Archive for October 23rd, 2011
Automobile ads love to show shiny vehicles cruising open highways under blue skies with mountains and beaches nearby. When was the last time you took a drive like that? For most of us, our cars are merely workhorses to haul us around town.
Still, it’s possible to break out of the rut. Magnificent roads are never far: These routes slice through forests, dance along the coastlines and thread through mountain passes. They’re scenic drives, yes, but they’re also classically American (continue reading…)
Do Christians have moral obligations to animate creation? Many say no, citing the mandate to “have dominion” over all living things (Genesis 1:28) as reason enough to dismiss notions of animal welfare as a religious obligation. This verse is unambiguous, they argue, demonstrating that animals are a gift from God, available for human consumption whether as food, labor, entertainment or use in scientific research.
But is the language of Genesis so devoid of ambiguity? Some readers may happily embrace the instruction to “have dominion” but overlook the charge “Be fruitful and multiply” in the first half of the verse, perhaps using birth control without any qualm. Why is one imperative limited in scope, while the other universal and timeless? Who determines what laws remain in force, and which cease to apply? The same cynical respondent may also point out that the very next verse describes a plant-based diet, the first reference to food in the Bible (Genesis 1:29; the diet of 9:3 appears to be a concession for a sinful world, not an ideal state) (continue reading…)
In July, a post in this corner,( “America Needs a President Who Will Confront The Financial Industry’s Hegemony Over Our Lives” 07.14.11) opened as follows:
“No one in a position of authority in our government today seems to understand fully the threat to American institutions and ideals represented by the untrammeled clout the financial industry now holds permeating the halls of government through the power of influence and money. We are barreling toward a destabilizing schism in our society where one interest group, the finance world and its allies, are running the nation to their own economic benefit, oblivious of the pain and loss being endured by their fellow citizens on the Main Streets of our towns and villages and the neighborhoods and tenements of our cities
Our president, whose objectives are certainly sincere, has surrounded himself with men whose formation and ties run deep into the culture of Wall Street — be it his Chief of Staff William Daley, formerly Midwest Chairman of JPMorgan Chase; Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Former Chair of the New York Fed, or Gary Gensler, Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and former Goldman Sachs partner — while consulting freely with Warren Buffet, that champion of and investor in Goldman Sachs. In many ways very little has changed from the previous administration when the Treasury and virtually all government agencies responsible for financial oversight were in some manner beholden to Wall Street houses and banks, and when the crunch came in September 2008 it was their “club” members who were bailed, while the rest of the country sank into a miasma of recession and unemployment. As Sheila Bair was quoted in the New York Times Magazine (“Sheila Bair’s Bank Shot” 07.09.11) saying to Joe Nocera: “You know, Wall Street barely missed a beat with their bonuses (continue reading…)
CRAIG FERGUSON — DOES THIS NEED TO BE SAID? ($16.99; Comedy Central/Paramount) — I’ve made it clear before that I think Craig Ferguson is the cat’s meow. (See “Who’s The King Of Late NIte? Craig Ferguson!”) In fact, a gift from a good friend last year was a trip to Nashville to see Ferguson record this very stand-up act. We had a great time, though you won’t see Ferguson at his best here. This is fairly standard material here, though Ferguson is such a genial figure, he wins you over (continue reading…)
NORMAN, Okla. — Seth Doege threw for 441 yards and connected with Alex Torres on three of his four touchdown passes, and Texas Tech snapped No. 3 Oklahoma’s 39-game home winning streak with 41-38 victory Saturday night.About 2 hours after No. 4 Wisconsin lost, a second top-five team went down on the first day of the college football season that really shook the rankings.Doege carved up an Oklahoma defense missing three starters, guiding the Red Raiders (5-2, 2-2 Big 12) to their biggest win yet under second-year coach Tommy Tuberville. He pulled off a feat that Mike Leach couldn’t accomplish in his 10 years in charge in Lubbock, Texas, and Tech became just the third team to beat OU coach Bob Stoops at home.The Sooners are now 75-3 on Owen Field in Stoops’ 13 years. Oklahoma State and TCU are responsible for the other losses.
