• NASA 360 Video: Stand on Mars, Look Around!

    NASA 360 Video: Stand on Mars, Look Around!

    NASA Releases Awesome 360-Degree View From Mars Surface In the ultimate selfie by the Mars Curiosity Rover, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has produced an absolutely stunning 360-degree view of the Martian surface. The picture is incredibly clear, and you can look around by simply grabbing and dragging. If you weren’t impressed with Curiosity already, you will be now! Related Links: CNN: Mars: […]

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  • Citizens for Constitutional Freedom? Or The Bundy Bunch?

    Citizens for Constitutional Freedom? Or The Bundy Bunch?

    On January 2nd, 2016, Ammond Bundy lead an armed group to occupy Oregon’s Malheur Federal Wildlife Refuge. The group of less than 25 call themselves the “Citizens for Constitutional Freedom.” Their primary claim extends a decades old controversy, that the Federal Government has no Constitutional authority to create and manage wildlife refuges on Federal land—absent State authorization. Furthermore, they believe that local economies are hurt when environmental protection takes precedence over industries such as cattle, logging, and mining. Ultimately, this group feels that the Federal Government should transfer the bulk of its land to the states, and they have already broken the law to achieve their goals. Traditionally, we would refer to such a group as criminals, or possibly domestic terrorists, but I suppose the (“Bundy Bunch”) will do.

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  • Syria – Is There A Way Out? First, There Are Some Realities The West Must Face

    Syria – Is There A Way Out? First, There Are Some Realities The West Must Face

    The Syrian Civil War has been raging since March 2011. Approximately 250,000-300,000 people are dead, while another 11 million are displaced and continue to migrate to various parts of the Middle East and Europe. All the while, ISIS continues to acquire and hold territory throughout northeastern Syria and northwestern Iraq, realizing their objectives of 1) establishing a Caliphate, 2) enforcing 7th-century Sharia law, and 3) initiating the end-of-the-world Apocalypse by fighting a final battle with the Christian armies of Rome in Dabiq, Syria.

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  • Keystone XL Pipeline – Do We Need It? At What Cost? Who Benefits? Who Knows!

    Keystone XL Pipeline –  Do We Need It? At What Cost? Who Benefits? Who Knows!

    The Keystone XL Pipeline (“XL”) is the 4th phase of the original Keystone project. What the press rarely seems to mention, is that phases 1-3 are already complete and transporting Alberta tar sands bitumen oil all the way to Illinois and Texas refineries. The XL portion is essentially a 2nd wider pipe from Hardisty, Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska, only this new pipe will take a more direct route across Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska. The XL route to Steele City will be much shorter than Phase-1, provide for larger volumes, and enable additional oil from Montana and South Dakota to be added to the mix.

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  • Simply Awesome Time-Lapse – Atacama Chile

    Simply Awesome Time-Lapse – Atacama Chile

    A stunningly beautiful time-lapse video of the night sky over Atacama Chile—and the music is awesome too! Our modern world denies most of us the wonder and pleasure of reflecting while looking at the stars. If you are not mesmerized throughout this video you need to check your pulse. Make sure your volume is up!

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  • Ferguson Missouri – Respect Prevails Over Police Intimidation

    Ferguson Missouri – Respect Prevails Over Police Intimidation

    The town of Ferguson Missouri is in crisis after police shoot an unarmed 18-year-old with no criminal record. The St. Louis County police force has fired Tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters, and they also wrongly arrested two legitimate reporters for no clear reason. The police SWAT teams look ready to enter the battle of Fallujah, hardly a force ready to protect and serve their community.

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  • Israel and Gaza – A Human Tragedy

    Israel and Gaza – A Human Tragedy

    Israel’s current military operation in Gaza is a human tragedy, leading many to ask, isn’t there a better way? Sometimes it’s better to simply watch the videos. The first is an excellent documentary by ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap, exposing some troubling views within Israel, manifested by the composition and support of their leading soccer team, Beitar Jerusalem F.C. I highly recommend this video, it is very enlightening.

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  • The Mother of All Rants – Where Is Our Compassion, Morality & Justice? Are We The Next Dinosaurs?

    The Mother of All Rants – Where Is Our Compassion, Morality & Justice? Are We The Next Dinosaurs?

    Modern humanity risks eventual extinction from any number of causes, but the most likely will arise from a failure to manage our limited resources, or alternatively, to intentionally destroy each other. Are we the next dinosaurs? Are we the next inhabitants of earth to prove unable to sustain our species and civilization?

