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Blake Fleetwood was formerly on the staff of The New York Times and has written for The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, The New York Daily News, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Village Voice, Atlantic and the Washington Monthly on a number of issues.

He was born in Santiago, Chile and moved to New York City at the age of three. He graduated from Bard College and did graduate work in political science and comparative politics at Columbia University. He has also taught politics and urban development at New York University.

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Entries by Blake Fleetwood

Heli-Skiing Is the Best Drug I Have Ever Taken

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 7:10 AM


I am floating down on a cloud of my own creation, leaving my mark in symmetrical carved turns on a pristine white landscape of four feet of untracked powder -- a dream world, as close to heaven as...

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Delta Deals the 99 Percent Out: One-percenters Get Twice as Many Miles

(4) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 3:23 PM


Delta's new airline mileage deal is a deliberate attempt to reward its high-spending customers and take from the unwashed 99 percent -- further widening the gulf between the haves and the have-nots.


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Why The New York Times Is the Best Newspaper in the World

(3) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 8:25 PM


As someone who has often found fault with The New York Times in the past, I can tell you that Ken Kurson's cover story in the Observer today does not reflect the reality of the paper I read every day.

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Can America Ever Regain Its Exceptionalism?

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 4:00 PM


Time was when the U.S. was really truly exceptional in many areas -- in the 1950s and 1960s -- after the rest of the world's manufacturing was destroyed in World War II. But in those years, there wasn't much...

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I Love Bloomberg, and I Love de Blasio

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 6:07 PM

2014-01-06-BloombergDeBlasio.jpgOur new mayor --- the anti-Bloomberg --- is barely sworn in, and already the long knives are out for him. The New York Post headline last Thursday said it all:

"D TRAIN ARRIVES ... and smashes into Bloomberg."

But make no...

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If You Want the American Dream, Go to Finland

(13) Comments | Posted December 14, 2013 | 5:21 PM

The American dream -- the notion of equal opportunity for all, the chance to pull yourself up by your boot straps and make something of yourself -- is gone.

Consider what Ed Miliband, the popular British Labour leader --- and would-be Prime Minister --- said to a conference...

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Why Has the FAA and FCC Been Lying to Us About Cell Phones on Planes?

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 2:07 PM


For more than 22 years the FAA and the FCC have essentially feeding us an urban myth that cell phone use would crash planes.

Who could question passenger safety?

But it was all a lie.

It was obvious to everyone...

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Ivy League Only: Your Money is No Good Here

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 2:33 PM


It's common for graduates of Ivy League universities to hold their life to a higher standard.

Apparently, AirBnB just doesn't cut it for the elite searching for discount accommodations. If you graduated from Harvard, you do not want to stay in an apartment...

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'Everyone Else Running for Mayor Is Owned'

(6) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 2:53 PM

So said John Catsimatidis, the blunt-speaking, bombastic billionaire grocery king, who is running as a liberal Republican for mayor of New York City, at Harvard Club breakfast earlier this week.

By this, he means that the other candidates are beholden to various interest groups and lobbyists for campaign funding...

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Is President Obama Jealous of Edward Snowden?

(9) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 7:30 PM


"I was going to do it, really I was."

This is the essence of President Obama's remarks last week when he announced an overhaul of NSA procedures and the secret courts and secret opinions.

"I called for a thorough review of our surveillance operations...

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I Never Met a Whistleblower I Didn't Like...

(2) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 9:02 PM

In a well-orchestrated effort to get ahead of the story, this week the Obama administration released a trove of secret information about domestic spying and the rules of how the domestic phone records may be accessed and used by intelligence analysts.

And yesterday, the president met with congressional...

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Snowden's Gift to America Bears Fruit and Forces Change

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 3:56 PM

This week an unusual bipartisan effort from 94 Republicans and 111 Democrats almost succeeded in an attempt to cut off funding for the NSA's collection of phone data by 205 "yes" to 217 "no" votes.

But the movement to curb the NSA's secret power over American citizens has...

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Snowden Didn't Blow Up Anything -- Venezuelan President Says

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 3:45 PM


For more than 50 years the U.S. has harbored and trained Cuban exile terrorists who have blown up civilian planes and mounted raids killing innocent civilians and tourists in Havana and other South American countries.

The most famous example of this is Luis Posada...

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'Stupid' Spending on the Military and Health Care Is Leading to National Suicide

(4) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 3:36 PM

These are the elephants in the American economy.

All other spending is minor compared to spending on healthcare and the military. If we can get greater efficiencies in these two areas, all the other problems become much more manageable.

Do we really need 234 military golf...

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Are Airlines Driving Coach Passengers Into Premium Seats by Making Them Miserable?

(5) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 11:15 PM


Time was when flying was glamorous, even in coach class.

You could arrive at the airport half an hour before your flight, check your bags and board at a leisurely pace. Coach seats were wide and comfortable, and chances were that the seat...

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New TSA PreCheck: Elitist, Confusing, Mysterious, Maddening

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 4:08 PM


If you are under 12 or over 75--in like Flynn. No worries.

No more long TSA security lines involving taking off your shoes or taking out your laptop...etc...

But for the rest of us flyers, it's a secret new "E-ZPass" program...

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The NRA Is Right: Crazy People Do Kill

(7) Comments | Posted January 1, 2013 | 11:58 AM

Suspected killer Erika Menendez being arrested.

It doesn't have to happen.

Every year about 1,000 people in the U.S. are murdered by severely mentally ill people.

Over 38,000 people in the United States die by suicide...

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A Bold Move: Mitt Romney for Secretary of Defense

(102) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 6:28 PM

President Obama had lunch today with Mitt Romney and one of the topics they discussed was Romney's plan for making "government more efficient."

Obama has praised Romney for his work in running the Olympics and for his skills that could lend themselves to making the government work better,...

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Planes, Trains and Cars: Cartels Take Over the Travel Industry

(11) Comments | Posted November 22, 2012 | 7:58 AM


Industry mergers among large, competing travel companies rarely lead to better service or lower prices.

This week Hertz sealed its purchase of Dollar Thrifty after bushwhacking through a long antitrust clearance process with the FTC. The acquisition left Hertz-Dollar executives gushing about...

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Romney AWOL: Not Fit to Serve as Commander in Chief

(11) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 10:52 AM

Photo: Associated Press

Mitt Romney wants to increase our military budget by $2 trillion per year even though our generals think we don't need it. While a student at Stanford in the '60s, Mitt Romney demonstrated on the streets supporting the Vietnam War. "Governor's...

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