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Landry Jones ended up with 412 yards passing and five touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough to rally Oklahoma (6-1, 3-1) back from a sluggish start and save its unbeaten season.Doege, the nation’s fourth-leading passer, had little trouble leading the Red Raiders up and down the field against the banged-up Sooners. Oklahoma was without cornerback Jamell Fleming, defensive tackle Casey Walker and middle linebacker Tom Wort because of injuries, and the offense didn’t pick up the slack until it was too late.Doege threw touchdown passes of 44, 30 and 11 yards to Torres to build up a 31-7 lead just over 2 minutes into the second half and the Red Raiders hung on from there.After Jones’ 22-yard TD pass to James Hanna cut the deficit to three, Aaron Crawford recovered an onside kick with 69 seconds left to seal the victory. The Red Raiders came bouncing off the sidelines to celebrate.The win prevented Tech from losing three straight games for the first time since 1998 — and in stunning fashion. The Red Raiders came in as four-touchdown underdogs playing on a field where, until last month’s game against Missouri, no one but the Sooners had had even led for 20 straight games spanning back to 2007.There hadn’t been in many squeakers, either. Oklahoma’s average margin of victory had been 30 points.The Sooners were out of sync in this one, though, failing to get their high-powered offense into the fast-paced tempo that gives so many opponents trouble. They failed to get a first down throughout the second quarter, when Tech capitalized to score 17 straight points, and didn’t click until it was too late.With the lead starting to dwindle, Tuberville got into a gambling mood. Having already cashed in one fourth-and-1 for a touchdown, he went for it again from the 6-yard line and Crawford got stuffed.Then he took another chance by calling for a fake punt on fourth-and-4 on Tech’s side of midfield, and upback Jackson Richards got stuffed close enough to the first down that officials took a second look at the replay.Oklahoma capitalized on the short field that time, needing seven plays to cover the 44 yards and get within 31-24 on Trey Millard’s 3-yard TD catch to start the fourth quarter.Doege had an answer, though. He led Texas Tech down for a 39-yard Donnie Carona field goal to bump the lead back to 10 and, after yet another Oklahoma three-and-out, Tramain Swindall got his left foot in for a 14-yard touchdown grab to make the lead 41-24 with 7:38 to play.Oklahoma made it interesting after Jaz Reynolds’ 55-yard touchdown grab but couldn’t become only the ninth team in Bowl Subdivision history to win 40 straight home games.This one was different even before it got started. A storm packing heavy winds, strong rain and lightning arrived just before kickoff, and fans were asked to leave the stands and take shelter on the concourses. The game got started after a delay of 1 hour and 35 minutes, and Texas Tech struck almost immediately.Ben McRoy, who missed most of last week’s game against K-State with migraines and a hip injury, returned the opening kickoff near midfield and Doege hooked up with Torres on Tech’s fourth offensive play for a 44-yard score on a screen pass.Oklahoma answered quickly with Roy Finch, starting in place of Dominique Whaley (illness), darting 55 yards on the first play from scrimmage to set up Jones’ 15-yard TD pass to Stills. But after that, the Sooners’ potent offense went silent.The attack ranked fourth in the nation in total offense (547 ypg) and sixth in scoring (45.3 ppg) went three-and-out four times and four-and-out once in the first half. The other drives ended on a fumble by All-American Ryan Broyles and Michael Hunnicutt’s missed 39-yard field goal.Hunnicutt also missed a 28-yarder off the right upright with 2:52 left that proved critical.
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This week brought us the latest episode of a certain reality show in which semi-famous people compete not to get voted off by dancing around, falling down, and generally making fools of themselves. I’m talking, of course, about the GOP debate in Las Vegas, which featured an intense, Spanish-flavored tango performed by Mitt Romney and Rick Perry (Romney, with his firm grip on Perry’s shoulder, was clearly doing the leading).
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STANFORD, Calif. — Stepfan Taylor, Tyler Gaffney and Anthony Wilkerson powered Stanford (No. 8 BCS, No. 7 AP) to a school-record 446 yards rushing to blow past Washington (No. 25 BCS, No. 22 AP) 65-21 on Saturday night.The running backs gave Heisman Trophy hopeful Andrew Luck some rest as the Cardinal (7-0, 5-0 Pac-12) extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 15 games. Taylor ran for 138 yards, Gaffney 117 yards and Wilkerson 93 yards to break the previous team mark of 439 in a victory over Oregon State in 1981.Facing the first ranked opponent of the season, Stanford pounded the Huskies (5-2, 4-1) in a critical Pac-12 North matchup.Chris Polk ran for scores from 46 and 61 yards in the first half to keep Washington close early. He finished with 144 yards rushing as the Cardinal’s defense clamped down.
