Category Archives: Politics

Rants and raves.

The world today

Together The Economist’s article on automation and rapidly increasing technologically-created productivity and a NY Times piece on being in the middle of a paradigm shift in power and influence form the best, most complete summary of the world today that … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Politics, Society, Technology | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

The letter to Anna Eshoo that wasn’t

This morning I read in The Wall Street Journal that apparently Anna Eshoo, whose district includes my hometown, was joining the NIMBY crackpot brigade that opposes California High Speed Rail. Terribly disappointed, this is the letter I wrote and was … Continue reading

Posted in Bay Area, California, Politics, Society | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Sherman Wasn’t Thorough Enough

The Civil War, the most wrenching and bloody episode in American history, may not seem like much of a cause for celebration, especially in the South. And yet, as the 150th anniversary of the four-year conflict gets under way, some … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Society | Leave a comment

“Can Technology End Poverty?”

The problem is that ICT4D [Information & Communications Technology for Development] assumes the very results it seeks to achieve. The human intent and competence ICT4D aims to generate must already be in place for the technology to work. But if … Continue reading

Posted in Amsterdam, Life, Politics, Society | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Abortion and the Separation of Church and State

A friend watching the West Wing asked me to explain why a priest would discuss being ‘pro-life’ and versus ‘partial birth’ with a politician and what that means in terms of the separation of church and state. I ended up … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Society, Television | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Because Richard Nixon Was A Communist

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c An Energy-Independent Future www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party Brilliant.

Posted in Economy, Environment, Politics | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Horrible

As of December 2009, median white wealth dipped 34 percent, to $94,600; median black wealth dropped 77 percent, to $2,100. via The New Poor – Blacks in Memphis Lose Decades of Gains – NYTimes.com.

Posted in Economy, Politics, Society | Tagged | Leave a comment

Ouch

there are now four anti-climate lobbyists for every single member of the House and Senate via The Crisis Comes Ashore | The New Republic. You really wonder. And last night I learned that several of my friends don’t think global … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Environment, Politics, Science, Society | Tagged | Leave a comment

Tradition

Op-Ed Contributor – In Britain, Change You Can Bereave In – NYTimes.com. Good, snarky piece on British politics.

Posted in UK Politics, UK Society | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Incredible

Senate Republicans, united in opposition to the Democrats’ legislation to tighten regulation of the financial system, voted on Monday to block the start of floor debate. The vote was 57 to 41, as Democrats fell short of the 60 votes … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Economy, Politics | Leave a comment