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Times Square and the resilient response to terrorism

All the buzz in New York today is about the arrest of Faisal Shahzad, who is accused of attempting to set off a car bomb in Times Square.

Before Shahzad’s arrest was announced, James Fallows wrote an interesting piece in The Atlantic on the Times Square bomb threat. Fallows says ...

Don’t boycott Arizona!

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In response to the Arizona immigration law introduced about 10 days ago, various pro-immigration groups condemned Arizonans for being bigots, and have called for a boycott of the state. But name-calling and boycotting are the wrong ways to oppose Arizona’s law, and will only make matters worse. 

I say this as someone ...

The Tea Party? Get over it already

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In their discussion of the Tea Party as “delirious” and “unhinged”, liberals like Bill Clinton are exposing their own snobbery.

Read my spiked article in full here.

This week’s articles of note

“Hardly existential: thinking rationally about terrorism,” Foreign Affairs, by John Mueller and Mark G. Stewart

“Risk: the story of America’s greatest idea,” Slate, by John Dickerson 

“The revenge of the brands”, (Review of No Logo: 10th Anniversary Edition, by Naomi Klein), Reason, by Andrew Potter

“Cisco’s big bet on ...

Alisa Weilerstein: Bach Cello Suite

Here’s some music for a Friday: Alisa Weilerstein performing Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3, Prelude (courtesy of WQXR and John Schaefer’s Soundcheck program on WNYC).

Ms. ...

America’s first offshore windfarm gains approval

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar yesterday gave the go-ahead to the country’s first offshore windfarm, off the coast of Cape Cod.

The expansion of alternative energy sources, such as wind power, should be welcomed. The Cape Wind farm, as the Nantucket Sound project is known, has been under review and debated for the past ...

Congress vs. Wall Street

Which institution is more disliked, Congress or Wall Street?

The Financial Times today writes about President Obama’s trip to Iowa, “in an attempt to fire up disillusioned supports and fend off a rout in November’s congressional elections”. The article concludes with a quote from Bill Schneider, an analyst at the left-leaning Third Way ...

Google’s 20% time for innovation

In this video, Anjali Joshi, Director of Product Management at Google, discusses the Company’s policy of allowing employees to devote 20 percent of ...

Bill Gates and the problem with philanthropy

Last week the Wall Street Journal published an interesting story called “Gates rethinks his war on polio”. It tells how polio has spread across Africa, even after Bill Gates had donated $700 million to try to eradicate it. The Journal said the spread “marks a setback for the Microsoft ...

Goldman: brokers and shorts are now the bad guys – how did that happen?

Last Saturday, the Senate Permanent House Committee on Investigations released email messages among Goldman Sachs executives in 2007 saying that they would make “some serious money” by betting against the housing market. According to the New York Times, these messages “appear to contradict statements by Goldman that left the ...

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