Second Avenue Subway Safety Questions

The Second Avenue Subway in New York City opened at the beginning of this year.  The opening date was promised by New York Governor Mario Cuomo, and as far as the public knew everything was completed on schedule. There are concerns, though.  At the end of this post, please click the link to an article by Emma G. Fitzsimmons in the New York Times.  Although the New York Times disappoints readers more often than it used to, Ms. Fitzsimmons’ report is the product of real investigative journalism.  Read the item carefully to get an idea of the standards this newspaper used to … Continue reading Second Avenue Subway Safety Questions

Respected Institutions and Hate

At the moment, Cornell University has its hands full.  So does a man who was allegedly beaten and called a racist slur by one of Cornell’s students.  That man and an entire institution must recover now (in different ways), and it won’t be easy for either.  There’s also a question of due process for the student who is accused of beating that man. I’d better admit I have a bias, and it’s unfair.  The only Cornell graduate I’ve ever known was an absolute horse’s ass, God rest his soul.  He was a spoiled rich kid, and obviously didn’t use privilege … Continue reading Respected Institutions and Hate

The Emmys and the Fungus Among Us

I don’t have a television, but DVDs and streaming are adequate.  Besides, there’s no place in my 391 square foot, rectangular-shaped studio where I can keep a TV and watch it comfortably.  If I ever change my mind about that, I’ll rearrange the furniture and then find a space for a television.  The apartment is adaptable. Be that as it may (my favorite arty-farty expression), I saw one online clip from Sunday’s Emmy Awards presentation.  It was the same clip a lot of people saw. A link to Frank Bruni’s New York Times commentary appears at the end of this post.  I … Continue reading The Emmys and the Fungus Among Us

Yes, This Still Happens

People who ignore international news may assume the progress made by the LGBT movement in the West is more far-reaching than it really is. All human rights victories have potential for expanding, though.  When some countries agree that a segment of society must be respected as individuals, there’s pressure for others to use similar common sense. That said, please read this BBC report, posted online yesterday.  A link appears below.  As horrifying as it is, we should appreciate the fact that an international news service finds this serious enough to report. Zanzibar is an island located in the Indian Ocean, … Continue reading Yes, This Still Happens

George Michæl Symphonica CD (A Review, With Oodles of Background Info)

          This blog post was revised on October 27, 2017. There’s no typographical error or computer glitch involved in the headline for this post.  The “a” and “e,” pressed together in text, are called an æsc, or ash.  The æsc exists in different languages, including English.  Note the correct spelling of the reference book title, Encyclopædia Britannica. The æsc has never appeared on typewriter keys, but it’s still around in spite of the fact that it’s considered archaic.  If you can pull up a sophisticated keyboard on a Dell Inspiron computer screen, you’ll probably find it.  … Continue reading George Michæl Symphonica CD (A Review, With Oodles of Background Info)