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Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2012!

Hope you enjoy the holiday season, and see you in the new year!

2011’s best articles

Here are my top 10 articles for the year (in alphabetical order by the author’s last name): “Politics’ fatal therapeutic turn,” Dissent, by Zelda Bronstein “Condemned to joy: the Western cult of happiness is a mirthless enterprise,” City Journal, by Pascal Bruckner “Health now: a provocation,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, by Mark Edmundson “The rise […]

Blaming all the president’s men

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Journalist Ron Suskind’s scintillating account of chaos and dissent in Obama’s White House would be better if he had shaken off his teenage habit of blaming everything on Wall Street. Read my review of Confidence Men, in the spiked review of books, here.

Does Moneyball explain baseball?

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The movie Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt, is now in cinemas. I read and thoroughly enjoyed Michael Lewis’s book, but haven’t had a chance to see the movie yet. But friends have asked what I think about the Moneyball premise – that is, the use of statistical analysis to improve the performance of sports teams – and here’s what I […]

This week’s articles of note

“The path to 270: demographics versus economics in 2012 presidential election,” Center for American Progress, by Ruy Teixeira and John Halpin (pdf) “How the Euro crisis could destroy the US economy,” The Atlantic, by Jim Tankersley “Secret Fed loans helped banks net $13B,” Bloomberg Markets Magazine, by Bob Ivry, Bradley Keoun and Phil Kuntz “2012 […]

Frustration with democracy in the US

In an essay for spiked, Frank Furedi argues that the oligarchs of the European Union have turned decisively against democracy, in favor of elevating technocrats to positions of power in order to impose punitive austerity measures that do not have the backing of the electorate. Reading Furedi’s article, I was struck by how there are similar trends […]

McDonald’s out-smarts San Francisco’s toy banners

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Tomorrow San Francisco’s “Healthy Food Incentive Ordinance” – which prohibits restaurants from providing free toys with meals unless the food meets its guidelines – comes into effect. The city government passed this law about a year ago, and  it mainly targets McDonald’s, which provides a free toy with every one of its Happy Meals. Will this mean […]

Rise in parents opting-out of vaccinations for kids

An analysis by the Associated Press finds that the number of parents  that are opting out of vaccination shots for their kids has increased in more than half the U.S. states over the past five years. Eight states – mainly in the West and Midwest – now have levels of exemption that exceed 5 percent, […]

This week’s articles of note

“Pre-occupied: the origins and future of Occupy Wall Street,” The New Yorker, by Mattathias Schwartz “Pepper-spraying taxpayers: ‘diversity’ boondoggles are the real scandal,” National Review Online, by Heather MacDonald “How I stopped worrying and learned to love the OWS protests,” Rolling Stone, by Matt Taibbi “‘The new Tammany Hall,'” Wall Street Journal, by Matthew Kaminski […]

Occupy at Wal-Mart calls shoppers “cum-sumer whores”

Here is a video with Occupy types on Black Friday handing out leaflets to Wal-Mart shoppers, urging them not to be “cum-sumer whores”. This is the level of wit and analytical thinking we’ve come to expect from the Occupiers, who have set themselves up as directly opposed to the masses who submit to “consumer slavery”. The narrator’s references to “feeding frenzy” says […]

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