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Dec.17.2013
Book Review    Al Jazeera and the Global Media Landscape: The South Is Talking Back by Tine Ustad Figenschou Publisher: Routledge (218 pages)  “. . . being a global journalistic presence is not always popular . . .” Mention the news company, Al Jazeera, and it’s likely the response...
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Jun.18.2013
Impossible Odds, The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six By Jessica Buchanan, Erik Landemalm, Anthony FlaccoReleased: June 10, 2013Publisher: Atria Books (320 pages) "... spellbinding ..." The imminent possibly of being executed by a terrorist, feeling the...
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Mar.03.2013
Gun Guys: A Road Trip by Dan Baum Reviewed by Geri Spieler | Released: February 28, 2013Publisher: Knopf (336 pages)         “Gun Guys is smart and informative—an education for anyone the slightest bit curious about why gun owners are so passionate about...
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Jan.27.2013
Robinson Devor is a film director and writer. His video is independent of my book. Devor is creating a feature film about Moore, which is still in production. http://robinsondevor.com/video/57572806 Sara Jane Moore’s bullet came within six inches of killing President Gerald Ford.   When...
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Jan.23.2013
  Our thanks to author and internet research guru Geri Spieler for this informative guest post. Whether researching info for a book or an upcoming blog post, here are some helpful hints and sites! Conducting Internet research is a challenge. It’s time consuming, often confusing and who ever...
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Jan.09.2013
Al Jazeera English: Too Uncomfortable For U.S. Audiences   Are we uncomfortable with news that has not been sanitized by our own American-based, networks? Is that the reason there is so much pushback to Al Jazeera English on U. S. network TV?     I think so.    It seems we...
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Dec.26.2012
 A Trip Through The Google Gateway Would you use one book to do all your research on a subject? Probably not. That is what you do when you use Google as your only source. Google, as wonderful as it is, is not the only search engine in town. It is huge, yes,  but still limited. However,...
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Nov.12.2012
    Candy (not her real name) needed to get an "A" on her final research paper.  An "A" would ensure that her grades for her junior year in high school would help maintain the Grade Point Average (GPA) she was desperate for to qualify for the college of her choice. Candy plagiarized...
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Nov.07.2012
Canvassing South Philly: Silicon Valley Goes East   The back-story about what propelled me from Silicon Valley to the back streets of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to work for Pres. Obama, is that I learned to value the right to vote at my mother’s knee. The immediate impetus was my outrage...
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Sep.12.2012
I hadn't planned to volunteer for the Obama campaign. I know I will vote for him, so I decided that was enough. I'm very busy trying to make a living as a freelance writer.  I'm one of the 8.1 percent unemployed that has given up looking for a real job.    The competition is fierce...
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Aug.29.2012
  Ah for the years of presidential campaigns gone by. Political pundit's call the run-up to presidential elections the Silly Season. The time when campaign rhetoric jumps to conclusions about what is going to happen, based on small pieces of information.  As Congress is in recess until...
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Aug.26.2012
When I read about Seth Rosenfeld's new book, Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power, I wasn't all that thrilled. I was especially piqued about his piece on Richard Aoki as an FBI informant.   Why? Was it just professional jealousy?  As an author of...
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Aug.21.2012
The Ascent of the A-Word: Assholism and the First 60 Years. by Geoffrey Nunberg Book Review It is delightful that a respected linguist would take up the challenge of writing about an inelegant word that has become a staple of our spoken language. Although it is not surprising as his other books...
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Aug.05.2012
                Come on, admit it. You've Googled your name. Actually, it's a good idea. You should know what is on the Internet about you.             Usually you'll find such things as what you've...
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Aug.05.2012
              Come on, admit it. You've Googled your name. Actually, it's a good idea. You should know what is on the Internet about you.             Usually you'll find such things as what you've...
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