Most people are aware about the money in politics that is out in the open. Not everyone realizes how hidden money is spent to ensure that the system works the way the big spenders want it to.
Women have been fighting for equality in the United States since day one. Slowly, women are making progress. There is one segment of society in which very little progress has been made. We still do not honor women the same way we do men.
There have been three mass shootings in the US this week, two at military bases. After every mass shooting, we hear a lot of talk from politicians, particularly Republicans, about the need to address mental health. It is all bovine excrement. Mental Health has been the illegitimate step child of public health since the beginning of public health. “Mental Health in this country is a luxury, and luxury is only for the wealthy”, wrote Kastalia Medrano in a recent article on Vox. Truer words have never been spoken.
The World Meteorological Organization issued its annual state of the global climate report this week and it was not good news. “Things are getting worse,” said Petteri Taalas, Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization. “It’s more urgent than ever to proceed with mitigation. The only solution is to get rid of fossil fuels in power production, industry and transportation,” he said.
America’s fourth and eighth graders are losing ground in their ability to read literature and academic texts, according to a rigorous national assessment released last week. The National Center of Educational Statistics, the research arm of the Department of Education, found that two out of three children did not meet standards for reading proficiency.
Fifty years after the rise of the feminist movement, fewer than 2% of public places in the United States are named after a woman. Society has long paid tribute to famous people by naming a city, or, a building after them. The contributions of women, however, go unrecognized, at least when it comes to putting their name a on building. This tells our daughters their half of the population only warrants 2% of the public recognition.