SHARE Saturday, October 27, 2018 Trump's Gender "Science" is Reductive, Mean and Wrong
Trump is having a problem with sex, and it's not exactly what you might think. There are no Russian tapes, spankings with magazines, or confessions of grabbing anyone this time around. Specifically, it's a problem with sex and gender.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, April 6, 2018 This Popular Pro-Gun Argument Doesn't Make Any Sense
The idea that because criminals, by their very nature, do not follow laws, we should not pass any laws limiting gun rights. The thought goes that if we, say, require universal background checks, good, law-abiding people will follow that law, but criminals will still buy illegal guns. Therefore, why bother with the background checks? This is ridiculous for several reasons.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 3, 2019 Why Does Trump Keep Doing This?
Trump appears to believe you are either the winner or the loser, and he must be the winner. His only strategy has been brute force. And he doesn't seek out solutions in which all parties win. This approach has been very destructive on the policy front. But it's not clear whether it's going to work for him in the long term.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 31, 2018 A Genuinely Scary Moment in Foreign Policy
Whatever Donald Trump has done while in office -- however much he's taunted Kim Jong Un by calling him Little Rocket Man and threatening to bomb North Korea -- at least he had a team around him that seemed a bit cooler headed and diplomatic. Gone are those days.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 4, 2018 The Organic Food Industry Thrives On Regulation
The deregulatory zeal of the Trump administration has gone too far. The entire value of the organic label is in the stringency of organic standards. Without regulations, the organic label would become worthless. The Trump administration should leave well enough alone when it comes to organics. If both industry and consumers prefer the regulations, there's no reason whatsoever to get rid of them.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 15, 2017 Is This How the World Sees America Now?
Trump "craves power because it burnishes his celebrity." Trump has shown little shame in making hateful remarks that would embarrass any other leader, from making fun of a disabled journalist to bragging about sexually assaulting women.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, December 20, 2019 The Education Department Is Ripping Off Defrauded Students
Some students take out loans but don't finish their degree and they are left in debt with nothing to show for it. These are not lazy students. They are often working one or more jobs, sometimes raising children, and trying to go to college while living in poverty.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 31, 2019 Questions to Ask Before "Calling Out"
Fighting for justice is difficult, but remember that you aren't alone, and the fight won't be over tomorrow. Focus your energy on where you can make the most difference.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 13, 2019 The Good News About Trump's Very Bad Environmental Speech
It's unlikely that a zebra like Trump will change his stripes on climate at this point, but it is hopeful that the American people are demanding that leaders take action so much that Trump feels pressured to claim a successful environmental record.
SHARE Wednesday, January 15, 2020 Why Do We Have School Lunch Debt At All?
We live in a nation where food is plentiful but millions of children experience hunger and food insecurity. Feeding our kids shouldn't fall only to kind strangers and acts of charity.
(11 comments) SHARE Friday, May 18, 2018 The Lesson I Learned Growing Up Jewish
Many Israelis oppose their own government's treatment of the Palestinians. Left-leaning Israelis vote against Prime Minister Netanyahu, and they oppose Trump's inflammatory decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. The same is true of millions of Jews here in the United States.
SHARE Saturday, June 8, 2019 Celebrating Pride, Mindfully
Transgender people are fighting for inclusion and acceptance in a gender they weren't assigned at birth.
Bisexual and pansexual people (who are attracted to others of all genders and orientations) have different challenges. They're often invisible, because people think they're straight if they date someone of the same sex.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 30, 2019 Dealing With Climate Fear
If it hurts you to think about the coming climate crisis, and you feel powerless, remember that the biggest change you can make is to support leaders who think our planet -- and the people who live on it -- are actually worth saving. We can't solve climate change on our own, but we can make our leaders answer to the people living with it, not the companies causing it.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 19, 2017 It's Not About "White Culture"
America has never been a white country. It was once entirely populated with Native Americans. Then the first Europeans arrived, and they soon brought the first enslaved Africans. Don't believe the lies of white nationalists who say they simply want to celebrate white culture. There's no way to march with KKK members and Nazi flags in a non-hateful way.
SHARE Saturday, August 3, 2019 You Don't Save Money By Forcing People To Go Hungry
Food stamps are a huge stimulus to the economy. Families spend their SNAP benefits to buy food from local businesses like grocery stores, and that creates jobs from the store clerk stocking the shelves, to the truck driver transporting the food, to the farmers and ranchers producing the food.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 21, 2018 California Is On Fire. Trump's Solution -- Rakes?
