Archives September 2009

The autumn mists have come to New England...

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

…and a land called Honalee has a new permanent resident.

Barukh dayyan ha-emet, and rest in peace, Aunt Mary.

In which your humble servant strikes a blow for ecumenicism

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014., meet Koshernet. Koshernet, meet Now that I’ve introduced you guys, I’m sure you can have a very fruitful collaboration.

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This is the season when Jews should reflect on traditional words of wisdom...

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

…such as the thespians’ maxim “never work with children or animals”.

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Down with Helvetian imperialism!

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

One of my pet peeves about discussion of Israel among left-wingers is the prevalence of the idea that the Jewish state is an illegitimate entity that should be eliminated, not just compelled to yield territory to a Palestinian state. Even if we assume for the purpose of argument that every complaint about the morality of ...

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Dept. of “oh, no, not again”

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

NYT: “After the mortgage business imploded last year, Wall Street investment banks began searching for another big idea to make money. They think they may have found one. The bankers plan to buy ‘life settlements,’ life insurance policies that ill and elderly people sell for cash — $400,000 for a $1 million policy, say ...

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IHTFP but it does have some redeeming social value

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

I must congratulate my alma mater on reaching 12th place in the Washington Monthly’s national university rankings. (This is the ranking system that asks not what colleges do for their alumni’s reputations, but what all these well-endowed tax-exempt institutions are doing for their country.) Surely it is a mere statistical fluke, perhaps a slip of ...

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The Gordian solution to poverty

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Every once in a while, some wide-eyed idealist—I believe that the most well-known such thinker was libertarian Milton Friedman—suggests that the real problem that poor people have is not enough money. Therefore, they say, the most effective way for the government to lift the poor out of their miserable condition is to give them money ...

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