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Pro vs. Con

Opinion: Pro vs. Con is a Matter of Fact vs. Belief

OPINION: What do normal, decent people believe? By comparison, what do conservatives believe? As anyone with an I.Q. above 80 knows, it’s a matter of fact versus fiction, truth versus lies, reality versus ‘cloud-cuckoo-land.’ Come with us now as we compare and contrast the understanding of progressives versus the wish-upon-a-black-hole beliefs of conservatives.

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My Day as a Douchebag

Opinion: My Day as a Douchebag

OPINION: Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, the proverb states. In other words, have some empathy. All righty then, I will try spending a day as a RWNJDB (rightwing nutjob douchebag) and see how it feels.

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Patriots in Name Only

Opinion: Conservatives are PINO (Patriots in Name Only)

OPINION: Freedom comes at a price. People in the USA have the right to be stupid, just as the rest of us have the right to mock them or shun them. But when they form into a know-nothing, obfuscating, and obstructionist political party, the true cost of freedom begins to be experienced.

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CON Artists Tell All

Opinion: A Couple of CON Artists Tell All

OPINION (SATIRE): With a shudder in my soul and hand sanitizer in my pocket, I went to interview a couple of operatives in the bowels of the conservative cabal. Er, conservative coven. Um, conservative clan? Just WTH do you call this human debris, anyway?

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Are You a Scumbag

Opinion: Are You a Scumbag? Take This Simple Test

OPINION: There are many reasons people vote Republican besides stupidity and racism. With so much doubt and confusion swirling around “the moron party,” we thought it was a good time to provide this little test. You can try this quick and easy examination for yourself as well as give a copy to close family members, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and that weird uncle who always ruins your family gatherings by spouting rightwing nutjob nonsense he heard on “the Fox News.”

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Thanks for Your Sochi Prayers

Thanks for Your Sochi Prayers that Helped Joy Win!

OPINION: As an Olympic skier, I want to thank all those who prayed for the joy and safety of everyone at Russia’s surprisingly “awesome” games. Joining with the Olympic families, were Christian Scientists, Native Americans, Aetherius Society, Monks of Moscow and so many more to help preserve this greatest force for Peace, Understanding, Healing, and Unity for over 1,000 years in Ancient times, and 100 years in Modern times.

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GOP Outfitters

Opinion: GOP Outfitters

OPINION: Are you running for public office in a district full of incredibly dim-witted people? Hello republican candidates! Worried about attracting a large number of moron voters? Not to worry, GOP Outfitters is ready to serve you.

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NM-AZ Native Program

Sipapu’s NM-AZ Native Program Helping Heal America

OPINION: To further help heal and unite America, on February 26, New Mexico’s Sipapu ski area announced that it is joining Pajarito Mt and Ski Santa Fe in offering landmark affordable skiing and snowboarding opportunities to the tribes of New Mexico and Arizona.

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Could World Prayer Help Protect Sochi Olympics?

Could World Prayer Help Protect Sochi Olympics?

OPINION: The Olympics has been the greatest force for Peace, Understanding, Healing, and Unity for over 1000 years in Ancient times and 100 years in Modern times.  Given that Olympic heroes have inspired countless youth to be happily healthy, productive, brilliant and generous, we hope you will take a moment to join this world prayer for “The Joy and Safety of the Sochi Olympics,” heartened by how it has worked for the last five Olympics.

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Opinion: Red State TV

Opinion: Red State TV

OPINION: After a friend wrote me about seeing a TV show called ‘Focus on New Mexico,’ we both started wondering if GOP-controlled states have similar programs. Of course they do! Let’s take a peek at the outline for one of their offerings.

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Francesca Maetas giving David Vosburgh

Santa Fe Ski Area Gallantly Safety-nets Pajarito’s NM-AZ Native Ski Program

After launching in early January the most generous Native snowsports outreach in history, inviting tribal youth of New Mexico and Arizona to ski in their Los Alamos Mountain, Pajarito Mt temporarily had to close for lack of enough snow. So Santa Fe Ski Area’s GM Benny Abruzzo heroically agreed to provide Pajarito and these tribal youth […]

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Pajarito Dance

Pajarito Mountains New Mexico-Arizona Tribal Ski Outreach Helping Heal America

On January 4, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, nestled near New Mexico’s Bandelier Canyon Cliff Dwellings going back 11,000 years, magnanimously launched an unprecedented snowsports outreach for the tribal youth of New Mexico and Arizona. It was thanks so much to ski instructor David Vosburgh, also director of the Native Nations Sports Ambassadors program, working with our […]

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Greedy Obtuse Prig PIN

Opinion: Rename the GOP

OPINION: Republicans have long ceased to be the Grand Old Party, if that term ever applied to them, and therefore we are announcing a contest to re-brand republicans with an appropriate moniker.

