Friday September 04, 2015
February 19th, 2015
It's that time of year when New Year's resolutions begin to fade, and even the best-laid plans can become sidetracked as life gets busy. But as psychologists and behavioral economists have found reasons why it's so easy to let good intentions slide, they've also come up with tools to help.
In an interview with Ezra Klein at Vox.com, President Barack Obama briefly alluded to the "moral basis" of Obamacare:
"[With] the Affordable Care Act, a lot of the attention's been on making sure that the uninsured have peace of mind, and people who currently have insurance but at some point might lose it or have pre-existing conditions are going to have it. That's obviously the moral basis for what we did."
There is no doubt that President Obama's remarks about Christianity at the National Prayer Breakfast last week were historically accurate. But they were also -- let's face it -- glib, facile and patronizing.
President Obama's outward calm in the face of the peril of Russian adventurism in Ukraine is in keeping not only with his personality. It squares with his dogged determination to extract the United States from what he has decried as a permanent war footing existing since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Comcast did not invent the Internet. Neither did AT&T. They just hitched rides on it.
All to the betterment of mankind – I might add, unless mankind is crossing an intersection and an oncoming, texting 19-year-old driver is oblivious to the color red.
Therefore, consider this commentary not a slam on big telecom companies. It’s a plug for all who use the Internet.
What's the most transformative educational experience you've had?
I was asked this question recently, and for a few seconds it stumped me, mainly because I've never viewed learning as a collection of eureka moments. It's a continuum, a lifelong awakening to the complexity of the world.
Steve LeVine became interested in batteries in the wake of the financial crisis. LeVine is the Washington correspondent for Quartz, a news site covering the global economy, and he sensed, he told me recently, "a loss of confidence in the U.S. in our ability to create a real economy" - one based not on financial instruments or a real estate boom, but real products that would help create entire new industries.
There's been a lot of handwringing over whether President Barack Obama's tone and message in the January State of the Union address and last week's budget were too confrontational, dashing hopes for legislative and legacy- bolstering achievements.
For three years, Jessica Smith's son had been begging her for a little brother.
Then the orphanage in Mongolia that had given her Ziggy called to tell her that it had another young boy for her. At the time, Ziggy, whose given name is Zorigt, had just started second grade at a D.C. public school.