Archive - 2014

Date

May 22nd

Remember to Forget

    The Right to Be Forgotten.

    It sounds like the title of a classic novel about desire and memory, perhaps Marcel Proust's sequel to "Remembrance of Things Past."

    It is, in fact, based on a French legal phrase, le droit à l'oubli, the "right of oblivion," which allows criminals who have paid their debt to society to object to the publication of information about their conviction and jail time.

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An American Banking Revolution Awaits

    Vermonters aren’t like the rest of us: They live in a small state with a flinty history and a legendary suspicion of outsiders.

    That independent streak gained luster when 15 Vermont towns voted earlier this year to reinforce this independent tradition by approving a proposal to create a state bank.

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College Students Can Protect Themselves From 'Triggers'

    Supposedly, students at some of our most prestigious universities find themselves confronted with existential challenges. Some are required to read books and watch films that could conceivably upset them emotionally. Hence many campuses are considering "trigger warnings" to alert the more delicate flowers against getting their little feelings hurt.

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Derailing the Dynasty Train

    Don’t feel bad if you were busy and missed the buzz around the new book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

    It’s not every day that a 685-page book about wealth inequality written by a French economist lands on best-seller lists next to Danielle Steele’s steamy new novel, First Sight.

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Dinner Party Politics

    What do you think the election results mean?

    The ones on Tuesday. They had primaries all over the place. Stop squirming. Sometime soon, you'll be sitting at a dinner party and someone will say, "So, who's going to take control of the Senate in November?" And you will be so grateful that we had this conversation.

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Kerry warns of excessive isolationism

    As secretary of state, John Kerry has left no doubt that he is ready, willing and able to go anywhere and do anything to make headway in his unenviable pursuit of progress in international stalemates.

    His perseverance in seeking to salvage the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian peace quest, and to deter Iran's development of nuclear weapons, Syria's use of chemical weapons, and most recently Russia's land-grab in Ukraine, has made him a veritable diplomatic whirling dervish.

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Koch Brothers Rev Up High-Octane Hypocrisy

    Hypothetical conundrums can provide valuable learning experiences for students of corporate management and ethics.

    Consider this one: Suppose you’re a corporate chieftain who’s a free-enterprise fundamentalist, despising government regulation, taxation, and intervention in the purity of the holy marketplace. But — whoopsie daisy — suddenly a new competitor to your old-line product pops up, and more and more of your customers are switching to the alternative.

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Man Can’t Live on Cabbage Alone

    I ran into an acquaintance recently and he told me he’d started seeing a new nutrition expert. “You know what?” he said, “It turns out I’m gluten intolerant.”

    OK. Him and everyone else. I told him I was glad he found an expert who could help him.

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No 'right to be forgotten' in USA

    After decades of covering or commenting on an endless parade of self-promoting celebrities and ambitious wannabes, I was startled to hear that the European Union's highest court has declared a "right to be forgotten."

    That's the reason that European Court of Justice in Luxembourg has given for ruling that Google must, in some cases, agree to delete photos, stories and legal records that users find embarrassing.

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Nuclear winter in Kentucky politics

    Anyone with a weak stomach and refined sensibilities should stay out of Kentucky for the next six months.

    From the mountains to the gentle bluegrass, this normally civilized state was transformed on Tuesday night into the staging ground for a merciless war over everything that has gone wrong in American politics during the last five and a half years.

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