Political entanglements undermine a once-authoritative and beloved institution
Despite Mexican efforts to stop them at the border, a growing throng of Central American migrants resumed their advance toward the U.S. border early Sunday in southern Mexico. Their numbers swelled to about 5,000 overnight and at first light they set out walking toward the Mexican town of Tapachula, 10 abreast in a line stretching approximately a mile.
When Michael Brodie first saw a man with a shaggy head of hair and beard giving away free organic vegetables down by Montreal's Lachine Canal last summer, he decided to pass. "He seemed very suspect to me, so I avoided it." But that bearded man — 35-year-old Ben Williams — kept coming back, using a bike trailer to haul in hundreds of dollars worth of vegetables every week, laying out blankets covered in a colourful array of squashes, herbs, turnips, leeks, beets, leafy greens, bulbs of garlic, onions and potatoes.
In the course of Margaret Whelan’s conversations with homebuilders in Europe and Japan, she has noticed a difference between them and their American counterparts. “Everyone delivers houses in days, except here,” Whelan, CEO of Whelan Advisory, said at a recent conference in New York. The former JPMorgan managing director lamented that it often takes months, sometimes years, to build a house in the US.
A new lightweight substance is as strong as wood yet lacks its standard vulnerabilities to fire and water. To create the synthetic wood, scientists took a solution of polymer resin and added a pinch of chitosan, a sugar polymer derived from the shells of shrimp and crabs. They freeze-dried the solution, yielding a structure filled with tiny pores and channels supported by the chitosan. Then they heated the resin to temperatures as high as 200 degrees Celsius to cure it, forging strong chemical bonds.
The state of Arizona has canceled a vaccine education program after receiving complaints from parents who don't immunize their school-age children. The pilot online course, modeled after programs in Oregon and Michigan, was created in response to the rising number of Arizona schoolchildren skipping school-required immunizations against diseases like measles, mumps and whooping cough because of their parents' beliefs.
The company says there's a need for opioid pain medicines that don't require swallowing, because some patients have difficulty taking oral medication and may not have access to IV opioids. The FDA had earlier flagged two safety concerns.
There is an increasing fascination among political scientists with the concept of anti-politics, an apparently growing sentiment of distrust with existing political institutions. It may be worth recalling then, that distrust in politics has economic roots. Bluntly, the economically marginalised do not trust politicians and this makes sense- if you’re not doing so well out of society, you will not trust those who run it.