No president is an expert in all things. A good president is skilled at choosing the right advisers and knowing when to weigh on them for help. Trump isn't doing that. Thus far he's appeared to offer logging and raking as solutions to forest fires.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 18, 2019 Our Climate Emergency was no Accident: Big Oil knew
Tobacco is deadly -- I've lost two grandparents to its ill effects but tobacco is most harmful to those who use it. The climate crisis is deadly to everyone, whether they are responsible for causing it or not. It will continue to hurt people for generations, even after humans stop polluting at such alarming levels as they do now.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 12, 2019 Is Anyone Really Offended By That "F" Word?
There are two alternatives, neither of them good. Either they're generating fake outrage to score cheap political points, or they're expressing actual outrage because they care more about a single swear word than corruption, crimes, and assaults on women combined.
SHARE Thursday, March 30, 2017 Gutting Climate Protections Won't Bring Back Coal Jobs
Trump's killing of the Clean Power Plan is a handout to dirty industry with no regard for the well-being of coal miners. And it's putting us even further behind in our efforts to leave the next generation a habitable planet. A better leader would find a way to promote clean forms of energy while simultaneously creating good jobs for Americans.
SHARE Saturday, November 10, 2018 Getting Past Gingrich
Under Gingrich, Republicans would oppose popular legislation they previously might have supported. Then Republicans would point a finger at the Democratic leadership and accuse Congress of doing nothing. They'd tell the voters that Democrats won't fix your problems so you need to elect Republicans. Never mind that Republicans caused the obstruction in the first place.
SHARE Wednesday, July 1, 2020 Learning Not To Look Away
Our emotional comfort isn't more important than racial justice. But unfortunately, many of us disengage when confronting the realities of racism becomes too painful.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 9, 2018 "Pro-Family" Homophobia Rips Families Apart
Within the LGBTQIA community, estrangement from parents and other relatives is common. Some parents kick their gay or trans teens out of the house for their sexual orientation or gender identity. Others cut their kids off as adults, or just behave so abusively to them that the children avoid their parents in adulthood.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, October 6, 2017 We're Failing the U.S. Citizens of Puerto Rico
Wanting your legal rights as citizens in the form of federal government aid in a natural disaster isn't wanting "everything done for you." It's what we all expect, and should expect, as citizens of this nation. America shouldn't let down our citizens in Puerto Rico. We must help them in this crisis.
SHARE Wednesday, April 1, 2020 Efficiency Vs. Resilience
Hospitals have enough beds, medical personnel, and equipment to handle a normal volume of patients, but nothing like this. They'd been cutting them back for years in the name of profit and efficiency. Now there's talk of converting empty college dormitories into hospitals.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 23, 2018 Immigrant Kids Are Suffering Trauma That Will Last Years
Trauma is often invisible to the person suffering it. Your body acts strangely, and you react emotionally to others in ways you can't understand -- and either you don't even know you are doing it, or you don't know why. You can't control it. You think it's your fault and so does everyone around you. This is what we're doing to these immigrant children.
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, May 25, 2018 Our Immigration Debate Needs a Lot More Humanity
Few of us would defend or invite members of a violent gang into the United States. The problem here is that Trump has routinely tried to associate all immigrants -- and particularly those from Latin America -- with criminality. Immigrants have an intrinsic worth as human beings. Our immigration policy -- and our politics -- should recognize every person's common humanity.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 27, 2020 Where Have I Heard These Trump Lines Before?
White nationalists from the Klan to Trump glorify a past in which white men had more power than everyone else, casting themselves as protectors of white America against inferior "others."
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 5, 2018 Want to Attract Women? Try Not Hating Us
Feminists said in the 1970s that being a woman is what each woman wants to make of it. If you want shopping and fashion and babies, you go girl! If you want to run for president, you go do that. More men need to embrace this message for themselves. They can be whoever they want and their "manhood" isn't at stake. It's cool.
SHARE Sunday, June 17, 2018 Corruption Is Bad, But Sabotage Is Worse
Who gets ousted when they're heading the Environmental Protection Agency but fail to protect the environment? Or they head the Department of Education but let down the nation's schools? The huge amounts these corrupt men spent on their own offices and flights is outrageous. But it's their willingness to sabotage the departments they're in charge of that's truly hurting the American people.
