welfare

A Brief History of the Welfare State

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The conservatives of today often argue that government welfare programs are an invention of modern government, and are therefore the result of some systematic, liberal plot to reduce the foundations of western civilization to a pile of smoking rubble. In truth, welfare has existed in many societies dating back thousands of years.

Tony Dungy

The Misplaced Morals of Tony Dungy

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tony Dungy, the first African American coach to win a Super Bowl, when questioned about the drafting of an openly gay player made it perfectly clear: Hate still exists in the NFL. Recently Dungy stated on national television that he “wouldn’t have drafted Michael Sam.” Why? “Because things will happen.”

Rupert Murdoch

The Consequences of Rupert Murdoch Acquiring TimeWarner

Monday, July 21, 2014

Last week Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox tried to buy the American multinational media corporation TimeWarner for $80 Billion. If the experts are to be believed, old Rupert isn’t done trying.

gaza conflict

You’ll find no Moral Equivalence in the Gaza Conflict.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

As always, the latest Gaza Conflict is being wrongly framed. In the United States media, and Western media in general, the conflict in the Gaza strip is being framed with a false moral equivalence between Israel and the Palestinians.

Why the Poor Vote for Republicans

Why Poor People Vote for Republicans

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The GOP constantly demonize poor people, and think the economically disadvantaged deserve only scorn and insults. If you’re poor, you’re just lazy. End of reasons. Yet they get heavy votes from lower income Americans. How are they doing this?

the moon, Apollo 11

To the Moon and Beyond

Friday, July 18, 2014

Forty-five years ago, on July 20, 1969, I sat on my father’s lap in the middle of the night and watched Neil Armstrong take his first steps on the moon. I was four years old and remember thinking that it just couldn’t be true.

offensive in gaza

The Futility of Another Israeli Offensive in Gaza

Thursday, July 17, 2014

This is the third Israeli offensive in Gaza in the last five years and the fifth in the last nine. What does Israel hope to achieve this time that they could not accomplish before? Nothing, other than more punishment.

police brutality statistics

Abused by the State: Police Brutality Statistics

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Police brutality statistics and those related to generalized misconduct are not typically things which occupy a place of importance in the mind of the American public. The truth is that officer misconduct is a very real problem facing Americans.

American Stupidity

Misinformation and American Stupidity

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

When it comes to American stupidity, it appears the sky is the limit. Just look at some recent headlines in the news: “Poll: Some Don’t Know Obamacare, Affordable Care Act are the Same Thing,” “A Third of Americans Can’t Name Any First Amendment Rights.” Americans are definitely suffering from a scholarship problem.

Happy Movie, happiness

The Secret to Happiness May Surprise You

Monday, July 14, 2014

Happy, is a film based on an international study which measured happiness (rather than depression) over a 25 year period. The results simplify the secret to happiness in such plain terms that it could easily put the “self-help” book industry in jeopardy.