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Published: Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:51:50 -0500


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.

The Current Political Climate in America Is Uniquely Favourable to Third Parties

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 14:06:33 -0600

The political landscape in America looks increasingly alarming. A new approach is required to ensure a positive future for the people of the nation.

When President Trump Lies, Who Loses? 5 Losers

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 07:05:20 -0600

Whether one agrees or disagrees with, supports or opposes, or what one's personal opinion of the man, may be, there should be, nearly, universal agreement, President Donald Trump, is certainly, unlike, any of his predecessors, in recent memory. Although, having personally worked on numerous political campaigns, for over 4 decades, I recognize, most politicians, stretch the truth, and resort to spinning the facts, to put them, in the best, possible, light, Trump has taken that tendency, to previously, unobserved, heights! Political fact - checkers have stated, he has lied, or materially mis - stated information, an average of over 5...

Elected Officials Should Prioritize The COMMON Good

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 07:22:25 -0600

Wouldn't a so - called, representative democracy, such as we supposedly have, in the United States of America, be better served, if our elected officials, prioritized the needs, goals, priorities, perceptions, and objectives of the electorate, rather than their own personal agenda, politics, and/ or self - interest? Perhaps, it's the system, where many, in this country, fail to exercise their right to vote, nor even consider it their responsibility! Maybe, these politicians feel, either, entitled, emboldened, or believe, they can pull the proverbial, wool, over our eyes, and get away with their behavior, without ramifications!

Generosity Is Like A Breath Of Fresh Air

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:05:19 -0600

You don't realize how generous people are until you are in trouble. Yesterday afternoon I called into the local supermarket, but on returning to my car disaster struck. My key stuck in the door lock and wouldn't budge! My phone was at home and the spare key I hadn't seen since the car was serviced, so I had no idea where it was!

6 Ways To Make Our Political System Fairer And Better

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:19:57 -0600

Regardless of one's political orientation, and/ or beliefs, nearly everyone realizes, there is considerable dysfunction, which makes the system, work ineffectively and inefficiently, and is often, less than properly directed, to serve the common good, and/ or needs! Perhaps, now, more than any time, in recent memory, this has become obvious and pronounced, because we have seen numerous incidents, where it appears, politicians tend to place politics, their personal agenda, and/ or self - interest, ahead of the needs, goals and priorities of their constituents, and the common good! WIth that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly examine,...

Where Have American's Freedoms Gone? 5 Examples

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:10:55 -0600

Whether one embraces a progressive, moderate, or conservative agenda, there is nearly universal agreement, we have witnessed, since the election of Donald J. Trump, in November, 2016, a difference in America's society! While, previous American Presidents, have, generally attempted to provide leadership, which focused on trying to unify, President Trump, has consistently, prioritized pleasing his political core, and base of supporters, and, often, used a combination of rhetoric, vitriol, and making his claims, using Social Media.

Trump - Confusing Signals: 5 Examples

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:16:08 -0600

Leading any nation, especially one, as diverse, ethnically, racially, and politically, as the United States, is challenging, under any circumstances, and especially so, in the present political climate! While there are many things, which are different about the way, Donald J. Trump, perceives and conceives of the position, and represents this nation, perhaps the most troubling, to some of us, is how he often articulates confusing signals, on an almost- daily, basis.

Understanding Trump and His Base

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:30:16 -0600

Discussions in the Oval Office on DACA demonstrated two ways in which President Trump is dedicated to a base, a fact noted by Representative James Clyburn of South Carolina. This article will expand on Representative Clyburn's insight because it gets to the heart of our dysfunctional political situation.

What Does America Stand For? 4 Images

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:33:24 -0600

In November, 2016, the United States elected Donald J. Trump, to serve, as President of the U.S.

President Trump: Telling The Truth, Thinking He Is, Or Lying?

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:19:29 -0600

Whether one is a supporter of our current President, or opposes his approaches and policies, it is important to agree, Donald J. Trump, has certainly, in his first year, approached and performed his position, significantly differently, than any of his predecessors, in recent memory! For some, this may be, exactly what they hoped for, but, for many others, it is often frightening, and/ or upsetting!

Race Trumps Love on MLK, Jr Day

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:09:17 -0600

Candidate Trump asked African-Americans: "What do you have to lose?" Today all Americans must ask: "What has already been lost and how much more are we willing to lose?"

Why Trump's Words Matter: 5 Examples

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 07:11:01 -0600

Nearly everyone, whether they support, or oppose, the policies, etc, of President Donald Trump, realize and recognize, we have never witnessed, any previous occupant of the office, who used the rhetoric, he has consistently articulated! While some either agree, or object, to specific words, or the tone of his message, what might be, more significant, etc, is the overall, and specific impacts, of what he says. Fact - checkers state, Mr.

