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“Afghan women and the return of the Taliban,” Time, by Aryn Baker “What the Great Recession has done to family life,” New York Times Magazine, by Judith Warner  “The crisis of middle-class America,” Financial Times, by Edward Luce “The key lesson of the BP oil spill? Don’t panic,” spiked, by Rob Lyons “What social science […]

Behavioralism leads to “monkeynomics”

Laurie Santos from Yale University in a TED talk that looks for the roots of human irrationality by watching the way primates make decisions. Santos says that her experiments in “monkeynomics” shows that some of the silly choices humans make, monkeys make too. It is bad enough that the financial crisis and the Gulf of Mexico oil […]

This is a “digital deluge”, not the Pentagon Papers

Thumbnail : This is a “digital deluge”, not the Pentagon Papers

Some are comparing Wikileaks’ 92,000 Afghan documents to the internal US study of Vietnam leaked in 1971. But the differences are striking. Read my article in spiked, which is based on a recent blog post, in full here.

This week’s articles of note

“Top secret America,” The Washington Post, by Dana Priest and William M. Arkin “The Volcker Rule,” The New Yorker, by John Cassidy “Too many laws, too many prisoners,” The Economist “The age of rage,” Politico, by John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei “The $2 camisole: how cheap is ruining our lives,” Salon, by Mary Elizabeth […]

Not the Pentagon Papers

The release of classified documents on the Afghanistan war by Wikileaks to three major newspapers has been compared to the Pentagon Papers, the top-secret study of US Vietnam War. But this is an inaccurate comparison: in fact, the differences between the two whistle-blowing incidents highlight how today’s Wikileaks story is much less meaningful in political […]

The special relationship

Well, an end to my radio silence. I travelled to London last week, and thought I’d have time to post from there, but discovered that I did not. As it happens, the news while I was in London was about America – namely, David Cameron’s trip to America.  The Prime Minister first visited Washington for […]

This week’s articles of note

“An economics blind to human ingenuity,” The Guardian, by Daniel Ben-Ami “Economics behaving badly,” The New York Times, by George Loewenstein and Peter Ubel “The fatwa: Ayatollah Khomeini and the legacy of the Salman Rushdie affair,” Foreign Policy, by Kenan Malik  “Hayek: the back story,” The New York Times Book Review, by Jennifer Schuessler “Frank […]

George Steinbrenner

George Steinbrenner will be forever known as the owner of the New York Yankees who restored the baseball team to greatness. After dominating baseball in the first half of the 20th century, the team became mediocre in the 1960s. Following Steinbrenner’s purchase of the team in 1973 for $10 million, the Yankees won seven World Series championships […]

Thank you for exterminating the Prospect Park geese!

The New York Times reports that wildlife biologists working with the federal Agriculture Department last week gassed to death nearly 400 geese in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.  The reason for the extermination was to cull the large geese population which threaten airplane flights over the city. Prospect Park is near to both JFK and La Guardia […]

The LeBron “Decision”

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Back from vacation in the hills of the Wild West, with temperature of 75 degrees and zero humidity (eat your heart out those of you sweltering on the East Coast!) and where I heard virtually no news. What did I miss? It seems like last week’s big issue was the LeBron James prime-time TV show […]

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