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George W. Bush Talking Doll

Opinion: The W Death Watch Doll

OPINION: Note to the Secret Service: This column in no way calls for any harm to come to the 43rd POTUS. It’s just that there is a monetary gain that will accrue to some of us upon his demise and so, well, we’re interested in his health, that’s all. A long time ago on a planet very similar to ours, two friends had a practice of giving each other bad Christmas presents. It was a contest of sorts in which the winner was whoever could find the most outrageously awful gift …

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Article: Homeschooling: Is it Right for Your Kids

Opinion: Homeschooling: Is it Right for Your Kids?

OPINION: Let’s say you are a moron and a member of the treason party. Oh I’m sorry, let me make that easier to understand: Let’s say you are a republican. And let’s say you want to indoctrinate your progeny in private. Oops, sorry again, I mean: Let’s say you want to home school your kids. Are you ready for the challenge?

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The Prose of Cons

Opinion: Conservatism Causes Cancer: A Drudge Report Exclusive

OPINION: For anyone with an I.Q. above seventy, the Drudge Report is a wasteland of filth, bile, lies, and dreck. So when it was reported that a former writer for that site published an expletive-riddled story equating conservatism with cancer, a great many people took note.

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Is Conservatism Infectious?

Opinion: Is Conservatism Infectious?

OPINION: Sixty million people voted for Mitt Romney in the 2012 race for President of the United States and since that candidate was one of the least-qualified in modern history it should be obvious that the ranks of conservative voters are huge. And yes, “rank” would be the operative word.

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John Scott G – TRUTH

Opinion: The Seven Pillars of Perfidy

OPINION: The seven core positions of conservatives pose a very real threat to democracy in the United States. You have undoubtedly noticed some of their more onerous activities, but it might be instructive to examine their seven subversive doctrines all at once. Hold your nose and let’s start wading through the muck of the Seven Pillars of Perfidy.

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Olympic skier Suzy ‘Stevia’ Chaffee and Alicia Partida

Mayor Bloomberg and Mex President Pena Nieto Help N. Americans Win Battle of the Bulge

OPINION: After Mexico became No. 1 in obesity and diabetes in June, their new President Pena Nieto surprisingly recommended as a solution the no-carb herbal sweetener stevia discovered by the South American tribes. And while soda lovers criticized Mayor Bloomberg’s campaign to reduce the size of sodas, most fit Americans and Mexicans cheered on their bold interventions.

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Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier

Out There: Book review of ‘Space Chronicles’ by Neil deGrasse Tyson

BOOK REVIEW: How much humor do you expect from an astrophysicist? How much passion? What should be the ratio of fact to fancy in the essays of a scientist? With Neil deGrasse Tyson, you get an enjoyable mixture of levity and reality on a subject that might hold the key to your future.

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‘The Center Holds’ by Jonathan Alter

Battling Extremism: Book review of ‘The Center Holds’ by Jonathan Alter

BOOK REVIEW: Every presidential election is deemed crucial to America but with the choice of Obama versus the obviously unqualified Mitt Romney, it was more than crucial; it was imperative. In the detailed yet fast-paced ‘The Center Holds,’ author Jonathan Alter takes you inside the campaigns and reveals some of the evil forces backing the GOP.

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What Would President Jefferson Say

What Would President Jefferson Say this 4th of July?

OPINION: On this 4th of July, wouldn’t it be a dream come true for the U.S. and many World Citizens if President Thomas Jefferson, the author of our Declaration of independence and Bill of Rights, came back at this pivotal time to coach us on getting our Grand Experiment in Democracy back on course?

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‘The Unwinding’ by George Packer

In Decline: Book review of ‘The Unwinding’ by George Packer

BOOK REVIEW: The deterioration of our country during the past three-and-a-half decades makes for a broad canvas but author George Packer provides insightful detail and hits some emotional high points. There was an incredible battle in the United States from around 1978 until right now, a conflagration that did not emphasize armed conflict but which decimated large chunks of the basic goodness of our nation.

