Monthly Archives: September 2013

House Republicans want to destroy the town to save it

The logic of House Republicans should ring familiar to those old-timers who lived through the Viet Nam War. What they want to do is “Destroy the town to save it.” The original quote was attributed to an unnamed U.S. officer

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Turning healthy vegetables into unhealthy chips symbolic of cultural homogenization

What could be healthier than starting dinner with a seaweed salad, then moving on to brown rice and black beans with a side of kale? What a rich balance of delicious tastes and colorful foods, and how healthy. Lots of

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Let’s not be lulled by a lull in global warming

A few news stories don’t make a trend, but it seems as if the mass media are misreading some short term trends to present a more optimistic view of our future on earth than we really face. Much of the

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A poem from “Music from Words” about 2 oppressed housewives of the 1950’s

I’ve been occasionally posting one of the poems from my book, Music from Words. My hope is that some dear readers will buy one or more copies of the book. The best place to buy Music from Words is either

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Moving in retirement to avoid school taxes is the epitome of the politics of selfishness

Last time we cited Tom Sightings, self-proclaimed retirement expert, he was conjuring images of the various dream retirements to which he assumed the American public might aspire.  His catalogue of utopias reflected the pro-suburban ideology that dominates the mass media:

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Latest mass shooting shows need for stiffer gun purchase laws and better national database

The Washington Naval Yard mass murder has produced a macabre good news/bad news story: The good news is that a week before the shooting a Virginia gun dealer didn’t sell an AR-15 assault rifle to the shooter, Aaron Alexis, because

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New book shows that poverty affects brain and makes it harder to think, work, learn

Thanks to Cass Sunstein for reviewing Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much in the latest New York Review of Books. In Scarcity, Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir collect and analyze an impressive amount of research to demonstrate that

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For your reading pleasure, another poem from OpEdge author’s book

I’ve been occasionally posting one of the poems from my book, Music from Words. My hope is that some dear readers will buy one or more copies of the book. The best place to buy Music from Words is either

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Study implies the American dream has been reduced to a series of financial goals

Debt free and financially secure at retirement. That’s how people now define the American dream, according to a new study by Credit.com. Here are all the results: Define the American Dream Retiring financially secure:  27.9% Being debt-free:  23% Owning a

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NYC mayoral debate shows news media ignorance and focus on the irrelevant

We saw what was wrong with political coverage in the last debate between the major contenders for the Democratic nominee for mayor of New York City: the media is ignorant and creates irrelevant sideshows. The very first question by a

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