TCS Daily : January 2003 Archives

Paranoiac Arguments

Now I am truly concerned about the mental health of the liberal establishment. While they seem to have gotten over the alleged election theft from poor Albert and the loss of the Congress in November, this Sport Utility thing seems... Read More

Simple Goodness

One of the most tragic victims of liberal ideology has been liberal idealism, by which I mean the impulse to make the world a better place. For nowadays the question that most preoccupies liberals is not so much whether... Read More

Spiral Into Control

When President Bush said in his State of the Union address that as the U.S. deals with Iraq it "must learn the lessons of the Korean Peninsula," he was in a sense admitting that Washington has left North Korea... Read More

Nothing Wrong With Breaking a Buck

One of the consequences of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the recession, the three-year bear market and the impending war with Iraq is that investors have fewer choices. For example, between January 2000 and December 2002, the number of stocks listed... Read More

Fixing What Ain't Broken

Until recently, the Voice of America's Persian language station, which broadcasts radio programs into Iran, provided invaluable news, information and intelligence for Iranian reformers. The VOA offered substantive coverage of pro-democracy demonstrations and other Read More

Why Compliance Is Like Pregnancy

"Iraq appears not to have come to a genuine acceptance, not even today, of the disarmament which was demanded of it and which it needs to carry out to win the confidence of the world and to live in peace."... Read More

Dead Trees to

Retail book publishers are in trouble. A decade ago, they could expect a healthy 10% profit margin selling books in bookstores. Now publishers' profits are less than half that, averaging around 4%. Their bookstore sales have also dropped in each... Read More

Technology and Life's Dominion

The thirty years since Roe v. Wade has seen a remarkable explosion of medical technology - technology that has made abortion easier and safer, that has allowed it to move from hospital procedure to outpatient procedure, and that has brought... Read More

Lots to Lose

The UN's chief weapons inspector, Hans Blix, has delivered his report to the UN. The essence of the report is contained in his statement that the Iraqis appear "not to have come to a genuine acceptance, not even today, of... Read More

A Chemical (Over)Reaction

The wing of the environmental movement that is hostile to the use of synthetic chemicals will try out some new scare tactics this week. Instead of exaggerating risks associated with a single chemical - such as Alar, PCBs, or acrylamide... Read More

Economic Idiotarianism

"What bloggers are more than anything, I think, is anti-idiot." - Glenn Reynolds In response to Reynolds, Charles Johnson coined the term anti-idiotarian, introducing a new political expression into the lexicon. The concept has been spelled out further, most notabl Read More

EU Phone Home

The last thing the telecoms industry needs now is any more EU legislation, according to policymakers and industrialists at a recent debate on the issue in Brussels. The Friends of Europe think tank sponsored the event, where participants considered how... Read More

Fearing a Food Fight

There are times when the United States is right and Europe - especially what Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld calls "Old Europe" - is wrong. Strategy toward lethal threats from countries in the Middle East is one obvious example. Another, cited... Read More

The Cutting Gate

Environmental issues are vexing for three reasons: they carry heavy emotional baggage, they are scientifically and technically complex, and often they are important to our health and well-being. Few other policy arenas are so burdened. These attributes foster disin Read More

Ultimate Reality Check

John Horgan is a talented science writer with a nasty case of metaphysical anxiety. Near the end of his 1996 book The End of Science, he recounted a harrowing (and drug-induced) vision he once had in which a terror-stricken... Read More

Futures Talk

If I were smart, I'd be rich. Alas, I am neither; but, according to my wife, I am old. Therein lies a well-worn tale, to wit, it is difficult indeed to beat the market, despite decades of dedicated effort. Thus... Read More

Registration Required

Editor and Publisher reports that readers don't mind registering for websites, and predicts that a lot more media sites will start demanding registration: Well, as it turns out, the bogeyman - like Bigfoot - should no longer be feared. It's... Read More

No Mistaking Now

There's no mistaking now. The liberation of Iraq, and onset of a new era in the Middle East, is coming soon. At long last. The news item was Colin Powell's presenting evidence to the U.N. Security Council next week. But... Read More

Portfolio Utility

If President Bush gets his way, investors will soon be receiving their dividends tax-free. You'd figure that one sector to benefit would be gas and electric utilities, which through the years have offered consistently high dividends. Right now, the average... Read More

French Unilateralism

French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin has hinted that France will veto any UN Security Council Resolution that authorizes the use of military force against Iraq. "We will not associate ourselves with military intervention that is not supported by the... Read More

