Justin Katz

Framing for a circular window

Gratuitous detail and the human touch are the keys to great architecture.

By Justin Katz | November 25, 2022 |

Ed Driscoll points to a great post by Scott Alexander that investigates the aesthetic gap between the classic and the modern.  Alexander starts with architecture and a “conspiracy theory”: Imagine a postapocalyptic world. Beside the ruined buildings of our own civilization – St. Peter’s Basilica, the Taj Mahal, those really great Art Deco skyscrapers –…

A water drop and ripples

Don’t miss the significance of the amoxicillin shortage.

By Justin Katz | November 22, 2022 |

Such efforts are easy to dismiss as blame-laying, but it’s important for us to take careful stock of recent decisions, and the more gargantuan the effect, the more attention we should pay.  So, put this on the list: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently reported a shortage of liquid amoxicillin, which is typically prescribed…

Fail box checked

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Awash in Failure

By Justin Katz | November 21, 2022 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz review varied ways in which Rhode Island’s establishment is failing the state.

A nurse sitting in a doorway

RI must take the lesson of emergency room woes.

By Justin Katz | November 21, 2022 |

The timing could be better, with Rhode Islanders having no opportunity to change direction via the ballot box for two years, but we really need to learn the lesson of overcrowding in our emergency rooms. Namely, among all the various causes, the most significant is socialized medicine: “We are seeing long visit waits at the…

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Politics This Week with John DePetro: Election Review

By Justin Katz | November 15, 2022 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz review the election results and discuss the problems and solutions.

A water drop and ripples

An ideological contrast provides today’s lesson in MSM bias.

By Justin Katz | November 11, 2022 |

We may (or may not) be past having to prove media bias, these days, but an Amanda Milkovits headline in the Boston Globe still seems worth a short note: Voters largely reject candidates affiliated with conservative group Parents United RI Contrast with this Boston Globe headline on an Edward Fitzpatrick article from September: Top R.I. legislative leaders…

A Nordic warrior in the marketplace

The heroes’ customers are voters with no incentive.

By Justin Katz | November 11, 2022 |

Looking around the Marketplace, the heroes of the Rhode Island Saga size up their position with a key market force: their voters.

A water drop and ripples

A Trump short story is waiting to be written.

By Justin Katz | November 11, 2022 |

Story pitch:  Behind the scenes, secretly and heroically, a selfless former President leans into his own clichés to create space for his political party to disengage from him.  Sacrificing his own aspirations, he masterfully appears to stumble over his reputed faults because he realizes it is the only way to hand off the torch of…

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The odds in the Congressional tallies are… curious.

By Justin Katz | November 10, 2022 |

In the long days since most Congressional districts in the United States managed to provide sufficient vote counts for victors to be named, Republicans have only needed approximately one-quarter of all remaining districts to claim a majority.  Thus far, the Democrats have beaten the odds, and the GOP is still eight seats away, which is…

A water drop and ripples

Just a thought for those who generally share my views…

By Justin Katz | November 9, 2022 |

Yeah, I know the election results are still in the air, so the coin hasn’t stopped spinning on the ground, yet, but let’s make this Day 1 of talking about how the world can be better, rather than how others are making it worse and, more importantly, start doing things to make it so. Sorry to…