We should be mindful that accident investigators are often looking for the quickest possible explanation, and MSM journalists are typically eager to take the bait. Just on Wednesday, the news from the Germanwings crash in France was that investigators were examining the possibility that a flaw in the Airbus avionics gave the planes a dangreous tendency to lose altitude.
Here’s an interesting headline that appeared in the March 18 Washington Business Journal: “DOD deputy secretary to industry: Come up with a new missile defense solution, and we'll fund it.” The news item detailed a speech by Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work to a conference in Washington, DC, making defense contractors an offer that’s hard to refuse: If you can build it, we will buy it.
From our perspective here in the early 22nd century, we might wish Google co-founder Larry Page a happy 142nd birthday—wherever the controversial digital-medical visionary might be located.
There’s good news and bad news in a report that new drug approvals by the Food and Drug Administration have hit an 18-year high.
Back in 2005, two business-school professors, Max H. Bazerman and Michael D. Watkins, published a thoughtful book, Predictable Surprises: The Disasters You Should Have Seen Coming, and How to Prevent Them. A decade later, we can look ahead to the Predictable Surprises of 2015—and beyond.
If a 440-kiloton atomic bomb exploded on the earth today, people would notice. After all, the A-bomb that exploded about 1900 feet over Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945, was only around 16 kilotons; even so, it killed at least
By now everybody knows what happened in the 2014 midterms. The challenge is to keep the results–a great victory for Republicans–in perspective. In particular, now that the 2014 midterms have passed into history, we can ask: What implications can we
By now everybody knows what happened in the 2014 midterms. The challenge is to keep the results—a great victory for Republicans—in perspective. In particular, now that the 2014 midterms have passed into history, we can ask: What implications can we
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It’s been a week, and the Bowe Bergdahl beat goes on. The story has been dominant in the news, even on shows that typically shy away from heavy news–as well as from news that reflects poorly on the Obama administration.
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It was the headline that buzzed ’round the world: “China poised to pass US as world’s leading economic power this year.” Okay, so China is now #1. We are now #2. Let’s ask ourselves: Does it really surprise us that
It’s so predictable: When Pope Francis reminds the world that he is pro-life, the right cheers and the left sulks. But when the Pope reminds people that he is on the economic left, the left cheers and the right sulks.
Thomas Piketty’s new book, Capital in the 21st Century, has captured the imagination of the lefty intelligentsia. Yet the French economist’s ambitious work, which seeks to revive leftist redistributionist politics, seems strangely inadequate to the declared task of mandating equality.
Today, in the year 2064, as we look back over the last 50 years, it might seem as if the Abundance Revolution was inevitable, since so much wealth was involved. After all, it was wealth just waiting to be unleashed.
Here’s an interesting idea: floating nuclear power plants, out in the ocean. You want your nuke plant far away from people? Out of sight, even? Check. You want the plant to be safe from earthquakes? Check. Even tsunamis are much less of
Only Hollywood would make a movie in which the end of the Internet–indeed, the end of electricity itself–is treated as a happy outcome. Oh, sorry, was that a spoiler of sorts? Well, not really, because that happy ending is shown
Big Data or Big Brother? The Design Flaw Threatening Uncle Sam's Big Data Healthcare Plan–And How To Fix It
A big front-page story, and a scary headline, in the April 16 Washington Post: “Patient-records plan faces ethical pitfalls.” “Ethical pitfalls”? Yikes! Alert the privacy police! That is, the enforcers on the right, as well as the left! Could our personal medical
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