on three more from Planet Money

June 30th, 2013
The crew at Planet Money can get so close sometimes, I feel like I could just tap them into a broader assessment of some of the issues raised by their stories, and a greater appreciation for the laissez faire perspective of classical liberalism. more »

when would they tell us?

June 17th, 2013
I suppose one reason that Obama is now choosing to send arms to Syrian rebels is that it distracts attention from the domestic issue of widespread government spying on the citizenry.  more »

up with space tourism

May 30th, 2013
That achievement is not something that "we" can claim as a culture - it is something the rest of us can marvel at from the sidelines, but the responsibility lies with the individual people who are actually doing it, people who are brave enough to risk their money on the venture, and the scientists and engineers and managers and bookkeepers and marketing people and hundreds or thousands of others who are contributing to that hoped-for success. more »

McCain would sneak us into another war

May 27th, 2013
It is striking how such hubris grows in the politically powerful, imagining that they can spend a few hours in a region that has suffered from conflict for decades, and come out with a clear notion on how and where and who to support in the civil conflict in Syria. more »

a liar in the white house?

May 21st, 2013
Was there no one in the press corp to ask a simple question, such as "why were you lying to us before now?" or "why should we believe any other statement you might make?" more »

my two cents on a couple from Planet Money

May 16th, 2013
This note covers three recent episodes: The Lollipop War, the one that returns to their tee-shirt project, and the reprise of the cotton wars. more »

anti Seattle

May 4th, 2013
The early May news in Seattle should focus on the amazing clear skies and warm temperatures, but we also have numerous accounts of the "anarchists" wrecking havoc in an "anti-capitalist" observance of May Day. more »

olympic sized boondoggle

March 22nd, 2013
billions coming from everyone in this country end up being spent for the benefit of a small number of people who might have the opportunity to capitalize on two weeks of huge crowds pouring into the region. more »

getting better

March 19th, 2013
... we live in a historically unique period of peaceability. It is not the first time I've been exposed to this sort of analysis ... more »

benefits smorgasbord benefits

March 17th, 2013
... the smorgasbord option: it makes more alternatives available to match compensation to individual interests and circumstances. more »