Category Archives: politics

protest and gaza

The feet of one of three Palestinian siblings from the Al-samoni family, killed by an Israeli tank shell, are seen in the mortuary of Al-Shifa hospital, on January 5, 2009 in Gaza City. Seven members from the Al-samoni family were killed including the mother, three children and a baby, when an Israeli shell struck their […]

at last

obama’s identity

This is a good time to think about the identity of Barack Obama. Right now he’s a blank screen that many different groups are projecting their wishes on to. He’s not from any of their constituencies really, though it’s clear he has his proclivities. When he came to Chicago, he was more “mutt” than anything […]


Look at the pictures on

New York Times Election Results: County by County

Beautiful maps from the New York Times (Times Digital) team!

A great, great day.

…and a better world for my daughter.

The myth of the community reinvestment act as the cause of the current financial crisis

Recently many commentators have blamed the current financial crisis on a law enacted under the Carter and Clinton administrations, the Community Reinvestment Act. They say that the law forced banks to issue loans to lower income an minority applicants that could not afford them. Usually there is some grain of truth to these things, but […]

choosing to live in fear

New laws are limiting very old protections that individuals have had: not to be held indefinitely without trial or access to a lawyer, no warrantless searches, no torture, the right to a fair trial. Where is the crisis that justifies these changes? Even if terrorists attack again and again and kill thousands more, which they […]

Yahoo! and China

I work at Yahoo!, but I have a small role and no influence on or knowledge of corporate decisions or policies about China, or any contact (beyond a couple of meetings of fellow employees at a conference) with Yahoo!’s Chinese business partners. This post is personal opinion only. The way that Yahoo! has handled the […]

Making Mistakes

David Kay (the director of the U.S.-sponsored search for weapons of mass destruction [W.M.D.] in Iraq) has now stated clearly what has been apparent for some time: there were not in fact W.M.D. in the hands of the Iraqi government before the U.S. went to war in 2003. In the U.S. unfortunately, stating this simple […]