Wednesday September 17, 2014
August 18th, 2014
There's very little that the Chinese government likes less than the projection of U.S. military power. The reasons range widely - from a general distaste for the U.S. meddling outside its borders to Beijing's frequent support for autocratic regimes. China steadfastly opposed the idea of U.S. intervention in Syria, for instance, and in 2011, it refused to back military action in Libya (though it abstained from the Security Council vote to authorize strikes).
As the number of lives claimed by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa rises above 1,000, the rate of infection among women is outpacing that among men because women are the caregivers, nurses and cross-border traders, health officials report.
Outbreaks are thought to originate through contact with infected forest animals, often making men who hunt for bushmeat or handle the meat the first targets of infection.
According to much conventional wisdom, the flap over corporate "tax inversions" is just the latest evidence that the tax code needs a comprehensive overhaul like the one agreed to by congressional leaders and President Reagan in 1986.
"Did one look at what one saw or did one see what one looked at?"
- Hart Crane
This question seems especially striking in light of the struggles in Ferguson, Mo., and the response by members of the media and others. Three examples:
"Forgetting MLK's Message: Protesters in Missouri Turn To Violence" - FOX News chyron.
Americans, it must be admitted, are not always the most engaged people on world issues. It's a sad truth.
But the world, at this moment, is aflame, and more Americans must perk up and pay attention. Before we know it, we will have already been drawn into these conflicts.
When I first encountered Neil deGrasse Tyson, I thought, "What a nice man." He was on the TV screens at New York's Hayden Planetarium, where he's director, urging us to behold the wonder of -- to use the biblical term -- the heavens.
That impression only grew on seeing his television show, "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey." Here he bursts with elation over the great scientific breakthroughs, guiding us into the subject with the kindly enthusiasm of the gifted teacher.
Robert Sagastume is Honduran by birth, American by choice and legally stuck somewhere in between by politics. He is also the embodiment of the humanitarian problem at the heart of our border crisis.
Now a 26-year-old Midwestern college student, he escaped as a teenager from San Pedro Sula, the Honduran city widely cited as the most violent city on earth. This is the area from which the majority of the stranded Central American children have fled.
Every once in a while, research quantifies the effects of certain education policies on students. Then, the results are often shelved in favor of the prevailing "common sense." As in: If you want more scientists, mandate more science courses in school.
With so many homeowners and businesses making greener energy choices, private utilities — along with big oil, gas, coal, and nuclear companies — see the writing on the wall.
Unlike some other denizens of the fossil-fueled set, this gang isn’t beating oil wells into solar panels, retiring nuclear reactors, or embracing wind and geothermal power. Instead, these guys are trying to coax lawmakers into rigging the rules against increasingly competitive new energy alternatives.
You can lead a kid to vegetables, but you can’t make her eat. Especially if the food doesn’t taste good.
That’s what the government found out in the wake of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.