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My Retrospective on the Tiananmen Square Massacre Tomorrow


Please join ForeignCorrespondent tomorrow, June 4, for my personal retrospective on the Tiananmen Square massacre–a horrendous event that I covered on that date in 1989.  In light of the Chinese Communist Party’s repressive behavior toward Hong Kong and its responsibility and culpability in allowing the COVID-19 virus to spread from Wuhan and infect the rest of the world, what happened in Beijing’s Tiananmen 31 years ago shouldn’t surprise anyone. Covering Tiananmen Square 1989Original link
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The Death of Freedom in Hong Kong


My introduction to Hong Kong was via the 1960 film, The World of Suzy Wong, starring William Holden and Nancy Kwan.The movie was based on the 1957 novel of the same name by British author Richard Mason—a classic East meets West story in which a British artist falls in love with his Chinese model, who also happens to be a prostitute.From the moment I watched that movie, which was shot entirely in the old British Crown Colony, I knew someday I would visit Hong Kong.I finally did that in 1974 when I was posted to Tokyo, Japan as the Chicago Tribune’s Far Eastern Correspondent. On my way to Vietnam to cover the final throes of that war, I managed to stopover in Hong Kong for a couple of days.I w...
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The Perfect Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder (Almost)

As they used to say on the old Monty Python TV show: “Now for something completely different.”After weeks of battling his backyard squirrels, Mark Rober decided it was finally time to design and build the perfect squirrel proof bird feeder, which goes to show that sometimes self-isolating can bring out the genius in any of us! At least it did in the case of these quick-witted and resourceful squirrels!Click on the link below to see how he did it! You won’t be disappointed. Enjoy!https://biggeekdad.com/2020/05/squirrel-proof-bird-feeder/Squirrel Proof Bird FeederOriginal link
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Twitter’s New ‘Fact-Checking’ Label Has Dangerous Implications


Is Twitter a content publisher or a social media platform?Twitter insists it is a social media platform, but by adding a fact-checking label to posts by President Trump it is behaving more like a content publisher.On May 26, the president expressed concern in a Twitter post about mail-in ballots, saying that such a practice, if widespread, would lead to fraud and a “rigged election.” Twitter later added a warning label to the post that reads, “Get the facts about mail-in ballots.”The label links to a Twitter article that is headlined, “Trump makes unsubstantiated claim that mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud.”The message under the headline reads, in part: “These claims are unsubstantia...
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Letter to President Trump from 500 doctors


Was the shutdown of the American economy necessary to deal with the coronavirus? It’s a question we are hearing more and more often these days. Let’s look at some facts.First, 80% of the U.S. COVID-19 fatalities occur in the 65 and older group. Federal health officials apparently assumed that Americans 65 and over and others with underlying health conditions did not know enough to take care of themselves and many would wind up being admitted to hospitals. Those same health officials must have decided that people under 65 could not be responsible either.So what happened? Those health experts recommended that most of the economy be shut down to avoid over-crowding hospitals.Guess what? The hos...
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The Doctrine of Media Untruth


I spent nearly 30 years of my life working as a journalist. It was an honor to be a member of what some have called The Fourth Estate.I began my career in the Windy City at the Chicago Tribune. At the time, Chicago was probably Journalism’s toughest and most merciless proving ground. I had just graduated from the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. It was a good education, but when I arrived inexperienced and unproven in the cavernous Tribune newsroom it didn’t take long for me to realize that I had a long way to go before I earned my journalistic chops.Chicago, I quickly learned, was a damned tough newspaper town.I worked five years covering every kind of s...
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The death of the American Constitution


Today, on this Memorial Day, I am posting an opinion piece that appeared recently in The Hill,  an American news website, based in Washington, D.C. The author, Grady Means, argues that our nation’s embrace of “identity politics” has fragmented our country and eroded portions of the U.S. Constitution. As an official in the former U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Means was instrumental in creating and expanding U.S. welfare programs. He makes a lot of sense in this piece.BY GRADY MEANSDuring the past couple of weeks, Americans have seen unprecedented authoritarian behavior on the part of many governors and local government leaders, and the chilling possibility that the Obama ...
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#RWISA “RISE-UP” TOUR, DAY 12, NONNIE JULES @NonnieJules #RRBC #RRBC_COMMUNITY #RWISARISEUP


