A Reminder That Waving The Stars And Stripes Doesn’t Always Prove Us Right

A little while ago I was on social media and found an excellent article from The Nation, shared by Dave Hill (@mrdavehill on Twitter).  A link to the article appears at the end of this post. Once the U.S. overcame the Great Depression, my grandparents had a comfortable standard of living with Reader’s Digest Values.  Quite a few of their peers did, too.  That doesn’t mean Reader’s Digest Values were ever realistic, though.  They worked for some people and not others.  Now they work for fewer people. We don’t necessarily insult our national pride when we seek to learn from other … Continue reading A Reminder That Waving The Stars And Stripes Doesn’t Always Prove Us Right

No Easy Answers

If you have time to read a long — but important — news article about how drug shortages affect medical decisions, please click the link below.  New York Times reporter Sheri Fink has interviewed health professionals about how vital medications are rationed. Some of us can say our general healthcare has improved greatly since “Obamacare” went into effect.  Although drug shortages apparently aren’t linked to health insurance laws, any of us can run into trouble if we have a crisis which causes us to fall through one safety net or another.  When seeking an explanation, we must be realistic and not … Continue reading No Easy Answers

Charity Raises Questions

Correction:  Originally, this post incorrectly referred to the organization as Wounded Warriors.  A separate group, Wounded Warriors Family Support, is not the subject of the controversy described in this post and the article in The New York Times.  The necessary corrections have been made.  At the end of this post you’ll find a link to an article in The New York Times, documenting familiar-sounding problems with a high profile nonprofit organization. If you’ve already seen this happen with other nonprofits, you won’t be surprised.  Wounded Warrior Project has allegedly spent money imprudently while limiting the help veterans can receive from the organization. Even if … Continue reading Charity Raises Questions

Low Priority Neighborhoods?

Yesterday I shared a link to Earthcam’s stream of Times Square in Manhattan.  If nothing else, I thought people would be curious about how the snowfall was affecting a section of NYC which many of us have visited. Times Square was fairly well-maintained during the storm, and after the road travel ban went into effect people were walking in the traffic lanes.  The webcam stream gave the impression that agencies operating snow plows and smaller tools had the matter under control while the snow was still falling.  That was what we saw on camera, in Midtown Manhattan. The photograph below … Continue reading Low Priority Neighborhoods?

Times Square During A Snowstorm

Shortly after noon today (Saturday), Times Square in Manhattan still has some human activity.  If you’re curious about how that may or may not change over the course of the day, here’s an Earthcam link. Be sure to allow a minute for the stream to load on your browser. Some Earthcam images are still photos, but this view of the pedestrian plaza at Broadway & W. 47th is live. http://www.earthcam.com/usa/newyork/timessquare/?cam=tsrobo1 Continue reading Times Square During A Snowstorm

Jane Mayer’s Excellent New Yorker Report On The Koch Brothers

At the end of this post, there’s a link to Jane Mayer’s investigative piece in the Jan. 25, 2016 issue of The New Yorker. If you’ve heard about Charles and David Koch’s supposedly progressive efforts to promote a kinder criminal justice system and wondered what they were really up to, Ms. Mayer has the details. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/01/25/new-koch UPDATE:  This is so embarrassing.  Just now I learned that Jane Mayer has a new book on the topic, titled Dark Money: The Hidden History Of The Billionaires Behind The Rise Of The Radical Right. Major oopsie on my part.  Major oopsie.  The book should have … Continue reading Jane Mayer’s Excellent New Yorker Report On The Koch Brothers