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Justice Kavanaugh’s Good Analysis of Confidentiality

On January 19, the Supreme Court rejected former President Trump’s request to block release of some of his White House records to the Congressional January 6 Committee.  In an 8-1 decision, the Supreme Court upheld the Court of Appeals’s decision authorizing release of the documents.  The Court of Appeals ruled that the right to waive … Continue reading Justice Kavanaugh’s Good Analysis of Confidentiality

More Covid PIEs and the Alice-in-Wonderland Supreme Court Decision Endangering Workers

This is a sequel to my post last week, My Covid Perceived Injurious Experiences (PIE).  It describes more PIEs and critiques the Supreme Court’s ghastly decision blocking implementation of the OSHA regulation protecting employees of large employers. I wanted to publish my post last week to express perspectives that a lot of people share and … Continue reading More Covid PIEs and the Alice-in-Wonderland Supreme Court Decision Endangering Workers

Wanted: Public Officials with Emotional Intelligence

It was front-page news in the New York Times that NYC Mayor-elect Eric Adams said that emotional intelligence is his “No. 1 criteria” for selecting top officials in his administration.  He decided that top administration officials must be filled by the “emotionally intelligent,” deliberately downplaying more commonplace credentials, like academic achievement and government experience. … … Continue reading Wanted: Public Officials with Emotional Intelligence

What I’m Reading – High-Powered Lawyers Protecting a Ruthless Drug-Dealing Mob

People in every demographic group and every part of the country became hooked on powerful drugs.  Many lost their jobs, savings, homes, and families and they became ensnared in the criminal justice system.  Hundreds of thousands died from drug overdoses.  Communities were decimated. The drug pushers were protected by high-powered lawyers like Mary Jo White, … Continue reading What I’m Reading – High-Powered Lawyers Protecting a Ruthless Drug-Dealing Mob

What I’m Reading – Collateral Damage of War

War is the worst method of dispute resolution.  In war, combatants and civilians are killed and injured, physical and social infrastructure is destroyed, and individuals and societies are traumatized, resulting in harms that can continue long after wars are declared to be over. People often use the term “collateral damage” referring to death and injury … Continue reading What I’m Reading – Collateral Damage of War

What I’m Reading – PBS Documentary on William Randolph Hearst

I learned a lot about William Randolph Hearst by watching the PBS American Experience documentary about him.  He is best known as a purveyor of “yellow journalism,” promoter of the Spanish-American War, and the target of the Orson Welles film, Citizen Kane.  The documentary shows that he has had a huge and continuing impact on … Continue reading What I’m Reading – PBS Documentary on William Randolph Hearst

What I’m Reading – The Social Dilemma

“Facebook is like a pocketknife:  You can use it to peel an apple or stab a janitor at school.”  So said tech analyst (and talk-show host) Jimmy Kimmel. Noam Ebner (not a talk-show host) wrote, “Its positive characteristics and opportunities notwithstanding, the Internet has become something similar to a bad neighborhood after dark. … Even … Continue reading What I’m Reading – The Social Dilemma

More on Gary Friedman’s Not-So-Excellent Adventure in Politics

The Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the City University of New York recently hosted an interesting breakfast roundtable featuring Gary Friedman, discussing his unfortunate tenure as a local elected government official.  You may recall that this was the subject of a series of … Continue reading More on Gary Friedman’s Not-So-Excellent Adventure in Politics