TCS Daily : June 2006 Archives

Happy Gathering

Liberty is the air America breathes...-- On a plaque in the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty As usual we'll gather at Conneaut Lake, up in northwestern Pennsylvania, as we have, some of us, for forty years or more. A... Read More

When Superman Shrugs

If you were Superman, you'd flee the earth, too. In the new Superman movie, we learn that Superman has been missing for five years, having left our planet to explore the ruins of his home planet of Krypton. It's a... Read More


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A Net Plus

A dreary European Council, an uneventful visit of the US president to Vienna, a European Commission plan to reform winemaking -- all in all, a typically uneventful European political summer. Thank heavens for the World Cup, which has shunted aside... Read More

Technology and Politics as Metaphor

A former college roommate of mine, who did a lot of pot smoking during the 1960s, once complained to me years after college, during one of his job lapses, that the Ford Foundation was bugging him. If I knew what... Read More

A New Deal for Mexico?

MEXICO CITY -- If an alien had been in my taxi coming in from the airport here last weekend, it would have been struck by all the colorful posters, flags, pennants, and handbills dominating every line of sight. If the... Read More

Star Search

A recent AP news story by Seth Borenstein claimed to report on the science community's opinion of the accuracy of the science in Al Gore's movie "An Inconvenient Truth", coming soon to a theatre near you. The story began, "The... Read More

Zeitgeist in Tights

Are Americans ready for a post-George W. Bush "Superman"? You know, a sensitive guy, more thoughtful and reflective than the 43rd president -- but also better looking than John Kerry? If so, then "Superman Returns" might be the perfect post-Bush-era... Read More

A Little Unhappiness Goes a Long Way

Most debates about government policy concern whether government should intervene. A different but important question is whether intervention belongs at the state or federal level, if intervention occurs. In fact, many current federal policies should be left to the Read More

The Tired Civil Servant

The UK Conservative leader David Cameron's recent comments praising Britain's public sector rightly underline the fact that many doctors, nurses and teachers work very hard at demanding jobs. But Cameron failed to address why so many public sector employees work... Read More

Israel's Vietnam

"There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result." --Winston Churchill Hamas and other rejectionist Palestinian factions are enjoying an exhilarating experience. Israeli airplanes, tanks, and artillery are putting on a show of force, without hi Read More

Unhappy Birthday, Kelo

Just over one year ago, the Supreme Court validated eminent domain abuse in its decision in Kelo v. City of New London. At the time of the decision, it was predicted by some as way of consolation that the Court's... Read More

Ecopolis Now?

We Earth Men have a talent for ruining big, beautiful things. - Ray Bradbury, The Martial Chronicles. The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead station.- William Gibson, The Neuromancer. Combine an almost universal... Read More

The New Face of Globalization...

Lakshmi Mittal, the richest Indian in the world, brought his country an unexpected victory in globalization's World Cup. When on June 25 it was announced that Arcelor's board had accepted the new offer from Mittal Steel, essentially clearing the way... Read More

Times Reveals Enigma Codes

WASHINGTON (SatireNewsService) -- Yesterday, September 11, 1943, the New York Times reported that allied cryptanalysts had been, for several years, decoding top-secret Axis war messages. The Times story revealed that thousands of code-breakers working in a suburb o Read More

Dial-Up Interstate

When it comes to internet connections we are quick to appreciate the importance of speed. Whether we're shopping, job hunting, or doing just about anything else, we recognize that our opportunities expand when broadband connections let us zip around this... Read More

Power and the Presidency

On April 6, 1780, the British Parliament famously took up the motion of Mr. Dunning "that the influence of the crown has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished." Here, in the United States, our Founding Fathers sought to... Read More

Who Killed the Electric Car?

