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Donald Trump's son Eric made news recently by stating during an interview with Hannity that to him, the Democrats resisting his father's agenda are not even people. In this divisive political climate, dehumanizing the Other is dangerous.
The march of progress seems inevitable, doesn't it? Everybody knows that driverless cars are coming, and that we should prepare ourselves to accept and work with (or around) this eventuality. Companies are making investments in new technology, while politicians shift laws around to accommodate the industry. The question that few people seem to be asking is whether or not driverless cars are a good idea, and fewer still are questioning whether we really need them.
A few recent news stories have a commonality that may not be immediately apparent. What thread connects Obama's fiduciary rule, workplace safety, and Donald Trump's friend Thomas Barrack? They're all examples of how the moral justification of capitalism has failed to live up to its promise.
Last week the House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands heard testimony from four expert witnesses regarding ways that Congress could shape policy for our national forests. If you don't watch Congressional subcommittee meetings on YouTube for fun, you're missing out on seeing the sausage grinder of law formation in action.
United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo to all U.S. attorneys and heads of the Justice Department last week that effectively ends settlement donations to third parties.
Whole Foods Market is facing hard times. Once the darling of both sustainability advocates and Wall Street, Whole Foods is no longer the unstoppable force of years past. The beleaguered grocer was recently the target of an activist shareholder takeover, and also faces legal, social, and systemic hurdles.
Many Trump voters, but clearly not all of them, are starting to realize they've been had. Despite promises to bring us back from “American Carnage,” his budget plan does pretty much the opposite of everything he promised Middle America on the campaign trail. He promised to Make America Great Again for coal miners, but is instead cutting programs that promote job training, entrepreneurship, and broadband in Appalachia. He promised to grow the economy bigly, but such rampant growth is increasingly unlikely. His government is a morass of ethics issues, scandal, and plutocracy. Is this what winning looks like? Are we winning yet?
Despite the increased demand for healthcare, the American educational system isn't responding by producing many more doctors. The American Association of Medical Colleges expects that in 2025, we'll be about 46,000 to 90,000 doctors short of where we need to be. That means we'll have to look into how to make more doctors to fill the physician shortage, or, alternatively, how to need fewer doctors in the first place.
While Americans went nuts last week spreading negative covfefe about a Presidential Twitter typo, the White House was reluctantly disclosing nearly a score of ethics waivers granted by President Trump to his senior staff, including former lobbyists and corporate lawyers.
Bathrooms have been in the news for a while, but it's more likely that folks are worried about who's using which one than about what they're doing once they're in there. Even if we can't leave the culture war at the door, perhaps there's something we can all agree on: everyone alive knows the nearly-religious fervor of the sudden need to Be There Now. People have some of their most honest bodily moments in the can. So if you're heading to the loo, here's some reading material to take with you. (You might want to disinfect your phone afterwards.)