Monthly Archives: April 2012

Dissident Nuns?

The recent reaction by the Vatican to an association of American nuns, for “spending too much time on poverty and social justice concerns”, reinforces many of the points I’ve been expressing about organized religion.  Just when a believer argues that … Continue reading

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The Need For Free Expression

Recent governmental attacks against journalists as a response to revelations of government malfeasance, as conveyed by whistle-blowers, should be a serious concern to all of us. Freedom of thought, voiced and placed into action by the freedom of expression, is … Continue reading

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And His Name Is Levon

Levon Helm, the incomparable drummer and singer, best known for his work with The Band, passed away on Thursday at 71, after a long battle with throat cancer.  He was one of my favorite musicians, and my favorite part of one of … Continue reading

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Transparency In Government

This week, in Brazil, Hillary Clinton addressed the opening session of the Open Government Partnership, a committee of governmental leaders that are promoting transparency and openness within their country’s governments.  The idea is that an open government tends to be … Continue reading

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Why Is Our Gov’t Fighting The Truth?

Politics is a cloak and dagger game.  Truth is masked, obscured, twisted, maimed, and sometimes reinvented.  The term democracy has become vague, manipulated to fit political convenience, while hidden agendas work ferociously to subvert basic liberties in the name of … Continue reading

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Considering Orwell’s 1984

Having recently re-read George Orwell’s 1984– that depicts an authoritarian government controlling all aspects of modern society through secrecy, fear, censorship, and surveillance- I’m struck by how many of these themes resonate with what we’re experiencing in our country today.  … Continue reading

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