Upon hearing the word 'electricity,' I paid closer attention to the vehicle which was going by me at that precise moment and it was easy for me to notice that, in fact, the 'soul' of the movement was indeed electricity.--... Read More

My Green Friend

Alexander de Roo is former member of the European Parliament for Green Left. Together, we take part regularly in public discussions in the Netherlands on the climate issue and Kyoto. He believes anthropogenic global warming may yield disastrous consequences for... Read More

Identity Crisis and Schools

The latest Diet session has now concluded in Japan and as expected, some legislation has been passed on to the next session to be deliberated in the fall. One debate that could prove particularly contentious is that over the Fundamental... Read More

Bank Shot

Call it the Washington Beltway's "Axis of Abuse": irresponsible reporters and editors collaborating with agenda-ed, unnamed "leakers." The exposure of a legal and productive counter-terror intelligence operation on the front page of the June 23 edition of The New Y Read More

Bank Shot

Call it the Washington Beltway's "Axis of Abuse": irresponsible reporters and editors collaborating with agenda-ed, unnamed "leakers." The exposure of a legal and productive counter-terror intelligence operation on the front page of the June 23 edition of The New Y Read More

The Real News About Mann-Made Global Warming

Last week's release of a National Academies of Science (NAS) report entitled "Surface Temperature Reconstructions for the Last 2,000 Years" was the result of a congressional request to look into the controversy surrounding the now-famous "hockey stick" temperature Read More

Buffetting the Death Tax

While no political thinker worth his salt underestimates the importance of private property, Machiavelli cut to the heart of the matter most succinctly. A prince, he wrote, "must not touch the property of others, because men sooner forget the killing... Read More

Will the Defense Rest?

We're hearing more about avian flu these days, and there's some reason to think it's a threat. A controversial Chinese study suggests that human beings were being infected several years ago, without that being recognized. That might be comforting: The... Read More

The Renewal of the West

If 200 years from now America will be filled with people who know and love the ideas of Jefferson and Madison -- but these people are overwhelmingly dark skinned -- will this be good or bad? That's the question I... Read More

Cutting Classes

It is mid-point in the school examination season. The papers sit, scripts sent off for marking, nothing is left but to wait and see if the results "break all records" or are just "evidence of solid progress". And everyone knows... Read More

'The Most Optimistic Country in the World'

In the mid-1980s, India's middle class comprised just 10 percent of the population. Today, it's larger than the entire population of the United States and is predicted to grow to 445 million by the end of this decade. For 70... Read More

Hockey Stick Shortened?

"We have 25 or so years invested in the work. Why should I make the data available to you, when your aim is to try and find something wrong with it?" -- Phil Jones in a reply to climate skeptic... Read More

The Ultimate Lifeboat

If one were looking for a non-metaphysical description of human life here on earth, it would be hard do better than Edmund Burke's statesmanlike definition of society: "a partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who... Read More

That's Your Cue

"These sacred truths are unverifiable, and unfalsifiable, but the faithful nevertheless accept them to be unquestionable. In doing so, like assemblies of the faithful since the dawn of language, they bind themselves together for protection or common action against Read More

Pirates of the Black Sea

Vladimir Putin claims to be a quid-pro-quo guy. At the Black Sea summit between Russia and the EU, he insisted on "reciprocity" for any European involvement in Russia's "holy of holies", its energy resources and associated state-run industries. Ever the... Read More

Risk vs. Liberty

The way the UK government looks at risk policy has been shaken up by a new report published recently by the Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs. Though the report's dry title and the abstractions of risk policy might push... Read More

The Chomsky Fallacy

Opinions, it's often said, are like anuses: Everybody has one. Should I pay attention to anyone else's opinion, given that I have my own, or given that I'm capable of forming my own? And if I do pay attention to... Read More

The Holy Grail in a Grain of Rice

Who among us hasn't experienced a touch of the trots from stomach flu or food poisoning? For those of us fortunate enough to live in an industrialized country with ready access to health care, diarrhea is little more than a... Read More

Hey Big Spenders...

