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Monday, July 31, 2017

Michelle Obama: The deepest cuts

First Lady Michelle Obama  (Public Domain)
It’s tough enough to be First Lady, but even tougher when you’re the first First Lady who’s black.

When asked about this challenge during a recent Women’s Foundation meeting in Denver, Obama replied:  The shards [from a proverbial broken-glass ceiling] that cut me the deepest were the ones that intended to cut.  These included body-shaming and racist slurs.

Obama is beyond pretending that such attacks don’t hurt.  She stands in solidarity with all women, whom she describes as “bleeding every single day” from “small tiny cuts,” yet “still getting up.”

Nevertheless, Obama hasn't lost her faith in Americans.  She hails them as “universally good and kind and honest and decent.”


Copyright July 31, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Concussive Evidence

(from Boston University Center for the Study of TE)
Just as John Urschel announced his retirement from professional football soon after alarming statistics from a study on CTE were published, Ben Roethlisberger is now considering the same.

This Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy study “from the VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University School of Medicine” found that “of the 111 NFL players’ brains that were donated for study following their deaths, 110 were found to have CTE.”

Those are far from good odds for a long vibrant life.  Roethlisberger and his wife appear to be heavily influenced by such concerns.  He has already stated:  You can replace a lot of body parts, you can’t replace a brain.


Copyright July 30, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

Saturday, July 29, 2017

John Delaney: 2020 foresight

Rep. John Delaney   (Public Domain)
Trump’s inaugural cheers (and jeers) have barely died down, yet Democratic Rep. John Delaney of Maryland is already
looking ahead.

Delaney recently announced his bid for the Democrats’ 2020 presidential nomination.  His platform will focus upon “an infrastructure overhaul, tax reform and increased investment
in science and research.”

Just as Delaney is gazing into his own future, his vision also embraces long-range national goals for technology, “automation and globalization.”  He sees the make-or-break
potential of such trends.

Technology can “enhance productivity,” but can also “eliminate certain jobs.”  Our shrinking world is extremely vulnerable to grave “security risks.”  This all will require the acumen of 2020 foresight. 


Copyright July 29, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved