German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke to the Bundestag, or German parliament, recently and warned of the dangers of “extreme speech,” which she described as speech that violates human dignity. According to Merkel, expression has limits. “Those limits begin where hatred … Continue reading The Day Angela Merkel Stood Still
Today is Bastille Day, the day in 1789 when Parisian mobs turned the world upside down. La Fête Nationale celebrates the storming of the Bastille Saint-Antoine prison and the start of the French Revolution, which ended the Ancien Régime and … Continue reading Liberté, Egalité, but Ixnay Fraternité
In the photo below you can see the word “gifting.” Gifting is used there as a gerund or the noun form of the verb. But “gift” is not a verb, you say, so how could it possibly form a gerund? … Continue reading Gift This!
During an online, town hall meeting the other day, Google CEO Sundar Pichai hailed artificial intelligence as “one of the most important things humanity is working on.” “It’s more profound than electricity or fire,” he said. I suppose by humanity … Continue reading “Open the Pod Bay Doors, Hal!”
If you’re one of the many people flying this holiday season, you may notice peculiar phrasing on the part of airline personnel. I am not a member of any million mile club, but I travel enough to use frequent flyer … Continue reading “At This Time”
We commemorate Memorial Day this weekend and, in a special way, I would like to remember Vincent Cannizzaro, whom I wrote about last year. I did not know Vincent, but he was from my neighborhood in the Bronx. He died on February 26, 1967 in the Mekong Delta. He was twenty years old. Twenty years is not a long time, not nearly enough to gather “rosebuds while ye may,” which is unfortunate, because I believe that time exists only in the past. I mean that there really is no present. Everything we know about it, from the Eternal Now to carpe … Continue reading Past Imperfect