The Republicans–willing to act crazy–are a problem. The latest example of that is Colorado State Senator Evie Hudek, a Democrat who faced a recall election after she voted for Colorado’s gun control package. One would think the gun carnage experienced in Colorado might soften opposition–but no. The crazy-talking Republicans will always win the day with […]
The truth is that every human has inside them a devil. But, by cultivating the “better angels of our nature” (as Abraham Lincoln said), most humans are kind and good. Money has a way of cultivating the devil. Take the case of Morgan Stanley “private wealth manager” John C. Kelly, head of Williams College, who […]
All Republicans are alike. But each Republican is crazy in their own way. Democrats protect the poor and the environment. They believe humans are heating the earth and that it will increase the number and severity of the hurricanes we will eventually get. These same Democrats don’t enjoy spending money on the military and they […]
The Republicans, in their flailing attempts to discredit the Affordable Care Act, are tangling themselves in their web of deceit. (Surprise, surprise.) Exhibit A in this process is the willful misrepresentation about the changes that are happening to crappy individual health care plans. Some individual insurance plans are indeed being cancelled–but only because they do […]
In the West, people are able to grow up and live their lives with the belief that the world is fundamentally a decent, safe place. Certainly in the U.S. there are rumored to be child abductors roaming the streets in their vans, prowling through mall parking lots, waiting to snatch some unsuspecting person into their […]
There is an adage common among software developers, “Writing software is like sausage making: it’s ugly to watch but the end result is usually pretty good”. There’s another one: “Garbage in, garbage out”. These twin principles come to mind when one considers the troubled roll out of the new HealthCare.gov, which was outsourced and done […]
The terror that is Global Climate change will hover in the background until–like a stroke of lightning–the world crosses a tipping point–the point of no return. On October 14th, 2013, the Vancouver Sun carried shocking news that points to that Rubicon having been crossed. The oceans have tipped. The first sign of this catastrophe […]
As the tallying of results from yesterday’s 2014 Midterm elections are finalized, Democrats are jubilant in their 17-seat pickup, switching the majority back to the Democrats and returning Rep. Nancy Pelosi to the Speaker’s Gavel for the first time since 2010, when Republicans took it over in a stunning Tea Party victory. Pundits have all […]
In the software development world there is a term for poorly written code: “code smell.” In industry parlance, that means code that was poorly written, sloppy, and not designed to “scale” or support a large number of concurrent users. Healthcare.gov is the victim of “code smell.” Speaking personally as a software architect with 16 years […]
During the George W. Bush years, 65% of all income gains went to the top 1%. During the Obama years so far, 93% of all income gains have gone to the 1%. Income tax rates have not been lower on the super wealthy than they were during the Eisenhower administration. The wealthy SHOULD be paying […]
In decades past, it was possible to make a good middle class living without having gone to college or just by keeping a good job. Unfortunately, all of that is gone forever. There are many reasons why that is the case and none of them are encouraging: The rise of mass tax evasion by the […]
By their silent acceptance of his victim blaming statements, are Christians permitting them to stand as acceptable discourse?
In a world with no shortage of calamities, there is an imminent disaster that threatens to trump all other disasters: running out of water. Human beings can live without petroleum. We can survive weeks without food. But no living creature can survive even two days without fresh water and across the globe–as a side effect […]
If you walk up to a two-year-old toddler, snatch away a lollipop, and give the tike a swat for good measure, you’d be rightly thought a cretin, a slime ball, a jerk, and a prick. The toddler didn’t have any chance of defending himself. If this bothers you, NSA secrets are certain to raise your […]
Tennessee prides itself on being one of the most conservative states in the United States, a place where love of freedom and respect for the U.S. Constitution is held above all else. In actual fact, the state of Tennessee holds the U.S. Constitution and specifically the 4th Amendment, a part of the Bill of Rights, […]
Larry Summers is a famous, esteemed man who has had a finger in many pies over the past two decades, including several stints in the US government under multiple administrations both Democrat and Republican. He has served at Harvard, on the boards of multi-national corporations and within large financial firms. This time Lawrence H. “Larry” […]
If voters knew the ugly truth about how Big Health Insurance really works, would they still want Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act?
For decades, the wealthy have been cheating American taxpayers. Here are four ways rich people avoid paying taxes and keep getting away with it.