BILLIONS FOR BOEING, PENNIES FOR THE PEOPLE

The development of the $2.2 trillion stimulus package was extremely flawed, The Republican bullies in the Senate, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, wrote the bill with absolutely no Democratic input, then suggested that Democrats amend their legislation. The first draft of the bill, unsurprisingly, was a goody grab for corporations with much less for individuals. Initially, the Republican Senate would have given Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin a slush fund of $500 billion to assist troubled industries with absolutely no oversight. The last version of the bill does include both monitoring and an inspector general to look for fraud and abuse. Republicans would have doled the money

WILL THE CORONA VIRUS HIT BLACK FOLKS HARDER?

Restaurants, museums, libraries, gyms, and bars are closed. So are schools, from K-12 to higher education. Classes will be conducted online or not at all. A local vendor told me her receipts were down by 85 percent, and she hopes not to close before the "national emergency" is over. Our streets are deserted, with some cities asking people to "self-quarantine", or in the words of several mayors, "stay home unless it is urgent." The shutdowns have impacted our economy. Consumer spending is more than two-thirds of GDP. If people aren't working, people aren't spending. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin estimates that unemployment will rise to a scary 20 percent, just a bit lower than depression

CORONA CONFUSION and MARCH MADNESS

Basketball fans were looking forward to March Madness, those weeks when the best college teams face off against each other. Madness is replete this March, but it isn't on the basketball courts. The dangerous coronavirus which can be transmitted by a cough, a touch, or "direct contact" is spreading all over the world. It is madness that the United States, which loves to brag about our world superiority, comes up short when it comes to coronavirus testing. Many who have been exposed to the virus have not been tested because test kits are in short supply. In reaction, March Madness has been canceled, as has professional basketball and other sports. In New York and other locations, public

SISTERS IN STEM – CHALLENGES AND TRIUMPHS

Few in these United States had heard of Katherine Johnson, the gifted mathematician who finished high school and college at 18. How could we know when scientists are often stereotyped as old white men wearing white lab coats, with glasses sliding down their noses? You might not have known unless you'd picked up Margot Lee Shetterly's book (2015), Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race, or saw the movie Hidden Figures, which was loosely based on the book. Thanks to the film, more people know of Katherine Johnson's outstanding work. Katherine Johnson made her transition at the end of February at the robust age of 101, on the cusp of Women's Hist

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