Tag: politics

Political Fever in Greece

November 6th, 2012, No Comments

I’m down with a fever and other maladies from an excess of enthusiasm by private demonstrators using spray cans holding materials you’d rather not inquire into very closely. In the mean time, I’ve been listening to the other forms of fever in this ancestral home of republics. The predictions and endorsements are all in, favoring […]

Libya

April 3rd, 2011, No Comments

Nicholas Kristof always manages to raise our hopes for a future without oppression even as he details life at its worst for people (often women) around the world. In his latest column, he reminds us that the horrors of war are solely justifiable in the effort to preserve life. How can we condemn or ignore […]

My Case Continues: The Morality of Litigation, part IV

March 16th, 2011, No Comments

My case, cited here, disappeared before the court in an unusual decision made in 2007. As my (then) five year old case was still missing the lion’s share of discovery documents and a witness list, it was marked ‘disposed’ with leave to renew once we’d done our homework. In a highly unusual move, the court […]

Toxics: Common Threads from Fracking to Pesticides

February 27th, 2011, 2 Comments

The New York Times published an impressive article on ‘fracking’ or the extraction of gas fuel from deep underground wells by “…injecting huge amounts of water, mixed with sand and chemicals, at high pressures to break up rock formations and release the gas.”. Entitled, “Regulation Lax as Gas Wells’ Tainted Water Hits Rivers” by Ian […]

Yes, Virginia. There Are Economic Realities (Krugman and the SCOTUS)

January 31st, 2011, No Comments

Nobel prize-winning economist Professor Paul Krugman wrote his opinion of where the President might take the theme of his State of the Union address. The theme of concern was “competitiveness”. The column was of particular interest to me because my entire life was disrupted by a myth that we practiced capitalism in this country even […]

The Repeal of Life

January 20th, 2011, 1 Comment

The New York Times published their tepid account of the actions of the House of Representatives actions to pass a ‘repeal’ of health care even though all involved knew that it would not become law. Where is the outrage? Why is the bid to remove, rather than improve health care for the masses considered to […]

Voting Booths are Not Houses of Worship

January 9th, 2011, 1 Comment

Charles Blow of the NY Times wrote a column about religious affiliation being a requirement for those aspiring to hold political office. His research spoke to the fact that huge numbers of Americans are ‘unaffiliated’ with any religious organization, regardless of their theology. Mr. Blow admirably points out the unfairness of the unaffiliated being forced […]

The Media and HealthCare

January 7th, 2011, No Comments

Several articles stood out in recent weeks as typical of the manner in which public opinion can be swayed by a press corp which is overly impressed with the dramatic license taken by news figures. In an astonishing lack of respect for the intelligence of its audience, journalists today feel compelled to allow ‘news-worthy’ individuals […]

All I want is Czechoslovakia – Appeasement Politics in the U.S.

November 19th, 2010, 6 Comments

Ezra Klein’s article in today’s Washington Post is a prime example of how easily we can mistake the dirty pool of politics for government policy. While earmarks are being banned (in a non-binding sort of way), we are ignoring the fact that every single item on the US legislative agenda is automatically turned into an […]

Veterans Continue to Lead by Example and Sacrifice: The ‘Invisible’ Injuries of the Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans

November 11th, 2010, No Comments

Pesticides. Yes, that is a recurring theme on this blog because, as even the CDC has remarked, pesticides are ubiquitous in our environment. There is no escaping exposures to these toxic chemicals despite the body of laws contained in the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act ( FIFRA), supposedly governing their use. No one can […]

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