For several reasons, reports in two local English newspapers on a press conference this week interested me. The parley with the press was on the subject of possible legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in Taiwan. I care about how society and individuals treat gays and lesbians.
2013/9/22, 13 Comments
The China Post brought news last week that two Colorado Democrats lost closely observed recall elections in the state senate, clear victims of gun-rights activists.
I taught "professional ethics" for several years at my university, and in my classrooms made no bones about a fundamental truth, which is that the line between professional and personal ethics may be very thin.
I have been interested in robots, if only mildly so, for quite some time. I've seen photos of these machines, just as you have.
A former graduate student of mine insisted on spoiling me at a popular local dumpling restaurant the other day. We ate and ate and, in the end, she paid the bill. In the middle of the meal, anticipating her refusal to let me pick up the tab that was to come, and wanting to show my appreciation, I asked her an innocent question.
I can imagine asking my students this question: Whom do you like the best, singer Kelly Clarkson, or 19th century British author Jane Austen?
2013/8/18, 1 Comment
All sorts of important news stories broke last week here in Taiwan. They include the passing of a much admired physician, a massive protest march before the presidential palace, monumental changes in the military judicial system, and Manila's eagerly awaited publication of its report on the May 9 incident.
Among the most unusual and upsetting news stories I've recently seen is the one that appeared in The China Post via The Apple Daily in late July about a 57-year-old vegetable vendor who committed suicide (CP 7-13-13 p. 16).
Many of us who care about Taiwan and its people have to be feeling concerned about the battering our national image has been taking of late.
Legendary American comic Jonathan Winters continues to entertain folks via clips of his work on Youtube. One of my favorite Winters skits is the one in which he plays an airline pilot under review by a supervisory board. The question at hand is whether the board should allow the pilot to continue flying after a series of mishaps, and so on.