Two disaster stories have dominated headlines over the past couple of days – 1. Hurricane Florence barreling in to the Carolinas, killing at least eight, flooding communities, and leaving at least a million people without power; and 2. Thousands of Boston area residents fleeing for their lives as a series of gas explosions set scores … Continue reading Decaying infrastructure puts everyone at risk
Everyone enjoying a healthy relationship with reality knows at least three things about climate change - (1) it's real, (2) it's happening far more rapidly than anyone had anticipated, with devastating consequences, and (3) our only hope of staving off ever-worsening impacts (including, quite possibly, our own species' extinction) is to radically reduce the emission … Continue reading Do Trump and Fellow Fossil Fuel Fanatics Have a Death Wish?
Two Social work classes on human rights are the perfect incubator for creative strategies to improve voter registration and turnout at the polls.
Virtually buried under the avalanche of stories on the post-Trump-Putin summit fallout is this gem by journalist Somini Sengupta in today's New York Times - Summers are becoming so hot in South Asia that people are already dying in big numbers, and soon cities may be too hot to remain livable for hundreds of millions … Continue reading “Russia, Russia, Russia,” but hardly a big media mention of building climate catastrophe
Add this whopper to the mushrooming litany of lies, half-truths, fabulations, and "real fake news" flooding out of the Trump White House - the War on Poverty has been won! Thanks to a booming, tax-cut-fueled economy in which anyone who wants a job can have a great one, the way is wide open to scale … Continue reading Big lies target America’s poor
If you think that no matter what, tomorrow will always look pretty much like today, it's time you think again. The U.S. political right continues to rack up successes, even as fierce resistance expands, and there's even an electoral victory for progressives now and then. A 5-4 majority of the Supreme Court already seems intent … Continue reading Wake up, social workers!
One of my students happily reported that citizen voices have succeeded in convincing President Trump to stop, via executive order, the "zero-tolerance" practice of separating illegal immigrant children and parents. Hurrah! Democracy is still alive, even in Trump's America! Well, sort of. The family separation policy had called down an avalanche of criticism from virtually … Continue reading Lesson of Trump’s retreat on immigrant family separation
By now, at least half the country is outraged over the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy of "baby snatching" and "state-sponsored child abuse." As well it should be. The president's efforts to blame Democrats for the public relations imbroglio is ludicrous, as is first lady Melania's lame exhortation for "both sides" to join in resolving … Continue reading Breaking up families is bad, but it’s even worse than you think
Are you sleeping more peacefully now that Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un seem to have fallen into a hot and heavy bromance? The president says you should be. Why? Mainly because he has dictator Kim fantasizing now about a Trump Tower on one of his beaches, so Kim surely won't want to think about … Continue reading The North Korean ‘Summit’ was just plain bizarre
Social workers know denial when they see it. One of the most common – and surely the most seductive – of psychological defense mechanisms, denial as it were cheats reality, permitting us to keep old behaviors and habits of mind intact, no matter how damaging they are in the long run. Sadly, denial is the … Continue reading Denying reality is not an option