I can’t really remember when I first encountered Superman. It might have been through the 1950s television series The Adventures of Superman, or it might have been in a Superman comic book—not an American comic book, but a black …
There Are Better Ways to Reap the Benefits of Digital Currencies—Without the Risk
Digital currencies, in their current form, should be prohibited by law. And not because they are a Ponzi scheme (which they are), and not because they can help facilitate criminal activity (which they do), but because they incur colossal social …
Why the Lone Star State Has Forgotten Its Proud Tradition of African-American High School Football
I had only been in and out of Houston since leaving our Sunnyside neighborhood on the city’s southeast side, in 1968, to begin eight years of Air Force service. Whenever I returned, I made only casual note of neighborhood …
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70 Years After World War II, Japanese Elites Are Still Haunted by Despair and Shame
In the spring of 1976, while visiting the Tokyo Zoo, I was confronted with the unforgettable sight of an aging former Japanese soldier, wearing a ragged army uniform and cap, and bowing before all who entered.
One of his legs had been amputated. A begging bowl before him, he bowed as low as he could to Japanese families coming to see the newly arrived pandas. A few placed coins in his bowl quickly and moved on. It was a shockingly sad sight, with an aura of shame, silence, and neglect surrounding him.
I reacted strongly in part because I had recently visited China. There I was struck by the self-confidence exhibited by the men and women of the military, whether walking down the street or in military formation. The people, in turn, spoke with respect and pride of the older generation who had fought in what they called “our” People’s ...
From Nathaniel Hawthorne to Disneyland, the Concept Has Represented Both the Experimental and the Conventional
The Country's Hospitals, Rivers, and Even Chickens Are Becoming a Source of Antibiotic Resistance
A 59-year-old man from India, who was living in Sweden, visited New Delhi in late 2007, where he was hospitalized for an infection and treated with an array of antibiotics. Once he was back in Sweden, in early 2008, he was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection that could not be cured with the antibiotics that are considered a last resort against resistant infections. When scientists examined the bacteria in his infection they found a new antibiotic resistance gene, which was named “New Delhi Metallo-beta-lactamase-1”–or NDM-1.
NDM-1 is serious: In India, nearly a quarter of patients infected with bacteria carrying this gene die. And NDM-1 has traveled fast: By 2015, strains had appeared in more than 70 countries in all regions of the world. It has also been found in the environment in both India and Vietnam. ...
California's Newest Litmus Test Requires Support of Government Healthcare—or Else
I’m so disappointed in myself.
I really should be 100 percent supportive of the effort to establish a single-payer health system in California. Because all the best Californians are for it. ...
A Budding Cannabis Industry, New Housing, and Better Transportation Are Expanding Its Clout
Adjust your California maps: The little dot marking Santa Rosa needs to be a lot bigger.
Dramatic changes in housing, aging, transportation, and criminal justice ...
We're a Progressive Check on Red-State Power—but We Unbalance the Constitutional System
America is terribly polarized.
And it’s all on account of California.
The trouble is not merely that California itself is such a politically polarized place. Or that California contributes to the many causes of polarization: partisan media, ...
If the essence of art is necessarily elusive and hard to define, so too is the essence of arts engagement. As audiences grow more diverse and demanding, and new digital technologies allow anyone to become a content creator with the click ...