Thursday December 12, 2013
Archive - Aug 2013
New rule (as Bill Maher would say): If you make billions of dollars a year selling unhealthy food, you don’t get to tell us to work out.
It was one thing when Cookie Monster began telling kids to eat vegetables. Cookie Monster doesn’t earn a living by selling cookies, and vegetables are a fantastic alternative to cookies.
Getting well takes lots of pluck,
With health guys out to make a buck.
As the Obama administration struggles to keep rolling out its landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act amid partisan squabbling, the shortcomings of American health care are more evident than ever.
Our system is very different from other countries: It’s worse.
It’s so great — truly heartwarming — to see billionaires devoting their deepest thoughts to finding solutions for eradicating poverty.
For example, I can’t begin to tell you how grateful America’s homeless people are going to be once they hear about Andy Kessler, who has been thinking long and hard about their plight. Kessler is a former hedge-fund whiz, which means he was in the business of making…well, money. Beaucoup bundles of it.
You can know something intellectually but not emotionally and, therefore, not know it at all.
Footnote 14 should scare every American. Even the parts that aren't blacked out.
The footnote is contained in the just-declassified 2011 opinion by U.S. District Judge John Bates, then the chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald's partner was detained at London's Heathrow Airport for nine hours -- no waterboarding or electric shocks, just pointed questions and confiscation of David Michael Miranda's computer gear. That prompted Greenwald to threaten Britain with more of his writings.
"I think they'll regret what they've done," he said. Miranda, meanwhile, accused British authorities of "psychological violence."
America, listen to Antoinette Tuff.
Thanks to her, this time there will be no funerals with tiny caskets, no candlelit vigils and no families broken by grief.
No one was shot Tuesday after a man slipped into an elementary school just outside Atlanta with an AK-47-style assault rifle, 500 rounds of ammo and "nothing to live for."
This isn't your average summer movie crowd.
It's not just that they are largely African-American, skin in all the shades of buttermilk, caramel and creamless coffee that we call "black." It's not just that they are largely old, with raincloud hair and been-there eyes, some leaning on canes for support.
So, another BRIC hits the wall. Actually, I've never much liked the whole "BRIC" - Brazil, Russia, India, and China - concept: Russia, which is basically a petro-economy, doesn't belong there at all, and there are large differences among the other three. Still, it's hard to deny that India, Brazil and a number of other countries are now experiencing similar problems. And those shared problems define the economic crisis du jour.
As we approach the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, I have a gnawing in my gut, an uneasy sense of society and its racial reality.