I Suspect Race is Behind the Political Unrest in America

Lying in bed last night, I got to thinking about the lack of progress under President Obama. Why is it so difficult, I wondered, to reform health care, create jobs, relieve poverty – especially among children – and improve education? What makes so many Americans fight so bitterly against programs that seem so desirable? And […]
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Those Whom the Gods Would Destroy They First Make Mad

As Euripides is supposed to have said but didn’t, when the gods wish to destroy you they first make you crazy. If the ancient saying is right, the gods must be planning to destroy us all – or the vast majority of us anyway. Consider the evidence: Man-made pollution is precipitating climate change that is […]
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Implications of “Climategate” in the Global Warming Debate

A neighbor came over to set me straight on global warming a few days ago. He had read about “Climategate,” and saw it as evidence that an international cabal is plotting to take over the world and enslave the masses. He believes that one of the tactics in this strategy is the crusade to stem […]
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Pondering the Amount of Wasted Food in a Hungry World

Watching the garbage men hoist our two trash cans this morning and dump the past few days’ scraps and packaging into their truck, I wondered whether we humans will ever solve the problem of waste. Comparatively little of what Sandra and I buy goes into our stomachs or onto our backs (or into our pets’ […]
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Health Care Debate Has Been a Waste of Time

America’s leaders have spent countless hours wrangling over “health care reform” and have finally reached a stand-off in which the only likely beneficiary is the insurance industry. If, as seems likely, the Senate bill is defeated (without even getting to a vote), the industry will be able to celebrate a continuation of the status quo, […]
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Yasmin Anderson-Smith, Giving Every Girl Global-Conquering Power

One of the most painful tragedies to watch is that of a young person, filled with inspiring hope and promise get detoured in the ditch of despair, and seeing a dream of a life die. . Let’s call her Tony (changed her name to protect this victim).  This young girl had the Midas touch.  She […]
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We Can Be Thankful Obama is America’s President, After All

Tomorrow, Americans are expected to reflect on the things they are thankful for – in addition to not being the turkey they’ll be carving up. And at least one American is thankful for not being the U.S. President.  In an article in Salon.com today, columnist Joan Walsh writes: I have a lot to give thanks […]
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Everything crash

Heyyyy everybody!  I’m a star by association. Not close association mind you, but I was in a bookstore with Glen Beck.  Glen who?  The darling of the right-wing religious nutcases.  No I didn’t speak with him, shake his hands or ask for an autograph.  It didn’t appeal to me to even want to see him.  […]
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Big Up Northern Caribbean University!

 One of the hidden gems of Jamaica is our University tucked away in the hills of Mandeville.  Over the past few years we have seen some world-class software endeavors through the school’s Microsoft competition.  Well, now others are realizing that Mandeville is Brains Hill.  Look here! . NCU, an Adventist University on the Caribbean island […]
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Don’t Laugh at the Republicans. They Might be on to Something

Facing fierce pressure from conservatives, Republican Party leaders are trying to come up with a plan to ensure their candidates aren’t vulnerable to challenges from the right. This was apparently motivated by a recent special congressional election in upstate New York, in which the official Republican candidate was pushed out of the race by a […]
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