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Author, columnist, and blogger with a long career in business management, management consulting and executive coaching. I've authored and published eight books: "You, Your Self and the 21st Century,"The Flowers Are Talking to Me," and "Faith Stirred Not Shaken," Christianity in America, "The Martian Prelude," Faith Stirred not Shaken, 2nd edition," "On Coaching with The Birkman Method." "On Coaching with The Birkman Method," and coming soon is my new book, "Loosing" Your Mind: Liberating Your Intellect for Critical Thinking." For sale at your favorite booksellers or the publisher's site: booklocker.com

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Gun and alcohol, From ImagesAttr
(36 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 13, 2014
Illinois Is Now on Board. We Can Carry Concealed Weapons in Every State. I don't propose taking guns away from hunters and sports enthusiasts. I have no illusions about getting rid of almost 300 million guns. But I do have confidence that if we were to simply agree that the statistics point to something real and decide to do something productive about them, I believe we can come up with a solution that would honor our 2nd amendment rights and protect innocent people from lethal gun violen
By @supreme_elo_him .Amazingly this piece by Michael #D'Antuono was #Banned by Ebay the same day #George #Zimmerman sold a painting on #Ebay for #100k. #hypocrisy #veritism #realtalk #truth #love #instagood #artporn #painting #rip #trayvon #Martin #racism, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 24, 2014
Don't be Fooled: Black Racism Causes White Racism So even though I've got my theories about why racism is worse now than before President Obama's election, the final question has remained open until today. But finally I found an answer, in of all places, a piece on Fox News by Travis Gettys on rawstory.com.
Nightmare, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 15, 2013
The Primary American Meme: Be Afraid. Memes in America are sometimes designed to create a fearful populace and insight emotional responses. Fearful people are easier to convince that your particular brand of protection is needed.
Christian teachings, From ImagesAttr
(72 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 26, 2013
What Jesus said and What the Christian Lunatic Fringe Hears. How certain segments of the Christian religion has morphed into the opposite of Christ's teachings.
Ken Langone Threatens Pope Francis, From ImagesAttr
(41 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 3, 2014
This Pope Makes Me Want to be an Atheist When I apply this pope's words, most of the atheists I know are better Christians than many of the Christians I know.
Lay it down, From ImagesAttr
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 16, 2013
Ethan Couch: An Example of the Pathology of Wealth Ethan Couch is a victim of an illness that is destroying this country and the democracy we all love to brag about. It's, in Chris Hedges' words, "the pathology of wealth." A pathology manifest in our adulation of the super rich; allowed by the unexamined belief that our day will come and we will join their ranks. Why? Because we still believe in an American dream that's been dying for the last four decades.
Concept: Your mess, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Success has Many Fathers While Failure is an Orphan What does it take to clean up our own messes? Our society's norms aren't going to help.
All the words, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 28, 2013
The Power of Language We forget how powerful language is to create and change our circumstances.
Pope Francis - Caricature, From ImagesAttr
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Pope Francis:Religious Fundamentalism is Blind to Reality. Me: It's Delusional. Last year, "Kathleen Taylor, a neurologist at Oxford University, said that recent developments suggest that we will soon be able to treat religious fundamentalism and other forms of ideological beliefs potentially harmful to society as a form of mental illness."
Freedom Renewed: Libertarian Visionaries, From ImagesAttr
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 28, 2013
What Price Education? What Price None? Can we afford not to educate our young people in a world of competitive countries with growing middle classes who want the same things we want.
Yin_Yang, From ImagesAttr
(38 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 26, 2013
The Yin and Yang of Racism in America Yes, racism is a big problem in America. But there are least two sides to the story and lame-brained commentary doesn't make it easier to understand.
.The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.. -Mark Twain, From ImagesAttr
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 17, 2013
Religious Truths? Don't Be So Sure. Are there religious truths? If we claim that our beliefs are truer than the others, how do we prove our claim?
From flickr.com/photos/63106298@N02/8577206423/: Teddy Bears and Bruises, From Images
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 29, 2013
Spanking Babies for God: Why America is the Most Violent First World Country. We teach our children violence when we spank them. We even have a Christian book detailing how to use it to "train up" a child.
Money, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 12, 2017
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.
Devil inside 224/365, From ImagesAttr
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 11, 2014
If Corporations Are People, Pope Francis is Exorcist. Well, contrary to the Vatican's official position, I think the Pope is an exorcist. One of the most important exorcists ever. I'll call him an Exorcist Extraordinaire. And he is appearing at exactly the right time in history.
Paul Ryan Refers to Pope Francis as Some Guy, From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 6, 2014
Pope's Actions Expose The Search for a Superior Moral Justification for Selfishness. John Kenneth Galbraith gave us a something to think about when he wrote, "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."
Feast and Famine, From ImagesAttr
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 7, 2013
Limited Resources + Unlimited Consumption = Trouble Population growth, increased consumption, and finite resources will eventually lead to significant issues for the web of life on planet Earth.
From flickr.com: Climate Change, From Images
(29 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 12, 2017
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.
From ImagesAttr
(123 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 1, 2014
Children, You're Not Welcome Here! On the surface one might ask what happened to America's big heart? The one that donates time, money, physical help to people in natural disasters in foreign countries. The country that is the home of tens of thousands of young men and women who have given their lives in defense of other homelands?
