An army of angry parents is charging into the political fray by running for local office. First stop, school board.

Photo by Stephen Harlan on Unsplash.

In a representative democracy, citizens have a number of avenues through which they can hold their elected officials accountable.

First, of course, is voting. The power of the vote is paramount. For anyone elected to public office, accountability to voters is of the utmost importance. What happens to the job performance of a politician, say, if they aren’t answerable to voters?

Nothing good. See, Xi Jinping. See, Nicolaus Maduro. See, Fidel Castro. See, Kim Jong Un, and his father before…

Beauty standards have been narrowed by advertisers and media companies. Can the Olympics heal our broken eyes?

Olympics Tokyo 2021. (photo: Zachery Evans)

The Art of the Flower of Peerless Charm

There is something not quite right about the modern world, beyond all the injustice and suffering, the arms races and political power struggles. Something is missing.

We all feel it, to one extent or another, this nameless affliction, this absence. In many ways we have it better than 99.9% of human beings who have ever lived- most of whom didn’t live half as long as we will.

Yet, we feel unfulfilled, lost.

For all our modern conveniences and endless entertainment options we still…

So many people are turning the channel this year- are we missing something?

“Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the pieces with gold. Gives broken objects a new life and teaches that a break can be lived as a unique event that can be seen as a precious experience. Inspired by this unique concept as well as the upcoming Olympics Games in Tokyo, I created a series of digital mosaic artworks.” February 6, 2020 ( Charis Tsevis)

Are the Olympics broken? Corrupted by corporations, cash and politics? That can sometimes happen, within even the most stolid and enduring institutions.

Are the Olympic Games merely obsolete- a vestige of a bygone day? A relic of a past in which society was more cohesive with fewer entertainment options?

Wal-mart and shopping malls killed Main Street; Amazon came along and killed them all. Video killed the radio star. The internet probably killed the video star, if only by extreme dilution.

Did extreme sports, ESPN and the X…

No: Simone Biles’ critics in the sports world don’t understand today’s athletes. Sports critics don’t “understand” anyone: They judge athletic performances.

Rio de Janeiro — Simone Biles, ginasta dos Estados Unidos, durante final em que levou medalha de ouro na disputa por equipes feminina nos Jogos Olímpicos Rio 2016. 9 August 2016. (Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil)

For those following the Olympics- though admittedly, there aren’t many- the shocking sudden withdrawal of superstar gymnast Simone Biles from competition this week threw cold water on an already tepid games.

Plagued by COVID-19, all-around low interest, controversial politicking, a lack of fans in attendance, and a number of other issues, the loss of such an exiting performer as Biles hit fans hard.

Biles, who cited mental health concerns among other issues for the decision, has mostly enjoyed an…

U.S. officials are developing mysterious symptoms at embassies around the world…and in Washington, D.C. Is it an energy weapon?

“Spy” by Transformer18. Taken June 17, 2020.

Back in 2016, U.S. embassy officials in Havana, Cuba began complaining of dizziness, hearing loss, and other strange symptoms. This mysterious illness was quickly dubbed the “Havana syndrome.”

It wasn’t only U.S. officials complaining. The Canadian embassy in Havana reported similar issues.

At first, there was a lot of speculation about what could have caused all these symptoms. Understandably, there were a lot of unknowns at the time as the U.S. tried to determine why people were falling ill. The U.S…

Wildfires are burning, crime is raging, a recall is gaining steam, and the return to unpopular COVID-19 mandates mid-summer may be a tinder box.

Governor Gavin Newsom speaking with attendees at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention at the George R. Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California. June 1, 2019. (photo: Gage Skidmore)

Two things haven’t gone Governor Gavin Newsom’s way lately, and that’s only in a court of law.

In an embarrassing oversight, Newsom’s political affiliation- which is, of course, Democrat in deep blue California- was left off his recall election paperwork by mistake. It was the unfortunate result, no doubt, of some poor overworked staffer who has since been relegated to lighter duties, if not relieved outright.

Newsom’s team mounted a legal campaign to correct the omission…

Will it silence swing-district Democrats concerned about mid-terms?

Vice President Kamala Harris looks to President Joe Biden during a meeting on immigration, Wednesday, March 24, 2021, in the State Dining Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

“The United States can have an orderly, secure, and well-managed border while treating people fairly and humanely,” began the official fact sheet released by the Biden Administration on Tuesday.

“In January, the Biden-Harris Administration launched a broad, whole of government effort to reform our immigration system, including sending to Congress legislation that creates a new system to responsibly manage and secure our border, provide a pathway to citizenship, and better manage migration across the Hemisphere,” was the opening salvo in a glowing assessment of President Biden’s border accomplishments.

“In the six months…

If the Mayor could win reelection, wouldn’t she try?

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms attends a climate change hearing on July 17, 2019. (photo: Senate Democrats)

To the shock of political observers on both sides of the aisle, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, once and future rising star of the Democratic Party, announced in May she will not be seeking reelection.

Though she failed to specify exactly why, she did make a point to mention her decision was not based on fear of losing or lack of financial support for her candidacy from Democratic Party leadership at the highest level.

“Can she fundraise? YES,” Bottoms wrote of herself in a public letter explaining her decision to the…

After the recent “shootout” outside Nationals Stadium during a home game, locals, including DC Police Chief Robert Contee, are demanding action.

Washington D.C. Jan. 18, 2021. — Washington D.C. Police Chief Robert J. Contee speaks with Chief Deputy Lamont Ruffin from D.C. District Court just before swearing in 1657 law enforcement officers from across the country as Special Deputy U.S. Marshals prior to the presidential inauguration. Mass swearing ins like this take place before every presidential inauguration to increase the law enforcement presence in the capital for the safety of all involved as well as spectators. (Photo by Shane T. McCoy / US Marshals Office of Public Affairs)

“People are really mad as hell right now, and I don’t blame them, because I am too. That’s the reality,” D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee said during an emotional press conference Friday. “I think people are sick and tired of being sick and tired. I think that people want to ensure that there is accountability for what’s happening in our communities.”

DC Police Chief provides updates on 14th and Riggs St. shooting. July 23, 2021. (WUSA9)

“I’ve been in…

Companies trying to get office workers to return to in-person work have their work cut out for them.

Photo by Laurenz Heymann on Unsplash.

“For all that we’ve been able to achieve while many of us have been separated, the truth is that there has been something essential missing from this past year: each other,” wrote CEO Tim Cook to Apple employees in June. “Video conference calling has narrowed the distance between us, to be sure, but there are things it simply cannot replicate.”

Apple employees, Cook outlined, starting in September would be required to show up at the office- at least part of the time.

Dr. Munr Kazmir

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