ICRC Peace Prize Centennial and American Founder Clara Barton

Clara Barton, Historic Park along Barton Parkway

January 2017 marks the centennial of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)’s Nobel Peace Prize for its prisoner-of-war program during World War I. Far from being a torture program such as at Guantanamo Bay, the ICRC was nominated by French professor Louis Renault for its provisions of humanitarian relief to soldiers, including food, medicine, treatment, and communications. According to […]

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Trump’s elite cabinet poised to wage class warfare

Next Trump Tower?

For eight years, a weak recessionary recovery has prevailed. With so many jobs outsourced, and with the continued war-time militarization taking place in U.S.-NATO command bases around the globe, the Democrats have barely resisted the call for deeper austerity measures at home. With the former President, what was accepted as Orwellian diplomacy and shape-shifting of data to fit the press, […]

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March for Women’s Rights rivals Million-Man March

Graphic from womensmarch.com

The day after billionaire Donald Trump was sworn in as the nation’s populist Republican President became a moment of reckoning with the public no further away than the avenues adjacent the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The business tycoon and media star must have been stunned by huge crowds gathered in cities across the country on January 21st. There were 600 marches […]

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High rent forcing low-income D.C. residents out

Eve of destruction or renovation

D.C. Council votes to limit access to emergency housing Even though public-private partnerships such as the New Communities Initiative offers a wholesome approach for select District of Columbia residents, there are too many low-income tenants falling through the cracks. D.C. Housing Authority estimates there are 42,000 people on its waiting list—so many the agency stopped accepting applications in April 2013. […]

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Dynamic Schools Trans-human Agenda?

Arnold battling his younger self, Image from EW.com

Here’s a creative blog about school troubles today. With President-elect Trump having chosen an ultra-conservative cast of advisors, cabinet appointments, and Department heads, our last bastion of unionized middle-class white-collar work for those majoring in liberal arts is headed for extinction. Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education nominee, will try her best to “hand school funds over for privatization” whether for-profit […]

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Entertainment Picks December 2016

    Winter Arts & Music Picks ~One~ Favorite Museum Exhibit: “Suspended Animation” http://s.si.edu/2hdNCNe How: Digitized animation on identity, human consciousness, and imperfect realities Location: Hirshhorn Museum, Independence Avenue at 7th Street SW, Washington, D.C. On view February 10, 2016 – March 12, 2017 Featured Works: Ian Cheng “Emissary in the Squat of the Gods”; Josh Kline “Hope and Change”; […]

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California forests hard hit by drought and other factors

Sierra National Park mountain with bark-beetle infested trees

There is no doubt that the drought over the past several years has hit the Sierra Nevada forests hard. Any visitor to the Kings Canyon National Park will see signs of the devastation just about everywhere. On fly-overs, extensive stands of yellowish-brown trees dominate the landscape especially in the southern Sierra Nevada forests. Tourists are having to wait in car […]

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APIA Presidential Election Forum offers last-minute guidance for voters

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As voters head toward the polls on Tuesday, November 8th, to vote for the next president of the United States, who will they favor? Asian Pacific Islander Vote (APIAVote), together with Asian American Journalist Association (AAJA) hosted a historic event this year coinciding with the AAJA Annual Convention. On Friday August 12th at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas candidates from […]

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Green Party Jill Stein appeals to Bernie’s 99% via #OccupytheDebates

Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka Green Party 2016

Dr. Jill Stein believes she can win. She so believes this that she emphatically states that if 43 million millennials voted for her—if only because she promises a college debt jubilee—she could win the U.S. Presidency. A trained family physician and twice-presidential nominee of the Green Party, Dr. Stein’s soft-spoken voice belies her determination and skill in rhetoric. This is […]

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Tree Removal from Drought and Rough Fire Continues

Rough Fire licked the Sequoia Giant at its base

Precautionary measures for Grant Grove Giant Sequoias included fire hydrant and wrapping trees in flame retardant foil. There is no doubt that the drought from the past several years has hit the Sierra Nevada forests hard. Any visitor to the Kings Canyon National Park above the Central Valley foothills can see signs of the devastation just about everywhere. Rough “Zombie” […]

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“Priceless” Movie Premiere with Bianca Santos in Fresno

“Priceless: Inspired by True Stories” Fundraiser in Fresno Oct 14th Co-star Bianca Santos will make a guest appearance at the premiere of PRICELESS in Fresno on Friday evening October 14, 2016 at Edward Cinemas 22 in River Park Shopping Center. Breaking the Chains‘ Red Carpet Event celebrates the blockbuster movie opening around the country, drawing attention to the horrors of […]

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