The law of unintended consequences is accelerated in the Information Age.

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Jack Dorsey of Twitter testifies on Capitol Hill. September 5, 2018. (photo: Mark Warner)

Poor Edward Snowden. Poor Chelsea Manning, downloading illicit U.S. government secrets to Lady Gaga’s “Telephone”.

What whistleblowers like Snowden and Manning risked so much to tell the world- namely that everything we were doing, and saying, on the internet and on our fancy new smartphones was being minded by all and sundry- is now merely passé, common knowledge.

Not only do we know it, we let them.

It has already occurred to most of us that everything we do on the internet- every search, every email, every preference expressed- is being analyzed by someone for some purpose. …


After he and his family were heckled at a restaurant this week, New Jersey’s Governor demonstrates how to take the high road and why it matters.

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Governor Murphy announces his appointments of Dianna Houenou as Chair of the Cannabis Regulatory Commission, and Jeff Brown will serve as Executive Director of the Commission at the Trenton War Memorial on Friday, November 6th, 2020. (Edwin J. Torres/Governor’s Office).

This Thanksgiving, while we are all still smarting from a contentious election season, not to mention suffering from severe Covid-fatigue, civility seems the least of anyone’s concerns.

Civility, however, remains an important cornerstone in our lives, families and communities. Civility is arguably more important than ever, though there has never been a time when social graces weren’t important. Treating others with respect seldom goes amiss. …


How to recognize your kinship with all human beings in one easy step this holiday season.

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Photo by David Brooke Martin on Unsplash.

As the U.S. celebrates a coronavirus-muted Thanksgiving holiday, amid a contentious election season and new levels of rank partisanship, it may seem easier than ever to focus on what divides us.

As various areas consider another round of strict lockdowns, it is becoming increasingly clear that the U.S. is populated by people who simply do not view the world in quite the same way.

One one hand, there are those who think it is absolutely immoral not to want, or expect, people make sacrifices on behalf of others. …


Meet the real stars of Thanksgiving.

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The Presidential Turkeys arrive at The Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, ahead of Tuesday’s National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

Covid-19 isn’t cancelled, even if it does take a lunch break. Masks are still mandated- in most places, anyway. Large Thanksgiving gatherings are being discouraged by public health authorities this year. But there is one compassionate Thanksgiving tradition not even coronavirus could dampen.

To the usual amount of fanfare, the much-anticipated Presidential Turkeys arrived in Washington, D.C. on Sunday in advance of the annual turkey pardoning ceremony.

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The Presidential Turkeys arrive at The Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, ahead of Tuesday’s National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

After arriving in Washington, the lucky birds were greeted by a throng of well-wishers before being whisked into the ultra-luxurious Willard Intercontinental Hotel near Capitol Hill.

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The Presidential Turkeys arrive at The Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, ahead of Tuesday’s National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

The turkeys, “Corn” and “Cob”, were welcomed in grand, red-carpet style. The National Turkey Federation, a turkey lobby, sponsors and produces the yearly event, which has grown more popular over the years. …


If Celebrities are for us, who can be against us?

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Cher speaking with supporters of former Vice President Joe Biden at a campaign rally at Corona Ranch and Rodeo Grounds in Phoenix, Arizona. October 25, 2020. (photo: Gage Skidmore)

When you are on the progressive left, it is sometimes hard to get people to take you seriously. Universal healthcare, free college, basic public income, reparations, federally-funded political campaigns, the Green New Deal; sure it all sounds nice. But too often, members of the progressive movement find themselves facing accusations of unseriousness, of pie-in-the-sky promises that never, ever come to anything.

That progressive ideas are too expensive, too impractical, too idealistic, is something liberal Democrats are constantly being reminded of by dissenting voices from inside and outside the party.