Barack Obama - .Trust me.., From ImagesAttr
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 28, 2013
Breaking News: Obama Finally Tells the Truth. He finally tells the truth and confirms all the vicious rumors. What a relief. Thank you Mr. President.
trayvonvigil_26_feb_13_DSC_0021, From ImagesAttr
(32 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 30, 2013
I Wasn't a Racist as a Young Man but I Am Now. I grew up in a sundown town and didn't know I was a racist until I left. Now I own and manage my racism but will never be cured.
Grace Cathedral 06, From ImagesAttr
(22 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 9, 2015
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
Politics, From FlickrPhotos
(25 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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."
Destruction, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 30, 2016
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!
HATE IS A STRONG WORD, From ImagesAttr
(42 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 16, 2013
Do We Hate Each Other in America? The truth is the nation was never unified. It was dominated by an archetype from one of the eleven nations that make up America. And the upheaval we suffer is shaped by a futile effort of that group (think Republican Party here) to maintain domination rather than share power.
Michelle Bachman speaking., From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Michelle Bachman: We Don't Need No Stinking Facts. She's not running and we'll miss her contributions to the post facts national dialogue.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 17, 2013
The Three Poisons of Human Suffering The Buddha's approach to understanding suffering and it's antidotes
stupid, From ImagesAttr
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 5, 2013
"The dulling of humanity: Humans aren't getting smarter, they say. We're getting stupider. Are we drowning in stupid ideas? If so, why? Two factors seem to be merging to create our current circumstances.
IMGP9445, From ImagesAttr
(67 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 4, 2013
Is There a War on Christianity or is it on Evangelizing? Religions are based on propositions that attempt to explain what we don't understand. But certain people are not satisfied to respect religious choice as personal.
9-12 March in DC-29, From ImagesAttr
(20 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 14, 2013
More Blatant Racism From Rural America Racism raises its ugly head in Missouri at a backwater fair rodeo.
Old man watching the beach, From FlickrPhotos
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 22, 2018
What's happening to us old white men? Are old white men the last group we can generalize about? If so, why? Some old white men have suffered more than anyone else at the hands of other old white men.
Chaos, From Uploaded
(55 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 26, 2020
What's Beneath the Chaos We're Experiencing. Today, three primary dynamics have been at work in our society for several decades. When taken to extremes, they create a good deal of mischief in the form of society's convulsions. This article describes those dynamics.
Kellyanne Conway, From FlickrPhotos
(36 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 23, 2017
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.
Gavel and Sound Block, From ImagesAttr
(60 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 14, 2013
Zimmerman Free. Martin Dead. The Rest of Us Languish in a Hobbesian Trap. The national condition that gives rise to the tragedies like Trayvon Martin's death were described by Hobbes 500 years ago.
Shocked Girl, From FlickrPhotos
(19 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 18, 2016
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.
FMSC Distribution Partner - Philippines, From ImagesAttr
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 21, 2013
Bachmann Strikes Again: Don't Work = Don't Eat. Making the claim that those who do not work should not eat is a direct result of a failure to see the real world and its complexities.
25/365: A post-truth world, full of alternative facts?, From FlickrPhotos
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Why don't facts convince anyone anymore? Have you ever failed to convince another person even though you had the facts? Probably yes, right? There's a relatively simple explanation.
.Your Faith Has Made You Well., From ImagesAttr
(46 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Faith: An Antidote to a Form of Neurotic Christianity? Is the faith that can emerge from doubt be the cure for the modern perverted form of Christian teachings?
Decisions, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 14, 2020
No One Can Pass the Democrat's Litmus Tests For some reason, the American mind seems to be oblivious to systems thinking, i.e., how the many systems within which we live affect our actions. This gives us an impoverished model to predict how a politician will act in the future. We cannot only consider the individual and not the circumstances within which that person behaved in the past. We do so at our own peril.
all crossed up now -- who are you really? scott richard, From FlickrPhotos
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 11, 2020
The Terrorism of Fundamental Evangelical Christianity Speaking of perversions, there is a pernicious religious flavoring in the United States that corrupts the very basis of our inborn moral nature. And that religious flavoring is Fundamental Christian Evangelicalism and it has been insinuating itself into our government since Ronald Reagan.
Lost Innocence, From FlickrPhotos
(25 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 18, 2016
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.
International Day of Happiness, From ImagesAttr
(26 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 31, 2013
Louis CK: "Everything is amazing and nobody is happy." We've been taught to collect facts, figures, data and information and in the process stopped listening to our hearts.
From flickr.com: We have met the enemy..., From Images
(44 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 8, 2017
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.
God's Ray, From ImagesAttr
(31 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 10, 2013
God Doesn't Need Us. We Do! Let's replace our practice of praising and worshiping our gods with taking care of each other.
Demilitarize the Police, Black Lives Matter, From FlickrPhotos
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 6, 2020
So What's Wrong With The Present- Day Social Justice Warriors? The SJW's seem to be "woke" to so many social injustices and fail to see they are privileged to be living on the corpse of the dead culture t
Happy New year greeting card for 2020, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Functioning Well in a Dysfunctional Society How can we function well in a dysfunctional society? The answer has to do with the long view and owning your observer.
.Judge not, that ye be not judged.. - Matthew 7:1, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 12, 2013
Is a Neurotic Form of Christianity Destroying America? Religion should connect not separate, yet in instance after instance the opposite is true in America.
Boiling Frog, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 24, 2017
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.
