(credit: taser.com) There is no video of the police shooting of 18 year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. This stark fact could lead to changes soon at many police departments across the country. Deprived of the facts about exactly what happened, raw emotions play a heightened role in the debate. People have very different … Continue reading Will this Wearable Video Camera Help Police-Community Relations After Ferguson?
Carlo Allegri/Reuters Photo This may be a happy new year for the US economy with growth accelerating in 2014. A better jobs market, lower unemployment, gains for manufacturers and more improvement for housing are all in the cards. Stock market averages begin 2014 at record highs. The broad-based S&P 500 – the benchmark for many … Continue reading My 2014 Economic Forecast: More Improvement, but Flat Living Standards
(Photo Credit: Richard Drew/AP Photo) When will consumers change their minds about the economy? While the stock market had a stellar year, home prices rose at the strongest rate since 2005 and auto sales hit post-recession highs, many Americans believe the United States is still in a recession. Only 19 percent of those polled said … Continue reading Why This May Be a Change My Mind Economy
Save lives. Raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21. Discourage young people from smoking. Who could be opposed to that? But there are strong arguments against the new law approved by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Banning 18 - 20 year olds from legally buying cigarettes really is arguably a double standard. It's easy to see this … Continue reading Smoking Ban if You’re Under 21: the Case Against New York City’s Ban
So maybe you're relieved that the US Government stepped back from the brink and did not default on its debt. A return to more civilized debate perhaps? Um... no. Sadly, this mess is far from over. The harsh partisan divide, with both sides talking past each other, drags on. While some like to portray the … Continue reading Shutdown Dysfunction – It’s Far From Over!
London and Cranes, a photo by against the tide on Flickr. London is a city of cranes, and it has really changed my mind about how I think about this great old city. You see cranes and new buildings all over the place, from a huge new development that's going up near Victoria Station to … Continue reading London: I Changed My Mind