… We absolutely need to win the next mid-term election …

I graduated high school in 1966. Abortion was outlawed then, of course. But even though birth control pills were starting to become available, only married women could get them, and only with written permission from their husbands. Many doctors refused to prescribe them. Taking them was a moral offense that would get you excommunicated from … Continue reading … We absolutely need to win the next mid-term election …

…Elementary Education Has Gone Terribly Wrong …

In the early grades, U.S. schools value reading-comprehension skills over knowledge. The results are devastating, especially for poor kids. Justyna Stasik At first glance, the classroom I was visiting at a high-poverty school in Washington, D.C., seemed like a model of industriousness. The teacher sat at a desk in the corner, going over student work, … Continue reading …Elementary Education Has Gone Terribly Wrong …

…Goodbye, and good riddance …

“If you want to leave, take good care, hope you make a lot of nice friends out there.” — From the song “Wild World” by Cat Stevens This is for those of you who’ve chosen to quit your jobs rather than submit to a vaccine mandate. No telling how many of you there actually are, … Continue reading …Goodbye, and good riddance …

… Why every strain is a hybrid …

According to a legacy grower ... If you've shopped for flower at a dispensary more than once, you're familiar with this question: “Do you like sativas or indicas?” And if you're like me it's the question that makes you roll your eyes, because: 1. Don't talk to me like a noob. 2. Indicas and sativas … Continue reading … Why every strain is a hybrid …

…President Biden meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky …

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky attending a meeting at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., on Tuesday. PHOTO: DREW ANGERER/GETTY IMAGES President Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky are expected on Wednesday to discuss the countries’ bilateral relations and Ukraine’s tensions with Russia and aspirations to join the West, addressing a simmering foreign policy challenge for Mr. Biden … Continue reading …President Biden meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky …

… Why Is Merrick Garland Defending Bill Barr’s Policies?…

Biden’s attorney general is siding with Donald Trump’s Justice Department... ... on everything from the Mueller Report ... to a rape accusation ... Merrick Garland took the helm of the United States Justice Department three months ago, guided by a brilliant legal mind and the best of intentions. So many of us were filled with hope. … Continue reading … Why Is Merrick Garland Defending Bill Barr’s Policies?…

… After the gold standard, …

...we got bigger government and a smaller dollar August marks the 50th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s infamous decision to “close the gold window,” reneging on the U.S. government’s pledge to redeem dollars for gold. Although Nixon’s action spelled the end of the postwar Bretton Woods framework, the system in place circa 1970 was a pale shadow … Continue reading … After the gold standard, …

… Avoiding A Covid-19 Economic Meltdown Depends On These 4 Things …

How well the American economy performs over the short- and intermediate-term depends on the path of the coronavirus. At issue is the recent surge in new Covid-19 cases and deaths due to the highly contagious Delta variant and the more recent Lambda variant. Another factor is the clash between politics and science. As we experience … Continue reading … Avoiding A Covid-19 Economic Meltdown Depends On These 4 Things …

… Press Secretary Jen Psaki is Good At Mending Fences…

Just Don’t Call Her Nice. It’s a summer Friday. President Biden is at his Delaware beach house, where he delivered a brief speech about that morning’s encouraging jobs numbers. Washington, D.C., is quiet—some might say eerily so. (The lead from Michelle Goldberg’s column that morning in The New York Times: “We are in the eye … Continue reading … Press Secretary Jen Psaki is Good At Mending Fences…

… Is It Finally Time? …

... to Begin Calling Trumpism Fascist? The 45th president during an inflammatory Ohio speech in June. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images One of the real quandaries of Trump-era politics has been how to describe the school of thought (or action) its central figure leads. The more it has become apparent that the 45th president and his … Continue reading … Is It Finally Time? …

