Chickens Come Home to Roost

Speaking about the dignified treatment Americans who run afoul of the law for the slightest reason can now expect to receive, an NPR news jockey neglected to mention that “strip, squat, cough and lift” is an all too familiar procedure for those of us with darker skin or who are imagined to be ‘suspicious’ / illegal / less-than”. Shame on us.


Protecting Life: An Index of Moral Progress

I take issue with only one assertion in Marcelo Gleicer’s review of The Hunger Games and that is, that “morally we remain as primitive as the hunter-gatherers of our ancestral past”. Sadly, the cumulative and collective choices we make regarding justice, healthcare, distribution of material resources and protection of the environment, comparatively speaking, indicate we lag far behind the moral sophistication of our primitive ancestors.