Author Archives: Julius Willis

About Julius Willis

A former Philippines newspaper publisher and businessman, Julius resettled in California, USA, where he simultaneously worked as an instructional and technical writer and engineering department manager and taught college for 26 years. Now retired, he serves as a member of the Alameda County Housing & Community Development Advisory Committee. He also served as a member of the City of Hayward's General Plan Task Force and the city's Planning, Personnel, Citizens Advisory, and Community Services commissions.

Are Conservatives (Republicans) Proposing Sharia Law For The United States?


This poster has been making the rounds in social network sites and chat rooms. It looks pretty logical, considering what Republicans (and conservatives) have been batting for. The poster points out that Sharia Law (Islamic Law) is pretty similar to … Continue reading

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It’s not their religion, politics, or culture – it’s our abiding, fundamental distrust of others


More and more people are turning out to be rude, offensive, intolerant, and sometimes verbally violent in discussion forums and social networking sites across the Internet. The incivility is worrisome. What is our problem? Why are more of us becoming … Continue reading

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MLMs, pyramids, and other dubious marketing schemes: not only illegal but immoral and unethical


A friend abandoned his successful real estate business a couple of years ago to join a multi-level marketing (MLM) operation. Because he tried to convince me to team up with him to “earn money big time” and live in luxury, … Continue reading

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At a San Lorenzo Cemetery: stories of the pioneers who blazed trails and built a region


There are the once famous, wealthy, and powerful men and women: John Lewelling, Elvy Lewelling, William Meek, and Fidela Meek, among dozens of others. And there are the lonely paupers and losers: Edward Lind, Ralph London, Albert Howe, Henry Nelson, … Continue reading

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The venerable Heald College: an institution brought to ruin by corporate incompetence and greed


Heald College was known as Heald’s Business College when it was established in 1863 by Edward Payson Heald. My experience with the venerable institution began when I started teaching evening classes for the school’s Electronic Engineering Technology degree courses at … Continue reading

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The 2015 House Select Committee Hearings on Benghazi: in aid of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign


The 2015 House Select Committee’s investigation into the events at Benghazi during an Islamic terrorist attack on the US consulate there on September 11, 2012 – aimed at being “in aid of legislation” – began and continued as a “hearing … Continue reading

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End of a political dynasty: unbridled government corruption, thievery gets a beating in the Philippines


Kleptocracy and the Binay political dynasty received a severe beating in the Philippines when the country’s Ombudsman – an officer with extraordinary powers to fight and eliminate graft and corruption in public office – ordered the “permanent dismissal” and perpetual … Continue reading

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On stupid people with twisted minds, and why we have murderers, rapists, stalkers and serial killers, etc.


Why are there people like Michelle Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump? Why are there serial killers, stalkers, rapists, and mass murderers? It is said that 10 percent of the human population is made up of people who … Continue reading

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While the Philippines’ economy grows, the number of its people living in extreme poverty continues to rise


A London-based research firm has projected that the Philippines will be the 26th largest economy in the world (rising from its current 45th position) by the year 2025. But the same organization could not make any good predictions for the … Continue reading

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