Made in Japan? Fukushima Crisis Is Nuclear, Not Cultural

By: Friday July 13, 2012 2:30 pm

What replaces the cultural critique in the Japanese edition and in the body of the English summary is a ringing indictment of the cozy relationship between the Japanese nuclear industry and the government agencies that were supposed to regulate it. This “regulatory capture,” as the report details, is certainly central to the committee’s findings and crucial to understanding how the Fukushima disaster is a manmade catastrophe, but it is not unique to the culture of Japan.


The Victims in the Libor Scandal Include Local Governments and Local Taxpayers

By: Thursday July 5, 2012 2:59 pm

The Economist talks of a forfeiture of trust in the leading financial institutions. That was forfeited for many of us a long time ago. But if it takes establishment organs a scandal of this magnitude to come along, so be it.

FBI Agents Raid Home of Top Staffer to Scott Walker

By: Thursday September 15, 2011 5:10 pm

All goes back to corruption surrounding Walker’s days as Milwaukee County executive. And this probe has been going on since last year. At that time, reports surfaced that a Walker staffer paid by Milwaukee County was instead sock-puppeting about Walker on blogs during his gubernatorial election. This probe has been widening ever since then. This seems particularly suspicious.

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