‘Selfie’ as word of the year is a fitting self-portrait
Pope Francis took one. So did Meryl Streep and Hillary Clinton. Michelle Obama snapped one with her dog. And of course, Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus and Rihanna have been over-devoted practitioners. Justin Bieber even created a website for it.
We’re talking selfies - a digital self-portrait shared through social media - which Oxford Dictionaries selected last week as its word of the year.
Gender discrimination in collegiate athletics
While Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was originally established to create more opportunities in collegiate athletics, it could also be limiting them.
The Gettysburg Address: Much noted and long remembered
The celebration of the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address offers an opportunity not simply to memorialize an extraordinary speech; it provides a model and a mirror for writing and speechmaking today.
“Freedom of Speech” may not be so free anymore
In 2012, President Obama signed the HR 347 Bill. The bill limits the First Amendment right of Freedom of Speech in certain areas where the Secret Service is present, making it a federal crime openly protest in areas or against people under secret service protection.
Everyone spies on everyone else
Plenty of genuine outrages have been uncovered by the blizzard of leaks about the rampant growth of the U.S. surveillance state. The fact that we spy on our allies is not one of them. Governments - all governments - have a voracious appetite for information about one another, one that is checked only by the availability of resources. If we collect more intelligence about our friends than they do about us, it’s not because they aren’t trying.
Bad behavior isn’t an illness
Masochistic personality disorder, as Frances had conceived it, “diagnosed” those whose typical behavior brought them unhappiness by “self-sacrifice in the service of maintaining relationships or self-esteem.” The diagnosis might help explain women who put up with violently abusive lovers or husbands or repeatedly choose such men as sexual partners.
Social media: It's so 1st century BC
Today it's easy to assume that social media platforms are a recent development, a phenomenon unique to the Internet age. But the exchange of media along social networks of friends and acquaintances is in fact much older than Facebook, Twitter or MySpace.
The Rise of Chairs covered in Chewing Gum!!
Let's look at this constructively shall we, we are all adults or at least that is what they tell us once we start attending college, and two we all have our responsibilities work, school, family functions, and so on so I ask this question with all sincerity Why oh Why do you adults feel the need to place your gum that you have chewed on the chair that we all must use?
Discovering the epidemic of overtreatment
Similar populations living in different regions of the United States get exposed to wildly different amounts of medical care.
If that sounds like an old story, it is. It’s now four decades old. But it is an important story to reflect on as we consider the path forward for our medical care system.
Shutdown a bigger deal than anticipated
Many who thought a government shutdown wouldn’t be such a big hairy deal are now reassessing.
In recent days, we’ve learned that the National Institutes of Health hasn’t started clinical trials to find cures for various diseases, including cancer. The trials might help millions, and could save the lives of those participating in the trials. People may live or die because of the shutdown.
The Food and Drug Administration has stopped all testing, including imported foods. Hey fella, can you say salmonella? In fact, there’s now hundreds of people sick in 18 states due to some raunchy chicken. Bon appetit.1 comment
Whose tattoo is it anyway?
Who owns a tattoo? The obvious answer is the wearer, who paid for the ink and is now permanently (more or less) attached to it. Yet recent disputes have called into question the easy idea that if you buy a tattoo, you also own it and can display it as you like. Tattoo artists are increasingly claiming that they, like other artists, own the copyright to the images they create.
Obamacare exchanges may cause dizziness
The online health insurance exchanges promised by Obamacare promptly opened for business last week and just as promptly crashed. People seeking to sign up for insurance, or just peruse plans, waited and waited ... and waited.
Eventually, we’re sure, the computer problems will be resolved. But many people will find that when they can get through, they’re confronted with a bewildering online experience. They’ll have to sort through dozens of plans from different insurers.
This is a complex decision. Some people may be tempted to throw a dart and pick one with the lowest premiums, assuming all plans are about the same.
Warning: They’re not.
No life on Mars? Aw, heck
In 1996, scientists thrillingly theorized that a potato-size meteorite from Mars, discovered in Antarctica, could contain evidence that life had once existed on the Red Planet. Life on Mars!
Overpopulation: Why ingenuity alone won’t save us
The “nature” part of human nature includes making more copies of ourselves, to ensure our genetic and cultural survival. As that instinct comes in handy for building mighty nations and dominant religions, we’ve set about filling the Earth, rarely worrying that it might one day overfill. Even after population quadrupled in the 20th century, placing unprecedented stress on the planet, it’s hard for some to accept that there might be too many of us for our own good.
Not another temper tantrum
The government of the most powerful nation in the world came to a standstill at midnight because Congress refused to fund its operations. A right-wing faction of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives insists on defunding the Affordable Care Act in exchange for keeping the government open. Herewith, the Top 10 reasons this is wrong:
The on-campus effect of off-campus threats
Before the advent of the Internet, it made sense for schools to discipline students only for what they said and did when they were on school property. But it's now possible for a student to disrupt the learning environment by pecking out threats on his home computer or on the telephone he carries on the school bus. Should administrators be able to hold students accountable for misbehavior on this virtual campus?
Why your waiter hasn't gotten a raise in 22 years
Most people assume restaurant tips are a reward for good service that helps servers get ahead. In reality, your tip fills a gap created by a loophole. Federal minimum wage law allows restaurant owners to pay their tipped employees just $2.13 an hour.
This sub-minimum wage hasn't increased for 22 years and amounts to less than a third of the federal minimum wage.