Saturday December 07, 2013
Archive - 2013
I am a cyborg, but I'm not a very good one.
I got Glass. Technically, just having Google Glass does not fit the correct definition of cyborg. I realize this.
"Okay, Glass," I say. "Google: cyborg." I then learn I pronounce things oddly.
Monopoly in 30 minutes? And with brands instead of properties?
This must not pass Go.
The essence of Monopoly is the long hours of knock-down, drag-out gameplay. Of course it's unbearable. That's the whole point.
I don't know who the president will -- or should -- choose to replace Ben Bernanke as Fed chair. The president himself has identified three possible successors: Janet Yellen, the current Fed vice chairwoman; Donald Kohn, a former Fed vice chair; and Lawrence Summers, former Treasury secretary and president of Harvard University.
I don't know Yellen or Kohn.
Secretary of State John Kerry still has a long way to go in his intensive quest for Palestinian-Israeli peace. But his diligent and persuasive pursuit of it suggests that his uneven career search for a legacy of his own may finally have found its proper track.
We often hear that marriage is a panacea for our problems - as a nation as a whole, and especially for the black community, in which more than 70 percent of children are now born to unmarried women.
Less discussed are the societal factors contributing to this phenomenon.
Let's start with this: while marriage may be losing a bit of its luster for some, it is still a desirable institution for most.
Congress, like France, does not believe anybody should have to work during August. However, to be fair, the French feel compelled to do some stuff during the other 11 months.
We do not have nearly enough time to discuss all the exciting things that happened in the final week before summer vacation. The House, for instance, voted for the 40th time to repeal the Affordable Care Act. I will summarize the debate:
As evidence accumulates about the many health benefits of religious practice, prayer is looking better and better. Some atheists have even gone public with their own prayer-for-health's-sake practice.
One young staffer on Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign saw a chance at bright lights and went after it, spilling secrets in return for a glamour shot on the front page of a major newspaper, determining that attention was worth whatever crassness it called for.
She said other young staffers signed on with Weiner in the hope of networking with his wife, whose closeness to the Clintons might be a bridge to bigger things. I wonder where they learned that.
A well-dressed man at the West 72nd Street subway entrance stopped to take one of the fliers Christine Quinn was handing out.
"You don't seem quite as evil as they make you out to be," he said, smiling at her.
Quinn looked a bit startled, then replied, "I'm really not."
Years ago I sat across a dinner table with Coleman Young, Detroit's legendary and divisive mayor from 1974 to 1994. Young related a story of wielding a stick to subdue -- in self-defense, he claimed -- a corporate "goon" he thought was about to assault him in a United Auto Workers' showdown with the Ford Motor Company in the 1930s.