Why Should Extremists Have All the Fun?
Mar25

Why Should Extremists Have All the Fun?

Sometimes I wonder why I use good brain cells in a doomed attempt to combat extremism. By now I’ve concluded that extremism, factionalism, discord and bile are essential components of the human genome. We’re squabbling creatures, and I can do nothing to alter that essential truth. It would be like fighting primal and unstoppable forces of nature: gravity, for example, or the Kardashians. At my age I should be conserving my...

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The Morality Police
Mar24

The Morality Police

In Saudi Arabia, the Mutaween are 3,500 public officials and thousands of volunteers who work for the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice. They are responsible for enforcing strict religious laws. Among the many laws are those that require all women to wear head scarves and black gowns when in public. The “Morality Police” also exist in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and several fundamentalist Arab...

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Berlin Must Reveal U.S. ‘Blackmail’ Over Snowden Asylum (La Jornada, Mexico)
Mar23

Berlin Must Reveal U.S. ‘Blackmail’ Over Snowden Asylum (La Jornada, Mexico)

Over the weekend it was reported that German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, when pressed by journalist Glenn Greenwald as to why Germany didn’t offer Edward Snowden political asylum, replied that Washington, ‘told us they would stop notifying us of plots and other intelligence matters.’ This editorial from Mexico’s La Jornada implores Germany to live up to its image as a ‘global benchmark of...

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American Compassion and ‘Invisible’ Disabilities: A Sequel
Mar20

American Compassion and ‘Invisible’ Disabilities: A Sequel

One of our freshest faces at The Moderate Voice (TMV), Daniel Faris, recently posted a story that has touched many hearts and attracted comments from several people who themselves suffer, or who know someone who suffers from “invisible” disabilities and who oftentimes do not receive the “American compassion” — the care and understanding — they deserve. But while it may be true that, in these cases, “American compassion”...

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One More Thing Finland Gets Right: Speeding Tickets
Mar17

One More Thing Finland Gets Right: Speeding Tickets

Across the country and the globe, drivers are perpetually fighting what they believe to be a broken system when it comes to speeding fines, whilst governments and public service departments reassure citizens that their procedures are correct and accurate. Nevertheless, there is a growing fear that the average individual is fair game for a complex and opaque revenue raising scheme that isn’t actually designed to protect motorists...

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American Compassion and ‘Invisible’ Disabilities
Mar17

American Compassion and ‘Invisible’ Disabilities

Some disabilities and illnesses are visible—and while these can sometimes lead to people treating you differently, rarely do others question whether or not something is amiss. But that’s not the case for those suffering from “invisible” disabilities. But don’t take this to mean that one form is better, or worse, or more worthy of attention; all human ailments are equally worthy of our attention and understanding. The...

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Women’s Rights and Roles
Mar17

Women’s Rights and Roles

2015 is the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action regarding the status of women. Though 189 governments signed the document, much remains to be done in democratic and non-democratic states to improve women’s lives. Democracy in any nation is a mirage unless all citizens have equal rights and equality of opportunity. This includes both genders as well as LGBT, racial, ethnic, and religious groups. However,...

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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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Disturbing trend in death rates for women aged 15-54
Mar13

Disturbing trend in death rates for women aged 15-54

Death rates for non-Hispanic white American women aged 15-54 have risen substantially in 7 of 13 groups of causes. Why is this news? Because, until recently, life expectancy trends for women had been increasing, not decreasing. Moreover, the death rates for non-Hispanic black American women declined during the same period, 1999 to 2011. An Urban Institute report released this month provided the analysis. From the report (link below):...

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The long shadow of racism
Mar13

The long shadow of racism

WASHINGTON — See, I keep telling you that old-fashioned racism is alive and well in this country. After the fraternity bus sing-along at the University of Oklahoma, do you hear me now? Frankly, the happy-go-lucky bigotry of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity brothers — captured on video and shown to the world — shocked even me. And I was raised in the South, back in the days when Jim Crow was under assault but...