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Bigotry Backed by SCOTUS

COMMENTARY: Do not get too excited about the good news for marriage rights because the troglodyte half of the Supreme Court has gutted a vital section of the Voting Rights Act. Celebrations by the LGBT community over two recent decisions by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) strike me as misguided, disingenuous, and […]

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Chaffee an Lautenberg

Congress: Honor Senator Lautenberg and Generations by signing his Chemical Safety Improvement Act!

OPINION: New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg(D), a phenomenal champion of American Children and Nature, passed on last week at 89. At his NY funeral he was deeply honored by half the Senate on both sides of the aisle, plus NJ Governor Chris Christie (R), Hillary Clinton and Vice President Biden for his passion and foresight in saving millions of Americans through his No Smoking law, raising the drinking age to 21, and fighting for women’s rights and gun control.

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It’s Even Worse Than it Looks

GOP Extreme: Book Review of ‘It’s Even Worse than it Looks’ by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein

BOOK REVIEW: Want to know how and why Washington is such a mess? Two respected analysts of governmental policy, one from the progressive Brookings Institution and the other from the troglodyte American Enterprise Institute, demonstrate that the GOP is at fault.

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Suzy in Indian headdress

How ‘The People’ Can Beat Iranian-American Peace Drums

ARTICLE: In 1977, fellow Olympic skier Billy Kidd and I had an adventure of a lifetime, skiing with Iranian Queen Farah Diba Pahlavi in their fresh “Persian Powder.” It was to promote skiing and goodwill with Iran, made possible by two visionary friends, the popular TV host Barry ZeVan and Iran’s Ambassador to the U.S., Ardeshir Zahedi.

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The Girls of Atomic City

Book Review: Gadget Go Boom – ‘The Girls of Atomic City’ by Denise Kiernan

BOOK REVIEW: When you’re at work, you have some idea of the product or service your employer provides. Not so for “The Girls of Atomic City.” They had no idea they were helping create Fat Man and Little Boy, the bombs used at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in WWII.

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Malcolm X

Book Review: Shabazz! ‘Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention’ by Manning Marable

BOOK REVIEW: Malcolm X is still controversial nearly 50 years after his assassination. In examining his life from a multitude of perspectives, author Manning Marable brings the reader close to Malcolm’s thoughts, deeds, leadership, struggles, conflicts, contradictions, and presence — which even today seems to have been larger than life.

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Roland McCook, former N. Ute Chairman

Could National ‘Snow Gratitude’ Ceremonies Extend Future of SnowSports?

ARTICLE: The National Ski Areas Association’s NRDC study said that Colorado and Utah would be losing its snow by the end of the century unless there is an intervention – the East likely earlier. Fortunately, a consensus of the UN’s 192 countries in 2012 identified the key to regenerating Earth: a combination of science/green energy and Ancient Wisdom, especially through the tribes.

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Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

Book Review: Of Slavery and Freedom – ‘Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power’

REVIEW: When the United States of America was just a gleam in our founding fathers’ eyes, the country faced some fascinating dichotomies, including human equality versus inhumane captivity and popular will versus monarchal rule. These battles and several others play out in intimate detail in Jon Meacham’s excellent “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power.”

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The Particle at the End of the Universe

Photons and Bosons and Quarks, Oh My! – Book Review: The Particle at the End of the Universe

BOOK REVIEW: As science reveals more about our place in the universe, sentient beings are ecstatic about Sean Carroll’s “The Particle at the End of the Universe” and its view of what might be called the blueprints of reality.

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a thousand satellites

Kids Urge Ban on Trashing Space to Save Dads and Forests

OPINION: For the last two hundred million years up until 1970, our ‘home’ looked like this beautiful blue planet from Apollo 17 with three satellites orbiting it. Today, earth is shrouded with about 1,100 satellites, most for cell phone companies, and a half a million pieces of trashed ones, and most dangerous of all, some dumped nuclear waste. Together they are blocking the critical sunlight that Man and Nature need to happily thrive.

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Rule and Ruin book

Book Review: ‘Rule and Ruin’ by Geoffrey Kabaservice

REVIEW: A newcomer to American politics would write off the Republican Party as a gang of xenophobic, racist, theocratic, misogynistic, fiscally irresponsible war-mongers. In “Rule and Ruin,” Geoffrey Kabaservice explains how and why this happened.