Pope Francis Facepalms Paul Ryan, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Pope Francis = 1: Paul Ryan = 0 A couple of offhand thoughts: Mr. Ryan is a Roman Catholic, so I know he wouldn't lie. I think he just misunderstood the pope. Or maybe he's just so convinced that his party's positions are so correct that he is willing to risk the ire of the Church to correct this pope.
cyclotron, From ImagesAttr
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 2, 2013
"Spooky Action at a Distance." Einstein Is science beginning to explain much of what we have considered pseudo-science for so long?
Change through Disaster, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 25, 2013
Where can we find a more relevant example of organized irresponsibility than Washington, D.C.? Organized irresponsibility is destroying our planet while we insist on maximizing shareholder value.
NRA, exploiting a tragedy to advance a pre-existing political and economic agenda, From FlickrPhotos
(101 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Mood of Fear = Need for Concealed Carry Here's something to think about: "The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."
Ignorance-is-a-virus.-Once-it-starts-spreading-it-can-only-be-cured-by-reason.-For-the-sake-of-humanity-we-must-be-that-cure.Neil-deGrasse-Tyson-quotes, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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.
open minded, From FlickrPhotos
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 21, 2017
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.
Easter Sunset La Jolla Lights ~ Artistic, From ImagesAttr
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 8, 2013
America was founded as a Christian nation: Another Fantasy from the Right. Among the many fantasies coming from the religious right is "America was founded as a Christian nation. The founder would be very surprised if they were alive today.
2013 Easter Egg Hunt, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 23, 2013
A Christian Story for Easter. How accurate is the Easter story? Might it be influenced by other factors?
Sophisticated GOP Campaign Literature, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Government Shutdown: A Ploy of the Christian Right? It should concern us all that there is a well-funded movement pressing science, intellectual discourse, and reason out of the public domain and attempting to replace them with pre-enlightenment thinking or, in Harris's words, with "a vastitude of ignorance."
.Science and religion are not at odds. Science is simply too young to understand.. -Dan Brown, From ImagesAttr
(30 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Do We Need Religion? Religion is getting a bad rap today. Do we need it or can we do just fine without it?
David Gregory Caricature, From ImagesAttr
(28 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 27, 2013
Facts Don't Matter In Politics Why try to provide the facts to support an argument? Why spend countless hours scanning the Internet for information that will expose the truths underlying the artifice we call reality?
divided, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 20, 2018
An Antidote to the Poison in our National Narrative? We can recover from this devastating polarity but it will take an enormous effort.
God Light, From ImagesAttr
(95 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 28, 2013
God vs. god. Does our displacement of the sacred allow the inhumanity that plagues the planet?
The Supreme Court, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 10, 2020
Another Nail in Democracy's Coffin. Thanks SCOTUS! Keep in mind SCOTUS have lifetime appointments. We can plainly see how the conservative design for long range control is being played out. With the help of Mitch McConnell, we now have a well-entrenched conservative activist court that will last far beyond the demise of this reactive political formation that calls itself the Republican Party.
PopeFrancis_03, From ImagesAttr
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The New Pope Did What? Why would a new Pope reject the core doctrines of the Church he leads?
hate, From FlickrPhotos
(19 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 19, 2017
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.
Anti-Trump poster, NYC, From FlickrPhotos
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 12, 2016
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.
Mary's Christmas Museum 2012 - Inclusive Christmas, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 11, 2013
What Did the Buddha Teach to Make Our Christmas Joyful? While O'Reilly and his Fox friends yammer on about their imaginary war, (their form of crass commercialism for personal gain) this column offers an antidote that might be more useful.
Church steps and doors, From ImagesAttr
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 10, 2013
Fundamentalism, Ignorance and Fear for Profit. In our postmodern, fact-free democracy my ignorance is as good as your knowledge and I can prove it. Just check the wealth of those who purvey their fear as fact.
10070024, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Should Medicare Really Pay for Seniors' Penis Pumps? I need to laugh because if I don't, I will cry uncontrollably. Why? I read the above item the morning after I was reviewing charges to Medicare for the foam rubber filter on my CPAP breathing machine. It is approximately 1 & inches by inch by inch and Medicare is charged $13.99. It's a stretch to say it has $.01 worth of material in it.
Tax - Money, From FlickrPhotos
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Taxes are the Lifeblood of a Healthy Society When money doesn't come back into society (like from taxes) and it's kept out of circulation, society gets to a point where it simply can't function. Here's some news that has been proven fake for forty years: Keep taxes low on the uber wealthy and benefits will trickle down to the rest of us.
.If you show hypocrisy -- even to animals-- they know, oh my owner isn't really sincere.. - His Holiness the Great 14th Dalai Lama,  Speaking on Ethics, Delhi University, India,  3/21/2012, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 8, 2017
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.
Adam Schiff, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 26, 2020
"Because right matters. The truth matters. Otherwise we're lost." Adam Schiff. Republicans biggest sin is the destruction of "right and truth." By allowing and defending a renegade president they are corrupting the core values at the soul of this nation. If the United States has been anything, it has been the promise of right and truth; the right contained in a judicial system governed by the rule of law; the truth defended by a free press. Both institutions run by fallible human beings and not always a
My name is not NIGGER, From FlickrPhotos
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 1, 2017
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.
2014_09_170006 - prejudiced, From FlickrPhotos
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 25, 2017
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.
Scary Clown Trump, From FlickrPhotos
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 15, 2017
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.
