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Published: Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:13:18 -0500

 



Politicians Have Opinions, But Facts Are Facts! 5 Scenarios

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:07:15 -0500

A wise man once said, everyone is entitled, to his own, personal opinion, but, not, his own facts! The difference between an opinion, and a fact, is, regardless of one's personal agenda, self - interest, etc, there are only one set of actual facts. Those who, either, have observed, or been involved, in any sort of poltical campaign, or occurrences, should realize, politicians often, publicly deny actual facts, in order to articulate the positions, which they favor!



The Availability of Guns Is the Issue, Not Mentally Ill Shooters

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:14:17 -0500

No mental health interventions will ever prevent the vast majority of shootings in our homes, on our streets and in our schools. Strict gun control laws that reduce the availability of guns will.



What Making America GREAT Should Mean?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:11:55 -0500

There's often considerable difference, between, a politician's or elected official's rhetoric, promises, and slogans, and reality! We have had politicians, base their campaigns on security/ safety, the economy, change, and, in the Presidential campaign, of 2016, the successful candidate, used the catch - phrase, Make America Great Again. However, like all slogans, reality is rarely, as simple, and/ or simplistic, as making a statement, promise, or using some rhetoric, because, there are generally, several possibilities, and every action taken, or avoided, leads to some form of ramifications!



How Our Representatives Earn The TRUST

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:18:29 -0500

Wouldn't it be better, if those we elect, to serve and represent us, proceeded, with the finest intentions, and earned our trust and admiration, by putting our interests, ahead of their self - interests, and/ or personal/ political agenda? Unfortunately, as indicated and demonstrated, by nearly every public opinion poll, politicians, are, consistently, considered, the least trustworthy, and most un - trusted group, by the vast majority of Americans. Although, this has been true, for generations, in recent times, perhaps because of the increase in focus, on partisan (rather than bipartisan) approaches, even fewer people, believe in their elected officials...



Darwin Rises Again

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:20:25 -0500

Darwin's theory of Evolution does have some lacunae. Several old theories have been displaced by new ones, and so Darwin's Theory should at least be discussed by experts dispassionately.



Rising From the Ashes

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:11:20 -0500

Recently I had the privilege of listening to Eva Abrams tell her Holocaust story at the Criminal Justice Day in Batavia, NY sponsored by local community groups. The theme of the day was surviving and thriving after trauma. I have read accounts of the Holocaust and seen movies presenting various aspects of the events involved. Yet they seem to be fading from the memory and awareness of the public these days. This has happened despite their central place among the events of the twentieth century. This was the first time I have heard a live first hand account from a survivor's own lips.



Examine What Elected Officials SEEK

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:04:37 -0500

Have you ever wondered, why it so often, seems, the American electorate, fails to recognize, the difference between, politicians, who focus on making empty promises, and using rhetoric, and/ or blaming and complaining, rather than seeking the best qualified, and equipped alternatives, who faces reality, and offers viable, even, if, somewhat, unpopular solutions? While popularity often gets someone elected, it generally doesn't achieve, what's needed, and necessary! Populists often focus on shorter - term, and/ or immediate obstacles, portraying them as problems, and articulate a message, stating they are uniquely qualified and capable of making a difference.



5 Common Sense Gun Policies Which Responsible Gun Owners Should Welcome

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:13:32 -0500

For generations, issues related to gun ownership, sensible gun control legislation, etc, have been, some of the most divisive, controversial, political debates, in this nation. Some gun owners have stated, their right to own a gun, is a guaranteed, constitutional right/ protection, and use the Second Amendment, as their proof of this right, to bear arms. Others claim, logical measures, are needed, and necessary, to protect the population, and use, the gun violence, incidents, to punctuate, their point!



5 Ways To Identify Fake Facts

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:01:28 -0500

If something is fake, it's not factual, yet, we consistently witness, what has recently, often, been referred to, as Fake Facts! The frequency, and possible harm, this may do, has become the impetus, and driving force, behind, the creation of organizations, which do, fact - checking, on the claims, and statements, made, by many of today's political leaders! Politicians have always, been, somewhat, fast - and - loose, with the facts, but, it seems, we have never witnessed, this tendency and behavior, to this extent, and degree!



Political Confusion: Conservative, Liberal, or Moderate? What Does It Mean?

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:29:34 -0500

How can we hope, to have a more unified society, where people consider the perspectives, needs, perceptions, priorities, etc, of others, until/ unless, there is a concerted effort, to reduce our reliance on, using labels? Expressions, such as Far Right, Liberal, Progressive, Conservative, and Moderate, rather than merely indicating someone's political choice or focus, have often, been used, to chastise, and label, things, we don't agree with. America should represent all our citizens, and, wouldn't we all, be better served, if we would follow, the concept, of having the right to one's opinions and perspectives, as well as being willing...



Is Common Sense Governing An Oxymoron?

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 07:02:20 -0500

Doesn't it often seem, common sense appears, to be lacking, in far too many of our government officials? Rather than focusing on realistic, rational, effective, relevant, sustainable solutions, we often witness, elected officials, who focus, far more than on their personal, self - interest, and/ or, political agenda, rather than, on serving, the constituents, who elected them! Is common sense, governing, realistic, and possible, or is it, actually, an oxymoron.



Diplomacy, Fighting/Confrontation, Or Both?

