It was a high price to pay to get more for your money today

I heard this song on NPR, and thought it was a compelling critique of the bipartisan destruction of American manufacturing and the increasingly centralized economy that has emerged over the last several decades of capital accumulation that has wrought the Nation with stark social inequities. The artist is Keb Mo; the album is Blues Americana; and the track is “More for Your Money.” It has a catchy … Continue reading It was a high price to pay to get more for your money today

Can Condi Rice be convinced to save the GOP?

Watching Iraq unravel and the middle east inflamed with instability makes almost certain that the 2016 presidential election will be consumed in a discourse on foreign policy. A great debate will be had between those who think America has an role to provide for global security in the world, and those who think we should withdraw from our post-WWII forward posture. Condi Rice has more … Continue reading Can Condi Rice be convinced to save the GOP?

Kennedy vs. Grant: the battle inside the Democratic Party

It’s an interestingly diverse district, drawn after the 2010/11 redistricting process in which the Eastside of Buffalo, South Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Lackawanna, and parts of the Westside were bound together in the  63rd State Senate district.  That year, in the neighboring senate district, Mark Grisanti had unseated Senator Antoine Thompson in a shocking upset victory that few saw coming. Grisanti, worried that Thompson would rematch him … Continue reading Kennedy vs. Grant: the battle inside the Democratic Party

Failed parking lot at Joe Davis State Park leads to investigation

By Frank Parlato, The Niagara Falls Reporter The lot at Joe Davis, paved less than two years ago, has failed spectacularly. The Joseph Davis State Park is under a lease agreement with the Town of Lewiston and managed by a Local Development Corp on behalf of the town. More than $1,000,000 has spent to date by the town on the park. Among these expenditures was … Continue reading Failed parking lot at Joe Davis State Park leads to investigation

The Paladinistas take their school board seats

Local media is reporting a cordial installation ceremony for recently elected at-large school board members Larry Quinn, Patricia Pierce, and Dr. Barbara Nevergold. The installation took place at the Board of Education’s public meeting room on the eighth floor of city hall. During the reorganization meeting, the position of Vice President for Executive Affairs was given to Jason McCarthy who received a 5-4 vote. Nevergold, who holds … Continue reading The Paladinistas take their school board seats

Cuomo pledges allegiance to Roswell

Governor Andrew Cuomo was very warmly received by the standing room only audience that packed Roswell’s Hohn Auditorium to the brim. Welcomed with a standing ovation as he entered the room — filled mostly with the Institution’s research and professional staff — Cuomo clearly enjoyed the reception. The event was commemorating the renewal of Roswell Park’s designation as a comprehensive cancer institute and the extension of its federal “core grant” funding for another five … Continue reading Cuomo pledges allegiance to Roswell

Facebook is trying to alter your mood

In a shocking revelations exposed in The Atlantic, Robinson Meyer writes that Facebook administered studies that aim to alter users’ mood by virtue of the content that is funneled into their newsfeed. From his article, Everything We Know About Facebook’s Secret Mood Manipulation Experiment, Meyer writes: Facebook’s News Feed—the main list of status updates, messages, and photos you see when you open Facebook on your computer or phone—is not … Continue reading Facebook is trying to alter your mood