House Republican Press Conference on Health Care Reform, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 5, 2017
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.
Rodin - Gates of Hell, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 28, 2014
Does Jan Brewer's Veto Unlock the Gates of Hell? The very effect the Christian right fears is being caused by their own extreme and misguided ideology. In the void created by the absence of religion, our young people are learning their values from popular culture.
From flickr.com: very old glory, From Images
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 8, 2017
And the Winner Is? The End of the American Century. While we diddle with insignificant populist issues, China is uniting itself with Europe and Africa to from a geophysical economic system that will dominate for the next century.
A God for Everyone, From ImagesAttr
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 9, 2014
Thou Shalt Have No False Gods Before Me. I don't believe in a god who only loves the superstitious, anti-intellectual, heterosexual, white Anglo-Saxon, Protestant archetype. You know, the false idol of the extremes of American Christianity.
bull image, From FlickrPhotos
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 31, 2017
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.
View of Pudong, Shanghai, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 17, 2017
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.
Apocalyptic Rupture in the Right Wing Aether, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 17, 2017
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.
Lazy day! #lazy #lazyday #lazysunday #afternoons #outside #relaxing #blueshorts #malemodel #model #loafers #legs #hair #wicker #or #whicker #scar #brownshoes #shoes #easter #eastersunday #springtime #rainyday #porch by @brandn4 was liked by the outdoor wi, From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 13, 2014
We Don't Need No Stinking Jobs. We Got Government Benies. The theory X advocate says most people are inherently lazy, dislike work and will avoid it if they can. The theory Y advocate says that most people are ambitious and self-motivated and will exercise self-control. They are motivated to work. So who's right?
From flickr.com/photos/83057948@N07/27539968434/: Trump, From Images
(31 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 9, 2016
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.
Charging Bull - New York City, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 26, 2017
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?
Thoughts create reality, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 17, 2017
The Pencil Points in our Reality The intrusions into our reality are often the golden moment of learning and new awareness.
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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.
Divorce balance - scale, From FlickrPhotos
(27 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 29, 2017
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.
Cleansing Flood, From ImagesAttr
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Christian Apologetics: Revisting Faith and Reason Can we come to faith through reason? What happens when reason fails us? We must deconstruct to find the universal human truths in our holy texts.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Having Faith in an Enchanted Universe Is religion as guilty as science for disenchanting the universe. Does faith in the unknown require the universe to be re-enchanted? Or does the long arc of evolution deserve our faith unaided by human stories and explanations?
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 30, 2014
Pope Francis Strikes Again: This Time It's Abortion Even though I am no longer a practicing member, I was raised and educated Roman Catholic and I still believe abortion is morally wrong for any reason. But even though I abhor the practice, I don't think it's my place to dictate how another person lives her life.Even though I am no longer a practicing member, I was raised and educated Roman Catholic and I still believe abortion is morally wrong for any reason.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 4, 2020
A Not-Trump Controversy Dr.Peterson point out that our ideological possessions limits our ability to have honest dialog. The ironic part of this phenomena is that while he campaigns against the ideological trances that possess us, his critics demonstrate how possessed they've become.
Magic Kingdom 181, From FlickrPhotos
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Notes From Fantasyland I think here is a direct connection to the fact that the United States is one of the most religious countries in the modern world; an especially pernicious brand of Christianity not seen anywhere but here. And for that to be true, the difference between fantasy and reality are particularly difficult to distinguish.
Antidisestablishmentarianism, From FlickrPhotos
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 21, 2017
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.
Les armes de la foi 2, From ImagesAttr
(33 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 24, 2014
General Boykin: Owning an AR-15 is Biblical. So in this unique American version of fundamentalist Christianity, the Lord has cleaved society into at least two camps: Those who will do the slaying and those who will be slain. What better reason to own an automatic weapon, as General Boykin urges, than to be on the side of those doing the slaying, in the name of Jesus, of course?
The Dome of the Rock - .The most contested piece of real estate on earth., From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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.
Fiery Sunset., From ImagesAttr
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 14, 2013
A Reflection on a God in America Here's the key question: Am I being blasphemous by asking these questions or are those who believe in this particular and peculiar American god? Let's explore together.
Stop Hatin', From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 10, 2016
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.
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(54 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 21, 2014
More Guns: Symptom of Illness in Society As counter-intuitive as it may sound, that the social norms are the reason for the pathology, the evidence is undeniable. We are living in a society that is tearing itself apart, ostensibly to save itself.
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(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 17, 2015
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.
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(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 28, 2013
The Redistribution of Wealth Continues Wealth is being redistributed from the bottom to the top but the mega rich will never have enough.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 17, 2014
The Fading Artifice of American Democracy The American illusion of a representative democracy has strayed too far from the reality. Regardless of what he or she says during elections, no individual politician's promises will ever shape his or her party's platform. Collaboration for the benefit of our society is an obsolete concept.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 15, 2017
'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.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 14, 2015
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.
5818646-usa-flag-gavel-and-us- constitution-concept, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 3, 2017
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.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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.
Albert Einstein - It is difficult to say what truth is, but sometime--, From ImagesAttr
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 3, 2013
The Truth is Too Messy for Church How can the most religious modern country in the world, ignore its own religious teachings with such impunity?
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(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 15, 2014
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.
