no credentials for the role for which he supposedly aspires. He is simply the product of a society that knows not its own power to create the illness he represents.

Trump Tuesday, August 9, 2016 (31 comments)     

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An open letter to my fellow progressives, The time to think of Donald Trump as a joke, an anomaly, is long past. For his loyal followers, he's the king. And they will be at the polling stations in large numbers anxious to bring an end to their misery by electing a man who understands their plight and will lead them back to the American dream that made America great. You can take this to the bank.

Shocked Girl Monday, July 18, 2016 (19 comments)     

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Three More Dead! Surprised? Really? We see these tragic events as single actions committed by individuals and fail to see the dynamics of a system that spawns them. To act as though systemic factors don't affect an individual's behavior is to assure that we'll keep seeing these horrific events unfold unabated in the future.

Trump Wednesday, July 13, 2016     

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Recent History of GOP Foretold Trump. How can such a controversial character like Trump be in the position to take his candidacy to the voters in November? It has a lot to do with the unstable condition of the Republican party and his equally disturbed supporter.

Destruction Thursday, June 30, 2016 (7 comments)     

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And the Beat Goes On: Mega-rich get richer. Society Crumbles Think of the Mideast. Think ISIS here. Think of terrorism. Terrorists don't attack us because of our freedoms. They attack out of desperation. Out of a frustration that comes with no future, and a feeling of impotence in the face of the continued economic violence committed in the name of corporate profits and greed. Corporations protected by the most powerful military in the history of the world. Ours!

Minneapolis Vigil - June 12, 2016 Orlando Pulse Shooting Monday, June 13, 2016     

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Fifty Dead in Orlando: The Latest Fatalities in World War III We fail to see that we've lost the objective while we fight about whether "guns kill people" or "people kill people." Whether drones create more terrorists when we kill their leaders. We fail the see that we all victims of this war. Even the perpetrators who pull the triggers or fly the drones are victims.

David Perdue - Caricature Friday, June 10, 2016 (4 comments)     

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Did Senator Perdue Really Pray for the President's Death? Here we have a perfect storm of inferential leaping and dog whistle politics. Ms. Woodruff's headline leaps to a conclusion that her report doesn't support unless one can hear the dog whistle"or simply concede the old saying, "the large print giveth and the fine print taketh away."

Paul Ryan Caricature Friday, June 3, 2016 (10 comments)     

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Ryan Accepts Trump. Move Along. Nothing to See Here. Please be assured I'm not singling Mr. Ryan out for criticism. He's a politician and a successful one at that. He's just more obvious because of his elevated status. I'm afraid his quick-change expertise is just an example of business as usual in our political system.

nature walk's Monday, August 17, 2015 (14 comments)     

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Who's Selling Your Grandchildren's Futures for Political Gain. Climate is changing. You can just believe what you've decided to believe, ignore the obvious current weather anomalies and let your grandkids fend for themselves or begin to find out the facts and what we need to do. It's your choice.

Manhattan Tuesday, August 11, 2015 (2 comments)     

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I'm No scientist. I'm a Worried Grandfather. Everything is preceded by some causal event. If this is true, it must follow that events today will cause events tomorrow and all the tomorrows of our future. So given our seeming inability to deal with our real issues and instead focus on simple-minded concerns like some movie star's sexual orientation, one hundred years from now things might look like this:

The steeple of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Charleston, Friday, June 19, 2015 (3 comments)     

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National Illusion Crumbles In South Carolina Nine black people die at the hands of a young white supremacist. He admitted his motive was to start a race war. And still one half of this nation is twisting itself into contortions to protect the illusion that overt racism wasn't the reason for his actions.

Support Iran Protests! #Iranelection Friday, June 12, 2015 (7 comments)     

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Rosewater, a Film Full of Parallels At first I was stunned at the ubiquitous display of propaganda all over Tehran; on the side of buildings, signs and bill boards everywhere. But then it occurred to me, there are parallels here too. But in America the propaganda is not about the religion of Islam. It's about Western religion, capitalism.

The Dome of the Rock - .The most contested piece of real estate on eart Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (6 comments)     

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Who Speaks for Sincere Believers of All Faith Traditions? We're on a very slippery slope as long as reasonable people, Christians, Muslims, and Jews, the true children of Abraham, allow themselves to be represented by the lunatic fringe.

an unwitting victim...bwahahhahahaa Saturday, February 14, 2015 (3 comments)     

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Despicable Act in Chapel Hill: Victims Include the Shooter As senseless as the loss of three promising young people was, they were not the only victims of this horrendous act. The killer is a victim of a sick subculture in our society.

