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The bad review meets its match – welcome to the age of counter-criticism

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The bad review meets its match – welcome to the age of counter-criticism

Emma Brockes

From James Franco to Salman Rushdie, the internet is breathing new life into the battle of wits between celebrities and critics

 The art of the bad review is a noble and well-established tradition, starting in 1662 with Samuel Pepys' hatchet job of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (“the most insipid ridiculous play that ever I saw in my life”) and ending last year with AA Gill's take-down of Morrissey's memoir (“utterly devoid of insight, warmth, wisdom or likeability.”) Kicking around Jordan somewhere is probably a long lost tablet engraved with a two-star review of Genesis.

Thanks to the internet, we live in what is possibly the richest era of counter-criticism in history, and the genre is expanding. There is the high sarcasm of Gabourey Sidibe's Twitter response to critics after the Golden Globes: “To people making mean comments about my GG pics, I mos def cried about it on that private jet on my way to my dream job last night."

 
Drones from the deep: Pentagon develops ocean-floor attack robots

A screenshot from 1989's 'The Abyss.' (Image: 20th Century Fox)

Drones from the deep: Pentagon develops ocean-floor attack robots

By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times

The Pentagon has come up with a new way to place paranoia in the minds of a future enemies: attack drones that can patiently wait on the ocean floor for years.

DARPA, the Pentagon’s research arm charged with creating breakthrough technologies for national security, believes robotic pods that can quickly surface from the ocean floor are the perfect tool for a Navy that cannot always be in a region when hostilities first arise.

 
Build Your Self-Esteem with These 3 Simple Exercises

Build Your Self-Esteem with These 3 Simple Exercises

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D.

Feelings of self-worth are central to your mental health. However, maintaining your self-esteem can be a challenge when other people are rude, insulting, or critical of you. Practicing these 3 simple exercises will help inoculate against those threats to your sense of worth and help you gain self-understanding in the process.

 
Bill Clinton sent friendly, handwritten note to al-Qaeda-linked mosque

Patrick Howley

Former U.S. president Bill Clinton delivers the inaugural William J. Clinton Leadership Lecture at Queen's University in Belfast

Democratic President Bill Clinton sent a handwritten note offering to work together with the chairman of a mosque that counted 9/11 hijackers as worshippers, senior al-Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki as an imam, and an al-Qaeda conspirator and would-be George W. Bush assassin as a teacher and camp counselor.

Clinton sent a handwritten note on official stationery in March 2000 to the chairman of the board of the Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, Virginia, in response to a letter from the chairman. Clinton’s note was released as part of a document dump Friday by the Clinton presidential library.

 
A historic moment for tribal justice

Pascua Yaqui chief prosecutor Alfred Urbina. (Jahi Chikwendiu/Post)

A historic moment for tribal justice

Sari Horwitz

An Arizona tribe is one of the first in the nation that can prosecute non-Indians, and scrutiny over the court’s fairness is intense.

Tribal police chief Michael Valenzuela drove through darkened desert streets, turned into a Circle K convenience store and pointed to the spot beyond the reservation line where his officers used to take the non-Indian men who battered Indian women.

“We would literally drive them to the end of the reservation and tell them to beat it,” Valenzuela said. “And hope they didn’t come back that night. They almost always did.”

 
Wall Street deregulation pushed by Clinton advisers, documents reveal

Bill Clinton

Wall Street deregulation pushed by Clinton advisers, documents reveal

Dan Roberts

Previously restricted papers reveal attempts to rush president to support act, later blamed for deepening banking crisis

Wall Street deregulation, blamed for deepening the banking crisis, was aggressively pushed by advisers to Bill Clinton who have also been at the heart of current White House policy-making, according to newly disclosed documents from his presidential library.

The previously restricted papers reveal two separate attempts, in 1995 and 1997, to hurry Clinton into supporting a repeal of the Depression-era Glass Steagall Act and allow investment banks, insurers and retail banks to merge.

A Financial Services Modernization Act was passed by Congress in 1999, giving retrospective clearance to the 1998 merger of Citigroup and Travelers Group and unleashing a wave of Wall Street consolidation that was later blamed for forcing taxpayers to spend billions bailing out the enlarged banks after the sub-prime mortgage crisis.

