Quantcast
Home » Topics » the government

Ban on hookah smoking ignites uproar in shisha-loving Jordan

There’s no smoke without ire: a ban on water pipes in restaurants and cafes has caused uproar in Jordan where $1 billion worth of tobacco goes up in smoke every year. Under a decision based on a 2008 law that was not previously enforced, the government has announced that by…

Britain’s Cameron faces backlash over mass electronic surveillance plans

British Prime Minister David Cameron is facing a growing backlash from within his own party over plans to extend the government’s powers to monitor people’s email exchanges and website visits. The measures would see Internet firms being instructed to install hardware enabling GCHQ — the government’s electronic “listening” agency —…

Rebellious villagers reject talks with Chinese government

The Chinese village of Wukan, which has been in open revolt since the death of its representative Xue Jinbo in police custody ten days ago, has rejected overtures from the government to discuss ending the standoff. “Leaders at a higher level of local government summoned me for talks,” village representative…

Maggie Gallagher: Keeping The Government Out Of The Government’s Business

Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage raises a great point about today’s Prop 8 ruling. By the way, “a great point” is the new street lingo for “a point so appallingly dumb I’m going to go stand in traffic right now”: Those in power will call it tolerance,…

Silly Tucker Carlson

Tucker Carlson is on the teevee telling me that the government can’t tell me what to eat. Which I would have heard if I wasn’t eating a big-ass hamburger and drinking corn-syrup laden soda. Thanks, government subsidies – you taste like delicious!…

Lowering expectations

Thank you for writing this post, Ezra, seriously. It’s been bothering me that in both debates we’ve seen so far, it was just assumed that the government is going to have to tighten its belt because of the recession. You don’t need a degree in economics to see why that’s…

Google+