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Eugene Linden

Entries by Eugene Linden

Presenting the Quantum Pander

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 5:00 PM

In recent days, Mike Pence, the governor of Indiana has given us a political analogy to Erwin Schrodinger's famous thought experiment in which he posited that there were situations in quantum mechanics where a cat could simultaneously be both alive and dead. In Pence's case, in the course of one...

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Maybe American Sniper Really is Anti-war

(4) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 1:25 PM

I like a good action movie and I like Clint Eastwood movies and so I went to see American Sniper. I also had a personal interest: decades earlier in Vietnam, I'd interviewed America's top sniper -- a dead-eyed killer nicknamed Papa Leech -- when I was investigating fragging as a...

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Truly Bad Advice on Climate Change

(59) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 5:34 PM

On Wednesday, April 9, The New York Times published one of the most exasperating op-eds I've yet read on climate change. Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger wrote that articles that link global warming to the rash of extreme weather events hurt rather than help efforts to rouse the public to...

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The United States of Europe -- A Failure GOP Candidates Would Love to Emulate in the U.S.

(8) Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 3:21 PM

For any aspiring GOP candidate, prepwork for running for the presidency involves coming up with bold new ways to say how they would shrink the power of the office they seek to hold. This year's GOP crop have been no exception, with various candidates putting forward hit lists of...

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Occupy Wall Street Is the Tip of the Iceberg

(19) Comments | Posted October 24, 2011 | 5:30 PM

But for the housing bubble that temporarily camouflaged our "winner take all" economy, the resentments that produced Occupy Wall Street might have themselves bubbled to the surface many years earlier. Published back in 1998, my book, The Future in Plain Sight, contained a chapter on the wage gap, which...

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Is Our Brand of Capitalism Making Us Stupider?

(27) Comments | Posted August 4, 2011 | 5:21 PM

How can a society that contains so much individual brilliance act so collectively dumb? Does it matter that we know that there is a cliff ahead if we still go racing off the edge? The Wikileaks publication of State Department e-mails demonstrated that there is tremendous expertise at the...

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The Bay of Pigs: Disaster and Triumph

(3) Comments | Posted March 8, 2011 | 1:36 PM

At first I thought it was a version of the granfalloon, the term Kurt Vonnegut invented to describe a striking but meaningless encounter: my brother-in-law, Jim Rasenberger and I both have books coming out within two weeks of each other. My book, The Ragged Edge of the World, is a...

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(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2008 | 3:05 PM

If ever there was a year for a Democratic president to be elected, this was it - a war without end, imploding economy, the most unpopular incumbent in living memory, etc. --but a black Democrat? Even given the revulsion over the mess the GOP has created, it's still hard to...

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What Happened in the Editing of What Happened?

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2008 | 7:21 PM

Former colleagues and friends hint that Scott McClellan's White House tell-all book, What Happened, reflects the influence of liberals during the editing process. "Something changed," said Ari Fleischer on NPR on May 28, " of the book just don't sound like Scott to me."

Excerpts from Scott...

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Collapse of a Fiat Currency: The AAA-Rated CDO Tranche -- What to Do

(3) Comments | Posted August 15, 2007 | 12:38 PM

We are in the beginnings of the collapse of a fiat currency. Actually, it's the collapse of a type of credit that has been treated as though it was currency, but it's rise and fall closely mimics the natural history of fiat currencies. Back in the 19th century banks would...

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The Ecology of Toxic Mortgages

(11) Comments | Posted July 5, 2007 | 6:02 PM

I lead two lives. Three days a week, I'm employed as chief investment strategist for a hedge fund that specializes in distressed and bankrupt situations. The rest of my time, I do what I've done for decades, which is to write about nature and the environment. There is virtually no...

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We're Still Being Played by Osama bin Laden -- Let's Stop

(3) Comments | Posted June 20, 2007 | 11:53 AM

Envision the perfect enemy: someone menacing enough to rally your supporters, but blundering enough to be manipulated into fighting on your terms. If Osama bin Laden went through this thought experiment, his prayers were answered when George W. Bush was elected President of the United States.

Let's say that you...

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