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Health Care Reform

Time of Destruction, Time of Rebuilding

James Hilgendorf is a writer, speaker, poet, and filmmaker. His books cover a wide range of subjects – religion, politics, economics, science, social issues, the future of America. A highly-acclaimed filmmaker, his travel films and documentaries have been seen around the world. He is a long-time member of the SGI, or Soka Gakkai International, the […]

Traveling to a New America – A Broad Conversation

Samantha.   Rodeo, Ca.  From a small town in southern Illinois.  Works in a law firm. ________________________ Samantha, what’s your take on America at this time? “I’m worried about the future of a lot of people who live here.  The reason: the executive orders that Trump has signed that are threatening peoples’ liberties and our […]

Health Care Bill – Heart Surgery Needed

Republicans in the United States Senate have been desperately trying to pass a health care bill that will blatantly throw tens of millions of people out of any kind of health care coverage at all.  The bottom line is they would like to see all of us sink or swim, according to our ability to […]

Healthcare & A Morally Bankrupt Congress

Today, with the slim passage and repeal of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, the Republican establishment in Congress have indeed shown for all to see their true nature and colors.  They, and their party, are truly a morally bankrupt lot.  They have thrown to the dogs a large portion of the American populace. For […]

Traveling to a New America – Healthcare, Scandinavia vs. U.S. Corporate Greed

Traveling to a New America Berkeley, Ca. Lila.  A therapist, working with adolescents in drug treatment. She would like to see economic and social policies like those in Scandinavian countries put in place in the United States. ___________________________________ “I think it is one of the only solutions that really will be effective in terms of […]

Traveling to a New America/Jack London Square

I’m standing near a statue of Jack London, in Jack London Square, Oakland, California. As a novelist (his works included such world famous novels as “The Call of the Wild”, “White Fang”, and “The Sea Wolf”), London’s life spanned the later 1800’s and the early years of the twentieth century. His works often portray a […]

Clinton & Sanders & Single Payer Health Care

As the Democratic debates drag on, with only two candidates still standing, one issue provides a stark contrast between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Healthcare. Sanders wants to embark this country on a single-payer health care system – similar to a Medicare for All system – and Clinton wants to maintain and build on Obamacare.  […]

Dinosaurs, Neanderthals & You and I

Neanderthals were that group of our ancestors who roamed the Earth tens of thousands of years ago.  Later on, they evolved into Cro-Magnon men and women, early modern humans. In the process of evolution, they both must have rubbed elbows with each other for quite some time. What was that like? We should know.  We […]

70 Years After Hiroshima, the Bomb is Still in Our Lives

70 years ago, the atomic bomb at Hiroshima blew a hole in the fabric of our time and space. No longer was all-out war imaginable; and yet here we are, 70 years later, thousands of even more horrific nuclear weapons poised on alert for exactly that specific scenario. We can destroy it all.  This is […]

The Religion of the Future

What will the religion of the future look like? Certainly it will have to reach way beyond where we are at present.  Our current religions are at the root of much of the violence, conflict and wars happening on our planet. Some guidelines for a religion for the future. Comments and a reading from “The […]