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Sex, drugs, slavery: We shoulder responsibility, but others started vile traditions

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American practices of slavery continued beyond what could be seen as an historical commonplace (as onerous as that may be). It took a Civil War to outlaw slavery here — a war that caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of our best men and women. And certainly our practices of institutionalized racial inequality were then permitted to continue well into what was called an age of enlightenment (we stood on the moon before we outlawed racial discrimination).

Good news for the US jobless rate

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By the time you read this, some anti-administration spin doctor will have concluded that the improving U.S. unemployment rate of 8.5 percent is all smoke and mirrors.

They will claim that there are people who dropped out of the job market for reasons that range from re-education (true), to retirement (true), to sheer boredom at not finding a job after a year or more (true).

Good news for America’s jobless rate

A View From the Edge

By the time you read this, some anti-administration spin doctor will have concluded that the improving U.S. unemployment rate of 8.5 percent is all smoke and mirrors.

They will claim that there are people who dropped out of the job market for reasons that range from re-education (true), to retirement (true), to sheer boredom at not finding a job after a year or more (true).

Good news for the US jobless rate

A View From The Edge

By the time you read this, some anti-administration spin doctor will have concluded that the improving U.S. unemployment rate of 8.5 percent is all smoke and mirrors.

They will claim that there are people who dropped out of the job market for reasons that range from re-education (true), to retirement (true), to sheer boredom at not finding a job after a year or more (true).

Now’s a good time to really build for the future

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How many times have you told your kids, “Jump to it!” to encourage them with their responsibilities? How many times does the sergeant in the military tell his troop, “Jump to it!” to instill urgency? America is like that right now, we all need to “jump to it!”

Occupy movement is nearing its tipping point

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The term “tipping point” was first used in the mid-1950s to describe the buildup of marital deterioration beyond which there was no hope of reconciliation. Over the years, the expression has proven useful in describing that precipice for everything from financial corporate downfalls, revolutions, medical deterioration, hopeful business growth, all the way to civil unrest.

Global schedule has affected time itself

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In this hustle and bustle world, it is always worth thinking about time and how we continue to change our use of this universal constant.

In case some of you have forgotten the basics, here you go. The Earth revolves around the sun; it takes one year (more or less) to achieve this. Each day during this annual journey, the Earth spins once on its axis. In fact, a day is what we call the period of time for the sun to come up each morning until the next sunrise.

Better ways to handle protesters

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Being American means you have the right to protest and the right of free speech. It is in the Constitution. The Supreme Court has, again and again, affirmed that right, and they have also affirmed your right not to be impeded in public places while you exercise that right. Of course, there are safety and hygiene issues — and, most off all, there are issues with violence at crowded demonstrations.

Uppity, other racial slurs

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Like the man on an iceberg says of the secret of the rising water as the ice melts (“The Great Race” with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon), “When it reaches my bottom lip, then I’ll tell somebody!” I felt it was time to speak out. “Uppity” was defined in 1952 in the Oxford English Dictionary and in 1958 in Merriam Webster – both definitions attached to the “n” word. It has been, for most of 60 years, a deeply-rooted racial slur.

Questions can be more important than answers

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The media is always harping on about the public. They say “the public feels” or “the public wants,” and prove it in survey after survey. And yet, when repeatedly interviewed, 72 percent of this American public cannot tell you when World War II began; multiply 23 times 13; tell you where Greece or Afghanistan are located; name the first president of the United States; remember who wrote the Gettysburg address; tell you what year a man landed on the moon; and on and on.