Is anybody really surprised that $1.4 billion in hurricane relief was steeped in fraud? It's been widely reported that FEMA and other relief agencies dumped boatloads of phony assistance on the victims of Katrina and Rita, covering ludicrous expenses ranging... Read More

Private Money, Public Good

Britain's infrastructure and public services have long suffered from underinvestment. The fiscal chaos of the 1970s was followed by a decade in which the Thatcher government's first priority was to fight inflation -- and this meant cutting spending. But tightening. Read More

Reality Tivoed

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. That appears to be Hollywood's philosophy toward video games. The latest effort at joining 'em is "Click," starring Adam Sandler; if imitation is the sincerest form of film-ery, then "Click" rates as an... Read More

Transatlantic Trade-Off

BRUSSELS -- Not surprisingly, press coverage of this week's visit by US President George W. Bush to Vienna for a summit meeting with EU leaders focused on what divides Europe and America -- especially the effort by European governments to... Read More

The Constant Pardoner

The minimum five-year sentence for convicted pedophile Craig Sweeney has deepened the public's crisis of confidence in the British criminal justice system -- and stirred the government into pledging a 'sentencing review'. But while the mother of Sweeney's three-yea Read More

Shaming Iran

The Bush Administration has reversed longstanding American policy and offered to conduct direct negotiations with Iran, subject to certain provisos. With the offer for talks out in the open and with preliminary public posturing on the part of both the... Read More

'Stop Doing What I Said'

The task of responding to the latest crusade from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has become almost tedious. Last week, the organization was busy, announcing a lawsuit against Kentucky Fried Chicken and targeting Starbucks for its... Read More

Open Sesamedia

CAIRO -- The Bush administration and others slam Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya for what they argue is wildly unfair coverage by the two stations of the war in Iraq and U.S. foreign policy in general. But the growing availability... Read More

Cuban Revolution: Short-Selling by Journalists

Maybe Mark Cuban will be consoled for his Mavs' loss in the NBA finals by his new media venture. As discussed in Business Week, Cuban's planning an online publication that will engage in investigative business journalism. The tricky part is... Read More

Winning One for the GIPper?

The recently concluded first round of talks on a free trade agreement between the United States and South Korea made progress on a number of potentially contentious issues including telecommunications, service industries, financial services and intellectual propert Read More

Clanarchy in Somalia

Though US-supported "secular warlords" in the Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counterterrorism militia have fled Mogadishu, the fundamentalist Islamic Courts Union (ICU) doesn't control hearts, minds or, for that matter, all of Mogadishu. Clan militias st Read More

The Creation Myth

This June 22 marks the 40th anniversary of the death of one of the Twentieth Century's most far-sighted scientists. But Georges Lemaître, in addition to being a first-rate mathematician and physicist, was also a diocesan Catholic priest -- and in... Read More

America: Exceptional No Longer

The World Cup is in full swing, and the cities of Germany have turned into multi-national festivals celebrating the most popular sport on the globe. But has America joined the party? The answer to that question is a qualified yes.... Read More

America: Exceptional No Longer

The World Cup is in full swing, and the cities of Germany have turned into multi-national festivals celebrating the most popular sport on the globe. But has America joined the party? The answer to that question is a qualified yes.... Read More

How Kelo Can You Go?

We've just had the first anniversary of the Kelo decision (your property is your property but only if, like, no one else will pay more taxes on it) and the blog Division of Labour has a listing of what those... Read More

Time to Do the Deal

For the WTO Doha Round, intransigence is common. Countless deadlines have been set and missed. But despite this, prospects for a good outcome have increased significantly in recent days. Not surprisingly, the reasons for this change lie in Washington and... Read More

Routine Evil

There was an awful inevitability to what happened to those two American soldiers. Did anyone believe for one moment that they would be treated with respect according to the Geneva Convention? Only the fact that these fanatics have been on... Read More

Parlors of Democracy

"It is one of the happy incidents of the federal system that a single courageous State may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country."--... Read More

Commons Problems

Why should anyone have to spend more for a single prescription drug pill than it costs the drug company to manufacture that pill? Put differently, once a drug has been developed -- especially one that combats a life-threatening illness --... Read More

