An antidote to college admissions scandals

   In light of the recent FBI sting dubbed Operation Varsity Blues, and with so much of the media’s bandwidth currently being dedicated to certain high-profile universities and their (wink-wink) acceptance policy concerning students with wealthy and over-zealous parents, this seems like a good time to look beyond the demoralizing college admissions racket that is fueled by privilege and dollars and to learn about legitimate post secondary alternatives for folks who don’t have a big bankroll. 


Book Review: Samuel Stein’s Capital City – Gentrification and the Real Estate State

Gentrification is a natural byproduct of capital investments guiding urban development. Urban planners are either praised or criticized for designing our cities.


Enlarging Our Discourse

The column I wrote for the June 2018 issue of ASA News & Notes could easily be the column I write this month: a year ago, it covered school shootings, mass shootings, the Trump administration’s separation of children from their refuge parents, and insult with bluster as a form of diplomacy. A year later, we see not much has changed, and each of these topics makes news regularly.


Work Places That Work For Women

“Accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion” is the mission of Catalyst, an organization started in 1962 by the late Felice Schwartz, who had taken nine years off from work to raise her children. Back then Felice, a Smith graduate, agreed with Betty Friedan that women were hindered by the barriers confronting educated mothers such as herself as they entered or re-entered the workforce. 


The End of One of the Biggest Illusions

When a falling giant stone is quietly rushing to the ocean, the world is better off preparing for the coming tsunami......


Pocono Mountain Public Library – Where God kisses the mountains

This month, Patricia Vaccarino writes about the Pocono Mountain Public Library in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania. 

 


NOTES FROM THE WORKING CLASS: "Top Soil"

In the 1980s I had the good fortune to attend an event where Sherry Lansing gave the keynote address. She said that as a Hollywood executive, “she was always in search of good talent….and furthermore… that good talent would always rise to the top and be rewarded.” Her comments stayed with me through the years. Sherry Lansing’s perspective is strong and simple. Work hard and reap reward. I believed her then and I believe her now, but there is a flip side to the playing field. 


WHO WAS FLYING THAT FLYING SAUCER?

The populace of this world has been baffled by the myth of the Flying Saucer related UFOs (unidentified flying objects) for quite a long time. The central theme of all the Flying Saucer reports is the so-called extraterrestrial aliens. However, while ETs from other parts of the universe could be very realistic, it does not necessarily entail the conclusion that those rapid glowing Flying Saucers must be all driven by the aliens. As is demonstrated in this current investigation, humans have already mastered the necessary knowledge and technologies to build a glowing Flying Saucer which could not only fly super swiftly but also change its flying direction abruptly. Accordingly, the chance that a Flying Saucer witnessed by the citizens of a nation might carry visitors from a foreign country instead of a foreign planet could also be very high.