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 07:19:09 -0500

Historically, most nations have prioritized diplomacy, and diplomatic efforts, rather than seeking confrontations, etc! While a diplomat, might, or might not, produce effective results, doesn't it make sense, to prioritize, peaceful solutions, prior to confronting others, and risking wars? Few would argue, we are undergoing dangerous times, with apparent threats coming, from terrorists, foreign/ international threats, domestic infighting, as well as a new type of terrorism, stemming from cyberspace (hacking, intrusions, thefts, etc).



Public Officials Should Provide a CONSISTENT Message

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 07:26:52 -0500

Most voters determine which candidate, to vote for, not based on qualifications, solutions, or reality, but, often, far more on, whether they like the individual, some aspect of his message, personality, etc. Unfortunately, we often discuss, that, once elected, most politicians fail to evolve and/ or transform, into statesmen, and resort to catch - phrases, poltical posturing, etc, rather than serving the best interests of the constituency, they were elected, to serve, and represent! Even worse, we often witness, confusing messages, from these individuals, when we need and deserve, a CONSISTENT message.



Politician's Options: Tell the Truth, Stretch the Truth, Or Lie?

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 06:58:03 -0500

There is, often, a somewhat - fine line, between maintaining one's integrity, versus attracting constituents, in a positive, meaningful, well - focused manner! Although politicians have, seemingly, always, somewhat, stretched the truth/ facts, and made empty promises, based on rhetoric, rather than solutions, it seems, today, we are witnessing, and observing this behavior, to a far greater degree. The level of partisan politics, has brought, with it, little cooperation, or willingness, to compromise, for the common good, and, thus, it seems, very little progress, on some of the most relevant issues (or, at least, what should be), occurs!



Critical Thinking: Does The Establishment Want People To Be Disconnected From Their Instincts?

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 09:50:24 -0500

After a terrorist attack has taken place in England, people are usually told that they shouldn't get angry. Getting angry after something like this has taken place is seen as something negative.



Ramifications Of 5 Populist Actions

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 07:01:29 -0500

Balancing the perceived necessity of a politician, articulating rhetoric and promises, in order to be elected, with the need, for elected, public officials, to behave, in a responsible, responsible manner, understanding, the potential ramifications of their actions and behavior, is, perhaps, the greatest challenge, America's political system, faces! We often, witness candidates, run for office, with a populist message and approach, while generally providing few details, or strategies, for achieving and accomplishing these ideas. Today, perhaps more than we have ever witnessed, in recent memory, it has become obvious, these populist, articulations, of empty rhetoric, may bring numerous undesirable ramifications...



Critical Thinking: Are Women Portrayed As Victims In The Western World?

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 11:29:23 -0500

Although it would be easy to believe that the mainstream media exists to tell people what is actually taking place in the world, this is rarely what happens. Instead, this source of information has their own narrative that they impose upon others Now, this is not to say that there is only one narrative in existence, as there are a number of different stories that are being told. What can play a part here is what side of the political spectrum a news organisation gravitates to.



5 Reasons We Witness So Little Common Sense In Government

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 07:14:30 -0500

How often have you observed, certain actions (or failure to take them), by those, serving as public officials, or in government representation, and thought, it just doesn't make any sense? Anyone, who has taken the time, to study, examine, and review, history, recognizes, there have been many errors made, and while, making these errors in judgment, might be explainable, when they are done, for the first time, unless/ until, those serving in government, take the time, and make the effort, to relevantly learn, from the past, and not repeat the same mistakes! Today, perhaps more than ever before, in recent...



America: Corporation or Society

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 15:23:01 -0500

For several centuries America has worked to become a society in the sense of being a community with common laws and customs. We have made progress toward this ideal over the years although we have always had more to do to "form a more perfect union." This was our goal stated in the preamble to our constitution. Our country has always had more to offer to people of wealth and power than to those less fortunate. We have had times of progress toward meeting the needs of all or citizens and times when the needs and wishes of the few outweighed the needs of the many.



Propaganda, Goebbels and Our Era

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 09:03:16 -0500

"Many roads lead to violence or hatred: discouragement and loss of hope, inertia and apathy, the development of bitterness and grudge leading to violence, not always the same in quality and modes of expression. The end result is a diffused discomfort that can turn into extreme violence " Claudine Haroche Paul Joseph Goebbels was Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany in 1933-1945. The Professor of Psychology at Yale University, Leonard Doob in 1950, based on published and unpublished excerpts from Goebbels' diary, summed up Goebbels' basic principles of propaganda. These principles have been studied extensively by communication researchers and they are considered particularly applicable in the digital world but also in politics.



The Essence Of American FREEDOM

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 07:18:24 -0500

When politics, and political agendas, become more significant to certain public officials, and/ or citizens, than what the core meaning, and mission, of America, has always been, we risk, entering a period, where we end up, destroying all, that has always been unique, important, significant, and relevant, to this nation! The United States of America, although, far from perfect, has always stood out, in the world, because of the principles, it represented, and its dedication to human rights of all people, as well as our welcoming, Melting Pot, focus. Those who seek to polarize, and pit one group of Americans against...



Poverty And Its Direct Effect On Child Education

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 07:01:57 -0500

Many children go through difficulties as a result of poverty. This is especially the case in most third world countries in Africa, but similar poverty levels are rampant in different countries around the world. Reduced academic performance is directly linked to poverty irrespective of the level of poverty.



