Monthly Archives: January 2013

Why This Blog?

I confess. It’s an academic requirement for Public Intellectual Practicum — a course in several of the kinds of writing associated with active citizenship. Don’t get me wrong. I love to write about and discuss the current issues. I think it’s … Continue reading

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Mandatory Background Checks Take The 5th

Making the universal background check system mandatory for gun ownership amounts to giving up one constitutional right to be able to exercise another explains Guns.com industry news specialist Max Slowik. Many of the expanded uses of the NICS database currently … Continue reading

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Getting The Right Story Right

Alan Rusbridger in his speech on open-source journalism at Queen Mary, University of London argues that when the news media and social media cooperate, the true and important stories come out. People want a voice, but while the individual social … Continue reading

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Complicity in Oppression

While George Orwell served in the Indian Imperial Police in Burma during British rule, he gained a firsthand understanding of the cooperation between the oppressors and the oppressed that is required for oppression to succeed. In his short story The … Continue reading

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Keep Your Eyes on NICS

Of the three memorandums that the President released January 16th, one of them seeks to prohibit the exercise of 2nd amendment rights of those who have, or are exposed to, yet to be determined conditions and other correlative (or not) … Continue reading

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An Executive Order By Any Other Name

What’s the difference between an execute order and an executive action? Apparently, executive actions are not Executive, uhh….Presidential Actions given that the 23 released January 16th concerning gun violence are missing from the Official White House site. Published instead, are … Continue reading

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Sustaining Curiosity

Blog writer of The International Paradigm, Anthony Diflorio asks: As a parent who educates their kids at home, how have you helped to promote and sustain curiosity in your children’s minds? It is something which I personally feel formal schooling … Continue reading

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