There is an old saying that truth is often stranger than fiction. Works of non-fiction can often prove that to be the case, revealing sometimes hidden or forgotten stories from our history. The Cold War, that epic conflict of ideologies fought largely in the shadows and still influencing the world we live in today, is just such an example. While so many great fictional spy stories were inspired by it ranging from Ian Fleming's James Bond novels to John le Carré's George Smiley, the real world of Cold War espionage can be just as fascinating as any thriller. The non-fiction work The Haunted Wood proves that to be the case with its exploration of the Americans who spied for the Russians in the 1930s and 1940s.
It's often been said that those who do not fight for freedom should expect to stop having it. In many points throughout history, democracies stopped being democratic — and started being the grounds that helped dictators rise to power.
We are living in a world where we have to worry about who is going to take our rights away, even though the First Amendment is to protect us from having our lives ran by someone who doesn't like our choice into whom we choose to marry.
If you've been following social media and the news lately, I'm pretty sure you've heard about the big issue on which bathroom transgender people should be allowed to use. You have some people who are pro gay rights and support using the room which matches their gender identity, while others who strongly oppose the move for various reasons. I see this not as a social issue regarding rights to either party but as a ploy to stir controversy and trigger an emotional response.
Before our cameras were on our phones, before Google owned the world, even before the internet itself there was me. This is me. I've been in various stages of transitioning into a man for twenty-two years. This train of thought started over a friend's offense at the image of Klinger in heels with a gun. Klinger. From M*A*S*H*. I'll get back to that.
Once again, the immaturity of the 45th president of the United States continues to shine through.
Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director, apparently has quite the mouth on him.
In case some of you have been living in a cave for the last few years, the former Land of the Free has changed into the land which common sense forgot. Gone has the get up and get things done. Replaced by the let's sit and watch dumbed down television and eat vast quantities of burgers etcetera.
Remember me talking about the meanings of Zionist and Anti-Semitism? I think I might have ranted about how racist and cruel people are. Guess what, I'm back again writing a revisit about something that has caught my attention; that people are still hating people who dress differently or live differntly than them.
There is a concept in law called "Qualified Immunity" which prevents government employees from being sued when taking action in their official capacity. Furthermore, prosecutors and police officials have "prosecutorial immunity," which means that they cannot be prosecuted in many circumstances. For instance, if a prosecutor lies or withholds evidence or the police kill the wrong person, they won’t be prosecuted.
Via a series of three tweets in the early hours of July 26, United States President Donald J. Trump pulled the country back another couple of decades in the fight for civil rights for all.