This semester, I’m graduating from a great school (Hook ‘Em!). Being in the tech field, the natural place to work after graduation is Silicon Valley. I’ve spent the past three summers out in the Valley interning for Apple and Facebook, where I had a blast, and met some of my best friends….
On Saturday night (March 3rd) one of the most spectacular fireballs ever was seen over the UK. Hundreds of people called the police fearing that a plane was on fire and several videos of the event were captured and shared online immediately. The fireball - just a good name for a very bright…
It’s a theme that crops up a lot in science fiction. Humans encounter a group where everybody behaves like they’re part of an ant or bee colony: Each individual is prepared to sacrifice everything, including their lives, for the survival of the group. Star Trek’s assimilating aliens, the…
The Millennial Generation (born 1982-2003) is the cohort most in favor of using the federal government to promote economic stability and equality since the GI Generation of the 1930s and 1940s. The attitudes of Millennials were heavily shaped by the protected and group-oriented way in which they were reared and their experience of feeling the full brunt of the Great Recession as they emerged into adulthood.
As a result, the biggest political story of the first half of the 21st century may well be the extent to which the largest American generation ever retains its economic liberalism and thereby shapes the direction of public policy in coming decades. If history is any guide, much of that story’s plot will be written during the next four or five years.
I am certainly no more conservative now, than I was when I did not vote for Ronald Reagan.
I’m actually less conservative than I was oh, eight years ago or so. I used to be a dyed in the wool libertarian.
Then I saw and learned a lot more about the world, and realized that personal freedom, socialism and a free market are not at all at odds. A free market, however, just like a commander in chief or a legislative body, needs checks and balances.
A series of incidents last year, in some cases where police broke the law, has sullied the reputation of the NYPD. From the department’s handling of Occupy protesters and journalists, to officers’ participation in illegal gun sales and a ticket-fixing scandal, to rape charges and reports that allege the targeting of Muslims, the NYPD’s pattern of abuse, law-breaking, and poor judgment is raising questions about whether some of New York’s finest are operating as rogue units. A disturbing series of events, including beatings and the shooting death of an unarmed teenager in the Bronx, are causing some to wonder whether Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg are condoning the behavior or are unable to impose discipline on the department.