Non-Profit Organizations Which Look After Kids

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 07:00:33 -0500

This world consists of innumerable people. And amongst them are kids too. And amongst them are underprivileged kids who do not get to live their childhood in a normal, happy manner. Poverty, lack of nutrition and many more such atrocities lead them to begging and working in shops at such a tender age just for the sake of some food to eat and survive. These children need help and thus, today, we have around 902,270 public charities and around one-fifth of them work for the betterment of kids' well-being. Here in this article, a list of some of these organizations are given: -



DC Politicians' Art Of The STEAL

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 07:23:11 -0500

Since, the theory of our system of government, is based on elected officials, focusing on, and serving the best interests, of those, who voted them in, to represent and serve, the well - being of the nation, and all its citizens, shouldn't these public officials, be held responsible for the relevance, quality, and sustainability, of their actions, rather than, merely, by their promises, and empty rhetoric? Wouldn't it be wonderful, if, once elected, politicians were transformed, somewhat, magically, into statesmen, and emphasized the common good, and the best course of action, to achieve quality objectives? In 2016, Americans elected, a...



Stormy Daniels and the Fight for Truth in America

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 09:54:01 -0500

This article takes a deeper look at the Stormy Daniels story and its connections with the struggle for truth in America. It challenges those who claim allegiance to truth to take a stand and speak out.



4 Ramifications Of Believing, Trusting, Arming So-Called Allies

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 07:03:38 -0500

On many occasions, in the history of the United States of America, those, in positions of leadership, determined, and decided, it was a good decison, to provide a variety of weapons, to certain other nations. Often, these choices were made, with the best of intentions, and the beliefs, we were serving the best - interests of human rights, and democracy. However, on many of these occasions, sooner, or later, these arms, ended up, in what we later believed, were threats.



Democratic Party: If They Are To Regain Control, They Must Make 1 Of 4 Choices

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 07:04:21 -0500

Most objective observers, realize, we are currently experiencing, a political climate, like we have not witnessed, in recent times! Americans appear to be more divided, and polarized, than usual, and rather, than seeking, common ground, and what might unify, most people appear, unwilling, and not ready, to do so, and fail to even consider, the perceptions, priorities, etc, of those with differing political positions. In the past, people possessed different positions, but still, usually, remained civil, in terms of their inter - personal relationships.



Celebrities: Are Celebrities Being Used To Indoctrinate Children?

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 07:02:51 -0500

If someone was to think about a singer or an actor, for instance, they could say that these people have one purpose. When it comes to the former, they could say that their purpose is to sing and, when it comes to the latter, they could say that their purpose is to act.



Free Speech: Is Being Offended A Great Way To Control People?

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 06:58:59 -0500

In the western world, offending someone is often seen as being as bad, if not worse, than actually causing harm. When someone has this view, words are going to be seen as another form of violence.



The American Public Would Benefit If Leaders Used ZIPREFS, Not Politics

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 06:58:55 -0500

Wouldn't we all be better served, if our public officials, thought. far less, about politics, and their political agenda, and more about, how to meet the existing, as well as sustainable needs, of our citizens, and nation? Either, because the American electorate, has traditionally, bought - into, empty rhetoric and promises, rather than paying attention, and demanding viable solutions, and approaches, where, both current needs/ challenges, as well as sustainability, were emphasized, those, serving in elected positions, appear to feel, they can get away, with their present approach.



5 Ramifications Of Myopic Public Leadership

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 07:35:03 -0500

For a variety of reasons, we continue to witness, public officials, who are either, unwilling, or, not ready, to fully consider the potential ramifications of their actions (or procrastination), and, often, proceed, in a populist - oriented, direction! When we place a band - aid, on a major wound (issue), while it might, create some, perceived, and/ or actual, short - term, benefits, until/ unless, it, is formulated, with the future needs, and sustainability, it has the potential to do, far more, longer - term, harm, than short - term benefit! With that in mind, this article will attempt to...



Cultural Appropriation or Cultural Divisiveness

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 07:34:54 -0500

There is a lot of chatter going around about Plastic Shaman and cultural appropriation. Does the recognition of groups lead to divisiveness? Is religion divisive? Is it wrong to copy things from one culture to another?



Shouldn't Our Public Officials Learn From History? 6 Examples

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 07:10:35 -0500

Wouldn't it be, in the public's best interests, if, our elected officials, learned key lessons, from history, in order to avoid, making the same mistakes, over - and - over, again? Unfortunately, we often observe, ill - conceived, ideas, programs, and legislation/ laws, caused, either by this lack of learning, or by certain, public officials, believing they know best, and/ or denying the ramifications, demonstrated, from a historical perspective, ane better understanding the meaningful lessons, which should have been learned, from the past. With that in mind, this article will briefly examine, consider, and discuss, 6 examples.



7 Reasons Voters Continue Supporting Public Officials, Despite Their Flaws

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 07:20:50 -0500

One of the realities of the American electorate is, they often, seem, to want, to be fooled, and buy - into, the rhetoric, and, often - empty promises, made by politicians, when they are running, for office. I've often believed in the adage, One must never over - estimate, the imminent stupidity of the American voter, because, over - and - over, again, politicians have made promises, and usually, these never came to fruition. Until the electorate decides to become less apathetic, and/ or gullible, and, pay more attention, to qualifications, reasoning, and the realities (both, what they want/ wish for,...