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EAST LANSING, Mich. — A heave. A carom. A desperate struggle for the last few inches.And after further review, a miraculous win by Michigan State.Keith Nichol caught a 44-yard pass from Kirk Cousins on the game’s final play for a tiebreaking touchdown, giving the Spartans (No. 16 BCS, No. 15 AP) a 37-31 victory against Wisconsin (No. 6, No. 4) on Saturday night.With four seconds left, Cousins rolled out to his right and threw it about as far as he could. The ball went into the end zone but caromed off Michigan State receiver B.J. Cunningham’s facemask back to Nichol, who caught it just outside the end zone and struggled for the goal line, fighting two Wisconsin defenders and just barely breaking the plane.The former backup quarterback was initially ruled short of the end zone, but officials overturned the call after a review, giving the Spartans (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) the win and knocking the Badgers (6-1, 2-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten.”We knew we had a chance,” Cousins said. “There’s always a chance.”Russell Wilson had led the Badgers from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to tie the game with 1:26 left on a to 2-yard touchdown pass to Montee Ball.The wild game — in which both teams blew two-touchdown leads — featured an even more memorable finish. Wisconsin trailed 31-17 in the fourth quarter before Wilson ran 22 yards for a touchdown and made several spectacular throws on the move to set up the TD pass to Ball to tie it at 31.Michigan State then survived a harrowing moment when Cousins fumbled deep in Spartan territory. Offensive lineman Dan France fell on the ball with 42 seconds left.At that point, Wisconsin was eager to use timeouts, trying to get the ball back, but on second-and-20 from his own 24, Cousins found Cunningham for a 12-yard gain. The Spartans then picked up a first down on an 11-yard shovel pass to Keshawn Martin.”If we get the ball back with less than 30 seconds we were going to go for a block,” Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said. “We were going for the win.”Michigan State’s last drive appeared to stall at the Wisconsin 44, but the Spartans had time for one more play — one that will go down in Michigan State history along with last year’s fake field that beat Notre Dame in another extraordinary night game at Spartan Stadium.Cousins was able to buy enough time for receivers to get down the field. Cunningham was in the end zone, and the ball bounced off his helmet and into Nichol’s arms. After Nichol caught the pass, Michigan State players immediately started spilling onto the field, even though officials ruled that Wisconsin’s Mike Taylor had stopped him short. When the call was reversed and a touchdown was awarded, the celebration began again.”It’s a play that everybody practices,” Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. “You never know when it’s going to come to fruition.”Dantonio had a mild heart attack after last year’s thrilling Notre Dame game and ended up having to miss Michigan State’s win over Wisconsin two games later. He was on the sideline for this one.”My heart’s racing,” Dantonio said after another amazing finish.Wisconsin had won its first six games of the season, all by at least 31 points. The Badgers entered the game leading the nation in scoring offense, and Michigan State was ranked second in total defense.Michigan State handed Wisconsin its only loss of the regular season last year, but the Badgers went to the Rose Bowl anyway, emerging from a three-way tiebreaker with the Spartans and Ohio State atop the Big Ten.Michigan State looked overmatched early on Saturday, allowing a pair of first-quarter touchdowns and struggling to hold off Wisconsin’s powerful offensive line. The Spartans turned the game around in the second quarter with some impressive work on special teams.Mike Sadler’s nice punt pinned Wisconsin back at its own 5-yard line, and two plays later, Wilson threw the ball away under pressure in the end zone for an intentional grounding call and a safety that made it 14-2.Michigan State scored its first touchdown on a slow-developing reverse. Martin avoided a tackler in the backfield and found running room to the outside for a 34-yard scoring run.Wisconsin responded with an impressive drive but ended up settling for a 30-yard field goal attempt on fourth-and-1. Darqueze Dennard blocked it, and the Spartans capitalized with an 80-yard scoring drive. Cousins found Cunningham over the middle on fourth-and-2, and the senior receiver turned it into a 35-yard touchdown, giving Michigan State a 16-14 lead with 1:20 left in the half.The Spartans weren’t done. They used timeouts to stop the clock and forced a punt, which Kyler Elsworth blocked. The ball bounced back to the end zone, where Michigan State’s Bennie Fowler was credited with the recovery amid a pile of bodies with 37 seconds to play.After a Wisconsin field goal in the third quarter, Michigan State made it 31-17 when Cousins threw over the middle to Martin, who outran the defense to the sideline and turned up the field to the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown. Cousins then threw