Today, Foreign Correspondent is pleased to host author Nonnie Jules on her Rave Writers International Society of Authors’ “Rise UP” blog tour.Welcome to our 2nd RWISA “RISE-UP” TOUR!Because of the current state of the world where we are faced with a pandemic like none has ever seen before, where homelessness, hunger, job losses, and world-wide lock-downs are the norm, we wanted to give you a glimpse into our world as we are now living it.Since we are also in the month of May, when Mothers should be celebrated even more than they should be every day, some of us are going to reflect upon our lives without our moms.  Yes, we have two themes this year!For 14 days, we invite you here to the RWISA...
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#RWISA “RISE-UP” TOUR, DAY 11, PEGGY HATTENDORF @PeggyHattendorf #RRBC #RRBC_COMMUNITY #RWISARISEUP


Today, Foreign Correspondent is pleased to host author Peggy Hattendorf on her Rave Writers International Society of Authors’ “Rise UP” blog tour.Welcome to our 2nd RWISA “RISE-UP” TOUR!Because of the current state of the world where we are faced with a pandemic like none has ever seen before, where homelessness, hunger, job losses, and world-wide lock-downs are the norm, we wanted to give you a glimpse into our world as we are now living it.Since we are also in the month of May, when Mothers should be celebrated even more than they should be every day, some of us are going to reflect upon our lives without our moms.  Yes, we have two themes this year!For 14 days, we invite you here to the R...
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#RWISA “RISE-UP” TOUR, DAY 10, MAURA BETH BRENNAN @MAURABETH2014 #RRBC #RRBC_COMMUNITY #RWISARISEUP


Today, Foreign Correspondent is pleased to host author Maura Beth Brenna on her Rave Writers International Society of Authors’ “Rise UP” blog tour.Welcome to our 2nd RWISA “RISE-UP” TOUR!Because of the current state of the world where we are faced with a pandemic like none has ever seen before, where homelessness, hunger, job losses, and world-wide lock-downs are the norm, we wanted to give you a glimpse into our world as we are now living it.Since we are also in the month of May, when Mothers should be celebrated even more than they should be every day, some of us are going to reflect upon our lives without our moms.  Yes, we have two themes this year!For 14 days, we invite you here to the ...
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Vietnam’s Coronavirus Success Not a Model for the U.S.


Today, I am reprinting a fascinating article from Foreign Policy Magazine. It reveals just how Vietnam’s Communist Party has been able to control the outbreak and spread of the COVID-19 virus. Simply put, it has done so by using intimidation, censorship, and repression. These are not the kinds of tools most Americans would tolerate, though there are those in this country who believe that federal, state, and local governments are using onerous tactics that border on those measures. Take a look at this revealing report on Vietnam’s pandemic control strategy. Vietnam’s Coronavirus Success Is Built on RepressionThe Communist Party’s tools of control made for effective virus-fighting weaponsBY BI...
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#RWISA “RISE-UP” TOUR, DAY 9, HEATHER KINDT, @HMKINDT #RRBC #RRBC_COMMUNITY #RWISARISEUP


Today, Foreign Correspondent is pleased to host author Heather Kindt on her Rave Writers International Society of Authors’ “Rise UP” blog tour.Welcome to our 2nd RWISA “RISE-UP” TOUR!Because of the current state of the world where we are faced with a pandemic like none has ever seen before, where homelessness, hunger, job losses, and world-wide lock-downs are the norm, we wanted to give you a glimpse into our world as we are now living it.Since we are also in the month of May, when Mothers should be celebrated even more than they should be every day, some of us are going to reflect upon our lives without our moms.  Yes, we have two themes this year!For 14 days, we invite you here to the RWIS...
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RWISA “RISE-UP” Blog Tour – Day 8 #RRBC #RWISA #RWISARiseUp

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Today, Foreign Correspondent is pleased to host author Yvette Calleiro on her Rave Writers International Society of Authors’ “Rise UP” blog tour.Welcome to our 2nd RWISA “RISE-UP” TOUR!Because of the current state of the world where we are faced with a pandemic like none has ever seen before, where homelessness, hunger, job losses, and world-wide lock-downs are the norm, we wanted to give you a glimpse into our world as we are now living it.Since we are also in the month of May, when Mothers should be celebrated even more than they should be every day, some of us are going to reflect upon our lives without our moms.  Yes, we have two themes this year!For 14 days, we invite you here to the RW...
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RWISA “RISE-UP” Blog Tour – Day 7 #RRBC #RWISA #RWISARiseUp


Today, Foreign Correspondent is pleased to host author Wendy Scott on her Rave Writers International Society of Authors’ “Rise UP” blog tour.Welcome to our 2nd RWISA “RISE-UP” TOUR!Because of the current state of the world where we are faced with a pandemic like none has ever seen before, where homelessness, hunger, job losses, and world-wide lock-downs are the norm, we wanted to give you a glimpse into our world as we are now living it.Since we are also in the month of May, when Mothers should be celebrated even more than they should be every day, some of us are going to reflect upon our lives without our moms.  Yes, we have two themes this year!For 14 days, we invite you here to the RWISA ...
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RWISA “RISE-UP” Blog Tour – Day 6 #RRBC #RWISA #RWISARiseUp


