The heart-warming story of how workers saved the job of their company’s chief executive

E. J. Dionne has the story HERE: Who knew that one of the best made-for-Labor-Day speeches in U.S. history would be delivered by a chief executive? And who could have guessed that the summer’s major labor story would not be about a CEO saving the jobs of his workers but about the workers saving the job of their CEO? This is the wonder of the happy-ending tale of Market Basket, the New England grocery chain. Most of its 25,000 non-unionized workers walked out to get their deposed CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas, reinstated as the company’s leader....

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Is it too late to reverse the ominous trend of climate change?

The term “tipping point” is defined as the point at which a series of small changes or incidents becomes significant enough to cause a larger, more important change. In an ever-changing world, tipping points abound, but perhaps no more ominously than with regard to climate change. Consider THIS: There is an alarming message in a major new report on climate change, a draft of which the New York Times obtained on Tuesday. The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of leading scientists who review the...

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This political forecaster says the Republicans may not win control of the Senate after all

For months now, conventional political wisdom has been that Republicans are likely to gain control of the U.S. Senate in the November elections. But a significant expression of doubt about that consensus has arisen, and it comes from a guy with an impressive record of accurate election forecasts. Sam Wang (above), a 47-year-old analyst for the Princeton Election Consortium, says Democratic candidates for the Senate are “doing surprisingly well,” and his latest “snapshot” puts the Dems’ chances of maintaining...

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Cheer up! Your IQ test scores might get better over time

If you’re intelligent enough to read this blog post (or any of my other stuff, for that matter), you’re probably also intelligent enough to improve your scores on IQ tests. The explanation is HERE: We’re getting more stupid. That’s one point made in a recent article in the New Scientist, reporting on a gradual decline in IQs in developed countries such as the UK, Australia and the Netherlands. Such research feeds into a long-held fascination with testing human intelligence. Yet such debates are too focused on IQ as a life-long...

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Report from two Republican groups says women think the party is stuck in the past

The only surprise HERE is that the report was commissioned by Republicans themselves: A detailed report commissioned by two major Republican groups — including one backed by Karl Rove — paints a dismal picture for Republicans, concluding female voters view the party as “intolerant,” “lacking in compassion” and “stuck in the past.” Women are “barely receptive” to Republicans’ policies, and the party does “especially poorly” with women in the Northeast and Midwest, according to an internal Crossroads GPS and American Action Network report...

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Behold the psychological shift among Americans with regard to global warming

As the experiential impact of global warming on our daily lives increases — the steady drumbeat of climate-related disasters around the world — psychological changes are occurring among the American populace. Robert Jay Lifton EXPLAINS: Americans appear to be undergoing a significant psychological shift in our relation to global warming. I call this shift a climate “swerve,” borrowing the term used recently by the Harvard humanities professor Stephen Greenblatt to describe a major historical change in consciousness that is neither...

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