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No. 555: Pace pact, time travel and immunization, Island-style – plus, a big first finish for CEBIP

  You asked for it: Admit it, dear readers – you griped about last winter’s lack of snow and the little tyke buried deep in your pragmatic soul is tingling with excitement. Or maybe you hate snow. Either way, get your milk and bread, ’cause here it comes. The parents strike back: It’s Wednesday, Dec. 16, and as we await Long Island’s first significant snowfall in nearly two years, we’ll issue a heartfelt apology to…


COVID’s tough, but climate change is the bigger threat

By MICHAEL H. SAHN // We are at a pivotal moment regarding environment protection, and just as we fast-tracked a COVID-19 vaccine, we must act swiftly – relying on science – to reverse global warming. Climate change, and its wide-ranging effects on our business environments and everyday lives, is no less a health risk than the coronavirus. And like COVID-19, it’s a crisis we cannot ignore. In a Dec. 2 speech on the ecological state…


No. 551: Indoctrinating, stimulating and surveillance testing – and bringing the extinct back to life

  Reunited: And it feels so good, dear readers, as we’re back on schedule and back in your inbox, right where we belong. It’s OK to say you missed us. We missed you, too. It’s Wednesday, Dec. 2, and we’re midway through this busy holiday-season workweek – and, blessedly, into the final stretch of problematic, perplexing and (literally) plagued 2020. Let’s finish both in style. Peaceful transition: Speaking of big finishes, less than two weeks…


No. 547: On Patton, the birth of calculus and a smart new entrepreneurism angle

  Who’s there? Knock knock, friends – it’s Nov. 11 out there, which is Veteran’s Day, of course, and we can come back later if you’re among the lucky few taking a holiday. For those on the job, welcome to Wednesday and the midpoint of this latest workweek – not to mention Armistice Day in New Zealand, France, Belgium and Serbia, plus Polish Independence Day, since you asked. Underestimating their forces: We grossly misstated the…


No. 546: The wait continues – with bread stuffing, Emma Stone and undead ferrets

  Your guess is as good as ours: Here we are, dear readers – it’s Nov. 6 on Long Island and around the world, and as we put the newsletter to bed Thursday night, there was still no clear word on who will be President of the United States come Jan. 21. Perhaps by the time you read this, an electoral winner will have been announced (though lawsuits are sure to follow, so stay tuned)….


As voting evolves, national voting laws must follow

By MICHAEL H. SAHN // Election Day, plus two: The votes are still being counted, with paper-thin margins in key states. The President of the United States wants the counting to stop here, but not there. The world waits. “Democracy in action,” “every vote counts,” “all politics are local” …  these timeless idioms have never been truer. We are witness to an historic election with an unprecedented national voter turnout. From a broad perspective, this proves we…


No. 545: Hanging with Cronkite, King Tut and Long Island particle physicists, as the smoke clears

  Is it over? Not quite, dear readers – but the voting is done, there’s a hard stop on those miserable campaign commercials and the endless election signs blockin’ out the scenery … one day, like a miracle, they will disappear. So, there’s that. Welcome to Wednesday, very much The Day After. Sincerest congratulations to the 150 million-or-so Americans who exercised their right to vote this year, many under challenging conditions that ranged from unfortunate…


COVID will end, but land uses will be changed forever

By MICHAEL H. SAHN // The pandemic is dramatically changing the real estate market across Greater New York and the nation, with long-ranging (and long term) impacts on infrastructure, land use and economic development. For starters, the pandemic has convinced many city dwellers to seek the suburban lifestyle. COVID has supercharged single-family homes purchases in traditional suburban subdivisions and created a seller’s market on Long Island, where demand exceeds supply and prices are skyrocketing. Meanwhile,…


No. 543: On SUNY’s Thanksgiving plans, and Harvard–educated immigrant chocolatiers

  Shivers: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as Halloween approaches, COVID rages, there’s talk of a coup and winter is suddenly in the air. It’s Oct. 28 out there, and yeah, that’s all rather chilling – but it’s also Plush Animal Lovers Day, so give your beloved teddy-boo a squeeze and let’s roll. Come one, come all: Of the world’s 195 sovereign countries, only one is humanity’s melting pot – making National Immigrants Day, celebrated…


No. 535: Climate change, raging cyberthreats and disillusioned voters – but all you need is love

  The September that wouldn’t die: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and yes, it’s still September out there – though this is the last time we’ll say that for a while. That makes this Sept. 30, of course, known best as National Love People Day – an unconditional hug-a-thon that may be a tough sell after last night’s contentious display in Cleveland, or may be just what America needs. Stay tuned. Listen up: Whether you’re…


Election Day 2020: America, start your chaos

By MICHAEL H. SAHN // Election Day is fast approaching. But no one should expect the U.S. presidential election to be decided until weeks later. There is the distinct probability that disputes and challenges to the process for counting and certifying the votes will extend well after the election, especially given the time it will take to count the large number of mail-in and absentee ballots expected to be cast this year. In a recent…


No. 528: Speak softly, celebrate cultural diversity, raise the Titanic — and enjoy a blueberry popsicle!

  Wrapping it up: Here we are, dear readers – midpoint of this latest workweek and just about done with Summer 2020, at least unofficially. With that, a scheduling note: Innovate Long Island will be sticking our toes in the sand this Labor Day weekend, so no newsletters Friday (Sept. 4) or Monday (Sept. 7). Look for a special-edition Calendar Newsletter to ease you back into the flow Sept. 8, followed by your regularly scheduled…


No. 526: Chancellors chosen, schools cleared and Cro-Magnon man unearthed – and it all goes to the dogs

  Cooler heads prevail: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, midpoint of another warm workweek – good news from the weather desk, though, which promises this latest heatwave breaks today. Stay tuned. Twice as nice: It’s Aug. 26 out there, a big one for our many readers in Namibia, where’s it’s both Herero Day (a gathering of the Herero people to honor historical chieftains) and the unrelated Heroes’ Day (marking the 1966 start of the southwestern…


This land is my land: Eminent Domain to the rescue?

By MICHAEL H. SAHN // We need to get serious, now, about protecting the world from the catastrophic impacts of global climate change. The COVID-19 pandemic will seem uneventful compared to the long-term and irreversible consequences of the world’s rapidly changing environment. In time, we’ll have a COVID vaccine; there is no vaccine for global warming. Enter eminent domain, the governmental authority to acquire private property – “condemn” it – in exchange for just compensation,…


No. 524: Space dogs, electric cars and the miracle of Tito Velasquez – you want fries with that?

  Slow and steady: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and over the hump we go. It’s the dog days, all right, as families take vacations (where possible), back-to-school sales proliferate (where applicable) and we reach the latter half of August, the summer and this latest warm workweek. Gives you wings: It’s Aug. 19 out there, a.k.a. National Aviation Day, which will make lots of sense when you read the birthdays below. It’s also the U.N.’s…