Archive for the ‘Not Easily Categorized’ Category

Have This Need for Speed But Big Brother Says Slow Down

Saturday, February 20th, 2010


Get Ready to Run for Cover!

Monday, January 18th, 2010

By Edward Kent
Monday, January 18, 08:17:51 EST 2010
To: OurStupidEconomy <>

If the Democrats lose the capacity to block Republican filibusters tomorrow, we had all better run for cover from the excesses we can expect from our banks, drug companies, and other corporate interests that already control too much of our lives. I was startled to learn the other day that one bank has initiated $100 penalties for overdrafts.


Bring Back Aristide to Lead Haiti?

Monday, January 18th, 2010

By Ed Kent
Monday, January 18, 18 07:41:36 EST 2010
To: PeaceEfforts <>

Haiti manifestly has no leadership now. President René Préval disappeared for the first two days after the earthquake and seems to be doing little if anything other than talking to Americans now. Perhaps it is time to bring back Jean-Bertrand Aristide from South Africa where he was shipped in 2004 after a questionable removal from the Haitian presidency? Reports on him range from viewing him as an effective reformer to a human rights violator.



Monday, January 18th, 2010

By Ed Kent
Sunday, January 17 14:59:10 EST 2010
To: Ending Poverty <>

This is the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. I finally heard someone on TV mention his name a few hours ago – Obama giving a speech/sermon at a church in the Capitol. What most people forget is that King’s popularity was declining towards the end of his life as he moved on from desegregation to concerns about poverty and wealth.

[Kent is a retired Brooklyn College philosophy professor who is very opinionated but his “stuff” has always been well corroborated and his reach is broad.]


Hunter College: #2 “Best Value” Public College

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Sent to Hunter Faculty Via Email from President Jennifer Raab:

I am delighted to announce that Hunter has been named the #2 “Best Value” public college in the country for 2010, according to The Princeton Review and USA Today. This is the second year in a row that Hunter has ranked among the top 10.


A Phrase in Need of an Attribution

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Whose lament (below) is this?


To: Louis Mader, Director, Department of Public Safety, Hunter College

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Normally, I would follow up an email like the one below with an email or a phone call or a visit if I didn’t get a response. There have been times, though not recently, when I would post on Hunter-L if I didn’t get a sufficient response. Hunter-L being a main campus listserv for information and scandal and mischief.

However, these aren’t normal times (the NYCLU has recently filed a lawsuit against the NYPD for its stop-n-harass SWAT tactics of hundreds of thousands of People of Color in NYC annually) and I didn’t get a response and I’m feeling, sniff, a bit sensitive.

So (not personal, just business):


NYPD Blooper

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Let’s see what happens with this:

October 31, 2009
Paul J. Browne
Deputy Commissioner, Public Information
One Police Plaza – Room 1320 
New York, N.Y. 10038

Dear Deputy Police Commissioner Browne,

On Friday, October 23, about 2 p.m., I arrived at City Hall to videotape footage of the front of City Hall for a student journalism project and was told by the officer operating the screening machine that I couldn’t pass through because “they” didn’t want anyone to videotape the building. So, I am writing to learn what are the guidelines. This was not my first time at City Hall to take pictures and/or videotape, so I would like to know if there are have been any changes.


Gregg Morris
Assistant Professor
Hunter College

Sent to Cristine Quinn, Speaker, 12:41 a.m. October 26

Center for Communication Annual Frank Stanton Award Luncheon, October 29, 2009, Pierre Hotel, New York City

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

This year, Charlie Rose honored. Luncheon co-chairs this year: Bill Baker, President Emeritus, Channe 13; Tim Armstrong, Chairman and CEO, AOL; David J. Barrett, President and CEO, Hearst Television Inc.; Phillippe Dauman, President and CEO, Viacom, Inc.; David Geffen, The David Geffen Company; David Boies, Chairman, Boies Schiller and Flexner LLP; Teri Everett, SVP, Corporate Affairs and Communications, News Corporation, Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO, BET Networks.

Other Co-Chairs: Leslie Moonves, President & CEO, CBS Corporation; Katherine Oliver, Commissioner, New York City Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting and Acting President & General Manager of New York City Media Group; Ivan G. Seidenberg, Chairman & CEO, Verizon Communications, Inc.; David Zaslav, President & CEO, Discovery Communications; Martin Nisenholtz, Senior Vice President, Digital Operations, The New York Times Company; Richard Plepler, Co-President, HBO; Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, CEO & President, Sony Corporation; Jeff Zucker, President & CEO, NBC Universal.

The Center has always been a strong supporter of Hunter students for many years because this is the campus where the Center pioneered its panel discussions for selected college campuses.


Thompson Claims Victory in Last Mayoral Debate

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009


More From NAM: “Ten Ways the Stimulus Can Help You”

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

By Aaron Glantz

Eight months since President Barack Obama signed his $787 billion stimulus package, the government has obligated only 48 percent of the money, and $214 billion in stimulus cash is still available to families, students, nonprofits, local governments and small businesses. Here are 10 ways to access the stimulus.

Just in case there are readers who could benefit from some stimulus advice: The 10.

Basketball Basics: Talk ABout a Publishing Rip Off

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

I just learned in the last 15 minutes this date that my first book, Basketball Basics, published by Prentice-Hall, was translated into German and French and published in Canada and the United Kingdom and is still in print in some form. Check this out too.

So, where is my $$$. For a number of reasons, especially because it was the first how-to-play-basketball book that took girls seriously, it made a lot of money. And the publishing rip off started off there.

Writing the book  was a great learning experience about the business side of publishing and its dark side. I’m going to look for a lawyer and then write about the experience.

Phishing Alert!

Friday, July 31st, 2009