 
Bundy supporters party, welcome ‘domestic terrorist’ label

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Bundy supporters party, welcome ‘domestic terrorist’ label

Wearing a cowboy hat and with a copy of the U.S. Constitution poking from his shirt pocket, controversial rancher Cliven Bundy on Friday asked dozens of supporters of his cattle-grazing feud with federal land managers what they thought of U.S. Sen. Harry Reid calling them “domestic terrorists.”

 
Pelosi washes immigrants’ feet in humble Holy Week act — then promotes on Twitter

Nancy Pelosi and Bishop Andrus wash the feet of immigrant families. Twitter/@NancyPelosi

Nancy Pelosi washes immigrants’ feet in humble Holy Week act — then promotes on Twitter

By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

Nancy Pelosi has embraced her religious roots and joined forces with Bishop Marc Andrus to — as she put it — “honor the dignity and work of immigrants” by taking bended knee and washing feet at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco.

Her tweet: “Honored to be in the Mission to assist Bishop Andrus as he washes the feet of immigrant families.”

And tweeted responses: “@NancyPelosi u r such a phony multi millionaire,” said one.

Another: “@NancyPelosi is this another dem voter registration drive?”

 
Pilot Steering South Korea Ferry Had No Experience


Pilot Steering South Korea Ferry Had No Experience

A 26-year-old third mate was steering the ferry through a notoriously treacherous waterway for the first time when it tilted and sank, prosecutors said.

“It was her first time steering the ship through the Maenggol Waterway,” said Yang Joong-jin, a senior prosecutor who is taking part in the government’s investigation of the ferry sinking. “There is nothing legally wrong with that. But it does give us important data on how well qualified” was the third mate, Park Han-gyeol.

 
Is America an Oligarchy?

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Is America an Oligarchy?

by John Cassidy

From the Dept. of Academics Confirming Something You Already Suspected comes a new study concluding that rich people and organizations representing business interests have a powerful grip on U.S. government policy. After examining differences in public opinion across income groups on a wide variety of issues, the political scientists Martin Gilens, of Princeton, and Benjamin Page, of Northwestern, found that the preferences of rich people had a much bigger impact on subsequent policy decisions than the views of middle-income and poor Americans. Indeed, the opinions of lower-income groups, and the interest groups that represent them, appear to have little or no independent impact on policy. 

"Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But we believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened."

 
Jared Diamond is very pessimistic....

The Pulitzer-winning author explains why he adapted his classic book "The Third Chimpanzee" for kids: because we need them to fix our mistakes.

In other words, if you want to boil down Diamond's message these days to its essence, it would be something like this: Go forth, young chimpanzees, and clean up the mess we made. (Or else.) For Diamond, the story of who we are is also the story of what we must do. The younger among us, anyway.

Diamond's hypothesis is that it was the development and perfection of spoken language that catapulted us forward, making possible teamwork, collaboration, planning, long-distance trade, and much more. Whether for lack of vocal capacity, brain development, or some other reason, chimps never made this leap. "A baby chimpanzee that was brought up in the home of a clinical psychologist couple, along with their baby, by age two, the chimpanzee could pronounce only four consonants and vowels, and it never got better," says Diamond. "But if all you can say is, bi, ba, di, do, that doesn't get you Shakespeare, and it also doesn't let you discuss how to construct atomic bombs and bows and arrows."

 
CIA torture architect breaks silence to defend 'enhanced interrogation'

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CIA torture architect breaks silence to defend 'enhanced interrogation'

 Jason Leopold

The psychologist regarded as the architect of the CIA's “enhanced interrogation” program has broken a seven-year silence to defend the use of torture techniques against al-Qaida terror suspects in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

In an uncompromising and wide-ranging interview with the Guardian, his first public remarks since he was linked to the program in 2007, James Mitchell was dismissive of a Senate intelligence committee report on CIA torture in which he features, and which is currently at the heart of an intense row between legislators and the agency.

The committee’s report found that the interrogation techniques devised by Mitchell, a retired air force psychologist, were far more brutal than disclosed at the time, and did not yield useful intelligence. These included waterboarding, stress positions, sleep deprivation for days at a time, confinement in a box and being slammed into walls.

