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“World War Z,” A Commentary…

OK, Brad, you got my attention. “World War Z” isn’t scheduled for release in the US until June 21st, but already given all the hype it promises to be a commercial mega-buster…whatever.PittChopper

I won’t attempt a review since I haven’t seen the film (and probably won’t, at least in the short term), but I think I can venture some coherent commentary.

The movie is based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Max Brooks. more…

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A Brief Appeal to Alien Visitors…

When I was a youth I was curious about UFOs. As I acquired more knowledge, especially related to social history, mythology, religion and science, I came to believe that it’s highly unlikely they’re wasting any time or resources on us. Too bad…Earth Observer

Given the technology it would take for them to reach this far, one could would assume that they’ve achieved a highly advanced social evolution.

Should they be observing, I have a few items I’d like them to consider… more…

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Dateline Detroit: A Photo/Commentary…

I recently ran across a photo-essay publication contest that I came to realize was what I call a “Coffee-Table Scam.” There are a variety of these cons but they all involve submitting photos/essays/poetry for possible publication and a modest award.

Detroit 1967

Detroit 1967

It involves submission, subscription and admin fees, ad varia. Eventually you “win” a spot in their publication, a copy of which you must purchase. Once paying the fees of course, everyone “wins.”

Since I already took the time to select the photos and write a commentary, I decided to present them here…. more…

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Jury Nullification…

It is not only [the juror’s] right, but his duty . . . to find the verdict according to his own best understanding, judgment, and conscience, though in direct opposition to the direction of the court.”

President John Adams (emphasis added).

   I recall my counsel telling me back in ’89, when I was facing a drug conspiracy charge, that my only actual hope at trial would be “jury nullification.” Of course, the reality is that the courts forbid informing the jury of their power to decide the law for themselves.

Tim DeChristopher (33)...

Tim DeChristopher (33)…

(Interested readers can find a concise article on that conviction HERE.)

Despite the fact that the Founding Fathers unanimously declared that the sovereign power of the State was “We, the People,” corporatist rulers have since made clear who actually runs the nation…and it ain’t the people. more…