Before we go to war with Iran and North Korea…

The drums of war are beating again, as if they ever really stopped. Our leaders and their lapdog media partners are trying to build Iran and North Korea into imminent threats, giving us an excuse to preemptively start new military actions. What I haven’t heard is any discussion about the costs. I suppose that when […]

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Iran – Do we really know what’s going on?

The current protests in Iran are making headline news, and the prevailing narrative is that the Iranian people want freedom from their oppressive regime. People from across the political spectrum are reinforcing that narrative: Big protests in Iran. The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and […]

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More adults rooming together – a story told in charts

According to real estate data site Zillow.com, the number of working-age adults rooming together – i.e., sharing a residence without any romantic connections – is on the upswing, coming in at a surprising 30% of adults, up from a low of 21 percent in 2005 and 23 percent in 1990. Some subgroups are much more […]

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What happens when public education has no relevance?

When our system of public education was founded in the mid-19th century, it had two goals: Prepare everyone with a baseline set of knowledge and skills in order to supply prepared workers to the growing number of factories, and to take citizens and immigrants from all over the world and turn them all into Americans: […]

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