Elite Colleges Don't Expect You To Pay

Peter Scheer: “The elite private colleges use gargantuan tuition to do what is usually thought to be the province of governments: redistribute wealth by 'taxing' the families of rich students in order to subsidize the less rich and the not rich. Like for-profit corporations, elite colleges engage in 'price discrimination,' applying different prices to different students in order to extract the most money that each student is willing and able to pay, explains Henry Hansmann, professor at Yale Law School and expert on charitable organizations. But unlike for-profit corporations, colleges engage in this quintessentially capitalist behavior in the service of an egalitarian ideal.”

3 Billion Folks

George Johnson: “If it ain't indigenous to us, it ain't worthwhile. If it ain't something we're good at, it don't exist. And we're so smug, so patronizing, that we don't even take time to wonder if maybe we might be wrong and the whole, wide rest of the world might just be right.”

Stuck in a Rut

Rosalie Garrett: “Every job has its good and bad points, no job is perfect and sometimes you may feel trapped in a situation that you think there is no way out of. However, these individual experiences illustrate that there can be a way out of any situation. Plodding on in a career you are not happy with is unhealthy, it’s not good for you and it’s not good for any company.

Building a Better Bomb

"Building a Better Bomb" by Michael Scherer

This is wrongheaded. If you're against nukes in principle, that conclusion is obvious. But even if you are pro-nuclear weapons, these small, low-yield, "bunker-busting" nuclear bombs blur the line between conventional and nuclear weaponry, with the result of any nuclear deterrence (if you believe in that sort of thing) losing its effect.

Hirsute of happiness

Bruce Arthur: “Some are old -- the parade around the ice with the Stanley Cup, for instance, which evolved from a brief ceremony where the Cup was simply handed to the team's captain to a full-blown carnival of joy. As well, the post-series handshake line, a picture of sportsmanship, extends back into the mists of hockey.