'Current Affairs' Archive

Forward and backward on state religion

September 14th, 2005 / Current Affairs / Comments Off on Forward and backward on state religion

The Drudge Report trumpeted on 9.14.05 the headline "unconstitutional" showing a picture of young children saluting a flag. What is at issue are the words "under god" in the pledge of allegiance. Some time ago, an atheist named Michael Newdow sued Sacramento to prevent his child, and others who did not believe, from being forced by the school to recite what is essentially a prayer. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton ruled that the pledge's reference to one nation "under God" violates school children's right to be "free from a coercive requirement to affirm God."

America’s day of shame, loss, and mourning

September 11th, 2005 / Current Affairs / 1 comment

Confronting the fourth anniversary of the horrific September 11 attacks wasn't enough. Today brought new mourning for the victims of hurricane Katrina, and a new darkening of the American mood. Adding insult to injury, we have the religious gloating of rising Al Qaeda bogeyman Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and a new terror tape from former Orange County resident and self-styled jihadist Adam Gadahn.

Katrina Aftermath

September 7th, 2005 / Current Affairs / Comments Off on Katrina Aftermath

The finger pointing and blaming is only just beginning. But we should look beyond the specifics of New Orleans and face our unwillingness as a nation to confront problems we do not consider imminent. Here are a few problems for which we are woefully unprepared:

Scientific American: Drowning New Orleans

September 1st, 2005 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on Scientific American: Drowning New Orleans

Scientific American: Drowning New Orleans Very prescient article on New Orleans from 2001.

08.02.2005 - Faster carbon dioxide emissions will overwhelm capacity of land and ocean to absorb carbon

August 4th, 2005 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on 08.02.2005 - Faster carbon dioxide emissions will overwhelm capacity of land and ocean to absorb carbon

BERKELEY 013 One in a new generation of computer climate models that include the effects of Earth's carbon cycle indicates there are limits to the planet's ability to absorb ...

wnbc.com - News - NYPD Officials Reveal Details Of London Bombing

August 3rd, 2005 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on wnbc.com - News - NYPD Officials Reveal Details Of London Bombing

"Initially it was thought that perhaps the materials were high-end military explosives that were smuggled, but it turns out not to be the case," Kelly said. "It's more like these ...

EV World: The Other Side of the 'Trolley Conspiracy'

August 3rd, 2005 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on EV World: The Other Side of the 'Trolley Conspiracy'

In preparing his Op-Ed, "Trolley Folly of Decades Past Still Affects Transit Systems," published July 24th issue of the Salt Lake City Tribune, Roger McDonough has unfortunately failed to fully ...

France ejects 12 Islamic 'preachers of hate'

July 30th, 2005 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on France ejects 12 Islamic 'preachers of hate'

The gulf between British and French treatment of preachers of hatred and violence was thrown sharply into focus yesterday when France announced the summary expulsion of a dozen Islamists between ...

Man Charged for Having Sex With Teen Wife

July 26th, 2005 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on Man Charged for Having Sex With Teen Wife

LINCOLN, Neb. -- A 22-year-old man faces criminal charges in Nebraska for having sex with an underage 13-year-old girl, although he legally married her in Kansas after she became pregnant. ...

War in Iraq kills energy independence

July 26th, 2005 / Current Affairs / Comments Off on War in Iraq kills energy independence

Given the extreme levels of U.S. oil dependence, it seemed to make sense to establish a "police station" in the mideast to extend the "Carter doctrine" and ensure U.S. ...

Cubans sweating out power, water shortages

July 25th, 2005 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on Cubans sweating out power, water shortages

HAVANA - Several dozen government employees arriving home from work milled for hours outside their 20-story apartment building, waiting for power to be restored so they could take the elevator ...

Ricky Martin Seeks End to Arab Stereotypes

July 25th, 2005 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on Ricky Martin Seeks End to Arab Stereotypes

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - On his first visit to the Middle East, Ricky Martin declared he will try to change negative perceptions of Arab youth in the West. "I ...

Clinton expresses regret in Rwanda

July 24th, 2005 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on Clinton expresses regret in Rwanda

KIGALI, Rwanda (Reuters) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, visiting a Rwandan genocide memorial on Saturday, expressed regret for his "personal failure" to prevent the 1994 slaughter of 800,000 people.

Abortion to be 'hot button' issue for Roberts

July 23rd, 2005 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on Abortion to be 'hot button' issue for Roberts

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supreme Court nominee John Roberts will receive "full, fair and complete" hearing, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee pledged on Wednesday as a group with White ...

Dissidents held in Cuba crackdown

July 23rd, 2005 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on Dissidents held in Cuba crackdown

Opposition figures in Cuba say at least 20 Cuban dissidents have been detained as part of a crackdown against the country's political opposition. They are said ...

Election Hangover

November 4th, 2004 / Current Affairs / Comments Off on Election Hangover

The following is a letter I received after Bush's election win: ___ and I woke up on Wednesday ashamed to be American. We could not believe that the politics of fear, ...

Workers are to be admired, not pitied

August 27th, 2004 / Current Affairs / Comments Off on Workers are to be admired, not pitied

Response to an article in Salon regarding poor working conditions for immigrant laborers in California dairies: While most Americans frown on minimum wage jobs, the dairy work represents a vast improvement ...

Betrayal in Iraq

May 6th, 2004 / Current Affairs / Comments Off on Betrayal in Iraq

I am deeply troubled by the release of recent images from Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. Like the rest the world, I've been shocked and horrified at the juxtaposition ...

Welcome to World War III

April 21st, 2004 / Current Affairs / Comments Off on Welcome to World War III

It's been my contention for many years, in agreement with Ray Kurzweil and others, that the greatest battle of the 21st-century will be between those who promote and support technology ...

Views on the News

June 1st, 2002 / Current Affairs / Comments Off on Views on the News

CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY PASSES GLOBAL WARMING BILL - As goes California, so goes the nation. This has been true with catalytic converters and a lot of other government mandated anti-pollution technology. ...

Feel the Burn

June 1st, 2002 / Current Affairs / Comments Off on Feel the Burn

The Earth is heating up. It's in the state-sized chunks of ice detaching themselves from our polar caps. It's in the nuclear weapons of Pakistan and India that could soon ...

Views on the News

April 1st, 2002 / Current Affairs / Comments Off on Views on the News

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS MADNESS: Just turned my clock forward. Aren't the cycles of nature good enough? There's a natural, comforting rhythm to the progression of longer days. It's disorienting to the ...

Road (Rage) Rules

March 1st, 2002 / Current Affairs / Comments Off on Road (Rage) Rules

Anecdotes from a road warrior in the city of angels For our own safety we assume that other drivers do not see us, and will behave in the worst way possible. ...

Views on the News

March 1st, 2002 / Current Affairs / Comments Off on Views on the News

ANTI-TALIBAN OFFENSIVE: U.S. forces have directly engaged the Taliban in Afghanistan once again, thermobaric bombs are falling: Needs to be done--we can expect more American casualties before this is over--count ...