BrooWaha greets me thus: “Journalism needs to be rethought, thanks for joining the revolution!”And having been in the mainstream media for a longer period than I should have logically sustained, I am thrilled at the prospect of joining this revolution (sincere thanks are due, to my friend and an outstanding writer, Rachel Eagle Reiter. Coming to the revolution, what could this possibly be all about? Some crucial aspects that are redefining journalism, not just in degree, but in type, include the following:
Horizontal Communication: The traditional newsroom is part of a physical... Read More
I know how John McClane felt in Die Hard 2: Die Harder when he said, “I’m really getting tired of being right all the time.”
Remember I wrote an article where I laid the murder of Jamile Andre Shaw, Jr., at the feet of L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa? Remember that I said that it was L.A.’s sanctuary city policy that allowed Pedro Espinosa to remain in the city because Los Angeles has an official policy of not helping Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents locate and deport known illegal aliens? Remember how I said that the reason for this policy was... Read More
The opportunities for a high school graduate are pitiful. Today's young people have nothing to look forward to. College is an unaffordable luxury for most, with no guarantees that it will be worth the sacrifices and time spent. Nor are there programs for different learning abilities. The news is that jobless rates are extremely high and the economy is extremely down. Housing, food and entertainment are unaffordable. When a young person is at their healthiest, most exuberant time in life, ready to be in the world and show themselves to be vibrant and contribute their talents and abilities, we... Read More
We’re killing off our Pacific salmon population at an alarming rate and the situation is getting worse. This year there will probably be no salmon fishing season. If we keep going the way we’re going, I predict that the Pacific salmon will be completely extinct within our lifetimes, maybe sooner. We have to do everything we can to save this beautiful fish.
Salmon live most of their lives in the ocean but they are born and die in rivers and streams. Many West Coast rivers and streams have been seriously damaged by development. Dams block access to freshwater spawning habitat.... Read More
When Oklahoma ’s State Representative Sally Kern was recently recorded while making several statements like, "Gay's are worst than terrorists," to a private assembly of fifty conservative republicans speaking about her views of the Gay community, she created a public outcry.
If Sally Kern studied World History, then she would have known her actions are very similar to what Hitler did when he created the Nazi Party. According to the international 2007 Hate Crime Survey by the Human Rights First organization, "Bias crimes motivated by sexual orientation, like those motivated by... Read More
Introduction In the 1990's when I was contemplating learning Spanish, I was told repeatedly by well-meaning friends that if I really wanted to learn Spanish I would have to live in a country in which Spanish was the dominate spoken tongue. If you Google "Spanish Immersion," you will get 1,790,000 hits. After exhausting myself by reading about 250 websites, all of which tried very hard to get me to enroll in their costly Spanish Immersion Courses located in various Spanish-speaking countries, which would have required me to re-mortgage my home a billion times plus hope some rich philanthropist... Read More
The 33-year-old marketing manager and mother-to-be recently turned her war writings into a book. “In the Company of Soldiers” is the story of her time in Iraq.
Meichelbock took the time for an exclusive email Q&A with BrooWaha to discuss being separated from her unit, a poignant moment while frisking an Iraqi woman and the important role females play in the military.
BrooWaha: When were you in Iraq and what was your position?
Melia: My position was a Civil Affairs Specialist (civil assistance, rebuilding efforts, elections, etc...). We meet with the local leaders to... Read More
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I believe that someday all military operations will be reduced and we will be able to make agreements using international negotiations. War never changes things to better, never!