Excellent, detailed, explanation of where U.S. handling of pandemics has failed so abysmally.

The key issues are becoming informed early on, arranging for wide-spread testing, and keeping/disseminating the statistical data that allows productive planning, e.g., figuring how we'll have the millions more beds we may need. This administration made mistakes at every key stage from gutting the office that would over engaged in the necessary oversight and information … Continue reading Excellent, detailed, explanation of where U.S. handling of pandemics has failed so abysmally.

This is what happens with dictators instead of the rule of law

Our President is making many decisions about protection of the environment on his gut instincts (because he's so much smarter than anyone else even without having studied or consulted anyone) or based on what will benefit business interests now, rather than long-term. The climate resiliency study that was planned for New York City has stopped … Continue reading This is what happens with dictators instead of the rule of law

Half of U.S. voters don’t vote — why?

I've read the author's book about regionalism in the U.S. and recommend it highly. This is also worth your time if you'd like to understand how we wind up with the winners we do. https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/02/19/knight-nonvoter-study-decoding-2020-election-wild-card-115796?cid=apn Half of Americans Don’t Vote. What Are They Thinking? Inside the largest ever survey of the politically disengaged. Photos by … Continue reading Half of U.S. voters don’t vote — why?

Frightening article about the effect of an acquittal

In general, outside the environmental activity area, I’ve avoided political posts. But this article does a superb job of summing up the consequences of acquitting Donald J. Trump under the legal theories espoused during the trial. Democracy, and its separation of powers, in the United States will — and I mean this literally — will … Continue reading Frightening article about the effect of an acquittal

Even Oprah hasn’t figured out that “black lives matter” applies to Latinx in books

Whether or not she always enjoys her status, Oprah Winfrey has great power by virtue of her fame and familiarity. One area where what she says means dollars in the pockets of small bookstore owners is her periodic recommendation of a book to read. When Oprah speaks out on other issues such as #metoo or … Continue reading Even Oprah hasn’t figured out that “black lives matter” applies to Latinx in books

Failure of governments to fight the climate crisis violate the human rights of its citizens

Amazing judgment out of Netherlands, if upheld, would require the government mandate an abrupt, huge reduction in pollutants and other causes of the climate crisis — to a level 25% below the 1990’s. The economic effects will be massive but only this sort of effort will be sufficient. https://earther.gizmodo.com/courts-grant-a-landmark-climate-victory-that-could-resh-1840553657

Think romance novels aren’t controversial? Think again

There’s little doubt that some passages in romance novels are racist, particularly in years past. But such language was largely ignored until Courtney Milan began pointing out the language. Now she has been disciplined by the Romance Writers of America (RWA) while those who write in an unobjectionable manner have received no censure. While I … Continue reading Think romance novels aren’t controversial? Think again