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Bernie the Good Versus Bernie the Bad for 04/24/2018

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700

Bernie Sanders is back in the news, showing us all both his good side and the bad. Let's start with the good.

"If Democrats control either the House or the Senate," he recently told The New York Times, "Trump's agenda is dead."

Updated: Tue Apr 24, 2018

Imagine a 2020 Street Fight Between Cuomo and Trump for 04/19/2018

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700

Democrats scouring their ranks for a 2020 presidential candidate should put Andrew Cuomo high on their list. The New York governor is already on the case, giving speeches tailored for the Iowa caucuses.

Assuming Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination for a second term, Cuomo would be an especially strong combatant. Five reasons:

Updated: Thu Apr 19, 2018

Social Media Spreads Fake Bodies, as Well as Fake News for 04/17/2018

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700

Phony "news" stories aren't the only toxic content being spread on social media these days. Bad people are pitching digitally touched-up rear ends and modified thighs as real, dismaying teens and young women unable to attain what's being sold as perfection.

Public anger at the ills unleashed by social media currently burns hottest on Facebook — namely, its profiting off political lies posted by masked operatives. Many also blame Facebook for stoking the modern hell of FOMO — fear of missing out. We speak of the feelings of inadequacy fanned by friends' jolly vacation and party posts, presentations that make many think everyone is having a better time than they are.

Updated: Tue Apr 17, 2018

Facebook Clearly Won't Fix Itself for 04/12/2018

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700

Mark Zuckerberg in 2006: "We really messed this one up. ... We did a bad job of explaining what the new features were and an even worse job of giving you control of them."

Zuckerberg in 2010: "Sometimes we move too fast. ... We will add privacy controls that are much simpler to use."

Updated: Thu Apr 12, 2018

Trump Didn't Lie to Farmers for 04/10/2018

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700

Farmers keep asking why Donald Trump is hurting them on trade when they helped elect him. The better question is: Why did they help elect him?

Candidate Trump promised a trade war, and he delivered. No hidden agenda here.

Updated: Tue Apr 10, 2018

Nature's Great Bird Migration Under Threat by You-Know-Who for 04/05/2018

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700

You could call it the Nebraska bird eclipse. At the first dart of morning light, so many sandhill cranes take off from the banks along the Platte River they darken the sky. This primeval spectacle, part of a massive spring migration from South America to the northern reaches, draws viewers from around the world.

For a century — through depression, world war and countless other national crises — American presidents, Republican and Democrat alike, have honored laws ensuring the survival of these migrating species.

Updated: Thu Apr 05, 2018

Boycott Ingraham's Advertisers? What About All of Fox News? for 04/03/2018

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700

For Laura Ingraham, the decline came well before the fall. The Parkland teens' success in pressuring advertisers to flee her Fox News Channel show could cut her career down to tweet size. Ingraham made the mistake of mocking student leader David Hogg's reaction to being turned down by several colleges.

Ingraham is great at dishing invective, less so at taking it. Often the case with bullies, the minute someone fights back in an effective way, they get scared. Now on "vacation" from the show, Ingraham has been on her belly begging forgiveness. The fall has begun.

Updated: Tue Apr 03, 2018

The Fashion of Silicon Knavery for 03/29/2018

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700

How did it come to this? How was Mark Zuckerberg able to prance the globe vacuuming up the ad revenues that rightly belonged to the news organizations providing his content? How did he not notice the unauthorized use of Facebook subscribers' data by the Trump campaign? And how did he get away with making billions off the undermining of democracy while playing the carefree adolescent in a T-shirt?

The first two questions are now under investigation. The last one, the role of techie fashion in advancing confidence games, is today's subject. Let's take a look at accused Silicon scamster Elizabeth Holmes.

Updated: Thu Mar 29, 2018

Democrats' Votes Come From the Center for 03/27/2018

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700

Recent elections give the lie to the notion that America wants fiery liberal activists to run the country — an idea put forth mainly by fiery liberal activists. It turns out that even Democrats don't necessarily want them.

Consider a recent House primary race in Illinois. If there is any Democrat a liberal might want to see the last of, it's Chicago-area Rep. Dan Lipinski. Lipinski voted against the Affordable Care Act because of the mandate requiring employers to cover birth control. (Let the record show that he's since opposed Republican efforts to kill Obamacare.)

Updated: Tue Mar 27, 2018

Students, Don't Let the Gun Lobby Wear You Down for 03/22/2018

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700

Only three students were shot at an American school Tuesday. Two of them were hospitalized, and only the 17-year-old gunman died. This made the attack at a southern Maryland high school a fleeting news item. The Austin, Texas, bombings edged it out.

The 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado opened a new horrifying chapter in U.S. gun violence. The nation stood transfixed for months. But a subsequent parade of mass shootings has worn down the shock over carnage on school property.