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Suzy Chaffee

How Moms Can Help Reduce Women and Children’s Violence by 50 Percent

OPINION: What if we had the power to reduce the roots of violence by 50% – including one in three women raped world-wide – through a simple diet shift and planting fruit trees in schools? Thanks to UN’s One Billion Rising, women joined with enlightened men, world leaders and stars, like Ann Hathaway and Jane […]

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Deadly Spin book

Deadly Spin: Propaganda Practices in the USA

ARTICLE: Wendell Potter, formerly a propagandist for various avaricious and venal corporations, ‘fesses up and reveals the prevarication, lying, deception, and obfuscation of the industries that pick your pocket every day. His ‘Deadly Spin’ opens the playbook used by corrupt companies, insufferable industries, and the GOP.

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Could Stevia have spared the deaths of Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse?

OPINION: People around the world have recently mourned the passing of Whitney, Amy Winehouse, and First Lady Betty Ford, exemplified by the touching New Years Tributes and Grammy Salute to Whitney. With the help of doctors Drew, Phil and Gupte these (celestial) shooting stars left us with priceless lessons to prevent or recover from alcoholism.

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Opinion: Republican Town Hall Meeting

OPINION: People see the GOP as an out-of-touch, uncaring, heartless, backward, ignorant, and dangerous group of people who drape themselves in the flag as they pursue an ugly and vicious form of anti-Americanism. The GOP can’t figure out why.

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Suzy Chaffee

International Solutions to U.S. School Shootings

OPINION: “Some good must come of this,” has been the cry after one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School. Little has been done after a decade of school massacres. “We have 15 times more gun violence than any other country, and we must learn from them,” said […]

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Author John Scott G

Crazy is as Crazy Does

OPINION: We all know someone who is not quite “all there.” The normal human connections with the world are missing, twisted, or distorted. Interacting with these people is often tense or even disturbing because their reactions and statements are at odds with reality. But imagine if an entire nation had to interact with people like […]

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‘The Righteous Mind’ by Jonathan Haidt

Book Review: ‘The Righteous Mind’ by Jonathan Haidt

REVIEW: Jonathan Haidt grabs onto the twin time-bombs of American punditry, politics and religion, and does so from an amazingly optimistic point-of-view. He combines his sunny disposition with a bit of psychology and a ton of research. Unfortunately, there are too many GOP-inspired missteps in an otherwise interesting book. You have to admire Jonathan Haidt […]

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Secret Sex Chapter 48 (conclusion)

Secret Sex – A Book Alive Online: Chapter 48 – Stardust

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: “Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,” written and lived by John Scott G: Chapter 48 – “Stardust” (conclusion). Previously on “Secret Sex” – Birth. Near-death experiences. Coping with stoopid. Encounters with evil. Sex (teasing), sex (real), and sex (secret). Marriage. Betrayal. Raising and learning from The Kid. Writing (hype), writing (beyond hype […]

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Secret Sex – A Book Alive Online: Chapter 47 – Say What?

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: “Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,” written and lived by John Scott G: Chapter 47 – “Say What?.” Q: Do you understand why some people think you’re crazy for writing “Secret Sex“? A: Different words come to mind. Q: Such as? A: Daring and provocative. And egomaniacal. Q: I see. Do you […]

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Secret Sex – A Book Alive Online: Chapter 46 – Wording for a Living

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: “Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,” written and lived by John Scott G: Chapter 46 – “Wording for a Living.” If you talk to members of the media, they are always trying to get the Full Story, which is roughly defined as “the way we can twist the facts to get the […]

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Secret Sex – A Book Alive Online: Chapter 45 – Strife of the Party

Secret Sex – A Book Alive Online: Chapter 45 – Strife of the Party

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: “Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,” written and lived by John Scott G: Chapter 45 – “Strife of the Party.” The bash was a success, meaning no one died and the two very nice policemen waited patiently just outside the door while the music was turned down. Plus, when they warned us […]

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Secret Sex – A Book Alive Online: Chapter 44 – Assignment: Weirdsville

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: “Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,” written and lived by John Scott G: Chapter 44 – “Assignment: Weirdsville.” Meeting a reptile in human form is startling, to say the least. Sure, there are people who enjoy lizards (the clowns who do that annoying gecko advertising, for example), but a real-life human snake […]

