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To Resolve Homosexual Marriage Conflict, Ban Marriage Between Homo Sapiens

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Now that Joe Biden has pulled President Obama up to the altar of gay marriage, the question of gay marriage once again divides our nation, demonstrating that however daunting the challenges we face, Americans are always willing to engage issues of timeless moral import. I myself would like to offer a modest solution that can satisfy all parties, both those who support and those who oppose marriage among homosexuals. I […]

George Washington Would Be Appalled

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George Washington would be appalled. At a time when domestic and global problems pose serious threats to the United States, the Republican Party has become the party not only of “less government”, but of active hostility to the very idea of government itself. We are all familiar with the right wing’s unending rhetoric that “government is the problem”, that government is the enemy of individual freedom, that government regulation impedes […]

Bradley Manning's Abuse: Army's Dishonor, Obama's Shame

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The treatment of Bradley Manning by the United States Army has stained the honor of the American military. Manning is the soldier who leaked over two hundred thousand documents to WikiLeaks — documents printed by The New York Times and a host of other publications whose patriotism and support of our country are unimpeachable. None of these documents gave out troop positions or any other military secrets. Private Manning’s intent has been […]

An Inquiry in Florence

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An Inquiry in Florence was presented at the Schoolhouse Theater (“Westchester’s sole claim to consistent, professional theater” – NY Times), by an Actor’s Equity cast this past February. The play is based on poet John Milton’s 1638 visit to Galileo who was under house arrest in his villa in Florence. Inquiry uses history to weave a story of intrigue that culminates in a trial, or inquiry, in which Milton must […]

Four-Dimensional Futures Forecasting: New Axioms in Response to the National Intelligence Council's 2020 Report

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This report was delivered at a conference held at the US Army War College in Carlisle, PA, in October 2008. Taking the National Intelligence Council’s 2020 Report as its starting point, it critiques traditional methods of scenario building and forecasting and suggests ways of countering the often misleading assumptions that guide such efforts, however skilled the original forecast may be. This article offers six corrective principles for scenario building and, […]

Other Millennia, Other Dreams

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Winston Churchill once remarked that to know the future, one must know the past. Perhaps the deeper we delve into the past, the farther into the future we may see. The first twelve years of the 3rd millennium of the Current Era have been fraught with war and violence; let us hope for a more peaceful future. Meanwhile, let us take a journey, then, through prognostications from key millennial turning […]

Biolabs Multiplying Like Rabbits: A Clear and Present Danger

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Earlier this year, during an audit of the nation’s largest Level-4 BioSafety Lab (BSL-4) at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland, 9,220 vials of ebola, anthrax, botulinum, equine encephalitis virus, and other deadly germs were discovered in the proverbial dusty old storage area. No one even knew the vials existed and thus no one knows for sure whether any are missing. But not to worry, according to officials. The vials were […]

Panic to Relief to Passion: Why We Won and What It Means

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More than any other presidential election since Lyndon Johnson’s victory in 1964, this election was a victory of the people by the people and for the people (let’s ignore for the moment how that one turned out). President Obama won because for the first time Democratic voters felt the same driving passion that has been motivating the Republican right since Reagan’s first win in 1980: pure fear and disgust at […]

Police State Tactics and the First Debate

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I was just perusing the photos of the police called in to intimidate Walmart warehouse strikers and their supporters in Elwood, Illinois. The photos are disturbing enough in their own right, but for me they resonated with a book I just finished reading and a debate I couldn’t finish watching. But first, the cops. They stand there like puffed-up buffoons from a comic opera, refugees from a teen-aged boy’s fantasy […]