A BREXIT SUMMARY FOR AMERICANS Today the UK officially leaves the European Union and begins an eleven-month transition period. During this transition period the UK needs to negotiate the terms of its leaving, and to establish a new trading and regulatory relationship with the EU. It took the EU seven years to create a tradingContinue reading “BREXIT SUMMARY FOR AMERICANS”
Recent History For the second time in recent history, twice in sixteen years, the Electoral College has thwarted the will of the American voter. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in 2016, as did Al Gore in 2000. That is twice in 16 years that the Electoral College has failed us. The Electoral College isContinue reading “IT'S TIME TO DUMP THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE”
Exploring the concept of religion from an objective, sociological standpoint, “The Comforting Illusion: Lifting the Veil on Organized Religion” aims to somehow reconcile our modern worldviews with ancient spiritual perspectives.
In the 1st Century CE, the Romans destroyed the second temple and purged all Jews from ancient Israel. The final battle was at Masada, wherein the final remnants of Jewish leadership perished by suicide just before the Romans breached the walls of the fortification. It was not until the 20th Century that the Jews began to return in significant numbers in response to the Nazi threats.
Gerrymandering is a process wherein politicians can determine the outcome of elections by drawing district boundaries in a manner that greatly favors their own party.
FORGOTTEN FACTS ABOUT HEALTHCARE 1) Healthcare is not like other forms of insurance. You cannot buy it by the slice. Everyone needs full coverage because no one knows what might happen. 2) Healthcare can be immensely expensive. Any health care issue can potentially cost one hundred thousand or even one million dollars. 3) Any formContinue reading “Forgotten Facts About Healthcare”
Historian Ken Burns’ new CNN series on the Viet Nam war opens many old wounds as we review its horrible history. We talk about the 62,000 Americans who died in that horrible war, but we never mention the one million Vietnamese who died in that war, and the utter devastation that we released on thatContinue reading “The Viet Nam War Revisited”
ELECTION REFORM Elections are the sacred well of democracy. When the waters are poisoned there is nothing left. Without fair and open elections the choices of the people are thwarted and democratic government collapses. When this happens, the government ceases to be the servant of the people, and instead allows the usurpation of government authorityContinue reading “Urgent Election Reform”
On May 22, 2011, a devastating tornado left the town of Joplin, Missouri in shambles. There were 162 dead and 1,150 people injured. St. Mary’s Catholic Church was in splinters. The Catholic priest was asked if God could have prevented the tornado. The priest’s response was that, “Of course he could. He is God andContinue reading “Faith Demystified – The God Paradox: when bad things happen to good people.”