But Mitchell, who was reported to have personally waterboarded accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, remains unrepentant. “The people on the ground did the best they could with the way they understood the law at the time,” he said. “You can't ask someone to put their life on the line and think and make a decision without the benefit of hindsight and then eviscerate them in the press 10 years later.”

The 6,600-page, $40m Senate report is still secret, but a summary of its 20 conclusions and findings, obtained by McClatchy News, alluded to the role Mitchell and another psychologist under contract to the CIA, Bruce Jessen, played in the torture program.

 
Critics rail against liberal bias for commencement speakers

**FILE** President Obama arrives at the Ohio State University spring commencement at the Ohio Stadium on May 5, 2013, in Columbus. Mr. Obama is the third sitting president to give the commencement address at Ohio State. At left is photographer Annie Leibovitz. (Associated Press)

Critics rail against liberal bias for commencement speakers

By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times

This year’s Democratic commencement speakers outnumber their Republicans counterparts by more than 2 to 1, according to a survey by Campus Reform.

“This proves how liberal our nation’s universities are. There is a severe bias against conservative viewpoints and an unwillingness to offer true diversity of thought,” said Caleb Bonham, editor-in-chief of Campus Reform, which pushes for greater conservative representation at universities.

 
Pentagon Moves to Block Russian Spy Plane in American Skies

Pentagon Moves to Block Russian Spy Plane in American Skies

Russian surveillance planes already fly over America, thanks to a long-standing treaty. But a new, ultra-sophisticated spy plane has U.S. military and intelligence bosses spooked.

At issue is the Open Skies Treaty. First signed in 1992 and finally ratified in 2002, the treaty adopted by 34 nations allows the safe passage of planes equipped with advanced cameras and sensors that give governments the imagery and data they use to assess everything from compliance with arms control treaties to troop movements.

The Russians use the aircraft today to monitor U.S. nuclear weapons as part of arms control agreements between both countries. The Russian planes, according to U.S. officials involved in the dispute, contain a new sensor package that would allow Moscow to surveil American nuclear assets with a level of precision and detail that makes U.S. military and intelligence leaders deeply uncomfortable.

 
Learning and Sleep in Toddlers

Learning and Sleep in Toddlers

By Art Markman, Ph.D.

Quite a bit of research has begun to explore influences of sleep on cognitive processes. In adults, sleep has a huge influence on memory. Sleep speeds learning of new skills. It also helps to separate the information being learned from the situation in which it was learned, which can make it easier to use that knowledge in other circumstances.

 
Special Forces’ suicide rates hit record levels

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Special Forces’ suicide rates hit record levels — casualties of ‘hard combat’

By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

The suicide rates for U.S. military members who serve in special forces, like the Navy SEALs and the Army Rangers, have hit all-time highs, said Adm. William McRaven, the head of Special Operations Command.

 
Barry Goldwater’s defeat: A big warning to the GOP

A big warning to the GOP

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Michael Gerson

Barry Goldwater’s defeat should not be seen as positive step for the party.

The 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act is also the 50th anniversary of the presumptive Republican nominee for president, Barry Goldwater, voting against the Civil Rights Act.

Goldwater, his defenders effectively argue, was not a racist, only an ideologue. True enough. He had been a founding member of the Arizona NAACP. He helped integrate the Phoenix public schools. His problems with the Civil Rights Act were theoretical and libertarian — an objection to the extension of federal power over private enterprise.

But some political choices are symbolic and more than symbolic. Following Goldwater’s vote, a young Colin Powell went out to his car and affixed a Lyndon Johnson bumper sticker. “While not himself a racist,” concluded Martin Luther King Jr., “Mr. Goldwater articulates a philosophy which gives aid and comfort to the racists.” Jackie Robinson, after attending the GOP convention in 1964, helped launch Republicans for Johnson.

In the 1960 election, Richard Nixon had won 32 percent of the African American vote. Goldwater got 6 percent in 1964. No Republican presidential candidate since has broken 15 percent.

 
Is Edward Snowden trying to come home?

