Submitted by ub on Sun, 03/27/2016 - 22:44

This fear comes in many ways, shapes and forms, Dangerous crimes and attacks, as well as the fear of not being able to financially care for ourselves and our families.

There are multiple fears, with the first being a crisis of security and extremism, as we witnessed on Tuesday in the horrors in Pakistan and Belgium. The second is a crisis of human movement, when hundreds of thousands of refugees are moving and a debate over the means by which to manage them. The third is the world political crisis, in which conventional politics is being challenged by more extreme and intolerant parties.

Readiness for Socialism

Submitted by ub on Thu, 02/11/2016 - 04:21

Following 20 years as the now retired sociologist in residence at Marist College. I want to comment briefly here on the current presidential election process in relation to my experience when Obama was running for president in 2008.

For background, I have considered myself to be essentially a "democratic socialist" akin to Bernie Sanders since 1968.

Latinos, Blacks and Women Poorer

Submitted by ub on Sun, 01/24/2016 - 20:27

Aging Baby Boomers to Face Care-giving, Obesity, Inequality Challenges. The Population Reference Bureau report, "Aging in the United States," examines recent trends and disparities among adults ages 65 and older, and how baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964 will reshape America's older population.

In 2016, baby boomers will be between ages 52 and 70. Below are key findings from the report.

Demographic Shifts

American Values Survey

Submitted by ub on Fri, 11/27/2015 - 10:53

A new report just published by Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) "Anxiety, Nostalgia and Mistrust"

Health Care, Terrorism, and Jobs Most Critical Issues

When asked what issues are most important to them personally, Americans are more likely to
cite health care (63%), terrorism (62%), and jobs and unemployment (60%) than any other issue.
A majority (53%) of Americans report that crime is a critical issue to them personally. Slightly fewer
say the cost of education (49%), economic inequality (48%), and immigration (46%) are critical

Study Women Well

Submitted by ub on Sun, 11/22/2015 - 07:11

As the grandfather of a newborn baby girl, now four grand-daughters, as well as two daughters, not to forget the wives, it is essential to acknowledge that women should be cherished and understood.

Women Studies is a specialization for students who wish to explore gender and its relation to power: race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality by using these concepts to analyze human experience in its bodily, political, economic and cultural dimensions. The following lists most programs worldwide.



Adelphi University (NY) - Gender Studies Program

A College Education?

Submitted by ub on Fri, 11/13/2015 - 13:19

It has been a good couple of weeks for parents of young children worrying about expensive college educations looming in their future. Unfortunately it’s too late for those already accruing hundreds of thousands of dollars in college costs but parents of younger children can rest easy. Recent events have exposed the collapsing value of today’s college education. Parents like me see that our high school friends who got civil service jobs rather than college degrees are now retired and supplementing their guaranteed pensions with new careers or spending more time at their vacation homes in Florida. Our degrees offer little opportunity if we haven’t made it into the senior ranks of banking or some other industry sloshing around in government support. Now that middle management is gone do consultants really need expensive degrees?

Parents who have already sacrificed their credit and assets so their kids can get nice white collar jobs like they had are increasingly supporting their adult children whose Starbucks wages are insufficient to support an independent life. They may have vibrant intellectual capabilities and know all about Shakespeare, Galileo and Plato but as Macro Rubio said, welders make more than philosophers.

Does anyone really know why the president and chancellor of the University of Missouri were forced to resign? Black students felt “stranded, forced to face an increase in tension and inequality with no systemic support” after the administration’s weak response to the troubles in Ferguson more than 100 miles away 14 months ago. The disgruntled students rallied around their colleague Jonathan Butler who went on a hunger strike until his group’s demands were met; one being that the president of the university apologize for his white privilege. Mr. Butler is the son of a Union Pacific Railroad executive who earned at least $8.4 million last year so what additional systemic support he needed is unclear. Nobody took the demands seriously until a group of the school’s football players refused to play, putting at least $1 million in weekly TV revenue at risk, their 1-5 conference record notwithstanding. It’s all an example of the lunatics running the asylum that would make Randle McMurphy blush.

You might say it’s just a state school in the middle of nowhere but take a look at Yale University, matriculator of presidents and others among our nation’s elite. Attempting to ensure a safe campus for students whose worst fear is of being offended, Yale officials issued a memo discouraging Halloween costumes that could be seen as offensive. After one official suggested students look away from that which offends them he was accosted on campus by a mob led by a female student screaming obscenities at him, you can watch it here. What most would see as an expellable offense was instead met with calm consideration by the official who probably feared for his physical safety more than his emotional safety. The campus has seemingly rallied around the aggrieved student with mass protests on the streets of New Haven.

Similar protests against free speech are springing up at other colleges too. Institutions of higher education that still allow students to question authority commonly relegate it to some far off corner designated as a free speech zone. Interaction among the student body must be in full observance of up-to-the-minute political correctness. Professors teaching about those heretofore unobjectionable subjects like Shakespeare, Galileo and Plato must issue trigger warnings that students might find certain material objectionable. With all the triggers lying around it was only a matter of time before students started pulling them and the barrels are pointed at the administrators who enable them to live out their suspended adolescence as long as the tuition checks clear.

So if you want your kids to learn how America’s founders were all racists or western intellectual thought is oppressive, or all the companies you hope might employ your child are really just ravaging the earth and their employees, then go ahead and take out that second mortgage but make sure you have enough left over to support your adult children after they graduate and can’t find jobs. Otherwise, encourage them to develop their intellect through work. Ideally in a field where the supply of labor is insufficient to meet demand, like welders and plumbers. Then you can use the money to buy them a home so they can move out of yours.


Submitted by Admin on Sun, 03/01/2015 - 14:23

As voters we have more power over our country than we think. We must not be influenced into thinking what our politicians want us to think.

1) We must be willing to invest in building and electing politicians that have the best interest of the middle class. We need to build and support our own PAC's. It will take investing, but we are already leveraging credit and working endless hours to survive.

STOP Violence

Submitted by ub on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 09:09

Current efforts to prevent violence especially against women and girls are inadequate. Estimates suggest that globally, 1 in 3 women has experienced either physical or sexual violence from their partner, and that 7% of women will experience sexual assault by a non-partner at some point in their lives.



Submitted by ub on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 06:34

It has now been about a week since running back Ray Rice was indefinitely suspended from the National Football League for punching and knocking out his then-fiancee and believe it or not, now-wife inside a hotel elevator, back in February.

A Reflection of a Crisis in Journalism

Submitted by ub on Tue, 06/24/2014 - 23:19

El Diario La Prensa: A Reflection of a Crisis in Journalism

By Sandra Rodríguez-Cotto | @SRCSandra

A Spanish version appears in the June 24, 2014 edition of El Vocero in Puerto Rico:…

At 14, I discovered the two greatest loves in my life: my first boyfriend and journalism. That first boyfriend introduced me to his uncle, who, by then, was one of the most experienced and serious journalists I have met, the editor-in-chief at El Diario La Prensa in New York City, Manuel De Dios Unanue.