National

The Road Ahead

It appears that  the Virginia Redistricting Commission (VRC) will not meet its timeline to produce  a set of electoral maps establishing new boundaries that are supposed to endure until the next census in 2030, in effect, a 10-year legacy. The… Read More ›

Media Marginalia Madness

Generally, marginalia refers to notes at the side of pages in a book, often by readers as comment for a subsequent review or for research. There does not appear to be a definable date at which “news” in the United… Read More ›

Numb3rs

From 2005-2010, CBS aired the crime drama Numb3rs, a fanciful series wherein one of the leading characters applies mathematics to solve complex crimes as a consultant to the FBI. The use of “3” in the title generated a great deal… Read More ›

Crossing the Bar

Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) poetically addressed the common emotion surrounding death in his famous poem Crossing the Bar, stating “may there be no moaning of the bar” at the transcendence from life to the beyond. In America, there are bars… Read More ›

Attitude and Metatude

Generally, attitude is taken to mean a settled way of thinking or outlook. Scientific inquiry requires an attitude that embodies elements of careful judgment, open-mindedness, critical mindedness, and curiosity to limit personal bias in the inquiry. On occasion, attitude may… Read More ›

Homeless High Tech Housing

Editors’ Note: Reposted from The New York Times, September 28, 2021. A technological solution to reduce poverty and homelessness emerges. Three-dimensional printing can create nearly any object. A partnership in Mexico is putting that theory to the test, building a… Read More ›

Grand Idea vs. Grand Problem

Once upon a time in America, the nation had an insatiable need and appetite for newcomers to contribute the labor necessary to settle its frontiers, build roads and railroads, and staff the machinery of its factories. Westward expansion from the… Read More ›

Where Are They Today?

ARNOLD “ARNIE” ALOIS SCHWARZENEGGER It was almost 18 years ago, on October 7, 2003, that California voters propelled Arnold Schwarzenegger into the Governor’s office following a recall referendum of Governor Gray Davis. Schwarzenegger’s film career was at something of a… Read More ›