Summer smothered New York for the
past week. Heat and humidity hit unbearable levels as urban temperatures peaked
over 100 degrees. For some relief, New York City’s billionaire mayor Mike
Bloomberg championed the reopening of a public swimming pool in Brooklyn that
had been closed since 1984 after vandalism, drug use, and violence among
patrons got out of hand.
The United States Supreme Court last week announced it upheld the Affordable Care Act with a tight 5-4 vote. In normal circumstances, the hot air, print, and use of bandwidth
generated by this news should have caused America to catch fire, detach
itself from Canada and Mexico, and slip into the sea.