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Basketball’s absurd numbers game

Basketball’s absurd numbers game

Numbers have always been used to evaluate the performances and the value of nearly all professional athletes. But in the not-so-wonderful-world of the National Basketball Association, these quantitative judgments have gotten out of hand. I mean, even the most commonly-used and seemingly incontrovertible statistics can be misleading.

Morte Las Vegas

Morte Las Vegas

Morte Las Vegas, where beneath the faux glamour, the phony fleeting thrills, the perpetual hope that the next card or the next number will produce untold riches, and the cut-rate abundance, the bottom line is always the bottom line. R.I.P. America.

Port in a storm

Port in a storm

The wickeder the world gets, the more militant I get about keeping the doors of my big old Victorian open. I am forever telling friends: please come, please stay. No, really, we mean it.

No way LBJ

No way LBJ

For his remarkable funding for I Promise, a high school for at-risk students in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, LeBron James deserves universal praise, respect, and admiration. Talk about giving back!

An ode to Pete Seeger

An ode to Pete Seeger

Music lives in the ether now. We can have it anywhere. We need never lose anything again. Still, place matters. Being together, singing and dancing together, the same dirt on all our shoes — it matters. I’m sure Pete would agree.

Time to act on health care

Time to act on health care

There’s a proposed law, the New York Health Act, that would create a single-payer health program in the state, and make healthcare free at the point of service for all New Yorkers. In the long-term, this would save us billions. The prospect of passing the taxes needed to pull it off, which would fall heavily on the state’s wealthiest households, seems radical, but not unimaginable.