Thursday November 26, 2015
August 6th, 2015
There are several passages in the new book “Overloaded and Underprepared” that fill me with sadness for American high school students, the most driven of whom are forever in search of a competitive edge. Some use stimulants like Adderall. Some cheat.
But the part of the book that somehow got to me most was about sleep.
War is hell. Post-Civil War, Reconstruction was hellish.
In a beauty contest, however, Reconstruction was in a dead heat with the Redemption for ugliness.
The difference had to do with the losers in both. In the former it was Dixie. In the latter, it was people with black skin.
When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states must recognize same-sex marriages, dissenting Chief Justice John Roberts wondered whether polygamy will be next. Some legal scholars have responded that yes, the arguments for gay marriage could apply to relationships among more than two partners, as well.
The latest controversy over Hillary Clinton's emails -- the allegation that classified information was improperly transmitted on her private email server -- is, or should be, a non-scandal.
Clinton has only herself to blame for a lot of the email mess. She should have behaved like other government officials and used an official account, however cumbersome the multiple device consequences might have been.
Everett Alvarez Jr. sometimes goes days without thinking about the hell he endured - nearly nine years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, one of the longest periods of captivity in U.S. military history.
"I'm too busy," says the former Navy commander, who is 77 now and runs his own multimillion-dollar IT and management consulting company in Northern Virginia.
The more we learn about driverless and Internet-connected cars, the more we're learning to fear them. Between reports of test-drive accidents, however minor, and hackings on actual highways, new automotive technology is sparking a fresh push by national governments to regulate these next-generation vehicles.
At long last Republican presidential hopefuls crept out of their foxholes, where they’d been cowering and maintaining radio silence, to attack Donald Trump.
With one or two exceptions, the field went AWOL as Trump trashed immigrants, calling them drug runners and rapists. But as soon as Trump said “I like people who weren’t captured,” suggesting that Senator John McCain was less than a hero, they pounced.
Stanford, Georgetown, and other universities are stripping coal stocks and bonds out of their endowments. Why? For starters, they don’t want to lose money.
At least 200 U.S. coal-fired power plants have stopped operating since 2010, shrinking the total fleet by 40 percent. The price steelmakers pay for coal has withered, sinking by two-thirds over the past four years.