Don’t think you enjoy white privilege?

Altho I got this list from Facebook, I'm going to keep it close as it's a detailed reminder of the extent to which blacks, particularly black men, must worry that every single thing they do or don't do could get them arrested or killed. I have privilege as a white person because I can do … Continue reading Don’t think you enjoy white privilege?

The Trump administration continues its destruction of all environmental protection

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/climate/trump-environment-rollbacks.html Calling the rules unnecessary and burdensome to the fossil fuel industry and other businesses, his administration has weakened Obama-era limits on planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and from cars and trucks, and rolled back many more rules governing clean air, water and toxic chemicals. Several major reversals have been finalized in recent … Continue reading The Trump administration continues its destruction of all environmental protection

Dog breeder hired for White House coronavirus task force

It shouldn't be a partisan question about whether or not President Trump should hire the most capable and experienced people to participate in planning how the coronavirus should be fought and how this nation is to emerge better than it was before. It would be nice however if there was more than our trusted friend, … Continue reading Dog breeder hired for White House coronavirus task force

Coronavirus exposes racial disparities that coincide with economic status

New York City is seeing a higher percentage of the population that is African American, Latinos, and other minorities infected with or dying of COVID-19 than their representation in society. Why? It appears fairly obvious. Essential employees who must go to work with or without protection are disproportionately minorities. The article makes this point factually … Continue reading Coronavirus exposes racial disparities that coincide with economic status

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?