By Rosie DiManno Star Columnist Mon., July 30, 2018 BUFFALO—Hey Roberto, want to say something to Toronto? A wistful smile. “No, I’m good.” I don’t think he is, actually. The house that’s been teetering on its foundation for the past nine weeks finally buckled and collapsed on the stud closer’s head late Monday afternoon. Article Continued Below A Toronto Blue Jay no more. And some will be cheering that news. Certainly those who believe themselves “woke” to the scourge of domestic violence wanted Osuna’s ass kicked down the road back in May when the 23-year-old was charged with assault, and again after Major League Baseball handed down a 75-game suspension, among the longest ever assessed against a player. For someone who must be, and is, still considered innocent. Why wait for the matter to be resolved in court one way or the other — the Osuna case returning before the bench on … [Read more...] about Blue Jays close the book on Roberto Osuna
Books on positive thinking
We’ve been told that positive thinking creates miracles. But wait, there’s more! The classic advice is for us to spend a great deal of time visualizing in our mind whatever it is that we wish for while paying little or no attention to the obstacles and limitations. There are even books promising that we can get what we desire by simply using the law of attraction. No effort required. The book "Rethinking Positive Thinking" by psychology professor Gabrielle Oettinger offers an opposite point of view, but perhaps a more effective method. To dream or to do? In numerous experiments, Dr. Oettinger and her team proved that the more people engaged in “positive fantasies”, the less success they had in real life. She wrote, “In the face of a big challenge or chore, people often fantasize about how it feels to have achieved it. In the moment, the fantasy feels good, and it also feels relaxing —so much that we don’t take action.” She noted that many … [Read more...] about News OPINION: What’s so much better than positive thinking?
caption Amazon’s reviews for James Comey’s A Higher Loyalty is limited to verified purchasers. source Screenshot Amazon is limiting the reviews for former FBI director James Comey’s new book “A Higher Loyalty.” Only customers who purchased the book directly from Amazon can leave a review, the company confirmed to Business Insider. Amazon does this on controversial items where people might have a polarized view on the book or its author without any actual experience with it. Former FBI director James Comey’s new book, “A Higher Loyalty,” is sure to stir up controversy. But, like a good steward, Amazon is encouraging reviewers to keep the fights off its platform. The retailer is currently limiting reviews on the book, which came out on April 17, to only “verified buyers.” That means customers who have purchased the book through Amazon, … [Read more...] about Amazon is limiting reviews on James Comey’s new book — and some people are furious
A bookstore in New York proudly displayed a collection of books, many of them written by authors who are from parts of the world that President Donald Trump allegedly referred to as “shithole countries.” “I think that the positive statement of our collection of books stands on its own,” one of the store’s owners told Business Insider on Friday night. A bookstore in New York arranged a series of books that sent a sharp message in response to President Donald Trump’s inflammatory remarks that have sparked outrage in the US and abroad this week. The Rough Draft Bar & Books displayed a collection of several books written by authors from parts of the world that Trump reportedly described as “shithole countries.” There’s a sign in the middle of the display that reads: “WRITERS FROM S##THOLE COUNTRIES.” “I think that the positive statement of our collection of books … [Read more...] about New York bookstore proudly displays books written by authors from ‘shithole countries’
Having just about scraped through the Year of the Chicken, here we are seven days into 2018 and wondering what's in store during the Year of the Dog. It probably won't be all that great, but we'll leave the gloom and doom to the experts. Let's just hope it's a least a bit more enjoyable than the past couple of years which have really been quite awful, and almost of an annus horribilis nature. Having been born in the Year of the Doggy, I feel obliged to approach the coming 12 months with at least an element of positive thinking, although I could be barking up the wrong tree.There will of course be familiar Thai tales of disappearing funds, assorted crackdowns, contradictions and cockups, accompanied by explanations featuring half-truths, prevarications and selective memories.No doubt we will also be treated to regular front page helpings of absurdity and ludicrousness bordering on preposterousness. At least it will be entertaining.So, here are PostScript's predictions for 2018, culled … [Read more...] about Possibly time to look on the bright side