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Racism in America

Racism in America

(Note: Incomplete work in progress. –ENB, 2015 Jul)

Even to the casual observer, the overall tone of the debate about racism (in America) is becoming increasingly polarized in recent years, especially on social media outlets.  Obviously, any attempt to publicly explore such a volatile topic will invariably attract such extremist, racist elements who wholeheartedly believe in their own group’s superiority at the cost of another group’s equality.  Traditionally, the policy of moderate liberal and conservative intellectuals has been to dismiss these poor and unenlightened souls out of principle while, perhaps condescendingly, chiding them for their crude ignorance.  However, I would argue that by dismissing the many people who have been indoctrinated by racist propaganda, we have been derelict in our duty as responsible, ethical members of society.  Additionally, our collective ignorance and inactivity concerning the problem of ingrained racism in America has put the country at great risk.  Continue reading Racism in America

Bias in Journalism

'The New York Times Building' by Michal Osmenda
‘The New York Times’ building, in New York City, NY. (Photo by Michal Osmenda – Complete photo credits are located at the end of this article)

Bias in Journalism

Do you have a preferred news source that you follow almost exclusively?

This editorial takes an in-depth look at bias in journalism, as it exists in our country, following a brief synopsis of human endeavor from pre-history to the Information Age. Your author would argue that in order to truly understand the nature of bias, it is first necessary to take a step back from our present understanding of the concept (as it exists in news reporting), and study the development of journalism in a broader sense, as related to the social science of History.

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LGBT in the USA: Separation of Church and State

'LGBT Pride Flag - U.S. Shape)' by 'DrRandomFactor'
‘LGBT Pride Flag – U.S. Shape’ by DrRandomFactor (complete photo credits at bottom)

LGBT & the USA: Are We/Aren’t We (a Nation That Separates Church and State)?

Note: The following editorial is an opinion piece. –E.N.B.

Should the U.S. strive to completely separate church and state?

Depending on who you talk to, our nation is one of several things.  Many say She is a bastion of liberty, equality, and opportunity. To others, the U.S. is nothing more than a double-tongued hypocrite who makes false promises about tolerance, only to crush non-conformists. Still more would argue that a combination of the two is probably more accurate. Within the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities, feelings about the land of our Lady Liberty are undoubtedly conflicted, as well.

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Through a Prism Darkly

Through a Prism Darkly

Logo for the NSA’s PRISM data mining program that operates out of Camp Williams National Guard Base, in Bluffdale, UT (Complete Photo Credits are located at the end of this article)

At Camp W.G. Williams National Guard base in Bluffdale, UT, the most comprehensive data mining and storage facility in American history has been brought online. Though it has satirically been dubbed Bumblehive (a wordplay on Utah’s nickname, “The Beehive State”), the NSA‘s new spying complex is quite real. Located about thirty miles south of Salt Lake City and spanning approximately 1.5 million square feet, the officially designated Utah Data Center (UDC) houses a nexus of super computers that are said to be capable of storing a yottabyte — that’s one trillion terabytes — of information.

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Steve Brill’s TIME Cover Story “Bitter Pill” Under Fire

"Skyline of the Texas Medical Center, outside Houston" by David Daniel Turner
The sprawling Texas Medical Center just outside Houston — Steven Brill’s source of inspiration for the TIME cover story, “Bitter Pill”. (Complete photo credits are located at the end of this article.)
Have you read Steven Brill's TIME magazine cover story, "Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us"?

On February 20, 2013, TIME magazine published Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Killing Usa scathing 36-page exposé by Steven Brill about the skyrocketing cost of healthcare in the U.S.1  In the piece, Brill gives us a disturbing glimpse at the culture of unchecked profiteerism that has infected our national Healthcare marketplace, perpetuated by health services institutions and pharmaceutical companies alike.  He then suggests some sensible regulatory measures that would go a long way towards repairing this rigged system.  But, as is often the case where vast sums of money are concerned, those who would stand to lose push back against the currents of change, damming up the possibility of reform by employing all of the tools that are typically favored by those with vast resources — e.g., misinformation, intimidation, quid pro quo lobbying of policymakers — in the hopes of stemming the tide for as long as possible.

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