Putin answers question from Snowden on phone-in

Vladimir Putin must be called to account on surveillance, like Obama 

Edward Snowden

I questioned the Russian president live on TV to get his answer on the record, not to whitewash him

On Thursday, I questioned Russia's involvement in mass surveillance on live television. I asked Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, a question that cannot credibly be answered in the negative by any leader who runs a modern, intrusive surveillance program: "Does [your country] intercept, analyse or store millions of individuals' communications?"

I went on to challenge whether, even if such a mass surveillance program were effective and technically legal, it could ever be morally justified.

The question was intended to mirror the now infamous exchange in US Senate intelligence committee hearings between senator Ron Wyden and the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, about whether the NSA collected records on millions of Americans, and to invite either an important concession or a clear evasion. (See a side-by-side comparison of Wyden's question and mine here.)

Clapper's lie – to the Senate and to the public – was a major motivating force behind my decision to go public, and a historic example of the importance of official accountability.

In his response, Putin denied the first part of the question and dodged on the latter. There are serious inconsistencies in his denial – and we'll get to them soon – but it was not the president's suspiciously narrow answer that was criticised by many pundits. It was that I had chosen to ask a question at all.

I was surprised that people who witnessed me risk my life to expose the surveillance practices of my own country could not believe that I might also criticise the surveillance policies of Russia, a country to which I have sworn no allegiance, without ulterior motive. I regret that my question could be misinterpreted, and that it enabled many to ignore the substance of the question – and Putin's evasive response – in order to speculate, wildly and incorrectly, about my motives for asking it.

 
Do Fewer Babies Create Happier Humans and Better Societies?

Do Fewer Babies Create Happier Humans and Better Societies?

By Bella DePaulo, Ph.D.

As more women are having fewer children, a panic has developed about what this might mean for societies. Here are 5 ways in which the tendency toward having fewer children might actually be good for individuals and nations.

 
How Is Yahoo So Worthless?

How Is Yahoo So Worthless?

Derek Thompson

New calculations show that the company's core business is valued at negative-$10 billion. What?

Yahoo is huge. It is the fourth-biggest Internet domain in the United States. It is the fourth-biggest seller of online ads in the country. It is the most popular destination for fantasy sports, controls one the most-trafficked home pages in news, and owns the eighth-most popular email clientIn the last three months, it collected more than $1 billion in revenue. It's very rich.

It's also totally worthless.

Technically, it's worse than worthless. Worthless means without worth. Worthless means $0.00. But Yahoo's core business—mostly search and display advertising—is worth more like negative-$10 billion, according to Bloomberg View's Matthew C. Klein.

The math: Yahoo's total market cap is $37 billion. Its 24 percent stake in Alibaba, the eBay of China, is worth an estimated $37 billion (Alibaba hasn't IPO'd yet, so this figure will vary), and its 35 percent stake in Yahoo Japan is worth about $10 billion. That means its core business is valued around negative-$10 billion.

 
Obama Declares Obamacare Victory

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, President Barack Obama, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and other administration officials meet with health insurance executives in the Roosevelt Room at the White House April 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama and Biden met earlier with representatives from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

Obama Declares Obamacare Victory

By Jonathan Chait

For all the Sturm und Drang, implementing a successful health-care reform was not actually very hard, for the simple reason that the United States started with the worst-designed health-care system in the industrialized world. When you spend far more on health care than any country, and you’re also the only advanced democracy that denies people access to medical care, it’s incredibly easy to design a better system.

Obamacare has two basic goals. One is to reduce the explosive rate of medical inflation, and the other is to give all citizens access to medical care. Medical inflation is indeed falling much faster than anybody expected four years ago, to its lowest level in half a century. And affordable health insurance is now available — insurance companies can’t use medical underwriting to exclude or charge prohibitive rates to people who need medical care, and people with low incomes get subsidized. It would be great if lots of people took up the coverage, but the simple availability of it is the main goal.

 
How This Pope Is Remaking the GOP

How This Pope Is Remaking the GOP

The wildly popular Francis is offering cover for a few Republicans, including Jeb Bush, to start speaking out in favor of some deeply unpopular issues within the party.

