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545 vs. 300,000,000 People By Charlie Reese

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This article was Charley Reese’s (1937-2013) final column for the Orlando Sentinel.  He’d been a journalist (with more conservative views) for 49 years.  This article is one of the most well-written summaries of at least one piece of the puzzle as to why we struggle in America.  I appreciate his neutral view and the way…

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The Complacency Series

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This was first shared on my personal Facebook feed.  I believe complacency is one of the biggest threats to the well-being of us as individuals, this country and our world. In addition to improving our critical thinking and our ability to have difficult conversations around topics we may not agree on, we must be willing…

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We don’t want billionaires’ charity. We want them to pay their taxes.

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I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on the division of wealth and the gross difference occurring within our country, in particular.  I watched a video this morning where Elizabeth Warren was sharing her plan for a 2 cent tax on wealth.  I don’t really know how I feel about her plan other than to say…

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Freaky Thinkers Book Club November 2019 Pick

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Our book of the month over at the Freaky Thinker Book Club is The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson. We took recommendations from members and then created a poll to select our read. This is my second time with this book and I’m enjoying the refresher.  Mark has many great…

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Protesting in the Street

Why Aren’t People in the US Rising Up Like Those Elsewhere in the World?

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This article was first published on Common Dreams. Without a mass movement continually pushing and prodding for real change and holding politicians accountable—for their policies as well as their words—our neoliberal rulers assume that they can safely ignore the concerns and interests of ordinary people. The waves of protests breaking out in country after country…

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The Dangers of American Complacency

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Americans are becoming more complacent. People socialize with similar folks on Facebook and get food delivered through Uber while sitting at home streaming Netflix. Folks medicate themselves more, keep to themselves and move less often. This isn’t the same restless America whose grit helped transform a British colony into a major superpower. Economist and blogger…

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News Literacy: The 7 News Habits You Need to Develop

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We’re a generation drowning in news. Everybody reports, rehashes, comments, shares, recommends, likes, aggregates and spins it. Articles written by artificial intelligence, content farms, satirical sites, fake news sites, PR campaigns, or for native advertising compete for our attention and blur the distinctions between news and, well, everything else. Yet paradoxically, we’re starving for news…

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Outrageous Times

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Outrage …well you aughta be outraged You oughtta be outrageously outraged. For outrage is the fierce wild unequivocal love That burns in a wolf-mother’s eyes. It is the feral opposite of shame Devouring deception in its crackling flames. It is the stone that sharpens swords to pierce illusion, it’s the force that parts the morning’s…

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Book Club

Think Like a Freak Book Club

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Enhance your critical thinking and enjoy those difficult conversations (yes, I said enjoy). Join our radical new book club on Facebook!  Each month we’ll be exploring a new book geared to help us know better so we can do better and ultimately be better. Our first book will take place in October 2019 and we’ll…

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Politics vs. Governance

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“It’s just politics.” No one ever says, “it’s just governance.” Politics is organized sparring about power, without much regard for efficacy or right or wrong. Governance is the serious business of taking responsibility for leadership. Over the last twenty years, the mass media has shifted, from “here’s the news,” to, “hey, it’s just media.” As…

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