The 2018 Short Session was a triumph for that part of the right wing that is attempting to create a permanent majority by changing rules to silence and diminish all opposition. Herein, current information and background, ignored legislative offerings, reading suggestions, and action notices. “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” -Thomas Jefferson.Read More
Category: What we are reading
The poor are some of the smartest and most resourceful people we have in our society. They are survivors and that makes for an amazing education.Read More
World Bank on Tuesday said it would by 2019 end all financial support for oil and gas exploration – huge news!
There is a great opinion piece in the New York Times today about the finanacial industry’s movement towards divesting away from fossil fuels. Amen! Fracking ruined our home town and everything around it in West...Read More
The book “$2.00 A Day, Living on Almost Nothing in America” by Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer shines a spotlight on the consequences of government policies on the lives of individuals and families caught in deepening poverty in the years since the welfare reform legislation of 1996 and after the 2008 financial crisis. Poverty in America is not new but it is worsening and a greater percentage of the American people are now living in poverty. –Dr. Jessie Fields, NY.
The number of American families living on $2.00 per person, per day, has skyrocketed to one and a half million American households, including about three million children.
- Jeffrey Epstein’s Will: He Signed 2 Days Before Killing Himself August 20, 2019He left behind a $500 million fortune, which he ordered placed in a trust, according to documents filed in the Virgin Islands.Steve Eder and Ali Watkins
- Clerk Convicted of Murder for Shooting Memphis Teenager Who Stole ‘$2 Beer’ August 20, 2019A clerk at a store in Memphis, Anwar Ghazali, 29, was found guilty of fatally shooting Dorian Harris, 17, as he ran out last year.Christine Hauser
- Why Warning Pregnant Women Not to Drink Can Backfire August 20, 2019Harsh measures, or even threats of them, can lead to the avoidance of prenatal care entirely.Aaron E. Carroll
- Michael Phelps Is Losing World Records, but He’s Gained Other Treasures August 20, 2019It once seemed impossible that anyone could go faster in the butterfly. By the time it happened, the most decorated Olympian had a growing family and no problem letting go of records.Karen Crouse
- A Measure of Justice for Eric Garner, and for Daniel Pantaleo August 20, 2019The police commissioner sent a valuable message by firing the New York City officer who put Mr. Garner in a chokehold that turned fatal.The Editorial Board
- Paging Big Brother: In Amazon’s Bookstore, Orwell Gets a Rewrite August 20, 2019As fake and illegitimate texts proliferate online, books are becoming a form of misinformation. The author of “1984” would not be surprised.David Streitfeld
- How the N.Y.P.D. Commissioner Grappled With the Eric Garner Decision August 20, 2019Commissioner James O’Neill described the “split-second, life-and-death choices” facing officers.Michael Wilson
- Italy’s Government Faces a Confidence Vote Where Nothing Is Certain August 20, 2019Matteo Salvini, the popular interior minister, would like very much to go to elections. But the majority of members of Parliament are in no rush.Jason Horowitz
- What Part of ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’ Don’t We Understand? August 20, 2019Here in Tennessee, the hypocrisy of execution day is almost too much to bear.Margaret Renkl
- Thailand’s Roads Are Deadly. Especially if You’re Poor. August 20, 2019The rules of a highly unequal society extend even to the highways, where have-nots are far more likely to be killed than haves.Hannah Beech