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Two Plus Two Equals Five? You’d Better Believe It

Monday is late author George Orwell’s birthday, and his chilling classic “1984” unfortunately seems more timely than ever. Winston Smith, the book’s hero, is brainwashed to love dictatorial “Big Brother,” while forced by the state’s thought police to not only … Continue reading

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De Blasio’s Elite School Plan Doesn’t Pass the Test

Mayor Bill de Blasio probably thought he’d make himself a hero to people of color with his plan to diversify NYC’s elite schools by eliminating the admissions test. Oops. “I’m not sure if the mayor is racist, but this policy … Continue reading

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Conspiracy Theorists Darken America’s Door

From alien invasions to dark conjecture about the Kennedy assassination and 9-11, conspiracy theories have always abounded in this country. But I can’t remember a time in our history when more ugly, hurtful, provably false theories have been spread than … Continue reading

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Psst: It’s Alexa, and I’ve Got Some Gossip For You

Dear Alexa: I can’t trust you anymore. It was bad enough when you eavesdropped on my private conversations, but now you’re passing them on to others. Shame on you! True story: A woman in Oregon who only gives her name … Continue reading

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Normalizing Piggish Behavior Doesn’t Fly

Honesty is the best policy? Seriously? That’s so 20th century! I’m too cheap to pay for my dog to fly, so I get a fake “emotional support animal” certificate online. I’m too lazy to walk through a parking lot, so … Continue reading

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Trump Scopes Out Month to Remember

The next month promises to be an exciting one for President Trump. One of my most unreliable White House sources slipped me the transcript of Trump’s meeting with Chief of Staff John Kelly to plan the president’s daily schedule through … Continue reading

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The Emperor Has No Loyalty

A doctor, a lawyer and a blacksmith walk into a golden castle. “Greetings, my loyal subjects,” says the emperor. “Who among you is most loyal to me?” The lawyer, Michael of Hannity, steps forward. “I am so loyal that I … Continue reading

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Subways Going to the Dogs

Finally the warm weather has arrived! The outdoor cafes, leaves on the trees__and fleas on the subway? On the downtown C train, a woman carrying an uncaged dog enters the train and takes the last unoccupied seat beside me. The … Continue reading

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Ethics In a World of Knockoffs

A woman stands on Canal Street. Nicole locks eyes with her. “You want Louie?” whispers the woman. Nicole nods. I wonder, Who’s Louie? The woman beckons us to follow her around the corner and scampers down Hester Street. We enter … Continue reading

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Your Personal Subway Officer Will Be Moving Shortly

Hooray! Mayor de Blasio is expanding his “friendly faces” neighborhood policing to the subways. Cops will be assigned to specific subway stations and lines, and their names and e-mail addresses made public knowledge. Sounds good. But will it work in … Continue reading

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