Racial Profiling and the Media

Recently, widespread attention has been  devoted to instances of racial profiling, about the tragic lives of the victims of racial profiling, about how “wrong” racial profiling is, and about what we, …

America “Incorporated”

As of today, more than 3000 private companies have been assigned to do the job Americans believe are exclusive to U.S. agents and James Bond lookalikes: clandestine, special operations. The recently r…

Underestimation Nation

On October 15th Fox News presented a poll that found 58% of Americans felt “things in the world are ‘going to hell in a handbasket.” [1] These findings tell us two things. First, we should probably qu…

Pipe Dreams

On April 18, 2014, the Obama administration indefinitely extended the review period of Keystone XL, leaving the controversial pipeline in regulatory purgatory for the foreseeable future.  The pipeline…

Death of a Salesman

  If I were President Obama, I might be asking myself, “How did I get here?” “What happened to those chanting masses? Where are all those t-shirts? What about the bumper stickers, the signs, the Nobel…

High-Speed Rail: Need for Speed?

On November 4, 2008, California voters approved Proposition 1A (Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century), which allocated funds towards a high-speed rail system (HSR). …

Wasteful Stadiums

The Manaus, Brazil World Cup stadium cost $300 million to build. Source: Brasil.gov   The 2014 FIFA World Cup hosted in Brazil has been the most popular one yet. One Brazilian channel attracted a…