… Guilty Parties …

Two entrepreneurs have built a business dredging up white women’s shame. Photo: Jesus Trillo Lago/Getty Images/iStockphoto Were White Fragility to be adapted as reality TV, the result might look something like this: A collection of affluent white women, equipped with varying degrees of vanity and self-delusion, gather at a well-appointed dinner table. There, they face … Continue reading … Guilty Parties …

… Exclusive: Documents Reveal Erik Prince’s $10 Billion Plan …

..to Make Weapons and Create a Private Army in Ukraine On the second night of his visit to Kyiv, Erik Prince had a dinner date on his agenda. A few of his Ukrainian associates had arranged to meet the American billionaire at the Vodka Grill that evening, Feb. 23, 2020. The choice of venue seemed … Continue reading … Exclusive: Documents Reveal Erik Prince’s $10 Billion Plan …

… ‘Rise of the Moors’ Standoff Shuts Down I-95 …

: Who Are They and What Do They Believe? Police arrested members of a Rhode Island–based militia after a lengthy standoff. The suspects are part of a group that believes that they are not bound by U.S. law. Police work in the area of an hours long standoff with a group of armed men that … Continue reading … ‘Rise of the Moors’ Standoff Shuts Down I-95 …

… Fourth of July thoughts …

America has been through a lot in the last two decades.   “Notwithstanding the dark picture I have this day presented, of the state of the nation, I do not despair of this country.” — Frederick Douglass If the United States still exists in five years, our country will have existed for 250 years. If … Continue reading … Fourth of July thoughts …

… Stop Using Phony Science to Justify Transphobia …

Actual research shows that sex is anything but binary Antiscientific sentiment bombards our politics, or so says the Intellectual Dark Web (IDW). Chief among these antiscientific sentiments, the IDW cites the rising visibility of transgender civil rights demands. To the IDW, trans people and their advocates are destroying the pillars of our society with such … Continue reading … Stop Using Phony Science to Justify Transphobia …

… More Churches Up in Flames in Canada as Outrage Against Catholic Church Grows …

The incidents occur amid ongoing reports of more than 1,000 unmarked graves of Indigenous children found at former residential schools, with the latest site announced in B.C. on Wednesday.     A FIRE BURNS A CATHOLIC CHURCH   Another two Catholic Churches have been torched in Canada, as more Indigenous Nations have confirmed unmarked graves … Continue reading … More Churches Up in Flames in Canada as Outrage Against Catholic Church Grows …

… 2 Children Out Walking Get Caught Between a Gunman and His Target …

The harrowing scene in the Bronx, captured on surveillance video Gunfire erupts on a Bronx sidewalk, and several passers-by, including a 5-year-old boy and his 10-year-old sister, rush toward a bodega’s entrance for shelter.     But the children collide with a man who is also racing for cover, and all three fall to the … Continue reading … 2 Children Out Walking Get Caught Between a Gunman and His Target …

…Can Biden Reverse Trump’s Damage to the State Department? …

Reeling from the leadership of Rex Tillerson and Mike Pompeo, career officials wonder whether Secretary of State Antony Blinken can revitalize American diplomacy. Last year, in the early hours of October 27th, Philip Walton, an American citizen living and working as a farmer in southern Niger, was kidnapped in front of his family by armed … Continue reading …Can Biden Reverse Trump’s Damage to the State Department? …

… How virus detectives trace the origins of an outbreak – and why it’s so tricky …

Every time there is a major disease outbreak, one of the first questions scientists and the public ask is: “Where did this come from?” In order to predict and prevent future pandemics like COVID-19, researchers need to find the origin of the viruses that cause them. This is not a trivial task. Theorigin of HIV … Continue reading … How virus detectives trace the origins of an outbreak – and why it’s so tricky …

… Future-Proofing the Presidency …

  JIM LO SCALZO / EPA From the moment that Donald Trump took office, he began to profit personally from holding the office of the presidency. Here, President-elect Trump arrives to be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States in Washington Jan. 20, 2017. A treasure map for an American tyrant Donald … Continue reading … Future-Proofing the Presidency …