Chipotle’s Absolutely Worthless Stance against GMOs

Detailed here. Of course, it ought to go without saying that there is no scientific support whatsoever behind Chipotle's move, but even if we put that to the side, we see that the company only serves to make itself look ridiculous with this latest publicity gambit: Here’s why Chipotle’s move especially smells like pandering BS. …

Hypocrisy, Thy Television Station of Choice is MSNBC

If you run a news organization that is dedicated to the proposition that paying taxes is A Good Thing, then I suppose it behooves you to ensure that the public faces of your news organization . . . um . . . pay their taxes. For certain people on MSNBC, however, consistency is the hobgoblin …

Believe It Or Not, Things Are Actually Getting Worse in Venezuela

I continue to wonder why it is that those who celebrated Hugo Chavez back when he was insulting George W. Bush have nothing to say about his legacy now. Perhaps it is because of stories like this one, and what they have to say about the failures of chavismo: Venezuela says it will cut the …

Quote of the Day

Mohammed Rahman doesn’t know it yet, but his small farm in central Bangladesh is globally significant. Mr. Rahman, a smallholder farmer in Krishnapur, about 60 miles northwest of the capital, Dhaka, grows eggplant on his meager acre of waterlogged land. As we squatted in the muddy field, examining the lush green foliage and shiny purple …

Extremism in the Defense of Liberty Is No Vice. But Extremism Can Be a Vice Sometimes.

Apparently, those of us who think well of Jeb Bush--and might even formally endorse his soon-to-be candidacy for the presidency of the United States--are supposed to be deeply upset by the fact that he sometimes has nice things to say (gasp!) about the Obama administration. I recognize that candidates and campaigns get nitpicked all the …

There Was Never Any “Team of Rivals” in the Obama Administration

Richard Holbrooke was always one of my favorite Democrats--brilliant, dynamic, a fascinating personality, and a diplomat with actual, substantive accomplishments to his name (unlike a certain former secretary of state who is currently trying to convince us that she should be the next president of the United States). If life were fair, Holbrooke would have …

The Evidence Is Beginning to Pile Up

More proof--as though more were needed--that the anti-vaccination movement is built on misinformation, disinformation, bad science, ignorance, and outright lies: A major study published in one of the world’s leading medical journals has concluded that there is no link between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination and autism in children. The findings from the study of …

How to Be Smarter about Dealing with Iran

I was struck by the following in Aaron David Miller's piece, which argues that Iran is outwitting and outmaneuvering the United States in the Middle East: Iran isn't 10 feet tall in this region, but by making the nuclear issue the be-all and end-all that is supposed to reduce Iran's power, the United States is …

The Word You Are Looking for Is “Genocide”

Comes now the part of the year when attention turns to the ethnic cleansing of 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of Turkey in the aftermath of the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Back in 2008, candidate Barack Obama pledged that he would call these massacres what they were--genocide. Times have changed: White House officials …