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Salem-News.com (Jan-05-2014 22:12)

Excess Snow Plus East Village Residents With Limited Mobility and Community Involvement = Success!

Snow really builds up in the main East Village Calgary intersection making it difficult for the many people who live in the area and who use walkers, scooters, wheelchairs and canes, to walk safely...

(CALGARY) - Calgary in the snow This story is a good example of how ordinary people on the ground can cooperate locally to benefit their larger communities.

It is this principle that can be applied almost anywhere in the world. It's the kind of idea that can expand and become unstoppable to make the world a better place.

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Salem-News.com (Oct-26-2013 22:20)

Virginia Citizen`s Defense League Inadvertently Supports Gun Control

The more guns there there are in America, the greater the likelihood that people are going to get shot. (Philip Van Cleave) John Oliver That's my point!

(CALGARY) - Phillip van Cleave is the President of the Virginia Citizens Defense League. He surprisingly makes an argument for gun control.

My original thought was to post this a a short humor piece, showing how gun nuts are so mentally confused that they can't even argue effectively. Look at the first part at 5 minutes where Van Cleave makes Oliver's point for him.

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Salem-News.com (May-06-2013 17:38)

America: Death by Republican

The GOP has brought America, a once proud nation, to its knees and so many millions of Republican supporters don't understand how, for the last thirty years or so they have been voting against their own best interests and the interests of the nation they claim to love.

(CALGARY, Alberta) - President George W. Bush, surrounded by leaders of the House and Senate, announces the Iraq war resolution on October 2, 2002. Congressman Louie Gohmert from northeast Texas told a House hearing that the trans-Alaska oil pipeline improved the sex lives of some wild animals.

“When the caribou want to go on a date,” he said, “they invite each other to head over to the pipeline.”

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Salem-News.com (Apr-28-2013 18:32)

Untied States of America

States' Rights are a recipe for chaos and eventual tyranny.

(CALGARY, Alberta) - United States of America Despite the Constitution, not all Americans are equal. The rights you enjoy—or don’t enjoy—depend on where you live.

Colorado has decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana. Cross into Wyoming and you can get a year in prison. Maryland has repealed the death penalty. Across the border in Delaware there are 17 inmates on death row, awaiting lethal injection.

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Salem-News.com (Apr-10-2013 22:00)

Is the Second Amendment Even Still Real?

"Every constitution, then, and every law, naturally expires at the end of 19 years. If it be enforced longer, it is an act of force and not of right." (Thomas Jefferson in a letter to James Madison September 6, 1789)

(CALGARY, Alberta) - It is unusual for gun rights to be included in a constitution.

In an historical study of constitutions, only 15 constitutions in 9 countries ever included an explicit right to bear arms.

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Salem-News.com (Mar-21-2013 00:00)

Who Elected the NRA? You?

American culture does not give women much more protection or respect than the Taliban.

(CALGARY, Alberta) - Stephanie Holton Last year, Stephanie Holten obtained a temporary order for protection from her ex-husband Corey Holten, who had threatened to kill her if her new boyfriend “gets near my kids.” She wrote on the form: “He owns guns, I am scared.”

The judge prohibited him from going within two blocks of her house. What the judge did not do was require him to do was surrender his guns. Twelve hours later he was outside her home...

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Salem-News.com (Mar-11-2013 10:00)

Hey, America! Revolution, Civil War or Tyranny--Take your pick!

America has moved backward over the last half century. There is now representation without taxation, the opposite of the nation's founding philosophy.

(CALGARY, Alberta) - wealth distribution chart I read a comment to a news story recently:

"Every one of ‘We The People’ is an equal owner in this thing we call the US of A. The land, the water, the sky. The government is our family business."

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Salem-News.com (Feb-20-2013 22:38)

Capitalism`s Children

Children are the demographic most heavily targeted by advertisers and are society's most vulnerable members.

(CALGARY, Alberta) - While the U.S. has only 4.5% of the world’s population, America’s children consume 45% of global toy production. Sales to the four- to twelve-year-old market was $6.1 billion in 1989.

