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Armed with hefty grants from the Pentagon, squads of corporate and governmental food technologists are on a mission to supplant nature with a great leap forward in the Brave New World of synthetic foodstuffs.
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One difference between top executives and worker bees, is that those at the top can lower the pay of those down below, while simultaneously raising their own pay. If you wonder what's causing America's rapidly-widening... [read more]
As an old popular song asks, what do you get if you "work your fingers right down to the bone?" Boney fingers.
As housekeepers in the sprawling Marriott chain of hotels... [read more]
In 1918, reflecting on World War I, Sen. Hiram Johnson said: "The first casualty when war comes is truth."
Actually, in America's recent wars, officials have slaughtered truth even before... [read more]
We know from the childhood song that Old McDonald had a farm – but e-i-e-i-o – look who's got his farm now!
It's groups like American Farmland, Farmland Partners, and BlackRock. These... [read more]
Here's a random thought that might not have occurred to you: It's not easy being rich.
Well, yes, there are all those things that money can buy to alleviate the burden... [read more]
The demigods of Silicon Valley like to present themselves as miracle workers, able to create electronic wonders (and wondrous profits) from nothing but their vaunted imaginations and entrepreneurial prowess.
Well, yes,... [read more]
A bumper sticker from around 2008 offered a stinging, four-word response to the Bush-Cheney regime's enthusiasm for the cruel sport of waterboarding: "Impeach Bush," it urged, "Torture Cheney."
This comes up... [read more]
A big surprise in this year's elections is that American politics has become dominated by the least likely of participants: Shy people. That's strange, since running for office is an ego game, attracting those at... [read more]
Silicon Valley, located somewhere between sensational and silly, has long been led by entrepreneurial billionaires with a surreal relationship to people in the normal workaday world.
Thus, the tech "geniuses" who... [read more]