Category Archives: politics

[Bad] TV Really Does Turn Your Brain to Mush

[from the July 20th on-line Washington Post.] How trashy TV made children dumber and enabled a wave of populist leaders Monitors at RAI television studios in Rome display Silvio Berlusconi’s message announcing his political debut on Jan. 26, 1994. (Franco … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Society, Futures, Information, Media, politics

Playing Catch Up in the War Against Domestic Terrorism

This article from Janet Reitman appeared in the NY Times Magazine — I’d urge you to read it there (in hard copy or the link here —<https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/03/magazine/FBI-charlottesville-white-nationalism-far-right.html&gt; — for the graphics, but the information is important enough that I thought … Continue reading

Posted in Governance, politics

Speaking of Suppression: Gun Injuries to Children — first study ever

from the Associated Press: Guns send over 8,000 US kids to ER each year, analysis says By LINDSEY TANNER       —        29 October 2018 FILE – In this Jan. 26, 2013, file photo, handguns are … Continue reading

Posted in Close to Home, politics

Chesapeake Bay Program version 1.0, 35 Years Ago

This is the Chesapeake Bay Program that was voluntary and did not work. Celebrating 35 Years of Restoration In 1983, a partnership was born with the signing of the first Chesapeake Bay Agreement The Chesapeake Bay Agreement is signed on … Continue reading

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An appreciation of Kincey Potter: ‘She was just a force’ – Capital Gazette

[A touching tribute to Kincey by Pat Furgurson — with my thanks for a wonderful synthesis. http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/ac-cn-kincey-potter-appreciation-20180923-story.html] An appreciation of Kincey Potter: ‘She was just a force’ Kincey Potter, who died Sept. 15, leaves a deep legacy for area waterways through … Continue reading

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Plain Talk About How We Think About Our Largest Island Colony

I’m posting this in PottersWeal.com rather than Wake Me When We’re Great Again because Yarimar Bonilla’s op-ed in the Washington Post really addresses the issue of how the USA treats its colonies (and, to a lesser extent, how some US … Continue reading

Posted in Disaster Management, Governance, politics, Small Island

Washington Post: Central American Security Conference Scrapped amid U.S. Tensions with Guatemala, El Salvador

Another triumph of American diplomacy. Thanks Secretary Pompeo — https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/central-american-security-conference-scrapped-amid-tensions-with-guatemala-el-salvador/2018/09/07/03571c6c-b2fd-11e8-a810-4d6b627c3d5d_story.html National Security Central American security conference scrapped amid U.S. tensions with Guatemala, El Salvador Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, center, places a sash on Gen. Manuel Pineda Saravia, right, during the … Continue reading

Posted in Governance, politics

Samuelson on Health

Some adult talk about solving the heath care standoff from the Sunday, April 30th, Washington Post OpEd pages, by economic guru Robert J. Samuelson: There’s a genuine solution to our health-care problem By Robert J. Samuelson          … Continue reading

Posted in Fun, Governance, Health, politics

Ronan Farrow, Pulitzer Laureate

[I first saw Ronan Farrow when he was a noontime CNN News host (or whatever those talking faces are called) two or three years ago. At the time I thought he was a smarmy pretty-boy airhead. Apparently I was wrong, … Continue reading

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Gerrymandering: The Root of All Evil [NOT]

This deep analysis of gerrymandering, from a joint study by “FiveThirtyEight” and the “Cook Political Report” is from Dan Balz’s The Sunday Take political analysis column in the Washington Post. Gerrymandering is the root of all political evil. Or is it?  … Continue reading

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