Trying to Get India and Pakistan Together is Easier Said Than Done

The current administration, for all of the strange things it is doing these days, is right to at least try to facilitate this: The foreign ministers of Pakistan and India, meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York at the weekend, did not agree on the resumption of formal …

The Warning Signs of Power Corruption in Organisations

Seen this kind of thing before, from the blog of attorney Chris Banescu: Here is the risk inherent in leadership: The greater the leader’s power, wealth, authority, and influence, the more likely the leader could succumb to ethical lapses and moral failings. The risk increases if the organization has a culture that lacks financial or …

Dealing with Anti-Semitism at NBC, Palm Beach Style

Americans for Limited Government and Net Right Nation are rightfully indignant at this: Americans for Limited Government is appalled that an employee of the NBC news network apparently felt it was appropriate to send an email to an ALG employee, in response to a standard news release, saying, "Bite me, Jew Boy." According to ALG …

Iran and its Nuclear Weapons: The Only People Who Will Do Anything

"Cuban missile crisis in slow motion" is a good way to describe the situation: Graham Allison, a Harvard professor who is one of America’s leading security strategists, likes to speak of the U.S.-Iranian nuclear confrontation as “the Cuban missile crisis in slow motion.” Well, on Friday morning, that slow-mo process started moving a little faster, …

The Real Socialists Hit the Streets

A few days ago I wrote a piece on how the "socialists" who are in the ascendant in our government have sold out. Evidently the real articles--and their anarchist friends--have hit the streets of Pittsburgh: Police fired canisters of pepper spray and smoke at marchers protesting the Group of 20 summit Thursday after anarchists responded …

The Ancestor of T-Rex: Moving the Goalposts (Again) of Evolution

Just when they thought it safe to hang their hat on a theory... This fearsome T Rex, as the Tyrannosaurus is hailed in popular culture after Steven Spielberg's blockbuster Jurassic Park movie series, now apparently has an ancestor not much larger in size than an average human. The evolutionary downgrading was one-hundredth its size but …

Kevin Ayers: May I?

I'm continuing my series of videos of songs that pop up in the novel The Ten Weeks.  This time it's Kevin Ayers' "May I?" which appeared on his 1970 album Shooting at the Moon.  This rendition (I think) appeared on Spanish television in 1972. Kevin Ayers is someone most Americans are totally unfamiliar with.  And …

The Socialists Have Been Bought Off

The situation, as described by The Hill's Brent Budowsky, is a revolutionary's dream come true: The great fault line in American politics today is not Democratic versus Republican, left versus right or black versus white. It is between the core political and financial power centers and the great silent majority of Americans who want to …

Reason Isn’t the Issue in Education

The Archbishop of Canterbury may think so: "...the sober testimony of the twentieth century is that the rationality of secular thinking is no guarantee of universal understanding and reconciliation. A rationality that has brought us into the age of nuclear weaponry and global economic meltdown invites some sharp questions, to put it mildly ... As …

Pork Gets in the Way of Progress

This is the core problem with our government these days: Last week the Center for Public Integrity reported that almost 1,800 "special interest groups" have already hired 2,100 lobbyists and spent an estimated $45 million to lobby Congress on transportation in the first half of this year. The center, which tracks money in politics, says …

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