We’re running out of places to bury people
Mar14

We’re running out of places to bury people

We’re running out of places to bury people Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com – @BednarChuck As the world’s population inches closer to the eight billion mark, there are growing concerns over an issue that might not be the sort of thing that you’d immediately think about: What to do with all of these they people once they die? According to the World Population Clock,...

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Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Leonard Nimoy Leaves Us
Feb28

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Leonard Nimoy Leaves Us

Leonard Nimoy Leaves Us by Mike Peters Of Related Interest: –To a Star Trek fan like me, Leonard Nimoy meant everything –Leonard Nimoy’s Passion for Photography –Our favorite Leonard Nimoy video clips –George Takei Devastated Over ‘Extraordinary’ Leonard Nimoy’s Death Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon artists for his outstanding work as both a political and comic strip...

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Cartoon: Leonard Nimoy
Feb27

Cartoon: Leonard Nimoy

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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The Very Trees Cry Out: NO NO NO– Three Muslim Students Murdered
Feb11

The Very Trees Cry Out: NO NO NO– Three Muslim Students Murdered

DATELINE: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 3 Muslim students shot dead by middle-aged shooter. This should be at top of cable news and top of every newspaper in the USA. Two of the dead were married just 1.5 months ago in joyful celebration. The other dead young person is a sister.”Each of the victims, Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, were just embarking on the first stage of their...

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Pop Culture: And Then He/She/They Said…
Jan17
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Death with Dignity Is a Human Right (Or Should Be)
Jan08

Death with Dignity Is a Human Right (Or Should Be)

Death with Dignity Is a Human Right (Or Should Be) by Daniel Faris Brittany Maynard had a story to tell the nation. But more importantly, she had a question to ask: Are we not entitled to die on our own terms? At 29 years of age, Brittany was a doting mom to two dogs and had been married only one year. She and her husband, Dan, had been trying to start a family when constant headaches prompted Brittany to seek medical attention – an...

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A New Year’s Musing On America’s Dysfunctional Society & Broken Politics
Jan05

A New Year’s Musing On America’s Dysfunctional Society & Broken Politics

Scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. There is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe. ~ FRANK ZAPPA The United States enters the new year a deeply dysfunctional society with a severely fractured political establishment and a dearth of ideas about how to confront either. Police routinely abuse black men and...

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The Conscience of Mario Cuomo
Jan05

The Conscience of Mario Cuomo

NEW YORK — There will never be another politician like Mario Cuomo, a man shaped by a different age. Yet he taught lessons about racial reconciliation, the role of religion in politics, the purposes of politics itself and — oddly for a politician — humility that will always be fresh. Cuomo, who died New Year’s Day, was brilliant and engaging but also irascible and terribly sensitive. He was tough and...

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Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo Dead at Age 82
Jan01

Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo Dead at Age 82

MARIO CUOMO DEAD: Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo dies at age 82. Mario Cuomo died six hours after his son, Andrew Cuomo, was sworn into his second term as New York state governor, the NY Daily News reports. “He couldn’t be here physically today … but my father is in this room,” Andrew Cuomo said in his inaugural address. “He’s in the heart and mind of every person who is here. His inspiration and...

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Una Vez Más: The Old Man and The Baby, New Year’s Iconology: A Lost Story
Jan01

Una Vez Más: The Old Man and The Baby, New Year’s Iconology: A Lost Story

The Lost Story About What The Old Man and the New Baby Used to Mean for Human Renewal of Body, Mind, Spirit, Heart and Soul… at New Year’s We’re led to believe that New Year’s images are about the Old Year going out as a bent over old man… and the New Year toddling in as a grinning infant. That’s what the buycandy buywine buybeer folks would have us believe. But those are degraded images. Long ago, there were far brighter...

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La Posada: Happy Holidays to One and All From All of Us at TMV
Dec25

La Posada: Happy Holidays to One and All From All of Us at TMV

A little storycito about La Posada, a ‘go away/ come closer’ ritual in dead winter where madwomen and madmen go out in the night in order to be rejected on purpose Posada is done by many a Latino, in many different ways depending on where you live. It is the ritual we play out going door to door amongst our neighbors and friends, asking for shelter for the Holy Family who are being turned away from all the inns, and with...

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Joe Cocker, Heartbroken Singer, Passes. RIP
Dec22

Joe Cocker, Heartbroken Singer, Passes. RIP

http://www.southbendtribune.com/entertainment/inthebend/entertainmentnews/british-singer-joe-cocker-dead-at/article_b1802f8a-8a12-11e4-a6f0-873ff18480ff.html many will remember his brokenhearted songs and his fullbody expression while he sang that resembled sometimes a giant raptor flapping wings, and other times as though he was carried away by a drumbeat only he could hear and that we could see… His songs may make an apt...

