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  • An ambiguous apology from Michael Bloomberg might perpetuate misunderstanding of stop-and-frisk

    by Henry F. Fradella and Michael D. White As he gears up for a potential run for the U.S. presidency, former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg reversed his long-standing support of that city’s aggressive “Stop, Question, and Frisk” (SQF) strategy. Bloomberg had been one of SQF’s...
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  • Another death penalty horror — stark disparities in media and activist attention

    On November 12, intrepid abolitionist Sister Helen Prejean tweeted to her legions of followers: “What do Sen. Ted Cruz, Gigi Hadid, Kim Kardashian, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and me all have in common? We’re among a growing local and national movement asking Texas @GovAbbott to stop...
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  • Sick and shrouded in secrecy: Alabama’s contract to gas humans to death

    For $25,000, Alabama’s Attorney General Steve Marshall has contracted with Tennessee company “FDR Safety,” to assist Alabama in developing a barbaric new protocol – to execute its death row prisoners, whom Alabama treats like human guinea pigs – with nitrogen hypoxia. Paradoxically, FDR Safety specializes...
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  • Common predators

    The news stories about Jeffrey Epstein conjured up images of a rarified world of jet-setting celebrities. The words used to describe him and his lifestyle — financier, billionaire, private jet, tropical island — are not those we associate with anyone we would meet in real...
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  • GOP obstruction may get Trump killed

    “…what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?” —Thomas Jefferson In ancient Rome on January 24 A.D. 41, a group of Praetorian Guards led by Cassius Chaerea came upon...
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  • Biology, behavior and betterment

    But ultimately in society, does this matter? Homogeneity -- from one generation to another --  it matters not, because each generation will naturally expect the next to follow its rules and conventions. Why are the generations so different?  It is due to the biology of behaviour -- we carry our programming and with it the capacity to change. And change we do because we cannot prevent our own constant evolution.
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  • Joker — a review

    Amidst a sea of conflicting opinions, let me be the one to review the film, "Joker" for iPinion Syndicate.  I’ve seen it twice within days of each other and it sits deep in my psyche. As a writer, I strive for no unnecessary scenes, no conversation which doesn’t move the story forward. Even in articles, I rely on my editor to pare down the extraneous but I am afforded pages for exposition.  Film is different.  Time is tight in the film world and isn’t afforded the luxury I have to create a believable story.
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  • Slugfest in the midwest

    The gloves were off at the fourth Democratic Debate held in Westerville, Ohio. CNN's split screen added to the contention as lips pursed and eyes rolled with the one-on-one rebuttals. Somebody was mouth breathing into the mic, which gave it all a seething undertone.
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  • American Life

    sitting on stolen land, paying rent to a white man, eating food grown on another continent flown here on a plane fueled by the blood of the earth that gives us life, only to throw the plastic wrapper from your foreign fruit on to the...
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