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Authoritarian NYC to poor: “No soda for you!”

New York has announced another move in its authoritarian campaign against obesity.

Thomas Farley and Richard Daines, the health commissioners for New York City and New York State respectively, have an op-ed in today’s New York Times entitled “No food stamps for sodas”. They announce:

New York City and State are asking the ...

Wall Street 2: we’re all Gordon Gekkos now

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In Oliver Stone’s sequel, released in British cinemas today, it’s no longer only the pinstriped bankers who are sinfully greedy – it’s all of us.

Read my spiked article in full here.

The CYA Europe terror alert

The State Department issued a travel alert on the weekend to Americans visiting Europe, warning of a possible terrorist attack. But what’s the point of it?

I’m not saying an attack won’t happen. But what use is a vague warning? Europe is a huge territory – can they be a ...

The Democratic Party “base”

So what’s happening with the Democratic Party’s base in the run-up to the November midterm elections? Not much it seems.

The Wall Street Journal today reports on how union leaders are trying to drum up support for Democratic Party candidates, and are not having much luck. It quotes Debbie Olander of ...

Paladino and the upstate-downstate New York divide

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For many denizens of New York City, Carl Paladino, the Republican candidate for governor, is beyond the pale.

He does appear to be a nasty piece of work. The real estate developer has a seedy reputation among some for distributing racist and ...

This week’s articles of note

“Obama in command: the Rolling Stone interview,” Rolling Stone, by Jann S. Wenner

“Small change: why the revolution will not be tweeted,” The New Yorker, by Malcolm Gladwell

“Being Glenn Beck,” The New York Times Magazine, by Mark Leibovich

“Bugged naked: webcams, sex and the death of privacy,” Slate, ...

Environmentalism’s true misanthropic colors

Disgusting video from British green group 10:10.

Well, at least they make underlying misanthropy of environmentalism more transparent. The campaigners were forced to apologize, and are trying to remove ...

Obama on Dylan at the White House

In his interview in the current issue of Rolling Stone, President Obama speaks about Bob Dylan’s performance at the White House in February of this year (video above):

Here’s what I ...

Republicans’ “Pledge to America”: lacking credibility, full of intensity

Last week House Republicans announced their “Pledge to America”, which promises to restrain government spending. But the fact is, despite all their puffed up rhetoric, Republicans lack credibility when it comes to deficit reduction.

Two useful articles published today make this point. First, Jacob Sullum in Reason argues that Republicans’ vows to restore more ...

The “small schools are better” dogma

At times it seems that everyone in the education debate is in favor of smaller schools and class sizes. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has spent millions to break up bigger schools. A new movie, Waiting for Superman, extols the benefits of charter schools with smaller-than-usual student numbers. As commensensical ...

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