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Nanny strikes again: NYC bans smoking in parks and beaches

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With backing from Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the New York City Council yesterday banned smoking in city parks and beaches. Bloomberg is known for introducing nannying measures to control personal behavior. This latest ban is an extension of his ban on smoking in restaurants and bars imposed in 2002. The main reason given for the ban is to prevent second-hand smoking; the Council’s […]

Ann Furedi responds to William Saletan on late-term abortion

In Slate, William Saletan last week used the recent case of the Philadelphia abortion-clinic doctor, Kermit Gosnell, to re-state his argument against late-term abortion. In that article, one of the “absolutists” who Saletan criticizes is Ann Furedi, chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service. Furedi herself recently wrote “a moral defence of late abortion” in spiked,which […]

Leave the Tiger Mother behind

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For a level-headed take on the Amy “Tiger Mother” Chua business that puts the discussion into perspective, I recommend you read Nancy McDermott’s post. She argues that this is another case of “seeing social and cultural issues through the prism of parenting”: It seems to me that we have displaced classical philosophical questions about the nature of […]

Naomi Klein, reactionary

This Naomi Klein talk is so crass, wrong and bad, it’s hard to know where to start. In about 19 minutes, Klein manages to: make a glib a analogy between the BP oil spill and financial crisis criticize risk-taking as “reckless” advocate the precautionary principle elevate Mother Nature over humanity (and present Mother Nature as truly feminine) blame men, and […]

Brendan O’Neill debating over-population in the New York Times

In his “Dot Earth” blog for the New York Times, journalist Andrew Revkin yesterday wrote about his recent correspondence with spiked editor Brendan O’Neill on the issue of over-population. It’s brief, but a great read nonetheless. The post is called “Deconstructing a bestiary of Malthusian ‘miserabilists'”, and Revkin quotes O’Neill as saying: An NGO that arrives in poor Africa […]


Remembering Martin Luther King on his Day. Remarkable man.  This video is of King speaking in Montgomery, Alabama in March 1965. It reminds us of one of his great talents: his oration. Such poetry in his powerful words, such passion, and made all the more important because he was backed by a real struggle. Note how the lyrics of the Battle […]

Football and a nation of wusses

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The trend in American society in recent years towards risk-aversion and excessive safety-first concerns are undermining an American institution known for toughness: football. I was nearly knocked over by last week’s news that, for the first time in its history, the National Football League called off a game because of weather. A game in Philadelphia between the local […]

San Francisco bans fast-food toys, introduces “Crappy Meals”

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c San Francisco’s Happy Meal Ban Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog</a> The Daily Show on Facebook Here is the Daily Show’s take on the San Francisco council’s banning of toys in Happy Meals at McDonalds and at other fast-food […]

PC version of Huck Finn removes the word “nigger”

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New South Books plans to publish a new, PC-sanitized edition of Mark Twain’s classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, reports Publishers Weekly. It replaces the word “nigger” with “slave”, and makes similar edits to other words deemed offensive. This is lunacy. PW writes: ” For decades [Huckleberry Finn] has been disappearing from grade school curricula across the country, relegated to optional […]

27 million reasons to cheer: more babies and immigrants keep population rising

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Guest Post by Alex Standish   In 2010 there were 27 million more Americans than in 2000. This is a good sign. It shows that America is still a vibrant, dynamic society, even if the rate of growth (9.7 percent) is slower than the rate in the 1990s (13.2 percent). Any country that is adding […]

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