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– Noam Chomsky
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On the six-month anniversary of the senseless tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, the United States Congress has still failed to pass any gun safety legislation.
Most Americans have a healthy sense of skepticism about data collection and surveillance, and hold varying degrees of trust in institutions to responsibly use their personal information.
Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) will likely be remembered for the work he did on a wide range of policy issues from transportation and public health to affordable housing, the environment, and refugees. What is sometimes not recognized is that as a long-standing member of the Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Sen. Lautenberg also fought to retain the National Science Foundations (NSF’s) support for all the sciences.
If you’re familiar with the classic tale, Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell, late breaking news stories of the past few days might have you asking, “What is the National Security Agency and why is the NSA collecting data about my telephone activity”? Self-centered egomaniacs might ask, “Who is Big Brother and what can he do for me”? Let’s answer some of these questions.
As is the case each late June/early July, we wait for the Supreme Court of the United States to issue decisions, before starting a well-deserved recess and ending another term. This year is no different. Whether young, old, or in between, we hurry up and wait for the Court to reconcile the law on matters that will impact the lives of many. Within the next few weeks, or perhaps days, rulings on cases related to marriage equality (Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor), voting rights (Shelby County v. Holder), and affirmative action (Fisher v.
A cautionary tale for the common core
May is a month full of celebrations—everything from May Day and Cinco de Mayo to Mother's Day and Memorial Day. Largely forgotten in the cornucopia of May celebrations, however, is National Metric Week. From 1976 until 1984, the week of May 10 was National Metric Week.
Democrats have coupled identity politics with a strong narrative to build a fashionable but unrepresentative coalition of ethnic minorities, the young and the economically disadvantaged. It’s no coincidence that these are the three most politically misled groups in America.
This month, three major institutions -- the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army and the New York State Assembly -- have become embroiled in controversies involving allegations of sexual assault and harassment from powerful individuals within their ranks.
NOTE: The 2013 Dance Parade New York starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, on 21st Street and Broadway. DanceFest follows 3-7 p.m. at Tompkins Square Park. The event is free.
UNITY THROUGH DANCE
For weeks here in the New York City area folks have asked me, what is Bill Thompson doing?
Is he a candidate for NYC mayor?
Does he really want this or is he just going through the motions?
Where is Thompson's passion?
Well, if Thompson's personality was not so low-key, he might respond with the slogan line of that Kia Sorrento TV commerical: "How you like me now."