2006-01-28

NYT article on Kripke

I don’t much care for the writing, but some of the anecdotes are entertaining…
Philosopher, 65, Lectures Not About 'What Am I?' but 'What Is I?'

2006-01-24

Rebuilding the American dream machine

This week’s Economist features an uplifting article about CUNY.

2006-01-12

What a family!

(My very sporadic posting continues…)

And here I thought the other one (Israel’s Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger) was going to be the source of trouble. From The Jerusalem Post:
The daughter of Israel's Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, who was at the center of an embarrassing family scandal that ended with her wayward brother being jailed, has married another man.

Her brother, Meir, kidnapped and assaulted her previous suitor.

The Wednesday night wedding of Ayala Amar, 19, and Barak Ben-Nissan, 24, at Jerusalem's Great Synagogue culminated with even more fireworks after a racially-motivated brawl broke out between Jewish guests and Arab waiters during the wedding dinner.

The wedding, which was conducted by Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, and attended by an array of VIPs including President Moshe Katsav, ended with police being summoned to the scene. A Jewish participant broke a bottle on the head of an Arab waiter, reportedly without provocation. Another Arab waiter was beaten after banging his tray into the shoulder of a guest, setting off a melee, Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said.

After police separated the two sides, two of the Jewish guests were arrested on the scene.