Monday, October 9, 2017
It's hard to be (racially) colorblind in American society, maybe impossible. At times, I admit to being impatient with or exhausted by the racial prism that either distorts or clarifies our view of reality. Since I am on one side of our racial divide, that occasionally puts me at odds with the other, no matter how I might strive to be fair, open and tolerant. Anecdotal evidence of racial discrimination sometimes evokes mixed feelings -- there they go again (black squawkers) vs. there they go again (white bigots).
A new study restores my perspective, at least for a time. Based on 20,000 e-mails, the rate of response to routine inquiries to government offices by typically white-named people is consistently higher than for black-named people.
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Taking the trouble to discriminate in responding to an e-mail inquiry is gratuitously cruel especially under the most benign conditions. "Justice, justice, you shall pursue." Deuteronomy 16:18
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This week's football report
Columbia University 4-0
New York Jets 3-2
New York Giants 0-5
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In a 1839 United States Senate debate, Henry Clay famously said “I had rather be right than president.” Currently, we have the complete opposite.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
In a strange way, I think that it is kind of romantic that a divorcing couple would go to court over possession of ice hockey season tickets. There is love there, although maybe misdirected. http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey
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Scott Pruitt, the Administrator of the Environmental Destruction Agency, announced that "the war on coal is over." Okay, now I can concentrate on the war on Christmas.
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It probably took a formidable public relations effort to get this laudatory article about Acme Smoked Fish's whitefish salad.
While the production process is interesting, I cannot endorse Acme's result. It supposedly contains only whitefish and mayonnaise, but it is mushed to such a degree that it emerges as a salty paste. Fairway Market, 2131 Broadway, is at the pinnacle of the whitefish salad world and should be your destination for this delicacy.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
A play daringly entitled Junk is in previews at Lincoln Center. We went to see it last night with the Goldfarbs; the Weinsteins were unable to join us.
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The MacArthur Foundation announced its "genius" grants today, $625,000 fellowships. I understand that the president removed his name from consideration because he did not need the money.
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It was undoubtedly a spiritual quest that brought many of you to my modest exertions. Holy Writ is an essential component in the perpetual search for truth, beauty and justice and I am pleased to refer you to a new bible -- The Macaroon Bible by Dan Cohen a/k/a Danny Macaroons, who, unlike many others, left Great Neck when he left Great Neck. https://www.amazon.com/Macaro
on-Bible-Dan-Cohen/dp/11184721 60?utm_source=danny+macaroons+ email+of+awesome&utm_campaign= cf7baa16bc-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_ 2017_10_11&utm_medium=email& utm_term=0_030488f6d3- cf7baa16bc-296904953&mc_cid= cf7baa16bc&mc_eid=bb19b3f5f5# immersive-view_1507731909660
Thursday, October 12, 2017
America's Favorite Epidemiologist abandoned me today, leaving me to my own devices and the Ciao Bella blood orange sorbetto in the freezer. I hope that America's Loveliest Nephrologist and the Oakland Heartthrob appreciate what they are getting, if only for a few days.
Friday, October 13, 2017
This link shows an amazing sample of the devastation caused by the California wildfires. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/12/us/santa-rosa-california-fires-damage.html
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I was fortunate that Gil Glotzer, retired attorney to the stars, was able to meet me for lunch on his quick visit to the Holy Land. We ate at La-Salle Dumpling Room, 25 West End Avenue, a joint that is continuing to satisfy. We shared cold sesame noodles ($7.95), pan fried pork dumplings ($8.50 for 6), beef wrapped scallion pancake ($8.95, 5 slices 1" to 2" wide), spicy chicken dumplings ($8.50 for 6). All this was so good, Gil was almost in tears thinking about what he left behind in exchange for Florida sunshine.
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No, Israel -- the moron's action today on the Iran nuclear deal does not make you safer. It only raises the security threat to other nations to match yours.