Read — 2013/11/24

by shwolff

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. 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”.
  2. 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.
  3. 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”.
  4. Beyond 3-D Printers’ Magic, Possible Legal Wrangling“, by Phyllis Korkki (NY Times). The woes of file-sharing take on a new dimension.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.