Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy Hurricane Sandy completely devastated the east coast of North America a few weeks ago.  It was the largest and most intense known hurricane to ever affect northern North America.  Will this event be a catalyst for real political change re: global warming?  Cadell Last and Scott Rodgerson discuss. Podcast: Hurricane Sandy on The … Continue reading Hurricane Sandy

New Media Army

New Media Army The Young Turks and new media have changed political discourse in America over the past few years.  Their emergence and success has challenged the status quo.  Traditional media’s relentless divisiveness and misinformation campaigns should represent a tactic that cannot be effective in the age of new media.  The madness that was the … Continue reading New Media Army

Climate of Doubt

Climate of Doubt There is currently a tremendous misinformation campaign being waged against climate science and politicians that want to create policies to prevent climate change. Unfortunately this issue can’t be solved if we wait for a partisan divide to be resolved. We need action from the most powerful country on the planet now. Cadell … Continue reading Climate of Doubt

Climate of Doubt (fear, corruption and lies)

Climate of Doubt (fear, corruption and lies) A few days ago I watched Climate of Doubt, a PBS documentary hosted by John Hockenberry.  Throughout the documentary Hockenberry reveals how the political desire and ability to reduce our carbon footprint has been transformed by money in politics.  Special interest groups have developed a successful tactic to combating … Continue reading Climate of Doubt (fear, corruption and lies)

American Political Discourse

American Political Discourse Barack Obama and Mitt Romney participated in the second presidential debate last week and are making their last effort to win the American public.  Is the current structure of presidential debates conducive to honest conversation?  Have both candidates answered the most important questions for both America and the world?  Cadell Last and … Continue reading American Political Discourse

Presidential Candidates on Science

Presidential Candidates on Science The 2012 American presidential candidates frequently discuss economic and social issues.  However, they are very rarely made to discuss the most important scientific issues of the day, despite the fact that our future as a species depends on scientific literacy and competence.  In a recent science debate the two candidates discussed … Continue reading Presidential Candidates on Science

Developed World Economics for the 21st Century

Developed World Economics for the 21st Century Understanding how to organize a global economy has been one of the most difficult things for humans to do over the past few centuries.  As we enter the 21st century we need to learn from past economic structures and deconstruct what has worked best and what has failed. … Continue reading Developed World Economics for the 21st Century

A Historically Contingent Discrimination

A Historically Contingent Discrimination Over the past few decades western society has made great strides to eradicate discriminatory practices and policies directed towards non-heterosexuals.  However, we have to understand why this was even necessary in the first place.  Why did people throughout the western world discriminate against non-heterosexuals?  Is it inherently human to discriminate against … Continue reading A Historically Contingent Discrimination