Kindness Against All Odds

Peter Wagenaar’s never-say-die attitude will stand him good stead for expanding his MiniMeltdown feeding scheme in the near future. Proof of this is his continued work of feeding the homeless despite his car being maliciously set on fire. The perpetrators are still at large. We look at the work done by Peter and are reminded that “even though the world is large, one person can still make a world of difference”


How much do you know about impact investing?

According to the Case Foundation, impact investments are investments into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return.


NOTES FROM THE WORKING-CLASS: Perfetto

When I was in Rome last November, I drifted to sleep at night listening to the sound of competing sirens. One night I had a dream about Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese. They weren’t doing much in my dream, just hanging out on the streets of Yonkers, the same way I used to hang out on the streets of Yonkers when I was a kid. 


Hydroxychloroquine Could Help Trump – Politically

The only effective counter to Trump’s narrative is to capture the cultural high ground by emphasizing that America is one community, not separate cultural tribes. 


Beyond the Pandemic: An “Inflection Point”?

“Recovery” will not be enough; the status quo was not working for many of us.  We must turn in a new direction, with changed values, new policies, and revitalized institutions.  Or else. There must be a basic consensus about the duties and obligations that we have toward one another.  Such a consensus no longer exists in this country, and it is a very dangerous situation.  We must create a new political consensus around a set of shared values, with a social contract that aims to achieve fairness and a fair society.  Among other things, this must include a universal basic needs guarantee.   

 


Is it Time for a Robot Tax?

The coronavirus pandemic will push the automation of work into hyperdrive as a huge section of our employment force is laid off. As of May 7, 2020, over 33 million workers have applied for unemployment benefits out of a labor force of 165 million that peaked in February 2020. Is it time for a Robot tax?


Local effects of a global pandemic: Kent, WA as a case study

Barbara Lloyd McMichael zeroes in on the local effects of a global pandemic by examining Kent, WA as a case study. Kent’s current efforts to grapple with the Covid-19 meltdown is a microcosm of what is happening in communities across America. While some grant programs have been implemented at the state and federal levels, many small business owners do not have enough resources to allow for the time it takes to receive funds. 


Libraries We Love – Requiem for a Dead Library

The key to understanding people and the world around us begins with education. One way to learn about the world is by developing a love of books. Each month, we profile a library. Large, small, urban, rural, post-modern, quaint or neo-classic; do you have a library that you love? Tell us about it. This month Patricia Vaccarino writes about the James J. Hill Center (formerly named the James J. Hill Reference Library) located in St. Paul, Minnesota.