Category: Society

Agent Provocateur?

Last  Thursday, students at the University of California at Berkeley protested against a scheduled speech by Milo Yiannopoulus. Milo is a right-wing writer for the populist Breitbart News, and he has made a career out of provoking conflict. He thrives on it. Most recently he incited online abuse of the […]

Aliens in America

These are scary times for aliens in America. They are especially scary times for aliens from certain countries, but all of us are getting a bit twitchy. I’m a non-resident alien in America for nearly six months of the year, and my heart skipped a beat when I […]

Group of women soliders.

What Women Don’t Want

I’m developing a theory. My theory is that women, or most women anyway, aren’t much interested in joining armies.  We prefer to join forces in more subtle ways. We join book clubs, Facebook, and meetup groups.  It’s a kind of small-scale subterfuge. Increasingly, I live in a world […]

Chart US Employment Statistics

Going for it: Finding Work

Jobs Don’t Come Easy Some people imagine that the president-elect has the capacity to bring manufacturing and coal mining jobs back to economically depressed areas in the United States. I have my doubts about this, but thinking about it reminded me of the number of times I have […]

Man sliding in mud

Wallowing in Dirt

I tried to watch the second presidential debate yesterday, but gave up after about twenty minutes. It was making me really uncomfortable and embarrassed for everyone involved. Also, I was frustrated because it wasn’t a debate and I wasn’t learning anything new. So, why did they have the […]