In Iraq, A Drawdown But Not Out

I sense something different happening in Iraq. ... I hope there's not an expectation from people that, all of a sudden, there's going to be zero violence -- in other words, it's just not going to be the case. On... Read More

The 18 Percent Solution

Much of the world's media portrayed the victory of the socialist party SMER in the Slovak elections on Saturday as the voters' rejection of the free market reforms pursued by the current center-right government. The Financial Times, for example, wrote... Read More

Doha Held Hostage

Efforts in the World Trade Organization to expand world trade and lift global living standards are foundering. India and Brazil blame the United States and the European Union for coddling agriculture and blocking imports from their farmers. But New Delhi... Read More

Financial Markets Get Global

NYSE Group's $10.2 billion merger bid for Euronext NV, the operator of the Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and Lisbon stock exchanges, has the potential to create the world's largest transatlantic stock exchange (assuming, of course, that Deutsche Borse doesn't try to.. Read More

Don't Restrict Immigration, Tax It

The goal of this article is to outline an open borders policy that achieves "Pareto-improvement." Sounds boring, I know. But bear with me. Pareto-improvement, a term from economics, means that some people are made better off while no one is... Read More

Star Wars: The Sequel

Quietly, almost imperceptibly, outside the glare of the Beltway and beyond the daily chaos of the war on terror, the US military is continuing to piece together an international missile defense system (IMD). Indeed, spring 2006 has brought with it... Read More

Turkey Plays Chicken

Europe's leaders met last week in Brussels for another series of discussions about EU energy policy. To stimulate their debate, the European Commission had earlier joined ranks with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and released a special five-page paper... Read More

Vietnam, US Mend Fences

Two recent events -- one military in nature, the other economic -- have propelled U.S.-Vietnam bilateral relations forward, mending, to a considerable degree, a vital strategic relationship that was severed over thirty years ago by a devastating decade-long war. In Read More

Hot Air

A recent study by Vecchi, et al titled "Weakening of tropical Pacific atmospheric circulation due to anthropogenic forcing"[1], states that there has been a discernable (approximately 3.5 percent) weakening in the Walker Circulation since the mid-1800's. The Walker Read More

UN Bashing is Hardly Enough

United Nations deputy secretary-general Mark Malloch Brown has a singular view of what constitutes international diplomacy. He said in a speech recently that the American public is ignorant of the importance and effectiveness of the UN because of the U.S.... Read More


Is Islam compatible with modernity? This has become a hotly debated question in the past few decades. Much of the discussion focuses on issues relating to political liberalism -- democracy, pluralism and freedom of thought. Another important dimension of modernity. Read More

Half-Baked Europe

The European Union will mark its 50th anniversary next year, but if the current malaise continues its celebration is more likely to resemble a wake than a birthday party. The 25-member bloc has been in a funk since French and... Read More

The Kids Are Not Alright

The latest figures from Eurostat (the EU's official statistics agency) on youth unemployment are depressing for Europeans. On average, in the EU in 2005, unemployment for people under the age of 25 was 17 percent. In the US, by comparison,... Read More

Getting Hollywood's Drift

In "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift," which opens this weekend, the stars are the cars. That's right, the true the heroes of this film -- the players that zoom, roar, screech, and drift through Japan for two hours... Read More

Judging Haditha

John Dickerson and Dahlia Lithwick have a piece in Slate arguing that the Marines accused of perpetrating the Haditha massacre should be turned over to Iraqi courts for trial. Dickerson and Lithwick argue such based on the perceived need for... Read More

Empty Rhetoric

Recently, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has been firing all barrels at General Motors. In a June 14 column, Friedman explained his position against GM: On May 31 I wrote a column accusing General Motors of acting irresponsibly by... Read More

Profile in Courage

CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Peering out the window of one of this town's many excellent coffeeshops, one could be forgiven for thinking that all is right at Harvard. The ancient pageantry of commencement, conducted this week, still inflects Harvard Square as... Read More

The Border and the Boom

One argument for curbing immigration is that the economy can't absorb so many new entrants - there aren't enough jobs for them. Is it true? Data released just last week strongly suggests that labor markets are so strong that the... Read More

