•  Analogies for Our Time – The Spanish Civil War. Many analogies exist, in history and in literature, for our straining efforts to account for our inverted times. Our instincts are to obey our laws, trust our institutions, have faith in our leaders. But in these times, fealty to our laws, institutions, and leaders risks our destruction as a nation, if not as a species. We already know about The Handmaid’s Tale. We know about 1984 and other dystopian literature. We should consider The Caine Mutiny. But perhaps the historical analogy that best fits our times is the Spanish Civil War.

  • Judicial Appointments – How Republicans Entirely Own Democrats.

  • White Racism: A Psychohistory (Joel Kovel, 1970). Nearly 50 years out, and probably still the best book ever published on the psychological underpinnings of aversive racism. Out of print, but a must-purchase if you see it in a thrift store or used bookstore. The debate between reviewer Robert Coles and Joel Kovel in the NY Review of Books in 1971-72 sadly evokes the arguments we continue to wage about the racism and “racists” in 2017. We have not traveled far in the last 50 years.

  • Seattle Mayoral Primary. The top 4 leaders in Seattle mayoral primary (in a field of 15) are women, with a total of 72 percent of the vote. In November, the top 2 leaders will face off in the election to select the city’s next mayor, who will be the first female mayor in the city since 1926. I’m looking forward to the day when most elected officials are women.

  • The Fantastic Observatory of Economic Complexity. Check out the Observatory of Economic Complexity at the MIT Media Lab for the most mind-bending, intuitive visual display of interactive data you’ll find anywhere on the web. The OEC displays product import and export data for nations and products.

OEC.Exports.Germany to United Kingdom.2015

Other similarly cool data visualization products built on top of the D3plus visualization engine, include Data USA, Data Viva, and Data Africa.

Economic Complexity