Where are you now? Supporters of diversity are MIA

Let’s set aside the policy debates of the presidential primaries for a moment. Instead, focus on the line-ups of the parties’ nominees. The two sets of candidates flip conventional wisdom on its head. The Democratic Party usually advocates policies and values such as diversity, affirmative action, multi-culturalism, inclusiveness and so on. It also tries to […]

Syrian refugees and America’s retreat

Photos of the body of a three year old boy washed up on a beach in Turkey have drawn worldwide attention to the plight of refugees from five years of civil war in Syria. Friends from across the globe, many of whom seldom take to social media, were so shocked by the images that they […]

Memo to Robert Reich: Should we care what the top 1% earn?

[Originally posted on Facebook, September 6, 2010] Robert Reich’s Labor Day blog referred to the following fact:  ‎”In the late 1970s, the richest 1 percent of American families took in about 9 percent of the nation’s total income; by 2007, the top 1 percent took in 23.5 percent of total income.”  He used this data point […]

Largest restaurant job losses since the Great Recession

(First posted at Sound Politics) Mark Perry, a professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan’s Flint campus, has been looking at Seattle’s employment numbers and noticed that following the April increase in the minimum wage to $11, we experienced the largest one month drop in restaurant jobs since the Great Recession. As […]

Thalidomide, the Precautionary Principle and Global Warming

Dr. Frances Kelsey, a physician and pharmacologist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration who was credited with largely averting the tragedy wrought by thalidomide in other parts of the world, passed away on Friday at the age of 101. As the Washington Post reported, she held up its approval and helped gather evidence of the […]