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Sat Feb 14, 2015 at 10:58 AM PST

Trapped in a Cage of Flames

by samsoneyes

What went through the mind of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasabeh as he faced death, may not be as important as what went through the mind of the men setting him on fire.

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There's nothing one can write, that better captures the importance of public health care, than this beautiful speech by 91 year old Harry Smith of Britain.

Describing the wrenching poverty and despair of early life before the National Health Service, Mr. Smith tells Britons to defend public health care: "My life is your history. And let's keep it that way!"

#Obamacare isn't perfect, but it is a huge step forward that the President deserves daily credit for, and which demands constant vigilance to protect.

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Sun Jan 18, 2015 at 10:24 AM PST

The Disabled List

by samsoneyes

The Oscars may be all-white but they're still disabled. The portrayal of disability in American film is a strong indicator of awards success:

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Note: this piece points out the bizarre relationship of Hollywood film awards to portrayals of disability (by non-disabled actors). It deliberately uses some antiquated, now painful terminology in reference to certain disabilities. If offense is taken, my advice is "don't take it".  Being offended is something we do, not something done to us. If you can't see the word "crippled" without going crazy (or the word "crazy" for that matter) there's no shortage of reading material elsewhere.

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Sun Jan 11, 2015 at 09:58 AM PST

Je Suis Tired of the Cynics

by samsoneyes

The Paris March, the #JeSuisCharlieHebdo and all the other hash tags -  all of it - bring the cynics out in full force. Don't be one of them. And if you’re going to be afraid, be afraid of something worthwhile. Not a hashtag. And for God’s sake, don’t be afraid of your own hopes.

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Thu Jan 08, 2015 at 09:29 AM PST

The Charlie Hebdo Volunteer Brigade

by samsoneyes

The victims of terror – including journalists – are never at fault for being attacked. The moral responsibility rests only on those who commit or abet the crimes.  And we must NEVER blame media outlets for publishing freely content which might incite evil conduct. The evil is in what men do in response.

But it seems unfair to castigate media outlets who won’t publish some things. Those who shy away from offending or inviting terror to the door. Organizations are responsible for protecting their people – people armed only with pens, pencils and keyboards. Things are not as simple as they feel.    

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Thu Jan 01, 2015 at 08:52 AM PST

The Blank Page

by samsoneyes

New Year's Day is a completely arbitrary choice of day to give yourself a chance to imagine a better world, inside and out.

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Sun Dec 07, 2014 at 12:16 PM PST

melting down death into beauty

by samsoneyes

#UXO (unexploded ordnance, bombs and other materials) litter the world but particularly the unfortunate land of Laos, which soaked up 2 million tons of U.S. weaponry during the illegal Secret War. Those of us not trying to avoid blowing up in our own backyards might help them out by supporting efforts to dig up, destroy and recycle these weapons.

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Sun Nov 09, 2014 at 05:18 AM PST

From the waters of Wellfleet

by samsoneyes

Atlantic ocean at sunrise. Cape Cod National Seashore, Wellfleet, &nbsp;Massachusetts. NESC-166..<br /><br />.This image available in the following print sizes: 12
You have to start a new life somewhere.

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Sun Nov 02, 2014 at 01:41 PM PST

Two years ago...

by samsoneyes

On the brink of what may be a truly awful Tuesday, here's a trip down memory lane to a really happy Wednesday morning - November 7, 2012.    There can and will be happier Wednesdays someday.

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The Jian Ghomeshi case demonstrates how difficult it can to be brave and how easily bullies win through the silent complicity of the less-than-brave.

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Tue Oct 28, 2014 at 09:17 AM PDT

IKEA and the Key to Happiness

by samsoneyes

The Allen Key, ubiquitous six sided tool of Billy-assemblers everywhere, has a history rooted in worker safety....who knew?

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The United States may not be perfect, but it can teach Canadians a great deal about celebrating the shared civic code handed-down by the Founders.

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