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Human, All Too Human.
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Who Owns the World?

Noam Chomsky – Delivered at University of Massachusetts at Amherst, September 2012 When I was thinking about these remarks, I had two topics in mind, couldn’t decide between them — actually pretty obvious ones. One topic is, what are the most important issues that we face? The second topic is, what issues are not being … Continue reading

On Heroism: Forced Troop Worship & Compulsory Patriotism

Hi, The day before the 2014 Veteran’s Day, Salon published an articled titled “You don’t protect my freedom: Our childish insistence on calling soldiers heroes deadens real democracy”. Below are some key takeaways: Put a man in uniform, preferably a white man, give him a gun, and Americans will worship him. It is a particularly … Continue reading

Modern Republicanism and its Liberal Forefathers

Elections are around the corner and, as always, all talk will be centered around the Republican and Democratic parties, others need not waste their time. Party candidates will take a position in the great political spectrum of Conservative vs. Liberal ideology and lay personal claims to this creed of “right vs. left”. These regularly scheduled … Continue reading

There Is No Such Thing As A Christian!

Let’s be honest, there is no such thing as a “true” Christian. It’s common to observe Christians advertising the virtues of their faith and how they live their lives to honor and praise their God. Many Christians are fond of saying that “true” Christians are role models for the rest of the world which is … Continue reading

On Blasphemy, Free Speech and Religion

Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot about this trade-off between freedom of speech and freedom of religion like there is some kind of balance to be struck. I’d would like to make that case that this trade-off is completely false and that there is absolutely no balance to be struck. Freedom of speech never infringes … Continue reading

Does the Quran Forbid the Killing of Non-Muslims? Verse 5:32 Explained!

Ever so often, Islamic apologists appear in the mainstream media claiming that Islam is a religion of peace. To support their assertion, Islamic apologists often quote a famous line from the Quran’s verse 5:32. Since most apologists always demand context, I will put this “peaceful” verse in full context. This famous line is actually only … Continue reading

What We’ve Learned from WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks has brought to light a series of disturbing insinuations and startling truths in the last couple of  years, some earth-shattering, others simply confirmations of our darkest suspicions about the way the world works. Thanks to founder Julian Assange’s legal situation in Sweden (and potentially the United States) as well as his media grandstanding, it … Continue reading

Middle Eastern Oil: One of the Greatest Material Prize in World History!

The U.S. Strategy to Control Middle Eastern Oil: “One of the Greatest Material Prizes in World History By: Andrew Gavin Marshall In the midst of World War II, Saudi Arabia secured a position of enormous significance to the rising world power, America. With its oil reserves essentially untapped, the House of Saud became a strategic … Continue reading

Ole y Amén – Españoles Cobardes

Hello all, Recently, I had the fortune of running into several Spanish monarchy supporters who were very quick to silence my opinions. Unfortunately, some of my comments were deleted and I was barred from making any further comments. I guess it was just to much to bare. Franco would be proud! Notice the final “Ole y … Continue reading

Women in the Bible

Any honest, thinking person reading through the bible cannot ignore the blatant misogyny and barbarity towards women. The eminent ‘men of God” who wrote the bible were the product of patriarchal, tribal, violent, intolerant, monotheistic society. It is no accident that from the very beginning the bible cements women’s inferior status.  In 1Timothy 2:11-15 we … Continue reading

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