In Japan governments come and governments go, but nothing ever seems to change
It’s sad that I feel the need to lead with news about guns, but that’s regrettably where we are: America has 15,000 more gun stores than grocery stores
deep and prolonged economic slump
the policy response was too little, too late and too inconsistent.
And while doomsayers keep predicting a fiscal crisis in Japan, hyping each uptick in interest rates as a sign of the imminent apocalypse, it keeps not happening
Here in America, we are constantly warned that we must slash spending now now now or we’ll turn into Greece, Greece I tell you.
inflate away part of the government’s debt
How have the market gods responded?
Market measures of expected inflation have now moved well into positive territory.
Japanese exporters are cheering.
In short, Mr. Abe has thumbed his nose at orthodoxy, with excellent results.
sophisticated rejection of conventional wisdom.
Japan, which pioneered the economics of stagnation, may also end up showing the rest of us the way out.
The Nation reveals how Walmart helped make the AR-15 the most popular assault weapon in America
recast the gun debate as a matter of public health and safety, not politics
global health and lifespan is improvingbut mental health is not
Credit is given to each city’s aggressive obesity-reduction programs. Not that we need any more incentives to have healthy kids, but middle school students in the best physical shape outscore their classmates on standardized tests and take home better report cards.
Researchers were so stunned at the three to five percent drop in obesity rates that they kept rechecking the numbers
obesity is now the leading cause of ineligibility for people who want to join the Army
The F.D.A. has no intention of surrendering data on antibiotics use
Nearly every coral reefcould be dying by 2100 if current carbon dioxide emission trends continue
The United Nations climate talks in Doha ended without increased cuts in fossil fuel emissions and without financial commitments
But people are ready for climate action, even if world leaders are not.
Better late than never, I suppose, but how could this possibly have taken so long?
Forty percent of the food we grow in the U.S. is wasted somewhere between the farm, the table and the garbage can.
they are more apt to pursue cases where public discourse supports their actions.
successfully loaded the word “liberal” with negative connotations
enhancing the positive aura of terms like “patriot”
there has been an effort to tarnish the hacktivist label so that anyone who chooses to label themselves as such does so at their peril.
if there are victims of the attacks they perpetrate, then hacktivism has crossed the line. Not OK.
The problem is that the headlines and articles, designed to tar hacktivists and make us fear them, did not reflect what the Verizon report actually said.
only 3 percent of the data breaches in the survey were by hacktivists — the bulk of them were by routine cybercriminals, disgruntled employees and nation states
The “most data” claim, while accurate, gives a skewed picture.
We are not passive observers in this dispute.
shame the accused into driving sober.
what is the boundary between a public service and an invasion of privacy?
the striking thing was the volume and venom of the reader backlash
At the same time, we are acquiescing in a much more sweeping erosion of our privacy — government surveillance, corporate data-mining, political microtargeting, hacker invasions
As a society we have no coherent view of what information is worth defending and how to defend it.
In many of my own guilty-pleasure television favorites — the addictive “Homeland” — surveillance is what the good guys do, and it saves the day.