Are We Sinking Between DC’s Foggy And Hell’s Bottom?

By | August 19th, 2018|Politics, Weapons of Mass Destruction|

Washington, DC of the 18th 19th centuries was geographically a swampy area demarcated by “Foggy Bottom” and “Hell’s Bottom.” The White House is located in the Foggy Bottom portion and the Pentagon, our second largest building, after the Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas, is located in Hell’s Bottom. Packard Manse is an ecumenical center in [...]

Letter From Nagasaki

By | August 19th, 2018|Environment, Poetry, War Crimes, Weapons of Mass Destruction|

Tomihisa Taue (1956 -  ) is the current mayor of Nagasaki. He took office in 2007 following university studies in jurisprudence (philosophy of law). Youthful Mayor Taue would certainly have personal contact with the “hibakusha” (survivors) who carry government passbooks to certify they experienced atomic attacks on Hiroshima (August 6th) and Nagasaki (August 9, 1945). [...]

From Coal To Solar In Southern Illinois

By | August 2nd, 2018|Climate Change, Corporate Responsibility, Environment, Renewable Energy|

There were three 20th century coal mines operating in Breese, Illinois with the Breese-Trenton mining Co.  By 6:30 am, the East Mine coal operation began with a shrill whistle that could be heard throughout the small town. At the same early hour, taverns in Breese opened so the miners could endure the dark drudgery of [...]

Who Would Recommend Asbestos In 2018?

By | July 14th, 2018|Climate Change, Corporate Responsibility, Politics|

Rick Pankowski was a young man from Mansfield, New Jersey who moved to Philadelphia in the 1980’s. Rick and I were both associated with the charitable organization known as Philadelphia Committee for Homeless. While in his 30’s, Rick learned he had contracted mesothelioma, a serious affliction of the lung, and he would be dead within [...]

Chokehold On Russia, China and Korean Peninsula

By | June 3rd, 2018|Peace, Politics, War Crimes, Weapons of Mass Destruction|

Eric Sevareid (1912-1992) was a journalist and commentator for CBS news who presented opinions in brilliant essays for 47 years. How can we forget his opinion about the greatest export from these United States, not as cars, other products manufactured by an advanced industrialized nation? “The largest export of the USA is the manufacture and [...]

What If Earth’s Oxygen Runs Out?

By | May 21st, 2018|Climate Change, Corporate Responsibility, Environment, Sacred Ocean, Water|

A university teacher in Lafayette, Louisiana talks of his son serving on a nuclear submarine in the U.S. Navy cruising somewhere secretly in   the ocean covering 70 percent of Earth. The professor knows from his years of study more than half of our planet’s oxygen supply comes from the critical natural process of photosynthesis by [...]

USA Rejects the Constitution and International Laws on Torture

By | May 12th, 2018|Politics, War Crimes|

Novelist Earnest Hemmingway declared, “Never think that war, no matter how ‘necessary’ is not a sin.” Moral theologians concluded there is no “just war” in an atomic age when one bomb can destroy entire cities, perhaps nations. War is the epitome of torture. Torture can be carried out over hours, days or years, as seen [...]

What If Forty Hostile Bases Crowded The USA?

By | May 11th, 2018|Politics, War Crimes, Weapons of Mass Destruction|

The insatiable appetite for oil in the Gulf region drew Britain and the USA into Persian Gulf meddling. Washington’s desire for control over oil sources in the Gulf and fear of Soviet expansion fed Cold War militarism during Eisenhower’s administration.   Presidents Eisenhower, J.F. Kennedy, Nixon and both Bush presidents followed the violent, interventionist path. A [...]

Israel Has Had Nuclear Weapons Since 1966

By | May 6th, 2018|Peace, Politics, War Crimes, Weapons of Mass Destruction|

The USA, Britain and Turkey are Israel’s only friends in the world. The United States was first in developing an atomic bomb. Albert Einstein signed on to a letter drafted by physicist Leo Szilard approving the suicidal weapon because of a fear Germany would produce such a bomb first. “Had I known Germany would not [...]

HSBC Gives a Token Gift on Earth Day

By | April 23rd, 2018|Climate Change, Corporate Responsibility, Environment|

Having lived in the prosperous British colony for the entire 1970’s, I learned HSBC (Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation) is a multi-billion dollar international octopus which was founded in 1865. Since Hong Kong (which is a Chinese word for “fragrant harbor”) was the original British base for selling opium to China, the super wealthy colony [...]