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America – the ‘we’ illusion

We the people, have it drilled into us that we are to be patriotic. We must say the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of every school day, we sing the Star Spangled Banner before every sporting match and politicians everywhere proclaim they are simply representing what ‘Americans,’ or in the Republican case, ‘Real Americans,’ […]

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History Politics

A View of Life Through Central Asia

I had not been to the circus in probably 30 or so years. So when my wife mentioned that perhaps we should take the kids to go see The Garden Bros. showing at The Cow Palace I thought it might be fun for the kids. What I learned is how different my views have become […]

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The Fourth of July 2019

It is the 4th of July, a holiday where the citizens of the USA show how proud they are to live in the free and home of the brave with cookouts, over the top flag outfits and fireworks. But for me, this was the worst 4th of July I’ve ever had. I spent the evening […]

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Politics

America is more of a business than a country

America is much more of a business than it is a country. This statement came from a friend over a glass of wine and a discussion on politics.  He certainly isn’t what I’d call a liberal but being from Southern California doesn’t blindly side with Conservatives.  He also has a PhD in chemistry so is […]

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Feeling Down on America

The urge to write struck me this evening.  I’m down on America and unlike half of the population it isn’t just due to Donald Trump.  Instead it is a number of things I’ve experienced and read since I came back into the country only six short days ago. The thought started right when I got […]