H.O.T. Stuff

Imagine strapping into a cockpit, tilting the nose down and flying underwater - swooping through the sea with seals and dolphins, and banking around an ancient shipwreck. You are at the controls as you barrel roll through the water then... Read More

Hydrogen Hopes

Can the U.S. count on trendy renewable sources of energy like wind and solar power for its energy and especially its transportation needs? Some voices in politics and media seem to think so, but the reality isn't so clear cut.... Read More

Pragmatic Pacifism

Before the First World War people like William Jennings Bryan and Josephus Daniels called themselves pacifists, but they actually meant something quite different from this word than what we normally mean, as was made evident by both men's eventual support... Read More

Modern Alchemy

Years ago, on a visit to Prague, now in the Czech Republic, I visited Hradcany Castle. It was like many other European castles, with one difference: it had some rooms devoted to the medieval science of alchemy - transforming one... Read More

Europe, America and the Middle East

The American journalist Robert Kagan recently wrote a much noted article in which he likened Europe to Venus and the US to Mars. (1) He maintains that the two sides of the Atlantic no longer share a common strategic... Read More

What Price Tax Cuts?

Supporters and opponents of President Bush's new tax cut proposal agree on one thing: It will cost over $600 billion. Stephen Moore of the Cato Institute and the supply-side Club for Growth referred to a $600 billion tax cut in... Read More

Lead Us Not Into Temptation...

Reuters is reporting that a convoy of mostly Western volunteers is setting off for Iraq to act as "human shields" at various points around Baghdad. The idea is to stave off possible U.S. attacks on Iraq by having a bunch... Read More

The New Environmentalism

In a recent editorial, The Hartford Courant lamented the demolition of a group of 19th-century buildings in the city's downtown. The structures were boarded up and unused, the state building inspector had labeled seven of the eight buildings unsafe,... Read More

Be Safe, Not Sorry

Has there ever been a more intense campaign against a single consumer product that the one being waged against SUVs? To hear critics, they are nothing more than gas guzzling road hogs that deepen our dependence on foreign oil,... Read More

Athena's Gifts

In Greek mythology Athena is the goddess of both wisdom and war, and of the application of reason and intelligent activity to domestic and artisanal activity. Ancient Greeks also believed that Athena invented the horse bridle, enabling men to... Read More

Harvard Via eBay

Colleges should abolish legacy preferences and fill the saved slots with auction winners. Fairness dictates that prestigious schools admit those willing and able to pay the big bucks. Defenders of college affirmative action programs inevitably point to the admissio Read More

An IP Regime Change

A fusillade of criticism has fallen upon the United States for being the lone holdout in a World Trade Organization proposal to encourage poor nations to import generic versions of patented drugs. This dispute originally focused on drugs to fight... Read More

Cold Comfort

Does a frigid January mean the threat of climate change is over? As the headline on the front of Wednesday's New York Daily News put it "Global Warming, Huh?" In the northeast and parts of the midwest, the temperature... Read More

Jawing at a Stonewall

When critics of the Bush administration accuse it of rushing to war and not giving inspections time to work in Iraq, all because of "oil interests," they demonstrate their ignorance of history and economics. President Bush had it right this... Read More

One Sexy Issue

E-government is not usually considered sexy, which may be why this important topic has received little scrutiny. But first appearances aside, it could become problematic if ignored by those who believe in limited government. Like the seemingly bipartisan issue of.. Read More

Threats or Opportunities?

The Raelian cloning project looks increasingly like a hoax (because of the group's failure to produce proof) and we still are waiting for Severino Antinori and Panos Zavos to produce results for their projects, but the advent of human cloning... Read More

Fine Tuning

Wireless. That's the buzzword that permeates telecommunications nowadays. It certainly filled up the headlines and the hearings in Washington last week. At a Senate hearing with all five Federal Communication Commissioners on Tuesday, both the regulators and the le Read More

Living in Minus

"One of the criteria I think I have for getting married is that the guy has to be opposed to living in minus." An Israeli entrepreneur we met when our family visited the country last December explained to us... Read More

The First Domino...

