Tuesday September 01, 2015
March 26th, 2015
As a teaching assistant in a class on race in the United States, I’ve probably paid more attention to the #BlackLivesMatter movement than a lot of my white peers.
The professor who teaches the course here in Madison, Wisconsin — where I’m pursuing a PhD in sociology — is an expert on racial disparities in policing. But now I’m learning a devastating lesson in the subject from outside the classroom.
The United States Senate is worse than ever.
I know this is hard for you to believe, people. But, really, this week was a new bottom. The Senate found itself unable to pass a bill aiding victims of human trafficking, a practice so terrible that it is one of the few subjects on which members of Congress find it fairly easy to work in bipartisan amity.
As the saying goes, "to err is human, to forgive is divine," to which I'd add: "To ignore" is even more human, and the results rarely divine. None of us would be human if we didn't occasionally get so wedded to our wishes that we failed to notice - or outright ignored - the facts on the ground that make a laughingstock of our hopes. Only when the gap gets too wide to ignore does policy change.
Near my home in Austin, Texas, there’s an old refurbished motel with a keep-it-real attitude that’s expressed right on its iconic marquee: “No additives, No preservatives, Corporate-free since 1938.”
More and more businesses across the country are adopting this attitude. They’re responding to their customers’ craving for buy-local, un-corporate, anti-chain alternatives.
It dawned on Thomas Edison that sunshine could drive both his inventions and his friend Henry Ford’s horseless carriages.
“I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy,” he told Ford and Harvey Firestone, another enterprising inventor. “What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”
This is a country laden with oil, diamonds, Porsche-driving millionaires and toddlers starving to death. New UNICEF figures show this well-off but corrupt African nation is ranked No. 1 in the world in the rate at which children die before the age of 5.
In high-stakes politics, sometimes the action of a little-known player drastically alters the chessboard with significant results. Such was the case of Curtis Gans, a serious game-changer who, as a University of North Carolina graduate, helped engineer the end of the Lyndon Johnson presidency.
When a Man's fancy gets astride on his Reason;
When Imagination is at Cuffs with the Senses; and
common Understanding, as well as common Sense,
is Kickt out of Doors; the first Proselyte he makes,
Few things sell ideas in American politics like a good farm story.
Just ask Representative Dave Reichert. He held a hearing recently on the impact of the estate tax on farms and small businesses.
An outspoken critic of the tax, Reichert was inspired by a recent story featuring the McBrides — an old farming family from the town of Issaquah in his suburban Seattle district.