Was Betty Mahmoody Truthful About Her Alleged Ordeal in Iran?
Betty Mahmoody co-wrote a book with William Hoffer about her alleged ordeal in Iran back in the 1980s after her then-husband had talked her into taking their little girl with them to that nation. There are different sides to this story, and the public should be informed of them.
James Webb Telescope: Triumph of Science or Waste of Money?
Should we have spent so much on James Webb when there are more pressing problems?
How Socially Responsible Banks Are Changing the World of Banking
Socially responsible banks seek to invest in reducing climate change.
Are Karens the Grown-Up Daughters Their Dads Once Called Princesses?
A former teacher wonders if today’s Karens (those angry, entitled types) were once her preschool students. Thirty years ago, she watched dads indulge their daughters and call them princesses. Did they grow up and turn bitter when they weren't treated royally and their live weren't a fairy-tale?
Is the Porn Industry Evil?
Even though it turns women into dehumanized sex objects, the Porn Industry can't even be called controversial anymore. The San Fernando body-snatchers have stolen free will, and even stolen the bullhorn that once denounced their insidious practices.
The Democratic and Republican Parties Did Not Switch Sides on Race
Republican failure to refute Democrats’ false claim that their parties switched sides on race has allowed that falsehood to become widely accepted. Republicans need to refute the Democrats’ inaccuracy to reclaim for their Party its history in fighting slavery and racism.
The Dangers of Social Conditioning You Must Know
Social conditioning is the way entities and factions manipulate societal norms and standards to dictate their ideologies to the public (either through psychological means or violent means). Social conditioning influences the choices and character of each individual unconsciously.
Urgent Care Waiting Times at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast
This is by no means an indictment on the National Health Service, rather a snapshot of how the Conservative Party has starved it of a fit-for-purpose budget, viciously privatised as much of the public services associated with its infrastructure and corporatised its upper strata.
Afghan Girls Sold Into Marriage to Feed Their Families
Due to the economic and humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, families are forced to sell their daughters in order to survive.
Malala Yousafzai: Myth-Building as a Weapon of Western Media and Politics
Malala, the Pakistani who was attacked on the way to school because her father was fighting for her right to study, was introduced to the world as an activist for the education of girls in her country. But there is more to the story than that.
Ageism Is Cruel; This Practice Must Stop!
Do you want to become invisible as you age? Do you want to be laughed at and ridiculed for signs of the ageing process? No, of course not. It’s time to rethink and review ageing. We are becoming more age-friendly, but it’s a slow process due to our youth-worshipping culture.
What Is It Like to Be Sexually Assaulted?
To be sexually assaulted is often colloquially defined, and the trauma of being sexually assaulted swept under the rug by law enforcement, witnesses, and perpetrators. This article is about what it is like to be sexually assaulted from a firsthand perspective.
Energy Labels and Consuming Electricity Responsibly
The average person consumes a total of 3,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity every year. How can we consume electricity more responsibly? What are energy labels, and how can they help?
The Reasons for and History of Xenophobia in South Africa
Xenophobia, the fear of foreigners, is active in South Africa, and history sheds light on the reasons for it.
A Children's Book That Leads to Rape? That's the Claim of Campaigners
The much-loved children's book The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr has been accused of perpetuating gender stereotypes and inequalities which could lead to abuse and rape, say campaigners. This is my take on the argument.
Sagging Pants Trend Came From Sexual Abuse of Black Men During Slavery
The fashion statement of displaying underclothes or behinds is rooted in rape and control issues.
“Unfit Mothers”: The Scary Reality for Unmarried Pregnant Women During the 20th Century
A millioin unmarried pregnant women were forced to give up their children during the 20th century.
Women Have Equal Rights With Men Upon Earth
Women have historically suffered discrimination and oppression in society and even in religion. The Baha'i Faith though is a strong advocate of gender parity, the education of girls, empowerment of women and enhancement of female rights. It is a religion founded by Baha'u'llah in the 19th century.
World Population Crisis - Is the Growth Sustainable?
Current growth rates in the population are unsustainable, but can we do anything to stem the growth?
Life in a Tourist Destination During COVID
Life in the middle of America is supposed to be safe, insulated from the coasts and diseases, far from where the maddening crowd is. Not anymore. With the annual summer influx of people from all across our country, it has become a hotbed for COVID-19.
The Issues With Virtue Signalling: Hindering Debate and Progress.
A look into how virtue signalling does more harm than good, primarily stifling debate and preventing progress on social issues.
On the Streets of Bakersfield : Days at the Park
Many of the homeless in Bakersfield have sought refuge in the public parks. They provide a place with access to benches and shade, and even grills to cook food. Often there is access to water for hygiene or thirst. The parks represent a place where people can gather and feel safe.
Are Humans Facing Near-Term Human Extinction Due to Global Warming?
Are humans facing near-term human extinction due to global warming? Some scientists believe we do face an existential threat from global warming as positive feedback loops kick in and increase the rate of global warming and its negative impacts.
The Streets of Bakersfield: A Place to Call Home
For the homeless, home is where you can find it sometimes. This may mean an abandoned building or a public park. Here are some stories of some of Bakersfield's homeless. Some of these characters are amusing and unforgettable. Most of their stories are tragic.
2021: The Year Canada Repudiates Its Colonial Past
News reports about anti-colonial changes in Canada that began in May 2021.
What Is a Blue Ocean Event and How Will It Impact Global Climate?
A Blue Ocean Event (BOE) is when the Arctic Ocean changes from being covered in ice year-round to being mostly ice-free blue water for a period of time during warm months. This will cause severe on humans and the environment.
Action Needed to Help Big Cats
The Big Cat Public Safety Act is one of the biggest pieces of legislation in a long time that could change the game for wildlife. The Senate Bill would protect big cats, prohibit private ownership of them, and end cub side attractions where people take pictures with them, hold them, and pet them.