Tag: united states

What are the Odds that Ebola Makes it to America?

A recent study in PLoS Currents: Outbreaks suggests that the chance of getting at least one imported case of Ebola in the United States by late September could be as high as 18%. According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), there were 4,336 confirmed cases of Ebola and 2,218 confirmed deaths in West ...

The Second Bill of Rights

Excerpt from President Roosevelt’s January 11, 1944 message to the Congress of the United States on the State of the Union: “It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever ...

Why I am a Liberal

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” – by Emma Lazarus (on the plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty) Today is Blog Action Day ...

Interesting History

After seeing that the U.S. is on the verge of a financial collapse I decided to see what it was like this time 10 years ago. I entered the job market at a time of unparalleled financial prosperity. It’s changed a bit since then. Here are some interesting stats*: When Clinton left office in 2000, ...

Underlying Reality Beneath It All

As I have gotten older and had a chance to catalog my dreams, I’ve noticed that each dream, though bizarre and individual in narrative, are beginning to self-assemble. It’s as if I am given only brief, random glimpses into another life – a life that keeps on moving even when I’m not around. This is ...

Obama Wins Nomination

In what he called a “defining moment for our nation,” Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday became the first African-American to head the ticket of a major political party. Obama’s steady stream of superdelegate endorsements, combined with the delegates he received from Tuesday’s primaries, put him past the 2,118 threshold, CNN projects. “Tonight we mark the ...

Smart People Live in Georgia

Sometimes I just beam with joy that I lived in the intellectual capital of the world, Atlanta, Georgia USA. A place where it’s okay to ban Olympic volleyball on the grounds that there may be some of them contagious homosexual players; a place where we skipped the chapters on Africa, Asia, and South America so ...

Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition

How completely adrift are we as a country that we demand to watch movies and TV shows about a war that isn’t even complete? It’s only been 5 years! People are still dying all over the world because of religious wackos and American foreign policy. In the well insulated United States we are making movies ...

Practical Campbell: The Myth of Zimmer and Campbell

Few people in the United States have heard of Heinrich Zimmer — and fewer still would know who he was had Heinrich Zimmer and Joseph Campbell never met. It’s just as likely that Campbell’s life would have followed a far different trajectory, absent this relationship. Zimmer exerted a profound and undeniable influence on the direction ...

A Glorious Accident

During my first year at University of Georgia, I remember flipping through a catalog of scientific books and videos. I was always on the look out for something cool and exciting. I also discovered that most of these publishers dealt only with large institutions and universities. Because of this, these publishers offer free “teaching” copies ...

From the Office of Your Congressman

Though I’m somewhat of a globetrotter, my permanent residence is in Atlanta, GA. I recently contacted my Congressman, Rep. John Lewis, about the outsourcing of American jobs. I was happy to hear that Lou Dobbs was not the only person concerned about this. It appears that Congress is actually taking action on this issue. Below ...