When Jeb Bush stepped up this month to declare illegal immigration “an act of love,” he provoked precisely the conservative pile-on you’d expect. The right’s favorite crabby uncle, Charles Krauthammer, dourly pronounced the comments “bizarre.” Rep. Raul Labrador accused Jebbie of pandering.  Noted intellectual Donald Trump declared Bush’s thinking “ridiculous” and “dangerous.” And God help anyone who ventured onto sites like RedState.com. Most perfectly, fake-winger Stephen Colbert eulogized, “He will be missed.”

 In the midst of all the huffing and grumping, it was easy to miss the smaller, quieter sounds of satisfaction emanating from some of Bush’s fellow Catholics, particularly those on the social-justice-minded end of the spectrum. For these faithful, the governor’s assertion—with its decidedly biblical ring—was yet another sign of the change in conversation being driven, even within the fetid swamps of U.S. politics, by the wildly popular Pope Francis.

“When someone like Jeb Bush comes out and makes a comment that humanizes immigrants, I think it is in part inspired by the Holy Father,” says Appleby, who has been working on this issue with the USCCB for about 15 years. “In some ways, the Holy Father is providing some cover. Not intentionally. But for those who are sympathetic to his message, he provides cover to be more courageous and to speak about the issue from the human side.”

 
Earth-Size Planet Where Water May Exist Found

Earth-Size Planet Where Water May Exist Found

By Robert Lee Hotz

For the first time, astronomers have discovered a world nearly the size of Earth orbiting a far star where water might exist as a life-giving liquid, the scientists announced.

Kepler-186f Located in Galaxy 459 Light Years from Earth

Using the Kepler space telescope, Elisa Quintana of the SETI Institute at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Ames Research Center in California and her colleagues detected the planet around a relatively small, cool, reddish star in the constellation Cygnus, which is located about 459 light years from Earth.

Known officially as Kepler-186f, the planet is the outermost of five Earth-size worlds orbiting in that star's solar system, the scientists said at a news conference Thursday. They also reported their findings in the journal Science.

In the search for worlds where life might take hold, scientists so far have detected 20 potentially habitable planets around other stars. But this one is the first so close in size to Earth that is located within its star's so-called habitable zone, where it receives the right amount of solar radiation so that water there wouldn't boil or freeze, the researchers said.

 
Clinton White House documents set for release

Clinton White House documents set for release

By Associated Press

The National Archives is releasing about 7,500 pages of documents Friday from former President Bill Clinton's administration. The records will cover a wide range of topics, including former first lady Hillary Clinton's role in health care reform and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

 
Harry Reid blasts Bundy ranch supporters as ‘domestic terrorists’

** FILE ** In this Feb. 6, 2014, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Harry Reid blasts Bundy ranch supporters as ‘domestic terrorists’

By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called supporters of rancher Cliven Bundy “domestic terrorists” Thursday, turning up the rhetorical heat on the already tense situation at the Nevada cattle operation.

“Those people who hold themselves out to be patriots are not. They’re nothing more than domestic terrorists,” Mr. Reid in remarks at a luncheon, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which sponsored the event. “… I repeat: What went on up there was domestic terrorism.”

 
Live Web Broadcasts Turn Lucrative in China

Live Web Broadcasts Turn Lucrative in China

Companies across the globe have long tried to attract viewers to live Internet broadcasts, with X-rated sites the only real success stories. China appears to have cracked the code.

Dolled up with makeup and a blond wig, the pretty young Chinese woman sat at home in her bedroom on a quiet Sunday evening and began singing karaoke. A large microphone and three webcams clipped to a desktop monitor streamed the performance over the Internet, to thousands of fans who knew her only by her stage name, Poison.

“Hey, Big Brother!” she greeted one fan in between songs. “Did you just get back from vacation in Sanya or are you watching on a laptop?”

Poison, 26, still lives with her parents and her dogs Blueberry and DuDu in a modest apartment. But she is one of the most popular attractions in a thriving new business in China: live interactive web entertainment.

Media and technology companies across the globe have tried for years to attract viewers en masse to live Internet broadcasts, with X-rated websites the only real success stories. China, though, appears to have cracked the code. Millions are now tuning in every night to watch karaoke performances, comedy skits and talk shows — moving beyond the common web fare of scantily clad women doing erotic dances.

