Assorted Links (1/1/2010)

Here’s a list of articles that I have been reading today (organized by topic):

Highly Recommended

“While so many of our institutions have failed, we can repair them. The first step is to take personal responsibility.”

  • Welcoming 2010, from the Boston Globe’s “Big Picture” blogsite

“People all around the world gathered in groups large and small last night to usher out the previous year, and welcome the arrival of 2010. Under a rare New Year’s Eve Blue Moon, crowds watched fireworks, cheered, made resolutions, and counted down to midnight. 2010 is the year of the Tiger in the Chinese zodiac, signifying a year of bravery and courage. Collected here are some photographs of people across the earth as they welcomed the new year in many different ways. (38 photos total)”

Public Policy

“It would be nice if we reacted to the inevitable failures of centralized agencies with resiliency instead of rabid denunciation and cynicism.”

The estate tax is now gone, one of the goals of President Bush.  But under current law, it will come back next year.”


Terrorism

“Janet Napolitano — former Arizona governor, now overmatched secretary of homeland security — will forever be remembered for having said of the attempt to bring down an airliner over Detroit: “The system worked.” The attacker’s concerned father had warned U.S. authorities about his son’s jihadist tendencies. The would-be bomber paid cash and checked no luggage on a transoceanic flight. He was nonetheless allowed to fly, and would have killed 288 people in the air alone, save for a faulty detonator and quick actions by a few passengers.”

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