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In The Public Interest

Fast, faster, fastest: Why the rush?

Socrates and Plato were not in a hurry. Neither was Aristotle nor Heraclitus. They took time to think deeply. As far back as twenty-four centuries ago, they offered insights and observations about the human condition, character, and personality that are as true today as they were then.

Why Labor Day matters

Here’s an experiment. Quiz your friends, family and acquaintances on the meaning of Labor Day. You might be surprised by the answers you hear. To many, the true meaning of Labor Day has been unfortunately lost. It’s merely a three-day vacation weekend, unless you work in retail, in which case it is, ironically, a day of work and “special” sales.

Lo, the poor enlightened billionaire!

Among the hundreds of billionaires and megabillionaires in the U.S., there are more than several enlightened persons upset by the problems our society faces who could make serious improvements possible.

Destructive global dependencies

Why the future doesn’t need us — revisited

  

When the stunning article “Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us” by Bill Joy, chief scientist for Sun Microsystems, made the cover of Wired Magazine in April 2000, it created quite a rumble in high-tech circles. Its argument was that “our most powerful 21st century technologies — robotics, genetic engineering, and nanotech — are threatening to make humans an endangered species.”

Open letter to presidential candidate Bernie Sanders

Dear Sen. Sanders:

You’ve come a long way without my advice, but now that you are running for president, you may be interested in these suggestions:

Republicans support massive tax evasion by starving IRS budget

July 31, 2015

 Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)

2236 Rayburn House 

Office Building

Washington DC 20515

 

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL)

308 Cannon House 

Office Building

Sending citizens summons to members of Congress

With the long Congressional recess in August through Labor Day approaching, “We the People” have the opportunity to do more than complain about the Congress and individual senators and representatives.

Smarter foreign policies or bigger blowbacks?

Are Washington’s relentless bombings and military immersions in sectarian battles within Arab and neighboring regions accelerating the spread of terrorist attacks? Yes. The recent rash of terror attacks in Kuwait, Tunisia, Somalia, France and other countries are tragic examples of the strategic failures of our government and its very heavy reliance on military interventions, including the omnipresent drones that terrorize civilians.

‘King Obama,’ his court and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — a global corporate noose around U.S. local, state, and national sovereignty — narrowly passed a major procedural hurdle in the Congress by gaining “fast track” status.