A Moderate, Political Approach To Making America Win: 7 Keys

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 07:03:59 -0500

What does it really mean, to make our nation, focus more on winning, than, some perceive, we have done, in the recent past? Like many concepts, winning is often, more, based on perceptions, than reality, and results. Often, when one believes he won some battle, although, it might seem, to be, a victory, in the short - term, the longer - term ramifications, are, often, quite the contrary.



Shouldn't Public Officials UNIFY Us?

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 07:02:55 -0500

Students of history and politics, have stated, we have been witnessing a period of political negativity, like we've rarely, if ever, witnessed, before, at least, in recent memory! Many current, and/ or recent polls, have shown, public confidence, approval of public officials, etc, are, at, or near, all - time lows, while discomfort, and fears, are near all - time highs! Now, more than ever, wouldn't we all benefit from electing public officials, who UNIFY us, rather than polarize, and seek a meeting - of - the - minds, for the common good, rather than any personal agenda, and/ or self -...



Donald Trump's Swamp Cleaning Service

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:42:29 -0500

Donald Trump promised reform, calling it "draining the swamp" in Washington. The swamp he is draining is not the one expected by the public. Big money and corruption rule while non-partisan federal employees are being purged. He is attacking the good swamp, not the bad one.



Critical Thinking: Does Identity Politics Cause Some People To Suffer From Thinkaphobia?

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:27:48 -0500

It could be said that the main purpose of the education system is to give people the guidance that they need in order to be able to think for themselves. Along with this, it will be important for them to receive the tools that they need to stand on their own two feet.



6 Positive Approaches We Deserve From Elected Officials

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:21:11 -0500

We go, to the polls, and vote for individuals, who, will hopefully, focus on serving and representing, our best interests, the ideals of the nation/ our society, and the common good. Unfortunately, far too often, we elect someone, because, either we believe, he's the lesser of two evils, or are overly impressed by empty promises, and rhetoric. Often, politicians resort to negativity, and vitriol, rather than focusing on how to proceed, because, while it's somewhat, easy, to blame, and complain, this approach, rarely introduces necessary, viable solutions.



Critical Thinking: Is The Establishment Only Interested In Silencing Dissenters?

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:55:23 -0500

A little while ago, three public figures tried to enter the UK, only to end up behind bars for a few days. These people were seen as a threat due to the views that they had, and this meant that they had to go somewhere else once they were released.



Foundations of Political Discourse

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:44:57 -0500

Due to problems in the Articles of Confederation a Convention was called to revise them. James Madison felt that a new document was needed. He engaged in intensive scholarly preparation on the subject of government, human nature, and ethics.



First Contact: How and Why It Will Change the Planet

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:41:36 -0500

Well, my friends, I hope you have enjoyed part one of our First Contact series, and got familiar with the concept. In today's edition, we will take a closer look as to why and how First Contact will change things for us. This article is a continuation of my previous work.



The Most Important Progress From The Women's Movement Can Be Seen In The Legal Profession

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:17:20 -0500

Sheriff Andy Taylor was rare indeed, and not just because he kept order in Mayberry without carrying a gun. What was even more unusual about the main character of The Andy Griffith Show was the fact that he was a single father raising his son. In 1960, right around the time that show was set, only eight percent of all households in the United States were headed by a single father.



Transforming Politicians To Statesmen: Who Do They SERVE?

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:12:41 -0500

Have you observed, it often appears, most public officials, spend a disproportionate amount of their time, focus, and energy, positioning themselves, for their next election campaign? Wouldn't it be nice, if, somehow, politicians transformed into statesmen, when they were elected, and shifted this focus, from politics, etc, to service, and developing/ implementing quality, relevant, sustainable, policy, for the common good, as well as for society, as a whole? Unfortunately, it is quite rare, to witness, and observe, this transformation!



Men Are Discriminated Against Too

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:31:02 -0500

Here this article explores the many ways that society discriminates against men. Often overlooked, being a male in western society has many liabilities often under discussed.



How to Register a Compliment

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:29:23 -0500

Lately I have been discouraged by the fractures I see in society and in our daily relationships. It feels like half of us are on each side of every issue. We tiptoe around people we don't know well in order to avoid uncomfortable and heated conversations. At times through the course of our history we have been able to look to our government leaders as a source of leadership. Now we see the same divisions among our would-be leaders as we find in our communities.



How Vitriol And Rhetoric Harm America's Priorities: 5 Examples

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:26:14 -0500

Regardless of your political perspectives, priorities, or desires, do you believe, the present tone, of the discourse, is helpful, to making America, live - up to its potential? How does all the inflammatory rhetoric, and level of vitriol, serve the needs, goals, and best - interests. of Americans, in a meaningful manner?



Demand Your Public Officials Focus On The 4 E's

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 07:02:43 -0500

While surveys indicate, more than half of all Americans, feel, and believe, they are not, being served, effectively, by their elected officials, we continue to witness, voters, often, fail to elect, individuals, who properly serve and represent, their best interests! All too often, politicians, make many empty promises, and use populist rhetoric, in order to garner, as many votes, as possible. Wouldn't we be better off, if the electorate, became far less apathetic, and focused on the most relevant needs, and priorities, not merely by making some short - term, band - aid, solution, but, rather, were willing to consider...



The EMPHASIS Needed For The World We Need

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 07:16:16 -0500

Quite often, Americans focus so much, on their personal political preference, or personalities, and politics, rather than on, what America needs, and would benefit from, not merely, in the short - term. but, also, into the foreseeable future. No one benefits, when there is immediate gratification, which, creates additional sustainable challenges!



