Issue #73

Last Update May 10, 2013

National and
International

Corporations are People by Gert Innsry May 1, 2013   Since the Supreme Court has ruled that corporations are people, we should explore fully the implications of this ruling. In addition to rights, people have responsibilities and obligations under the law. A criminal conviction, for example, carries penalties, some of which are mandated by the law establishing the crime, and limiting a judge's discretion in prescribing punishment. continued

A Phony Issue by David Katz April 15, 2013   It is ironic that the ones screaming loudest about the deficit are the ones that caused it. Having done great damage to our economy, they are now seeking to shift attention from themselves, and place the blame and burden on those who are innocent, and can least afford to correct the damage. Republicans (and a few conservative Democrats) are calling for drastic cuts to “entitlements”, while looking to preserve their governmental handouts, artificially low tax rates and pressure on the working and middle classes to reduce standards of living. Let's look at their claims.  continued

The Makers and the Takers by Gerry Krownstein March 31, 2013   The Republicans have made a lot of noise about Makers and Takers. In their Ayn Randian view, the Makers are those with money, who control American business and create jobs and tangible goods. The takers are the moochers that live on the dole, sucking up the surpluses that the Makers have created. In their view, we would be better off if all the Takers suddenly ceased to exit. They may be right, but they have misidentified who is a Maker and who is a Taker. In fact, many of the richest and most powerful  Americans are actually the Takers, parasites who leach off the efforts of the real Makers, American workers, artists, entrepreneurs, and effective government employees who keep our infrastructure going and give aid in emergencies. continued

 

Business and
Technology

Rethinking Growth by Sten Grynir April 5, 2013   For most of the past two centuries, The world economy has been based on growth, Growth can mean two things: volume growth due to increased population (or an increase in the number of individuals with the resources to consume), or supply growth based on the increased availability of goods and services, or the development of new goods and services. Let's look at volume growth continued

Minimal Emergency Planning for the Family (Part 2) by David Katz March 12, 2013  In the previous article, we gave you a brief overview of emergency planning for the family. In this article, we will deal with a common emergency occurrence: loss of electrical power.  For those living in a private or two-family house (particularly if they have a garage) there are many solutions to a loss of power. An auxiliary generator large enough to power some lights and the refrigerator/freezer (and the pump for the well, if that's how you get your water) is inexpensive. Solar panels on the roof can provide adequate power if there is adequate light. Even a windmill in the back yard could help. For those living in a city apartment, however, the choices are much more limited. continued

Minimal Emergency Planning for the Family (Part 1) by David Katz July 6, 2012   There are many types of emergency that might impact your family. Let's leave aside the big, scary ones that might never happen – terrorist attack, pandemic, atomic or biological warfare – and concentrate on the things that happen all the time. Being resilient in the face of these occurrences will also help if the big stuff happens. What are these common emergencies? They can be categorized as weather related (floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, drought), failure of utilities (electricity, water, sewage, telephone), fire, illness and accident. With proper planning, the effects of all of these incidents can be ameliorated.  continued

 

Arts and Reviews
 

Early Music New York by David Katz May 5, 2013   Noted for their fine choral and instrumental programs of midieval, renaissance and baroque music, Early Music New York provided an evening of late baroque/early classical instrumental music at their May 4th concert. None of the pieces played were old warhorses, and several of the composers are little known in the New York concert scene. continued

New York Composers Circle at St. Marks by David Katz April 15, 2013   The New York Composers Circle held its third concert of the season at the Church of St. Marks In the Bowery. The concert theme, “Mostly Winds”, highlighted the ability of this organization to program in a variety of modes, following its two previous concerts, “Mostly Piano” and “Mostly Strings”. continued

Dave Sear in Port Washington by David Katz April 8, 2013   Some performers flash across the sky and are gone. Some seem to last forever. The good ones that last remain fresh even though they have been performing for decades. Dave Sear is one of these. Most recently, at he performed a folk concert in honor of Jean Richie, a long-time Port Washington resident famous for songs of her native Kentucky coal country. continued

 

 

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