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The inexplicable 'Gotham'

I'll check it out with an open mind when it premieres, but at the moment I honestly cannot see the appeal of "Gotham," the upcoming Batman prequel series on Fox: May 6, 2014 10:21 AM PT

Key to longevity: feasting upon the blood of the young

I couldn't resist a bit of vampire melodrama in the headline (evidently, neither can anyone else reporting this story) but it's pretty exciting news with some great implications for elderly care: it would seem that transfusing young blood into older animals actually does have rejuvenating properties.  It's an idea that has been subject to experimental testing in rats since the Fifties, but the New York Times reports that scientists now think they have a basic understanding of how it works: young blood essentially "reboots" the stem cells in aging tissue. May 5, 2014 7:38 AM PT

Are you ready for the 185-terabyte cassette tape?

Gizmodo reports on the latest effort to refine an old technology until it becomes almost deliriously advanced: Sony's new 185-terabyte tape cassettes.  That's 18.5 gigabytes - three Blu-Ray discs worth of data - on every square inch of tape.  Of course, it's not the same kind of tape we used to stuff into our Walkmans: May 5, 2014 7:16 AM PT

Movie review: 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

People love superheroes, and they especially love Spider-Man.  Simple as that.  Put together a halfway decent movie that has Spidey in it, with a performance in the lead role as good as what Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield have provided, and the audiences will come.   May 3, 2014 5:20 PM PT

Videogame company employee fired for supporting Donald Sterling's right to privacy

I grew up under the impression that there was some sort of "right to privacy" floating among the penumbras and emanations of the Constitution.  I guess those penumbras were more like a Constitutional solar flare that has died down dramatically over the past few years.  Freedom of speech, and even thought, are under active and sustained assault in America; we are being made comfortable with the idea of punishing people for saying things the purported cultural "majority" doesn't like.  This punishment has been mostly meted out by private-sector mob actions thus far, but the more comfortable society becomes with the idea, the closer we get to government stepping in.  Once Constitutional restraints have been abandoned, political power opportunistically flows through the channels "popular" sentiment has carved for it. May 3, 2014 6:37 AM PT

Obama's America: Pfizer getting ready to skedaddle?

Margaret Thatcher famously observed that the problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money to spend.  Before things reach that point, the other people start running out on socialism.  Get ready to bid farewell to one of America's great companies, Pfizer, which is working on a deal that will help it escape America's economy-crushing corporate tax burden - the highest in the world. May 2, 2014 4:47 AM PT

ObamaCare and GDP: yet another broken promise

Yesterday I mentioned that increased costs and mandatory spending due to ObamaCare were given credit for keeping the U.S. economy from slipping into negative growth in the first quarter of 2014 (by the slimmest of margins, as GDP growth weighted in at just 0.1. percent.)  I forgot to mention that ObamaCare supporters were the primary purveyors of this claim.  ThinkProgress actually had a post entitled, "Health care spending is on the rise, and that's a good thing." May 1, 2014 7:19 AM PT

Obama's Broken Windows economy

Bastiat's "Broken Windows" parable illustrates the absurdity of claiming that a broken window counts as economic "stimulus," just because a little tornado of economic activity appears as the window is replaced.  Most people over the age of five can at least dimly grasp the idea that you can't achieve prosperity by destroying your own stuff. Apr 30, 2014 3:43 PM PT

Obama and ObamaCare crater in the polls

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with polling.  On the one hand, it seems reasonable to want a snapshot of how the public feels about issues and candidates at any given moment; it's easy to understand why political strategists and activists desire such information.  Taking polls from a number of sources, as a site like RealClearPolitics does, helps to overcome the inevitable weaknesses, sampling errors, and perhaps deliberate bias of individual polls. Apr 29, 2014 7:47 AM PT

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