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Secret Sex – A Book Alive Online: Chapter 43 – The Others

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: “Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,” written and lived by John Scott G: Chapter 43 – “The Others.” There are things that go bump in the night. Strange, alien, otherworldly things. They’re big, bad, bold, and sometimes icky, these nocturnal creatures. Oh sure, they can also appear in the daytime, but they […]

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As Texas Goes by Gail Collins

Book Review: ‘As Texas Goes…’ by Gail Collins

REVIEW: The litany of deceit, stupidity, outrage, and perfidy from the lone-brain-cell state is remarkably terrifying, yet Gail Collins is such a good writer that she makes you laugh about it on nearly every page. Her book is witty and insightful while regaling you with true tales that are funny in both senses of the […]

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Author john Scott G - CREDIT: Brian Forest

Secret Sex – A Book Alive Online: Chapter 42 – True Friends, Few Friends

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: “Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,” written and lived by John Scott G: Chapter 42 – “True Friends, Few Friends.” You may have a ton of acquaintances who use the f-word to describe each other (the word is friend; what were you thinking?) but at any given time you have only one […]

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Secret Sex – A Book Alive Online: Chapter 41 – Perfectly Poetic Poisons

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: “Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,” written and lived by John Scott G: Chapter 41 – “Perfectly Poetic Poisons.” Everybody uses drugs. You don’t agree? Aspirin is a drug. So is caffeine. So are vitamin supplements, nicotine, codeine, alcohol, tranquilizers, diet pills, birth control pills, artificial sweeteners, mood enhancers, antacids, pump inhibitors, […]

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‘The Republican Brain’ by Chris Mooney

Book Review: ‘The Republican Brain’ by Chris Mooney

REVIEW: Rational people have always wondered about the anti-fact and anti-science positions of republicans, conservatives, RWNJs, birthers, and morons in general. Turns out there are psychological factors at work. In his great new book, Chris Mooney gathers data from numerous studies to explicate what is wrong with the Right. “Reality has a well-known liberal bias,” […]

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Secret Sex – A Book Alive Online: Chapter 40

Secret Sex – A Book Alive Online: Chapter 40 – Touched Off

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: “Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,” written and lived by John Scott G: Chapter 40 – “Touched Off.” Anybody can buy a clerical collar, so it’s not absolutely certain that it was a clergyman who molested me when I was a kid, but you know the old joke: if it looks like […]

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Secret Sex: A Book Alive Online by John Scott G for eNewsChannels Chapter 39

Secret Sex – A Book Alive Online: Chapter 39 – Hits

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: “Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,” written and lived by John Scott G: Chapter 39 – “Hits.” As a distraction from my divorce, I had a date with my hairdresser. It should be noted that I once had longer hair and therefore knew an expert stylist. As for the “date” part, well, […]

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We Deceive. You Believe. FOX.

Book Review: ‘The Fox Effect’ by David Brock and Ari Rabin-Havt

REVIEW: A fact-packed and smoothly written work, “The Fox Effect” demonstrates how Fox News chairman Roger Ailes operates from the Joseph Goebbels playbook by running an anti-informational distortion network over the public airwaves. The book is extremely valuable, but those with weak stomachs may be disturbed. There is a breathless writing style to The Fox […]

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wind turbine in Selawik – credit Reese Hanneman

Part 1: Olympians and Stars like Robert Redford the Best Hope for Arctic

eNewsChannels COLUMN: The magnificent pristine fragile Arctic is now in a battle for its LIFE, which will affect all life on Earth, especially the youth. On one side of the Arctic Ring are the super rich oil companies whose track record has proved “beyond a doubt” that their only concern is profits and they are […]

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Chapter 38 – Secret Sex: A Book Alive Online by John Scott G

Secret Sex – A Book Alive Online: Chapter 38 – Outrageous Behavior

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: “Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,” written and lived by John Scott G: Chapter 38 – “Outrageous Behavior.” My outburst of violence was swift, sudden, and unrelenting. I lashed out with as much force as possible, delivering severe blows with my left and right hands. Without pause, I spun my body around […]

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John Scott G – Secret Sex Chapter 37

Secret Sex – A Book Alive Online: Chapter 37 – Asunder

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: “Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,” written and lived by John Scott G: Chapter 37 – “Asunder.” When I tell people that my marriage turned into an extended episode of “The United States of Tara,” some of them just smile. One reason is the poor job that TV program did in presenting […]