Don't Harmonize, Liberalize

Estonia is a poster child for the success of economic transformation in post-communist Europe. Liberalizing measures undertaken by successive Estonian governments have given the country high growth rate and brought the Estonian standard of living closer to that in Read More

The SCO and China's Reach

The recent annual meeting of the once obscure Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) illustrates how rapidly China's global influence is growing. The group's members and observers, who include half the world's population, signaled at their summit in Shanghai on Ju Read More

Jim Glassman on CNBC's Kudlow & Company

BROADCAST TRANSCRIPT FOR THE JUNE 14, 2006 KUDLOW & COMPANY PROGRAM ON CNBC (5:00PM - 6:00PM) LARRY KUDLOW, host: All right. Welcome back, everybody. This is the first of a couple of debates, as though that political section weren't... Read More

Live Bait: Grunt with a Camera Eye

Editor's note: J.D. Johannes is a former Marine Sergeant and embedded reporter who linked up with his old Marine Corps unit for syndicated TV news reports on the current conflict in Iraq. He sat with Max Borders for an interview... Read More

Portfolio Poppycock

Timing is everything. And the critics of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the giant national mortgage market makers, think the political timing could hardly be better to enact strict limitations on their operations. But the economic timing for the critics'... Read More

The Most Efficient Policeman

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is cracking down on corporate backdating of options. As many as 40 corporations may be under SEC investigation. At least 20 have been sued by shareholders. Fifteen senior executives who received backdated options have... Read More

In Media, Rex

The British are coming! And so are the Arabs, the Chinese, the French, and the Russians. In fact, the age of the SOMSM is upon us. The what? Perhaps I should explain. As everyone knows, the Mainstream Media (MSM) are... Read More

When the French Play Budget

Parisian lawyer Mathieu Laine may not have overstated his point by much when he characterized France as "one big nursery" in his latest book, La Grande Nurserie. En Finir avec l'Infantilisation des Français (JC Lattès, 2006). What he had in... Read More

After the Taliban, Look East

Recent weeks have seen some of the worst violence in Afghanistan since US-led forces toppled the Taliban in 2001, with over 900 people being killed this year. With NATO set to take over in the south of the country, I... Read More

Presidential Stealth Sortie

Seizing the political opportunity created by the death of terror kingpin Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, President George W. Bush flew to Baghdad on Tuesday. Bush's trip surprised Iraqis, coalition troops and the international community. It even surprised members of his staf Read More

Lost at Sea

On Saturday afternoon, Philip Merrill, publisher of The Washingtonian magazine and the Annapolis Capital and until recently president of the Export-Import Bank, set out in his 41-foot sailboat, The Merrilly, for a three-hour cruise across the Chesapeake Bay, where Read More

Contentious Issues That Dissolve

As awareness of the war on terror recedes -- unfortunately -- into the background, social issues have once again started dominating our political landscape. Two issues in particular have captured the nation's attention over the past few weeks: gay marriage... Read More

Is Persuasion Possible?

Dear Obscure Conservative Legal Guy: What does a conservative have to do to engage the culture in a substantive argument? I'm a senior editor at a major conservative magazine, and I've just written a book, The Party of Death, that... Read More

Feeding the Trolls and the Goats

As I discussed in the previous installment of this series on reforming the patent system, a species of patent-holding companies, known as "trolls" to their adversaries, have recently won several patent infringement cases against sizeable corporations, the highest p Read More

Are You a Conservative?

"what's happening politically on the Left, the other big idea there besides malignant narcissism, is existentialist nihilism. It's the idea that nothing really does matter; that humanity is in and of itself a problem... Socialized health care and the idea... Read More

Venice In the Balance

This week, Venice in Peril, the British charity for the preservation of Venice, hosted a debate in London on the resolution, "Enough money has been spent saving Venice." The motion didn't pass, but in the world outside there is a... Read More

When Fanaticism Is Your Only Skill

Ding-dong the wicked son-of-b--- is dead! Like the Wicked Witch of the East a house fell on him, or in on him anyway. Even some terrorists are glad Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is gone -- he was giving murder and mayhem... Read More

Terror or Tradeoffs?