Politicians mess things up all the time, especially the tax code. But they usually do it in secret. They make their deals behind closed doors, giving away some pork in exchange for the tax break du jour. They take baby... Read More

A Course of Action

Editor's note: The National Taxpayers Union recently asked over one hundred distinguished economists, including three Nobel Prize winners, how to get the American economy going again. An Open Letter to Congress: The continued sluggishness in the American economy de Read More

Destination: Mars

Recent reports from the Los Angeles Times and indicate that President Bush may announce a spectacular new Mars initiative, aimed at putting humans on Mars by 2010. Having been through this with a previous President Bush, who announced... Read More

UN Confidence Games

American support for tough action abroad rises when backed by the United Nations. And international support soars when gaining UN approval. Why? Everyone respects, if not adores, the concept of the international organization. That's all well and good, except it's.. Read More

Rethinking the Military

Representatives Charlie Rangel (D-NY) and John Conyers (D-MI), and Senator Ernest Hollings (D-SC) recently introduced legislation to reinstate the draft. They argue that due to the inequity of the present system, public policy is insulated from the sacrifices inher Read More

A Courageous Move

Just because Bush is getting slapped around by the liberal civil rights establishment, that doesn't mean that he's getting much accomplished for the cause of color-blind equality. At least not yet. If it seems as if he is getting nowhere... Read More

Predator or Prey?

Predator drones are the high-tech darlings of the new war. Too bad they're so slow, dumb, noisy, and near-sighted that almost anything stronger than a peashooter could take them down. In recent months, the bulbous-nosed, 27 foot-long unmanned aerial vehicles... Read More

America's Other Rocket Program

Baby, it's cold out! And it's 6:30 in the &#*@%# morning! Oh, and did I mention we're in the middle of nowhere - the Mojave Desert in California? But, on this bleary winter Saturday, we're here for a good reason.... Read More

Golden Globes Glowing

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Several celebrities recently garnered attention by publicly deriding SUV's because they use more petroleum than downsized vehicles. Some stars have committed to their ideology by purchasing hybrid or other lighter, smaller and more fuel-efficien Read More

What's In a Name?

The name "Glassman" has been popping up a lot lately. And it's not just me and my family. In fact, with the exception of my brother, the illustrious Washington veterinarian, I am not related to any of the recently famous... Read More

Missing Links

Looking for controversy? Then come on down and join the thimerosal debate. It has everything needed to keep going for years: a terrible medical condition with a mysterious origin, shady politics, and plenty of lawyers. Thimerosal is a preservative that... Read More

Bastiat in Europe

Forward March! New Year's Day marked the tenth birthday of the Single Market, which was created to abolish "obstacles to the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital" in the European Union. Ten years after the then European... Read More

From Lapdog to Watchdog

Until inspectors' discovery Thursday of empty chemical-weapons rockets in Iraq, it was looking as though the UN team, led by Hans Blix, was doing more to cover for Saddam Hussein than to expose him. Chief inspector Blix had waved away... Read More

Dangerous Lies

Much has happened since I last wrote about the malpractice insurance crisis. Four states - Ohio, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and Nevada- have taken steps toward serious tort reform, although three of them only did so after it became obvious that... Read More

Dr. Evil Blackmails Investors

Alleged sponsor of deadly terrorist activities? Check. Suspected of building weapons of mass destruction? Check. Member of the infamous Axis of Evil club? Check. Has Americans worried about ramifications of war against him? No. There's been concern among us about.. Read More

The Road to CAFE

Back in 1974, Ford executive vice president Fred Secrest warned that if Congress passed mandatory fuel economy standards for cars, Ford would have to abandon its large cars, and sell "all sub-Pinto-sized vehicles or some mix of vehicles ranging from... Read More

Oh, To Be In England

We often hear that the U.S. murder rate, which is so much greater than anywhere else in the Western World, proves that America is a very dangerous place to live. Yet there are many indications that the murder rate in... Read More

Oil Econ 101

My instinct is to oppose any policy initiative that is touted to fight child pornography or the drug menace. It's not that I'm in favor of child porn or drug abuse. However, I am conditioned by experience to expect proposals... Read More

From Progressive to Parasitic

We all like compliments. It feels good when people tell us how good we look or how smart we are. So to look our best, we put on makeup or dress in sharp clothes. To appear smart, we take progressive... Read More

Frog Fog

Is a widely used herbicide causing transgendered frogs? Ever since a group of Minnesota middle school students found some deformed frogs while on a nature class field trip in 1995, environmental scientists have been intensively looking for the causes... Read More

Are You Better Safe Than Sorry?

