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The Tea Party? Get over it already

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In their discussion of the Tea Party as “delirious” and “unhinged”, liberals like Bill Clinton are exposing their own snobbery. Read my spiked article in full here.

This week’s articles of note

“Hardly existential: thinking rationally about terrorism,” Foreign Affairs, by John Mueller and Mark G. Stewart “Risk: the story of America’s greatest idea,” Slate, by John Dickerson  “The revenge of the brands”, (Review of No Logo: 10th Anniversary Edition, by Naomi Klein), Reason, by Andrew Potter “Cisco’s big bet on New Songdo: creating cities from scratch,” […]

Alisa Weilerstein: Bach Cello Suite

Here’s some music for a Friday: Alisa Weilerstein performing Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3, Prelude (courtesy of WQXR and John Schaefer’s Soundcheck program on WNYC). Ms. Weilerstein performed Bach’s six Cello Suites at Columbia University in November 2009 and April 2010. On May 1st, she will perform Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic and Daniel Barenboim […]

America’s first offshore windfarm gains approval

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar yesterday gave the go-ahead to the country’s first offshore windfarm, off the coast of Cape Cod. The expansion of alternative energy sources, such as wind power, should be welcomed. The Cape Wind farm, as the Nantucket Sound project is known, has been under review and debated for the past nine years. Opposition has had […]

Congress vs. Wall Street

Which institution is more disliked, Congress or Wall Street? The Financial Times today writes about President Obama’s trip to Iowa, “in an attempt to fire up disillusioned supports and fend off a rout in November’s congressional elections”. The article concludes with a quote from Bill Schneider, an analyst at the left-leaning Third Way think tank: If there […]

Google’s 20% time for innovation

In this video, Anjali Joshi, Director of Product Management at Google, discusses the Company’s policy of allowing employees to devote 20 percent of their workweek to pursuing innovative ideas. As Joshi mentions, it is not a strict policy of time-keeping, but more of an informal policy that signals to employees that it is ok to […]

Bill Gates and the problem with philanthropy

Last week the Wall Street Journal published an interesting story called “Gates rethinks his war on polio”. It tells how polio has spread across Africa, even after Bill Gates had donated $700 million to try to eradicate it. The Journal said the spread “marks a setback for the Microsoft Corp. co-founder’s new career as a […]

Goldman: brokers and shorts are now the bad guys – how did that happen?

Last Saturday, the Senate Permanent House Committee on Investigations released email messages among Goldman Sachs executives in 2007 saying that they would make “some serious money” by betting against the housing market. According to the New York Times, these messages “appear to contradict statements by Goldman that left the impression the firm lost money on […]

South Park: internalizing the fatwa

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Toward the end of last week, the South Park producers Trey Parker and Matt Stone said that Comedy Central had censored its episode that aired last Wednesday, to remove references to the prophet Muhammad. The Viacom-owned network also pulled the episode off its website. In an earlier episode that aired on April 14, the show’s […]

This week’s articles of note

“Renewing U.S. competitiveness and innovation,” Real Clear Markets, by Jim McNerney “When the starved beast bites back,” The New Republic, by Noam Scheiber “Equal Pay Day reality check,” The American, by Christina Hoff Sommers “Nudges gone wrong,” Slate, by Ray Fisman  “How immigration crackdowns backfire,” Reason, by Steve Chapman “Play’s the thing,” (Review of The […]

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