Today, it’s more like $30 billion, an increase of nearly 500%. Teen spending is even greater—$170 billion/year.

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Salem-News.com (Feb-17-2013 12:11)

Einstein on Israel

"As far as my experience goes, [the Jews] are no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything 'chosen' about them."

(CALGARY, Alberta) - In late 1953, Jewish philosopher Eric Gutkind sent his book Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt to Albert Einstein and asked for comments.

On January 3, 1954, Einstein replied in a letter that until recently was little known.

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Salem-News.com (Feb-16-2013 09:50)

The Genesis of America`s Savage Winner-Take-All Society

Even if you're comfortable, you're not one of the "winners". You've just been lucky enough to find a perch in the expanding monarchical/serf society. Economic security? You could be decimated in a nanosecond! Think of those "rich people" who had millions invested with Bernie Madoff and who were suddenly impoverished. It can happen to you without warning.

(CALGARY, Alberta) - Capitalism is the best system ever devised,” said former President George W. Bush, speaking to the right-wing Manhattan Institute. But, capitalism is a winner-take-all system and how it was “devised” is a heretofore uncolligated horror story.

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Daniel Johnson - Canada

Deputy Executive Editor, Salem-News.com

Email: DanielJohnson@telus.net

Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, as a teenager, Daniel Johnson aspired to be a writer. Always a voracious reader, he reads more books in a month than many people read in a lifetime. He knew early that in order to be a writer, you have to be a reader.

Another early bit of self-knowledge was that writers need experience. So, in the first seven years after high school he worked at 42 different jobs ranging from management trainee in a bank (four branches in three cities), inside and outside jobs at a railroad (in two cities), then A & W, factories and assembly lines, driving cabs (three different companies), collection agent, a variety of office jobs, John Howard Society, crisis counsellor at an emergency shelter, salesman in a variety of industries (building supplies, used cars, photocopy machines)and on and on. You get the picture.

In 1968, he was between jobs and eligible for unemployment benefits, so he decided to take the winter off and just write. The epiphany there, he said, was that after about two weeks, “I realized I had nothing to say.” So back to regular work.

He has always been concerned about fairness in the world and the plight of the underprivileged/underdog. It wasn’t until the early 1990s that he understood where that motivation came from. Diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) he researched the topic and, among others, read a book Scattered Minds by Dr. Gabor Maté, an ADD person himself. Maté wrote: "[A] feeling of duty toward the whole world is not limited to ADD but is typical of it. No one with ADD is without it."

That explains his motivation. Hard-wired.

As a professional writer he sold his first paid article in 1974 and, while employed at other jobs, started selling a few pieces in assorted places. He created his first journalism gig. In the late 1970s, when the world was recovering from a recession, the Canadian federal government had a job creation program where, if an employer created a new job, the government would pay part of the wage for the first year or two. The local weekly paper was growing, so he approached the publisher and said this was an opportunity for him to hire a new reporter. The publisher had been thinking along those lines but cost was a factor. No longer.

Over the next 15 years, Daniel eked out a living as a writer doing, among other things, national writing and both radio and TV broadcasting for the CBC, Maclean’s (the national newsmagazine) and a host of smaller publications. Interweaved throughout this period was soul-killing corporate and public relations writing.

It was through the 1960s and 1970s that he got his university experience. In his first year at the University of Calgary, he majored in psychology/mathematics; in his second year he switched to physics/mathematics. He then learned of an independent study program at the University of Lethbridge where he attended the next two years, studying philosophy and economics. In the end he attended university over nine years (four full time) but never qualified for a degree because he didn't have the right number of courses in any particular field.

In 1990 he published his first (and so far, only) book: Practical History: A guide to Will and Ariel Durant’s “The Story of Civilization” (Polymath Press, Calgary)

Newly appointed as the Deputy Executive Editor in August 2011, he has been writing exclusively for Salem-News.com since March 2009 and, as of summer 2011, has published more than 160 stories.

He continues to work on a second book which he began in 1998.

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