Harassment: Victims And Accused: Fairness To All?

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 07:02:31 -0600

While it is an age - old, problem, harassment, has come to the forefront, in the past year, or two, because of, the example and actions, of so many well - known, powerful individuals. Sexual harassment, in any form, especially in the workplace, is, obviously, unacceptable, but the publicity and discussion, in the public arena, is especially counter - productive! When, and, if, these accusations, are true, meaningful actions, to address them, must be taken, but, we must take care, because of the potential, for political manipulation, and false accusations, being made, for personal political gain!



Tariffs - 6 Factors To Consider

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 06:59:36 -0600

In the last year, there has seemed, to be, one issue, after another, which brought with them, true controversy! We have witnessed partisan, political differences, on issues, including, freedom of the press, health care/ medical insurance, immigration, tax reform, etc, while, nearly every day, noticed, a continuing discussion, on what has been characterized, as the Russian Investigation. While most of these issues, have been predominantly, divided, along political party lines, the most recent issue, which is trade tariffs, has been amongst the most divisive!



National Budget Discipline: 5 Considerations

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 07:18:34 -0600

The American Constitution only mentions, one specific responsibility, and essential duty, which representatives, and Congress, are responsible for. It specifically mentions, Congressional oversight, regarding, issues, related to finances, and monies. In reality, this generally, translates to, and means, our elected officials, must prepare, and/ or approve, the budget, for the United States, in a timely manner.



Political Reality: Will Democrats Be Prepared, Or Their Worst Enemies?

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 07:01:22 -0600

Most people would agree, we are presently experiencing the most politically polarizing period in America's recent history/ memory! Few would claim, President Trump, has proceeded, and performed, as previous holders of the position, have! Whether one voted for, or against, the individual, both sides appear to have hardened their perspectives, and rather than seeking any form of compromise, and/ or meeting of the minds, for the common good, there seems to be a level of polarization, which has created, a significant, political divide!



A Public Official's Rhetoric: 5 Considerations

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 07:16:41 -0600

One of the greatest and challenges, to an electorate making the best choices, for selecting potential leaders, and, subsequent, public officials, is paying enough attention, or having the skills and expertise, to read, between the lines, and recognize, when the rhetoric, is merely politics, and empty promises, versus, when someone, is providing true leadership, and is prepared, to truly, make a difference, for the better! One of these challenges, is, we continuously hear, candidates, speak about the need, for change, and while changes are usually, needed and necessary, there's a big difference, between changes, for the better, and merely, providing...



First Contact - The Event That Will Change the Planet

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 08:21:30 -0600

First Contact, the discovery of extraterrestrial life, will change our society forever. Find out all the possible ways in could happen.



Witness to Inhumanity, A Conversation With Rufina Amaya

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 08:07:17 -0600

Rufina Amaya survived the massacre of 809 people at El Mozote, El Salvador, on December 11, 1981. She died in March, 2007 at the age of sixty-four. This is a short interview from November 20, 1999.



Why What The World Needs Now Is LOVE

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 07:01:35 -0600

Many people today, regardless of their political ideology, or preferences, would probably agree, we are witnessing, a level of rhetoric, and vitriol, not observed, in recent memory. While there have always been a minority of people in the United States, with extremist views, in most instances, the tone of public discourse, has been, at least, somewhat, civil! Today, we appear, to be undergoing, a tone, where America appears to be polarized, rather than trying, to find, some sort of middle - ground, for the common good!



A REAL Wellness Approach to Gun Control in America

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 20:44:17 -0600

While wellness enthusiasts emphasize personal responsibility, reason, exuberance, fitness, nutrition, stress management, personal freedoms and similar strategies over which they have some control to become healthier and enjoy life more, as opposed to just preventing illness or otherwise focusing on medical matters like checkups and such, sometimes attention must be given to real and present dangers to wellbeing beyond one's personal control. This is the case in America, a society plagued by out of control gun mayhem and little societal power or inclination to stop it, due to craven politicians under the control of the National Rifle Association (NRA). This essay examines the nature of the problems and what wellness enthusiasts and others concerned about gun violence might want to do to bring about major changes for a safer, more peaceful nation.



How 9/11 Changed Our Legal System

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 20:20:11 -0600

In this article, we will discuss how the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, changed the US legal system as well as international laws. Our interpretations of civil liberties and freedom has been forever altered because of these attacks.



Is Hate Speech Also Free-Speech?

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 20:16:33 -0600

Here we discuss the legalities of "hate speech", social implications, what the constitution says about it, and what natural law discerns. In an age of political correctness, comedians, news anchors, and everyday people appear afraid to speak their opinions. What is society to do?



Bad Countries and Good People

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 11:56:02 -0600

US President Donald Trump has been called a racist for his comment about various countries. While his comment was not the most elegant, it begs the question of whether or not it is OK to criticize other countries. Are all countries equal? Is criticizing a country the same as criticizing a race of people?



Pogo Once Said, "We Have Met the Enemy and They Are Us!"

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 10:21:37 -0600

Pogo Once Said, "We have met the enemy and they are us!" Today, I think this is true especially when I sit and have some reflections.