Oppressed (?) Christians, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Religious Freedom: Free to Leave If You Don't Believe. "Fox News host Dana Perino this week suggested that atheists should leave the country instead of trying to maintain the separation of church and state." I wonder what she has in mind for agnostics.
Sisters Arguing, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 20, 2020
Another Reason We Can't Talk to Each Other As one can plainly see when viewing from a more objective stance, the price of ideological possession is regressive individual behavior. It shows up on our inability to see the consequences of our actions even when they negatively affect others.
Benghazi, From ImagesAttr
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 11, 2013
The Benghazi Story: The Great American Ripoff. Who's telling the truth? Will we ever know as long as politics is so polarized?
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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.
.A Nation with the Soul of a Church...., From FlickrPhotos
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 31, 2017
Truth is Lost in Our National Hallucination As we can readily see by the everyday mistruths from the president and the silence from his party, we can forget the truth. The only thing that counts is sustaining the hallucination that is the United States. For instance, "We were once great and we're going to make America Great Again." "We are a Christian nation and are blessed by God above all others."
Trump, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 13, 2016
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.
Image from page 28 of .The gospel of slavery : a primer of freedom. (1864), From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 8, 2014
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.
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(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 4, 2013
Is Darwinian Evolution a Complete Explanation of Life? Is Darwin's theory of evolution the complete explanation? I suspect there is a lot more to know and some of it is covered in this article.
#Chomsky #awakening, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Corona Crisis: A Symptom of the Neoliberal Plague When you want to blame capitalism for our plight, you're only halfway right. It's not the system. It's the neoliberal plague that's infected it for forty years.
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(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 7, 2013
American Dystopia Anyone but the deluded, clueless and/or marginally conscious can see the crisis is being created by the very congress that claims it's Mr. Obama's fault for not being willing to negotiate away a law passed by the congress, tested by the Supreme Court and ratified again by an election of the same president.
Justice, Peace, Compassion, From FlickrPhotos
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 27, 2017
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.
I Think Therefore I Am Dangerous, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 25, 2017
The Dangers of Free Speech Do we really want free speech and the expression of ideas that we don't like? What's to be gained and what's to be lost?
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"Houston, We Got Problems, and this ain't Apollo13." Our problems are multifaceted but there are some core issues that make them seem unsolvable. And these are the voters charged with choosing the best people to deal with our problems.
This church is for sale, thinking..., From ImagesAttr
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 8, 2013
Do We Need Religion?: Part II I think we need religion regardless of of the naysayers. But it's a different kind of religion that I write about.
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Dalai Lama, Jason Collins, Leviticus and You. If the purpose of religion is to control ourself, why do so many of us use it to condemn others?
Image from page 5 of .The life and death of Dr. Martin Lvther; the passages whereof haue bin taken out of his owne and other Godly and most learned, mens writings, who liued in his time. (1641), From ImagesAttr
(19 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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.
Arthur Schopenhauer - Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized..., From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Speaking Truth to the PowerLESS Speaking truth to the powerful is considered a valiant act, although in most instances, it's also futile. The reason seems to be that the powerful have a lot to conserve and aren't much interested in anyone's truth but their own.
Christmas in Regional Command-East [Image 2 of 3], From ImagesAttr
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 9, 2013
O'Reilly's War On Christmas But think about it. Is there really a war on Christmas? Christmas is the longest season of the year, opening up retail stores on Thanksgiving day for pre-season shopping. Those same stores are decorated, some starting in October, with seasonal trimmings from stem to stern.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 21, 2013
Is Phil Robertson Spreading Ignorance under the Pretext of Freedom of Expression? Ignoring the question of whose left after that all-encompassing description, the masses are now debating the rightness or wrongness of his beliefs, his expression of those beliefs, A&E's decision to take him off the air for a while, and who's more hypocritical, conservatives or progressives.
Miley Cyrus cardboard cutout, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 16, 2013
Mysteries That Keep Me Awake at NIght Certain mysteries keep this author awake at night. And he doesn't think there are explanations.
Super Trumps of the RNC, From WikimediaPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 14, 2018
Still Believe in Super Heroes? I can find a part of me that admires Trump. Don't condemn we too quickly. Read on.
To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge._Henry David Thoreau-, From ImagesAttr
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 17, 2013
Everything I Needed to Know I Realized in My 70's Lessons I've learned about life have shaped my thinking in my retirement years.
The Gipper, In All His Drippage, From ImagesAttr
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Open Posthumous Letter to President Reagan The government didn't protect me from the one threat that still lies at the foundation of the problems in our society remains: A breathtaking ignorance and lack of curiosity that allows lies, myths and superstitions to fill the void it creates.
Historic Brigham Young Academy (Now Provo City Library), Provo, Utah, From FlickrPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 4, 2017
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.
Garbage - Grey, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 14, 2013
Businesses Add Costs to Social Programs and Complain About Taxes They Don't Pay Can we have it both ways? Lower prices and living wages for the working poor. Yes we can as long as we're willing to pay the taxes that support the social programs they use to survive.
Manhattan, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 11, 2015
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:
What, Me worry?, From ImagesAttr
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 23, 2013
What, Me Worry? Why do we focus on the ridiculous and ignore the substantive issues we face in the country today?
Power hands!, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Power Posing: The Key to Success? Power posing has shown that we can change our internal experience by changing our external physiology. Is this sufficient for success>
The Argument, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 2, 2018
So Who's Correct? Do you like to argue? Have you ever changed anyone's mind my doing so? This urge goes back a long way. It's in our DNA. Let's hope it doesn't kill us all.
