This opinion lines up quite well with those of the staff here at NobodyisFlyingthePlane.
This summation captures the principle of the ongoing dispute quite well.
no one disagreed on the big points. No one disagreed that black lives mattered just as much as white lives. No one disputed that racial bias in law enforcement should be exposed and eliminated. In fact, no one disagreed about the basic facts surrounding each case. The breakdown happened over relevance and context.
The essence of the disagreement:
it was clear that both sides wanted law and order. But the conservatives were convinced that order is only possible when citizens treat cops with respect. Liberals, on the other hand, were arguing that order can only occur when cops treat everyone the same. And round and round we went. The chicken and the egg.
What to do about it:
I support peaceful protests, and I’m all for rooting out bad cops. But let’s not stop there. If we’re serious about saving lives, and eliminating the confrontations that lead to the demise of Garner and Brown, let’s also condemn the stupidity that leads so many Americans to resist arrest.
I don’t care if you’re white, black, red, periwinkle, burnt umber, or chartreuse — resisting arrest is not a right, it’s a crime. And it’s never a good idea.
Pictures and calorie counts for gluttonous restaurant meals. Most show what a meal of 2000 calories (approx total daily need for adults) looks like.
Same same but different. We think we’re eating the same food our parents ate, but we’re not even eating the same food we ate as kids.
Hard to say that these corporations aren’t at fault for the problematic state of food in this country.
NYTimes: What 2,000 Calories Looks Like
Its refreshing to hear of environmental successes.
Its also nice to see that corporations can be induced to work for the greater good.
NYTimes: Restored Forests Breathe Life Into Efforts Against Climate Change
This is what happens when we allow rampant corporate mergers. Competition is reduced or eliminated. The airlines push through a transparency in price bill which actually creates opacity in pricing and their profits soar to 26%.
NYTimes: No Relief for Air Travelers
It sounds like NYC has a great plan to treat mental health with various solutions other than jail. I hope these wide ranging services and solutions when combined will help people stay out of “the System”.
I’m concerned that what advocates for the mentally ill often over look is that these folks just can’t exist on the city streets. Their illnesses, afflictions, and addictions often make them incapable of coexisting with modern civil society.
Many of the people these programs seek to assist likely need extended or long term care. How that gets paid for is hard to fathom, but we shouldn’t fail to recognize the cost to society pf leaving them untreated on the streets.
NYTimes: New York City Plans Focus on Mental Health in Justice System
This first article makes sense of a book from last year about inequality, while the second seems to miss the point altogether; albeit while providing two worthwhile quotes.
most economists probably would contend that a change that makes some people in society better off without making anyone worse off must ipso facto represent an increase in economic welfare. It follows that inequality in income and wealth engendered by economic growth typically is not to be deplored.
But…Too much inequality gives those at the top the:
power to rig market processes in their favor or to exploit taxpayers through what economists call “rent seeking” – that is, profit made on government contracts that is not matched by commensurate value delivered to society. That linkage can easily make the rest of society worse off.
“There is a danger that the rapid growth in top incomes can become self-reinforcing through the political process that money can bring,” Professor Deaton warns — a process that can turn democracy into plutocracy.
Progress begets inequality, and the resulting inequality can either encourage more progress or impede it, or both. Professor Deaton suggests that inequality in the modern United States has had both of these effects.
The following seems to me a truth not all are willing to accept.
For most of human history, family incomes were barely enough to survive and life was short. But in “The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality,” Professor Angus Deaton of Princeton writes that while economic progress allowed much of the world to escape poverty, “escapes leave people behind, and luck favors some and not others; it makes opportunities, but not everyone is equally equipped or determined to seize them.”