Category Archives: Controversy

Banned

“An attack upon our ability to tell stories is not just censorship – it is a crime against our nature as human beings.”–Salman Rushdie Whenever someone issues an edict or warning with the aim of preventing me from reading something, … Continue reading

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Pondering Democracy

We learn in school that pure democracy is founded in the theory of the basic human right to be heard. Democracies are based upon the concept of human equality. It is the cornerstone of the governance of such nations as … Continue reading

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Pluto Demoted

16 years ago today Pluto was demoted. During a meeting of the IAU (the International Astronomical Union) members voted to downgrade the then ninth Planet to “Dwarf Planet” status. Since then, the reassignment has been one of astronomy’s most controversial … Continue reading

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Thuggery

If you follow current events, it’s hard to avoid frequently seeing video clips of the domestic terrorist assault on the U.S. Capitol Building. It’s apparent that radical political and religious movements attract firebrands and thugs who enjoy mayhem. Their tactics … Continue reading

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Coarse And Reckless, OpEd

If you enjoyed the old Warner Brothers cartoons on television when you were a kid, you may remember watching the misadventures of Pepe Le Pew–the frisky skunk who spoke with a French accent. His character gag consisted of cluelessness, hedonism, … Continue reading

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Thinking About Conservation

I’ve been closely following the news reports and videos of the precarious situation at Hoover Dam and Lake Mead this summer. The ongoing drought in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, and Utah has seriously affected water flows of the Colorado River … Continue reading

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How Do You Know?

There is the question, “How do you know?” Frequently, it is used in the rhetorical sense–often times as a retort, during a quarrel. In other instances, it is used in investigative journalism when the editors and reporters must determine whether … Continue reading

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