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(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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
Fundamentalism, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 10, 2013
North is a Direction. The South is a Place. That's Fundamental! One factor that distinguishes the South from the rest of the country is the extent to which its form of Christianity influences everything. Now an author is proposing that we and they would be better off is they seceded. Many in the South would agree.
Tea Party Gap in Medicaid, From ImagesAttr
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 5, 2013
Is Our Political Process Fatally Damaged? In addition to money, two other variables combine to weaken our political process.
Day 68: Dolphins of a Lesser God, From ImagesAttr
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GOP: God's Own Party? Is the GOP God's own party? Or is it simply being co-opted by the Christian extremists Dominionists?
shattered wig shop window in Old Town Alexandria, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Liberals Unite! (Tee hee) What's happening to our overarching liberal purpose while we argue among ourselves about whose personal needs will be met first. If and when we ever get the power back, we can address them. Not in our current shattered state.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 7, 2014
The Obscene Asymmetry in Gaza There is an obscenity being perpetrated on the Palestinian people as I write this essay. And please don't obscure it with talk of Hamas and its intentions. I'm writing clear-eyed about the inhumanity involved in Gaza.
Christian Values Sampler (Made in China), From ImagesAttr
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 8, 2014
A New Transubstantiation: Contraception Becomes Abortion if One Believes Deeply Here's a thought experiment for you: Roman Catholics believe in transubstantiation; the communion wafer becomes the actual body and blood of Jesus Christ during the Mass. How many of you Protestants, Jews and Muslims think that because a Roman Catholic believes in transubstantiation deeply, the communion wafer actually becomes the body and blood of Jesus? I thought so.
Midnight in the garden of good & evil. #Savannah #cemetery #Georgia #crypt, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Republican Moral Model: Are We Good or Evil? Principles are part of the answer to the question: What draws people to one party or the other. A more complete answer must lie at a deeper level; a level that is not apparent upon casual observation. Because it must be powerful enough to have people ignore their own interests and remain loyal. And it must be powerful enough to defy conventional logic.
Conscious Capitalism, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 16, 2013
Why Not Share the Benefits of Capitalism More Equitably? As the benefits of capitalism and productivity improvements are funneled off into corporate coffers the economy suffers from lower levels of consumer spending ultimately harming capitalism.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 1, 2017
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.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 1, 2014
The Only Problem in America is We Don't Have Enough. My hope for 2014 is more. Because in the United States, we don't have enough yet. That's our problem. It's simple.
Prayer Balloons 2013, From ImagesAttr
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Jesus Loves Me But He Can't Stand You Are atheists going to heaven or not? The Roman Catholic church can't seem to make up its mind. I vote no!
Four Dead Dudes, From ImagesAttr
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 6, 2013
Are We Mired In Dead Ideas? We need new ideas to solve new problems. Yet we seem to be mired in dead ones.
Support Iran Protests! #Iranelection, From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 12, 2015
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.
From flickr.com/photos/47422005@N04/24564574914/: Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump - Caricatures, From Images
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 1, 2016
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.
True Believers, From ImagesAttr
(29 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 17, 2013
We are a Nation of True Believers We are a nation of true believers who feel most comfortable affiliated with a group so much so that we'll give up our most important individual freedom - to think of ourselves.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 3, 2014
The Death of Our Democracy We're suffering continual erosion of our democracy as the wealthy elite take over the political and governing process.
The Party's Over., From ImagesAttr
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 8, 2014
Real America is Full of Real Conservatives. Creating another reality with people to hate has been going on a long time. Like since the old days in the south where even the lowliest white man, no matter how locked in poverty he was by the system, was made to believe he was still better than that "lazy, ignorant Negro" down the road.
David Perdue - Caricature, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 10, 2016
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."
DSC_0626, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 19, 2018
How Smart Are We, Really? The Dunning-Kruger is even more of a revelation when you understand the entire principle. But what we really need is a little compassion and humility.
Secret Comedy Podcast 06 - 2 August 2013, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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?
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 29, 2013
We Suffer Sequester, While CIA Squanders Cash We Don't Have on Fool's Errand We're not doing too well at making democracy work here, why do we think we can make it work in Afghanistan? But to keep dumping money and losing lives is hard to understand given our results so far.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 15, 2013
Hate Someone? : Fill in the Blanks: All_________ Are____________ What causes us to be so biased? Is there a good way to deal with our prejudices? It only takes avoiding the use of one word.
171208-MAGA.jpg, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 13, 2018
MAGA: Made America Great Already (by immigrants) America was great already compliments of the working people from here and afar.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Money is Moral Kryptonite for Bank of America. If you can't measure it you can manage it. But improper use of measurement can cause a complete failure in business.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 15, 2016
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.
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(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Popcorn, M&M's and Ammunition So this unfortunate situation was the toxic combination I've written about before. This time it was on steroids. A categorical thinking, gun toting, retired cop who hates texting in theaters, in Florida, "the" stand your ground state. Add to this, people feel more aggressive when they carry guns and the pop corn seemed like a drone attack to this good guy.
The steeple of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Charleston, SC, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 19, 2015
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.
Occupy Wall Street: DAY OF ACTION - 11/17/11 - 42, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Let Them Eat Cake: The Economic Costs and Causes of our Societal Ills Continuing trends in inequality of the distribution of wealth can be corrected within the system by sharing productivity gains with the producers.
