A few weeks ago, from an international and domestic-U.S. public relations standpoint, Israel might have been able to bring its war in Gaza in for a hard landing. Now it has painted itself into a corner.
Gaza has been destroyed. By this time next year, so will Israel -- not its physical plant, but its current status as a privileged, funded, ...Read more
As a single mom, I've spent Christmas alone while my daughter visited with her father's family for the holiday. I've also celebrated Christmas morning as a blended family with my daughter, new husband and stepdaughter. Holidays can be challenging with so many moving parts and so many players who have emotional stakes in the day. I'm here to tell...Read more
However you vote, whichever lives you think matter, you may be forgiven for asking one question.
When former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was stabbed 22 times in prison, did he say to his attacker, "I can't breathe"?
The "I can't breathe" quote was supposedly uttered by George Floyd, the criminally inclined Black man Chauvin ...Read more
What's the difference between equivocating and just avoiding the question?
Are the Jews calling the shots?
It was a fiery four-hour hearing, with short-answer questions: genocide of Jews?
Sounds easy. Genocide of Jews -- are you for it or against it? Not one of those things where there are two perfectly reasonable sides. What's the trick? ...Read more
There's only one Nebraska. Reminders of its uniqueness appeared in the obituaries of Charlie Munger, who for decades served as the vice chairman at Berkshire Hathaway.
The international press has long been fascinated by this $780 billion holding company that was made in Omaha and stayed in Omaha. Its founder, Warren Buffett, and Munger grew ...Read more
Dubai, UAE -- More than 100,000 people have descended on the United Nations climate summit here in Dubai, making it the largest ever. The goal of COP28, the 28th annual Conference of Parties to the climate negotiations, is to halt catastrophic climate change. As the impacts of the climate emergency become increasingly frequent and destructive --...Read more
Nikki Haley is the dark horse in the Republican presidential race that Democrats should watch closely as she gains ground by the day, hair flying with the wind.
Brace for a "Hail Nikki" surge while former President Donald Trump's troubles with the law mount and his grip on reality loosens and leads to more demagogic rants. Many fear for the ...Read more
According to an old saying, "You can't squeeze blood from a turnip." True. But that raises this question: Who would even try squeezing blood from a turnip?
Well, metaphorically speaking, if "blood" means profit, and "turnips" are customers, airlines are eager to apply the squeeze. As are banks, credit card outfits, cable TV and internet ...Read more
You can learn a lot about social changes by looking at one yardstick in particular: the shifting male-female ratio in college enrollment.
For example, in 1970 men outnumbered women on campus, accounting for 57% in four-year institutions and 59% of undergraduate enrollment in two-year institutions, according to the nonprofit National Student ...Read more
In the eight weeks since 3,000 Hamas terrorists invaded Israel and slaughtered 1,200 Israelis and mutilated 5,800 others, it's become clear that Hamas' purpose was not merely genocidal. As interrogated Hamas gunmen have admitted, and as video from the gunmen themselves demonstrates, Hamas had the specific purpose of raping Israeli women before...Read more
"Medical Freedom" crusaders are trying to end vaccination requirements for schoolchildren. Places where they succeed, epidemiologists warn, will, for starters, become overrun with measles, a disease that was virtually eliminated thanks to vaccines.
Measles used to kill up to 500 people a year, while polio left more than 15,000 paralyzed. ...Read more
Recently, the National Institute of Justice -- the research arm of the Department of Justice -- put out a call for researchers to participate in what they called the "Recidivism Forecasting Challenge." The challenge was designed to use information about people on parole in Georgia to "improve the ability to forecast recidivism using person-and...Read more
The pay disparity between CEOs and typical workers has become obscene. But there’s something we can do about this. (I’ll get to it in a moment.)
First, some history and numbers:
In 1965, CEOs typically earned 20 times the typical worker's pay.
By 1979, the ratio between a CEO’s pay and that of the median worker was 33 to 1.
As of 2021,...Read more
It took three votes -- and a scathing, 56-page report from the House Ethics Committee -- to convince the requisite two-thirds majority necessary to expel a pathological liar from the House of Representatives. The question is not whether he deserved to be expelled, but what took so long.
He has been charged with multiple felonies, including ...Read more
In the past month I've written about hospice care for the homeless, read a novel centered around a nursing home during COVID lockdown and read a memoir written by a neurosurgeon as he was dying from cancer.
What did all three of these have in common? Death, yes. But there was something more. They each shined a light on the importance of knowing...Read more
It is useful when you feel stumped to step back and ask yourself: What if I were coming to this person/situation/decision fresh, without precedents or historical baggage?
Inertia is a powerful and insidious force. How many times, working in an office, when you ask why something is done a certain way, do you get the circular answer that it's ...Read more
You may have noticed in recent weeks that alarming headlines about inflation -- specifically, those ubiquitous stories about the cost of gasoline, or eggs, or other household goods -- have vanished. Media outlets no longer feature those fearsome charts with arrows zooming skyward, or video loops displaying the latest eye-popping gas station ...Read more
Over his century on Earth, Henry Kissinger left a big mark, love him or hate him. And a lot of people sure did hate him.
Take Anthony Bourdain. The late celebrity chef and TV personality is back in the public eye with the reminders of his long-ago takedown of Kissinger, who died Wednesday at age 100. But when I think of the Vietnam War ...Read more
Buddha says don't fight back. Christ says the same thing. Both are widely ignored.
In Israel, on the border with what may or may not be Palestine, there is red war and yellow flames and humanitarian aid because war requires the camouflage of charity.
Israelis have been killed. Palestinians have been killed. Israelis have been taken hostage. ...Read more
As we should have learned by now, in the game of politics, it’s dangerous to make any predictions. Remember 2016 and the prediction by all the pundits that there was no way Donald Trump would beat Hillary Clinton? Remember early 2020 and everybody’s prediction that Joe Biden was politically dead in the water?
Nevertheless, here’s one ...Read more