Monthly Archives: November 2012

roundup of post-holiday oddments

The Washington Monthly has a story about the Obama administration trying, and failing, to challenge the power of the oligopoly of poultry distributors created by Reagan-era redefinitions of antitrust doctrine. Although this redefinition has resulted in cheap meat, it has … Continue reading

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strength matters

Jeffrey Goldberg thinks it’s illogical for the New York Times to consider actual body counts when assessing the moral justifications for war: [T]he [Times] editorial states the following, in an effort to suggest that the Hamas threat is not quite … Continue reading

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jubilee!

I’ve been seeing a lot of posts about Rolling Jubilee: [Occupy Wall Street] is going to start buying distressed debt (medical bills, student loans, etc.) in order to forgive it…. If you’re a debt broker, once you own someone’s debt … Continue reading

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“when you’re in public and expose yourself like that, that’s it”

This isn’t news, exactly, given that the claims involved are more than a decade old. But the producers of “Girls Gone Wild” bought and used images and video of a fourteen-year-old flashing her breasts, and the young woman, now 26, … Continue reading

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why I think it’s great that the media is going crazy over the Petraeus affair

David Simon, famously cantankerous creator of The Wire and Treme thinks the press should stop covering “the sex lives of the famous”: Hypocrisy will never go out of style in American journalism or American life. But sitting there and watching … Continue reading

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really fine column about the conservativism of the future

By Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal, who writes: Fellow conservatives, please stop obsessing about what other adults might be doing in their bedrooms, so long as it’s lawful and consensual and doesn’t impinge in some obvious way on … Continue reading

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torture “is a part of human nature,” says Seventh Circuit, and “very difficult to control”

In an 8-3 en banc ruling last week, the Seventh Circuit gave the government broad immunity from suits based on claims of torture, even by American citizens, according to the Washington Post: Donald Vance and Nathan Ertel filed a lawsuit … Continue reading

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