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  • Is The Iraqi ISIS Crisis A Fait Accompli? A Unified Iraq Serves Whom? Partition Is The Solution!

    Is The Iraqi ISIS Crisis A Fait Accompli? A Unified Iraq Serves Whom? Partition Is The Solution!

    The U.S. continues to support a unified Iraq against all reason—as Sunnis and Kurds both want out—raising the greatest question, a unified Iraq serves whom?

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  • Ukraine & Crimea – How Much Is The West Responsible? What Should We Do?

    Ukraine & Crimea – How Much Is The West Responsible? What Should We Do?

    Is it unreasonable to view the current developments in Ukraine simply as a natural progression of the Soviet Union dissolution? Of course we can declare outrage, violations of International Law, and disrespect for sovereignty; but after ignoring these bedrock principles in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and elsewhere; are we simply reaping what we have sown?

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  • A Grand Old LIE! The GOP Dichotomy

    A Grand Old LIE! The GOP Dichotomy

    Wealth, Power, God, and Ignorance; all in one, how does the GOP get away with it?

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  • Putin on Russia-USA. Do Some in the West Prefer An Evil Empire? If So, Which One?

    Putin on Russia-USA. Do Some in the West Prefer An Evil Empire? If So, Which One?

    Does the West prefer Russia to be an Evil Empire? Unfortunately we are now unsure which Empire the West desires, a perceived arch-enemy, Cold War style evil Russia; or a United States hegemony, once again embracing the Neocon dream of another evil Empire—our own?

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  • Why Not A Presidential Exam?

    Why Not A Presidential Exam?

    We demand certain standards of performance and professionalism that ensure quality, safety, and value across every industry and for most demanding positions—except Executive positions within Government. Think about it; doctors, nurses, lawyers, military, civil servants, engineers, real-estate inspectors, brokers of all kinds, teachers, merchant mariners, and pilots; the list for licensure exams is endless. Rigorous exams are required for almost every job except the most important job in the land, our Commander in Chief and President! Does this really make any sense?

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A Letter to Speaker Boehner – Reject The Koch Lords…of The Flies

Do you truly believe that (1) defaulting on existing legal obligations, (2) threatening the United States credit rating (14 amendment), (3) defaulting on T-Bills held by foreign nations, and (4) blocking settled law (ACA), are well and faithfully discharging your duties of office? Do you truly believe that undermining the Constitution; by failing to regulate foreign commerce and pay the public debt (Art I Sec 8) is conduct that upholds your oath of office? The American People know the answer, ignore them at your own peril.

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What Exactly Does the Tea Party Want? They Don’t Have a Clue! The Koch Brothers Do.

We have all heard their cries for limited government, less spending, less regulation, less taxes, more freedom, no Obamacare, and less Obama….yada yada yada. These are a few of the Tea Party themes consistently mentioned in the press. And don’t forget, the Tea Party movement had 60 freshman representatives join the House of Representatives after the 2010 mid-term elections, and the current Tea Party Caucus has 49 members–including 4 Senators–as of January 2013. Then again, it would be difficult to forget because they have been holding the Republican Party and the rest of the country hostage to their ideology ever since.

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Wealth Inequality Reality Check

There are approximately 311 million Americans in the country. The distribution of wealth across those 311 million is much more inequitable than most think. The fact is that the top 1% of Americans (or a little over 3 million people) own 40% of all wealth in America.

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In All Fairness, We Must Ask The Rich to Pay Their “Unfair Share” of Taxes

The richest in America already pay the highest tax percentages on wage income, and account for close to 40% of all Federal taxes collected. Perhaps they should pay even more than they do, and that remains up for discussion, but that is for Congress to decide. However, we should never accuse the rich from not paying their “fair share,” as they already pay an obvious unfair share. So lets stop the political nonsense and call things as they truly are. The 99% wish the 1% to pay a larger share than they now pay, so if we must use the term fair, in all fairness, it must be “unfair”.

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Why Our Progressive Tax is Best for ALL

Congressional gridlock surrounding the United States Tax policy now resembles an ancient holy war with Tax Relief Crusaders and Left-Wing Secularists defending immovable positions by any and all means. The nastiness of discussion, misrepresentation of facts, and general lack of civility serve none; yet we choose to speak in political code and refuse to talk clearly about the most fundamental issue of disagreement—the ethical component of our progressive tax structure.