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About carlos

I'm a curious person, of reasonable intellect, "on the beach" (retired) and enjoying my interest in anthropology, language, civil rights, and a few other areas. I've been a hippie/student/aerospace tech writer in the '60s, a witness to the Portuguese revolution in the ‘70s, a defense test engineer and witness to the Guatemalan genocide in the '80s, and a network engineer for an ISP in the '90s. Now I’m a student and commentator until my time is up. I've spent time under the spell of the Mesoamerican pyramids and the sweet sound of the Portuguese language. I've lived in Europe, traveled in Brazil, Central America, Iceland, New Zealand, and other places. My preferred mode of travel is with a backpack and I eat (almost) anything local. Somehow, many of the countries I have been to have had civil unrest (for which I was not responsible). I'm open to correspond with anyone who might share my liberal, humanist interests. I live in San Buenaventura, California.

Canta, Canta Amigo, Canta


 Canta, canta amigo canta Letra e música: António Macedo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLiCZCYon68 Canta canta amigo canta                                         Sing, my friend, sing vem cantar a nossa canção                                     come and sing our song tu sozinho não és nada                                            you alone are nothing juntos temos … Continue reading

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Why Do Local Community Police Need Military Weapons?


Neighborhood Policing: The view from inside a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MWRAP) vehicle I have watched new policing methods since Mayberry RFD, to the adoption of bullet-proof vests to SWAT teams. The adoption of these new methods were reasonable. What is … Continue reading

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In Support of e-Cigarettes


                               In Support of e-Cigarettes as a Substitute for                                     Tar-Containing Tobacco Cigarettes As a recent convert to e-cigarettes I made a simple test to satisfy what I had known since I was a teenager.  If you inhale on a tobacco … Continue reading

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Crimea, The Charge of the Light Brigade, Ukraine, Historical Perspective


I think most people are confused about Ukraine, the horrible pogroms, Polish/Ukraine mutual ethnic cleansing and why Khrushchev amputated Crimea from the USSR only a few decades ago and why Putin is a little nervous at having the West move … Continue reading

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Is the American Psychiatric Association Going Nuts? DSM-5 in the Eyes of the World.


I am not a psychiatrist, nor am I a chef.  However, it doesn’t take a chef to know when a container of milk has gone sour.  I won’t criticize the preparation of a béarnaise sauce, nor will I express an … Continue reading

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Sinister Predjudice


I am right-handed and have always suspended judgement of lefties much as I would a gap between one’s incisors.  I did not know that lefties were routinely excluded from studies much as one would exclude a statistical outlier.  The issue … Continue reading

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Cruel and Unusual Punishment


Return to the Snake Pit Long have we condemned the mentally ill in our society to counter-therapeutic residence in prisons.  Those unable to cope with living in society are subjected to dehumanizing captivity in prisons designed to punish the defenseless … Continue reading

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