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You Don’t Say, by Andrew Joppa

You Don’t Say by Andy Joppa   “What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.” ― Salman Rushdie   I’ll start this essay on free speech with a personal anecdote. Incidentally, the phrase “free speech,” which is a cultural allowance, must be distinguished from “Freedom of Speech, a constitutional protection. They are quite different …

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Ideophobia, by Andrew Joppa

Ideophobia By Andy Joppa   In 2016, while watching the Sanders-Clinton debates with a group of friends and casual acquaintances, the topic of affirmative action came up…arising, somewhat spontaneously, from the debates themselves. While I am constitutionally against affirmative action in its current form, I offered to one of my new contacts, who happened to be a young millennial woman …

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Tigers and a Lion, by Andrew Joppa

Tigers and a Lion By Andy Joppa   I have put aside the essay I was going to publish in order to briefly comment on the accomplishments of our military and our president that occurred on October 27th.   There are few things as beautiful as the world immediately after a snow fall. If you wait too long, allowing the …

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“…The Silence of Our Friends”, by Andrew Joppa

“…The Silence of Our Friends” By Andy Joppa   “In the end, we’ll remember not the words our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Martin Luther King   The oft quoted Sun Tzu preached, “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the …

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Back to the Basics, by Andrew Joppa

Back to The Basics by Andy Joppa   “Is there any point in public debate in a society where hardly anyone has been taught how to think, while millions have been taught what to think?” ― Peter Hitchens   Now that childhood in America has been extended to somewhere in the mid-forties, it becomes necessary to expose these graying adolescents …

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Self-Righteous, False Climate Alarms Disturbingly Flawed, by Larry Bell

Climate doom prophets and profiteers assert that their “science is settled,” that the crisis is immediate and dire. They just can’t seem to agree over time regarding whether Earth is going into a deep freeze or is about to boil over. On Oct. 7, 1912, for example, the Los Angeles Times alerted readers, “Fifth Ice Age Is on the Way: …

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What Have They Done to Me???, by Andrew Joppa

What Have They Done to Me??? by Andy Joppa   “There are times when I am so unlike myself that I might be taken for someone else of an entirely opposite character.” ― Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Confessions   While many of my more recent friends may need more convincing, there was a time that I was “normal” based on any reasonable …

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“Tomorrow” Is November 3, 2020, by Andrew Joppa

“Tomorrow” is November 3, 2020 by Andy Joppa   “A prophet is always underestimated, and part of what makes one a prophet is that he doesn’t really mind it.” ― Criss Jami   November 2020 will arrive in a heartbeat.  It is now that we must start to summon the energy, the courage, and the wisdom, to return Donald Trump …

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On the Eve of Destruction, by Andrew Joppa

On the Eve of Destruction (but it’s not from climate change) by Andy Joppa   “This whole crazy world is just too frustratin’ And you tell me over and over and over again my friend Ah, you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction” Barry McGuire   Our species may have reached the end of its planetary “run.”  We may …

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In Pursuit of Optimism, by Andrew Joppa

In Pursuit of Optimism by Andy Joppa   I’m not interested in blind optimism, but I’m very interested in optimism that is hard-won, that takes on darkness and then says, ‘This is not enough.’ But it takes time, more time than we can sometimes imagine, to get there. And sometimes we don’t. Colum McCann   First, let me start out …

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