Doing something stupid is not always better than doing nothing. And imposing a travel ban is high on the list of stupid things. The travel banners may have enormous faith in the competence of government, but as a practical matter a travel ban will not keep everyone who has been Liberia out of the country. People will come through third countries and simply lie about their travel history. Passport marks will be smudged or removed. Travel banners may have great confidence in the ability of our immigration authorities to prevent such trickery, but those of us in the real world know that many people will slip by. And, thanks to the travel banners, these people who may have been exposed to Ebola will be hiding from the health authorities because they have broken the law to get into the country. Now isn't that a great way to control the virus?
I have worn Oscar de la Renta's signature fragrance, Oscar, my whole adult life, and I will stay forever devoted and will wear him to my grave. Gentle, soft, feminine, chic, elegant. His style. My scent. Words I attribute to us both.
It's hard to tell how much the far right, in its enduring hate for Obama, is seeing an opportunity in the Ebola hysteria, or the Ebola anxiety is feeding and re-igniting those racist and religious attacks on Obama from their heyday in '07-'10 when he was so unknown.
The times that are most challenging for us as parents -- the times when we must discipline our kids -- are the times we have the greatest ability to support and shape a child's growing brain.
The conversation about privilege threatens to cut off the legs of the feminist movement before it can even crawl (yes -- crawl, we're in 2014 and birth control is seen by many as a dirty word). Privilege is weighing us down. By us I mean all of us -- all feminists.
Perhaps the spread is a commentary on party culture. Perhaps it's a cautionary tale. Or maybe it's just a series of provocative photos meant to do exactly as they have done -- and many works of art have done before them -- which is spark conversation.
When the risks are very high and the treatment benefits low, a duty to treat is less than categorical.
To the deep consternation of the oilogopoly and their kindred and influential allies in government and finance the price of oil has been dropping precipitously.
The real reason that the gunnies want to push physicians out of the discussion about gun violence is because the NRA and its allies want to disconnect gun ownership from violence to make their products more acceptable, more enjoyable, more normal for every dad and mom.
At this moment there is no Ebola epidemic in the United States. But some have tried -- quite intentionally -- to create an epidemic of fear and panic for their own political gain. That is irresponsible and reprehensible.
Think of Ebola as the universe's unfair challenge to everything that war bred in our governmental system. As it happens, those things that the U.S. did, often ineffectively and counterproductively, to thwart its enemies, potential enemies, and even its own citizenry will not be an antidote to this "enemy" either.
Rich people often try to self-fund (buy) their way into office, but how successful are they?
I've been to West Africa, working as a music journalist, and to get there from the United States is not easy. I was based in Ann Arbor at the time, and had to take four flights to get to Mali, connecting in places like Amsterdam and Zurich along the way.
Statistically, black women are more likely to die of breast cancer than white women, even though more white women are diagnosed with it. Heartbreakingly, one of the reasons for this is fear.
As a gay man who has been with my partner for almost 13 years and married for almost two, it felt nice to hear these two Christian groups making an effort toward gay people. But the feeling didn't last long.
Way back in 2008, my now husband and I went on our first date. On our one year anniversary, his gift to me was a Word doc of all of our text messages since our first date (what he likes to refer to as #thegiftofdata). To celebrate our six year anniversary, I decided to take his present to the next level.
Some of the terms are new -- Ebola, for example -- but the tactics are the same. We have the tools to fight back: strong coalitions, positive national security, veterans and immigration reform messages, and rejection of these politics of personal destruction. But we need to use them -- consistently and courageously.
The vivid pictures of beheadings by IS, publicized for their own propaganda purposes, make a dramatic emotional impact. We are told that "Muslims do this kind of thing, things that we would never do."
Ukrainian government forces used cluster munitions in populated areas in Donetsk city in early October 2014. The use of cluster munitions in populated areas violates the laws of war due to the indiscriminate nature of the weapon and may amount to war crimes.
Documents obtained from an industry-wide venture reveal that the nation's leading mortgage lenders colluded to create a false-front company, driven by a back-end database, specifically for the purpose of bypassing local jurisdictions' taxes and filing requirements.
It's become somewhat of a Sunday morning tradition: I lie in bed, I scroll through Instagram, I see pictures from the various weddings my friends have attended that weekend, I click on the wedding hashtag, I silently look at 15, 20, sometimes 50 pictures of what is often a complete stranger's wedding. Repeat.
The loss of a mother or father is traumatic in the extreme -- yet, for these children, the tragedy is being compounded by social isolation. At a time when they so desperately need compassion and care, many are being shunned and ostracized for fear of contamination. Surely, we can summon the courage, compassion and commitment to do better.
Hours of fighting came down to one simple point. He wasn't asking me to change my name so he didn't think it was fair for me to ask him to change his. It was a fair point. If he wasn't asking me to change my name, what was the issue any way?
The claims coming from the mouths of our elected representatives showcase an incredibly wide array of pseudo-scientific criticism directed at the contemporary understanding of climate change.
Now before the liberal left and cynical political observers fall off their chairs laughing, consider this isn't just wishful thinking from Rand Paul. If there's anybody in the 2016 Republican field with even a puncher's chance of pulling this off, it's Paul.
Media coverage of drugs and drug policy has grown much more sophisticated in the past few years. Yet many media outlets -- even some of the most well-meaning ones -- still often use inaccurate, offensive, or just plain absurd language that would be considered unthinkable when covering other issues.
A Republican Senate is pretty much an iron-clad guarantee of the return of "fiscal cliffs" and "government shutdowns" and "hostage-taking" and all the rest of the budgetary games Republicans are known for playing.
I had the good fortune to become the first African-born General Manager in American sports, a blessed example of someone given an opportunity. But as fortunate as I have been, I'd be a failure if I couldn't provide opportunities to the next generation.
I can honestly say Mitch is one of the closest friends I have ever had, but Mitch is not my "friend with an intellectual disability," he's just my friend.