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In the USA, plagiarism may be generally defined as the wrongful or unlawful use of the words or ideas of another without citing the original source thereof. Legally plagiarism may be an actionable violation of copyright law which in turn protects the original words and ideas of an author for an extended period of time. A person whose work is plagiarized might be able to bring a civil lawsuit against the offending party for wrongfully copying his or her words or ideas without properly crediting their source. Academically, plagiarism may be grounds for suspension and expulsion from any academic program…


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“We did it, Joe.” https://twitter.com/i/status/1325126733482385409

I remember back in the Fall of 2003 when Vice President Elect Kamala Harris was running for her first elected office as San Francisco District Attorney, a position which she won of course. Though we graduated from the University of California Hastings College of Law in different years, Ms. Harris and I shared a common professor there, Jo Carrillo. Prof. Carrillo spoke very positively about Kamala and encouraged me to vote for her in the imminent election. She simultaneously spoke quite strongly about another candidate and former student of hers who was running against Gavin Newsom for Mayor of San…


“Mama … They’re gonna kill me … I can’t breathe.” — George Floyd, May 25, 2020.

I remember my first day during a visit to New Zealand in the late 90s. It was early morning, and I was walking around downtown Auckland, the most populated city with about 1.5 million residents. We were a bit lost, and there was nobody around but a lone cop on the beat. We approached him for directions with map in hand. What amazed me was not only how friendly, smiley, and helpful he was, but the fact that he had no weapons of any…


It should come as no surprise that since he entered office Pres. Trump has undone the investor protection regulations that President Obama instituted in 2015. Five years ago under orders from Pres. Obama, the Department of Labor proposed regulations that would have implemented the “Fiduciary Rule”. This rule would have expanded the fiduciary obligations that already apply to investment advisors by also making them apply to brokers and insurers who sell investment instruments (e.g., stocks, bonds, annuities, life insurance, etc.) or provide related advice. Such fiduciary requirements mandate that investment professionals provide their clients with duties of loyalty and care…


We all need to use our political powers to support police reform and stand up for the Black Lives Matter movement. In addition to voting in every election and giving your business to companies that reflect your values, you should also regularly voice your concerns directly to your political representatives. You can find the name of your federal, state, and local representatives via the Common Cause online database tool.

I wrote the letter below and sent it to all my representatives, and I urge you to do the same. Speak up for causes that matter to you, and create a…


The new Title IX Rules released on May 6, 2020 by US Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos are a long overdue correction to the serious procedural injustices that have permeated for decades sex offense investigations at public educational institutions in the USA, including private institutions that receive federal funding. Due Process rights, which are already central to our nation’s legal codes and encapsulated in the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the US Constitution, are strengthened for alleged victims and perpetrators alike by these new Title IX rules, a summary of which has been provided by the Department:

  • “The proposed…

When President Trump called the President of Ukraine on July 25, 2019 and clearly albeit implicitly threatened to not release $391 million of US military aid to Ukraine to push back against continued Russian military expansion into its borders, President Trump committed “treason, pure and simple” as former Massachusetts Governor and current Presidential candidate Bill Well stated on September 23, 2019 on Morning Joe on MSNBC (watch the clip below).

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsiKWeceQqI

In that July call, President Zelensky of Ukraine stated: “We are ready to continue to cooperate for the next steps. Specifically we are almost ready to buy more…


“All I can see on that video is my Dad just trying to live for his kids, just fighting for us … You can hear his voice get muffled and high-pitched. It sounds like he was scared. Really scared. He wasn’t fighting the police. He was fighting to breathe.”

- Erica Garner, daughter of Eric Garner. Rest in Peace, Erica. Your fight is our fight, and there will be Justice for All.

Five hundred nineteen people have been killed by police in the USA in 2019 between the start of the year and July 30 according to The Washington Post’s…


“Workplace sexual harassment is widespread, with studies estimating that anywhere from almost a quarter to more than eight in ten women experience it in their lifetimes (Feldblum and Lipnic 2016). Sexual harassment and assault at work have serious implications for women and for their employers. Women who are targets may experience a range of negative consequences, including physical and mental health problems, career interruptions, and lower earnings. In addition, sexual harassment may limit or discourage women from advancing into higher paid careers and may contribute to the persistent gender wage gap. …


Injustice is an intrinsic part of life on Earth.

Take that in for a minute.

We’re doing a terrible job of it: climate change, the 6th Mass Extinction, famine, avoidable epidemics, regional wars, political corruption, housing crises and homelessness, despotic governments, organized crime, and human rights abuses.

Thankfully, through social media, alternative news sources, and non-profit organizations, progressive activists are educating the public and motivating political changes, bit by bit. In their efforts to manifest change on a large scale, activists sometimes commit acts of civil disobedience, meaning they break minor laws such as civil infractions or lesser misdemeanors (e.g…

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