President Obama speech, Belfast June 2013, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Impeachment Would Solve Lots of Problems. Impeachment fever is raging in the Republican party. Or is it defunding Obamacare? Or shutting the government down? Whatever it is, it has nothing to do with governing.
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(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 3, 2013
Where are the Unions? What was once the gateway to the middle class has become an artifact of a non-existent era: Partly because some unions became rackets and partly because management decided that vast majority of the benefits of healthy companies should go to the owners of the capital.
Bill O'Reilly - Caricature, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 6, 2014
The Fox News Alternative Reality Makes Any Middle Ground Impossible. The reality show advertised as the O'Reilly interview of President Obama on Super Bowl Sunday was revealing. As usual, O'Reilly was the star. This time he had Mr. Obama as a prop, there to be interrupted for the purposes of proving O'Reilly's brilliance and improving his ratings (and income, of course), as he pandered to his loyal followers.
Paul Ryan Caricature, From FlickrPhotos
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 3, 2016
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.
Anger, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 20, 2013
Surprise! American Employees are Emotionally Disconnected. How does the health of a society relate to low wages, emotional disconnection, and a shrinking middle class?
Riding the Lame Duck to the Fiscal Cliff, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Concerning Approval Ratings, Who's worse, Democrats or Republicans? What's really behind their facade? Money, that's what hides the real people we vote for or against.
Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business #BizIsGood #BizCreatesValue #FreeEnterprise #WholeFoods, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 12, 2013
Are Christian Principles to be Found in Capitalism? Scalia Thinks So! As with so many other issues, we Americans like to debate the symptoms and not the causes. In the supposedly best capitalist system in the world, why do so many people need charity, whether it be from the church of government? And why has the number been growing for the last three decades? And exactly what Christian virtues are manifested in a form of capitalism that makes this country one the of the worst for income equality
Congressman Paul Ryan speaks at the Racine Tea Party event on Jan. 13, 2013., From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 14, 2013
Paul Ryan, Ayn Rand and the Budget Paul Ryan no longer worships Ayn Rand. he's now an aficionado of St. Thomas. except when he proposing budgets.
May 2013 Jobs Report, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 10, 2013
Unemployment Ticked Up and Stayed the Same We're on our way to an entrenched socio-economic caste system in America.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Hate Covers Up the Pain in Our Society As societal pain increases so does the expression of hate.
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(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 24, 2013
America: Have We Lost Our Way? Are we as bad as they say we are? No longer the shining city on the hill? What happened? It's more complex than our critics think.
'LIES', From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 22, 2020
Living in the "Post Truth" Era. The subtlety and nuance in the "real world" allow the space for interpretation and with that comes our differing opinions. Add in political ambitions and a for-profit press, and we have the post-truth era.
alice in wonderland 3, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 18, 2013
Violence is Best Addressed with Violence: The Alice in Wonderland Syndrome. Freaky characters dominate our political scene. The abnormal is beginning to seem normal, when the best way to deal with violence is more violence.
Prescription Prices, From InText
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Where's Trump's Replacement for Obama Care? The cost of prescription drugs added to the cost of all medical care is making good healthcare a privilege of the wealthy.
Stop sign graffiti, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 11, 2013
9/11: A Reminder and Opportunity to Say No to War As a species we just might be beginning to see what has been long taught by the great prophets: peace won't be won by war and violence.
US Capitol with Washington Monument in background, From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 22, 2013
The Sound and Fury of Americaan Politics Is politics the art of the possible or sound and fury signifying nothing?
Stars and stripes, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 13, 2013
Are We Exporting Democracy Because Our Own Works So Well? Is our commitment to the universal application of electoral democracy being shown to be a major mistake by China's economic success?
ISIL Flag, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 29, 2014
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.
MidEast_Cultural_Historical_Zones_lg, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 11, 2014
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.
Help, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 3, 2018
Helping or Liberating? When we help others in need, are we above the fray or are we playing a role in the system causing the problem? There's enough to go around. Someone is tipping the balance so it doesn't seem so.
Approaching MAD2, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The Great American Circus Doesn't Leave D.C. With the advent of representatives chosen by special interest groups and populist movements, D.C. is beginning to look like the Great American Circus.
JeSuisCharlie-4, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 12, 2015
"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.
NRA CEO & EVP Wayne LaPierre at CPAC 2013 Wayne LaPierre, addresses the crowd at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 16, 2013
CPAC: an Orgy of Denial The speakers are CPAC are symptomatic of denial. They emphasize a failing ideology.
Lt. Barclay, keyboard dog, From ImagesAttr
(24 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 3, 2013
"That's a load of BS" and Other Forms of Commentary from the Public. Every writer wants feedback. But sometimes the feedback we get is pretty difficult to handle. The piece categorizes the types the author has experienced so far.
rageface_obama_not_bad, From ImagesAttr
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 21, 2013
Is This President that Bad? Really? As an individual non-story being disguised as a news item this seems harmless enough. But when added together with a constant stream, its accumulative effect results in a distorted notion of this president's performance.
Minneapolis Vigil - June 12, 2016 Orlando Pulse Shooting, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 13, 2016
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.
Politics, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 1, 2013
What Else is a $6 Billion Presidential Election Costing Us? Six billion dollars was spent on a campaign that didn't change much. How much damage was done to the planet to get that $6 billion?
silver ~ 22 dangerous vapors, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Canary in a Mine Shaft: Boston? Are acts of violence like Boston signals of an illness in society?