 
Blake Griffin on use of medical marijuana in NBA

Blake Griffin averaged a career high 24.1 points this season in helping to lead the Clippers to a No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Blake Griffin on use of medical marijuana in NBA

Blake Griffin said in a Rolling Stone interview this week that he would support the use of medical marijuana in the NBA in part because it would ween players off of traditional prescription painkillers.

“It doesn’t really affect me, but so many guys would probably benefit from it and not take as many painkillers, which have worse long-term effects. So I would vote yes. I just think it makes sense.”

 
Donovan McNabb Arrested in Arizona
 
The Middle East War on Christians

The Middle East War on Christians

Muslim-majority nations are doing to followers of Jesus what they did to the Jews.

The Middle East may be the birthplace of three monotheistic religions, but some Arab nations appear bent on making it the burial ground for one of them. For 2,000 years, Christian communities dotted the region, enriching the Arab world with literature, culture and commerce. At the turn of the 20th century, Christians made up 26% of the Middle East's population. Today, that figure has dwindled to less than 10%. Intolerant and extremist governments are driving away the Christian communities that have lived in the Middle East since their faith was born.

In the rubble of Syrian cities like Aleppo and Damascus, Christians who refused to convert to Islam have been kidnapped, shot and beheaded by Islamist opposition fighters. In Egypt, mobs of Muslim Brotherhood members burn Coptic Christian churches in the same way they once obliterated Jewish synagogues. And in Iraq, terrorists deliberately target Christian worshippers. This past Christmas, 26 people were killed when a bomb ripped through a crowd of worshipers leaving a church in Baghdad's southern Dora neighborhood.

Christians are losing their lives, liberties, businesses and their houses of worship across the Middle East. It is little wonder that native Christians have sought refuge in neighboring countries—yet in many cases they find themselves equally unwelcome. Over the past 10 years, nearly two-thirds of Iraq's 1.5 million Christians have been driven from their homes. Many settled in Syria before once again becoming victims of unrelenting persecution. Syria's Christian population has dropped from 30% in the 1920s to less than 10% today.

 
Paul Krugman getting rich talking about income inequality

 Robby Soave

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Krugman: 'It's remarkably generous'

Economist Paul Krugman — who frequently uses his New York Times column to preach that rich people and Republicans are oppressing the poor with their capitalist policies — has been hired by City University of New York, which will pay him $225,000 to work on the ironically-named income inequality initiative.

His contract with CUNY was first reported by Gawker. He will be paid $225,000 for two semesters of work each year, or about $25,000 per month.

He is not required to teach during his first year of employment. Instead, the darling liberal pundit will be handsomely compensated for making media appearances and garnering publicity for CUNY’s Luxembourg Income Study Center.

CUNY also plans to reimburse Krugman $10,000 each year for travel expenses. A part-time researcher, or team of two researchers, will also be made available to him.

Even Krugman admitted that the deal seemed too good to be true.

CUNY is a public university. About 46 percent of its budget is financed via state revenue in the form of taxes.

 
Life Is What You Make It: An Interview with Peter Buffett

Life Is What You Make It: An Interview with Peter Buffett

By Mark Matousek

The youngest son of billionaire Warren Buffett talks about envy, greed, and why his father isn't giving the kids his money.

Peter Buffett is a poet in philanthropist’s clothing. The youngest son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, Peter is an Emmy Award-winning musician, composer (of 16 albums), and author who cares far more about helping to heal the planet – particularly the plight of women and girls – than he does about ego, status, or wealth. The NoVo Foundation, which he heads with his wife, Jennifer, is dedicated to catalyzing a “transformation in global society”  This empowering, hands-off approach to philanthropy is non-invasive and runs counter to what Peter called “The Charitable Industrial Complex” in an op-ed of that title for the New York Times that ruffled feathers among certain super rich (whose philanthropy he calls “conscience laundering”).  His bestselling book, Life is What You Make It, asks the important question: Do we choose the path of least resistance or the path of greatest satisfaction? I talked to Peter about his artistic journey and the novel experience (after his father gave NoVo $1 billion) of "sudden becoming Warren Buffett’s son."

 
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