Naming the hostage: how should we cover the Isil murders?

Steven Sotloff, a second American hostage of the sorry fantasists of Isil, has been murdered, we read this morning. And a third man, a Briton, is currently held and will, we are warned, be the next to die. The question of how to report these disgusting acts of propaganda is a difficult one for news…

In America, A Barrage Of Thunderingly Dull Headlines

I love The New York Times. I love its calmness and reasonableness and breadth of interest and, of course, its adherence to the grand global socialist conspiracy of which I am myself a minor but loyal proponent. All hail Gramsci! Nate Silver the Math Witch, bless us with your communist number-magic! Sorry. Anyway. As I…

Is Hurricane Sandy the product of global warming?

[ooyala id=”VnYTNmNjrDtSiGl59m-5l1ZZhuDtIQNk” ] As Hurricane Sandy, perhaps the biggest storm in the history of the United States, draws closer to the Eastern Seaboard, there has been an inevitable outburst of the obvious question: has climate change caused it? The answer is no, or yes, or better yet “you’re asking the wrong question”. Imagine you have…