BLOGS


  • The School Shooting In San Bernardino Reminds Us That Domestic Violence Doesn’t Stay At Home Unfortunately, San Bernardino is back in the news for yet another horrific tragedy, 17 months later. An 8-year-old student is dead, along with his teacher, Karen Smith, and ultimately, her estranged husband, Cedric Anderson. It’s baffling to me that when a husband comes into his wife’s workplace to kill her and then himself, the media ...
  • Dignity And Devotion: Rex Freitas’ Gifts To His Parents. Bus driver, Rex Freitas continues to recover from an injury to his neck and back, suffered in a pothole incident. But he is also still wrestling with the pain of remembering his parents decline into poor health. “We grew up with very little money to spare,” he said. “But my parents always had plenty of ...
  • Accidental Shootings May Be Twice As Common As Official Statistics Suggest According to the CDC, in 2014 slightly less than 16,000 Americans accidentally shot themselves or someone else and survived their wound.  Back in 2009, the number was 18,610.  Which means, according to the gun industry, that guns are getting safer all the time.  And of course when it comes to accidental shootings which result in ...
  • Massachusetts May Toss Thousands Of Convictions For Drug Test Fraud Annie Dookhan, a chemist working for a Massachusetts state drug-testing laboratory, was paroled last year after serving nearly three years in a state prison for her admitted perjury and evidence tampering in state-prosecuted cases. But the state’s highest court, the Supreme Judicial Court, must soon decide what to do about almost 24,000 criminal convictions linked to ...
  • We Are All Water Refugees How, in the face of the all-out attack by the Trump administration on environmental regulations and values, do we create a new strategy for Nature? Here are four steps to consider: First, we must propose a new coherent idea around which to define environmentalism and to infuse it with a broader awareness of Nature as the ...
  • ‘The Resistance’ That Doesn’t Resist War Simultaneously with Trump’s Inauguration, the liberal “opposition” announced the beginning of “The Resistance” against Trump’s openly racist and xenophobic reign. Most notably, “The Resistance” protested in airports against Trump’s ban of immigrants from seven Muslim nations. I myself participated in such demonstrations. Trump’s administration otherwise got off to a rocky start, with courts shooting down both ...
  • The Strange Paradox Of Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Crusade One puzzle of the Trump era is why he has staked so much political capital on anti-immigrant actions.  It was the issue that branded his campaign, and it shaped his early executive orders. Yet the public seems ever more tolerant of unauthorized immigrants.  How do these two phenomena—official animus and popular acceptance—coexist?   The easy answer ...
  • Boston Is Now Building Public Parks Under Interstate Highways For Architectural Digest, by Megan Johnson. On Wednesday, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and National Development announced plans for Ink Underground, an urban park that will span eight acres partially under Boston’s Interstate 93. Stretching from Albany Street to the Fort Point Channel, the park will serve as a connector between the South End and South ...
  • Constant Smartphone Usage Forced This Town To Put Traffic Lights On The Ground For Architectural Digest, by Nick Mafi. It’s obvious that smartphone usage is on the rise. In fact, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, roughly two-thirds of Americans, Canadians, and Israelis own a smartphone. More substantial is the almost 90 percent of South Koreans who own one. What this means — other than ...
  • The Unexpected Thing That Saved The Marriages Of These Real Couples For BRIDES, by Sherry Amatenstein, LCSW. Sometimes what is needed for a reset is to try something, well, extreme! “Sex was okay, but it had been a long time since it was great. So I took a six-week pole-dancing class. Each week the instructor taught us the art of swinging on that pole. I even bought the ...
  • 8 Happily Married Women Share The Secrets They Keep From Their Husbands For BRIDES, by Sherry Amatenstein, LCSW. “He’s a really good lover but terribly insecure so I don’t tell him when I don’t have an orgasm.”—Linette “My mother always told me to have access to my own money so though Jim and I have a joint account I have a ‘secret’ stash as well that I’ve never mentioned.”—Jill “When ...
  • News Roundup for April 12, 2017 You can’t make this stuff up… or can you? 1. Sean Spicer made his biggest gaffe yet when he claimed Hitler did not use chemical weapons. To be clear, Hitler gassed millions of people during WWII. More here. 2. Is Donald Trump giving Steve Bannon the boot? Here comes Jared Kushner to save the day. More here. 3. ...
  • Why The Friendly Skies Aren’t So Friendly To The Dr. David Daos Louisville MD David Dao has so far taken the high road in the furor over his getting mauled, manhandled, and then summarily booted from a United Airlines flight. He has expressed thanks and appreciation to the thousands who have cheered and expressed their outrage over his mistreatment by United. Now that’s a sharp contrast to ...
  • I Blame Us Here’s the thing: Yes, Mitch McConnell is a terrible human being, and an awful influence upon the United States. We could make a long list of politicians equally craven and/or evil. That could be matched by the list of those who are “merely” stupid, foolish, or incompetent. And, for each of the very worst of ...
  • Killing The O’Reilly Factor function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); “Killing O’Reilly” could be the name of the next book Fox News commentator and host Bill O’Reilly writes. O’Reilly announced on his broadcast Tuesday evening that he is immediately leaving on vacation, “I like to take time off around Easter, it’s calming.” However, O’Reilly’s announcement was anything but calming ...
  • 7 Secret Keys To Sean Spicer’s Very Republican Holocaust Gaffe function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); It’s possible to get carried away with outrage. Sometimes people mean to say relatively innocent things and they come out sounding wrong. Politics doesn’t need to become an indignation factory, and not every Republican gaffe is a sign of incipient fascism. But Sean Spicer’s Holocaust comments are important, not just ...
  • When Companies Serve Their Customers Too Well, Nobody Wins. But You Can. Is it possible for a company to be too good? Can a business outperform its competitors, spoil its customers, dominate the competition so much that it harms an entire industry — including, ultimately, its own customers? Maybe. But there’s a way you can benefit from it. Take Tesla, for example. “Their service is absolutely incredible,” says Dan Nainan, ...
  • The Selective Outrage Of Injustice: Same Boat, Different Paddle In America all ethnic minorities are targets of racism or prejudice, but let’s be very clear, there is still a hierarchy of racism in America. There are “model minorities,” a stratification of the stereotypes they are subject to, and levels to the treatment experienced in response to those differences. Yet, when speaking on the perspectives of ...
  • The Savings And Stability Of Public Banking As a society obsessed by money, we pay a gigantic price for not educating high school and college students about money and banking. The ways of the giant global banks – both commercial and investment operations – are as mysterious as they are damaging to the people. Big banks use the Federal Reserve to maximize ...
  • Trump Adds Insult To Injury In Syria With 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles, each armed with over 1,000 pounds of explosives, Donald Trump went from scoundrel-in-chief to national hero, virtually overnight. The corporate media, the neoconservatives and most of Congress hailed Trump as strong and presidential for lobbing bombs into Syria, reportedly killing seven civilians and wounding nine. “The instant elevation of Trump into ...