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A Transhumanist Wants to be US President?

June 30, 2016

Unnoted by many, the transhumanist forerunner Zoltan Istvan has founded the “U.S. Transhumanist Party” and is running for U.S. president in the November 2016 election. He is touring the nation in his campaign vehicle, the “Immortality Bus,” since one of his promises is: “Do you want to live forever? Vote for me!”.

Donald Trump and the Historic American Social Compact

March 20, 2016
Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s surprising rise and popularity and the equally surprising durability of Bernie Sanders, an openly “socialist” candidate for a major party nomination, are both opposite responses to the collapsing historic American social compact. It is also an indication that the forces that the GOP has so happily been courting for so long –...

Feel the Burn

February 26, 2016
Graffiti - Street Art

Please don’t get me wrong, I like Bernie Sanders, I do. What’s not to like? Medicare for all has been the dream all along, hasn’t it? It was Harry Truman’s dream in 1948, wasn’t it? Medicare was Lyndon Johnson’s legacy, before Vietnam drew a dark curtain across his administration. The evil Nixon proposed a...

The Conservative Playbook for Keeping ‘Dark Money’ Dark

February 14, 2016

How do you stop states and cities from forcing more disclosure of so-called dark money in politics? Get the debate to focus on an “average Joe,” not a wealthy person. Find examples of “inconsequential donation amounts.” Point out that naming donors would be a threat to “innocents,” including their children, families and co-workers. And...

The Day in 1937 When Casco Workers in Bridgeport Sat Down on the Job

February 8, 2016
US Labor Movement

It was an event that lasted less than a day and involved only 50 people directly. It was organized, led and carried out by everyday workers and thus contradicted the mainstream narrative that only big people make history. Many of the participants were women so their actions were thus further dismissed, even ridiculed. Yet...

Fact-Checking the Debate on Encryption


As politicians and counter-terrorism officials search for lessons from the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, senior officials have called for limits on technology that sends encrypted messages. It’s a debate that has repeatedly recurred for more than a decade.In the 1990s, the Clinton Administration directed technology companies to store copies of...

How Do You Stop Terrorism?

December 10, 2015

US policies created ISIS; not on purpose, but as an inadvertent result of US policies. How do you stop terrorism? You stop using terror to put a stop to terror, because all you are doing is creating more by doing so.

American Democracy: Death by Obstructionism

December 1, 2015
The US Capitol

It appears winning has become the real business of Congress. Too often the powerful must be appeased and the dust-ups must be settled before the business of America will be attended to. Republicans appear to be fighting for themselves before they will fight for America. We can see this in their...

When the Pope Visited America

October 23, 2015
Pope Francis

The pope's status as a moral authority in the world is undeniable -- he is the leader of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide. Regardless of how one feels about the positions he has espoused, it's clear that his views may potentially have a huge impact on the opinions of millions. By making climate change a...

The Disabled Family

October 13, 2015

America is scaring the hell out of the very people it should be honored to protect. We have just two viable political parties. One of them wants to eliminate social assistance programs, and if not entirely, they certainly want to make significant cut-backs. Their truly horrifying argument is this: There are slackers in the...