Jim Manis on Most Anything

Jim Manis can formulate an opinion about a good many things, including those about which he has little knowledge. (And some guy named "Lazlo.") Visit The MagicFactory. Alan's Conservation News Stanley Douglas delivers "News of the Great Re-Depression".

Thursday, March 02, 2017

The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth GapThe Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap by Matt Taibbi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Bankers steal billions of dollars, and the tax payer pays their fines for them. In the meantime, millions of poor people, mostly non-whites and sometimes completely innocent of the crimes they've been charged with, go to jail. America has more people in jail than any country in the world.

Matt Taibbi isn't much for statistics, but he can tell a good story. If you're not outraged and ashamed of your country before you read this book, something is definitely wrong with you if you are not by the time you finish it.

Taibbi doesn't spare either political party with his anger and accusations.



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Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Substance Of CivilizationThe Substance Of Civilization by Stephen L. Sass

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Informative. Best for the educated lay person, although the book is a bit dated, published some 18 years ago.



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Friday, July 03, 2015

Just a Thought

It's the 4th of July weekend, and the celebrating, as usual, comes early. Fireworks started going off a few hours ago and still continue. More of an occasion than a celebration.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

It’s 2014, and one out of four American adults still believes the sun rotates around the earth.


Check out the numbers in today’s Washington Post. It’s hard to imagine that several centuries after the Catholic church acknowledged that the earth is not the center of the solar system that so many adult Americans, supposedly the best educated country on the planet, are still this ignorant.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Must See TV:

Cosmos begins tonight at 9:00 p.m. eastern time:


Saturday, March 08, 2014

College? what's it all about?


My new favorite book is Jeffrey J. Selingo's College (Un) Bound (New Harvest), subtitled "The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students." The publisher should have added "for Parents and Taxpayers."

In case you haven't been paying attention, college is in a state of chaos, to say the least. Money and a complete lack of focus are at the heart of the matter. What's college for and why does it cost so much?

Selingo, editor at large for The Chronicle of Higher Education, addresses these questions as honestly as anyone, and the book is highly readable.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Compares Himself to Forrest Gump:

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Compares Himself to Forrest Gump:

The Washington Post reports that Thomas made the reference while being interviewed at a recently (thinly disguised fund raising) event known as the Federalists Society's annual gala. The federal code of conduct for judges prohibits such activity by judges, but that hasn't stopped conservative judges from attending as the main attraction anyway. The largest contributor, after all, employs two conservative judges' children: Eugene Scalia and Philip Alito.

Let's face facts, though, Mr. Justice: Gump was a compassionate character, without a spiteful bone in his body.