Is Donald Trump a Christian?

The presumptive Republican candidate for President has said he is a Presbyterian, and that the Bible is his favorite book (though from the video above, he has a weird way of showing it, by pronouncing the source of a verse as “Two Corinthians,” when any half-assed Biblical scholar knows it’s pronounced “Second Corinthians.”)(She said.) But his closed-door-closed-mind …

Canada has a refugee problem.

They have more people willing to take Syrian refugees in than they have refugees. From the linked New York Times article: The Toronto Star greeted the first planeload by splashing “Welcome to Canada” in English and Arabic across its front page. Eager sponsors toured local Middle Eastern supermarkets to learn what to buy and cook …

Promises, promises…

This New York Times article says that retailers like H&M and Walmart haven’t lived up to their promises to treat fairly workers overseas. Several reports from the Asia Floor Wage Alliance says the retailers are falling far, far short. Check out this latest report. Puts a whole new meaning to the phrase “clean clothes,” yes?

Is your name in the Panama Papers?

Then shame on you. Under the whole “render unto Caesar” thing, while there are laws that allow skipping the paying of taxes, is it entirely moral to do so? From the National Priorities Project, here’s a chart to help you understand where at least some of your taxes go: Knowing that, when corporations and individuals put their …

The God gap

So in today’s Iowa caucus (more on that here), Anne Pluta at the New York Times is watching the so-called “God gap,” or religiosity as opposed to religious affiliation. According to some research, people who are more observant (particularly among Christians) tend to vote Republican. Fascinating, yes?

What will Pres. Obama say in his State of the Union address?

Gizmodo says this State of the Union will be “nontraditional,” and Pres. Obama’s chief of staff says the speech will be “a big optimistic generous view of the future.” The White House chief digital officer Jason Goldman, says there will be multiple platforms on which to experience the speech, which was first mentioned in our Constitution‘s Article II, Section 3, …

Bees and middle-aged white people: Endangered?

Several news outlets carried this story earlier this week (and thanks, Leftover, for the links), that said (from the Washington Post): A large segment of white middle-aged Americans has suffered a startling rise in its death rate since 1999, according to a review of statistics published Monday that shows a sharp reversal in decades of progress toward longer …

Sunday marks a year since Michael Brown’s death

http://www.theroot.com/blogs/journalisms/2015/08/media_outlets_look_back_on_the_year_since_police_shooting_of_michael_brown.htmlHave things changed? The New York Times says yes, but Ferguson residents don’t trust it. The Washington Post says not enough. Here’s a good round-up, from The Root.