Wednesday October 07, 2015
August 6th, 2015
There's a lot of worry around about the "gig economy," a fear that Uber-type jobs are "driving inequality" and could be bad for workers. Everywhere you look it seems that some columnist is fretting about what Uber means for the future of society, and its workforce. Not to mention those who are forced into such contingent jobs already.
Early one December morning in East Baltimore in 2000, I saw a car drive by with its headlights off. For minor traffic violations, for honest mistakes - if the driver was sober, polite and carrying a valid license and registration - I would usually just issue a warning.
There are several passages in the new book “Overloaded and Underprepared” that fill me with sadness for American high school students, the most driven of whom are forever in search of a competitive edge. Some use stimulants like Adderall. Some cheat.
But the part of the book that somehow got to me most was about sleep.
War is hell. Post-Civil War, Reconstruction was hellish.
In a beauty contest, however, Reconstruction was in a dead heat with the Redemption for ugliness.
The difference had to do with the losers in both. In the former it was Dixie. In the latter, it was people with black skin.
When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states must recognize same-sex marriages, dissenting Chief Justice John Roberts wondered whether polygamy will be next. Some legal scholars have responded that yes, the arguments for gay marriage could apply to relationships among more than two partners, as well.
The latest controversy over Hillary Clinton's emails -- the allegation that classified information was improperly transmitted on her private email server -- is, or should be, a non-scandal.
Clinton has only herself to blame for a lot of the email mess. She should have behaved like other government officials and used an official account, however cumbersome the multiple device consequences might have been.
Everett Alvarez Jr. sometimes goes days without thinking about the hell he endured - nearly nine years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, one of the longest periods of captivity in U.S. military history.
"I'm too busy," says the former Navy commander, who is 77 now and runs his own multimillion-dollar IT and management consulting company in Northern Virginia.
The more we learn about driverless and Internet-connected cars, the more we're learning to fear them. Between reports of test-drive accidents, however minor, and hackings on actual highways, new automotive technology is sparking a fresh push by national governments to regulate these next-generation vehicles.