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How To Respond to a Plea for Help

March 12th, 2013, No Comments

In my travels, I’ve seen many homeless and hungry people and had my own share of adversity. The flood of need in these difficult times dicates a new way to help others. Many of us are only one paycheck away from destitution ourselves. Some people are, unfortunately, so cynical that they literally won’t give you […]

Attitudes about Government in and out of China

February 14th, 2013, 1 Comment

I read an article the other day about a blogger said to have taken rare photographs of the President elect of China, Xi Ping. I have been unable to find that original article but the Washington Post notes it here. The lines which caught my eye in the other article spoke of how the blogger […]

The Refugee Within

December 26th, 2012, No Comments

Here in the UK, the news has been full of reports about the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. I’ve worked in many New York City school programs and experienced my share of bomb threats along with occasional intrusions by unstable individuals. Still, when working my very first teaching job in Connecticut back in 1979, the […]

The MYSTERY of SIM CARDS for MOBILES in the EU

December 9th, 2012, No Comments

Has anyone ever penetrated the ‘MYS’tery surrounding that bizarre byte of technology called the SIM card? The complexity of the technology behind those bits of cardboard is only second to the perplexing contractual obligations that accompany them in the EU! I’m developing a novel phobia which I’ll name ‘symphonia’ or fear of phony, but binding, […]

Dear Congressman Waxman…

October 2nd, 2011, No Comments

Tonight I sent an email to Congressman Henry Waxman, who was instrumental in obtaining the passage of the “No Fear Act“, promising government employees that they cannot be subjected to reprisals when reporting legal and/or ethical violations by fellow employees and superiors in their workplaces. This was important landmark legislation since reprisals are a well […]

Redefining Capitalism- No Need!

April 22nd, 2011, No Comments

Paul Krugman’s column today is precisely the answer to our dogmatic allegiance to the word, “Capitalism”. When George W. Bush referred to us all as consumers, rather than citizens, it communicated the concept that our status had changed as residents. In addition, every single product and service in existence was somehow a commodity for purchase […]

Libya

April 3rd, 2011, No Comments

Nicholas Kristof always manages to raise our hopes for a future without oppression even as he details life at its worst for people (often women) around the world. In his latest column, he reminds us that the horrors of war are solely justifiable in the effort to preserve life. How can we condemn or ignore […]

Health Care Has Conscientious Objectors. Well, Obama Just Drafted Them!

March 2nd, 2011, No Comments

The NY Times sports this editorial in today’s paper entitled, “Mr. Obama’s Health Care Challenge“. The President, a socialist to the ‘Far Right’ and an appeasement president as far as ‘The Left’ is concerned, threw out a reasonable offer to the rabid dogs hellbent upon denying Americans health care. This is problematic in principle since […]

Voting Booths are Not Houses of Worship

January 9th, 2011, 1 Comment

Charles Blow of the NY Times wrote a column about religious affiliation being a requirement for those aspiring to hold political office. His research spoke to the fact that huge numbers of Americans are ‘unaffiliated’ with any religious organization, regardless of their theology. Mr. Blow admirably points out the unfairness of the unaffiliated being forced […]

Fixing America Ltd.; How is it Supposed to Work?

November 25th, 2010, 2 Comments

The recent conviction of terrorist Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani proved that citizens can effectively implement justice in a system intended to be managed by civilians, preventing the military from ever taking supremacy over a government, “…of the people, by the people, for the people.”. The question remains why this normal judicial process was so long delayed. […]

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