SHARE Saturday, June 6, 2020 Keep Your Eye On What's Important: Ending Police Brutality
This has gone on for long enough, and the system that perpetuates it must change. Time after time, when the cop "involved" in the murder is charged with a crime, they are later acquitted almost without exception. Regardless of who peacefully protested and who "rioted," police violence against black bodies must end.
SHARE Sunday, December 9, 2018 Republicans Don't Want Your Vote to Count
Requiring photo IDs to vote fixes a problem that does not exist. Voter fraud is incredibly rare. What photo ID laws do very effectively is disenfranchise voters from demographics that mostly favor Democrats: the young, the poor, and people of color. Requiring photo IDs to vote fixes a problem that does not exist. Voter fraud is incredibly rare. What photo ID laws do very effectively is disenfranchise voters from voting.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 30, 2018 Unlearning Racial Bias Takes Time, But It's Worth It
Some racism is structural. It's baked into the fabric of society, in the form of segregated neighborhoods, unequal schools, and so on. It would continue even in the absence of prejudice and hate, and it will continue until we consciously change our society.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 30, 2018 Family Separation: One Fire Out, Several Others Started
If you care about Social Security, Medicare, food stamps, or the environment, these are all issues that require immediate attention. Despite the headway Republicans made in the last week or so toward cutting the social safety net and eliminating environmental protections, it's not yet a lost cause.
(9 comments) SHARE Friday, July 6, 2018 Knowing When to Turn Off the News
It's OK to turn the news off sometimes. It's OK to log out of Facebook, too. Taking action is important, and we all need to know what's going on and what needs to be done. But we don't need to marinate in the news all day long. Not when it hurts this badly.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 4, 2020 The Great Irony Of Trump's Taxes
We live in a deeply unequal society, and we are led by someone who benefits from that inequality. No executive order should gaslight us into thinking that's fair.
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, July 21, 2008 Al Gore Can Have His Meat and Eat It Too
I asked Al Gore about the role of meat in global warming. His answer was honest, but it was only the start of a conversation that must continue about the role of sustainable agriculture in the fight against global warming.
SHARE Saturday, December 15, 2018 A War on Science, Morals, and Law
A new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists accuses Trump's Interior Department of "relentless attacks on science ranging from suppressing and sidelining the work of the department's scientists to systematically refusing to act on climate change."
SHARE Friday, January 29, 2021 The GOP's Resentment Theater
President Biden recently became the first president to condemn white supremacy by name in an inaugural address. Then some Republicans got mad because, they say, it's an attack on them.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 11, 2018 It's Up to Grown-ups to Stop Bullying, Not Kids
Bullying's been in the news a bit lately, in part because of the Parkland shooting. In response, some people suggested that school children themselves should befriend kids who get bullied to prevent school shootings. Others say this is victim-blaming. It's the adults' jobs to stop bullying.
SHARE Saturday, January 23, 2021 The Time I Got Coffee With Hollywood Satanists
Satanism is not very different from the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Neither one believes in Satan or in a flying spaghetti monster. They're jokes intended to troll Christians who try to impose their beliefs on others.
SHARE Sunday, September 27, 2020 When Men Legally Controlled Women
We have made progress allowing marriage to bring emotional and sexual satisfaction to both partners and allowing them to leave when it doesn't. Also, the increased equality for people of all races, genders, and sexual orientations we have gained in the century since women got the vote.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, November 20, 2020 We Need A Safety Net For Parents/
Most women put their children ahead of their careers. In the workforce, that makes it harder for women to compete with men for top positions, because they're seen as less committed to their jobs."
SHARE Thursday, October 15, 2020 Voter Suppression In A Pandemic Election
Our electoral system is riddled with policies that amount to little more than voter suppression. America should work to expand voting to all eligible citizens so we can live up to the democratic ideals on which our nation was founded.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 11, 2019 Do Women Get To Be Experts?
I know that people interpret my behavior in relation to their expectations of a woman's gender role. I'm expected to be nurturing. If I step out of line, I become "shrill" or "bossy." Womanhood becomes a real drag when I'm in roles I am qualified for and my expertise is questioned in ways it would not be if I were a man.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 4, 2019 The Death Penalty Is Getting Crueler
The Eighth Amendment bans cruel and unusual punishment. Capital punishment has been becoming more unusual over the past decade or so. Now, with the court's help, it's becoming more cruel. Our newly right wing-dominated Supreme Court recently made a move in the opposite direction.