January 24, 2014 |
The New York Times Magazine for this Sunday depicts former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as a bizarre-looking planet, inspiring quite a range of reactions. The cover accompanies the story “Planet Hillary” by Amy Chozick, a look at the potential 2016 Democratic presidential front-runner. Clinton, who left her post at the State Department last year, has not confirmed that she will be revving up her second presidential campaign, though that hasn't stopped supporters from raising funds and preparing for the campaign.
December 17, 2013 |
Rush Limbaugh is freaked out by Pope Francis' sharp critique of capitalism and consumerism. Rush says it sounds like “pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope.” Well, let us consider the pope's words: “Vast multitudes are still living in conditions of great material and moral poverty. The collapse of the communist system in so many countries certainly removes an obstacle to facing these problems in an appropriate and realistic way, but it is not enough to bring about their solution.
November 19, 2013 |
"Project Runway's" Tim Gunn is writing a monthly political fashion commentary column for Politico with journalist Ada Calhoun, critiquing pols from both sides of the aisle on on their style sense. Among their first subjects are Hillary Rodham Clinton, Joe Biden, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, Elizabeth Warren and Rand Paul. While many of them are taken to task for one failing or another, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker gets an A+ for having the confidence to take occasional fashion risks.
October 25, 2013 |
The Los Angeles Unified School District's plan to supply every student with an iPad is, to be charitable, not going well. Before any more school districts decide to spend millions on high-tech gadgets, let me offer a few words of caution. Why me? Because I was there in 1986 when Apple computers were first lugged into elementary classrooms. This was at the Open Magnet School in West Hollywood, where I and other teachers first experimented with this new technology. After hours, we often hung out with Alan Kay, the leather-jacketed genius from Apple who would drop by to see how things were going.
October 17, 2013 |
Here's the life cycle of a declawed cat, according to "The Paw Project": As a kitten, its toes - the top third of the fingers on a human - are amputated. Shorn of its defenses, that cat has a 1-in-3 chance of developing a behavioral issue, like biting or urinating outside its litter box (because stepping on gravel becomes painful). Because of such problems, that cat is more likely to be given up to a shelter and, finally, euthanized. As an exotic-animal veterinarian, director Jennifer Conrad witnessed mountain lions walking on their wrists or forearms after declawing made normal movement agonizing.
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July 4, 2013 |
After Philip Slater published "The Pursuit of Loneliness," a 1970 best-seller that delivered a blistering critique of American culture, he moved to California and adopted a lifestyle aimed at avoiding the fate of the fellow citizens he saw as so unhappy. "Pursuit" argued that despite widespread influence and prosperity Americans were overwhelmingly dissatisfied. A key reason for that, he said, was a collective obsession with the success of the individual. The book established him as a social critic and set up a future for Slater as an academic.