The Problem with Courage (book)

Review of Michael Beschloss, Presidential Courage I had high expectations of Michael Beschloss’ Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989, but must say that I was disappointed. I had expected stirring narratives of cases where presidents stuck to their guns in the face of criticism and opposition. That’s more or less what’s […]

Do Social Drinkers Really Earn More?

According to a recent study, social drinkers earn more — lots more. Drinking alone at home doesn’t count. Barhopping without drinking apparently doesn’t count either. What’s really interesting here, though, is not that this study may lack rigor, but who wants you to know that social drinkers may earn more. Having been alerted by Paul […]

Waste is Food (book: Cradle to Cradle)

Every so often I come across a book that makes it onto my “must read” list. It’s been a while, but William McDonough and Michael Braungart’s Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the way we make things is one of those books. For people unfamiliar with McDonough’s work, he is an environmentalist, architect and designer who has […]

Nation of Sheep (book)

In the summer of 1959 there occurred a series of events which demonstrated our national ignorance in a shameful and nearly fatal manner. Briefly, the United States threatened intervention in a foreign country for reasons which, it turned out, had no basis in fact… Our Secretary of State called the situation grave; our ambassador to […]

Wal-mart is not the Problem

Wal-mart critics still seem focussed on social and moral pressure, while the Renaissance scholastics teach us to trust to institutions, not the virtues of men. Nevertheless, recent victories against Wal-mart bode well for activists who would like to see health care divorced from employment.

Terrorism, Sex, Inequality and UFOs — Turtle Index, January 2006

In the tradition of the Harper’s Index, here’s the first ever Turtle Index, a compendium of numerical one-liners mostly based on polls. What percentage of American cell phone users have stopped having sex to answer the phone? How does that compare to Italians? It’s all in here as well as a few odd facts about […]

Intelligent Design vs Calvin’s Doctrine of Accommodation

Intelligent Design is a smokescreen that purports to be based on rigorous science, but is simply an attempt to squeeze neo-creationism in the back door. In fact, NPR reported that according to evidence presented as part of the case that was settled today in Pennsylvania prohibiting the teaching of Intelligent Design in school, the original manuscript […]