Henry Lous Gates, Jr. has become a “living legend,” pursuing and inspiring new forms of historical study in America and Africa.
Statue at the entrance to Le Bourget Airport near Paris, honoring Charles Lindbergh, the first to solo the Atlantic, and Frenchmen Charles Nungesser and François Coli, who attempted the crossing two weeks earlier and disappeared without a trace. Each day during the Paris climate change conference, participants passed by the statue — a tribute to the Lindbergh Moment, which resonated with many COP21 attendees. Photo Courtesy of abac077 flickr. Add this image to a lesson
Published January 25, 2016
In May 1927, a fearless aviator named Charles Lindbergh circled his fragile single-engine monoplane, waiting for tens of thousands of expectant Parisians to clear the runway at Le Bourget Field. When he landed, completing his solo trans-Atlantic flight, the jubilant crowd erupted — it was a unifying moment of “can-do” optimism that electrified people around the globe.
Eighty-eight years later, on Dec. 12, 2015, history was made again at Le Bourget. Delegates from 196 nations, for the first time ever, agreed at the 21st United Nations Climate Summit to reduce their carbon emissions, wean the world economy off fossil fuels, and give the human race a shot at surviving the rapidly escalating dangers of global warming in the decades ahead.
Well over 10,000 people crowded the summit venue, and in a fashion similar to Lindbergh’s landing, they were stunned by the outcome, abuzz, euphoric. Despite gloomy predictions, history had been made. The Paris Agreement — though voluntary and still fuzzy on how goals will be reached and enforced — exceeded the expectations of many.
That bolt of optimism also passed through faith leaders onsite and around the world. They sensed their moment had arrived. As COP21 participants celebrated, I dashed into the media center and stopped the first person I recognized, Joe Ware, a spokesman for Christian Aid, a faith-based group in London dedicated to environmental protection. He was breathless.
“Creation care is what this [Paris] agreement is all about,” Ware exclaimed, having just read the 31-page document. “And creation care is at the heart of every world faith. For too long, the movement has been hijacked by environmentalists, the good guys, really. But they only scared people away. The church is now playing catch up, even the Catholic Church, which moves at glacial speed. But now it’s in the forefront,” thanks to Pope Francis’ climate change and environmental leadership.
Published on Feb 28, 2016
The Zika virus is spreading fast around the world. And now, new evidence suggests it may be even more powerful than previously thought.
Published on Mar 31, 2015
A meeting between Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Jamie Dimon deteriorated almost immediately after the JPMorgan Chase & Co. CEO visited the recently elected senator and consumer advocate at her Capitol Hill office in 2013…
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Published on Jan 7, 2015
Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren criticized a US economy that she says favors the wealthy, just as President Obama sets off for Michigan as part of a US tour promoting his administration’s central, and continued, role in the economic recovery…
Published on Feb 28, 2016
James Allen “Jim” Nussle (born June 27, 1960) is the president and chief executive officer of the Credit Union National Association. He is a former American politician. Nussle served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1991 to 2007, was the Republican nominee for the 2006 Iowa gubernatorial election, losing to Democrat Chet Culver and was the director of the Office of Management and Budget from 2007 to 2009.
Nussle was born in Des Moines, Iowa. After high school, Nussle studied in Denmark (his political action committee (PAC) was at one time called “Great Dane PAC” and he is of Danish descent). He then received a B.A. in international studies, political science, and economics from Luther College in 1983, and a J.D. degree from Drake University in Des Moines in 1985. While at Luther he was a member of the Zeta Rho Tau fraternity and was the lead singer in a band called ZPT blues band. Nussle also founded the Luther College Republicans chapter during his time at Luther. Upon graduation from Drake University law school, Nussle took his first step in becoming a public servant when he was elected as the Delaware County, Iowa attorney in Manchester. While in Manchester, Nussle became a volunteer firefighter. Currently he is the president of a his own media consulting firm and chief operating officer of pro-ethanol trade association.
Nussle was nominated by George W. Bush to replace Rob Portman as OMB Director, and was sworn in on September 10, 2007. A March 9, 2005 quote of Nussle’s was included in the 2006 World Almanac and Book of Facts’s list of notable quotes in 2005 (p. 39): “Everyone wants to get to heaven, but no one wants to die.” According to the almanac, the quote refers to opposition to his proposed budget, which included cuts to several earmarks and programs; the statement was made during Nussle’s tenure as House Budget Committee chairman.
After leaving the Bush Administration in January 2009, Nussle founded The Nussle Group, a media and strategic consulting firm. In November 2010, Nussle became President & COO of Growth Energy. In September 2014, it was announced that he would become the president and chief executive officer of the Credit Union National Association, a trade group for credit unions.
Published on Feb 28, 2016
In the state of Pennsylvania, a federal judge has ruled that citizens don’t have the right to film police. The American Civil Liberties Union was quick to respond.
Naomi Oreskes. Photo courtesy of Harvard University photographer Claudio Cambon.
Published February 24, 2016
In 2000, Naomi Oreskes, a geologist by training, was working at the Scripps Institute for Oceanography in San Diego, an organization with a long history of climate change research.
“All the scientists around me spoke about climate change as if it were a settled matter. Proven scientifically. Manmade,” recalls Oreskes, a renowned Harvard professor specializing in the history of science. “Yet I noticed that in the media, the issue was reported as if there were a big debate over whether it was even real. That contrast led me to the work I published in 2004.”
Oreskes, whom The New York Times has called “one of the biggest names in climate science,” did what any interested party could have done then, but didn’t. She counted the scientific papers on climate change — 928 at the time — and determined that not one disagreed: all found that climate change was real, underway and manmade. She exploded the myth that any debate existed. The media took notice; and she, of course, came under attack from climate science deniers.
Published on Feb 20, 2016
Whistleblowers Richard Bowen and Michael Winston, along with UMKC’s Bill Black, discuss the rampant fraud at Countrywide and Citigroup and how today’s high foreclosure rates in states like Nevada could be a sign of what’s to come
Published on Feb 27, 2016
Bank Whistleblowers United held a kick-off conference Thursday where former high ranking bankers outlined a proposal they would like to see each presidential candidate adopt. Watch all four parts of the conference here.