to Cunningham for a 2-point conversion.Wisconsin missed a chance for a big play when Wilson’s deep pass was dropped by Jared Abbrederis, but the Badgers later scored when Wilson scrambled to his right, faked out safety Isaiah Lewis with a pump fake and ran up the sideline for a touchdown that made it 31-24.Michigan State won despite playing without defensive lineman William Gholston, who was suspended for a game after he was shown on video taking a swing at a Michigan player last weekend. The Spartans managed to sack Wilson three times — he’d been sacked only five times in the first six games.Michigan State wasn’t flagged for a single penalty against Wisconsin.Wisconsin entered the night on a nine-game Big Ten winning streak, and the Badgers looked the part early, driving 80 yards in 11 plays on a clinical opening drive and taking a 7-0 lead on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Jacob Pedersen.Edwin Baker fumbled the ball back to Wisconsin on Michigan State’s first play from scrimmage, and Ball scored on a 9-yard run that momentarily quieted the Homecoming crowd at Spartan Stadium.
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At Occupy Wall Street I saw two men. Each there for different reasons, having different desires, from different backgrounds. Yet they shared a common trait: a deep frustration with what America has become. This ancient story of Jericho finds new life in these two men I met at the Wall (continue reading…)
As thousands of people gathered in Washington this past weekend to dedicate the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, I found myself reflecting once again on a statement Dr. King uttered two years before his assassination: “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”
These 16 powerful words have motivated much of my career. As a physician, I have worked to reduce the health care disparities that exist in our society — that deny many Americans the access and quality of care that would help them lead healthy lives (continue reading…)
EVANSTON, Ill. — Joe Paterno tied Eddie Robinson’s Division I record with his 408th career victory Saturday night as Penn State (No. 21 BCS) beat Northwestern 34-24.Silas Redd ran for 164 yards and a touchdown, Matt McGloin threw for 192 yards and two scores, and the Nittany Lions clamped down in the second half to give their storied coach another milestone victory as he watched from the coaches’ box.
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Paterno will try to move ahead of Robinson, the Grambling State legend, when the Nittany Lions (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten) host Illinois next Saturday. That starts a tough stretch that also includes a home game against Nebraska before trips to Ohio State and Wisconsin.Paterno still has a long way to go to catch John Gagliardi of Division III St. John’s, Minn. (481 and counting), the only other coach with more wins, but this was another big notch for an icon in his 46th season leading the Nittany Lions.That he got it against Northwestern (2-5, 0-4) was fitting, too.After all, when he tied Bear Bryant with 323 wins, he did it against the Wildcats. No. 400 came at their expense, too, last season in Happy Valley when Penn State rallied from 21 down to win 35-21.This one wasn’t quite as dramatic, although it was wild in the early going.Penn State led 27-24 at halftime after Stephfon Green scored on a 1-yard run in the closing seconds, and Redd made it a 10-point game early in the third when he ran it in from the 19 after Gerald Hodges returned an interception 63 yards. A defense that got picked apart in the first half took over from there, sending Northwestern to its fifth straight loss in a miserable season.That had to make Paterno feel a little better being away from the sideline, still recovering from right shoulder and pelvis injuries suffered after a receiver ran into him in practice Aug. 7.The Wildcats simply couldn’t stop Redd, who has four straight games with 100 or more yards. He also had a 44-yard run late in the second quarter that set up Green’s TD.McGloin wasn’t bad either, completing 17 of 26 passes. Devon Smith had six catches for 110 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown, and once the defense got going, Northwestern had no chance.Ranked among the stingiest in the nation coming in, Penn State’s defense gave up 406 yards, but it also delivered seven sacks — two by Jordan Hill. That includes a pair of big ones on Kain Colter in the fourth quarter right after Dan Persa hobbled off the field.He came up grabbing his left ankle and limped off the field after a 4-yard run that put the ball on the Penn State 13.A 17-yard sack by Hill on Colter and an 11-yarder by Sean Stanley drove the Wildcats all the way back to the 41 and forced them to punt, helping preserve the win.Persa threw for 294 yards, completing 26 of 34 passes, but he got sacked four times and was largely a non-factor in the second half.The same goes for Colter.He ran for 51 yards, including a 46-yarder in the second quarter that led to his own 4-yard TD run. He also caught a 12-yard touchdown pass, his first scoring reception, but got shut down in the second half — just like the rest of the Wildcats.
