Category: politics

Sovereign ratings under threat

Marginal Revolution leads me to this article: "The credit ratings of most rich industrialised countries will come under intense pressure from borrowing to fund age-related expenditure, unless the countries take… Read more »

Blood On Whose Hands?

Eric Olsen writes this mouthful: "I only care what justifications the twisted mass murderers of innocents and civilians make in terms of how they facilitate intelligence gathering and predicting their… Read more »

Murder by Numbers?

It’s floating around the Internet, but I had to make sure it wasn’t a joke and recounted. There are indeed 911 days (2 1/2 years) between 9/11/01 and 03/11/04. Considering… Read more »

2004 US Presidential Tickets

Andrew Sullivan: Dream-Tickets: Dean-Clark vs. Bush-Rice? "It would also make for a fascinating race: Dean-Clark versus Bush-Rice. An evenly matched contest of argument, culture, and personality. You may say I’m… Read more »

In Bed with Madonna

NYT: Europe’s Antipiracy Proposal Draws Criticism "One of the world’s largest record companies is owned by Vivendi Universal, a French conglomerate whose chief executive is Ms. Fourtou‘s husband, Jean-Ren

The Truth About Torture

The Atlantic Monthly: "Mark Bowden, the author of "The Dark Art of Interrogation," on why the practice of coercion is a necessary evil". Interesting interview. I’m especially in agreement with… Read more »

The Dissident Frogmen

I just posted a story about the EU’s pretense at collecting VAT from foreign sites that sell digital goods and services, which somehow led me to the dissident frogman, to… Read more »

Vote France Off the Island

NYT: "Why replace France with India? Because India is the world’s biggest democracy, the world’s largest Hindu nation and the world’s second-largest Muslim nation, and, quite frankly, India is just… Read more »