Potential Economic Ramification of Public Officials' Actions

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 07:00:44 -0600

I firmly believe, we can never under - estimate, the level of stupidity, and lack of attention, of the American electorate! Political candidates continuously make empty rhetoric, and promises, which it appears, they have little intention, of actually achieving. However, never, in recent memory, have we witnessed, as many actual, and/ or potential ramifications, of policies and rhetoric of elected political, public leaders, as we have observed, in the past year, or so.



Fears And Greed: Today's Politics - 6 Examples

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 07:04:37 -0600

Many of us, have witnessed and observed, it seems, our politicians and elected officials, often, focus on their personal self - interest, and agenda, rather than serving the best interests of those, they were elected to serve and represent! While there may be individual exceptions and differences, many of these individuals appear to predominantly, be motivated and influenced, by their fears and/ or greed. It appears their fear is based upon, either, their desire to be elected and/ or reelected, or prioritizing politics, and political considerations, over the best interests of the public!



5 Proposals For Gun Ownership And Controls: Pros And Cons

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 06:55:27 -0600

With all the violence, and especially, incidents, in the news, where people have been attacked, wounded, and/ or killed, by people, with guns, we have witnessed, certain well - meaning, emotionally traumatized people, calling for some sensible, sane controls, and restrictions; others, articulating their so - called, 2nd Amendment rights; others, appearing to play politics; and, many other positions, which are somewhere, in - between! The 2nd Amendment discussion, is a somewhat questionable one, because this amendment, discusses the Right to Bear Arms, which represented a State's rights, to have their own militias, as well as, unfortunately, apparently, slave -...



The Distorting Technique: Lies, Denials, Complaining And Blaming

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 20:25:22 -0600

While about 35% of the American public, remain core supporters, and believers, in the politics of division, many others, have found, this particular period of time, when someone, with a far different skill - set, etc, than anyone holding the position of the most powerful person, in the free world, to be, a somewhat, scary, dangerous time! We are witnessing a period, when some of the most powerful people, resort to using negative personal attacks, on his opponents, generally refusing to take personal responsibility, often appearing to lie, and then denying it, and resorting to constant complaining, and blaming others...



You Must Pay for This

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 15:21:15 -0600

The failing promises made by our elected officers are innumerous in our society of today. The writer in his pain of several successive failing governments, took his time to express his dissatisfaction and disapointment in the government.



The Beast From the East

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 14:37:20 -0600

The Beast from the east is about to descend upon us. It is Monday morning and the BBC weather warnings are out. They obviously don't want to be caught napping as before when the infamous Michael Fish the weatherman, declared there wouldn't be a storm in 1987 and it turned out to be horrendous. A viewer had telephoned the BBC to say she had heard there was to be a hurricane on the way.



One Pound Houses Part 2

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 07:30:22 -0600

Well I have now watched the second episode re the one pound houses scheme in Liverpool. To continue the story: the few residents who have completed their homes or have nearly done so are very much the minority.



Comparing the Elections of Lincoln and Trump

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 09:17:31 -0600

The elections of 1860 and 2016 make quite a contract. The first saw the birth of "The Party of Lincoln" while the second may be ending the Grand Old Party as it becomes the "Party of Trump."



5 Ways To Protect The Sanctity Of Future American Elections

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:03:22 -0600

We may, or probably, will not, ever, fully know, all the details, about the level of, reasons, or motivations, behind, the interference in the 2016 Presidential elections, by foreign interests! Nearly every intelligence agency, and a considerable amount of evidence, which seems to be constantly expanding, indicates their was clearly, interference, either by the Russian government, or certain parties. President Trump has been an apparent holdout to this conclusion, by focusing on his election, rather than the far greater, more relevant issue, of how to learn, as much as possible, to ensure, our future elections, are fair, and pure!



Trump's 5 Key Broken Promises

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:02:49 -0600

Whether one supported, or opposed the candidacy of Donald Trump, when he ran for the highest office, in our land, most realized, his campaign, was different, from most others, witnessed, in recent memory! Mr. Trump heavily relied on a populist, promise - based, approach, often blaming and complaining, while rarely, if ever, supplying potential voters, with details, and/ or solutions.



We Need to Stop Shooting Our Mouths Off About Gun Control

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:02:17 -0600

Listening to the Broward County students protesting in Tallahassee their repeated statement was "We are just students but we want to hear solutions not more words." "Where are the adults and political leaders with actual solutions." This article offers a solution... in spite of the positions of the political left or right.



Gun Policy, And Sanity: 5 Challenges

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:02:55 -0600

Doesn't it seem, nearly every week, we hear about some incident, where someone or several individuals are killed, and/ or wounded, by someone, armed, with a gun? In the United States, our citizens, and government, have a far different position, towards addressing these threats, than in most of the rest of the free world. Statistics clearly indicate, in America, there are more shootings, and gun - related, killings, than in the rest of the world, combined.



Why Trump Supporters Still Still Support Him: 5 Possibilities

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:06:00 -0600

The 2016 Presidential election, was perhaps, the most polarizing one, in recent memory. Unfortunately, rather than the American citizens coming together, for the common good, and seeking a viable, meeting of the minds, we have witnessed a divided nation, where liberals/ progressives, have opposed conservatives, and there has been, precious, little, middle - ground, where well - intentioned people, have been ready, willing, and able to seek, a degree of compromise, etc! Those of us, who have never supported, Donald Trump, have been challenged, to agree, to nearly anything positive, his being President of the United States, means and represents,...



