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Dr. Jeff Schweitzer is a marine biologist, consultant and internationally recognized authority in ethics, conservation and development. He is the author of five books including Calorie Wars: Fat, Fact and Fiction (July 2011), and A New Moral Code (2010),

Dr. Schweitzer served at the White House during the Clinton Administration as Assistant Director for International Affairs in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Schweitzer was responsible for providing scientific and technological policy advice and analysis for Al Gore, President Clinton, and President Clinton's Science Advisor, and to coordinate the U.S. government's international science and technology cooperation.

Dr. Schweitzer’s work is based on his desire to introduce a stronger set of ethics into American efforts to improve the human condition worldwide. He has been instrumental in designing programs that demonstrate how third world development and protecting our resources are compatible goals. His vision is to inspire a framework that ensures that humans can grow and prosper indefinitely in a healthy environment.

To learn more about Dr Schweitzer, visit his website at

Entries by Jeff Schweitzer

Confederate History Month: An Embarrassing Abomination

(431) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 2:58 PM

Many of us think of April as the heart of spring, when life renews with a comforting exuberance and riot of color. Some think of Earth Day, a celebration to protect the little blue dot we call home. But others have a different, more sinister celebration in mind.


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How "Legal to Discriminate" Became "Freedom and Liberty"

(75) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 6:44 PM

Enough press attention has been given to the "religious freedom" laws in Indiana and Arkansas that there was initially little incentive to write more. That is, until conservatives reacted to opposition to the laws with an excess that is astonishing even for Fox News. The wing-nuts have come loose, to...

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We Are All Atheists

(75) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 8:32 PM

So a Rabbi and an Atheist walk into a bar. What is funny about this joke entree is that the encounter made real news, in the form of a nice talk about good and evil, with the implication that an atheist cannot tell the difference. In another bulletin,...

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Founding Fathers: We Are Not a Christian Nation

(517) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 11:49 AM

"The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion."
--John Adams

As we witness yet again the brutal and bloody consequences of religious intolerance in the form of ISIS, we have a majority of Republicans pining for a Christian America....

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The Conditional Sanctity of the Office of the President

(54) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 4:50 PM

Hypocrisy is nothing new to either side of the aisle. Short memories and expediency allow for feigned outrage against the latest policy that was, just a short time ago, righteously and patriotically advanced as vital to America's future, depending on who is in and out of power. Such blind partisanship...

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Pareidolia in Politics: The Face of Faith's Corrupting Influence

(28) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 2:13 PM

We gaze at the night sky and see the comforting order of constellations in the random distribution of stars. We look up and discern shapes of animals in the wispy condensation of clouds. We breathlessly share on social media images of Jesus on burnt toast or the Virgin...

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Obama to Blame for Hurricanes, Disease -- and Everything Else

(11) Comments | Posted December 21, 2014 | 10:29 PM

Rudy Giuliani is blaming President Obama for the murder of two NYPD officers. Says Rudy, "We've had four months of propaganda, starting with the president, that everybody should hate the police. I don't care how you want to describe it -- that's what those protests are all about."

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Soul Search: Why Pope Francis Is Barking Up the Wrong Tree

(154) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 6:54 PM

Pope Francis has opened the Pearly Gates to Blue Heelers. The Pope said that "all creatures...will be vested with the joy and love of God, without limits." He quoted Pope Paul VI saying that "Paradise is open to all creatures." However, little Rover should not yet get too...

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The Tortured Logic of Bush and Cheney

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 4:54 PM

After much anticipation, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a long-awaited report on the CIA's torture program following the terrorist attacks of September 11. Now we know unambiguously that by our own definitions and historic actions, George Bush and Dick Cheney should be tried as war criminals. There is not much...

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A War on Reason, Not on Christmas

(273) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 9:29 PM

With the same predictability and inevitability of a House vote to abolish Obamacare, Bill O'Reilly yet again has declared his false war on the faux war on Christmas. He has little new to add to his odd diatribe. Even his graphics are tired; the same old poorly drawn...

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The Price of Failure and Rise of Extremism: How Democrats Blew It

(305) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 8:34 AM

Politicians of all stripes since the dawn of time have perfected the art of feigned regret and false outrage in the face of opposition, while embracing blind indifference to their own failures. Standard fare for the left and right. But the depth, intensity, and institutionalized hypocrisy of the political right...

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Vaccinations: An Epidemic of Misinformation

(70) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 5:03 PM

Would you have your plumber perform brain surgery on your wife? Or have an accomplished Shakespearean actor with no flight training pilot the Boeing 747 you are taking across the Pacific? How about hiring a shark biologist to design and build your house? These suggestions are absurd because we all...

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Ignorance Kills

(6) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 1:54 PM

We learned recently that eight health care workers combating the Ebola epidemic were killed by an angry mob who believed the doctors and nurses were infecting people with the virus. The population most in need of help murdered the only people who could provide assistance. In that tragedy...

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Pray to Jesus -- Or Else

(47) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 4:30 PM

I applaud those who retain the strength to fight the never-ending battle against ignorance, intolerance and persistent persecution of rationalists. The latest nonsense comes from Georgia, a state that seems hell-bent on conserving medieval values. A school district in Hall County has allowed a high school football coach...

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Laughter as Nutrition

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 1:46 PM

Humor is an essential part of the human experience. We tend to think of comedy as frivolous, a side show to the miseries of hunger, disease, and poverty that visit the vast majority of the global population. In the face of humanity's enduring travails, humor is often seen as a...

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Oh Mercy Me, I Do Declare, I Have the Vapors

(342) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 4:44 PM

Excuse me, for I thought when I woke up this morning the year was 2014. Yet a headline today reads "University Plans to Finally Remove Confederate Flags From Campus." In the article we learn that Washington and Lee University is leaving the age of muskets to join the...

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Unfit for Publication: How USA Today Got Everything Wrong

(13) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 5:38 PM

USA Today splashed across its June 18, 2014, front page the breathless headline, "Unfit for Flight" to dramatize the deadly enterprise of flying general aviation aircraft (small airplanes). We learn in bold print there have been 45,000 deaths attributed to small aircraft and dozens of multimillion-dollar verdicts that...

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The Supreme Court Rules That Christianity Is Not Christian

(323) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 2:39 PM

For the past six years I have followed and written sporadically about an obscure lawsuit in a town nobody could locate on a map, noting to the few who would listen that this was one of the most important legal battles being waged in the country. This labor in obscurity...

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Hidden Wonders: What Nature Teaches Us About Ourselves

(35) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

Few among us do not find awe and wonder in nature's magnificence and complexity. But in spite of that commonality among folks from all walks of life, an important divide quickly reveals itself when we seek...

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Institutionalized Fraud: How Wall Street Survives on Predicting the Past

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 11:24 AM

"Bull Market - A random market movement causing an investor to mistake himself for a financial genius." Anon.

Entertainers and charlatans who claim to read minds use a common trick of stating the obvious. "I feel there is someone in the audience thinking about a man named Peter." Given that...

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