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Don’t blame just religion for extremist violence—UN expert
Mar10

Don’t blame just religion for extremist violence—UN expert

Religion is just a mask some extremists use to justify violence that has many other causes, according to a United Nations human rights expert. Violence committed in the name of religion does not simply ‘erupt’, but stems from interrelated drivers that provide the fertile ground for hatred, said Heiner Bielefeldt, rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Council on preventing violence committed in the name of religion. It typically originates...

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‘Schadenfreude’ Over the Fall of General Petraeus?
Mar09

‘Schadenfreude’ Over the Fall of General Petraeus?

As someone who at one time championed for a fifth Star for Petraeus, it would be pusillanimous of me not to comment on the General’s fall from grace. Of course I am disappointed and saddened by what the General is alleged to have done and by the fate that has befallen him, respectively. However, I still admire his military career and I am still grateful for what Petraeus has done for his country. I just read Shaun Mullen’s...

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Fraternity Suspends University Of Oklahoma Students For Racist Video
Mar09

Fraternity Suspends University Of Oklahoma Students For Racist Video

Fraternity Suspends University Of Oklahoma Students For Racist Video Students of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity at the University of Oklahoma (OU) have been suspended after the discovery of a video with a racist chant. The fraternity announced that it will close down the OU chapter following the incident. SAE said in a statement that its investigation confirmed that the video showed members...

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Cartoon: Idiotic Climate Change Denial
Mar09

Cartoon: Idiotic Climate Change Denial

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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Plain Talk On The Criminal Justice System, The Obamacare Challenge & That Bad Old CIA
Mar09

Plain Talk On The Criminal Justice System, The Obamacare Challenge & That Bad Old CIA

WASHINGTON STATE POT GROWERS FACE PRISON WHILE TRAITOROUS FORMER GENERAL WILL WALK On March 3, 2015, there was brutal cold and the hangover from several major snow storms to contend with in the Northeast and Midwest, unseasonably chilly weather in Florida that had natives and tourists alike bundling up, and intermittent rain and fog in the Pacific Northwest, but none of this kept the American criminal justice system from grinding...

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Read Obama’s Speech On Selma
Mar07

Read Obama’s Speech On Selma

Read Obama’s Speech On Selma President Barack Obama spoke Saturday at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama to mark the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march in the state that was slated to go from Selma to Montgomery. It was nicknamed Bloody Sunday because the march was halted when state troopers violently attacked the demonstrators with clubs, whips...

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’Rithmatic Doesn’t Add Up in One School District–and it’s Not Alone
Mar04

’Rithmatic Doesn’t Add Up in One School District–and it’s Not Alone

The Danville Education Association (Pa.) has been operating without a contract for three years. Two years ago, the teachers approved recommendations of an independent fact-finder; the board rejected it. This eventually led to a protest strike of five days in April 2014. Recently, the teachers and the board agreed to submit their proposals to an independent arbitrator. Working under regulations of the Pennsylvania Labor Relations...

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About #theDress
Feb28

About #theDress

Of course, you’ve heard of #theDress by now. I initially thought the Tumblr post was trolling. In other words, I thought the controversy was fake. But by late on Thursday night I was convinced it was real, and I shared it on Facebook. Of course, I shared it in an attempt to explain how it could be possible. Perhaps this all-in-fun story will help us understand that, literally, everyone does not see the world the same way. I know...

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Memo To GOP Wingers: Keep Your Goddamned Religion Out Of My Life — And Government
Feb26

Memo To GOP Wingers: Keep Your Goddamned Religion Out Of My Life — And Government

A new study puts a face — and a particularly ugly one at that — on what was been increasingly obvious for many years: Christian conservatives, the folks who use their God like a cudgel to bludgeon we heathens with their neanderthal social agenda, exert an inordinate influence on the Republican Party even if their numbers are relatively small and their agenda is outside the electoral mainstream. This perversity is on...

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How Selma and women’s inequality got tangled at the Oscars
Feb26

How Selma and women’s inequality got tangled at the Oscars

I am southern, southwest-Georgia-southern. My Oscar night boycott arose in part because of the Academy’s shameful treatment of Selma. But I have also grown weary of the uphill battle for equality for women of all colors. My husband and I saw Selma on the heels of the electrifying, Tony-award winning play, All The Way, which explored LBJ’s first year as president. Seattle playwright Robert Schenkkan won the 2014 Tony Award...

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