November 2004

From Iraq, the start of a new political party, and the jitters that come from living under totalitarianism. From Ukraine, people continue to rally and demonstrate against the hijacking of their democracy: The past four days have taught me something valuable: when I’m watching the situation unfold on television, I grow tense, fearful that it’s…

Read More The revolutions are being blogged

Will President George W. Bush now stand up to Russia’s blatant imperial overreach in Ukraine? Will Mr. Bush protect America’s interest in the spread of democracy and free markets? While the President has touted good relations with his Russian counterpart, it is clear that Vladimir Putin financed and actively campaigned on behalf of an authoritarian…

Read More Bush & Putin

The curiosity that fueled the experiments in Mr. McGee’s first book is undiminished after 20 years, and his approach to cooking is still skeptical. He tries to take as little as possible for granted, asking at each step: Why am I doing this? Is there a better way? All this questioning has yielded conclusions, some…

Read More Evidence based…cooking

“I will not accept the results of the presidential election until it is proved to me and the Ukrainian people that they are legitimate and credible in accordance with conditions set down by the constitution,” [Yanukovych] said in a statement. “I need no fictitious victory, a result which could lead to violence and victims. No…

Read More The democracy meme

George Akerlof shared the 2001 Nobel prize in economics for his paper on “Lemon markets.” While reading Akerlof’s Nobel Prize essay, I was struck by the comment: I submitted “Lemons” there, which was again rejected on the grounds that the The Review did not publish papers on topics of such triviality. It seems to me…

Read More A market for journal articles, again

Anti-spyware software has many of the issues that other privacy software has had.* It’s hard to understand the technical means by which privacy is invaded. It’s hard to see that you have (some) spyware. And it’s hard to evaluate what anti-spyware software works, and what doesn’t. Well, it was. Eric Howes has started testing anti-spyware,…

Read More A lemons market for … anti-spyware

These women and a good many others, both frequent and occasional travelers, say they are furious about recent changes in airport security that have increased both the number and the intensity of pat-downs at the nation’s 450 commercial airports. And they are not keeping quiet. … Most of the women interviewed said they did not…

Read More NYT on TSA