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Anti-modernists want volcano air delays to continue

It was bad enough that an Icelandic volcano eruption sent ash into the sky to interrupt European flight travel. The situation was made worse by the risk-averse European aviation authorities who were reluctant to lift the ban, on the basis of “precautionary” or worst-case thinking, as Frank Furedi noted. And ...

Goldman Sachs: villain in a dumbed-down fable

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UPDATE: This post has been re-published as an article in spiked (here).

The media is in a frenzy over Goldman Sachs.

On Friday the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged Goldman Sachs of securities fraud in a civil lawsuit. The SEC ...

Chicago’s art and architecture

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Chicago has wonderful architecture, public sculpture and art.

The photo above shows “Cloud Gate” by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor. Below is a picture of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, designed by Frank Gehry and home to ...

This week’s articles of note

“The comeback country,” Newsweek, by Daniel Gross

“Nudge, nudge, wink, wink: behavioral economics – the governing theory of Obama’s nanny state,” Weekly Standard, by Andrew Ferguson

“On closing the culture gap,” Seed, by Paul Ehrlich

“Everything is contagious: has a plague of social illness struck mankind?” Slate, by Dave Johns

Tea Party “revelations”: will liberals stop obsessing now?

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Today is “Tax Day”, April 15th, the deadline for filing federal income taxes. Predictably, the Tea Party organized gatherings in Washington, D.C. and other cities to protest excessive taxation and spending.

And so it was perfect timing for the New York Times to publish the findings of its poll about ...

Technical-fix education reforms have failed

I’m in Chicago, and I was pleased to open the Chicago Tribune and read a sensible op-ed by Steve Chapman on education reforms.

Considering reform moves over the past two decades, Chapman finds that “Coming up with solutions for public education, it turns out, is easy. Coming up with solutions that ...

Nebraska law is first to ban abortion on fetal pain basis

Nebraska passed a law on Tuesday that bans most abortions 20 weeks after conception or later. What’s unique about this law is that is is the first to restrict abortions on the grounds that the fetus feels pain.

Some states require counseling to women contemplating an abortion, and are told ...

South Hadley suicide: the dangers of stressing vulnerability

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Guest Post by Nancy McDermott

A sad story of teenage suicide in a small town has become a national fascination.

Last week three teenage girls pleaded “not guilty” to civil rights violations and harassment in the death of Phoebe Prince, a 15-year old ...

In defence of science and progress

In this TED talk video clip, Michael Specter, a New Yorker journalist who writes about health and ...

Family is becoming “more important” in America

Writing in Forbes, Joel Kotkin argues that the American family, despite claims of its decline, “is becoming not less but more important”.

Some facts that Kotkin marshals to establish his case:

“80 percent of Americans eventually get married, often after cohabitation” “Since 1982 the number of those over 35 who give birth have more ...
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