On this occasion I find myself leaning towards Herbert. I don’t think every person who opposes Obama’s health care proposal, or Obama himself is racist, but I do think the fringe has been allowed to move closer to the center of power and the Republican party platform. Ever since Nixon’s Southern strategy, the republican party has consciously exploited and encouraged racial anxiety amongst white Americans (of course, Southern democrats did the same thing quite well prior to LBJ).
Despite intimidation, opposition protesters used the cover of an annual rally in support of the Palestinian cause to march through major cities in Iran. The NYT has a report on it.
Thomas Friedman has an article in the NYT today about how the absence of a cohesive policy towards solar power in the US has impacted the pace of adoption and investment.
Reports today that the Iranian authorities are arresting the children of opposition politicians in a naked attempt at intimidation.
I normally find Maureen Dowd too shrill to read all the way through, but her article in the NYT today on Joe Wilson is revealing.
Michael Pollan wrote an article on a potential confrontation between the processed food industry and the health insurance industry in the NYT today. Pollan has carved a niche for himself shining a light on our relationship with food and what that porens for our bodies, environment and culture.
Steven Brill writes in the New Yorker about the Rubber Room, a group of facilities where NYC teachers who are undergoing disciplinary proceedings and not authorized to teach spend their days while collecting full salaries, for months and years on end. The whole thing makes no sense, but is an illustration of special interests holding taxpayer resources hostage.
Ira Glass and the team at This American Life aired an episode about the rubber room earlier this year.
Benjamin Schrier writes in San Francisco magazine about the impact Asian-Indian immigrants have had on Silicon Valley, how the downturn and US immigration rules are affecting younger immigrant technology workers, and what this may mean for Silicon Valley’s long-term prospects. One of the men profiled in the article is the brother of a high-school friend, and I can relate to much of the article. I stayed with my first US employer for far longer than I would have if a work-visa were not a concern.