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You've Been De-Friended by Pennsylvania

Matthew Ebert | Posted 03.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

Okay, America -- especially you in the northeast -- a friend request and one for your support has been sent. I'm just waiting for that reply. Won't you join me and demand full equality?

Harness the Ben Franklin Effect, Boost Your Career

Steve Dalton | Posted 03.19.2014 | Business
Steve Dalton

You may know a lot about Benjamin Franklin -- for example, that he invented bifocals, graces the $100 bill, and was born on January 17 -- but you've likely never heard of the Ben Franklin Effect. It's a concept which, when properly applied, can strengthen your sales performance and even your job search.

A Long Path to Perfection

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 01.31.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

For must of us, the journey doesn't end in our lifetime. But we can progress and in fact make an impact on the human condition. Yes, our impact may seem small. But if many, or most, of us do it--after generation upon generation, the entire herd can get there.

Gang Rape of Free Media in Our Western Democracies?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.28.2013 | Media
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Without our free media, all our other freedoms can be stolen from us under the darkness of fear. Our free press is under assault by the very institutions whose claim is that they are protecting us.

The Pursuit of Happiness

Frank A. Weil | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

Most Americans know that the "right to happiness" was mentioned in a big way in the Declaration of Independence. Very few Americans, including me, rea...

We the Sheeple

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Michael Shammas

The government is not above the people, but below it. "We the people" created this government; when it encroaches on our freedoms, it is our constitutional right and duty to encroach on its freedoms.

Ben Franklin Is Back

Debbie Lev | Posted 07.20.2013 | Fifty
Debbie Lev

Spring arrived; it's about time! The snow is gone and it's time for sunny days and warm nights. Sadly, on this day, April 1, 2013 the weather was not...

Ben Franklin's Best Quotes Explored

The Huffington Post | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

Ben Franklin, one of our nation's founding fathers, died 223 years ago today. Franklin wan't just a founding father, as Biography.com reports: ....

Ben Franklin and the Constitution: Part 3

Carl Creasman | Posted 02.27.2013 | College
Carl Creasman

We all hold to our opinions because we believe them to be true. No one holds an opinion that they know to be false. Moreover, our opinions are hard fought and dearly won, thus we are typically loath to let them go.

Who Wins Wars?

David Sable | Posted 01.26.2013 | Media
David Sable

Who wins wars? More importantly -- can a war, today, really be won? In the "old days," war was simple... populations were smaller, weapons were less...

Election Shocker: Chicago Voters Denied Rights

Mark Steinberg | Posted 12.23.2012 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

The importance of the volunteers cannot be overstated. In particular, their familiarity with the quirks of Chicago's antiquated voting machines enabled confused voters to do what they had come to do.

Ben Franklin and the Constitution: Part 2

Carl Creasman | Posted 12.09.2012 | College
Carl Creasman

No matter what side of the political aisle you are on, it's not hard to look around for evidence of the moral corruption that has gripped our country.

Ben Franklin and the Constitution: Part 1

Carl Creasman | Posted 11.25.2012 | College
Carl Creasman

As the long hot summer ended, the delegates who had remained to hammer out the second American government were not entirely pleased with the product. Several major compromises had to occur before the document could be finalized.

225 Years Ago Today: Franklin's Moment

Craig Crawford | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Craig Crawford

Benjamin Franklin broke the silence. At 81, he was the oldest of the delegates and was quite frail. He rose slowly, with a cane planted in the ground by one hand and a lengthy speech held in the other.

The Wit and Wisdom of Ben Franklin: Part II

Don Meyer, Ph.D. | Posted 11.10.2012 | College
Don Meyer, Ph.D.

One interesting story about Franklin pertains to his preference for a national symbol. Despite his efforts, the nation chartered under the new constitution chose the bald eagle as its symbol on coins and dollars. Franklin was dismayed; he had lobbied hard for his choice -- the turkey.

Thing About It: The Wit and Wisdom of Ben Franklin Part 1

Don Meyer, Ph.D. | Posted 11.05.2012 | College
Don Meyer, Ph.D.

Although Franklin was born January 17, 1706 in Boston, at age 17 he moved to Philadelphia. And though he lived temporarily in other places including overseas, he will always be considered as one of our greatest Pennsylvanians.

Frugality: The Middle Ground Between Austerity and Excess

John Friedman | Posted 09.01.2012 | Business
John Friedman

As the world struggles to regain economic stability, there seems little agreement on what is needed. While most decry unbridled corporate and consumer...

Washington Died In Office? Ten Shocking Rumors About The Founding Fathers

TruTV.com | Posted 06.22.2012 | Weird News

Sure, you've heard the rumor that Thomas Jefferson had an affair with one of his slaves. But did you know that George Washington may have been mur...

Bloomberg To Grads: Ignore Congress, Think Independently

Posted 05.13.2012 | College

New York City Major Michael Bloomberg powered past his disappointment after not receiving promised ice cream from Franklin and Marshall College Presid...

Tampering With Time: Making The Most Of Precious Light

Donna Henes | Posted 05.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

Light equals life. It is precious and we are loath to lose it. Not that the dark does not bring its own healing, life-enhancing atmosphere, but after the long pitch of winter, we are eager, anxious, impatient for more light. Nature knows that and obliges.

Beating the Drums of Diplomacy

Josh Rubin | Posted 05.08.2012 | World
Josh Rubin

If we spoke to the Soviets at the most tense moment of the 20th century, we should be able to have channels of communication with Iran now.

National Archives Shows Benjamin Franklin's Papers

AP | Posted 02.10.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Documents from the National Archives are going on view to explore the life of Benjamin Franklin as a scientist, diplomat, philanthropist...

The Politics of Sustainability

John Friedman | Posted 04.09.2012 | Green
John Friedman

It is time to review our foundational values and documents and establish why sustainability is very much based on American values that transcend today's politicized political climate.

Chicago Rolls Back First Amendment Rights

Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston | Posted 03.20.2012 | Chicago
Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston

Recently the City Council voted to approve Mayor Emanuel's new protest ordinance. These restrictions are not only excessive, but they will also serve to prevent citizens from protesting and exercising their civil liberties.

Renewing America's Promise: Fired Up for Philanthropy and Democracy in 2012

Maxim Thorne | Posted 03.01.2012 | Impact
Maxim Thorne

Let 2012 also be about philanthropy in action, about getting fire and getting fired up for our national movement for more equality, more human rights, more justice, more opportunity.