Increasingly, these dissenting voices are coming from the working-class. Which is odd, because it is usually the wealthy and upper middle-class who object to liberal progressive policies. In a complete shift, the criticisms of progressive social goals, and more specifically the tax increases needed to pay for them, are now coming from the working-class and being directed towards wealthy elites. …


Which is cheaper: Cleaning up environmentally unsound and unscrupulous business practices or making a woke tv commercial?

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Young men are pictured burning electrical wires to recover copper at Agbogbloshie, Accra, Ghana on September 2, 2019. Agbogbloshie is the world’s largest e-waste dump. (photo: Muntaka Chasant)

The extent to which advertisers, and the multinational corporate conglomerates they serve, control our lives is a question for the ages.

Ad agencies cut their teeth on the greatest generation, and they’ve honed their craft carefully on each of the subsequent ones. It isn’t that companies and advertisers haven’t contributed to society; they probably have. Few things adhere to moral absolutes of “all good” or “all bad”.

But advertisers have certainly helped make some of modern society’s greatest ills- from conspicuous consumerism to “heroin chic” to single-use plastics- that much worse. …


One doctor’s fight against an overlooked and growing epidemic.

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Unsplash. Matthew T Rader.

The original rationale for COVID-19 lockdowns was to “flatten the curve”; a strategy designed by public health and safety officials to prevent U.S. hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. As the epidemic continued, lockdowns and social distancing have been encouraged, sometimes mandated, in order to continue saving lives by keeping individuals at home, isolated from others.

Health experts have repeatedly assured the public that taking these measures is helping slow the spread of the virus, but what if these measures are causing another overlooked epidemic?

The toll of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated “mitigation activities, including the impact of physical distancing and stay-at-home orders” have contributed to a rise in mental health and substance abuse problems, the CDC acknowledged back in June. …


The bipartisan PLASTICS Act takes aim at the mountain of plastic garbage choking the world’s waterways and oceans.

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Photo by John Cameron on Unsplash.

“We have a duty to protect future generations from the repercussions of today’s waste.” — Rep. Michael McCaul

On the House floor Wednesday, U.S. lawmakers from both sides of the aisle put partisanship aside to address one of the most urgent environmental concerns of our generation:

Plastic.

More specifically, the mountains of plastic waste winding up in the world’s oceans and waterways by the metric ton, minute by minute.

“Over 8 million metric tons of plastic enters the oceans each year,” said Rep. McCaul, lead Republican of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and co-author of the PLASTICS Act. “That’s the equivalent of a garbage truck full of plastic being dumped out every single minute.” …


After making serious public accusations against the Biden family, will there be any consequences for Hunter Biden’s former business partner?

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Then Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter in the 2009 inaugural parade of Barack Obama. January 20, 2009. (photo: Ben Stanfield)

Lost in the general kerfuffle of the election, and especially in the frenetic final days leading up to Election Day, was the news that Hunter Biden’s alleged ex-business partner, Tony Bobulinski, had turned on the Biden family and was prepared to go public.

One week before Election Day, influential Fox News Host Tucker Carlson interviewed Anthony Bobulinski, a former Naval officer. During the interview, Bobulinski claimed to have met with Joe Biden himself to discuss China and that Biden is indeed “the big guy” referenced in an email about a proposed equity split in a deal with the now-bankrupt CEFC China Energy Co. …


News that Pelosi ran unopposed for another term as Speaker of the House surprised progressive stalwarts.

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaking with attendees at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention at the George R. Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California. June 1, 2019. (photo: Gage Skidmore)

For a Democratic Party ostensibly celebrating a great victory, the atmosphere is rather grim on Capitol Hill. Progressive Democrats are in no mood for resting on laurels, provided there are any, and the demands for swift action are pilling up.

An autopsy of the 2020 election, in spite of the high-profile presidential election results, is revealing a country that has become much redder and a Republican Party far more diverse than many on the left realized.

The famed blue-wave failed to materialize.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats managed to keep their majority, but only barely. 27 out of 27 House races deemed toss-ups by pollsters were won by Republicans, in as much of a referendum on bad polling as we are likely ever to get. …

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