Paths to a Nonviolent America

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:42:28 -0600

Once again we are wracking our brains trying to find an effective way to combat violence in our country, most recently in our schools. Fighting anything suggests that we are approaching the issue with violent means. We seem to forget that such approaches only add fuel to the fire.



Send in the Clowns

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 09:06:27 -0600

Our times in America are unprecedented. Our way of life is under attack, from the absurd to the preposterous. The assaults come from all directions and are relentless. We are at war and few true Americans realize it. While we fight in Afghanistan and Syria, the real assault is taking place here at home. The time is now and the choice is yours.



The Unspoken Secret Behind America's Decline

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 07:01:02 -0600

America society is declining at an alarming rate. More people are homeless, more kids in single-parent homes or no homes at all and drugs are overwhelming our system. Churches are now arguing they're all the same while Islam is muscling its way into mainstream America.Underlying our terrifying free fall to Third World status is an obvious answer no one wants to acknowledge. Come along as we explore ground zero of our destruction.



America Stands For FREEDOM

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:58:00 -0600

How can we hope to Make America Great Again, until/ unless, we focus on what it means, to be an America, and what differentiates the United States, and, should, make us proud to be citizens? While we have observed, the core supporters of President Donald J. Trump, appear motivated, and buy - into, what they perceive this means, we've also noticed, this particular messenger, articulates his message, with a large degree of empty rhetoric, and promises, filled with vitriol, and apparent, prejudice, and bias!



System and Lifeworld

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:10:26 -0600

Societies can be divided into two spheres of action: system and lifeworld. The system is the place for strategic actions using cognitive rationality for the purpose of achieving certain worldly goals. Lifeworld is the environment of human beings in their families and communities engaging themselves in communicative actions.



Politics: Rhetoric Versus Reality: 5 Examples

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 06:59:44 -0600

Decades ago, the late, Senator Charles Goodell, said, Politicians are like antelopes, When things get tough, they paint their behinds white, and run, with the herd. While this has probably, always, been true, for many of those, in elected office, we have recently been witnessing, a level of empty rhetoric and populist promises, as never seen before, in recent memory. Since this has also been accompanied, by partisan politics, to the extreme, our nation, and its essential principles, of the highest commitment to American freedoms, and rights, has seemed to suffer, and be threatened!



Ramifications Of Trump's Actions: 5 Cases

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 06:58:32 -0600

Whether one is a supporter, or opposes, President Donald J. Trump, everyone must agree, we have never, in recent memory, experienced, anyone, who has conducted himself, as he has! While he maintains the strong support of his core supporters and followers, largely because, they have bought - into his rhetorical, vision, and are motivated, and agree with his rhetoric, and vitriol, many others, feel considerably, uneasy, because of the potential ramifications, of some of his actions, and words.



Principled Positions, Hypocrisy, Double-Standard, Or Politics?

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 07:22:30 -0600

If you are like me, you observe, what our elected officials, do, and say, and wonder, why we even refer to them, as representatives, when, it, so often, seems, the only one, many of them represent, is their own self - interests, and personal agenda. While this has been true, for generations, never has it been, as apparent, as in this past year, since the election of Donald Trump, as President of the United States, simultaneously, with the domination of both houses of Congress, by the same political party, the Republican Party, or G.O.



Why We Must Resist Trump's Challenges To Our Freedoms: 5 Examples

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 07:06:23 -0600

In what will probably be considered, in history, as an historic Presidential election, in November, 2016, the United States elected Donald J. Trump, to be our 45th President. His core supporters, largely, agreed with his campaign message, Make America Great Again, although his message, was, often, short on details, but, based on rhetoric, vitriol, and often - empty rhetoric!



The Mystery And Miracle Of The Thirteen People

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 19:18:50 -0600

I was in a traumatic accident in October 2017. The lose of being able to use my right hand is challenging, but during my recovery I have taken time to reflect on life. The following true story gives me hope. If we lose hope we have nothing. I recall the moment when I realized that I witnessed miraculous healings from thirteen people who had nothing in common except the phenomenon that they survived death at a time when medicine had exhausted all hope.



Ego Over Nation? Welcome To Trump World! 4 Examples

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 07:03:20 -0600

Wouldn't the nation, be best - served, if our leaders, prioritized our common good, rather than any personal agenda, and/ or self - interest, and were ready to admit, no one possesses all the answers, to every question and/ or challenge? If our leaders openly considered alternatives and options, in a bi - partisan, cooperative manner, would we not, be able to achieve, more, which might benefit the nation, and its citizens? However, regardless of whether, one supports President Trump, or opposes him, there must be agreement, his philosophy is My way or the highway, rather than being unifying, and, for...



The African-American With Lewis and Clark

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 08:34:59 -0600

Everyone knows the story of Lewis and Clark and their journey from Camp Wood near St. Louis, Missouri to the Pacific Ocean. The expedition set out in May 14,1804 with Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. But very little is known of one of their very important companions. He was a black man named York.



Behaving Like A President: 4 Examples

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 07:06:19 -0600

Whether one supports, or opposes, the existing leader of the free world, President Donald Trump, most agree, his behavior, rhetoric, and focus, differs, significantly, from any previous holder of this office, in recent memory! For better or worse, and/ or rightly or wrongly, American citizens, the media, and the rest of the world, expect a certain quality and level of behavior, which others appreciate, respect, and consider, to be, Presidential (whatever that might mean!)!



