Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Bilingual Advantage - NYTimes.com

Sure is nice to know that continuing a second language may have even more benefits than being able to communicate with other people in THEIR language!

The New York Times

We are 7 day/week print subscribers and have been for decades.
With all of the promotion of access to other digital platforms, I asked the Times if our subscription includes accessing the Times on Kindle. It does not, they replied, and did not even offer a reduced rate for the add-on Kindle service!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Online Pharmacy for Prescription Drugs - CVS Pharmacy Drug Store

I watched all of the cars lined up for prescriptions outside the CVS in Chapel Hill, NC today. Engines running, fumes pouring out of their exhausts. Passengers getting no exercise.
Wouldn't it be a whole lot healthier for everyone to make customers walk inside?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Force of the Deed - NYTimes.com

I disagree at a fundamental level.
If Roger COHEN is ever stopped by a police officer alleging that COHEN has commited a crime, surely COHEN will not object. If it was clear to the police officer that COHEN had committed a crime, arrest him, put him in jail, and rid the street of his criminality.
Why, as I would, would you want the "deed" done in any other way?
Justice, right?
The mission was carried out with apparent superb skill.
We may yet learn that killing Bin Laden was the only reasonable option and if so I will join in the salute. But not until we know more.
For me, that's what justic is all about - knowing the facts and applying the rules.
It's not the satisfaction that may come to some from harm or death inflicted; it's in knowing that principles were applied well, principles that should guide the rest of our lives as well.
No exceptions.

Monday, May 09, 2011

CUNY Dusts Itself Off After Tony Kushner Stumble - NYTimes.com

One thing for sure about this obnoxious episode: it never would have been an issue had it not been Israel that figured in the decision. It's not a sacred cow and should never be treated as one.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Valerie Lucznikowska says Bin Laden should have been brought in alive - Democratic Underground

The reactions to what she said are far more troubling than the point she made so articulately when I watched her on CNN midday today.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011


My colleague, Geoffrey ROBERTSON, the UK lawyer, has voiced on the BBC my own sentiments about Bin LADEN. I am deeply troubled by the way this was handled and the failure, yet again, to respect a principle that is fundamentally American, I believe. That principle is that those accused of crimes are entitled to the same protection, regardless of how atrocious the crimes of which they are accused may be. That includes Osama Bin LADEN and and I am not at all proud of what we know so far about how the matter evolved in Pakistan. If the same sorts of efforts were made that would be made in the apprehension of a fugitive in the US by local or federal law enforcement were used in Pakistan, then I will change my view.
This report in the Guardian - later today - does not boost my confidence.