Author: The BPI Squirrel

Innovation, Privilege, and Chuck Grassley

We sacrifice most of our young talent on the altar of privilege … and Chuck Grassley blames them. (More) “There are many ‘lost Einsteins’ … in the under-represented groups” Y’know who grows up to create the innovations that improve our lives? A new study found it’s mostly white boys born to wealthy families in tech-heavy regions: Children with parents in the top 1% of the income distribution are ten times more likely to become inventors than children with below median income parents[.] There are analogous gaps by race and gender: white children are three times more likely to become...

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Flynn Flips, Senate Republicans Flop

Robert Mueller gave Michael Flynn a sweetheart deal, and Senate Republicans gave the same to their wealthy donors. (More) “This plea today is another brick in that wall” Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to a single count of lying to the FBI: Michael Flynn faced the threat of prosecution for a mounting series of lies and omissions, including about his talks with the Russian ambassador, his private consulting work at the direction of the Turkish government and payments he received from Russian-backed groups. He felt distant from Trump, with whom he once enjoyed a strong bond....

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Garcia Zarate Acquitted, GOP Tax Scam on the Rocks

A victory for justice and a stumble for Senate Republicans…. (More) “A vindication for the rights of immigrants” You probably don’t know Jose Ines Garcia Zarate’s name. The quest for page clicks and ad revenues made this case all about Kate Steinle, the 32-year-old white, blonde, pretty daughter of a San Francisco lawyer. Dad and daughter were together on Pier 14 in July, 2015 when a single shot rang out. The bullet struck Kate Steinle in the back. Her final words were: “Dad help me.” The man holding the gun was Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, a 45-year-old Mexican citizen...

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Hannah Arendt vs. the God-King

A lot of people are quoting Hannah Arendt lately…. (More) “What can be done to … restore facts and truth as guiding lights in democratic discourse?” A question-begging-question asked by long-time investigative reporter Charles Lewis, writing for The Nation: But the arrival in the White House of Donald Trump, who seems to lie as reflexively as other people breathe, has stopped me cold. Trump’s presidency, and the way it’s being reported in the media and perceived by the public, has led me to ask some basic questions – about my profession of journalism, the relative power of truth and...

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Yes, ‘Believe Women’

Surprise! People are now looking for excuses to ignore women’s allegations of sexual misconduct. (More) “The huntressess’ war cry” Take the New York Times’ Bari Weiss, for example: The huntresses’ war cry – “believe all women” – has felt like a bracing corrective to a historic injustice. It has felt like a justifiable response to a system in which the crimes perpetrated against women – so intimate, so humiliating, and so unlike any other – are so very difficult to prove. But I also can’t shake the feeling that this mantra creates terrible new problems in addition to solving...

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