July 2, 2016 |
BERLIN - Should anyone require further proof that the promises of populists are worthless, they need only watch the latest psychodrama in London. Boris Johnson, the ex-London mayor and mop-haired Donald Trump clone who led the Conservative Party's "Leave" faction, just dropped his bid to become Britain's next prime minister. This was almost as shocking as the voters' decision to leave the European Union, since Johnson was the face of the Brexit campaign. But every glowing promise Johnson made before the Brexit vote has been walked back since by leading Brexiteers.
April 29, 2016 |
The greatest threat to American security is something most Americans never think of. President Obama touched on it in his speech to the European people on Monday in Germany. I'm not referring to ISIS, although Obama called the terrorist group "the most urgent threat to our nations" in his remarks. I'm talking about a more existential threat to Europe (and America): a diminishing faith in democracy as a political system. On the continent, this is manifested by the widening cracks in the European Union and the rise of radical right-wing parties.
October 28, 2015
WORDS HAVE POWER to make you believe, but also to deceive. In 1984 , his brilliant "Big Brother" novel (that in some ways has achieved reality), George Orwell invented Newspeak, a language in which words don't mean what they say. In real life, Orwell fought against opaque, meaningless words he thought discouraged clear thought. If you are pushing your point of view, you want it to sound smart and nice. You want the other guy's position to seem dumb and nasty. That's why abortion activists on both sides frame their positions as being positive: " pro -choice" or " pro -life.
October 6, 2015 |
For anyone living or owning property on the East Coast, the message was ominous. "A significant adjustment to the forecast has been made this afternoon," the National Hurricane Center reported in its 5 p.m. Wednesday Hurricane Joaquin update, "and this shows an increased threat to the mid-Atlantic states and the Carolinas. " Then came the caveat: "However, confidence in the details of the forecast . . . remains low, since we have one normally excellent model that keeps Joaquin far away from the U.S. East Coast.
September 15, 2015 |
FIRST it was Caldwell Jones, back in September of 2014 at the age of 64. Less than 3 weeks ago, it was Darryl Dawkins at the age of 58. Then, yesterday, it was Moses Malone at the age of 60. It is a horrible coincidence, the deaths of three former Sixers big men in such a short period of time, but it serves to highlight a link that scientists have identified and studied for decades, the link between height and longevity. A study of baseball players published in 2002 said that a typical major leaguer who stood 5-5 lived to around the age of 80 while a typical player who was 6-6 didn't make it to age 70. An inverse relationship between height and longevity also was found in a study of French men and women.
June 14, 2015 |
LAS VEGAS – So who is Kristaps Porzingis? Last summer, the 7-foot-1 power forward, with guard-like skills, received a lottery-pick guarantee from the Orlando Magic if he opted to remain in the 2014 draft. Porzingis instead withdrew his name and played another season for Baloncesto Sevilla of the Asociacion de Clubs de Baloncesto in Spain and was named Eurocup rising star for this past season. With that extra season of development, the 19-year-old believes the time is right to start his NBA career.
January 18, 2015 |
Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson, which has operations in the Philadelphia region, said it has formed a consortium to boost the drugmaker's efforts to quickly develop an Ebola vaccine, and the European-based Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) plans to award $115.8 million (100 million Euros) to help the project. IMI is a public-private initiative whose goal is to speed up the development of better and safer medicines. Besides J&J's Janssen Pharmaceutical division, the consortium includes the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of Oxford, Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale (INSERM)
November 16, 2014 |
As European and North American diplomats are inching toward new global free-trade deals, trade representatives from countries including Italy, Germany, Britain, Poland, the Netherlands, and Sweden visited Philadelphia on Nov. 6 for a tour of business sites. They were eager to learn more about importing cheap gas and other fuels and raw materials from Pennsylvania and other states. "How many of your countries import gas from the Soviet Union?" asked Michael Krancer , a former Pennsylvania environmental secretary.
October 16, 2014 |
GAMES HAVE been called off for lots of strange reasons. A fire at Comiskey Park caused by the demolition of disco records led to the White Sox forfeiting a game in 1979. Bad turf at Veterans Stadium caused a preseason game against the Ravens to be canceled in 2001. Part of the roof flying off the Spectrum forced the Flyers to flee to Quebec in March 1968. Fans stampeded old RFK Stadium, forcing a premature end to the Washington Senators' very last game in D.C. in 1971 And there was even a Honeymooners episode called "Game called on account of marriage.
October 11, 2013 |
The overwhelming belief is the 76ers are going to be the NBA's worst team. But based on two preseason games in Europe, it still might be fun to keep tabs on their maturation process. The Sixers push the ball, attack the rim, and keep defensive heat on opponents. "I'm very proud of my teammates for playing hard and playing tough," veteran guard Evan Turner said Tuesday after a 103-99 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, England. "Any time you do that, you give yourself a chance to win night in and night out. " But the Sixers roster wasn't built to win night in and night out. The team has only six players with more than two years of NBA experience.