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Humpback whale – credit: Suzy Chaffee

Open Letter to Navy to Find Moral Compass re: Deafening Whales and Dolphins

eNewsChannels COLUMN: The US Navy is deliberating right now on a plan to use high frequency underwater sound for testing in Hawaii and the coasts of California, the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico that is estimated to deafen more than 15,900 whales and dolphins and kill 1,800 more over the next 5 years. And […]

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Danielle Pelham – credit: (c) Elaine Pelham

London Olympics Can Help Us Win the Race to Save our Civilization

eNewsChannels COLUMN: While world leaders dropped the ball at June’s RIO+20 Earth Summit to getting us on the road to a sustainable future, We the People, especially sportsmen, need to pick up the ball, including to protect our world’s playgrounds that bring us so much joy. With open hearts, here are some ways we can […]

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Secret Sex – A Book Alive Online: Chapter 36 – The Kid

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: “Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,” written and lived by John Scott G. Chapter 36 – “The Kid.” My son launched himself head-first into a bigger kid’s face. It seemed to have the desired result and so he returned to what he had been doing, which was playing catch with a smaller […]

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Secret Sex – A Book Alive Online: Chapter 35 – Little Humanity

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: “Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,” written and lived by John Scott G. Chapter 35 – “Little Humanity.” Before giving birth, a woman goes through something called “labor” and that word doesn’t really go far enough because the process is like a few years of suffering crammed into a few hours of […]

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Secret Sex – A Book Alive Online: Chapter 34 – Vows

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: “Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,” written and lived by John Scott G. Chapter 34 – “Vows.” Warning, severe plot twist coming. Here we go: I got married. “WTF?” I hear you saying. Yup, it was a shock to many people. This is probably where we should cue up some eerie and […]

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Native Elders ‘15 Mandates for RIO+20’ June 20-22 – Key to Regenerating Earth’s Natural Capital

eNewsChannels COLUMN: What happens at UN’s RIO+2O Earth Summit on June 20-22 could have a major impact on the longevity of snowsports, glaciers, islands and coastal communities, as we are shifting to a milder climate, with snowsports the canaries in the mine of climate changes. Fortunately, the consensus of this year’s UN “Harmony with Nature” […]

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Secret Sex – A Book Alive Online: Chapter 33 – Professor G

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: “Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,” written and lived by John Scott G. Chapter 33 – “Professor G.” That chapter heading is a lie. I was never a Professor but I did teach college for a few semesters, and students don’t say, “Guest Lecturer G, I have a question about the reading […]

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Never to New York and the I Love NY Logo

eNewsChannels COLUMN: On a recent trip to the east coast to watch my granddaughter graduate from Cornell, I had to drive through NYC to get to Kennedy International Airport. I had been to 48 states in the US, but never to New York, so this seemed like a perfect time to explore. I just never […]

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Kill the Bill: Congressional Lawmaking, Down and Dirty

eNewsChannels COLUMN: You have probably rolled your eyes while watching members of Congress argue about important legislation and then vote to kill it using the new GOP filibuster process. But have you ever wondered about the bills that are being voted on in the back rooms, out-of-sight and away from public view? My work in […]

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Secret Sex – A Book Alive Online: Chapter 32 – Career of Fear

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: ‘Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,’ written and lived by John Scott G – Chapter 32: Career of Fear. For a few years, I worked as a creative director or copywriter in ad agencies specializing in recruitment advertising, a truly funny period of my professional life, and by funny I mean disturbing and borderline illegal.

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Secret Sex – A Book Alive Online: Chapter 31 – Cheating Death in Cars, 2

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: ‘Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,’ written and lived by John Scott G – Chapter 31: Cheating Death in Cars, 2. ‘Dad, can I borrow your car?’ That was the start of my second Brush With Death By Automobile. My own car was in the shop for routine maintenance, which should have been no problem except that I suddenly needed to see a client or attend a press conference or something that now seems completely insignificant. Someone would have to give me a ride or I needed to borrow someone’s car.

