pandemic

WASPish War on Wages

GOP-led states have engaged in a stampede to corral and round up the unemployed to return to work by eliminating unemployment benefits. The GOP governors of 23 states have made such announcements, unaccompanied by hoots of “yippy-ki-ya” but with messaging… Read More ›

Outside the Novahood

DO NOT FEED THE CHILDREN In 2017, a parent, learned that school lunches were being taken away from childrens’ hands when they could not pay for the meal. Instead, children were given a cheese sandwich or a snack. This inspired… Read More ›

Facing Forward

By Frank Blechman The inauguration of the Biden-Harris administration last week stood out from previous ones in many ways. The pandemic, the threat of violence, and the bitterly ungracious ex-president ensured that whatever happened, like most of 2020, the ceremonies… Read More ›

Water, Water, Everywhere

Our lead-in is a familiar line from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798) that ends with, “Nor any drop to drink,” describing the plight of a beached sailor on an island surrounded by salt water. By… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

GMU STUDENTS IDENTIFY LANGUAGE BOO-BOO A translation error on the Virginia Department of Health’s website apparently has been advising Spanish readers they don’t need the coronavirus vaccine.  The issue arose during a Virginia Vaccination Advisory Workgroup telemeeting when a member… Read More ›

We All Live in a Crowded Submarine

In March 1919 (Schenck v. US), Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes penned the oft-quoted phrase certifying that “falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic” was speech that Congress could prohibit and prosecute offenders. The defendant Schenck… Read More ›