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Author Archive | Dr. Paul J Balles

Defending Good and Evil

Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.  –George Orwell Typically, people argue to defend what they do (or believe), attacking opposing views where they can, and ignoring arguments they haven’t considered. The more that kind of activity serves as American foreign policy–whether it’s in […]

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Right to Resist Oppression

In August 2004, Richard Hugus, critic of progressive injustice, wrote an article on the “Lies of the Israeli Peace Movement”. What Hugus wrote almost ten years ago has as much forgotten or neglected relevance today. In an announcement for a meeting, the public was invited to hear from “bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families supporting peace, […]

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Online Freedom Under Threat

I hope we will use the Net to cross barriers and connect cultures.–Tim Berners-Lee On November 23rd, 2013, British inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, warned that “Internet surveillance by British and US spying agencies has posed a threat to online freedom and the future of democracy.” Describing the activities by the US […]

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Israeli Hawks Resisting Deals

To the Israelis, any deal made between the world powers and Iran would be a bad deal. It’s obvious from Israeli reactions to the talks in Geneva that the only action acceptable to Israel would be to bomb Iran. Minister of Military Affairs Moshe Ya’alon describes any agreement with Iran as “a historic mistake”. Israeli […]

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The Olive Tree

The still slow life is mine, my days are years. Tied to the soil, I reach towards the sky, as men rush by, so driven by their fears, and with their fears intact pass on and die. From Plato’s Olive Tree Unknown author This is the olive picking season. Like other harvests, it should be […]

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Israel Benefits as World Loses

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 What started off as Arab Spring has turned morbidly into Arab Fall. What began as a seasonal description became directional and self-destructive. Not only have movements […]

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Shameful Exceptionalism

We now live in a nation where doctors destroy health lawyers destroy justice universities destroy knowledge governments destroy freedom the press destroys information religion destroys morals and our banks destroy the economy. ~ Chris Hedges Paul Schied, commenting in the Harvard Political Review writes, “American Exceptionalism argues that the United States is the best at […]

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Filtered, Slanted and Censored Media

Twenty years ago several journalists expressed concern that the number of major news sources in America had diminished to fifty. Today, conglomerates have bought up most of those news sources; and the number of major news sources controlling the media has been reduced to six! These six control all of the news reported in America […]

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Mass Media Madness

Whoever controls the media, controls the mind. ~Jim Morrison The media is too concentrated, too few people own too much. There’s really five companies that control 90 percent of what we read, see and hear. It’s not healthy.~Ted Turner Media focus Television anchors and their guests waste hours of viewer’s time ridiculously focused.  Topics with […]

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End Dirty Wars

All wars are dirty wars. One stands out for the number of lives lost in the minds and memories of Americans–the Vietnam War. The American public had enough of both the meaningless domino theory and the seemingly useless deaths of 58,000 American servicemen. Then as a gift to those who wanted that war ended: a […]

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‘Prestitutes’ and Spies

Some media pundits have used the terms “whistleblowers” and “traitors” synonymously. Much of the recent status of whistleblowers has arisen out of the difference in the handling of Edward Snowden by both the mainstream media and the fairer columnists writing on the internet and the local press outside of America. Snowden has been portrayed in […]

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A Blanket Of Fear (A Play in One Act)

Netanyahu (N) and Obama (O) are on the phone:   N: I want you to catch that schmuck Snowden, lock him up and silence him.   O: Why Ben? He’s another whistle blower like Manning and Assange. How does he affect you?   N: He’s almost as dangerous to us as Vanunu who gave away […]

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Dealing With Deceivers

How many deaths will it take till he knows That too many people have died?  ~Bob Dylan Most of us have favourite causes; and many will go out of their way to defend those causes. When we hear someone defending the causes that are not our own, we’re often unsure about which defence is right. […]

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The Practice Of Pre-emption

We’re now living and dying in an age of pre-emptive actions. The practice of pre-emption has an early history in America.  According to the Concise Encyclopaedia U.S. policy allowed the first settlers, or squatters, on public land to buy the land they had improved. Since improved land, coveted by speculators, was often priced too high […]

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Indulging in Fallacies

“Apparently, you are too stupid to comprehend the difference between an insult and an ad hominem argument,” someone argued. Ad-hominem excuses for argument are rife on the internet, where some writers seem stupid enough to deserve the insults, and others are victims of underserved personal attacks. When commentators substitute ad hominem attacks for both facts […]

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America’s Bridges Are Falling Down, Falling Down…

Seattle, Washington – An Interstate 5 bridge collapsed into the Skagit River, dumping two vehicles and a trailer in the waters north of Mount Vernon. A law-enforcement source said 150 yards of the interstate dropped into the water. “It’s a hell of a ride,” the source said. A 2012 McClatchy-Tribune Information Services reported: “The bridge, […]

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Wake Up Call For America

I’m tired of politics, of the injustices, the corruption, the assassinations, the gross illegal behaviour of the strong, the plundering of the poor and the indignities wrought on the weak. While decent, working people lose their homes, thanks to Wall Street’s Ponzi schemes, the market manipulators pay themselves outrageous million-dollar salaries and bonuses. Millions of […]

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