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Two NYPD Officers Murdered in Brooklyn/ UPDATED: De Blasio, mayor, Spurned After
Dec20

Two NYPD Officers Murdered in Brooklyn/ UPDATED: De Blasio, mayor, Spurned After

UPDATE: It appears to be shaping up that Bill de Blasio, current mayor of New York City, is disliked intensely by many in NYPD, in their opinion after De Blasio did not stand up for law and order nor unequivocally for police officers assaulted during protests [despite clear videos of same], for backslapping, ignoring questions he’s ‘uncomfortable’ answering that are seemingly germaine to the lead up to the...

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This Day: Taliban Murders Over 100 SCHOOL CHILDREN in PAKISTAN
Dec16

This Day: Taliban Murders Over 100 SCHOOL CHILDREN in PAKISTAN

Most recent update: Forces in Pakistan say all the Taliban who entered the school and murdered now estimated over 130 souls, are all dead. UPDATE: It is said that The Pakistani soldiers have killed five of the Taliban who have undertaken this slaughter of the innocents. There is speculation because Taliban have destroyed thousands of schools in their path, that their insanity was also responsible for attempting to murder now 17 year...

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Torture: Did the American Psychological Association Collude With Torture of Human Beings?
Dec11

Torture: Did the American Psychological Association Collude With Torture of Human Beings?

I first wrote and then published this article on December 8, 2007, seven long years ago at TMV. True then. Still so now. The ability of citizens to ‘petition their government’ has become a feat of climbing the glass mountain, as in the fairytales of eld. Not until the glass mountain was shattered, were the people able to scale to the treasure, which was not in its height and supposed grandeur, but at its roots, at its...

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Brittany Maynard Showed Us Death With Dignity Gives Patients A Voice [VIDEO]
Nov03

Brittany Maynard Showed Us Death With Dignity Gives Patients A Voice [VIDEO]

Brittany Maynard, the voice of the right-to-die movement, passed away on Saturday in the manner that she wanted to: “peacefully in her bedroom, in the arms of her loved ones.” Maynard’s choice to take her own life after being diagnosed with brain cancer at the beginning of this year was authorized under the Oregon Death...

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The Whole Story
Oct28

The Whole Story

WASHINGTON — It was the fall of 1979. The Washington Post, which I considered the greatest newspaper in the world, was considering me for a job covering the District of Columbia’s new mayor, an interesting character named Marion Barry. I knew that a couple of Post editors were going to take me to lunch. What I didn’t know was that the great Ben Bradlee was coming along. I ordered what turned out to be the driest...

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UPDATE: War memorial soldier murdered/ gunman dead, Canadian Parliment Locked down
Oct22

UPDATE: War memorial soldier murdered/ gunman dead, Canadian Parliment Locked down

UPDATE: The Parliment Buildings are no longer on lockdown in Ottawa. Soldier murdered appears to have been shot in the back. He was Corp Nathan Cerillo, a father of a young kindergarden aged son. The long gunfire in the parliment building which has cathedral ceilings was hugely amplified and terrifying to those in the building. Four others were injured and taken to the hospital, one a security guard. The top security officer of the...

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Remembering ‘Aussie’ Vera Palmer
Oct07

Remembering ‘Aussie’ Vera Palmer

When we met her at her cozy home in Canberra, Australia, last October, she was a young 98. As we chatted about Australian history and immigration, my eyes caught a white, blue and silver metallic torch on top of a cabinet in her living room, very similar to an Olympic Torch. And lo and behold, it was an Olympic Torch — a 2000 Sydney Olympics Torch. The lovely lady we were talking to, Vera Palmer, had participated in the 2000...

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Pondering The Obamalypse, What Hummingbirds Tells Us & Other Musings On The Autumnal Equinox
Sep22

Pondering The Obamalypse, What Hummingbirds Tells Us & Other Musings On The Autumnal Equinox

The eve of the first day of autumn at the mountain retreat began with a stroll to the road and our mailbox under a sunlit canopy of leaves just beginning to turn to the sublime reds, oranges, yellows and browns of the season. The mailbox disgorged a phone bill, the new issue of Vanity Fair (“Hell in the Ebola Hot Zone!”), several advertising circulars and some dragon smoke. Alas, as I walked back to the house, my mind was...

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