Sticks and Stones

Can it possibly be true that some universities have created a policy whereby any student can report and accuse any other of “making them feel uncomfortable”? My father used to tell me, “Don’t come crying to me, fight the guy!” Now the advice is, “Don’t fight the guy, go crying to the thought police!” How on earth do you succeed in a competitive, capitalistic, complex society when you’re taught that every time your feelings are hurt or someone disagrees with …


Longevity and Relationships

I don’t believe in these great, personal declarations of love posted on Facebook. I guess they’re mostly sincere but, frankly, I find them to be vast over-compensation. When you feel you have to constantly confirm your love for someone publicly and on the internet, I think you’re trying to prove something more than proclaim something, and to yourself, not others. Nevertheless, I figured it might be nice to mention to people that our 50th wedding anniversary is in August. That …


I Don’t Care That You’ve Been Voted Most Outstanding Unknown Person

If you want awards, apply for them and you’ll get a few. Better yet, buy something from the organization offering the awards and you’ll definitely get some. (That’s the con of these bogus “Who’s Who” listings—you buy the book.) Awards have been debased and devalued. Recently, a music group in Germany received the equivalent of the Grammy Award for a song containing anti-Semitic lyrics. Show me your results, not your awards. The former can make you wealthy. The latter can’t …


She’s Back

Donna Brazile is back on the Sunday morning George Stephanopoulos political talk show as an expert commentator. This is the same Donna Brazile who admitted to leaking presidential debate questions to Hillary Clinton, and who was chair of the Democratic National Convention when it actively undermined the campaign of Bernie Sanders, as has subsequently been proven in released emails. I don’t know how she’s not in jail, but it’s an absolute wonder that all of that simply washes away in …


Feet of Clay

Tesla can’t meet it’s current production goals, which are vital to raise cash, which is currently hemorrhaging. It’s stock and bonds declined heavily this past week. It’s had to issue a recall of large numbers of cars because of rusting bolts. Elon Musk wants to send a rocket to Mars but he can’t even send a Tesla to California.


What Happened?

People who don’t have the time or inclination to watch, read, or listen to the news daily are not people I enjoy talking to. And, in fact, if you’re only getting your news from one source there’s a high probability it’s biased and not objective reporting. Well-informed people are interesting, poorly-informed people are boring. The latter are boring to colleagues, and they’r boring to clients.


Joining the Underground

I can understand how hard it is to restore power after a storm. I appreciate the endless work that the crews put in over many weeks. What I can’t understand is why the power companies are stuck in contingent action and don’t employ preventive action. Over the long haul, isn’t it cheaper to bury all the power, phone, internet, and cable lines than it is to continually reconstruct them? And isn’t it both environmentally and aesthetically far superior? We have …


Things Ain’t So Bad

The world is still not perfect, nor will it ever be. There is plenty of room for improvement. Having acknowledged those facts, I’d also submit this about the US and elsewhere: • Unemployment is really at zero (under 5% is chronic). • Middle class salaries are up. • Crime is drastically down, especially violent crime. New York remains the safest large city in the world. • Almost all diseases and illnesses have been reduced, except for a few kinds of …


Comedic Descent

We watched Chris Rock’s new HBO special last night, “Tambourine.” It was about 500% more vulgar than anything I’ve seen him do, and it was less funny than anything I’ve seen him do. It was extremely therapeutic, I’d guess, because he talked about his divorce and the fact that he cheated, and that he’s cleaning up his relationship act. The audience roared because he’s Chris Rock, not because he was very funny. But he descended into that moronic comedic world …