Challenges of “Progress”

  Watching a TV program about Madagascar last night, I realized how difficult it must be to run a country – even one as small and poor as the former French colony. So many interests are in conflict. In Madagascar, for example, substantial riches are buried beneath the earth and hidden in the dense woods, but to exploit them […]
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The Forgotten Americans

  America’s first people have been neglected and abused for centuries. And their plight gets little or no attention. But every once in a while, the media show some interest. They’re in the spotlight now, for example, because of a 1,100-mile pipeline project that would endanger their lands. The pipeline, about the same length as the […]
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The Real News from that Depressing “Debate”

You’ll hear that the headline from last night’s debate featuring eight of the current crop of Republican presidential candidates was Texas Governor Rick Perry’s blustering reiteration of his “Ponzi scheme” attack on Social Security. And you’ll also get various pundits’ views on who “won” the debate. But Perry’s Ponzi nonsense wasn’t new (it’s in his […]
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