Robert Nelson: Some might argue that tuition free higher education was gutted by short-sighted public university administrators of the 1960s who could not pass up cheap loan money. Others point to the avarice and greed of our under-regulated banks. Free College Tuition Plan
Robert Nelson: Donald Trump’s success in the recent primaries has put the word ‘fascism’ squarely on our national agenda. Given the human suffering that fascism inflicted, it is well worth researching the causes. Fascism Coming
Robert Nelson. Democratic presidential candidate refuses to take Bill and Hillary’s campaign hate bait. Bernie Channels Gandhi
Robert Nelson: Hillary Clinton will be masquerading as her progressive opponent Bernie Sanders in the first major electoral event of the presidential nominating process.
Robert M. Nelson: Most people probably do not realize just how close we came to the start of World War III.
Robert Nelson: Pope Francis leaves little doubt about the reality of global warming and the need to act now in his book ‘Care for Our Common Home’
Robert M. Nelson: New York Times reporter James Risen reports that between 2003 and 2004 about $13 billion in $100 bills was flown to the Iraq war zone from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The volume of that cash pile was so huge that it filled the cargo holds of many C-17 Air Force planes on their way to Baghdad.
Robert Nelson: “Citizenfour” is a spellbinder. Poitras does not simply describe what others did. She herself was a central player in getting Edward Snowden’s revelations before the world.
Bob Nelson: The apologists for the national security state were caught off guard by the breadth of the revelations. Senator Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, initially argued that the public should have no concern if they have done nothing to hide.
Susan N. Herman, the president of the national American Civil Liberties Union will discuss how to avoid the problems faced by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.
People like Edward Snowden are not particularly unusual. Others have worked in the national security arenaonly to discover wrongdoing.
Caltech issued letters of highest level disciplinary reprimand to five JPL employees because they used JPL’s internal email system to discuss the implications of a recent Supreme Court ruling on the working conditions at JPL.
Robert Nelson: The employees have asked Congress to conduct an investigation into NASA’s cavalier disregard for protecting the personal information of NASA’s present and past employees and contractors.