Donald Trump’s company and finance chief, Allen Weisselberg, were charged in a “sweeping and audacious” tax fraud scheme in which senior executives collected millions of dollars in off-the-books compensation. Donald Trump was not charged but he nonetheless condemned the indictment as a “political Witch Hunt by the Radical Left Democrats.” These charges have been viewed by some as a way to pressure Weisselberg to cooperate in the broader investigation of Trump. For those upset that Trump himself wasn’t indicted, take solace in the fact that the Trump Organization is synonymous with Trump.
According to the indictment, the scheme “was intended…
The latest bout of the COVID culture wars has arrived in the form of vaccine passports. Vaccine passports are digital, or in some cases non-digital, cards that represent a verification that someone is fully inoculated against COVID-19, or in some cases that someone has recently tested negative for COVID-19. As public officials seek to curb infection rates, some have turned to vaccine passports as a means of allowing communities to return to some semblance of normal while attempting to keep the virus at bay.
Much like face masks and modified lockdowns were highly opposed by a significant portion of the…
We are at a crossroads in the United States once again. We can continue down our usual path or make a turn for change. We can continue our acceptance of and preference for a “negative peace which is the absence of tension” or we can fight for a “positive peace which is the presence of justice,” as Martin Luther King, Jr. eloquently emphasized. We can continue to agree with the goal that our black and brown brothers and sisters seek but disagree with their “methods of direct action.”
We can continue to be outraged by any form of protest in…
When Bernie Sanders ended his campaign, his supporters were understandably devastated. He promised to fundamentally change a system that so many of them view as unfair, inequitable, and skewed against them. On top of that, this was likely Bernie’s final presidential run as he is currently 78 years old. Many of them thought that the election of Bernie would fundamentally change their lives for the better. When that dream died, it wasn’t unreasonable for them to wish to abstain from this year’s electoral process. Joe Biden does not share Bernie’s world view. …
Factfulness by Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, and Anna Rosling has a simple premise: most of us are ignorant about the world. In fact, many of the things that most people agree on are simply untrue. In this article, I will examine some of our misunderstandings about the world and how knowing the truth can improve our lives and the world in which we inhabit.
Don’t split the world into two groups
According to the authors, many people tend to divide the world into two groups: West/Rest, Rich/Poor, Developed/Developing. While this may have been appropriate 50–60 years ago, it no longer…
COVID-19 will Test our Heart
The COVID-19 outbreak has tested and will continue to test many aspects of our society. It will test our leadership, our cooperation, and our medical infrastructure. But, most important, it will test our heart.
We still do not know everything about the virus but, by many indications, the majority of people who contract it will be fine after a week or two and some will not suffer any effects at all. A rational person reading various CDC and health-expert guidelines may make a cost-benefit calculation that the cost of abstaining from many of his or…
The phone rang. For more than a quick moment Learned thought about not answering it.
— Hi, Learned.
— Hi, Ruth.
— For a moment there, I thought that you might not answer the telephone.
— For a moment there, you were correct.
— I wish you hadn’t. Why did you?
— What would you have done if I hadn’t?
— What would you have done if I continuously rejected your calls? What if you consistently called me throughout the week and I declined to answer the phone each time? Would you still attempt to call…
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