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Thomas Friedman

2020 Presidential Election and Its Aftermath: One of America’s Worst — and Finest — Hours

Trump Impeached a Second Time [Note to Readers: The views expressed here are solely those of Ross Kaplan, and do not represent Edina Realty, Berkshire Hathaway, or any other entity referenced. Edina Realty is a subsidiary of Berkshire.] Of all the desecrations committed by President Donald J. Trump or his followers the last 4+ years,...
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Thanksgiving (and Peak Pandemic?) 2020: “Four Bedroom House?” No, “4, One Bedroom Apartments, with a Shared Common Area”

Experiencing That “Vujà De” Feeling** (Hat tip: George Carlin) Zoom call with extended family set up for Thursday afternoon? “Check.” Basement prepped for newly-quarantining, back-from-California college son? “Check.” Grocery store run — including mask, hand sanitizer, and socially distanced wait line in front — successfully completed? “Check.” Fall leaves all raked? Umm . . ....
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“Republican Energy” and “Democratic Energy” — and the Politicization of Everything Else

“Rule or Die” Mentality Comes to U.S. Politics [Note to Readers: The views expressed here are solely those of Ross Kaplan, and do not represent Edina Realty, Berkshire Hathaway (“Berkshire”), or any other entity referenced. Edina Realty is a subsidiary of Berkshire.] Minnesota Native Son (and fellow St. Louis Park High School grad) Thomas Friedman...
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Climate Change and The Precautionary Principle

Weighing the Relative Risks of Action, Inaction Oddly, one of the best arguments I’ve ever heard for The Precautionary Principle — in Tom Friedman’s NYT column yesterday, titled “Trump’s Folly” — never once mentions the term. No matter. Here’s the idea:  when considering a response to a looming threat, ask which way the risk(s) cut: ...
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“Why Not Cleveland?”, Indeed (Or Des Moines, or Memphis, or ???)

New High Tech Headquarters: ‘the Cloud’ “Eventually, the founders of TOA Technologies headquartered in Cleveland. Why not? As they say: “On the Internet, no one knows you’re a dog” ” or in Cleveland or Mosul.” –Thomas Friedman, “Makers and Breakers“; The NYT (11/9/2014) I don’t know how much homes in Cleveland cost, but I’ve got...
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“Who Will Tell the People?”

Stop the Presses! I just finished Thomas Friedman’s excellent Op-Ed from tomorrow’s Sunday New York Times (I’m not clairvoyant — it’s online now), devoted to the leadership vacuum in today’s Middle East (if not the world). You just wonder if the headline writer — presumably, it wasn’t Friedman — bothered to do more than just skim...
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