Ron Sparks Solution Architect, Author, Poet

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Patriotism Does Not Belong To Veterans

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(copy from my Facebook post) Note to everyone up in arms about #takeAKnee: I come from a ~strong~ military family with a strong military tradition. My brother is a Marine veteranMy brother-in-law is a Navy veteranMy father is a Navy veteranMy grandfather (father’s side) was a WWII Army veteran and POW who fought in the European TheaterMy grandfather (mother’s side) was a WWII Army veteran...

Is Destroying a Confederate Statue the Same as Burning Books?

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A Statue, A Book, a Billboard What does a Confederate statue and a book have in common?  A lot, according to a billboard I saw today. Pittsburgh is a fairly progressive town. It’s one of the reasons why Carey and I fit in so well here. Get just a few miles outside of the city, though, and things start to change drastically. For my Florida friends, you can liken it to the greater Jacksonville...

Sex, Love, & Aliens

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Each second tormented me as I stared at the ceiling.  The normally silent ticks of the clock crashed violently against my ears.  The jack hammer of ticks contained angry peaks while the intolerable silence between housed my despair.   I focused on the deafening sound of the clock as I tried desperately not to think about what had happened. It had seemed like such a good idea...

Pseudoscience and GMO Food

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GMO Hysteria Everyone knows that GMO food is bad right? GMOs are the Frankenstein’s monster of the food world. They’ll give you cancer, diabetes, digestive issues, shorten your lifespan, make you blind, and unleash an epidemic of (insert your poison here) on us all. GMOs are making us all sick and obese. Yeah, GMOs are bad. Except they aren’t bad. The hysteria and negative opinions that surround...

Pseudoscience And Racism

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Racism Today No one admits to being a racist, but racism is alive and well today. Unless you’re a real piece of work you don’t walk around making racist remarks, you don’t disparage another race intentionally, and you don’t go out of your way to antagonize, belittle, or marginalize someone of another race. We don’t have lynchings as a regular thing nowadays and we don’t see the pointy white hats...

The Other Window

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Jahan-Aara sat in the cargo hold of the Kehkashaan, hugging her knees and staring desperately through the ice-encrusted view port. A slow pressure leak near the view port was evident in the ice slowly growing across her field of view. She wondered how much longer she had left to live; this cargo hold was the only section of the vessel able to seal itself off when disaster had struck. Most of the...

Missing Mass

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“I found it, Martin” an urgent Alfonso whispered into the telephone handset. He ran a shaking hand through his wavy hair and repeated himself, “I found it, I tell you, but you won’t believe it. No one will.” Without waiting for the voicemail-received confirmation, he hung up the phone and turned back to his instruments. Alfonso reached up and switched his personal recorder back on. The small...

The Slave, the Emperor, and the Stoic

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A Stoic is Born Two thousand years ago, a man was born. He was born of low stature but his words and deeds would endure and even, today, he is spoken of with reverence and awe. I’m not talking about Jesus. I’m talking about Epictetus – the famous Stoic philosopher. Epictetus was born a slave in Athens. He was the property of his master, who could do with him as he saw fit. Indeed, at...

Parasites, HUmans, and Politics

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“Ahh, we really screwed the pooch this time, Xylee,” said Xestls from the living room, where it was staring at the television. Which was off at the moment. Xylee joined its companion in the living room. Rather, its host body did. Xylee and Xestls were both Xalian, a parasitic and symbiotic lifeform that couldn’t live long outside of a host body. Xlyee’s current host was a human female named...

Her Pet Alligator, Chompers

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I had a dog, a parakeet, and a cat. All of which I didn’t appreciate. My job was to walk the dog, feed the parakeet, and clean the cats’ litter box. Still, today was bring your pet to school day, and I’d opted to bring Sylvester, the parakeet. He was in his cage by the merry-go-round, ignored by all except Mark Wynn’s cat, who was suspiciously eyeing the bird. We were all waiting for the class...

Ron Sparks Solution Architect, Author, Poet

Ron Sparks

Ron Sparks is a technology professional, science fiction and fantasy author and poet living in Zurich, Switzerland. His latest book "ONI: Satellite Earth Series Book 1" is available on Amazon.com.

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A man of many passions, I lay claim to a myriad of interests and hobbies. Among them, I am an amateur astronomer, an avid motorcycle rider, a whiskey aficionado, a (poor) surfer, a scuba diver, a martial artist, a student of philosophy, a proponent of critical thinking, a technologist, an entrepreneur, a cancer survivor, and I harbor a lifelong love of science fiction and fantasy. Feel free to strike up a conversation on the social networks below.

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