The collapse of the World Trade Center towers, the failure of New Orleans' levies during hurricane Katrina, and the destruction of the half dozen Fukushima General Electric boiling water nuclear reactors are all monuments to "good enough" engineering.
In our free-market world, what gets built and how robust it is constructed is the result of a dynamic tension between profit and probability. What are the odds that "X" will happen versus the cost of preventing or anticipating it, otherwise known as the "Pinto principle."
"As we face the threat of a government shutdown, we remember that this isn’t just a political game. When there’s an earthquake, a nuclear meltdown or any one of a thousand everyday issues, we need a functioning government at the service of its people."
-- Justin Krebs
-- Solomon Kleinsmith
For a moderate like Jon Huntsman, to have any kind of chance of winning the Republican nomination, a whole lot of things have to go for him. The more ideologically pure base has to split between at least two major rivals, a sizable portion of rank-and-file types have to be convinced that he is the best (or only) shot they have of defeating Obama in the general election, and he's got to rack up big wins in open primary states.
That last point is where the rubber hits the road, and if Huntsman, who also serves as the current U.S. ambassador to China, doesn't win big in the first open primary state, New Hampshire, his campaign might as well pack up and go home to Utah.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CNN's Wolf Blitzer today that she would not serve a second term if Obama is reelcted. In a transcript of the conversation, which aired on Wednesday's program the Situation Room, Clinton said she would not seek future political office.
There is no shortage of people who are willing to pretend they know what Obama "really" isn't getting his hands dirty in this debate, but what is clear is he just isn't willing to use the power of the bully pulpit to help on this extremely important issue.
If you’ve recently felt a burst of joy in your heart, and a lighter mood in the air, it’s not just the coming of spring. It may be the sound of NYC airwaves free of Glenn Beck.
Ever since WOR dropped the conservative radio host at the start of the ...
In the immediate aftermath of Japan's worst earthquake on record and the cataclysmic tsunami that followed, the business wires found a silver lining.
Now, they cheerfully chirped the Yen was showing surprising strength. Why? Because odds were improving that Japanese multinational companies would begin to repatriate tens of billions of ...
I realized something. While workers are having their rights stripped away, while historic protests are gripping Madison and while Americans are showing solidarity across the country, I was about to argue protocol for a legislature in a state I’ve never lived in. And I’m not a lawyer.
When that line of attack would begin - that Republicans are super organized, with tight messaging, coordinated attacks and a top-down organization where we all follow the leader - I usually end up saying "I wish." Liberals, on the other hand, always seem all-too-willing to join together and do some dirty work in a very strategic way. Nothing is sacred from their attacks, not even the Supreme Court.
Just as hypocritical as it was for Republican constituency groups to complain about the way the healthcare bill was passed last year, the ideological perspective of the most well-known liberal organization in the country has conveniently forgotten its own position from just last year.
A huge airplane with TRUMP splattered on the side landed in Des Moines Monday. The Donald was not on board. No doubt too busy yelling "You're Fired!" at some of his peeps. His right-hand-man was onboard, having arrived in Iowa to work the state for Trump and suck the oxygen out of a church-sponsored event for a bunch of actual Republican presidential wannabes.
The Iowa Caucus is a little less than a year away and some Republicans who are considering a run for president have been spending time in Iowa to test the waters. On Monday night, the conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition hosted five likely presidential candidates at the Pointe of Grace Church in Des Moines — and the house was packed.
When New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams visited a branch of Chase bank recently, it wasn’t business as usual. The bank locked its doors and refused to let him in. Then again, Council Member Williams did have a crowd of protesters with him and had just called JP Morgan Chase a group of "bloodsuckers."
In the face of popular protest, a vindictive leader scapegoats the protesters, blaming outside agitators for the very real frustrations of his citizens. He seeks to take away the rights of the opposition and continues a crusade on behalf of the oligarchs against the masses. Middle East or Midwest?