Monthly Archives: April 2012

The American Economy






The American Economy Our immense resources a problem? One fundamental problem with the U.S. economy is one we have had for at least the last fifty years: We have the capacity to produce more than we need. This fundamental fact becomes clearer when one thinks about supply of the basic material needs of food, shelter Read More

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Trayvon Martin and the myth of ‘the first punch’






The Trayvon Martin shooting and  the myth of ‘the first punch’   The Zimmerman family’s attempts to use the mass media may or may not work to George Zimmerman’s advantage, but regardless of legal outcome, the news media have an obligation not to purvey misunderstanding or misstatements of fact.   The phrase ‘the first punch’ Read More

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Trayvon Martin, question 4: Where was the iced tea can?






Trayvon Martin, question 4: Where was the iced tea can, when police arrived at the scene? George Zimmerman’s prominent defenders are not looking more credible on a closer look, with the passage of time. Florida State Attorney Norman (Norm) Wolfinger has popped up in news a few times, before his recent decision to negative arresting Read More

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The 2012 GOP primaries and the politics of neglect






2012 GOP primaries–Santorum wins most Wisconsin counties but loses Wisconsin More primary results, mostly predictable, in the GOP primary season, and another reminder of the importance of being able to do math and to reason. Case in point, Wisconsin, carried by Mitt Romney along with Maryland and D.C. As previously written, former Pennsylvania governor Ed Read More

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Trayvon Martin, question 3: When Trayvon Martin was cleared to enter the gated community, did anyone notify Neighborhood Watch?






Trayvon Martin, question 3: When Trayvon Martin was cleared to enter the gated community, did anyone notify Neighborhood Watch?   Like many gated communities, The Retreat at Twin Lakes, where Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman lived and shot Trayvon Martin,  has a homeowners association. As with any electronically controlled gate access, there is a protocol Read More

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