Gerald D. Skoning

Gerald D. Skoning is a Chicago lawyer who specializes in labor and employment law.

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GOP Convention Security Nonsense:  OK to Pack Heat, But Not Your Umbrella?

 

If you are headed to Cleveland for the GOP Convention, feel free to take your AR 15 assault rifle and your .357 Magnum handgun, but leave behind your squirt guns, umbrellas, and paintball guns, or you may end up in the slammer. On the eve of the GOP convention in Cleveland, security arrangements have been […]

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Dye Markers Could Enhance Air Crash Searches

 

The recent crash of Egypt Air Flight 804 in the Mediterranean Sea south of Greece that killed all 66 aboard prompted a massive search that revealed a debris field consisting of seat parts, luggage, and body parts believed to have been from the Airbus 320. The discovery of that debris will assist in the underwater search […]

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Breakthrough Starshot: Reaching For The Stars

 

Pushed by a laser beam: Can Breakthrough Starshot reach Alpha Centauri? It’s called Breakthrough Starshot. It’s an ambitious name for a remarkably ambitious project. It’s the brainchild of Yuri Milner, a Russian philanthropist and Internet entrepreneur, who, together with a team of prominent astronomers and cosmologists, plans to send a fleet of robot spacecraft no bigger […]

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Reaching for the Stars, Propelled by a Powerful Laser Beam

 

It’s called Breakthrough Starshot. It’s an ambitious name for a remarkably ambitious project. It’s the brainchild of Yuri Milner, a Russian philanthropist and Internet entrepreneur, who, together with a team of prominent astronomers and cosmologists, plans to send a fleet of robot spacecraft no bigger than iPhones to Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system, 4.37 […]

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Rethinking Tax Reform

 

In every election cycle, tax reform is front and center, highlighting every candidate’s platform. Tax fairness, tax simplicity, tax reduction. It’s a passionate populist appeal designed to win votes and lock down key electoral votes.  After every election all those grandiose, progressive reform ideas simply drift away into oblivion, and we are left with the same 17,000-page […]

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Gravitational Waves and Colliding Black Holes: Yuge News From the Frontiers of Astrophysics

 

Astronomers and physicists are over the moon with excitement over what is being hailed as one of the biggest eureka moments in the history of science. An all-star team of astrophysicists announced last week that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space and time that Einstein predicted a century […]

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Iowa and New Hampshire Skew the Primary Process

 

Republican and Democrat candidates for president have been trekking to Iowa and New Hampshire for over a year in hopes of making a good showing in the first two presidential primaries. Yet why in the world are we so concerned about what the voters in Iowa and New Hampshire think?  Political pilgrimages to these two […]

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Perpetuating the Pay Equity Myth

 

On the Democrat presidential campaign trail, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have been harping again on the so-called “war on women” and demanding pay equity. At a recent rally in a packed gym in Des Moines, Clinton framed the issue bluntly, “We have got to have equal pay for equal work.” Working off his […]

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Make Room at the Periodic Table: Four New Elements Have Been Born

 

When I took high school chemistry in the late ’50s, the classroom/lab featured a large colorful chart of the periodic table of elements which hung over the blackboard at the front of the room. It featured an arrangement of the chemical elements, ordered by their atomic number (number of protons in the nucleus), electron configurations, […]

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’Tis the Season for Political Correctness

 

Christmas will be different this year. Oh, there still will be plenty of joy and merriment. The holiday lights will shine just as brightly and children will bubble with anticipation just as they have for generations. On the surface the season will look and feel about the same. But there will be changes nonetheless, subtle […]

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