A resolution for 2018: reform our criminal injustice system

Criminal Justice

Summary: John Pfaff's Locked In describes our broken criminal justice system, its myths and secrets -- and why reforms consistently fail. It is one of the most important books of the year. Let's hope America pays attention.   A review of an important book. Locked In. The True Causes of Mass Incarceration — and How to … Continue reading A resolution for 2018: reform our criminal injustice system

Science tamed the weather, keeping us safe while we sleep

Weather forecasting tool

Summary: Today's post reviews a fun book about some of the systems that make us safe -- but which we too often ignore or even mock.   Review of Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather. The true story of how science tamed the weather. By Mike Smith (2010).   Warnings tells a … Continue reading Science tamed the weather, keeping us safe while we sleep

Strange perspectives on the challenges facing Europe

Open the EU's borders

Summary: Massive immigration, continuing today, has initiated large-scale changes to EU society. Here are some unconventional perspectives on these new challenges and Europe's responses. This is the third post in this series. “The health of a people comes only from its inner life — from the life of its soul and its spirit.” — Words on … Continue reading Strange perspectives on the challenges facing Europe

Warning of the coming “Strange Death of Europe”

EU flag burning on the ground

Summary: Immigration and loss of confidence in its culture and values. Either is survivable for Europe as a society. The combination might not be. Here is the Introduction from The Strange Death of Europe, a controversial book about one of the great stories of our time. This is the second in a series about this book. … Continue reading Warning of the coming “Strange Death of Europe”