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  • Stop ‘Branding’ and Improve English’s Reputation

    In 16th-century England, Thomas Gresham formulated what is now known as Gresham’s law, which stipulates that bad money drives out good. Paper money tends to circulate more freely than silver, and silver more freely than gold, because people hoard whatever type of money is seen as best. It’s why we spend those torn dollar bills first.

  • Did NSA Take a Page From Domesday Book on Data Hoarding?

    When it comes to collecting huge amounts of personal data, the National Security Agency had an ancient and illustrious model. One of the first iterations of the idea can be seen in the National Archives in London, in a special chest that looks like it was meant for a pirate’s treasure. Its parchment pages are worn, but still perfectly legible for those who can decipher its 900-year-old Latin script.

  • Cuomo’s Tappan Zee Plan Seen as Public-Private Model, RPA Says

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to have private companies design and build a new Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River can serve as a cost-saving model, said Alex Marshall of the Regional Plan Association.

  • Mitt Romney and the Water’s Edge of Politics

    Ten years ago, at a panel discussion in Wales, I was asked about a particularly contentious issue of U.S. foreign policy. To the disappointment of my hosts, I responded by apologizing for being a bit old- fashioned about such matters: I was raised to a rather traditional sort of patriotism, and didn’t believe in bashing my country while traveling abroad.

  • Why Does U.S. Build Roads If It Can’t Pay to Fix Them?

    A number of years ago in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a young friend from Germany turned to me and commented on the potholed and patched streets that surrounded us, as well as the uneven sidewalks and assorted other rough edges.

  • Health Care Will Become a Right, Just Like Water

    Having your heart operated on is different from getting a glass of water or a basic education. Yet they are related in that government once didn’t provide them for us.

  • Will Penguin-Random Raise the Price of My Book?

    I have a new book out, and it’s been for sale at various prices. Try $9.99, $13.75, $16.17, $18.25, $21.66 and, with tax, $27.18.

  • Capitalism and Government Are Friends After All

    Americans will be getting an earful about the perils or virtues of government until they vote on Nov. 6. But they won’t hear anything about what it is exactly.

  • Cancer Breakthroughs Meet Market Realities

    When Apostolia M. Tsimberidou was a young hematologist, a diagnosis of chronic myelogenous leukemia meant a patient had only a few years to live.

  • What Women Really Want (and How We Can Get It)

    This election is making me feel oh so special. One party is gallantly protecting me from the other party’s “war on women.” The president wants my vote so badly that he’s trying to scare me with his opponent’s plan to return to “the social policy of the 1950s,” which I assume means back-alley abortions. Both parties are aggressively courting me in their quest for the women’s vote.


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