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Deborah Emin

Entries by Deborah Emin

A Solution to the Education Dilemma

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2009 | 7:42 PM

Sometimes the simplicity of ideas slips by us because they seem to insult our very reasoning. As humans we feel called to create vastly complex and costly solutions to every one of our basic problems. Yet, this solution, which is simple, cheap and easy to do in every school across...

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A Hero to the Media May Not be a Good Choice for President

(38) Comments | Posted March 24, 2008 | 11:32 PM

As with every presidential race, we are driven by the media to choose a candidate and support that candidate and defend that candidate until he or now she is removed from the list of candidates or follow our selected leader to the ends of the earth, no matter what.

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Nader Seems Reasonable Until You Look Closely at His Platform

(13) Comments | Posted March 1, 2008 | 7:32 PM

I would love to see the possibility of third and even fourth party candidates on the ballots for president. This country would benefit immensely if we could get more ideas out on the tables to discuss from a variety of viewpoints that are not just the two-sided voices of corporate...

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Why Dennis Kucinich Matters Still

(11) Comments | Posted February 27, 2008 | 6:25 PM

Several months ago I wrote an article that appeared on the Huffington Post called "Why Not Dennis?" and received an email from his campaign staff to thank me for the posting and for the sentiments expressed in the article. They also offered me work and I took it, gladly....

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Melissa Etheridge speaks out for Dennis Kucinich

(23) Comments | Posted January 5, 2008 | 10:28 PM

Melissa Etheridge, speaking from California on Saturday, January 5th was asked what she thought of Dennis Kucinich being shut out of the ABC News/Facebook Democratic Debate this evening in New Hampshire, just days away from the primary election.

In a voice that rang clear as a bell she enunciated a...

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The Growth Industry of Betterment According to Oprah

(3) Comments | Posted December 10, 2007 | 7:40 PM

This morning, my partner, Suzanne Pyrch, a New York City public school teacher gave me some very instructive lessons about how we, as a culture, are doing the most we can to achieve mediocrity. Her last line to me as she left for school was, "We used to think that...

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Civics Lessons for Dummies Like Me or How I Chased after Candidate Kucinich

(39) Comments | Posted December 4, 2007 | 3:46 PM

I spent a good part of the past week following Dennis Kucinich around the state of New Hampshire in a tizzy because I was angry and frustrated with him and with the media and with all things American presidential election 2008. I wanted some answers and some reasons to become...

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The Simplest, Most Obvious Solution to our Credit Problems

(15) Comments | Posted November 21, 2007 | 5:52 PM

If you ever find yourself in this situation, you will know why I am making this proposal: you feel bad, you reach in your wallet for that little piece of plastic with your name and a set of numbers embossed on it and you go out and buy the thing...

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Do You Really Think the Gloves Came Off on October 30th?

(5) Comments | Posted November 2, 2007 | 4:01 PM

The masters of the mainstream and other media outlets love to do two things: They love to find the narrative they can use to tell the stories of the candidates and then they love to find the brand the candidate is using and see if it matches what they are...

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No Joke, Bush and Cheney are Nuts

(16) Comments | Posted October 24, 2007 | 7:44 PM

I think I have hit the perfect number of media people who agree with me that the two men in charge of whether or not we go to war with Iran are nuts. It seems that even Maureen Dowd today has assumed that the two are not even just playacting...

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It's an Eh-Eh-Eh World When You are the Psychotic in Chief

(11) Comments | Posted October 19, 2007 | 12:34 PM

What is the most worrisome thing on this planet right now? More than the greed and the lust for power and the kind of betting on horse races that passes for journalism these days it is the fact that we have a truly psychotic government and everyone else is in...

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What to do When the Man with the Big Ideas Has an Empty Mind?

(4) Comments | Posted September 6, 2007 | 8:37 PM

It would be nice if old George could be let out of his contract to run the world now so he could raise whatever money he thinks he needs. That we have to wait the 15 interminable months until he leaves town with a full pension in his pocket feels...

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Why Not Dennis?

(12) Comments | Posted June 15, 2007 | 11:44 AM

What is wrong with a candidate who is short, from Cleveland where he touts the pleasures of polka, kielbasa and bingo on his website and has already offered articles of impeachment against the vice-president? Is this too much information of the not quite classifiable category for the intrepid members of...

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The Trivialization of Fear

(3) Comments | Posted May 11, 2007 | 1:32 PM

I don't know, is it just me or is there something going on these days that so smacks of the most blatant and rampant opportunism that we don't even bat an eye? My case in point today (but there are so many that it doesn't take a weatherman to tell...

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We Are All Addicted to Anger and Violence

(4) Comments | Posted April 26, 2007 | 3:59 PM

Hello, my name is Deborah and I am addicted to anger. I let it rule my life because it is the kind of drug that is never in need of a prescription. I can find it anywhere because there is so much in the world right now that makes me...

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From New York City to Chicago on a News Cycle

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2007 | 11:21 PM

News events and one's personal work sometimes connect in the most horrific ways. As I was waiting to board the plane last Monday morning in New York City to spend a week in the Chicago area to promote my book, Scags at 7, an unfortunate story was unfolding in Virginia....

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Another Prophet Dies: Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007)

(7) Comments | Posted April 12, 2007 | 7:01 PM

Kurt Vonnegut may have stopped writing novels but the ones he wrote and left us will live on. We owe it to him and to ourselves to go back and take a good hard look at what he created out of the adspeak and hyperbole that passes for discourse in...

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