The ones left behind
Aug20

The ones left behind

WASHINGTON — The fire this time is about invisibility. Our society expects the police to keep unemployed, poorly educated African-American men out of sight and out of mind. When they suddenly take center stage, illuminated by the flash and flicker of Molotov cocktails, we feign surprise. The proximate cause of the rioting in Ferguson, Mo., is the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was stopped, a witness has said, by a...

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Book Review – A History Of The Future
Aug20

Book Review – A History Of The Future

James Howard Kunstler was best known for his dystopian non fiction until he made the move to fiction in 2008.  I reviewed his first novel, A World Made By Hand, in 2010.  The US Economy and for all intents civilization has collapsed suddenly.  The reasons really don’t matter, there are hundreds of scenarios that might result in such a collapse.  Only the strongest and the brightest are able to survive and move from a 21st...

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Observing World Humanitarian Day
Aug19

Observing World Humanitarian Day

When one looks around places like, Syria, Northern Iraq, Ukraine, etc., there is not much to be seen that qualifies as humane or “humanitarian.” There are also way too many natural disasters which all too often become catastrophic humanitarian disasters. Nevertheless, there are organizations and individuals — “those unsung heroes” Secretary of State John Kerry calls them — who “despite the risks, work to save lives on the...

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Law enforcement actions against journalists in Ferguson
Aug19

Law enforcement actions against journalists in Ferguson

On Saturday, August 10 at 12:01 p.m., 28-year-old Darren Wilson confronted 18-year-old Michael Brown. According to press reports, Brown was walking down the middle of a street; Wilson was in his police car. Reports conflict as to what happened next, but three minutes later Brown was dead, his body riddled from at least six gun shots. At Storify, I’ve begun chronicling reports of law enforcement officers arresting and harassing...

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The Police
Aug18

The Police

Watching the scenes from Ferguson, MO has reminded of something a friend of mine, who was an officer in the Portland Police Department, told me some 30 years ago – probably a third of the officers on the force should not be for psychological reasons.   All police officers in Oregon  must attend The Oregon Police Academy.  About 10 years ago the Academy realized the truth of what my friend had told me 20 years before and included...

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Ferguson: Everyone already knows what happened…
Aug18

Ferguson: Everyone already knows what happened…

My care meter on the Ferguson, MO shooting involving an unarmed young black man named Michael Brown and Officer Darren Wilson is low. Initially I was shocked that my care meter started high and dropped so low so fast. But now, after a bit of reflection, I know why: Everyone already knows what happened… It’s very cut and dry. Michael Brown was unarmed and surrendering when racist cop Darren Wilson shot him in cold blood AND...

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Thoughts of One Black Man… on Ferguson (Guest Voice)
Aug18

Thoughts of One Black Man… on Ferguson (Guest Voice)

This is a letter I received tonight from one of my relatives. I’m posting it in full here for our TMV readers. Thoughtful comments are welcome. Thank you. Dr. E. I’m not a jouralist. I’m a police officer. I’m a black man. These are just my current thoughts on the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. My thinking may change as more and more facts come in. First of all, I must say as a black man and as a professional,...

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Making sense of Ferguson
Aug18

Making sense of Ferguson

We’re on day eight since Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, MO. Sunday, a former New York forensic examiner reported that Brown had been shot at least six times, twice in the head. “In my capacity as the forensic examiner for the New York State Police, I would say, ‘You’re not supposed to shoot so many times,’ ” said Dr. Baden, who retired from the state police in 2011. “Right now there is...

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Our Selective Outrage
Aug18

Our Selective Outrage

WASHINGTON — The killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown has rightly provoked widespread outrage, drawing international media attention and prompting a comment from President Obama. The same should be true — but tragically is not — of the killing of 3-year-old Knijah Amore Bibb. Brown was killed Saturday in Ferguson, Mo.; Knijah died the following day in Landover, Md. Both victims were African-American. Both had their...