The Making of a Sociopath

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 09:27:34 -0600

There is a disturbing trend of a rise in the prevalence of sociopathy in our society as revealed by many sources of media. Our present culture has become the breeding ground for sociopaths. We even don't know that a sociopath might be living next door.

Critical Thinking: Does Identity Politics Disempower People?

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 09:19:23 -0600

In today's political climate, there appears to be a greater focus on what would be good for people who belong to a particular gender, race, religion or sexual orientation. As a result of this, what would benefit people in general no longer has the same level of importance.

Laziness As a Misnomer

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 08:43:05 -0600

A mainstay of conservative thought holds that those who are too lazy to better themselves do not deserve consideration. It's a mentality that reflects an ignorance of human behavior, an apparent lack of empathy toward others, and a worldview that includes selfish thinking. This mindset serves as the rationale for conservatives to vote against social welfare programs that are designed to assist those less fortunate.

Anyone for Mars: A Tongue in Cheek Look at What Might Be, But Won't Be Able to See

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:59:37 -0600

Have you ever wondered what life will be like in a thousand years? No doubt everything we think of as high - tech today will be museum pieces, that provide a chuckle or two from all those new kids on the block. Will space travel be the norm, with bookings being made for a week or two on the moon, crater viewing?

How To Truly Make America GREAT

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 07:21:15 -0600

In November, 2016, the United States' electorate, voted for, and elected, Donald J. Trump, as President of the United States. Whether one supported or opposed this individual, there is little doubt, he articulated a different type of populist message.

We Need Positive Political Leaders

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 07:24:08 -0600

It generally doesn't do society much good, to look back, and believe, as Paul Simon wrote, with differing lyrics (at different times in his life), Everything looks worse (or better) in black - and - white! Many feel, we are presently witnessing, a period, focused more on blaming and complaining, and empty rhetoric and/ or promises, rather than introducing relevant, sustainable solutions! Whether one is a Democrat, or Republican, or considers himself, liberal, conservative, or moderate, it's essential to recognize and realize, we rarely benefit, in any meaningful manner, when the conversation focuses on blaming and complaining, rather than well -...

Rise of the Z-State and Faltering Societal Fate - Part 2

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:39:51 -0600

With the popularity of the zombie genre, from graphic novels to the movie screen, it is an apt depiction of post-modern humanity. Any devotee of "zombie apocalyptic" stories, likewise, finds a correlation between the notion of a "z-state" and reality of a devolving culture to be quite both alarming and fascination. From entertaining dystopic fiction in terror-panicked shopping malls, to the government websites planning for societal pandemic, the metaphorical admonition for survival preparedness and emergency planning reflects real life issues and foolish behaviors.

The Gambit of Power and Control in Human Deception - Part 2

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:36:14 -0600

As the devolution continues, daily occurrences around the U.S. and the rest of the world, offer evidence of the gambit of power and control in human deception. A continuing process of human regression in the imbalance of social equity, the few who manipulate the resources manage to exert influence on those of lesser means. Recently, a prominent business magazine known for reporting on wealth and power within business and government circles stated that 1% own more than 50% of earthly wealth. The continued decline of reasonable materiality does not paint a positive picture.

Evolution Vs Creation

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:33:24 -0600

How did human beings come to earth? By evolution or creation? This article tries to answer that question, including the question of the chicken and egg which came first

Wake-Up, America: Demand Less - Partisan Government: 5 Examples

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 07:04:59 -0600

While America would probably, be best - served, with either, non - partisan. or bipartisan leadership, we are apparently, witnessing less cooperation, than at any time, in recent memory! How often, in the last year, have we witnessed, politicians placing politics and/ or a political agenda, ahead of quality policy and/ or the best interests of our citizens?

Politicians Might Insist And Lie, But It Doesn't Make It Fact: 5 Examples

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 07:28:10 -0600

Politicians have enjoyed, less - than - stellar, reputations, for generations. Therefore, it should not be surprising, to anyone, when we witness, them making empty promises, and using over - stated, political rhetoric! However, in today's world climate, we have been witnessing, this behavior, to an extreme, because most observers, seem to recognize, the present occupant of the White House, President Donald Trump, has taken this behavior, to a level, we have never witnessed, in recent memory!

