“Many readers responded bluntly that when men have eight children, it is pointless to help. Saving Somalis, they say, reflects a soggy sentimentality and runs against a Malthusian constraint of mouths multiplying more rapidly than food. This view is both repulsive and wrong.”—On Top of Famine, Unspeakable Violence - NYTimes.com
“Mr. Obama, in a bit of political salesmanship, will call his proposal the “Buffett Rule,” in a reference to Warren E. Buffett, the billionaire investor who has complained repeatedly that the richest Americans generally pay a smaller share of their income in federal taxes than do middle-income workers, because investment gains are taxed at a lower rate than wages.”—Obama Tax Plan Would Ask More of Millionaires - NYTimes.com. Finally, the Dems start employing some of the marketing tactics that have served the GOP so well.
Silly me. I thought flying on 9/11 would be easy. I figured most people would choose not to fly that day so lines would be short, planes would be lightly filled and though security might be ratcheted up, we’d all feel safer knowing we had come a long way since that dreadful Tuesday morning 10 years ago.
But then armed officers stormed my plane, threw me in handcuffs and locked me up.
The names on the SSL certs are irrelevant. The real story here is that a certificate authority was compromised. Media stories really should be focusing on what DigiNotar is and how users can actually protect themselves from the fallout, rather than a trickle of stories about “watch out for domain X!” and “don’t trust domain Y any more!”.
“For example, in May 2009 The Wall Street Journal declared that the “bond vigilantes” were “returning with a vengeance,” telling readers that the Obama administration’s “epic spending spree” would send interest rates soaring. The interest rate when that editorial was published was 3.7 percent. As of Friday, as I’ve already mentioned, it was only 2 percent.”—The Fatal Distraction - NYTimes.com. I was shocked when public discourse about the economy turned to the deficit. I used to be simply dismayed at how well right-wingers controlled the messages of mass media—now I’m terrified by it.
“The last three large flooding emergencies — in 1996 and 2005, and the disaster of recent days — were all considered 100-year floods, meaning that they had breached a level that had only a 1 percent chance of being exceeded in any given year.”—For a Town on a Flood Plain, Doubts About Rebuilding - NYTimes.com. When making life and death decisions like “where should I build my house?”, doesn’t it seem like we should give mathematics a little more respect instead of pretending that “1% probability in any given year” equals “once every 100 years”?
Not long ago, a political party seeking to change U.S. policy would try to achieve that goal by building popular support for its ideas, then implementing those ideas through legislation. That, after all, is how our political system was designed to work.
But today’s G.O.P. has decided to bypass all that and go for a quicker route. Never mind getting enough votes to pass legislation; it gets what it wants by threatening to hurt America if its demands aren’t met. That’s what happened with the debt-ceiling fight, and now it’s what’s happening over disaster aid. In effect, Mr. Cantor and his allies are threatening to take hurricane victims hostage, using their suffering as a bargaining chip.