August 2015 archive

Aug 30

The Lion, The Hunter and Human Nature

In Brief—The killing of Cecil, the lion, by a trophy hunter has aroused anger and awareness throughout the world at the slaughter of threatened species by human hunters. Unless this is stopped, there will be no threatened species left to share Earth. ——————————————————————————————————————————————- Threatened Today, Gone Tomorrow— Whether it’s slaughtering whales and dolphins for Japanese …

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Aug 23

The Clown Car and American Politics

In Brief—A candid look at the Republican Party and the current sclerotic state of American politics. ——————————————————————————————————————————————— Bring in the Clowns— The colorful little car rolls to a stop in the spotlight on stage. One, two three…ten Republican men emerge dressed in their Sunday best, pockets bulging with money showered on them by their rich …

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Aug 16

Mothers: The Tie That Binds

In Brief—A discussion of motherhood with a focus on the author’s mother and his experience. ———————————————————————————————————————————————– Does the Apple Fall Far from the Tree?— Everybody is born of a mother. Some mothers are loved and lovable. Some are less so. Some are capable. Some are not. Some are even monsters. All humans are unique and …

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Aug 09

Dump the Death Penalty

In Brief—The death penalty is an anachronism that is not only immoral, it is tied to the 18th century traditional view that it was acceptable to exact an eye for an eye revenge for a variety of acts now scientifically known to be discredited. It’s time for America to join the civilized world in eliminating …

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Aug 02

To Marry or Not to Marry

In Brief—A discussion of the recent Supreme Court decision on same–sex marriage, the opposition, contract law, the right to remain unmarried and some personal philosophy on the subject. It’s serious but definitely not boring. ————————————————————————————————————————————— The Inequality of Marriage— Should people of the same sex have the same right as two heterosexual people to marry? …

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