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Book Review: ‘Drift’ by Rachel Maddow

eNewsChannels COLUMN: Wisdom and wit make a devastating combination, which is why The Rachel Maddow Show is steadily charming its way into the hearts of progressive thinkers all across America. Now, with Maddow’s examination of how the USA has altered its ways of war, she has upped the stakes considerably with a book that can […]

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Secret Sex – A Book Alive Online: Chapter 30 – Word Nerd

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: ‘Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,’ written and lived by John Scott G – Chapter 30 – Word Nerd. Even when working full-time, I always accepted freelance writing gigs because of my deep and abiding love of writing and my deep and abiding love of receiving multiple paychecks. I’d work nights, weekends, lunchtime, breaks, whatever.

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Book Review: ‘Among the Truthers’ by Jonathan Kay

eNewsChannels COLUMN: Some of them believe in reptile overlords and all of them are seeking non-existent data about secret cabals in government. Members of the so-called Truther movement would be a hoot if they weren’t so dangerous. Jonathan Kay strides quietly through their midst and exposes the reality of their delusions. When I explained to […]

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January’s U.S. ‘Snowdance Phenomena’ Model for June’s RIO+20

eNewsChannels COLUMN: The UN’s International Mother Earth Day, in solidarity with Earth Day, following January’s Snowdance Phenomena that saved Western ski areas from the “driest winter in 130 years,” helped inspire billions of Green Acts in April. This is paving the way for more phenomenal progress at RIO+20 on June 20-22. 2012 could have been […]

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Secret Sex – A Book Alive Online: Chapter 29 – What Do You Do?

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: ‘Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,’ written and lived by John Scott G – Chapter 29: What Do You Do? Sooner or later, everyone has a bad job. Usually sooner, because first jobs can be a bitch. My first employment, unless you count mowing lawns, was at a mall where I worked in a Pickwick Bookshop. That chain of book stores is now defunct but I am almost eighty percent positive it wasn’t because of hiring me.

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Secret Sex – A Book Alive Online: Chapter 28 – Dazed and Amused

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: ‘Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,’ written and lived by John Scott G – Chapter 28: Dazed and Amused. High as a kite, that’s what I was. More expressively, I was as high as a helium-filled balloon that had just escaped the grasp of a perplexed five-year old kid who was now wondering why gravity wasn’t bringing back his rapidly disappearing toy.

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Book Review: ‘The Last Testament’ by God (with David Javerbaum)

eNewsChannels COLUMN: God has quite a sense of humor, once you get past all the smiting, tormenting, and killing. Whether setting things straight, settling old scores, or showing humankind what horrors are coming if we don’t buy enough copies of this book, the one-liners and stories in The Last Testament will have you ROTFL (which […]

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Secret Sex – A Book Alive Online: Chapter 27 – College Daze

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: ‘Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,’ written and lived by John Scott G – Chapter 27: College Daze. ‘What’s your major?’ At various times in my college career, I was able to give at least four authoritative and definitive replies: ‘Theater Arts,’ I said. ‘Filmmaking.’ I said. ‘Art,’ I said. ‘English,’ I said. None of these responses were lies; I just kept switching my major.

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Mom is Wow Upside Down: A Mother’s Day Appreciation

eNewsChannels COLUMN: Everyone has a mother, and every mother has the capacity to be magical, magnificent, and magnanimous. Too often, the celebration of these amazing creatures called Mom is limited to just one day in May. When my mom was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I started writing her a love letter. I remember that it […]

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Secret Sex – A Book Alive Online: Chapter 26 – A First Kiss

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: ‘Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,’ written and lived by John Scott G – Chapter 26: A First Kiss. So there I was, out on a date with a girl who was the personification of beauty. The splendor of her presence was so powerful that later in life I would keep her in mind when writing certain song lyrics, such as ….

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Fuller Understanding: Modern Solutions from Design-Scientist Buckminster Fuller

eNewsChannels COLUMN: Recognition of R. Buckminster Fuller’s genius is not as widespread as it should be, which is understandable given his near-total lockout from mainstream discourse and a fundamental quake-in-their-boots reaction by today’s politicians. Inventor, writer, and futurist R. Buckminster Fuller was called “Bucky” except when he was receiving his dozens of patents, his 47 […]

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Secret Sex – A Book Alive Online: Chapter 25 – Dating Tips

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: ‘Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,’ written and lived by John Scott G – Chapter 25: Dating Tips. She was beautiful. She was lovely. She was alluring. She was desirable. The lady was more intoxicating than absinthe. A gorgeous and stunning woman, she was at the same time a vision of incomparable girlish deliciousness. More importantly, she was living testimony to the existence of a higher power.

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