Read — 2013/11/24
Today’s selection of articles includes:
- “Accord Reached with Iran to Halt Nuclear Program“, by Michael R. Gordon (NY Times). Am I the only one dubious about the accord when I read the line “the two sides would essentially agree to disagree on how the proliferation treaty should be interpreted, while Tehran continued to enrich”.
- “Don’t Dare Call the Health Care Law ‘Redistribution’“, by John Harwood (NY Times). Fact: It’s redistribution. But so is every real-world government policy and tax. So the Affordable Care Act is in good company.
- “Deals at Climate Meeting Advance Global Effort“, by David Jolly (NY Times). A “moribund Kyoto Protocol”, “climate justice”, and pesky middle initials. And note the sanguine conclusion: “treaty members remain far from any serious, concerted action to cut emissions”.
- “Beyond 3-D Printers’ Magic, Possible Legal Wrangling“, by Phyllis Korkki (NY Times). The woes of file-sharing take on a new dimension.
- “A Growing Chill between South Korea and Japan Creates Problems for the U.S.“, by Martin Fackler & Choe Sang-Hun (NY Times). An almost made-for-TV drama featuring the forefathers of South Korean president Park Geun-hye (father Park Chung-hee) and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe (grandfather Nobusuke Kishi). China should see this divisive drama as an obvious opportunity to expand its power in the region.
- “For Chess, a Would-Be White Knight“, by Matt Richtel (NY Times). Nice headline writing with white knight, but the article reminds me heavily of Mad Men: Season 3, Episode 4 (“The Arrangements“), in which a well-off client asks the firm to help promote jai alai in America.
- “A Bitcoin Puzzle: Heads, It’s Excitement. Tails, It’s Anxiety“, by Jeff Sommer (NY Times). Ah, Uncle Milt — like von Neumann and DNA, you saw this one coming from a mile away.
- “Are Kids Too Coddled“, by Frank Bruni (NY Times). The “impolitic” and “gratuitous” comment by Education Secretary Arne Duncan very easily could have gotten him fired in a parallel universe (or in this universe, for that matter) — modern politics is blind to the element of truth. While I’m not sure the Common Core is the ultimate answer, I agree that students need to be given an honest appraisal of their ability, the competition out there in the world — and caring and dedicated instructors with the training and resources to help students overcome and succeed.