Articles by: Mike Ferner

Love In A Dangerous Time

Love In A Dangerous Time

A profusion of anonymous axioms and memes floods social media these days but one remains my very favorite: “It’s like we’ve all been sent to our room to think about what we did.”  My friends, if there ever was a nation that needed a “time out” for that purpose, it’s ours. With nearly every minute of round-the-clock news cycles dedicated[Read More…]

April 7, 2020 World
“Culture of Violence?” You Betcha Mr. Trump, But it’s Not the Video Games

“Culture of Violence?” You Betcha Mr. Trump, But it’s Not the Video Games

On the day after America’s weekend shooting rampage that killed 31 people and wounded dozens more in El Paso and Dayton, president Trump told the nation in a 10-minute address, what he sees as the causes of and cures for gun violence in the U.S. As causes, he mentioned: “Racism, bigotry and white supremacy” adding, “These sinister ideologies must be[Read More…]

August 8, 2019 World
Another Empire’s Boot Stomps On Ireland

Another Empire’s Boot Stomps On Ireland

Can a pair of U.S. military veterans and the Irish peace movement topple a key outpost of the American Empire entrenched on the Emerald Isle? That’s the question a new mini-documentary explores about former Marine Ken Mayers and former Army paratrooper, Tarak Kauff as they begin a third month of activist exile in Ireland following a peaceful act of civil[Read More…]

May 25, 2019 World
Lake Waits For People To Wake

Lake Waits For People To Wake

A rare, hybrid environmental campaign is underway to save a great lake – in fact, a Great Lake – Erie.   That grand body of water, declared dead in the late 1960’s experienced a textbook turnaround by the mid-80’s, but is once again in critical condition every summer. Just as citizens of a previous generation finally held polluters accountable, they’re beginning[Read More…]

May 13, 2019 Environmental Protection
Armistice Day ended the War to End Wars; the Treaty of Versailles gave us War Without End

Armistice Day ended the War to End Wars; the Treaty of Versailles gave us War Without End

 Historians debate to what extent the Treaty of Versailles was responsible for Hitler’s march to World War II, but there can be little doubt that the treaty ending the “War to End All Wars” continues to be a major factor in our ongoing “War Without End.” On November, 11, 1918, Europe laid exhausted and nearly bled dry. Just months before[Read More…]

October 26, 2018 World
Fireworks behind statue of liberty

The Fourth of July Like You’ve Never Seen It Before!

This year, sit back with your favorite beverage or herb, prop up your feet and open your head to consider Independence Day in a whole new way.   A historically critical article about the American Revolution would typically discuss how the democratic promises of the Declaration were left hanging at war’s end, followed by a decidedly undemocratic constitution six years[Read More…]

June 30, 2017 World