Leadership and Mediocrity

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 14:41:40 -0600

If there is anything that is lacking on earth today, it is leadership that has its heads above the water. Almost all leaders are bent on personal ego trip. This is manifested in different forms.



Examine The 5 P's Of Prospective Political Leaders

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 06:56:29 -0600

With all the challenges, the world faces, today, now, perhaps, more than ever, we need political leaders, who are up - to - the - task, and ready, for prime time! Unfortunately, voters often elect, individuals, who focus more on articulating a populist message, than those, who are well - prepared, and are capable of making well - considered decisions, even when these might not be popular. Obviously, the past, election, for President of the United States, pitted, one individual, who articulated a populist, somewhat - negative, often, vitriol - filled, message, and had no previous public service, but was known,...



Beware Of The Political SPIN

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 07:10:41 -0600

Many years ago, Michael J. Fox, starred, in a television series. Spin City, where he portrayed a political adviser to the mayor, and, although, the show, was a comedy, pointed out, the degree of SPIN, which is such an intimate component, of our politics, politicians, and political system.



Party-Line Politics: 5 Reasons It's Permitted To Continue

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 08:18:26 -0600

We often witness, our public officials, performing in such a manner, and/ or focusing, on their personal agenda, and self - interest, rather than the needs, goals, priorities, and best interests, of our citizens. While this is certainly, nothing new, we have seen this behavior, going to extremes, in the past few years. Never, in recent memory, have we witnessed, as much partisan politics, as we are presently experiencing and witnessing, nor as much, apparent, dysfunctional governing!



What The World Needs Now Are CALMING Leaders

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 07:17:20 -0600

Regardless of one's political orientation, or which candidates and policies, one supports and endorses, most would agree, we are living in stressful, tense times, etc! While, there may be differences, of opinions, regarding, how to proceed, and address the needs, goals, and priorities, there should be nearly - universal agreement, the world would consistently benefit, from having CALMING leadership! In these times, of President Donald Trump, and often, excessive dependence on populist rhetoric and empty promises, combined with excessive vitriol, and a tendency to avoid personal responsibility, and resorting to blaming and complaining, wouldn't a re - dedication, to calm leadership, which...



The Blood Moon and Our Collective Destiny

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 15:12:36 -0600

There has been talks about the implications of the current full moon that analysts call Blood moon. For those who do not know, 31st January 2018 will witness a period when the moon is nearest to the earth. This will give it such a larger than life appearance that the phenomenon is generally described as super-moon.



Stop Female Genital Mutilation

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 09:53:14 -0600

Female genital mutilation is a form of abuse that 3 million women are at risk of worldwide every year. What is and why is it not widely understood? FGM is practiced in 29 African countries and several countries across Asia and the Middle East. The 'cutting' of women's genital parts causes serious health problems, and sometimes death. It is a form of abuse that must be stopped. Despite claims made by certain people that it is a religious practice, it is not. FGM is not condoned by any main religions holy book. In fact, it is often seen as a sin because it is both physical and emotional abuse. How can we stop FGM?



The 6 P's Of Why The Best Candidate Often Doesn't Win

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 07:21:00 -0600

How often do we hear someone, say, May the best man win, only, to discover, being the most qualified, often, has very little, to do with, the inevitable result? In America, we have consistently, observed, nearly, as many times, the less - qualified individual winning an election, as the individual, who might be better suited and ready for prime time. Perhaps, this has come - to - a - head, and more obvious, this past year, because of the unusual leadership, which resulted from the election, of someone with no previous public service, Donald Trump, to the highest office in our land!



How Are Genuises Made?

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 07:17:55 -0600

Geniuses are simply humans that do not conform to the prevailing intellectual straightjacket of knowledge. They may face severe persecution from the conventional custodians of knowledge. But that implies that they are more or less rebels against the status quo.



What Ever Happened To Public Fiscal Responsibility? 5 Examples

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 07:11:40 -0600

America, often, becomes significantly weaker, when elected officials, proceed, with a populist message, focused on empty promises, and rhetoric, without considering the fiscal, financial, and/ or economic needs, and ramifications. While nations may accumulate deficits, and generally do, in the long - run, it often compromises, their true sustainability, and abilities to face the future, in the best, most sustainable manner! The discussion, often, becomes little more than politics - as - usual, versus other directions, while it should be focused on the needs, priorities and goals, of citizens!



Rhetoric/Promises Versus Actions: The Trump Dilemma - 5 Examples

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 07:11:42 -0600

The existing President of the United States, was, to a large degree, elected, not because he articulated viable solutions, but, rather, due to his combination of promises, rhetoric, personality, and vitriol. Donald Trump demonstrated, and has continued to demonstrate, whether one supports or opposes him, he's a fighter. The ultimate dilemma, and challenge, however, is how that behavior is exhibited and manifested, and the potential ramifications, of his reliance of being oppositional, rather than unifying, and often, resorting to a combination of lying, blaming and complaining, often without providing any viable solutions, for the better.



The Dangers Of Trump's Mixed-Messages: 5 Examples

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 07:03:04 -0600

It's often been said, one of the most meaningful, relevant necessities of any public official, is earning the trust, from, both those, he serves and represents, within this country, as well as how he's perceived, on the internation stage! One of the essential aspects/ components, is, most of us, seek a high degree of consistency, rather than inconsistency, in the message, these people provide, and articulate! Perhaps, unlike any time, in recent memory, we have witnessed, since the election of Donald J.