Weeping Angel, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 5, 2013
Death to the Soaring American Spirit We are sacrificing ourselves on the altar of enhanced shareholder value while our politicians serve their own interests. What is the cause and is there a solution?
No We Didn't - Warfare on Welfare, From ImagesAttr
(27 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 7, 2013
"It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times." What, in capitalism, is causing the wealth distribution gap to worsen and accelerate? How can we sustain an economy when 88 percent of income growth goes to corporate profits and 1 percent to wages?
Bradford College, From ImagesAttr
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 26, 2013
SAT Scores Under 50 Percent - Again Is there a causal relationship between cuts in social welfare and education funding and poor performance on the SAT or is it just a statistical fluke?
turkey-NaturalHealthStoreUS, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 25, 2013
Who are You Thankful to This Year? It's that time of the year again. Let's murder a turkey and give thanks. But to whom? To whom do you owe your gratitude?
2014-8-17 hands up, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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.
Old Glory In Distress, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 15, 2016
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.
True Freedom, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 27, 2013
Do Nations Ever Feel Guilt? Should we feel guilty about the elimination of whole native populations, slavery, confiscation of lands? Should the spoils always go to the victors? What about their descendants?
blinding glimpse, From ImagesAttr
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 18, 2014
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.
Ex-pat Gun Permit, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 19, 2013
The Failure of Universal Background Checks is a Finger in the Eye. The failure of universal background checks is not the issue. It has more to do with the failure of a system that allows 500 thousand voters to out vote 38 million.
I voted medals, From Uploaded
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 5, 2021
The Effects of Unopposed Power Have Been the Deaths of Millions Autocrats and dictators have been causing the death of millions seemingly forever. Without opposing forces, tyranny begins and people die.
Saint Laurenz Church - Winterthur, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 30, 2013
Racism and God for Profit Profit is our god. Racism is an offering on its altar.
American and Trump flags, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 2, 2020
The Saga Continues Some Americans still believe the election isn't over and Trump will prevail. No, these are not stupid people. They are people who succumb to a thinking deficiency that allows them to accept certain logical fallacies inherent in our language.
Religion, Certainty and Obama's Visit to the Mideast, From ImagesAttr
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Religion, Certainty and Obama's Visit to the Mideast. As Obama visits the Mideast I am reminded how certainty stops cooperation and peace.
my crazy friends & I, From ImagesAttr
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 2, 2013
If We're Adjusted to a Crazy World, Are we Crazy? When it comes to stupid ideas, there is no recession. Our crazy world is a prolific generator of stupid ideas.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 19, 2013
It's their Ideology, Stupid. Or it's their Stupid ideology. Take Your Pick. Why I'm anti-Republican for personal reasons.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 9, 2013
Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics Clearing up the lies about trickle-down economics, taxes, equal opportunity, distribution of wealth, and welfare cheats.
problem solving in program: solution underway from museum of mathematics, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 13, 2013
Why Do Our Problems Persist and Multiply? In our economy of problems, we'll never have a recession.
Renault 5 1981, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Is Duty of Care Dead? Wikipedia defines Duty of Care thusly, "In tort law, a duty of care is a legal obligation which is imposed on an individual requiring adherence to a standard of reasonable care while performing any acts that could foreseeably harm others."
Golden Spiral, From ImagesAttr
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 6, 2013
Climbing the Stairway to a Better World: Be the Change. How do we move from worshiping the religious stories in our lives to understanding and practicing the principles contained in them?
Chaplain Corps' 238th birthday, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Who Needs an Atheist Chaplain? Taxpaying Atheists, That's Who. "There are no atheists in foxholes." Another mindless assumption coming for the extreme religious right of the Republican party.
Light on the Bible, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Fundamentalist Christians 1: Everyone Else 0 You can't argue with a fundamentalist Christian unless you accept the in-errancy of the Bible.
From flickr.com/photos/39435232@N00/6030597516/: Lies, From Images
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 15, 2016
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.
Oil Abstract [247/366], From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 21, 2013
Drill Baby, Oops! Frack Baby Frack! Fracking is a result of our insatiable demand for fossil fuels. Share the blame.
Police, From PixabayPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 13, 2021
The Country's Dilemma is Remarkably Familiar. We are on the pivotal point of a complete meltdown or solidification of our nation's governmental power to govern by the standards of our constitution.
Vienna landuse (OSM), From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 5, 2013
The Map is Not the Territory: Good Thing, Because the Territory is Pretty Dismal. We are more attracted to simulations than reality. Maybe it's better this way because reality is looking pretty dismal.
Clear As Mud, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 23, 2014
Offering Assessments as Assertions Creates Confusion. Why! Most of us take language for granted. We don't realize the power it has to not only describe but to create. In other words, it is not only descriptive, it is also generative, in that it generates reality.
Burlesque III, From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 8, 2013
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Burlesque Politics is burlesque and we get to pay for it with our hard earned cash.
Where dreams are kept, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 2, 2013
The Immorality of the Shutdown What do the government shutdown and moral choices have in common? Can it be justified by party line politics?
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Obama's Second Term Is Underway And Western Civilization Has Not Collapsed Does the right wing still live in its reality bubble even though its horrendous projections aren't coming to pass? Is their evidence weakening or is my question premature?

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