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What Women Want
Aug15

What Women Want

I don’t know anyone of any political stripe in the United States who doesn’t believe that for exactly the same job, a woman should be paid the same as a man, or that a woman should have the same standing as a man in law; that she should have the same political representation and equal social influence. If these more-or-less ubiquitous truisms are the fruits of feminism, then we all – men and women alike – have...

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Police Riot In Furgeson
Aug14

Police Riot In Furgeson

As sad and disturbing as the death and possible murder of  Michael Brown  by a police officer in Ferguson , Missouri may have been what I witnessed last night was perhaps even more disturbing.  It can really only be described as a police riot.  Police response to the primarily peaceful protest is only pouring gasoline on the fire.  I watched the coverage from Ferguson for about and hour and a half last night and it was shocking, it...

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My Two Countries, Divided by a Common Language.
Aug13

My Two Countries, Divided by a Common Language.

Everyone knows the old saw, attributed to George Bernard Shaw, “Britain and America are two countries, divided by a common language.” Fortunately, there is a simple formula for translating between them: the British understate, while the Americans overstate. (The word, “Everyone” in the preceding paragraph is a nice example of the latter.) If a Briton finds something to be good, he will declare it “not...

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Trying times remind us about luck, need for compassion (Guest Voice)
Aug13

Trying times remind us about luck, need for compassion (Guest Voice)

Trying times remind us about luck, need for compassion graphic (which is not part of the original article) via...

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We Must End Stigma Of Mental Illness and Depression
Aug12

We Must End Stigma Of Mental Illness and Depression

Yesterday brought us the shocking news of the death of Robin Williams, most likely the result of suicide. As much as we should mourn this loss we must see to it that there is something to be learned by it. By all accounts Williams felt he had no real options, no place to go, no ability to speak openly about his problems. He tried but never managed to be comfortable in making the full move. One of the few remaining stigmas in our...

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Where goes the neighborhood?
Aug11

Where goes the neighborhood?

WASHINGTON — Consider how our definition of “neighborliness” has evolved. Once upon a time, being neighborly meant “reaching out to the people who lived next door” by, among other things, “offering to watch the kids in a pinch.” Now, “being ‘neighborly’ means leaving those around you in peace.” Or think about reSTART, the nation’s first rehab center for technology...

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Atlas did the dishes, then watched the news
Aug07

Atlas did the dishes, then watched the news

Here’s the biggest scare headline I can remember since 1983′s TIME cover: Herpes the New Scarlet Letter*. Has the ‘Libertarian Moment’ Finally Arrived? Robert Draper / New York Times “Let’s say Ron Paul is Nirvana,” said Kennedy, the television personality and former MTV host, by way of explaining the sort of politician who excites libertarians like herself. “Like, the coolest, most amazing thing to come along in years,...

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Washington and Jerusalem: Forces Beyond their Control (La Stampa, Italy)
Aug01

Washington and Jerusalem: Forces Beyond their Control (La Stampa, Italy)

Why are there so many seemingly intractable conflicts in the world today, and what’s behind the unprecedented deterioration of U.S.-Israeli relations? For Italy’s La Stampa, columnist Gianni Riotta writes that it isn’t Barack Obama’s fault that the American people don’t want to police the world, or that a world without two diametrically-opposed poles lacks the leadership it needs. The best Italian...

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Motorcycle Riding ‘Angels of Help’
Jul31

Motorcycle Riding ‘Angels of Help’

Next time you see, and hear, a bunch of burley guys, sporting black leather jackets blazoned with all kinds of intriguing patches, roaring down your quiet street on their Harley- Davidson “hogs,” don’t be nervous. These fearsome looking men could be on their way to perform some work for their community, on their way to help out a person in need. That was exactly the case when, on a recent hot and muggy Saturday in...

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Fast food looks like a zero sum game
Jul31

Fast food looks like a zero sum game

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Balls
Jul31

Balls

I can speak only about home territory, the state of Texas. But there may be a variation on the theme in every state of the union. One can only hope. Here in the Lone Star State, the first thing you say about the new doggy or kitty your neighbor has adopted, after the “so cute!” comments is, “Has s/he been spayed/neutered?” A local vet here has a sign up reading “Balls! Who needs ‘em!” Towns...

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