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Entries by William Bradley from 07/2012

Founded in Enlightenment, America Faces Ignorance and Confusion As the Challenges Grow Ever More Complex

| Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics

So as we celebrate another day off and think of fireworks, hot dogs, and all the rest, let's give some thought to how and why this country was founded. And consider how far we have to go in meeting challenges that would daunt even the best of the Founders.

Dark Knights, Avengers, Bonding Retro Action Heroes: How Long Will the Superhero Phenomenon Last?

| Posted 07.07.2012 | Entertainment

America likes action, and so does the world. The superhero phenomenon is an interesting development that may coincide with rampant coach potato-ism and screen-orientation. Especially as the feats are pretty much all CGI.

A Ticket to Ride: High-Speed Rail Moves Forward on a Historic (and Bumpy) Track in California

| Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics

Last Friday's narrow passage of legislation authorizing the beginning of construction of the first high-speed rail system in America was a dramatic moment many years in the making.

Why the Clintons Need Obama to Win: Uncertainty as Hillary Pushes the Big Geopolitical Pivot

| Posted 07.13.2012 | World

If Hillary Clinton is to have the option of running for president in 2016, she needs a strong legacy as secretary of state, by far the most important post she's ever held.

Crises Chaotic and Bubbling: The Gulf and the South China Sea

| Posted 07.17.2012 | World

Two crises, a half a world away from each other on very strategic, very different bodies of water.

Mitt Whitman = Meg Romney

| Posted 07.19.2012 | Politics

Romney and Whitman are basically two peas from the same pod: Bland, entitled, attacking, possessed of no clear beliefs other than enrichment through financialized capitalism. No wonder they have so much in common as political figures.

The Dark Knight Shootings: 'All It Takes Is a Little Push'

| Posted 07.22.2012 | Politics

This is a culture with too much anger, too little reflection, and too many guns. Hopefully, this time around will be different.

China Moves Swiftly on New "City" Encompassing South China Sea, Gulf Crisis Simmers

| Posted 07.24.2012 | World

A distracted America gives China a much freer hand as it seeks to establish dominance throughout the South China Sea. At least in theory. Bandwidth, or lack of the same on the part of the U.S., is China's ally in this situation.

Sunrise in California?

| Posted 07.26.2012 | Politics

With California's economy, and the job market in particular, perking up notably in the last two months, could it be time to retire the sack cloth and ashes of the past few years?