Realisationism Explained

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 08:33:16 -0600

We are beginning to realise that all humans are clever and have always been so very clever? We are also beginning to waken up to the idea that we have all inherited amazing knowledge via a 'trans-generational memory gene' that has been passed down to us from the first extra-terrestrial/ Homo sapiens offspring! We all have amazing knowledge hidden in our unconscious memory. Realisationism is a concept which requires a belief in an ancient extra-terrestrial led civilisation, way before the Egyptians, which has been hitherto hidden, destroyed or deliberately misrepresented. I believe we are rapidly entering an age of Realisationism and beginning to comprehend how and why we are being manipulated and to recognise how easy it is to be manipulated. Thankfully, every generation is producing more and more of us with great wisdom to question the restrictive elite/establishment/conventional views. Consequently, many more of us are becoming more questioning with an open-mind and slowly but surely uncovering the secrets that have been withheld from us since the Great Flood around 10.500 years ago.

Ramifications of Trump's Behavior: 6 Examples

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 07:23:56 -0600

Few objective observers would deny, for better of worse, we have never, in recent memory, observed any President, behave, like our present occupant of that office. Donald Trump has spent his public career, in a way, which consistently brought attention, to himself, either by his actions, or rhetoric. Few would deny, he is a master of self - promotion, and while, that, probably, personally benefited him, it is questionable, whether, it will be in the best interest of this country, or many of its citizens.

Gentrification Meltdown

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 15:11:19 -0600

The process that keeps shutting people out. A situation that gives rise to racial and economic class differences.

These Will Be the Big Stories of 2018

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 08:49:50 -0600

I'm going to stick my neck out and make a few calls for Wall Street 2018 based on evidence, logic... and history. And we have all year to see how I do...

Will The Mid-Term Elections Be About Issues, Or Trump?

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 07:31:26 -0600

2017 was a poltical year, like no other, in recent memory! Whether one is a supporter or detractor, of the President, it must be agreed, we have rarely witnessed, anyone serving in that position, similar to Donald Trump. His combination of personality, rhetoric, use of Social Media, polarizing influence, and, apparent lying and misstatements, have dominated news coverage, and our citizen's mindsets.

5 Behavioral Options For Elected Officials

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 15:19:29 -0600

We vote for candidates, for any, of a variety of reasons. Some of these, may be personal, while others might be logical and/ or emotional. However, most of us, would hope, that, once elected, these politicians were ready, willing and able, to transform, themselves, into statesmen, and prioritize, what might be best, for society, and their constituents!

Why Are We So Attracted to the Celebrity Lifestyle?

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 08:09:48 -0600

"Celebrity" the word itself explains everything. We all admire, adore and imitate our favorite celebrity once in a lifetime because we want to be like them. Perfect physique, dressing, makeup and oh!

Examine Official's POLICY, Not Promises

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 07:04:52 -0600

When one considers, and examines, the past results of many elections, it becomes somewhat obvious, many voters, appear to place their votes, based on the often - empty rhetoric, and promises, rather than their best interests, and the true needs, of our society, as a whole! It's important, and we would all benefit, if the typical American voter, would pay more attention, and avoid, either apathy, or proceeding, with the mindset, their vote didn't matter, anyway! With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly examine, and consider, using the mnemonic approach, why, we would all benefit, if voters...

How to Maintain the Spirit of Giving Each Day of the Year

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 14:54:03 -0600

There's nothing like the holiday time to be reminded that we're all more alike than we are different. As the year begins to draw to a close, I've been coming by stories that help me maintain my faith in humanity, and I'd like to share one particular one with you today. A Child's Curious Nature We live in such a wealthy country, but poverty exists here at home in our nation.

If Content Is the King, Where Is King's Honor?

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 10:24:57 -0600

Importance of content is accepted by everyone be they are businesses or politicians. In the olden days, civilizations were cultivated, promoted, and sustained with content. One religion says through word everything is created.

Jungle Laws of Indian Bureaucrats

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 09:25:05 -0600

In any other country, can you imagine hordes of youngsters passing out of I.I.T and I.I.M and then forsaking million rupees salary packages to become a bureaucrat with a starting salary of just about Rs 35,000-40000 a month? If someone says he or she's doing all this to 'serve' society/country, remember, the statement is as hollow as the one made by a crooked politician who claims to serve his people.

My Political PRAYER For 2018

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 07:19:24 -0600

Many individuals make year - end, New Year's resolutions, which, while generally being sincere, and well - intentioned, when made, end up, being, abandoned, shortly thereafter! When it comes to our society, and world affairs, there are often, many challenges and obstacles, as well as some great qualities, and occurrences. However, we recently witnessed, a year (2017), which appeared, to be, like few others, in recent memory, and while some, seemed enthusiastic, and encouraged, many of us, believe, it challenged the so - called, norms, as well as attacked, certain freedoms, and protections, that many Americans, have held dear.