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"When I saw Manhattan, I wanted it." -- Quentin Crisp, the self-styled Stately Homo of England
"The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding." -- John Updike
"Today America is the Roman Empire and New York is Rome itself." -- John Lennon
"New York is appalling, fantastically charmless and elaborately dire." -- Henry James
Also: Martin Shkreli -- yet again!
Yes, just when we thought he'd been packed off to Durance Vile for a seven-year sentence for fraud, he reappears. No, he's still locked up, but journalist James B. Stewart, in an article entitled "Deceit and Demeanor" in the Business Day section of the New York Times of March 23, 2018, contrasts his fate with that of Elizabeth Holmes, founder of the Silicon Valley blood-testing start-up Theranos, who was recently accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of massive fraud. It seems that she deceived investors into believing that Theranos could perform comprehensive tests on a single drop of blood -- a claim that the SEC insists was false -- and also misrepresented the company's financial condition. Result: Ms. Holmes, an attractive young woman with long blond hair, settled with the SEC without having to admit guilt. She is barred for ten years from being an officer or director of any public company and paid a fine of $500,000, but is still CEO of Theranos, a private company. Published with the article is gimmicked photo showing Mr. Shkreli, with a mischievous smirk, behind bars, while Ms. Holmes, with flowing blond hair, well lipsticked and garbed sveltely in black, stands at liberty in front of the bars. In court Ms. Holmes appeared appropriately subdued, drawing no attention to herself, whereas Mr. Shkreli, to his attorney's despair, showed not a hint of humility or contrition, smirking and rolling his eyes throughout the proceedings. Mr. Shkreli, one must remember, was convicted not of arrogance or pharmaceutical misdeeds, but of fraud, and the extent of his fraud was far less than hers. His attorney believes that his behavior added years to his sentence. Admittedly, many of us cheered at the news of his conviction, but we were cheering his punishment for youthful arrogance and greed far more than fraud; we wanted him to be taken down, and he was. But few of us were even aware of Ms. Holmes's misdeeds and the modest price she paid for them. So it goes in these United States.
|King of Hearts|
|The Palisades, looking south toward New York City.|
|Not my tree, whose trunk is not this thick. But this gives an idea...|
|Snow geese in startled flight.|
|Tree swallows in migration.|
|High-rises in Long Island City, Queens.|
King of Hearts
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