Looking Closely at Conflicts of Interest

This month, Ronan Farrow published an excellent piece on The New Yorker’s site, describing how Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) accepted financial contributions from Jeffrey Epstein after it was clear they shouldn’t have been associating with him. Some people’s immediate reaction may be to ask, “What’s the problem?  They need the money, and this doesn’t mean they were abetting his crimes.” There is a problem, though, especially when it isn’t just sincere generosity.  Some charities receive small donations from average people with no implied quid pro quo agreement, and those charities might innocently stay ignorant of donors’ backgrounds with no problems.  However, when the … Continue reading Looking Closely at Conflicts of Interest

The Weirdest Thing I’ve Ever Read on The New Yorker’s Site

Yesterday, The New Yorker posted an odd, rambling interview with Donna Brazile by Isaac Chotiner. I sense the odd, rambling stuff isn’t Mr. Chotiner’s fault. When you agree to go to work for Fox News, it’s hard to deny you’ve sold out to the devil.  Ms. Brazile attempted to deny it, but it didn’t go too well. https://www.newyorker.com/news/q-and-a/donna-brazile-explains-why-she-is-working-for-fox-news Continue reading The Weirdest Thing I’ve Ever Read on The New Yorker’s Site

Jane Mayer’s New Revelations About Fox News and Trump

Yesterday, The New Yorker posted a new, detailed report by Jane Mayer on unprofessional connections between the White House and Fox News.  It also appears in print in the March 11, 2019 issue. If you haven’t already maxed out your free online New Yorker items this month, you should be able to read Ms. Mayer’s article without hitting a paywall. Note: In San Francisco — and maybe other parts of the country — newsstand print copies of The New Yorker are running late.  Even if you’re willing to buy an expensive magazine in order to read one article, you may have to wait if … Continue reading Jane Mayer’s New Revelations About Fox News and Trump

Connie Bruck’s Guantanamo Bay Report

The August 1, 2016 issue of The New Yorker has a fine essay by Connie Bruck on why Guantanamo Bay Prison is still open many years after we were told it would close. Some of the sticking points are political, and some are practical.  Ms. Bruck has been careful to scrutinize claims and make the effort to present a balanced account of a horrific situation. Connie Bruck’s essay appears on the magazine’s website, with no pay wall.  Here’s the link: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/08/01/why-obama-has-failed-to-close-guantanamo Continue reading Connie Bruck’s Guantanamo Bay Report

Bring Your Own Bag To The Store

I admit that on most days I’m less overwhelmed than a lot of people. Uh, sort of.  Wait.  Scratch that.  Then again, don’t.  Whatever. What I’m trying to say is, usually, I remember to do the picky little things that we tend to forget when we’re already multi-tasking. I carry a canvas grocery bag — sometimes more than one, in different sizes — in my purse.  The purse is big, and as a general rule I don’t go into stores where they expect us to leave large purses with the staff. So, this particular system works for me but maybe … Continue reading Bring Your Own Bag To The Store