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Ignorance has fostered COVID

Posted by Mark Small on August 1, 2021 at 5:47pm 1 Comment

Ignorance has driven the COVID outbreak. Many who question viability of vaccines and cite “variants” as support also scoff at evolution as “only a theory.” But theory is “carefully thought-out explanation for observations of the natural world that has been constructed using the scientific method, and which brings together many facts and hypotheses.” The Field Museum. Where possible it is subject to testing. Stanford Encyc of Philosophy.

Variants have emerged because COVID has been…


Privatized prisons: 7/27 at 7 p.m. on civildiscoursenow

Posted by Mark Small on July 27, 2021 at 5:47pm 0 Comments

If we are the “land of the free,” we should not have 25% of the World’s prison inmate population with only 5% of the World’s total population. The notion of providing incentives to corporations to warehouse more people in prisons is bizarre.

Tonight, July 27, at 7 p.m. Indiana time (about 1958 on others’ calendars), Indianapolis attorney Andrew Maternowski will join me on Civil Discourse Now to discuss privatized prisons. So many people talk about crime, maybe…


Texas demonstrates racism is alive

Posted by Mark Small on July 20, 2021 at 4:14pm 0 Comments

Texas has demonstrated the racism is alive. In June its governor signed into law a prohibition against Critical Race Theory (“CRT”), a view that racism “is embedded in our society and legal systems to uphold supremacy of white persons.”

Of course our Nation’s history is steeped in racism. Slavery was protected by The Constitution. Only in 1954 did the Supreme Court rule that “separate” was inherently “unequal.” The Texas Senate has passed S.B. 3 that drops some requirements for school…


Gitmo release of a man held 19 years without formal charges...

Posted by Mark Small on July 19, 2021 at 8:06pm 0 Comments

Abdul Latif Nasser was released from captivity after 19 years. He never was charged with a crime. He never was given the basic right of a trial. The “Great Writ” is habeas corpus, Latin for “you have the body.” Black’s, 10th ed., and means the government has to justify detention.

Even former (temporary) Hoosier Chuck Manson was given due process after the 1969 murders for which Manson was infamous. To hold a person without charges indefinitely is unconscionable. We neither won “hearts…


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