Bonnie Erbe

August 2006

A new wrinkle in the Freelance Economy

A few months back in this space I squibbed a series of blog entries on what I dubbed the "Freelance Economy." The term evolved as American employers continue to cut back on paid benefits that used to be considered de rigueur, such as vacation and health insurance premiums, and move closer to hourly ...

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Anniversaries abound ...

Last week in this space, I pondered one of Hurricane Katrina's more bizarre and less well-known legacies: a gender imbalance. The storm and its aftermath of shredded housing and wrecked local economies drove out twice as many young women with children as single men, turning New Orleans into a ...

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Bore me with your fury, please!!!

The blogosphere must have been created for brannigans such as this. posts a studiedly atavistic commentary by one Michael Noer called "Don't Marry Career Women." It starts out as follows and descends from there:

"Guys: A word of advice. Marry pretty women or ugly ones. Short ones or tall ...

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Could New Orleans become the new China?

Hard to believe that the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's collision with the Gulf Coast is already upon us. Hard, too, to believe that the massive exodus from Katrina's wrath has left an equally massive gender gap in New Orleans.

That's what a new report by the Institute for Women's Policy ...

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Security moms no more?

Political pollsters have a knack for devising catchy phrases to characterize and categorize American voters. Examples from recent elections include the angry white male, the soccer mom, the security mom, and the NASCAR dad.

This 2006 political season, however, there's a debate as to whether one of ...

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Racial insensitivity is multiracial

Virginia Republican Sen. George Allen and former U.S. Rep. and United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young have something in common: a gaping hole in their racial sensitivity screens. And that's a diplomatic interpretation.

Each man is trying at the moment to unearth himself from bewildering, some would ...

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Trickle down effect of women CEOs

This week, PepsiCo announced that Indra Nooyi will become the company's first female chief executive--advancing her to the rank of No. 2 among female CEOs at Fortune 500 companies rated by revenue. This Indian-born American is second behind Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) CEO Patricia Woertz.

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Heightened presidential secrecy

It's not a pretty picture. In fact, it's a more obscured one. The media are increasingly distanced from this president and his administration, at a time when the media microscope is more desperately needed than ever.

The Washington Post reported this weekend that President Bush is becoming the ...

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Scare tactics and birth control

There they go again!

Even though President Bush's political mastermind, Karl Rove, has been widely discredited for using scare tactics to manipulate voter turnout and elections, ardent followers continue to use them. I opened my E-mail inbox Friday morning to find the following missive from ...

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birth control

'Smart growth' gets stupid (part two)

The New York Times reports such battles are raging in Washington, D.C., Austin, Texas, and elsewhere and describes one such fight brewing in a New York City borough: "Last month in Brooklyn, when a state development agency unveiled a long-awaited environmental impact study of the proposed Atlantic ...

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'Smart growth' turns dumb (Part 1)

It is the demon with many names. It goes by "vertical sprawl," "smart growth," the "new urbanism," or "transit village." These descriptions refer to the new phenomenon that pits tree-hugging environmentalists against liberal champions of the inner-city poor. Karl Rove himself couldn't have devised ...

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The meaning of "duh-hey"

I'd like to introduce you to the next Democratic senator from Connecticut, Ned Lamont. At least that's what it looks like given Connecticut Democrats' opposition to the Iraq war, Lamont's resulting poll numbers, and the latest statements from our esteemed top military commanders. What do these ...

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Reversals for religious right

Toto, are we still in Kansas?

For the religious right, the answer is "maybe not" after a series of setbacks this week, including one in America's heartland. Christian conservatives have taken three hard punches in one week.

First, in Kansas, the birthplace of the so-called intelligent design ...

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