Reactions to Obama's Op-Ed Decidedly Mixed
In an editorial that strongly echoes the inaugural address and his reminder to Congress last week that "we don't have a moment to spare," Barack Obama told Washington Post readers this morning that Congress must act quickly to end the economy's downward slide.
Comments following the piece ranged from anger at Republicans who continue to stall on approving the stimulus bill to skeptics claiming Obama's proposal only steals a page from the "ancient play book of the Democratic Party." Big Think will be hosting a stimulating conversation on the recession next week with leading economists weighing in on how long this painful malaise is likely to last.
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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