This week, The New York Times published a comprehensive investigation into deplorable animal treatment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC). It's appalling that such activities -- conducted with the goal of helping a private-sector industry turn a higher profit -- are subsidized by U.S. taxpayers.
It should go without saying that the federal government should not be spending tens of millions of dollars to do research and development for the meat industry.
Here is my stab at the 36 questions that I think are important -- or at least helpful -- to think and talk about after the first big rush of love has faded.
A man who has assimilated very well, Cohen knows the pleasures and also the loneliness of diaspora. In writing his stirring memoir, in constructing a past with which he can live, he wrestled with demons both historical and personal.
The pressure for "conformity of outrage" has its own dangers. We Americans are inclined toward the easy symbolism of yellow ribbons tied on trees or the facile patriotism of American flags on bumper stickers. Conformity of outrage, particularly under public or political pressure, is dangerous too.
Where is the line between satire and hate speech? Who gets to define it? What should be the consequences of crossing it? One is legal, one is not. The first is often brilliant commentary, the other is just hate.
In last week's New York Times, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel suggested that this year's resolution might be to abandon the ritual of your annual physical. The title of his column, perhaps chosen by an editor to maximize glibness and thus provocation was: "Skip your annual physical." But permit me to suggest you don't commit to that just yet. The annual physical exam warrants some more examination, a defense to follow its prosecution.
By any reasonable measure, the Keystone XL pipeline is a major piece of infrastructure for the Canadian tar-sands industry and a significant threat to a safe climate.
Larry David's been called a lot of things in his life -- brilliant, genius, funny, neurotic, offensive -- but never, has anyone thought the Seinfeld co-creator and Brooklyn-born Jew could be a catalyst for peace in the Middle East.
The increase in new developments is predicted to make a significant mark in the climate of the market. Not only will sales on new units start to slow as buyers weigh their many options before signing, but also the price and tier of the units will be affected.
Though this attack happened in France, there are few things considered to be more American than our right to our freedom of speech. By contrast there should be few things less patriotic than skulking away with our tail between our legs when someone threatens that freedom.
So there you have it. If you like bone broth, sip bone broth -- although I do think you are obliged to consider the lives, and deaths, that spawned those bones. Cruelty has no place on the menu of decent people, whatever our gustatory inclinations.
The real tragedy of the region is that both sides will not relinquish their beliefs that their holy books are inviolate guides to political settlements in the 21st century. Until that ever changes, real peace will be in short supply.
The legacy of "broken windows" looms large in our society. The implication that cops stand between us and chaos isn't only a Bratton talking point -- people believe it.
I recently interviewed Richard Valeriani, a former NBC News correspondent and friend who both covered Selma and watched Selma. He himself suffered a head injury just weeks before the March 7 "Bloody Sunday" march across Edmund Pettus Bridge. Here is what he had to say about the film; in true form, he had some criticisms as well as some kudos.
I would suggest that the NFL demand full copies of the investigation and the judge's rulings and demands that Winston answer questions posed by NFL lawyers before it authorizes the presence of Jameis Winston in the 2015 draft.