So, 17 Canadian residents and citizens -- not foreign operatives -- are arrested with three times the one ton of ammonium nitrate fertilizer used in the Oklahoma City bombing. The arrests complete a string of more than 30 dating from... Read More

Talking to Evil

Conservatives have greeted the news that the U.S. will directly negotiate with Iran provided it halts its uranium enrichment, with dismay. Conservative hawks -- both within the Bush administration and without -- have argued against such bilateral negotiation on the Read More

Spending Cuts Even Democrats Can Support

Most economists agree that large and persistent budget deficits are bad for the economy. Deficits mean government borrowing, which implies higher interest rates, lower investment, reduced capital accumulation, and slower growth. A few economists endorse an alternat Read More

Emission Impossible

Over the last few weeks, several good, even excellent articles have been published on the vicissitudes of the EU's Emissions Trading System. However, many of them overlook one crucial factor: In the bewildering array of technicalities, the original, and ostensibly. Read More

Too Much of a Good Thing?

Max Borders: Joining us today is Arnold Kling, author of the new book Crisis of Abundance: Rethinking How We Pay for Healthcare. Our guest received his PhD in economics from MIT, is an adjunct scholar of the Cato Institute, and... Read More

South African Shame

On May 26, South African government denied political asylum to Roy Bennett, the outspoken critic of Zimbabwe's ruler Robert Mugabe and former member of that country's Parliament. Bennett fled to South Africa in April 2006 to escape incarceration on trumped-up... Read More

Deadly Politics on Film

A new movie from South Korea is not going to crack the top ten list at Box Office Mojo, maybe not even the top 100. South Korea has produced its share of art-house hits, such as "Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter...And... Read More

The Wrath of Grapes

Almost exactly one year ago, oenophiles received the Supreme Court's decision in Granholm v. Heald with glee and anticipation. Today, however, the harsh reality is that many of our hopes have been dashed. In today's remarkable economy, with just a... Read More

Torn Between Two Lovers

Today, the European Union will start accession talks with Turkey, a key step in Ankara's bid for eventual membership. But what should have been a moment of joy in a relationship that has too often been marked by mutual suspicion... Read More

Gangland Slaying

Ahmed Fadhil Nazzal al-Khalayleh was a murderous Jordanian thug who might have died relatively unknown. But the sullen, quick tempered, semi-literate gangster, thought by some in his own hometown to be a dangerous half-wit, had "found religion" as the expression... Read More

The Art of Aerial Assassination

For years, the military has labored to increase the flexibility and lethality of its aircraft and to decrease the time it takes to put bombs on target. One goal has been to "decapitate" regimes and terrorist organizations with timely air... Read More

Creating Palestine

Speaking at the White House during his recent visit to Washington, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert renewed his call for negotiations with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on the withdrawal of Israeli settlements from historically Jewish lands of Jud Read More

Misery Index

The global economy is roaring. "For the first time since 1969," reports a newsletter I rely on, Bridgewater Daily Observations, "not a single country in the world has had negative year-over-year growth." Overall, the world economy is rising at a... Read More

The Residue of Design

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's death is, like Branch Rickey's definition of luck, the residue of design. A U.S. Air Force strike on a farmhouse near the Iraqi town of Baqubah killed Zarqawi, known as Z-Man to his pursuers. His deeds mark... Read More

False Dawn?

