Supreme Court Justice Scalia uses the Constitution against its people

The following few paragraphs are from an article in the Arkansas Times (March 5, The Changeable Absolutist), written by Ernest Dumas. Mr. Dumas attended a recent event at the U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where Supreme Court Justice Scalia spoke: To loud applause, Justice Scalia expounded on his famous originalist doctrine for interpreting the … Continue reading

Barbie dolls spy on families; Corporations take over school districts; Cotton’s letter to Iran

By now, I had planned to post all of my photographs from Burma. However, my own country has been seized by anti-democratic oligarchs, whose activities have escalated. Their assaults are so many, that it is now difficult to keep up. It has come to the point that we, as a people, can no longer afford … Continue reading

Citizen Koch ** State and corporate takeover of schools ** U.S. Government warrantlessly seizes emails after 180 days

Citizen Koch – worth viewing I recently watched a documentary called Citizen Koch. From articles I have read, I gather that this film was originally scheduled to air on PBS, but was pulled when mega-wealthy donors affiliated with the Koch brothers threatened to pull their funding. David Koch has donated $83 million to PBS since the 1980s, the same … Continue reading

Social media bill proposed by Nate Bell, allowing employers to supervise workers’ social media use 24/7

Social Media Bill (1) Here in Arkansas, Nate Bell (note that I refuse to call anyone Representative who does not, in fact, represent the people) has proposed changes to a social media bill passed in 2013. These changes effectively scrap the protections that bill afforded. Under the proposed legislation, employers can require employees to connect with them … Continue reading

Russell Brand’s Revolution and the Bank for International Settlements

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I am halfway through this book, and am finding it difficult to put down. It’s an important work, and Russell Brand has voiced what many of us are thinking. Unfortunately, here in the U.S., the politicians have worked to divide us into team Republican and team Democrat (both possessed by the same owners, by the … Continue reading

Ananda and Shwesandaw Pagodas in Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

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We also visited Ananda Pagoda while in Bagan.  Ananda was built between 1105 and 1180 AD, and houses four large, standing Buddhas. One Buddha welcomes visitors with an impish smile.  The statue’s pursed lips seem to hold back a particularly amusing anecdote, which the Buddha will be glad to tell you once you’ve made your … Continue reading

Recording of an English Girl’s First Impressions of Burmah, by Beth Ellis

Before leaving for Myanmar, I read a book called An English Girl’s First Impressions of Burmah, by Beth Ellis. It was a free book, which I downloaded from Project Gutenberg. I have since recorded this book, with the assistance of recording-team members Availle and Kathrine Engan, for Librivox.org. Feel free to download it, and listen at … Continue reading