Monthly Archives: February 2015

Netanyahu uses faulty logic to justify a dangerous & unwise policy

Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu’s reasoning makes as little sense as his overall strategy. Netanyahu is determined to scuttle the imminent deal between Iran and the P5+1 countries over Iran’s development of nuclear energy and nuclear weapons. (BTW, P5+1 refers to the

We need to initiate a massive campaign to make LAWS against the law

Does your spell check program ever frustrate you when it changes the grammatically correct “the person who” to the incorrect “the person that” or misses your mistake when you write the incorrect “the company and their employees” instead of the

What did Scott Walker miss by quitting college before he earned a degree?

I have no problem with the fact that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker didn’t finish college. Having a college diploma is not an absolute requirement for serving as assemblyperson, county executive, governor or even president. Of course our only president without

Our latest irrelevant distraction: Whose fault if Congress doesn’t fund Homeland Security?

If and when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) loses its funding, will we, the American people, blame the Republicans as we usually do when the federal government or parts of it shut down because of a funding stand-off? Or

Media covers up transgressions by Williams, Cosby & others, until it doesn’t

Today’s New York Times contains four articles on Brian Williams’ propensity to lie about his personal involvement in ongoing news stories such as the Iraq War and Hurricane Katrina: two in the business section, one in the science pages and

If NBC uses the Dan Rather standard, it’ll force Brian Williams to resign

If NBC follows the Dan Rather standard, it will either force Brian Williams to resign or fire him. Williams is the NBC news anchor who for years has said he rode a helicopter that underwent enemy fire during the ill-fated

“Liberal” cultural psychologist foregoes science to accept the premises of the right wing

Several progressive friends of mine were raving about Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, which is about three years old, so I read it. In it, Haidt, a social psychologist at New

New Yorker & Times writers use verbal selfies to communicate myth that science & math are hard & not fun

The epidemic of verbal selfies used to begin feature articles continues unabated. It seems as if every other feature article begins with something about the writer—personal struggles with the problem under discussion, an anecdote from childhood, a favorite professor’s lecture