This year has been one of some personal transitions, hence less posting on this blog than originally planned. As 2017 comes to a close, I wanted to touch on a couple of topics among several related to the blog content. First, 2017 is the U.N. Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Usually I try to … Continue reading Concluding 2017, looking forward to 2018
On February 3, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) abruptly removed from its website access to inspection reports and other information on animal welfare, citing a review process. This is the kind of action about which I'm asking "Why are we doing this?" (WAWDT). At issue, according to Science, are "tens of thousands of reports … Continue reading WAWDT: USDA, animal welfare, and responses
Certainly the biggest "Why are we doing this?" (WAWDT) policy decision among many under the new administration so far is Executive Order (EO) 13769, titled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States," but widely known as the "Muslim ban." (The latter term is controversial, but seems appropriate based on its perceived … Continue reading WAWDT: The “Muslim ban” breaks the “security triangle”
The item that prompted me to begin writing about "Why are we doing this?" (WAWDT) was a news report about the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to rescind authorization for 9 internet providers to provide subsidized broadband to low income households under the Lifeline program (CNN; The Hill; Gizmodo). This is not the biggest … Continue reading WAWDT: FCC turning off low-income access to broadband?
Asking "Why are we doing this?" is often a good reality check. Posing the question is sometimes a way of expressing doubts about a course of action. It is a question that has been coming to mind a lot in the wake of various policy decisions by the new administration in the US headed by … Continue reading 2017, year of “Why are we doing this?” (WAWDT)