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Beware of voting based on current issues: The Tea Party movement, Part 2

A View From the Edge

The Tea Party is a determined opposition to all the current political parties. Its members are a focused, articulate, outspoken and fervent community of well-connected like-believers. And these are hardly the attributes of a lunatic fringe as portions of the media portray them.

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Beware of voting based on current issues: The Tea Party movement, Part 2

A View From the Edge

The Tea Party is a determined opposition to all the current political parties. Its members are a focused, articulate, outspoken and fervent community of well-connected like-believers. And these are hardly the attributes of a lunatic fringe as portions of the media portray them.

Who are the Tea Partyers?

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Part 1 of 2
Tea Party members were once, mostly, faithful Republican Party members. They felt, increasingly, that the way of life they had become accustomed to was under threat, economic and cultural.

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Who are the Tea Partyers?

A View From the Edge

Part 1 of 2

Tea Party members were once, mostly, faithful Republican Party members. They felt, increasingly, that the way of life they had become accustomed to was under threat, economic and cultural.

Our planet’s bucket list, if time doesn’t run out

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If an expert proved to you that you had 40 years to see one of the world’s marvels — take the pyramids for example — before the pyramids crumbled to dust, would you not make immediate plans not to miss the experience at Giza?

If 85 percent of the world’s leading experts are agreed that global climate change will bring about a rise in the ocean levels, coupled with severe flooding and typhoon/hurricane events within two lifetimes from now, would you not pay attention?

Mistaken War on Terror

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I was always puzzled by the look on George Bush’s face in that kindergarten classroom. It wasn’t the look of shock over 9/11; there was something else there.

After listening to a recap of the hunt for Bin Laden on the always excellent BBC program “The Reith Lectures” (here’s the link: www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/r4choice; look for Documentary of the Week dated Sept. 13), I think I know what it is: “Those CIA guys were right nine months ago, and I’m going to get the blame.”

Former VP Dick Cheney: When is enough enough?

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The truth always comes out. I was listening to former Vice President Dick Cheney the other day explain why torture, as a policy, is in America’s interest. He was not advocating carte blanche torture, just the torture “of individuals whose interests are against ours.”

OK, you say, he is all for protecting America. Now Cheney is not a stupid man, but for a smart man he is an awfully bad student (learning from the mistakes of others before him) and, what is worse, he is using his bully pulpit in the media to pervert reason for the next generation.

When is enough enough?

A View From the Edge

The truth always comes out. I was listening to former Vice President Dick Cheney the other day explain why torture, as a policy, is in America’s interest. He was not advocating carte blanche torture, just the torture “of individuals whose interests are against ours.”

OK, you say, he is all for protecting America. Now Cheney is not a stupid man, but for a smart man he is an awfully bad student (learning from the mistakes of others before him) and, what is worse, he is using his bully pulpit in the media to pervert reason for the next generation.

Good news in innovation

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Sometimes, good inventions come in simple packages. And sometimes good people redefine their life’s goals to change the lives of many.

Jose Gomez-Marquez at Massachusetts Institute of Technology was frustrated at the lack of money for expensive medical equipment in developing nations. People were dying because, for example, IV drip machinery could cost $5,000. For some hospitals that is the budget for the entire emergency room.

Good news in worldwide innovation

A View From The Edge

Sometimes, good inventions come in simple packages. And sometimes good people redefine their life’s goals to change the lives of many.

Jose Gomez-Marquez at Massachusetts Institute of Technology was frustrated at the lack of money for expensive medical equipment in developing nations. People were dying because, for example, IV drip machinery could cost $5,000. For some hospitals that is the budget for the entire emergency room.