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Last Sunday, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial was formally dedicated on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Thousands bore witness to the dedication of the first memorial to a non-U.S. President and the first to an African American on the National Mall (continue reading…)
As we wrap up the eighth annual Film Independent Forum, I’m struck by the amount of discussion about the economics of independent film lately, and the widely divergent perceptions of where we are right now. Some people point to a good sales year at Sundance and see it as a sign that the indie business is back to some degree of health. Others continue to find the basic model of indie financing and films sales to be broken, one decent year at Sundance notwithstanding. The problem, it’s argued, is that it’s almost impossible to sustain a career as an independent filmmaker, financially speaking.
One of the best recent pieces on this topic was Ted Hope’s blog back in August, “How Much Does An American Indie Producer Get Paid?” Hope breaks down how much a starting producer, and how much an experienced producer, can expect to get paid on a film these days (continue reading…)
I watched curiously as Bryant Gumbel, host of Real Sports, referred to NBA Commissioner David Stern as a “modern day overseer.” The comments rocked the world, probably more so than anything Gumbel has ever said in the past. Based on Gumbel’s remarks over the years, I quietly suspect that beneath the polished, articulate demeanor lies a Black Panther always waiting to happen. In fact, that’s one of the reasons I respect him so much — there’s nothing more threatening than a powerful, brilliant Black man willing to go to battle for a cause he believes in. Gumbel might be more digestible for the power structure if he were a little less-educated — I’m sure that David Stern and company are left off balance after being called a racist by a man who knows more four syllable words than anyone he’s ever met.
My only interaction with Commissioner David Stern came in 2007, when a professor released a study arguing that NBA refs call more fouls on black players than white ones (continue reading…)
BATON ROUGE, La. — It didn’t matter who was throwing the ball to Rueben Randle, it didn’t matter who was covering him, and it certainly didn’t matter that LSU was missing three key players.Randle caught a 42-yard scoring pass from Jordan Jefferson and a 46-yard touchdown pass from Jarrett Lee, and No. 1 LSU once again overcame off-the-field distractions in style with a 45-10 victory over Auburn (No. 20 BCS, No. 19 AP) on Saturday.
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LSU was without star cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, leading rusher Spencer Ware and defensive back Tharold Simon — all suspended one game for violating the team’s drug policy.Yet LSU continued to make team history with its eighth double-digit win in as many games this season, a streak that started with a season-opening triumph over Oregon without the then-suspended Jefferson and receiver Russell Shepard.Off next week, LSU (8-0, 5-0 SEC) will be unbeaten entering its showdown at No. 2 Alabama on Nov. 5.The Crimson Tide were playing at home Saturday night against struggling Tennessee.The beneficiary of Ware’s absence was freshman Kenny Hilliard, who scored the first two touchdowns of his career while rushing for 65 yards on only 10 carries.Randle finished with five receptions for 106 yards. Lee was 14 of 20 for 165 yards and two touchdowns, while Jefferson completed two of three passes for 54 yards.With Michael Ford leading the way (12 rushes, 82 yards), LSU gained 174 yards on the ground.Even without two key defensive backs, LSU held Auburn first-time starter Clint Moseley to 145 yards passing sacked him six times and intercepted him once. If anyone questioned how deep LSU could really be at defensive back, it was none other than Mathieu’s replacement, Ron Brooks, who made the interception and returned it 28 yards for a score that made it 42-3 only half way through the third quarter.Shortly after Brooks scored, the message: “I see you Ron baby!!! THATS WHAT WE DO …” appeared on Mathieu’s Twitter page.Auburn (5-3, 3-2) was held to 87 yards rushing, led by Michael Dyer’s 60 yards.All season, LSU has appeared increasingly galvanized by each potential pitfall and coach Les Miles even mentioned several weeks ago that adversity seems to strengthen his tight-knit team’s resolve.It’s getting pretty hard to argue with that, considering LSU responded to its latest crisis with the most lopsided victory by either team in the 46-game history of the series. It was Auburn’s worst loss since a 51-10 demolition at the hands of then-No. 1 Florida in 1996.Wearing special edition uniforms, LSU defenders and coverage teams swarmed to the ball like blazing streaks of white, delivering crushing hits that provoked collective gasps from the Death Valley crowd.One such hit was delivered by safety Eric