Category Archives: Society

What can I can? I guess these posts are about how we live and how we should live.

The new Stedelijk

I popped into the ‘new’ (extensively renovated and expanded) Stedelijk this afternoon and really enjoyed it. My favorite piece was actually in the Blikopeners (Eye-openers) area in the basement of the new wing. In the area organized by teenagers associated … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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Silly Article But Great Quotes

The Boomers can’t solve the problems created by their own destructive consumption, individual narcissism,  technological immaturity and managerial incompetence. via F The Boomers, Screw the X-ers, Give Gen Y Power Now | Co.Design.

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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.

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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

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Tradition

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

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