Category Archive for 'Democracy'

Early Morning – First Day of Fall

The real question is how do we promote the conversation to develop a new narrative to guide us away from the worst excesses, internal contradictions, and negative outcomes imbedded in the current narrative at the foundation of our society?

Panopticon powered by IBM’s Watson computers

As friend DH points out, the NSA appears to be close to having created “The Machine” described in the television show “Person of Interest”. Combine this database and data capture technology with IBM’s Watson technology and presto, you have “The Machine”, the ultimate tool for leveraging fear, hatred as well as blackmail. See: “Person of […]

Legal Basis of Syrian Government’s Alleged Actions against Citizens?

Professor Dr. Farooq Hassan, Harvard University It may be graciously noticed that in the main thematic paper on this crisis, which regrettably continues to deteriorate on a daily basis, I have already pointed out the strange policies. In a strictly legal sense, of some countries towards this crisis tense announcements are quite unprecedented. It remains […]

Hating The Poor Versus Some FACTS about Food Stamps

I recently received this sad “humor” forwarded by a very old friend from our high school and young-adult days.  (In spite of it, she’s actually a very nice lady – a retired nurse – normally caring, gentle, compassionate.  But she lives in Florida, and I can’t help but think she’s just fallen-in with a bad […]

To Get Quoted in the Media, “train” on twitter!

No matter whether you are a citizen activist, or an elected official – if you want to increase chances of getting your message or comments accurately quoted in the media, then using Twitter can be good practice! Here’s why: Its 140-character limit trains you [us!] to be CONCISE and BRIEF.  That GREATLY increases the possibility […]

Predicting Romney Performance as CEO of the USA

Normally, one can use a candidate’s position and policy statements to predict – at least somewhat – their probable performance if they win their election. However, on almost every significant position and policy he had taken, Willard [Mitt] Romney and his official spokespeople have issued totally contradictory statements. (Except about his ignoring his father’s well-justified […]

Stealing America: Wealthy interests are taking over our political system

First published by the Pittsburg Post Gazette April 8, 2012 5:47 pm By Michael Cudahy and Jock Gill If ever there was a moment for Americans to pay attention to the state of their democracy — or what is left of it — that time is now. As this country staggers out of the worst […]

Irrational Responses to Peak Natural Resources

Forget peak oil. The population of the finite earth has now passed peak natural resources of ALL kinds. The destructive negative feedback loop powered by fear, greed, and power grabs, that is currently bedeviling much of the planet, is strong evidence that this condition is well known, even if none dare speak of it. As […]

The President's Immunity?

By: Farooq Hassan January 24th, 2012 “The Supreme Court (SC) heard Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in response to a notice for contempt on January 19, who told the seven-member bench that while he had the highest regard for it, but could not comply with its wishes. The PM said that he had not intended […]

The Five Most Common Political Systems Around the World

From:  Political Science Degree blog by  Phillip Donavan: 24 Aug, 2011  |  Written by Writer |  under Government, Politics When we speak of political systems, it’s difficult to determine what the most common types are. After all, many political systems are similar, or have similar roots. Many countries actually have republics of some kind — variants of democracy. […]

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