Category Archives: Current Events

AidAccess.org

If you live in an area where abortion is not readily available, bookmark this link:  AidAccess.org

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Truth and Consequences

Here are a few facts about George H. Bush you won’t hear at his eulogy: He slashed funding for AIDS research and education, insisting AIDS was “the consequence of a lifestyle choice.”  In other words, if you die of AIDS it’s your own damn fault– and no less than what a pervert like you deserves.  …

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Something

“It should tell us something about her home country that a mother is willing to travel 2,000 miles with her 4-month-old son to come here. How we respond when she arrives tells us something about ours.” ~Beto O’Rourke

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Focus

“If you want to understand any problem in America, you need to focus on who profits from that problem, not who suffers from the problem.” ~Dr. Amos Wilson

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Drug of Choice

I don’t know what it’s like in other places, but here in East Texas the anti-abortion activists are quite a spectacle. They begin by creating a tiny fake cemetery alongside a busy road, with foot-tall wooden crosses painted white. Then they kneel down in the center of it and begin to wail, to cry, to …

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The Most Materialistic Age

In this excerpt from Winesburg, Ohio, published almost a century ago in 1919, Sherwood Anderson predicts the future with a depressing degree of accuracy: That is what Jesse hungered for and then also he hungered for something else. He had grown into maturity in America in the years after the Civil War and he, like …

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Pillars of the Community

“To steal from a brother or sister is evil. To not steal from the institutions that are the pillars of the Pig Empire is equally immoral.”  ~Abbie Hoffman The city in East Texas where I live has over 100,000 people, but we only have two grocery stores to choose from: Walmart, and Brookshire’s. Brookshire’s is …

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I’m very leery of the movement to legalize marijuana. The same people with the power to improve our lives are instead offering to sell us– at a substantial profit– a few moments relief from the world they have created. That’s not nearly good enough.

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can/must

Just because we can do something doesn’t mean we have to do it, and just because we posses something doesn’t mean we deserve to possess it. I read an article that said the coming revolution in artificial intelligence and automation is going to cause social upheaval as millions of people are thrown out of work. …

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Power to the People

A minority of voters control the House, primarily because of gerrymandering. The Democrats have to win by about a 9% margin to regain control.  The Republicans can lose by 8% and maintain power. A minority of voters control the Senate because 250 years ago, when the constitution was written, the population differences between states were …

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Bloodbath

People forget what an extremist Ronald Reagan was. He wasn’t a kindly old man who told funny stories, he was a demagogue who wanted to end political unrest by slaughtering all the hippies: “If it’s to be a bloodbath, let it be now.” Later he claimed that “bloodbath” was just a figure of speech. I’ve …

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Oh, Joy.

From SlashDot: According to a new report from First Orion, nearly half of the mobile phone calls received in the U.S. next year will be scams. “The percentage of scam calls in U.S. mobile traffic increased from 3.7 percent last year to 29.2 percent this year, and it’s predicted to rise to 44.6 percent in …

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