Steve Lopez “The Soloist” – comments on writing

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Four passages in "The Soloist" had an impact on me with regard to writing as a profession. The discussion of Lopez’s journalism career concerns resonated through the book, but I suspect that most readers would not pick this out as a significant theme. I am sensitized to the issues and was very much aware of the ongoing references to the author’s wrestling with concerns […]

fish safety in New Jersey

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Earlier this year the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection revised its fish safety recommendations with little public or media attention. The primary concern for many years has been cancer-causing PCBs that accumulate in fish tissue, especially in the fatty meat. These chemical pollutants are no longer used in industry, but remain in the environment for many years. […]

Warren Buffet on the effects of the stimulus package

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Warren Buffet’s annual report for Berkshire Hathaway published this morning had these comments on effects of stimus package: "This debilitating spiral has spurred our government to take massive action. In poker terms, the Treasury and the Fed have gone “all in.” Economic medicine that was previously meted out by the cupful has recently been dispensed […]