Today, Foreign Correspondent is pleased to host author Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko on her Rave Writers International Society of Authors’ “Rise UP” blog tour.Welcome to our 2nd RWISA “RISE-UP” TOUR!Because of the current state of the world where we are faced with a pandemic like none has ever seen before, where homelessness, hunger, job losses, and world-wide lock-downs are the norm, we wanted to give you a glimpse into our world as we are now living it.Since we are also in the month of May, when Mothers should be celebrated even more than they should be every day, some of us are going to reflect upon our lives without our moms.  Yes, we have two themes this year!For 14 days, we invite you here to ...
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#RWISA “RISE-UP” TOUR, DAY 5, P. T. L. PERRIN, @ptlperrin #RRBC #RRBC_COMMUNITY #RWISARISEUP


Today, Foreign Correspondent is pleased to host author P.T.L. Perrin on her Rave Writers International Society of Authors’ “Rise UP” blog tour.Welcome to our 2nd RWISA “RISE-UP” Blog TOUR!Because of the current state of the world where we are faced with a pandemic like none has ever seen before, where homelessness, hunger, job losses, and world-wide lock-downs are the norm, we wanted to give you a glimpse into our world as we are now living it.Since we are also in the month of May, when Mothers should be celebrated even more than they should be every day, some of us are going to reflect upon our lives without our moms.  Yes, we have two themes this year!For 14 days, we invite you here to the...
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#RWISA “RISE-UP” TOUR, DAY 4, ROBERT FEAR, @fredsdiary1981 #RRBC #RRBC_COMMUNITY #RWISARiseUp


Today, Foreign Correspondent is pleased to host author Robert Fear on his Rave Writers International Society of Authors’ “Rise UP” Blog tour.Welcome to our 2nd RWISA “RISE-UP” TOUR!Because of the current state of the world where we are faced with a pandemic like none has ever seen before, where homelessness, hunger, job losses, and world-wide lock-downs are the norm, we wanted to give you a glimpse into our world as we are now living it.Since we are also in the month of May, when Mothers should be celebrated even more than they should be every day, some of us are going to reflect upon our lives without our moms.  Yes, we have two themes this year!For 14 days, we invite you here to the RWISA ...
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RWISA “RISE-UP” Blog Tour – Day 3 #RRBC #RWISA #RWISARiseUp


Today, Foreign Correspondent is pleased to host author Jan Sikes on her Rave Writers International Society of Authors’ “Rise UP” tour.Welcome to our 2nd RWISA “RISE-UP” TOUR!Because of the current state of the world where we are faced with a pandemic like none has ever seen before, where homelessness, hunger, job losses, and world-wide lock-downs are the norm, we wanted to give you a glimpse into our world as we are now living it.Since we are also in the month of May, when Mothers should be celebrated even more than they should be every day, some of us are going to reflect upon our lives without our moms.  Yes, we have two themes this year!For 14 days, we invite you here to the RWISA site to...
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#METOO Joe Biden is clearly being held to a different standard


I am reposting this column that appeared in Wednesday’s Riverside Press-Enterprise. It was penned by Gloria Romero, former Democrat Majority Leader of the California State Senate and a professor of gender studies at California State University, Los Angeles.  @GloriaJRomero. It is refreshing to see a Democrat acknowledging the blatant hypocrisy of not only the #MeToo movement but of the Democrat party as it relates to Tara Reade and her charges of sexual misconduct by Joe Biden.Joe Biden is clearly being held to a different standardBy Gloria RomeroIt is stunning to see emerging profiles in hypocrisy among predominantly Democratic female elected officials who just 18 months ago were proclaimin...
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RWISA “RISE-UP” Blog Tour – Day 2 #RRBC #RWISA #RWISARiseUp


Today, Foreign Correspondent is pleased to host author D.L. Finn on her Rave Writers International Society of Authors’ “Rise UP” tour.Welcome to our 2nd RWISA “RISE-UP” TOUR!Because of the current state of the world where we are faced with a pandemic like none has ever seen before, where homelessness, hunger, job losses, and world-wide lock-downs are the norm, we wanted to give you a glimpse into our world as we are now living it.Since we are also in the month of May, when Mothers should be celebrated even more than they should be every day, some of us are going to reflect upon our lives without our moms.  Yes, we have two themes this year!For 14 days, we invite you here to the RWISA site to...
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