Is America Suffering from Compassion Fatigue?

by Tony Wyman With the news of the world always at our fingertips, it shouldn’t be surprising that Americans are growing fatigued by a constant stream of bad news, mass shooting, destructive storms and rampaging wildfires.  With almost no way to escape the endless flow of information, more and more people are saying “Enough! Give me a break!” In fact, according to a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center early this year, 68% said they are overwhelmed by the volume of information coming at them day and night.  And,…

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Former FBI negotiator talks about Waco and How It Became His Personal Tragedy

by Kseniya Kirillova In early 1993, the country’s attention was riveted on a 77.8 acre ranch in McLennan County, near Waco, Texas where federal agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had more than 100 members of a religious cult known as the Branch Davidians surrounded. Over the next 51 days, negotiators, led by FBI Agent Gary Noesner, former Chief of the FBI’s Crisis Negotiation Unit, Critical Incident Response Group, tried in vain to talk cult leader David Koresh and his…

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Nationalism isn’t Patriotism, It Is Another Form of Collectivism

by Tony Wyman “You know, they have a word. It sort of became old-fashioned. It’s called a nationalist. And I say, ‘Really, we’re not supposed to use that word?’ You know what I am? I’m a nationalist. … Use that word.” – Pres. Donald Trump When Mr. Trump used that word in front of an adoring crowd of supporters in Houston, Texas in late-October, he kicked off a controversy two weeks before the midterm elections that had fans praising his patriotism, critics warning that his dictatorial nature was showing, and…

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The Death of Madelyn Linsenmeir Shouldn’t Matter More Than the Deaths of Other Drug Victims

by Tony Wyman On October 7, 2018, in the idyllic community of Burlington, Vermont, a 30-year-old mother in police custody laid in a hospital bed where, later that evening, she would take her last breath, succumbing to the ravages of opioid addiction. Madelyn Ellen Linsenmeir left behind a 3-year-old son, a life full of promise and unrealized talent, as well as a family that penned her obituary so full of heartbroken melancholy that it touched the world.  Publications like People Magazine, The Washington Post and USA Today in the United…

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Hitler’s Rise To Power: How The Worst People Hoodwink A Nation

by Tony Wyman On September 12, 1919, a nondescript German corporal walked into a sparsely attended meeting of the German Workers’ Party in Munich. Sent there to investigate the group by the German Army, at that time deeply involved in crushing Marxist groups trying to gain power, the corporal sat at the back of the beer hall in which the meeting took place and listened while economist Gottfried Feder gave a speech called, “How and by What Means is Capitalism to be Eliminated.” Unimpressed with what he heard, the young…

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How Russian, American And European Information Warfare Persuades With Emotions

image pastiche of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin flanked by Peter the Great and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin

by Kseniya Kirillova As Russian propaganda and disinformation spread around the world, more and more initiatives  are being created to expose the lies and distortions emanating from the Kremlin: projects to expose fake news, analytical centres that review and monitor disinformation campaigns, and many private initiatives to observe Russian media. However, experts increasingly acknowledge that despite all these efforts, Kremlin propaganda remains a very effective tool of information warfare – much more effective than its Soviet predecessor. In many respects, this difference is explained by the fact that, unlike Communist propaganda, today’s Kremlin’s ‘information operations’ do not need…

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Tropical Storm Florence: Rescue Me (Part 1)

Rescue Boat

By Lynda Bryant Work “In times of disaster, basic connectivity is a form of aid that connects people to the resources critical for survival and enables humanitarian organizations to quickly deliver life-saving information.” -Tae Yoo Hurricane Katrina began a movement of civilian rescuers and relief work largely because the government is proving to be mostly ineffective in a disaster. Talking to those Katrina victims, who had no one to rescue them, it is apparent why citizens turned to one another for help – and why many rescue groups have sprung…

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From The Inside Looking Out: A Weather Report From Wilmington, Part 2

By Janice Barlow AFTER WHAT SEEMED LIKE an interminable amount of time, I was able to get back to my home in Wilmington, N.C. in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Part 1 of the experience is linked at the end of this article, in case you missed it. Massive damage was everywhere, the kind that makes you want to stop your car and stare in disbelief. Block after block of towering trees that were decades old lie on the ground, crashed through fences, across side roads and sadly, through the…

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Mollie Tibbetts’ Death Was About Violence Against Women – Not Immigration

photo of murder victim Molly Tibbetts at her graduation. Tibbetts death is controversial due to the immigration status of her assailant.

by Tony Wyman Few would have blamed the family of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts if they had joined the president in condemning a race of people the day police were led to her body by the Hispanic immigrant accused of brutally murdering her. After all, they had just suffered through 34 days of unimaginable fear and pain, desperately praying for a miracle, only to be crushed by the news they would never again see Mollie’s beaming smile light up a room again. Emotions will lead us to public statements that we…

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The Mechanics Of Donald Trump And Vladimir Putin’s Disinformation Operations

photo of well known graffiti of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump kissing on wall of business in Vilnius, Lithuania

by Kseniya Kirillova While analyzing all that is happening today in the United States, I’ve often noticed the striking similarity between the behavior and propaganda of President Trump with his entourage and President Putin’s Russia. The similarities are so obvious that sometimes it seems that Trump and his team’s methodologies were written in Moscow. Renown Russian opposition politician and former world chess champion Garry Kasparov recently last year the typical game plan that an autocratic leader follows when he gets caught “red-handed.” This is what it looks like: Deny, lie, slander. Claim that it was a misunderstanding.…

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