By now it’s well known that Target Corporation (Target) “knew a teen girl was pregnant before her father did.” Not only was the story told many times over in the New York Times, but it also became one of the lead examples illustrating the intrinsic value of “big data.” A … More >
One of the most important yet least acknowledged aspects of the debt ceiling drama currently gripping Washington is the fact that Republican stubbornness is increasing our national debt. Rather than placing the country on a sound fiscal footing, the GOP’s ongoing refusal to raise the debt ceiling has worsened our … More >
A couple of weeks late for April Fool’s day, Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. denounced a previously unsuspected enemy of American progress, claiming the China-produced iPad is responsible for the loss of thousands of American jobs – i.e. the closing of Borders.
First, I’ll just make a general observation that perhaps … More >
James Fallows asks a question:
Today’s (Needless) Hysteria: the S&P Panic: I agree with Clive Crook’s puzzlement about the S&P downgrade “bombshell” today:
S&P adduces no new information that I can see. Competent ratings of opaque instruments such as, oh, mortgage-backed securities would be very useful to investors (not that ratings agencies … More >
That’s what I was left wondering when my periodic browsing of press coverage of my discipline brought me to an online story posted by San Jose Mercury News business editor Drew Voros, under the headline “Health care reform can slow down aging process”.
Written as a dialogue between a father and … More >