Even though drones are killing more civilians in Pakistan than terrorist leaders, they play no role in the U.S. presidential campaigns; California passes a bill legalizing self-driving cars; meanwhile, millionaires like Mitt Romney perpetuate the rags-to-riches tale by denying their roots. These discoveries and more below.
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America’s Scandalous Drone War Goes Unmentioned in the Campaign
A new study released this week by researchers at Stanford and NYU has found that American drone strikes in Pakistan are killing far more civilians than advertised, taking out few high value targets, and have become the primary recruiting tool for the terrorist groups the policy is aimed at combating.
Whither the white working-class?
Of late, David Ruccio has been making the argument that Obama will win the election, and he’ll win the election without the support of the white working-class.
Why American Students Can’t Write
Every decent human impulse we have as teachers shouts in favor of not imposing rules and discipline on students, but liberating them to discover the power of their voice by sharing their stories.
California Legalizes Self-Driving Cars
That road trip down Highway 1 in Big Sur poses a dilemma for the human driver: Focus intently on the road ahead and miss the stunning views, or enjoy the scenery and risk hurtling to a grisly demise.
Why the 2012 Election Will Be Another Inside Job
Last week, Mitt Romney and President Obama traded insults in a most amazing way, reminding us that success in American politics these days requires two things: saying the most absurd things with a straight face, and maximizing the appearance of differences with your opponent, while minimizing their reality.