Wednesday December 11, 2013
Archive - May 2013
You may think that your most significant interaction with bees is trying not to get stung. But, in fact, you have bees to thank for nearly one-third of all food crops: almonds, apples, peaches, honey, and watermelons, to name a few.
If our bees are in trouble, then we’re in trouble too.
Right now you are undoubtedly asking yourself: What does the return to Congress of the disgraced ex-governor Mark Sanford mean to me?
By most measures, Holden Thorp's five-year tenure as the chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which is coming to an end next month, was a roaring success. The university went from 19th to ninth in federal research grants. Undergraduate applications rose 43 percent. And, at a time when university budgets are under extreme pressure, Thorp helped keep UNC an affordable public university.
As a mom, I can't help but cringe.
As a thinking adult, I can't help but reconsider.
Now that his presidential library has opened for business in Dallas, perhaps we can retire the useful myth of George W. Bush, cattle rancher. Today, he's an artist, painting not western scenes but lap dogs. I never bought that brush-cutting business anyway. I always figured Bush was indoors in the afternoon heat, pedaling a stationary bicycle and watching baseball on TV.
You see it in stores across our country and around the world: colorful and stylish clothing with happy-sounding brand names like Children’s Place, Papaya, Joe Fresh, and Mango.
The debate over the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya that briefly enlivened the 2012 presidential campaign will be revived today (Wednesday) in a hearing before a House committee exploring allegations that the Obama administration was derelict in failing to respond.
For all the armchair generals advocating U.S. military intervention in Syria, I have a few questions:
Is human suffering the reason for the United States to act? That is the noblest and most altruistic of motives, and the estimated 70,000 lives that have been lost in Syria constitute a tragedy. But is there a numerical benchmark that constitutes a trigger for intervention?