Is it News when a Million Children Starve?

It isn’t making much of a splash in the news we get here in Central Florida, but once again famine is ravaging the African continent. People are starving. Fellow human beings. Including more than a million children. Accidents of a tragically inefficient global economy, dying a  horrible, slow, torturous death. And yesterday I brought home left-over […]
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No Evidence + Alternative Facts = Libel

Back in my news reporting days, we were always on guard against libeling someone we wrote about. We were taught to check our facts before writing a story. It wasn’t just the fear of being dragged into court and fined – or even sentenced to prison. We believed we had to protect our publication’s credibility […]
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Trump, the Global Oligarch

I’m not sure why but the media always refer to rich Russian and Ukrainian political bosses as “oligarchs.” So when do we start giving Donald Trump the same title? If you look up “oligarchy,” you will find it means government by the rich. And if ever there was a true believer in government by the rich, […]
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There’s No “Good Citizen” Gene, Mr. King

Iowa Congressman Steve King set off a tweet storm with his openly racist claim that “we can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” King was supporting Dutch politician Geert Wilder, (depicted at upper right) who wants to sfop Muslim immigration, shut down mosques and ban the Koran in his country. King’s comments sparked widespread outrage, of course. But some […]
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What Does Bannon Have that I Don’t?

I’ve been writing this blog for at least 10 years and nobody has invited me to help run the country. What do some bloggers have that I don’t, anyway? Steve Bannon, for example. Here’s a blogger with outlandish ideas who may be the most powerful person in America today. And what has he done to achieve […]
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Surprise! We’re Not Equal under the Law.

I’m sure you know the rich can buy their way out of trouble – even trouble with the law. They have the money to hire the best lawyers and prepare the most effective defenses, for one thing. But did you know they can buy an easier life even when they get sentenced to jail? Research […]
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Trump’s Worldwide Web of Deception

I just read that China has approved dozens of Trump trademarks, and I wonder how this will affect his policy toward the Chinese. I’m sure you know how Trump has criticized China for stealing American jobs, manipulating its currency and on and on. Obviously, he is just talking when he rants against China because he has been taking advantage […]
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The Phone Rings but Nobody’s There

Every once in a while, our phone rings and when we answer there’s nobody on the line. I’ve wondered what was going on. Are burglars checking to see if anyone’s home perhaps? Now I know. It’s a scam. Another of the multitude of scams that plague our phones. You may have had calls from “Windows technical […]
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Conservative Healthcare? Divide and Rule!

Would someone explain to me what “conservative” health care means?  Is it taking one aspirin instead of two and writing a note to your doctor in the morning (instead of phoning)? I would think that healthcare means doing everything possible to make the sick well and keep the well from getting sick. Conservative healthcare must mean doing […]
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A Black British Princess? About Time

The British press and social media are atwitter about the possibility – make that probability – of Prince Harry marrying Meaghan Markle. And it’s not because she’s divorced.. Four decades ago, when I was a toddler in Port Antonio, Jamaica, King Edward VIII had to give up his throne to marry “the woman I love,” American Wallis […]
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