'Better safe than sorry.' This is the crux of the precautionary principle. The application of the principle manifests itself everywhere. There are crash barriers along the highway and handrails along the staircase. But the ladder of the traditional window... Read More

I Created a Monster

I created a monster. About a year ago, I was a regular on a Santa Monica radio program called "Left, Right and Center." Arianna Huffington, the protean author and TV personality, was, if you can believe it, the center of... Read More

The Promise of Tomorrow

Recently, John Brockman posed a query to readers in the form of an imaginary memo from President Bush. The memo invited readers to play Science Advisor to the President, and asked readers to suggest the most pressing scientific issue... Read More

Retoothing the Tiger

The Security and Exchange Commission's looming Jan. 26 deadline for issuing its final rules that will implement the Sarbanes-Oxley Act on corporate responsibility. A co-author of the bill on Wednesday touted it as vital to renewing confidence in the nation's... Read More

Too Broad a Brush

One doesn't know whether to laugh or cry about Arianna Huffington's two television spots equating driving an SUV to international terrorism. Ms. Huffington, the noted political philosopher, high-minded intellectual and Washington and L.A. party gadfly has created a Read More

The Democrats' Iowa Problem

Attention C-Span viewers . . .Booknotes is soon to be preempted. This Saturday night, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the cavalcade of Presidential candidate cattle calls is scheduled to begin. Several of those who aspire to be the Democratic Party's... Read More

Heavenly Hiltons

The civilian space program has been in need of a bold new central theme to focus space activities since the conclusion of the Apollo program. We believe that ''civilians in space'' is a theme that the American public will... Read More

A Better Way?

President Bush's proposal to eliminate the dividend tax is welcome. But the plan's opponents, recognizing its political and economic attractiveness, are trying to squash the proposal by arguing that (a) it favors the rich and (b) investors will incur the... Read More

Telecom's Future

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell told the Senate Commerce Committee on Monday that "we are at critical crossroads in communications," spurred by computerization. Who could disagree with that? And who could disagree with the five goals set Read More

Bring 'Em Home

Withdrawing U.S. troops from Korea would sure shake up that already-shaky peninsula. That may be just what's needed now. At times, one dramatic act can transform an unfolding dramatic saga. Shakespeare demonstrates this clearly in Macbeth, right after he murders... Read More

Is Cloning 'Pro-Life'?

Is human cloning controversial? Sure it is. But the most interesting argument isn't about whether Rael is for real; few believe that the white-suited, top-knotted Clonaid founder is a truth-teller. Rather, the most important divide, not yet entirely visible, is... Read More

Thirsty For Solutions

California's water wars received national attention recently when a potential water transfer from agricultural Imperial Valley to urban San Diego fell through at the last minute, resulting in a major loss of water for all of California. The transfer deal... Read More

'Ridiculous Fiction'

A committee of the Danish government has officially ruled that Bjorn Lomborg's commercial book The Skeptical Environmentalist is "systematically biased." Lomborg's book documents environmental improvements in areas of the world where major investments have been ma Read More

Are You Paying Attention?

Last week's column about time, scarcities, and the Internet produced some interesting reader email - enough to generate a whole new column, as a matter of fact. First, reader Yuval Levin wrote: Could it be that the way to... Read More

Veterans' Burning Questions

According to a recent article in the Chicago Sun-Times, "researchers have identified a new malady among veterans of the first Gulf War: burning semen syndrome." Direct exposure to their semen can cause "burning, pain and swelling" in intimate areas.... Read More

FCC, Let It Be

A report released Monday reveals just why the regional Bell monopolies are so frantic about getting FCC Chairman Michael Powell to change the rules and cut off competition for local telephone service. The report shows that at the end of... Read More

Dogs of the Dow

When I heard that President Bush was proposing to eliminate the double taxation of dividends, I immediately exclaimed, "Arf!" I was thinking of the Dogs of the Dow, those high-yielding blue chips that gained notoriety nearly a decade ago. If... Read More

The 'Destroy Detroit Project'

Are soccer moms guilty of funding international terrorism? Republican-commentator-turned-Naderite-fundamentalist Arianna Huffington seems to think so. After exhausting almost every conceivable avenue to demonize the SUV and its driver, including enlisting Jesus as Read More

Networks Transformed

The 108th Congress convened last week. Traditions were maintained, oaths were administered and, outwardly, there was little evidence of an evolution in governance. However, rules in the House give Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) the authority to name members to a.. Read More

Eliminating 'Eurosclerosis'

For many centuries Europeans have been fascinated with America's political and economic developments. One of the best-known European explorers of the secret of America's success was undoubtedly Alexis de Tocqueville. Dissatisfied with the prevailing political situa Read More

