Would you trust John Yoo?

Noting that the US military was developing armed, autonomous robots to serve as battleground soldiers in our wars, a 2015 New York Times article asked an important question: "Can they learn to make moral choices?"

Trump’s War

In June, our Tweety Bird president tweeted this message to members of the US Army: "Proud to be your commander-in-chief." Actually, Trump is only the delegator-in-chief, having passed to subordinates a president's most solemn duty of guiding our nation's war policies – including what wars to be in.

Does Trump even know where Niger is?

So, President Trump makes what was to be a condolence phone call to the young widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, one of four American soldiers killed on a military patrol in Niger – and all of a sudden, the White House explodes in yet another political conflagration and a new burst of presidential lies.

If we spread the profits around, smart robots can work for ALL of us

"Thinking" robots promise economic and social devastation. Is this our chance to liberate ourselves from hundreds of years of corporate servitude? With concepts like Universal Basic Income coming to the forefront, we may have the opportunity to finally focus on getting a life, not just getting a "job."

Living Wage Preemption Act

The governors of many states are boldly stepping forward these days to stop grassroots democracy.

Should we entrust our school children to corporate profiteers?

Betsy DeVos and her hubby, Dick, are lucky enough to have inherited a big chunk of the multibillion-dollar fortune that Daddy DeVos amassed through his shady Amway corporation. But what they've done with their Amway money is certainly not the American Way.

Should churches become Unholy Temples of Dark Money?

You know what's wrong with American politics? It's that there just aren't enough ways for giant corporations and mega-rich political donors to funnel their big bucks into our elections and buy our government.
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“Thinking” robots will soon shake our definition of worth

The invasion of today's workplaces by these digital hordes is much bigger, far more sweeping in scope, and coming at us much faster than last century's invasion of factory assembly lines by mechanical robots. This change portends an economic-cultural-political earthquake, fracturing our society's assumptions about the value (and virtue) of work, the possibility of upward mobility, America's commitment to egalitarianism, and even how we humans define ourselves.

Can’t America do better than today’s ripoff health care system?

Rather than a health care system, our country's leaders have kept us shackled to a "corporate care" system, allowing insurance giants, drug company gougers, hospital chains, and other profiteers to ration our care based on whether a family can pay whatever outrageous price the corporations demands to maintain their exorbitant profits.

GOP playing political games with people’s health

News flash: Republican congressional leaders have come up with yet another grand scheme to fix America's health care system. So, look out – because when they say "fix," they mean it in the same sense as your veterinarian uses the word!

What is worse than being poor?

One of the lucky things about being rich is that you automatically become handsome, your jokes are hilarious, and politicians treat you with fawning deference.

Amazon buys out Whole Foods: What’s it to us?

Wall Street analysts tell us that Amazon's $14 billion buy-out of Whole Foods Market is not only a win-win for both of them - but also for consumers, for Amazon intends to lower the organic grocer's prices.

Will you enlist in “Trump’s War?”

President Trump might have dodged military service in his youth, but he certainly is militaristic – he is bellicose, likes to issue commands, and is constantly firing off militant tweets at anyone he perceives to be an enemy (which seems to include everyone who dares to disagree with him).

Trump versus the wisdom of Robert E. Lee

While our present President's moral character seems stuck somewhere between boorish and brutish, it's only fair to note that he also has an aesthetic dimension.

Who’s left for Trump to tweet-bomb?

I hate to say this, but I'm starting to feel sorry for Donald Trump. He's only been in office for half a year, and already he's running out of Americans to attack.

Who’ll help America’s hard-hit gold miners?

These are hard times for America's gold miners, who're scrambling to get ahead, but seeing their pay dropping. Take Bob Mercer, who's been a top miner for years, but last year even Bob was down. He pulled in only $125 million in pay. Can you feel Bob's pain?