Domestic violence is a problem that exists nearly everywhere, and Brookline is no exception. The cable access television program The Safety Net is an hour-long panel show that features various local agencies that provide services in domestic violence, among other public health concerns, such as veteran issues, and animal abuse. Stephen Bressler, the former director of the Town of Brookline's Department of Human Relations/Youth Resources, hosts The Safety Net. Bressler came out of his 2013 retirement to film four new shows this year.The Safety Net first began in 1996 as an extension of the Brookline Domestic Violence Roundtable, a committee that hosts monthly meetings to educate the public on domestic violence prevention and control activities. Viewers can find the program on YouTube and the Brookline Interactive Group's website.Despite its reputation as a safe community, Brookline is not immune to this social epidemic. According to Doreen Gallagher, domestic violence and sexual assault … [Read more...] about “The Safety Net” Spotlights Domestic Violence and Support
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Kenneth A. Taylor, a professor of philosophy at Stanford University and co-host of the popular syndicated radio show Philosophy Talk, died unexpectedly Dec. 2 in his home in Los Altos. He was 65. The cause of death was a probable heart attack, said his wife Claire Yoshida. Taylor co-founded the radio show Philosophy Talk in 2005 with John Perry, a professor emeritus of philosophy at Stanford. The program is known to “question everything except your intelligence,” probing subjects including gender, pop culture, art and science. The program is produced by the San Francisco public radio station KALW-FM and broadcast on more than 100 stations in several countries. Taylor was the show’s “chief cheerleader and guiding light,” Philosophy Talk staff said in a statement. Perry, his co-host, credited Taylor for assembling the show’s support staff and getting Stanford students involved in developing topics, researching and suggesting guests for the show. … [Read more...] about Ken Taylor, Stanford philosophy professor and co-host of Philosophy Talk, dies at 65
When did “billionaire” become a dirty word? Maybe it was when former Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz dismissed Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s proposal for higher taxes on fortunes of $50 million or higher as “ridiculous.” Or when an audience the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, laughed out loud at the suggestion that the super-rich should contribute more. Or perhaps it was during the government shutdown, when Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was baffled when federal workers went to food banks to feed their families. “I know they are, and I don’t understand why,” he said in a CNBC interview. Ross, a self-proclaimed billionaire and buddy of President Donald Trump, suggested furloughed workers take out short-term loans instead.Or maybe it was when Dan Riffle, an aide to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, coined a new progressive slogan: “Every billionaire is a policy failure.” Schultz, who is worth an … [Read more...] about Why does everybody suddenly hate billionaires? Because they’ve made it easy
Photo: SAUL MARTINEZ/Getty Images In February 2017 — in case past and future comments proved otherwise — newly inaugurated President Trump told reporters: “I am the least anti-Semitic person you’ve ever seen in your entire life.” The sweeping pronouncement from the president, who once suggested that Jews might be committing fake hate crimes in order to make him look bad, has not stood the test of his presidency. On Saturday, speaking before the Israeli American Council in Hollywood, Florida, President Trump engaged in the anti-Semitic trope of a Jewish obsession with wealth. Discussing Senator Elizabeth Warren’s plan for a wealth tax, he said that Jews in the audience should “be my biggest supporters because you’ll be out of business in about 15 minutes.” Trump incorrectly said that the plan — which requires households to pay an annual 2 percent tax on every dollar of net worth over $50 million — would take “100 … [Read more...] about Trump Expresses Anti-Semitic Sentiments Before a Jewish Audience Again
Despite the turmoil in our nation’s capital around impeachment, the continuing battles over trade with China, and some slight slowing in economic activity, the stock market churns upward. This has investors worried that maybe it’s about to end. So, is it? Well, technically this is the longest bull market in history, now coming up on close to 11 years. A bull market cycle is generally described as a period of rising stock market values without a 20% or more decline. The reason I said “technically” is because the sharp stock market decline in December of last year ended just shy of 20% (19.75%), so we narrowly missed the end of the bull. But consider that If the market had fallen just 0.25% more last year, we’d be saying “we are only 11 months into a new bull market and the last one was almost 10 years long … so buckle up for an exciting ride.” So, whether we are still in the old bull market or in a new one hinges on 0.25%. Sounds kind … [Read more...] about Road to Retirement: The bull market continues?