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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Writer's Life 7/12 - Go

In an op-ed piece in today's NY Post, Seth Lipsky takes Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to task for recent comments on the election. He cites a hilarious nickname for her I hadn't heard: The Notorious RBG. In a NY Times interview she said: "... I can't imagine what the country would be -- with Donald Trump as president." Lipsky scoured the web for similar historical remarks by a Supreme Court justice and came up empty. Ginsburg also related something her husband would say about it being "time to move to New Zealand." Lipsky also recalled Ginsburg's advice to an Egyptian politician on writing a constitution, the suggestion that Canada's or South Africa's be followed. By the way, as Lipsky states, New Zealand doesn't have a constitution. Also on the Donald: Radio talk show host Mark Simone made a prediction this morning. He believes the Black Lives Matter protests will cease once the leaders realize they are inadvertently helping Trump. Makes sense.

Although I do not immerse myself in pop culture, I'm always fascinated by its new crazes. The latest is the Pokemon Go game, a scavenger hunt that led in one instance to the discovery of a dead body. To participate, the downloading of an app to a smart phone is required. Prompts appear at intervals. There aren't even any rewards involved. I really don't understand the game's workings and won't acquire a smart phone, but I find this tangent so interesting.

There have been warnings that NYC's more liberal policing will lead to disaster, but so far that has not been the case. Crime is again down across the board. This will not please those who hope the buffoonish Bill de Blasio will be a one-term mayor. The powers that be in Chicago should be studying what makes NYC so successful in this area. I know what makes it successful economically: people, especially foreigners, paying massive taxes on the real estate they buy, tourism and the remnants of Wall Street. Except for the cost of living, this is an awesome place to live.

From Yahoo's Odd News, edited by yours truly: "The mayor of a small town outside Naples had to shut down most municipal offices after police arrested 23 of his staff following a weeks-long investigation that revealed 200 cases of absenteeism involving 30 people. Staff were filmed clocking in and then leaving to go about personal business or using multiple swipe cards to register absent colleagues. A video showed one man trying to tamper with a security camera and then putting a cardboard box over his head to hide his identity before swiping two cards. Those arrested included the head of the local traffic police and the head of the town's accounting department. The workers, undeterred by a recently announced crackdown, have been suspended for between six and 12 months and risk eventual dismissal." Desgraciadi. Hope it happens here.

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