Bono recounts his confession to Father Al (Gore)

When Al Gore talks, Bono and Tom Friedman listen

This morning’s big attraction here in Davos was a breakfast in which Bono and Al Gore were supposed to talk about “Combining Solutions to Extreme Poverty and the Climate Crisis.”

Bono noted up front that there’s competition as well as combination: “We have noticed that interest from …

Davos Wednesday photo album

So I’ve been too overwhelmed with dead-tree stuff to report much here today. But I did at least take a few pictures:

A morning shot of, uh, some mountain. Maybe the Jakobshorn?

Davos by night, and a fine Alabama-made vehicle (go American exports!)

Alice Waters, talking about the fine dinner of local goat and stuff she put together

Where’s my old girls’ network?

Over the years, I’ve heard a lot about a supposed old girls’ network. You know what I mean by this: the old, white men who used to run industry are slowly being joined by a cadre of women who exert similar power.

Take this piece in the Washington Post, by Carrie Johnson, about just such a network in techology.

Fewer women enroll in

Why tourists make me appreciate work

As far as I’m concerned, humans have three walking speeds: fast, slow and tourist. There’s little that irritates me more on my morning commute through Times Square than getting stuck on a sidewalk behind a pack of Midwesterners who have decided against bipedal forward movement. Nothing against you folks from the middle states. I’m just …

Plagued by buzzing noises in Davos

That’s Becky Sharp of CNBC and Tom Donohue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, wishing a Swiss Army helicopter would stop buzzing them. I was supposed to go on a little later with Andrew Sorkin of the NYT, but we got bumped by stock market events in the U.S. I’m frantically trying to finish a piece for dead-tree Time at the moment. Will …

Identity and the minority woman voter

I feel I have a lot in common with Barack Obama. He’s half white and half other, like me. In fact, his half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, interviewed here in the New York Times Magazine, is my own racial mix: half white and half Asian. He’s the closest to me in age among all the candidates. He and I both spent a lot of time in Asia and Hawaii …

Study finds caffeine, alcohol good for fetus

So that wasn’t the headline. No. It was

Basically, Being Pregnant Completely Sucks

That wasn’t it, either, but it might as well have been. The latest hoohah this weekend, this from

A new study has found that pregnant women who consumed more than 200 milligrams of caffeine a day, equivalent to about two cups of coffee, had

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