Wednesday December 11, 2013
September 12th, 2013
Fifty years ago, average Americans lived in a society where less than $10 of every $100 in personal income went to the nation’s richest 1 percent.
Our top 1 percent are now grabbing just under 20 percent of America’s income, double the 1963 level.
The first thing to remember about nuclear power is that it’s not safe. Just ask Japan.
The second thing to remember is that nuclear power isn’t cheap. Connecticut draws half its juice from nuclear reactors and has the second-highest rates in the country, after Hawaii.
The third thing to know is that everybody lies about it. The power plant designers lie, the builders lie, the utility companies lie, the regulators lie, and the politicians lie.
America’s economic recovery can be measured not only in the performance of stocks — but also of socks.
Most economists, pundits, and politicos see this year’s boom in the stock market and say: “See, the recovery is going splendidly!”
What if they went to such stores as Kohl’s, Target, and Walmart to find out what’s selling? The answer would be: Socks.
Big primary election for mayor of New York City next week, people. Let's take a look at what's been going on. If you stick with me, I promise animal stories. Including kittens.
Right now the big news is on the Democratic side where Bill de Blasio, the current public advocate, has been shooting ahead in the polls. Skyrocketing!
Last time around, there were a lot of known unknowns. We were told of aluminum tubes and a mushroom cloud that only National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice could see, and shown a picture of a white van that Vice President Dick Cheney swore to Secretary of State Colin Powell was a mobile weapons lab. President George W. Bush preferred to act before knowing the knowns rather than take the risk that actual information - the findings of United Nations weapons inspectors - might thwart his dream of invading Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein.
President Obama is betting his presidency on the hope of cooperation from an institution that he disdains and has proved incapable of taming. His roll-the-dice gamble for a congressional go-ahead in Syria may well succeed. Still, the risk is enormous for Obama's fraying credibility, and the implications are significant, not only for the power of this president but for his successors.
I was thumbing through my old "Class of 1965" high school yearbook one day when I was stopped dead cold by an autograph left by one of my teachers: "Dear Clarence: All I ask is that you mention my name when you win your first Pulitzer Prize. Don't forget. Mary Kindell."
I was just fine with the line in the sand. In a civilized world, there must be some line. If not chemical weapons, where?
When people call for a national "conversation" about race, what they really have in mind is a lecture. Sometimes President Obama is among them. So at the expense of alienating critical race theorists, some heresy: If the president wants to understand why he heard car door locks clicking as he walked down the street, he should study those two appalling homicides in Duncan, Okla. and Spokane, Wash. that Fox News is beating the drums about.
Ten days before Christmas 2006, I moved to California, the Shake ‘n Bake State. The first friend I met in my new home was a firefighter with the Forest Service. The first gift I received was a wind-up flashlight for use in the next major earthquake.
That’s our state. Hollywood, beaches, and natural disasters.