Grace Cathedral 06 Monday, February 9, 2015 (22 comments)     

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He's at it Again: Pope Teaching True Christianity! To these Pauline Christians, the task of extricating extremist right wing politics from their perverted religious interpretations is onerous. An onerous task made more difficult because when their form of religion is used as an ideological pretext to political ambitions, there is no inspirational core on which to stan

JeSuisCharlie-4 Monday, January 12, 2015 (6 comments)     

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"Je suis Charlie" Me Too! To add fuel to the roaring fire, certain news organizations and individuals have rushed to condemn all Muslims for the acts of an infinitesimal, disenfranchised minority. Some claiming that the Muslim community doesn't do enough to protest these horrible actions being committed in the name of Islam. Wrong again. Tens of thousands of true Muslims have protested all over the world, France included.

Secret Comedy Podcast 06 - 2 August 2013 Wednesday, December 17, 2014 (3 comments)     

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Sicker Than Our Secrets We only need to look as far as the success of Fox News to find a thermometer. Have you ever thought about why a channel independently proven to be falsifying facts and misinforming viewers is the leading cable news organization?

Image from page 28 of .The gospel of slavery : a primer of freedom. ( Monday, December 8, 2014 (6 comments)     

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We're as Sick as Our Secrets You see, the problem is that until we can openly admit that our country's foundation is crazed through with injustices, we will all continue to be victims. Whether it be the Michael Browns or the people who kill them or the friends and families who suffer their losses; all victims of the same systemic illness we see, deflect, deny, project, and in every other way resist every day of our lives.

Amtrak, Train Wednesday, October 22, 2014 (2 comments)     

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I Took a Trip on a Train and I thought About... Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Mercer were looking at America in 1939. I was looking at America in 2014. I wondered what had caused so much change. Then it came to me. We were in the southern red states where the Republican economic policies abound in freedoms.

old school Tuesday, October 21, 2014 (1 comments)     

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Degradation of Our Educational System is Canary in the Mineshaft Our graduates carry a debt load of $1.2 trillion dollars while the cost of a college degree in the United States has increased "12 fold" over the past 30 years, far outpacing the price inflation of consumer goods, medical expenses and food.

ISIL Flag Monday, September 29, 2014 (3 comments)     

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Bombing the Mideast for Fun and Profit The Bush administration sold us the need for the invasion that created the instability and now we are being sold the fable that the problems in the Mideast are caused by religious extremism. If we think critically about this we will see that, although religious extremism is the apparent reason, it is a symptom of much deeper issues.

Ignorance-is-a-virus.-Once-it-starts-spreading-it-can-only-be-cured-b Tuesday, September 23, 2014 (1 comments)     

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Willful Ignorance: An American Ideal? Economist Paul Krugman's, comment explains what will happen, "When faith meets evidence, evidence doesn't stand a chance." And this is the culture media for willful ignorance to flourish.

Replace Insecure https://farm6.static.flickr.com/5480/14237076653_4b9202114e_n.jpg Monday, September 15, 2014 (16 comments)     

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Who's Responsible for Your Morality? Although most elements of our unique brand of American Christian extremism have earned our rebuke, we might dismiss something very important in the process of our rejection. Religion is, in more instances than not, a practical road to individual moral development. The problems show up when people don't complete the journey.

MidEast_Cultural_Historical_Zones_lg Thursday, September 11, 2014 (2 comments)     

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Bombing ISIS or Not. It shouldn't be difficult to understand the emergence of this wave of religious fundamentalism around the world. When revered models have remained undisturbed for long periods and are suddenly disturbed, any kind of aberrant behavior is to be expected. A return to the most fundamental beliefs of that model seems like the most grounded place from which to defend against the disturbance.

obama getting high : smoke shop mural upper haight street, san francis Wednesday, September 3, 2014 (13 comments)     

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Bad President, Bad, Bad! Recently, I developed two theories about the constant nitpicking complaints and downright obscene insults thrown at this president. The obvious reason is his color. In a country with institutionalized racism, a tan-colored man in the White House is an omen. But the deeper reason that probably exists at a subconscious level: Bush II

Image from page 5 of .The life and death of Dr. Martin Lvther; the pa Tuesday, August 26, 2014 (19 comments)     

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Blame it on Luther. What we're seeing is society honoring the moral authority of unqualified people who may or may not even be mentally stable. When we decree the individual and his epistemology to be sacrosanct with no further investigations or qualifications we have the moral chaos we see in America today.

2014-8-17 hands up Wednesday, August 20, 2014     

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Not More of the Same on Ferguson, MO While Americans line up on either side of the events in Ferguson we are missing an important tool for reconciliation. Our racial tensions arise from very fundamental differences in our cultural contexts and the meanings that shape who we are as individuals. The issue is not color of skin. That's the marker. The issues are shaped by historical narratives that create the moods that predispose behaviors on both sides.

blinding glimpse Monday, August 18, 2014 (17 comments)     

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Obfuscate = Re-elect = Going Nowhere. But We're Making Good Time. While our politicians' obfuscate, the media aids and abets under the guise of neutrality. The effect is to obscure the facts with pettifogging flotsam and jetsam.

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