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Learning From Dustin Hoffman

I believe there are moments where objective truth is codified by personal truth. Dustin Hoffman in the following video shares first his experience and then the truth that he learned for himself.  The way he conveys this truth is personal, with personal ownership of the truth.  He does not declare, he shares.  And through this … Continue reading

Vicente Fox (Mexican Prez) Says Legalize It

Okay, so he’s the former President of Mexico, but, in theory, this should lend him more weight, seeing as he was a full supporter of America’s War on Drugs during his tenure (2000-2006). Now, though, he is at a conference where Harvard’s Dean of Public Health, a former Microsoft executive, and a Mexican Congressman are … Continue reading

Education is Essential to Protest: A Reading List from Taksim Square

Protests are occurring in [INSERT COUNTRY NAME]. Let’s talk about Turkey.  Protests have turned violent, and have turned non-violent.  Which is fair, reflective and fairly accurately of human emotions and the way humans deal with emotions.  You either go from frustrated to violent because you feel a lack of self-control, because you feel restricted and … Continue reading

Affirmative Action: Presented without Political Correctness

As with most political issues, whenever I think about affirmative action, I quickly reach a mental impasse that shuns all solutions. On one hand, my liberal sensibilities tell me we must provide opportunities for those who did not receive them, and that without affirmative action, we would add miles to the gap between rich and … Continue reading

Where is our border policy taking us?

Let me set up the situation for you: 1. Our Senate just passed a border patrol act. The 67-to-27 vote prevented any filibuster of the plan to devote roughly $40 billion over the next decade to border enforcement measures, including nearly doubling the number of border agents to 40,000 and completing 700 miles of fencing. … Continue reading

Marijuana Industry Needs Regulation: Creating Criminals from Entrepreneurs

Marijuana is no longer the undisclosed business it once was in America.  For decades growers have hidden in their homes and in deep forests, in small communities where an alternative lifestyle has flourished. I can imagine that growing marijuana (considering non-cartel related growers only) in an accepting community feels good (such as outlined in the … Continue reading

Irony in the Middle East: Al Qaeda Fights Indirectly (sort of) for Democracy, And the West Just Fights

This graffiti was found on a street near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt.  This picture was taken in February 2012 by the author.   Would you believe me if I said Al Qaeda’s actions in Egypt has helped fuel dissent of King Abdullah II in Jordan, and the demands of the people for political reform, … Continue reading

Does the “West” want an open conflict with Syria?

With increased tension between Turkey and Syria, Israel and Syria, and Syria and opposition groups (it’s naive to lump them into one category such as rebels, or revolutionary forces, or under one umbrella organization newly popped up from Doha, Qatar, as they are not an organized opposition, they are groups of opposition) my natural curiosity … Continue reading

[Al Jazeera Opinions] Hamid Dabashi Feeds My Soul

I wrote earlier, in this article, on Incessant Experiences, about why I would not be voting for any Presidential candidate.  And a dear friend of mine also wrote on her Facebook page why she would not be voting.  We were ostracized to some degree, marginalized, dismissed with responses that disregarded what we were saying, dismissed … Continue reading

[Links] The Atlantic’s “The Writing Revolution” – Education in Schools

In this article by Peg Tyre for the Atlantic explains how a Staten Island high school, New Dorp, drastically reversed the scores of their students across the board, and it wasn’t because they “taught for the test,” as is often the case, especially since 2001’s No Child Left Behind Act, or the more recent Race … Continue reading

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