Updated: Thu Mar 22, 2018

Capital Idea: Seize the Oligarchs' Manhattan Penthouses for 03/20/2018

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700

The poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in the English countryside has roused Britons to two truths: Vladimir Putin regards their country as an easy mark, but it's also an extremely pleasant place for his oligarchs to live. Americans, take note.

Finally, finally, there's talk of hitting back at Putin where his filthy-rich cronies hurt — their mansions, Bentleys and other baubles of the posh life in Britain. A study released by Deutsche Bank in 2015 says that Russians were a major source of the $129 billion that had made its way into Britain through secret offshore dealings the previous nine years.

Updated: Tue Mar 20, 2018

What Computers Know About Us and Think They Know for 03/15/2018

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700

The electric company sends me colorful reports on my monthly energy habits. A recent one rated me "above average" in electricity use compared with my supposedly more extravagant neighbors. I'm usually "average."

I would have basked in such praise were it not for this pertinent fact: I wasn't home that month.

Updated: Thu Mar 15, 2018

Report From the Chemo Infusion Room for 03/13/2018

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700

I write you from the infusion room at a community hospital. I'm here not as a patient but as a driver and companion of an elderly friend being treated for cancer. Right now, he's attached to a chemo bag and snoozing. Let me share some observations.

First off, this is not the depressing scene many imagine it to be. Some patients here won't last long, but others will live many years. Medical advances have turned many cancers into merely chronic illnesses that need to be watched and treated when they flare.

Updated: Tue Mar 13, 2018

When Only a Human Will Do for 03/08/2018

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800

As computers continue to replace cashiers, ticket vendors and bank tellers, consumers increasingly don't notice or care much whether they are dealing with a human or a machine. The big exception is when they do.

Consumers often prefer the convenience of interacting with computers. A checkout employee who doesn't know the price of Gala apples adds grit to the smooth functioning of an over-scheduled day.

But when things go wrong at the self-checkout, they can go very wrong. Suppose it freezes halfway through the purchase of 15 items. Hardly life-threatening, but that speed bump could cost five or 10 minutes — more if a human isn't nearby to right the ship.

Updated: Thu Mar 08, 2018

Stormy Daniels Knows How to Deal for 03/06/2018

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800

Porn star Stormy Daniels does not come from any mainstream school of feminism. When a powerful man presses her to have sex, she does not charge harassment. She charges money.

Updated: Tue Mar 06, 2018

Are We Losing Mexico? And Canada? for 03/01/2018

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800

The United States under President Trump has been retreating from leadership roles in Asia and Europe. Closer to home, his hot rhetoric about trade with Mexico and Canada is propelling our neighbors to start pulling away.

Two truths here: One is that the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement — a three-country deal — have flowed in all directions. The other is that Mexico doesn't need us as much as it did. And the same may be said of Canada.

Updated: Thu Mar 01, 2018

Middle America Must Lead on Guns for 02/27/2018

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

America desperately needed a new kind of citizen leader to force political change. She found it in the students, parents and teachers scarred by the massacre at a Parkland, Florida, high school. Watch how effective they've been at making the case for tighter gun laws. Watch how they've alarmed politicians under NRA control.

Their power stems from their middle-class, tax-paying decorum. Many of these adults no doubt voted for Donald Trump, Gov. Rick Scott and/or Sen. Marco Rubio — all of whom oppose a broad ban on military-style weapons for civilians. These grieving parents have touched Middle America in a highly personal way.

Updated: Tue Feb 27, 2018

In Facing Russia, We Don't Even Have a Neville Chamberlain for 02/22/2018

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

"Darkest Hour" follows Winston Churchill's struggle to rouse Britain to confront the Nazi menace. Winning the war was step two. Step one, the movie's theme, was to get the country to agree to wage war.

And he did no buttering. "I have nothing to offer," Churchill famously told his nation, "but blood, toil, tears and sweat." And that's what it got as the price for saving civilization.

Updated: Thu Feb 22, 2018

In November, Democrats Need to Be the Third Party for 02/20/2018

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

Widespread displeasure with Donald Trump and his party bodes well for Democrats in November. They have a good chance of retaking the House and a decent one of winning a Senate majority. But to get there, they must be smart. And being smart includes attracting Republicans repelled by Trump.

There's not going to be a third party any time soon, as much as many centrists crave one. But Democrats can serve as a haven for independents and appalled Republicans wanting options other than the moral wreckage that's become the GOP. At least in 2018.

Updated: Tue Feb 20, 2018

Trump Turns Farmers Into a Sacrifice for 02/15/2018

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

Our generally strong economy has yet to cast its blessings on American farm country. Incomes there are headed for their lowest level since 2006. And farmers are going deep into debt to keep their heads above water.

President Trump's budget blueprint would only make things worse for U.S. agriculture. Trump's hostility to trade deals has already inflicted damage on an economic sector highly dependent on exports. And that's on top of his deficit-exploding tax bill and cranked-up federal spending, sure to make borrowing still more expensive.

Updated: Thu Feb 15, 2018