Monthly Archives: August 2014

NRC storage decision may lead to building of more dangerous nuclear power plants

The single most important news story of the day—the one most likely to still be affecting lives in 10 or even 100 years—was buried on page A13 of the New York Times. The Wall Street Journal didn’t cover it all,

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To New York progressives: Vote for Teachout in primary!

New York State could serve as a model of how progressives can move the right-of-Eisenhower Democratic Party back towards the left. Andrew Cuomo, New York’s version of Barack Obama, is running for reelection as governor of the Empire State. But

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America can learn a lot from the Ferguson situation, that is, if we’re willing to

The American public is relearning many lessons from the events in Ferguson following the shooting of an unarmed teenager by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.  The three biggest takeaways from this tragedy and its aftermath are: We have gone

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WSJ blames Ferguson unrest on generous police contracts. Does it also think unions were responsible for holocaust?

In a lead editorial, the Wall Street Journal proposes the truly bizarre theory that overly generous police contracts helped cause the civil unrest in the wake of the shooting of an unarmed African-American man by a police officer in the

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The world gets a tutorial on how to create wall-to-wall media coverage of the death of a celebrity

The recent deaths of two well-known actors, Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, dominated the news media this week, but in very predictable ways. The news media has got celebrating the life of a famous person down to a science. If

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Have people in America & Great Britain gotten meaner, & if so, why?

People have gotten meaner because they have no vested interest in worrying about their fellow human beings. That’s the conclusion of Tom Clark (with Anthony Heath) in Hard Times: The Divisive Toll of the Economic Slump¸ a recent book that

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Neither Israel nor United States can justify current bombing campaigns, but Hamas & ISIS are also wrong

Someone on Facebook recently wondered why it’s okay for the United States to bomb the ISIS positions in Iraq but not okay for Israel to bomb the Gaza strip. By “okay,” I’m pretty sure she was asking why the mainstream

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S&P identifies problem—income inequality—but gives same absurd solution that most economists do

Standard & Poor’s, the agency that rates financial instruments, has released a report that demonstrates that inequality of income is a drag on the American economy. S&P predicts that the economy will grow at an annual rate of 2.5% over

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NY Times reveals its conservative bias in its reporting of primary elections

The New York Times management probably thinks the paper got a lot of progressive street cred by coming out in favor of the total legalization of marijuana. The Times has published a series of very long editorials that take apart

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Marketers are discovering a rapidly growing group of consumers: adults who want to remain children

The latest marketer to cash in on the trend of adults wanting to remain children is a museum. The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), that venerable icon to the natural sciences, is now offering special sleepover parties—for adults only. 

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