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People would rather see celebrities “dead” than donate to AIDS charity

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The “Digital Death” campaign from AIDS charity “Keep a Child Alive” has got to be one of the most sanctimonious celebrity campaigns ever. It is also turning out to be one of the biggest flops ever. Various celebrities, from Kim Kardashian (famous for… being Kim Kardashian) to Swizz Beatz (huh? or am I just out […]

Jon Stewart: stop the Wikileaks “drama”

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c The Informant! www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor The Daily Show on Facebook I usually don’t agree with Jon Stewart, but he makes some fair points about the latest Wikileaks’ data dump.   When Wikileaks founder Julian Assange describes himself as a “combative person” who likes “crushing […]

Diane Ravitch responds to Bill Gates

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Bill Gates has spent a lot of his money in support of trendy school reforms, and education historian Diane Ravitch has become recognized as probably his most articulate opponent in this area. In an interview with the Washington Post, Ravitch has some great replies to questions from Gates. Here is her response to Gates’ question, “Does […]

Too much vitamin D, or not enough? Yes

Today’s New York Times front page has a story with the headline “Extra vitamin D and calcium aren’t necessary, report says”. It refers to a report from an expert committee, which the Times says finds: The very high levels of vitamin D that are often recommended by doctors and testing laboratories – and can be achieved only […]

Are Wikileaks and its media mouthpieces being played?

I was not impressed with the earlier Wikileaks revelations (as I wrote about in spiked here), and the latest batch haven’t led me to change my mind. As before, this is a big dump. This time it mostly consists of mundane proceedings, embarrassing personal remarks and confirmations about things we already knew. As Frank Furedi argues in today’s spiked, the news organizations with first access – the […]

Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)

This is a live recording from Benny Goodman’s  famous, triumphant concert at Carnegie Hall in 1938. Goodman was the first jazz musician to perform at Carnegie Hall. And this one performance transformed jazz from a music associated with blacks regionally to an American-wide phenomenon. Hard to believe that one concert could change American culture. “Sing, Sing, Sing” was the climactic piece […]

This week’s articles of note

“A house that Murdoch bought,” The National Interest, by Conrad Black [Review of three books on the newspaper industry] “What good is Wall Street?” The New Yorker, by John Cassidy “Chomsky: ‘The business elites… are instinctive Marxists,'” truthout, by Keane Bhatt “The answer is no,” New York Magazine, by Jason Zengerle [Profile of New Jersey […]

A liberal contempt for the land of the free

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For all the praise heaped on Jonathan Franzen’s latest novel Freedom, it actually reveals the people-hating, anti-freedom essence of the modern liberal mindset. Read my review, in the spiked review of books, here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Enjoy your feasting! (And to my non-American friends: why don’t you indulge too?)

More on airport screening

As I noted last week, I believe the airport security routine is excessive and ultimately irrational. And so, of course, I oppose the latest stepping-up in intrusiveness – the new imagining scanners, and the mandatory pat-downs for those who choose to avoid the scanner. But before getting too carried away with the protests against the latest airport […]

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