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A View From the Edge

Everything you eat: Think about the food chain

Several decades ago there was a near panic in Britain when it was revealed, in a lengthy study, that a rabbit eats the same amount of grass a day as a lamb does, or that five rabbits consume the same amount of grass as a calf does. Given that on any normal day, in every grass field in England and Wales you could see over 20 rabbits, the math was inescapable. The rabbits had to go.

What is the middle? and other bad math

The middle class, middle-income families, median income. They all sound the same. In this election year we’re going to hear all politicians talk about the middle, but middle of what? Let us first look at the use of the word middle. The president used the term “middle-class tax cuts” and used the figure of “less than $250,000.” For Romney, he uses the term “middle-income people” which he classifies as those earning “$250,000.”

Why U.S. industry should want in on the fastest growing market

About 1 billion, some say 1.2 billion, people share something in common on this planet: they are Muslims. And Muslims, like their Jewish brethren before them, have cleanliness and hygiene rules covered by a word meaning permissible, okay to use — kosher for those of the Jewish faith, halal for Muslims.

The biological effects of power

What is power, really? It has been defined as the control over things that other people want or fear. But how does it work on the brain? Research into the brain reveals that power performs a hardware upgrade of sorts. It seems to help you, when analyzing or thinking, to see the wood for the trees. Power acts on the brain functions so that the large issues do not overwhelm the thinking process because you still maintain a firm grasp on the small. The trees, nor the forest, forest does not threaten those experiencing power.

Improper gold star on the flag pin: symbol of secret society?

I respect the flag of the United States of America. My father fought seven tours (six months) in Europe in World War II for our country. He taught me to respect the flag and what it stands for. I lost friends in Vietnam, fighting under that same flag. I have a friend now serving our country in the Sinai, proudly wearing the flag of our country.

Nations fighting for the Horn of Africa

Since the advent of the boat and ship, the Horn of Africa has been the geographic prize above all others, controlling the water passage to the Indian Ocean passes through a straight called the Gulf of Aden from the Red Sea... think of all the thousands of years of history you know about in this region, everything from the Pharaohs, Moses and the earliest seafarers all the way to Lawrence of Arabia, the Suez Canal, the Gulf wars and the oil pipelines and sea lanes that feed the world energy. As a strategic region, today it controls 20 percent of international sea trade.

Wikileaks, rape and the death penalty

This is a story best told in reverse. The U.S. government still has a warrant out for Julian Assange, the head of Wikileaks, on a charge which could lead to the death penalty. The Swedish government refuses to say, one way or another, whether they would extradite Assange to the U.S. should they get their hands on him. The Swedish government prosecutors regularly travel abroad to interview and question suspects whilst extradition procedures are under way.

Wikileaks, rape and the death penalty

This is a story best told in reverse. The U.S. government still has a warrant out for Julian Assange, the head of Wikileaks, on a charge which could lead to the death penalty. The Swedish government refuses to say, one way or another, whether they would extradite Assange to the U.S. should they get their hands on him. The Swedish government prosecutors regularly travel abroad to interview and question suspects whilst extradition procedures are under way.

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Do we have to have the poor? Not if we create new jobs, new wealth

When I was a kid, Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson all vowed to wage war on poverty. Eisenhower even quoted FDR when he said the nation could not tolerate such poverty in the face of growing prosperity. And yet, every year since 1976 the rate of poverty in the U.S. has grown.

Blood and gore in the new cultural age: Aurora shootings

Seven years ago this week I wrote, for this paper, about the very real dangers of the gaming industry, feeding (seemingly harmless) trends of violence, images of mutilation and gore and inconsequential life or death considerations indoctrinated to children everywhere. I wrote:

“‘Parental controls are firmly in place,’ scream Entertainment Software Association. They also ‘prove’ the safety net for minors by showing that ‘adults only buy mature games.’ Yet their own study shows that 35 percent of all mature video game users are under the age of 18.”