“Why grow up?” is a political question: Our cult of youth is no accident — and it has dire consequences – SCOTT TIMBERG

Whether you look at superhero-besotted Hollywood, the clothes alleged grownups wear in public, or the spread of video games out of the suburban family room, it’s hard to miss noticing that much of contemporary culture is caught in childhood. Susan Neiman, an American philosopher who lives in Berlin and directs the Einstein Forum, tries to figure out the causes and …

NPR’s Gas Pains: Teaming Up with the Fossil Fuel Industry – STAN COX

In the past few years, listeners to National Public Radio have been hearing frequent announcements that “America’s natural gas” is an underwriter of NPR programming. These spots, created by America’s Natural Gas Alliance, an industry group, claim that increased use of gas is reducing greenhouse emissions and making the world a greener place. Yesterday, NPR ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen addressed the numerous complaints …

Dry California

California Drought Tests History of Endless Growth

For more than a century, California has been the state where people flocked for a better life — 164,000 square miles of mountains, farmland and coastline, shimmering with ambition and dreams, money and beauty. It was the cutting-edge symbol of possibility: Hollywood, Silicon Valley, aerospace, agriculture and vineyards. But now a punishing drought — and the unprecedented measures the state …