'Affirmative Casualties'

WASHINGTON - Rep. Charlie Rangel (D- NY) took his "fairness in the military" proposal a step further this week. The congressman is now calling for what he calls "affirmative casualties" in war, a move he says will "ensure that the... Read More

Content Is Crap

"So we also can be grateful this week for the launch Monday of some smart software from a Stanford University-based organization called Creative Commons" --Dan Gillmor Creative Commons is an Internet service founded by Lawrence Lessig, a lawyer and author... Read More

The Medium and the Message

Last week a news story in The New York Times discussed the distress of various national Democrats over their supposed lack of a media presence. The Democrats are currently a quest to find "a liberal answer to Rush Limbaugh,"... Read More

A Texan's Two Step

President Bush announced an economic recovery plan built on tax cuts. A Democratic president, John F. Kennedy, also faced with national security threats and a big stock-market decline, came to the same conclusion. On Dec. 14, 1962, JFK urged Congress... Read More

Are Americans Terrorists?

thank my God the sun and moon Are both stuck up so high, That no presumptuous hand can stretch And pluck them from the sky. If they were not, I do believe That some reforming ass Would recommend to take... Read More

Waste Not, Want Not

Here's a question for you. Say that I have an obsolete, useless Commodore computer in my garage. You offer to take it apart, recycle the electrical parts, and sell the excess metal for scrap. I gladly give you the electronic... Read More

Denmark's Ministry of Truth

In "1984," George Orwell's frightening novel set in a totalitarian state, the hero, Winston Smith, worked in "Recdep," the Records Department of the Ministry of Truth. His job was to correct "mistakes" in past newspaper articles. Denmark has its own... Read More

Kids on Drugs

If you've filled a prescription recently, you may have had a nasty surprise. Antibiotics or a tube of steroid cream used to cost a few bucks, but now the prices are soaring. A few examples of the cost of a... Read More

The Quiet Threats

Editor's note: for a different perspective on the TIA debate, click here. In an effort to better protect America's security, the federal government has proposed a number of schemes to keep track of everyone in the United States. While of... Read More

'Partial' Information Awareness

Editor's note: for a different perspective on the TIA debate, click here. Look at the back of a dollar bill, and you'll see the Great Seal of the United States: the 13-block pyramid (think 13 original colonies) topped by the... Read More

Learning Your Limits

"A man's got to know his limitations." So said Clint Eastwood's character Dirty Harry in the 1973 movie, Magnum Force. Detective Harry Callahan was commenting about an overzealous police captain who set up a special force of young cops.... Read More

Brother, Can You Spare a Dividend?

"I was always there, right on the job They used to tell me I was building a dream... Once I built a tower, up to the sun, brick and rivet and lime. Once I built a tower, now it's done... Read More

Hocus Pocus

As we pitch and yaw into another new year there comes the inevitable spate of optimism about new automotive breakthroughs that will break our bonds with the hated internal combustion engine. Last year we had the slap-stick Segway upright Hoover... Read More

'Standard of the World'

If you hear that some poor Sierra Club member choked on his trail mix and ran his Prius into a tree, blame it on Cadillac. The General Motors luxury automaker introduced a show-stealing 1000-horsepower (yeah, that's right, three zeros) V-16... Read More

The Cyberspace Commons?

Last weekend was the Association of American Law Schools conference in Washington, and I wound up speaking on creating a commons in cyberspace. This didn't work out very well: the panel was organized by the Communitarian Network, an organization... Read More

Shame on McCain

Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) aspires to be the Energy Rationing President, and Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) wants to help him attain that dubious distinction. Today, Sen. McCain, who chairs the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, will hol Read More

A Smear Continues

When Bjorn Lomborg's book The Skeptical Environmentalist was published a little over a year ago it caused an immediate sensation in the United States and Europe for its unconventionally optimistic take on environmental matters. At the time, I asked... Read More

Trouble Down South

Americans need to remember the Korean War, since to the South Koreans it has become "the forgotten war" - as it has long been deemed in the U.S. Recent South Korean behavior has been nearly as outrageous as that... Read More

The Get-Rich-Slow Scheme

1. Start investing early in your career. The magic of compound interest magnifies the importance of early investments. At a 6% real return, saving $1 at age 21 for retirement is about the save as saving $6 at age... Read More

How, Not Whether

Double taxation of dividend income has been a huge strain on the U.S. economy. This quirk of our tax code has driven a wave of bankruptcies, exacerbated stock market volatility, discouraged investment, slowed economic growth, cost America jobs, and... Read More

