The poverty [in eastern Europe in 1990] was hard to miss. The farther east you went, the less there was in the stores. People were worse-dressed; the lines for the buses and trams were longer, somehow more discouraged looking. Romania was an unspeakable . . .
ADULTS WHO frequently feel grateful have more energy, more optimism, more social connections and more happiness than those who do not, according to studies conducted over the past decade. They're also less likely to be . . .
THE HOUSTON Chronicle imagines that its perverfid support for the notion of anthropogenic global warming is dictated by science. That's a copout. The newspaper's support for the theory of anthropogenic global warm is based on a false confidence in garbage-in, garbage-out black-box computer models. The editors ignore political, economic, and ethical dimensions of the issue. Here is a better view of the limits of science:
WHAT THESE '68ers originally demanded was that America fulfill its own democratic promise, not that it take up a new revolutionary mission. The temple of the American democratic ideal had to be cleansed. A ritual cleansing began with the civil rights movement and resistance to the war, and was finished . . .
THE NOBEL folks were rightly ridiculed last year for giving our feckless president the Nobel Peace Prize and for giving the literature prize, yet again, to a reliable euro-lefty. This year, however, reason and decency . . .