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The 'Spiral of Silence' for 09/02/2014

By Froma Harrop

Creators Syndicate

September 2, 2014

With folks yapping all day on social media — Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and the rest — how can there be such a thing as a "spiral of silence" online? Easy. Just make the experience of online political debate so disjointed, impersonal and unpleasant that people shut themselves up. Or they hide out in groupings where everyone says much the same thing. In that case, what the ... Updated: Tue Sep 02, 2014 … Read More

Miss Manners: Avoid the temptation to put neighbors in their place

By Judith Martin

Washington Post

September 1, 2014

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am wondering what is the best way to deal with an arrogant next-door neighbor. He and his wife are overly confident DINKS (double income, no kids), and any and every contact with them in the neighborhood is so annoying. Read full article >> … Read More

The Human Toll of Offshoring

By Joe Nocera

New York Times

September 1, 2014

What should we be doing to make globalization work for us instead of against us? … Read More

Readers' Review: "The Grapes Of Wrath" By John Steinbeck (Rebroadcast)

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

September 1, 2014

From our January Readers’ Review: “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck. Published 75 years ago, Steinbeck’s story of the Joad family’s migration from Dust Bowl Oklahoma to California holds important lessons for today. Diane and her guests discuss Steinbeck’s classic novel. … Read More

Concerns About New Part-Time Work Trends and Proposed Remedies (Rebroadcast)

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

September 1, 2014

The number of people working part-time who would rather work full-time is almost double what it was seven years ago at 7 million people. Despite signs of economic recovery, many businesses say they are still struggling and depend on part-time workers, especially those who work on-call. New federal data show that almost half of all part-time workers under age thirty-two work unpredictable hours, leaving them with reduced paychecks and scrambling for child-care. A discussion about the latest trend … Read More

Miss Manners: Silent treatment is justified in cases of bad behavior

By Judith Martin

Washington Post

August 29, 2014

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I’m in a sticky situation at my college. During my freshman and sophomore years I was bullied by a group of five men. They made fun of me to my face, and they spread mean exaggerations and untrue rumors about me inside and outside class. This happened almost once per week. Read full article >> … Read More

Imagining Successful Schools

By Joe Nocera

New York Times

August 29, 2014

How our accountability methods have our educational system on the wrong track. … Read More

Time for Vacation

By Bonnie McFarland

Savoring Your Sixties

August 29, 2014

Hi! I’m taking a break for the next six weeks or so. You’ll probably not hear or see much from me before October. In the meantime, there are many articles on this site that I think you’ll find useful. If you scroll down a bit, in the right column you can search for words or […] … Read More

The Knee Defender is highly offensive

By Froma Harrop

fromaharrop.com

August 29, 2014

Josh Barro in the NYT Upshot defends the Knee Defender, an obnoxious device that stops the person in the airline seat ahead from reclining back.  I do not:THE SMALLNESS OF BEING IN ECONOMY CLASSMany airlines ban the seat defender for a good reason.And Josh, why must someone pay you off for exercising his or her [...] … Read More

Friday News Roundup - International

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

August 29, 2014

Ukraine accuses Russia of sending troops across its border. The U.S. investigates the death of a second American fighting in Syria. And Israel and Hamas agree to a cease-fire. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week’s top international news stories. … Read More

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