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Voter Outreach

Voter Outreach

Concepts, strategies and objectives to move voters to action

Written by Peter Grear Educate, Organize and Mobilize: Each week over the past several months I’ve written about various aspects of voter suppression with the purpose of explaining its concepts,…

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Keatts A Keeper For New-Look Seahawks

Keatts A Keeper For New-Look Seahawks

New Head Men’s Basketball Coach was all smiles

New Head Men’s Basketball Coach was all smiles at Trask Coliseum. WILMINGTON, NC – Boldly proclaiming, “I’m a winner,” and promising “an exciting brand of basketball” newly-christened UNCW head men’s basketball coach Kevin Keatts said Tuesday that a new day in Seahawk basketball has arrived.

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Lied-to Children More Likely to Cheat and Lie

Lied-to Children More Likely to Cheat and Lie

The study tested 186 children ages 3 to 7

The study tested 186 children ages 3 to 7 in a temptation-resistance paradigm. Approximately half of the children were lied to by an experimenter, who said there was “a huge bowl of candy in the next room” but quickly confessed this was just a ruse to get the child to come play a game. 

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Unconscious Mind Can Detect a Liar When Conscious Mind Fails

Unconscious Mind Can Detect a Liar When Conscious Mind Fails

The unconscious mind could catch a liar

“We set out to test whether the unconscious mind could catch a liar – even when the conscious mind failed,” says ten Brinke. Along with Berkeley-Haas Assistant Professor Dana R. Carney, lead author ten Brinke and Dayna Stimson (BS 2013, Psychology), hypothesized that these seemingly paradoxical findings may be accounted for by unconscious mental processes.

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Alliance of North Carolina Black Elected Officials: Educate, Organize, and Mobilize

Alliance of North Carolina Black Elected Officials: Educate, Organize, and Mobilize

North Carolina Alliance of Black Elected Officials

Written by Peter Grear, Esq.  Since August 2013 I've continued to ask myself "what would an effective campaign to defeat voter suppression look like?” Well, on Friday, February 14, 2014, Valentine's Day, I got my answer from Richard Hooker, President of the…

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The FREE Full PDF Edition includes stories not featured on the website. No paper, no hasel, read on your laptop or mobile devices. 

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Letter to the Editor: "Greatest Good for the Greatest Number"

Written by Claire E. Gemtry on 30 April 2012.

As I sit at the computer trying to complete my 2011 Federal Tax forms I find myself getting more and more angry. I realize that in order to limit the amount of taxes I owe in the future I will have to increase my withholding amount. As a sixty eight year old retired grandmother, raising two teenage grandchildren, I am outraged. How can it possibly be legal, appropriate, and fair for Hedge fund operators and financial speculators to pay only 15% on their earnings when I must pay a 30% rate on my fixed retirement income? I support myself and my grandchildren on my monthly income and rarely, if ever, have anything left at the end of the month.

I never made the kind of money that corporate CEO’s make, that is, twenty million dollars or more per year. While I was working, most would consider me to have been a solid middle class, well educated American success story. I paid for my daughter to go to college with very little help from anyone. (She is now very ill and unable to take care of her two younger children.) My oldest grandchild is a senior in high school. She will not be as fortunate to graduate college without overwhelming personal debt. She will go to college but it will be a very different and very stressful experience.

Back in the 60’s, you had to pass Civics’ class to graduate from high school. I was taught to appreciate the role of good government and to understand the concept of “the greatest good for the greatest number”. In the 70’s, we were advised to adapt to an attitude of “benign neglect” toward the underclass and disabled. Today “benign neglect” has become “malicious indifference”. Wall Street speculators, corporate kings, and right wing extremists have no appreciation or understanding for the imperative of investing in the most important assets of a nation, i.e., .it’s young people, it’s old people, and it’s local and national infrastructure.

It has been said that behind every great fortune is a great crime. One of the crimes that the 1 % parlayed is the duplicitous lobbying that secured the removal of Glass/Steagall regulation (a rule that prohibited banks from speculating with depositor’s money) and the 15% taxing of financial speculation income. These Congressional actions laid the framework for the recent accumulation of massive wealth by the 1%. Unfortunately there are no Carnegies, Fords or Rockefellers in this new breed. They appear to have no big picture view of their part in the overall wellbeing of their home base, the Unites States of America. They may make a profit by sending American jobs to China and pay less than their share in supporting their country, but they are unwittingly destroying the matrix of American life that gives them a safe, secure base to come home to.

Again, the upending of the hardworking middle class must stop. If a 68 year old retiree has reached the point of “MAD AS H--L AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE” , the 1 % had better put away the “malicious indifferent” way of being and get in tune with the “Greatest Good for the Greatest Number”.