The Eagles of the Desert

The Eagles of the Desert–Los Aguilas del Desierto—are a group of volunteers. They are construction workers,  maids, gardeners, veterans, immigrants themselves who for the last 6 years gather monthly to comb the desert along the Mexican border in search of bodies, the bodies of those who tried to cross into the US but did not make it. Hundreds die each year in this way. 412 were found in 2017. And forensic Continue reading “The Eagles of the Desert”

Dental Care and Former Inmates

An inmate gets freed from prison, he or she has no job, no money, a prison record, often poor or no skills—and bad teeth. There’s a stigma about bad teeth which compounds reentry into society. It makes it much harder to feel natural in an interview and to be able to get a job. 74 million people in the US lack dental care, and often the former inmate’s dental problem began way before prison. While there, Continue reading “Dental Care and Former Inmates”

Private Equity Funds and Those in Need

Say you get a check in the mail and it says just sign me. You ignore it then some emergency crops up and you can’t cover it and then you remember the check. That’s one way companies owned by Private Equity Funds make money. In this case a company like   Mariner Finance  is  owned by an $11.2 billion  Private Equity Fund called Warburg Pincus, and the president of  Warburg Pincus is Timothy Geithner, former Treasury Secretary under Obama, which makes the activities of Mariner Finance stand out all the more . They charge up to 36% interest to needy people who Continue reading “Private Equity Funds and Those in Need”

Gene Drive, GMOs and Species Extinction

We all know that the anopheles mosquito causes malaria and that malaria kills half a million people a year. What if we could eradicate the anopheles mosquito and save so many lives, for down the road that would be many people indeed? Well we can. In fact the Bill Gates Foundation which has been so active in fighting malaria has made the technique behind all this a centerpiece of their anti-malaria effort. It’s a form of genetically modified organism called gene drive. Whereas genetic engineering usually affects one generation and may or may not be passed on, gene drive is passed Continue reading “Gene Drive, GMOs and Species Extinction”