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Category Archives: Social Responsibility

Eich’s Ouster was a Natural Outcome

Venturebeat’s article shaming Silicon Valley for Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich’s ouster completely ignores two important facts: 1. As a founder and CTO, Eich’s position had already been tolerated for several … Continue reading

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April 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Glenn Beck’s Advertisers are Nuts, Too

A while back I thought I would give myself a treat by signing up for free entertainment, in the form of a subscription to right-wing nutjob Glenn Beck’s daily newsletter, … Continue reading

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March 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

How to Get Rich in Six Easy Steps – Free

Y’all know those pitches where they try to sell you seminars to larn how to be rich, right? Well I’ll save you a couple thousand by spilling it out right … Continue reading

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January 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Former Santana member Malone needs your support

Being homeless for decades can create a lot of problems. Even if your best friend is a rock star. Remember Marcus Malone, the former Santana Band member who was found … Continue reading

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January 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Why Do Schools Punish Kids By Not Letting them Play Sports?

Increasingly, public and private schools have enacted policies whereby students with low grade point levels or poor performance in certain key subjects are “punished” for the low scores by being … Continue reading

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December 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

How Money is Made and Lost in America

There are two ways to make money in America: Industry and finance. Industry requires ideas, people and things. Finance involves interest rates, profits and risk. Industry is the bastion of … Continue reading

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November 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Insurance Industry ‘Cancellations’: Another Name for Patient Dumping

There’s a name for what the insurance industry is doing to Obamacare. It’s called patient dumping and if they did it as a hospital or a hospice, it would be … Continue reading

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November 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Same Script, Different Movie

Those of us with any historical memory at all will remember that the pretext for war in Afghanistan was 9/11, but the pretext for war in Iraq was not. Seemingly, … Continue reading

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September 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Zimmerman Prosecution Missed Three Key Pieces of Evidence

The George Zimmerman verdict left many people numb with disbelief. How could a jury NOT come to the obvious conclusion that Trayvon Martin, an innocent kid who had simply gone … Continue reading

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July 16, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Obama Presidency: Our Deepest Fears

For all its conflict, suspense, spy-vs.-spy thrills and road-raging races through bigotry, racism, fear-mongering, intelligence-gathering, gun-toting, vote-tampering, court-wrenching constitution-waving episodes of righteous indignation, the Obama presidency has to be one … Continue reading

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June 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Modest Proposal For Disaster Response

A 10-step proposal for responding to hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and wild fires. Note: This idea was triggered watching a news report which noted there were no storm shelters in any … Continue reading

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May 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

‘Cool CEOs Don’t Need an Education’ is a Cynical Marketing Ploy

You’ve seen this proposition numerous times in the last couple of years. Start-up kings don’t need university education. Savvy youth don’t need a degree. College is not for everybody. The … Continue reading

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April 4, 2013 · 1 Comment

Why We Need An Assault Weapons Ban and A Strong SEC Chair

Today, Sen. Diane Feinstein introduced a bill, more than a year in the making, that would ban a range of assault weapons and ammunition magazines larger than 10 rounds, saying … Continue reading

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January 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Beyond Stigma: A Conversation for Journalists About Mental Illness

Mental illnesses affect one in four people every year, yet they are some of the most poorly understood and stigmatized conditions. Many mental illnesses develop in young adulthood, when social … Continue reading

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January 16, 2013 · 1 Comment
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