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“Jihad Jane” and the politics of fear

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Far from “keeping America safe”, the elite’s depiction of the US as fragile and at-risk makes even lonely weirdos seem like a deadly threat. Read my spiked article in full here.

Curbing short-selling is shooting the messenger

Towards the end of February, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted, by a 3-to-2 margin, to restrict the “short-selling” of stocks when they are declining rapidly. This is the result of fear on the part of regulators that the process of deleveraging could get out of control. But it only puts off the necessary restructuring, by slowing […]

St. Patrick’s Day in New York

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  Today is St. Patrick’s Day, which means that Manhattan was a sea of green for the parade. It’s claimed that New York’s parade is the world’s largest for St. Patty’s, with about 150,000 marchers and 2 million spectators (ie, partiers). 

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