By: Elizabeth M Young
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is charged with more than we see in the high speed, high profile television shows and films. The FBI investigates terrorism, counter intelligence, cyber crime, public corruption, civil rights, hate crimes, organized crime, white collar crime, major thefts and...
By: Elizabeth M Young
The current BP oil spill disaster is the most prominent case of institutional damage and need for repair. The former Mineral Management Service had devolved into an embarrassing and ineffective service that referred to the entities that it was supposed to be regulating as "clients"...
By: Elizabeth M Young
One more tragic and infuriating mistake of the Bush administration was to prosecute a war with no budget or plan for dealing with the returning soldiers who would be entitled to their Veteran's Administration (VA) benefits. There was little or no consideration or budgeting for...
By: Elizabeth M Young
When comparing the differences between the middle classes and working classes, there are many definitions, income categories, educational classifications, lifestyle issues and work categories. Income as a determinant of middle class standing: With income, the US Census Bureau defines middle class as the 20th percentile...
By: Elizabeth M Young
The virtual world is just a computer or smart phone screen away from us. These days, that virtual world travels with us everywhere we go, even deep into nature where nothing man made is visible for miles. Reality in the virtual world is malleable. Form...
By: Elizabeth M Young
Society establishes norms and values that are agreed upon by a majority of humans who are members of the society. Some societies are extremely homogeneous, with everyone adhering to the same system of beliefs, values, norms, behaviors and ways of doing life. Others are extremely...
By: Elizabeth M Young
Immigration and naturalization issues are often discussed from the perspectives of the law of the land, the sentiments of the population and the political movements of the moment. In the case of the law of the land, the legislators, adjudicators and enforcement agencies have to...
By: Elizabeth M Young
The Drug Enforcement Administration operates with a staff of over 10,000 employees and a budget of over $2.6 billion. That is a large force that still operates under the perception of being overwhelmed by even larger forces of those who wish to...
By: Elizabeth M Young
In an egalitarian society that is like the United States, money, inheritance or celebrity are the roads to the Upper classes of social stratification. Many Americans consider the ultimate upper class to be populated by those who have more than money, inheritance or celebrity: they...
By: Elizabeth M Young
America stratifies itself on every scale possible, including class, caste and race. It is very telling when television's "Housewives" franchise shows the levels of various women as they show off what is supposed to be a well heeled lifestyle. But the reality is that there...

 

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