... Executive Orders, the Covid Relief Bill, FBI Chief Debunks Lies, and Pandemic News

True to his word, Biden has hit the ground running.  Having pinpointed his priorities before taking office—winning the war against Covid19, reviving the economy, reversing Trump’s most damaging environmental and immigration policies, tackling climate change and income/racial inequity—Biden has already signed executive orders (also referred to as executive actions) in most of these areas.

Trump Incites Terrorist Mob to End Our Democracy
What happened on January 6th when our elected federal legislators—both senators and House members—were convening to count the electoral college votes that Joe Biden won was a HORRIFIC ACT of DOMESTIC TERRORISM.
Biden Won, But Trump Refuses to Concede
America's democracy has never before experienced such a serious threat to its very existence.
Thoughts on the Election

These are a few key thoughts we have on the 2020 election--the most important one in the lifetimes of everyone who was not of voting age when FDR first became president in 1933.

Why is America Unable to Contain the Pandemic?
It is now clear that America is unable to contain Covid19 as it rages across the country, bringing death and economic devastation. Why has the American government allowed this apocalypse to occur ? How have other countries been able to control the pandemic? This article examines these critical questions in order to shed light on how and why we ended up in this tragic situation.
Obama Was A Wasted Opportunity
Great things were expected when Obama was elected. The hope was quickly dashed over the two years when Democrats controlled the House and Senate.
The Open Secret of the Dirty Economy
It is impossible to get away from the fossil fuels.
Rachel Maddow’s Blowout & Naomi Klein’s On Fire
Rachel Maddow’s new book Blowout must be read together with Naomi Klein’s On Fire. Blowout first and then On Fire. Why in this order?
Broadband For All Work Plan

A work plan for BayCATs to pass legislation for CBN in San Mateo County.

Palo Alto’s Waste Ordinances by Jake Kim

We can successfully divert our waste from landfills and consume sustainable alternatives to plastic products.

Bioswales by Mark Menz

Bioswales are a creative alternative to standard sewage piping during the aftermath of storms. These natural and innovative funnel and filter systems for stormwater treatment push for a community to be more optimized than it could have been before.

Bike Lanes by Victoria Lin

Bike lanes benefit society. If we are strategical about where we place them and follow through with building them, it will be a step towards an effective eco-friendly movement.

Encouraging Environmentally-Friendly Behavior

I have been thinking about the problem of how to incentivize people to behave in an environmentally-friendly way.

Climate Change, Fish Migration, and Political Conflict

As our planet heats up, fish are migrating north, spurring conflict among nations.

Local Climate Actions Are Critical

Actions to combat climate change need to focus much more on local actions.

Car Companies: The Bad and the Good

Toyota, GM, Subaru, Chrysler , Nissan, Hyundai, Mazda, and Kia have sided with the Trump administration in its attack on California’s much stricter carbon emissions standards.

Election Central
Why Universal Basic Income Will Not Work

Universal Basic Income, or UBI, is an idea that has been promoted by “progressive” capitalists who are not interested in fundamental structural changes.  Instead, they advocate glitzy band aids slapped on gushing wounds, believing that such measures would alleviate serious problems like the extreme income inequality that plagues many developed countries.

Must Reads
Obstacles to Medicare for All

The for-profit private healthcare insurance companies,  hospitals,  and big pharmaceutical will fight Medicare-for-All to the bitter end.  They have everything to lose and nothing to gain.

Immigration 101: History of Immigration Law and Current Situation

First, a few key historical facts about Immigration in the U.S. Until 1965, American immigration law has always been racist, starting with the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act

Green New Deal 101

The idea of a “Green New Deal” has been germinating for a little over 20 years  in the U.S. and U.K.  The name is inspired by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930s when his administration  created a whole host of new programs and social safety legislation to lift America out of the Depression. 

Breaking Up Big Tech by Elizabeth Warren

Today’s big tech companies have too much power — too much power over our economy, our society, and our democracy. They’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field against everyone else.

How Amazon Gobbles Up Small Businesses

The way Amazon competes and the power of its monopoly are seldom highlighted in the media. Elizabeth Warren mentions it frequently as the reason why breaking up big tech is important, because the “winner take all” !

A Middle Class is Essential to Democracies

It's no secret that America's middle class is in decline. But while we focus on how that decline started (and who is to blame), we often forget to consider what happens if our middle class is wiped out entirely.

Reasons to Worry About the Disappearing American Middle Class

Despite gains in national income over the past half-century, American households in the middle of the distribution have experienced very little income growth in recent decades.

Automation is Not the Main Reason for Low Wages and Job Loss

In an opinion piece, Princeton economist Paul Krugman states that while many people assume that automation is the main reason for job loss and low wages, this is just not the case.

Madeleine Albright: 21st Century Fascism

The rise of demagogues with autocratic tendencies--men who can rally certain segments of society using nativist, racist, and fake populist appeals--is an emerging trend today.

Don’t Blame the Robots for Manufacturing Job Losses in U.S.

This piece by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) is based on studies comparing countries’ levels of automation and job loss. It concludes that while there is a relationship, it is definitely not the only reason. Why?

Trickle Down Economics Does Not Work

The economic theory championed by conservatives that emerged during the Reagan era—that by cutting the tax rates of the rich/corporations would “trickle down” to everyone else through economic growth and job creation—has been proven to be INVALID.