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Now states should ban all specialty plates

June 19th, 2015 by Froma Harrop in Froma Harrop

Good that the Supreme Court says Texas can reject a specialty license plate bearing the Confederate flag.

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Time for all states to stop selling the right to advertise one’s views on an official “document.” That would include saving the manatees (Florida), a noble cause to which I subscribe.

I broached this subject a few months back in

LICENSE PLATES ARE NOT BUMPER STICKERS

 

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Angry at Obamacare, Angrier Without It

March 12th, 2015 by Froma Harrop in Froma Harrop

Republicans have this political dilemma.  If the Supreme Court rules against subsidies for the federal health exchanges, eight million Americans will lose their health coverage.  (Six million of the eight are getting help paying for their insurance.)

Health coverage is a good thing

Health coverage is a good thing

 

This would not affect the state exchanges, but most Republican states refused to set their own exchanges, letting the feds do the work.

SO, the folks at risk of losing their coverage are the Republicans’ folks.

If the justices strike down the subsidies, the GOP will find that the people it’s been making angry at Obamacare are going to be angrier without it

THE DILEMMA: ANGRY AT MEDICARE, ANGRIER WITHOUT IT

 

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The Slave Wears Prada

February 24th, 2015 by Froma Harrop in Froma Harrop

 

 

 

 

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Lupita Nyong’o looking fabulous and downtrodden in same evening

My column on the Oscars noted the disconnect between the tormented characters we associate with actors and the actors’ glamorous transformation at the awards ceremony.

Some readers objected to my headline.  I get their point.

 

THE SLAVE WEARS PRADA

 

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The strangeness of Rand Paul

February 10th, 2015 by Froma Harrop in Froma Harrop
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Rand, this needn’t hurt you.

 

Rand Paul’s political problem over vaccinations goes well beyond his libertarian beliefs. His stance that parents have a right not to vaccinate their kids is regrettable but coherent.

Paul goes weird, however, in repeating quack science claims that vaccinations can lead to “profound mental disorders” in previously healthy children.  That’s over the edge.

And that’s not all that’s odd about Rand Paul.

WHY RAND PAUL SEEMS STRANGE

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On not being the center of attention

February 9th, 2015 by Froma Harrop in Froma Harrop

Lovely piece in the NYT about being quiet, observant and not center stage.

Akiko Busch writes

We live in a time and culture that value display and are largely indifferent to the virtues of passing unnoticed.

She goes on to discuss camouflage in nature

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An iguana, happy with his lot

Invisibility can be about finding a sense of fit with the immediate landscape, be it social, cultural or environmental.

Going back a couple of centuries, William Hazlitt spoke of the pleasures of being socially invisible.

In his essay On Living to Oneself Hazlitt writes of his wish

to be a silent spectator of the mighty scene of things, not an object of attention or curiosity in it.

It thus pains me to say

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Love, but verify

February 5th, 2015 by Froma Harrop in Froma Harrop
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There are things you oughta know about your date.

 

 

Online dating can be real efficient, but finding potential mates in a speedy fashion may cut short the all-important courtship phase of a relationship.

This getting-to-know-you period lets people find out about criminal records, ex or current spouses, lies in the online profile and important truths left out.  Sadly, bad people out there are creating fictional identities online.

That’s why many online daters are hiring private detectives to do background checks on potential marriage partners.

Helpful in some cases, but sheesh.  Should anyone even entertain the thought of marriage before visiting the intended’s home and petting the dog?

 

 

A FINE ROMANCE: ONLINE DATERS HIRE PRIVATE EYES

 

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Tale of Two Cities at LaGuardia Airport yesterday

February 4th, 2015 by Froma Harrop in Froma Harrop

Not many takers for Toronto.

Orlando was another story.

 

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The real genius of ‘American Sniper’

February 4th, 2015 by Froma Harrop in Froma Harrop

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The movie was about guns — on the home front as well as in war.  The gun culture is what ultimately killed the heralded Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle.

That was the genius of “American Sniper” and a point that partisans throwing tomatoes at each other seem to have missed.

 

 

WHAT KILLED THE  ‘AMERICAN SNIPER’?

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More snow coming . . . to New England

January 31st, 2015 by Froma Harrop in Froma Harrop

I know it’s winter, but hey  . . .

 

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Apps want to know all about you . . . and will

January 30th, 2015 by Froma Harrop in Froma Harrop

 

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The Federal Trade Commission wants someone to rein in all that spying, hacking and sale of personal information collected by our innocent-looking apps.  You know, those apps that turn off the porch lights or monitor our teeth brushing.

 

 

FTC head Edith Ramirez said

If I’m wearing a fitness band that tracks how many calories I consume, I wouldn’t want to share that data with an insurance company.

I should think not, but also good luck to the FTC in its quest to set rules on apps.

Good luck.

 

THE INTERNET OF EVERY DAMN THING

 

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