Monthly Archives: November 2017

What I Am Reading: The Tragedy of the Reformer Who Came Too Late: Gorbachev, His Life and Times

Author William Taubman (W.W. Norton & Company, New York, 693 pages) This fascinating doorstop biography documents the story of a Shakespearian figure who tried to do the impossible: Transform an evil empire with the blood of tens of millions on its hands into a parliamentary social democracy. Still, Gorbachev won many admirers in his commendable,…

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New Yorkers Love Cheap Smokes: Smuggling butts into New York by the carload

What happens when one state’s taxes are much higher than another? Economic activity moves to the low tax state or, in some cases, the high tax state becomes a smuggler’s paradise. New York City and State now have a dubious distinction: They are the cigarette smuggling capitol of the United States. Indeed, if you’re lighting…

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The Cellphone Disease Comes to the Workplace: Does that young worker have nomophobia? What is that? It is something that can become as addictive as drugs.

Lots of times we hear this in the workplace or in homes today: “Put down the cellphone and get to work! Put down the cellphone and go to bed!” Many bosses and parents are making these complaints. That is because we are now living in a world that will soon be overrun with billions of…

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