IBM Watson for President?

Reading the most recent comments by Billy and LogicFish, I got to thinking about the impact artificial intelligence might have on society, and wondering whether it could revolutionize the way we are governed. I suppose most people – if they think about it at all – think of AI as some aspect of IBM Watson, […]
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Another Kennedy Emerges

I know it’s kind of superstitious but I couldn’t help feeling a new day might be dawning for America when I┬álearned that another Kennedy is stepping into the political limelight. To me, the Kennedy name is like a talisman. Consider the magic it has wrought in past generations. John, Robert, Ted… names to conjure with… […]
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Disrespect for the President is Disregard for America

I can’t tell you how many times someone from another country has remarked to me about the lack of respect some Americans show President Obama. Is it because he is black, they wonder. And I must admit the question has crossed my mind. But I have to remind myself that former president George W. Bush […]
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I’m Beginning to Wonder Whether America Deserves Obama

As I watch American President Barack Obama wrestling with problems that might seem insoluble to less intellectually gifted observers – like me – I wonder at the self destructive zeal with which critics are attacking him. It’s as if he is trying to drain the swamp while a swarm of vicious alligators are snapping at […]
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The World is Looking to Obama for a New Beginning

In the euphoria of this weekend (see whistle stop photo at right), the challenges facing America’s first black President may be momentarily forgotten. But they loom large – much larger than we might imagine from watching television or reading American newspapers. Understandably, I suppose, the American media are concerned with America’s needs. But while America’s […]
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Courts Should Impose Penalties for Frivolous Lawsuits

One of the most wasteful and annoying foibles of American life is the tendency to flood the courts with frivolous lawsuits. In Jamaica, when I was growing up, you had to have a genuine cause for litigation. If you sued and lost, you had to pay court costs, which could be substantial. People thought twice […]
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