Reid, who jarred the ball from kickoff returner Tre Mason. LSU’s Tahj Jones found the football while losing his helmet, rising in celebration with his dreadlocks aflutter at the Auburn 22.Hilliard then more than made up for a holding penalty with a 25-yard carry, which set up his second score on a 1-yard dive to make it 35-3.Hilliard’s first touchdown came on a 9-yard run on game’s opening drive, giving LSU the lead for good. The Tigers still have not trailed since the second quarter of their season opener against Oregon.Although LSU marched for a seemingly easy touchdown on its opening drive, Auburn kept the game close for much of the first half.Auburn was threatening to tie it at 7, but Barkevious Mingo’s second sack of the game forced Auburn to settle for Cody Parkey’s 42 field goal.Half way through the second quarter, LSU went ahead 14-3 when Jefferson spotted Randle streaking down the right sideline and released a perfect pass with two pass rushers converging on him.Late in the quarter, Lee lofted a third-down pass down the same right sideline that, Randle who had blown past two defenders, caught in stride for what looked like a replay of his first score.
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WHO knew that Roger Daltry was still a hot Rock God at 67, or that the iconic songs at his LA concert last week would fly me back to the Fillmore of 40 years ago when life lay ahead and none of us had a care in the world?! Who knew that after the show, I would land with a thud back into the present when I bumped into a friend with a surprising tale of woe.
“How are you?” I asked her over a beer. ” Um… I’m good,” she said tentatively, “Well… to be honest, I’m sort of scared, if things don’t turn around.. (continue reading…)
It is almost surreal. Concerns over Wall Street practices and economic inequality that have led to sit-ins and rallies in New York and elsewhere reverberated up to the White House last Thursday, with President Obama saying the protesters are expressing the frustrations of the American public.
The president said he understood the public’s concerns about how the nation’s financial system works and said Americans see Wall Street as an example of the financial industry “not always following the rules.” True enough. However, only days earlier, these same Americans, who have been long-suffering victims, were the target of his criticism. President Obama recently told an Orlando television reporter that our country has “grown soft.” He also acknowledged that some “folks” have not been playing by “the rules.”
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Last week NYTimes columnist Nicholas Kristof endorsed major investment in early childhood education as the only way out of poverty for millions — the only way to even the playing field for all citizens. This has been the elephant in the room for so long, the words you’re not allowed to utter in “reasonable” company because it just isn’t “feasible.” But, as we know, things become feasible only once you start talking about them, brainstorming as a society on how to make it work.
Currently, millions of children sit in front of TV’s for the first five years of their lives — either at home, or in bad childcare (because that’s all their parents can afford). No thoughtful interchanges, no challenges to figure things out for themselves, no active play. Add to that lots of sugary, fatty food (continue reading…)
It’s not about anarchy. It’s not about ending capitalism. It’s not about the rich versus the poor. It’s not even about Wall Street.
The small and courageous group of protestors in downtown New York’s Zuccotti Park is fighting for something really simple — something most of us in America have taken for granted: democracy (continue reading…)
With the decline in availability of natural resources, there is no question that the world is reaching a tipping point. A time when the availability of fossil fuels or natural gasses approaches terminal velocity. A time when there is no turning back. No researching of the alternatives or energy for the impending conversion (continue reading…)
Eight months after the historic, totally unanticipated popular uprisings by pro-democracy movements in the Arab world, the process of democratization in Egypt faces formidable challenges. Initial optimism and euphoria are tempered by sobering challenges and threats.
If in the past, the question had been: “Is Arab culture or Islam compatible with democracy?” Today the question and concern is: Are the old guard and entrenched elites (military, security, political elites) as well as Islamists ready for the transition to Arab democracies?” Celebration of the Arab Spring in Egypt has been tempered by fear that it may be hijacked by remnants of the Mubarak regime’s institutions. Power struggles between the old guard and reformers, in particular the increasingly aggressive role of the interim military transition government in Egypt, risk eroding faith in the military and hope for a timely transition to civilian rule (continue reading…)