If you haven’t seen it, there’s a story from China that might have a dollar, and a nuisance effect on all of us. Let me offer a few headlines, starting with a few from the U.K. (that would be Great Britain, by the way). From The Guardian: “Rubbish already piling up at UK recycling plants due to China import ban.”From The Telegraph: “Toxic plastic to be ‘burned in Britain’ due to China import ban.”From The Telegram: “Mountains of paper stack up at E.L. Harvey after China says ‘no more.
I’m occasionally asked how I come up with ideas for this column. I answer that, as long as there’s a public figure acting in what I consider a loathsome way, that’s all the incentive I need. So, since it’s year’s end, I thought I’d offer a few names from this year’s “ugh” list. But, before mentioning a few people whom you know – notice I said “whom” – let me mention my choice for the greatest American in public life. That would be the American ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley.
As the year ends, it might be worth pondering whether a culture war is taking place in the United States. Of course, the culture war is most visible on college campuses, and that would even apply to the course offerings at Solano Community College. The culture war is simply another name for identity politics, wherein the most important aspect of an individual’s life is his or her DNA. From a discussion by Columbia University humanities professor Mark Lilla: “. . .
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