Tech's Trump Card

The situation in North Korea has made a number of unpleasant facts abundantly clear. There are some instructive lessons to be learned. But the few options available to us for dealing with the situation aren't palatable. Kim Jong-Il wants North... Read More

Darwin Is My Co-Pilot

Even the saints among us practice economics. Miracles aside, they must make choices among competing alternatives. Mother Teresa had to decide how, when, and where to allocate her time and other resources dedicated to the sick. People deliberately or subconsciously. Read More

Depends vs. Pampers

"If they would rather die, they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population!" That line from Dickens's beloved "Christmas Carol, published in 1843, shows that the idea of overpopulation is hardly new. Yet the idea lives on,... Read More

A Pox on Paternalism

The news lately has been full of stories about the "confusion and ignorance" of the American public. According to a survey in the New England Journal of Medicine, we don't understand the smallpox issue. We think that smallpox isn't as... Read More

Meet the Real 'Joe Millionaire'

Is Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell taking his cues from Fox TV? This week the naughty network delivers a new twist on the reality dating and wooing game. The show, "Joe Millionaire," essentially cons a score of beautiful... Read More

Eyes on the Prizes

Contrary to the impression you may get watching all-day TV stock market shows, investing is not a sport. It's a serious endeavor - specifically, a means to a better life for you and your family. If you invest wisely, you... Read More

The Temperance Movement Is Back

Last week's New Year's celebrations brought out the predictable party-poopers in the medical fraternity. Of particular interest was a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventi Read More

Political Lies

Too often, election campaigns devolve into popularity contests. Sound bites, slick packaging, and piles of cash become the deciding factors. Of course, there is always a pretense of public policy debate. Candidates discuss issues along the way. They identify some.. Read More

Monopoly Man

The Wall Street Journal today reports that Chairman Michael Powell will ask the FCC to vote early next month on changes that would force competitors to pay the giant Bell companies higher rates to lease lines - "a move,"... Read More

The Benefits of Downsizing

Last May, The Wall Street Journal published a remarkable article, based on interviews in Havana, that indicates Fidel Castro came within an inch of becoming the Man of the Year - no, Man of the Century, or, mirabile dictu,... Read More

What You Don't
Know Can Hurt You

In 1930, the economist John Maynard Keynes declared that mankind was well on its way to "solving its economic problem." Perhaps so, although decades of postwar Keynesianism probably didn't help. Joel Mokyr, an economist at Northwestern University, thinks that... Read More

Seen vs. Unseen

As I write, the U.S. economy has grown 3 percent over the past 12 months (average for the post-World War II period), unemployment is 5.7 percent (also average), and inflation is 1.5 percent (well below average). Those are pretty... Read More

One Coin, Two Sides

Deep in South America two terror fronts are colliding. While fundamentally dangerous apart together they are capable of producing terror attacks against the West in both greater magnitude and frequency than ever before. The region is called the Triple Border.... Read More

Arrogance and Power

The president's National Security Strategy and its new doctrine of preemption have come under heavy fire from critics. The critics tell us that it amounts to little more than carte blanche for the American president to attack anyone he wishes.... Read More

Hot or Not?

Was 2002 one of the hottest years in history? After all, pronouncements of record warmth for 2002 were made since the beginning of 2002. For example, in February 2002, NOAA warned that "November 2001-January 2002: Warmest on the record in... Read More

Space Quiz

Test your knowledge of space policy, science and technology with the following questions. The answers are at bottom. 1. Galileo is the name of: A. A spacecraft now in the final phases of its mission to explore Jupiter and its... Read More

Battle of the Bulge

On the heels of their anti-smoking success, trial lawyers and health advocates are locking and loading again, this time taking aim at fast food restaurants for the "obesity epidemic." Surgeon General David Satcher made the declaration that obesity was reaching... Read More

Hot Rocks, Literally

"This Is Spinal Tap", the seminal, satirical Rockumentary, "capture[d] the sights, the sounds...the smells of a hard-working rock band on the road." This classic now begs a remake, incorporating a send-up of the rampant hypocrisy of, say, drug addled sexagenarians. Read More

Learn to Earn

For the past 20 years, a newsletter based in Annandale, Virginia called the Hulbert Financial Digest (866-428-6568) has been keeping track of the performance of other newsletters. Of the original ones it monitored, only 17 remain, and, at last count,... Read More

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