Tuesday December 10, 2013
Archive - May 2013
For decades, U.S. corporations have been told to slim down. Not to abandon corporate jets or cut CEO pay, mind you, but to produce more with fewer employees. The conventional wisdom couldn't have been clearer: The minimum number of required workers yields the maximum level of profits, all else being equal and the creek don't rise.
Over the winter, I heard military commanders and White House officials murmur in hushed tones about how they would have to figure out a legal and moral framework for the flying killer robots executing targets around the globe.
The bombings at the Boston Marathon would be horrific on any day, but there is something particularly disturbing that they happened on Patriots' Day. It's a holiday celebrated only in Massachusetts and Maine, but it's my favorite patriotic holiday, for reasons both historical and personal.
Another housing boom? N-o-o-o!
Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe is under fire because an electric-vehicle firm the Democrat formerly headed raised capital through a program that awards green cards to foreign investors in return for creating jobs in the United States - but it's not clear how many jobs McAuliffe's firm generated.
Looking at scenes of the Boston sidewalk a few hours after Monday's bombing - torn clothing, bloodstains, shards of glass - I found my mind going back to a similar sidewalk in Tel Aviv in September 2003.
I've been hearing the name Jackie Robinson a lot lately, and not just because a movie about him, "42," hit multiplexes Friday and had a bigger opening-weekend gross than any baseball movie ever.