Fighting for America

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Wait to discover what the new Democratic members in the House have in common. There are three unelected leaders working 24/7/365 to get more Democrats and Independents in the House and Senate. They are Nina Turner, the new president of Our Revolution, Maurice Mitchell, the new national director of the Working Families Party and Yvette Simpson, the new chief officer of Democracy for America. They share concerns for the dignity of the American worker and family, and they represent a unique political triumvirate. If they can protect one another, build an agenda for 2020 and start winning the future for the people left behind or pushed away it will be about more than politics. Whether conservative or progressive, that is all that should matter. The depth of their shared experience as dynamic African-American leaders will be measured by how well they inject the people’s intellect into movements for change, but one other thing they have […]

CE and Ho-Hum

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Civic Engagement and Ho-Hum I’m a lifelong learning type of person, and every so often I find opportunities online that help me to think things through. Recently, I have been exploring the expansion of political engagement in the United States and discovered an easily audited MOOC (a massive online open course), or for $50 I could draw down a proof of purchase with an academic compliance certificate after taking an odd little quiz. The young Dr. Nicholas Carnes, the author of The Cash Ceiling and White Collar Government, offers Civic Engagement in American Democracy along with Dr. Bruce Jentleson, a seasoned historian and author of The Peace Makers. With several others on the Duke University faculty serving the Stanford School of Political Science, the course via the Coursera platform examines political structures and leadership. If you don’t give these mostly white male academic actors their $50 you are not allowed to finish the audit and […]

Media & Measurement

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Getting more scientists into Congress has become a necessity of our time.  Too many of our lawmakers are not making any sense. We need people who make evidence-based decisions that are outcome driven and measured by performance from day-to-day and century-to-century. There are many origins of human progress. Sharpened stones and sticks, fire, and the wheel are on the early list, but the primary source human advancement today comes from the ability of scientists to explain phenomena in ways difficult to vary. With both excellent and poor result, improvement in the world is due to a verb, science. When Richard Dawkins author of The Selfish Gene (1976) criticized, Lovelock’s Gaia principle as a failure because it suggests the earth has a cause or a purpose he got a lot of supportive attention from the non-theist community. Scientists such as Dawkins will accept ideas of God or Gaia as metaphors for profound mysteries, but only in […]

A New America

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America has not seen an argument for affordable housing, and infrastructure since the post-WWII 1950s.  At that time the incentive was in the service of veterans and a national defense strategy to spread out the population.  The approach today would be to build on American capacity for diversity and building America’s energy future. The civil rights movement provides the Constitutional bedrock for a fair and successful investment in housing. However, the fossil fuel industries political purchase of the “fracking states,” has federal government’s lawmakers legislatively groveling before the demands of this giant industry.  Cities offer alternatives. More than a half-century later, the House of Representatives has an opportunity to assist (if not force) a Senate debate on these issues (housing, energy, and infrastructure) as they continue to gain national significance as local priorities.  An opportunity to create a New America awaits. Each state delegation understands their constituent’s desire to keep or acquire affordable homes, clean water, […]

Guns, guns, guns

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Open Letter to MAA Re: Mathematics Competition At this writing, there are some 330 million people in the United States (see pop clock) of which 75 million are younger than 18, to yield 255 million adults that could own a firearm.  Among this group estimate, 55 million of these adults wouldn’t touch a gun or be too infirm to handle one or physically unable do so because of imprisonment or other factors restricting civilian gun ownership. The 200 million remaining would be among 393 million civilian weapons in the United States. The control ratio of adult-to-weapon is 1.965.  This number is significant enough to evaluate the U.S. as a probability space. A word of caution and challenge.  The call to mathematize death by a weapon as a personal experience within the framework of odds is the wrong approach. Death by civilian gun ownership should not be compared with lightning strikes, a fall down the stairs or […]

Truth in a Hurricane

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Wealth above all other social factors can push the door closed on people, especially when they are men without means or women, but only if they don’t push back. The righteousness of wealth will spin the story, wag the dog, and fake the news without fact or journalistic integrity. The “maleness” premise regarding errors of judgment, leading to lies, cover-ups, war for profit, and so on can be questioned for facts covering centuries of action. Yet, throughout human history, it has been, without doubt, the male force that sustains these errors of power with the equanimity of profound blindness. The challenges to power in the new age of data are new and different in the demand for balance.  It might make an important difference. The Truth in a Hurricane and Other Takings Based on centuries of case law the last two SCOTUS appointments (2017 and 2018) challenge America’s ability to provide health care to all, […]

Managing Change

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We the People Series: The following paragraph summarizes history’s “maleness” through the lens represented by Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to SCOTUS.  So here goes. Prehistory social relations served human needs. Safety was on top of the list, but since then it has matured into a desire to live free from fear. The demand for physically strong leaders was followed by male dominance. Tribes form and trade or war between them became national security through conquest and this may mature to become interdependence through trade. Little has changed in this give and take between men and “their” families, tribe and nation for 5,000 years. One problem though, supremacy is still considered the final prize. It is not.  The variations of supreme powers are many. However, the connective tissue composed of dominant men throughout this history is failing. It must. Kavanaugh, the man is now a symbol of the triple bottom line (TBL). Two out of three TBL arguments (seeking […]

Truth or Dare

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  You can get something from new representatives about the truth, even a Republican from Nebraska.  On the first day of the Judge Kavanaugh hearing, Sen. Ben Sasse made a strong almost non-partisan point.  He says Congress must stop pushing its power to the executive branch to avoid taking responsibility and promote reelection. He stopped short of calling it cowardice, just saying that was no way to live your life.  He warned that this practice is leading to a politicized Supreme Court.  He sees this as a failure of the duty of congressional representatives and begged his colleagues to keep politics in Congress and to leave the Supreme Court alone.  Watch Fox clip here or the longer PBS clip here: Germane to what Ben said here is I”m Just a Bill and The Constitution from School House Rock “The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential […]

Alexandria Stands

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George Monbiot is a writer that is paying attention. The news from The Guardian is as hopeful as it is accurate. I urge you to read and subscribe. A Revolution Has Begun Posted: 17 Jul 2018 06:09 AM PDT published in the Guardian 11th July 2018 “The little-known history of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory in a New York primary hints at a coming transformation in US politics.  Even at first sight, it is exhilarating. The overthrow of one of the most mainstream and senior Democrats in Congress by a 28-year-old Democratic Socialist with a radical programme and one-tenth of his funding is, you might think, interesting enough. But since Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez knocked out Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary election in New York’s District 14 (which means that she will almost certainly enter Congress in November), I’ve been interviewing some of the people who lit the fuse that caused this detonation. What has emerged is just […]