Al-Zarqawi is dead. Widely seen as the mastermind of al-Qaeda's terrorist operations in Iraq, his demise has been hailed by President Bush as a ray of hope for that long suffering nation, even a turning point. We can all agree... Read More

The Oriana Factor

Europe's economic decline is now well documented. But the Continent suffers from a more deadly disease, one the psychologists might call "lack of self-esteem". This comes to mind when certain countries make life unbearable for anti-Islamist freedom fighters such as Read More

Shariah-Grade Investing

It is said that man finds religion in times of trouble. In the aftermath of the Asian financial crisis of 1997-98, demand for Islamic financial facilities -- those that prohibit interest - spiked, particularly in Malaysia. That spike gives the... Read More

For Whom the Bellwether Tolls

Well, maybe it wasn't so bad after all. Republicans are breathing a sigh of relief after Brian Bilbray defeated Democrat Francine Busby in a special election in California's 50th Congressional District in San Diego. The race, thought by virtually all... Read More

The Multi-Administration War

President George W. Bush's May 27 commencement address to the 2006 West Point graduating class made it clear he knows the War on Terror will grind on for years. Last year, I criticized the Bush administration for neglecting -- at... Read More

Rachel Goreson

Al Gore's new movie, An Inconvenient Truth is a powerful visual rendering of a variety of natural events that are claimed to prove that manmade global warming is upon us and rapidly getting worse. We all know that a well-done... Read More

Panoptic War

Editor's Note:  Terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has been killed.  Images of Zarqawi's face are making the rounds as you read this, reinforcing many of Dr. Joyner's assertions below.The war in Iraq has had powerful images from the beginning a Read More

Celsius Rising?

Celsius is a revolutionary new drink about to the hit the soft drink shelves at a store near each of us. Why revolutionary? Well in the very act of consuming its 10 or so calories the body will burn up... Read More

NATO's Evil Twin?

"I find it passing strange to bring a leading terrorist nation in the world into an organization that says it's against terror", said Donald Rumsfeld in Singapore last week, elevating the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to the fore of media... Read More

Cast Away

I was ready to take my son and daughter to the Yankees-Orioles game in Baltimore last weekend when I got an urgent call from Peru telling me my grandfather was near death. I flew to Lima on Saturday for a... Read More


Danger, Will Robinson -- toxic nanotechnology! Er, except without the nanotechnology part, as it turns out. Yet another nanotechnology danger story turns out to be based on media hype and speculative reporting. As I mentioned here a couple of months... Read More

The Media Adapt

The cover story of the June 5th US News and World Report is about global warming, but the story is not quite the usual doom and gloom (as seen recently, for instance, in the Time cover story, "Be Worried. Be... Read More

The State of Transatlantic Ties

Even though recent headlines have portrayed a rift between Europe and the US regarding terrorism issues, one shouldn't jump to conclusions. While the CIA "black sites" (unofficial jails installed mostly in Eastern Europe) issue has somewhat poisoned the public deba Read More


Within Days of the first-ever Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) defense ministers meeting in Kuala Lumpur on 9th May 2006, Timor went into a freefall of violence and mayhem. This tiny state, situated just on ASEAN's eastern doorstep, won... Read More

Exit Stage Left... or Right?

Editor's Note: Tonight, TCS Daily hosts an event, in concert with the Media Research Center, to discuss Hollywood's portrayal of capitalism. TCS Daily media critic James Pinkerton along with Michael Medved, Lanny Davis, and Dan Gainor will tackle tinseltown. The... Read More

Legal Overkill

It is the duty of a lawyer to be zealous in defending the interests of a client or in advancing a particular legal or policy agenda. But unbounded zealotry not only fails to take into account facts that must be... Read More

Legal Overkill

It is the duty of a lawyer to be zealous in defending the interests of a client or in advancing a particular legal or policy agenda. But unbounded zealotry not only fails to take into account facts that must be... Read More

Negative-Sum Populism

SANTO DOMINGO -- You wouldn't know it from reading the New York Times or watching Fox News, but the Dominican Republic recently had its Congressional elections, halfway into President Leonel Fernández's first term. Unlike the United States, midterm elections here.. Read More

Organic Matter

University of California at Berkeley journalism professor Michael Pollan argues in the New York Times Sunday Magazine that, by attempting to make organic foods -- now derided by many as an elitist luxury -- cheap enough for the masses to... Read More

