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Fascist America?

“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”

-James Madison

I’ve clipped a small bit of a very interesting article by Naomi Wolf. Click through via the Guardian link to read the entire article.

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Because Americans like me were born in freedom, we have a hard time even considering that it is possible for us to become as unfree – domestically – as many other nations. Because we no longer learn much about our rights or our system of government – the task of being aware of the constitution has been outsourced from citizens’ ownership to being the domain of professionals such as lawyers and professors – we scarcely recognise the checks and balances that the founders put in place, even as they are being systematically dismantled.
We still have the choice to stop going down this road; we can stand our ground and fight for our nation, and take up the banner the founders asked us to carry.
It is my argument that, beneath our very noses, George Bush and his administration are using time-tested tactics to close down an open society. It is time for us to be willing to think the unthinkable – as the author and political journalist Joe Conason, has put it, that it can happen here.

May 2, 2007 at 9:34 am 4 comments

Gotta’ get goals

I have been tagged by Diogenes at Quasi Fictional to talk about goals. Visit Alex Shalman’s blog, where this meme originated, to read the complete rules.

Goals are a challenge for me, I won’t deny it. Not so much having them. I do, internally. But I don’t often have cause to discuss them or put them in writing. So here are a few that come to mind:

A day-to-day goal, that is harder than it sounds sometimes: choose to have a positive outlook and really live each moment, taking nothing for granted.

Achieve fluency in a second language. This is part of a larger goal to be a lifelong learner.

Guide my sons wisely to help them become responsible, ethical, independent thinkers who will stride confidently into their future.

Find an appropriate balance between planning for the future and enjoying the present.

Get to know much more of our world and its people through study and travel.

Make a positive difference in the lives of others, looking for opportunities to do so whenever possible.

I’d like to tag the following bloggers, specifically, but if the topic interests you, please feel free to participate whether I’ve tagged you or not.

life at the edge

mi | minutia

scrapbooking with words

daily piglet

a fool and his words are soon parted


May 1, 2007 at 7:36 am 7 comments

New thinking

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

-Albert Einstein

April 20, 2007 at 10:50 am 4 comments

It’s not all about us

“The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.”

-Stephen Jay Gould

April 3, 2007 at 7:10 am 4 comments

What’s really in pet food?

Visit the link to access an eye-opening report about pet food.

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Plump whole chickens, choice cuts of beef, fresh grains, and all the wholesome nutrition your dog or cat will ever need. These are the images pet food manufacturers promulgate through the media and advertising. This is what the $11 billion per year U.S. pet food industry wants consumers to believe they are buying when they purchase their products. This report explores the differences between what consumers think they are buying and what they are actually getting.

March 27, 2007 at 2:31 pm 1 comment

Monday Melee 3/26

meleesmall.jpgThe Monday Melee is a Fracas project. You’re invited to participate. Get details and see the participant list here.

The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
“Everyone else is doing it” justification. It is routinely employed to excuse all sorts of questionable behavior: lying, cheating, negative campaigning, racism, greed, bribes, double standards, driving gas guzzlers, taking unfair advantage, doing anything it takes to win, etc. If you have to make an excuse like this for doing something, you probably shouldn’t do it. Sadly, you don’t often encounter this phrase as a reason to do something good. I’d like to hear people say: I’m behaving ethically…standing up for what I believe in…donating to charity…spending quality time with my kids…doing volunteer work…honoring my commitments…because everyone else is doing it.

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
It seems to me that refusing to testify under oath is admitting that you don’t intend to tell the truth.

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
My memory isn’t nearly as sharp as it used to be. Back in the day (as my son would say) I was able to effortlessly remember just about everything: phone numbers, credit card and account numbers, names, birthdays, facts and trivia, song lyrics, and so on. Now, I rely heavily on note-taking and my trusty PDA.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
“Putting his money where his environmentalist mouth is, Prince Charles is swapping gas-guzzling private planes and helicopters for commercial flights, train journeys and biodiesel cars. A longtime champion of green causes, the heir to the throne says action is needed now to avoid leaving a ruined planet to the next generation.” source: CBS News

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I don’t let the fact that I don’t know how to do something stop me; instead I view it as a good reason to learn. New technology, new ways of doing things, new theories? Bring it on.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
I wish I could enable my kids to clearly see the future consequences of their actions and decisions and act accordingly. Of course, if they could do this, they wouldn’t be kids, would they?

March 26, 2007 at 7:10 am 4 comments

Windows on the world

“Without books the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, windows on the world, ‘Lighthouses’ as the poet said ‘erected in the sea of time.’ They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.”

-Arthur Schopenhauer

March 23, 2007 at 7:26 am 2 comments

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