Thursday September 03, 2015
April 30th, 2015
Faith in our justice system is scant in some communities - often the ones with the most direct experience with police, prosecutors and judges.
Like in Curly's Barbering Services, a little shop in a Prince George's County strip mall always packed with customers who talk long and loud way after their hair is done.
So machines are now able to assess a human's mood. "Emotion detection software" has put robots one step closer to replacing the humans who work -- or used to work -- in what we in the olden days called "customer relations."
The Obama team's effort to negotiate a deal with Iran that could prevent the Iranians from developing a nuclear bomb for at least a decade is now entering its critical final stage. I hope that a good, verifiable deal can be finalized, but it will not be easy. If it were, we'd have it by now. Here are the major challenges:
In a sane world, the Republican-led Senate would have confirmed Loretta Lynch as attorney general months ago. But sanity hasn't been seen around here in some time.
I'm walking in a minefield here in rural Angola, tailing a monster rat.
This is a Gambian pouched rat, a breed almost 3 feet from nose to tail, the kind of rat that gives cats nightmares. Yet this rat is a genius as well as a giant, for it has learned how to detect land mines by scent - and it's doing its best to save humans like me from blowing up.
America has yet to achieve a full recovery from the effects of the 2008 financial crisis. Still, it seems fair to say that we've made up much, though by no means all, of the lost ground.
"We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom."
That epigram from E.O. Wilson captures the dilemma of our era. Yet the solution of some folks is to disdain wisdom.
Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 eliminated the threat of global communism, the one glue that held together Republicans has been cutting top marginal tax rates to promote economic growth.
That Velcro is cracking.
They sure know how to bury the lead at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
On Thursday, the CDC issued its annual National Youth Tobacco Survey; the headline in the accompanying news release read: "E-cigarette use triples among middle and high school students in just one year."
Howard Schultz has a way of making a believer out of you.