Doha's Broken Promises

At the end of May, Paris hosted two important meetings of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development: a ministerial council and a forum on "Balancing Globalization". Both events dedicated much time to the discussion of how to deliver prosperity... Read More

Old School Europe

A timely political scandal may provide an unexpected boost to an idea that has so far attracted little enthusiasm: a European version of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Proponents of a new EU academic research Mecca -- chief among them... Read More

Courage in Profiles

Hooray for Canadian law enforcement! Hooray for profiling! As the story unfolds of the arrest of 17 suspected Islamic terrorists and the seizure of a huge cache of explosive materials, Canadians, Americans, and free men everywhere can be thankful that... Read More

Lawyers of Allah

"We are the Soldiers of Allah! Allah is Great!" These were the words of a Turkish lawyer named Alparslan Arslan who, on May 17th, 2006, entered the Second Bureau of the Turkish Council of State with a Glock handgun and... Read More

The Deconstruction of Argument

Thank heaven for dreamers and visionaries. I guess. One has to admire their energy and imagination even when one wants to throttle them, or at least give them a good shaking. I have in mind Kevin Kelly, whose article --... Read More

In Ethical Defense of Patenting Life

On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that the Brazilian government has embarked on a project to transform the slime of a poisonous tree frog into a pharmaceutical compound for possible treatment of hypertension and strokes. The frog's habitat lies... Read More

Libertarianism and Poverty

"My son was in the best public middle school in San Francisco in the gifted program and I had to take him out and enroll him in an expensive private school which I can't afford...Why? Well it's folks like Mr.... Read More

A Level Playing Field?

Everyone's got World Cup fever, even the regulators at the European Commission. They've come up with a proposal that purportedly would create a level playing field -- at least in business terms -- for various European football clubs. It will... Read More

Look Back in Agora

Go ask your boss if you can take year off with full pay. "To reflect, think about life, priorities, and values; the important stuff, you know?" Then, at the end of that year, ask for another year off at full... Read More


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Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow...

Much attention has been paid to the disappearance of ice and snow in the Polar Regions and mid-latitudes in the Northern hemisphere in recent years attributed to global greenhouse gas warming. Of course in the summer, the snow and ice... Read More

Energy Empire

Vice President Richard Cheney warned Russia against using oil and gas sales as "tools of intimidation or blackmail" in that strongly worded speech in Vilnius. Since then, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other senior U.S. officials have affirmed that... Read More

Immigration Wisdom In the Senate

The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, passed by the US Senate on May 25, if its key provisions become law, will be the most significant domestic legislation in the United States since welfare reform. Though flawed by elements of economic and... Read More

Surfing for a Living?

In a recent TCS column, Glenn Reynolds inveighed against workplace policies by which employers limit employee web-surfing, block instant messaging, and so on: "Sell your stock in companies with policies like this one. The management is obviously stupid, and the... Read More

The Bogus Benzene Scare

Another day, another exaggerated scare story about the dangers of soft drinks. If it weren't enough that the fat police have targeted fizzy drinks in their crusade to slenderize the world, now Coca-Cola and Cadbury-Schweppes have been added to a... Read More

Nation-Building or Gene-Splicing?

With the formation of the new Iraqi government, it's a good time to take stock -- not just of the current situation, but of the very idea of nation building. Many people who read this publication are familiar with the... Read More

Minding the Health Gap

'The fact that the English government provides health care to all its citizens while the United States does not may contribute to the disparity, the authors said. "But it is equally important to recognize that health insurance can not be... Read More

Europe's Specter, Now a Ghost?

A specter haunts Europe, an old and once-murderous scourge: the specter of ethnic and neo-nationalist separatism. Modernity, in the form of two of the world's most appealing "country clubs," however, may have tempered the specter's threat. The allure of belonging.. Read More

Techno Heaven...and Hell

Increasing numbers of us are asking to be buried, even cremated, with our mobile phones and other techno paraphernalia. Martin Raymond, director of the international trend-spotting think-tank, The Future Laboratory, claims that what began life "in the realm of the. Read More

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